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INSTANT CLASSIC

It took elite skill to defeat Fort Dodge’s will at the state softball tournament here Tuesday. Lindsey Culver’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed third-seeded Cedar Rapids Jefferson to finally break free from the eighth-ranked Dodgers in a classic pitchers’ duel at ...

Humboldt plays for state bid

BOONE — Fresh off a pair of victories over North Central Conference rivals, the Humboldt baseball team finds themselves playing for a Class 3A state berth. The Wildcats face Boone in a 3A, Substate 2 championship here beginning at 7 p.m. On Monday night, Humboldt (19-14 overall) picked up ...

GAME DAY FOR DODGERS

Andi Adams knows Fort Dodge doesn’t necessarily have the look of a prototypical powerhouse program. The eighth-ranked Dodgers’ style is much more unconventional — befitting a school and a town that annually embraces the underdog role. “I guess it’s kind of like sandlot softball,” ...

‘Dodger Denny’ dies

Dennis Olson, affectionately known as “Dodger Denny” to Fort Dodge fans everywhere, died on Monday morning at the age of 65. An unconditional supporter of both FDSH and Iowa State University athletics for decades, Olson’s loyalty and passion were remembered by Dodgers from all across the ...

FINAL FOUR

The scenario was similar to last season for the Humboldt softball team. But the end result was much different. The No. 4 Wildcats scored a 3-0 victory over seventh-ranked Atlantic here Monday night in the final game on Diamond 2, advancing to the Class 3A semifinals for the first time in ...

Humboldt plays for 3A state berth

BOONE - Fresh off a pair of victories over North Central Conference rivals, the Humboldt baseball team finds themselves playing for a Class 3A state berth. The Wildcats face Boone in a 3A, Substate 2 championship here beginning at 7 p.m. On Monday night, Humboldt (19-14 overall) picked up ...

FD’s Ayala a repeat All-American

FARGO, N.D. — Fort Dodge sophomore-to-be Drake Ayala placed fourth in the 2018 United States Marine Corps National Tournament here on Monday, securing his second consecutive All-American finish at one of the most prestigious events in the country. Ayala, a state runner-up at 106 pounds for ...

Reeder, Stults first-time winners on men’s side

It only seemed fitting that Ryan Reeder and Randy Stults stood in the same championship trophy photo after all was said and done Sunday at the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota County Golf Tournament, presented by The Messenger. The long-time friends had played hundreds of rounds together through ...

Emotions run high for Kuhlman; Conrad seals deal

First, Roxanne Kuhlman had to get back on her feet. Once she found a certain degree of comfort in life’s new normal, Kuhlman turned back to the game she loves for peace and perspective. Kuhlman captured her eighth career championship on Sunday in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster ...

Lisbon continues postseason run with 3-2 victory

For ninth-ranked Lisbon, the pressure to make it to Rogers Park was daunting. The Lions knocked off two-time defending champion and No. 1 Kee in the regional final to end a 14-year drought from the state tournament. On Monday in the first game on Diamond 2, Lisbon held off 11th-rated ...

Central Springs takes battle with Logan-Magnolia

When Hannah Ausenhus needed a strikeout, the Central Springs junior reached back and delivered. Ausenhus got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth, as the sixth-ranked Panthers earned a 4-0 victory over No. 8 Logan-Magnolia to advance to the Class 2A semifinals here Monday at Rogers ...

Our first pitch

On behalf of our entire staff and the city of Fort Dodge, I’d like to extend an early welcome and belated congratulations to the players, families and fans from communities all across Iowa. For the 49th consecutive year, the state softball tournament at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex ...

Cougars ride Barrick, timely hits into 1A semis

Inside the circle, there might not be a more imposing pitcher than Taryan Barrick. The state’s strikeout leader added to her total with 13 on Monday, but it was the offense that really got fourth-ranked AGWSR through the first round of the Class 1A tournament at Rogers Park. A pair of ...

Regina steals way past Alta/Aurelia, 7-2

Once again, the Iowa City Regina softball team proved that records do not matter when it comes to the state tournament. The No. 10 Regals played moneyball early and powerball late, knocking off fifth-ranked Alta/Aurelia, 7-2, in a Class 2A quarterfinal at Rogers Park Monday evening. Iowa City ...

BACK FOR MORE

As far as Olivia Larsen is concerned, the ultimate achievement is always a state title regardless of the sport. For Larsen and unranked Newell-Fonda, their softball championship quest begins here at Rogers Park on Monday when they take on No. 2 Collins-Maxwell in a Class 1A quarterfinal round ...

Conrad storms out in front

Delaney Conrad took advantage of her opportunity to play in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County Golf Tournament presented by The Messenger here Saturday. Conrad, a junior-to-be at Southeast Valley in the fall, carded a round of 71 to earn a six-stroke lead over seven-time ...

ICCC makes track, XC decisions

Iowa Central Community College athletic director Kevin Twait announce the hiring of Nigel Bigbee as the newest member of the Triton track and field staff this week. “With the sudden and tragic passing of head men’s and women’s track and field coach Denny Myers a month ago, Iowa Central ...

BACK-TO-BACK

The run put together by Humboldt to reach the state softball tournament a year ago was expected. By becoming the first team in school history to make it back-to-back years, though, all those new faces around the Wildcat program have their own achievement on the resume now. No. 4 Humboldt ...

NCC names all-league selections

Underclassmen dominated the all-North Central Conference softball first team, led by eight sophomores. St. Edmond’s Jocy Timmerman was one of them. Timmerman led the eight Gaels placed on one of the three squads. Ella Vratny, Kacey Kruthoff, Erin Flattery, Jacque Oberg and Macey Mason all ...

FDSH ousted by North in substate

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge baseball team had their season come to an end here Saturday afternoon, falling in a Class 4A, Substate 1 contest to Sioux City North, 7-0. The Stars (19-14 overall) will now face Sioux City East on Monday at 5 p.m., with the winner of that contest advancing to ...