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Tray Croft of Iowa Central drives towards the basket against Southwestern on Wednesday

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Iowa Central sophomore Tray Croft said he blamed himself for the Tritons' two losses to start the new year, even though he didn't step on the court once in either game. Croft more than made up for that absence here Wednesday night as the Tritons topped defending national champion ...

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Mardaeja Cross of Iowa Central shoots around Southwestern Vanessa Romo on Wednesday

On the board

The Iowa Central women got back to the .500 mark on the season and earned their first ICCAC victory of the year here Wednesday night. Brittany West scored 15 points, with Emma O’Donoghue and Mardaeja Cross adding 14 each, as the Tritons picked up a 64-51 victory over Southwestern inside ...

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Cooper Lawson of Webster City wrestles against Humboldt Justin Jones on Tuesday

Purple power

The 10th-ranked (Class 2A) Webster City wrestling team swept St. Edmond and Humboldt here Tuesday night, clinching the runner-up title in the North Central Conference. The Lynx earned a 78-3 victory over the Gaels, following that up with a 42-29 triumph over the 16th-rated (2A) Wildcats inside ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge shoots around Urbandale A.J. Costello on Friday

Dodgers prevail in overtime

It wasn’t exactly how Dodger boys’ basketball coach Tom Daniel thought it would play out, but he’ll take the win anyway. Facing off against Sioux City North here in the Dodger gym last night, the Fort Dodge boys were pushed to overtime before coming away with a 65-61 victory. North came ...

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Andrew Gibb of St. Edmond drives towards the basket against Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday

Gibbs’ 32 not enough for St. Edmond

CLARION — The Clarion-Goldfield/Dows boys used a second half rally to secure a sweep over St. Edmond here Tuesday night, 78-75. In the final seconds, the Gaels had three attempts to tie the contest, but shots by Andrew Gibb and Jackson Kochendorfer missed. Gibb scored 32 points to lead the ...

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Livi Huss of St. Edmond shoots around Manson NW Webster Samantha Ruhland (4) and Bailey Kenyon on Monday

Slow start hampers Gaels in 36-28 loss

CLARION — A slow start forced the St. Edmond girls to play from behind all night here Tuesday. Clarion-Goldfield/Dows jumped out to a commanding 16-3 lead and went on to claim a 36-28 victory over the Gaels in North Central Conference play. Courtney Harle led the way for the Cowgirls ...

Dodger girls win at the lanes

The Fort Dodge girls bowling team improved to 5-1 with a victory over Marshalltown here Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes. Leah Sanck led the Dodgers with a 415 total, bowling games of 180 and 235. Fort Dodge finished with 2,623 to Marshalltown’s 2,396. Lexi Hemann had a 350, with Lauren Hade ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Gavin Faith celebrates his second consecutive
Arenacross season championship in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Faith scores second straight Arenacross victory

WORCESTER, Mass. - Gavin Faith continues to shine on the AMSOIL Arenacross circuit, as the Duncombe native remained unbeaten on the young season. Faith, the two-time defending 250SX champion, raced out to the front of the pack in the main event, topped teammate Jacob Hayes in the 250AX main ...

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Brayton with another Top-7 finish

HOUSTON - Fort Dodge native Justin Brayton claimed sixth place honors here this past weekend at the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Arena Supercross event. Jason Anderson picked up the checkered flag at the event, with Ken Roczen finishing second and Justin Barcia third. Racing for ...

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Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske (right) and Alex
Thomsen of Underwood shake hands during the Council Bluffs Classic last month.


Pop quiz: name the six wrestlers who finished their Iowa high school careers without a loss. I’m sure some of the sport’s die-hard fans know the answer. Brody Teske could probably rattle them off. Alex Thomsen, too. It’s a rare, historic achievement, without question. But that ...

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Humboldt graduate Avery Terwilliger looks to dribble against Kirkwood on Saturday.

Tritons fall short

The Iowa Central women’s basketball team got off to a strong start against second-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) Kirkwood here on Saturday, but the Eagles were too much down the stretch in a 72-47 victory. The Tritons (8-9 overall, 1-0 in the ICCAC) built a 17-8 lead by the end of the first ...

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Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske wrestles Alex Thomsen of Underwood at the Council Bluffs Classic last month.

No. 1 Dodgers head to CRJ Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS — In the movies, sequels rarely match the intensity and artistry of an original classic. Wrestling fans everywhere are ready to pay the price of admission at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Invitational here this weekend in hopes that a potential rematch between Fort Dodge’s Brody ...

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No. 1 Dodgers earn CRJ title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Top-ranked Fort Dodge was all business again at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Invitational here on Saturday, as the Dodgers crowned five champions and worked their way to a fourth team title already this year. Head coach Bobby Thompson’s squad racked up 268.5 points, with No. ...

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J.R. Brandt of Fort Dodge competes in the Dodger pool earlier this year.

Dodgers host Garst Invite

The Fort Dodge boys swim team will try to make it two straight titles here Saturday when they host the 26th annual Rusty Garst Invitational. Action begins at 12:30 p.m. inside the FDSH pool. Joining the host Dodgers will be Atlantic, Carroll, Decorah, Newton, Sioux City, Spencer and ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston James Edwards on Thursday

First prep loss for FD’s Teske

CEDAR RAPIDS — Brody Teske and Alex Thomsen put on another show here Saturday, as the rematch from their memorable December bout somehow wound up being just as intense and entertaining. Though Teske — Fort Dodge’s iron-willed 126-pound senior — ultimately dropped the first match of his ...

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Aaron Porter of Fort Dodge drives earlier this week in the Dodger gym.

No. 3 Johnston tips FD boys

JOHNSTON — On very rare occasions, Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel walks away from a loss feeling at peace. His team’s effort at third-ranked (Class 4A) Johnston certainly qualified as one of those performances. Daniel’s Dodgers took the powerhouse Dragons down to the ...

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Title celebration

It may not have really been Andrew Fierke’s birthday, but he and his Fort Dodge teammates had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the Dodger pool on Saturday. Fierke shattered a long-standing school record, and was part of four first-place finishes as the Dodgers repeated as Rusty Garst ...

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Will Woodruff of St. Edmond shoots against Manson Northwest Webster in the Gael gym earlier this week.

SE boys fall at Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE — The St. Edmond boys suffered their second consecutive close road loss here Friday night, falling to Clear Lake, 63-55. “We made a couple of runs, cutting the deficit to two, but it just got away from us in the fourth,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. Andrew ...

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Shea Ruffridge of pocahontas Area wrestles against Emmestburg Levi Aldous during the finals of Twin Lakes Conference on Saturday in Gowrie

Ruffridge wins third TLC crown

GOWRIE — Pocahontas Area senior Shea Ruffridge earned his third Twin Lakes Conference title and became the school’s all-time wins leader on Saturday. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire claimed the Twin Lakes Conference wrestling championship. The Knights crowned two champions and scored ...

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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots against Marshalltown earlier this week.

No. 6 Johnston stops FD girls

JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge girls suffered a 74-39 defeat to No. 6 (Class 5A) Johnston here Friday night. Maya McDermott, a sophomore, scored 30 points to lead the Dragons. She also had five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Regan Nesheim added 12 points and Jennah Johnson 11, as ...