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Home-field advantage

July 18, 2016 For the 47th consecutive season, state softball champions will be crowned in Fort Dodge at the end of this week. more »»

Collective souls

July 11, 2016 The Fort Dodge softball program often recites the mantra, ‘‘team beats talent when talent isn’t a team. more »»

Glass half full

June 21, 2016 It wasn’t supposed to end like this for Kole Kampen at Fort Dodge Senior High. The Dodgers’ senior left-handed ace had big plans for the final month of his prep baseball career. more »»

Emotional tribute

June 14, 2016 Dutch Huseman tried his best to make a late wish come true. His grandson kept a promise for him instead. more »»

Homegrown talent

June 5, 2016 If the names fueling Fort Dodge’s recent state championship surge sound familiar, they should. The red and black roots definitely run deep in this new era of Dodger athletic success. more »»

Missed opportunity

May 20, 2016 The Webster County I-Club banquet is conspicuously absent from this year’s spring sports schedule, abruptly bringing an end to a tradition four full decades stron. more »»

No place like home

April 16, 2016 Last June, my wife and I had the distinct privilege of escorting Frontier Days parade marshals Dutch and Joyce Huseman down Central Avenue to begin the weekend’s ceremonial festivities. more »»

UNI fight

March 22, 2016 The Northern Iowa men's basketball team did this to themselves. more »»

Hoop dreams become a reality in Iowa

March 20, 2016 You’ll never forget it. Years down the road, even when the specific details and exact dates fade, the feeling will always be there — like an old, familiar friend. The memories. The moments. more »»

Head held high

March 8, 2016 Levi Peters was always a free-spirited athlete who played football with a reckless abandon. His intensity became legendary. His motor had no quit. more »»

A lesson in perseverance

February 20, 2016 DES MOINES — Drew Bennett found himself at the familiar state tournament crossroads. more »»

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 »»

 
 
 

 

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