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Gibb, area golfers ready for state

LIVERMORE — The Webster City boys are back at Spring Valley Golf Course seeking a three-peat in Class 3A. The Lynx shot a 314 at districts to advance. Last season, they won gold with a 614, 11 strokes ahead of West Delaware. Completing the 3A field will be Williamsburg, Mount Pleasant, ...

Gaels plate 15 in win

MANSON — Senior Cole Allison drove in seven runs from his lead-off position here on Thursday night, helping the St. Edmond baseball team pull away for a 15-4 victory over Manson Northwest Webster. After falling behind 3-0 early, the Gaels (2-0 overall) scored 15 consecutive runs in the ...

Gaels fall to Indians, 6-4

POCAHONTAS — Kenzie Sullivan hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to help the Pocahontas Area softball team to a 6-4 victory over St. Edmond here on Thursday. Sullivan, a recent state track champion in the discus, belted a long ball with the Indians (2-1 ...

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Jonny Bowser of Fort Dodge compete during district on Thursday

Bowser begins trek for state title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jonny Bowser can join a short list of tennis players to win state singles and doubles titles, as he begins his march here Friday. The Class 2A singles and doubles tournaments will take place from Veterans Memorial Tennis Center. First round action begins following a seeding ...

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Webster City edges St. Edmond in scorefest

WEBSTER CITY — A seventh inning rally fell short for the St. Edmond softball team here Wednesday night, as the Gaels dropped their North Central Conference opener to Webster City, 10-9. Down 10-6 in the seventh, St. Edmond (0-2 overall, 0-1 in NCC) plated three runs to close the gap. Senior ...

Fort Dodge sweeps

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge baseball team came out of the box swinging here on Monday night, picking up a doubleheader sweep over Des Moines East to being their season. Scores were 13-7 and 6-3 in six innings in favor of the Dodgers. Fort Dodge (2-0 overall) racked up 24 hits in the two ...

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Jack McEvoy of St. Edmond tags out Southeast Valley Nolan Johnson on Tuesday at Rogers Park


Brant Reiling earned his first career varsity win here Tuesday night, as the St. Edmond baseball team downed Southeast Valley, 3-2. Reiling worked quickly between early rain and constantly dipping temperatures at Rogers Park, striking out five over five-plus innings. The senior allowed six ...

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The St. Edmond baseball team’s returning letterwinners are (left to right): Jake Szalat, Sam Dougall, Brant Reiling and Nick O’Brien. Not
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Gaels bridge the gap on the diamond

The St. Edmond baseball team will be turning a new page this summer. Six seniors have departed from last season, including regulars Colin Flattery, Reid Johnson, Robert Flattery, Michael Sharkey and Jason Setterdahl. Combined, those six accounted for 102 hits, 37 steals and 28 extra-base ...

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St. Edmond Softball Returning Letterwinners are, left to right, Front Row: Sydney Nelson, Macey Mason, Rylee Kinney, Audrey Kolacia
Back Row: Jacque O'Berg, Megan Flattery, Erin Flattery, and Jocy Timmmerman

Clark steps in for new-look Gaels

Nick Clark knows he is in for a learning experience this summer. But the former St. Edmond standout is willing to accept the growing pains that come with being a first-year head coach — as long as they help build towards a strong future. “Everything is going great and I love it,” ...

Dodgers ousted at DM East

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys soccer team saw their season come to an end here Monday night, falling in a Class 3A, Substate 2 quarterfinal to Des Moines East, 6-4. Senior Connor Allison opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick, but the Scarlets scored the next two. Houssem Saafi ...

Dodgers fall in opener

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge softball team opened their season here Monday night, falling to Des Moines East, 10-3. The second game was halted due to weather. It will resume in the first inning on either Tuesday night or Thursday. In the opener, the Scarlets (1-0 overall) hit four home ...

N-F handles Gaels

NEWELL — The St. Edmond softball team opened the year with a tough 13-3 setback in six innings to Newell-Fonda. For the Gaels, Jocy Timmerman and Sydney Nelson each had two hits, while Megan Flattery and Erin Flattery added a hit each. “For the first game, I was very happy with our ...

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The Fort Dodge softball team’s returning players are (left to right): Karlee Grove, Makayla Johnson, Katelyn Werning, Aubrey Davis, Daphne Alstott and Aleah Sherman. Back: Maggie Harvey, Loghen Schnetzer, Bre Tjebben, Kaden Pederson, Hailey Anderson, Mack Provin and Tehya Miller. Not pictured: Meagan Hartman and Molly Hartman.

Dodgers again out to prove a point

In many ways, head coach Andi Adams will have a typical Fort Dodge softball team to work with this summer. The Dodgers aren’t blessed with a great deal of depth. They don’t have many power hitters, and there isn’t an ace pitcher ready to dominate opposing lineups. For as common as those ...

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Steve Neuberger will become St. Edmond's new activities director and associate principal on July 1.

Neuberger named new St. Edmond AD

St. Edmond has selected Steve Neuberger to be its new activities director, school president Mary Gibb confirmed on Friday. Neuberger, currently the seventh and eighth grade activities director, head varsity boys basketball coach and varsity boys golf coach in the ...

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Faith Meyer clears a hurdle for Pocahontas Area at the state track meet in Des Moines. Meyer captured the 100-meter hurdles championship on Saturday. For more photos, please visit


DES MOINES — The 2017 Pocahontas Area senior class closed out the state track meet here on Saturday with more hardware for the trophy case. Faith Meyer won the 100-meter hurdles, the shuttle hurdle relay claimed gold, and the Indians placed third overall in the Class 2A team standings inside ...

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Kenzie Sullivan of Pocahontas Area competes during the Class 2A shot put Friday at Drake Stadium. For more photos, visit CU at


DES MOINES — Pocahontas Area will need to make more room in its high school trophy case, as senior Kenzie Sullivan is bringing more hardware home. Sullivan, a senior, won the Class 2A discus here Friday at the state track and field meet with a throw of 133-1. The victory marked the first ...

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North Union’s Riley Bauer reacts after beating Pekin for second place in the Class 1A distance medley relay on Friday inside Drake Stadium. For more photos, visit CU at

North Union boys 2nd in DMR

DES MOINES — Trent Pedersen knows North Union has one of the better closing runners in the state in Riley Bauer. After winning a state cross country title this past fall, Bauer added a runner-up showing to his growing resume Thursday at the state meet in the Class 1A 3200-meter run. On ...

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Megan Flattery of St. Edmond competes in the 400-meter dash at the state track meet in Des Moines.

Flattery, Smith finish strong

DES MOINES — Through all of Megan Flattery’s career 400 performances, breaking a minute had always eluded her. That ended Saturday at the state track meet inside Drake Stadium, and it came on the final 400 of her career. Flattery ran a 59.4 split as the anchor leg in the sprint medley ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Austin Halligan makes a catch for the Tritons earlier this season.

Tritons play for nationals

BEATRICE, Neb. — The 14th-ranked Iowa Central baseball team goes after a 10th berth in the NJCAA World Series Saturday, taking on Southeast in the North Plains District championship. First-pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the second game set to start at 4 p.m. If a third is needed, that ...


Tritons bow out at districts

BEATRICE, Neb. — For the first five innings here Saturday, all appeared to be going the way of Iowa Central. But just like that, it vanished. Southeast rallied to claim the first game and finished a sweep over the Tritons to advance to the NJCAA Div. II World Series. Scores were 11-9 ...