Archive for January, 2009

Waukon Shoots Down The Comets

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The Waukon Indian girls faced Charles City in an important NEIC battle Friday night.  The Comets came out as expected and played a tough zone defense against Waukon trying to shut down Mary Halvorson and make other Indians beat them.

The Indians responded and played a tough tight game in the first half.   Waukon held an 11-10 lead after one quarter, and pushed that lead to 27-20 after the first half.  The Comets got what they wanted as Halvorson only had 4 points at halftime, however what they did not account for was the outside shooting of Carissa Berger.  Berger drained 3 outside jumpers to help put the Indians ahead.

The third Quarter was more of the same as the Indian defense was like the steel curtain holding the Comets to only 4 points in the third quarter.  On  offense,  Halvorson got a couple more open looks and cashed in on almost every shot going 6-8 from the floor.  The Carissa Berger show continued as well as she canned a few more outside shots along with getting a couple of run out layups on nice passes from teamates. 

 Waukon pushed the lead to 28 points at one time and cruised from there, getting a 57-37 victory which assured them of a peice of the North East Iowa Conference title

Waukon had many players do well on the evening.  Carissa Berger led the way with a career high 24 points.  Mary Halvorson had a good game as well scoring 12 points and pulling down a team high 8 rebounds.  Kristyna Herman had a solid night scoring 8 points and grabbing 5 boards.  Logan Hjerleid contributed across the stat column with 5 points, 6 rebounds, and a team high of 6 assists, and 3 steals.

The Indians played hard solid basketball and only comitted 10 turnovers on the night.

Waukon moves to 14-0 on the season.  Congratulations to Coach Klinge, Coach Sires, and the girls on winning a piece of the conference title and good luck tomorrow vs. MFL


The Waukon JV  also was victorious Friday night vs CC.  The Indians started slow being outscored 11-0 before finally getting on the board.  The young Indians kept their composure however and battled back to take the lead in the second quarter and then started to put the game away in the second half.  Final score was 34-28 Waukon

 Chelsey Dreckman led the Indians with 12 points on the night, she was helped out by Chelsea McMillan with 6 points, and Erin Decker had a nice game as well scoring 5 points and making plenty of huslte plays to spark the Indians.

Megan Stewart, Katie Blocker, Dacia Brink, and Keisha Troendle also contributed to the JV’s victory.


Upcoming schedule for the Indians

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

Friday January 30th :  Waukon host Charles City (10-4, 4-3)  JV will start at 6:15

A win vs CC will clinch at least a share of the North East Iowa Conference Title.  There will not be radio coverage by Waukon for this game.

Saturday January 31st:  Waukon host #1 ranked class 2A MFL Mar-Mac (15-1)  JV will start at 5:00pm.  KNEI 103.5 will have the game coverage for you.  This game is also a “Blackout”  all Indian fans are encouraged to wear their black Indian or non Indian apparell.

Tuesday February 3rd:   @ Decorah (11-5, 5-3)  Lets hope its like the first game, but  Decorah will be ready and out for payback.  You will be able to listen to that game on KVIK 104.7

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Waukon tells Go-Hawks to Go-Home

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

In one of their finest performances of the season the Waukon Indian girls moved to 13-0 on the season after defeating the Waverly Shell Rock Go-Hawks 60-34.


That alone would have won the game for Waukon tonite as they pressured every dribble, every pass, and every shot all over the floor.  Forcing the Go-Hawks into many turnovers forced and unforced.


The Indians added some of this as well, having their best shooting performance of the season making 24 of 39 shot attempts for a scortching 62% as a team.  Another key stat was of those 24 made shots the Indians had 16 assists.  Which shows great unselfishness and just good awarness and just putting the ball in the basket!

Waukon led 15-6 after the first quarter and then led 31-7 at the break holding Waverly to 1 point in the second quarter.

The Indians continued their dominace throughout the second half.  Every player that came into the game contributed in some way, shape, or form.  It was an all around team effort for the win.

Mary Halvorson led the way with 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Carissa Berger had a solid night as well with 13 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.  Logan Hjerleid was the third Indian in double digits with 12, she also had 3 rebounds and a team high 6 assists.

Others scoring for Waukon were: Keri Egan 6, Kristyna Herman 5, Jordon Reiser 5, Leeta Sivesind 3, and Tatum Meyer 2.  Meyer also had 5 assists on the night.

New 3A Rankings

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2009 by waukongirlsbball
































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Dropped Out: Perry (12), Central DeWitt (15)

Waukon Gets Past Oelwein in OT

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

The 11-0 and #4 ranked Waukon Indians hosted  the Oelwein Huskies Tuesday night.  Oelwein came in 9-3 and hot, winning 6 out its last 7 games and looking for an upset.  The Huskies played good basketball and pushed Waukon to the brink a few times on the night.

The excuses were there.  A flat team was on the floor, and a down and out crowd was in the stands.  Waukon coming off a week that had 3 games canceled/postponed from weather and also only practicing Wednesday last week and Monday. 

More excuses to make incase of a loss. 

Oelwein played a tough inside defense and packed it in on the Indians post game to make the usual way they want to score tough….

More excuses.

In the end Waukon decided they didn’t want to have to use them and every player on the floor stepped up and made plays down the stretch.  The Indians could have packed it in and quit when they were down 8 late in the 3rd quarter and nothing seemed to be going their way.  They could have packed it in when the Huskies seemed to make plays that just make you roll your eyes.  Once included a good Waukon defensive stand that resulted in the ball heading out of bounds when Huskie Alex Jipson grabbed it and flung it blind back in over her head, right to Kirsten Nelson the Huskies best player for an easy bucket.

Things were just not going good, but the determined Indians fought on and made plays.  Down 28 to 25 at halftime Waukon came out and seemed to get back in the game and took the lead 32-30.The Huskies then  scored 10 straight, a couple of those were the eye rolling plays, a couple were just slip ups and bad defense but it did not look good.

Waukon came out fired up in the fourth quarter and got back in the game with some huge buckets from Logan Hjerleid.  Also with the Indians trailing by one after a missed attempt Mary Halvorson made a great play, tipping a pass and then as it was about to go out of bounds jumping turning and firing back inside to an open Kristyna Herman for  a bucket to take the lead 46-45.  Oelwein answered back with a basket of their own.  The game went back and fourth the whole last few minutes.

Then with seven seconds left and Waukon leading by 2.  Oelwein was set to inbound under their own basket.  Waukon pressured the pass actually tipping it but it tipped right to an open Huskie under the basket allowing them to tie the game with 2.7 seconds left….Another eye roller, another reason to quit, another excuse.

But in overtime Waukon kept with it, changed the defense a bit and forced the Huskies into bad shots.  Trailing by 1 with about a minute to go, Meyer drove to the right and found Halvorson in the lane for a 8 foot jumper to put the Indians ahead.  Then Waukon forced another Huskie miss, brought the ball down the floor in the spread game.  Halvorson found the ball again, this time taking it to the basket hard making and getting fouled.  Halvorson cashed in on the FT to make it a 5 point game and put it away for a 63-55 victory.

If you were at the game tonite you saw some emotion come out of all the kids, some fist pumps, some screams, and some awfully hard high fives.  This kind of game drives the coaches nuts but is exciting for the fans, and the kids learn somthing.  They learn how to win under pressure, they learn how to win when everything isn’t going their way.

As one of the most succesfull owners in NFL history says “Just Win Baby”

Top performers for the game were: Mary Halvorson with 18 points and 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals,  Carissa Berger with 17 points and 4 steals,  Logan Hjerleid had 13 points and 5 rebounds, Kristyna Herman had 10 points and 10 boards, and Tatum Meyer had 5 points amd 8 assists.

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Oelwein paper game review Here


The Waukon JV was victorious as well Tuesday night 51-35.  After a slow start the JV really got things going and hit many outside shots to help propell them to victory.

Leading scores for them were:  Chelsey Dreckman with 15, Megan Stewart with 12, Chelsea McMillan and Sarah Wulner each added 8 from inside.

Turkey Valley Tonight *** Nevermind Ughh

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

I just heard the games are canceled for tonite….UNREAL!  Hasn’t anyone ever been through a winter in Iowa before??? 

The #4 ranked Waukon Indians take on Turkey Valley tonight @ Waukon.  Radio coverage has been canceled do to other commitments by KNEI.

Game starts at 5pm, Boys Varsity game to follow.

The North Fayette game has been totally canceled for this year.  The Caledonia game has been moved to February 13th.

Next Week the Indians host Oelwein Tuesday night and Waverly Friday night.

Featured Article from the Gazette:

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2009 by waukongirlsbball

WAUKON — Gene Klinge doesn’t walk on water.

But after six seasons as girls’ basketball coach, he has become respected — even revered — in the Allamakee County seat.

“He’s everything to us,” said Carissa Berger, one of several talented juniors on this year’s team. “We just want to impress him and please him. We don’t want to disappoint him.

“People up here call him Basketball Jesus.”

His first band of disciples brought the school a state championship in 2004 and a winning streak that reached 52 games.

Berger was in the stands then, watching and waiting. So were her classmates.

“I was always there when they played,” said Mary Halverson, a co-captain and the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.

“Those girls had a big influence on us. Now, the last few games, we’ve noticed some of those girls watching us play, and it’s a thrill that they’re there to see us.”

What they see is this:

A team willing to press all over the floor. A passionate team.

An undefeated team.

Waukon, which climbed to No. 4 in this week’s Class 3A rankings, takes an 11-0 record into tonight’s battle against Caledonia, a Minnesota small-school power.

The perfect slate comes on the heels of a season in which Klinge underwent heart surgery and the Indians stumbled to the finish line at 9-12.

“When Coach got sick, we just broke down,” Berger said. “We couldn’t take control of anything.”

Klinge feels fine these days and continues to close in on the late Bob Mullen atop the state’s list for career victories among girls’ basketball coaches.

Now in his 47th season (he spent 41 at West Central), Klinge sports a record of 921-214. Mullen won 938 games in 54 years.

At the current rate, Klinge ought to pass Mullen by early next season.

Klinge sees some parallels between this team and the squad that posted a 52-1 mark in 2004 and 2005.

“They think they can play at the same level,” he said. “This group isn’t as gifted as that group, but they have the same desire. They’d play every night if we asked them.”

The Indians aren’t very big and don’t shoot terribly well from distance (only 14 3-pointers all season and a modest 60 percent from the free-throw line). But they do create baskets with their full-court defense.

“I love the full-court game. It’s the only defense we like,” Berger said. “We like being up in other teams’ faces. A lot of teams play a 2-3 zone. That would just be the worst.”

A third-year starter and a 5-foot-11 post, Halvorson averages 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

“She’s not a true down-low post,” Klinge said. “She gets a lot of baskets from the elbow, the 12- to 15-foot jumpers. She creates problems for taller kids who aren’t so quick.”

Berger adds 11.3 points per game and leads the Indians in steals.

Logan Hjerleid (8.5 ppg), Kristyna Herman (6.6 ppg) and Tatum Meyer (6.3 ppg) round out the starting lineup.

Herman is second on the team in rebounds while Hjerleid leads the squad in assists.

Hjerleid moved into the district when her father Gavin was hired as the school’s wrestling coach.

“The first time I saw her was at open gym late this summer,” Klinge said. “She’s a nice addition.”

Brittany Schlake, the lone senior and the Indians’ chief 3-point threat, provides a lift off the bench, as do Jordon Reiser and Keri Egan.

Waukon is 6-0 at the midpoint of the Northeast Iowa Conference race.

“We’ve put ourselves in good position,” Klinge said. “We’ve had four conference road wins, and that should help down the stretch.”

The Indians still face stiff NEIC road challenges at Crestwood and Decorah, along with a non-conference showdown at home Jan. 31 against 2A No. 1 MFL MarMac.

But regardless of the opponent, the Indians feel they’ll be prepared.

“We know Coach will have us ready,” Halvorson said. “He’ll bring out the best in us.”

Would you expect anything less from Basketball Jesus?