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Lynx softball begins the ‘new normal’ with positive results

WEBSTER CITY — In some ways, it was a typical June morning at the Webster City softball field on Monday. Players were scattered around the diamond for drill work on the opening day of practice for the upcoming season, and everyone in attendance was happy to be together once again. It ...

Eagle Grove having 2nd thoughts on baseball, softball seasons

EAGLE GROVE — Like all school districts in Iowa, Eagle Grove has been keeping a close eye on the area COVID-19 count as the high school baseball and softball season approaches. Recent concern over the growing number of positive cases in Wright County elicited a response from EGCSD ...

3 teenagers take on task of trying to bring basketball to Wehrheim Park

WEBSTER CITY — Local teenagers Keegan Hisler, Delainey Bargfrede and Josh Stansfield would like to see basketball come to Wehrheim Park in the southwest section of Webster City, and they’re doing everything they can to make it happen. After presenting their idea of a basketball court at ...

SH approves summer baseball and softball

JEWELL — South Hamilton announced late Thursday evening that it will participate in summer baseball and softball, setting the stage for a month-long campaign against its Heart of Iowa Conference opponents. Satisfied that the proper safety measures will be implemented, the South Hamilton ...

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER

For the last decade, a typical summer morning goes something like this for Jess Howard — wake up with the sun (or before), get to the Webster City softball field before 7 a.m., practice for an hour, then manicure the field before making the short trek up to the gymnasium for a volleyball open ...

The Schedules

WEBSTER CITY — Officially, Webster City will play baseball and softball this summer. Officially, the teams now know what their month-long journeys will look like too. Schedules were released for both teams yesterday afternoon. The Lynx baseball team has 14 games on its docket — eight at ...

IHSAA, IGHSAU release additional guidelines for summer sports

WEBSTER CITY — The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union yesterday released a set of recommendations for the upcoming baseball and softball seasons, as well as answers to some of the many questions being asked about how programs proceed during the ...

Single-game football tickets likely off the menu at Iowa State, Pollard says

WEBSTER CITY — Fans hoping to attend an Iowa State football game inside Jack Trice Stadium this fall received a clear message from Jamie Pollard yesterday: Purchase season tickets. Iowa State’s athletic director anticipates there will be a fall season, but said in a message to fans on ...

BRING THE THUNDER

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive hosted a special Thursday Night Thunder program last week, highlighted by the Christie Door Company Iron Man Challenge built by Medieval Chassis. The Stein Heating & Cooling USRA B-Mods kicked off the Iron Man ...

AREA SPORTS BRIEFS

WHITMORE LANDS SCHOLARSHIP: Garrett Whitmore, a member of the Webster City High School Class of 2020, recently received a $500 scholarship from the Iowa Track Guy Foundation. A total of 47 high school seniors involved in track and field and cross country from across the state applied for ...

DFJ BOYS ALL-DECADE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

Jumps Cal Zahn, Webster City (2012-15) Cal Zahn had two goals during his prep career at Webster City: A school record and a state title in the high jump. He accomplished both in 2015. A three-time Class 3A state medalist, he was third as a junior and then won the whole dang thing as a ...

DFJ BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF THE DECADE: KEAGAN PARKS

Webster City wasn’t the favorite to win the Class 3A 4x100-meter relay in 2012. Far from it, in fact. But the Lynx had Keagan Parks, and that was the difference. Pushing him as far back as possible so that he could take the baton for the anchor leg only one step into the exchange zone was ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

Jumps Carrie Gerdes, Webster City (2012-15) No one really saw Carrie Gerdes coming in 2012 when she surprised even herself with a Class 3A state runner-up finish in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 81⁄4 inches. Some injury issues hampered her final three years in a Lynx uniform, ...

DFJ GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF THE DECADE: CASSIDY NERLAND

Stability — that’s what Cassidy Nerland provided for Webster City over her four-year track and field career. What does that mean? Let’s put it this way — for four years, at every single regular season meet, the Lynx exited the field events near the top of the team standings. And Nerland ...

WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

WEBSTER CITY — Nothing is a given in sports, everyone knows that, but Hailey Cavan and Ashlyn Hay know they should both be in Des Moines this week. That was the ending they had envisioned, right up until the moment the coronavirus pandemic squashed the track season like a bug hitting the ...

HCS to host Thursday Night Thunder

WEBSTER CITY — The Hamilton County Speedway will roar to life on Thursday, but racers will once again competed in front of an empty grandstand. Fans will not be allowed into the Thursday Night Thunder show due to the ongoing restrictions in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Seneca ...

THE ARMS RACE

WEBSTER CITY — This is kind of like putting the base hit before the actual pitch, but there are legitimate concerns that prep baseball coaches all across the state hold as they wait to see if they’ll be allowed to go back to work next month. A decision on the upcoming baseball and ...

I WAS A KID AGAIN

It was about two weeks ago that I received an intriguing text message from Webster City baseball coach Adison Kehoe. The gist of the message: How would I like to go through one of his pitching workouts and write about it? Let’s see here — I’m old (44 last month), out of shape, and I ...

Drivers flock to HC Speedway for season opener

WEBSTER CITY — In front of an empty grandstand due to government restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a huge field of competitors and their crew members flocked to the Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive on Saturday night for the first race of the year at ...