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Wednesday was the hottest day of the summer so far. With the heat index pushing temps to over 100 degrees, experts suggested limiting exposure. The AGWSR Cougars did their part in a mid-afternoon baseball game at Baxter Wednesday.

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If there is one thing the ninth-ranked in Class 1A AGWSR Cougars could rely on it’s their bats. Monday night, however, even that failed them. The result was a two-hit, 7-0 home loss at the hands of the North Butler Bearcats.

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Not to be outdone by the boys next door at the AGWSR Cougar diamond complex, the girls also won with a walkoff Tuesday in Ackley. Down 10-9 to the visiting Grundy Center Spartans in the bottom of the eighth, with the number nine batter due up to start, it ended with a two-run blast to center.

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Few baseball games can be summarized by one inning. Even fewer extra-inning games can. But for eight innings Tuesday in Ackley, the host AGWSR Cougars and the Grundy Center Spartans played scoreless ball. That left that one inning.

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While Iowa Falls-Alden and South Hardin are scheduled to play in the final game of the regular season, the AGWSR staked their claim as Hardin County’s best Tuesday night in Ackley. Their 7-3 win over the Cadets came 24 hours after the Cougars beat the Tigers.

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The South Hardin Tigers haven’t beaten the AGWSR Cougars since June 14, 2010. There have been some good games mixed in, like Monday in Ackley. The ninth-ranked in Class 1A hosts won 6-3, but SH head coach Becky Rosonke wasn’t upset about it.

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AGWSR’s Luke Starr was almost unhittable for the second-straight start. Unfortunately for the South Hardin Tigers, that second start came against them Monday in Ackley. The Cougar senior threw all seven innings, striking out 12 and giving up just three hits - all of them singles – in a 7-0 C…

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The AGWSR Cougars built a sizable lead, but had to hold on at the end. Up 7-2 against the East Marshall Mustangs in Gilman, freshman Bo Gerbracht needed a rundown between first and second to pick up a 7-5 win. It was his first start on varsity. Wyatt Benning picked up the save. Jaden Penning…

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Before the softball season began, late due to the coronavirus shutdown, the status of the North Iowa Cedar League-West. An official conference season or not, East Marshall staked its claim to the title with a 4-3 win over AGWSR Thursday in LeGrand.

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Co-head coach Brenda Drake summed up Wednesday’s game between her ninth-ranked in Class 1A AGWSR Cougars and rival BCLUW Comets with one noticeable sigh. Her squad came back from down 6-3 to win 10-8 at home in Ackley.

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The AGWSR Cougar baseball squad put together a second-straight solid effort to start the week, both wins. Wednesday’s home tilt with BCLUW in Ackley may not be have been the better of the two, but it ended with the Cougars winning again - this time 12-2 in six innings.

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AGWSR sweeps over the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels are rare. While the Cougars have won 20 of the last 25 match-ups on the softball diamond, the Rebels have a huge edge (16-5) in baseball. Tuesday, however, it was all AGWSR.