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SLIPPED AWAY: Hawks hammer Norse early, can’t hang on late

STORY CITY — The long faces and silence as the South Hamilton players milled around their dugout late Friday night painted the picture perfectly. Frustration. Disappointment. And probably a dozen other emotions. It began so well, but sometime around the fourth inning it simply fizzled ...

Hot day, cold bats for Hawks against No. 10 Solon

ROLAND — A slap base hit here, a blooper there, and all of a sudden the South Hamilton softball team found itself in a hole on Friday. Throw in some silent Hawk bats and that was the ballgame. Tenth-ranked (Class 3A) Solon nickel and dimed South Hamilton into submission on a scorching ...

Top of order thrives, Lynx go unbeaten at MSM Invite

MARTENSDALE — At times the season has been a roller coaster ride for the Webster City softball team, but one thing has remained constant throughout — the top of the order can flat out hit. And that was on display during a successful Saturday here under the scorching sun. The Lynx top ...

Ankle surgery ends the prep career of Lynx senior Nerland

WEBSTER CITY — An ankle injury has ended the prep softball career of Webster City senior Cassidy Nerland. The five-year starter, who suffered the injury during practice back on May 31, will have surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn muscle and ligament in the ankle. She’s been in a ...

SPLITSVILLE: Hawks strike first, Cubs get even in nightcap

JEWELL — The South Hamilton scorecard was a mess, with starters’ names scratched out in favor of reserves Wednesday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex. A lot had changed with the Hawks since they began their suspended game against Nevada way back on May 25. Injuries have been ...

Flush it: Hawks aim to forget all about Nevada game

JEWELL — CJ Hewitt was locked in. He was hitting his spots, getting ground balls and on his way to the dugout after a pretty stress-free first inning. And that’s when the engine blew, the tires popped and the wheels fell off — all at the same time. A first-inning error that would ...

Worth the wait: Lynx hand No. 4-ranked Humboldt first loss

HUMBOLDT — Some 457 hours after it started, Webster City finally ended it. And it was so worth the wait. A bases loaded walk to Zoey Woodle in the bottom of the seventh inning started the celebration, as the Lynx handed fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt its first loss of the season, 2-1, ...

Lynx rip 9 hits, close gap against Boone

BOONE — Records can be deceiving. What isn’t is power. Boone has plenty of the latter and it was on display Tuesday night. With eight losses to ranked teams on its resume, the Toreadors are perhaps an unassumingly talented team, but they certainly got Webster City’s attention in an ...

SLUMP BUSTER: Hawks break out of funk against BCLUW

BEAMAN — Kyle Galetich felt the weight of the world slowly lift off his shoulders with each hit that his South Hamilton baseball team produced here Tuesday night. The frustration? Alleviated. The extended run of misfortune? Gone. The fun of the game? Back again. The Hawks belted 14 ...

Gaels pounce early, hand Lynx league loss

WEBSTER CITY — Jacque Oberg was the star, but make no mistake about it, her supporting cast was no slouch either Monday night at Lynx Field. Oberg, a Fort Dodge St. Edmond junior, left the yard in the fifth inning and drove in three runs, and the Gaels feasted on Webster City’s pitching ...

Ratzke’s solo bomb sets off Hawks in rout of Rams

JEFFERSON — It was anybody’s game, right up until the moment the South Hamilton offense detonated in the sixth inning here Monday night. Tied at 1 when they came up to open the sixth, the Hawks rattled off six hits and scored six runs to pull away from Greene County. They added three ...

Rams feast at plate, SH baseball stumbles for sixth straight time

JEFFERSON — There are some nights that baseball teams would rather forget. Monday just happened to be one of those nights for South Hamilton. Greene County touched Hawks’ right-handed pitcher Garrett Grady for 15 hits and scored in all five of its at bats en route to an 11-1, ...

School’s Out Show at Hamilton County Speedway

WEBSTER CITY — Super-fast racing was in session on Saturday for the School’s Out Super Summer Spectacular presented by Casey’s General Stores at the Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive. Charlie McKenna of Ames powered to his second victory of the season in the ...

Same old Carlisle

WEBSTER CITY — Stupid question, but here goes anyway: Do you think Carlisle ever gets bored being this good year after year? OK, probably not. This year’s version of the Wildcats’ softball team can hit for power or play small ball. They have speed for days and are aggressive on the ...

COMING OF AGE: Stoakes shines at Classic

WEBSTER CITY — In just a short amount of time, Kelly Stoakes has become as dependable as anyone that head coach Jess Howard has in her Webster City softball lineup. The eight-grade left-handed stick can hit line drives to all parts of the park and as she showed on Saturday, she can came ...

Hits few and far between for Hawks in loss to No. 8 N. Polk

JEWELL — Heart of Iowa Conference title contender North Polk got on the sticks and pulled away over the middle innings to hand South Hamilton its fifth consecutive baseball setback Friday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex. The eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Comets busted up a 1-1 game ...

THE HEALING

WEBSTER CITY — The scab was visible and on the mind of the entire Webster City softball team as it watched the top of the sixth inning unfold Wednesday night at Lynx Field. Would the wound heal or would it be opened again with all of the pain that comes along? Let the healing process ...