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New head softball coach Mandi Moore addresses outfielders on the Ottumwa High School softball team Monday at Huston Field in Ottumwa. Players were spaced out on the bleachers and practiced in three different groups with infielders in the second session followed by pitchers and catchers in th…

OTTUMWA — Over two months since suspending activities, Ottumwa Little League’s board made the official announcement to cancel the 2020 season.

NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories as high school coaches and officials prepare for the return of prep softball and baseball on June 1

Cardinal head baseball coach Rick Scott looks out at the diamond, where the Comets will return to begin practicing on Monday for the 2020 season.

OSKALOOSA — After 16 years away from victory lane, Rick VanDusseldorp had the checked flag in sight Wednesday night at the Southern Iowa Speedway.

Indian Hills Community College faculty and staff were on hand on Thursday morning for the ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the future training facility for the IHCC wrestling program in Centerville. Located on IHCC’s Centerville campus just south of Pat Daugherty Field, the facility w…

NOTE: This is the second in a series of stories as high school coaches and officials prepare for the return of prep softball and baseball on June 1

OSKALOOSA — It was a pretty big week for Blaine Webster.

OTTUMWA — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds moved Tuesday to lift restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people, opening the door for fans to return to the stands at race tracks across the state, and permitted practices and competitions for youth sports such as baseball and softball effective as of…

NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories as high school coaches and officials prepare for the return of prep softball and baseball on June 1

OTTUMWA — How many more Indian Hills softball pitching records Alexis Groet would have owned by now? That’s a question, unfortunately, that will never be answered.

OSKALOOSA — On perhaps the most unique season opener in the history of the Southern Iowa Speedway, Brad Stephens took a unique route to victory lane.

EDDYVILLE — Rain shortened the opening weekend of points races at Eddyville Raceway Park.

OTTUMWA — Just over two months ago, the coronavirus pandemic put all school activities on pause, eventually leading to the cancellation of all Iowa prep spring sports.

OTTUMWA — Running on the big blue oval at Drake Stadium has been a yearly goal for Conner Riley going back to his days as an Ottumwa Bulldog.

OTTUMWA — On Monday, both the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union deemed it essential to receive guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations to getting prep sports back in action.

OTTUMWA — The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union posted updates on Monday concerning the status of the decision to move forward this summer with prep baseball and softball seasons.

OSKALOOSA — The Southern Iowa Speedway is set to open the 2020 racing season on the half-mile dirt track located on the Mahaska County Fairgrounds.

EDDYVILLE — Unprecedented times have led to unprecedented issues for everyone to deal with around the world.

OTTUMWA — Even if there’s one more chance to run together with their Ottumwa High School teammates, Alli and Grace Bookin-Nosbisch are up for it.

NEWTON — Iowa Speedway will not hold a NASCAR race this season as the series announced a revised schedule for the remainder of 2020 on Thursday.

OTTUMWA — For the second time in three years, Indian Hills Community College is seeking a new head men’s soccer coach.

OTTUMWA — It’s been over two months since Ottumwa High School students out onto a court, a field, a mat, a course or a track for athletic competition.

KNOXVILLE — The sounds of engines revving and cars speeding around the Knoxville Speedway brought back a sense of normalcy.

OTTUMWA — Cherie Langland walked out of the Marshalltown YMCA back on Nov. 9 knowing it would be her final day as Ottumwa High School girls swimming coach.

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Community School District has announced the tentative date for the sixth-annual A-Club golf tournament. The outing is scheduled to be held on Friday, Aug. 7.

KNOXVILLE — David Gravel won a back-and-forth battle in the final laps over Ian Madsen, taking the checkered flag at the historic World of Outlaws Invitational on Friday night at the Knoxville Raceway.

OTTUMWA — Iowa Little League baseball officials announced on Friday that all activities for the upcoming season have been suspended until June 1, pushing back what had been the planned week of tryouts for Ottumwa Little League.

OTTUMWA — Morgan Greiner stepped to the plate for the second time in three innings last July against Johnston.

OSKALOOSA — Just months after leading the DMACC Bears to an NJCAA Division II men’s basketball national tournament berth, Josh Sash is headed back to the four-year level joining David Richman’s coaching staff as an assistant at North Dakota State University.

OTTUMWA — Jared Fletcher, president of the IATC (Iowa High School Track and Field and Cross Country), announced several schedule changes including the cancelation of many state meets put on by the organization in June.

PEKIN — Pekin High School senior Levi Rohr is taking his golden leg, and overall football skills, to Oskaloosa next fall. Rohr, a three-year starter and four-year letterwinning kicker for the Panthers, will play football next season at William Penn University choosing the Statesmen over Cent…

OTTUMWA — The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the locations for upcoming national tournaments. Formats changes have also been announced for all three national golf (DI, DII, DIII) tournaments, the DI and DII national softball tournaments and the DIII women’s basket…

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills golfer Harry Fearn has been named one of the top freshmen golfers in the nation in NJCAA Division I.

OTTUMWA – Back on March 9, the Ottumwa boys track and field team worked out inside the high school’s wood gymnasium one day before heading to Cedar Falls for the Dickinson Relays.

OSKALOOSA – The 2020 racing season openers at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa and the Knoxville Raceway have both been delayed due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

The lights were turned at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa as fans drove by honking horns on Friday night, becoming the latest school to take part in the national “Be the Light” movement. The Schafer Stadium lights will be lit from 8:20-8:40 p.m. every Friday night each week through May 22, the fi…

OTTUMWA – Kevin Pink had hoped for one more week with the best seat in the house to watch the Indian Hills Warriors play for the biggest prize in junior college basketball.

This Week's Circulars


OTTUMWA[mdash]Tonyia Sue Bain, 66, of Ottumwa, died at12:42 a.m. June 1, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Her body has been cremated and no services are planned. Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FLORIS [mdash]Ronald Everett Johnson of Floris, died May 29, 2020 at Ridgewood Specialty Care. Limited open visitation for friends is from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home. Graveside service is 3 p.m. Thursday at Floris Cemetery.

OTTUMWA [mdash] Jack Ervin Carder, 88 of Ottumwa, formerly of Batavia, died May 31, 2020. He was cremated and there will be no service at this time. On-line condolences may be made to the family at behnerfh.com.