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State Softball

Algona ends on high note

The Algona softball team has created momentum for themselves moving forward. After making a surprising run to the Class 3A state tournament, the Bulldogs finished off their season with a 5-4 victory in the consolations over No. 5 Albia at Rogers Park Tuesday. Not many expected Algona (18-11 ...

Hawks soar into semis

The youth of the West Delaware softball team stepped up Tuesday at Rogers Park. Sophomore Eve Wedewer and junior Macey Kleitsch each drove in two runs, and Kleitsch quieted the Independence hitters to lift the Hawks to an 8-2 victory in the Class 4A semifinals. Next up for sixth-ranked West ...

Johnston fights off Indianola

Johnston landed the first and the final shots in its Class 5A quarterfinal thriller with Indianola here Tuesday night. After the fourth-ranked and defending state runner-up Indians went up 2-1 on a Sammie Becker’s solo homer in the sixth inning, the No. 5 Dragons responded, scoring twice to ...

Small ball carries Carlisle

Making a mid-summer pilgrimage to the state softball tournament never gets old for Webster City native Jim Flaws. He hopes to head home later this week toting a shiny new trophy, too. And if Tuesday’s performance by his top-ranked Carlisle team is any indication, he’s got a good ...

Waukee rolls into 5A semis

Class 5A top-ranked Waukee served notice to the rest of the field — It’s going to take a lot to beat the Warriors. The No. 1 ranked team in the state made quick work of Ottumwa in a quarterfinal game Tuesday at Rogers Park, scoring early and often for an 8-0 win over the ...

North Scott walks off

It’s something every Iowa softball player dreams about. Bases loaded, extra innings at the state tournament inside Rogers Park. For North Scott junior Sam Lee, it was a dream come true. Lee delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Lancers a dramatic 3-2 ...

Comets advance in last at-bat

Charles City head coach Brian Bohlen doesn’t like to see his team playing tense. That’s exactly what Bohlen saw early on here Tuesday in a Class 4A quarterfinal vs. No. 7 Dallas Center-Grimes. But once the fourth-ranked Comets relaxed, things started to come together, ending with a 4-3 ...

Little Hawks roll into semis

Sixth-ranked Iowa City High may have been the underdog in the program, but on the field Tuesday night, they were the powerhouse. The Little Hawks (35-7 overall) pounded out 11 hits on their way to a 10-2 victory over third-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy (37-3). City High will now face ...

True tosses no-hitter

West Liberty’s “year of firsts” continued here Tuesday at the state softball tournament. The No. 4 Comets picked up a 10-0 victory in five innings over No. 7 Treynor to advance to the Class 3A semifinals at Rogers Park. West Liberty (29-5 overall) will meet No. 2 Louisa-Muscatine on ...

Falcons fly into semis

The pressure to live up to expectations can be unbearable, something defending state champion Louisa-Muscatine experienced as it tip-toed through regional play earlier this month. Runs were hard to come by as the Falcons’ confidence dwindled. “Especially since we won last year, everyone ...

Garrigan can’t stop Falcons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...