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Lions finish 8th at state softball

FORT DODGE - The Linn-Mar Lions came home empty-handed from the Class 5A state softball tournament Wednesday.

The Lions lost to Bettendorf, 3-1, and fell to Ankeny, 9-0, in consolation games and finished last in the eight-team field.

Linn-Mar lost to Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 6-3, in the opening round Monday.

The Lions collected only seven hits in the two games Wednesday. Morgan Braughton had two hits in the 3-1 loss to Bettendorf.

DoniRae Mayhew hit a two-run homer and tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts for Bettendorf. Maddy Ryan pitched a complete game for Linn-Mar with five hits, five walks and two strikeouts.

Olivia Brooks went 3-for-4 with five RBIs for Ankeny in its 9-0 victory over the Lions. Brooks had a two-run double and a three-run homer in the onslaught.


Poor defense dooms Marion in playoffs

SOLON – The Marion Indians’ inexperience caught up with them when they needed it the least in a Class 3A district championship baseball game Monday.

Marion committed five errors, leading to seven unearned runs in an 8-3 loss to Duqubue Wahlert to end the season at 24-17.

The Golden Eagles (20-19) advanced to the substate final at 7 p.m. Wednesday at DeWitt Central.

“I’m not shocked, I’m disappointed,” Marion Coach Steve Fish said. “I love this team. They’re fun to coach. I think we had six sophomores out there and some quality seniors.”

The Indians started strong, taking a 3-0 lead in the second inning.


Cedar Falls ousts Lions in thriller

Long after hearing their final postgame talk of the season, the Linn-Mar baseball team was still milling around the home plate area of their home diamond.

The Lions simply did not want to leave the field Monday night.

"This is the kind of team you'd like to always have one more game with," said Linn-Mar Coach Chad Lechner. "They are such a great group to be around."

Try as they might, the Lions could not come through to earn one more game. Steven Skidmore's RBI single in the top of the 11th inning plated Dakota Schiefelbein with what proved to be the winning run as Cedar Falls ended Linn-Mar's season with a 7-6 victory in a Class 4A substate semifinal.

The victory moves the Tigers (22-13) opposite top-seed Kennedy (28-11) in Wednesday's substate final set for 7 p.m. at Kennedy's Herkelman Field.


Johnson wins British Open in playoff

Cedar Rapids native Zach Johnson made a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole, then outlasted two golfers to win a four-hole playoff Monday at the 144th British Open at St. Andrews.

The win was Johnson's 12th PGA Tour title, including two major championships. He won the 2007 Masters.

"I want to thank all my family and friends back home," Johnson told the crowd as he accepted the Claret Jug. "I'm honored to be your champion. Thank you very much."


J-Hawks cherish win over Lions at state

FORT DODGE - Alyssa Olson has pitched better games during her all-state career with the Jefferson J-Hawks, but few have felt as sweet as this one did Monday afternoon.

Olson tossed a complete game as the third-ranked J-Hawks topped Linn-Mar, 6-3, in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.

Olson and the J-Hawks lost in the opening round of the state tournament in 2013 and 2014, so this was the last chance for Olson and the rest of the Jefferson seniors to reach the semifinals.

"It feels great," she said. "We knew coming into this game that it wasn't going to be easy, by any means. We knew that Linn-Mar was going to put up a fight and we were going to put up a fight."

Olson has enjoyed lots of big wins, including a 7-0 masterpiece with 13 strikeouts against Muscatine in the regional finals two years ago as a sophomore. Monday's victory was really big, too.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 2 Thursday, Aug. 6
MWL: Kane County 5, Kernels 4 MWL: Dayton at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 3 Friday, Aug. 7
No events scheduled MWL: Bowling Green at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug 4 Saturday, Aug. 8
MWL: Dayton at Kernels, 6:35 p.m. MWL: Bowling Green at Kernels, 5:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 5 Sunday, Aug. 9
MWL: Dayton at Kernels, 6:35 p.m. MWL: Bowling Green at Kernels, 2:05 p.m.


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