Category: Sports

Kaleb Roach selected to play in Shrine Game

Union senior Kaleb Roach has been selected to play in the 2019 Iowa Shrine All-Star Football Classic, an annual football game that raises funds to benefit Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. Cedar Falls will host the 47th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Classic on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 4 PM at the UNI-Dome. Tickets are now available at: Iowa Shrine Game, P.O. Box 3898, Urbandale, Iowa 50323. Pre-purchased tickets are $11 per person or $15 per person at the gate (children under 6 are free).

Waterloo Warriors advance to Nationals

All season long, it was the stifling defense that carried the Waterloo Warriors hockey team to the top of the Midwest High School Hockey League (MHSHL) standings. On March 3, the Warriors’ defense was at its best when it needed to be, pitching a shutout over the final two periods as Waterloo rallied for a 2-1 victory over rival Cedar Rapids RoughRiders to win the MHSHL tournament. For defensemen Chris Webb and Josh Bechthold, students at Union High School, that means the team will advance to the National Tournament, where the Warriors will hope to duplicate last year’s success of division opponent Sioux City Metros, who claimed the 2018 Division II National Championship.
Webb, a junior, appeared in 17 varsity games and 16 junior varsity games this season. Bechthold, a freshman, logged significant minutes in 25 junior varsity games.
Waterloo came into the varsity league tournament as the top seed. The junior varsity team placed second in the regular season standings with a 23-8 record.
It was a record-setting year for the 2018-19 Warriors, as the team began the season in October and did not lose until February 13, when the RoughRiders defeated them, 4-1. That made Waterloo’s victory in the championship game all the sweeter. Going into the game, Waterloo had confidence, knowing they had won three of the four previous games against Cedar Rapids, the highest scoring team in the league.
After giving up a first period goal, tournament MVP Carter Herbst from Denver High School got the equalizer in the second period. Later in the same period, the team’s leading scorer Ben Sinnott, a Waterloo Columbus junior, gave the Warriors a lead they would not relinquish. The victory capped a season where Waterloo posted an overall record of 32-2.
Following the game, Herbst was named Tournament MVP and Warriors head Coach Brian Cook was named MHSHL Coach of the Year. The Division II National Tournament will be held in Cleveland, Ohio March 28 – April 1.

All-NICL honor for Natalie Tecklenburg

Union junior, Natalie Tecklenburg was recently honored as an Honorable Mention selection by the coaches of the North Iowa Cedar League East Division.
Natalie led the 2018-2019 Lady Knights basketball team in scoring, averaging 8.3 points/game. In addition, Natalie was tops in six other categories for the Knights: free throw percentage (72.4%), steals (41), blocks (6), defensive rebounds (60), total rebounds (82) and rebounds/game (4.3).
Union finished the winter weather abbreviated season 3-16 overall and 1-12 in conference play.

IHSAA 2A District 5 Results for Union

106: Lincoln Mehlert (31-13) placed 2nd
Semifinal – Mehlert over Austin Wilkins (Decorah), 9-1
1st Place – Carter Fousek (Crestwood) over Mehlert, Fall 3:02
2nd Place – Mehlert over Carter Kolthoff (SH-BCLUW), 8-5
113: Kolten Crawford (32-7) placed 2nd
Semifinal – Crawford over Carsen Jeanes (Oelwein), Fall 3:51
1st Place – Isaiah Weber (Independence) over Crawford, SV-1 6-4
2nd Place – Crawford over Jonathan Dreckman (NH/TV), 5-1
120: Hunter Worthen (28-19) placed 2nd
Semifinal – Kaden Anderlik (Crestwood) over Worthen, Fall 1:45
3rd Place – Worthen over Levi Lauer (North Fayette Valley), Fall 4:28
2nd Place – Worthen over Taylor Kolthoff (SH-BCLUW), 11-10
126: Lake LeBahn (34-11) placed 2nd
Semifinal – LeBahn over Matthew Slifka (Crestwood), Fall 3:17
1st Place – Mason Cleveland (NH/TV) over LeBahn, Fall 2:59
132: Stone Schmitz (31-14) placed 2nd
Semifinal – Jackson Rolfs (Decorah) over Schmitz, 13-2
3rd Place – Schmitz over Brayden Anderson (NH/TV), SV-1 5-3
2nd Place – Schmitz over Coby Willett (SH-BCLUW), Fall 2:37
138: Jack Thomsen (43-0) placed 1st
Semifinal – Thomsen over Gunner Rodgers (North Fayette Valley), 11-6
1st Place – Thomsen over Carson Babcock (NH/TV), 15-4
152: Adam Ahrendsen (43-1) placed 1st
Semifinal – Ahrendsen over Jesse Daughton (North Fayette Valley), Fall 1:01
1st Place – Ahrendsen over Matthew Doyle (Independence), 6-5
160: Kaleb Roach (21-19) placed 4th
Semifinal – Cameron Rasing (NH/TV) over Roach, Fall 2:46
3rd Place – Weston Fantz (North Fayette Valley) over Roach, 6-0
220: Lane Albertsen (37-4) placed 3rd and scored 10.0 team points.
Semifinal – Wyatt Scheidel (Crestwood) over Albertsen, Fall 1:55
3rd Place – Albertsen over Daniel Graves (Dike-New Hartford), Fall 2:35

Knights battle back, advance seven to State

ON TO STATE – Front, from left: Hunter Worthen, Lincoln Mehlert and Kolten Crawford. Back: Lake LeBahn, Adam Ahrendsen, Jack Thomsen and Stone Schmitz. Photo by Mary Bauer.

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