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Ascending Dodgers take on No. 3 Valley

Before the Fort Dodge football team is able to put together a complete game against third-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley on Friday, head coach Matt Miller’s squad must tackle the first quarter. Or even the first series. ‘‘When you’re playing a team like Valley, you can’t ...


Gaels square off with co-leader Ridge View

HOLSTEIN — Through two weeks, a trio of teams remain perfect in Class A, District 2. Two of them collide here on Friday night, as St. Edmond takes on Ridge View. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Gaels (2-2 overall, 2-0 in the district) went on the road last Friday and downed 2016 playoff ...

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Tanner Macke of South Central Calhoun gains a few yards before Southeast Valley's Clayton McFarland makes the tackle earlier in the season. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Prep grid year hits midway point

By the end of Friday night, we’ll be over halfway through the prep football season. The 16-team Messenger area here in north-central Iowa currently boasts four ranked squads, and three sport perfect 4-0 records. A handful of players are among the state’s best, led by leading rushing ...

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Devyn Scott of St.
Edmond hits the ball over the net on Tuesday against Iowa Falls-Alden. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

Gaels can’t stop No. 13 Cadets

The St. Edmond volleyball team has reached the toughest part of their schedule, and even through some rough patches, the Gaels have been able to emphasize the bright spots. For the fifth time in seven matches, St. Edmond (13-10 overall, 0-3 North Central Conference) faced a ranked squad here ...

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Lexi Green of Iowa Central hits the ball over Ellsworth Nicole Nielsen on Wednesday

Making strides

The 19th-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team remained perfect in ICCAC action here Wednesday night, sweeping Ellsworth inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Scores were 25-9, 25-16 and 27-25. After going 1-1 this past Friday in a home triangular, the Tritons (15-2 overall, 3-0 in league) jumped right out ...

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Brooke Erickson of Fort Dodge returns a shot in the Dodger gym last Saturday.

10th-ranked Dowling sweeps Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge volleyball team had trouble getting on track here Tuesday night, as they were swept by No. 10 (Class 5A) West Des Moines Dowling. Scores were 25-6, 25-14 and 25-19. As the scores indicated, though, Tonia Burrell’s squad did put up a fight as the evening progressed. ...

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Taylor Hartley of Fort Dodge competes over the weekend in the Dodger pool.

Johnston fights off Dodgers

Last year, the Johnston swim team finished second in the state to Ames. While the Dragons might only be ranked 11th right now in the latest power rankings, Fort Dodge head coach Ashley Beaumont was ecstatic to see her squad push them to the very end here Tuesday night. Johnston scored a ...

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Bryce Gidel of Humboldt competes at Sheldon Park Monday. For more photos, please visit


HUMBOLDT — There isn’t a single day that goes by where Bryce Gidel doesn’t think about the state cross country meet last October. Gidel, a sophomore, placed 34th after entering the meet with high hopes following a spectacular freshman campaign. Running at her home meet here at Sheldon ...

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St. Edmond teammates Audrey Kolacia (left) and
Riley Mayer run in the Humboldt Invitational on Monday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Top-10s for FD’s Estlund, SE’s Tracy

HUMBOLDT — Gabby Estlund and Jed Tracy each scored Top-10 finishes here Monday on one of the toughest cross country courses in the state. Fort Dodge’s Estlund was ninth in the girls race, and St. Edmond’s Tracy placed 10th in the boys event here in the Humboldt Invitational held at ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge slips through a tackle on Friday night against Ames inside Dodger Stadium. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net


Slowly but surely, the Fort Dodge football program has established an impressive level of consistency under the direction of head coach Matt Miller. Since the 2009 season kicked off, the Dodgers have an overall record of 44-38. While that may not mistake FDSH for West Des Moines Valley or ...

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Luanne Xiao of Fort Dodge compete in the 100 Yard Freestyle during Gary Winkler Invitational on Saturday.

FDSH 3rd in Winkler Invite

With a state-meet style format, the Gary Winkler Invitational is attracting some of the best prep swim programs Iowa has to offer. In the second season of the prelim-timed finals, a traditional title contender — Cedar Falls — joined the field and made its presence felt immediately. The ...

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Fort Dodge teammates Beth Murman (15) and Ebonee Altman go for a block against Des Moines Christian in the Jackie Wilde Invitational on Saturday. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

Dodgers make home debut

The Jackie Wilde Invitational didn’t quite go the way Tonia Burrell wanted on Saturday, but the Fort Dodge volleyball squad did end on a strong note. The Dodgers went 1-3 on the day, but finished their home invitational with a win over last year’s runner-up, Pocahontas Area. The Dodgers ...

Highland too much for Tritons

Iowa Central head coach Kevin Twait felt like his team was prepared in the days leading up to Saturday’s game with Highland. But once the action started on the field inside Dodger Stadium, the result told a different outcome. The Scotties scored a convincing 34-0 victory, holding the ...

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Drake Miller of Fort Dodge throws a touchdown to Tyrnan Lara against Ames on Friday


Football fans will see Fort Dodge’s thrilling, rapid-fire 62-52 victory over Ames and assume the Dodgers prevailed in spite of their defense. Head coach Matt Miller would argue his squad pulled through because of it. In arguably the most entertaining game ever witnessed at 77-year-old ...

Gaels roll on the road

PAULLINA — The St. Edmond football team didn’t let a little adversity rattle them here Friday night. Cade Naughton ran for 153 yards and scored three touchdowns, Andrew Gibb passed for 233 and had three scores, and the Gaels improved to 2-0 in district play with a convincing 34-7 victory ...

Tritons host Highland for Homecoming

Iowa Central is hoping the energy and momentum from its Homecoming festivities will help lead to success on the field here on Saturday against Highland. Kickoff is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium. The Tritons (0-3 overall) have been close over and over again, dropping three consecutive ...

Dodgers host Winkler Invite

Fort Dodge tried a new format for the Gary Winkler Invitational last year, and it was a big hit. The Dodgers will continue their preliminary-timed finals for the second straight time on Saturday. “We were the first team in the state to do a prelim-based (invite) final,’’ said Fort ...

Fort Dodge hosts Wilde Invitational

The Fort Dodge volleyball squad will finally enjoy the comforts of the Dodger gym as they host the Jackie Wilde Invitational in their long-awaited 2017 home debut. “It’s defintely an advantage to be at home,’’ said Fort Dodge head coach Tonia Burrell. “This is our first time in our ...

Area prep football roundup

Cougars top Eagles EAGLE GROVE — Manson Northwest Webster handed Eagle Grove its first loss of the season, winning 21-6. Derek Girard threw two touchdowns for the Cougars (2-2 overall, 1-1 in district). Girard threw a 28-yard scoring strike to Brian Pearson and a 23-yard scoring play to ...

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South Central Calhoun graduate Kody Case, a freshman at South Dakota, breaks free for a run against Bowling Green last Saturday.


VERMILLION, S.D. — Kody Case is living out his dream on the football field for the University of South Dakota. Case, a true freshman who earned all-state honors last fall for South Central Calhoun, has already made an impact for the Coyotes (2-0 overall) in early-season wins over Drake and ...