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Keeping kind in mind

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A number of special storylines dominated the 2018 state softball tournament last week. It was the year of perfect weather. Upstart and unranked Des Moines Hoover captured the Class 4A state championship in its first trip to Fort Dodge since 1982. Dominant Davenport Assumption repeated as the ...

Area players flood all-TLC teams

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A dozen area players from the Twin Lakes Conference were recently honored for their efforts on the baseball field with first team all-league status. Pocahontas Area’s Jace Davidson, Shea Ruffridge and Chase Boeve; South Central Calhoun’s Kyler Steinborn and Zane Neubaum; Newell-Fonda’s ...

MNW grad goes into Hall of Fame

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Andrea (Schreier) Sawatzky, a graduate of Manson Northwest Webster and Southwest Minnesota State University, was recently inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame. Joining Sawatzky were Donna Palivec, James McNear III, Nate Hendrickson, Ryan ...

Area players earn all-NCC honors

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Webster City’s Romel Martinez and Algona’s Trevor Bormann were named unanimous all-North Central Conference baseball selections recently. Both seniors were tabbed on all the ballots cast by coaches. Joining Martinez on the first team from the Lynx were Max Hackbarth and Dylan Steen as ...

FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

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Friday’s Class 3A consolation championship was won by the Humboldt softball team well before they returned to Rogers Park. After placing a school-best fifth last year, the fourth-ranked Wildcats held on for a 5-4 victory over No. 2 and defending state runner-up Albia to finish third ...

Area players earn all-district softball honors

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Thirteen area softball players were recognized by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association as all-district players recently. Fort Dodge’s Bre Tjebben and Daphne Alstott were honored in Class 5A, with St. Edmond’s Jocy Timmerman and Erin Flattery earning 1A recognition. Webster City’s Haley ...

Underdog Hoover earns 4A crown

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All week long, unranked Des Moines Hoover played the role of Cinderella at Rogers Park. The fairytale came true for the Huskies Friday night, as they plated seven runs in the fifth to stun No. 2 ADM, 8-3, and win the Class 4A state title. In their first state tournament since winning it all ...

Assumption does it again

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Ron Ferrill knew he needed to make a change. Not that senior pitcher Hannah Kelley wasn’t throwing well. Ferrill just felt a switch in momentum would help his top-ranked Davenport Assumption team get on track for good. So the head coach turned to a familiar name on the bench. Fast forward ...

Spartans repeat as 5A champs

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For the second consecutive season, Pleasant Valley reigns atop the Class 5A state softball mountain. The Spartans became the first school to repeat in the state’s largest class since West Des Moines Valley in 2007-08 with a 3-0 victory over third-ranked Indianola at Rogers Park Friday ...

FD’s Winter in final innings of last state tournament

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In a lot of ways, Friday will be like any other championship conclusion to an action-packed week for Rogers Sports Complex superintendent Jim Winter. He’ll be up before dawn, see the sunrise at the park, and close up shop once all of the post-tournament boxes have been checked deep into the ...

BEST FOR LAST

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It was a battle between Mikayla Houge and Taryan Barrick in the Class 1A state championship Thursday night at Rogers Park. But in the end, it was a pair of upperclassmen for Collins-Maxwell that delivered them a title. Junior Hannah Caple drove in lone senior Katie Camp for the only run in ...

LATE-NIGHT HEROICS

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State newcomer Louisa-Muscatine saved its best for last here Thursday night. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons scored two runs to dethrone Iowa City Regina for the Class 2A title inside Rogers Park, 4-3. Hailey Sanders, who pitched the final four innings of scoreless ball ...

SPECIAL BOND

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She held it together for as long as she could, but by the time Loghen Schnetzer rounded third base and headed toward home — her teammates cheering, yelling and crying themselves while awaiting her arrival — the tears started to flow. “It was a really emotional moment, because I started ...

Humboldt can’t stop No. 1 Assumption

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Doug Van Pelt summed it up perfectly after his fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team was bested by No. 1 Davenport Assumption here Wednesday. “They are the best team in the state for a reason — in any class,” Van Pelt said. “They’d won 55 games in a row at one point earlier this ...

Houge tosses gem

State Softball

If you didn’t know who Mikayla Houge and Collins-Maxwell were before this week, you definitely do now. Houge, a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter to lead the second-ranked Spartans to the Class 1A state championship game here Wednesday at Rogers Park, 1-0 over No. 9 Lisbon. Collins-Maxwell ...

IC Regina will defend 2A title

State Softball

No. 10 Iowa City Regina will defend its Class 2A state title after knocking off fourth-ranked Des Moines Christian here Wednesday at Rogers Park, 1-0 in eight innings. Lauren Marth singled in Carrigan O’Conner and Katie Bracken sat the Lions down in the bottom half of the inning to advance ...

AGWSR explodes late

State Softball

Holding a slim 1-0 lead here Wednesday in the Class 1A semifinals, No. 4 AGWSR and sophomore Rachel Sicard finally found their groove in the fourth. The Cougars plated four runs to extend their lead, added two more in the sixth and pushed five more across home in the seventh to down No. 3 ...

Rookie Falcons earn 2A title shot

State Softball

The pressure of being at state for the first time wasn't too much for No. 3 Louisa-Muscatine here Wednesday. The Falcons relied on the pitching of Hailey Sanders, timely hits and a near-flawless defense to top sixth-ranked Central Springs and advance to the Class 2A finals. Louisa-Muscatine ...

Hoover chases 4A title

State Softball

It took Des Moines Hoover 36 years to get back to Fort Dodge for the state softball tournament. Now that the Huskies are at Rogers Park, they’re ready to make their championship dreams become a reality. An 11-run third inning brought that plan into focus during a Class 4A semifinal ...

Norse will play for 3A crown

State Softball

Pitch after pitch, the Roland-Story battery of Riley Holmgren and Hailey Louw kept pushing the boundary. And pitch after pitch, they kept getting the call they were after. Using a bloated strike zone to their advantage, Holmgren and Louw systematically silenced the bats of Albia in a Class 3A ...