Wednesday July 22nd Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 4A baseball substate final — Mason City at Waukee — 7:00
NEVADA — After needing to go extra innings and sitting through a rain delay, the Newman baseball team once again punched their ticket to the state tournament with a 3-2, nine-inning win over Madrid in the 1A Substate 2 championship game last night in Nevada, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Doug Taylor’s base hit knocked in the winning run after a lengthy rain delay. Newman coach Alex Bohl credited Madrid for the hard-fought ballgame.
Newman will play either Friday or Saturday in the 1A state quarterfinal round, but the state tournament bracket has not yet been set as the 1A Substate 4 game between North Cedar and Notre Dame of Burlington was postponed to tonight due to rain. Bohl says that will add to the wild ride of a 2020 summer sports season that was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Newman, it’s their 13th-straight appearance at the state baseball tournament and their 18th appearance in the last 20 years.
CRESCO — South Winneshiek scored all three of their runs in the top of the sixth to beat St. Ansgar 3-0 last night in the 1A Substate 3 game in Cresco. South Winn improves to 25-1 on the season, while St. Ansgar finishes the season at 15-4.
WAUKEE — Mason City travels to Waukee for a Class 4A substate championship baseball game tonight. The Mohawks are 15-7 after their 5-1 win over Valley in the substate semifinal round Monday night at Roosevelt Field. Waukee comes in with a 13-12 record but hold down the top seed in Substate 2. The teams split a season-opening doubleheader in Waukee on June 15th, with each squad picking up a 2-1 win. You can hear the Mason City-Waukee game tonight on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting shortly before 7 o’clock.
CHARLES CITY — Charles City capitalized on a six-run second inning as the Comets have qualified for the state softball tournament for the fifth straight season as they beat Mason City 10-6 in the 4A Region 5 championship game in Charles City last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. The Comets went up 3-0 after the bottom of the first, but the Mohawks scored four in the top of the second. Charles City then sent ten batters to the plate in the bottom half of that inning, scoring six to make it 9-4 and they never looked back. Charles City improves to 13-3 on the season and is the fifth seed in the Class 4A state tournament. They’ll face fourth-seeded North Scott at 3:30 on Monday afternoon at the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.
DES MOINES — Great Plains Athletic Conference commissioner Corey Westra says no decision has been made on how many fans, if any, will be allowed to attend football games this fall. Westra formed a “return to play” task force that has been studying options on how to resume fall sports.
The GPAC announced in June it would be going to a nine game, conference only schedule for the football season. Practice will begin on August 15th.
The football season begins September 12th and will feature two-time defending national champion Morningside hosting fifth ranked Northwestern.
All other GPAC fall sports seasons are beginning September 5th. Dordt and Briar Cliff are also members of the league.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett wants to come back to Minnesota as a Timberwolves owner. The longtime NBA superstar says Tuesday he is part of a group that is hoping to buy the franchise from Glen Taylor, who has owned it since 1994. Taylor said in a statement he was recently approached by a third-party group to discuss the future of the franchise. He said he’s always wanted what’s best for the team’s fans and “will entertain opportunities” on the ownership structure of the Timberwolves and Lynx, Minnesota’s WNBA team. Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota, where he was voted NBA MVP in two of those seasons.