If there’s another meeting between the Ankeny and Ankeny Centennial softball teams, it will have to come at the state tournament in Fort Dodge.
The fifth-ranked Jaguars and No. 15 Hawkettes have been placed in different regionals by the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union. The postseason pairings were announced on Thursday.
Centennial (15-5) is the No. 1 seed in Region 5 and will host either Cedar Falls (2-5) or Marshalltown (1-17) in a semifinal game on July 18 at 7 p.m. The Tigers have not played since June 25 after one of their players tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the entire team to be quarantined for 14 days.
According to Cedar Falls Activities Director Troy Becker, the quarantine date will lead up to the Tigers’ final regular-season game. He said the goal, if everything pans out right, would be for the team to be able to play in the postseason.
No. 10 Ottumwa (10-5) will host Urbandale (7-13) in the other Region 5 semifinal. The regional final will be played on July 21 at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Ankeny (12-8), meanwhile, has been placed in Region 4 and will host Southeast Polk (8-8) in a semifinal game on July 18 at 7 p.m. The two teams split a doubleheader on June 23 at Pleasant Hill.
No. 2 Waukee (16-2) is the top seed in Region 4 and will host Des Moines East (4-14) or Des Moines Roosevelt (6-11) in the semifinals. The regional final will be played on July 21 at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.