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Dodger swimmers win twice

CARROLL — The Fort Dodge boys swim team picked up two victories here Tuesday, besting both Spencer and Carroll. The Dodgers downed Spencer, 81-13, and defeated Carroll, 60-34, improving to 2-1 on the season. Fort Dodge won 10 of the 11 events on the night, including all of the ...

Tritons wrestlers riding early wave of momentum

Iowa Central  remained at the forefront of junior college wrestling last winter, finishing second at nationals and crowning three individual champions. Now, the Tritons and head coach Luke Moffitt get back to work on keeping the tradition alive. Sophomore Zak Hensley leads the way after ...

Tritons riding early wave of talented freshman class

The Iowa Central men’s basketball team has walked a fine line between winning and losing during the early stages of the 2016-17 season. Veteran head coach Dennis Pilcher is confident that once his young squad gains experience and confidence in each other, the Tritons will find the right ...

SHARP SHOOTERS

The St. Edmond boys hit the ground running here Monday night, claiming a 79-53 victory over Bishop Garrigan in their season opener. Behind the shooting of Andrew Gibb, Charlie Doyle and Jackson Kochendorfer, the Gaels (1-0 overall) nailed a dozen three-pointers in earning their 21st win in ...

Gael boys tip off against Garrigan

Another season begins on the hardwood for the St. Edmond boys and legendary head coach Adolph Kochendorfer on Monday night. And it comes against a familiar opponent. The Gaels will open their season against former North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan. Varsity tip is set for ...

Marshalltown pulls away from Tritons

Iowa Central men’s basketball coach Dennis Pilcher said his young team is still searching for its identity. The Tritons didn’t come any closer to finding it here Monday night against Marshalltown. Iowa Central (4-5) showed flashes of consistency in the first half, hanging with the ...

Dodger hoop teams head to Valley

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys and girls hit the court for the first time together tonight, taking on long-time rival West Des Moines Valley. Tip is set for 6:15 p.m. with the girls contest. The boys are slated to start at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tom Daniel and the Fort Dodge ...

FD wrestlers ranked 3rd

Fort Dodge will open the wrestling season as the third-ranked team in Class 3A, according to The Predicament. Six Dodgers are rated individually, including defending state champions Brody Teske (No. 1 at 120) and Triston Lara (No. 1 at 138). Teske, a junior, is unbeaten in his varsity career. ...

Kruger settles in at Iowa Central

New women’s basketball coach Kelly Kruger has experienced tremendous support since arriving on the Iowa Central campus. Kruger is in his first season directing the Tritons. He replaced Jordon O’Brien, who is now an assistant at Missouri Southern. “I’ve had good people to work ...

Dodger swimmers start strong

Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse skipped right past the final score and individual finishes from the Dodgers’ season-opening meet against Ames here on Tuesday. ‘‘The times,’’ Greathouse smiled. ‘‘These times are outstanding for the third week of November. This was a really ...

Eight area players on INA first team

Eight Messenger-area football players were named first team all-state Iowa Newspaper Association selections, the organization officially announced on Monday night. Four athletes from Class A state runner-up Bishop Garrigan — senior Gibson Behr, senior Joel Vaske, senior Grant Buscherfeld ...

Stuck in the middle

In case you missed it, Messenger-area schools Bishop Garrigan and Webster City played in two of the six thrilling state football championship games last week at the UNI-Dome. Iowa City Regina finally lost its grip on a six-year gold stranglehold. West Des Moines Dowling and Pella kept their ...

Dodger girls finish strong against Roosevelt

Sometimes it’s how you start and how you finish. The Fort Dodge girls got off to a fast start against Des Moines Roosevelt in their season opener in the Dodger gym Tuesday, but needed a fourth-quarter rally to come away with a 61-53 victory to the start of Coach Julius Michalik’s second ...

Gael girls lose opener to Garrigan

The St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan girls renewed their rivalry here Tuesday night, and it was the Golden Bears gaining the upper-hand. Bishop Garrigan opened up an early lead and never looked back, sprinting to a 50-30 victory in the season opener for both schools. With the win, the Golden ...

FD girls open vs. Roosevelt

With nearly their entire lineup intact from a season ago, the Fort Dodge girls will head back to the hardwood beginning on Tuesday. The Dodgers (0-0 overall) open their season in the Dodger gym against Des Moines Roosevelt (0-0). Tip is set for 7:45 p.m. “The (Roughriders) have two post ...

Gael girls host Garrigan

The St. Edmond girls begin their season here tonight, hosting former North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan. Tip is set for 7:45 p.m. inside the Gael gym. Scott Messerly begins his 12th season directing St. Edmond with four returning starters, as offseason surgery has sidelined Livi ...

Triton women win in overtime

When the Iowa Central women were able to create offense from their defense, they looked unbeatable here Monday night vs. Little Priest Tribal. When that wasn’t happening, the Tritons showed youth and inexperience, just like first-year head coach Kelly Kruger expected. In the end, that ...

Iowa Central hosts final home swim meet of season

The Iowa Central swim program faced Coe in a double dual at the Dodger Pool on Friday, wrapping up the home portion of their 2016-17 campaign. The Triton men rolled to a 137-77 victory. The women were edged, 120-108. Lucas Wittmann, Keagan Wilson and Dylan Van Pletzen were all winners in ...

Iowa Central captures four more XC golds

GULF SHORES, Ala. — It was another banner day for the Iowa Central cross country program at the NJCAA Half-Marathon National Championships. The Tritons brought home four national titles on Saturday. “We’re really excited,’’ said Iowa Central head coach Dee Brown. “We were ...

Sense of pride

CEDAR FALLS — As reality began to set in late Thursday night, a sweaty, exhausted and heartbroken Drew Fielder did everything he could to keep his emotions in check inside a tiny classroom not 100 yards away from where he played football for the final time. His mouth emitted words his body ...