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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots over Des Moines Lincoln player Hannah McKinney last week inside the Dodger gym.

Fort Dodge girls earn first victory

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls basketball team is on the board. On Tuesday night, the Dodgers (1-4 overall) cruised to their first victory of the season, easily knocking off Des Moines Hoover (0-4) 47-27. FDSH held the Huskies to six first-half points in the rout. “It was good to pick ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge shoots around Des Moines Lincoln Will Feller last week in the Dodger gym.

Hoover boys too much for FDSH

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys struggled to score offensively and stop Des Moines Hoover in the first game of a three-game road stint here on Tuesday. The Dodgers (1-2 overall) dropped a 51-30 contest to the undefeated Huskies (4-0). “We lacked the effort and energy you need in a road ...

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Kaleb Jondle of Fort Dodge shoots around DM Lincoln on Friday

Mosley beats buzzer

As the entire gym turned their attention to veteran Fort Dodge standout Malcolm Clayton in the waning seconds of a tie game here on Friday, long-time friend and senior backcourt mate Trey Mosley saw an entirely different storyline developing. Almost everyone expected the Dodgers to sink or ...

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team poses with its hardware after winning the Cliff Keen Independence
Invitational on Saturday.

INDEPENDENCE DAY

INDEPENDENCE — Statement made. On paper, No. 2 Fort Dodge looks like a championship contender this season. On the mat, the Dodgers are out to prove it. During the two-day Cliff Keen Independence Invitational, nationally-ranked Fort Dodge showed off both its talent and depth in crowning ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Dowling Catholic'sTrevor Schwager on Thursday inside Dodgers gym

Dodgers in first after strong start

INDEPENDENCE —The second-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team served notice during the first round of the Cliff Keen Independence Invitational on Friday night. The Dodgers went 33-4 on the day and advanced 10 wrestlers to the Gold Bracket round and four to the Silver Bracket. “We wrestled ...

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Carson Collins of Manson Northwest Webster pins Alta/Aurelia’s Schade Larson in the finals of the Doug Wood Invitational on Saturday in Manson. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Backyard fun

MANSON — For the first time in seven years, the Manson Northwest Webster wrestling team claimed their own team tournament here on Saturday. The Cougars won the Doug Wood Invitational, accumulating 197.5 points. OA-BCIG (175) was second, and South Central Calhoun placed third at ...

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Will Woodruff of St. Edmond shoots over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows on Friday

Early struggles

St. Edmond head boys coach Adolph Kochendorfer had nothing but praise for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows after the Cowboys bested the Gaels here Friday night. Sam Urness led three Clarion-Goldfield/Dows players in double figures with 15 points, helping the Cowboys to a 51-38 victory. Will ...

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The Fort Dodge boys swim team stands together after winning the Boone Invitational on Saturday.

Three-peat for Dodgers at Boone Invitational

BOONE — For the third consecutive season the Fort Dodge swim squad earned the Boone Invitational championship here on Saturday. The Dodgers won four events and scored 55 team points. Host Boone (41) was second followed by Carroll (40). On their way to the team title, the Dodgers broke two ...

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Erin Flattery of St. Edmond shoots around Mariah Frye on Friday

Cowgirls turn back SEHS

Steve Neuberger knows it will take a few games for everyone involved with the St. Edmond girls to get familiar with each other. The Gaels jumped out to an early lead here Friday night in their 2017-18 debut, but Clarion-Goldfield/Dows rallied behind freshman Raven Kinnetz to claim a 45-33 ...

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Kemryn Jenkins drives to the hoop Iowa Central on Saturday against Northeast during the final day of the Great Western Shootout at Hodges Fieldhouse.

Another win for Triton men

The Iowa Central men kept their win streak alive here on Saturday thanks to a second-half rally. The Tritons (9-1 overall) won their eighth straight game after coming back from a 13-point deficit to pull out a 74-71 victory over Northeast (Neb.) in the finale of the Great Western Shootout ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge goes up for a shot against Des Moines Lincoln on Friday

Lincoln derails Dodger girls

The Fort Dodge girls basketball team has plenty of work to do from an execution standpoint. Until the Dodgers get out of their own way and show more consistent emotion, though, the X’s and O’s aren’t going to be Julius Michalik’s main point of contention. Michalik’s squad suffered ...

Croft leads Triton men

Tray Croft and Thomas Akamarmoi combined for 47 points as the Iowa Central men defeated Central-Columbus here Friday night, 77-65. The game was part of the Great Western Shootout held inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Croft had 26 points, going 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. The sophomore ...

West paces Triton women

Brittany West scored 28 points to help lead the Iowa Central women to a 71-62 victory over Central-Columbus here Friday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. The Tritons (4-5 overall) overcame an early deficit, outscoring the Raiders 17-11 in the second quarter. West, a freshman, hit eight ...

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Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston's James Edwards on Thursday

Dodgers go unbeaten

DES MOINES — The second-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team opened their season with a pair of convincing dual meet wins over Ames and Des Moines Hoover/North here Thursday night. Three-time defending state champion Brody Teske didn’t get the chance to compete, as both teams ...

Gaels hit the hardwood

The St. Edmond boys and girls hit the court for the first time Friday night, hosting Clarion-Goldfield/Dows. Action begins at 6:15 p.m. inside the SEHS gym with the girls contest. Boys are set to tip at approximately 7:45 p.m. “It’s been a long time (playing since the season ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaAndrew Fierke of Fort Dodge compete during 500 Yard Relay against West Des Moines Valley on Thursday

Fierke doubles up, Dodgers win four events

Even after losing to Valley on Thursday night in the Dodger Pool, Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse was still pleased with the efforts. The Dodgers (2-1 overall) lost 111-59 to West Des Moines Valley, but came away with four event victories. “It was a really good night,’’ ...

Duckett earns two falls in debut

HAMPTON — The St. Edmond wrestling team opened the year here with three duals, including a pair of North Central Conference meets. The Gaels dropped all three, falling to Hampton-Dumont (60-18), Algona (72-12) and Forest City (75-6). Freshman Ryan Duckett picked up two falls, pinning Abe ...

UNI Volleyball

Panthers begin NCAA tourney trek

MINNEAPOLIS — The Northern Iowa volleyball team is making a habit out of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. And former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Lexi Astor has been along for the ride. Astor and the Panthers earned their third consecutive at-large berth into the dance, opening up ...

Tritons host Great Western Shootout

The Iowa Central men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the Great Western Shootout this Friday and Saturday at Hodges Fieldhouse. Both teams will play Central-Columbus on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Northeast on Saturday at 4 p.m. Dennis Pilcher and the Triton men (7-1 ...

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Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske will begin his trek for a fourth state championship and an undefeated career.

The chase is on

The anticipation is over. The second-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team will begin its chase for a state championship. The Dodgers, enter the meet tonight with eight ranked wrestlers in their lineup as they look to start their climb towards the schools first state championship since 1985. Fort ...