High School Football

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New St. Edmond football coach Jon Borer.

St. Edmond hires Borer

Jon Borer has been handed the reins of the St. Edmond football program, the school officially announced on Friday. Borer will replace Dick Tighe, who resigned from the position of head football coach following 15 seasons this past fall. He is expected to start in May after concluding his ...

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Dakota Jaeschke of Southeast Valley makes a catch against Dike-New Hartford in the Class 2A playoffs.

Eight area players on INA first team

Eight Messenger-area football players were named first team all-state Iowa Newspaper Association selections, the organization officially announced on Monday night. Four athletes from Class A state runner-up Bishop Garrigan — senior Gibson Behr, senior Joel Vaske, senior Grant Buscherfeld ...

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Webster City players hoist the Class 3A state runner-up trophy on Thursday night in Cedar Falls. For more photos, visit CU.freemanjournal.net

Sense of pride

CEDAR FALLS — As reality began to set in late Thursday night, a sweaty, exhausted and heartbroken Drew Fielder did everything he could to keep his emotions in check inside a tiny classroom not 100 yards away from where he played football for the final time. His mouth emitted words his body ...

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The Webster City defense makes a gang tackle against Glenwood in a Class 3A semifinal at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Webster City plays for first-ever 3A title

CEDAR FALLS — Webster City would be in trouble if this was a three-game series. A five- or seven-game series? Forget it. Pack up the balls and helmets and head for home. But that’s not how it works on the football field. It’s one game, winner take all. And there’s no second chance ...

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Bishop Garrigan hoists the Class A runner-up trophy after Thursday’s game in Cedar Falls. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Garrigan drops heartbreaker

CEDAR FALLS — There was pain in their eyes and frustration in their voices. Above all else, though, pride still beamed from their hearts. The wounds were fresh after the Bishop Garrigan football team came up a single point shy of their first state title in 31 years here on Thursday. ...

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Gibson Behr of Bishop Garrigan makes a catch against St. Albert during a Class A semifinal game last Friday inside UNI Dome.

Garrigan faces defending champs

CEDAR FALLS — It all comes down to this for the Bishop Garrigan football team. Through grueling two-a-day practices in the heat, nine regular season games and three more postseason contests, the Golden Bears find themselves one win away from hoisting the Class A state title. Bishop ...

Lynx can’t catch No. 1 Pella

CEDAR FALLS — Webster City gave top-ranked Pella everything it could handle here Thursday night in the Class 3A state finals. But in the end, the Dutch won their third consecutive state championship and 41st straight game, 28-18. Seniors Nick Finney and Donovan Holterhaus were too much ...

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Grant Buscherfeld of Bishop Garrigan reacts to beating St. Alberts 26-20 during class A semifinals on Friday

Garrigan bound for championship round

CEDAR FALLS — Brad Capesius had no trouble adjusting to the bright lights and turf inside the UNI-Dome here Friday afternoon. The Bishop Garrigan sophomore quarterback made several key plays with his arm and legs, helping lead the fourth-ranked Golden Bears to a 26-20 victory over No. 3 ...

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Lynx advance to finals

CEDAR FALLS —It’s not a Rudy story, head coach Bob Howard made that immediately and perfectly clear. How about Remember The Titans? Now that’s more like it. Pick a movie, pick a cliche, pick anything you want. The simple truth is this — the Webster City football team will play for ...

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Bishop Garrigan's Gibson Behr and Max Patkins celebrates beating West Hancock 12-8 during class A quarterfinals on Friday

Bishop Garrigan faces St. Albert in A semifinals

CEDAR FALLS — Forty-four combined wins against zero defeats this season. Seven state championships and seven runner-up trophies all-time. A total of 486 career victories by the coaching quartet. That is what the four Class A football qualifiers bring to the UNI-Dome today ...

Webster City faces Glenwood in 3A semifinals

WEBSTER CITY - This began last December in the weight room with dedication and camaraderie, and it continued in April with a promise to one another during offseason meetings.Win or lose, they were going to do it together. They were going to block out the good and bad, and stay true to their ...

Area players tabbed A-2 all-district

After a perfect 7-0 run through Class A, District 2, the Bishop Garrigan football team was rewarded with eight first team all-league selections.The Golden Bears are set to play Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in the state semifinals vs. Council Bluffs St. Albert.Seniors Gibson Behr, Joel ...

Dodgers earn all-district gridiron status

Fort Dodge caught a glimpse of its future when the all-Class 4A, District 4 football honor roll was released recently.Five of the six Dodgers on the first or second team were underclassmen - a number consistent with the youth movement on Matt Miller's squad during the 2016 campaign.Jonny Bowser ...

Lynx, Bears eye semis

The road to Cedar Falls and the UNI-Dome travels through Algona and Webster City tonight with quarterfinal round action in the state football playoffs.No. 4 Bishop Garrigan hosts West Hancock in Class A, while the sixth-ranked Lynx welcome district rival Boone.Kickoff for both games is set for ...

Thank You, Coach!

Dick Tighe was never quite sure when he would coach his last high school football game.After a record-breaking career spanning over six decades of service, it appears that time has come.Iowa's all-time wins leader resigned from his post at St. Edmond on Monday, ending an unprecedented body of ...

Jaguars fall in shootout

DIKE - Mike Swieter tried his best to keep his emotions in check as he addressed his Southeast Valley football team here Friday.But once he embraced his son - senior fullback Aaron Swieter - the tears started to flow.Swieter and the Jaguars had their season come to an end here in a Class 2A ...

Webster City advances

WEBSTER CITY -Sixth-ranked Webster City and No. 5 Norwalk went toe-to-toe in the first half of their playoff matchup here Friday, but the Lynx pulled away to post a 33-14 win and advance to the Class 3A quarterfinal round.The Lynx (9-1 overall) will now host district rival Boone (8-2) on Friday ...

Garrigan rolls past Earlham

ALGONA - Fourth-ranked Bishop Garrigan had no trouble with Earlham in its Class A playoff opener on Friday night.The Golden Bears (10-0 overall) won 35-6 after building a five-touchdown lead in the first half.Gibson Behr had a big night on the ground, rushing for 127 yards on 19 carries. Behr ...

Lynx repeat as champions

WEBSTER CITY - Seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City earned a district championship with a 21-14 victory over ninth-ranked Boone on Friday.This is the second consecutive district title for the Lynx (8-1 overall, 6-1 district) and Toreadors (7-2, 6-1).The top-ranked squads went toe-to-toe the ...

TITANS EARN PLAYOFF SPOT

SAC CITY - South Central Calhoun earned a playoff spot, finishing the season with one district loss.The Titans (7-2 overall, 6-1 district) defeated East Sac County (3-6, 3-4) 49-6 on Friday night and finished second in the district to fourth-ranked Carroll Kuemper.Kody Case and Jonathan Frantz ...