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St. Edmond Elijah Litwiller (7) hands-off to Cade Naughton (44) on Friday inside Dodgers Stadium

Emotional sight

St. Edmond head football coach Jon Borer was able to put Friday night’s loss to Sioux Central into perspective rather quickly. The Rebels ended any hopes the Gaels had of slipping into the postseason, scoring a 50-6 victory inside Dodger Stadium. Borer, in his first season with SEHS, ...

Dodgers finish second at W-G

WOODWARD — The Fort Dodge volleyball team finished second at the Woodward-Granger Invitational on Saturday. The Dodgers (8-22 overall) went 3-1 in pool play and advanced to the championship match, where they lost to Roland-Story 25-2 and 25-22. “We started slow, but every game on we ...

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Garrigan earns title HARTLEY — Fourth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan secured a 14th consecutive playoff berth and third straight district title with a 35-14 victory over Hartley-HMS here Friday night. Drew Bacha had 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, adding a 6-yard score in the ...


Dodgers travel to Indianola

INDIANOLA — Fort Dodge and Indianola have taken different routes to similar results at this point in the football season. The Dodgers and Indians square off with one more thing in common here Friday: the opportunity to secure a winning campaign and keeps flickering playoff dreams ...

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Brody Teske celebrates his third consecutive state championship for Fort Dodge in Des Moines last February.

LION’S HEART: FD’s Teske commits to Penn State

The natural assumption will go something like this: the minute Brody Teske received an offer from two-time defending national champion Penn State University and its iconic coach, Iowa State Cyclone legend Cael Sanderson, the Nittany Lions had the hardware and reputation to leave the Fort Dodge ...


Gaels host Sioux Central

With two games remaining in the season, St. Edmond is still holding out hope of a berth in the postseason. For that to happen, the Gaels will need to defend their home turf Friday night vs. Sioux Central. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. At the moment, fourth-ranked Bishop ...


Home stretch for area teams

We’ve reached the penultimate week of the prep football season. Two games remain and playoff berths are still up for grabs around the state. Week 8 presents more of a setup for the final Friday night, which should shape just about every district race from the area. In Class 3A, ...

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Hannah Schaeffer of St. Edmond spikes the ball against Humboldt on Thursday

Emotional finale

It was an emotional Senior Night here Thursday for St. Edmond head volleyball coach Dee Huss. Prior to the start of the final regular season match with Humboldt, the Gaels honored seniors Hannah Huss, Livi Huss and Hannah Schaeffer. “You always wish for that one more season with each ...

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Drew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Indianola's Kobey Pritchard during class 3A consolation finals on Saturday inside Wells Fargo Arena

Bennett will compete in Iowa City

IOWA CITY — Fort Dodge senior Drew Bennett will take to the mat Friday night during the “Night of Conflict 3” inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Bennett won the fan voting to become the final wrestler from Iowa to be added to the lineup. He’ll compete in this event for a second time, taking ...

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Matt Barker of Iowa Central works the ball upfield on Wednesday.

Tritons stay unbeaten

The Iowa Central rugby team made a statement here Wednesday night, scoring a victory over second-ranked Lindenwood-Belleville, 27-18. Matt Barker accounted for 12 points for the Tritons, who remained unbeaten on the season. Mike Wildin, Jabaree Leopold and Ani Mteto all had tries. “Matt ...

Szalat to coach Gael baseball, wrestling

The St. Edmond athletic department confirmed the hiring of Mike Szalat Wednesday as the new head wrestling and baseball coach. Szalat is currently the head cross country coach of the Gaels. “Coach Szalat brings a high level of energy and expertise to both of our programs,” SEHS athletic ...

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Henrique Devens of Iowa Central works down the field against Iowa Lakes on Wednesday. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

Triton men prevail; women edged

Henrique Devins scored twice to lead the Iowa Central men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Iowa Lakes here Wednesday evening at Rogers Sports Complex. Anthony Velez allowed just the one goal in net for the Tritons, who are now 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the ICCAC. The Lakers fall to 9-6 ...

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Fort Dodge's Trey Mosley catches a pass inside Dodger Stadium earlier this year.


Trey Mosley never considered himself much of a vocal leader. That all changed once his senior year arrived. Fort Dodge Senior High’s across-the-board receiving champion started to feel the sense of urgency he’d only heard about once his high school athletic career reached the fourth and ...

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Bryce Gidel of Humboldt compete during the girls 5k run on Tuesday at River Road Golf Course

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 ...

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Joseph Numert of Humboldt compete during the boys 5k run on Monday at Sheldon Park

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 ...

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Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell celebrates with linebacker Tymar Sutton (43) after the Cyclones' upset victory against the third-ranked Sooners on Saturday in Norman, Okla.

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 ...

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Legendary coach Dick Tighe stands with his new book at his home recently.

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 ...

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Sean Flaherty of St. Edmond makes a tackle last week inside Dodger Stadium.

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 ...