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Olivia Maasdam drove in the tying run in the fourth inning and Alex Griggs doubled in two decisive runs in the fifth as the Knoxville Panthers completed a regular-season sweep of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, winning 4-2 on Friday night in a pivotal battle of South Central Conference softbal…

FAIRFIELD — Kosta Papazogolou homered three times and drove in seven runs as the Fairfield High School baseball team swept a doubleheader from Knoxville, 16-1 and 5-1, in nonconference play at Fairfield Middle School.

KALONA — The Cardinal Comets were six outs away from facing IMS last summer in the Class 1A district finals. Burlington-Notre Dame ended those hopes by scoring six times in the sixth, bringing Rick Scott's first season and the helm of the Comets to a heartbreaking end.

OTTUMWA — Three freshmen members of the Indian Hills softball team have been named to the NJCAA All-American teams. Alexis Groet, Brooke Snider and Chloe Olson were selected after helping the Warriors to a 42-win season and a top-eight finish in the NJCAA Division I national softball tournament.

NEW LONDON — Cardinal High School’s Kassidy Verrips pretty much isn’t herself if she’s not smiling to her infielders and meandering around the pitcher’s circle between outs.

BLOOMFIELD — Eighth-grader Sophia Young hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Davis County High School softball team to an improbable 7-5 nonconference victory over Washington.

ALBIA — Catcher Alex Beard hit a fourth-inning grand slam and drove in five runs in leading the Class 3A ninth-ranked Albia High School softball team to an 11-3 South Central Conference victory over EBF Monday at the Monroe County Sports Complex.

SULLY — The ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Albia High School softball team won twice at the Lynnville-Sully tournament Saturday as the Lady Dees ran their winning streak to six games.

EDDYVILLE — Reina Taylor earned tournament MVP honors on Saturday, allowing just one run on one hit over 12 innings in the pitching circle including a five-inning no-hitter pitched against Sigourney in an 10-0 win to close out a 3-0 day for the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team in t…

WAPELLO — The Cardinal High School baseball team started quickly and finished with a flurry in defeating Wapello 12-1 in a SEI Superconference crossover game Friday in Wapello.

PEKIN — Having been born in early June, Ellie Ledger has been able to celebrate her birthday on a softball diamond with her Pekin teammates throughout each of the past four summers.

PEKIN — Quinn Ledger, twin brother of softball senior Ellie, celebrated his 18th birthday with an RBI single and three stolen bases for the Pekin baseball team on Thursday night against Mediapolis. Despite the efforrt of the Panther catcher, the visiting Bulldogs proved to be too much early …

FAIRFIELD — Jackson Weaton and Tristin Waugh combined on a no-hitter in the first game, then the Trojans' offense cranked three home runs in the second game as they took 15-0 and 13-2 wins over Keokuk in a Southeast Conference doubleheader at Fairfield Middle School.

ELDON — Highland High School's Jacob Leonard struck out eight in tossing a no-hitter as the Huskies routed Cardinal 10-0 in five innings of a SEI Superconference crossover baseball game Wednesday at Cardinal High School.

MARSHALLTOWN — The Ottumwa baseball team has played on the road three times so far in 2019. In each game, the Bulldogs have scored the very first run in the very first inning.

OTTUMWA — Shayleigh Dunham's athletic star shined brightest at the end of her time at Ottumwa High School on the golf course.

DONNELLSON — Rachel Lewman and Kassidy Verrips each drove in a run, and the Cardinal High School softball team scored twice in the opening inning on its way to a 4-1 SEI Superconference South Division victory over Central Lee.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills head basketball coach Hank Plona has earned an important offseason assignment. Plona is one of six coaches to be selected to help the USA basketball Men's U19 National Team coaching staff at training camp later this month.

FORT MADISON — Fairfield High School softball coach Bob Bradfield became the 18th coach in Iowa history to win 1,000 career games as the Trojans swept a Southeast Conference doubleheader against Fort Madison.

ELDON — There were a combined 20 hits and 11 errors, but the Cardinal High School baseball team outlasted Melcher-Dallas 17-14 in a wild nonconference game Monday at Cardinal High School.

OTTUMWA — Aaron Anderson, with coaching experience at two highly-successful programs, has been hired as a new assistant basketball coach at Indian Hills. Anderson comes to IHCC after stints at College of Southern Idaho and Gonzaga University.

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HOMESTEAD [mdash]Dean Brain passed away March 10, 2019, at Baptist Hospital, Homestead, Florida. Masonic service is set for Sunday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Hedrick-Martinsburg United Methodist Church, Hedrick, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

BLOOMFIELD [mdash]Sheila Rae Early of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday, June 10, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa, Iowa. Sheila was born December 28, 1943, to Ray and Helen (Drennan) Beckett in Springfield, Illinois. Her family moved to Edina, Missouri and she graduated from Ed…