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No. 9 Tritons remain perfect in early going

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — The ninth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team picked up two more victories here Saturday to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Tritons downed Moraine Valley (25-18, 7-25, 24-26, 25-12, 15-8) and South Suburban (25-14, 25-8, 25-17) after claiming recent victories over ...

Dodgers extend streak to 15

MASON CITY — Fort Dodge senior lineman Logan Finowski brought perfect perspective to just how sustained his program’s dominance of arch rival Mason City has become. “We have a lot of kids at our school now who weren’t even alive the last time (the Mohawks defeated the Dodgers),” ...

Rough opening

Matt Dillon has been around high school football long enough to know not every game is going to end in your favor. In his debut as St. Edmond head coach Friday night, Dillon and the Gaels were topped by Panorama, 41-14, inside Dodger Stadium. Moments after the final horn sounded, Dillon was ...

Tritons kick off new era

After two-plus decades of being led out by Kevin Twait, the Iowa Central football program will usher in the Jesse Montalto era this Saturday afternoon. The Tritons welcome 13th-ranked Butler to Dodger Stadium, with kickoff set for noon. Twait announced his retirement last year after the ...

Dodgers open season on road with rival Mason City

MASON CITY — For 14 consecutive years, the Fort Dodge football team has maintained an upper-hand on arch rival Mason City by never taking their success in the series for granted. Given the date and location of Friday night's season opener, the Dodgers are once again keeping their focus ...

Goodmans to speak at AFES community event

They share a last name and a love for sports, but nothing necessarily had to tie Bill and Tom Goodman together in a friendship that's now lasted over six decades. Instead of keeping their distance because of differences in background or skin color, an early bond developed from their ...

Dillon begins St. Edmond run vs. Panorama

The St. Edmond football team heads under the lights of Dodger Stadium to begin 2018 here Friday night vs. Panorama. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. New Gael head coach Matt Dillon will be making his return to Iowa for the first time since 2009 when he was in charge of the Cornell College program ...

Landwehr, Gael girls claim SEV championships

GOWRIE — Abby Landwehr enters her senior cross country season a veteran of the sport. Landwehr has qualified for state each of the past three seasons, and is hoping to have her best finish later this year at Lakeside Golf Course inside Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. On Thursday night, the ...

Gaels earn boys crown; SCC’s Moon takes individual title

GOWRIE — St. Edmond placed all five of its runners in the Top-25 led by Jed Tracy’s third to pick up team honors at the Southeast Valley Invitational Thursday evening. Grant Heldorfer and Ryan Duckett finished 14th and 15th, with Drew Szalat and Charlie Shelly placing 24th and 25th ...

Three area contests in Week 1

The start of school for many around the state has also brought with it the first official week of the prep football season. Around the state, teams will head to the gridiron for Week 1 games Friday night, including three pitting area rivals against one another. Humboldt will host North ...

Tritons top ranked foe in opener

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The ninth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team opened their season with a victory over No. 16 Illinois Central here Wednesday. Scores were 25-15, 20-25, 25-12 and 25-10. Amaya Finley had 16 kills in her Triton debut, with Libby Zorn adding 11 and Kayla Faldet nine. ...

Gaels win twice on the road

JEFFERSON — The St. Edmond volleyball team opened the season with a sweep over Greene County and Perry here Thursday night. The Gaels swept Perry (25-17, 25-23) and earned a three-set victory over Greene County (26-24, 15-25, 15-9). Leading the way for St. Edmond (2-0 overall) was Josie ...

Gaels riding wave of momentum

Dee Huss believes she has found the correct nucleus to put the St. Edmond volleyball program on the map. Four returning starters are back for Huss from a 17-win season a year ago that included a deep postseason run in seniors Macey Mason, Devyn Scott and Jacque Oberg, along with junior Josie ...

Gaels eager to continue tradition

There is plenty of reason for excitement in the eyes of St. Edmond head cross country coach Mike Szalat this year. Szalat, entering his 20th season leading the program, has an experienced group and depth — two keys to a successful season. The Gael girls qualified for their fourth ...

Ex-Eagle Grove standout Kiley now a UNC assistant

GREELEY, Colo. — Former Eagle Grove standout Garett Kiley has a new home. Kiley was hired by Northern Colorado as an assistant wrestling coach recently, joining Troy Nickerson’s staff. “I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Kiley said. “I’m looking forward to working with ...

THEIR FIELD OF DREAMS

There is a poignant — and what I would consider the defining — exchange in the iconic movie “Field of Dreams” where the story’s protagonist, Ray Kinsella, gets asked by his resurrected father, John, if Iowa is heaven. Ray famously answers for the second time in the film, “it’s ...

Dodgers open vs. No. 14 Dowling

Toni Cochrane made her official return to the courts as head coach of the Fort Dodge volleyball team Monday night. But it was 14th-ranked (Class 5A) West Des Moines Dowling that left the Dodger gym with a victory. The Maroons scored a sweep over FDSH, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-10, in the season ...

Tritons reload after run to nationals

The Iowa Central volleyball squad had a breakout season last year. The Tritons burst on to the national stage and finished 10th in the 16-team tournament, compiling a 32-11 and winning a regional title. Sophomore Gabby Sullivan, who was the first in Iowa Central history to be named a first ...

FAMILY TREE

Over 925 miles separates Tim and Ken Hola, but the competition always finds a way to bring them together. Tim — a 1993 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate — and Ken, who was a plant manager at Friskies for more than 30 years, currently live in different time zones. Tim is in Denver, with Ken ...

Cochrane returns to sidelines for Dodger volleyball

A familiar face returns to the sidelines this fall for the Fort Dodge volleyball program. Former all-stater and 21-year head coach Toni Cochrane is back after a six-year hiatus. During her first run as head coach, the Dodgers qualified for state in 1997 and 2004, with Cochrane winning over ...