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Tritons crown pair of national champs

EL DORADO, Kan. — The Iowa Central track and field team kicked things off at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships here Thursday with two national champions. The 4x800 meter relay of Isaiah Nicholas, Alex Sanford, Mel Obadiah and Brian Bell placed first, as did Travis Petersen in the hammer. ...

Baker’s dozen

DES MOINES — The South Central Calhoun boys have their sights set on a trophy this week in the Class 2A state track meet. With 13 events qualified, the Titans have the numbers. Now, they’ll need to prove themselves against the best of the best inside Drake Stadium. Chase McAlister, a ...

Final lap

DES MOINES — A year after getting completely shut out of the state meet, the Fort Dodge boys track team will send four relays to Drake Stadium beginning this Thursday. The Dodgers will compete in the sprint medley, 4x200, shuttle hurdle and 4x100 relays against the best of the best in Class ...

Rivals take center stage

DES MOINES — The Humboldt and Algona track teams have battled each other over various meets this spring across northcentral Iowa. Now, the two will head to Drake Stadium to do the same on the biggest stage yet: the Class 3A state meet this week. The Wildcats boast a dozen qualifiers, with ...

Familiar feeling

DES MOINES — Sean Flattery knows he carries a strong track legacy with him into the state meet this coming Thursday here inside Drake Stadium. But for the St. Edmond freshman, it doesn’t bother him. Flattery will compete alongside his sister, Erin, as part of a 13-event Gael contingent in ...

No. 1 Jaguars fight past FD girls

The Fort Dodge girls soccer squad stayed within a single goal of top-ranked Ankeny Centennial in the first half here on Tuesday, before the Jaguars pulled away for a 5-0 victory. The Dodgers (5-6 overall) kept the match close through the intermission inside Dodger Stadium, but Centennial ...

Career Grand Slam

Four years ago as a freshman, Beth Murman ended her tennis season with a medal in doubles alongside Emily Knight. A year later, she scored a state championship with current Rutgers University player Jaci Cochrane. Murman moved into the singles bracket last season at state, and now, as a ...

Gael season comes to an end at regionals

WATERLOO — The St. Edmond girls tennis team saw their season come to an end here in a Class 1A regional meet. The host, Waterloo Columbus, scored three of the four state bids from the regional. Anna Sinnott from Columbus bested Danae Nelson of South Hardin in the singles final, while ...

IN IT TO WIN IT

DES MOINES — As a four-sport athlete at North Union, staying busy is nothing new for Riley Bauer. That will remain the same this week at the Class 1A state track meet, as the Warrior senior is set to compete in four events here inside Drake Stadium. Bauer has the second-fastest times in 1A ...

Jackson’s Panthers capture MVC track championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Beating a competitor to the finish line is usually as close to a last-second conclusion as track fans will see. Northern Iowa experienced that kind of drama here over the weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference championships. The Panthers captured the league title on ...

Gael girls move on

LIVERMORE — The St. Edmond girls advanced to the second round of regional golf after finishing third at Spring Valley in Class 1A action on Monday. Bishop Garrigan and Mason City Newman both shot 430. The Golden Bears won the sectional, going to the fifth player. St. Edmond shot a ...

Local, area teams aligned for state meet

The Fort Dodge boys track team earned four at-large bids to compete at the state meet. The Dodgers will compete in the 4x100-meter relay, 4x200, shuttle hurdle relay and sprint medley. Fort Dodge’s sprint medley, which finished third at the qualifying meet, is in the 12th qualifying spot in ...

Bobcat rescued from rural Harcourt farm

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Bill Spece recently had an interesting call on his rounds in Webster and Humboldt County. He got to rescue a bobcat at a rural Harcourt farm. “Two farm dogs had cornered the bobcat until it retreated into the safety of the rafters ...

St. Edmond boys golf advances to districts

NEWELL — The St. Edmond boys golf team will get another chance to play on their home course. The Gaels qualified for the Class 1A district golf meet next Thursday at Lakeside, after finishing third in a sectional meet at Newell. “I’m real happy with the guys,’’ said St. Edmond ...

Dodger girls top Mason City

MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge girls soccer team capped off a long week with a 2-1 overtime victory vs. Mason City here Saturday. Shareece Smith ended the contest with the game-winning goal late in the second extra session. “It wasn’t a great day for soccer in terms of the conditions, ...

Dodger girls host FD Invite

The Dodger girls golf team hosted the Fort Dodge Invitational at the Country Club on Friday. Ames won the meet with a 393. Des Moines Lincoln (471) was second, followed by Des Moines East (474) and Fort Dodge (493). Ames Taylor Balsley (94) was the meet-medalist and teammate Megan ...

Dodger boys lose to Johnston

The Fort Dodge boys soccer team lost to Johnston 7-0 on Senior Night at Dodger Stadium. The Dragons led 5-0 at halftime. “We worked hard and we were able to attack better in the second half,’’ said Fort Dodge head coach Joe Jackson. “We switched some things in the second half and ...

Gael girls topple Ballard

The St. Edmond girls tennis team defeated Ballard 8-1 on Thursday night. The Gaels won every singles match on the night. St. Edmond’s Haley Ledford started with a victory for the Gaels, knocking off Sarah Kemp 8-1 in No. 1 singles. Also winning for the Gaels was Samantha Brown (8-4), ...

Dodgers girls lose to Dragons

JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge girls soccer team dropped a 5-0 decision to Johnston on Friday. “We had a slow start and we were really passive in the first half,’’ said Fort Dodge head coach Michael Lee. “They scored right away in the second half, then we started to play better ...

FROM THE GROUND UP

As a freshman in high school, Andrew Fierke was 5 feet tall on a good day and just trying to find a way to stay in shape for cross country. Four years later, the 6-foot-5 senior is headed to the University of Iowa on a swimming scholarship. Fierke’s high school growth spurt — both ...