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WC native Jim Flaws has No. 1 Carlisle back in 4A semifinals

FORT DODGE — Making a mid-summer pilgrimage to the state softball tournament never gets old for Webster City native Jim Flaws. He hopes to head home later this week toting a shiny new trophy too. And if yesterday’s performance by his top-ranked Carlisle team is any indication, he’s got ...

COMEBACK KIDS

SLATER — Webster City has 243 hits this season and the argument could be made the two biggest came off the same bat against the same team. Sean Carver is The Man, in more ways than one. And Humboldt isn’t likely to forget the Lynx sophomore designated hitter anytime soon. Just nine ...

WELL, HERE WE GO AGAIN

WEBSTER CITY — Would this be considered Round 3 or Round 4? Truth be told, it’s both. North Central Conference rivals Webster City and Humboldt will meet on the baseball diamond for the third time this season and for the fourth time in the past four postseasons this evening. The two will ...

BIG 8: LYNX LOAD UP ON NCC AWARDS

WEBSTER CITY — One of the most successful seasons on the diamond during the Jess Howard era paid dividends in the form of North Central Conference accolades. Webster City received eight all-conference nods, including four of the 14 first-team spots, on the teams that were announced ...

LATE TO THE PARTY

DIKE — The first of two Class 2A District 11 semifinals was scheduled to get underway at 5 p.m. Tuesday evening. Weather forced the first pitch back to 5:30 p.m. South Hamilton showed up sometime around 6 p.m. And Hawks’ head coach Kyle Galetich shouldered the blame. “It is what it ...

TITLE TOWN, 50595

WEBSTER CITY — On Friday, Tyler Olson talked his mom, Tami, into bleaching his hair. He was going for a blond look, but ended up with a golden head of hair against his dark-complected skin. As it turns out, the new ’do was quite fitting. Gold hair to cap a golden season. “I ...

DEVASTATED

WEBSTER CITY — For some players like Atlanta Hopp, the pain was immediate. For others like Leah Kasch, it took a few minutes for the stunning realization to hit home. Hopp wept and Kasch stared blankly ahead, neither quite believing what happened. Sports, ladies and gentlemen. The ...

Walk-off squib hit costs Hawks their season against No. 3 Jesup

JESUP — Harry McMaken stood with his arms draped around seniors Krista Swenson and Leah Jacoby while their four classmates — Cortney Harris, Lily Skartvedt, Breanne Diersen and Taylor Volkmann — completed the circle at the edge of the dirt near right field as the sun set behind them ...

FILTHY

JEWELL — The best seat in the house Wednesday evening belonged to Breanne Diersen. Crouched behind the plate, she saw all the movement, as well as all of the swings and misses. A whopping 57 swings and misses, to be exact. Diersen, South Hamilton’s senior catcher, marveled at what ...

CHAMPS AGAIN

HUMBOLDT — Enough was enough. Losers of four straight games against Humboldt dating back to the start of the 2018 season, Webster City took a baseball-sized chip on its shoulder onto the diamond Wednesday evening. And with the North Central Conference title on the line, the Lynx exorcised ...

Mr. Perfect: Balderas caps Hawks’ regular season with gem vs. Tigers

ELDORA — Throughout his prep baseball career, Zeke Balderas has always been at his best in the postseason. And now as a senior, as his journey nears its conclusion, he’s making sure that doesn’t change. In other words, postseason Zeke is back. Balderas closed up shop on the regular ...

No. 15 Lynx know Mohawks will be no slouch in 4A regional

WEBSTER CITY — Don’t be fooled. Webster City head softball coach Jess Howard may not have expressed those exact words to her players in the lead-up to Saturday’s Class 4A Region 3 semifinal game against Mason City, but you better believe she’s hammered that point home in some ...

ONE FUN ROAD TRIP

SUMNER — The South Hamilton baseball team was forced to travel quite a ways just to get a game in on Tuesday, but it turned out to be worth it as the regular season nears its conclusion. Originally scheduled to face Tripoli on the Panthers’ home field, rain forced the two teams to travel ...

Lynx come up empty against No. 9 Crusaders, McKinney 2 hits

COON RAPIDS — Webster City out hit ninth-ranked (Class 1A) Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-5 here Tuesday night, but the Lynx were unable to string the knocks together in a non-conference setback. The Crusaders (24-4) scored one run in the third inning to take the lead for good and added three ...

BLACKJACK: Lynx reach 21 wins by dismantling Indians in 3 innings

WEBSTER CITY — With each smack off the bat, every extra base taken, every foot that stepped on home plate Monday evening, the 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City softball team proclaimed it’s ready and eager for the postseason to begin. Thanks to a marathon first inning that produced ...

Step back puts Lynx NCC title hopes in jeopardy

WEBSTER CITY — The cushion is gone. And, now, the heat is on. Just two weeks ago, the Webster City baseball team sat comfortably in the driver’s seat as it trucked towards a potential second North Central Conference title in three years. But two league losses, the most recent a 5-4 ...

OLD SCHOOL NCC

HUMBOLDT — It was old school North Central Conference softball at its finest, where the pitchers dictated the game, the innings flew by in the blink of an eye and the hitters were left grasping for answers Friday night. Carlie Thompson was finally able to solve the puzzle in the eighth ...