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State Softball Travel Recommendations

If you are planning on traveling to Fort Dodge to cheer on the Mustangs there are a few travel notes to keep in mind. Fort Dodge has provided  an update on a road detour that may affect travel for teams and fans. Below is the recommended route for team buses for Harlan Rogers.


Important Detour Info on Hwy 169

Important information regarding detour on Hwy 169

Due to an IDOT bridge project a section of Hwy 169 is closed and the highway has been detoured to travel along Nelson Avenue passing by the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex. PLEASE plan on travel delays and plan your trip to state softball accordingly. Suggested routes:

  • To avoid travel through Fort Dodge: traveling west on Hwy 20 exit on P59 going north. Continue north on 42nd Street turning left (only way to go) on 1st Avenue South. Go north (turn right) onto North 32nd Street. Continue north until you get to D-14 turning left (west). You will end up just south of Harlan Rogers on Nelson Avenue and can make a easy right turn onto Nelson.



  • Travel through Fort Dodge: traveling west on Hwy 20 exit on P59 going north. Turn west (left) on 5th Avenue South. Continue until South 15th Street and turn right (north) and travel until you reach Harlan Rogers. Highway patrol will be at the intersection of D-14 and Nelson Avenue as well as the entrance into Harlan Rogers to help with traffic control.

Bus Map Route Recommendation

Information for Spectators at the 2018 State Softball Tournament
Harlan Rogers Park  – Fort Dodge, Iowa

  • No outside food, drink or snacks allowed in the complex.
  • Team coolers must come in with the coach or players through the team pass gate – parents are not allowed to bring in outside food or drink for the team through general admission gate. There is ice water in each dugout provided by the trainers.
  • Any personal cups, Yetis’, thermos, etc. must be empty upon entrance and will be checked. Ice is acceptable in the container.
  • Bags, chair bags and wagons will be checked by security.
  • Pets are not allowed, per IGHSAU policy.
  • The entire complex is a smoke-free zone. This includes the parking lot.
  • Tents and umbrellas are not allowed in the bleachers. There will be limited space for tents. The designated tent locations on both diamonds are along the right and left field lines.  First Come First Serve basis.
  • GO FAN E-TICKETS will have a separate entrance gate located to the east of the main ticket booth into the complex. The gate will be clearly marked. Anyone playing on Dodger or Veteran’s fields for Tuesday and Wednesday consolation games will still need to get their E-tickets and wristband at the main gate.  LOOK FOR THE PINK GO FAN E-TICKET
  • No noisemakers allowed, per IGHSAU policy.
  • No balloons, masks, large signs or banners are allowed, per IGHSAU policy.
  • All spectators must wear shoes.


WaMaC West All-Conference Softball

Congratulations to the following Mustangs for being chosen as WaMaC  All-Conference players for 2018:

First Team:
Mackenzie Hupke – Pitcher
Lydia Butters – Outfield

Second Team:
Madelynn Beatty – Infield
Kaylee Hosch – Utility

Honorable Mentions:
Megan Brock
Allie Jo Zieser

We also want to congratulation Coach Heather Hupke on being named the WaMaC West All-Conference Coach of the Year! Congratulations! Go Mustangs!


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Mustangs Headed to State

The Independence Mustang softball team punched their ticket to the state tournament with their 7-5 win over Marion last night. Congrats ladies. Mustang Proud!! For more info check out the article from the Bulletin Journal.

You can also pre-order your state softball tickets online! Order your tickets today and cheer on the Mustangs at the state tournament!


Photo by: Charlie McCardle

singing contract to play soccer

Congratulations Jayeden Rice

Mustang Jayede

n Rice signed to play soccer with Clarke University next year. Congratulations Jayeden! Mustang proud!

singing contract to play soccer


signing paper at table


group behind signing table

Kyle talking to a group of students

Kyle Fank Day

Yesterday was Kyle Fank day at the ICSD.  Kyle is an Independence alum and won the division 3  197 lb National Wrestling Championship for Wartburg College. Throughout the day, he talked to students, handed out cookies and special treats to the elementary students. Congratulations Kyle!

Kyle talking to a group of students

group of students on bleachers

State Track Spirit Walk

Our Mustang State Track Qualifiers did a spirit walk before heading to Des Moines. Good Luck! Go Mustangs!

Congratulations Abby Davis

Congratulations to Abby Davis on her 3rd place finish at regionals held at Byrnes park in Waterloo wednesday. Abby’s 3rd place earned her a medal and an alternate spot for the upcoming state meet. Go Mustangs!!

girls holding certificates

7th & 8th Grade Girls Track Breaks Records

Congratulations to the 7th & 8th Grade Mustang Girls Track Team. They broke multiple records this season. Way to go ladies! Go Mustangs!

7th Grade

100 Meter Hurdles, Sydney Schwartz – 17.56
(Old record of 18.80 by Mary Puffett, 2015)


8th Grade

200 Meter Dash, Alyssa Larson – 27.99
(Old record of 28.26 by Olivia Kaiser, 2010)

400 Meter Dash, Alyssa Larson – 1:01.75
(Old record of 1:04:58 by Quinci Morris, 2007)

4 X 400 Meter Relay – 4:36.12 by Alexis Hearn, Katie Henkes, Natalee Anderson, & Alyssa Larson
(Old record of 4:37.74 by Taalor Werden, Tina Fratzke, Kayla TerHark, & Olivia Kaiser, 2007)


girls track record breakers holding certificates

girls holding certificates

Indee Girls Tennis Finishes Second

Congratulations to the Independence girls tennis team on their second place finish at the May 10th conference meet held in Maquoketa.

Medal winners include:

2nd Place:
Abby Davis at #1 singles
Heidi lau #2 singles
Megan Brock #4 singles
Madi Schroeder #5 singles

3rd Place :
Marina Meyer #6 singles
2nd place for doubles:
Davis/Lau. #1
Brock/ Meyer #2

3rd in Doubles:
Schroeder /Holly Cooksley #3

The girls are coached by Sarah Crawford and Pam Frisch. Go Mustangs!!