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Goche, Sexton blast homers, but Spencer outslugs Bulldogs

Spencer out-lasted Algona 13-12 in a high-scoring non-conference baseball contest in a game played at Spencer on Wednesday, June 13. The home team jumped out to early leads of 6-1 and 8-2 before the red-and-black rallied.
Grant Goche belted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to cut the Tiger advantage to 8-5 and after Spencer made it 9-5, Collin Sexton blasted a two-run round tripper in a three-run sixth frame to slice the lead to 9-8.

Golden Bears go 1-1 at Newman

Bishop Garrigan split a pair of non-conference softball games at the Mason City Newman Classic played in Mason City on Saturday, June 16 as the black-and-gold fell to Hudson 8-3 in their opening game, but bounced back with a tight 6-5 victory over Springville later in the day.

Ingalls state trapshooting champion

CEDAR FALLS – Algona High School’s Evan Ingalls is a state champion.
Sunday in Cedar Falls, Ingalls and 43 other members of the trapshooting teams from Algona and Bishop Garrigan high schools participated in the Iowa High School State Trapshoot Championship. Each shooter shot 200 rounds – 100 in the morning and 100 in the afternoon. 

Plathe pitches BGHS to league win

Marcus Plathe hurled six strong innings to lead the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears baseball squad to a 12-2, six-inning, Top of Iowa Conference victory over the West Hancock Eagles.
Plathe gave up two runs in the top of the first inning, one of them earned, but settled down after that. The slender right-hander allowed a total of four hits in the game while fanning 11 batters, walked four and hit a batter to earn the win on the bump.

Bulldogs cruise to Algona Classic title

Algona pounded out 23 hits, scored 27 runs  and cruised to a pair of victories to win the title at the Algona Classic played at Bulldog Park on Saturday, June 9.
The red-and-black opened the day by defeating Eagle Grove by the score of 17-0 in three innings and toppled North Butler 10-0 in six innings. Eagle Grove beat North Butler 6-4 in the other game in the classic.

BGHS wins CYO tournament

Pounding out 22 hits in two games, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears softball team won first place at the annual CYO tournament played in Carroll on Saturday, June 2.
The black-and-gold opened the day with a 13-0, four-inning victory over Remsen St, Mary’s before topping the Crusaders of Bishop Heelan later in the day by the score of 8-5 to win the championship.
For more on this story, please see the June 7th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

Bulldogs plate 10 runs in the fifth

Algona exploded for 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning to blow open a 7-5 game and went onto a 17-5 North Central Conference baseball win over the St. Edmond Gaels in a game played in Fort Dodge on Monday, June 4.
The red-and-black opened the game’s scoring in the second inning with four runs with the big blow in the frame being a two-run double off the bat of Matt Grein.
For more on this story, please see the June 7th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

Golden Bears place 7th at state; Capesius 24th

A young Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls’ golf squad finished in seventh place as a team at the Class 1A state golf tournament played at the America Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.
The black-and-gold compiled a two-day total of 778 that consisted of a 382 on Tuesday along with a score of 396 on Wednesday. Iowa Valley won the state title with a 740 on the fifth place tiebreaker over New London, who also had a 740.

Meis pitches Bears past Broncos

John Meis hurled six strong innings and teammate Drew Bacha laced a double and a single to help lead the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears’ baseball squad to a 9-2 Top of Iowa Conference win over Belmond-Klemme in a game played at Belmond on Friday, May 25.

Perfect week ends in walk-off win

Coming into the 2018 season with a large group of returning letter winners, the expectations for the Algona Bulldogs softball team were high. On Friday, the squad completed a 4-0 week with an extra inning walk-off win.
Teylor Rindone singled in pinch runner Alyssa Hentges in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the red-and-black a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets in a North Central Conference contest played in Algona on Friday, May 25.

Arndorfer 3rd at state golf

Bishop Garrigan’s Andrew Arndorfer completed a great sophomore season with a third place overall finish at the Class 1A boys’ state golf tournament played at the Westwood Golf Club in Newton on May 24-25.
The Golden Bears finished seventh in the team race with a team total of 708 as the squad fired a total of 352 on Thursday and came back with a 356 on Friday.
For more on this story, please see the May 31st issue of the Kossuth County Advance

Bauer sets 800 state mark

Riley Bauer set a new state record in the 800-meter run and the North Union Warrior boys’ track squad finished in sixth place as a team in the Class 1A state track meet ran in Des Moines at the Drake Stadium on May 17-19.
Bauer took the 800-meter run on Saturday morning with a record breaking clocking of 1:52.10, breaking the old mark of 1:54.11 by Beau Dietschneider of BCL-UW set in 2007.
For more on this story, please see the May 24th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

One final golden heave

Class 3A state runner 2017. 2018 Drake Relays runner-up. Now the title of 2018 Class 3A state champion in the shot put can be added to resume of Algona’s Dominick Etherington.
Etherington waited until his sixth and final throw to toss the steel ball 61’ 0 ¾” to win the state title. He was second after the prelims with a toss of 57’ 10 ¾” on his first throw of the day.
For more on this story, please see the May 24th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

Rachel Fehr is 1A state runner-up

An incredible freshman year for West Bend-Mallard’s Rachel Fehr ended with three great performances at the Class 1A state track meet in Des Moines last weekend.
The talented young lady finished second in the 400-meter dash before anchoring the purple-and-gold’s sprint medley relay unit to third place finish and the 4x800-meter relay quartet to a seventh place finish as she earned three medals in her first time running in the beautiful blue oval.

Tiebreaker determines regional champ

It came down to the fifth score to determine a winner in the first round of the Class 1A regional golf tournament at the Spring Valley Golf Course on Monday, May 14.
After 18 holes of play, both Mason City Newman and Bishop Garrigan were deadlocked with identical scores of 430, but the black-and-gold were named the winner via the fifth score tiebreaker.
For more on this story, please see the May 17th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

AHS boys qualify nine events for state

It was a good night of performances for the Algona Bulldog boys’ track squad as the team qualified seven athletes in nine different events for the Class 3A state meet this weekend in Des Moines.
Eight of nine of the red-and-black’s qualifiers are ranked in the top 10 performances, giving the squad the potential for another great showing at the state meet.
For more on this story, please see the May 17th issue of the Kossuth County Advance

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