Advisory committee proposes mandatory facemasks

The softball advisory committee for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is recommending that the state consider mandating facemasks for infielders, including pitchers.

IGHSAU executive director Mike Dick said the matter was disc [...]

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Drahozal picks Upper Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS — Xavier High School all-state pitcher Erin Drahozal has committed to play softball at Upper Iowa University.

Drahozal, a senior, was 19-4 with a 1.97 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 146 innings last summer as Xavier went [...]

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Starting early a key to success

From eighth-grade varsity players to sophomore all-staters. That’s been the path for Alburnett catcher Maddison Volesky and shortstop Taylor Huber.

“Both kids, they started hot and just kind of stayed hot,” Alburn [...]

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Lowary, DCG deny Solon

FORT DODGE — No what-ifs. No should-haves.

The Solon Spartans simply got beat.

“We got beat, and we got beat bad,” said Coach Jim White.

Paige Lowary put a roadblock on Solon’s big-hitting, high [...]

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State softball schedule & scores


At Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge


Class 1A Third-Place

Ackley AGWSR 9, Martensdale-St. Marys 7

Class 2A Third-Place

Woodbury Central 8, Highland 3

Class 3A T [...]

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Highland settles for 4th

FORT DODGE — Woodbury Central jumped to a 5-0 lead and banged out 13 hits in an 8-3 win over Highland in the Class 2A third-place game at the state softball tournament Friday at the Rogers Sports Complex.

The No. 1 ranked teamc [...]

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Akron-Westfield ends Kee’s run

FORT DODGE — Don’t look at 12-1. Look at the big picture.

“In two years, we went from absolutely nothing to something,” said Lansing Kee senior catcher Ellie Heiderscheit.

And four innings away from e [...]

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Solon slams Carlisle, 7-3

FORT DODGE — She heard her teammate, and she knew.

She approached her coach, and she cried.

“I saw (Solon Coach) Jim (White in the third-base coaching box), and he was jumping up and down,” Emily Ira said. & [...]

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EBF snaps Highland’s streak

FORT DODGE — The No. 1 team gave a performance unworthy of its ranking, atypical of itself.

Too many errors, not enough clutch hits. In other words ...

“It just didn’t fall into place for us today,” [...]

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Kee’s amazing journey continues

FORT DODGE — The secret’s out.

In the most remote corner of northeast Iowa resides a remarkable softball transformation.

Eighth-grade pitcher Kendra Cooper wiggled out of a seventh-inning jam, and Lansing Kee conti [...]

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State softball schedule & scores


At Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge


Class 1A Semifinals

Lansing Kee 3, Ackley AGWSR 1

Akron-Westfield 3, Martensdale-St. Marys 2

Class 2A Semifinals

Eddyvill [...]

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J-Hawks finally score, earn 7th place in 5A

FORT DODGE — It took 20 innings, but Cedar Rapids Jefferson was able to get on the board.

And that made the J-Hawks winners in their season finale.

Tori Brandon singled home a run and Erin Kuba scored on a delayed steal o [...]

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Solon’s White believes coaching days are numbered

FORT DODGE — The clock of fatherhood, Jim White understands, is ticking. And it’s not about to slow down any time soon.

His boys are growing up.

The reality hit hard earlier this summer when his son’s USSSA [...]

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State softball schedule & scores


At Rogers Sports Complex, Fort Dodge


Class 5A Consolation

Semifinal — Muscatine 5, Waukee 0

Semifinal — Pleasant Valley 12, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0 (6)

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Dramatic turnaround continues as Kee advances to semifinals

FORT DODGE, Iowa -- Ellie Heiderscheit has seen plenty of losing. In her first two years on the Kee softball team, the Hawks won five games total.

So when the senior blasted a three-RBI triple on Tuesday to knock off second-ranked Lynnville [...]

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