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Fresh off their first winning season in almost a decade, AGWSR had some lofty goals this past baseball season. Graduation, as expected, took a chunk out of the arsenal. Still, going better than 5-14 was definitely the goal.

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What was supposed to be a magical season for the AGWSR Cougars, was hamstrung before it even got started. But beyond a key injury to the 2018 all-class strikeout leader, everything else was in place for a big run.

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The district may have changed, but a group of AGWSR players were recently named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All District Team for a second consecutive summer.

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One-run losses have defined the AGWSR Cougar (20-7) season. Monday’s 1-0 loss to Algona Bishop Garrigan was their fourth shutout loss of the season, and third by a 1-0 count.

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The AGWSR Cougars (20-6), ranked sixth, looked to be on their way to a second tight game Friday in Ackley. After Edging Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the quarterfinal of Class 1A Region 8 play, they again needed a home run to break through, this time against the Mason City Newman Knights (21-14).

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The Saint Ansgar Saints (23-9) showed why they are ranked seventh in Class 1A Friday night. Despite All-State pitcher Collin Kramer struggling a bit, they played almost perfect baseball in beating AGWSR 12-2 in five innings. The Cougars’ season ended at 5-14 with the first round Dist. 5 loss…

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The last time AGWSR and Fort Dodge St. Edmond faced off, a trip to State was in the balance. That was last season, with AGWSR winning 9-0 on their way to a Class 1A runner-up finish.

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The AGWSR Cougars held senior night Friday in Ackley. If not for a 6-4 loss to the Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons, they would have celebrated it. Josh Bartling, Alex Hames and Zach Crain – the starting seniors – all showed well in their second to last home game of the season, but it was an un…

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A string of one and no-hitters ion five of their last six games, came to an abrupt halt for seventh-rated in Class 1A AGWSR Cougars Tuesday at Manly. Central Springs, ranked fifth in Class 2A, touched Taryan Barrick for six hits, but none bigger than a single in the seventh inning.

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As rough as this season has been for the AGWSR Cougars, they still had a chance at a .500 season or better. But, they needed to beat Hudson Monday night in Hudson. They didn’t, dropping a 9-4 game to go to 4-11 on the season with four regular season games and the postseason to play.