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Dodgers split with Centennial

ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team put a cap on the end of the regular season here Monday night by earning a split with Ankeny Centennial. The Jaguars won the opener, 6-3, but the Dodgers bounced back with a 4-2 win in the nightcap. Fort Dodge (14-28 overall) has won three of four to ...

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Megan Flattery of St. Edmond slides into second base against North Union at Rogers Park during the regular season.

Unsung Gaels play for state

MONTEZUMA — The unheralded St. Edmond softball team didn’t reach this point by looking ahead. Despite the grand stage and added pressure of Monday night’s Class 1A, Region 3 final against Montezuma, Gael head coach Nick Clark insists his squad will treat the ballgame like any other — ...

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Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota owner Casey Johnson (far left) stands with city tournament champions Peg Christensen (women’s senior), Kasey Faiferlick (women’s open), Eddie Doyle (men’s open) and Terry Miller (men’s senior) at the Fort Dodge Country Club Sunday night. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net


Eddie Doyle was patient, yet persistent. After all, in golf, both are prerequisites. Years of finishing in the Top-10 at the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota city tournament — presented by The Messenger — finally led to a long-awaited men’s open division title for Doyle on Sunday. The ...

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Ellie Jacobson of Humboldt

Area teams Humboldt, SE Valley meet in regional final

HUMBOLDT — Humboldt and Southeast Valley have both enjoyed state tournament-caliber seasons on the softball diamond. Only one program will advance to Rogers Park here on Monday night, though, as the fourth-ranked Wildcats take on the Jaguars in a Class 3A, Region 3 final. First pitch is ...

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Maggie Harvey leaps to make a catch at deep shortstop on Friday night during a regional semifinal at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net


The up-and-down season that the Fort Dodge softball team has gone through is still heading for a very familiar place — a regional championship game. Fort Dodge advanced to a Class 5A regional final next week with a 12-4 rout of Sioux City East on Friday at Rogers Park. The Dodgers, now ...

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Fort Dodge’s Vicky Flores stands outside of the All England Tennis Club at Wimbledon in London after advancing out of the qualifying bracket in the junior competition.

FD’s Flores advances at Wimbledon

LONDON, England — Vicky Flores is on her way at Wimbledon. The 18-year-old Fort Dodge native earned a pair of straight-set qualifying victories on Thursday and Friday to reach the main draw at Wimbledon’s Junior Championships. As the No. 4 seed in the qualifying bracket, Flores defeated ...

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Jocy Timmerman of St. Edmond makes a play at Rogers Park earlier this season.

SE softball team’s run continues

FONDA — The St. Edmond softball team was obviously proud of its regional quarterfinal upset here earlier in the week, but the Gaels had no intention of being a one-hit wonder. Head coach Nick Clark’s upstart squad did it again here on Friday night, crushing Exira-EHK, 9-2, to reach the ...

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Six-time defending women's open division champion Kelsey Faiferlick watches a putt on Saturday at the Fort Dodge Country Club.


Lucas Peed, the defending men’s open division champion, took advantage of perfect weather conditions on Saturday at Lakeside Golf Course, shooting a three-under par 69 on the first day of the 37th annual city golf tournament to lead the pack. In 2016, Peed carded a three-under par 68 at ...

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Keaton Jones of Fort Dodge homers earlier this week at McNeil Field.

Much-needed sweep for FD baseball

Fort Dodge capped its home baseball season with a dramatic doubleheader sweep of Sioux City East at Ed McNeil Field on Senior Night here Friday. After winning the opener 6-2, the Dodgers needed extra innings to take the second game, 11-10. Sophomore Bryer Nelson smacked a two-run single ...

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Lucas Peed is the defending men's open division champion.

City golf tourney ready for action

The 37th annual city golf tournament, sponsored by Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota and presented by The Messenger, gets under way Saturday morning at Lakeside Golf Course and the Fort Dodge Country Club. Open and senior division competitors on the men’s side tee off with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun ...

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Kacey Kruthoff of St. Edmond attempts makes a tag against Humboldt during the regular season at Rogers Park.


FONDA — All season long, Nick Clark has preached continued progress. That’s typical of most coaches, but Clark and the St. Edmond softball team put it on full display here Wednesday night when they upset fifth-ranked and Class 1A traditional power Newell-Fonda in a regional ...

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Bre Tjebben of Fort Dodge hits an RBI double against Ames last week at Rogers Park.

FD softball team begins second season

The Fort Dodge softball team begins their quest for another state tournament appearance here Friday night at Rogers Park, hosting Sioux City East in a Class 5A, Region 2 semifinal. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. The Dodgers (17-20 overall) have lost four in a row and six of seven, but they are ...

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Riley Mishler of Webster City (18) is greeted by his teammates after hitting a home run on Thursday evening against St. Edmond. For more photos, please visit

Lynx clinch NCC baseball crown

WEBSTER CITY — For the first time in 17 years, the Webster City baseball team can call itself North Central Conference champions. The Lynx clinched at least a share of the league title with a 10-0, five-inning victory over St. Edmond here Thursday night. Webster City can secure the ...

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St. Edmond eighth-grader Ella Vratny helped lead the Gael softball team to an upset of No. 4 Newell-Fonda on Wednesday night in Fonda.

Gaels stun No. 5 Mustangs

FONDA — Jocy Timmerman never hesitated. Timmerman snagged a hard-hit liner by Newell-Fonda’s Kate Christiansen at first base and delivered a dart to Erin Flattery at third, completing a game-ending double play and giving St. Edmond a stunning 8-6 come-from-behind victory over No. 5 ...

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Dodgers fall short

Five years ago, Fort Dodge and Ankeny met in the Class 4A state baseball championship game. Here last night they were two teams looking for some positives as the regular season heads toward the finish line. In the end, the Hawks left Ed McNeil Field feeling a little better about themselves ...

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Triston Lara poses with his Henry W. Schultz Award as his parents, Nick and Jamie, look on. Lara was honored as Fort Dodge Senior High’s top male senior athlete from the 2017 class.


When Triston Lara saw the state wrestling finals for the first time as a youngster in elementary school, he became instantly hooked. Lara grew up in a wrestling family, so he was already on his way. But when he witnessed the live action as a part of the audience in Des Moines, the dream had ...

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Maggie Harvey poses with her Florence Nordman Award next to her parents, Joe and Kelly. Harvey was honored as Fort Dodge’s top female senior athlete from the 2017 class.


Maggie Harvey stepped completely outside of her comfort zone two years ago and made the strenuous decision to leave St. Edmond for Fort Dodge Senior High. She had been a multi-year, multi-sport athlete as a Gael, garnering all-state honors and a slew of other accolades as a catcher in ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge celebrates after defeating West Des Moines Valley's Joe Nicholson in CIML Invitational finals last season.

Dodger senior-to-be Lara commits to Iowa State

First, Cayd Lara stayed loyal to the sport of wrestling. Then he fully committed himself to it. Lara’s drive for personal growth paid off in a big way on Monday, as the Fort Dodge senior-to-be verbally accepted an offer from head coach Kevin Dresser’s Iowa State University program. The ...

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The St. Edmond softball team celebrates its win on Monday against Coon Rapids-Bayard. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Walk-off win advances SE softball squad

Sophomore Erin Flattery delivered the biggest hit of her softball career here Monday night, propelling St. Edmond to a 3-2 victory over Coon Rapids-Bayard in Class 1A regional play at Rogers Park. With courtesy runner Devyn Scott and Audrey Kolacia on base, Flattery sent a Kayla Lenz pitch to ...

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St. Edmond baseball coach Joe Shanks is given a plaque by St. Edmond player Sam Dougall before Monday’s regular-season home finale. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Emotional night for SE baseball team

Joe Shanks wanted Monday night’s focus to center around the game and nothing else. Even with his baseball team’s come-from-behind victory, the story was about so much more than the final score. The Gaels (13-13 overall) pulled out a 5-3 North Central Conference win over Hampton-Dumont ...