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DEWITT - North Scott's Hunter Collins is quickly becoming the Lancers' go-to pitcher out of the bullpen.

The hard-throwing right-hander came in during the fifth inning of Friday's night non-conference affair against Central DeWitt with the Lancers holding on to a 5-4 edge with a runner in scoring position.

Collins coolly retired the last two Sabers he faced to end the threat in the fifth and wound up putting away eight of the nine batters he faced to help the Lancers to an eventual 6-4 victory.

The only base runner Collins allowed in his 2 2/3 innings of work was on a North Scott fielding error in the seventh. Otherwise, he fanned two and induced four groundball outs and two flyouts.

\"I've been coming in during close games all year and I know what the challenge is,\" Collins said. \"I know what my job is and that is to keep the score what it is and bring my team to victory.\"

Collins helped himself by getting ahead of every hitter he faced and running just one count to three balls.

\"He comes in and he throws strikes and he throws hard,\" North Scott coach Blake Hanna said of Collins' success. \"He has been real consistent all season for us.\"

The Sabers (16-11) had been making pretty good contact off Lancers starter Adam Sacia through the first four innings but found the going tougher against Collins, who mixed in a good breaking ball with fastball that had some zip.

\"Confidence is huge in the game of baseball,\" Collins said. \"I come in and talk to my team on the field and every time I go up there I say 'You guys got me?' and they say they got me and we go. I trust all my guys on the field and I just have to throw strikes.\"

While Sacia had an up-and-down night on the mound for the visitors, the senior did smack two doubles and drove in a pair of runs for North Scott (16-8).

Tony Barreca and Ben Steidler also knocked in runs for North Scott with RBI singles. The Lancers scored their other two runs off two of DeWitt's four errors in the game. Lucas Bixby took the loss for the home team after pitching four innings, although of the five runs he gave up, only two were earned.

McGwire Eden did a nice job for DeWitt to keep North Scott within striking distance by allowing one unearned run in three innings of work. Joel Kirby, Cam Steffens and Austin Weiss all had RBI doubles for the home team and Brad Gannon chipped in an RBI single. The Sabers outhit the Lancers, 9-7, but the defensive letdowns were too much to overcome.

\"We hit the baseball well tonight but, at times, this year we need to shore up the defense a little bit,\" Sabers coach Shane Sikkema said. \"We felt better when we tied it up (at 3-3) but, overall, when you play good teams like we did, you can't give up (unearned) runs.\"

As for the Lancers, Hanna is hoping to gather some momentum before a huge Mississippi Athletic Conference showdown with conference leader Davenport Assumption on Thursday.

\"We had a good week (5-1 record),\" Hanna said. \"But we have an even bigger week and we still have not played our best baseball yet so we are hanging in there and looking to get better.\"

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Dylan Peeters was a valuable asset off the bench for Davenport Assumption's boys basketball team this past season as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 7.6 points per game, was the team's second-leading rebounder and compiled a 17-point, 10-rebound showing against Bettendorf.

But if the Knights plan to make another leap this winter and challenge for a league title and a state tournament berth, coach Matt Fitzpatrick said Peeters has to evolve from a role player to a go-to guy.

\"It is time for him to take that next step,\" Fitzpatrick said Friday afternoon after the opening day of the 14th annual Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout in Rock Island. \"This team needs him to take that next step.

\"He can't take a backseat. He has to be an attack mode at all times because when he is, great things happen for us.\"

Peeters has spent time in the offseason improving his offensive game and adding strength. He's concentrated on pull-up jumpers, attacking the rim and drawing fouls.

Colleges are starting to take notice. Peeters has heard from Boise State, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Iowa.

\"I definitely want to be that guy next year, help lead the team,\" Peeters said. \"I want to be in the starting lineup, and I want to help our team out a lot more on the offensive end.\"

Rockridge coach Andy Saey has seen plenty of Peeters. Saey coaches with the Quad-City Elite and Peeters plays on their 16-U team.

\"Love him. Kid has a huge ceiling,\" Saey said. \"His feet need to get a little bit better and he needs to build some strength, but he's a fun kid to coach.

\"He's one of those kids that doesn't understand how good he can become.\"

Assumption split games in the opening session, trouncing Rockridge 54-23 and losing to Iowa Class 4A perennial power Iowa City West 56-47.

In addition to Peeters, the Knights return starters Trent Fitzpatrick and Ray Thrapp along with guard Landon Dugan.

Peeters said last season's ending left a sour taste, losing to Dubuque Wahlert in the district final.

\"I really like this group,\" Fitzpatrick said. \"Our base is there, hard work and togetherness. Now the next step is the hardest step in getting over that hump.\"

Switching seats: Saey spent the past three seasons as the sophomore coach and Toby Whiteman's varsity assistant at Rockridge. They've switched roles.

Saey said the transition has been seamless given his time in the program. He and Whiteman are close friends and continue to bounce ideas off each other.

\"The first thing you have to do is earn respect and trust of the players,\" Saey said. \"In this situation, I've already done that. It is getting down to what we want to work on this summer, how we want to grow and develop as a team.\"

The Rockets are trying to identify roles this summer to pick up the scoring slack left from all-stater Gentry Whiteman and all-Three Rivers performer Carson Frakes.

Saey is encouraged with his junior class, which includes second team all-league performer Riley Fetterer.

\"We're hoping to build a solid culture, a solid foundation on doing things the right way,\" he said. \"We're continuing to head in the right direction.\"

New-look Bulldogs: Bettendorf won a MAC championship and qualified for the Class 4A state tournament with 10 seniors on its roster last winter.

Other than junior-to-be point guard DJ Carton, who received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin on Friday, Bettendorf does not return anybody who saw significant playing time.

It has created a slew of opportunities for playing time.

\"For the most part, guys have been hungry,\" coach Curtis Clark said. \"There are lots of opportunities and roles. With a guy like DJ, he's going to create lots of opportunities for guys.\"

Even without Carton and Phil Gist on Friday, Bettendorf managed to record wins over Sherrard and Dubuque Senior to reach the quarterfinals.

The Bulldogs received a boost from 6-3 senior Devyn Wakefield, a United Township transfer.

Clark admits it will be a process for a young team.

\"We need to keep it in perspective,\" he said. \"We're not going to have a high level of success early on. It is going to be a journey, and our guys are going to have to buy into the process of that. We're going to have our obstacles early.\"

Bettendorf has played fewer games this summer. Clark said that's by design.

\"I don't think game experience is something this group needs,\" he stated. \"We need just more gym time.\"

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Some are capping stellar careers. Others are just getting started.

Six seniors, four juniors and two freshmen highlight this year's Quad-City Times All-Area top team.

Of the seniors, four are headed to play at the Division I level and another reached the century mark in goals. The two freshmen led their teams in goals, with one setting the program's single-season mark.

Bettendorf, which shared the Mississippi Athletic Conference title and qualified for the Class 3A state tournament, has the most first-team selections. Forward and Indiana State signee Alina Steffen, all-state midfielder Paige Wagner and junior goalkeeper Justine Pearson helped the Bulldogs go 17-3.

North Scott, which won a share of its first conference title since 2009 and reached its sixth straight state tournament, has two first-team selections in midfielder Karli Rucker -- who is headed to play basketball at Northern Iowa -- and junior defender Brenna Kundel.

Assumption, fresh off its fifth Class 1A state title in the last six seasons, also had two first-team selections. Junior midfielder Molly Gervase, who committed to the University of Denver, and junior defender Annie Argo helped the Knights outscore opponents 83-9 this season.

Pleasant Valley had one selection in forward Ellie Kurth, her third time on the first team after scoring 22 goals this season, finishing with 102 in her career.

Muscatine and Geneseo each had one selection.

Muscatine is led by Texas Rio Grande Valley signee Mati Hepker while Geneseo is represented by senior defender Ally Klein, who helped the Maple Leafs post 16 shutouts.

Orion-Sherrard United and Moline had the two freshmen selections. O-S United was led by Lydia Clarke, who led all scorers in the area with a program-record 46 goals, while the Maroons are represented by Karima Rangel, who scored 20 goals in her first season.

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First team

Forwards

Lydia Clarke, fr., Orion-Sherrard United: Helped the program set a record with 20 wins by also setting the program\u2019s single-season mark in goals with 46 and added 23 assists.

Ellie Kurth, sr., Pleasant Valley: Three-time Iowa Girls Soccer Coaches Association first team all-state selection also earned first-team Mississippi Athletic Conference honors. Scored 22 goals and added four assists this season. Tallied 102 career goals.

Karima Rangel, fr., Moline:\u00a0Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-sectional and first team Western Big Six selection scored 20 goals and added eight assists.

Alina Steffen, sr., Bettendorf: Indiana State signee earned IGCA Class 3A first team all-state and first team all-MAC honors after scoring 19 goals and adding six assists, helping the Bulldogs reach the state tournament.

Midfielders

Molly Gervase, jr., Assumption: Captain of Class 1A all-tournament team earned repeat IGCA first team all-state honors. University of Denver commit scored 19 goals and added 9 assists.

Mati Hepker, sr., Muscatine:\u00a0Versatile Texas Rio Grande Valley signee earned second team Class 3A IGCA all-state and first team all-MAC honors, scoring 11 goals and adding eight assists

Karli Rucker, sr., North Scott: Repeat IGCA Class 2A first team all-state selection earned all-tournament team honors after scoring 10 goals and eight assists for the Lancers.

Paige Wagner, sr., Bettendorf: Earned Class 3A IGCA first team all-state honors for the second straight season after scoring 12 goals and adding five assists for the Bulldogs.

Defenders

Annie Argo, jr., Assumption: Class 1A IGCA first team all-state selection helped anchor a back line that allowed nine goals and posted 14 total shutouts, five in the postseason.

Ally Klein, sr., Geneseo: First team all-Northern Illinois Big 12 selection and team MVP was a part of a defense that posted 16 shutouts and allowed 15 goals.

Brenna Kundel, jr., North Scott: Was Class 2A IGCA first team all-state and first team all-MAC honors by leading a defense that allowed 16 goals and posted seven shutouts.

Goalkeeper

Justine Pearson, jr., Bettendorf: Earned Class 3A all-district second team honors, allowing 10 goals with a .666 goals against average, a .891 save percentage and nine shutouts

Second team

Forwards

Heather Dietrich, jr., Geneseo: 18 goals, 5 assists, NIB-12 MVP

Carly King, so., Assumption: 16 goals, 3 assists, 1A all-tournament

Ryleigh O'Brien, jr., United Township: 17 goals, 12 assists, all-sectional HM

Sydney Small, jr., Central DeWitt: 15 goals, 4 assists, first team all-Wamac

Midfielders

Sandra Camarillo, sr., United Township: 10 goals, 8 assists, Illinois all-sectional

Abby Estabrook, sr., Muscatine: 19 goals, 11 assists, 3A second team all-state

Maggie Murphy, jr., Central DeWitt: 17 goals, 13 assists, first team all-Wamac

Lauren Blake, sr., North Scott: 8 goals, 4 assists, 2A all-tournament

Defenders

Mackenzie Larsen, jr., Alleman: Illinois all-sectional, first team all-Big Six

Bridget Poster, so., Assumption: 1A all-tournament, second team all-state

Alli Whitaker, so., Bettendorf: 6 goals, 3 assists, second team 3A all-state

Goalkeeper

Heather Hoeger, jr., North Scott: first team all-MAC, .794 GAA, .896 sv%

Honorable mention

Forwards:\u00a0Haddie Anderson, sr., West Liberty; Savannah Bogner, sr., North Scott; Trinity Christy, so., Muscatine; Coral Dillie, jr., Davenport North; Megan Gandrup, so., Clinton; Paige Gramling, sr., Geneseo; Ashley Goldensoph, jr., Central DeWitt; Sully Kelly, fr., Assumption; Brooke Klemann, sr., Maquoketa; Livy Lansing, so., Assumption; Karsyn McCunn, so., Orion-Sherrard United; Gabby Pauwels, sr., United Township; Fiona Roehrs, jr., Moline; Kaille Simmons, jr., Central DeWitt; Anka Snider, jr., Alleman

Midfielders:\u00a0Jamie Abbott, fr., Orion-Sherrard United; Grace Alongi, sr., Rock Island; Courtney Becker, sr., Maquoketa; Adelyn Carmody, jr., North Scott; Hannah Christensen, sr., Muscatine; Camry Dillie, fr., Davenport North; Jenna Decker, sr., Geneseo; Rory Donahue, jr., Pleasant Valley; Liz Fennelly, sr., Assumption; Keeli Frerichs, fr., Geneseo; Kaighin Frost, fr., Davenport Central; Kayla Garcia, so., Rock Island; Lily Glackin, jr., Moline; Kourtney Johannes, sr., Alleman; Maddie Johnson, jr., Central DeWitt; Grace Necker, jr., Pleasant Valley; Cami Schmalz, sr., Muscatine; Sarah Seele, jr., West Liberty; Grace Sigler, sr., Rock Island

Defenders:\u00a0Delainey Davila, jr., United Township; Ava Gomez, sr., Moline; Nicole Garrido, sr., Muscatine; Kayla James, jr., Orion-Sherrard United; Laiken McAleer, jr., Central DeWitt; Ashley McMahon, sr., Pleasant Valley; Katelyn Mielke, sr., Geneseo; Alex Mohr, jr., Central DeWitt; Emily Ostrowski, sr., Alleman; Kaitlynn Ruwe, so., North Scott; Casey Smith, jr., Clinton; Julieta Uriarte, sr., Pleasant Valley; Alli Whitaker, so., Bettendorf

Goalkeeper:\u00a0Taylor Magerkurth, jr., Geneseo; Hannah Mirimanian, jr., United Township; Mary Mount, fr., Orion-Sherrard United; Jenna Ruccolo, jr., Pleasant Valley; Taryn Sikkema, jr., Central DeWitt; Megan Tanghe, fr., Alleman; Anna Vonderhaar, so., Assumption

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It was uncharted territory for this Davenport Assumption softball team.

The Knights have clobbered opponents all summer, compiling a run differential of plus-190 and trailing only three times in their first 26 games. They never had been down multiple runs late in a game.

Faced with the situation for the first time Thursday night against Class 5A ninth-ranked Davenport West, Assumption didn't panic.

They rallied and conquered.

After tying the game with a two-run sixth, Emma Valainis muscled a bases-loaded single to score Anna Wohlers in the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory at the St. Vincent Center.

The top-ranked team in 3A finished the sweep with a 7-0 triumph in the nightcap to inch closer to their first Mississippi Athletic Conference crown.

\"Honestly, I don't think any of us really worried (down 3-1),\" Valainis said. \"We knew we were going to get our at-bats.

\"In that state semifinal comeback (against Solon) last year, we know as long as we have an at-bat, we have the ability to change the game. Our returners keep that in mind, and something we've passed down to our younger girls as well.\"

Assumption (27-1, 14-0 MAC) has a three-game lead over Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley with four league contests remaining.

The Knights can seal an outright conference title with a sweep over Davenport Central on Monday.

\"This doesn't change anything,\" Assumption coach Ron Ferrill said. \"We still need wins to finish it out. We'll approach Monday the same way we did tonight, the way we did last week against Bettendorf and before that against PV or Muscatine.

\"If it comes, we'll be real excited. Still, there is work to do.\"

West (18-8, 10-4) made Assumption work for it in the opener.

Assumption senior Nicole Timmons stymied West for five innings, but the Falcons busted through with a three-run sixth on a bases-clearing double from Lexy Monty to go ahead 3-1.

The Knights answered in the bottom half. They strung together three hits and tied the game on a bases-loaded walk to Hannah Kelley.

\"Coming back is something we've expected of ourselves the whole season,\" Kelley said. \"It wasn't until now that we were put in that situation we realized we are very capable of doing that and coming through late in a game.\"

Valainis popped out with the bases loaded to keep the game tied in the sixth.

Two innings later, after two singles and a walk, Valainis came to the plate with the bags packed again.

Jammed on a 2-0 pitch from Monty, Valainis blooped it into short center for the game-winner.

\"I just try to calm myself up there and tell myself nobody is going to beat me up there besides myself,\" said Valainis, who homered off the scoreboard earlier in the game. \"I knew as long as I hit the ball hard and got it somewhere in play, we were going to walk away with a victory.\"

The first contest featured good execution, defense and pitching on both sides.

\"They're the best we've played all year,\" West coach Steve Saladino said. \"My team knows that. That was a good regional final-type game, a good setting to be in and something we can definitely learn from. I'm proud of my girls.\"

Kelley baffled West in the nightcap. She pitched a three-hitter and struck out seven.

\"I was just trying to mix my speeds and mix my spins a lot to keep them off balance,\" Kelley said.

Ferrill said Kelley has elevated her game to another level this summer. She is 14-1 with an ERA under 0.50.

\"That was huge, not only for my confidence but the whole team's confidence,\" Kelley said.

Assumption had run-scoring hits from Sophie VanSeveren and Olivia Wardlow in the second inning. It broke it open with a five-run sixth, set up by three West miscues.

The Knights are on the verge of a title and four wins from becoming the first MAC team since Muscatine in 2013 to run the table in conference play.

Valainis won't be there to celebrate a championship with her teammates if it happens Monday. She'll be at Northern Iowa for her college orientation.

\"Missing a conference game really does stink,\" she said, \"but I know we'll get the job done.\"

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Baseball

MAC standings

;Conf;Overall

;;W;L;W;L

Assumption;8;0;22;2

North Scott;7;3;13;8

Davenport West;5;3;11;9

Clinton;6;4;12;7

Bettendorf;6;4;12;8

Pleasant Valley;5;5;13;9

Muscatine;4;6;12;11

Burlington;3;7;11;13

Davenport Central;3;7;6;13

Davenport North;1;9;7;17

Thursday's scores

Davenport Central 9-0, Bettendorf 6-2

Davenport West 12, Wapello 2

Davenport North 20-12, Fort Madison 3-0

Cedar Rapids Washington 8, Burlington 1

Muscatine 11, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 8

Iowa area

Thursday's scores

Wilton 3, Cascade 2

North Linn 10-5, Easton Valley 0-0

Davenport Central 9-0, Bettendorf 6-2

First game

Bettendorf;220;010;1;--;6;8;1

Central;000;140;4;--;9;10;1

Luke Soko, Donovan Klutho (5), Ryan Folin (7) and Steve Chia; Keith Inghram, Andrew Hegland (5) and Nick Fleming. WP -- Hegland (2-1). LP -- Folin (0-1). Two or more hits -- Bettendorf, Justin Hutter, Tyler Chia; Central, Hegland, Bobby Magnus, Will Kranz. 2B -- Bettendorf, Hutter, Andy Whiteman; Central, Kranz. HR -- Bettendorf, Carter Bell; Central, Hegland, Magnus. RBIs -- Bettendorf, Hutter 2, Bell 2, Tyler Chia 2; Central, Hegland 3, Inghram 2, Magnus 2, Kranz

Second game

Bettendorf;010;010;0;--;2;4;0

Central;000;000;0;--;0;4;0

Bell, Tyler Chia (6) and Steve Chia; Logan Myers, Kranz (6) and Zach Wirt, Fleming (6). WP -- Bell (2-2). LP -- Myers (0-4). S -- Chia (1). Two or more hits -- Central, Kranz. 2B -- Central, Kranz, Magnus. RBIs -- Bettendorf, Steve Chia, Tavien Goerdt

Records: Bettendorf 12-8, 6-4 MAC; Davenport Central 6-13, 3-7

Davenport North 20-12, Fort Madison 3-0

First game

Fort Madison;000;3;--;3;10;6

Davenport North;(10)91;0;--;20;15;1

WP -- Spencer Peachee. LP -- Jace Burgher. Two or more hits -- Fort Madison, Aaron Steffensmeier, Logan Allen; Davenport North, Payton Young, Bryan Verdon, Ryan Healey, Anthony DeSalvo, Spencer Peachee. 2B -- Fort Madison, Logan Allen; Davenport North, Payton Young, Bryan Verdon, Tyler Josund. RBIs -- Fort Madison, Jordyn Gerdes, Brandon Reichelt, Carlos Gonzalez; Davenport North, Ryan Healey 4, Bryan Verdon 3, Payton Young 2, Spencer Peachee 2, Jared Beck, Nick Stroschein, Caleb Farnsworth, Cade Beasley

Second game

Fort Madison;000;00;--;0;5;2

Davenport North;066;00;--;12;7;2

WP -- Tyler Josund. LP -- Lennon Barker. Two or more hits -- Davenport North, Bryan Verdon, Jared Beck. 2B -- Fort Madison, Caleb Wood, Brandon Reichelt; Davenport North, Tyler Josund, Bryan Verdon. RBIs -- Davenport North, Jared Beck 3, CJ Bakoylis 2, Rudy Juarez 2, Tyler Josund, Bryan Verdon, Nick Stroschein, Caleb Farnsworth

Northeast 8-1, Iowa City Regina 3-4

First game

Iowa City Regina;030;00;--;3;7;5

Northeast;107;0x;--;8;8;2

(Northeast stats only)

Tristen Daniels, Matt French (3), Dakota Stevenson (4). WP -- Matt Franch. Two or more hits -- Tristen Daniels, Ty Cain, Samuel Moraetes. 2B -- Logan Stevenson. RBIs -- Logan Stevenson 3, Ty Cain 2, Dyllan Mclane 2, Jaren Rathje\u00a0

Second game

Iowa City Regina;100;030;0;--;4;7;0

Northeast;000;000;1;--;1;3;5

(Northeast stats only)

Kyle Dell, Axel Dondiego (6). LP -- Kyle Dell. 2B -- Connor Bodman. RBIs -- Jon Dobson

Softball

IGHSAU Rankings

Class 5A

School;Record;LW

1. Waukee;23-4;1

2. West Des Moines Valley;23-4;2

3. Johnston;28-3;4

4. Cedar Rapids Jefferson;24-3;5

5. Pleasant Valley;19-6;6

6. Urbandale;20-6;3

7. Cedar Rapids Kennedy;19-5;8

8. Indianola;20-5;9

9. Davenport West;19-6;7

10. Dowling Catholic;18-7;10

11. Bettendorf;21-6;13

12. Muscatine;17-8;12

13. Linn-Mar;19-8;NR

14. Dubuque Hempstead;17-9;10

15. Southeast Polk;19-10;14

Dropped out: Cedar Rapids Prairie (15)

Class 4A

School;Record;LW

1. Benton;25-4;1

2. Fairfield;24-4;2

3. Winterset;22-5;4

4. Oskaloosa;21-7;6

5. Ballard;24-4;3

6. Bishop Heelan;23-3;6

7. Perry;20-7;7

8. Mount Pleasant;22-5;8

9. Carlisle;15-9;13

10. Sergeant Bluff-Luton;19-7;9

11. Burlington;13-13;11

12. ADM;17-12;12

13. Boone;19-8;10

14. Denison-Schleswig;21-2;14

15. Charles City;21-3;NR

Dropped out: Des Moines Hoover (15)

Class 3A

School;Record;LW

1.\u00a0Davenport Assumption;25-1;1

2. Sioux Center;16-3;3

3. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley;22-2;4

4. Humboldt;20-2;2

5. Atlantic;23-6;6

6. Mount Vernon;22-9;8

7. Solon;19-8;5

8. Center Point-Urbana;18-6;9

9. West Marshall;22-2;10

10. Algona;14-4;13

11. Albia;20-5;14

12. Cherokee;18-5;15

13. West Delaware;22-10;11

14. Spirit Lake;18-6;12

15. Southeast Valley;17-6;NR

Dropped out: None (Beckman Catholic moves to 2A)

Class 2A

School;Record;LW

1.\u00a0Interstate 35;17-2;2

2.\u00a0North Union;22-3;1

3. CMB;21-5;6

4. Durant;18-5;4

5. Beckman Catholic;22-8;NR

6. Waterloo Columbus Catholic;21-3;6

7. Iowa City Regina;17-9;7

8. Pella Christian;17-4;8

9. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont;23-6;3

10. Central Springs;19-3;9

11. Logan-Magnolia;22-2;10

12. Lisbon;22-4;12

13. BCLUW;19-7;15

14. Alta-Aurelia;20-3;11

15. IKM-Manning;16-4;NR

Dropped out: Louisa-Muscatine (13), Treynor (14)

Class 1A

School;Record;LW

1. Kee;22-1;1

2. Akron-Westfield;19-2;2

3.\u00a0Martensdale-St. Marys;23-1;3

4. AGWSR;19-5;5

5. Newell-Fonda;20-8;4

6. West Sioux;17-6;5

7. Clarksville;18-2;7

8. North Butler;17-4;8

9. Westwood;18-9;9

10. Woodbury Central;18-8;15

11. Colfax-Mingo;16-8;11

12. Belle Plaine;15-4;14

13. Murray;19-5;10

14. Ramsen St. Marys;16-7;NR

15. Calamus-Wheatland;18-6;NR

Dropped out: Sigoureny (13)

IGHSAU regional pairings\u00a0

Class 4A\u00a0

Region 5

Thursday, July 6

Central DeWitt at Washington, 7 p.m.

Clear Creek-Amana at North Scott, 7 p.m.

Class 5A\u00a0

Region 6

Thursday, July 6

Clinton at Davenport Central, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 8

Clinton/Davenport Central winner at Pleasant Valley, 7 p.m.

Muscatine at Bettendorf, 7 p.m.\u00a0

Region 7

Thursday, July 6

Davenport North at Iowa City High, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 8

Davenport North/Iowa City High winner at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 7 p.m.

Iowa City West at Davenport West, 7 p.m.

MAC standings

;Conf;Overall

;;W;L;W;L

Assumption;14;0;27;1

Bettendorf;11;3;21;6

Pleasant Valley;11;3;19;6

Davenport West;10;4;18;8

Muscatine;8;6;17;8

Burlington;6;8;13;13

North Scott;5;9;15;13

Davenport North;3;11;13;17

Davenport Central;1;13;5;17

Clinton;1;13;6;22

Thursday's score

Assumption 4-7, Davenport West 3-0 (1st game, 8 inn.)

Fort Madison 12-5, Davenport North 8-6

Iowa area

Thursday's scores

Durant 10, Monticello 2

Solon 3-7, Maquoketa 0-0

West Liberty 7, Bellevue 5

Wilton 4, Cascade 3

Assumption 4-7, West 3-0

First game

Dav. West;000;003;00;\u2014;3;3;1

Assumption;000;102;01;\u2014;4;12;1

Lexy Monty and Paige Roehlk. Nicole Timmons and Emma Valainis. WP \u2014 Timmons (13-0). LP \u2014 Monty (9-2). Two or more hits \u2014 West, Roehlk; Assumption, Valainis, Sophie VanSeveren, Hannah Wislander, Nicole Yoder, Emma Johnson. 2B \u2014 West, Monty; Assumption, Shannon Guy. HR \u2014 Assumption, Valainis. RBI \u2014 West, Monty 3; Assumption, Valainis 2, Hannah Kelley, VanSeveren.

Second game

Dav. West;000;000;0;\u2014;0;3;4

Assumption;020;005;x;\u2014;7;9;0

Erica Ralfs and Paige Roehlk. Hannah Kelley and Emma Valainis. WP \u2014 Kelley (14-1). LP \u2014 Ralfs (9-4). Two or more hits \u2014 Assumption, Sophie VanSeveren, Olivia Wardlow. 2B \u2014 West, Emma Lee; Assumption, Anna Wohlers. RBI \u2014 Assumption, Wohlers 2, VanSeveren, Wardlow.

Records: West 18-8, 10-4 MAC; Assumption 27-1, 14-0

Davenport North 8-6, Fort Madison 12-5

First game

Davenport North;130;004;0;--;8;12;6

Fort Madison;312;024;x;--;12;9;1

WP -- Lexi Schmidt. LP -- Morgan Newmeyer. Two or more hits -- Fort Madison, Chayse Lowney 3, Kamryn Bailey, Shyla Farmer; Davenport North, Avery Brooks 3, Molly Emmert, Lilly Dierkes. 2B -- Fort Madison, Kamryn Bailey, Sadie Smithburg, Jada Lamm. HR -- Fort Madison, Shyla Farmer; Davenport North, McKenna Rebarcak. RBIs -- Fort Madison, Kamryn Bailey 2, Jada Lamm 2, Sadie Smithburg, Vanessa Golowach; Davenport North, Molly Emmert 2, Ivy Wilmington 2, Avery Brooks 2, McKenna Rebarcak, Lauren Proehl

Second game

Davenport North;001;130;1;--;6;15;3

Fort Madison;100;022;x;--;5;8;1

WP -- Jordan Birch. LP --\u00a0Chayse Lowney. Two or more hits -- Davenport North, Avery Brooks 3, Lexie Carstens, Molly Emmert, Lauren Proehl, McKenna Rebarcak; Fort Madison, Lexi Schmidt 3, Olivia Williams. 2B -- Davenport North, Lexie Carstens, Molly Emmert, Lauren Proehl, McKenna Rebarcak, Avery Brooks, Kenzie Tronnes; Fort Madison, Daylan Wondra. RBIs -- Davenport North, Lexie Carstens 2, Avery Brooks, McKenna Rebarcak, Ivy Wilmington; Fort Madison, Kamryn Bailey 2, Olivia Williams 2

Boys basketball

Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout

Today's games

Rock Island Fieldhouse -- Rock Island Red vs. Williamsburg, 11 a.m.; United Township vs. Cedar Rapids Washington, noon; Rock Island Gold vs. Cedar Falls, 3 p.m.; Alleman vs. Stevenson, 4 p.m.

Rock Island Small Gym -- Cedar Rapids Jefferson vs. Sterling Newman, 11 a.m.; Rock Falls vs. Pleasant Valley, noon; Davenport Central vs. Clinton (Ill.), 3 p.m.; North Scott vs. Orion, 4 p.m.

Augie PepsiCo Court 1 -- Rockridge vs. Assumption, 11 a.m.; Sherrard vs. Bettendorf, noon; Moline vs. Camanche, 3 p.m.; Davenport North vs. Taylorville, 4 p.m.\u00a0

Augie PepsiCo Court 2 -- Iowa City West vs. Washington, 11 a.m.; Dubuque Senior vs. East Peoria, noon; Iowa City High Red vs. West Delaware, 3 p.m.; Iowa City High White vs. Waukee, 4 p.m.

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Andrew Hegland battled until the very end Thursday.

Facing Ryan Folin in the bottom of the seventh, Hegland fought off four straight curve balls. He didn't think he'd see another.

The senior did, and he turned it into a memorable night.

On a full count, Hegland smacked a down and away curve over the left field fence for a walk-off, three-run home run that gave Davenport Central a 9-6 triumph over Bettendorf in Game 1 of a Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheader at Brady Street Stadium.

Led by sophomore ace Carter Bell, the Bulldogs salvaged a split of the rescheduled matchup with a 2-0 win in Game 2.

\"It's been a rough season so far, but I think this game turned it around for me,\" Hegland said.

Walking it off helped his own cause as the righty also nabbed his second win of the season, tossing three innings.

It took two comebacks for the Blue Devils (6-13, 3-7 MAC) to win the opener.

Trailing 5-1, Central scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth on three base hits and a balk. Before that half-inning, the Blue Devils had two hits and five baserunners.

\"I can see improvement,\" Central head coach Chris Cartee said. \"We're happy with our progress and I'm happy with the way we've been playing.\"

After Bettendorf (12-8, 6-4) responded with an RBI single by Tyler Chia that gave them the lead back at 6-5. The Blue Devils had another trick up their sleeve.

One pitch into his at-bat, Bobby Magnus smoked a fastball to left field that barely cleared the fence to tie the game at six apiece before Hegland's heroics.

\"They're (Central) better than their record,\" Bulldogs head coach Jay Fitzgerald said. \"They swing the bats and they're fundamentally sound. Got the momentum and put us away in the end.

\"Good teams bounce back and that's what we did.\"

Tossing six shutout innings, Bell also fanned six batters. He also got just enough run support to make it stick.

Justin Hutter led off the second with a walk, stole second for the third time in the twin bill, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tavien Goerdt. Steve Chia added an RBI groundout in the fifth. Bettendorf registered only four hits, but left just three runners on base.

\"Some guys that are usually hitting for us, got into a slump for us,\" Hutter said. \"That's where other guys got to step up, but we'll get through it.\"

Central nearly made another comeback.

Tyler Chia faced runners in scoring position and Brendan Gogulich got him to a full count. Tyler Chia winded back and unleashed a fastball that Gogulich swung right through.

\"Throw as hard as I could,\" Tyler Chia said. \"My coach gave me the '1' sign right down the middle.\"

Not able to gain ground on North Scott in the standings, Bettendorf travels to Ankeny this weekend where sixth-ranked Centennial and top-ranked Johnston awaits.

\"See where we're at in the state,\" Bell said. \"If we come out and give them a battle, that'll show us that we should be there come playoff time.\"

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It reads as a who\u2019s who list of girls track and field icons in Iowa: Hannah Willms, Shelby Houlihan, Rebekah Topham, Jalynn Roberts-Lewis, Stephanie Jenks and Kiana Phelps.

They all won at least four state championships. They all went on to compete at the Division I level. They are the recipients of Iowa\u2019s Gatorade track and field athlete of the year award since 2010.

Joy Ripslinger has joined that select group.

The Davenport Assumption senior was announced as this year\u2019s winner Thursday morning, joining her sister, Rose, who was a four-time selection in soccer.

\u201cI\u2019ve been saying for a few months, it is still crazy to me I can be compared to those amazing athletes,\u201d said Ripslinger, Assumption\u2019s first Gatorade honoree for girls track and field. \u201cIt is a great honor.

\u201cBeing that track is such a big talent pool with sprinters, throwers, hurdlers, distance runners and all the field events, it is humbling I was chosen from all those other talented people.\u201d

Pardon the pun but it has been a \u2018joy ride\u2019 for the Arkansas recruit this spring.

She was named the top female performer at the Drake Relays after capturing white championship flags in the 800 and 1,500 in late April.

She was the Quad-City Times female athlete of the year in early May.

She guided Assumption to an unprecedented fifth consecutive Iowa Class 3A state title after sweeping the 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000 races. Included were state meet records in the 1,500 and 3,000.

\u201cI have been coaching for 37 years and I have never seen a girl with the depth of ability that Joy Ripslinger has,\u201d Benton Community coach Marty Thomae said. \u201cShe is the first athlete ever to win the 400, 800, 1,500 and the 3,000 at the same state meet. We may never have an individual in the state of Iowa who can do that again.\u201d

The Gatorade honor encompasses athletics, academics and character.

In addition to 13 state track and field championships (nine event titles, four team titles), she graduated with a 3.81 grade-point average.

She was a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the school\u2019s student council and volunteered with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club and River Bend Foodbank.

\u201cI\u2019m almost at a loss for words,\u201d Ripslinger said. \u201cI have been having so much fun with everything, and the community support through it all has been amazing.\u201d

But as she succinctly put it: \u201cIt is not over yet.\u201d

Ripslinger competed in the Adidas Dream Mile earlier this month in Boston.

She ran two events last weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, anchoring Assumption to fourth place in the medley relay and taking seventh in the 800.

She left for Sacramento this morning to participate in the United States Track and Field junior nationals Friday afternoon.

\u201cI\u2019ll be ready for a little break, just some more casual summer activity,\u201d she said, \u201cbefore I get myself ready for the Bix (July 29).\u201d

First, she wants to establish a new personal mark in the 800. She ran a 2:07.32 split in the 800 on the medley relay last week and 2:09.02 in the open. Her personal best is 2:07.51 in an open 800.\u00a0

\u201cI\u2019ve been scratching the surface of the times I want to run this whole season,\u201d she said. \u201cHopefully, this weekend I can finish the season where I want to. A 2:05 or 2:06 would be great.

\u201cI think the field there could help me along with that.\u201d

Ripslinger admits last week was valuable competing against the country\u2019s top half-milers.

\u201cI don\u2019t have all that much experience yet in competitive fields and the strategy on how to race in those situations,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve learned a couple good lessons in the past few weeks, what I\u2019ve done wrong and what I can improve on.

\u201cHopefully, I can put together one of my best races.\u201d

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