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State Softball

FDSH standout Adams commits to Iowa softball

IOWA CITY — Jalen Adams officially gave her verbal commitment to the University of Iowa softball program last Friday. Truth be told, though, this course was plotted in the mind of the Fort Dodge junior all-stater all along. Adams pledged her collegiate future to Renee Gillispie’s ...

CELEBRATION TIME IN OGDEN

Denali Loecker spent the summer chasing Iowa’s all-time softball home run record and she received plenty of notoriety during the process. But the record was never the goal, never the defining moment she sought. What she really wanted was a state title. The record is safe, but the future ...

Breakthrough title for Albia in 3A

A black headband sits on the forehead of Albia pitcher Jena Lawrence each time she steps into the circle, and it’s rather innocuous until she turns it around. In bold, block white letters, is just one word. LEGEND. She says she started to wear it as a joke, but it quickly became a part of ...

Clarksville makes Spartans miss

The third-ranked Clarksville softball team has been chasing a state championship for the past two seasons, but No. 1 Collins-Maxwell always held them back. This was the fifth meeting between the two programs in the last 770 days, and the Spartans had been victorious in every previous ...

BITTERSWEET

They took turns hugging each other, one by one. Long embraces. Sharing a lot of tears, meaningful words and even a few smiles. It wasn’t as much the championship loss that had the Fort Dodge softball team feeling particularly emotional, but rather, the reality of the finality. The 2020 ...

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Tenth-ranked Winterset entered the Class 4A state tournament field as the No. 7 seed on Monday, but walked out of Rogers Park as champions Thursday night. And they beat a long time rival to cap the improbable run to the top, too. An RBI single to center by Lauren Carter in the top of the ...

Hosting state a challenge in COVID world

Lori Branderhorst will readily admit this has been a challenging week at the state softball tournament. Given the chance to take a step back and reflect as the week draws to a close, though, the Fort Dodge parks and recreation director is taking a glass half-full approach to being the host ...

Jaguars 3rd in state debut

After suffering a loss to top-ranked Fort Dodge in the Class 5A state semifinals, fifth-seed Ankeny Centennial bounced back to finish third. The Jaguars (23-9 overall), who were making their first state trip in school history, defeated Muscatine (19-4) by a final of 10-0 in five innings on ...

Fillies finish 3rd in Class 4A

After losing to Winterset in the Class 4A semifinals, sixth-seed Dallas Center-Grimes knocked off fourth-seed North Scott in the third place game on Thursday at Rogers Park. The Fillies (21-10 overall) topped the Lancers (17-11) 8-4. DCG took an early 5-2 lead and put the game out of reach ...

GO FOR GOLD

The little team that could is all grown up and making history. Top-ranked Fort Dodge took a groundbreaking step into uncharted territory at the state softball tournament on Wednesday, defeating Ankeny Centennial by a 5-3 final on a sweltering afternoon at Rogers Park to reach the championship ...

UPSET SPECIAL

Adam Berte is definitely never going to forget his 100th career victory. Berte, a graduate of Twin River Valley and former Iowa Central baseball player, helped lead Williamsburg to one of the biggest upsets at the state softball tournament, ending Davenport Assumption’s bid to win four ...

Albia will play for 3A crown

Albia reached the Class 3A state championship game in 2017, falling to Davenport Assumption. Abigail Martin was a freshman on that team, watching as the Lady Dees came up just short of their goal. Now, as a senior, Martin will get a second shot at the gold, claiming a 2-1 victory over Mount ...

Cougars will play for 1st title

Cedar Rapids Kennedy put on a show Wednesday, and now the Cougars are a win away from the program’s first-ever state softball championship. Kennedy, the No. 2 seed in Class 5A, bashed three home runs and overwhelmed Muscatine by a 9-0 final on Kruger Seeds Field. Next up for the Cougars is ...

Spartans in line for three-peat

Top-ranked Collins-Maxwell wasted no time on their path to a three-peat in Class 1A on Wednesday. The Spartans (21-1 overall) scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, beating fourth seed Lynnville-Sully (19-3) 7-0 in a 1A semifinal at Rogers Park. University of Virginia ...

Clarksville reaches 1A finals with shutout

With all nine starters back from a year ago, Clarksville was able to punch their state finals ticket with a 4-0 victory over Lisbon in a Class 1A semifinal on Wednesday at Rogers Park. The Indians (18-1 overall) didn’t score until the fourth inning, but pitcher Kori Wedeking tossed a ...

4A upset queens

Cinderella is outfitted in black and gold at the state softball tournament. Two days after knocking off second-ranked West Delaware in a Class 3A quarterfinal, 10th-ranked and seventh-seeded Winterset pulled off its second straight upset yesterday morning, as the Huskies scored the go-ahead ...

Carlisle in line for repeat

Aubrey Furnal went 4-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead runs for Carlisle during a Class 4A semifinal on Veterans’ Diamond yesterday afternoon. But even after all of that, she still had to take a backseat to her younger sister. Take a bow, Caylin Furnal. You earned it.With top-ranked and ...

Family bond carries Ogden to title game

For the past five years, the senior members of the Ogden softball team have stuck together. On Wednesday afternoon, all the hard work and long hours put in during the summer paid off, as the Bulldogs plated four runs in the sixth to score a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Louisa-Muscatine ...

Lynx keep streak alive

You know the bats are hot when the seventh, eight and nine hitters in your lineup connect for home runs. For North Linn, that was just another day — and win — at the park. The Lynx posted their 31st consecutive victory here Wednesday, marching past Northeast and into the Class 2A state ...

One win away

Fort Dodge will attempt to reach the state championship round for the first time in school history on Wednesday, when the Dodgers face Ankeny Centennial in a Class 5A state softball semifinal on Dodger Diamond. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. On one hand, it’s a huge situation for ...