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DES MOINES - Knowing she had the ability to earn a Drake Relays 800-meter invitation, Anamosa junior Ava Claussen-Tubbs also knew being one of just 16 picked to attend the prestigious event Thursday, April 22, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, was going to also be an extremely difficult proposition.

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MONTICELLO - Knowing it was just going to be a matter of time before his team would break through and take control of the contest against host Monticello Friday, April 23, Anamosa girls soccer coach Tom Rogers watched and waited as his team continued to attack the Panther goal.

      He waited. And waited. And waited.

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ANAMOSA - Taking to the home track for the first time this season, the Anamosa girls put their best foot forward Tuesday, April 13, scoring an impressive 92 points to place fourth against an eight-team Lady Raider Early Bird field.

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ANAMOSA - It didn’t matter to the Anamosa boys’ soccer team that visiting Mount Vernon had almost three-times as many shots as they did Thursday, April 15, what mattered to the Raiders was the quality of those shots.

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ANAMOSA - The stands were full and the Anamosa boys track and field team sorely wanted to make a great first impression on their home fans Tuesday, April 6, hosting their annual Ken Fearing Relays.

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ANAMOSA - Led by a sizzling season-opening effort from Anamosa junior Maddie Nemmers, the Raider girls golf team finished second hosting a unique 18-hole tournament Tuesday, April 6, that featured nine holes each on both of Anamosa’s beautiful courses.

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DES MOINES - It wasn’t too long ago that Anamosa’s Lilly Machart was cast in the shadow of her incredibly successful older brother David, who when he graduated in 2016 was considered one of the top high school archers in the United States of America.

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ANAMOSA - Knowing COVID could play a role in how the Anamosa girls basketball team navigated through the 2020-21 campaign, head coach Angie Lawrence, in her first year leading the program, had no idea how challenging the journey would actually be.

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ANAMOSA - With the meteoric success the Anamosa girls’ high school wrestling program has had over the last couple of seasons, Anamosa middle school wrestling coach Ron Timp thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a feeder program started for the Raiders at the seventh and eighth grade levels.

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OOSE LAKE - Knowing it was going to be one of the toughest tests his team had faced all winter long, Anamosa boys’ basketball coach Kevin Barnes was comforted in the fact that his Raiders were playing some of their best ball leading up to the colossal class 2A district championship game against 10th-ranked West Branch Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Goose Lake.

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SOLON - It’s often been called the most pressure-filled tournament of the season, more so than even the state meet itself.

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MANCHESTER - Knowing that getting any wrestler through the extremely competitive class 2A sectional tournament in Manchester Saturday, Feb. 6, would be a major accomplishment, Anamosa wrestling coach Bret Jones was pleased two advanced to the district round in seniors Alex Casey and Nathan Keating.

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ANAMOSA - Facing one of the best boys’ basketball teams Monticello has ever assembled, Anamosa needed several things to go their way in order to have a chance at hanging with the extremely talented and class 3A fifth-ranked Panthers Friday, Jan. 29.

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CORALVILLE - Attaining such lofty heights in their first year of existence as year ago, how could the Anamosa girls’ wrestling team possibly maintain that extremely high level of success heading into the state tournament Friday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Jan. 22, at the new Xtreme Arena and GreenState Family Fieldhouse in Coralville?

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ANAMOSA - It’s been a few years since the Anamosa boys’ basketball team can boast to having a three-game winning streak, but after the Raiders’ impressive 73-48 rout hosting Iowa City Regina Friday, Jan. 23, the program can now do exactly that.

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ANAMOSA - Even while dealing with numerous injuries and illnesses, Anamosa boys wrestling coach Bret Jones continues to be amazed by the improvement his team his team makes each and every week, and Thursday, Jan. 14, hosting North Cedar, Mid-Prairie and Cascade, his team provided more proof of that fact.

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INDEPENDENCE - Last year before they made their miraculous run to a top-10 finish at the state tournament, the Anamosa girls’ wrestling team built their momentum with some outstanding performances leading up to the huge event held last season in Waverly.

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WEST LIBERTY - Using the plan that worked so well a year ago, the Anamosa girls wrestling team continues to build themselves back into a state power, and their performance at the West Liberty tournament Saturday, Jan. 2, was more proof of that very real fact as the team posted an incredible 18 pins on the day.

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MAQUOKETA - With injuries quickly dwindling his team numbers down, Anamosa wrestling coach Bret Jones couldn’t have been happier with the way his Raiders came out and competed at a challenging Zimmerman Invitational in Maquoketa Saturday, Jan. 2.

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ANAMOSA - Coming off a tough three-game stretch just a week earlier that saw his team go 1-2 going against some top quality opponents, Anamosa boys basketball coach Kevin Barnes wanted to see his team create a little momentum heading into the Christmas break hosting Wilton Tuesday, Dec. 22.

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ANAMOSA - As her team continues to make improvements on the offensive end of the floor, Anamosa girls basketball coach Angie Lawrence has several other goals as her team makes their way in 2020-21, and in the 2020 finale hosting Wilton Tuesday, Dec. 22, even more improvements were made.

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ANAMOSA - He’s already been one of the most decorated players in Anamosa High School football history, now Raider senior Connor Andresen just added yet another amazing honor to his long list of prep accomplishments.

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WEST BRANCH - Playing their second of back-to-back games against two of the state of Iowa’s top basketball programs, the Anamosa girls didn’t back down from the challenge of facing class 2A top-ranked West Branch Saturday, Dec. 19.

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WILTON - Using the same formula that worked so well last season, the Anamosa girls wrestling team continues to make consistent strides and continues to see positive results, and plenty more came during an outstanding effort at the Wilton tournament Saturday, Dec. 19.

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CENTER POINT - Still working their way wrestling shape, the Anamosa boys’ team made their way to Center Point Tuesday, Dec. 8, and were the dominant team on the mat sweeping a triangular with the host Pointers as well as Central Elkader and Washington.

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ANAMOSA - Very little was going right for the Anamosa boys basketball team early in their 2020-21 home opener against Durant Friday, Dec. 11, and coach Kevin Barnes decided to address some of the problems his team was having during the halftime break.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Through most of her high school athletic career, Anamosa senior Grace Lubben hadn’t really considered playing sports at the collegiate level.

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DES MOINES - With COVID raging all over Iowa, the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) and Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) wanted to make sure high school football players from all over the state would still be recognized for their outstanding 2020 accomplishments, even without the two organizations being able to get together for their annual face-to-face All-State football meeting.

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FORT DODGE - Bursting onto the scene with an outstanding qualifier performance in the rain and cold just a week earlier, Anamosa sophomore Shea Keister came into his first-ever state cross country meet Saturday, Oct. 31, with some pretty lofty goals.

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JESUP - It was supposed to be nearly 70-degrees as the Anamosa cross country team was set to compete at their class 2A state qualifier event in Jesup Thursday, Oct. 22.

      Rain, however, was in the forecast as well.

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CENTER POINT - They’ve been in the same position many times over the past several weeks, with the clock winding down and in need of a touchdown to win the game.

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MANCHESTER - For Anamosa seniors Liz Riniker, Lily Rogers and Natalie Hersom, Manchester brings back special memories as the spot the Raider girls earned the program’s first-ever team berth to the state cross country meet three years ago.

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     ANAMOSA - For the second straight week, the Anamosa football team was embroiled up in a pressure-cooker of a game that was headed right down to the final seconds against visiting Iowa Falls-Alden Friday, Oct. 2.

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CASCADE - Riding one of the longest volleyball winning streaks the program has seen in nearly a quarter century, Anamosa made their way to Cascade Thursday, Oct. 1, looking to extend a 12-match streak against the talented Cougars.