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 By Mike Petersen    Sports    February 29, 2024 

Teamwork and dedication lead to successful season

The turning of the calendar from 2023 to 2024 led to a strong finish for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls' basketball team. H-M-S finished the pre-holiday portion of the schedule with a 4-5 record....

 
 By Mike Petersen    Sports    February 29, 2024 

A challenging and struggling year

With only two returning players with any varsity experience, the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn boys' basketball team faced a major rebuilding task during the 2023-24 season. Unable to score consistently and...

 
 By Mike Petersen    Sports    February 29, 2024 

Okoboji/HMS girls, boys enjoy mat success

Both Okoboji/HMS wrestling squads enjoyed success on the mats during their 2023-24 seasons. The Pioneer girls ended their dual season with winning records overall (7-2) and in the Siouxland...

 
 By Mike Petersen    Sports    February 29, 2024 

He would not be denied

When a high school bowler rolls a perfect game in any competition, it is a major accomplishment. But to bowl a 300 game at a state meet is something special. That is what Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn...

 

Getting closer to the top

No other team came close to Charles City at the Class 1A girls' bowling state qualifying meet on Feb. 12, but Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn took a step in the right direction. Charles City won the automatic...

 

Okoboji/HMS's Tyce Hanson falls short in consolation round

Okoboji/HMS wrestler Tyce Hanson failed to make it to the podium at the state tournament held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Class 2A wrestlers opened the tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 14, with...

 

Adam Schierholz signs with MSUM football team

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn senior Adam Schierholz last week signed to play football next fall at Minnesota State Moorhead. Schierholz played all four years on the gridiron at H-M-S and tallied 52...

 

Down to the last second

At a point during the second half it seemed that Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn was taking control of its Class 2A girls' regional quarterfinal game with Manson Northwest Webster. But the Hawks would only...

 

They caught on fire

Not qualifying for the boys' state bowling team competition was disappointing for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, but advancing more bowlers to the state individual tournament offered some consolation. Jack...

 

Moving on up

After winning just six War Eagle Conference girls' basketball games during the previous three seasons, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn finished 2023-24 with a 6-4 record. The final win came on Feb. 6 in Hartle...

 

Early week post-season results for H-M-S

3 H-M-S bowlers advance to state individual tourney Three Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn bowlers have qualified to compete in the 2024 Iowa High School Bowling Championships. Jack Mastbergen, Eli Mastbergen...

 

A perfect storm

Opponents' fast starts kept Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on the losing side of the scoreboard during the final week of the boys' regular season. Sioux Central's 14-0 run set the tone during the Hawks' 67-46...

 

A touch of fool's gold

Early success by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in a boys' Class 1A preliminary round game proved to be unsustainable for the long haul. As the Hawks began relying too much on outside shooting,...

 

Pioneers qualify 1 wrestler for state tournament

Only one wrestler from Okoboji/HMS emerged from Class 2A District 2 with a ticket to compete at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Competing at Estherville on Feb. 10, the Pioneers' Tyce Hanson lost...

 

H-M-S postseason pairings

Winter sports teams from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will enter postseason competition in the coming week. The preliminary round of the Class 1A boys' district basketball tournament will be played on...

 

The end of the road

The Siouxland Conference boys' wrestling dual season came to a close for Okoboji/HMS on Jan. 30 at Rock Valley. The Pioneers defeated MOC-Floyd Valley, 61-12, and lost to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley,...

 

Wrestling with the best

Okoboji/HMS wrestler Amelia Sirola got off to a good start at the girls' state wrestling tournament but was unable to continue the momentum into the next rounds. The Okoboji athlete competed on Feb....

 

Improving, but not quite enough

Point production by the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn boys' basketball team improved last week, but the Hawks were still outscored in all three games. Harris-Lake Park's fast start set the tone during the...

 

Strong start, big finish

For nearly three quarters, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn seemed to control its girls' basketball game with Harris-Lake Park on Jan. 30 in Hartley. The Hawks led by 25 points toward the end of the third...

 

Hard work really pays off

The hard work that Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn’s bowlers are putting in during practice continued to pay off last week, starting with a home meet against Sioux Central on Jan. 26. The girls’ team was victorious, 2067-1573. Individual scores were...

 

On to the big stage

Amelia Sirola will represent Okoboji/HMS at the 2024 girls' state wrestling championships. The Okoboji athlete earned the trip to state by placing third at the regional qualifier on Jan. 26 at Mason...

 

Heading in the other direction

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's winning streak came to an abrupt end in a rematch with MMCRU on Jan. 23. The Hawks scored the same number of points as they did in a win on Jan. 20 in Hartley, but the Royals...

 

Fast starts set the tone

Point production improved for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in each quarter but MMCRU consistently outscored H-M-S throughout the game to win, 76-39, Jan. 23 at Marcus. H-M-S stayed close in the first quarte...

 

Okoboji/HMS has 2 runner-up finishes at Siouxland tourney

Two Okoboji/HMS wrestlers were runners-up in their weight classes during the 2024 Siouxland Conference tournament. Sioux Center hosted the meet on Jan. 25. H-M-S wrestler James Gellerman finished...

 

The streak continues

South O'Brien built a double-digit lead in the first half but Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn found a way to overcome a cold shooting night to earn a 46-38 win. H-M-S won the game on Jan. 16 at Paullina...

 

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