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WYOMING - In the same boat as everyone else across the state and the country, the Midland girls’ basketball team hoped COVID wouldn’t put a major damper on their 2020-21 campaign causing stoppages of play, or at worst, cancelling the entire season.

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WAPELLO - Packing into a tiny gymnasium in Wapello Saturday, Feb. 13, the Midland wrestling team had five in attendance at the class 1A district tournament looking to make their state dreams come true.

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LISBON - It had already been a successful 2020-21 season for the Midland wrestling team no matter what happened at the pressure-filled class 1A sectional tournament in Lisbon Saturday, Feb. 6.

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WYOMING - Having four wrestlers in the finals at their own John Byers Invitational Saturday, Jan. 23, Midland wrestling coach Casey Huston’s dream scenario played out perfectly as Damon Huston, Jared Crock, Caden Ballou and Cayden Miller made the championship round a perfect 4-for-4 for the hosts as each posted wins in their final home bouts of the 2020-21 campaign.

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WYOMING - Playing their first game of the 2021 portion of the schedule, Midland girls basketball coach Jason Soper had a few things he wanted from his team as the Eagles started their new year with a clean slate hosting Cedar Valley Christian Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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MAQUOKETA - As, by far, the smallest school competing at a loaded Zimmerman Invitational in Maquoketa Saturday, Jan. 2, Midland wrestling coach Casey Huston was completely confident his group of Eagles could more than hold their own against the bigger programs.

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WYOMING - He had his choice of numerous Division-III programs to pick from to play his collegiate football, but Midland senior superstar Iziek Soper, while honored and humbled at the attention he’s received, had another plan in mind.

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WYOMING - Ending a stretch that saw the Midland girls basketball team take the court four times in a seven-day span, the Eagles struggled to find offense during a tough 45-20 setback hosting Tipton Monday, Dec. 14.

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WINTHROP Playing an extremely challenging early season schedule, Midland boys basketball coach Dalton Harms knew his team was in ‘must win’ mode then they made their way to Winthrop Friday, Dec. 4, to play host East Buchanan.

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WYOMING - By merely looking at the final score of the Midland girls basketball team’s loss hosting class 2A fourth-ranked North Linn in the season-opener for both programs Tuesday, Dec. 1, it would appear very little went right for the Eagles.

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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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WYOMING - Thinking he was most likely going to be attending college and wrestling for a D-III program a little closer to home, lightning all of a sudden struck for Midland senior superstar Damon Huston.

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WYOMING - As a program who has regularly been in the playoffs each of the last six years, ending the season with a win is a tough proposition for all but six teams in the state of Iowa.

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SPRINGVILLE - It’s been the strength of the Midland football team all season long, and it was again when the Eagles made their trip to Springville Friday, Oct. 9, for the 2020 regular-season finale.

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WYOMING - Through the first two sets hosting Cedar Valley Christian Tuesday, Sept. 22, it appeared the Midland volleyball team was well on their way to picking up their first Tri-Rivers Conference triumph of the 2020 season.

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DYERSVILLE - With their home field almost under water due to all the locally heavy rain in the last week and completely unplayable, Midland officials knew they weren’t going to be able to host their scheduled game with Central Elkader Friday, Sept. 11.

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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.