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Humboldt falls to W-SR in finals

WAVERLY — Humboldt’s quest to return to the state volleyball tournament was denied here Tuesday night.

The 15th-ranked Wildcats were unable to solve No. 3 Waverly-Shell Rock, falling in a Class 4A, Region 6 championship.

Scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-15

Humboldt (29-7 overall) finished the season winning 18 of its last 21 matches, with two of those defeats coming to the Go-Hawks (42-7).

Waverly-Shell Rock knocked off two straight North Central Conference opponents in the postseason, besting Webster City in the regional semifinals.

Last fall, the Wildcats advanced to the 3A state tournament where they were topped by Osage. Humboldt had won 30-plus matches three consecutive seasons and have won at least 20 each of the past 11 years.

In the last four years, the Wildcats have won 122 matches and two consecutive NCC titles.

The match marked the final one for Humboldt seniors Paige DeWinter, Rylie Satern, Kirsten Kurhnast, Morgan Olson, Alexis Hansen, Marissa Kaufman and Rylie Donahe.

Quarterfinals in the state volleyball tournament for 4A begin Monday in Cedar Rapids at the Alliant Energy PowerHouse at 4 p.m.

Cowgirls ousted

STORM LAKE — Unity Christian was too much for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows here Tuesday night.

The seventh-ranked Knights claimed a three-set victory over the Cowgirls in a Class 3A, Region 3 championship.

Scores were 25-15, 25-10 and 25-11.

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows was looking to continue its string of state-qualifying appearances. The Cowgirls reached the semifinals last fall.

Brooke Askelsen, Nikki Kapka, Delia Swanson, Summer Traub and McKayla Johnson all played their final matches for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.

The Cowgirls finished this season 19-16, earning postseason wins over North Central Conference rivals Hampton-Dumont/CAL and Iowa Falls-Alden to reach the finals.

Over the past four seasons, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows has won 104 matches.

The Class 2A state quarterfinals begin Tuesday, November 2 in Cedar Rapids at 2 p.m.

N-F targets state

CLARION — Newell-Fonda will square off with Janesville here Wednesday night in the Class 1A, Region 4 championship.

Match time is set for 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

The seventh-ranked Mustangs (28-3 overall) have won seven in a row, including a four-set win over Bishop Garrigan in the regional semifinals on Monday night.

Newell-Fonda started its postseason run with a sweep over St. Edmond.

Mary Walker leads the Mustangs with 224 kills while Macy Sievers has 223. Anna Bellcock and Sophie Stewart each have over 300 assists, while Kierra Jungers has a team-high 63 blocks.

Newell-Fonda is both the reigning state basketball and softball champions.

No. 10 Janesville (24-15) knocked off ninth-ranked Dunkerton in the semifinals in five sets.

The Wildcats have won seven of eight, with the lone loss coming in three sets to Dunkerton in the conference tournament.

The 1A state tournament begins Tuesday, November 2 in Cedar Rapids from the Alliant Energy PowerHouse at 6 p.m.

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