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State’s first 5-class tournament debuts Monday

Jeff Linder, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa –

Ready or not — and like it or not — here it comes.

The world of pentaclassed girls’ athletics in Iowa officially makes its debut Monday, when the Class 1A softball regional tournament begins.

Thus begins a nine-day race for Fort Dodge, host site of the state softball tournament July 16-20 at the Rogers Sports Complex. Regionals begin Tuesday in classes 2A and 3A, Thursday in 4A and 5A.

Regional finals are July 9 in 1A, 2A and 3A, July 10 in 4A and 5A.

The 1A field consists of 102 teams, 76 of which open play Monday. The other 26 have first-round byes.

Fifth-ranked Lisbon is the area’s best hope among the small schools. The Lions earned a share of the Big East championship Thursday by splitting a double-header with Northeast, the other co-champ.

Lions Coach Bob Bunting earned his 1,000th career win June 7.

The Lions receive a first-round bye and will face Iowa Mennonite or Lone Tree in a quarterfinal Thursday. Lisbon is one of two ranked teams in Region 3. The other is No. 13 Sigourney, which would face the Lions in a regional final at Iowa City West if both advance that far.

Sigourney will host the winner of Monday’s Keota-WACO game on Thursday.


(Monday, 7 p.m. unless noted)

Region 3

Dunkerton at Janesville (Clarksville, bye)

Central City at East Buchanan

Midland at Springville

Lansing Kee at West Central (Elkader Central, bye)

Rockford at Riceville (Mason City Newman, bye)

Region 4

Keota at WACO (Sigourney, bye)

Fort Madison Holy Trinity vs. New London, at Farmington, 5:30 p.m.

Winfield-Mount Union at Harmony, 7:30 p.m.

Bellevue Marquette at Calamus-Wheatland (Preston, bye)

Iowa Mennonite at Lone Tree (Lisbon, bye)

Region 5

Grandview Park Baptist at BGM (Lynnville-Sully, bye)

Montezuma at English Valleys

HLV at Tri-County

Garwin GMG at Belle Plaine (Colo-Nesco, bye)

Meskwaki Settlement at North Tama (Don Bosco, bye)

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