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Tritons meet NIACC in women’s semifinal

MASON CITY — The Iowa Central women’s basketball team is a different team than the last time they lost to second-ranked NIACC. The Tritons will get thier third shot at the Trojans as they’ll meet in the semifinal round of the Region XI tournament in Mason City. Action begins at 1 ...

Tritons show their appreciation for Pilcher

Several current and former Iowa Central players and coaches expressed their appreciation for head coach Dennis Pilcher, who announced his retirement this week: Ryan O'Hern, former Triton player and former assistant Triton coach, current West Burlington boys head coach "Thanks Coach Pilcher ...

Renewing our vows

I had a very eye-opening conversation with a local teenage athlete about our industry recently. What started as a casual discussion about sports articles turned into an enlightening experience for — hopefully — both of us. And for the well being of our profession, I want to share the ...

THE END OF AN ERA

ESTHERVILLE — A career five decades in the making came to an end here Tuesday night, as long-time Iowa Central men’s head coach Dennis Pilcher officially announced his retirement. Pilcher informed his players and staff following a 76-64 defeat at the hands of Iowa Lakes in the opening ...

Lasting legacy

One of my first “big time” assignments when I started at The Messenger was to cover the Iowa Central men’s basketball team. For a recently-graduated high schooler, I felt like I had hit the jackpot. Here I was, given the opportunity to cover college basketball on a Saturday ...

Tritons shock Lakers

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Central women continued their winning ways here Wednesday night, knocking Iowa Lakes out of the Region XI Tournament with a 64-55 victory. The Tritons (18-12 overall) have now won six in a row and will meet No. 2 North Iowa Area on Saturday in the tournament ...

ALL-STATE HONORS

Seven area girls were named all-state recipients this week for their efforts on the basketball court by both the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Olivia and Ella Larsen of Newell-Fonda, Bishop Garrigan’s Kaylyn Meyers, Maddie Jones from South ...

Triton women begin their second season

ESTHERVILLE — Postseason play begins here Wednesday night for the Iowa Central women as they take on Iowa Lakes. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in a Region XI Tournament quarterfinal. The Tritons (17-12 overall) have found the right mix here down the stretch, winning their last five ...

A SECOND WIND

DES MOINES — Mark Meister was thrust into the head coaching role with the Bishop Garrigan boys just hours before their district opener. Since that decision was made, the Golden Bears have been firing on all cylinders. Bishop Garrigan (19-6 overall) meets Montezuma (21-1) here Monday at ...

Lasting memories

DES MOINES — Angelo Winkel was left with plenty of mixed emotions following Monday’s loss at the state tournament. Winkel, a rising sophomore for Bishop Garrigan, played for the final time with his four senior teammates as the Golden Bears fell to Montezuma, 78-65, in the Class 1A ...

Family pep talk fuels Thorson’s late surge at Big 12s

AUSTIN, Tex. — Lehr Thorson’s Big 12 championship weekend didn’t get off to the best start. Thorson finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke on Friday with a time that wasn’t up to her own expectations. The Iowa State sophomore’s qualifying attempt in the 200 breaststroke Saturday ...

Tritons face Lakers in opener

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Central men open up Region XI Tournament play vs. Iowa Lakes on Tuesday night looking to find their postseason spark. Tip is set for 7 p.m. here inside the Laker Gymnasium. After picking up back-to-back wins over Southwestern and Little Priest, the Tritons (12-18 ...

Beschorner hired by UW-EC

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Wesley Beschorner has found his new coaching home. Beschorner, a former all-state quarterback at Southern Cal (now South Central Calhoun), was hired to be the new head coach for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire football team recently. “My family and I are ...

UNDISPUTED

DES MOINES — The Newell-Fonda girls completed their perfect season here Saturday night in convincing fashion, dominating West Hancock to claim the Class 1A state championship. Behind another high-pressure defensive effort, the Mustangs broke open a close game at the half, winning 76-52 ...

Pair of golds for Iowa Central

COUNCIL BLUFFS — For 12 months, Ethan Karsten and Tyree Sutton have waited for this opportunity. Karsten and Sutton both battled their way through the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships, ending it all here Saturday night with their hands raised as winners for Iowa Central. The Tritons ...

Triton men win national bowling championship

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Iowa Central bowling team completed the two-day NJCAA Championships with more hardware to bring back home. The Triton men claimed their second team title, adding to the national championship captured back in 2017. “We had a huge day on Friday, but I just kept ...

FD’s Thorson lands on all-Big 12 team

AUSTIN, Tex. — After earning all-conference honor in one event less than 24 hours earlier, Lehr Thorson added a second to her resume here Saturday at the Big 12 Championships. Thorson, a former standout at Fort Dodge Senior High, registered a 2:15.80 mark to place fourth in the 200 ...

TRITONS ARE CHAMPS

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Iowa Central men’s track team used their depth to claim another national title here Saturday. The Tritons finished with 90.5 points to claim the NJCAA National Indoor Championships ahead of Barton County and Cloud County. On the women’s side, Iowa Central placed ...

FDSH grad Fierke 10th at Big Ten Championships

IOWA CITY — True freshman Andrew Fierke scored a 10th-place showing here Saturday for the Iowa men’s swim team at the Big Ten Championships. The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate earned his finish in the 1650 free. He posted a time of 5:10.24, which was a personal-record and the fifth-best ...

Tritons advance 6 to the semifinals

COUNCIL BLUFFS — It’s been sitting in the pit of Ethan Karsten’s stomach for a year. Every time someone brought up his 2018 national runner-up performance for Iowa Central, he shuddered while reliving the moment. Karsten, ranked second at 157 pounds, lost in overtime in the finals a ...