Warhawks end six-year state drought

The West Fork bench reacts to a three-pointer by Kayden Ames in the second half of the Class 1A sub-state final at Nevada. The Warhawks are heading back to state for the first time in six years. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

NEVADA — Holding off Ankeny Christian, West Fork’s boys’ basketball team earned its first state berth since 2014.

Coach Frank Schnoes’ Warhawks built a 20-point lead early in the second half, only to see it dwindle to three with 5 minutes, 2 seconds left.

But West Fork got a pair of big baskets inside from Brayden Vold, who lost his second-half starting assignment to Cail Weaver, as the Warhawks held on for a 61-54 Class 1A Sub-State 3 win.

Vold wasn’t about to hang his head about it, going from three points at halftime to 12.

The full story appears in the March 5 print editions of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise.