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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 ...

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Albia fans react after Hannah Isley hits a solo home run against Boyend-Hull Rock Valley during Class 3A quarterfinals on Tuesday

FD’s pride comes from its people

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When Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation director Lori Branderhorst thinks of the state softball tournament and its 47-year relationship with Rogers Sports Complex, she doesn’t see the money or the amenities first. She sees the people. ‘‘This event is all about the workers, the volunteers ...

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Sarah Schaefer of Waukee pitches against Dowling Catholic during class 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday

WAUKEE ZONED IN

State Softball

Sometimes, simple is better. Especially when it comes to handling the pressures of the state softball tournament. Top-ranked Waukee may be the odds-on-favorite to capture the Class 5A championship this week at Rogers Park, but the Warriors aren’t about to make any assumptions after what ...

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Pleasant Valley’s Alexia Lara is mobbed after hitting the game winning home run against Valley. The Spartans advance to the semifinals and will face Urbandale.

Lara hits game winner for Spartans

State Softball

Pleasant Valley junior Alexia Lara never gets cheated when she’s standing in the batter’s box. Her swing is long and violent, but also a thing of beauty when she gets the sweet spot of the bat on the center of the ball. “I’ve been told I swing hard all the time,” Lara said. “I ...

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Skylar Rigby of Ballard celebrates after teammate Isabell Hobbs hits a home run against Carlisle during class 4A quarterfinals on Tuesday

Hobbs drives in six for Bombers

State Softball

Ballard exploded for seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back here Tuesday night in an 11-5 Class 4A state quarterfinal victory over Carlisle at Rogers Park. Isabell Hobbs drove in six runs for the fourth-ranked Bombers (34-5 overall), who set the school record for ...

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Lauren Hauser of Mount Vernon hits a RBI single against Sioux Center during Class 3A quarterfinals

Mustangs snap first-round jinx

State Softball

Mount Vernon is hoping the third time is a charm at this year’s state softball tournament. Class 3A qualifiers in each of the last three postseasons, the Mustangs finally got the quarterfinal monkey off their back with a resounding 11-5 victory over third-ranked Sioux Center at Rogers Park ...

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Skyler Shellmyer of Urbandale slides pass Avery Guy of Cedar Rapids Jefferson during class 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday

Urbandale back in 5A semifinals

State Softball

Urbandale salvaged what was otherwise a rough day for the CIML against eastern Iowa schools, plating single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Class 5A quarterfinal here on Tuesday night, 5-3. Skyler Shellmyer, Allison Yoder and Jessica Walljasper ...

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Hannah Isley of Albia celebrate with her teammates after a solo home run against Boyden-Hull Rock Valley during Class 3A quarterfinals on Tuesday

Isley powers Lady Dees

State Softball

Carter Isley isn’t the only member of his family making history. Hannah Isley, the younger sister of the former two-time state champion and current University of Northern Iowa wrestling standout, hit a pair of home runs to help the Lady Dees advance to the Class 3A semifinals with a ...

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Ashley Hamilton of Cedar Rapids Kennedy reacts after teammate Jenna Schwartzhoff hits her first home run against Johnston during class 5A quarterfinals on Tuesday

Kennedy snaps tourney hex

State Softball

It took 35 years, but Cedar Rapids Kennedy can finally bask in the glow of a victory at the state softball tournament. And the Cougars had to beat the team that has been nearly unbeatable at the Rogers Sports Complex in recent years to get that monkey off their backs. A three-run home run ...

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Devan Welch of Oskaloosa tags Mount Pleasant Trinity Krabill during class 4A quarterfinals on Tuesday

Moorman delivers in extras for Indians

State Softball

Oskaloosa head coach Jay Harms is a member of the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, owns over 800 career wins and won the Class 4A state championship last summer. But even he couldn’t have predicted what happened Tuesday at Rogers Park. Freshman shortstop Meghan Moorman ...

Schmidt comes through for Comets

State Softball

Charles City junior Tayler Schmidt is one of the top hitters in the state. On Tuesday night, Schmidt was given not only a second, but a third chance, to hurt Fairfield. And she took advantage. Schmidt reached on a walk and scored the game-winning run when senior Shantel VanHauen delivered a ...

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GET TO KNOW… Anna Ingalls, North Union

State Softball

Anna Ingalls of North Union has helped lead her team to their third straight state tournament. The Warriors were sixth last season and fifth in 2015. Ingalls has a record of 23-4 with 225 strikeouts. The senior is also batting .432 entering the tournament with 15 stolen ...

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Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala reacts to his championship in the 88-pound Cadet men’s freestyle division on Monday in Fargo, N.D.

FD’s Ayala wins national title

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FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala saved his best for last at the prestigious U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior National Tournament here on Monday. Yet in the eyes of the Fort Dodge Senior High wrestling program, this is just the beginning. The Dodgers’ freshman-to-be captured a national ...

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Humboldt's Ellie Jacobson tries to tag out Reagan Schuttle of Center Point-Urbana on Monday in a Class state quarterfinal at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

POINTER SISTERS

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No matter what pitch Ellie Jacobson threw and no matter where she placed it, Center Point-Urbana was there to put a charge into it. That’s the kind of night it was for the Humboldt freshman pitcher and her Wildcat teammates on Monday during a Class 3A quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at Rogers ...

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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

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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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Interstate 35 celebrates after beating Central Springs on Monday at Rogers Park.

I-35 finds a way late

State Softball

Interstate-35’s motto “Hold the Rope” stood true to form in their Class 2A quarterfinal victory on Monday at Rogers Park. The third-ranked Roadrunners (27-4 overall) walked off into the semifinals with a 4-3 victory over No. 10 Central Springs (29-5) in eight innings. “We believe in ...

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Taylor Hogan of Waterloo Columbus slides against Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Rockets take off in 7th, 7-2

State Softball

Ninth-ranked Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s pursuit of a second appearance in the Class 2A state championship game in the last four years got off to a good start on Diamond 2 at Rogers Sports Complex on Monday afternoon. The Rockets’ offense came alive in the seventh inning and pitcher ...

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Westwood Brookyn Topf (3) and Kalie Toben celebrate after beating Colfax-Mingo on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Westwood prevails in slugfest

State Softball

Westwood and Colfax-Mingo matched the ever-rising temperatures Monday at Rogers Park, putting on an offensive clinic in a Class 1A state quarterfinal. The Rebels were the ones left standing, advancing to a semifinal meeting with No. 1 and defending state champion Kee behind an 11-9 ...

Assumption impresses

State Softball

Top-ranked Davenport Assumption has a bad taste in its mouth after last season’s Class 3A championship, but the Knights got off to a quick start in their return to Rogers Park on Monday. Nicole Timmons and Hannah Kelley combined to pitch a one-hitter on their way to a 10-0, six-inning ...