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CALAMUS — Visiting East Buchanan might have struck first, but the Calamus-Wheatland softball team took over from there.

CLINTON — The Central DeWitt softball team’s first two Mississippi Athletic Conference doubleheaders ended with different results last week.

CALAMUS — With its lead trimmed in half, it did not take long for the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team to regain control of last Tuesday’s Tri-Rivers Conference clash with East Buchanan.

WEST BRANCH — The Northeast softball team got the key plays it needed to take the lead in the seventh inning of Thursday’s River Valley Conference matchup with West Branch.

CLINTON — To keep its season alive, the Central DeWitt girls soccer team was going to have to do something it could not accomplish during its regular season meeting with Clinton.

BELLEVUE — With the Northeast girls soccer team looking to reverse the results of a pair of regular-season matchups, it was important for the Rebels to secure some early momentum in Wednesday’s 1A Region 7 quarterfinal with Marquette Catholic.

The other squads in the Mississippi Athletic Conference might have found it hard to believe, but it was true.

CAMANCHE — With all three phases — hitting, pitching and fielding — of its game getting a chance to shine, the Central DeWitt baseball team opened its season with a pair of victories last week.

CAMANCHE — It is safe to say that the Central DeWitt softball team came out swinging in its season opener with Camanche Tuesday night.

GOOSE LAKE — Fresh off the program’s first state trip, Northeast head softball coach Travis Eversmeyer wanted to challenge his squad — currently ranked second in Class 2A — this summer with a slate full of talented foes.

CALAMUS — It did not take long for the Calamus-Wheatland baseball team to give its new coaches, Brant Boeckmann and Hunter Rickels, their first victories.

CALAMUS — After being kept in check in the opener, the Calamus-Wheatland softball team got its offense going right away in the nightcap of last Monday’s season-opening doubleheader with Central City.

DES MOINES — One race had concluded, but another was just getting started.

DES MOINES — After a spring that featured the usual ups and downs, Central DeWitt’s Soren Maricle closed out her sophomore season the way any high jumper would want.

DES MOINES — When she made her state track debut two years ago, Calamus-Wheatland sprinter Alyssa McElmeel was fortunate to be joined by an experienced senior in Grace Elvert who could show her the ropes.

DYERSVILLE — Tough conditions kept the teams score tight, but Monday’s 2A Region 5A meet at Dyersville Golf and Country Club proved to be the end of the postseason road for the Northeast girls golf team.

WYOMING — Windy conditions took their toll on golfers at last Monday’s 1A Region 4C girls golf meet at Little Bear Country Club.

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A versatile Cedar Rapids Xavier offense proved to be too much for the Central DeWitt boys soccer team during Monday’s 2A Substate 4 semifinal between the two teams.

Visiting Maquoketa had the good start, but the Central DeWitt girls soccer team had an even better finish during Monday’s non-conference meeting between the two rivals.

WATERLOO — Northeast senior Alijah Dopson did his part to keep his golf season going.

GOOSE LAKE — Every team wants a little momentum they can take with it into the postseason.

TIPTON — The victories came early and often for the Northeast girls track team at Thursday’s 2A state-qualifying meet at Tipton.

DUBUQUE — The road to the state tennis tournament started at Dubuque Wahlert Wednesday for the Central DeWitt boys tennis team.

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CEDAR RAPIDS — You would be hard-pressed to find a better measure of the Central DeWitt girls tennis team’s progress this spring than the Camanche squad it faced in the first round of 1A Region 4 play Saturday.

PRESTON — With its regional meet just a week away, the Calamus-Wheatland girls golf team saw improvements in its 18-hole scores at Monday’s Tri-Rivers East Invitational.

GOOSE LAKE — For the second straight week, the Northeast girls soccer team headed to intermission on its home field locked in a 1-1 tie with a River Valley Conference foe.

With its first Mississippi Athletic Conference Invitational less than a week away, the Central DeWitt girls golf team welcomed three of the league’s top teams for a quadrangular at Springbrook Country Club, Tuesday.

DAVENPORT — Sparked by a quartet of top-four finishes, the Central DeWitt boys tennis team finished in the top-half of its very first Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament.

ALBURNETT — Competing against all of their fellow conference-mates for a final time, a group of Calamus-Wheatland track and field seniors left their mark at Thursday’s Tri-Rivers Conference meet hosted by Alburnett.

ANAMOSA — Whether it was the relays, the individual races or the field events, the Northeast girls track team had someone ready to lead the way at Thursday’s River Valley Conference meet.

CLINTON — Just as it had done throughout the spring, the Central DeWitt girls track team turned to its relays and the field events to lead the way at Thursday’s Mississippi Athletic Conference meet.

DAVENPORT — With the way its defense and goalkeeper were playing, the Central DeWitt girls soccer team did not need to turn its dozen shots into multiple goals Tuesday afternoon.

The spring season had sent them all across eastern Iowa, but Tuesday you could find each of The Observer-area’s three girls golf teams at the same spot: the Saber Invitational at Springbrook Country Club.

GOOSE LAKE — As if the finish line was not enough motivation, track athletes at Monday’s Rebel Relays also had a gusting south wind pushing them down the homestretch.

An event title proved to be just out of reach, but the Central DeWitt girls track team used its success in the field events and relays to secure a high team finish at its home Pam Duncan Relays Monday afternoon.

With a gusting wind pushing back against any ball in the air, effectively cutting the field in half, it became imperative for the Central DeWitt boys soccer team to take advantage of the half it had the wind at their back.

After a scoreless first half, the Central DeWitt and Dubuque Hempstead girls soccer teams got their offenses rolling during Friday night’s non-conference tilt.

On the same day it honored two foundational pieces of its young program, the Central DeWitt boys tennis team continued to build its first-season resume with a strong non-conference victory over rival Maquoketa Thursday night.

GOOSE LAKE — Every time it seemed like the Northeast girls soccer team had the momentum on its side during Friday’s home contest with West Branch, the Bears had an answer.

CALAMUS — There proved to be a lot of navy and gray at the top of the leaderboard when the Calamus-Wheatland boys golf team hosted Alburnett Thursday afternoon at Wapsi Oaks Country Club.

MAQUOKETA — Whether it was one lap around the track or two, the Central DeWitt boys track team was ready to lead the way at Friday’s Cardinal Relays.

MAQUOKETA — With its first postseason drawing closer, the Central DeWitt girls tennis team scored some momentum with a perfect week.

DES MOINES — The meeting of the state’s top track and field talent, regardless of the size of the school they attend, is one of the things that makes the annual Drake Relays the special event it is.

Through quality and quantity, the points came in bunches for the Central DeWitt boys and girls track teams at Monday’s Saber Co-Ed Relays.

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PRESTON — After going more than two weeks without a meet, the Northeast boys golf team made up for lost time with three meets in the span of four days.

MAQUOKETA — The conditions may not have been ideal, but the Central DeWitt and Northeast girls golf teams still made the most of their 18-hole debuts at Wednesday’s Maquoketa Invitational.

CALAMUS — The Calamus-Wheatland boys and girls golf teams saw both short-term and long-term improvement when it hosted Tri-Rivers East meets on back-to-back days.

DURANT — With five of its members competing at the Drake Relays the same day, the Northeast girls track team showed off its depth with a third-place finish at the Wildcat Relays.

A pair of big first halves did not allow the Central DeWitt girls soccer team to get their footing during back-to-back home contests last week.