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Union Knights 2023-24 golf preview

LA PORTE CITY – When Spring arrives you know it's time for the temps to warm up and the golf course to get busy. Our Union Knight boys and girls golf teams are ready to get out and compete! The Girls team is a senior laden crew. Lydia Albertsen, Sydney Schmuecker, Clara Carlson, and Ava ...

Union-North Tama girls soccer ready for 2023-24 season

LA PORTE CITY – The combined Union-North Tama varsity girls soccer program is kicking off the 2023-24 season on a strong note with more than 30 student-athletes going out for the team. In total, two dozen Knights and eight Redhawks will lace up their cleats this season including 10 starters ...

Dysart native Joe Hadachek named next head football coach at Vinton-Shellsburg

VINTON — At the sake of using a baseball metaphor for football, Vinton-Shellsburg made a “home run” hire as the Vikings’ new head football coach. Former Union High School and Buena Vista University head football Joe Hadachek was formally announced on Friday, Feb. 23 as the Vikings’ ...

Lorenzen named NICL East Coach of the Year

LA PORTE CITY – Union Knights boys basketball head coach Corey Lorenzen was recently named NICL East Coach of the Year. The 2023-24 season was Lorenzen’s final season as a member of the Knights coaching staff. He coached the team this year to an 11-12 record overall and second in the ...

Ridout named Iowa Star South Coach of the Year

TRAER – In his first year as head coach of the North Tama boys basketball team, Ryan Ridout has been named the Iowa Star South Coach of the Year. With Ridout at the helm along with his wife and assistant coach Laura Ridout, the Redhawks finished the 2023-24 season 8-12 (6-5) overall and ...

North Tama Esports team takes third at state winter final

MARSHALLTOWN – The North Tama Esports Overwatch 2 team took third place on Feb. 23 at the Iowa High School Esports Association’s State Winter Final held at the Orpheum Theatre in Marshalltown. The Redhawks went 3-1 on the day, beating Dike-New Hartford, Lake Mills, and Belmond Klemme. Their ...

Union’s Bohnsack, Olson crowned 2024 state wrestling champions

DES MOINES – In the battle for best, Union wrestlers Brayden Bohnsack and Caleb Olson were crowned with championship titles at the 2024 Iowa high school boys’ state wrestling tournament held last Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. The two were part of a combined ...

Knaack captures 6th at state

DES MOINES — North Tama’s Kolt Knaack didn’t make the splash he had hoped last week at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships. But the junior, and now-two-time state medalist after finishing sixth at 144 pounds in Class 1A last Saturday morning, can see the work in front of ...

Redhawks rally to beat Bears in overtime for district quarterfinal win

TRAER — The North Tama boys’ basketball team rallied from 12 points down to force overtime before beating BGM 56-50 in this past Monday’s Class 1A District 11 quarterfinal. The Redhawks (8-11) trailed 44-32 entering the fourth period before outscoring the visiting Bears 16-4 in the ...

‘Gem of a finish’ for two Redhawk wrestlers in Jewell

JEWELL – Undefeated North Tama junior Kolt Knaack mined his third trip to state in as many years with his Class 1A District 10 championship on Saturday at South Hamilton High School in Jewel. Knaack claimed the 144-pound title and will be joined at state by first-time qualifier Maxon ...