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Jackson’s career one of athletic, academic merit

CEDAR FALLS — Alex Jackson’s time at Northern Iowa is coming to an end, but whether it was on the track or in the classroom, the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate put his best foot forward. Jackson was recently named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar-Athlete team following the ...

A TRUE STUDENT ATHLETE

Though Anthony Wagner has accumulated a lifetime of memories while competing as a Dodger, sports were never the Fort Dodge Senior High senior’s top priority. Wagner’s athletic career has been admirable: two-time captain and state track participant, two-year regular in football and ...

Final day of state golf washed out

NEWTON — A series of storms that swept through the state caused officials with the Iowa High School Athletic Association to cancel day two of the boys state golf meet. Awards for teams and individuals were handed out based on Thursday’s results for Class 1A, 2A and 3A. In 1A, Bishop ...

No. 11 Gaels rough up Pocahontas Area

POCAHONTAS — After a tough game in their season opener, the 11th-ranked St. Edmond softball team bounced back in impressive fashion on Thursday night. The Gaels (1-1 overall) cruised to a 17-0 victory in three innings over Pocahontas Area. St. Edmond, who had five errors in their opener ...

Big inning lifts St. Edmond baseball team

MANSON — The St. Edmond baseball team stayed patient all night and with their final three outs in front of them dug deep to pull out a 6-4 victory over Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday night. The Gaels (1-0 overall) trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, but scored five ...

Cuvelier named ICCAC Athlete of the Year

Spencer Cuvelier’s biggest obstacle in his college football career wasn’t just doubt from coaches that he could compete at the next level. Cuvelier had to overcome his own negative thoughts. The current University of Northern Iowa football player was recognized by the Iowa Community ...

Shellmyer, Northwestern head to Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. — Skyler Shellmyer and her Northwestern University softball team went through an emotional few days last weekend. Now, the Wildcats are hoping to punch their ticket to the NCAA World Series. Northwestern, the No. 16 overall seed, begins play here Friday afternoon against No. ...

BG’s Winkel tabbed to select Iowa team

ALGONA — Bishop Garrigan’s Angelo Winkel will get his chance to impress college coaches coming up in June. The Golden Bear junior-to-be was one of 40 Iowa underclassmen selected to compete in a special regional event that will bring together players from Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, ...

Garrigan, Newell-Fonda in hunt at 1A state golf

NEWTON — The Bishop Garrigan boys golf team is sitting in third place after the opening day of the Class 1A state tournament at the Westwood Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 344. Harris-Lake Park (322) is the current leader and Grundy Center (325) is second place. Newell-Fonda (356) is ...

LESSON IN PERSEVERANCE

Erin Flattery just finished up the most agonizing sport season of her St. Edmond career. Flattery, who has been involved in either volleyball, cross country, basketball or softball throughout the year, was forced to miss her senior track season due to a knee injury. “Not being able to run ...

St. Edmond banking on experience

Last year St. Edmond had a young group that gained valuable experience, and head coach Mike Szalat is banking on those efforts carrying over to 2019. The Gaels graduated only two seniors, Jake Szalat and Jeremiah Wheeler, from a club that won 12 ballgames, This year Szalat will have five ...

Gypsum Miners meeting is tonight

The newly-formed Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners are still seeking host families for eight of its players, according to Levi Koch, public relations director for the team. The Miners are hosting an informational meeting tonight at Pizza Ranch, 3311 Fifth Ave. S. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. ...

Golden Bears, Mustangs set for state golf

NEWTON — The Bishop Garrigan and Newell-Fonda boys embark on the two-day grind that is the Class 1A state golf tournament beginning here Thursday. The 1A meet takes place on the Westwood Golf Course with Sigourney, Iowa Valley, Harris-Lake Park, Grundy Center, Westwood and Exira-EHK joining ...

CLEAN SWEEP

A few hours before the first pitch of the 2019 softball campaign, Fort Dodge found out about its No. 3 preseason ranking — the program’s highest-ever position in Class 5A. Some teams would be flattered by the recognition and treat such a lofty rating as a badge of honor. Head coach Andi ...

DODGERS TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

There haven’t been many motivational speeches or droning reminders coming from Fort Dodge baseball coach Blake Utley in preparation for the 2019 season. “These kids come to the ballpark every day with the right attitude and a commitment to working hard and working together,” said Utley, ...

FDSH close, but No. 5 Maroons take a pair

For the first night out, Fort Dodge head baseball coach Blake Utley saw plenty of positives. The Dodgers dropped a twinbill to fifth-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Dowling on a brisky Monday night at Ed McNeil Field, 2-1 in eight inning and 3-1. Senior pitchers Drew Callon and Drake ...

Conrad shoots career-low 70

GARNER — Delaney Conrad served notice here Monday that she’s ready to battle at the upcoming Class 2A state golf tournament. The Southeast Valley junior fired a career-best round of 2-under-par 70 to claim medalist honors and advance again to state. Okoboji was the team champion with ...

Kinney 11th at regionals for Gaels

BRITT — The season came to a close for the St. Edmond girls golf team here Monday, as they finished eighth in a Class 1A regional final. The meet was won by Bishop Garrigan with a 366, as the Gaels fired a 466 team score. Alta/Aurelia also advanced to state. Rylee Kinney was the low ...

Gaels lose ranked tilt vs. NF

NEWELL — In an early-season battle of ranked Class 1A team, No. 5 Newell-Fonda scored a 10-1 victory over 11th-ranked St. Edmond here Monday night. Ella Larsen recorded seven strikeouts and Ellie Lago hit a two-run homer for the Mustangs, who collected 14 hits on the night. “We looked ...

ON THE FAST TRACK

It seemed only natural that a scheduling conflict was going to cost Luke Williamson a chance to don a cap and gown for Iowa Central Community College’s graduation ceremony earlier this month. Thanks to an assist from Mother Nature, Williamson was able to experience it after all — and even ...