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LAKE CITY — The South Central Calhoun community has made sure they will never forget what Jacy McAlexander meant to them. McAlexander, who would have been a Titan senior this year, passed away last spring after his courageous battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. For Zane Neubaum, helping those ...

Cowgirls put in the time to reach state

CEDAR RAPIDS — Katrina TerHark made a decision last year that helped push the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team to the state tournament this season. The Cowgirls (27-8 overall) will take on top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Carroll Kuemper (42-1) here on Wednesday in the Class 3A ...

Cowgirls can’t stop No. 1 Carroll Kuemper

CEDAR RAPIDS — Facing off against Goliath, the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team was unable to play the role of David here Wednesday afternoon. The Cowgirls saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament inside the U.S. Cellular Center in straight ...

Triton women sharp in home debut

Kelly Kruger treats each quarter of every game the exact same. The goal for Kruger is to have his players also do that. The Iowa Central women opened their home season with a convincing 74-49 victory over Central-Columbus here Monday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse, improving to 1-1 on the ...

Tritons to rely on experience, balance

In his fourth decade on the sidelines as Iowa Central head men’s basketball coach, Dennis Pilcher has a group of returning sophomores anxious to take the team to the next level. The Tritons went 21-12 last year and made a run to the Region XI championship before falling to Southwestern. ...

MAKING AMENDS

Just like the Iowa Central football team, sophomore defensive standout Michael Slater has come a long way over the past year. Slater scored his first career offensive touchdown as a Triton to open the game, then added his second defensive score of the year as Iowa Central crushed Fort Scott on ...

SAVVY VETERANS

As he begins his third season as Iowa Central women’s basketball coach, Kelly Kruger feels confident with the roster he has. Kruger and the Tritons return five sophomores from a season ago, with that group being boosted by the transfer of both former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Shariah ...

FINISH UP STRONG

MARSHALLTOWN — Grace Hartley and her teammates gave Fort Dodge girls swim fans a glimpse into the future by embracing the present at the state meet on Friday and Saturday. Hartley established two new school records during the preliminary rounds, then secured a Top-10 finish in the 500 ...

Area players earn TLC honors

In her first season on the job, Martha Mericle led the South Central Calhoun volleyball team to a Twin Lakes Conference championship with a perfect 11-0 record. Mericle was recently named league coach of the year, with SCC’s Maddie Jones and Emma McKinney earning first team all-conference ...

Doing the right thing

STRATFORD — Doing the right thing — for the right reasons — isn’t always the easiest course of action. For Fort Dodge’s Caleb Kizer doing the right thing turned into an adventure and a chance to eventually mount an unusual set of deer antlers on his wall. Kizer found two deer ...

VALIANT EFFORT

LAKE CITY — Defending Class A state champion West Sioux will return to the UNI-Dome as a 1A semifinalist after besting South Central Calhoun here Friday night, 34-20. The fifth-ranked Falcons set the state’s 11-man scoring record a year ago on their way to a perfect season. Cole Corey ...

Rial will make coaching debut

STORM LAKE — Former Fort Dodge Senior two-time state wrestling champion Mark Rial makes his head coaching debut here Saturday for Buena Vista. Rial will lead the Beavers against American Rivers Conference rival Loras inside the BVU gym at 2 p.m. “Practices have been going really ...

Garrigan falls to Vikings

ALGONA — Turnovers doomed the Bishop Garrigan football team and their quest to return to the UNI-Dome here Friday night. The third-ranked Golden Bears were topped by No. 5 Edgewood-Colesburg here in a Class A quarterfinal, 6-0, committing five turnovers in the contest. Two years ago, ...

Iowa Central hosts Fort Scott

The Iowa Central football team enters Saturday’s contest with Fort Scott seeking their first four-game win streak in five years. Kickoff between the Tritons and Greyhounds is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium. The sophomores will be honored prior to the start of the game. “Those guys, ...

Hartley, Xiao in finals for Dodgers

MARSHALLTOWN — Grace Hartley advanced to two finals here Friday in prelim action at the state swim meet, setting two new school records in the process. Hartley, a sophomore from Fort Dodge, clocked a time of 5:11.00 in the 500 to earn the No. 8 seed. West Des Moines Dowling’s Berit Quass ...

Waukon topples Algona

WAUKON — Defending state champion Waukon survived a spirited effort by Algona here Friday night, advancing to the Class 2A semifinals with a 24-21 victory. Leading by three late, Waukon’s Dawson Baures converted a fourth-down run, allowing the third-ranked Indians to seal the victory. ...

Jaguars can’t stop BH/RV

HULL — Fifth-ranked Southeast Valley didn’t finish the season the way they wanted to, but the ride to the quarterfinals was one they won’t soon forget. The Jaguars (8-3 overall) dropped a 48-6 decision to second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (10-1) in a Class 2A quarterfinal on Friday ...

Jaguars play for trip to UNI-Dome

HULL — Southeast Valley has been in tough situations all season long, but they’ve never been under pressure from their own accord. The fifth-ranked Jaguars (8-2 overall) have played a daunting schedule all season. They’ve taken some lumps and given some bumps. But the journey has been ...

YOUNG GUNS

MARSHALLTOWN — Excitement surrounds the Fort Dodge swim team heading into the state meet. The Dodgers doubled their qualifying events from a season ago and will compete in 10 state events at the Marshalltown YMCA. Four of the five Dodger participants were in action last season, and junior ...

Gibb named Heisman finalist

St. Edmond senior Andrew Gibb was recently named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship. Gibb, who plays basketball and golf for the Gaels, was one of three area athletes honored as school winners along with Newell-Fonda’s Samantha Bovero and Emmetsburg’s ...