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END OF THE ROAD

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ANKENY — It wasn’t the way Tom Daniel wanted to see his five seniors end their careers here on Monday, but the 2018-19 campaign was still a step in the right direction after a disappointing start to the season for the Fort Dodge boys basketball team. The Dodgers (8-14 overall) lost to ...

STATE QUEENS

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WATERLOO — The state championship trophy is the proof, but the Fort Dodge girls bowling team is still finding it hard to wrap their heads around their banner day. The Dodger girls brought home their first team title in school history and the first girls team championship at Fort Dodge Senior ...

Dodger girls, Anderson ready for state meet

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WATERLOO — Nick Vinson didn’t want the state streak to end in his first season as Fort Dodge bowling coach. The Dodgers made sure to come through for their new head coach. Vinson, who took over the program that Don Ervin coached for 14 years, helped guide Fort Dodge to their 11th ...

Gael boys move on

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ALGONA — When scouting the St. Edmond boys, it is quite evident that option A and option B are seniors Andrew Gibb and Jackson Kochendorfer. Opposing teams know that, as well as Gael head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. That’s why Kochendorfer was so focal in pushing the rest of his players ...

Dodger boys begin substate journey

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge boys basketball team begins its second season on Monday at Ankeny Centennial in a Class 4A, Substate 8 quarterfinal. The game, weather permitting, will begin at 7 p.m. The Dodgers (8-13 overall) are the bracket’s No. 5 seed, while the Jaguars (8-12) are the four. ...

Ayala dominates to cap undefeated campaign

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DES MOINES — Wrestlers receive countless calls, messages and other well-wishes as they prepare for the state championship round. Drake Ayala reversed that narrative on Saturday, instead letting his parents know beforehand how much their support prepared him for the journey to a high school ...

Taylor secures 120-pound crown to cap impressive postseason run

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DES MOINES —Carson Taylor is quiet by nature. When he won the 120-pound state wrestling championship here on Saturday night, though, he was bursting with emotion. Following a 13-8 victory over Hunter Garvin of Iowa City West, Taylor let out a yell, pumped his fists and looked toward his ...

Humboldt duo grabs medals

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DES MOINES — Four Humboldt wrestlers entered the state tournament with medal hopes, and three seniors will end on the podium. Ten Messenger-area atheltes grabbed medals in the early rounds. Top-ranked senior Joey Busse reached 145 pound finals, while classmates Joel Osborn (39-11) and ...

Busse rises to the top

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DES MOINES — Joey Busse didn’t want to sound just like all the other state champions Saturday night, but the Humboldt senior had trouble avoiding it. Busse finished off his high school career by winning the Class 2A 145-pound title here inside Wells Fargo Arena with a 4-3 decision over ...

Doolittle golden for Lynx

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DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle didn’t take time to enjoy earning his first state wrestling championship here Saturday night without thanking those that helped get him here. Doolittle scored a 9-4 decision over Nathaniel Genobana of Centerville inside Wells Fargo Arena in the finals of Class ...

Trenary seals the deal

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DES MOINES — Spencer Trenary was a man on a mission Saturday, and nobody was going to stand in his way. The top-ranked 285-pounder topped his career with his fourth state medal for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, climbing the podium all the way to the top. It was the South Dakota State University ...

Fisher earns his third silver medal

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DES MOINES — Kyler Fisher’s bid for a state championship came up just short again on Saturday. The top-ranked 182-pounder suffered a 6-5 loss to Washington’s second-ranked Tristin Westphal. This was the third straight championship match Fisher (28-1) has competed in. He ends his ...

Tritons hold off Spartans

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Kemryn Jenkins wasn’t prepared to sit on a 21-point halftime lead for his Iowa Central men Saturday. Jenkins scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half as the Tritons held off a furious rally by Southwestern, winning 97-87 inside Hodges Fieldouse. Royshawn Webb had a game-high 28 to ...

Short-handed Tritons stop Spartans

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Kelly Kruger witnessed a special effort out of his short-handed Iowa Central women here Saturday. Playing with a limited bench due to injuries, the Tritons left Hodges Fieldhouse with an 85-74 victory over Southwestern. Brittany West led five Iowa Central (13-12 overall, 4-8 in ICCAC) with ...

Ross earns third medal

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DES MOINES — Drevon Ross started at the bottom of the podium, but worked his way up the ladder. The fourth-ranked senior finished his Dodger career with a fourth-place medal, the third of his career. “It wasn’t what I wanted, but to be on a team with kids as tough as these guys was ...

FINAL FOUR

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DES MOINES — When Joey Busse heard the referee’s call on Friday night, it was a feeling he’d never experienced. Busse, Humboldt’s top-ranked senior, was knotted 2-2 at the end of regulation against second-ranked Colby Tool (43-2) of Monroe-PCM. The 145-pounder, then got a takedown and ...

Ross, Cowell brothers will medal for Fort Dodge

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DES MOINES — For three Fort Dodge wrestlers, Friday didn’t begin how they had hoped. The Dodger trio quickly turned things around inside Wells Fargo Arena, though, as they all solidified spots on the podium. Sophomore Lane Cowell (106), junior Brooks Cowell (126) and senior Drevon Ross ...

E-Hawk Griffin in finals

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DES MOINES — Spencer Griffin will try to join a list that includes some of the all-time great Iowa high school wrestlers here Saturday night. Griffin, a senior for Emmetsburg, advanced to the Class 1A 145-pound finals with a pair of victories at the state meet, including a fall in the ...