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Winning mentality

November 9, 2014 I’ll let any remaining St. Edmond football doubters in on a little secret: once a team reaches the state semifinals at the UNI-Dome, all caveats and qualifiers cease to exist. more »»

Royals' pain

November 3, 2014 Kansas City fans would like nothing more than to cast Madison Bumgarner as the villain after the Royals’ excruciating Game 7 World Series loss to San Francisco. more »»

A Royal family

October 17, 2014 It surfaced in Alex Gordon’s total disregard for his own safety. Or when ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain laid down an impromptu sacrifice bunt — the first of his career. more »»

The road less traveled

October 7, 2014 I used to assume Fort Dodge’s streets were the worst in Iowa. Had to be. Potholes everywhere. Uneven and abused surfaces. more »»

Instant classic

October 3, 2014 Every die-hard baseball fan has their ‘‘moment.’’ It’s the point in time when the bug bites. You go from being a casual observer to a true believer. The game becomes riveting. Mesmerizing even. more »»

Farewell to the people’s captain

September 26, 2014 Derek Jeter is overrated. He’s an overrated hitter. more »»

The silent majority

September 19, 2014 The NFL needs an image reboot now more than ever. The stories of Charles Tillman and Devon Still are a good place to start. more »»

The moments when character truly counts

July 25, 2014 Sometimes a loss can be inspiring to witness. Sounds crazy, I know, but bear with me. This time of year brings ultimate levels of success and failure to the forefront at a rapid-fire pace. more »»

Better with age

July 21, 2014 The familiar feel of state tournament softball returns to Fort Dodge this week, with nearly 700 players and an expected 17,000 fans calling Rogers Sports Complex home for the next five days. more »»

Paying respects

June 21, 2014 With that vintage gleam in his eye and a quivering voice overcome by emotion, Dutch Huseman thanked the Fort Dodge Senior High family from the bottom of his heart at the inaugural Dodger induction... more »»

Vote of confidence

June 10, 2014 In a day and age often short on commitment, there is something very reassuring about the state softball tournament staying in Fort Dodge through the partnership’s golden anniversary. more »»

Mr. Reliable

May 7, 2014 It’s easy — and trendy — to be cynical about the NBA these days. There are plenty of reasons to pile on the criticism, especially in the wake of the Donald Sterling fiasco. more »»

Parable of a princess

April 29, 2014 The disease is far from unique, and the courageous stories of struggle and perseverance have been told before. more »»

More March magic?

April 29, 2014 We all know by now that the Big Dance can be — and typically is — a full-court free-for-all. There are no guarantees anymore. Not even in round one. Parity, for better or worse, is here to stay. more »»

Lasting impression

April 29, 2014 If there’s anything I’ve learned in 20 years of covering high school athletics, it’s the value of patience, persistence and perspective in sports. Almost always in that order. more »»

Quiet contenders

April 29, 2014 The St. Edmond girls basketball program has carved quite a niche for itself in the North Central Conference. more »»

Desert uprising

April 29, 2014 Before Fred Hoiberg became ‘‘The Mayor,’’ a different sharp-shooting guard was leading the Iowa State men’s basketball team to prominence. more »»

Still grinding that axe

April 29, 2014 If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Plan B? These days, a good Internet rant and tell-all book threat seems to do the trick. more »»

Momentous occasion

April 29, 2014 Not so long ago, this game, this week and the season in general couldn’t get over fast enough for Iowa and Iowa State hoop fan. more »»

New heights

April 29, 2014 CEDAR FALLS — I’ve always found the end of a state tournament journey to be the best time for reflection and appreciation. I am disappointed for kids who are disappointed in themselves. more »»



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