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Fairmont shuts down Madelia

FAIRMONT –– The Fairmont lineup was ready to play from the first pitch. Fairmont swept Madelia, 18-0, 9-2, in twinbill senior-league action Thursday at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. The team racked up baserunner after baserunner during the first inning. Fairmont sent 17 batters to the ...

No. 2 N-F fends off No. 15 NU

FONDA, Iowa — The Class 1A No. 2-ranked Newell-Fonda Mustangs squeezed by the Class 2A No. 15 North Union Warriors, 3-1, during an Iowa clash of softball titans Thursday night. Bailey Sievers went 3-for-3 with a double and scored two runs, while eighth-grade phenom Kiera Jungers fired a ...

Martins power past Cubs

TRUMAN –– The Fairmont Martins bats came alive in the fourth. The Worthington Cubs jumped ahead early in the amateur baseball matchup Wednesday in Truman, but the Martins started one rally after another in the middle innings, leading to a 13-3 Martins run-rule shortened win. Derek Shoen ...

No. 14 Warriors bunt past Titans

SWEA CITY — Small ball saved the day for the Iowa Class 2A No. 14-ranked North Union Warriors on Tuesday. North Union bunted its way to a five-run sixth inning and downed the Graetinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans 5-1 in the Warriors final home game of the season in Swea ...

Blue Earth sweeps twinbill over Fairmont

BLUE EARTH —­­ “We’ve been waiting way too long for this.” That’s what Blue Earth senior league head coach Brent Legred said after the opening doubleheader of the season Monday in Blue Earth. “It was refreshing to get back out on the field,” Legred said. “You could ...

Warriors’ late rally short vs. Newman

MASON CITY, Iowa — The Class 2A, No. 14-ranked North Union Warrior softball lineup’s gallant late-inning comeback on Monday night finished just 60 feet short of tying the score with the Class 1A, No. 10-ranked Newman Catholic Knights. After allowing three North Union runs in the top of ...

No. 14 Warriors softball team flattens Cardinals, 12-0

SWEA CITY — North Union leadoff batter Hope Steinberger delivered the one gift that her mother Stacy Steinberger wanted for her birthday on Friday night — a home run. Hope Steinberger utilized her track speed to generate an inside-the-park homer and tallied a game-best four runs to power ...

No. 14 Warriors take softball pair from Gaels

SWEA CITY — North Union head coach Kim Price, assistant coach Jack Von Bank and their softball players were so focused on trying to sweep two games from St. Edmond, no one realized the Warriors had broken into the Iowa Class 2A state rankings on Thursday. Ace right-hander Emily Meyer and ...

Fairmont VFW baseball wins opener, 8-5

FAIRMONT — When it comes to Fairmont Cardinals head varsity baseball coach Don Waletich, there’s no better birthday gift than spending a summer evening at the ballpark. Cameron Schmidtke went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored, while starting pitcher Jacob Crissinger hurled four ...

Shoen, Martins ‘walk-off’ to rout over Heron Lake

TRUMAN — Derek Shoen continues to hit the baseball with authority. Shoen pounded out two extra-base hits, including a walk-off grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, to propel the Fairmont Martins to an 11-0 dismantling of the Heron Lake Lakers during amateur baseball ...

Steinberger, Warriors muzzle Bulldogs, 15-1

SWEA CITY — North Union needed only 67 minutes to make quick work of Lake Mills during Top of Iowa Conference West Division softball action Monday. Hope Steinberger produced both of her hits, all three RBIs and two of her three runs scored during a 10-run first inning to help the hometown ...

Becker brothers power Martins by Lakefield, 16-3

NORTHROP — Siblings Levi Becker and Luke Becker transformed into the Bash Brothers during Sunday’s amateur baseball game. The Becker brothers combined for eight hits — including six for extra bases — to complement 10 RBIs and six runs scored to power the Fairmont Martins to a 16-3, ...

MSU’s Shumski masters time

GRANADA — Mastering the possibilities. Minnesota State University forward Rachel Shumski epitomizes Mastercard’s slogan when one takes a glance at her impressive academic and athletic resume’s. While the three-sport prep extraordinaire from Granada-Huntley-East Chain High School is ...

No. 5 Garrigan softball edges North Union, 5-2

ALGONA, Iowa — Back-to-back games against state-ranked softball opponents resulted in North Union’s first two losses of the season. After Iowa Class 2A No. 6-ranked Central Springs ended the Warriors’ five-game winning streak to kick off the coronavirus-abbreviated summer Thursday ...

No. 6 Panthers halt Warriors’ winning streak at 5

SWEA CITY — The Central Springs Panthers lived up to their billing as the No. 6-ranked softball team in the Iowa Class 2A state poll and then some on Thursday night. Kaylea Fessler and Madisyn Kelley combined for seven hits and three RBIs to complement six runs scored from the Nos. 1 and 2 ...

Meyer’s 3-hit shutout lifts North Union to 5th win in a row

SPENCER, Iowa — North Union’s modus operandi proved different than its first four games of the softball season, but the end result was another victory. The Warriors entered Wednesday night’s nonconference clash against the hometown Tigers in Spencer, Iowa, with four consecutive wins by ...

Shoen powers Martins to win over Pirates

WINDOM — Derek Shoen and Luke Becker equally combined for half of Fairmont’s 16 hits, while Shoen struck out four batters during 1-2-3 relief innings in the eighth and ninth to engineer the Martins’ 10-3 amateur baseball victory over the Windom Pirates on Wednesday night in ...

Warriors ground Eagles to remain perfect on season

BRITT, Iowa — North Union actually played a regulation seven-inning softball game Monday night, but the final result proved yet another double-figure margin of victory. Olivia Von Bank and Hope Steinberger continued their high-octane offensive performances from the batter’s box to power ...

Smith, Schmidt combine on 1-hitter in Martins’ shutout over Bulls

NORTHROP — Fairmont starting pitcher Josh Smith and reliever Adam Schmidt combined to keep the Jackson Bulls off the scoreboard on Father’s Day, while Jon Traetow supplied the Martins’ key offensive blast during amateur baseball action in Northrop. Smith allowed one hit in four shutout ...

Fairmont Hall of Fame induction postponed to next fall

FAIRMONT — “I can’t think of one aspect of life that hasn’t been affected, in some manner, by the current coronavirus pandemic,” said Fairmont High School activities director and Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame chairman Mat Mahoney. “So, it comes as no surprise that the selection ...