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State Softball

Sailors snap quarterfinal hex, 4-0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

Friday’s Class 3A consolation championship was won by the Humboldt softball team well before they returned to Rogers Park. After placing a school-best fifth last year, the fourth-ranked Wildcats held on for a 5-4 victory over No. 2 and defending state runner-up Albia to finish third ...

Underdog Hoover earns 4A crown

All week long, unranked Des Moines Hoover played the role of Cinderella at Rogers Park. The fairytale came true for the Huskies Friday night, as they plated seven runs in the fifth to stun No. 2 ADM, 8-3, and win the Class 4A state title. In their first state tournament since winning it all ...

Assumption does it again

Ron Ferrill knew he needed to make a change. Not that senior pitcher Hannah Kelley wasn’t throwing well. Ferrill just felt a switch in momentum would help his top-ranked Davenport Assumption team get on track for good. So the head coach turned to a familiar name on the bench. Fast forward ...

Spartans repeat as 5A champs

For the second consecutive season, Pleasant Valley reigns atop the Class 5A state softball mountain. The Spartans became the first school to repeat in the state’s largest class since West Des Moines Valley in 2007-08 with a 3-0 victory over third-ranked Indianola at Rogers Park Friday ...

FD’s Winter in final innings of last state tournament

In a lot of ways, Friday will be like any other championship conclusion to an action-packed week for Rogers Sports Complex superintendent Jim Winter. He’ll be up before dawn, see the sunrise at the park, and close up shop once all of the post-tournament boxes have been checked deep into the ...

BEST FOR LAST

It was a battle between Mikayla Houge and Taryan Barrick in the Class 1A state championship Thursday night at Rogers Park. But in the end, it was a pair of upperclassmen for Collins-Maxwell that delivered them a title. Junior Hannah Caple drove in lone senior Katie Camp for the only run in ...

LATE-NIGHT HEROICS

State newcomer Louisa-Muscatine saved its best for last here Thursday night. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons scored two runs to dethrone Iowa City Regina for the Class 2A title inside Rogers Park, 4-3. Hailey Sanders, who pitched the final four innings of scoreless ball ...

SPECIAL BOND

She held it together for as long as she could, but by the time Loghen Schnetzer rounded third base and headed toward home — her teammates cheering, yelling and crying themselves while awaiting her arrival — the tears started to flow. “It was a really emotional moment, because I started ...

Humboldt can’t stop No. 1 Assumption

Doug Van Pelt summed it up perfectly after his fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team was bested by No. 1 Davenport Assumption here Wednesday. “They are the best team in the state for a reason — in any class,” Van Pelt said. “They’d won 55 games in a row at one point earlier this ...

Houge tosses gem

If you didn’t know who Mikayla Houge and Collins-Maxwell were before this week, you definitely do now. Houge, a sophomore, pitched a one-hitter to lead the second-ranked Spartans to the Class 1A state championship game here Wednesday at Rogers Park, 1-0 over No. 9 Lisbon. Collins-Maxwell ...

IC Regina will defend 2A title

No. 10 Iowa City Regina will defend its Class 2A state title after knocking off fourth-ranked Des Moines Christian here Wednesday at Rogers Park, 1-0 in eight innings. Lauren Marth singled in Carrigan O’Conner and Katie Bracken sat the Lions down in the bottom half of the inning to advance ...

AGWSR explodes late

Holding a slim 1-0 lead here Wednesday in the Class 1A semifinals, No. 4 AGWSR and sophomore Rachel Sicard finally found their groove in the fourth. The Cougars plated four runs to extend their lead, added two more in the sixth and pushed five more across home in the seventh to down No. 3 ...

Rookie Falcons earn 2A title shot

The pressure of being at state for the first time wasn't too much for No. 3 Louisa-Muscatine here Wednesday. The Falcons relied on the pitching of Hailey Sanders, timely hits and a near-flawless defense to top sixth-ranked Central Springs and advance to the Class 2A finals. Louisa-Muscatine ...