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Assumption explodes vs. Benton

State Softball

Top-ranked Davenport Assumption was on the doorstep of a tight finish in their Class 3A quarterfinal against Benton Community on Monday night. Then in the sixth inning, the Knights’ bats came to life. The Knights led 5-4 heading to the bottom of the sixth, when Davenport Assumption ...

All Westerners in opener

State Softball

Third-ranked Akron-Westfield wasn’t about to experience a 2017 repeat. Last year, when the Westerners (27-4 overall) were rated second, they were stunned by Sigourney in the quarterfinal round. The specifics may have seemed similar beforehand on Monday, but Akron-Westfield took care of ...

Central Springs shuts out Lo-Ma

State Softball

When Hannah Ausenhus needed a strikeout, the Central Springs junior reached back and delivered. Ausenhus got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth, as the sixth-ranked Panthers earned a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Logan-Magnolia to advance to the Class 2A semifinals here Monday at Rogers ...

AGWSR edges Janesville

State Softball

Inside the circle, there might not be a more imposing pitcher than Taryan Barrick. The state’s strikeout leader added to her total with 13 on Monday, but it was the offense that really got fourth-ranked AGWSR through the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Rogers Park. A pair of ...

Regina takes down Alta-Aurelia

State Softball

Once again, the Iowa City Regina softball team proved that records do not matter when it comes to the state tournament. The No. 10 Regals played moneyball early and powerball late, knocking off fifth-ranked Alta/Aurelia, 7-2, in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park Monday evening. Iowa ...

Reeder, Stults first-time winners on men’s side

Local Sports

It only seemed fitting that Ryan Reeder and Randy Stults stood in the same championship trophy photo after all was said and done Sunday at the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota County Golf Tournament, presented by The Messenger. The long-time friends had played hundreds of rounds together through ...

Emotions run high for Kuhlman; Conrad seals deal

Local Sports

First, Roxanne Kuhlman had to get back on her feet. Once she found a certain degree of comfort in life’s new normal, Kuhlman turned back to the game she loves for peace and perspective. Kuhlman captured her eighth career championship on Sunday in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster ...

Lisbon continues postseason run with 3-2 victory

Local Sports

For ninth-ranked Lisbon, the pressure to make it to Rogers Park was daunting. The Lions knocked off two-time defending champion and No. 1 Kee in the regional final to end a 14-year drought from the state tournament. On Monday in the first game on Diamond 2, Lisbon held off 11th-rated ...

Central Springs takes battle with Logan-Magnolia

Local Sports

When Hannah Ausenhus needed a strikeout, the Central Springs junior reached back and delivered. Ausenhus got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth, as the sixth-ranked Panthers earned a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Logan-Magnolia to advance to the Class 2A semifinals here Monday at Rogers ...

Our first pitch

Local Sports

On behalf of our entire staff and the city of Fort Dodge, I’d like to extend an early welcome and belated congratulations to the players, families and fans from communities all across Iowa. For the 49th consecutive year, the state softball tournament at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex ...

Cougars ride Barrick, timely hits into 1A semis

Local Sports

Inside the circle, there might not be a more imposing pitcher than Taryan Barrick. The state’s strikeout leader added to her total with 13 on Monday, but it was the offense that really got fourth-ranked AGWSR through the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Rogers Park. A pair of ...

Regina steals way past Alta/Aurelia, 7-2

Local Sports

Once again, the Iowa City Regina softball team proved that records do not matter when it comes to the state tournament. The No. 10 Regals played moneyball early and powerball late, knocking off fifth-ranked Alta/Aurelia, 7-2, in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park Monday evening. Iowa City ...

BACK FOR MORE

Local Sports

As far as Olivia Larsen is concerned, the ultimate achievement is always a state title regardless of the sport. For Larsen and unranked Newell-Fonda, their softball championship quest begins here at Rogers Park on Monday when they take on No. 2 Collins-Maxwell in a Class 1A quarterfinal round ...

Conrad storms out in front

Local Sports

Delaney Conrad took advantage of her opportunity to play in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County Golf Tournament presented by The Messenger here Saturday. Conrad, a junior-to-be at Southeast Valley in the fall, carded a round of 71 to earn a six-stroke lead over seven-time ...

ICCC makes track, XC decisions

Local Sports

Iowa Central Community College athletic director Kevin Twait announce the hiring of Nigel Bigbee as the newest member of the Triton track and field staff this week. “With the sudden and tragic passing of head men’s and women’s track and field coach Denny Myers a month ago, Iowa Central ...

BACK-TO-BACK

Local Sports

The run put together by Humboldt to reach the state softball tournament a year ago was expected. By becoming the first team in school history to make it back-to-back years, though, all those new faces around the Wildcat program have their own achievement on the resume now. No. 4 Humboldt ...

NCC names all-league selections

Local Sports

Underclassmen dominated the all-North Central Conference softball first team, led by eight sophomores. St. Edmond’s Jocy Timmerman was one of them. Timmerman led the eight Gaels placed on one of the three squads. Ella Vratny, Kacey Kruthoff, Erin Flattery, Jacque Oberg and Macey Mason all ...

FDSH ousted by North in substate

Local Sports

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge baseball team had their season come to an end here Saturday afternoon, falling in a Class 4A, Substate 1 contest to Sioux City North, 7-0. The Stars (19-14 overall) will now face Sioux City East on Monday at 5 p.m., with the winner of that contest advancing to ...

Ayala reaches Fargo quarterfinals

Local Sports

FARGO, North Dakota — Defending national champion Drake Ayala of Fort Dodge has reached the 106-pound quarterfinal round in the Cadet Freestyle bracket at the U.S. Marine Corps Fargo Nationals. Ayala, a state runner-up last February and a sophomore-to-be for the Fort Dodge Dodgers, recorded ...

Next on the tee: titles up for grabs this weekend

Local Sports

The top golfers in Webster County converge on the Fort Dodge Country Club and Lakeside this weekend for the 38th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota tournament, presented by The Messenger. Defending champions Eddie Doyle (men’s open division), Terry Miller (men’s senior), Kelsey ...