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Pocahontas Area celebrates after defeating Clear Lake 46-22 during Class 3A Quarterfinals on Tuesday inside Wells Fargo Arena


DES MOINES — They’ll win with style, win with substance, or win a slugfest. For the Pocahontas Area girls basketball team, the operative word is always ‘‘win.’’ Despite tying a season-low for total points and seeing their all-everything guard held to her quietest offensive ...

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Iowa Central head coach Joe Plane talks to the Triton swim team earlier this season. The Tritons will compete in the NJCAA naitonal meet starting today in Buffalo, N.Y.

Triton squads ready for the big stage

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swimming teams have spent an entire season physically preparing for this week. Now it comes down to execution — and mental toughness. Head coach Joe Plane’s Tritons are chasing NJCAA gold at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center for ...


Tritons meet Southwestern

Two games remain in the regular season for both the Iowa Central men and women. Up first is a home doubleheader with Southwestern on Wednesday night, before finishing the year at Ellsworth on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the women, with men to begin at 7:30 p.m. ...

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Pocahontas Area girls state basketball-qualifying team members are, front row (left to right): Ashlyn Weidauer, Grace Meyer, Elle Ruffridge, Faith Meyer, Payton Hjerleid and
Jocelyn Johnson. Back: Danielle Neumann, Leah Aljets, Elizabeth Ricke, Olivia Ahlers, Kaylee Shivers, Kenzie Sullivan, Jill Vonnahme, Bailey Vainreb and Katie Berte.

Pocahontas Area begins its title defense

DES MOINES — Second-ranked and defending Class 3A champion Pocahontas Area begins defense of their title here on Tuesday inside Wells Fargo Arena. First up for the Indians (24-1 overall) will be No. 8 Clear Lake (21-3) at 5 p.m. in a state quarterfinal. The winner meets either third-rated ...

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The Iowa Central wrestling team stands with their trophy after winning the NJCAA national championship on Saturday night in Council Bluffs.

Mat Kings

Luke Moffitt has always wondered what the 2002 Iowa Central championship team felt like when they won the national title with a closing win in the heavyweight bracket. Fifteen years later, Moffitt’s wish was granted — even if it gave the Tritons’ wrestling coach a few more gray hairs in ...

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The Iowa Central wrestling team celebrates after winning the NJCAA National Championship in Council Bluffs.

Tritons win national title

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Thomas Peterson clinched Iowa Central’s national title dreams in the final match of the NJCAA national tournament. Petersen earned a fall in the 285 pound championship to give the Tritons (150) the crown, climbing past Clackamas (146.5). Heading into the final match, Iowa ...

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Pocahontas Area’s, left to right, Faith Meyer, Elle Ruffridge and Grace Meyer look on before a state tournament game in Des Moines last year.

Embracing the final chapter

POCAHONTAS — There will come a time this coming week at the state basketball tournament when Brandon and Elle Ruffridge have their final embrace as coach and player. The journey has been a memorable one for both, with a state championship, a runner-up finish and a spot atop the record books ...

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Iowa Central’s Tray Croft, shown here, had 30 points inside Hodges Fieldhouse as the Tritons upset No. 9 Kirkwood on Saturday.

Tritons upset No. 9 Eagles

The Iowa Central men may not be in the race for the ICCAC conference title, but on Saturday they put a wrench in ninth-ranked Kirkwood’s plans for a league title. The Tritons (10-19 overall, 2-8 ICCAC) upended the Eagles (22-5, 8-2) 82-80, handing them their second league ...

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Iowa Central head coach Luke Moffitt instructs one of his wrestlers earlier this season inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

No. 1 Tritons aim for title

COUNCIL BLUFFS — With a target firmly on their backs, the top-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team embarks on another national championship chase. The Tritons will bring 10 qualifiers to the NJCAA National Tournament, which begins here Friday and concludes Saturday night inside the ...

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Iowa central’s dayton racer competes in the 157 pound bracket at the NJCAA National Championships in Council Bluffs. Racer is in the semifinals.

Tritons in second place

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Central wrestling team is in the hunt for the NJCAA national championship and five individual titles. The Tritons are currently in second place with 91 team points. Northeast Oklahoma leads with 93. Clackamas is third with 83.5. Northeast has three semifinalists ...

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U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis sits empty on Thursday in preparation for a weekend of college baseball games.

Tritons playing first baseball game at U.S. Bank Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS — The Iowa Central baseball team will be a part of history here on Friday morning when they play Century College. The two junior colleges will play in the first-ever baseball games at U.S. Bank Stadium — home of the Minnesota Vikings. First pitch is scheduled for 6 a.m. in ...

Historic day for Tritons

MINNEAPOLIS — The Iowa Central baseball team made history here Friday morning. The Tritons picked up a 1-0 victory vs. Century College in the first-ever baseball game played inside the billion-dollar U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. In the second game of the doubleheader, ...

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Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots at Manson Northwest Webster during the regular season.

Doyle unanimous all-NCC

Charlie Doyle worked his way up from a role player to a two-year starter for the St. Edmond boys. And for his drive and determination, the Gael senior was rewarded as one of two unanimous selections to the all-North Central Conference first team. Doyle averaged over 15 points and five ...

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Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske prepares for his state championship match last Saturday night in Des Moines.

Teske named top 3A wrestler

Brody Teske continues to take all of the wins, championships and awards in stride. The Fort Dodge junior was named the 2017 Dan Gable Mr. Wrestler of the Year in Class 3A during a banquet in Des Moines on Wednesday. And while being recognized was ‘‘very neat’’ in the eyes of Teske, the ...

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Dodger wrestlers gather together in the school’s wrestling room for one of the final times last Sunday at Fort Dodge Senior High.


If these walls could talk. They’d talk of sweat. Desire. Determination. They’d talk about a program that has elevated itself to the very top of the state on more than one occasion. These walls would talk about those who walked in as boys, and almost always left as men. About fathers who ...

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St. Edmond senior Megan Flattery was a first team all-NCC basketball selection.

SE’s Flattery first team all-NCC

Megan Flattery was named to the all-North Central Conference first team for her efforts on the hardwood this past season. Flattery, a senior for St. Edmond, was joined by Algona’s Maddie Miller and Aliyah Buscher, Humboldt’s Avery Terwilliger and Clear Lake’s trio of Emily Snelling, ...

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Jared Jacobson of Fort Dodge led the way at state on Tuesday in Des Moines.

FD bowlers wrap up year at state meet

DES MOINES — It was a tough day for the Fort Dodge bowling teams here Tuesday at the Class 2A state meet. The Dodger girls placed sixth overall, while the boys finished in eighth. “In a lot of ways, it was a frustrating day,” FDSH head coach Don Ervin said. “But when we started out ...

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Fort Dodge boys bowling team state qualifiers are, front row (left to right): Seth Hanson, Jared Jacobson, Tre Preston, Don Ervin. Back: Rod Riessen, Adam Moore, Ethan Graves, Tristan Earnest.

Fort Dodge bowlers doubling up at state

ES MOINES — Don Ervin has many steadfast beliefs about bowling and why certain programs are successful. Ervin, the veteran head coach for Fort Dodge, will get to test one of those out at Plaza Lanes Tuesday when both the Dodger boys and girls compete in the Class 2A state bowling ...

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Solomon Clayton of Fort Dodge drives between Des Moines East's James Bilim (5) and Katrell Graham (15) on Monday in the Dodger gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

FDSH stunned at the buzzer

Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel called it the one of the toughest things to do as a coach. Just minutes earlier, Daniel walked into a solemn locker room and consoled his basketball team after the Dodgers were stunned at the buzzer by Des Moines East, 72-71, in a Class 4A substate ...

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Fort Dodge's Brody Teske, the first three-time state wrestling champion in school history, speaks next to the program’s two new state runner-up banners and trophies during Sunday’s welcome-home rally at the Dodger gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Emotional homecoming for Dodger wrestlers

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the Fort Dodge community welcomed their Dodger wrestlers back from the state tournament on Sunday in the FDSH gym. Over 200 fans shared laughs, memories and tears together when Fort Dodge returned home with the latest additions to its trophy case. The ...