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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles against Southeast Polk's Gauge Perrien last season during the state championship round. Teske is a three-time defending champion for the Dodgers.

Dodger wrestlers rated 23rd nationally

Two-time defending state runner-up Fort Dodge enters the wrestling season as the highest ranked Iowa school in the InterMat Fab 50 national rankings. Head coach Bobby Thompson’s Dodgers are 23rd overall, four spots ahead of reigning state champion Southeast Polk. West Des Moines Valley ...

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Jake Porter (73), a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, gets ready to hike the ball for Minnesota State earlier this season.

Porter a steady influence for nation’s No. 1 team

Jake Porter had never missed a football game, dating all the way back to his early days in high school. So when the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate was in street clothes for top-ranked (NCAA Div. II) Minnesota State’s game against Wayne State on Saturday for senior day, Porter had ...

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Hawkeye fans rush the field after Iowa’s upset win over third-ranked Ohio State on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.


IOWA CITY — At one point during Iowa’s out-of-body 55-24 dismantling of third-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, my wife turned to me with an incredulous look and said, ‘‘I’ve never seen them do that before.’’ She needed to be more specific. It happened live and in living color ...

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Manson Northwest Webster graduate Tim Butcher (holding the football without his helmet) recovers a fumble for Iowa Central inside Dodger Stadium earlier this year.


While Tim Butcher is living out his boyhood dream of chasing down quarterbacks on Saturdays, there are still visions of a bigger stage in mind. Butcher’s dream was to play Division I football out of high school, but when the offers didn’t come through, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound lineman took ...

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Fort Dodge’s Taylor Hartley swims in the 500 freestyle at the state meet in Marshalltown. Hartley finished ninth.

Hartley earns ninth

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge girls swim team add more Top-16 state finishes for their program here Saturday at the state meet. Senior Taylor Hartley had the highest individual finish, placing ninth in the 500 freestyle. Hartley clocked a time of 5:12.60, with West Des Moines Dowling’s ...

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Brooke (Hansen) Mickelson, a 1999 Fort Dodge graduate, poses with an ‘Iowa Wave’ shirt.

FDSH grad helps fuel ‘Iowa Wave’

IOWA CITY — Saturday’s football game between Iowa and Ohio State has taken on a different meaning for 1999 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Brooke (Hansen) Mickelson. Mickelson, along with friends Meighan Phillips and Lori Willis, are the driving force behind the “Iowa Wave” shirts that ...

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The Iowa Central volleyball team holds their trophy after earning a national tournament berth.

Tritons earn national berth

IOWA FALLS — Iowa Central is back in the national volleyball tournament. The 16th-ranked Tritons (30-9 overall) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat second-seeded DMACC in five sets of the Region XI-B championship match. The Bears won the first and third set 26-24 and 25-23. Iowa Central ...

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Hannah Huss of St. Edmond tips the ball over the net against Eagle Grove in the Gael gym.

Huss hits her stride

High school sports help create a family atmosphere. That mantra especially rings true for For St. Edmond senior Hannah Huss. Huss recently completed her Gael volleyball career alongside three cousins, while playing for her mother. St. Edmond won 17 matches — its most since the 2007 season ...

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Darryl Kelley of Iowa Central gains a few yards during the kick off against Garden City on Saturday

Tritons lose at home

For the second consecutive week, Iowa Central put an early scare into a national junior college power. However, a pivotal three-minute stretch late in the first quarter and early in the second doomed the Tritons, as they fell to No. 17 Garden City here Saturday at Dodger Stadium, ...

Final home game for Tritons

Last week, Iowa Central battled the current favorites to win the NJCAA national football championship in top-ranked Iowa Western. This Saturday, the Tritons get to face the program that hoisted that trophy a season ago. No. 17 Garden City visits Dodger Stadium for the final home game of the ...

Titans edged by No. 1 BH/RV

HULL — For the second consecutive year, South Central Calhoun’s season came to an end here, as top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won, 28-20. The defending champion Nighthawks will play Waukon in a Class 2A semifinal at Cedar Falls next week. Waukon knocked off New Hampton last night, ...

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Kayla Faldet gets a block at the net for Iowa Central against Southeastern on Wednesday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Tritons coast in opener

Sara Horn has her team ready for the postseason. The 16th-ranked Iowa Central volleyball squad had tunnel vision in Wednesday’s Region XI-B semifinal against Southeastern. The Tritons (29-9 overall) cruised to a three-set victory over the Blackhawks (24-16), 25-15, 25-18 and ...

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State qualifiers for the Fort Dodge swim team are, front row, left to right, Morgan Border, Luanne Xiao and Grace Hartley. Back: Madigan Peimann, Elora Fierke and Taylor Hartley.


MARSHALLTOWN — The 2017 girls state swim meet on Saturday will mark the end of one era and the beginning of another for the Fort Dodge girls swim program. Dodger senior Taylor Hartley’s brilliant prep career comes to an end at the Marshalltown YMCA, but five underclassmen — all either ...

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Triton sophomores include (left to right): Tray Croft, Robert Hawkins, Davare Loggins and Noah Stukey.

Tritons eager to get program back on track

When a coach doesn’t have to worry as much about the fundamentals and just coach basketball instead, a transition including 12 newcomers can still be a smooth one. Entering his 39th season, Iowa Central head coach Dennis Pilcher likes the early signs of what his ballclub can ...

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Jonathon Frantz of South Central Calhoun scores a touchdown against Southeast Valley during the regular season.

SC Calhoun takes on No. 1

HULL — The South Central Calhoun football team gets their shot at No. 1 this Friday night, taking on defending state champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley here in a Class 2A quarterfinal. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Since a Week 1 loss to Carroll, the Titans (9-1 overall) have won nine a row, ...

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Tray Croft of Iowa Central shoots on Thursday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Triton men roll behind Croft’s 24 points, 88-57

Tray Croft scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Iowa Central men opened their season with a convincing 88-57 victory over Grand View JV here Thursday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Croft, who set a new single-season scoring record last year, was 11-for-15 from the ...

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Sarah Rolling of Iowa Central shoots against the Grand View JV on Thursday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Turnovers too much for IC women to overcome

It was pretty easy for Iowa Central women’s coach Kelly Kruger to see where his team failed to execute here Thursday night. The Tritons let a nine-point second half lead slowly evaporate, falling to the Grand View JV inside Hodges Fieldhouse, 64-63. With under a second left in the game, ...

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Sophomores for the Iowa Central women’s basketball team are, left to right, Rachel Toto, Emma O’Donoghue and Sarah Rolling.

New beginning

Kelly Kruger begins his second season in charge of the Iowa Central women’s basketball team with a roster much more to his liking. Kruger and the Tritons went 12-18 a year ago, including a 4-10 mark in the rugged ICCAC. Now, with 13 incoming freshmen, Kruger is hoping to use his depth to ...

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Iowa Central’s Gabby Sullivan celebrates inside Hodges Fieldhouse earlier this season.

Sullivan bursts into spotlight

Gabby Sullivan isn’t one to embrace the spotlight, even if it continues to shine bright down on her. The Iowa Central sophomore has helped the Triton volleyball squad to a national ranking and No. 3 seed in the Region XI-B volleyball tournament, which begins on Wednesday inside Hodges ...

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Fort Dodge’s Drew Bennett was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the USAW preseason nationals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday.

Bennett named USAW event’s most outstanding wrestler

CEDAR FALLS — Drew Bennett didn’t succeed at first, so he tried again. Ten times, to be exact. The Fort Dodge senior finally captured a coveted Cliff Keen USA Wrestling preseason national tournament championship here on Saturday, taking the 11th-12th grade title at 126 pounds. For his ...