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Wyatt Blazek, shown in the process of stealing second, leads the Trojans in stolen bases this year with 19.
 Just one more win will take the Turkey Valley baseball team past the number of wins they had a year ago. The thing is, they only won eight games during the 2015 season, but with five seniors starters gone from that team — and no seniors on this year's squad — the Trojans still have plenty of room...
 The win — an 11-1 thrashing of Vinton-Shellsburg — was nice, but what really mattered to New Hampton softball coach Jack Seelhammer was how his team played the entire weekend at the Linn-Mar tournament.Yes, the Chickasaws went just 1-3, but Seelhammer’s girls played really good softball.“We needed...
In a 15-9 win over Osage, Kayla Gebel was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
 In their final game of the Decorah softball tourney Saturday, Turkey Valley was in a close battle against Osage. The teams exchanged leads during the contest and in the sixth the TV girls took a short-lived 5-4 lead before the Green Devils scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning to go...
Haley O’Donnell (below) is accompanied by her parents, Bobbi Jo and Kelly, during the Senior Night program in between games Thursday night.
 Thursday night was a gloomy one at the New Hampton softball diamond. And it wasn’t just the doubleheader loss the Chickasaws girls suffered at the hands of Charles City.It was also Senior Night.“It’s sad thinking that our time on this diamond is almost over,” said infielder Jessie Crooks. The NH...
New Hampton senior Connor Cleveland laces a hit to the outfield during Thursday night’s game against Waverly-Shell Rock.
 Alex Troyna and his New Hampton baseball team didn’t give a rip about style points on Friday night.All the Chickasaws wanted was a win, and they got it — a gritty 5-4 victory over Crestwood that set up the biggest doubleheader of the year.A night after the Chickasaws saw a 3-1 seventh inning lead...
Josh Vsetecka takes a turn on the mound during a recent Trojan home game.
 It’s hard enough to lose a one-run game, but Turkey Valley endured the same results twice as Edgewood-Colesburg escaped Jackson Junction Monday night with a 6-5 win, followed by a 3-2 victory in game two.Turkey Valley fell to 8-14 after the pair of losses Monday, along with a 9-1 loss to Oelwein...
Sadie Nymeyer singled and scored in Turkey Valley’s 2-0 win over Decorah Tuesday.
 Turkey Valley had 10 hits in its first softball game against MFL Monday. They had 17 in the second game, but even with 27 hits for the night, they weren’t able to chalk up a win.The next night they had four hits against Decorah — that was a win.Bringing their season record to 7-13, the Trojans...
New Hampton’s Karly Fitzgerald smacks a basehit during Monday’s tough 1-0 loss to Crestwood.
 To say the schedule maker has been a tad unkind to the New Hampton softball team would be a gigantic understatement.Since last Saturday, the Chickasaws have played six games and all six tilts have come against ranked opponents.“The girls are hanging in there, and we’ve battled and battled,” New...
New Hampton rightfielder Zach Wemark (above) chases down a blast that ended a game that included a first-inning RBI double by Noah Hopp (below) and concluded with a 7-5 Chickasaw victory.
 The ball leapt off the bat of Oelwein’s John Leo Thursday night and New Hampton pitcher Ryan Gorman had a one-word thought.“Zach.”That would be Zach Wemark, who raced back into the gap, had to spin around because the ball was tailing so much and then made a spectacular catch to end New Hampton’s 7...
 To say Nashua-Plainfield softball is in the midst of a tough stretch recently would be a giant understatement.Six losses by a combined score of 80-9 stretched the Huskies losing skid to 14, and a big part of the problem, says their coach, is confidence.“We make plays in practice and we just have...

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