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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 ...

Steen mows down another foe, covers for silent Lynx bats in win

WEBSTER CITY — Baseball can be a funny, frustrating game where one night a team is hot and the next night it’s, well, not. The Webster City offense fell into that trap Wednesday night at Lynx Field. Just 24 hours after they shelled Saydel for 19 hits in a 16-7 romp, the Lynx mustered ...

HC Speedway loaded with renovations in 2018

WEBSTER CITY — Back in January, the Hamilton County Fair in Webster City inked a historic agreement with Webster City natives Todd and Janet Staley to operate weekly and special event racing events and other promotions at the Hamilton County Speedway. The Staleys have been involved with ...

THURSDAY’S DIAMOND BRIEFS

LYNX THE COMEBACK KIDS: Trailing 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Webster City baseball team found a way to claim its seventh consecutive victory last night at Lynx Field. With the bases loaded, junior clean-up hitter Dylan Steen blasted a shot into the gap in ...

WHEN ONE HITS, THEY ALL HIT

DES MOINES — For the first time all season, the Webster City baseball team was not crisp defensively here Tuesday night. Like, at all. Wild throws, bobbles, overrunning balls. It was shaky. Six errors shaky, to be exact, or four more than the Lynx had committed in their previous six ...

Martinez goes yard, Lynx truck Lions to take NCC lead

WEBSTER CITY — Romel Martinez knew what was coming even before Clear Lake right-hander pitcher Ben Finn went into his wind-up during the first inning at Lynx Field Monday night. With a 3-2 count, the Webster City senior lead-off hitter was sitting on a fastball. Finn obliged and a few ...

Clear Lake unleashes 12-run frame to take out WCHS on softball diamond

WEBSTER CITY — The top of the fifth inning was like a bad dream that neither Webster City head coach Jess Howard nor her players could wake up from at Lynx Field Monday evening. Trailing 6-1 entering its fifth at bat, Clear Lake sent 16 batters to the plate, roped seven hits and scored 12 ...

Harms, defense carry Hawks to 4th straight victory

JEWELL — South Hamilton didn’t exactly tear the cover off the ball in a Heart of Iowa Conference softball showdown at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Monday night. Then again, the Hawks didn’t have to. Sophomore Jessi Harms was in control in the circle and she received just ...

Gilbert builds big lead, hangs on to beat SH baseball

JEWELL — Gilbert roughed up South Hamilton starting pitcher Garrett Grady for 14 hits, three of which went for extra bases, and built a big lead before it hung on late for a Heart of Iowa Conference victory at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Monday night. The Tigers (6-2, 3-1 HOIC) ...

Resilient Lynx turn back CGD for first league win

CLARION — On cruise control early, only to find itself in a dogfight late, the Webster City softball team dug deep and found its way to a North Central Conference victory here Friday night. And, boy, did the Lynx ever need it. Playing without five-year starter and clean-up hitter ...

Lynx pitchers continue strikeout spree vs. CGD

CLARION — It wasn’t until the sixth inning of its fifth game that the Webster City defense finally made an error. Are the Lynx just that stable in the field? Maybe, but so far they really haven’t had to prove it. That’s what happens when a pitching staff is this ...

SH softball breaks out big lumber, wins Hudson tourney

HUDSON — The South Hamilton softball team said enough was enough here on Saturday. Stuck in a four-game funk to start the season, the Hawks were determined to end the drought at the Hudson Invite and they broke out the big lumber to make it happen. Behind four home runs in the opener, ...

Hawks play another HOIC power close, only to come up short

DES MOINES — South Hamilton baseball coach Kyle Galetich knows he has a good team. Now he just needs to get his players to believe it, too. Right now it’s the small things that are holding the Hawks back as they look for respectability inside the always tough Heart of Iowa ...

All in the family

WEBSTER CITY — A Hackbarth was the Most Valuable Player Wednesday evening at Lynx Field. But which one? There really isn’t a wrong answer to the question. Choose Max, a senior, or Nick, a sophomore, and you’ll get plenty of support for your conclusion. That’s how good they both ...

WCHS softball sputters against southpaw, falls

WEBSTER CITY — Kylie Voy is a southpaw, not exactly an anomaly, and yet, for whatever reason, she’s got Webster City’s number. And she continued to exploit that secret she seems to possess Wednesday evening at Lynx Field. Hampton-Dumont’s left-hander pitched her way to a third ...

Norse continue to throw up goose eggs, Hawks still search for win

JEWELL — Goose eggs have been the name of the game for the Roland-Story softball team this season. South Hamilton just happened to be the latest victim. Behind 13 strikeouts from pitcher Riley Holmgren and 15 hits, the Norsemen rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Hawks at the Mike ...

Hewitt’s gem wasted, Hawks stumble in HOIC for first time

JEWELL — Too many mistakes in the field and not enough aggressiveness at the plate proved costly for the South Hamilton baseball team at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Wednesday night. Despite a gem on the mound by senior right-hander CJ Hewitt, the Hawks fell to Heart of Iowa ...

What will I remember about Vogelbacher’s career? Not the records

Someday, some soccer whiz kid will lace up her cleats and fly right by Sarah Vogelbacher. It’s the inevitability of sports. Someone better always comes along. But for right now, as you sit here and read this, Vogelbacher is the best girls’ soccer player to ever put on a Webster City ...

A DELAYED PAIN: No. 10 Comets show off speed, cruise by Lynx in 1A regional

ALLEMAN — Start. Stop. Start again. Stop again. Start. The weather played tricks on the players during Tuesday night’s Class 1A Region 3 quarterfinal soccer match at Comet Field, but throughout the nearly three-hour marathon that featured two stoppages totaling approximately 90 minutes ...

Lynx bash 16 hits, throttle Storm Lake in 5

WEBSTER CITY — One hit turned into two, and then three, and then four, and then ... well, you get the picture. It was just what the Webster City softball team was looking for as it looked to beat the rain, and Storm Lake, Tuesday night at Lynx Field. The game was moved up two hours in ...