By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
On Friday night, Regional Semifinals took place in Class 2A and 3A softball. Maquoketa Valley had their season ended by Iowa City Regina on the road by the score of 5-1. The Wildcats concluded at 26-15 and said goodbye to 8 seniors. In Gooselake, Monticello was downed by Northeast 9-5. The Panthers finished at 20-18 and will lose 3 seniors. Beckman suffered a 7-6 loss at home to New Hampton in 8 innings. The Blazers wrapped at 26-11, the best record for the program since 2011. Beckman loses 1 senior. Cascade came back at home to beat Jesup 5-3. The Cougars improved to 33-5 and advance to their 2nd 2A Regional Final in a row. They will host BCLUW in Cascade at 7pm tonight. KMCH Sports will have all the coverage with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Bill Logan around 6:50pm.
Also Friday night, the West Delaware Baseball team split with DeWitt Central in DeWitt to close their regular season at 23-13. The Hawks won game one 5-0 and fell in the 2nd game 4-0. The Hawks will be off until Friday night when they start Class 3A District play hosting Oelwein at 7pm.
On Saturday night, Class 1A and 2A District Baseball started up around the state. In Dyersville, Anamosa defeated Maquoketa Valley 10-6 to end the Wildcats season at 16-17 as they said goodbye to 1 senior. It was also the final game for Wildcat head coach Larry Meyer after 6 seasons at MV with a 117-91 record and 27 seasons overall with 14 at Garnavillo, 5 at Central Elkader and 2 at Clayton Ridge compiling a 520-374 mark. Meyer has taken the high school Principal position at MFL-MarMac, his alma mater in Monona. The Blue Raiders won their first District game since July of 2011 and move on to face Beckman in Dyersville at 7pm Tuesday night after Monticello faces Clayton Ridge/Central beginning at 5pm.
Also on Saturday night in Class 4A Regional Softball, West Delaware improved to 31-10 with a 1-0 win over Western Dubuque. The Bobcats lose 1 senior and finish at 19-20. Hawks 2nd-year head coach Tiffany Rave says her team knew the Bobcats would be ready for a battle:
The 6th-ranked Hawks advance to their 7th Regional Final in 10 seasons and will take on Charles City at 7pm Tuesday night at Sill Field in Manchester.