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Wed
20
Jun

South Winn baseball continues to roll to No. 8 ranking

 

Levi Lukes lays down a bunt during Saturday’s 10-7 loss to Class 3A No. 9-ranked Decorah. Despite the loss, the Warriors debuted in the Class 1A rankings this week at No. 8. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

South Winn baseball continues to roll to No. 8 ranking

 
 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winn baseball team, which debuted at No. 8 in the Class 1A week four rankings, had another strong week on the diamond. The team went 6-1 on the week, including 6-0 in UIC play, with its only loss coming to Class 3A No. 9-ranked Decorah.

Postville

The Warriors opened the week at home against Postville on Monday, June 11, with a pair of wins by a combined score of 21-1 over Postville.

In the first game, the Warriors were victorious, 9-0, with an effort that saw the red and white allow only two hits.

Rodney Schwartzhoff led the way for the South Winn offense as he went 2-4 with three RBI, while sophomore Noah Tieskoetter was equally as impressive on the mound, allowing no hits and striking out seven batters in four innings of work. Tieskoetter also managed a rare feat during his start as he was able to strike out four batters in a single inning due to a dropped strike-three call that allowed a batter to reach base.

Seth Greve earned the save as he struck out three batters in three innings.

After falling behind, 1-0, through an inning of the second game of the evening, the Warriors responded with a 10-run second inning as they managed a 12-1 victory over the Pirates.

Hunter Todd led the way on offense as he had a two-RBI double, while Austin Tieskoetter earned the win with a six-strikeout performance.

“Our pitching staff combined for 12 innings of one-run baseball, including 19 strikeouts and only one walk,” said Warrior coach Alex Smith. “Our pitching continues to develop, and it has been fun seeing the internal competition of a number of guys pushing each other to be better each time they take the mound.”

Wed
20
Jun

Warrior softball picks up pair of UIC wins

 

South Winn catcher Sierra Breitsprecher stares down a base runner during recent softball action. The Warrior senior leads the team in hits with 22 as the team currently sits at 9-7 overall. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior softball picks up pair of UIC wins

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winn softball team started its week out right with a two-game sweep of UIC foe Clayton Ridge, but it dropped two games later in the week to nonconference foes Sumner-Fredericksburg and New Hampton.

Wed
20
Jun

Lape winningest SB coach in UIC history

Bob Lape

 

Lape winningest SB coach in UIC history

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

With the sweep (5-4 and 9-5) of Central/Elkader on Wednesday in West Union, NFV head coach Bob Lape became the winningest softball coach in Upper Iowa Conference history. 

Lape now has 616 wins, one more than MFL/MM Hall of Famer Roger Martin, whose son, Bill, was the news editor at The Union for many years.

Lape is in his 25th year at NFV and has only one losing season, his first when he took over a team that had lost 50 consecutive games over two years.

Wednesday’s historic victories did not come easily, despite the fact that the Warriors were winless on the season.

Wed
20
Jun

TigerHawks sweep Eagles

 

Second baseman Trey Darnall alertly covers home on this play as he tags out a Little Cyclone runner Wednesday in West Union. (Kris Van Sickle photo) 

 

TigerHawks sweep Eagles

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV baseball started the week on the road, sweeping defending UIC champion Clayton Ridge/Elkader, 9-1 and 4-0.

The rest of the week saw the TigerHawks fall to three teams with winning records.

Wed
20
Jun

Softball wins 5 of 7

 

With the opposing pitcher looking on, the ball is almost in the fielder’s glove, but Marrah Burrack beats out this bunt single Wednesday against Central/Elkader. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Softball wins 5 of 7

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 While the big news in NFV softball was coach Bob Lape becoming the winningest coach in UIC softball history, the TigerHawk softball players were busy playing seven other games during the week, winning five of them to run their record to 12-7 on the season, including a 6-2 mark in the UIC. 

The week began Monday in Maynard, when NFV swept the Blue Devils, 9-4 and 17-9.

The TigerHawks struck early in game one, plating three runs on just one hit in the opening inning. Marrah Burrack’s infield single and a walk to Tatum Kahler was NFV’s only offense as three WC errors allowed NFV runners to score.

Wed
13
Jun

Warrior SB wins three in UIC

 

Freshman shortstop Ali Hoffert makes the throw to first base for an out during last week’s South Winn softball action. Hoffert had a solid game on Friday, recording a team-high three RBI in an 8-9 loss to Maquoketa Valley in Jesup. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior SB wins three in UIC

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winn softball team started its week by stretching its winning streak to four games, including three Upper Iowa Conference wins, before dropping three straight to close out the week.

MFL/MarMac

The Warriors began the week Monday, June 4, with a doubleheader sweep of UIC foe MFL/MarMac in Calmar.

In game one of the day, SW earned a decisive 10-0 shutout win over the Bulldogs on the shoulders of senior leader Taylor Buchheit.

On the mound, Buchheit pitched a five-inning, one-hit game that included seven strikeouts. She also did her part at the plate, recording a team-high three RBI.

The rest of the Warrior offense was also hitting on all cylinders as three players (Sierra Breitsprecher, Liz Tieskoetter, and Mary Frana) added a pair of RBI apiece.

Wed
13
Jun

SW baseball remains perfect in UIC

 

South Winn slugger Jackson Lukes eyes a pitch as it approaches the plate during last week’s two-game sweep of the North Fayette Valley TigerHawks. As of Friday, Lukes leads the 8-3 Warriors with 10 RBI. (Kris Van Sickle photo)

 

SW baseball remains perfect in UIC

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Warrior baseball team added three wins (3-2) over the last week, including two Upper Iowa Conference victories to bring the team to 4-0 in UIC play and 8-3 overall.

NFV

South Winn hosted a UIC doubleheader against North Fayette Valley on Monday, June 4, winning both games to push its winning streak to seven games.

The TigerHawks struck first in game one, taking a two-run lead after the opening half-inning. The Warriors responded well, however, rattling off eight unanswered runs on their way to a 9-4 win.

With eight Warrior batters recording at least one hit, seniors Rodney Schwartzhoff (2-4 with a double and three stolen bases) and Lucas Feltz (team-high two RBI) led the way for the SW offense.

On the mound, sophomore Noah Tieskoetter picked up the complete-game win as he allowed only four hits and rang up eight NFV batters.

Wed
13
Jun

Blue Devils falter

Blue Devils falter

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It was a rough week of competition for the West Central softball team.

The Blue Devils finished the week with a 2-5 record with losses to Turkey Valley, 7-5 and 7-3, on Monday, June 4; Janesville, 10-5, on Tuesday, June 5; and Independence, 13-3, at a tournament in Jesup on Friday, June 8. The team’s two wins came in a split with Starmont, 7-1 and 5-9, on Wednesday, June 6, and Monticello, 3-1, at the Jesup tournament on Friday. The Blue Devils were scheduled to play two games at the Jesup Tournament on Saturday, June 9, but the games were canceled due to torrential rain.  

Wed
13
Jun

Swimmers win first

Swimmers win first

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Union swim team opened its season with a win Thursday in Manchester, 370-292.

“This was a really good win because we only had four days of practice,” commented head coach Kennedy Balk. “I can hardly wait to see what the kids can do over the rest of the season.”

The boys’ 8-and-under swimmers started the team in the right direction as the medley relay of Tytus Stansberry, William Kent-Thomas, Brooxton Lundgren, and Dane Wymer claimed first place. 

Also in relays, the boys’ 13-14 free relay of Ryan Wettleson, John Starrett, James Baumler, and Liam McVey won gold.

Individually, Gabe Stansbery won the boys’ 9-10 50 freestyle. 

For the girls, Laci Lauer won silver in the 100 individual relay, and Leah Shreve won the 25 butterfly.

Wed
13
Jun

Tough week for baseball

 

This is the leaping catch in center that put NFV’s Gunner Rodgers on ESPN’s Plays of the Day (see related story). (Kris Van Sickle photo)

 

Tough week for baseball

 

By Jerry Wadian

jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Before the baseball season started, NFV head coach Dan Hovden said, “We have a really difficult early schedule against some high-quality opponents.”

Last week was a perfect illustration as the TigerHawks faced two opponents in three games, all on the road.

Monday, June 4, NFV was in Calmar to face one of the preseason favorites in the UIC. Wednesday, the team was off to Troy Mills to face unbeaten North Linn, ranked second in Class 1A. 

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