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St. Edmond players celebrate head coach Adolph Kochendorfer's 500th career victory in the Gael gym on Saturday.

What matters most

It took a milestone victory to remind us that, when all is said and done, winning is neither everything nor the only thing in sports. St. Edmond’s Adolph Kochendorfer secured the 500th triumph of his career on Saturday night, becoming just the ...

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Will Woodruff of St. Edmond drives against Iowa Falls-Alden's Tyjon Rose on Saturday.

Busy stretch for Gaels

St. Edmond has a rare four-game week of basketball ahead, beginning on Monday at home with a make-up varsity twinbill against Clarion-Goldfield/Dows. The surging Gael boys (8-5 overall) ride their winning streak into a contest against the Cowboys (5-8) tonight at 7:45 p.m. Head coach ...

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Justice Crooks of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Urbandale last Friday night.

FD girls ready for three-game week

The Fort Dodge girls basketball squad jumps into a busy week on Monday with a home contest against Ames. The Dodgers (6-7 overall) take on the 13th-ranked Little Cyclones (10-5) at 7:45 p.m. for a single varsity game inside the FDSH gym. On Tuesday, head coach Julius Michalik’s ...

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Adolph Kochendorfer directs traffic for the St. Edmond boys on Saturday night against Iowa Falls-Alden in the Gael gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Kochendorfer reaches rare win milestone

It’s hard to get Adolph Kochendorfer to show much emotion during the basketball season. The long-time leader of the St. Edmond boys typically tries to keep his feelings in check, hoping that will play out on the court with his players. But following Saturday night’s ...

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Mitchell Emery of Fort Dodge reacts after breaking the school's 100 butterfly record on Saturday in the Dodger pool. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Emery moves to top of state’s butterfly list

Mitchell Emery has been zoned in on one school record in particular all year. Now that he has it, he wants to keep chasing it. At Saturday’s CIML Iowa Conference meet, the Fort Dodge senior finally brought down the program’s 100 butterfly mark. Emery swam a blistering ...

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Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston earlier in the season at the Dodger gym.

Dodgers crown 6 at W-SR

WAVERLY — The No. 3 Fort Dodge wrestling team sent six to the finals at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational, and all six came home with titles. The Dodgers went 9-for-11 in the medal round and finished second with 220 points behind the host Go-Hawks (252.5). “We didn’t wrestle ...

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Megan Flattery of St. Edmond puts up a shot against Iowa Falls-Alden on Saturday in the Gael gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

St. Edmond girls tip Cadets

The St. Edmond girls got back into the win column Saturday night, holding off a late Iowa Falls-Alden rally, 43-41. The Gaels led by as many as 11, but failed to score over the final 2:07 of the game. Erin Flattery recorded a double-double to lead St. Edmond (4-9 overall, 2-6 in ...

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Connor Allison of St. Edmond records a pin in the 132-pound semifinals on Saturday at the NCC wrestling meet in Algona.

Lynx are golden

ALGONA — The Webster City wrestling team edged Clarion-Goldfield/Dows to win the North Central Conference Meet on Saturday. The Lynx (199.5) crowned four champions, while the Cowboys (190) — winners of the last two tournaments — had three titleists. Algona (169) was ...

Trout day at Moorland Pond

Ben Wallace, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, doesn’t have a nickname for the truck they use to bring trout and other fish to ponds and streams through Iowa. On Friday, it brought about 1,500 rainbow trout to Moorland Pond. The suggestion of using ...

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Solomon Clayton of Fort Dodge goes up for a shot against Urbandale on Friday


Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel admitted he was worried after his team dropped a pair of lopsided games last week to Johnston and West Des Moines Dowling. But for now the ship seems to be righted, thanks again to Fort Dodge’s smothering defensive effort. The Dodgers put on the ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge drives towards the basket against Urbandale on Friday

Urbandale girls exact revenge

After a pair of narrow losses to ranked opponents, the Fort Dodge girls came into Friday night’s game with Urbandale with plenty of confidence. A miserable second quarter quickly swept all that momentum away as the Dodgers dropped a 53-38 count to Urbandale in a CIC Iowa Conference game in ...

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Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots a three point against Hampton-Dumont on Friday

SE boys ride shooting binge

The St. Edmond boys passed up good looks for great ones against Humboldt on Friday night. The Wildcats, meanwhile, didn’t show nearly enough patience offensively, according to their coach. The end result was a 72-51 victory for the Gaels, who swished a season-high 13 three-point baskets ...

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Jacque Oberg of St. Edmond puts up a shot against Hampton-Dumont on Friday

Humboldt girls stop St. Edmond

The No. 13 (Class 3A) Humboldt girls bounced back from a tough loss to No. 6 Clear Lake from the night before, topping St. Edmond here Friday, 41-28. Behind a pair of key three-pointers by Avery Terwilliger to conclude the third, the Wildcats took control with a commanding 11-0 run after the ...

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Noah Carlson of St. Edmond wrestles against Iowa Falls Caleb Robison on Thursday

Wrestlers hit the mat for NCC meet

ALGONA — The Clarion-Goldfield/Dows wrestling team chases a third consecutive North Central Conference title here Saturday. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. The Cowboys, who have held off Webster City each of the past two seasons, will be joined by the host Bulldogs, St. Edmond, No. 6 (Class ...

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Damond Lockner of Fort Dodge controls Mason City’s Caden Koerber on Thursday in Mason City.

No. 3 Dodgers stay unbeaten

MASON CITY — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team put an exclamation point on the CIML Iowa Conference dual season here on Thursday night, claiming a 46-30 victory over Mason City. The Dodgers (12-0 overall, 4-0 in league) secured the conference title, adding to wins ...

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Silas Naylor of Fort Dodge rebounds against Johnston earlier this month inside the Dodger gym.

Dodger boys bounce back with win

PLEASANT HILL — The Fort Dodge boys basketball squad earned their fourth road win of the season here Thursday night, beating Southeast Polk, 56-39. The Dodgers (7-4 overall) previously bested Des Moines Lincoln, Marshalltown and Urbandale away from home. The win last night also snapped a ...

Dodger bowlers sweep Hoover

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge bowling teams picked up a pair of wins over Des Moines Hoover here Thursday. Behind Ethan Graves’ 406 series, the Dodger boys downed the Huskies, 2,783-2,555. Graves had games of 189 and 217. Jared Jacobson followed with a 396, while Seth Hanson had a ...

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Elle Ruffridge of Pocahontas Area shoots around Nevada's Hattie Rhodes during the 3A state championship game last season.

PAC’s Ruffridge clears 2,500

ALGONA — The top-ranked (Class 3A) Pocahontas Area girls scored another convincing win, handing Algona just its second loss of the season here Thursday, 89-57. Elle Ruffridge continued her climb up the scoring chart, surpassing 2,500 career points with 30. Ruffridge now sits at 2,505 points ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge shoots in the Dodger gym earlier this month.

Fort Dodge girls tipped by No. 12 Rams

PLEASANT HILL — A furious rally by the Fort Dodge girls basketball team came up just short here Thursday night, as No. 12 (Class 5A) Southeast Polk escaped for a 51-49 victory over the visiting Dodgers. FDSH (6-6 overall) also lost by two to seventh-ranked (5A) West Des Moines Dowling last ...

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Tray Croft of Iowa Central goes up for a rebound against DMACC's Antowine Locke on Wednesday

Not enough

It was a frustrating start to the conference slate for the Iowa Central men’s basketball team. After rallying in the second half to take a brief lead, the Tritons stumbled down the stretch and DMACC posted a 72-66 victory at Hodges Fieldhouse Wednesday night. DMACC, now 2-0 in the ICCAC, ...