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Tysen Kershaw of Fort Dodge makes the catch for a touchdown against Marshalltown on Saturday inside Dodger Stadium

Saturday stroll

The news of Fort Dodge’s recent defensive struggles — more a product of their schedule and injuries than entirely based in reality — reached the Marshalltown community this week. Instead of letting the Bobcats continue the trend, the Dodgers were inspired to take momentum back both on ...

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Mitchell Emery, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, competes for Iowa Central on Friday night in the Dodger pool.

Tritons sweep opener

The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams opened their season in dominating fashion here on Friday, sweeping through double duals against Iowa Lakes and Barton Community College. The Triton men dropped the Lakers, 123-69, and Barton, 122-71. The women defeated the same squads, 105-67 ...

Iowa Central loses in OT

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The Iowa Central football team again experienced a heartbreaking overtime loss, falling to Fort Scott here Saturday, 26-17. The Tritons had a chance to win the game, but BJ Phillips was intercepted on a fourth-and-7 pass. The Scotties kicked a 26-yard field goal on their ...

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Ty Sohn of Iowa Central makes the catch for a touchdown against Independence earlier this season in Manson.

Tritons head to Fort Scott

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Iowa Central doesn’t have the look or the attitude of an 0-5 football team. The Tritons will try to corral win No. 1 here on Saturday against Fort Scott — a squad that just picked up its first victory a week ago. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Head coach Kevin Twait ...

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Fort Dodge teammates Joshua Meier (left) and Jonathon Madden join St. Edmond’s Ryan Duckett near the finish line during the FDSH Invitational on Thursday at Lakeside Golf Course. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net


The Johnston cross country teams served notice to the rest of the state here Thursday, sweeping the boys and girls titles at the Fort Dodge Invitational. Next month, the Dragons will try to do the same right back at Lakeside Golf Course for the state meet. It was complete domination for ...


FDSH’s Homecoming date: Marshalltown

The Fort Dodge football team is keeping its routine as simple as possible in preparation for Friday’s Homecoming contest against Marshalltown. Varsity kickoff, weather permitting, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Dodgers (3-3 overall, 0-2 in Class 4A, District 4) were undoubtedly entertaining ...


SEHS heads north to take on North Union

ARMSTRONG — For the third time in the last four weeks, the St. Edmond football team hits the road, taking on Class A, District 2 foe North Union here Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. After getting to a break-even point on the year with two straight wins over MMCRU and South ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley runs the ball last month against South Central Calhoun.

October arrives for area

With the playoffs just around the corner, Messenger-area teams are trying to move forward and play their best football down the stretch. Three squads look to stay unbeaten in district play, with some of their biggest league contests on the horizon. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Central ...

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Josie Huss of St. Edmond hits the ball over the net in the Gael gym.

Bulldogs outlast Gaels

Hampton-Dumont found a recipe to stop the St. Edmond volleyball team here on Thursday, but the Gaels nearly turned the tables in the end. The Bulldogs (9-11 overall, 2-4 in the North Central Conference) turned back St. Edmond (15-12, 2-4) in a thrilling five-set victory. Hampton-Dumont won ...

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Elora Fierke of Fort Dodge swims in the Dodger pool earlier this week.

Dodgers add two more wins

SPENCER — The Fort Dodge girls swim team picked up two more duals here Thursday, sweeping Spencer and Carroll. The Dodgers downed Spencer, 58-36, and topped Carroll, 51-43. Taylor and Grace Hartley finished first and second in both the 200 free and 500 free races. Madigan Peimann was ...

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Abby Lohrmann of Iowa Central passes against Southeastern on Wednesday evening inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Short-handed Iowa Central wins again

The 16th-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central volleyball team continues to pick up win after win in the ICCAC despite seeing starters go down with injuries. Wednesday night, the Tritons improved to 5-0 in the conference with a sweep over Southeastern, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-16 inside Hodges ...

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Eric Crawford of Fort Dodge competes at Sheldon Park in Humboldt earlier this season.

Dodgers, Gaels ready for FDSH Invitational

Anytime cross country teams get a sneak peek of the state meet course, it’s a plus. When that course is in your own backyard, it’s that much more special. The Dodger cross country squad will host the annual Fort Dodge Invitational here on Thursday at Lakeside. Middle school action ...

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Raven Brown of Emmetsburg competes at River Road Golf Course in Algona earlier this season.

Humboldt, E’Burg capture titles in EG

EAGLE GROVE —The Humboldt and Emmetsburg girls came away with team titles at the Dick Bell Invitational on Tuesday in Eagle Grove. The Wildcats were champions in Class A with 27 points and the E-Hawks won the Class B crown with 51 points. All five of Humboldt’s counting runners placed ...

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Taylor Hartley of Fort Dodge compete during the girls 100 Yard Butterfly on Tuesday

Next level

Taylor Hartley has left many impressions on the Fort Dodge girls swim program. The senior added another here Tuesday night, surprising her teammates by signing to continue her career at the University of Iowa next fall. Fort Dodge honored Hartley along with fellow seniors Chelsea Sayer, ...

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Erin Flattery of St. Edmond goes up for a spike against Manson NW Webster on Tuesday

Gaels cruise past Cougars

The St. Edmond volleyball team was firing on all cylinders Tuesday night, when they swept Manson Northwest Webster in the Gael gym. The Gaels (15-11 overall) won 25-14, 25-18 and 25-17. “We just put together one of our best matches start to finish of the season,’’ said St. Edmond head ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge dives for a ball against Urbandale on Tuesday

FD volleyball team loses to Urbandale

It was an emotional Senior Night for Fort Dodge head volleyball coach Tonia Burrell here Tuesday night. The Dodgers honored their seniors prior to the match vs. No. 13 Urbandale. The group were freshmen Burrell’s first season as head coach at FDSH. Fort Dodge, though, was unable to pull ...

Thriller: Newton 71, FDSH 70

NEWTON — Time after time. Play after play. Conversion after conversion. Point after point. In Iowa’s second-highest scoring Class 4A regulation game ever, the Fort Dodge football team came up with an answer every time Newton tried to hit the Dodgers hard enough to keep them on the ...

Jackson off to strong start

CEDAR FALLS — Alex Jackson’s stop at Iowa Central Community College before heading to the University of Northern Iowa played a huge roll in his early success with the Panthers. Jackson, 2015 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, was a two-time national qualifier for the Tritons. He finished ...

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Cade Naughton of St. Edmond scores a touchdown against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday

Rough road

St. Edmond head football coach Jon Borer was left frustrated following a 20-6 Homecoming loss to Hartley-HMS at Dodger Stadium Friday night. The defeat likely ended any hopes of a postseason berth for the Gaels in Borer’s first season at the helm. But as far as Borer is concerned, there ...

Tritons lose in Kansas

HUTCHINSON, Kan — The Iowa Central football struggled to keep up with 20th-ranked Hutchinson on Saturday in Kansas. The Tritons (0-6 overall) suffered a 42-14 setback. “We tried to make them one demisonal, but they ran the ball better than we wanted them to,’’ Twait said. “They had ...