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Rice family shares bond on gridiron

Wrestling in the basement and throwing the football around in the yard was a common occurrence while growing up in the Rice household. Competing in high school wrestling under their head coach and dad, Stacey, was also a fun journey. Those memories were the foundation that built Chance and ...

FDSH downs No. 1 before first loss

WEST DES MOINES — The 15th-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team continued to see how high its ceiling could potentially be at the West Des Moines Valley Shootout on Saturday. The Dodgers also got their first taste of defeat, and a reminder of the fine line they will walk against CIML ...

FDSH alum funding new HOF project

Fort Dodge Senior High alum Stacey (Bergman) Winter and her husband, Sam, are donating a gift that will fund Phase 1 of the newly-introduced Dodger Hall of Fame Renovation Project. “I had a phenomenal Dodger experience,” said Winter. “I was fortunate to be surrounded with great coaches, ...

Habhab Amateur at Lakeside on Sunday

The annual Travis Habhab Amateur tees off on Sunday morning at Lakeside Golf Course. A field of 84 golfers were signed up as of Saturday afternoon. Though two-time defending champ Andrew Huseman is not on the lineup card, annual contenders and former event winners Kevin Ault, Ryan Kinseth, ...

St. Edmond goes 2-1 at CYO softball

The St. Edmond softball team went 2-1 at the CYO Tournament here on Saturday, defeating Le Mars Gehlen and Storm Lake St. Mary’s but falling against Sioux City Heelan. The Gaels (5-3 overall) routed Gehlen, 9-3, and St. Mary’s, 15-5. Heelan posted a 7-0 shutout. ‘‘The whole team ...

Murman takes 5th at state

IOWA CITY — Beth Murman was relentless and unwavering during her final two consolation matches at the Class 2A girls state tennis tournament here on Thursday. Once the final point was scored and a fifth-place medal had been secured, the Fort Dodge senior let go of her laser-like focus. ...

Familiar grounds

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Chris Opheim was ready to return to the Southeastern Conference. The 2003 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate saw first-hand the pageantry and prestige that goes along with being in the league as a member of the University of Arkansas program. After six seasons directing ...

Titans, Jags honor Martin

LYTTON — The South Central Calhoun and Southeast Valley baseball programs are rivals on the field. But off of it, the two have come together to honor fallen Rockwell City native Justin Martin. A special t-shirt fundraiser is currently ongoing ahead of the June 22 contest between the ...

Dodgers score 30 in twinbill

AMES — The 15th-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team put on a hitting clinic here Friday night in a doubleheader sweep vs. Ames. Scores were 14-1 and 16-5. Nine different Dodgers (8-0 overall) in the first game had multiple hits, including a 4-for-4 effort by Tristin ...

Gaels score 18 runs on road

IOWA FALLS — The St. Edmond baseball team exploded to the tune of 18 runs here Friday night in a victory over Iowa Falls-Alden. The Gaels (3-3 overall, 1-1 in NCC) plated seven in the first on their way to an 18-2 victory in four innings. Jeremiah Wheeler and Jack McEvoy each had two hits ...

Gael softball team earns tight win

IOWA FALLS — The St. Edmond softball team picked up their first North Central Conference win of the season here Friday night, downing Iowa Falls-Alden, 2-1. Chloe Lewison and Rylee Kinney each drove in a run and Jacque Oberg made a game-ending, diving catch in the seventh after the Cadets ...

Murman will medal at state tennis

IOWA CITY — Beth Murman wasn’t going to let a disappointing quarterfinal result end her final state tournament experience here on Wednesday. The Fort Dodge senior bounced back from a frustrating setback against the No. 2 seed to sweep through her first consolation match and secure a medal ...

STRONG EFFORT

Cade Witzke gave the Humboldt bullpen a chance to rest on Wednesday night, as the freshman went the distance for the Wildcats in a 14-3 six-inning win over St. Edmond at Rogers Park. Witzke (2-0) pitched six sharp innings, only allowing four hits on the night. He had two strikeouts and three ...

SECOND HOME

MOREHEAD, Ky. — J.C. Hatcher’s decision to uproot himself from everything he’s ever known has paid off. The Fort Dodge Senior High and Iowa Central graduate is headed to the NCAA Div. I Regionals as part of the Morehead State University pitching staff. The Eagles won the Ohio Valley ...

No. 5 Humboldt holds off game Gaels, 2-1

It all came down to the seventh inning for both fifth-ranked Humboldt and St. Edmond here Wednesday night at Rogers Park. The Wildcats scored the game-winning run in their half of the final inning and all-state pitcher Ellie Jacobson was able to work herself out of a jam in the bottom, giving ...

Lopsided wins for Dodgers

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge baseball team got right back on track here Wednesday night, sweeping Des Moines North. Scores were 17-2 in five innings and 16-0 in four. “I thought our guys played with a purpose,’’ said FDSH head coach Blake Utley. “We handled what we could do and ...

Southeast Valley’s Conrad 7th in 2A

PANORA — Delaney Conrad completed her golf season with a medal here on Wednesday, as the Southeast Valley sophomore finished seventh at the Class 2A state meet. Conrad fired an 83, two strokes better than her first-round score on Tuesday at Lake Panorama National Golf Course. Her 168 total ...

Valley too much for FD girls soccer squad

WEST DES MOINES — Fort Dodge head girls soccer coach Michael Lee knew he was behind the eight-ball to start here Wednesday night vs. third-ranked West Des Moines Valley in a Class 3A regional contest. After holding the Tigers scoreless through the first 20 minutes of the opening half, Valley ...

NEW NO. 1

MARSHALLTOWN — Andi Adams now sits alone atop the career wins chart in Fort Dodge Senior High coaching history. The Dodgers scored a sweep over Marshalltown here Tuesday night, giving Adams career wins Nos. 540 and 541 at the school and moving her ahead of baseball legend and Hall of Famer ...

Murman in final set of memorable Dodger tennis career

IOWA CITY — For the final time, Beth Murman will represent the Fort Dodge Senior High tennis on the big stage this week. Murman earned a spot in the Class 2A state singles draw after securing a regional runner-up finish on her home courts earlier this month. The meet begins here on ...