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Winterset players celebrate their Class 4A state softball championship on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

BACK AT ONE

State Softball

Corry Pickering didn’t get to play in the state tournament, but she was still a big part of Winterset’s run to the Class 4A state championship at Rogers Park. The second-ranked Huskies (35-7 overall) fought off an early deficit to claim a 5-2 victory over Ballard (35-6) and claim the ...

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Davenport Assumption celebrates after beating Albia during class 3A Championship on Saturday at Rogers Park

Record night for champion Knights

State Softball

With the record already in Nicole Timmon’s possession, the ovation was more important than closing out the final chapter in the early morning hours of Saturday at the Rogers Sports Complex. With a faithful throng of fans still in attendance at 1:18 a.m., Timmons and top-ranked Davenport ...

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Pleasant Valley teammates Hannah Mausser and Rylee Carlson (20) celebrate their team’s Class 5A state title on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

PV seals the deal

State Softball

Pleasant Valley wasn’t going to let this year’s title game come down to the final at-bat. A year removed from being on the Class 5A state championship doorstep, the Spartans (35-8 overall) entered Friday’s Class 5A title contest against top-ranked Waukee (40-4) with a whole new ...

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Kee players rush the field to take their 1A state championship trophy on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Kee goes back-to-back

State Softball

Elizabeth Hill had the perfect response to the question of what defending a state championship means. Hill’s top-ranked Kee softball team downed No. 6 Clarksville Friday evening while in between rain delays at Rogers Park, 8-1. “It’s just an awesome feeling,” said Hill, who’s ...

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Iowa City Regina celebrates after winning the Class 2A state championship on Friday night at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Last team standing

State Softball

Sarah Lehman sat in the dugout and cried as her Iowa City Regina teammates got set to bat in the bottom of the 16th inning at the Rogers Sports Complex on Friday night. Yes, that’s right: the 16th inning. But little did Lehman know that those tears of disappointment would become tears of ...

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Iowa City Regina players celebrate their Class 2A semifinal win on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

REGAL TREATMENT

State Softball

Eighth-ranked Iowa City Regina will play for its second state championship in three seasons after upsetting No. 2 Durant here Thursday afternoon at Rogers Park, 2-0. The Regals (29-11 overall) meet Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Diamond 1 at 4:55 p.m. Friday. Last year, Iowa City Regina was ...

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Maddie Wagner of Davenport Assumption celebrates after beating Center Point-Urbana in a Class 3A semifinal on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Assumption does it again

State Softball

One through nine in the order, Davenport Assumption’s potent lineup is already an embarrassment of riches. Throw in one of the state’s premier pitchers, and it’s not hard to figure out why the Knights entered the state tournament as the prohibitive favorite to win the Class 3A state ...

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Macy Johnson of Winterset scores against Oskaloosa during the Class 4A semifinals on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Rally carries Winterset to finals

State Softball

Execution and effort are staples of state softball tournament teams that stay on the winner’s side of the bracket. A little luck never hurts, either. Second-ranked Winterset seized an opportunity to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, plating three runs to take down defending Class 4A ...

Albia will play for 1st title

State Softball

Albia head coach Larry Achenbach was having a friendly chat with reporters when, out of nowhere, a gang of players carrying a jug of ice water sprinted his way and gave him a wake-up call yesterday evening at the Rogers Sports Complex. Newly drenched from head to toe, Achenbach could only ...

Kee earns shot to repeat in 1A

State Softball

Defending champion Kee High of Lansing continued to live up to its top-ranked billing here on Thursday, as the Hawks again advanced to the Class 1A title round with a 7-3 victory over Westwood at Rogers Park. No. 9 hitter Sydney Strong went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI to ...

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Hannah Elliott of Ballard connects for a hit against Charles City during a Class 4A semifinal on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Manufactured runs power Bombers

State Softball

Ballard didn’t need any help in its Class 4A state softball semifinal against Charles City here on Thursday. The fourth-ranked Bombers still got plenty of it from the mistake-prone Comets. All but one of Ballard’s runs came on plays in the infield as the Bombers posted a 6-1 victory and ...

Richmond’s bat, arm lift Rockets

State Softball

Randie Richmond did it all for ninth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Thursday. Richmond hit a two-run homer in the fifth and pitched a three-hitter, leading the Rockets to the Class 2A state championship game thanks to a 2-0 victory over Interstate 35 at Rogers ...

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Kelli Fogt of Waukee connects for a hit against Cedar Rapids Kennedy during a Class 5A semifinal on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Waukee back in title game

State Softball

Top-ranked Waukee is headed back to the Class 5A state championship game. The Warriors plated a run in the first and added an insurance one in the sixth, defeating No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday at Rogers Park, 2-0. Waukee (40-3 overall) advances to Friday’s title round vs. Pleasant ...

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Carli Spelhaug of Pleasant Valley catches a line drive against Urbandale during a Class 5A semifinal on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Spartans return to title round

State Softball

Carli Spelhaug’s fifth-inning solo home run on Thursday lifted Pleasant Valley to it second consecutive Class 5A state championship game here at Rogers Park. The seventh-ranked Spartans (34-8 overall) earned a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Urbandale in the semifinals. They meet No. 1 Waukee on ...

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Maddie Rolling of North Union misses the tag against Logan-Magnolia Kylan Straight during class 2A consolation semi-finals on Wednesday at Rogers Park

Warriors finish eighth in 2A

Local Sports

It was a tough Wednesday in the consolation rounds for North Union, as the Warriors dropped two games to finish eighth in Class 2A. North Union fell to Logan-Magnolia in the consolation semifinals, 8-0, and dropped another 8-0 decision to Waterloo Columbus for seventh. Senior Anna Ingalls ...

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Makayla Peters of Kee scores against Montezuma during Class 1A Quarterfinals on Monday

Semifinal previews

State Softball

Class 5A Waukee (39-3) vs. CR Kennedy (36-7) Top-ranked Waukee continues its chase for a fifth state title when they meet No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Diamond 1 Thursday at 11 a.m. The Warriors (39-3) won gold in 1999, 2000 and 2015. They ousted 10th-rated West Des Moines Dowling in ...

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Avery Terwilliger of Humboldt takes a picture of Humboldt 5th place trophy during class 3A consolations finals against Sioux Centers on Wednesday at Rogers Park

Consolation roundup

State Softball

Class 5A Fifth-place: WDM Valley 2, Johnston 1 West Des Moines Valley plated a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to best Johnston in the consolation final, 2-1. Mackenzie Ward recorded 11 strikeouts and scattered five hits, while Karley Kopaska and Claire Stalzer each drove in a ...

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Vicky Flores of Fort Dodge stands next to tennis icon Roger Federer during her Wimbledon trip in London, England.

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

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Vicky Flores tried to keep her emotions in check during her first-ever Wimbledon experience. She succeeded, but in the process, may have lost too much of her competitive edge. It was a learning experience in London for Flores, who advanced out of the junior qualifying round and into the main ...

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Humboldt Avery Terwilliger and Taylor Gidel (30) celebrates after beating Sioux Center during class 3A consolation finals on Wednesday

PROPER SEND-OFF

Local Sports

The fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team did exactly what they wanted here Wednesday at Rogers Park. They played Humboldt softball. The Wildcats doubled up No. 10 West Marshall, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals, then routed third-ranked Sioux Center in the consolation final, 10-0 in five ...

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Winterset players celebrate after their victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

GOT YOUR BACK

State Softball

Winterset junior Ally Pickering summed up the last 24 hours of her life by simply calling it “crazy.” Pickering’s younger sister and starting right-fielder, Corry, was involved in a car accident on her way to a send-off for the second-ranked Huskies Monday. She had 12 staples inserted ...