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Hall of Fame

Longtime Creston umpire Steve “Magic” McCann will be inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Softball Umpires Hall of Fame Monday, July 29 at the Waukee High School softball field as part of the IGCA’s annual All-Star Series softball games. Games are at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The ceremony will take place after the second game, which will be around 7:15 p.m.

Earlier this year, McCann was recognized at a Creston softball game for his 47 years as a registered official with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the upcoming induction into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Softball Umpires Hall of Fame.

Over the course of his career McCann has worked 15 state tournaments and six state championship games as an umpire.

Coaching milestones

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced a series of baseball coaching milestones that includes a pair of area connections.

Creston graduate Casey Bryant, longtime coach of Epworth Western Dubuque, is among those reaching 500 career wins this season. The others are Dave Dirkx of Waukee and Keith McSweeney of Solon.

Dan Hovden of North Fayette Valley and Harlan coach Steve Daeges each reached the 700 victory club this season. Hovden began his coaching career at Mount Ayr. Marion coach Steve Fisher also reached 700 wins.

Veteran Lewis Central coach Lee Toole reached 900 career victories this season, joining a club that includes former Creston coach Vic Belger.

Junior nationals

FARGO, N.D. — Creston/O-M wrestler Jackson Kinsella had a 1-2 record in freestyle competition at the Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota this week.

Kinsella began his Greco-Roman competition at the tournament on Wednesday. He is competing at 195 pounds. He placed eighth in the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament last season in Class 2A at 170 pounds.

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