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  • Scoring deficiencies

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2024

    Unable to generate runs or prevent them, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's softball team suffered two War Eagle Conference softball losses last week. The Hawks began the week with a 7-1 loss to Akron-Westfield on June 3 at Akron. H-M-S scored its run in the third inning and the Westerners responded by scoring six runs. They added their final run in the fifth. Gracie Knobloch had one hit and one run batted in; Frankie Mohni had a hit and a run scored; and Natalie Daggett, Delaney Murphy and Eliza Tewes...

  • Breaking the trend

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 13, 2024

    After allowing an average of 14 runs during an eight-game losing streak, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's baseball team won a low-scoring game with George-Little Rock, 3-2, on June 7 in Hartley. Starting pitcher Jack Mastbergen earned the win. He limited the Mustangs to one hit over 5-1/3 innings, walked three and struck out 10. Neither run scored by G-LR in the fifth and sixth innings was earned. Jacob Cates gave up one hit and struck out four of the six batters he faced in 1-2/3 innings. The Hawks...

  • Runs start to come

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2024

    Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's baseball team scored more runs in two of its games last week than it did during the previous five. But opposing teams also scored plenty of runs to keep H-M-S from getting a win. The Hawks fell short, 6-5, at South O'Brien on May 28. They scored three runs in the seventh inning to make it a one-run game and had the bases loaded, but the Wolverines got out of the jam to earn the win. South O'Brien scored a run in the opening inning and the Hawks answered with two runs in...

  • Missed opportunities

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|Jun 6, 2024

    Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn squandered opportunities at the plate and in the field during a pair of softball losses last week. The Hawks did not generate much offense until the final inning of a 7-4 loss at South O'Brien on May 28. The Wolverines' five runs in the second inning settled the outcome. They also scored a run in the first inning and again in the sixth. "Tensions and frustrations were high on the field that in the end affected our batting and fielding," Hawk coach Stephanie Bronstad...

  • Big innings are the difference

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    Scoring runs was a challenge for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn baseball team during action last week. Playing at Holstein on May 20, the Hawks lost to Ridge View by a score of 12-1. The Raptors scored a run in the first inning, five runs in the second and two in the third. Four more runs completed their victory. Jacob Cates drove in Jack Mastbergen with a sacrifice fly in the third inning for H-M-S's only run. Mastbergen's double was the only hit of the game. Blake Meendering and Hunter Daggett bot...

  • An incredible experience

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    The 2024 Class 1A girls' state golf tournament was a learning experience for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's Gracie Knobloch. Competing at the American Legion Golf Course at Marshalltown, May 23-24, the junior placed 38th in a field of 78 competitors. Knobloch's final stroke total of 192 was 50 over par. She finished the first day's round with a score of 99 (51-48) and shot a second-day total of 93 (46-47). Knobloch parred two holes on Day 1 and made a birdie and parred three holes on Day 2. "State...

  • Hurt by the little things

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 30, 2024

    The hits kept coming for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in its 2024 softball season opener. The Hawks outhit GTRA, 14-1, during a 6-0 win on May 20 at Ruthven. Kamryn Ebel was 4-for-5 with a run batted in; Gracie Knobloch was 3-for-4; Abby Otto was 2-for-3 with an RBI; and Eliza Tewes with 2-for-5. The Hawks scored their first run on an infield groundout by Frankie Mohni in the second inning. Mohni hit an RBI double and Ebel and Otto each hit a run-scoring single during H-M-S's five-run fifth inning. A...

  • Growth shows in H-M-S softball program

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    The growing pains that the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn softball program endured in previous years are paying dividends. With several athletes having multiple years of playing experience, H-M-S has both considerable returning talent and the ability to replace players lost to graduation. "When I first made the move to the high school softball program, we were a very young team," said Hawk coach Stephanie Bronstad. "We have had the opportunity to play together over the last few years, only having to...

  • Dominance

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    It is extremely difficult for a baseball team to win a game if it fails to put the ball in play. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire found that out trying to hit against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn pitcher Jacob Cates. The senior dominated throughout the game, recording 19 strikeouts against a Titan lineup that had scored 11 runs two days earlier. Cates' performance led the Hawks to a 4-3 win on May 16 in Hartley. Cates struck out three batters in each of the first two innings and the first batter...

  • Plenty of new faces

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    The Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn baseball team has several positions to fill for the 2024 season. Graduation and other player losses have created several lineup openings to be filled by a young group of players. The most experienced returning player is senior Jacob Cates, a four-year starter and two-time all-War Eagle Conference first-team selection. Cates, who has signed with Grandview University as a catcher, was H-M-S's leading hitter in 2023 and compiled a 4-4 record as a starting pitcher. Other...

  • Making his mark at state

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    Adam Schierholz added his name to the list of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn athletes who finished in the Top 8 in their events at the state track and field meet in Des Moines. Competing in the Class 1A discus throw on May 17, Schierholz placed sixth out of 24 competitors. His best effort was measured at 149'8". The senior entered the competition seeded third, based on his winning throw of 158'5" at the state qualifying meet. Each of the qualifiers had three attempts in the preliminaries. Schierholz's...

  • Hard work pays big dividends

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 23, 2024

    A handful of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn golfers have gotten to the cusp of qualifying to play in the girls’ state tournament, but none could get over the hump. All of that is history now, as Gracie Knobloch will play in the Class 1A state tournament on May 23-24. The junior shot an 18-hole score of 91 (44-47) during the Region 1 final at Lake Creek on May 15. “I’m super excited to see Gracie finish as runner-up medalist at the regional final. She played consistent golf throughout the day to put herself in the right position at the end,” said Ha...

  • Lightning win first home game in Everly

    Nick Pedley, News Editor|May 16, 2024

    The home debut of the Northwest Iowa Lightning ended in victory Saturday afternoon in Everly. Playing at the former Clay Central/Everly High School, the Lightning defeated the Midwest Rampage 16-14. The win moved the amateur nine-man football team to 2-0 on the season. The Northwest Iowa Lightning was created last fall. After an exhaustive effort to find a home field, team leaders landed on Everly. Games are held on the south side of the former high school property. The Lightning play at home...

  • Hawks reach full potential at qualifying meet

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    A personal-best effort paid big dividends for Adam Schierholz at the Class 1A state qualifying meet. Competing in the discus throw, he placed first to earn an automatic berth in the state track and field meet. Entering the competition on May 9 with a seed of 144'1", Schierholz recorded a throw of 158'5", which was 3-1/2 feet longer than the effort of runner-up Mitchell Schnepf. The MMCRU athlete's seed was 167'10". "We are excited for Adam as he will be competing in Des Moines," said Hawk coach...

  • Still playing

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Just as they did for most of the season, two Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn golfers finished near the top of the standings at the Class 1A girls' regional first-round tournament. Playing at the Aurelia Golf Course on May 10, Kinsey Schirmer finished fourth overall with an 18-hole score of 93 (46-47) and Gracie Knobloch was fifth at 96 (48-48). Both qualified to advance to the regional final on May 15. "I'm super proud of them both," Hawk coach Cheryl Kroese said. "Kinsey scored her lowest round of the...

  • Mission accomplished

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Having finished last and scoring just one point at the Class 2A state qualifying meet in 2023, a top priority for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls' track and field team this spring was to improve on both results. Competing at the Class 1A state qualifying meet at Armstrong on May 6, the Hawks did just that. They scored 22 points and finished 10th among the 13 competing teams. Recording fourth-place finishes were Lexi Croatt in the 3000-meter run (12:46.94), Alexis Grover in the shot put...

  • Stiff competition

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Playing with some of the best golfers in northwest Iowa, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn competed in a Class 1A boys' sectional golf meet on May 8. The meet was played at the Otter Valley course south of George. The Hawks generally had better scores in the second half of the 18-hole tournament. Jack Mastbergen had the best day for H-M-S, shooting 45 out and 44 in for a round of 89. "We played some stiff competition at sectionals," Hawk coach Mark Japenga acknowledged. "Jack shot pretty well, matching...

  • Last chance for victory

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Remsen St. Mary’s and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn wrapped up their War Eagle Conference dual schedules with a meet on May 6 at Remsen. St. Mary’s was the winning team, 172-201, led by the Top 4 players on the leader board: Hunter Pick 41, Ty Tritz, 42, Caleb Gravenish 44 and Colin Homan 45. Individual scores for H-M-S were Jack Mastbergen 49, Blake Meendering and Slayton McCarter 50, Aiden Bush and Eli Mastbergen 52, and Kolby Douma 59. H-M-S finished the dual season with a record of 0-10. The Hawks’ average team score for the season was 199.4...

  • 1 stroke makes a big difference in final dual

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    A stroke here or there was all that kept Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn from earning its third War Eagle Conference girls’ golf dual victory. Remsen St. Mary’s hosted the final dual on May 6 and escaped with a 230-231 win. Gracie Knobloch was top medalist with a round of 50 and Kinsey Schirmer was next at 52. Ava Dolphin shot a 63 and Kinley Sampson added a 66. Josie Schwickerath (54) and Ava Garvin (57) were medalists for Remsen St. Mary’s. The Hawks’ conference dual season record was 2-7, and their average score was 235. Knobloch finished atop th...

  • H-M-S boys finish fourth in final meet of 2024

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn scored 75 points and finished fourth overall in the boys’ competition at the Sioux Central track and field meet on May 6. Damion Hansen won the shot put in his first varsity competition. His best effort was measured at 45 feet. Adam Schierholz topped the standings in the discus throw at 144’1” and Jacob Cates finished second at 128’8”. George Vargas was the runner-up in the 3200 meter run (12:00.13). H-M-S’s best relay finish was fourth in the 4x800. Nathaniel Ball, Carter Dolphin, Damian Dodge and Blaine Finster ran...

  • Hawk girls finish regular season at Sioux Central

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 16, 2024

    The final girls’ regular season track and field meet featured solid performances by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn athletes. Sioux Central hosted the meet on May 6. Lexi Croatt earned another first-place finish in the 3000 meters (13:56.76), Hannah Tessum was runner-up in the discus throw (79’5-1/2”) and Alexis Grover placed fourth in the shot put (30’3”). Other individual results were: 100 – Pamela Mutombo, sixth, :15.44; Megan Otto, 17th, :16.79. 200 – Mutombo, 10th, :32.76; Kynlee Dolphin, 18th, :36.41. 400 – Jocelyn Abonce, 10th, 1:11.90; Evelyn...

  • 05/09/24: Local Sports Briefs

    May 9, 2024

    State qualifying track meet today at Armstrong Track and field athletes from 14 area schools will compete in a Class 1A state qualifying meet today (May 9) at Armstrong. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and six other War Eagle Conference schools are among those assigned to the meet hosted by North Union. The top place winner in each event plus the next 14 best performances statewide from qualifying meet place winners will advance to the state meet. The 2024 coed state track meet will be held May 16-18, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Girls’ regional g...

  • Hawk girls near end of WEC dual play

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 9, 2024

    The end of the War Eagle Conference girls’ dual golf season was in sight when Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn played MMCRU on May 3 at Marcus. The hosts won the second-to-last dual of the season, 226-236. Continuing their consistent play, Gracie Knobloch and Kinsey Schirmer finished at the top of the leader board, finishing with nine-hole scores of 43 and 51, respectively. Ava Dolphin and Kinley Sampson both carded rounds of 71. Kamrynn Visser played JV and shot an 87. Medalists for MMCRU were Ella Draper (51) and Aly Olson (56). Results of the H...

  • Hawks lose twice in boys' golf dual action

    Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 9, 2024

    Excellent scores by both opponents in War Eagle Conference boys’ golf duals resulted in losses for Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Playing at Marcus on May 3, the Hawks lost to MMCRU, 155-188, despite recording one of their best team totals of the season. The top of the leader board was dominated by the Royals: Kamden Bork and Michael Schmillen (36), Kyler Bork (41) and Owen Schroeder (42). Right behind them at No. 5 was Jack Mastbergen (43). Also competing were Aiden Bush (46), Blake Meendering (47), Kolby Douma (52), Slayton McCarter (61) and Eli M...

  • Accepting the challenge

    Mike Petersen, Sports Editor & Staff Writer|May 9, 2024

    The War Eagle Conference girls' golf tournament did not quite turn out as planned. After starting play at the Willow Creek Course in LeMars with the intention of golfing 18 holes, a 90-minute rain delay forced a restart of what became a nine-hole event. The circumstances did not deter Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn golfers Gracie Knobloch and Kinsey Schirmer. They finished No. 2 and No. 5 overall, shooting rounds of 45 and 47. "The conference meet tested the girls. Situations like that can be...

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