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Bobcats win 4A title

State Softball

From unranked in the preseason to hoisting the Class 4A state title. The 2021 softball season will forever be memorable for Western Dubuque. Scoring single runs in the second, third and fifth, the Bobcats won their first-ever softball state championships here Friday evening, downing fellow ...

TITLE DREAMS

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Pace. Fort Dodge has spent an entire season — and actually, the better part of the last decade with this particular group of players — perfecting its pace. Aggressive, yet efficient. Assertive, yet mindful. Emotional, yet composed. Relaxed, yet unflappable. In sports, it’s the kind of ...

STATE CHAMPIONS

State Softball

It was a fitting final chapter in the storied careers for Newell-Fonda seniors Bailey Sievers, Maggie Walker and Ella Larsen Thursday night, as the Mustangs captured the Class 1A state softball title at Rogers Park. Kierra Jungers tossed a three-hitter and was named captain of the ...

STATE SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: Future is now for city, community

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With the ink still drying on a recently-announced five-year state softball contract extension between the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the city of Fort Dodge, Lori Branderhorst will soon be able to turn her attention to both the short- and long-term agenda at Harlan and Hazel ...

Lynx back on top

State Softball

For the second time in three years, North Linn claimed the Class 2A title, besting Earlham here Thursday night, 1-0. Following four scoreless innings, freshman Skylar Benesh launched a ball to deep center that was just out of the reach of the outfielder, allowing senior Olivia Rauch to ...

THE ENCORE

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The long ball? Check. Small ball? Check. Pitching? Definitely. Defense? Yep. The Fort Dodge softball team seemingly can do it all and the end result is another trip the Class 5A state softball title game. The top-seeded Dodgers put up eight runs in the first two innings and made them stand ...