The Decorah Nespapers
August 23, 2019
Ready to dive into 2019 season
Ready to dive into the 2019 season as members of the Decorah girls swim and dive team are (front, l-r) Holly Schmitt, Kalissa Schmelzer, Samantha Reilly, Emily Voyna, Kiana Folkedahl, Kathleen Looney, Hannah Franzen, Brinley Krivacheck, Kailyn O’Gara, Lily Iverson; (second row) Ashley Elsbernd, Kylie O’Hara, Maeley Nefzger, Mikiah Krieg, Ella Hermeier, Paige Werner, Katerina Kovarik, Maycie Curtin, Elly Christian, Rylee Kaper, Paige Lange; (third row) Alexis Hogan, Cassie Moss, Mya Redenius, Grace Bachelder, Maddie Putnam, Danielle Lundtvedt, Destiny Berns, Maya Butikofer, Thea Schissel, Grace Hoyland, Coach Molly Holkesvik and Coach Allie Bachelder; (back row) Katherine Bruening, Grace Stegen, Audrey Casterton, Emma Bachelder, Jane Murphy, Lauren Johnson, Mia Smedsrud, Margaret Rhodes, Rebecca Bruening, Julia Alberts and Alivia Bahr. (Photo courtesy of Tami Bohr)
  • Depth, numbers and experience headline DHS swimmers
    Adding 20 new swimmers and/or divers to the roster for the 2019 season has given Head Coach Allie Bachelder reason to smile. In her fourth season on the pool deck, Bachelder will be joined by Molly Holkesvik as her assistant.
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  • Christen set for mic drop after 2019 season
    Decorah fans will have one final season to enjoy play-by-play descriptions of the action at Viking Stadium provided by long-time public address announcer Elliott Christen.
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  • Viking spikers deep in veteran experience

    The Decorah volleyball team should be loaded this fall.

    With nine returning letter winners and only three players lost to graduation last year, the Vikings will have numerous athletes vying for the starting nod.

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  • Park-Rec fall activity brochures are available online at or may be picked up at the Park-Rec office, local banks and fitness centers and the Decorah Public Library.  
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  • As school gets set to begin, the Decorah pool will be adjusting its hours accordingly.

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  • Registration for the Northeastern Swim Team (NST) Short Course swim season opened Aug. 14, for current Long Course season members and siblings. All other swim team participants interested in joining may register Aug. 19 through Sept. 2. A four-month option will be available for high school swimmers. 
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  • Turkey Valley schools will be hosting a Meet the Team night Thursday, Aug. 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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  • The Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), in conjunction with the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), is pleased to announce a new distribution plan that will allow boys’ state events to be viewed by a much larger statewide audience.
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  • Warriors see season end at Principal Park

    A tremendous postseason run came to an end at Principal Park in Des Moines for the South Winn baseball team in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. 

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  • Viking quartet earns NEIC nods

    Four members of the Decorah baseball team were recognized by the Northeast Iowa Conference as being named all-NEIC.

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  • Three local softball players were named all-district by the Iowa Girls Athletic Coaches Association.

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  • Hoyme earns academic honors
    Former Decorah high school student Kassie Hoyme was one of 12 Illinois State athletes to earn U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors recently.
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  • It was trifecta day at Oneota Golf and Country Club July 23 for the ladies’ league.

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  • No. 1 Xavier bounce Vikings in district final 9-4
    A swing in momentum in the third inning was too much for the Decorah baseball team to overcome Monday night in the Class 3A District finals as the Vikings fell to No. 1 Xavier, 9-4, in Cedar Rapids.
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  • Sports for all at Nordic Fest this weekend

    Get out your canoe, practice your kubb toss and lace up those sneakers.

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