No. 7 Dragons slow down Dodger boys

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Malcolm Clayton shoots a floater for the Fort Dodge boys on Monday against Johnston. For more photos, please visit

Tom Daniel doesn’t want Monday night’s loss to Johnston to put a damper on what the Fort Dodge senior class has done for the program.

The Dodgers honored their four seniors prior to the start of their game against the No. 7 (Class 4A) Dragons inside the FDSH gym, but were unable to send them out with a victory, falling 63-42.

Malcolm Clayton scored 15 points and Trey Mosley added 11 to lead Fort Dodge (11-8 overall, 5-5 in CIML Iowa Conference). Those two, along with Aaron Porter and Edward Crawford, were in uniform at home for the final time in the regular season.

“We haven’t been real crisp in practice lately,” Daniel said. “Senior night can always be an interesting game, because you are a little nervous and playing with emotion. Maybe it was a case of our guys trying a little too hard, but we’ll be fine.

“I am proud of this group of seniors. They have pushed this program forward, and it was a big night (to recognize) them.”

CIML Iowa Conference co-champion Johnston (16-3, 9-1) was led by Boston Grimes, who had a game-high 25 points. Grimes was 5-for-6 from the three-point line and also had four rebounds.

Camden Vander Zwaag added 13 points, and Peyton Williams had eight.

Grimes made his first four shots from the field and had 11 of Johnston’s 15 first-quarter points. The Dragons, who have now won six straight, stretched their lead to as many as 10 in the second half.

“Johnston is a good team, which we knew coming in,” Daniel said. “We have to clean some things up and coach the kids up. We’ll search through the tape and make sure we are better prepared.

“There were enough learning points and coaching tips that we can close the gap.”

Clayton inched closer to the 1,000-point mark for his career, as he now sits at 986. He is 36 points away from passing Tom Goodman for fourth on the school’s all-time scoring charts.

“This group has helped to create a great culture for Dodger basketball,” Daniel said. “They have set high expectations for themselves in school and on the court. They are just really good kids, and deserve all the recognition they’ve received.”

The Dragons are coached by Bob Sandquist, the brother of Iowa Central athletic director and head softball coach Rick Sandquist. His Johnston staff also includes St. Edmond graduate Tyler Miklo.

Fort Dodge and Johnston could meet again in a district semifinal if the Dodgers can get past Des Moines East next Monday night.

First up are two regular season games to close the year at Des Moines Roosevelt Tuesday night and at Ames on Friday.


Fort Dodge — Trey Mosley 4-7 1-1 11, Malcolm Clayton 6-14 3-4 15, Edward Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Jackson 4-8 0-0 9, Aaron Porter 1-2 0-0 3, Tysen Kershaw 1-2 2-2 4, Jace Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Malihk Lockman 0-0 0-0 0, Isaiah Alvarez 0-0 0-0 0, Grant Barber 0-0 0-0 0, Rodney Tilawen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-36 6-7 42.

Johnston — Boston Grimes 9-17 2-2 25, Bo Sandquist 1-4 3-4 6, Camden Vander Zwaag 4-9 4-4 13, Peyton Williams 3-9 2-5 8, Nathan Newcomb 2-4 0-0 4, Chandler Heiser 1-1 0-0 2, Mitch Hunerdosse 0-0 0-0 0, Reid Grant 0-0 2-2 2, Joe Paul 1-1 0-0 3, Max McGaughy 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Vines 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Kapustka 0-1 0-0 0, Ty Petty 0-0 0-0 0, Jonathon Leth 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Skidmore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-47 13-17 63.

Quarter scores: Johnston led 15-12, 29-26, 47-37. Three-point goals: Fort Dodge 4-14 (Mosley 2-5, Clayton 0-3, Crawford 0-1, Jackson 1-2, Porter 1-2, Kershaw 0-1); Johnston 8-17 (Grimes 5-6, Sandquist 1-4, Vander Zwaag 1-5, Paul 1-1, Kapustka 0-1). Total rebounds: Fort Dodge 23, Johnston 23. Steals: Fort Dodge 1, Johnston 1. Blocked shots: Fort Dodge 1. Team fouls: Fort Dodge 14, Johnston 7. Turnovers: Fort Dodge 12, Johnston 4.