State Softball

Triple crown

For the third consecutive summer, the Class 3A state softball championship trophy will make the 3 1/2-hour trek across Iowa before it takes up permanent residence in Davenport. A little bit of history was made in the process as well. Top-ranked Davenport Assumption (41-2) built a 7-0 lead ...

Tunnel vision

Jim Flaws was emotional long before he got one for his thumb Friday at Rogers Park. Sixty former players formed a tunnel for Flaws and his players as they reached the pass gate prior to the start of the Class 4A state championship game. And in that moment, Flaws knew he was in for a special ...

Restore the roar

West Des Moines Valley’s bark got louder and louder as state softball week progressed. By Friday night, the seventh-seeded Tigers were underdogs no more. Feeling very overlooked and even a little disrespected, Valley used a rare opportunity to sneak under the radar as motivation when the ...

FD, IGHSAU have ‘a true partnership’

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union executive director Jean Berger knows a championship event isn’t just about the games or the facility. Berger is a firm believer in bringing the personality of a tournament to life through the passion of its people. The Winterset native remains confident ...

DRAMATIC FLAIR

Defending a state championship is a tough task. Carrying a big target and getting everyone’s best shot night in and night out can lead to some tense moments. Top-ranked Collins-Maxwell (28-1 overall) danced through those issues on Thursday night, winning their second straight Class 1A ...

North Linn makes history

The first time was the charm for North Linn. In its maiden voyage at the state softball tournament, the Lynx won the Class 2A championship with a 3-0 shutout over No. 13 Alta-Aurelia on Thursday at Rogers Park. Junior Abby Flanagan shut down the entire tournament, and on Thursday night, she ...

Mustangs place 4th in Class 1A

In her first season as Newell-Fonda head coach, Courtney Darrow couldn’t have been more proud of her softball team. The fourth-ranked Mustangs (38-7 overall) finished fourth in Class 1A, suffering a loss to second-ranked Lisbon (34-7) by a 4-2 count on Thursday night. In her opening act ...

GLASS HALF FULL

The Fort Dodge softball team didn’t want to be playing on Wednesday afternoon, but the Dodgers also didn’t want to let one loss define what had been one of the program’s most successful seasons to date. The second-ranked Dodgers were still reeling less than 20 hours after a heartbreaking ...

Collins-Maxwell storms past Newell-Fonda, into finals

Collins-Maxwell ace Mikayla Houge doesn’t need much offense, but her Spartan teammates gave her plenty of support anyway in the Class 1A semifinal round on Wednesday at Rogers Park. Houge, a junior who has committed to the University of Virginia, tossed a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the ...

Clarksville wins thriller

In as classic a state softball game as there could be, Clarksville found its way back to the state championship game with a 1-0 win over Lisbon in the 1A state semifinals at Rogers Park on Wednesday afternoon. The Indians managed to scratch across a run in the top of the fifth inning, then ...

Carlisle prevails on walk-off HR

Kennedy Preston knew has soon as the ball hit the bat that she had sent Carlisle into the Class 4A state championship round. “It hit the center of my bat, and man, it flew,’’ Preston said of her late heroics. With two outs, the top-ranked Tigers trailed No. 6 West Delaware by one run in ...

Up a class, Falcons take 3A shot

Louisa-Muscatine did it in Class 2A last year. Now, the Falcons will look to repeat the feat — this time, in 3A. The second-ranked Falcons (35-4 overall) advanced past No. 4 West Liberty (29-6) on Wednesday in a Class 3A semifinal. It won’t be an easy task for Louisa-Muscatine, as ...

Assumption back in finals

Allie Timmons doesn’t need a lot of run support when she’s in the pitching circle, so an early first inning run seemed insignificant. But for Davenport Assumption, it may have been the most important run of the game this year’s state tournament run for the team so far. That run, plus ...

Top-seeded Waukee moves on

Waukee has now reached the state finals in odd-numbered years the past three times, and the top-ranked Warriors are hoping they can duplicate the 2015 run to the top. Waukee (40-3 overall) earned a 3-1 win over Johnston (35-9) to reach their fifth state championship contest. The program is in ...

WDM Valley continues late surge

Seventh-seeded Valley may have hit a rough patch heading into the postseason, but once the state title was on the line, the Tigers responded. Valley (31-10 overall) will look for the seventh state championship in school history and first since 2010 after defeating sixth-ranked Iowa City High ...

Another walk-off winner for Lancer Lee

Every player dreams of a walk-off hit and winning the game in the final at-bat. Sam Lee has already made her dreams come true at Rogers Park this week — twice. After a sacrifice fly to win third-ranked North Scott’s (28-14 overall) quarterfinal game on Tuesday, she did again to ...

North Linn surges into 1A’s golden round

North Linn had never been to the state softball tournament before this year. That hasn’t stopped the Lynx from putting on a dominating performance. Just as they did in the quarterfinals Monday night, the Lynx used plenty of offense and pitching for an 8-1 win over Mount Ayr in the 1A ...

Alta-Aurelia continues late-season push

Senior Abby Kraemer is making the most out of Alta-Aurelia’s only trips ever to the state tournament. A year removed from their first state appearance, the Warriors (22-9 overall) will play for the Class 2A state championship after defeating fifth-ranked East Marshall (32-5) by a 2-1 count ...

GET TO KNOW: Abby Flanagan, North Linn

North Linn’s junior pitcher came into the tournament with a 26-2 record and an 0.58 earned run average. The Lynx are now in the championship round, thanks in large part to Flanagan’s 14 innings pitched, one earned run and 21 strikeouts in two complete-game performances. She has surrendered ...

Agony of defeat

All the stars seemed to be aligned for the Fort Dodge softball team heading into a Class 5A quarterfinal contest against West Des Moines Valley at Rogers Park. The Dodgers brought the higher ranking, higher seed and a regular-season doubleheader sweep of the Tigers into Tuesday’s matchup. ...