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Tritons win two more national titles

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Iowa Central men and women followed up their dual national cross country championships by doing the same at the NJCAA half-marathon meet here on Saturday. Both Triton squads repeated as team winners with relative ease. In addition, Adva Cohen and Karim Achengli were ...

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Iowa Central teams split

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa Central swim teams took on Nebraska Wesleyan and Coe College here on Saturday. The Triton men lost to Wesleyan (120-82), but defeated Coe (118-80). The women topped Wesleyan (98-74), but fell to Coe (149-61). Noah Dalton and Lasse Jorgensen were double winners. ...

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Gabby Sullivan of Iowa Central returns a shot inside Hodges Fieldhouse during the regular season.

Iowa Central places 10th at nationals

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The Iowa Central volleyball team didn’t finish with a win on the final day of the NJCAA national tournament, but they didn’t go down without a fight. The 16th-ranked Tritons (32-11 overall) lost a three-set match to No. 10 Central Community College of Columbus to ...

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Iowa Central football coach Kevin Twait talks to his players during a game inside Dodger Stadium earlier this year.


Kevin Twait’s passions are family and football. On Wednesday, the long-time coach announced his decision to step away from the game he loves to spend more time with the people in his life who are closest to him. The decision wasn’t an easy one, but at the end of a lot of soul searching, ...

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Iowa Central football coach Kevin Twait shakes the hand of Jacob Giese during the Tritons' finale home game at Dodger Stadium this year.

The legacy of a Triton

Throughout the course of his career and above all else, Kevin Twait preached the value of commitment, loyalty and perseverance to his players. Not just because that's what football coaches do. This wasn't lip service; the future Hall of Famer knew if he held his young men to a different ...

Sandquist remains softball coach

Whether the Iowa Central Community College athletic programs are at home or somewhere else, athletic director Rick Sandquist is sure to be there. If it’s a 10- or even 13-hour drive for a national tournament, Sandquist is bound to make the trip as well. When Sandquist has a job to do, ...

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Hannah Huss of St. Edmond makes a diving save against Humboldt during the regular season.

SE’s Huss earns highest of praise

St. Edmond’s Hannah Huss earned the utmost respect of North Central Conference volleyball coaches. Huss was one of just two unanimous all-NCC selections named by the league. Along with the Gael senior, Iowa Falls-Alden junior Grace Renaud was tabbed on all the ballots. Joining Huss and ...

Case, Howard honored tonight

CEDAR FALLS — A pair of area football coaches will be recognized for their outstanding work both on and off the field here Thursday evening. The Iowa High School Athletic Association will formally honor South Central Calhoun’s Bryan Case and Webster City’s Bob Howard at halftime of ...

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Iowa Central’s Gabby Sullivan serves inside Hodges Fieldhouse during the regular season.

Tritons head to nationals

CHARLESTON, W.V. — The NJCAA Div. II volleyball championships will be a test of strength, endurance and skill rolled into three days. Sara Horn believes her Iowa Central program is ready to compete with the best of the best beginning here on Thursday. The Tritons, who finished 30-9 this ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge dives for a ball against Urbandale in the Dodger gym.

FD volleyball players honored

Six Fort Dodge volleyball players were recently named to all-CIML Iowa Conference teams. Senior Beth Murman earned a spot on the first team with junior Kacee Gollob garnering second team status. Kaden Pederson, Josie Shirbroun, Ebonee Altman and Brooke Erickson were all named honorable ...

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Humboldt sophomore Bryce Gidel took first place in a “Rising Stars” race at the NXN Heartland Regional.

Humboldt’s Gidel captures gold at regional event

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Bryce Gidel made a name for herself on the regional cross country scene recently, winning the “Rising Stars” race at the NXN Heartland Regional. The race featured runners from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. It was held ...

Humboldt football coach Thomas steps down

HUMBOLDT — Greg Thomas has resigned his position as head football coach at Humboldt. Thomas, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, led the Wildcats on the gridiron for 17 seasons. In 2006, Humboldt captured the Class 3A state football crown with a 27-9 victory over Clear ...

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Fort Dodge graduate matt johnson (white shirt) stands with the Cedar Falls volleyball team after winning the Class 5A state championship in Des Moines on Friday.

Coaching Whiz

CEDAR FALLS — Wherever Matt Johnson goes, success soon follows. The 1996 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate has been a high school volleyball coach for 14 years, and has already coached in three state championship matches. On Friday, the former Dodger helped bring home his second title, ...

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Adva Cohen of Iowa Central crosses the finish line as the NJCAA national champion on Saturday at Lakeside. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net


Dee Brown found it hard to put into words just how proud he was of his Iowa Central cross country program on Saturday. For the first time both in his 14 years as head coach and in school history, the Tritons earned both the men’s and women’s national titles in the same event at Lakside ...

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Tim Butcher, a Manson Northwest Webster graduate, makes a tackle for Iowa Central earlier this season. In their last game as
Tritons on Saturday, Butcher and the sophomores went out a winner, stunning seventh-ranked Butler on the road, 7-0.

Grand finale for Tritons

EL DORADO, Kan. — Kevin Twait didn’t get philosophical or even sentimental in his pregame speech on Saturday. The legendary Iowa Central football coach simply pushed his squad to focus on the here and now, with an entire offseason of work ahead. The Tritons took Twait’s words to heart ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge gains a first down against West Des Moines Valley inside Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers named to all-district football teams

The most prolific passing season in Fort Dodge football history recently yielded first team all-district honors for three of its main contributors. Senior wingbacks Trey Mosley and Tyrnan Lara joined junior quarterback Drake Miller on Class 4A, District 4’s elite squad. The trio helped ...

Tritons host NJCAA CC meet

When the NJCAA national cross country meet has been in Fort Dodge, Iowa Central has come away with a national title. The Tritons are hoping that trend holds true to form today at Lakeside. The top-ranked Iowa Central men and women have hosted numerous events this week, capped off with the ...

Iowa Central travels to Butler

EL DORADO, Kan. — For the second time in three weeks, the Iowa Central football team faces a Top-10 foe on the road. The Tritons (0-10 overall) conclude their season here Saturday vs. No. 7 Butler. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Last week, Iowa Central fell to defending national champion ...

Tritons edged at Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS — The short-handed Iowa Central wrestling team went head-to-head with top-ranked (NJCAA) Ellsworth here on Wednesday in their season debut, eventually dropping a 23-19 decision to the Panthers. No. 4 Iowa Central, the defending national champion, won six of the nine matches on ...

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Sean Flaherty of St. Edmond tackles Sioux Center Jake Hanson on Friday

Gael players honored

Four members of the St. Edmond football team were named first team all-district for their efforts this past season. Seniors Isaac Lursen, Jack Rasmussen and Sean Flaherty were joined by sophomore Nick Lawler on the top honor squad. Cade Naughton and Andrew Gibb made the second team, with ...