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Sarah Rolling of Iowa Central shoots inside Hodges Fieldhouse last week.

Big road win for IC women

BOONE — The Iowa Central women pulled off a road upset here Wednesday night, handing No. 14 DMACC a 67-56 loss. The Tritons moved back to the .500 mark both overall and in the ICCAC. Iowa Central (11-11, 3-3) led by eight after the third quarter vs. the Bears (17-5, 5-1), pulling away ...

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Three Gael defenders close in on Webster City’s Cassidy Nerland during Tuesday night’s game in the Webster City gym. For more photos, please visit

SE girls get the job done

WEBSTER CITY — The St. Edmond girls snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 41-39 victory over Webster City on Tuesday night. “It’s absoultely great (to end the slide),’’ said St. Edmond head coach Steve Neuberger. “The girls have been working really hard and improving. The locker ...

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Will Woodruff makes a pass for St. Edmond Tuesday night at Webster City gym. For more photos, please visit

Tanner hits game winner

WEBSTER CITY — St. Edmond suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Webster City boys on the road Tuesday night. The Gaels (10-8 overall, 8-4 North Central Conference) held a 31-23 lead after three quarters, but the Lynx (12-5, 8-3) came storming back to pull out a 39-38 victory on a last-second ...

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Jace Peterson of Fort Dodge drives earlier in the month against Marshalltown inside the Dodger gym.

Dodger boys rally for win at Ankeny

ANKENY — Tom Daniel watched his Fort Dodge boys basketball team struggle for the first 27 minutes against Ankeny on Tuesday night, but the final five minutes won’t soon be forgotten in the Dodger locker room. The Dodgers (8-7 overall) trailed by 10 points in the fourth period before ...

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Jace Davidson of Pocahontas Area shoots over East Sac County’s Brandyn Clair on Tuesday evening in Pocahontas. For more photos, please visit

Pocahontas Area boys top ESC in TLC showdown

POCAHONTAS —The Pocahontas Area boys earned a tough 71-62 victory over East Sac County and regained sole possession of second place in the Twin Lakes Conference on Tuesday night. The Indians (11-6 overall, 8-2 in the TLC) remained one game behind Newell-Fonda after the Mustangs defeated ...

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Raeya Love of Fort Dodge shoots earlier this month in the Dodger gym.

Dodger girls hit 2nd-half wall

ANKENY — The Fort Dodge girls played tough with Ankeny on Tuesday night for the first half, but the Hawks pulled away for what became an easy win. The Dodgers (4-13 overall) led by one point at the end of the first quarter and trailed just 22-18 at half. The Hawks (9-9) then outscored the ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Gavin Faith celebrates his second consecutive
Arenacross season championship in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Faith scores another Arenacross victory

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duncombe native Gavin Faith picked up his third win of the AMSOIL Arenacross season here this past weekend, capturing the first 250AX Main Event with a pass of Greensboro, N.C. native Jacob Hayes late. In the second main event, Faith finished second to Hayes. The two are ...


Irish honor

Dick Tighe is used to receiving accolades, but being honored in a publication highlighting graduates of the University of Notre Dame was humbling to the former high school football head coach. Tighe, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1952, was highlighted in Notre Dame’s annual Strong of ...

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Brayton with Top-10 in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Fort Dodge native Justin Brayton scored a Top-10 finish here Saturday as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series made a stop here inside the University of Phoenix Stadium. Brayton, who picked up a heat win during the night, was seventh overall. He has scored four Top-7 finishes in ...

Damond Lockner picks up Southeast Polk’s Cade DeVos in finals at 145 on Friday in Pleasant Hill. Lockner upset the top-ranked DeVos. For more photos, please visit


PLEASANT HILL — The top-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team captured the CIML championship it had long been chasing here on Friday, and did so with authority. So why were the Dodgers not in a celebratory mood during the post-meet awards ceremony? ‘‘We call the final round the ‘money ...

FDSH boys caught from behind by Maroons

Tom Daniel wants teams visiting the Fort Dodge gym to be prepared for a battle. That happened here on Friday night, as the Dodgers stood toe-to-toe with ninth-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Dowling in a CIML Iowa Conference contest. Behind an eight-point fourth quarter from Sam McMurray, ...

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Royshawn Webb shoot for Iowa Central on Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse against Southeastern.


As the days inch closer to February, Dennis Pilcher understands that the importance of each game is magnified. Following a tough loss to Iowa Lakes this past Wednesday at Hodges Fieldhouse, the 15th-ranked Iowa Central men bounced back with an 87-80 triumph over Southeastern here Saturday. ...

Smith’s career-high 27 not enough for FD girls

The Fort Dodge girls basketball team realizes it must walk before running alongside the CIML’s elite. The Dodgers showed encouraging signs against third-ranked (Class 5A) West Des Moines Dowling here Friday in a 72-53 setback, turning in the kind of effort that head coach Julius Michalik ...

Kuemper too much for SE boys

CARROLL — A night after pulling out a road win over Iowa Falls-Alden, the St. Edmond boys were unable to keep the momentum going here Saturday night. Carroll Kuemper jumped out to a 54-27 lead at halftime, claiming an 80-52 victory. The Gaels (10-7 overall) had their three-game win streak ...

Gaels ride late surge

IOWA FALLS —The St. Edmond boys put together a strong fourth quarter and held off Iowa Falls-Alden for a 47-44 victory. The Gaels (10-6 overall, 8-3 North Central Conference) scored 26 points in the first three quarters, but came up with 21 in the final eight minutes. “We weren’t ...

Knights top SE girls

CARROLL — The St. Edmond girls were unable to get back into the win column here Saturday night, falling to Carroll Kuemper, 66-42. Livi Huss led the Gaels (3-13 overall) with nine points and Erin Flattery added eight. Both Jocy Timmerman and Brea McNeil chipped in with seven each. For the ...

IF-A too much for SE girls

IOWA FALLS — The St. Edmond girls dropped a 68-26 decision to Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday night. The Gaels (3-13 overall, 1-10 North Central Conference) opened strong against the Cadets, trailing 13-7 at the end of one, but a huge third quarter put the game out of reach. The Gaels trailed ...

Gaels, Titans in SCC Duals

LAKE CITY — The St. Edmond wrestling team posted a 1-3 record on the afternoon here Saturday at the South Central Calhoun Duals. The Gaels scored a 31-30 victory over Lawton-Bronson via criteria to go along with losses to West Monona, Gilbert and the host Titans. Ryan Duckett was 4-0, ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Solomon Clayton looks to pass for Iowa Lakes against the defense of Iowa Central’s Dallas Bailey (20) and Kemryn Jenkins on Wednesday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit


Iowa Central men’s basketball coach Dennis Pilcher managed to pull one positive out of Wednesday’s loss to Iowa Lakes at Hodges Fieldhouse: the 1-0 lead the Tritons took after a technical on the visitors to start the game. It was all downhill after that. Iowa Lakes was called for the ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge celebrates his CIML championship last year in Pleasant Hill. Lara is back as one of three Dodger defending champions.

Top-ranked Dodgers lead loaded CIML field

PLEASANT HILL – The three-week push to a state championship begins here Friday for 17 teams at the CIML wrestling tournament. Top-ranked Fort Dodge is hoping to send an early message and capture its first-ever title under this event's modern-day format. Head coach Bobby Thompson's Dodgers ...