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Maddie Rolling of North Union misses the tag against Logan-Magnolia Kylan Straight during class 2A consolation semi-finals on Wednesday at Rogers Park

Warriors finish eighth in 2A

It was a tough Wednesday in the consolation rounds for North Union, as the Warriors dropped two games to finish eighth in Class 2A. North Union fell to Logan-Magnolia in the consolation semifinals, 8-0, and dropped another 8-0 decision to Waterloo Columbus for seventh. Senior Anna Ingalls ...

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Vicky Flores of Fort Dodge stands next to tennis icon Roger Federer during her Wimbledon trip in London, England.


Vicky Flores tried to keep her emotions in check during her first-ever Wimbledon experience. She succeeded, but in the process, may have lost too much of her competitive edge. It was a learning experience in London for Flores, who advanced out of the junior qualifying round and into the main ...

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Humboldt Avery Terwilliger and Taylor Gidel (30) celebrates after beating Sioux Center during class 3A consolation finals on Wednesday


The fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team did exactly what they wanted here Wednesday at Rogers Park. They played Humboldt softball. The Wildcats doubled up No. 10 West Marshall, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals, then routed third-ranked Sioux Center in the consolation final, 10-0 in five ...

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Albia fans react after Hannah Isley hits a solo home run against Boyend-Hull Rock Valley during Class 3A quarterfinals on Tuesday

FD’s pride comes from its people

When Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation director Lori Branderhorst thinks of the state softball tournament and its 47-year relationship with Rogers Sports Complex, she doesn’t see the money or the amenities first. She sees the people. ‘‘This event is all about the workers, the volunteers ...

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Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala reacts to his championship in the 88-pound Cadet men’s freestyle division on Monday in Fargo, N.D.

FD’s Ayala wins national title

FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala saved his best for last at the prestigious U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior National Tournament here on Monday. Yet in the eyes of the Fort Dodge Senior High wrestling program, this is just the beginning. The Dodgers’ freshman-to-be captured a national ...

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Humboldt's Ellie Jacobson tries to tag out Reagan Schuttle of Center Point-Urbana on Monday in a Class state quarterfinal at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit


No matter what pitch Ellie Jacobson threw and no matter where she placed it, Center Point-Urbana was there to put a charge into it. That’s the kind of night it was for the Humboldt freshman pitcher and her Wildcat teammates on Monday during a Class 3A quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at Rogers ...

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Bre Anderson of North Union tags Regina’s Mary Graff on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit

Regina pulls away from NU

Jon Prottsman was a little nervous as Iowa City Regina’s first-round game progressed, but after the sixth inning, that feeling quickly evaporated. Prottsman saw his Regals explode for five runs in the sixth and move into the Class 2A state softball semifinals with an 8-1 win over North Union ...

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Pocahontas Area's Elle Ruffridge and Grace Meyer were not only all-state basketball players, but cross country runners and track team members. Meyer also played softball at PAC.

Keep the plate full

I was a run-of-the-mill high school baseball player some 20 years ago, trying my best to hone my craft and find a competitive edge. Somewhere along the line — I guess specifically during the fall months of my junior year — I got the bright idea that if I just stopped playing basketball and ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge leaps to make a catch at Rogers Park in a regional semifinal.


Maggie Harvey has never taken the recognition for granted — even as an outgoing senior who played in her last high school game this past week. The Fort Dodge standout was recently named a unanimous all-conference and all-district softball player for the fifth time in her career. It’s a ...

Ayala in finals at Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala is already making a name for himself on the nation’s biggest youth wrestling stage. Fort Dodge Senior High’s freshman-to-be scored a 10-0 major decision over Tommy Curran of Warrenville (Ill.) in the Cadet men’s freestyle semifinals at 88 pounds on Sunday, ...

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Fort Dodge’s Bryer Nelson, shown here during the regular season, had an RBI single to tie the score in the seventh inning at No. 9 Indianola on Friday in a Class 4A substate quarterfinal game.

Valiant Dodger effort comes up just short at No. 9 Indianola

INDIANOLA — Fort Dodge’s grind of a baseball season had this year’s Dodgers ready for postseason action, but they came up just short against No. 9 Indianola in a Class 4A substate quarterfinal here Friday night. The Indians (31-8 overall) got a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ...

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Members of Humboldt’s state-qualifying softball team are, front row (left to right): Mady Lange, Olivia Birdsell, Beth Duffield, Kaylee Sawyer, Maggie Bennett, Claire Varangkounh and Lizzie Tecklenburg; Back: Halie George, Kelsey Peters, Carlie Thompson, Kyah Arnold, Taylor Gidel, Ashlyn Clark, Avery Terwilliger, Ellie Jacobson, Rachel Darling and Jori Hajek.


HUMBOLDT — The opportunity is there for Humboldt to cap a storybook year. The fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats begin their quest for the first state softball title in school history at Rogers Park on Monday night, taking on Center Point-Urbana at 7:30 p.m. on Diamond 2. Since the fall, ...

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North Union state softball team members are, front row (left to right): Kyarsten Mullen, Anna Ingalls, Rachel Monson; Middle: Rory McClellan, Maddie Rolling, Kate Anderson, Bre Anderson, Shawna Person, Victoria Laubenthal; Back: Hope Steinberger, Katelyn Thackery, Ariel Olson, Kaylee Meyer, Brooklyn Prochniak, Callie Monson, Elyssa Marlow, Kaylee Tirevold, Kaitlyn Bierstedt, Avery Laabs.


SWEA CITY —The Ingalls family has turned the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge into an annual summer vacation trip. For the third straight season, North Union has qualified for state under the direction of head coach Art Ingalls. Ingalls has guided the Warriors to five state trips ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge connects during the regular season at Rogers Park.

Harvey first team all-CIML

Maggie Harvey added one more honor to her incredible softball resume, securing unanimous status to the all-CIML Iowa Conference team this past week. Harvey, a Fort Dodge senior, was the lone Dodger named to the first squad. She was joined by eight other unanimous picks, including Johnston’s ...

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The Humboldt softball team watches Fort Dodge’s 5A regional final against Valley in West Des Moines on Tuesday night.

Mutual respect: Dodgers, Humboldt attend regional finals

WEST DES MOINES — It wasn’t a publicity stunt, or planned out much ahead of time. The Fort Dodge Senior High and Humboldt softball teams didn’t attend each other’s regional finals this week for attention or credit. They did it because it just felt right. On Monday night, the Dodgers ...

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Algona’s zoe Montag, a student at Bishop Garrigan, competed in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Target Field in Minneapolis.


ALGONA — A 10-year-old girl from Algona recently excelled in Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit, and Run competition, presented by Scotts. Zoe Montag, a student at Bishop Garrigan, achieved the top score in her age bracket in the local and regional competition, before heading to Target ...

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Humboldt celebrates after beating Southeast Valley in a Class 3A final on Monday in Humboldt.

‘Cats dominate NCC team

After finishing off a second consecutive championship run through the North Central Conference, the Humboldt softball team was honored with four first team all-league selections. The Wildcats, who advanced to the Class 3A state tournament, had unanimous picks in senior Avery Terwilliger and ...

Dodgers begin postseason at Indianola

INDIANOLA — The Fort Dodge baseball team opens postseason play here Friday night, taking on No. 9 Indianola in a Class 4A, Substate 2 contest. First-pitch is set for 7 p.m. The Dodgers (13-27 overall) enter having picked up three wins in their last four games, including a 4-2 victory ...

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The Fort Dodge softball MEETS TOGETHER after their 4-0 loss to Valley in West Des Moines on Wednesday. For more photos, visit CU at

Valley perfect in ousting Dodgers

WEST DES MOINES — Fort Dodge knew it had to flirt with perfection just to entertain the notion of upsetting second-ranked West Des Moines Valley in a Class 5A Region 2 softball final here on Tuesday. Instead, Tiger ace pitcher Mackenzie Ward was the perfect one. The senior right-hander ...

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Nick Clark greets his St. Edmond softball players on Monday in Montezuma.

Gaels grow immeasurably in Clark’s first year

MONTEZUMA – Nick Clark did plenty of teaching during his first season as a head coach with the St. Edmond softball program. He also learned quite a bit about himself and his team. Clark's Gaels bowed out in the Class 1A, Region 3 championship round here on Monday, dropping a 7-1 decision to ...