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Tritons take aim at ‘Last Chance U’

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. — The Iowa Central football team will try to utilize a phrase made popular on social media here this Saturday night. The Tritons take on Independence with a special 9 p.m. kickoff from Emmot Field in what the Pac-12 Conference would tag as “After Dark.” Neewollah ...

Fitting finale

Spencer Moon and Trey Engen finished their high school cross country careers with Top-10 finishes here Saturday at the state meet. Moon was eighth overall in Class 2A, with Engen placing 10th in 3A at Lakeside Golf Course. Both were making their fourth appearance at state. “I wasn’t ...

Titans stay unbeaten

LAKE CITY — Bryan Case has been around the game long enough to know that come postseason time, style points no longer matter. Case and the third-ranked South Central Calhoun football team pulled out a 10-0 victory over West Lyon here Friday night in the Class 1A first round. The Titans ...

Final run

For one final time, Abby Landwehr raced alongside her St. Edmond cross country teammates at the state meet Saturday. And while Landwehr and the Gaels didn’t reach their ultimate goals, it was an experience she’ll never forget. St. Edmond placed 14th overall in the Class 1A team standings ...

Wegener, Grein lead Algona

CRESCO — Wyatt Wegener and the Algona football team are headed to the Class 2A quarterfinals following a convincing 45-20 victory over Crestwood here Friday night. Wegener hauled in six passes from Matt Grein for 219 yards and three touchdowns, adding another 61 yards and a score on the ...

Double duty

What did most of Saturday’s state cross country runners do the night before their big race? Whatever it was, it likely differed greatly from that of John Meis’ schedule. Meis, a Bishop Garrigan senior, placed 44th in the Class 1A race here inside Kennedy Park at Lakeside Golf Course, ...

Golden Bears pull out 12-7 victory

ALGONA — Brad Capesius knows how important Friday night’s win for the Bishop Garrigan football team was in the opening round of the playoffs. But as a three-year starter, he also understands there is bigger goals in sight. The third-ranked Golden Bears needed every bit of Capesius on ...

Gidel finishes 9th for Wildcats

Bryce Gidel has experienced three very different races at the state cross country meet. The Humboldt junior capped off her third appearance at Lakeside Golf Course with a ninth place showing here Saturday in the Class 3A race. Janette Schraft from Glenwood topped Center Point-Urbana’s ...

Mustangs lose to Southeast Warren

LACONA — The Newell-Fonda football team was unable to keep pace with Southeast Warren here Friday night, falling in an eight-man opener, 47-31. Bryce Coppock led the Mustangs with four touchdowns on the night. Southeast Warren (11-0 overall) will now face Ar-We-Va (10-0) next Friday in ...

Parking changes for state cross country fans

A wet summer and fall only solidified Fort Dodge’s decision to change its parking rules and regulations for the state cross country meet at Kennedy Park. Fans who are mapping out this year’s trip to Lakeside Golf Course will need to take into consideration extra arrival time beginning ...

ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

DES MOINES — The challenge — a date with five-time defending champion West Des Moines Dowling in the opening round of the Class 4A state football playoffs — is daunting. Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller acknowledges it, and his players are well aware. Instead of being overwhelmed by ...

Seventh-ranked Tritons clinch ICCAC crown

For the second time in program history, the Iowa Central volleyball team has claimed an ICCAC championship. The seventh-ranked Tritons put a perfect cap on the regular season in league play, finishing 9-0 and atop the standings with a sweep of Des Moines Area on Sophomore Night here Wednesday ...

BACK AT HOME

Mike Szalat is just as excited for this state cross country trip by the St. Edmond girls as he was five years ago when their current streak started. The Gaels will compete here Saturday inside Kennedy Park at Lakeside Golf Course in the Class 1A race beginning at 2 p.m. Jed Tracy will ...

Humboldt’s Gidel back on the big stage

HUMBOLDT — Bryce Gidel thrives on the opportunity to test herself against the best cross country runners around. The Humboldt junior will make her third appearance at the state meet this Saturday, looking to improve upon her fifth place finish a season ago. Gidel and the rest of the Class ...

Training partners race for same goal at state

HUMBOLDT — The rivalry between Humboldt’s Quinton Orr and Joe Kunert and Algona’s Trey Engen isn’t the same as when the Wildcats and Bulldogs gather on the gridiron, hardwood or diamond. In fact, all three have no problems admitting that they share more than just a common interest in ...

2A TRIPLE THREAT

In one of the toughest districts in the state, District 2 will be represented in Class 2A by three of the Top-10 teams in the final RPI rankings as postseason play kicks off on Friday night across Iowa. Southeast Valley (7-2) claimed the district championship with wins over No. 5 RPI Algona ...

VETERANS RETURN

For the past six seasons, state playoff regulars Bishop Garrigan, Newell-Fonda and South Central Calhoun have been in the state playoffs. All three squads have extended streaks, led by Bishop Garrigan’s 15 straight. Only three teams (West Des Moines Valley (27), Bettendorf (21) and West ...

A CITY UNITED

Algona’s two high schools have proven this season that even small towns can produce big-time football. Algona High, with over 400 students in grades 9-12, and Bishop Garrigan, with approximately 150, have treated the town of 5,500 to a season to remember every Friday Night in 2018. “I ...

MNW’s Moline a year wiser, better

MANSON — Maddie Moline entered the state cross country meet a season ago completely unsure of what to think. Now, the Manson Northwest Webster sophomore brings experience and confidence with her to the race this year. Moline will be in action Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. in the Class 1A ...

Webster City’s Howard to retire

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City High School Athletic Director Bob Howard has resigned his position and will retire effective Nov. 1. The Webster City School Board voted to accept his resignation at Monday night’s meeting. Superintendent Mandy Ross says that high school administrators Brent ...