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CLARENCE - Coming into their game at North Cedar Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Anamosa boys basketball team was riding high with on two-game winning streak and everything looked good to make it three straight as the Raiders play against the host Knights.

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SPRINGVILLE - It’s rare to play a game on Monday night, but that’s exactly what the Springville boys basketball team did Monday, Jan. 6, hosting Waterloo Christian.

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ANAMOSA - After spending much of the last month traveling all over eastern Iowa competing at tournaments, the Anamosa Schools archery team felt good to be back at home Saturday, Jan. 4.

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DELHI - It was a night where fans had to stay in their seats at Maquoketa Valley Friday, Jan. 3, because if they left to get a popcorn, they’d miss a ton of action on the mat as the Anamosa and Dubuque Wahlert girls put on a wrestling show.

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SOLON - Over much of the past two decades, the Anamosa wrestling team has been known more for its individual talent rather than team accolades and dual meet triumphs.

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ANAMOSA - Waves of archers dressed in orange and black descended upon the Anamosa middle and high school gyms Saturday, Jan. 4, and much like they have everyplace else they’ve been so far this winter, the talented contingent of Springville archers just added to their collection of hardware winning both the high school bullseye and 3D team championships.

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ANAMOSA - As one of the top pitchers in all of eastern Iowa, Anamosa senior Kalli Minger had options when it came to where she wanted to play her collegiate softball.

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ANAMOSA - Coming so close so many times to getting their first win, the Anamosa boys basketball team hasn’t allowed frustration to set in during the first few weeks of the 2019-20 campaign.

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GOOSE LAKE - For fans who have followed the Anamosa boys basketball team through the first two weeks of the 2019-20 campaign, there’s no doubting the Raiders are a better team now that they were a mere two weeks ago.

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WYOMING - It wasn’t exactly the start Springville boys basketball coach Nick Merritt was hoping for at Midland Friday, Dec. 13, but once his Orioles were able to get out and run in the open court, points began pouring in at an impressive rate.

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MONTICELLO - With a big crowd on hand in Monticello Thursday, Dec. 5, the Anamosa wrestling team got off to a slow start against the host Panthers, and the raucous home crowd made sure the Raiders knew it too.

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CASCADE - There haven’t been too many times when visiting teams leave Cascade with wins over much of the past 30 years, but that’s exactly what the extremely young Anamosa boys basketball team was trying to do in their season-opener against the host Cougars Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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TIPTON - As has been the case for numerous years with the Midland wrestling program, it’s quality over quantity, and the Eagles proved that fact yet again Saturday, Dec. 7, competing and succeeding at a loaded Tipton Invitational.

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SPRINGVILLE - There’s been no denying when it comes to the game of basketball, the Springville girls have been the best in the state of Iowa over much of the past decade.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - As a team filled with mainly freshmen and sophomores, there weren’t too many who gave the eighth-seeded and unranked Springville volleyball team much of a chance against top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Sidney in their class 1A state quarterfinal match at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Wednesday, Nov. 13.

      That didn’t matter to the Orioles one little bit.

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WAVERLY - Coming into his final home game as a Wartburg College football player Saturday, Nov. 16, against Loras, former Anamosa superstar wide receiver Kolin Schulte needed two touchdowns to break the Knights’ school record for most receiving scores in a single season.

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VICTOR - Back and forth they went on a chilly and muddy Friday, Nov. 1.

      As one of the better class 8-player playoff contests in the first-round of games, 15th-seeded Midland and 11th-seeded HLV traded blows as both teams tried to make their way up and down a field that was almost completely mud covered in Victor.

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FORT DODGE - They’ve been the two crown jewels of the Iowa High School cross country season all fall long.

      Central City’s class 2A No. 2 ranked Emily Staal and Mid-Prairie’s No. 1 Marie Hostetler. The pair have been among the top runners in Iowa this season regardless of class, and they faced off one final time as high schoolers at the state meet in Fort Dodge Saturday, Nov. 2.

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When I started as sports editor here at the Journal-Eureka way back in 1995, Jerry Carstens had been coaching girls basketball at Midland for exactly 30 years.

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ANAMOSA - For a young team learning as they went through the 2019 campaign, Anamosa football coach Lucas Stanton sorely wanted to head into the off-season with a win in the Raiders’ season-finale hosting Oelwein Friday, Oct. 25.

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ANAMOSA - The atmosphere was electric inside as the Anamosa High School gym Wednesday, Oct. 23, as the Raider volleyball team hosted rival Monticello in what would be one of the most thrilling, and eventually heartbreaking matches the Anamosa program has seen in years.

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WYOMING - Nothing was going to stop the Midland football team from extending their school-record of making an amazing fifth-straight class 8-player playoff berth in the 2019 season-finale Friday, Oct. 25.

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SPRINGVILLE - With still fleeting hopes of making the class 8-player playoffs, the Springville football team knew their chances were slim after their heartbreaking loss at Midland two weeks ago.

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SPRINGVILLE - As she ran around the Tri-Rivers Conference cross country route on her home course in Springville Thursday, Oct. 17, fans from every league school knew they were watching something extremely special in Central City senior Emily Staal.

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IOWA CITY - The weather didn’t exactly make for ideal running conditions for athletes competing at the River Valley Conference championships in Iowa City Tuesday, Oct. 15, but for the Anamosa girls and boys, it was another opportunity to make a statement against some of the top runners in the state of Iowa, regardless of class.

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WEST LIBERTY - Hoping to get a little momentum going heading into class 3A regional action this week, the Anamosa volleyball team got a taste of tournament pressure taking past at the River Valley Conference event in West Liberty Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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CENTRAL CITY - Knowing that their playoff lives were on the line, the Midland football team put their fans and their coaches through the ringer at Central City Friday, Oct. 18.

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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.