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Gaels top N-F in extras, 8-7

By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net If Monday night’s season opener was any indication, the St. Edmond softball team will be one tough out all year long. After falling behind 5-0 to Newell-Fonda at Rogers Park, the Gaels battled their way back, completing the rally with a three-run ...

Mayer qualifies for state golf meet

NASHUA — St. Edmond’s Riley Mayer advanced to the Class 1A state golf meet with a third-place showing. Mayer carded an 89 for the Gaels and finished third in the individual standings. South Winneshiek’s Jaden Schweinefus shot an 80 to take home top honors. North Tama’s Claire ...

Szalat begins tenure with talented group

Mike Szalat has been in the St. Edmond dugout for the past 10 seasons — watching, learning, preparing. Now, Szalat will be in command of the Gael baseball program after a decade of soaking in knowledge behind a Hall of Famer. Szalat takes over for former Joe Shanks, who coached his last ...

Heavy hearts

DES MOINES — Chase McAlister and all of the South Central Calhoun state track qualifiers are competing with heavy hearts at Drake Stadium this week. A day before the state meet began, classmate Jacy McAlexander passed away following a courageous battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. The ...

Memorable finale

DES MOINES — The 2018 state track meet will be one Chase McAlister never forgets. After helping the South Central Calhoun distance medley to a third place finish Friday night, McAlister sprinted to a runner-up performance in the Class 2A 800 on Saturday inside Drake Stadium. Just days ...

Domi-nation

DES MOINES — Dominick Etherington had one final throw left in his high school career to make something happen. And Etherington did just that. The Algona senior launched the discus over 61 feet to secure the Class 3A state title on Friday, surging past Solon’s Tyler Linderbaum, who had ...

Title run

DES MOINES — Riley Bauer gave those inside Drake Stadium something to never forget here Saturday at the state track and field meet. Bauer, a North Union senior, sprinted past Iowa State University recruit Gable Sieperda of Central Lyon and into the history books, winning the Class 1A ...

Dodgers ready to take the field

Fort Dodge head baseball coach Blake Utley feels like his team is ahead of the curve in terms of being “game ready” right now compared to last year. Ten different Dodgers who saw double-digital at-bats a season ago return, along with 28 collective starts on the mound. Of course, those ...

FDSH again priding itself on toughness

Andi Adams looks at the size of her Fort Dodge softball team and can’t help but smile. She knows how other CIML programs will perceive her diminutive Dodgers — both their stature and roster depth. Adams even understands why the opposition may naturally — and even unintentionally — turn ...

Gaels make statement in 4×4

DES MOINES — Sean Newell, Jonah Hindt, Sean Flattery and Charlie Shelly stepped to the line in the Class 1A 4x400 prelims with one goal in mind: qualify for the finals. The St. Edmond quartet did more than that, clocking the second-fastest time and capturing the first heat, recording a ...

Gaels finish eighth in 4×400

DES MOINES — Sean Newell admits there were bigger goals in mind for the St. Edmond 4x400 relay at Drake Stadium on Saturday. But at the same time, the junior realizes securing a medal in Class 1A on the blue oval is nothing to be disappointed about. Newell, Jonah Hindt, Sean Flattery and ...

Dodger boys win heat in 4×200

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys track team gained valuable confidence and experience Friday at the state meet inside Drake Stadium. Now, the Dodger quartet of Tyler Schreier, Luke Jacobson, Brycen Bell and Trey Mosley are hoping to end the weekend with a medal in the sprint medley relay on ...

Wildcats earn bronze in 4×4

DES MOINES — Denny Pederson’s Humboldt teammates helped him conclude his track career on a high note here Saturday. Matt Miller, Jamison Heinz and Cale Hundertmark joined Pederson on the 4x400 relay, as the quartet raced to a third place finish inside Drake Stadium in the final Class 3A ...

Thilges earns silver for BG

DES MOINES — Caitlin Thilges definitely saved her best for last. The Bishop Garrigan senior posted a throw of 122-9 to finish third here Friday in the Class 1A discus, securing a bronze medal. Lansing Kee’s Kendra Cooper won the event with a toss of 132-10 and Dunkerton’s Kaitlyn Wilder ...

RECORD BREAKER

DES MOINES — St. Edmond’s Charlie Shelly and Abby Landwehr each had certain goals in mind coming into Thursday’s Class 1A state track meet. And after their races in the 400 and 3000, respectively, both had achieved more than what they could have even hoped for. Shelly, a sophomore ...

Fehr a silver medalist for WB-M

DES MOINES — West Bend-Mallard’s Rachel Fehr had an immediate impact in her state track debut here Thursday inside Drake Stadium. The freshman placed second on the blue oval here in the 400, just getting edged out at the line by Danville’s Alyssa Pfadenhauer. Fehr and Pfadenhauer ...

St. Edmond boys headed back to state golf

Timing is everything in the postseason. Just ask the St. Edmond boys golf team. The Gaels picked the right moment to turn in their best 18-hole round of the season here on Thursday, capturing a Class 1A district championship by a single stroke and advancing to the state tournament at ...

Nerland a state runner-up

DES MOINES — Webster City’s Cassidy Nerland has many memories she will take with her to Grand View University in the fall. The Lynx senior added to that here on Thursday inside Drake Stadium, securing second place honors in the Class 3A discus with a throw of 128-5. “It feels amazing ...

Area athletes medal in Class 2A

DES MOINES — Jill Vonnahme and Spencer Moon shined on the cross country stage this past fall. On Thursday, they both secured medals in the distance events at state track. Vonnahme, a senior for Pocahontas Area, placed fourth in the Class 2A 3000, with Moon, a junior at South Central ...

Triton Porter first team all-ICCAC

Iowa Central freshman Devin Porter was named first team all-Region XI for his efforts on the diamond this past spring. Porter was tabbed the designated hitter after finishing in the Top-10 in the ICCAC in both on-base and slugging percentage, to go along with a league-leading 122 plate ...