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Iowa softball prepared for unusual practices

Iowa Head Coach Renee Gillespie walks to join the team during an Iowa softball game against Iowa Central at Pearl Field on Friday, October 4, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tritons 4-0 in 10 innings.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

August 25, 2020

The Iowa softball team cannot play any games until next spring at the earliest, after a 17-5 record in a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That doesn’t mean the team can’t practice and keep its momentum in the fall, however. Though the Hawkeyes can’t play against other...

Iowa high school baseball, softball teams grateful for season despite obstacles

A softball field is seen on Saturday, June 13 at West High School in Iowa City.

Jordan Winke, Sports Reporter

July 16, 2020

When Iowa became the only state to allow high school baseball and softball to resume in June amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation watched. Some saw it as a much-needed step toward normalcy, while others saw it as a premature and unsafe decision. As with any navigation through uncharted water...

Hawkeye softball’s Kit Rocco found her ‘home away from home’ at Iowa

Iowa catcher Kit Rocco catches a pitch during an Iowa softball game against Iowa Central at Pearl Field on Friday, October 4, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tritons 4-0 in 10 innings.

Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter

July 14, 2020

When the Big Ten canceled spring sports for the remainder of the academic year on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa softball’s sophomore catcher Kit Rocco and her teammates were in shock. The team had already traveled to Florida and was getting ready to play. “It hurt a littl...

UI spring sport student-athletes find success academically amid a semester of canceled seasons and online classes

Student-Athlete Constituency Senator Marissa Mueller raises her hand in response to a question given by Dr. Maria Bruno during a UISG meeting at the Iowa Memorial Union on Thursday, February 18, 2020.

Will Fineman, Sports Reporter

July 7, 2020

After a spring that saw sports canceled and classes moved online, the Hawkeye spring sports teams persevered to find success in the classroom. Iowa had 107 spring student-athletes named to the 2020 spring Academic All-Big Ten team. According to the Big Ten website, to be eligible for Acade...

Iowa high school baseball, softball teams have ‘responsibility’ this summer

A sign for COVID-19 restrictions is posted outside the baseball field on Saturday, June 13 at West High School in Iowa City.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

June 16, 2020

Several professional sports leagues across the U.S. are still in the process of returning to competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa high school baseball and softball teams are already playing ball. “We are truly leading the nation when it comes to having the chance to show if it’s crazy...

Previewing local prep baseball, softball teams

A softball field is seen on Saturday, June 13 at West High School in Iowa City.

Lucy Liautaud, Sports Reporter

June 15, 2020

After high school and college athletics programs across the country had to do away with spring sports this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one category has yet to completely succumb to the lockdown: Iowa prep summer sports. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced on May 20, that the Iowa High ...

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives Iowa high school summer sports permission to reopen June 1

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

May 20, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa school-sponsored activities can reopen June 1, including high school baseball and softball. "I know many parents and youth athletes are all so eager to resume summer sports," Reynolds said. "High school athletics was the logical place to start the proce...

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Players prepare to take the field during the baseball game against Nebraska at Duane Banks Field on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Cornhuskers defeated the Hawkeyes, 3-2.

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 30, 2020

It's been a tough and unprecedented time for student-athletes who compete at the Division I level. On Monday, some received some good news while others did not. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility after...

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

Fans leave the game after the men's basketball game against Western Carolina at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Catamounts 78-60.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day sports fans will not soon forget. The sports world seemed to stop spinning Thursday afternoon as NCAA announced that it would not conduct any of its postseason championships, including the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments. The Big Ten Conference then...

Strong leadership helping Hawkeyes progress

Iowa pitcher Allison Doocy winds up for a pitch at the Iowa softball game against Indian Hills at Pearl Field on Sunday, October 6th, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Warriors 21-2.

Ben Palya, Sports Reporter

March 11, 2020

Iowa softball’s roster features six seniors, and that has allowed room for younger players to step up and become an important part of the locker room dynamic. After some roster turnover, there were plenty of fresh faces joining the Hawkeyes for the 2020 season. Five freshmen and several other...

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta dresses Faculty Senate members during a Faculty Senate meeting on Oct. 29, 2019.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday evening that fans will not be granted entry to any of its remaining 2020 winter or spring events. Those granted access include student-athletes, coaches, credentialed media, and immediate family members of event participants. Sports affected inclu...

Iowa softball finishes weekend with winning record

Iowa infielder Kalena Burns makes a hit at the Iowa softball game against Indian Hills at Pearl Field on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019.

Isaac Goffin, Sports Reporter

March 8, 2020

Hawkeye softball had yet another successful trip over the weekend, going 3-1 in their second stint at the Spring Games in Madeira Beach, Florida. As they have in previous weekends, the Hawkeyes had a good performance from their hitters and pitchers. On March 6 against Loyola Chicago, the Hawke...