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One for the thumb

ALGONA — For the fifth consecutive time, the Humboldt girls finished on top here Tuesday at the North Central Conference cross country meet held at River Road Golf Course. Led by Bryce Gidel’s repeat first-place performance, the Wildcats finished a comfortable 53 points ahead of runner-up ...

Wildcat boys earn silver

ALGONA — The battle between Humboldt and Clear Lake on the cross country course stretched through the North Central Conference meet here Tuesday. In the end, the Lions were able to clip the Wildcats by two points for gold at River Road Golf Course. Sam Pedelty was meet medalist from Clear ...

Fort Dodge loses in five games

JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge volleyball team battled back here Tuesday night, forcing a fifth and deciding set with Johnston. In the end, the Dragons came out on top. Scores were 25-14, 25-10, 21-25, 24-26 and 15-11. “We made some adjustments and the kids responded,” FDSH head coach ...

Dodgers win nine events

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge girls swim team completed their regular season with a convincing victory over Marshalltown here Tuesday night. The final score was 116-70. The Dodgers finished first and second in four events, winning nine events overall. “It was a nice way to close out ...

ISU hopes this is just the beginning

When a 31-point underdog upsets the nation’s third-ranked team on the road — a landmark win boasting both historical significance and series rarity — the natural reaction is to celebrate. Not just in the postgame locker room, but well into the night. Or the next day. Or the rest of the ...

Tighe book signing this week in FD, WC

Dick Tighe, the state’s all-time leader for wins, will hold two events this week to introduce the official release of his book, “Coach Tighe: 63 Years of High School Football.” The first signing is set for Wednesday at Decker Sporting Goods in Fort Dodge from 5-6 p.m., with the second ...

Gaels pitch 12-0 shutout in the rain

ARMSTRONG — Jon Borer has given his defense credit all year for keeping St. Edmond in games. That unit rewarded Borer on Friday night, as the Gaels earned their first shutout since 2015 and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 12-0 victory over North Union. Senior Cade Naughton had his ...

Saturday stroll

The news of Fort Dodge’s recent defensive struggles — more a product of their schedule and injuries than entirely based in reality — reached the Marshalltown community this week. Instead of letting the Bobcats continue the trend, the Dodgers were inspired to take momentum back both on ...

Tritons sweep opener

The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams opened their season in dominating fashion here on Friday, sweeping through double duals against Iowa Lakes and Barton Community College. The Triton men dropped the Lakers, 123-69, and Barton, 122-71. The women defeated the same squads, 105-67 ...

Iowa Central loses in OT

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The Iowa Central football team again experienced a heartbreaking overtime loss, falling to Fort Scott here Saturday, 26-17. The Tritons had a chance to win the game, but BJ Phillips was intercepted on a fourth-and-7 pass. The Scotties kicked a 26-yard field goal on their ...

Tritons head to Fort Scott

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Iowa Central doesn’t have the look or the attitude of an 0-5 football team. The Tritons will try to corral win No. 1 here on Saturday against Fort Scott — a squad that just picked up its first victory a week ago. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Head coach Kevin Twait ...

STRETCH RUN

The Johnston cross country teams served notice to the rest of the state here Thursday, sweeping the boys and girls titles at the Fort Dodge Invitational. Next month, the Dragons will try to do the same right back at Lakeside Golf Course for the state meet. It was complete domination for ...

FDSH’s Homecoming date: Marshalltown

The Fort Dodge football team is keeping its routine as simple as possible in preparation for Friday’s Homecoming contest against Marshalltown. Varsity kickoff, weather permitting, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Dodgers (3-3 overall, 0-2 in Class 4A, District 4) were undoubtedly entertaining ...

SEHS heads north to take on North Union

ARMSTRONG — For the third time in the last four weeks, the St. Edmond football team hits the road, taking on Class A, District 2 foe North Union here Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. After getting to a break-even point on the year with two straight wins over MMCRU and South ...

October arrives for area

With the playoffs just around the corner, Messenger-area teams are trying to move forward and play their best football down the stretch. Three squads look to stay unbeaten in district play, with some of their biggest league contests on the horizon. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Central ...

Bulldogs outlast Gaels

Hampton-Dumont found a recipe to stop the St. Edmond volleyball team here on Thursday, but the Gaels nearly turned the tables in the end. The Bulldogs (9-11 overall, 2-4 in the North Central Conference) turned back St. Edmond (15-12, 2-4) in a thrilling five-set victory. Hampton-Dumont won ...

Dodgers add two more wins

SPENCER — The Fort Dodge girls swim team picked up two more duals here Thursday, sweeping Spencer and Carroll. The Dodgers downed Spencer, 58-36, and topped Carroll, 51-43. Taylor and Grace Hartley finished first and second in both the 200 free and 500 free races. Madigan Peimann was ...

Short-handed Iowa Central wins again

The 16th-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central volleyball team continues to pick up win after win in the ICCAC despite seeing starters go down with injuries. Wednesday night, the Tritons improved to 5-0 in the conference with a sweep over Southeastern, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-16 inside Hodges ...

Dodgers, Gaels ready for FDSH Invitational

Anytime cross country teams get a sneak peek of the state meet course, it’s a plus. When that course is in your own backyard, it’s that much more special. The Dodger cross country squad will host the annual Fort Dodge Invitational here on Thursday at Lakeside. Middle school action ...

Humboldt, E’Burg capture titles in EG

EAGLE GROVE —The Humboldt and Emmetsburg girls came away with team titles at the Dick Bell Invitational on Tuesday in Eagle Grove. The Wildcats were champions in Class A with 27 points and the E-Hawks won the Class B crown with 51 points. All five of Humboldt’s counting runners placed ...