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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.

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SPRINGVILLE - After dropping a frustrating game against Springville at Anamosa’s own home tournament way back on June 1, the Raider baseball team came into their contest with the host Orioles Wednesday, June 26, a much more focused team.

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MAYNARD - The scoring came early and often for the Springville softball team Friday, June 28, and in the end, they needed a lot of it to post a win over host West Central.

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MONTICELLO - It wasn’t too long ago when any game that went past the fifth inning was considered a moral victory for the Anamosa baseball program.

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MONTICELLO - With Kalli Minger dominating in the pitchers’ circle Monday, June 17, Anamosa softball coach Brad Holub knew it wasn’t going to take much in the way of support from his offense for his team to tally a win in the opener at Monticello.

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SPRINGVILLE - It’s all Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy could ask for hosting class 2A’s third-ranked team in the state.

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ANAMOSA - They came to Anamosa Monday, June 10, as one of the most prodigious power-hitting softball teams in the history of Iowa High School softball.

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 SPRINGVILLE - You could probably hear the cheering coming from both the Springville and Central City dugouts all over town Thursday, June 13, as the Orioles hosted the 13th-ranked Wildcats in a wild Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader.

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ANAMOSA - Taking care of their business through the season’s first nine games, the Anamosa softball team had rarely been tested usually rolling to blowout triumphs.

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ANAMOSA - Taking advantage of the few opportunities they had in the first game of a doubleheader hosting Bellevue Monday, June 3, the Anamosa baseball team showed just how far the program has come in the last couple of summers.

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MARION - As one of the most improved teams in the Tri-Rivers Conference, the Springville softball team has already posted numerous impressive victories this summer.

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ANKENY - During what had been a brilliant high school career leading up to the class 3A state golf tournament in Ankeny Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, May 29, every time Anamosa senior Kara Hunt faced a daunting challenge, she responded like a champion.

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BELLEVUE - It didn’t take too long for fans to realize, the class 1A regional quarter-final playoff contest between visiting Anamosa and host Bellevue-Marquette Tuesday, May 28, was going to be a fierce battle.

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TIPTON - Cruising through the first eight games of the 2019 schedule, including the first two contests at the Tipton Invitational Saturday, June 1, the Anamosa softball team had rarely been tested.

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CASCADE - Very few expected the Anamosa baseball team, a program that has struggled mightily for years to win baseball games, especially against state-ranked foes like Cascade, to pick up a win against the host and class 2A eighth-ranked Cougars Thursday, May 30.

      So, the Raiders decided to just go out and shock the world.

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ANAMOSA - It was the day Anamosa baseball coach Bryan McCray had been waiting for since late last summer.

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SPRINGVILLE - It’s sports cliche’ at its finest, but Springville baseball coach Tony Dlouhy is preaching patience as his Orioles opened a challenging first week with four tough losses.

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MANCHESTER - Anamosa has a long and rich history dating back to when current Raider athletes Corinne and Gabby Gadient’s mother Melissa (Ruess) ran track for Anamosa in the late 1980s.

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STORM LAKE - Even though he was a state qualifier in the discus and shot put, as well as a starter on the Anamosa High School basketball and baseball teams, former Raider Drew Beall never really considered himself an ‘athlete.’