Local High School Sports:
The Webster City Lynx boys tennis team got their season kicked off Thursday afternoon at long last. After having several meets postponed or cancelled the Lynx hosted the North Polk Comets and it was a bit of an eye opener. North Polk controlled play throughout winning 8-0 as neither team put a 3rd doubles team up in the match. The doubles team of Aidan Sullivan and Jon Dixson did manage to get 2 games off of the Comets top pairing in the number one singles and Sullivan also got a single game in the number 4 singles. The Lynx will now visit Clear Lake on Monday.
A bevy of track and field teams took to the elements yesterday. The South Hamilton Hawks track teams visited Manson Northwest Webster and came away with an 8th place finish with 51 points. Junior Logan Peters continued his dominance in the distance runs as he took gold in the 1600 meter run while the Hawks 4 by 8 team took home first place honors as well. For the Hawks girls, Lily Skartveldt took home the blue ribbon in the discus. Hawks girls back in action Monday at Gilbert while the boys visit Ballard Tuesday.
The Webster City Lynx girls headed to Perry for the Jayette Relays and some familiar names continued to make light work of local competition. Senior Haley Flaws won her third consecutive 100 meter dash while fellow 12th grader Cassidy Nerland took gold in both the discus and the shot put. The 4 by 100 team of Flaws, Marissa Garels, Ashlyn Hay and Zooey Woodle finished on top while Woodle also took bronze in the 100. The Lynx girls will head to Gilbert on Monday.
The South Hamilton Girls Golf team got their spring season underway with their first meet of the season Thursday at Jewell Country Club. The Hawks couldn’t have asked for a much better start to 2018 after spring weather has continuously delayed the season. With West Marshall visiting, the South Hamilton girls shot 210 as a team to win the meet by 14 strokes. Senior Kenady Campbell shot the low round of the meet while Junior Krista Swenson finished second. The Hawks girls are set to hit the links again today at Ames Golf and Country Club in a triangular meet with Gilbert and Nevada.
The Lynx boys headed in the opposite direction for a track and field meet at Humboldt High School. Jordan Tanner would stay hot in the 100 while making up for an off-day Tuesday in the 110 meter high hurdles as he won both Thursday at Humboldt. James Cherry continued what’s been a stellar senior year winning both the shot put and the discus while the Lynx 4 by 200 team took home the other gold for Webster City. Silver medals were earned by Lincoln LaSourd in 200, Garrett Whitmore in the 400 low hurdles, and Max Harfst in the 800. The Lynx would take home third place honors with champion and host Humboldt as well as Forest City ahead of them. Webster City boys track and field will host the Lynx invite Tuesday.
And in action for Friday, a couple of soccer matches going on but a laundry list of cancellations due to this last minute change in weather from earlier forecasts.
Both Webster City Lynx soccer teams are still set to hold their matches as the Boys will host the Ballard Bombers for their first home match of the season. The Lynx boys footballers check in at 1 and 2 this season. That match begins at 5:30PM Friday. The Lynx girls will be hitting the road to head to Collins-Maxwell to partake in their first match of the spring with that game also set to get underway at 5:30.
The Eagle Grove Eagles Golf teams were both set to head to Britt Golf Course for a triangular meet with West Hancock and North Iowa but those meets have been postponed until next Thursday April 19th.
The South Hamilton Hawks boys and girls golfers also had their triangular meet postponed as well. The Hawks were set to head to Ames Golf and Country club for a meet with Gilbert and Nevada but that meet postponed until May 8th.
And finally the Webster City Lynx tennis teams both had their separate matches cancelled. The Lynx boys were set to head to St. Edmond in Fort Dodge for their first conference meet but that has been postponed with no makeup date at this time. The Lynx girls were set to head to Grundy Center but that match postponed to Tuesday for non-weather related issues.
Major League Baseball:
The Pittsburg Pirates took the series finale against the Chicago Cubs from Wrigley Field Thursday night by a score of 6-1. The Cubs with a day game at Wrigley against the Atlanta Braves to start off that series Friday in the home debut of Chicago’s offseason prize signing Yu Darvish. The line for Darvish not a great one as he would last just 4 and 2/3rds innings while giving up 4 runs as the Braves would blank the Cubs for a 4-0 victory. The Cubs check in now at 6 and 7 ahead of game 2 with the Braves at 1:20PM Saturday.
The Minnesota Twins garnered their 3rd straight win in the opening game of a 4 game series against the Chicago White Sox. Jose Berrios would turn in his 2nd fantastic start in 3 attempts this year shutting out the Sox for 7 innings to the tune of just 3 hits and 11 strikeouts as the Twins won 4 to 0. The performance was the 3rd time in just 42 careers starts that he has thrown 7 or more shutout innings while striking out more than 10 batters. The Twins had been scheduled for game number 2 against Chicago but that game has been postponed to an undecided later date as the Twin Cities area gets hit with another wintery barrage. It appears there is a good chance Saturday’s game against the Sox may also get postponed as well.
The Saint Louis Cardinals inched back closer to the .500 mark with a 13-4 victory over the Reds Thursday in Cincinnati. The Cards now check in at 6 and 7 this year and they’ll get the second game of the series against the Reds underway at 5:40PM Friday.
And the Kansas City Royals continued to struggle Thursday in a 7 to 1 loss at home to the Anaheim Angels. Japanese sensation Shohei Otani was not on the mound as he will pitch Sunday against the Royals but he made his presence felt at designated hitter as he came up with a triple en route to 3 RBI’s in the Angels victory. The 3 and 8 Royals will take the field at 7:15PM from Kauffman Stadium for game number 2 with Anaheim.
LAA 7-1 over KC
Today SH boys and girls golf will visit Gilbert at 4PM.
Webster City Lynx girls tennis will visit Grundy Center while the boys will head to St. Edmonds.
Girls soccer at Collins Maxwell while boys soccer hosts Ballard.
The Iowa Cubs kicked their offense into high gear Thursday to garner their second win of the season. Coming off of back-to-back shutout losses at the hands of the Nashville Sounds, the Cubs pushed 6 runs across on the road Thursday to defeat the Sounds by a score of 6-3. The win pushes Iowa to 2 and 4 this season and they’ll continue the road trip Friday in the opener of a 4 game series against the Memphis Redbirds. First pitch is set for 7:05PM.
The Iowa Hawkeyes Baseball team will look to continue its recent run of solid play this weekend when they head to Lincoln, Nebraska for a 3 game Big Ten Series. The Hawks have won 5 of their last 6 games including taking 2 of 3 from Ohio State in Iowa City last weekend to improve their conference record to 5 and 3. The Nebraska Cornhuskers enter the weekend tilt with a 15 and 16 overall record including just 2 and 6 in Big Ten Play. Rick Heller’s 20 and 10 Hawkeyes will have the first pitch at 2:05PM today in the series opener.
The Iowa Hawkeye women dropped their second consecutive Big Ten Softball game Thursday night in Iowa City. The Minnesota Golden Gophers provided all the offense and shut down Iowa’s in an 8-0 victory that dropped the Hawks back to 500 and 19 and 19 this season. The Gophers and Hawkeyes will play a doubleheader today to avoid Saturday weather game 1 beginning at 2PM.
The Iowa State Cyclones softball team got on track and snapped a 6 game losing streak with a victory over an instate rival Thursday night. The Cyclones scored 10 runs giving up 7 in a victory over the Northern Iowa Panthers in a game that was rescheduled from last week. The Cyclones now sit at 19 and 24 this season and are scheduled to host Western Illinois for a doubleheader Saturday in Ames with the first game beginning at 1 o’clock.