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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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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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ANAMOSA - If the rules that are in play now would have been allowed back in 1996, the Anamosa football team’s class 2A co-district 5 championship would have earned that Raider team a berth into the playoffs, a place the program had only been one other time in school history at that point.

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Taking a page from what pretty much all of the major sports television networks have done during this pandemic era, I’ve decided to relive some Anamosa, Olin, Midland and Springville sports history by bringing back some of our area schools’ classic sports moments from the last quarter century.

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ANAMOSA - Though it was my first full year as sports editor at the Anamosa Journal-Eureka newspaper in 1996, I had actually already covered the Anamosa softball team as a sports correspondent in 1995 for then AJ-E sports editor Dan Digmann, as the Raiders made their first-ever state tournament berth.

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DUBUQUE - When former Midland High School four-sport superstar Alex Martens started his athletic career at Loras College three years ago, it was to play basketball.

      My how things can change.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Former Anamosa High School standout Jessie Frasher was on a bus with the rest of her Kirkwood Community College softball teammates heading to Fayetteville, Arkansas, when all of a sudden, the bus they were in turned around and started heading back to Iowa.

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ANAMOSA - The doors to the Anamosa Bowling Center (ABC) may be closed right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even while playing only about three-quarters of their normal regular season schedule before orders came down March 17, that their league campaign was over, bowlers were posting some mind-boggling numbers.

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KIRKSVILLE, MO. - Anyone who has watched former Anamosa High School standout Kara Hunt golf during a brilliant four-year career with the Raiders knows she’s talented and blessed with a dizzying array of skills that made her one of the top golfers in the state.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Having already tasted some success with the Cedar Rapids High School hockey program as a mere freshman in 2018-19, Springville sophomore Brendan Shaner took his game to an entirely new level this past season while helping the Roughriders’ program to new heights in the Eastern division of the Midwest High School Hockey League (MHSHL).

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OELWEIN - It’s tough to maintain the amazingly high level of success that Anamosa junior Lilly Machart has had during what has been an absolutely brilliant high school career, yet somehow, she continues to do it over and over again.

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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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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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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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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.’

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DES MOINES - It’s difficult maintaining the level of success Lilly Machart has achieved during what has already been a sensational archery career.

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DES MOINES - Cruising through most of the field at the AAU Kids state championship Feb. 23-24, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Anamosa’s Austin Scranton ran into a challenge in the 5th-6th grade 98-pound title tilt.

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WATERLOO - Competing at the AAU Super peewee state tournament at Young Arena in Waterloo Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, Anamosa Wrestling Club members Carson Olmstead and Beau Coons worked their way onto the podium turning in outstanding performances at the kindergarten level.

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ANAMOSA - Putting together a solid season in their final campaign as Anamosa middle schoolers, the Raider eighth grade boys basketball team overcame some sizeable obstacles this past winter.

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ANAMOSA - It’s the event that made headlines around the state three years ago when then Anamosa senior David Machart shot the first-ever perfect 300 score.

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CEDAR RAPIDS - Taking advantage of their chance to shine on a very big stage Sunday, Jan. 27, six members of the Anamosa Wrestling Club competed at the USA State tournament held at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

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 ANAMOSA - Through much of the early portion of this 2018-19 pre-season, Anamosa Schools archery coach Chad Machart has seen varied individual success from many of his shooters, though no teams titles had materialized as of yet.