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WYOMING - Playing in front of a big socially distanced home crowd on Senior Night Thursday, Sept. 3, the Midland volleyball team put on a show and certainly gave their fans plenty to cheer about hosting East Buchanan in a five-set thriller.

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WYOMING - It hasn’t been the kind of start Midland volleyball coach Kerrigan Riley had been hoping for, having to deal with injuries heading into the Eagles’ season-openers hosting Vinton-Shellsburg and Anamosa in a triangular Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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WYOMING - You could tell from the season-opening game at class 2A top-ranked North Linn June 15, that things were going to be different for the 2020 Midland softball team.

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WYOMING - It’s not often when only two hits are enough to win a high school varsity baseball game, but Thursday, July 2, in Wyoming, it was enough for the Midland baseball team.

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CALAMUS - Over much of the past decade, scoring runs had been the biggest issue between the Midland softball program picking up coveted wins.

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 SPRINGVILLE - Coming into Springville Wednesday, June 24, the Midland baseball team knew they’d have to be on their game if they wanted to leave town with a pair of wins playing an undefeated Oriole team.

      That’s exactly what the Eagles did.

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WYOMING - Last season it took 30 games before the Midland softball team tasted victory for the first time with a 9-4 triumph over Bellevue.

      Eagle coach Zach Hebl was determined his team was not going to wait as long to get that first softball win in 2020.

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WYOMING - There were times during the weeks leading up to what was supposed to be an Iowa high school baseball season when Midland baseball coach Josh Soper wasn’t sure his team was actually going to be able to play in 2020.

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WYOMING - When it comes to wins and losses, and merely keeping girls out for the sport, things have been tough for the Midland softball program over much of the last decade.

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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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WILTON - Knowing the chances were pretty good that he would get both of his state-ranked wrestlers through the class 1A district round in Wilton Saturday, Feb. 15, and on to the state tournament, Midland wrestling coach Casey Huston still took nothing for granted.

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LISBON - There was good news and there was bad news for the Midland wrestling team competing at an absolutely loaded class 1A sectional tournament in Lisbon Saturday, Jan. 8.

      The good news?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WYOMING - Home course advantage is a huge thing when it comes to post-season high school golf tournaments, and the Midland boys took full advantage of it Friday, May 10.

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 TIPTON - He’s going to be one of the top point producers for the Midland boys track and field team all season long, and Eagle senior thrower Luke Lasack got his outdoor campaign off to a solid start at Tipton Tuesday, March 26.

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WYOMING - After an evening of eating delicious food and listening to all the success of the Midland wrestling, girls and boys basketball, cheerleading and dance teams at the Eagles’ winter sports banquet, the big news finally broke Thursday, Feb. 28.

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DES MOINES - Over the last two years, Midland’s Brett Schoenherr has worked tirelessly trying to make his dream of reaching the podium at the class 1A state wrestling tournament come true.

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DES MOINES - Making his first appearance at the Iowa state wrestling tournament and being the No. 1 seed at 106 pounds in class 1A, there was a lot of pressure on Midland’s Damon Huston.

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JESUP - Sometimes, there are moments in sports that just stand out.

      That are different from the normal routine.