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Bre Anderson of North Union tags Regina’s Mary Graff on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Regina pulls away from NU

Jon Prottsman was a little nervous as Iowa City Regina’s first-round game progressed, but after the sixth inning, that feeling quickly evaporated. Prottsman saw his Regals explode for five runs in the sixth and move into the Class 2A state softball semifinals with an 8-1 win over North Union ...

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Pocahontas Area's Elle Ruffridge and Grace Meyer were not only all-state basketball players, but cross country runners and track team members. Meyer also played softball at PAC.

Keep the plate full

I was a run-of-the-mill high school baseball player some 20 years ago, trying my best to hone my craft and find a competitive edge. Somewhere along the line — I guess specifically during the fall months of my junior year — I got the bright idea that if I just stopped playing basketball and ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge leaps to make a catch at Rogers Park in a regional semifinal.

A DECORATED CAREER

Maggie Harvey has never taken the recognition for granted — even as an outgoing senior who played in her last high school game this past week. The Fort Dodge standout was recently named a unanimous all-conference and all-district softball player for the fifth time in her career. It’s a ...

Ayala in finals at Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala is already making a name for himself on the nation’s biggest youth wrestling stage. Fort Dodge Senior High’s freshman-to-be scored a 10-0 major decision over Tommy Curran of Warrenville (Ill.) in the Cadet men’s freestyle semifinals at 88 pounds on Sunday, ...

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Fort Dodge’s Bryer Nelson, shown here during the regular season, had an RBI single to tie the score in the seventh inning at No. 9 Indianola on Friday in a Class 4A substate quarterfinal game.

Valiant Dodger effort comes up just short at No. 9 Indianola

INDIANOLA — Fort Dodge’s grind of a baseball season had this year’s Dodgers ready for postseason action, but they came up just short against No. 9 Indianola in a Class 4A substate quarterfinal here Friday night. The Indians (31-8 overall) got a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ...

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Members of Humboldt’s state-qualifying softball team are, front row (left to right): Mady Lange, Olivia Birdsell, Beth Duffield, Kaylee Sawyer, Maggie Bennett, Claire Varangkounh and Lizzie Tecklenburg; Back: Halie George, Kelsey Peters, Carlie Thompson, Kyah Arnold, Taylor Gidel, Ashlyn Clark, Avery Terwilliger, Ellie Jacobson, Rachel Darling and Jori Hajek.

SUCCESSFUL HABITS

HUMBOLDT — The opportunity is there for Humboldt to cap a storybook year. The fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats begin their quest for the first state softball title in school history at Rogers Park on Monday night, taking on Center Point-Urbana at 7:30 p.m. on Diamond 2. Since the fall, ...

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North Union state softball team members are, front row (left to right): Kyarsten Mullen, Anna Ingalls, Rachel Monson; Middle: Rory McClellan, Maddie Rolling, Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson, Shawna Person, Victoria Laubenthal; Back: Hope Steinberger, Katelyn Thackery, Ariel Olson, Kaylee Meyer, Brooklyn Prochniak, Callie Monson, Elyssa Marlow, Kaylee Tirevold, Kaitlyn Bierstedt, Avery Laabs.

TRIPLE PLAY

SWEA CITY —The Ingalls family has turned the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge into an annual summer vacation trip. For the third straight season, North Union has qualified for state under the direction of head coach Art Ingalls. Ingalls has guided the Warriors to five state trips ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge connects during the regular season at Rogers Park.

Harvey first team all-CIML

Maggie Harvey added one more honor to her incredible softball resume, securing unanimous status to the all-CIML Iowa Conference team this past week. Harvey, a Fort Dodge senior, was the lone Dodger named to the first squad. She was joined by eight other unanimous picks, including Johnston’s ...

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The Humboldt softball team watches Fort Dodge’s 5A regional final against Valley in West Des Moines on Tuesday night.

Mutual respect: Dodgers, Humboldt attend regional finals

WEST DES MOINES — It wasn’t a publicity stunt, or planned out much ahead of time. The Fort Dodge Senior High and Humboldt softball teams didn’t attend each other’s regional finals this week for attention or credit. They did it because it just felt right. On Monday night, the Dodgers ...

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Algona’s zoe Montag, a student at Bishop Garrigan, competed in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Target Field in Minneapolis.

ON TARGET

ALGONA — A 10-year-old girl from Algona recently excelled in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit, and Run competition, presented by Scotts. Zoe Montag, a student at Bishop Garrigan, achieved the top score in her age bracket in the local and regional competition, before heading to Target ...

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Humboldt celebrates after beating Southeast Valley in a Class 3A final on Monday in Humboldt.

‘Cats dominate NCC team

After finishing off a second consecutive championship run through the North Central Conference, the Humboldt softball team was honored with four first team all-league selections. The Wildcats, who advanced to the Class 3A state tournament, had unanimous picks in senior Avery Terwilliger and ...

Dodgers begin postseason at Indianola

INDIANOLA — The Fort Dodge baseball team opens postseason play here Friday night, taking on No. 9 Indianola in a Class 4A, Substate 2 contest. First-pitch is set for 7 p.m. The Dodgers (13-27 overall) enter having picked up three wins in their last four games, including a 4-2 victory ...

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The Fort Dodge softball MEETS TOGETHER after their 4-0 loss to Valley in West Des Moines on Wednesday. For more photos, visit CU at messengernews.net

Valley perfect in ousting Dodgers

WEST DES MOINES — Fort Dodge knew it had to flirt with perfection just to entertain the notion of upsetting second-ranked West Des Moines Valley in a Class 5A Region 2 softball final here on Tuesday. Instead, Tiger ace pitcher Mackenzie Ward was the perfect one. The senior right-hander ...

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Nick Clark greets his St. Edmond softball players on Monday in Montezuma.

Gaels grow immeasurably in Clark’s first year

MONTEZUMA – Nick Clark did plenty of teaching during his first season as a head coach with the St. Edmond softball program. He also learned quite a bit about himself and his team. Clark's Gaels bowed out in the Class 1A, Region 3 championship round here on Monday, dropping a 7-1 decision to ...

Gael rally not enough

The St. Edmond baseball team had plans for another run to the substate final. West Bend-Mallard ended all of that here Tuesday night in a flash. The Wolverines stunned the top-seeded Gaels at Rogers Park, 9-8, and advancing to a Class 1A, District 3 semifinal where they will meet Bishop ...

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Humboldt teammates Ashlyn Clark (26) and Kaylee Sawyer get ready to hug after their team’s Class 3A regional final win over Southeast Valley on Monday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Humboldt headed to state

HUMBOLDT — For the first time since 2006, the Humboldt softball team will make the short 14-mile drive south and compete in the state tournament. The fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats claimed the Region 3 championship here Monday night with a 5-0 victory over Southeast Valley. Ellie ...

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Gael teammates Jacque Oberg (left) and Jocy Timmerman walk off the field together after Monday’s regional final at Montezuma.

BITTERSWEET ENDING

MONTEZUMA — St. Edmond ran out of postseason magic one step shy of the state softball tournament here on Monday night. Homestanding Montezuma pulled away from the Gaels to post a 7-1 victory in a Class 1A Region 3 championship game, securing the school’s first-ever state berth and denying ...

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Tristin Doster of Fort Dodge scores against Sioux City East last Friday at Rogers Park.

Fort Dodge at No. 2 Valley for regional finals

WEST DES MOINES — For the 13th time in the last 15 years, the Fort Dodge softball team is playing in a regional championship game here on Tuesday. The degree of difficulty is much higher than most, as the Dodgers (18-20 overall) face second-ranked (Class 5A) West Des Moines Valley on the ...

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Maddie Rolling and the North Union softball team has qualified for the upcoming state tournament at Rogers Park in Class 2A.

North Union reaches state

SWEA CITY — North Union will return to Rogers Park, as the Warriors downed West Lyon here Monday night to claim a Class 2A state softball berth. After scoring a 3-2 win over Western Christian here in the Region 1 semifinal, No. 6 North Union clinched its third consecutive state bid by ...

Gaels begin tourney play

The St. Edmond baseball team opens Class 1A postseason play here at Rogers Park Tuesday night against West Bend-Mallard. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. The Gaels (13-15 overall) ended their regular season with a pair of losses to Webster City and Clear Lake last week. They have gone 6-6 this ...