The No. 23 University of Wisconsin softball team (21-3) continued to make positive waves in the collegiate softball world after posting a 4–1 record at the University of South Florida Invitational Tournament.The Badgers held onto their No. 23 ranking after the tournament and added another Big Ten Player of the Week Award to their resume.Junior Kayla Konwent was honored with the award after dominating the competition.Wisconsin began the weekend with a matchup versus the University of Massachusetts.The Badgers picked up their eighth win by run rule this season, defeating UMass 8–0 Friday morning.Konwent kicked off her dominant performance by giving the Badgers the lead in her leadoff at-bat by sending a home run over the fence.She would go a perfect four-for-four in the game including a two-run RBI single in the second and another home run in the fifth.Haley Hestekin would pick up the win in the circle for the Badgers, striking out six in four innings and improving her record to 9-1 on the season.Women’s hockey: Why the women’s hockey team deserves more cloutThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is undoubtedly one of the most successful athletic programs on campus. With four Read…Wisconsin’s next matchup, this time against the University of South Florida, would prove more challenging. The Badgers would fall 7-1 on USF’s home field, dropping only their third game of the season.The Badgers were shut down by USF pitcher Georgina Corrick. Corrick held the Badgers to just two hits, which came from Ally Miklesh and Taylor Johnson.Defensively, the Badger pitching staff struggled to contain USF’s powerful lineup.Though the Badgers only trailed by two runs in the sixth inning, USF turned on the jets and powered in four more runs to seal the game.Following the loss, Wisconsin looked to get back on track against Central Michigan Saturday. They were able to overcome the USF loss and beat the Chippewas 2–0.While the rest of the Badgers struggled again offensively, Konwent was in characteristic form, scoring again in the first at-bat of the game.The second run came off a Melanie Cross single to score Tyra Turner.Scoring aside, the story of the game was junior pitcher Kaitlyn Menz’s seven-inning outing. Menz pitched a shutout while only allowing seven hits and striking out three, giving her a 6-1 record this season.The Badgers faced Furman University in their second game Saturday.Leading the way offensively for the Badges was Jordan Little, who went two-for-three with one RBI and a triple for Wisconsin.Football: A closer look at Alex Hornibrook’s record as he departs WisconsinAlex Hornibrook’s 26-6 record is the best for any quarterback in program history, yet his performance often contradicted his team’s Read…Hestekin took her second win of the weekend, pitching all seven innings and recording seven strikeouts to help give Wisconsin a 4–1 win.The Badgers finished the weekend with another run-rule win over Villanova, 13–1.A thirteen run, dominant performance was highlighted by another spectacular performance by Konwent.Konwent went three-for-three with three RBIs to cap off her spectacular weekend, improving her application for Big Ten Player of the Week.Last week’s Big Ten Player of the week — Wisconsin’s Caroline Hedgcock — also shined against Villanova with three RBIs on two hits including a three-run home run in the first inning.Stephanie Lombardo and Little followed suit by knocking home runs of their own in the third inning.A commanding offensive performance capped off a successful weekend for the Badgers before they start their Big Ten schedule after spring break.The Badgers will face Illinois in the Big Ten opening series Friday, March 22 in Champaign, Illinois. The game is available on BTN+ or follow live stats at uwbadgers.com.
MASON CITY — Two men have been arrested in connection with a stabbing last Friday night in Mason City.Police say they were called to the 1300 block of North Federal, where 34-year-old Benny Montgomery was found with multiple stab wounds. Montgomery was transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where he remains in critical condition at last report.Police on Thursday arrested 35-year-old Antoine Rodgers and 37-year-old Marvell Rodgers, both of Mason City. They are both charged with willful injury causing serious injury, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.Both are being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond until they make an appearance before a magistrate.
Area Total59138 Deaths Cerro Gordo591 Mitchell4 Franklin Butler354 Hancock243 Floyd1 Floyd18 Winnebago152 Cerro Gordo281 DES MOINES — 38 more cases of COVID-19 were identified over the weekend in our listening area.In the time period between 11 o’clock Friday morning and 11 o’clock Sunday morning, 18 more cases were reported in Wright County; six more in Floyd; four in Butler; three each in Franklin and Hancock; two in Winnebago; and single cases in Cerro Gordo and Kossuth counties.That brings the immediate listening area’s total of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic to 591 — 314 in Wright; 60 in Franklin; 59 in Cerro Gordo; 37 in Hancock; 35 in Butler; 33 in Floyd; 24 in Kossuth; 15 in Winnebago; eight in Mitchell and six in Worth.25 more people have recovered for an area total of 282 — 15 of those in Wright; three each in Butler and Hancock; two in Franklin; and one each in Cerro Gordo and Worth.In the same weekend time period statewide, 738 more cases were reported for a total of 25,865. A total of 16,018 people have recovered, while a total of 685 people have died. Hancock Area Total28225 Kossuth Kossuth241 Floyd336 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Mitchell8(1 case reassigned to another county) Worth Worth6 Winnebago12 Worth51 Wright31418 Cerro Gordo1 Butler2 Mitchell Hancock373 Franklin603 RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total4 Butler193 Kossuth13 Winnebago Franklin242 Wright13515 Wright