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A need for dialogue

February 13, 2016 At first, I didn’t completely understand — or wholeheartedly agree with — the approach head coach Bobby Thompson and the Fort Dodge wrestling team took to their regional dual situation on Wednesday... more »»

Together as one

January 24, 2016 As the doors of the old Duncombe Elementary School building closed this past summer, I selfishly — though I suppose somewhat naturally — focused on how the change would directly affect my family. more »»

Earn respect

December 16, 2015 Fort Dodge Senior High is the place to be on Thursday night, when nationally-ranked wrestling programs square off inside the Dodger gym. Fort Dodge, the early No. more »»

The perfect storm: Hawkeyes vs. Spartans

December 3, 2015 From Chuck Long’s naked bootleg that first spoiled my innocence to the Marvin McNutt miracle quick slant as time expired, the Iowa Hawkeyes have always been a haunting shadow in my life as a footbal... more »»

Bottom-line business nixes affable leader

November 23, 2015 With 91 seconds of game time left in what should have been Iowa State’s 35-28 win at Kansas State on Saturday, cameras captured an elated — and undoubtedly relieved — head coach Paul Rhoads jumping... more »»

Survive and advance

November 9, 2015 Depending on the point of view, Iowa’s football schedule is either incredibly soft or much more challenging than initially assumed. more »»

Indomitable Royals win first championship in 30 years

November 3, 2015 By and large, professional athletes are completely detached from the realities of today’s general public. more »»

Proper perspective

October 28, 2015 We tend to be a hypercompetitive society, concerned more about the bottom line than lessons learned along the way. more »»

A clean slate

October 15, 2015 There have been curses and jinxes. Black cats, billy goats and Bartman. Teams that had enough talent to win it all, and teams that had no talent at all. more »»

Seeing is believing

September 23, 2015 The question originated locally during the summer months, but has since spread like wildfire across the entire state. more »»

Zero tolerance

September 14, 2015 AMES — With all due respect to C.J. Beathard and the revamped Iowa offense, the most valuable players from Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over rival Iowa State rarely had the ball in their hands. more »»

The importance of commitment, in sports and beyond

September 8, 2015 Commitment. It’s often what separates the great from the good enough. The achievers from the dreamers. And in sports, the champions from everyone else. more »»

Family first

August 14, 2015 This is a sports page. I am well aware of the typical boundaries. We’re not here to discuss politics, religion or delve into other topics away from the athletic arena. more »»

As good as it gets

July 23, 2015 There is just enough scandal and dysfunction in sports to summon the cynic in all of us. more »»

Together again

July 20, 2015 Opening day of the state softball tournament comes with an added twist this summer. more »»

Side by side

July 16, 2015 It has happened before, but just once. For the first — and only — time since 2006, the Fort Dodge and St. more »»

Worth the wait

July 12, 2015 Our family takes a yearly vacation to northern Wisconsin. We hadn’t even crossed Fort Dodge’s city limits last summer when my 4-year-old daughter asked the question every parent knows is coming. more »»

Personal touch

June 16, 2015 Coaches have something to say about it. So do the powers-that-be at the Iowa High School Athletic Association headquarters in Boone. Of course, journalists throw in their two cents. more »»

Forever a Cyclone

June 3, 2015 For Fred Hoiberg, formally accepting the offer to coach the Chicago Bulls was about business. Nothing more. Hoiberg didn’t turn in his Cyclone card on Tuesday. He wasn’t quitting as an Iowan. more »»

Saving the best for last

May 25, 2015 Collectively speaking, Fort Dodge Senior High’s Class of 2015 could best be described as an athletic enigma before their final year of high school. There had been injuries. Inconsistency. Struggles. more »»

Walk a mile in his shoes

May 22, 2015 The world's most common vice is advic. more »»



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