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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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Brooke Waechter of Sigourney catches a fly ball against Akron-Westfield on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Sigourney stuns Akron-Westfield

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Cinderella took another step toward the Class 1A state softball championship here Monday at Rogers Park, as unranked Sigourney knocked off No. 2 Akron-Westfield in the quarterfinals, 7-3. The Savages (23-11 overall) now face Clarksville (28-2) on Thursday night in the semis on Diamond 2 at ...

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Kylan Straight of Logan-Magnolia tries to tag out Durant’s Broklyn Bullard on Monday in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Durant blanks Panthers

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Second-ranked Durant wanted to make sure they put an end to its first-round curse at Rogers Park. The Wildcats (32-7 overall), who have qualified for state three straight seasons, stayed on the winner’s side for the first time with a 9-0 victory over Logan-Magnolia (31-4). Durant will now ...

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Makayla Walleser of Kee connects for a single against Montezuma on Monday at Rogers Park.

Kee picks up where it left off, 18-1

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Defending Class 1A state champion Kee made an early statement here Monday, earning a record-setting 18-1 victory over Montezuma in opening round action at Rogers Park. The top-ranked Hawks (36-2 overall), who have made three championship games in four years, will face Westwood (30-10) on ...

Clarksville rallies to top Belle Plaine, 9-8

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Makayla Holub showed her experience Monday night in the state tournament at Rogers Park. Holub, one of just two seniors on the Clarksville roster, drove in the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth, leading the Indians to a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Belle Plaine. Clarksville ...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...