High School Football

4 all-staters for FDSH

They’ve been close friends for over a decade, teammates all the way and Dodgers to their core. Very little separates Fort Dodge’s Drake Miller and Tysen Kershaw on or off the field. Fittingly, the duo both landed Iowa Print Sports Writers Association Class 4A first team all-state football ...

Fisher, Wegener, Lewis, Hoyle on 2A first team

Kyler Fisher’s record run for the Southeast Valley football team ended with first team IPSWA honors on Monday. Fisher helped lead the Jaguars to state playoff run, while rewriting the school’s record book. “Getting first team is an honor. I have put in so much work over the years, and ...

Eight area 3A, 1A, A, 8-man athletes make first squad

Brad Capesius, Dylan Steen and Garret Bruce capped their high school football careers with first team all-state honors by the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association on Monday. The trio were standouts on the field for the better part of the past three seasons at Bishop Garrigan, Webster City and ...

Slew of Dodgers named to the all-district team

Fort Dodge finished the regular season among the Top-10 squads in Class 4A and ranked right alongside the most productive offenses in program history. The Class 4A, District 2 runner-up Dodgers had a dozen players land on either the first or second team for their successful year, which ...

Garrigan thinking big again

ALGONA — TJ Schnurr has experienced some intense and loud environments during his athletic career with Bishop Garrigan. Schnurr is hoping for the most energetic one yet this Friday when the third-ranked Golden Bears host fifth-rated Edgewood-Colesburg in a Class A quarterfinal. Kickoff is ...

East Sac County’s Bruce recognized

Garret Bruce earned Class 1A, District 9 Offensive Player of the Year honors, the league announced recently. Bruce, a senior from East Sac County, ran for a 1A-best 1,766 yards this season, scoring 19 touchdowns. Five different times he went over the 200-yard mark, including a high of 281 vs. ...

A CITY UNITED

Algona’s two high schools have proven this season that even small towns can produce big-time football. Algona High, with over 400 students in grades 9-12, and Bishop Garrigan, with approximately 150, have treated the town of 5,500 to a season to remember every Friday Night in 2018. “I ...

Webster City’s Howard to retire

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City High School Athletic Director Bob Howard has resigned his position and will retire effective Nov. 1. The Webster City School Board voted to accept his resignation at Monday night’s meeting. Superintendent Mandy Ross says that high school administrators Brent ...

Area prep football roundup

Garrigan finishes perfect GRAETTINGER — For the 36th consecutive time in the regular season, the third-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team scored a victory. The Golden Bears finished off a fourth straight 9-0 year with a 35-6 victory over Graettinger-Terril/R-A here Friday ...

TITLE CHASE

GOWRIE —Two of the most prolific offenses in Class 2A will meet in a winner-take-all scenario here on Friday. Third-ranked Algona (8-0 overall, 4-0 2A-2) will travel to seventh-ranked Southeast Valley (6-2, 4-0) with the district title on the line. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “Our ...

Fort Dodge looks to wrap up playoff berth

MARSHALLTOWN — At this point in the year, football teams are either still looking forward or getting ready to move on. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has earned the right to start planning for the postseason. Seeding and locations are being discussed for next Friday, as the program will almost ...

Gaels host rival Manson NW

The St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster football teams have built quite the rivalry over the years. Both will end their seasons here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium against each another, with hopes of using the contest as a launching point to next year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Jeff ...

District crowns on the line

Six Messenger-area teams control their own destiny on Friday night. Third-ranked South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) will clinch the Class 1A, District 2 championship if they beat Pocahontas Area (4-4, 3-1). If the Indians upset the Titans, there would be a three-way tie at the top with South ...

A football family

GOWRIE — Mark Graves has been coaching football for 24 years, so when fall rolls around, spending quality time around his family has always been a hit-and-miss proposition. Graves and his wife, Amber, have five children: four boys and a girl. All four boys inherited their father’s passion ...

Dodgers dismantle SC West

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge football team isn't leaving anything to chance with so much on the line during these last two weeks of the regular season. The Dodgers scored more touchdowns than Sioux City West had total yards in the first half of their 68-13 rout here Friday — a victory that ...

Warriors top Gaels

Not much went right for the St. Edmond football team in the first half of their return to Dodger Stadium here Friday night. Alta/Aurelia’s Anthony Krier returned the opening kickoff 77 yards as the Warriors built a commanding 30-0 lead before halftime. While Alta/Aurelia left with a 50-22 ...

Area prep football roundup

Fisher tops the charts GOWRIE —For the third consecutive week Kyler Fisher has broke the 200-yard plataeu and ran to the top of the school’s all-time rushing charts. With a 28-6 victory over Estherville-Lincoln Central, the Jaguars (6-2 overall, 4-0 district) will play for a district ...

GRIDIRON STAPLE

ALGONA — Marty Wadle and Bishop Garrigan are in a familiar position heading down the stretch of the season, but in his 26th year at the helm, Wadle has been around long enough to know nothing can be assumed in football. “We knew with a lot of kids coming back that this would all have to ...

TURNING A CORNER

ALGONA — The Algona football team has something special brewing on the field, and head coach Andy Jacobson’s team is making sure they appreciate everything in the moment. “We have a great group of kids to work with,” said Jacobson who is 17-27 overall in five seasons at the helm. ...

FIGHT TO THE FINISH

It wasn’t a win, which is virtually all that matters on paper in the bottom-line world of football. Almost. Looks of anger and frustration said it all as Fort Dodge players walked off the field following their 49-44 loss to No. 3 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial inside Dodger Stadium on Friday. ...