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Tritons become bowl eligible

Spencer Cuvelier understood the importance of Saturday’s ICCAC contest between Iowa Central and Ellsworth. With the chance to gain bowl eligibility on the line, Cuvelier and the Triton defense pitched a shutout, securing a 28-0 victory on a windy afternoon inside Dodger Stadium. Iowa ...

KASE CLOSED

In the biggest moment of his young St. Edmond athletic career, Drew Schaeffer delivered. Schaeffer, stepping in on fourth-down in overtime for injured starting quarterback Elijah Litwiller here Friday night vs. Manson Northwest Webster, hit Kase Baker in the end zone for the game-winning ...

Ayala pulls off upset

AMES — The high school wrestling season begins here in a few short weeks, but Drake Ayala appears to already be in midseason form. The Fort Dodge Senior High sophomore picked up a 9-5 victory over Braxton Brown of Texas Saturday in the opening bout at the Agony in Ames on Saturday. Brown ...

Jaguars capture 2A-2 title

GOWRIE — Southeast Valley is headed back to the state playoffs. The seventh-ranked Jaguars (7-2 overall, 5-0 Class 2A, District 2) held off No. 3 Algona (8-1, 4-1) 42-41 to claim the district championship, their first since 2015. This will be Southeast Valley’s fourth playoff appearance ...

No. 4 Titans earn top seed

South Central Calhoun wrapped up a perfect season and another district championship on Friday night to earn its sixth straight playoff appearance. The Titans (9-0 overall, 5-0 Class 1A, District) beat Pocahontas Area (4-5, 3-2) 42-2 to win their third district championship since 2014, and ...

Iowa Central hosts Ellsworth

Jesse Montalto is doing everything he can to keep this week as normal as possible for his Iowa Central football team. Montalto will welcome his former school, Ellsworth, to Dodger Stadium in a key ICCAC clash Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. Prior to replacing Kevin Twait on the ...

Area prep football roundup

Garrigan finishes perfect GRAETTINGER — For the 36th consecutive time in the regular season, the third-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team scored a victory. The Golden Bears finished off a fourth straight 9-0 year with a 35-6 victory over Graettinger-Terril/R-A here Friday ...

HIGH FIVE: Gaels back to state

HAWARDEN — For a fifth consecutive time, the St. Edmond girls will compete as a team at state cross country. Abby Landwehr finished fifth and Aubrey Bemrich was eighth to lead the Gaels to a runner-up showing here Thursday behind Logan-Magnolia. Ridge View advanced as the third-place team ...

TITLE CHASE

GOWRIE —Two of the most prolific offenses in Class 2A will meet in a winner-take-all scenario here on Friday. Third-ranked Algona (8-0 overall, 4-0 2A-2) will travel to seventh-ranked Southeast Valley (6-2, 4-0) with the district title on the line. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “Our ...

Fort Dodge looks to wrap up playoff berth

MARSHALLTOWN — At this point in the year, football teams are either still looking forward or getting ready to move on. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has earned the right to start planning for the postseason. Seeding and locations are being discussed for next Friday, as the program will almost ...

Gaels host rival Manson NW

The St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster football teams have built quite the rivalry over the years. Both will end their seasons here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium against each another, with hopes of using the contest as a launching point to next year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Jeff ...

District crowns on the line

Six Messenger-area teams control their own destiny on Friday night. Third-ranked South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) will clinch the Class 1A, District 2 championship if they beat Pocahontas Area (4-4, 3-1). If the Indians upset the Titans, there would be a three-way tie at the top with South ...

Four CIML titles for Dodger girls

PLEASANT HILL — Fort Dodge junior Madigan Peimann captured a pair of CIML Iowa Conference championships on Thursday, helping the Dodgers to a third-place team finish. Peimann took both the 100 and 200 freestyle races in 55.82 and 2:00.79. respectively. Classmate Luanne Xiao was also an ...

Dodgers compete at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge cross country teams competed for the final time this year here Thursday at a Class 4A state-qualifying meet. The Dodger boys and girls both placed ninth overall. Waukee won the boys title, with Iowa City West and Ames advancing with them to state next week at ...

Area cross country roundup

Humboldt, Algona’s Engen qualify SPENCER — The Humboldt boys are headed back to state, as Quinton Orr and Joseph Kunert finished in the Top-10 here Thursday at a Class 3A qualifier. Orr was the meet winner, clocking a time of 16:28 to best Algona’s Trey Engen. Kunert was eighth in ...

A football family

GOWRIE — Mark Graves has been coaching football for 24 years, so when fall rolls around, spending quality time around his family has always been a hit-and-miss proposition. Graves and his wife, Amber, have five children: four boys and a girl. All four boys inherited their father’s passion ...

GOING THE DISTANCE

There is a single trait that nearly all high-level cross country runners possess: they love the run. Abby Landwehr has been one of those athletes for the St. Edmond cross country program. Landwehr, a senior who has qualified for the state meet in both cross country and track multiple times, ...

Ross sidelined by ankle injury

IOWA CITY — Brady Ross would have every right to feel sorry for himself. Iowa’s junior fullback suffered an injury during the team’s recent victory at Indiana, and the former Humboldt High School all-stater confirmed on Tuesday he will be sidelined for at least three weeks by a high ...

FORWARD MARCH

Josie Huss knew the St. Edmond volleyball team needed to come out clicking here Tuesday night to begin postseason play. And that is exactly what the Gaels did. Behind a 10-kill, six-ace performance by Huss, St. Edmond swept past Belmond-Klemme inside the SEHS gym in a Class 2A, Region 2 ...

SCOTT MAKING IT COUNT

Devyn Scott understands that the connections she’s made over the years through athletics are what will make her senior season at St. Edmond so special. Scott, a four-sport athlete for the Gaels, is currently looking to help the SEHS volleyball program advance through regional play, which ...