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ROLAND — Working on a potential perfect game as she stood inside the pitcher’s circle in the middle of the fourth inning Friday afternoon, Taylor Volkmann laughed as she conversed with South Hamilton head coach Harry McMaken. Were they talking strategy? Not really, rather “just dumb ...

Pitch Perfect: Hawks silence R-S bats, sweep HOIC doubleheader

JEWELL — A lot of nights when Zeke Balderas makes the short walk from the dugout to the mound there is only one thing that can beat him: Zeke Balderas. When the South Hamilton senior is around the plate and throws strikes, he’s an imposing force. When his control is lacking, that’s ...

Lynx go 3 for 3, Miller cranks 2 HRs

MARTENSDALE — Weekend tournaments haven’t always treated Jess Howard’s Webster City softball team well. But when she found the Martensdale-St. Marys Tournament three years ago, the Lynx head coach hit her own home run. For whatever reason, the Lynx feel right at home so far away from ...

GENIUS MOVE: State champion Drake Doolittle to wrestle at Duke

WEBSTER CITY — Wrestling and academics, Drake Doolittle has always excelled at both. So it’s fitting that he’s headed to a nationally known college where he’ll get the chance to showcase his talents in both arenas. Doolittle, a recent Webster City High School graduate, announced ...

Swenson, Skartvedt and Harris play HR derby

JEWELL — Cortney Harris isn’t thinking about the wins or even the potential for a Heart of Iowa Conference championship. At this point, the South Hamilton senior is focused on just one thing. Fun. After all, that’s what sports are supposed to be all about, right? “I personally ...

Big hits finally fall in 6th, SH baseball ends 3-game skid

JEWELL — Here we go again. That’s what had to be going through the minds of the South Hamilton baseball players and fans Wednesday night as they stared at a three-run deficit and potential extension of the team’s losing streak to four. Some spark, any spark, was needed. And leave ...

Lynx unstoppable, Olson unhittable in NCC runaway

CLARION — It’s going to get tougher, everyone on the Webster City baseball team knows that. But, for now, the Lynx are simply enjoying themselves. Their early romp through the North Central Conference continued Wednesday night to the tune of 10 hits, a nine-run at bat and an 18-0, ...

3 clutch 2-RBI hits push WCHS past Cowgirls

CLARION — A struggle at times, the Webster City softball team came through with just enough clutch hits to remain at the top of the North Central Conference standings here Wednesday evening. All on two-RBI singles, the Lynx scored two runs in the second, third and seventh innings to power ...

2 TEAMS, 1 CAUSE

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City and Humboldt have long been rivals on the softball diamond and many times the North Central Conference title has been decided after what happens when they meet between the lines. But the next confrontation between the programs will be different. It will be ...

Power Surge

IOWA FALLS — The ebb and flow for a hitter at the plate can be maddening. A slump can be one ground-out away. But a surge can be one line shot away too. Caleb Olson understands this all too well. Just four days ago the Webster City senior was looking for answers as he toiled in a bit ...

Cadets’ gamble doesn’t pay off against Lynx

WEBSTER CITY — Iowa Falls-Alden rolled the dice not once, but twice here Monday evening. And both times they came up snake eyes. The Cadets refused to allow Lynx freshman lead-off hitter Kelly Stoakes to beat them, but several of Stoakes’ teammates happily obliged in a 9-3 North Central ...

HOIC-leading Hawks make quick work of PCM

JEWELL — The first career varsity home run for Emma Lewis should have been a moment for celebration, but there wasn’t even a hint of a smile on the face of the South Hamilton sophomore as she circled the bases in the third inning Monday night at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex. And ...

Mustangs send Hawks to 3rd straight setback

JEWELL — What started so promising has quickly turned frustrating, and it’s now up to the South Hamilton baseball team to figure out how to make corrections. After a 4-0 start in which they outscored their opponents 34-5, the Hawks have been outscored 31-3 in three consecutive losses, ...

WALK-OFF WEEKEND

ZEARING — One walk-off came with a celebration, the other with a yawn. They both brought equal parts success though and capped a week in which the Webster City baseball team not only found itself, but proved that high expectations should now be the norm. The Lynx won the Colo-NESCO ...

No. 2 Carlisle sticks to script, handles Lynx

WEBSTER CITY — The script never seems to change. Each June, Webster City native Jim Flaws brings his powerhouse Carlisle softball program to Webster City for a game, sometimes two. Each June, the Wildcats put on a show. And each June, they celebrate their success with a trip to Leon’s ...

Harris bomb in 9th carries Hawks to key league win

ALLEMAN — One pitch, one swing and goodbye. Thanks for playing, North Polk. Cortney Harris didn’t need much, just one Bailey Hougham offering right down the middle of broadway, and she sent it on a ride in the ninth inning here Friday night. Her two-run home run broke up a 4-all tie ...

Comets hand SH baseball team 2nd straight lopsided loss

JEWELL — After a fast start where nearly everything went right, the South Hamilton baseball team is facing its first stretch of adversity. How the Hawks respond will be the key. For the second time in three nights, South Hamilton was dealt a 12-0 loss, this time by North Polk, Friday ...

THUMBS-UP

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City softball team got quite adept at being the counter puncher in its opening three North Central Conference games. But the Lynx changed tactics and became the aggressors Wednesday night at Lynx Field. The result didn’t change. WCHS threw 12th-ranked ...

WCHS jumps on Gaels early, wins in 5 innings

WEBSTER CITY — Don’t look now, but this young, unassuming Webster City baseball team just may be a player in the North Central Conference this season. The Lynx sure looked like it against Fort Dodge St. Edmond Wednesday night, and one of its youngest players occupied a starring ...

Hawks’ 7-game surge ends with sluggish effort

GILBERT — Unable to come through with that key hit with runners in scoring position, the South Hamilton softball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end here Wednesday night. Hawks’ head coach Harry McMaken isn’t sure whether his players were over-confident or just had ...