Category Archive: Local Sports

May 19

Kent Closes Career a Four-Time State Qualifier

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Gabby Kent never was the biggest girl, nor was she the fastest or strongest, but when it’s all said and done Kent goes down as one of the finer runners in the North Central Conference for some years. Kent, a senior set to graduate tomorrow, was a four-time …

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May 18

For Humboldt’s Groat, Running Hurdles at State Just a Cherry On Top

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Rewind the clocks two weeks prior and tell Lily Groat she’d be competing at Drake Stadium, at State Track, in the high hurdles and she might have slapped you. Okay, maybe not slap, she’s too nice. But she might have chuckled in your face and called you crazy. …

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May 18

Day One and Two Results; Day Three Live Coverage from Iowa High School State Track

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Here is a full list of day one results for area competitors as well as a Friday schedule: THURSDAY:  3A Boys Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Matt Miller, Tyler VItzhum, Trevor Satern, Sawyer Savery; 1.01.65; 16th overall 2A Girls 3000m: Jill Vonnahme: 10:52.03; 4th overall 3A Girls 3000m: Bryce Gidel: …

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May 18

Super Speed Bros Pedersen, Heinz Feed Off Each Other on Way to 200m State Appearance

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — If you’re lucky enough to get one person through to an event at State, you’re pleased. To get two through? Well that’s a whole new level. But that’s exactly the case for the super speedy duo of Humboldt’s Jamison Heinz and Denny Pedersen. Pedersen the elder statesman of …

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May 17

Gidel Dissapointed but Focused After 9th Place Finish in 3A 3000m

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — Let’s blame it on those darn track spikes again, shall we? For the second consecutive meet, Humboldt sophomore distance runner Bryce Gidel has been snakebit by faulty laces, this time she thinks she paid the price for it. “I think I got so nervous before the race that …

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May 17

PAC’s Vonnahme Dashes to Fourth Place in 2A 3000m

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Des Moines, Iowa — She’ll tell you it wasn’t her best run, but it shouldn’t matter. In fact her time last year was twelve seconds faster than her’s today. But Pocahontas Area’s Jill Vonnahme is walking home tonight with a medal and a fourth place finish. The future University of Northern Iowa …

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May 16

Boys Soccer Falls to Hudson

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt boys soccer team lost last night 4-1 to Hudson. The Cats kept it close through most of the first half but two late goals made it 3-1 in favor of Hudson at halftime. Hudson scored a spectacular direct goal from a corner kick that ricocheted in off …

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May 14

Parks and Recreation Director Chris Shaner Sheds Light on Registration Deadlines

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — After a couple of snafu’s regarding late registration deadlines with Parks and Rec programs offered, the Humboldt Park Board met and discussed what they could do differently. Parks and Rec Director Chris Shaner was somewhat bewildered because he said “deadlines have always been [involved] with the sign-ups in Humboldt. Parks …

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May 11

State Track Schedule Released

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com Humboldt, Iowa — The Iowa High School 2018 State Track and Field team has released it’s schedule for next week and area competitors are as follows. THURSDAY: 2:40 p.m.: Shuttle Hurdle Relay prelims (Miller, Vitzhum, Satern, Savery) 3:20 p.m.: 3000m run (Vonnahme, Pocahontas) // 3000m run (Gidel) 3:50 p.m.: 3200m run (Orr) …

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May 11

Groat Turns 100m Hurdle Group Upside Down with Upset State Berth

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com What?! How?! Who?! That was my reaction when I saw that Humboldt Wildcat freshman Lily Groat would be heading to state in her first year, hurdling with the state’s best next week following a monster PR effort, Thursday night. Never-mind her 18.67 seed time, Groat smashed the first heat winning by …

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