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Algona headed to sub-state final

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Tate Slagle pitched six strong innings and Algona scratched out a pair of runs in an exciting 2-1 sub-state semi-final baseball victory on Monday, July 15 over the Boone Toreadors.

Although it was not his best performance of the year, Slagle kept his team in the contest with six gritty innings and the red-and-black got a strong seventh frame from reliever Tate Garman for the thrilling victory.

BG baseball edges Gaels 2-1 to earn district title

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Upset-minded St. Edmond gave ninth-ranked Bishop Garrigan everything they had, but the black-and-gold held on for a narrow 2-1 win to claim the District No. 5 baseball title in a contest played on Saturday, July 13.

The victory moved the 24-5 Golden Bears to the Class 1A Sub-State final at Forest City on Tuesday against Mason City Newman while the Gaels ended their 2024 campaign with an overall season record of 9-14.

Third straight Showboat Open title for Andrew Arndorfer

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Livermore’s Andrew Arndorfer is on a roll. For the third straight year, the recent Briar Cliff graduate has won the “Showboat Open” with a record-breaking score on Sunday, July 14.

Arndorfer cruised to this year’s title by a whopping eight strokes with his 14-under par 27-hole total of 94. That score broke Ron Manske’s 1975 total of 100 as the best 27-hole score in the long-running tournament.

Kossuth County Speedway - July 11, 2024

“They’re back”

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Yes, they returned. Mother Nature has been the only winner for the past three weeks and six of 10 scheduled racing dates at the Kossuth County Speedway so far this summer.

No. 4 Gaels blank Bishop Garrigan 8-0

FORT DODGE—A five-run fourth inning was the big factor in fourth-ranked St. Edmond’s 8-0 softball victory over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears in a Class 1A regional semi-final contest played on Friday, July 12.

The green-and-white moved within one game of a state tournament berth with a record of 24-5 while the Golden Bears concluded the 2024 campaign with an overall record of 17-8, including a Top of Iowa Conference crown.

Fourth inning explosion leads BG softball past North Iowa

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went onto a 9-1 victory on Wednesday, July 10 over the North Iowa Lady Bison in the second round of the Class 1A regional softball tournament.

Trailing 1-0 at the time, the black-and-gold sent 11 batters to plate, pounding out seven hits in the seven-run outburst to take a commanding 7-1 advantage.

Golden Bears top WB-Mallard 7-3

ALGONA—Ninth-ranked Bishop Garrigan fought and held off a stubborn West Bend-Mallard Wolverines’ baseball team by the final score of 7-3 in the Class 1A district semi-final played on Tuesday, July 9.

A five-run second stanza was the difference in the contest as the home team had four hits and took advantage on a Wolverine error to take an early 5-0 advantage.

Warriors fall in district baseball semi-finals

Warriors fall in district

baseball semi-finals

FORT DODGE—St. Edmond built huge lead after the first three innings and cruised to a 16-6, five-inning victory over the North Union Warriors on Tuesday, July 9 in the Class 1A district baseball semi-finals.

The green-and-white scored once in the bottom of the first stanza and added six more in both the second and third frames to build a commanding 13-0 advantage.

North Union falls 10-1 in Class 2A regional opener

SWEA CITY—Ridge View pounded out 10 hits, including a pair of round-trippers in a 10-1 victory over the North Union Warriors softball squad in the Class 2A regional softball tournament opener on Wednesday, July 10.

Tatum Shephard limited the green-black-and-silver offense to just one run while striking out four, walked three and hit a batter to earn the win in the chalked circle.

No. 7 Cougars defeat Algona softball 13-1

FREDERCKSBURG—Seventh-ranked Sumner-Fredericksburg flexed their muscles in a 13-1, four-inning Class 3A regional semi-final victory over the Algona Bulldogs on Saturday, July 13.

The 32-3 Cougars plated four runs in the first inning, scored twice in the third stanza and ended the contest early with seven tallies in the bottom of the fourth frame.

Three-run third leads Algona softball past Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE—A three-run third inning proved to be the difference as the Algona Bulldogs’ softball squad won an exciting 3-2 contest over the Clear Lake Lions in the Class 3A regional opener that was played on Thursday, July 11.

The victory improved the red-and-black’s overall season record to 11-15 while Clear Lake ended the 2024 campaign with a season mark of 13-13.

Area Trap-Shoot Results

Izaak Walton League July 9 Standings—“A” League—Main Street Specialties 1,628; Harms Masonry 1,613; Algona Machine 1,611; Security State Bank 1,601; Ingalls Electric 1,599; Dan Peterson Construction 1,592; S & B Farms 1,590; Reutzel Excavating 1,570; “B” League—Ingalls Electric Jr. 1,527; Kemco Tires 1,524; Schumacher Well Drilling 1,517; Reutzel Excavating Jr. 1,512; Ed’s Service 1,510; Commercial Services 1,504; Deitering Bros.

Walders twirls no-hitter in Warriors district opener

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

FORT DODGE—Not even a two-hour weather delay could slow down North Union pitcher Caden Walders as the right-hander overcame the delay to finish his no-hitter in an 18-0 drubbing of the West Hancock Eagles on Saturday, July 6 at Harlan Rogers Park.

Wolverines win district baseball opener 10-5

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Houston Nielsen had three hits, scored twice, drove in three RBI and tossed four strong innings to help lead the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine baseball team to a 10-5 district opening win over the North Iowa Bison on Saturday, July 6.

Walk-off win for AHS softball squad

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—A Ryan Haynes single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Kaitlyn Burns to give the Algona Bulldog softball squad an exciting walk-off, comeback victory over the Clear Lake Lions on Wednesday, July 3 in the final North Central Conference game of the year for both teams.

The visitors scored first in the contest as Jazzie Thompson singled and came around to score on a RBI double by Taylor Schwenn.

Golden Bears blank Belmond- Klemme 17-0 in district opener

ALGONA—Ninth-ranked Bishop Garrigan scored in every inning they batted in a 17-0, four-inning Class 1A district baseball opening victory on Saturday, July 6 over the Belmond-Klemme Broncos.

The black-and-gold plated nine runs in the bottom of the first inning by pounding out five hits in the frame, all of them being singles.

The home team added another run in the second stanza as Benji Trainer singled and later crossed the plate as the Bison pitcher committed a balk.

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