The Ottumwa Courier


April 22, 2013

Warriors get finale of weekend filled with rated opponents

OTTUMWA – It's not often that a 1-3 weekend will leave Indian Hills head softball coach Jim Overturf feeling positive.

Considering the level of competition, and considering the position the Warriors were in after the first three games, one win was enough for Overturf to feel good about.

After finally getting their first look at the top team in their own region on Saturday, Indian Hills returned home to face another team with high hopes for a deep run in May. The Warriors avoided being swept by two rated opponents in less than 24 hours Sunday, salvaging a split with No. 11 (DII) Illinois Central (17-13) as IHCC answered a 3-0 shutout loss in game one with a 2-0 shutout win in the second game at Romalynn "R.L." Hellyer Field.

"Frankly, I'm thrilled with it," Overturf said. "It's a good win that we got going into this last week. We played well all weekend. We kept ourselves in all four games. We're doing some things well. We just have to feel how to win when we do those things."

The well-paced doubleheader came in the wake of the Warriors' first two games of the season against 14th-ranked Iowa Western, the runaway leader in Region XI. The Reivers, who have ended each of the last two IHCC softball seasons in the finals of the regional tournament, maintained a perfect regular season regional record with wins of 6-0 and 8-5 at Council Bluffs over the Warriors.

"We outhit (Iowa Western). That was probably the most disappointing thing about those games," Overturf said. "We did so well offensively, which is something we haven't done so well, and yet we gave up six runs and eight runs. We also couldn't seem to put hits together, which is a challenge and a difficult thing for any team to do."

Text Only
  • Parks Dept. has long list of projects

    OTTUMWA — The Parks and Recreation Department has approved a list of capital improvements for the next two years that includes the installation of handicapped-accessible swings and new park bathrooms.

    July 9, 2014

  • 0710 Farmers Market Color Photo 1 -L -M Fresh food improves community

    OTTUMWA — Every summer across the Midwest, food stands pop up on gravel roads, and farmers markets are filled with a variety of home-grown products. Finding a fresh selection of healthy greens and juicy fruits isn't as hard as you might think. Accord

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0703 OTT Heart boy photo A Heartfelt Miracle OTTUMWA — It’s funny how wishes can change so completely in just a few weeks. But laughter wasn’t the reaction of Jeff and Mary Penrod.The Ottumwa couple’s son, Brandon, was 18 years old when, in February, Mary took him to the Pella clinic to get loo

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703 OTT River Hills parking lot color photo -L -T River Hills expansion progresses

    OTTUMWA — Expanding River Hills Community Health Center downtown continues to be a priority with the Ottumwa City Council. Earlier this week, the council authorized city staff to survey the property, prepare a draft developers agreement as well as pr

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street repair program begins OTTUMWA — If you think roadwork projects in the city of Ottumwa are just about complete, think again. This week, the Ottumwa City Council awarded its preventative maintenance contract for sealing cracks in asphalt and concrete pavement roads througho

    July 2, 2014

  • A new look OTTUMWA — The 300 block of East Main Street in Ottumwa will be getting a facelift. During a public hearing earlier this week, the Ottumwa City Council gave its OK to the plans and specifications to renovate 15 buildings’ storefronts in downtown Ottum

    July 2, 2014

  • City won't tolerate bad behavior

    OTTUMWA — A newly designed policy to establish standards of behavior was presented to Ottumwa City Council on Tuesday night.The new policy’s introduction on Tuesday, demands city staff and elected officials exhibit professional behavior when they int

    July 1, 2014

  • 0702 OTT library grant color photo -T -L -M Ottumwa Public Library updates genealogy room

    OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Public Library is the recipient of a Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund Grant from the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Friends of the Ottumwa Public Library group gave $5,520 to put toward a new microfilm reader. The

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0625 OTT Riverfront Renaissance color photo -L -M Riverfront Renaissance begins mapping out ideas

    OTTUMWA — It was serious work to play with stickers and maps Tuesday evening. Concentration was on more than 70 faces as colored dots found their way up and down several maps of the river flowing through downtown Ottumwa. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy

    June 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0624 OTT Marine photos Marine mourned by family

    OTTUMWA --- Adam Wolff's extended family was able to enjoy a bit of time with him before he deployed. "He came back in March, after his [Marine Corps advanced] schooling in North Carolina," said his sister, Angela Malone. "We had a dinner for him, a

    June 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

AP National