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Garrigan can’t stop Falcons

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The first state experience for Bishop Garrigan came to an end Tuesday, but left the Golden Bears with plenty of momentum and confidence for the coming years. After falling to Clarksville in the quarterfinals, the Golden Bears suffered a 10-0 loss in five innings to Wayne in the consolation ...

All together

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The Newell-Fonda softball team will get their chance at revenge against defending Class 1A state champion Collins-Maxwell. Behind timely hitting and key defensive plays, the fourth-ranked Mustangs posted a 7-4 victory over No. 7 Lynnville-Sully here Monday in the quarterfinals at Rogers ...

Algona’s upset bid falls short vs. two-time champs

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The Algona softball team showed they deserved to be at the state tournament Monday night. After falling in a 3-0 hole early, the Bulldogs pushed top-ranked (Class 3A) and two-time defending champion Davenport Assumption inside Rogers Park, coming up just short, 3-2. “I’m just beaming ...

Houge, Spartans roll to semis

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Even without what she deemed her best stuff, Mikayla Houge was still downright nasty inside the pitcher’s circle for top-ranked and defending Class 1A state champion Collins-Maxwell Monday on Kruger Seeds Field. A junior who has already committed to the University of Virginia, Houge gave up ...

Wedeking tosses one-hitter against Bishop Garrigan

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Clarksville ace Kori Wedeking has nobody to blame for her no-hit bid coming up an out short but herself. Wedeking allowed just a two-out base hit to Emma Fogarty in the seventh here Monday, leading the third-ranked Indians to a 5-0 victory over No. 9 Bishop Garrigan in the Class 1A ...

Lisbon holds off Wayne’s upset bid

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A sunny day was a welcome attraction on the opening day of the state softball tournament at Rogers Park. Lisbon benefitted from it more than any other team though. The second-ranked Lions broke up a scoreless contest in the fourth inning and then kept unranked Wayne silent for the most part ...

Raiders walk-off in eight

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Sam Stewart singled in Rachel Sobotka and ninth-ranked Mount Ayr celebrated a trip to the Class 2A semifinals with a 3-2 victory in eight innings here Monday over No. 10 Dyersville Beckman. The Raiders (26-2 overall) will now face top-ranked North Linn (40-4) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Stewart, a ...

Sparkling debut

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North Linn didn’t play like a team making its state tournament debut on Monday. The Lynx played like the team ranked No. 1 and seeded first in Class 2A as they pushed past Wapello, 6-0, on Krueger Seeds Field. The Lynx, now 40-4, had never played at the state tournament, and with just one ...

Warriors upset Panthers

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Abby Kraemer and 13th-ranked Alta-Aurelia picked a perfect time to play a nearly-perfect game. The Warriors scored their first win at state softball here Monday evening, knocking off No. 8 Central Springs in a Class 2A quarterfinal, 2-0. Alta-Aurelia (21-9 overall) will face fifth-ranked ...

Mustangs carry hot streak into semis

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East Marshall has been one of the hottest teams in the state and that continued right into the Class 2A quarterfinals at Rogers Park Monday. Senior catcher Madison Farrington blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and pitcher Kodie Hoskey took it from there as the Mustangs (32-4 ...

Sailors snap quarterfinal hex, 4-0

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For the first time in three appearances at state, the Waterloo Columbus softball team earned an opening round win. The Sailors scored three runs in the sixth to top Albia, 8-5, at Rogers Park late Monday night. Waterloo Columbus (36-5 overall) will now face top-ranked and two-time defending ...

‘PACK IS BACK

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The pursuit of a 2019 state championship officially began for the Fort Dodge softball team back in early May. In reality, this week is — yet again — the culmination of a dream almost a decade in the making for the Dodgers and head coach Andi Adams. Second-ranked and second-seeded Fort ...

Opening Day

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This week’s state softball tournament is the 50th to be played at Rogers Sports Complex. The 50th anniversary celebration will be next year, even though it’s technically the 51st championship. And don’t ask me if it will be the 50th or 51st annual at that point ... that’s a debate for ...

Family Ties: Elsbecker family will be busy at Rogers Park

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Growing up in the Elsbecker household, summer vacation consisted mainly of visiting Carroll and Marshalltown for the state baseball tournament. Now, state softball is taking a front seat. Matt Elsbecker is the former athletic director and baseball coach at Fort Dodge Senior High. Mike ...

State softball is a community effort

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The state softball tournament first arrived on Fort Dodge’s doorstep nearly 50 years ago, when a freshly-christened Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex was still in the beginning stages of its development. So much has changed since 1970. The sport has evolved. The Iowa Girls High School ...

Algona softball ready to continue impressive run

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ALGONA — Jackie Fonley and the Algona softball team have taken on a simple motto that has led them to the state tournament. “Why not?” said Fonley, the head coach of the Bulldogs. “It’s been our little saying this year, and it’s led us to some really great memories for the girls ...

Youthful Bishop Garrigan ready for state softball

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ALGONA — The Bishop Garrigan softball team made history with their regional final victory over AGWSR. Now, the young Golden Bears are hoping to pull more upsets at state. Ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Bishop Garrigan (29-6 overall) will face off against No. 3 Clarksville (31-1) in the ...

TRIP OF A LIFETIME

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field was in all its vibrant, sun-soaked splendor by the time Ashlyn Clark and her family walked out of the tunnel and into the majestic light of the Chicago Cubs’ world for the first time on Wednesday afternoon. The mother of the girl who is in the fight of her life took ...

Dodgers rally, come up short at Ankeny

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team showed the same heart and determination Blake Utley has learned to expect here Friday night. But in the end, it wasn’t enough, as the Dodgers were ousted in a Class 4A substate contest by Ankeny, 6-5. The Hawks (19-17 overall) now face Mason City on ...

Dodgers open 4A substate play

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team has started to find their groove at the right time. The Dodgers (16-23 overall) who struggled through an 11-game losing skid at one point, have bounced back to win six straight heading into their postseason opener on Friday. The Dodgers travel to face ...