Though area high schools Cherokee, Alta, and Storm Lake all fell short in their quests for state baseball championships at Principal Park in Des Moines last weekend, there were four teams which did go home with first-place trophies.
Top-ranked and top-seeded Sioux City North ended the season in just that way - on top. North defeated Iowa City West 4-0 for the Class 4A state championship Saturday night. Dean McArdle fired a one-hitter and struck out 12 for the Stars. West's only hit came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Sixth-ranked Norwalk scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and that was all the scoring, as the Warriors defeated Storm Lake 7-0 Saturday night for the Class 3A state championship. It was the second state title for Norwalk -- which also won in 1982 -- in five state tournament appearances.
Fort Dodge St. Edmond used an eight-run second inning to take a 10-2 lead and hold off a Dyersville Beckman comeback attempt to win the Class 2A state championship by an 11-8 score Saturday afternoon. The state title is the first in St. Edmond school history. The Gaels finished their season with a 35-3 record.
Mason City Newman Catholic won its third Class 1A state championship with an 11-1 victory over Lenox in five innings on Saturday afternoon. The Knights - top-ranked in 1A and the top seed at state - finished their season with a 37-1 record. Newman outscored its opponents 27-2 in its games in Des Moines.