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Iowa softball freshmen adjusting to unusual fall

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.
Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter November 19, 2020

Iowa softball boasts 10 freshmen on its roster for the upcoming season, making up almost half of the entire team. Those freshman stepped off an unusual end to their high school careers and are having...

Iowa softball transitions to winter workouts

Iowa head coach Renee Gillispie shakes hands with the umpires before the conference opening softball game at Pearl Field on Friday, March 29, 2019. This is Gillispie's first season coaching the Hawkeyes. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 5-0.
Chloe Peterson, Sports Reporter November 15, 2020

This fall has not been routine for Iowa softball. Big Ten COVID-19 protocols limited the Hawkeyes to intrasquad scrimmages as opposed to their normal eight-game fall schedule. According to head...

Iowa softball appoints new Director of Operations

Iowa fielder Lea Thompson receives coaching from head coach Renee Gillispie after striking out during the conference opening softball game at Pearl Field on Friday, March 29, 2019. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 5-0.
Austin Hanson, Sports Editor November 9, 2020

The University of Iowa's softball team has a new Director of Operations. According to head coach Renee Gillispie, University of Buffalo alumnus Matthew Meyer will serve as Iowa softball's Director...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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,...

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