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Damond Lockner of Fort Dodge celebrates after winning a district championship. For more photos, please visit

13 Dodgers are on their way

SIOUX CITY — For weeks and weeks, Fort Dodge head coach Bobby Thompson has talked about wrestling a complete tournament. Thompson’s top-ranked (Class 3A) Dodgers did just that here Saturday, easily securing a district title and advancing 13 individuals to the state tournament for the ...

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Montalto announces first class

New Iowa Central head football coach Jesse Montalto has his first recruiting class for the coming season. Montalto announced his inaugural group of signees during a special event held at Willow Ridge Thursday night alongside his coaches. Montalto replaced long-time head coach Kevin Twait, who ...

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Andrew Fierke of Fort Dodge reacts after the 500 freestyle at the boy state swim meet on Saturday in Iowa City.


IOWA CITY — Andrew Fierke left a memorable impression on the Fort Dodge swimming record books on Saturday, capping things off with a pair of Top-3 finishes at the state meet. The Dodger senior was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle and placed third in the 500 freestyle inside the University ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaFort Dodge graduate Mitch Emery compete in the Men 400 Yard Medley Relay during Midwest Cup on Friday inside Dodgers Pool

Tritons lead Midwest Cup

The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams had a strong opening day at the Midwest Cup in the Dodger pool on Friday. Both teams stand alone in first place. On the men’s side, the Tritons have 221 points, Tabor, Kansas (126) is second, followed by Iowa Lakes (36). The women have ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley gets in on a single leg against Ben Lee of Ballard during a Class 2A district meet on Saturday in Webster City. For more photos, visit

Area shines at districts

It will be a big week for North Central Conference rivals Clarion-Goldfield/Dows and Webster City in Des Moines, as the two qualified 13 wrestlers for state. The Cowboys captured a Class 2A district title inside the WCHS gym Saturday, advancing six. Webster City was the runner-up and has ...

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Livi Huss of St. Edmond shoots around Manson NW Webster Samantha Ruhland (4) and Bailey Kenyon on Monday

Gael girls open postseason

The second season begins here Saturday night for the St. Edmond girls. The Gaels welcome South Hamilton for a Class 2A, Region 2 opening round contest to the SEHS gym. Tip is set for 7 p.m. The winner moves into the quarterfinals to face Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday night. Earlier ...

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Jacque Oberg drives for St. Edmond against South Hamilton on Saturday night.

Hawks rally to oust SE girls

It wasn’t the end that Steve Neuberger wanted, but the first-year head coach saw his St. Edmond girls basketball team go down swinging on Saturday night in a Class 2A regional contest. The Gaels (4-18 overall) led for the majority of the contest against South Hamilton (9-14), but in the ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaRyan Duckett of St. Edmond wrestles against AGWSR Ali Gerbracht during Gaels Duals on Saturday

Area wrestlers look for state berths

State wrestling tickets will be handed out at district sites around the Iowa Saturday, with 62 Messenger-area athletes attempting to secure one. Thirty-four of the sectional qualifiers will be in action in Webster City for a Class 2A district, including 20 wrestlers from ...

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Ian Hilbert jumps off the blocks for Iowa Central in the Dodger pool on Saturday.

Iowa Central earns titles

The Iowa Central men and women earned top honors at the Midwest Cup in the Dodger pool on Saturday. The men won seven events on Saturday and 10 of the 18 overall, claiming the team title with 717 points. Tabor College (375) was second, and Iowa Lakes (108) was third. Fort Dodge graduate ...

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Riley Palmer of Iowa Central will compete at 149 pounds in a district meet on Sunday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Tritons host district wrestling meet

Over the past several months, the Iowa Central wrestling team has been working with an eye on this very weekend. The third-ranked Tritons host the Central District Championship inside Hodges Fieldhouse Sunday, with spots in the upcoming NJCAA National Championship on the line. As defending ...

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State qualifiers for the Fort Dodge boys swim team are, front row, left to right: Jeremy Brower, Cole Pearson and Eli Asay. Back: Landon Getting, Andrew Fierke and Ben Lennon.

In the hunt

IOWA CITY — Four members of the Fort Dodge boys swim team will compete in five events here on Saturday at the state meet. The parade of teams is set for 12:10 p.m. inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Iowa, with the first event to follow the ...

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Van Zyl signs to play soccer for Drake

Michael Lee saw something special in Liza Van Zyl the first time she ever stepped on a high school soccer field. As a freshman at Fort Dodge Senior High, Van Zyl had the ‘‘it’’ factor — traits Lee knew could someday lead to bigger and better things in her athletic career. “The ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaDrew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Valley Caleb Corbin on Thursday

Dodgers look for state bid

For the next four days, the top-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team will have medals on their minds. The Dodgers are a week away from state competition and the qualifying begins tonight in a Class 3A regional dual≥ No. 16 Des Moines East will face off against 18th-ranked Ankeny in the Dodger ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaDrew Bennett of Fort Dodge wrestles against Ankeny Spencer Anderson during Regional Duals on Wednesday

To the Well

Bobby Thompson knows at this time of year, being perfect is exactly what it takes to achieve greatness. Thompson’s top-ranked Fort Dodge program had no trouble earning a repeat bid to the state duals tournament, defeating Ankeny in a Class 3A regional final here inside the Dodger gym, ...

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Valiant effort

There were a handful of positives that Adolph Kochendorfer saw from his St. Edmond boys here Tuesday night. Those, though, did not outweigh the negatives. Algona jumped all over the Gaels early, holding off a spirited rally on Senior Night for a 54-51 victory. Prior to the tip, St. Edmond ...

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Triton men can’t catch Marshalltown

The Iowa Central men’s basketball team dropped a 91-84 decision to Marshalltown on Wednesday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Tray Croft paced the Tritons (17-7 overall) with 35 points and is 40 away from eclipsing the school record for career points. Croft was 11-for-22 from the floor and ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaTrey Mosley of Fort Dodge goes up for a shot against Ankeny Centennial on Tuesday

Dodger boys handcuff Jags

On paper, the Fort Dodge boys have been the type of team their opponents don’t necessarily see coming. The Dodgers are also turning into a program that no one wants to play down the stretch of the season. Behind another stout defensive effort, Fort Dodge earned its fourth consecutive ...

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Gaels can’t catch Bulldogs

The Algona girls picked up their fifth consecutive victory here Tuesday night, spoiling St. Edmond’s Senior Night with a convincing 60-34 victory. Abbey Holmes scored 12 and Aliyah Buscher added 11 for the Bulldogs (17-4 overall, 11-3 in North Central Conference), who forced 27 turnovers ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaBeth Murman of Fort Dodge drives towards the basket against Ankeny Centennial on Tuesday

Lull costs FDSH vs. Centennial

For most of the first half on Tuesday, the Fort Dodge girls were simply the better team in their matchup with seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Ankeny Centennial. A huge run to close the second quarter and open the third allowed the Jaguars to pull away, though, as the visitors posted a 62-41 victory ...

Photo courtesy Doug Wells/Grand View University. Grand View Women's Basketball team defeats Benedictine College.

SEHS grad Stumpf making the most of final year at Grand View

DES MOINES — The goal for most college basketball teams is to build toward a strong finish. That’s exactly what the Grand View women are doing behind the play of St. Edmond graduate Jaci Stumpf. Stumpf and the Vikings scored their second consecutive upset this past weekend, besting No. 12 ...