Western Dubuque settles in, pulls away

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An early hole didn’t force Western Dubuque to panic. Instead, the Bobcats calmly found their rhythm and used one big inning to put North Polk away here Tuesday at Rogers Park, 5-2. Next up for Western Dubuque (33-7 overall) will be Adel-ADM in the semifinals here on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ...

Spartans outlast Southeast Polk

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The message from Pleasant Valley’s Reagan Hassel was simple: just do it. Hassel, a sophomore, scored the game-winning run to finish a wild 11-10 victory over Southeast Polk that saw the Spartans see an eight-run lead evaporate. Pleasant Valley (34-7 overall) will face Ankeny Centennial ...

Centennial blanks City High to reach semis

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It was old-school softball as Ankeny Centennial took out No. 3 seed Iowa City High, 2-0, in a Class 5A quarterfinal on the Iowa Central Field Tuesday night. The Jaguars (32-9) manufactured runs in the first and third innings, and rode the strong pitching of senior Sam Klug into the ...

Waukee fights off defending champs

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Defending state champion Cedar Rapids Kennedy nearly had a rematch of last year’s state finals in the semifinals, but Waukee walked off for a spot against Fort Dodge. The Warriors (33-10 overall) scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to out last the Cougars (17-10) 9-8 in a 5A ...

Williamsburg rides momentum into semis

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One hit turned into two. Two turned into three. Three into four and so on for third-ranked Williamsburg in its Class 3A state quarterfinal against West Liberty yesterday at the Rogers Sports Complex. The Raiders opened the game 6 for 6 and rolled up 14 hits — two of them went for extra ...

North Union wraps up tourney play

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North Union finished up play at the state softball tournament on Tuesday, falling in the consolation round to Pella Christian, 5-3. Pella Christian plated two runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. For the Warriors, Sam Nielsen, Vanessa Von Bank and Naomi Jones all had a hit and ...