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Eddie Doyle competes at last year’s Fort Dodge Amateur. Doyle finished as runner up to Grant Smith. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

On the green

After a one-year July trial run, the Fort Dodge Amateur men’s golf tournament returns to its tried and true third week in June time slot beginning with Friday’s opening round. The 69th annual event, one of the state’s oldest and most tradition-rich Iowa Golf Association point ...

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Lucas Williamson of Fort Dodge lays down a bunt against Ames on Thursday

Dodger baseball team sweeps

Lucas Williamson executed a perfect bunt to plate Nate Scherff, lifting the Fort Dodge baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Ames here Thursday night at Ed McNeil Field. The Dodgers completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. After falling behind 4-2 early, Fort Dodge ...

St. Edmond loses twice to Norsemen

All Joe Shanks wanted to do following Thursday night’s doubleheader loss to Roland-Story here at Rogers Park was look forward. The Norsemen picked up a pair of five-inning victories by scores of 13-2 and 12-0. As far as Shanks is concerned, though, the goal this week was to finish 3-0 in ...

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Shea Ruffridge of Pocahontas Area starts a double play as St. Edmond’s Connor Allison slides into second base on Tuesday at Rogers Park. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

LAST STRIKE

St. Edmond nearly pulled off another come from behind win here on Tuesday, but Pocahontas Area out-executed the Gaels down the stretch at Rogers Park. The Indians (12-9 overall) scored two runs in the top of the seventh to regain the lead they once had, then eighth-grade pitcher Christian ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge makes the tag against Dowling on Wednesday at Rogers Park

OUT OF STEAM

The final score of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference softball nightcap between Fort Dodge and West Des Moines Dowling looks like the 11th-ranked (Class 5A) Maroons finished their sweep without breaking a sweat. Head coach Andi Adams was disappointed it had to end the way that it did. Dowling ...

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Vicky Flores holds her championship medal on Sunday in Offenbach, Germany.

FD’s Flores reaches Top-50 of junior world rankings

OFFENBACH, Germany — It was a breakthrough weekend for Vicky Flores at the 25th annual International Tennis Foundation Junior Tournament of Offenbach. Flores, from Fort Dodge, captured both the singles and doubles championships at the Grade-A event — a stellar performance that catapulted ...

Dodgers close gap with No. 2 Dowling

A little over two weeks ago, the Fort Dodge baseball team dropped a doubleheader to second-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Dowling on the road in lopsided fashion. While the rematch Wednesday night at Ed McNeil Field ended in the same result, FDSH head coach Blake Utley saw plenty of ...

Gaels blanked by Saydel

Nick Clark was hoping that a quick move away from North Central Conference action could get the St. Edmond softball team back in the win column. One bad inning, though, doomed the Gaels here Tuesday night at Rogers Park, as Saydel picked up a 3-0 victory. In the fifth, the Eagles plated all ...

SEHS wins in extra innings

IOWA FALLS — Megan Flattery started Wednesday night with a bang and Audrey Kolacia and Jacque Oberg closed the door in an extra-inning contest. The Gaels (7-11 overall) went toe-to-toe with Iowa Falls-Alden for 10 innings and pulled out a 5-4 victory. Flattery, who has been hitting out of ...

Fuhs earns title at Briggs Woods

WEBSTER CITY — Current DMACC golfer and former Webster City High School standout Alec Fuhs captured the Briggs Woods Amateur men’s golf tournament with a two-hole playoff victory over Matt Ross here on Sunday. Fuhs and Ross both shot three-under par 105 for the 27-hole event. Ross, also a ...

Gaels knock off IF-A

IOWA FALLS — Even a wasp sting didn’t prevent Jake Szalat from a complete game against Iowa Falls-Alden on Wednesday night. The Gaels (11-9 overall) earned a 3-1 victory over the Cadets behind a solid outing from Szalat. Szalat was cruising along with a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, ...

Huseman wins in Manson

MANSON — Andrew Huseman continued his strong summer play with an emphatic victory in the Manson Open men’s golf tournament this past weekend. Huseman, a member of the Arkansas State University golf program, carded a 13-under par 95 to dominate the 27-hole event. Huseman is the son of Fort ...

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Ellie Jacobson throws a pitch for Humboldt at Rogers Park on Monday. For more photos, please visit
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THE TEAM TO BEAT

Playing No. 2 (Class 3A) Humboldt for the second time in four days, Nick Clark saw plenty of positives from his St. Edmond softball team. The end result, though, was a 6-1 defeat for the Gaels here Monday night at Rogers Park. Freshman Ellie Jacobson recorded nine strikeouts and drove in ...

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Brant Reiling of St. Edmond makes a catch at Rogers Park.

Wild rally for Gaels vs. Humboldt

St. Edmond head baseball coach Joe Shanks has seen just about everything during his time on the diamond. Monday night, though, Shanks experienced a first, as the Gaels charged back from an 11-0 deficit to defeat North Central Conference rival Humboldt at Rogers Park by a final of ...

Dodgers plate 25 in win

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge baseball team broke out of its offensive slump in a big way here on Monday, plating 25 runs in the first game of a CIML Iowa Conference split against Marshalltown. The Dodgers, who had scored just 25 runs total in their last eight contests, racked up 24 hits in ...

Fort Dodge sweeps in softball

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep over Marshalltown here Monday night. Scores were 15-8 and 10-4. FDSH head coach Andi Adams was happy with the kind of attitude her squad showed. “Marshalltown came out full of energy, but we showed that we have ...

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Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala stands with his AAU state folkstyle championship bracket earlier in the year in Des Moines.

Ayala on all-tourney team

YORK, Pa. — Fort Dodge freshman-to-be Drake Ayala went a perfect 8-0 and earned a spot on the Cadet Freestyle National Duals All-Tournament team this past weekend. Ayala went undefeated at 88 pounds for Iowa Gold to earn the honor, which was achieved by only four other Iowans: Cullan ...

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Tristin Doster of Fort Dodge makes a catch against Harlan at Rogers Park on Friday during the Fort Dodge Invitational. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

ATTENTION GRABBER

The Fort Dodge softball team got off to a hot start in their home tournament here on Friday, before inclement weather cooled their momentum during a game against No. 4 (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda at Rogers Park. The Dodgers (10-10 overall) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over ...

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Tehya Miller of Fort Dodge makes a catch in left field against Winterset on Saturday

Surge to silver

The Fort Dodge softball team rediscovered its rhythm in the 14th annual FDSH Invitational at Rogers Park this weekend. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, their championship-game opponent was swinging an even hotter bat. Iowa City West, an unranked squad with a deceiving overall record, sneaked ...

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Iowa Central assistant athletic director Gregg Haden stands with the Learfield Directors’ Cup trophy in Orlando, Fla. earlier this week.

Iowa Central is Learfield Cup winner

ORLANDO, Fla. — Iowa Central Community College has repeated as the Learfield Directors’ Cup winner, becoming the first two-year school in the history of the award to be honored in consecutive athletic seasons. The Learfield Directors’ Cup honor, also known as the all-sports trophy, is ...