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MONTICELLO - Riding a 14-game losing streak coming into their Cowbell contest at Monticello, few thought the winless Anamosa football team was going to be able to pull off an upset against a Panther club that just two weeks ago was ranked among the best in class 2A.

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MANCHESTER - It’s the time of year when runners start to take their game to that next level as the conference and state qualifier meets approach, and for the Anamosa cross country program times are beginning to come down as the meets begin to heat up.

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WYOMING - With a win and you’re quite possibly in the playoffs and lose and you are out scenario, the Midland football team’s game hosting Springville Friday, Oct. 11, was the most pressure-filled of the year to date.

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ANAMOSA - There was a buzz in the air as the Anamosa volleyball program honored a whopping 11 seniors Tuesday, Oct. 1, as the team hosted winless Northeast in front of another big home crowd.

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ANAMOSA - Playing probably their toughest opponent since week two at Iowa City Regina, Anamosa football coach Lucas Stanton knew his team was in for an extremely tough test hosting class 2A fifth-ranked Waterloo Columbus Friday, Oct. 4.

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 SPRINGVILLE - Hosting struggling Central Elkader in front of a big crowd on Homecoming Friday, Oct. 4, Springville football coach had a few things he wanted the Orioles to accomplish against the winless Warriors.

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ANAMOSA - With the weather forecast for Friday, Sept. 27, looking ominous at best, Anamosa Athletic Director Bret Jones decided it was the best interest of everyone involved for the Raiders’ football contest against visiting North Fayette Valley to be moved to up a night, especially with Homecoming festivities looming Saturday, Sept. 28.

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ANAMOSA - Just a week after hosting the Cascade Invitational due to heavy rains on the Cougars’ cross country home at the Fillmore Golf Course, the Raiders were back at home again Saturday, Sept. 28.

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WYOMING - No offense to winless Central Elkader, but Midland football coach Lenny Miller had just one goal for his club coming into their contest with the injury depleted Warriors Friday, Sept. 27.

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CENTER POINT - The cream once again rose to the top at the Center Point-Urbana Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 24, but it was the performance from the rest of his girls’ team that had Springville-Central City cross country coach Steve Pershing particularly excited.

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It was three years ago when Kolin Schulte graduated from Anamosa High School as one of the most decorated athletes in Raider history.

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ANAMOSA - Coming off a frustrating loss at Camanche just five days earlier, Anamosa volleyball coach Caitlin McVay wanted to see her team to get right back into the mix for another River Valley Conference North division title with a big win hosting Cascade Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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DYERSVILLE - Through more than three and a half quarters, it appeared the Anamosa football team had done enough to pick up their first win of the season at Beckman Friday, Sept. 20, and spoil the Blazers’ Homecoming party.

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 TIPTON - Turning in their best team performance of the young season at Tipton Tuesday, Sept. 10, Anamosa cross country coach Ken Sunseri was pleased for his improving boys’ squad, but also wanted to make sure they remained focused on the big picture.

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ANAMOSA - The atmosphere was raucous inside the Anamosa High School gym Tuesday, Sept. 10, and no, it’s not basketball or wrestling season.

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ANAMOSA - Pulling out of the annual Clinton Prince of Peace Invitational for the first time in many years, the Anamosa volleyball program decided to instead host their own tournament Saturday, Sept. 7.

      Raider volleyball coach Caitlin McVay is sure glad they did.

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IOWA CITY - Everything about the Anamosa football team’s performance through the first two quarters of play at Iowa City Regina Friday, Sept. 6, screamed for the Raiders to just give it up.

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WYOMING - It’s been tough stringing together wins for the Midland volleyball program over the last several years, so when the Eagles opened their own home tournament against a good Monticello team Saturday, Sept. 7, fans may have been thinking it would be more of the same.

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SPRINGVILLE - Coming into the 2019 campaign, Springville football coach Joe Martin knew he had a good team.

      But exactly how good, even he wasn’t too sure about that?

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If you missed KCRG-TV 9’s Athlete of the Week segment last week, take a peek at it on-line. It will absolutely bring tears of joy to your eyes.

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ANAMOSA - Knowing how important the first few series on both sides of the football would be in the 2019 season-opener against visiting Maquoketa Friday, Aug. 30, Anamosa football coach Lucas Stanton was hoping his young team would be able to come out and execute right away against a Cardinal program that gave the Raiders their lone triumph of the 2018 campaign.

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VINTON - Last year was a dream season for the Anamosa volleyball program. The Raiders claimed a division championship in their first run in the River Valley Conference and even cracked into the state rankings for the first time in a generation.

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WYOMING - There’s a reason why Midland defensive coordinator Ryan Dodge has such a style, flair and passion for the game of football.

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WINFIELD - Early on, it appeared as though it was going to be one of ‘those nights’ for the Springville football team in their 2019 season-opener at Winfield-Mount Union Friday, Aug. 23.

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WEST LIBERTY -  Having won more men’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association (EIGA) tournament titles than any club over the last two decades, when the Wapsi Country Club team takes to any course, they expect nothing less than a championship.

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 It’s funny what can trigger memories when watching sporting events, and the emotions they can evoke when heartbreak happens.

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ANAMOSA - There was some talk leading up to the 70th annual Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association (WEIGA) tournament at the Fawn Creek Country Club Sunday, Aug. 4, that the hosts could possibly win the one-day, 18-hole event by a whopping 50 strokes.

      Well, they were almost right.

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ANAMOSA - Having come so close to knocking off powerful and defending champion Fawn Creek last year at the Women’s Eastern Iowa Golf Association tournament (WEIGA), Anamosa’s Wapsi Country Club felt they had a team that could at least give the hosts this year a run for the top spot Sunday, Aug. 4.

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ANAMOSA - If you sit back and think about it, Hannah Houska would have missed a lot had she not considered going out for golf way back during her sophomore year of high school.

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ANAMOSA - Last week during the Anamosa City golf tournament, a two-day event held at both the Fawn Creek and Wapsi Country Club courses, a new name popped to the top of the leaderboard.

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NASHVILLE, TENN. - As one of the top archers in the entire country over much of the past half-decade, Anamosa sophomore Lilly Machart has been used to the pressures of high-quality tournaments.

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DEWITT - Hopefully, in the not too distant future, the Anamosa baseball team might be able to point to Friday, July 19, 2019,  as the date the Raider program officially turned the corner and are able to regularly compete against the state’s best.

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ANAMOSA - It’s the only time all summer long that the best of the Anamosa golf community comes together as individuals, instead of member clubs, competing to see who’s number one at the two-day, 36-hole Anamosa City tournament.

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CALAMUS- Positioning themselves perfectly for a chance at competing for a class 1A district 7 title, the Midland baseball team needed to take care of business against Lone Tree in a semi-final contest Tuesday, July 16.

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WEST LIBERTY - Only eight teams earn berths to the state softball tournament.

      Monday, July 15, in West Liberty, one of those top eight teams were not going to be represented in Fort Dodge as the eighth-ranked Raiders battled the fourth-ranked Comets in a class 3A regional championship game.

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ANAMOSA - Coming off a heartbreaking one-run loss in the opener of their River Valley Conference doubleheader hosting North Cedar Thursday, July 11, Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray wanted to see how his young team would respond.

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LISBON - When the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) first released their class 1A district baseball pairings earlier this month, the Midland baseball team was supposed to host Springville in a quarter-final contest Saturday, July 13.

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LISBON - With very little going right through the first four frames of their class 1A district quarter-final contest against Midland Saturday, July 13, it would have been easy for the Springville baseball team to just cash it in and call it a season.

      But that’s not how this team, or these players, do business.

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GOOSE LAKE - The pressure was squarely on the Anamosa softball team as they made a second trip to Goose Lake in a four-day span Friday, July 5.

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SPRINGVILLE - Turning in a solid 2019 campaign, the Springville softball team earned the right to host a class 1A regional playoffs game Monday, July 8.

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ANAMOSA - As if they needed to provide any more evidence that they are indeed one of the best teams in the state, the class 3A eighth-ranked Anamosa girls went out and displayed all their dizzying skills once again Wednesday, June 26, rolling to a doubleheader sweep against visiting Springville.