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Admire the athlete, but aspire to be the person

Mammas, let your babies grow up to be like Megan, Bridget or Becca. Now that the Big Ten, Big 12 and Missouri Valley Conference basketball players of the year — Megan Gustafson, Bridget Carleton and Becca Hittner — all officially hail from programs in our own backyard, it’s time to crown ...

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Birks reflects on her run

ORANGE CITY — Haley Birks finished her four-year career at Northwestern College recently competing in the NAIA Div. II Final Four. While the end result wasn’t what Birks or the Red Raiders wanted, it didn’t put a damper on ability to remember all the key moments along the way. “I’m ...

Ayala, Busse hit the mats

CEDAR FALLS — Joey Busse sees his match Saturday at the War at West Gym as an opportunity to test himself once more on the wrestling mats. The reigning Class 2A 145-pound state champion from Humboldt will join fellow state champion Drake Ayala from Fort Dodge at the event held inside the ...

Humboldt hosts first boys indoor track meet

HUMBOLDT — Friday night was the first opportunity for the Humboldt boys track team to shine inside the new Humboldt Recreation Center, as they hosted an indoor track meet. Earlier this week, the girls took to the 71,000-square foot facility donated by Ken and Marilyn Nielsen. Both events ...

Dodgers, Gaels among those at Buena Vista Elite

STORM LAKE — The Fort Dodge and St. Edmond boys track teams got their seasons underway here Friday night at the Buena Vista Elite meet. The Dodger 4x200 relay scored a third place finish with a time of 1:37.34, with Trey Kasperbauer and Thomas Daniel each adding fourth place medals. For ...

All-TLC girls basketball

The Newell-Fonda girls had another banner season on the hardwood. Along with claiming the Twin Lakes Conference regular season title with a perfect 11-0 record, the Mustangs placed two players on the first team in sisters Olivia and Ella Larsen. Newell-Fonda won its second state title in ...

OFF TO THE RACES

HUMBOLDT — Around an inch of rain outside didn’t hinder the start of Humboldt’s track season on Tuesday. The Humboldt Recreation Center was a perfect place to bypass the weather in what is believed to be the state’s first ever indoor track meet at a non-collegiate facility. The ...

Smith lands on first team

Shareece Smith was pretty sure she would earn all-region status after completing her freshman season for Iowa Lakes. But the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate wasn’t expecting to see her name on the first team list. Smith, along with Iowa Central’s Brittany West, were both honored ...

Clayton slated on men’s first team

Iowa Central’s Royshawn Webb and Solomon Clayton of Iowa Lakes capped their junior college careers with first team all-region honors, the league announced recently. Webb and Clayton, both sophomores, were two of 10 players placed on the first-team. Dallas Bailey, also a sophomore for the ...

Rial stays busy after Hall nod

Mark Rial stepped into the center of Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on a recent Saturday night, joined by his wife, Lindsey, their two sons, Trace, 10, and Parker, 6, and a host of officials serving the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Rial waved to the crowd, some 15,000 fans saluting ...

Gibb, area duo first team all-state

St. Edmond’s Andrew Gibb, Pocahontas Area’s Jace Davidson and Bishop Garrigan’s TJ Schnurr capped brilliant high school basketball careers by being named first team all-state by the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association. Joining the senior trio were Newell-Fonda’s Bryce Coppock, Bishop ...

PLACE TO CALL HOME

HUMBOLDT — Ken and Marilyn Nielsen’s family has always shared a passion for sports. With their love of athletics in mind, the Nielsens wanted to do their part to help keep the Humboldt community inspired. The Nielsens had a 71,000-square foot Recreation Center built and donated to the ...

Shanks named Webster City’s full-time AD

WEBSTER CITY — Joe Shanks has accepted the permanent position of activities director at Webster City, and the hire was approved by the school board Monday night. Shanks has served as the interim athletic director at Webster City since Jan. 1. His interim contract was initially set to run ...

FD’s Jackson all-CIML Iowa

Jordan Jackson stepped into the role of leader for the Fort Dodge boys this past winter, and the CIML Iowa Conference took note. Jackson, a senior, was voted to the all-CIML Iowa first team unanimously by the coaches. He was one of six members of the seven-player squad to earn such an ...

All-TLC boys hoop teams announced

Jared Birks and Zane Neubaum led the South Central Calhoun boys to an unbeaten Twin Lakes Conference title this past season. And for their efforts, Birks and Neubaum were named to the all-TLC first team. Birks, a senior, averaged 12.3 points with a team-high 182 rebounds. He also had 52 ...

Tritons shine at nationals

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central swim program capped a memorable performance at the NJCAA national meet with a runner-up finish on the men’s side and a third-place effort for the women on Saturday. Emile Lutzeler became the school’s first-ever national swim champion on Thursday, ...

Gibb lands on NCC first team

For the second consecutive season, Andrew Gibb has earned first team unanimous all-North Central Conference status. Gibb was one of four players to receive votes from all of the league coaches, with Webster City’s Henry Hoversten, Algona’s Collin Bleich and Clear Lake's Drew Enke joining ...

Tritons lose to NIACC

MASON CITY — The second-ranked North Iowa Area women showcased their high-scoring offense during a 31-0 run here Saturday afternoon vs. Iowa Central. Behind that spurt, the Trojans advanced to Sunday's Region XI Tournament final with a 88-49 victory inside their home gym. After the ...

Knutzon going into ISU Hall of Fame

AMES — Eagle Grove High School graduate and former Fort Dodge Amateur champion Jason Knutzon is among the six former Iowa State University athletes who will be inducted into the ISU Athletics Hall of Fame for 2019, the Iowa State Letterwinners Club announced on Thursday. The special ...

Tritons meet NIACC in women’s semifinal

MASON CITY — The Iowa Central women’s basketball team is a different team than the last time they lost to second-ranked NIACC. The Tritons will get thier third shot at the Trojans as they’ll meet in the semifinal round of the Region XI tournament in Mason City. Action begins at 1 ...