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Sarasota (Florida) provided fans at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series in Ottumwa with one of many thrilling and memorable moments during the tournament that teams and fans from across the country to the City of Bridges for two weeks this past August.

Members of the eventual tournament champion Mifflin County (Pennsylvania) and West Fargo (North Dakota) 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball teams prepare, along with several fans, for semifinal action at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series in Ottumwa this past summer.

Sarasota (Florida) provided fans at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series in Ottumwa with one of many thrilling and memorable moments during the tournament that teams and fans from across the country to the City of Bridges for two weeks this past August.

Members of the eventual tournament champion Mifflin County (Pennsylvania) and West Fargo (North Dakota) 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball teams prepare, along with several fans, for semifinal action at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series in Ottumwa this past summer.


Just any quality baseball tournament should, one big pitch and one big swing brought about the final outcome of a thrilling two weeks in Ottumwa for the Babe Ruth World Series. Hawaii tickets Mifflin County’s Colby Bodtorf fired a high fastball past the swing of Pearl City’s Lee Matsuzaki to complete a dramatic 5-3 championship win for the boys from Lewistown, Pennsylvania as well as a successful nine days for the city of Ottumwa as the over-the-top host of what proved to be an incredible youth baseball tournament.

“There’s only one word that come to mind when you get to end and you see all the events that have gone on with this tournament, and that’s ‘Wow!’ said World Series director Tim Kuntz to the huge crowd at the Ottumwa Youth Baseball Complex just moments after Mifflin County’s championship celebration and moments before the fireworks show marked the official end to the tournament.

“We’ve been treated to some fantastic baseball. Cheap hawaii vacation packages for two These young men have all played their hearts out. Hawaii vacation all inclusive packages Everyone battled to very end. Best vacation hawaii All 10 teams are considered champions here and we truly appreciate their efforts.”

Mifflin County’s championship win was just the latest example over the past nine days of what compelling postseason baseball is all about. Holiday hawaii package deals Of the 25 games played in the Babe Ruth World Series, 16 were decided by four runs or less with 14 of those games being determined in the sixth inning or later.

“It just came down to our boys wanting it more,” Mifflin County manager Scott Reigle said after winning his first World Series title in 38 years as a baseball coach. Hawaii hotel deals “They are a bunch of great boys that wanted to go as far as they could. Hawaii cheap This is really a dream come true.”

The work of the teams on the field, led by the championship resolve of Mifflin County, was topped only by the hours and hours put in by the city of Ottumwa to host one of the biggest tournaments to come to the City of Bridges. Honeymoon to hawaii The hard work of Ottumwa’s World Series Task Force and the multitude of volunteers, bat boys, diamond girls and so many others was not lost on those representing Babe Ruth Baseball at the highest level.

“The entire community of Ottumwa deserves to be recognized for everything they did. Hotels in hawaii They welcomed all of us to their community with open arms,” Kuntz said. Hawaiian tour packages “We know there were a lot of sacrifices made, but there were so many people to make the long trip out here and had so many positives comments about their experience this week.

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Black didn’t go home empty-handed, earning one win in her debut at the U.S. Family packages to hawaii deals Olympic Trials. Hawaii vacation family packages After falling in the opening round of the Women’s 58 kg tournament to second-seeded Teshya Alo by tech fall (12-2), Black advanced into the second round of consolation action after earning an injury default victory over Sally Roberts, setting up a third meeting this year with Becca Leathers, the top-ranked collegiate grappler from Oklahoma City University.

Leathers would again top Black, winning an 8-2 decision in what was the closest match yet between the two, before falling to Randi Beltz in the third round of consolation action. Cheap hawaii deals Despite falling a few wins short of an Olympic berth this year, Black knows this was just another step in a journey that will hopefully one day lead her to achieving her dream of representing her country as an Olympic wrestler.

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Former Ottumwa High School football standout Tanner Varner became part of a historic professional football league that launched overseas. Hawaii resort packages Varner, who has played several years of indoor football, was drafted by the Qingdao Clippers to play in the newly formed Professional American Football League in China.

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Many of the rosters featured Chinese players who have been training for the arena game at selected Chinese universities. Things to do in hawaii The league started with a mix of American and Chinese players with the intent to have the teams expanded to 22 clubs by its fifth year of operations.

Kicking off the first weekend in October in Beijing, each team and city hosted a weekend of competitions and fan entertainment. Travel to hawaii The league concluded with the crowning of the first ever champion in Shanghai on the weekend of Nov. Package deals to hawaii 5, called “The China Bowl”.

Taking over a program that entered this past high school football season riding a 10-game losing streak, first-year head coach Nick Ehret nearly turned the Cardinal Comets into a winner this past fall. Trip hawaii Ehret’s first season as a head coach saw Cardinal not only snap its 10-game losing streak with a season-opening win at Van Buren, but saw the Comets jump out to a 3-0 start before finishing 4-5 with a 15-7 home loss to North Mahaska in a game that was tied late in the fourth quarter.

“It’s a testament to our seniors and our entire team that they were able to play as well as they did after an 0-9 season,” Ehret said. Rentals in hawaii “North Mahaska beat Cardinal, 40-13, last year. Hawaii island resorts To go from that to playing the same team in a one-score game and winning four games just one year later is a tremendous turnaround.

“We’re going to miss our seniors. Best island in hawaii We really wanted to send them out with a win and a winning season, but I have to thank those seniors for all they did for our program and for myself in my first season as head coach.”

It was so nice, the Ottumwa American Little League baseball program decided to do it twice this summer. Round trip to hawaii for two Both the 9-10 and 11-12-year-old teams capped off a dramatic district tournament by winning both District 7 championship games in Centerville, sending both teams to the Iowa State Little League Tournament in Urbandale.

Ottumwa American’s 11-12 year-old season ended with three-straight wins at the state tournament, giving the Wapello County squad a winning 4-3 record against the best youth baseball programs in Iowa. Hawaiian vacation packages for families One of those teams, Johnston, is currently competing in the 2016 Little League World Series opening with a 5-1 win over Chula Vista, California on Friday in Pennsylvania.

“You see firsthand when you make it to the state tournament just how seriously teams like Johnston, Urbandale and Davenport take their Little League baseball,” said Ottumwa American Little League coach Kenny Bryant. Best hawaii holiday deals “Right now, we’re just kind of throwing kids together from around town. Vacation trips to hawaii To go up there and say we competed successfully in a tournament with those type of teams in it is pretty great.”

The yearly induction of the Indian Hills Athletic Hall-of-Fame has become a cherished tradition for the school. Air and hotel packages to hawaii It was even more special this past February as the most recent class of inductees included former multi-sport Ottumwa High School standout Karie Downing.

Downing joined Jack Blackwell (Lifetime Contribution award recipient), Dwight Buycks (basketball), Eric Rasmussen (baseball), Brad Stracke (golf) and Shanna Cook (softball) as part of the 2016 class to be enshrined.

Downing, a multi-sport star for the Bulldogs in high school, was honored by IHCC for her play in both volleyball and softball. All inclusive vacation to hawaii for two The hometown honoree had plenty of family joining her for the ceremonies, including sister and former teammate Erin.

“It was very unexpected when I got the call that I was going to be inducted, but I love this college and I love being back here,” said Downing, who currently lives and works in Cedar Rapids. Hawaii flight and hotel packages “I’ll never forget either program I was a part of. Hawaii trip packages for 2 I went on to play volleyball after Indian Hills, but the softball team will always hold a special place in my heart.”

After years of starring on the gridiron as a player and a coach, including during the Ohio State Buckeyes to a national title as co-defensive coordinator, Ottumwa native Chris Ash earned his first opportunity to be a head coach this past year. Deals on trips to hawaii Ash took over as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, guiding the team to a 2-10 record this past fall including an 0-9 mark in Big Ten play.

Trying to rebuild on Big Ten program while finish his extensive assistant coaching duties at another could have been daunting. Hotel and air packages to hawaii The 42-year son of Wapello County, however, was well versed in what it takes to achieve successful balance as head coach of Rutgers and assistant coach at Ohio State.

“I’ve been at three different programs as an assistant coach where this type of thing has happened,” Ash said at the time. Hawaii vacation deals all inclusive “I’ve witnessed those three individuals make the balance work each time. Hawaii tourism packages They left their old jobs the right way and went on to have success at their new job.

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Of course Fairfield and Oskaloosa would meet somewhere in the postseason this past summer. Flight and accommodation packages hawaii Even after the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union provided both teams separate routes to qualify for the Class 4A State Softball Tournament, the Trojans and Indians still found a way to come together for the third consecutive postseason as both teams advanced to the state semifinal round for a showdown in Fort Dodge.

For the second time in three years, Oskaloosa would end Fairfield’s quest for a state championship as the Indians earned a 7-1 win over the Trojans at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex. Hotel deals hawaii Both teams would go on to finish their season on winning notes as Fairfield beat Boone in the 4A third-place game while Oskaloosa won the program’s first state title with a dramatic 6-5 comeback win over Carlisle in the championship contest.

OHS sent seven wrestlers to the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, topping the previous year’s total by two, and edged Iowa City High by 2.5 points for the 3A, District 2 team championship. Plan a trip to hawaii all inclusive Ottumwa scored 186.5 points and took the team title from the Little Hawks when Bulldog senior Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch rallied in the final match of the day to qualify for state with a 5-3 heavyweight wrestleback win over Mount Pleasant senior Keegan Pullus after trailing late in the second period 3-0.

The Bulldogs had the most area state qualifiers in the 2016 Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships. Vacation packages for hawaii Second to OHS were fellow regional dual qualifiers Albia and Sigourney-Keota, who both sent four wrestlers to Des Moines in Classes 2A and 1A respectively.

There was a packed house, popcorn, movie posters and even a Walk-of-Fame featuring the stars of “Shark Club 2: The Legend Returns.” Playing the leading roles in several different performances were 42 Ottumwa students who were prepared to make weeks worth of work in the sport of synchronized swimming pay off.

And behind the scenes, coach/director Cherie Langland was giddy with excitement. Hawaii honeymoon vacations The former OHS Shark Club member watched a grand return for a program that is truly close to her heart be resurrected by a phenomenal showing as all eight acts went off without a hitch, drawing big cheers from hundreds of supporters that came out to the pool on a Wednesday night.

“It was an incredible show, especially with the turnout. Vacation to hawaii packages all inclusive We had to get out folding chairs for people because the stands filled up so quickly,” Langland said. Hawaii travel agencies “I’m so proud of the swimmers. Planning a hawaii vacation This is all new to all of them. Deals for hawaii package None of them had never even seen a Shark Club show and they learned it from scratch in a short amount of time to put on a show that was truly entertaining to everyone.”