State Softball

FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

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 ...

Underdog Hoover earns 4A crown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Tennant delivers for ADM

Ashley Tennant has never been so happy not to draw a walk. It’s a big reason why she and her ADM teammates are one win away from a Class 4A state championship. Locked in a 6-6 game in the bottom of the sixth inning with first base open, Newton opted to pitch to the Tigers’ senior slugger ...

Indianola reaches finals in 5A

For the second consecutive game at the state tournament, the Indianola softball team’s offense exploded late to give them some breathing room. Star pitcher Sydney Sickels didn’t need it. The University of Illinois recruit was spectacular on Wednesday, firing a two-hit shutout with 16 ...

Spartans earn chance to repeat

Pleasant Valley is back in the Class 5A championship round, and the Spartans made their return with authority here on Wednesday. A seven-run fifth inning broke things wide open for top-seeded PVHS, which drubbed West Des Moines Valley at Rogers Park 9-4 last night. Junior Carli Spelhaug ...

INSTANT CLASSIC

It took elite skill to defeat Fort Dodge’s will at the state softball tournament here Tuesday. Lindsey Culver’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed third-seeded Cedar Rapids Jefferson to finally break free from the eighth-ranked Dodgers in a classic pitchers’ duel at ...

Houge sisters lead Collins-Maxwell to 1A finals

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 ...