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 SPRINGVILLE - With a date against class 8-player sixth-ranked Easton Valley looming just seven days ahead, Springville football coach Joe Martin wanted to make sure his team’s attention was focused squarely on a struggling Clarksville team Friday, Sept. 11, and not the talented River Hawks.

      Martin had absolutely nothing to worry about.

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ANAMOSA- Having already opened their season on a positive note with wins at Midland and at the Cascade tournament a week earlier, the Anamosa volleyball team wanted more of the same opening the River Valley Conference campaign hosting North Cedar Thursday Sept. 3.

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 IOWA CITY - Coming into their second meet of the season, this time in Iowa City Thursday, Sept. 3, Anamosa cross country coach Ken Sunseri wanted to put his girls at ease going against yet another absolutely loaded field of runners.

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WYOMING - Playing in front of a big socially distanced home crowd on Senior Night Thursday, Sept. 3, the Midland volleyball team put on a show and certainly gave their fans plenty to cheer about hosting East Buchanan in a five-set thriller.

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MONTICELLO - Making the second stop on their 2020 pre-conference tournament tour, the Springville volleyball team was in Monticello Saturday, Sept. 5, taking part at the multi-site Midland Invitational.

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SPRINGVILLE - Through a little more than one quarter of their 2020 season-opener hosting Central City Friday, Aug. 28, it appeared the Springville football team was going to be in for a four-quarter fight with their Linn County rivals.

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CASCADE - Opening the Cascade volleyball tournament against one of the toughest teams there in class 1A sixth-ranked Springville Saturday, Aug. 29, Anamosa volleyball coach Caitlin McVay sorely wanted to make an immediate statement against the talented Orioles.

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WYOMING - It hasn’t been the kind of start Midland volleyball coach Kerrigan Riley had been hoping for, having to deal with injuries heading into the Eagles’ season-openers hosting Vinton-Shellsburg and Anamosa in a triangular Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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ANAMOSA - When Anamosa athletic director Brett Jones was scrambling to find an extra home game for the Raider football team this season, the addition of class 3A West Delaware seemed like a perfect fit.

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MAQUOKETA -  During much of the annual Three Rivers golf tournament, held at the Maquoketa Country Club Saturday, Aug. 15, men’s Fawn Creek Country Club golfers weren’t the least bit confident their scores were going to be anywhere near good enough to compete for a title against the seven-team field at the one-day, 18-hole event.

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WYOMING - You could tell from the season-opening game at class 2A top-ranked North Linn June 15, that things were going to be different for the 2020 Midland softball team.

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SPRINGVILLE - There’s yet another reason to be excited in Springville.

      That’s something that can pretty much be said for just about every Oriole sport every season on both the girls’ and boys’ sides over much of the past decade.

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TIPTON - Making their first trip to Tipton since winning the men’s Eastern Iowa tournament back in 2013, the Wapsi Country Club had high hopes of doing it again Sunday, Aug. 9, and returning the coveted Al Norton Cup back to Anamosa soil.

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ANAMOSA - After the Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association decided not to hold their annual one-day, 18-hole tournament in Solon due to COVID-19 concerns, members of the Wapsi Country Club decided to take things into their own hands.

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ANAMOSA - Sitting just one shot off the lead after one day’s play at the Wapsi men’s club tournament Saturday, July 25, Sean Smith wasn’t sweating.

      At least figuratively he wasn’t, yet.

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SPRINGVILLE - While the season may not have ended the way the Springville softball team had hoped it would after a tough post-season setback earlier this month, that doesn’t take anything away from what the Orioles accomplished during the 2020 regular season.

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DEWITT - For the second straight summer, the Anamosa baseball team was in DeWitt playing a class 3A district semi-final game against the talented and third-ranked Sabers Friday, July 17.

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ANAMOSA - Looking to head into the post-season playing some of their best softball of this COVID-19 shortened  summer, the class 3A eighth-ranked Anamosa softball team looked very businesslike in a trio of impressive triumphs over Iowa City Regina, Wilton and Mid-Prairie closing out the 2020 regular season last week.

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WILTON - Executing with two-outs has been a challenge for the Anamosa baseball team for most of this COVID-19 shortened summer season, but Tuesday, July 7, in Wilton, not only did the Raiders execute on the offensive end with two outs, they did defensively too, keying a huge 14-4, five-inning rout over the Beavers.

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SPRINGVILLE - Looking to get back on the winning track after dropping a pair of games at Alburnett four days earlier, Springville did exactly that sweeping a regular-season ending doubleheader hosting Calamus-Wheatland Friday, July 10.

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ANAMOSA - Coming off a pair of extremely frustrating losses hosting West Branch and Monticello earlier in the week leading into their contest hosting North Cedar Friday, July 3, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray challenged his team.

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ANAMOSA - Senior Night is an emotional time each and every season, but Friday, July 3, in Anamosa, it was extra special as Raider softball fans said good bye to a sensational class in Ellie Tallman, Kalli Minger, Autumn Kirby, Maggie McQuillen and Jordyn Erickson.

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WYOMING - It’s not often when only two hits are enough to win a high school varsity baseball game, but Thursday, July 2, in Wyoming, it was enough for the Midland baseball team.

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CALAMUS - Over much of the past decade, scoring runs had been the biggest issue between the Midland softball program picking up coveted wins.

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ANAMOSA - Jumping out to a quick 3-0 first-inning lead hosting Northeast Thursday, June 25, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray was hoping that early success was going to be a sign of things to come for the rest of the game against the Rebels.

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 SPRINGVILLE - Coming into Springville Wednesday, June 24, the Midland baseball team knew they’d have to be on their game if they wanted to leave town with a pair of wins playing an undefeated Oriole team.

      That’s exactly what the Eagles did.

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 SPRINGVILLE - Admitting that her team is more historically suited to holding on to leads than rallying from late deficits, Springville softball coach Laura Riley was pleasantly surprised with her team’s performance hosting West Central in a non-conference contest Friday, June 26.

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       MONTICELLO - It’s what good teams do to win when not all facets of the game are working seamlessly at the same time.

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ANAMOSA - Coming off a tough loss hosting class 3A eighth-ranked West Liberty in a playoff-like atmosphere Thursday, June 18, the fourth-ranked Anamosa softball team needed to quickly get back on track hosting rival Monticello 24-hours later Friday, June 19.

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WYOMING - Last season it took 30 games before the Midland softball team tasted victory for the first time with a 9-4 triumph over Bellevue.

      Eagle coach Zach Hebl was determined his team was not going to wait as long to get that first softball win in 2020.

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SPRINGVILLE - Trailing early in their season-opening doubleheader hosting Maquoketa Valley Monday, June 15, the Springville baseball team got their offense going late in the first game and then kept it going early into the second as the Orioles started 2020 with an impressive sweep of the Wildcats.

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SPRINGVILLE - With a small and somewhat inexperienced squad, Springville softball coach Laura Riley thought it might take a little time for her team to get acclimated to the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign.

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WYOMING - There were times during the weeks leading up to what was supposed to be an Iowa high school baseball season when Midland baseball coach Josh Soper wasn’t sure his team was actually going to be able to play in 2020.

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SPRINGVILLE - For a while, Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy wasn’t sure there was actually going to be a season for his team to play even after it was announced all Iowa high schools would have their summer sports in 2020.