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Persistence pays off

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IOWA FALLS - Strike out, strike out and the always popular ground into a double play with the bases loaded - that was Collin Oswald's night at the plate as he dug in once more in the seventh inning Monday night.Twice he'd failed to deliver a hit when runners were in scoring position. But he ...

‘Special’ loss

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WEBSTER CITY - Forty-eight minutes in at times unbearable heat came down to one play that took less than 20 seconds from beginning to end.But that was long enough - and "special" enough - to quickly halt the season Saturday evening.Clinging to an 18-15 lead with under 6 minutes remaining, the ...

Staying in the present helps Hawks fly by CGD in district opener

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STORY CITY - Let's play one more game.It sounds simple enough, and for the time being it's all the players on the South Hamilton baseball team are thinking about.The mantra worked Saturday night, as the Hawks opened up Class 2A District 13 play with a mild upset over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, ...

No. 7 Panthers rely on 8th-grade pitcher to silence Hawks’ bats

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MANLY - South Hamilton's postseason had been all about its destructive offense leading up to Friday's Class 2A Region 3 semifinal against seventh-ranked Central Springs.Leave it to an eighth grader to change the narrative.Nothing - not a blooper, a bleeder, a squib, a liner, a bomb - fell for ...

Ghosts Revisited

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WEBSTER CITY - Many of the same struggles and inconsistencies that plagued Webster City in late May and early June decided to reappear Wednesday night at Lynx Field.Head coach Mark Fisher and his players hope those bad habits quickly evaporate again rather than linger.An inability to throw ...

PATIENCE AND POWER

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SHEFFIELD - Patience and power - one takes discipline and the other comes from talent and an awful lot of hard work.South Hamilton showed it's got both in Wednesday's Class 2A Region 3 quarterfinal against West Fork and the end result was a second postseason blowout in as many nights.Nine more ...

THE HIT PARADE

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JEWELL - One by one, the South Hamilton players stepped into the batter's box, tapped the plate and stared into the pitcher's circle.And one by one, those players put dents all over the softball.The Hawks proved just how dangerous of a team they can be when locked in offensively during a Class ...

Rapp’s gem all for naught

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BLAIRSBURG - Nate Rapp's latest performance on the mound could very well go down as his best in a Northeast Hamilton uniform, and yet he left the diamond with nothing to show for it Tuesday evening.His numbers? Gaudy. His dominance? Impressive.And it was still in a losing effort."It was ...

Another close call

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WEBSTER CITY - Getting a lead hasn't necessarily been a problem this season for the Webster City softball team.Keeping it? Now that's a different story.Whether it's pressure situations that cause mistakes or simply the fact that opponents catch fire late, the Lynx have faltered when it comes to ...

VanDeer takes her place in WCHS Athletics Hall of Fame

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WEBSTER CITY - BreAnn VanDeer took her rightful spot next to other local all-time great athletes Monday night when she became the first member of the Class of 2015 to be inducted into the Webster City Athletics Hall of Fame prior to the start of the Lynx softball game against Humboldt.With her ...

Firecracker 5K brings out 196 competitors

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WEBSTER CITY - Feysel Rahmeto of Omaha, Neb., and Sam Larson of Humboldt claimed the overall male and female titles during Saturday's annual Firecracker 5K, which featured 196 runners.Rahmeto raced through the streets and finished in 16 minutes, 25 seconds to win the overall title by 19 seconds ...

IS SHE THE GREATEST?

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Always more comfortable throwing pitches and adding to her accomplishments than talking about them, BreAnn VanDeer grew up before my very eyes while wearing the pinstriped pants and gold jersey of her beloved Webster City Lynx.In many ways, we grew up together.I had just over a year under my ...

No. 6 Clear Lake pounces early, holds off Lynx late

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CLEAR LAKE - Sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Clear Lake jumped on Webster City early and then fended off a late surge by the visitors to claim a North Central Conference baseball victory here Friday night.The Lions (22-10, 9-2 NCC), who sit tied with Humboldt atop the league standings, plated seven ...

Rapp spoils Sann’s perfect game bid in seventh inning

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CLARION - Nate Rapp knew he probably wasn't going to win the game as he stepped into the batter's box to lead-off the seventh inning here Friday evening.But that didn't mean he couldn't spoil what looked to be a memorable outing for Clarion-Goldfield-Dows pitcher Trenton Sann.Rapp took the ...

Dave Brighton named Class 3A Coach of the Year

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WEBSTER CITY - Following the most successful boys' season, regardless of sport, in the history of Webster City athletics, golf coach Dave Brighton has received one of the state's highest honors.Brighton has been named the Class 3A Coach of the Year by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches ...

Lynx intimidated by ’Cats, pay the price

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WEBSTER CITY - With a firm grasp on his ball club's demeanor, Webster City head baseball coach Mark Fisher knows the right buttons to push at the appropriate times.At times he has consoled. At times he has stroked egos.But there have also been times, like following Wednesday night's 14-3, ...

Lucas, Olson power Hawks’ assault in win over Comets

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ALLEMAN - There's nothing quite like hitting stride with the postseason just a few days down the road.With the way South Hamilton is hitting the ball right now, it has to feel like no opponent is invincible.The Hawks racked up their fifth double-digit hits performance in their last seven games ...