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A player dives for a ball during a 12U youth softball tournament at Rogers Park last season.

Balancing act

While doing a typical Sunday night social-media scroll through pictures of youth teams winning tournaments and precocious individuals slowly but surely conquering the sports world, one particular post caught my attention because it wasn’t about either. Andy Jepson, a former standout athlete ...

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Fort Dodge graduate Brielle Ulrich is congratulated at home plate by her Iowa Central teammates after hitting a home run.

Sophomores shine for Tritons

On a day that was set to honor them, the Iowa Central sophomores came up big in a sweep over NIACC at Rogers Park. The Tritons (38-19 overall) earned 19-4 and 12-0 wins on Sophomore Day. Iowa Central’s six sophomores shined in the doubleheader. In the 19-4 opener, the Tritons blasted five ...

Triton baseball team splits

BOONE — The Iowa Central baseball team split with DMACC on Sunday. The Tritons (26-16 overall) won the opener 7-4, but lost the nightcap 13-12. In the first contest Max Steffens went the distance, scattering eight hits while striking out four. “Max Steffens gave us good outing,’’ ...

Iowa Central rugby team loses

CHESWICK, Penn. —The Iowa Central rugby team lost 30-21 to Bethel in the finals of the NSCRO 15s National Challenge Cup. Ani Mteto and Matt Barker both scored tries for the Tritons. Barker had a conversion and two penalty kicks. Mteto also had a penalty kick. “We committed a lot of ...

Triton taekwondo team in action

AMES — The Iowa Central Community College Taekwondo Team competed in their season finale at the Iowa Governor’s Cup Taekwondo Championships here this past Saturday. The Tritons finished first in three divisions: team points, sportsmanship and participants. All 11 Iowa Central athletes ...

Iowa Central runs in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s track teams competed in Iowa City this weekend. The Tritons had eight new events qualify for nationals. Moving to nationals were Ndiaga Seck (400), Ashenafi Hatte (800), Damique Rose (110 hurdles), Abdinasir (steeplechase), Odaine Lewis ...

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Kenzie Fuller of Fort Dodge scores against Des Moines Roosevelt on Friday at Dodger Stadium. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Dodger girls take down Roosevelt

The Fort Dodge girls soccer squad likes to work on team unity, and on Friday night, that was exactly what satisfied head coach Michael Lee most. The Dodgers (2-2 overall) reached the .500 mark on the early season by squeaking out a 1-0 victory over Des Moines Roosevelt (1-5) in a match they ...

DMACC too much for Tritons

Iowa Central head softball coach Rick Sandquist knows talent when he sees it. Saturday afternoon at Rogers Park, Sandquist watched as Molly Jacobsen proved why many consider her one of the top pitchers in all of junior college. Jacobsen pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 as No. 5 ...

FD boys edged at Carroll Kuemper

CARROLL — The Fort Dodge boys tennis team came up short against Carroll Kuemper here on Friday night. The Dodgers (1-5 overall) dropped a 5-4 contest. Fort Dodge won three singles matches and one doubles match. “This was a very competitive meet that could have gone either way,’’ ...

Dodgers qualify three Drake events

DES MOINES — A handful of area athletes will compete this week at the Drake Relays. Fort Dodge’s Shariah Smith qualified in the 100 and will also be part of the Dodger 4x100 relay that advanced. The FDSH boys will also run the 4x100 on the blue oval. South Central Calhoun’s Allison ...

Another split for Tritons

BOONE — The Iowa Central baseball team split with DMACC here Saturday. After taking the opener, 2-1 in eight innings, the Tritons dropped the nightcap, 11-1 in six. Anderson DeLeon continued his strong season on the mound, adding another complete game to his resume. DeLeon recorded four ...

Gaels place pair in tourney

SAYDEL — The St. Edmond boys tennis team earned a pair of Top-5 finishes here Saturday at the Saydel Invitational. The doubles team of Nelson Cook and Gage Johnson went 2-2, placing fourth overall out of 12 teams. “Gage and Nelson played their best tennis of the season,” SEHS head ...

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Car’Maiya Mosley of Fort Dodge takes the lead in the 100-meter dash on Thursday during the Dodger Relays. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

HOMETOWN PRIDE

It was far from ideal conditions, but the 38th annual Dodger Relays were completed in full here Thursday night. After weather forced an early end to the boys event earlier this year, Fort Dodge was able to showcase its new track surface as temperatures dropped throughout. Waukee scored ...

Tritons split with No. 20 Lakers

The Iowa Central softball team split with Iowa Lakes here Thursday in battle of ICCAC schools. The 20th-ranked Lakers won the first, 12-1 in six innings, but the Tritons bounced back for a 9-8 win in the nightcap. Sonya McCormick hit a grand slam as part of a seven-run second inning for ...

FD girls handle Mason City

The Fort Dodge girls tennis team picked up a 7-4 victory over Mason City here Thursday evening. Beth Murman, Gretta Leigh, Kathryn Cochrane and Noelle Barber all had wins in singles to lead the Dodgers. Murman picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sydney Rottinghaus at the No. 1 spot, while ...

Two wins for Gaels at South Hamilton

JEWELL — The St. Edmond boys track team scored two firsts and finished fourth overall here Thursday. Both the 4x200 and shuttle hurdle relays won, while Jake Heidenreich earned two individual seconds. The 4x200 relay consisted of Jackson Bemrich, Nick Bennett, Sean Newell and Charlie ...

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Iowa's Akrum Wadley runs the ball against Purdue in Lafayette, Ind. last season.

Got your goad

As Iowa football fans fired another round of angry calls, e-mails, texts and tweets in Colin Cowherd’s direction this past week, the Fox Sports personality continued to laugh all the way to the bank. Cowherd has devoted quite a bit of time over the last two years to poking and prodding the ...

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Joe Shanks, shown during a St. Edmond baseball game last summer, will serve as the school’s athletic director through June 30. His 21-year tenure will come to an end at that point, according to the school.

END OF AN ERA

For the first time in over two decades, a new face will be leading the St. Edmond athletic department beginning this summer. The contract of current athletic director Joe Shanks will not be renewed for the 2017-18 school year. St. Edmond president Mary Gibb confirmed that the 59-year-old ...

FD boys earn first victory

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys tennis squad swept through Des Moines North here on Tuesday, winning 11-0. Jonny Bowser, Ryan Dolan and Mitchell Emery all won in straight sets for the Dodgers (1-3 overall). Justin Vaughan also prevailed, while the doubles teams of Bowser and Dolan and ...

Titans sweep at Southeast Valley

GOWRIE — The South Central Calhoun boys and girls swept through the Southeast Valley Relays here on Tuesday. The Titan boys had 157 points, with the host Jaguars placing second at 116. The SCC girls racked up 172 points, finishing well ahead of Ogden (101) and Southeast Valley (97). The ...