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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 ...

RODEO WUNDERKIND

When she was five years old, Morgan Nelson saddled up for her first horse ride. Since then, it would be hard not to find Nelson taking the reins of competition companions like “Buddy” and “Blueberry.” The Fort Dodge resident started taking lessons in Badger as a youngster, and a ...

No regrets: Girard returns to the field

MANSON — The smell of the grass on the field — the crisp fall air on a Friday Night — is something Devin Girard never thought he would be able to enjoy. After a long period away from the game that he loved — with a lot of recovery and reflection, and although for a brief period of ...

Record-setting day for Tritons

By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net Justin Blake took advantage of the opportunity presented to him Saturday by Iowa Central head football coach Jesse Montalto. With starting quarterback Blake Dever sidelined by injury, Blake set several school records as the Tritons rolled to a 58-7 ...

Dodgers dismantle SC West

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge football team isn't leaving anything to chance with so much on the line during these last two weeks of the regular season. The Dodgers scored more touchdowns than Sioux City West had total yards in the first half of their 68-13 rout here Friday — a victory that ...

Warriors top Gaels

Not much went right for the St. Edmond football team in the first half of their return to Dodger Stadium here Friday night. Alta/Aurelia’s Anthony Krier returned the opening kickoff 77 yards as the Warriors built a commanding 30-0 lead before halftime. While Alta/Aurelia left with a 50-22 ...

Iowa Central hosts Dodge City

The Iowa Central football team settles in for two consecutive home games beginning this Saturday as they host Dodge City for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for noon inside Dodger Stadium. The Tritons (2-4 overall) are coming off a 44-14 loss to third-ranked Garden City on the road. Justin Blake ...

Area prep football roundup

Fisher tops the charts GOWRIE —For the third consecutive week Kyler Fisher has broke the 200-yard plataeu and ran to the top of the school’s all-time rushing charts. With a 28-6 victory over Estherville-Lincoln Central, the Jaguars (6-2 overall, 4-0 district) will play for a district ...

Gaels come up short

It was an emotional night for Dee Huss and the St. Edmond volleyball team here Thursday night as they honored seniors Macey Mason, Devyn Scott, Jacque Oberg and Chloe Lewison. While the end result was a North Central Conference victory for Clear Lake, Huss couldn’t help but feel pride in ...

Two weeks left to make district title push

For Algona the last two weeks of the season may be the toughest. The third-ranked Bulldogs (7-0 overall, 3-0 district) will face rated teams in the final season. This week Algona will host No. 8 Spirit Lake (6-1, 2-1). In the last week of the season they will travel to face 10th-ranked ...