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Indian baseball looks for banner season BY CHRIS TODD With a conference championship and state tournament berth under it’s belt from last year, the Forest City High baseball team is looking for more in 2013. “We’re excited about the season,” Forest City baseball coach Jerome said recently. “More than anything though, our guys just want to get out there and start playing.” The Indians return six starters at key positions, including pitcher, catcher and shortstop. Starters lost to graduation were third baseman Kyle Rosacker, second baseman Jonathon Krein and outfielder Aaron Harms. Returning are senior ace pitcher Isaac Tuttle, senior catcher Nathan Friederich, senior first baseman/pitcher Thomas O’Rourke, sophomore outfielder Erich Erdman, sopho-

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Members of the Forest City High baseball team are front row, left to right, Russell Scharper, Thomas O’Rourke, Josh Dakken, Erich Erdman, Isaac Tuttle, Dan Happel, Jake Staudt. Middle row, Clay Brown, C.J. Kessler, Jeff Robson, Micah Bang, Jordan True, Logan West, Adam Busta, Jeff Andersen, Tyler Prescott. Back row, Head coach Jeff Jerome, Nathan Friederich, Jake Parks, Tyler Rasmussen, Trent Walrod, Cory Osborn, Logan Hobbs, Brian Brcka, Zach Lillquist, Coach Ryan Flickinger, Coach Mike True. more shortstop Jordan True and sophomore infielder/outfielder Tanner Thompson. “One thing about our guys coming back is that they were all good players defensively,” Jerome

said. “But we have a solid nucleus to build from. And we have some talent with some of our younger kids on the roster.” Last season, the

Indians finished 21-9 during a season that saw them beat state-ranked Mason City Newman and Osage late in the season to win a share of the North Iowa Conference title.

They reeled off three easy district tourney wins before edging Clarion-Goldfield 7-5 in a thrilling district title game. Forest City lost 5-0 in the opening round of the

state tournament to North Polk. “Anytime you play in four or five post-season games, you’ve had a good season,” Jerome said. SEE INDIANS, 6

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shortstop when he doesn’t pitch. Muth will play second when he doesn’t pitch and it looks like freshman Connor Sonius will get some time either at second or first. Also in the infield and outfield mix is freshman Nate Paulus. Last season as an eighth-grader, Paulus led the Eagles in batting average during the first half of the season. The lone returning player in the outfielder is centerfielder Josiah Eckels. He led the Eagles last year in several offensive categories, including average (.354), RBI (14), doubles (4), triples (3) and hits with 23. “He’s a very good allaround player,” Sonius said. “He also uses that great speed to his advantage in the outfield.” Nate Paulus wound up third in hitting for the

Eagles last year, batting at a .311 clip. Burgardt had 7 RBI last year, which was third on the team. Sonius said he’d like to see a little more out of his offense this season. “We struggled at times scoring runs last year and we’d like to be more consistent offensively this year,” Sonius said. More specifically, West Hancock had trouble at times hitting with runners in scoring position. But if all goes well, the third-year coach says his team can compete in the North Iowa Conference. “It’s going to be tough again,” Sonius said of the league. “You have to start with Newman, but then you’ve got Forest City. And Osage always has a good team. After the top two or three, we’ll be right in the mix.”

EAGLE SOFTBALL: FROM 5 catching, but this year, Schmit will be moved to third while Haley Hiscocks will move behind the plate. Senior Caitlin Wilson will move from third to her natural position at first base, coach Mallen said. Senior Jessica Gray will move from short to second and taking over at short will be sophomore Whitney Burgardt. On paper, at least, it’s a good defensive infield. “Whitney’s very good SUMMER SPORTS FILE PHOTO at short, aggressive in West Hancock’s Abby Paca slaps a hit to right field during a game last season in Britt. attacking grounders,” he said. “And Jessica Paca returns this year as the starting rightfielder. and Caitlin are going back to their natural coach Mallen said. ting .429. She hit nine Mason City Newman, positions.” It’s on offense where doubles and clouted Osage and North Iowa Getting the start in the Eagles should really seven homers. to be the teams to beat. right field will be senior shine. Last season, Paca hit .380 while “Newman will play Abby Paca, who hit well Anna Mallen hit .529 Wilson hit .258 with 8 that small ball that they in the leadoff spot last with 23 RBI, eight douRBI. like to play and are good year. bles, four triples and Coach Mallen said he at, ” he said. “Osage and In left, Bailey two homers. expects his team to be North Iowa both have Eisenman or Nicole Schmit was the leadin the mix in the North good pitchers back and Burgardt could get the ing run producer, drivIowa Conference. you can never count out start. Burgardt, howeving in 29 runs while hitAt the top, he expects Forest City. ” er, is nursing an injury,


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Forest City first baseman Thomas O’Rourke takes a throw, “It’s just nice to have your field general back,” the coach said. “Nathan really knows the game and he knows our pitchers well.” Offensively, the Indians return their top three hitters, and two of them were freshman in 2012. Leading the way last year was Erich Erdman, who hit .409 with six doubles, 14 walks and 15 RBI. Tanner Thompson, a player capable of playing almost any position in the field Jerome said, hit .353. O’Rourke hit .328 for the Indians last season with five doubles and 16 RBI. Tuttle was also a factor with the bat. He

hit .293 with some power, including two homers, five doubles and two triples. Tuttle drove in 18 runs in 2012. “Offensively, we hit some homeruns last year but what we really stress is trying to hit line drives and hit from gap to gap,” Jerome said. Jerome added that some of the toughest competition the Indians face will be in their own North Iowa Conference. “Mason City Newman and Osage will both come back with good teams,” Jerome said. “One thing our conference will have is a lot of good pitching. “Almost every team in the league will have one or two good pitchers.”

She went 2-7 with a 5.56 earned run average. Gilbertson said both pitchers worked on their pitching in the offseason. “I think we should be OK in the circle,” Gilbertson said. “And we might surprise some people there.” He added that junior Liz Springer is the top catching candidate but that most of the other infield and outfield positions are wide open. “It’s probably going to take a little longer for us to figure things out,” Gilbertson said. “My main concerns right now are with the offense and whether we can score enough runs to beat the other teams.” Defense will be key, especially since neither Mathiasen or Busta are strikeout pitchers. Gilbertson said Mason City Newman and Osage could be the teams to beat in the North Iowa Conference this season.

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“There won’t be any dominating pitchers like Josey Brackey was for Lake Mills last year,” he said. Meanwhile, members of the Indian softball team see this year as a rebuilding season but are still hopeful about their chances. “We lost a lot of key seniors,” Springer said. “We’ll be inexperienced but our younger players aren’t laying back. They have stepped right in and worked hard in practice.”

“This is definitely a rebuilding year for us,” said Tory Sharp. “Defense will be the real key for us but we do have some talent on the team.” Freshman Sarri Happel has been working out at shortstop for the Indians and is also optimistic. “I think our offense will be OK, but we’ll need to play good defense and support our pitcher in the field,” she said.

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Forest City’s Tory Sharp swings at a pitch during a home game last summmer.

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BY CHRIS TODD

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INDIANS: FROM 2 Defensively, it all starts with pitching and in Tuttle, the Indians have one of the best pitchers in northern Iowa. Last season, Tuttle threw 84 2/3 innings, finishing with a 9-4 record and a 3.39 earned run average. He struck out 99 and opponents hit just .217 off of him. Also returning from last year’s regular pitching rotation is O’Rourke. He had five starts last year and went 3-2 with a 3.32 earned run average. No other pitcher returns, but Jerome says he’ll try a number of arms throughout the early season to find out who will log innings later in the season in some key situations. Also returning is catcher Nathan Freiderich. Jerome says his importance can’t be overstated.

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BRITT - The West Hancock baseball team had just four wins last season, but it lost six games by two runs or less. This year, coach Paul Sonius would like to turn those six games into wins. “We were right there in a lot of games, and we’ve got to find a way to win them this year,” Sonius said. The coach likes his team’s chances. With seven returning starters - all but the two corner outfield spots - the Eagles will be a veteran team this season. “We’re pretty excited about the season,” Sonius said. “Our expectations are to finish in the top four of the conference standings, but we know that won’t be easy.” When the Eagles really need a win this year, they’ll turn to junior ace Tim Smidt.

A hard-throwing righthander with a good breaking ball, Smidt will be one of the better and more veteran pitchers in the North Iowa Conference. Last season, Smidt finished with a 3-8 record but a 2.65 earned run average. He walked just 14 batters in 64 innings-pitched and struck out 59. Opponents hit just .226 off Smidt in 2012. “Tim put a lot of hard work into the offseason and we’re looking for good things from him this year,” Sonius said. “He’ll be our ace and stopper.” Sonius also likes the second option in senior righthander Mason Muth. “He improved a lot during the season last year,” Sonius said. “The main thing you want from your pitchers is to throw strikes and both Tim and Mason give us that.” The Eagles also return Zac Paulus, who has

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Members of the West Hancock High baseball team are front row, from left to right, David Wade, Dylan Eckels, Ben Eisenman, Jordan Weiland, Jeremy Holland, Ben Oulman and Brendan Paulus. Middle row, Glen Smith, Nick Hunt, Mark Roth, Tim Smidt, Connor Sonius, Nate Paulus, Nick Lemmon and Trevor Nalan. Back row: Zac Paulus, Mason Muth, Jon Burgardt and and Cory Formanek. been the starting catcher each of the past two seasons. Sonius knows how important it is to have Paulus as a field general. “He knows the game

well and knows the pitchers and handles them well,” the coach said. Sonius wants his pitchers this year to record a few more

strikeouts than they did last season. “It’s hard when the defense has to do all the work,” Sonius said. “But this year, I feel pretty confident that we’ll be

strong up the middle defensively and in the infield.” Senior Jon Burgardt is the returning starter at third and Smidt will play SEE EAGLES, 7


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Eagle softball team will be strong on offense

Indian softball will be young and in rebuilding mode

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There aren’t many years that the Forest City High softball team can be said to be in a rebuilding mode. But Indian softball coach Denny Gilbertson said this is one of them. “We lost a good share of our offense and a lot of key positions on defense,” Gilbertson said. “And we lost both our pitcher and catcher.” Last season, the Indians were built on power, as Amanda Busta hit a school record 12 homeruns. The Indians also lost their top run producers. Busta drove in 26 RBI but they also lost Connor Thompson and her 33 RBI and Maggie Eden and her 25 RBI. Gilbertson said his Indians will spend a little longer this season finding the right players for the right positions. “We’ll probably do some experimenting but as we go, we hope to put the pieces together to field a competitive team,” he said. “We have a lot of question marks,” however. Lost to graduation were eight starters. The only returnes are senior Hailey Kofron and DH Kelsey McQuown. Last season as a junior, Kofron hit .312 with 17 RBI, five doubles and three homers. McQuown drove in ten runs The Indians also lost their battery from last year, including pitcher Rachel Price and catcher Maggie

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Members of the 2013 Forest City High softball team are front row, left to right, Amanda Larson, Kaytlyn Anzivino, Chelsea Tweed, Amanda Gross, Sarah Nelson, Autumn Busta, Kiya Meinecke, Alyssa Ferch, Lydia Schwartz and Rachael Steiff. Second row, Abbey Staudt, Madeline Slater, Magan Krein, Tory Sharp, Hailey Kofron, Sarri Happel, Josilin Dillavou, Sarah Nordskog, Liz Springer, Kelsey Ferch, Sydney Olson. Back row, McKenzie Owen, Kelsey McQuown, Briana Marson, Jane Walrod, Nicole Skjeie, Emily Banken, Caitlyn Fjeld, Reighly Lillquist, Halle Jo Johnson, Madison Jones, Caitlin Owen. Missing from photo, Rachel Koch, Maggie Mathiasen, Jessica Kingston and Ali Peterson. Eden. Price threw 136 innings last year, finishing with a 3.09 earned run average and a 9-12 mark. Gilbertson said the Indians will look for freshman Maggie Mathiasen and sophomore Autumn Busta to pick up the slack this season. Last season, Mathiasen logged just 16 innings and struggled with injuries, but Busta threw 61 innings. SEE FC SOFTBALL, 6

BRITT - If the West Hancock softball team doesn’t have the top offense in the North Iowa Conference this year, it will be close to it. Eagle coach Shawn Mallen also saw plenty of offense from his team last year, but runs weren’t the problem. “We usually scored enough to win, but we needed some help in the circle and on defense,” Mallen said. “It’s hard to keep outscoring your opponents night after night.” This season, the Eagles return six starters in the field and most of their top hitters and run producers. “We’ll be a good offensive team again,” Mallen said. “If we can shore up our pitching and defense, we should be OK.” Lost to graduation were centerfielder Sarah Mallen, first baseman Brooke Heusinkveld and

second baseman April Burgardt. Returning in the circle this year for the Eagles will be sophomore Mallory Becker and senior Anna Mallen. Anna has logged most of the innings for the Eagles the past three years, but will take over for her sister Sarah in center this year. Moving into the ace pitcher’s role will be Becker. “She worked hard on her pitching over the offseason,” Mallen said. “We expect her to see most of our innings, while we’ll see Anna used in relief on occasion.” In 2012, Becker got 17 starts, logging 86 2/3 innings. She finished with a 10-6 record with a 5.90 earned run average. She gave up 82 hits, struck out 49 and walked just 22. Anna Mallen worked 74 2/3innings last year, going 3-6 with a 5.63 earned run average. Her season ended shortly

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Members of the West Hancock High softbal team are front row, left to right, Jessica Gray, Anna Mallen, Haley Hiscocks, Caitlin Wilson. Middle row, Kaitlin Smith, Mallory Becker, Nicole Burgardt, Whitney Burgardt, Bailey Eisenman, Paige Thompson. Back row, Kaylee Hudspeth, Monica Loeschen, Brittney Folkerts, Cara Francis, Kealy Johnson, Kaitlin Feuring, Lexi Thompson and Emily Leerar. before the playoffs when she injured her knee sliding back into third on a grounder to the

itcher. Coach Mallen expects his daughter to cover some ground in center

this year. “She’s very fast, but it’s still going to be hard to replace Sarah in cen-

ter,” the coach said. Last season, Kellie Schmidt did most of the SEE EAGLE SOFTBALL, 7


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Eagle softball team will be strong on offense

Indian softball will be young and in rebuilding mode

BY CHRIS TODD 2013 SUMMER SPORTS

BY CHRIS TODD 2013 SUMMER SPORTS

There aren’t many years that the Forest City High softball team can be said to be in a rebuilding mode. But Indian softball coach Denny Gilbertson said this is one of them. “We lost a good share of our offense and a lot of key positions on defense,” Gilbertson said. “And we lost both our pitcher and catcher.” Last season, the Indians were built on power, as Amanda Busta hit a school record 12 homeruns. The Indians also lost their top run producers. Busta drove in 26 RBI but they also lost Connor Thompson and her 33 RBI and Maggie Eden and her 25 RBI. Gilbertson said his Indians will spend a little longer this season finding the right players for the right positions. “We’ll probably do some experimenting but as we go, we hope to put the pieces together to field a competitive team,” he said. “We have a lot of question marks,” however. Lost to graduation were eight starters. The only returnes are senior Hailey Kofron and DH Kelsey McQuown. Last season as a junior, Kofron hit .312 with 17 RBI, five doubles and three homers. McQuown drove in ten runs The Indians also lost their battery from last year, including pitcher Rachel Price and catcher Maggie

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Members of the 2013 Forest City High softball team are front row, left to right, Amanda Larson, Kaytlyn Anzivino, Chelsea Tweed, Amanda Gross, Sarah Nelson, Autumn Busta, Kiya Meinecke, Alyssa Ferch, Lydia Schwartz and Rachael Steiff. Second row, Abbey Staudt, Madeline Slater, Magan Krein, Tory Sharp, Hailey Kofron, Sarri Happel, Josilin Dillavou, Sarah Nordskog, Liz Springer, Kelsey Ferch, Sydney Olson. Back row, McKenzie Owen, Kelsey McQuown, Briana Marson, Jane Walrod, Nicole Skjeie, Emily Banken, Caitlyn Fjeld, Reighly Lillquist, Halle Jo Johnson, Madison Jones, Caitlin Owen. Missing from photo, Rachel Koch, Maggie Mathiasen, Jessica Kingston and Ali Peterson. Eden. Price threw 136 innings last year, finishing with a 3.09 earned run average and a 9-12 mark. Gilbertson said the Indians will look for freshman Maggie Mathiasen and sophomore Autumn Busta to pick up the slack this season. Last season, Mathiasen logged just 16 innings and struggled with injuries, but Busta threw 61 innings. SEE FC SOFTBALL, 6

BRITT - If the West Hancock softball team doesn’t have the top offense in the North Iowa Conference this year, it will be close to it. Eagle coach Shawn Mallen also saw plenty of offense from his team last year, but runs weren’t the problem. “We usually scored enough to win, but we needed some help in the circle and on defense,” Mallen said. “It’s hard to keep outscoring your opponents night after night.” This season, the Eagles return six starters in the field and most of their top hitters and run producers. “We’ll be a good offensive team again,” Mallen said. “If we can shore up our pitching and defense, we should be OK.” Lost to graduation were centerfielder Sarah Mallen, first baseman Brooke Heusinkveld and

second baseman April Burgardt. Returning in the circle this year for the Eagles will be sophomore Mallory Becker and senior Anna Mallen. Anna has logged most of the innings for the Eagles the past three years, but will take over for her sister Sarah in center this year. Moving into the ace pitcher’s role will be Becker. “She worked hard on her pitching over the offseason,” Mallen said. “We expect her to see most of our innings, while we’ll see Anna used in relief on occasion.” In 2012, Becker got 17 starts, logging 86 2/3 innings. She finished with a 10-6 record with a 5.90 earned run average. She gave up 82 hits, struck out 49 and walked just 22. Anna Mallen worked 74 2/3innings last year, going 3-6 with a 5.63 earned run average. Her season ended shortly

SUMMER SPORTS PHOTO BY CHRIS TODD

Members of the West Hancock High softbal team are front row, left to right, Jessica Gray, Anna Mallen, Haley Hiscocks, Caitlin Wilson. Middle row, Kaitlin Smith, Mallory Becker, Nicole Burgardt, Whitney Burgardt, Bailey Eisenman, Paige Thompson. Back row, Kaylee Hudspeth, Monica Loeschen, Brittney Folkerts, Cara Francis, Kealy Johnson, Kaitlin Feuring, Lexi Thompson and Emily Leerar. before the playoffs when she injured her knee sliding back into third on a grounder to the

itcher. Coach Mallen expects his daughter to cover some ground in center

this year. “She’s very fast, but it’s still going to be hard to replace Sarah in cen-

ter,” the coach said. Last season, Kellie Schmidt did most of the SEE EAGLE SOFTBALL, 7


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Indians hope to get back to state

Indians will be inexperienced

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Forest City first baseman Thomas O’Rourke takes a throw, “It’s just nice to have your field general back,” the coach said. “Nathan really knows the game and he knows our pitchers well.” Offensively, the Indians return their top three hitters, and two of them were freshman in 2012. Leading the way last year was Erich Erdman, who hit .409 with six doubles, 14 walks and 15 RBI. Tanner Thompson, a player capable of playing almost any position in the field Jerome said, hit .353. O’Rourke hit .328 for the Indians last season with five doubles and 16 RBI. Tuttle was also a factor with the bat. He

hit .293 with some power, including two homers, five doubles and two triples. Tuttle drove in 18 runs in 2012. “Offensively, we hit some homeruns last year but what we really stress is trying to hit line drives and hit from gap to gap,” Jerome said. Jerome added that some of the toughest competition the Indians face will be in their own North Iowa Conference. “Mason City Newman and Osage will both come back with good teams,” Jerome said. “One thing our conference will have is a lot of good pitching. “Almost every team in the league will have one or two good pitchers.”

She went 2-7 with a 5.56 earned run average. Gilbertson said both pitchers worked on their pitching in the offseason. “I think we should be OK in the circle,” Gilbertson said. “And we might surprise some people there.” He added that junior Liz Springer is the top catching candidate but that most of the other infield and outfield positions are wide open. “It’s probably going to take a little longer for us to figure things out,” Gilbertson said. “My main concerns right now are with the offense and whether we can score enough runs to beat the other teams.” Defense will be key, especially since neither Mathiasen or Busta are strikeout pitchers. Gilbertson said Mason City Newman and Osage could be the teams to beat in the North Iowa Conference this season.

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“There won’t be any dominating pitchers like Josey Brackey was for Lake Mills last year,” he said. Meanwhile, members of the Indian softball team see this year as a rebuilding season but are still hopeful about their chances. “We lost a lot of key seniors,” Springer said. “We’ll be inexperienced but our younger players aren’t laying back. They have stepped right in and worked hard in practice.”

“This is definitely a rebuilding year for us,” said Tory Sharp. “Defense will be the real key for us but we do have some talent on the team.” Freshman Sarri Happel has been working out at shortstop for the Indians and is also optimistic. “I think our offense will be OK, but we’ll need to play good defense and support our pitcher in the field,” she said.

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Forest City’s Tory Sharp swings at a pitch during a home game last summmer.

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BY CHRIS TODD

FC SOFTBALL: FROM 4

INDIANS: FROM 2 Defensively, it all starts with pitching and in Tuttle, the Indians have one of the best pitchers in northern Iowa. Last season, Tuttle threw 84 2/3 innings, finishing with a 9-4 record and a 3.39 earned run average. He struck out 99 and opponents hit just .217 off of him. Also returning from last year’s regular pitching rotation is O’Rourke. He had five starts last year and went 3-2 with a 3.32 earned run average. No other pitcher returns, but Jerome says he’ll try a number of arms throughout the early season to find out who will log innings later in the season in some key situations. Also returning is catcher Nathan Freiderich. Jerome says his importance can’t be overstated.

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BRITT - The West Hancock baseball team had just four wins last season, but it lost six games by two runs or less. This year, coach Paul Sonius would like to turn those six games into wins. “We were right there in a lot of games, and we’ve got to find a way to win them this year,” Sonius said. The coach likes his team’s chances. With seven returning starters - all but the two corner outfield spots - the Eagles will be a veteran team this season. “We’re pretty excited about the season,” Sonius said. “Our expectations are to finish in the top four of the conference standings, but we know that won’t be easy.” When the Eagles really need a win this year, they’ll turn to junior ace Tim Smidt.

A hard-throwing righthander with a good breaking ball, Smidt will be one of the better and more veteran pitchers in the North Iowa Conference. Last season, Smidt finished with a 3-8 record but a 2.65 earned run average. He walked just 14 batters in 64 innings-pitched and struck out 59. Opponents hit just .226 off Smidt in 2012. “Tim put a lot of hard work into the offseason and we’re looking for good things from him this year,” Sonius said. “He’ll be our ace and stopper.” Sonius also likes the second option in senior righthander Mason Muth. “He improved a lot during the season last year,” Sonius said. “The main thing you want from your pitchers is to throw strikes and both Tim and Mason give us that.” The Eagles also return Zac Paulus, who has

SUMMER SPORTS PHOTO BY CHRIS TODD

Members of the West Hancock High baseball team are front row, from left to right, David Wade, Dylan Eckels, Ben Eisenman, Jordan Weiland, Jeremy Holland, Ben Oulman and Brendan Paulus. Middle row, Glen Smith, Nick Hunt, Mark Roth, Tim Smidt, Connor Sonius, Nate Paulus, Nick Lemmon and Trevor Nalan. Back row: Zac Paulus, Mason Muth, Jon Burgardt and and Cory Formanek. been the starting catcher each of the past two seasons. Sonius knows how important it is to have Paulus as a field general. “He knows the game

well and knows the pitchers and handles them well,” the coach said. Sonius wants his pitchers this year to record a few more

strikeouts than they did last season. “It’s hard when the defense has to do all the work,” Sonius said. “But this year, I feel pretty confident that we’ll be

strong up the middle defensively and in the infield.” Senior Jon Burgardt is the returning starter at third and Smidt will play SEE EAGLES, 7


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Indian baseball looks for banner season BY CHRIS TODD With a conference championship and state tournament berth under it’s belt from last year, the Forest City High baseball team is looking for more in 2013. “We’re excited about the season,” Forest City baseball coach Jerome said recently. “More than anything though, our guys just want to get out there and start playing.” The Indians return six starters at key positions, including pitcher, catcher and shortstop. Starters lost to graduation were third baseman Kyle Rosacker, second baseman Jonathon Krein and outfielder Aaron Harms. Returning are senior ace pitcher Isaac Tuttle, senior catcher Nathan Friederich, senior first baseman/pitcher Thomas O’Rourke, sophomore outfielder Erich Erdman, sopho-

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Members of the Forest City High baseball team are front row, left to right, Russell Scharper, Thomas O’Rourke, Josh Dakken, Erich Erdman, Isaac Tuttle, Dan Happel, Jake Staudt. Middle row, Clay Brown, C.J. Kessler, Jeff Robson, Micah Bang, Jordan True, Logan West, Adam Busta, Jeff Andersen, Tyler Prescott. Back row, Head coach Jeff Jerome, Nathan Friederich, Jake Parks, Tyler Rasmussen, Trent Walrod, Cory Osborn, Logan Hobbs, Brian Brcka, Zach Lillquist, Coach Ryan Flickinger, Coach Mike True. more shortstop Jordan True and sophomore infielder/outfielder Tanner Thompson. “One thing about our guys coming back is that they were all good players defensively,” Jerome

said. “But we have a solid nucleus to build from. And we have some talent with some of our younger kids on the roster.” Last season, the

Indians finished 21-9 during a season that saw them beat state-ranked Mason City Newman and Osage late in the season to win a share of the North Iowa Conference title.

They reeled off three easy district tourney wins before edging Clarion-Goldfield 7-5 in a thrilling district title game. Forest City lost 5-0 in the opening round of the

state tournament to North Polk. “Anytime you play in four or five post-season games, you’ve had a good season,” Jerome said. SEE INDIANS, 6

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shortstop when he doesn’t pitch. Muth will play second when he doesn’t pitch and it looks like freshman Connor Sonius will get some time either at second or first. Also in the infield and outfield mix is freshman Nate Paulus. Last season as an eighth-grader, Paulus led the Eagles in batting average during the first half of the season. The lone returning player in the outfielder is centerfielder Josiah Eckels. He led the Eagles last year in several offensive categories, including average (.354), RBI (14), doubles (4), triples (3) and hits with 23. “He’s a very good allaround player,” Sonius said. “He also uses that great speed to his advantage in the outfield.” Nate Paulus wound up third in hitting for the

Eagles last year, batting at a .311 clip. Burgardt had 7 RBI last year, which was third on the team. Sonius said he’d like to see a little more out of his offense this season. “We struggled at times scoring runs last year and we’d like to be more consistent offensively this year,” Sonius said. More specifically, West Hancock had trouble at times hitting with runners in scoring position. But if all goes well, the third-year coach says his team can compete in the North Iowa Conference. “It’s going to be tough again,” Sonius said of the league. “You have to start with Newman, but then you’ve got Forest City. And Osage always has a good team. After the top two or three, we’ll be right in the mix.”

EAGLE SOFTBALL: FROM 5 catching, but this year, Schmit will be moved to third while Haley Hiscocks will move behind the plate. Senior Caitlin Wilson will move from third to her natural position at first base, coach Mallen said. Senior Jessica Gray will move from short to second and taking over at short will be sophomore Whitney Burgardt. On paper, at least, it’s a good defensive infield. “Whitney’s very good SUMMER SPORTS FILE PHOTO at short, aggressive in West Hancock’s Abby Paca slaps a hit to right field during a game last season in Britt. attacking grounders,” he said. “And Jessica Paca returns this year as the starting rightfielder. and Caitlin are going back to their natural coach Mallen said. ting .429. She hit nine Mason City Newman, positions.” It’s on offense where doubles and clouted Osage and North Iowa Getting the start in the Eagles should really seven homers. to be the teams to beat. right field will be senior shine. Last season, Paca hit .380 while “Newman will play Abby Paca, who hit well Anna Mallen hit .529 Wilson hit .258 with 8 that small ball that they in the leadoff spot last with 23 RBI, eight douRBI. like to play and are good year. bles, four triples and Coach Mallen said he at, ” he said. “Osage and In left, Bailey two homers. expects his team to be North Iowa both have Eisenman or Nicole Schmit was the leadin the mix in the North good pitchers back and Burgardt could get the ing run producer, drivIowa Conference. you can never count out start. Burgardt, howeving in 29 runs while hitAt the top, he expects Forest City. ” er, is nursing an injury,


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