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Harms fans 10, young Hawks earn early dose of confidence

MONROE — With a slew of new faces in the lineup, the South Hamilton softball team turned to its veterans to lead the way in the season opener here Monday night. And they more than stepped up to the plate. Jessi Harms fanned 10 inside the pitcher’s circle, and returning starters Emma ...

With a lot of starters back, Hawks welcome daunting HOIC baseball schedule

JEWELL — It’s quality, not quantity — that’s what the South Hamilton baseball team must replace this summer as it looks to put together a second consecutive winning season. The Hawks are missing just four players from last season’s squad that went 11-9 and placed fourth in the ...

Hit hard by graduation, Hawk softball team turns to youth to fill the void

JEWELL — Harry McMaken was comfortable in the third base coaching box a season ago. With a veteran team comprised of six seniors that he’d coached since the seventh grade, the leader of the South Hamilton softball program didn’t need to sweat the little things on a nightly ...

No. 14-ranked WCHS softball sees itself as a contender in top-heavy NCC

WEBSTER CITY — Jess Howard isn’t in to playing mind games, and looking for bulletin board material simply isn’t her style. If her players need added motivations other than the energy that winning brings, then they’re going to have to look elsewhere. Knowing all of that about Webster ...

What is the secret of Lynx baseball? Pitching, pitching and more pitching

WEBSTER CITY — When you get right down to the nitty-gritty, high school baseball is a fairly easy game. The team with the better pitching usually wins. And over the last three seasons, no North Central Conference program has been able to match Webster City’s prowess on the mound. It’s ...

WELCOME BACK

WEBSTER CITY — Teacher Appreciation Night presented by Pepsi provided fans with a night of heart-stopping racing action on Saturday at the Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive while also paying tribute to our everyday heroes in the classroom. It also marked the return of ...

SH baseball opts to split team for practices

JEWELL — Kyle Galetich made the decision to add 90 minutes to his normal summer workday in an effort to keep his South Hamilton baseball team healthy. In the long run, he thinks it will benefit his team in other ways too. Rather than hold one practice, Galetich has opted to split his ...

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 ...