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Sean Flaherty of St. Edmond goes up for a shot against Southeast Valley on Tuesday

Gael boys pass first 1A test

ALGONA — A year ago, the St. Edmond boys walked off the Bishop Garrigan court with a stunning loss to Newell-Fonda in the opening round of Class 1A postseason play. The Gaels returned here Thursday night and were able to gain a measure of revenge, rallying past Saint Ansgar, 56-42. St. ...

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Spencer Trenary of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows wrestles against Fairfield Brendon Lunsford during class 2A state wrestling on Thursday

Moving on

DES MOINES — Spencer Trenary gave Clarion-Goldfield/Dows three quarterfinalists with an impressive first round in the Class 2A field. Trenary (48-4) is in the 285-pound bracket as the seventh-ranked wrestler. He was pitted against the eighth-ranked Brendon Lunsford (38-4) of ...

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THE FORT DODGE BENCH (above) erupts after a Dodger victory on Wednesday at the state duals tournament. Senior Cayd Lara (below) reacts after clinching the state title for the Dodgers with a pin. For more photos, please visit

One title in tow

DES MOINES — A lot of people forget, but after the 1980 United States hockey team beat the heavily favored Russians in the “Miracle on Ice” game, the Americans had one more match to win with the gold medal on the line. After dispatching the other superpower of high school wrestling here ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaDrew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Southeast Polk Ryan Strickland during class 3A state wrestling on Thursday


DES MOINES — The pressure is undoubtedly on the top-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling squad at the traditional state tournament this week. Sandwiched in between a grueling stretch that yielded a state duals championship on Wednesday and the pivotal sessions ahead that will set the tone for the ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaBrayden Lyman of Eagle Grove wrestles against Woodbury Central Jake Dennison during class 1A state wrestling on Thursday

EG’s twin powers

DES MOINES — Saxon and Brayden Lyman had the same beginning at the state wrestling meet on Thurday. Now, they’re hoping for the same ending. The Eagle Grove senior twin brothers qualified for state in their final go-round, and both picked up early victories in the Class 1A ...

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Siblings Alexis Hanson (center) and Koby Hanson (right) stand cousin Donavon Hanson after the two wrestlers qualified for state. Koby and Alexis are first cousins with Donavon.

Family business

MANSON — Growing up, Koby Hanson and Donavon Hanson were inseparable in sharing their passion for the sport of wrestling. Through the years, they have traveled to tournaments and competed alongside each other, not knowing exactly what the future would hold. Now, Koby — a senior at ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley wrestles against Roland-Story during St. Edmond Duals on Saturday

Area wrestlers look for spot on medal stand

DES MOINES — Southeast Valley’s Kyler Fisher and Webster City’s Drake Doolittle were happy with where they landed at the end of last year’s state tournament, but the final results left plenty of motivation for 2018. Fisher (51-1), who is ranked second at 182 pounds, and Doolittle ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles agaisnt Waukee Marcus Schneider during Class 3A Championship on Wednesday inside Wells Fargo Arena

Teske treading in historic waters

DES MOINES — The weeks first dwindled to days, and the days have now become hours. Brody Teske’s fourth consecutive state championship could happen this Saturday night. It would be an unprecedented achievement not only in the annals of the Fort Dodge Senior High program, but Dodger ...

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Reed Abbas of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows wrestles against  Max Babcock during Class 2A Championship on Wednesday

Cowboys second at state duals

DES MOINES — The Clarion-Goldfiled/Dows wrestling team finished second in the Class 2A state dual tournament. The Cowboys lost to NHTV 42-30 in the championship final. CG-D defeated Solon 42-25 in the quarterfinals and knocked off Williamsburg in the semifinal. Spencer Trenary (285), ...

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Zane Williams of Webster City wrestles against Solon Seamus Poynton during Duals Consolations Championship on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena

Webster City finishes 5th in 2A

DES MOINES — The Webster City wrestling team finishe fifth at the state dual tournament on Wednesday. The Lynx beat Solon 47-30 in the fifth place match. Webster City lost to NHTV in the quarterfinals (40-33), Davenport Assumption (41-32) in the consolation semifinals. Chase Rattenborg ...

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Croft is Tritons’ scoring leader

CRESTON — Tray Croft is now the all-time leading scorer in Iowa Central men’s history. Croft scored 39 points in the Tritons 89-84 loss to Southwestern on Wednesday. Croft has now scored 1,392 total points in his two seasons at ICCC. Bill Orr had held the record for 49 years. Croft ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaBeth Murman of Fort Dodge shoots around Johnston Maddie Mock (40) and Regan Nesheim on Monday

FDSH stages furious rally

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge girls basketball team was one half away from seeing their season come to an end in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal here on Wednesday. Instead of going away quietly, the Dodgers roared back and advanced to fight for another round. FDSH rallied from a 13-point ...


Gaels open with St. Ansgar

ALGONA — The St. Edmond boys basketball squad begins its second season here Thursday against St. Ansgar in a Class 1A, District 3 opener. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bishop Garrigan High School. The Gaels (11-10 overall) face the Saints (11-9), with the winner advancing to meet ...

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Fort Dodge wrestling state qualifiers are, front row (left to right): Levi Egli, Jeremy Ayala, Drake Ayala, Brody Teske, Carson Taylor and Damond Lockner. Back: Logan Finowski, Triston Licht, Cayd Lara, Drew Bennett, Drevon Ross, Kaden Smith and Austin Lee.


DES MOINES — In the eyes of many, Fort Dodge is the odds-on-favorite to capture both the dual and traditional team championships at state wrestling this week. If there’s anyone not buying into the pre-tournament hype, though, it’s the Dodgers themselves. ‘‘We’re embracing the ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge drives against Marshalltown in the Dodger gym earlier this season.

Dodger boys clear big hurdle

DES MOINES — Fort Dodge senior Malcolm Clayton achieved two personal milestones on a night in which the Dodger boys reached one of their own. Head coach Tom Daniel called it a case of perfect timing. Clayton scored a career-high 31 points here on Tuesday as FDSH held off Des Moines ...

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Kaleb Anderson of Fort Dodge competes in the district meet on Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes.

FD’s Anderson makes state bowling field

Fort Dodge freshman Kaleb Anderson advanced to the state bowling tournament with an individual championship performance at a district meet here on Tuesday at Ridgewood Lanes. Anderson rolled games of 218 and 245 for a 463 series, which was the best in the district. The Dodger boys were second ...

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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 ...

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Senior Liza Van Zyl drives for Fort Dodge on Monday night against
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Sixth-rated Johnston tops FD girls

As the regular season winds down and the postseason approaches, coaches tend to look how their team fares a second time around against an opponent. The Fort Dodge girls showed marked improvement vs. No. 6 (Class 5A) Johnston here on Monday night, falling inside the Dodger gym, ...

Triton national qualifiers

Blue collar

If Sunday’s Central District Wrestling Championships were any indication of what’s to come, Iowa Central will definitely factor into the upcoming NJCAA national title race. The Tritons claimed six of the 10 individual crowns inside Hodges Fieldhouse, distancing themselves from runner-up ...

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team gathers after qualifying for the state dual tournament.

Stage is set

SIOUX CITY — Even with the top ranking in Class 3A, head coach Bobby Thompson is advising his Dodgers to embrace the underdog mentality. “We want to embrace it,’’ Thompson said. “We haven’t won anything yet. Rankings are for the fans and we have to hold that underdog role close ...