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Members of the North Linn Softball workforce get pleasure from refreshments within the Triton Cafeteria Wednesday afternoon. The workforce is one in every of 30 groups on campus at Iowa Central in the course of the Iowa Ladies State Softball Match.

The motion takes place on the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports activities Advanced in the course of the ladies state softball event.

However for tons of of athletes and coaches, their residence away from residence in the course of the event is Iowa Central Group School.

In response to Tom Beneke, the school’s vp for enrollment administration and pupil providers, pupil residence buildings on the Fort Dodge campus are stuffed with gamers and coaches from about 30 softball groups. He stated there are most likely 350 individuals in these residences in the course of the week of the event.

“It is an ideal, nice expertise for these younger girls to play within the state softball event,” Beneke stated. “We’re completely satisfied to be part of it by offering lodging and catering.”

“We vastly worth the partnership we’ve constructed with each the Fort Dodge group and the Ladies Alliance,” she stated, referring to the Iowa Excessive College Ladies Athletic Union. “Anytime we are able to assist them, we’re completely satisfied to take action.”

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Martensdale-St. Marys Softball workforce relaxes just a little of their dorm suite at Iowa Central on Wednesday afternoon. The Blue Devils are one in every of 30 groups on the Iowa Central campus for the Iowa Ladies State Softball Match.

Iowa Central has hosted the state’s softball gamers because the Eighties.

Every year, Beneke stated, 25 to 30 groups stay on campus.

All 15 pupil residence buildings might be used to accommodate the groups, he stated. He stated the groups won’t be housed within the Woodruff towers as a result of they are going to start to replenish with student-athletes from central Iowa coming to campus for fall sports activities.

Softball groups eat within the Triton cafeteria and obtain breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, relying on the meal choices their college chooses.

Groups can even use the fitness center, health heart and apply fields.

“We strive very exhausting to fulfill their wants,” Beneke stated.

One factor the school doesn’t present is transportation between campus and the sports activities complicated. That is the duty of the faculties.

“Our car parking zone is stuffed with college buses, college vans and commuters,” Beneke stated.

She stated she hears plenty of good feedback in regards to the campus from softball gamers and coaches within the state.

“We get a really optimistic response from groups that come out and stick with us,” he stated.

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