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NEVER SAY NEVER

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Through the years, some of Andi Adams’ best Fort Dodge softball teams have possessed an ‘‘it’’ factor that can’t be explained as much as it can be felt. Whatever intangible best describes the driving force behind the 2018 Dodgers — heart, tenacity, guts, chemistry or a ...

Fort Dodge’s Sergeant enjoys memorable round

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Dave Sergeant had such a spectacular day on the golf course last week that he decided to stop and buy a lottery ticket on the drive home from Carroll to Fort Dodge. ‘‘I didn’t even get one lousy number right,’’ the 73-year-old attorney laughed. ‘‘I was at a convenience store in ...

DRIVEN BY PERSISTENCE

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Bre Tjebben has experienced a little of everything during her memorable career on the softball field at Fort Dodge Senior High. The five-year varsity regular has been both the star and the role player; the hero and the underdog. She’s taken the field at the state tournament, but also ...

Cruise control

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The 10th-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team matched their win total from a year ago here Friday, posting a pair of victories at their own invitational. The Dodgers topped Harlan, 6-1, and Iowa City West, 9-2, in games shortened due to the time limit at Rogers Park, advancing to the ...

Ranked teams galore at FDSH softball invite

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Seven ranked teams, a defending state champion and three other returning state qualifiers highlight the field for the Fort Dodge Softball Invitational at Rogers Park starting Friday. The host Dodgers, who are currently 10th in Class 5A, will be joined by No. 13 (1A) Newell-Fonda, third-ranked ...

Nagel will coach at BV

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STORM LAKE — Alison Nagel is returning to Iowa. Nagel, a St. Edmond and Iowa Central graduate, has been named the top assistant under Buena Vista head women’s basketball coach Dana Christen. Following her career with the Gaels, Nagel went on to earn honor for the Tritons. She concluded ...

Gaels pack All-State squads

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The St. Edmond golf teams landed six players on the Class 1A All-State teams, the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association announced Friday. On the girls side, senior Riley Mayer and sophomore Rylee Kinney were selected to the first team. “Riley and Rylee each deserve All-State ...

Fort Dodge sweeps Roosevelt

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DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge baseball team recorded a doubleheader sweep over Des Moines Roosevelt here Friday. Scores were 10-6 and 8-4 in favor of the Dodgers. Fort Dodge answered in the opener after falling behind 3-0, plating eight runs in the second and two more in the third. Shane ...

Defense lifts Gael softball team

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HAMPTON — With their backs against the wall, the St. Edmond defense answered. Then their offense attacked. The 14th-ranked St. Edmond (14-5 overall, 8-1 North Central Conference) held off Hampton-Dumont in nine innings for a 5-2 victory. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ...

COMEBACK WIN

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For a season-plus, St. Edmond’s Ella Vratny has stepped inside the circle and delivered clutch pitching performance after clutch pitching performance. Wednesday night, Vratny did that once more, but this time, she showed her skills with the bat. The freshman connected on a double to the ...

SE baseball team holds off H-D

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The resiliency of the St. Edmond baseball team was on display at Rogers Park here on Wednesday night. First, the Gaels fell behind 5-2 against Hampton-Dumont in a North Central Conference contest. Then they had to endure rainy conditions that made the field conditions less than ...

No. 11 Fort Dodge swept for the first time

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JOHNSTON — For the first time this season, the 11th-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team was on the losing end of a doubleheader. The sweep came at the hands of a program that continues to be a thorn in the Dodgers’ side. No. 14 Johnston continued its winning ways against FDSH ...

No. 2 Johnston too much for Fort Dodge

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JOHNSTON — A promising start ended in disappointment for the Fort Dodge baseball squad here on Wednesday. Second-ranked (Class 4A) Johnston picked up a CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader sweep by scores of 10-2 and 13-3. The Dodgers (7-10 overall, 2-8 in the league) led 2-1 in the opener ...

Weekly champs again crowned at SPR

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Nearly 100 cars were again in action this past weekend at Sports Park Raceway. Shannon Anderson topped Fort Dodge’s Myles Michehl and Ryan Boland for Hobby Stock A-Feature gold. Anderson continues to lead the season points race in the event, with Fort Dodge’s Bryce Sommerfeld in ...

Dodgers make a statement

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Speechless, stunned and scared to death was the only way Andi Adams could describe it. Players and fans held their collective breath on Monday during warmups, as Kaden Pederson lay motionless in center field, moments after the senior had collided with second baseman Aubrey Davis. When ...

Family affair

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POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas Area co-head baseball coaches Aaron Davidson and Brandon Ruffridge have a deep love for “America’s Pastime.” The two have devoted countless hours and several years to the sport, both as a player themselves and now as a coach. That love has carried right over to ...

POWER SURGE

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WEBSTER CITY — The St. Edmond softball team jumped out early and never looked back, topping Webster City here Monday night, 9-4. Jacque Oberg hit a three-run homer and also had a double, finishing 2-for-4 on the day. Audrey Kolacia, Macey Mason and Rylee Kinney all contributed two hits for ...

Rial to coach BV wrestling

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STORM LAKE — Mark Rial has been named the new head wrestling coach at Buena Vista University. Jack Denholm, the Director of Athletics at the Iowa Conference school, made the announcement on Tuesday pending the completion of a standard background check. Rial, a two-time state wrestling ...

St. Edmond scores 19 in road win

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EAGLE GROVE — The St. Edmond softball team put on an offensive clinic here Tuesday night, besting Eagle Grove 19-3 in five innings. Jocy Timmerman, Macey Mason, Jacque Oberg and Rylee Kinney all drove in three runs, and Audrey Kolacia, Erin Flattery and Timmerman each scored three times as ...

No. 3 J-Hawks take two from Fort Dodge

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Fort Dodge head baseball coach Blake Utley doesn’t look at competing in the CIML Iowa Conference as a burden. The league currently features four teams ranked in the Class 4A Top-10, including Monday night’s opponent, No. 3 Urbandale. While the J-Hawks were able to post a doubleheader ...