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THE TEAM TO BEAT

Playing No. 2 (Class 3A) Humboldt for the second time in four days, Nick Clark saw plenty of positives from his St. Edmond softball team. The end result, though, was a 6-1 defeat for the Gaels here Monday night at Rogers Park. Freshman Ellie Jacobson recorded nine strikeouts and drove in ...

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Brant Reiling of St. Edmond makes a catch at Rogers Park.

Wild rally for Gaels vs. Humboldt

St. Edmond head baseball coach Joe Shanks has seen just about everything during his time on the diamond. Monday night, though, Shanks experienced a first, as the Gaels charged back from an 11-0 deficit to defeat North Central Conference rival Humboldt at Rogers Park by a final of ...

Dodgers plate 25 in win

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge baseball team broke out of its offensive slump in a big way here on Monday, plating 25 runs in the first game of a CIML Iowa Conference split against Marshalltown. The Dodgers, who had scored just 25 runs total in their last eight contests, racked up 24 hits in ...

Fort Dodge sweeps in softball

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep over Marshalltown here Monday night. Scores were 15-8 and 10-4. FDSH head coach Andi Adams was happy with the kind of attitude her squad showed. “Marshalltown came out full of energy, but we showed that we have ...

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Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala stands with his AAU state folkstyle championship bracket earlier in the year in Des Moines.

Ayala on all-tourney team

YORK, Pa. — Fort Dodge freshman-to-be Drake Ayala went a perfect 8-0 and earned a spot on the Cadet Freestyle National Duals All-Tournament team this past weekend. Ayala went undefeated at 88 pounds for Iowa Gold to earn the honor, which was achieved by only four other Iowans: Cullan ...

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Tristin Doster of Fort Dodge makes a catch against Harlan at Rogers Park on Friday during the Fort Dodge Invitational. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

ATTENTION GRABBER

The Fort Dodge softball team got off to a hot start in their home tournament here on Friday, before inclement weather cooled their momentum during a game against No. 4 (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda at Rogers Park. The Dodgers (10-10 overall) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over ...

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Tehya Miller of Fort Dodge makes a catch in left field against Winterset on Saturday

Surge to silver

The Fort Dodge softball team rediscovered its rhythm in the 14th annual FDSH Invitational at Rogers Park this weekend. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, their championship-game opponent was swinging an even hotter bat. Iowa City West, an unranked squad with a deceiving overall record, sneaked ...

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Iowa Central assistant athletic director Gregg Haden stands with the Learfield Directors’ Cup trophy in Orlando, Fla. earlier this week.

Iowa Central is Learfield Cup winner

ORLANDO, Fla. — Iowa Central Community College has repeated as the Learfield Directors’ Cup winner, becoming the first two-year school in the history of the award to be honored in consecutive athletic seasons. The Learfield Directors’ Cup honor, also known as the all-sports trophy, is ...

Hunt hired as Benedictine head coach

ATCHISON, Kan. — Paul Hunt has accepted the softball head coaching position with Benedictine College. Hunt, a 2005 graduate of St. Edmond, leaves Iowa Central after two seasons as both assistant softball coach and assistant athletic director. The decision to take over the softball program ...

Beat goes on for No. 2 Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — The second-ranked Humboldt softball team picked up two victories on Friday, knocking off St. Edmond and Southeast Valley. The Gaels (6-9 overall) dropped a 6-1 contest to the Wildcats (17-1). Freshman Ellie Jacobson led the Wildcats in the circle and at the plate. Jacobson ...

Newell-Fonda edges No. 1 North Union

Fourth-ranked Newell-Fonda had the tough task of facing No. 1 right out of the gate at the Fort Dodge Invitational on Friday. The Mustangs (18-5 overall) pulled out a 2-1 victory with a run in the bottom of the seventh against the Warriors (16-2). Newell-Fonda turned the tide against the ...

Three in a row for Gaels

Brant Reiling had his hand in three of the biggest moments here Thursday night for the St. Edmond baseball team. Reiling went the distance on the mound, striking out five as the Gaels scored a 3-2 victory over Eagle Grove at Rogers Park. The St. Edmond (9-8 overall) senior also scored the ...

Dodgers ready to host FD Invite

The Fort Dodge softball team will host the annual Fort Dodge Invitational over the next two days at Rogers Park. The field will be made up of 16 teams on Diamond 1, Diamond 2 and Dodger Field in the mini-major area. Half of the programs included in this weekend’s action are ranked squads. ...

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Tyrman Lara of Fort Dodge gets drenched as he runs away from his teammates after driving in the winning score, giving the Dodgers a 6-5 victory over Roosevelt on Thursday

Fort Dodge ends skid

Fort Dodge avoided its first double-digit baseball losing streak in 14 years by staging a late rally to open a doubleheader against Des Moines Roosevelt on Thursday. The Dodgers plated three runs in the seventh inning and one more in the eighth to trip the Roughriders, 6-5, and put a dramatic ...

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Tristin Doster of Fort Dodge makes a diving catch against Johnston on Wednesday at Rogers Park

LEARNING CURVE

The Johnston softball team might have graduated five regulars from last year’s Class 5A state championship team, but the Dragons are definitely once again a contender. Led by timely hitting, No. 5 Johnston scored a doubleheader sweep of 12th-ranked Fort Dodge here Wednesday night at Rogers ...

Dodgers can’t stop Dragons

Fort Dodge baseball coach Blake Utley wants his team to “trust the process” as the Dodgers struggle to break out of a nine — game losing streak. So far, he said, they are doing just that. The Dodgers ran into a buzz saw Thursday night at Ed McNeil Field as top-ranked (4A) Johnston ...

Gaels hold off Bulldogs

HAMPTON — Nick O’Brien put together another strong outing, helping the Gaels to a 3-2 victory over Hampton-Dumont. O’Brien (3-1) went 4ª, allowed five hits and struck out 10 batters. He has 21 strikeouts in his last 11ª pitched. “Nick has really had one bad inning this season ...

Gaels fall short vs. Bulldogs

HAMPTON — The St. Edmond softball team put forth a valiant effort, but came up short against Hampton-Dumont on Wednesday night. Hampton-Dumont scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out an 8-7 victory over the Gaels (6-8 overall). “Our girls played a great game,’’ said ...

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Fort Dodge’s Myles Michehl (21, front) competes at Sports Park Raceway earlier this season.

Racing comes naturally to FD’s Michehl

The excitement of going to the track and competing has been flowing through Myles Michehl’s blood for years. Now, after the re-opening of Sports Park Raceway under new management earlier this spring, Michehl has been putting together strong races each week under the bright lights. Michehl ...

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Sydney Nelson of St. Edmond slides safely into home against Eagle Grove on Tuesday evening at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Gaels defeat Eagle Grove

For the first time in almost two years, the St. Edmond softball team finds themselves on a winning streak. The Gaels picked up a convincing 11-1 victory in six innings over Eagle Grove Tuesday night at Rogers Park, adding to a 7-4 victory over Webster City on Monday. Cousins Megan and Erin ...