Softball tournaments are upon us (Class 1A regionals began Monday night and 2A and 3A regionals open Tuesday). The last of the area conference races ended Monday when Washington (Iowa) got some unexpected help.
Here is a list of area league champions:
MVC MISSISSIPPI DIVISION — Dubuque Senior put this one to bed early. The Rams finished 22-4 in league play and lead by seven games over second-place Linn-Mar. The Lions finish Tuesday.
MVC VALLEY DIVISION — Cedar Rapids Jefferson split a season-opening double-header with Iowa City West, and hasn’t lost in league play since. The J-Hawks are 23-1 heading into their finale Tuesday against Dubuque Wahlert. West slipped late and is 20-4.
WAMAC EAST DIVISION — It’s all Solon. Spartans finished 14-0.
WAMAC WEST DIVISION — It’s all Clear Creek Amana. Clippers finished 14-0, and beat Solon in an interdivisional game.
CEDAR VALLEY — A very competitive league (four teams are ranked). Durant has been the class of the conference, finishing 13-1.
BIG EAST — It came down to the last night; Lisbon and Northeast split to share the crown at 12-2.
NORTHEAST IOWA — Same story as the Big East. Decorah and Charles split in the finale and finished 13-5, a game ahead of Crestwood.
SOUTH IOWA CEDAR — Lynnville-Sully is the champion at 19-1.
TRI-RIVERS — Monticello needed a sweep of Edgewood-Colesburg on the final night and got it. The Panthers finished 17-1, Ed-Co 16-2.
UPPER IOWA — North Fayette (16-2) edged South Winneshiek and Sumner-Fredericksburg (each 15-3) for the title.
NICL EAST — Behind 100-game winner Kelsey Lough, Jesup (11-1) took the title, a game ahead of Denver.
SOUTHEAST — The oddest of all races, Fairfield needed to beat Mount Pleasant — which entered the Tuesday’s final night at 3-11 — once to share the crown and twice to win it outright. Instead, Mount Pleasant swept and made some friends at Washington, which won the title at 12-4. Fairfield and Keokuk finished 11-5.
SEISC NORTH — Highland (14-4) edged Mediapolis and Pekin (both 13-5) for the title.
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