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18th Annual All-Area Softball Teams

First Team

Abbie Capesius Bishop Garrigan 11 SS

Shelby Fraker North Union 12 C

Emily Meyer North Union 12 P

Reagan Haynes Algona 8 C

Sacha Alesch Bishop Garrigan 9 2B

Olivia Von Bank North Union 12 SS

Darius Goche Bishop Garrigan 12 CF

Lily Elsbecker Algona 12 1B

Beth Streuber North Union 11 2B

Hanna Merron Bishop Garrigan 10 3B

Shaylie Walders North Union 8 LF

North Central Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team

*Delaney Bargfrede Webster City 11 P

*Lauren Gibb St. Edmond 10 Of

*Ainsley Oswald St. Edmond 10 Inf

*Paige Opheim Humboldt 9 Inf

*Faith Shirboun St. Edmond 9 Inf

Hailey Bridgewater Iowa Falls-Alden 12 Of

Claire Dieleman Humboldt 10 Of

Clarissa Hasty Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 12 Inf

Reagan Haynes Algona 8 C

Kali Henning St. Edmond 11 P

Reagan Lee Humboldt 11 U

Top of Iowa Softball All-Conference Teams

First Team

Emma Anderson Forest City 11 Inf

Allison Barrus Belmond-Klemme 12 Inf

Ashlyn Bechler North Iowa 10 C

Natalie Brandenburg Lake Mills 12 Inf

Abbie Capesius Bishop Garrigan 11 Inf

Madison Edwards Lake Mills 12 C

Shelby Fraker North Union 12 C

Darius Goche Bishop Garrigan 12 Of

Addyson Jeske Eagle Grove 10 Inf

Emily Meyer North Union 12 P

Andrew Arndorfer defends “Showboat Open” title

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Andrew Arndorfer overcame a two-stroke deficit during the final nine holes to win the annual “Showboat Open” played at the River Road Golf Course on Sunday, July 9 for the second straight year.

Arndorfer shot a one-under par 35 in the final nine holes to win the tournament by one stroke with his two-under par 27-hole total of 106.

Bulldogs give Coach Slagle career win No. 500

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


CLEAR LAKE—It was a memorable evening for Algona Bulldogs’ head baseball coach Chad Slagle on Friday, July 7 in the opening round of the Class 3A sub-state baseball tournament.

Not only did the team play well enough to advance to the sub-state semi-finals with a 6-3 victory over the Clear Lake Lions, the red-and-black’s win gave Coach Slagle the 500th victory during his coaching career.

North Union falls in Class 2A regional finals

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


MONONA—For the first time since 1976, the West Monona Spartans softball squad has qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.

The sixth-ranked Spartans topped No. 10 North Union by the score of 7-6 in the Region No. 2 final on Monday, July 10. It was the sixth straight year the green-and-white had played in the regional finals.

West Fork edges Golden Bears 4-3

SHEFFIELD—JoAnna Wallace belted a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give West Fork a 4-3 Class 1A regional softball quarterfinal win over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears on Wednesday, July 5.

Wallace lofted 0-1 pitch from Ella Schaaf over the left-center field for her sixth home run of the season to break a 3-3 dead-lock as the Warriors went onto the victory.

Wildcats outscore Algona 17-8 in regional opener

HUMBOLDT—Humboldt outslugged the Algona Bulldogs’ softball squad 17-8 in the Class 3A regional tournament opener played on Thursday, July 6.

The red-and-black got the bats going early as they plated two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, they got consecutive singles from Tora Solbach, Lily Elsbecker and Lillian Etherington to load the bases.

North Union wins 2-0 pitcher’s duel

SWEA CITY—Tenth-ranked North Union prevailed 2-0 on Wednesday, July 5 in a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel in a Class 2A regional quarterfinal victory over the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals.

Warrior senior pitcher Emily Meyer out-dueled Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Alayna Wingate in the chalked circle as both hurlers were dominate in the contest.

Meyer tossed all seven innings as she gave up no runs in just two hits while fanning 17 Generals and issuing one base-on-balls.

Warriors belt three homers in 8-0 win

SWEA CITY—North Union blasted three home runs in an 8-0, Class 2A regional semi-final softball victory on Friday, July 7 over the Hull Western Christian Wolfpack.

Shaylie Walders, Olivia Von Bank and Emily Meyer each belted a round tripper in the contest as the green-black-and-silver recorded their second straight shutout in the tourney.

Royals end North Union’s season 4-2

BANCROFT—Marcus Meriden Cleghorn Remsen Union defeated the North Union Warriors by the score of 4-2 on Wednesday, July 5 in the Class 1A district semifinals in a contest played at Bancroft Memorial Park.

The visitors scored a run in the top of the first inning on a hit-by-a-pitch, a walk and an RBI single for an early 1-0 advantage.

Bears cruise past West Hancock 10-0

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan advanced to the Class 1A District No. 2 finals by cruising past the West Hancock Eagles on Wednesday, July 5 by the score of 10-0 in five innings.

The home team started fast by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both Justin Bauer and Cal Birkey drew base-on-balls as Bauer came around to score on a wild pitch for the first run of the contest.

Golden Bears fall 5-2 to Newell-Fonda in district finals

FONDA—Newell-Fonda scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally from a 2-1 deficit to take a 5-2 victory over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears in the Class 1A District No. 2 baseball final on Saturday, July 8.

The home team scored first in the contest as Carter Sievers was hit-by-a-pitch with one out and promptly stole second base in the bottom of the first inning.

Tigers end Algona’s baseball season

ALGONA—What a difference one day can make. On Monday, July 10, the Algona and Gilbert Class 3A sub-state baseball game was suspended due to weather after just one inning of play with the home team leading 4-0.

The contest resumed on Tuesday afternoon and it was all Gilbert as the Tigers handed the red-and-black a 16-6, five-inning to end their season.

Monson wins 8th annual “Bumble Bee Nationals”

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Olivier Monson won the sport compacts’ feature the first four weeks of the season at the Kossuth County Speedway.

The Thornton driver returned on Thursday, July 6 for the first time since week number four and went home with an extra $1,000 in his pocket after winning the eighth annual “Bumble Bee Nationals”.

Featured Drivers

Arianna Prothman  ▪  Algona

Sport Compacts


How many years have you been racing: 4 Years

Who is the biggest influence or person that got you started racing: Probably my dad, he used to race

What is your most memorable racing moment: Placing second this year at the Hancock County Speedway in Britt

What is your favorite food at Kossuth County Speedway: Nachos with meat

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