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Bears reach semis

ALGONA - The fourth-ranked Bishop Garrigan football team won a Class A quarterfinal slugfest with No. 5 West Hancock here on Friday, prevailing 12-8 to punch their first UNI-Dome ticket in 11 seasons.Senior standout Gibson Behr intercepted a pass in the red zone to clinch the victory for the ...

Iowa Central faces No. 1 squad

GARDEN CITY, Kan. - Kevin Twait liked what he saw out of his ballclub last week, but Iowa Central is in for an entirely different level of challenge here on Saturday.The Tritons travel to face top-ranked Garden City (8-0). Kick off is set for 1 p.m. in Garden City."The kids played hard last ...

Lynx, Bears eye semis

The road to Cedar Falls and the UNI-Dome travels through Algona and Webster City tonight with quarterfinal round action in the state football playoffs.No. 4 Bishop Garrigan hosts West Hancock in Class A, while the sixth-ranked Lynx welcome district rival Boone.Kickoff for both games is set for ...

Tritons advance

Hungry was the motto for the No. 20 Iowa Central volleyball team here Wednesday night as they opened Region XI-B Tournament play.The Tritons swept past Southwestern inside Hodges Fieldhouse, putting them one match away from returning to the national tournament.Scores were 25-18, 25-18 and ...

Oh, what a night

One game - one night - erased 108 years of disappointment.I've been a fan of the Chicago Cubs for as long as I can remember. Like every "Cub Lifer," this was the moment we'd been waiting and dreaming of since the very beginning.On Wednesday night, during Game 7 of the World Series against the ...

Tighe gave his heart and bared his soul to the game he loves

What will you be doing when you're 86 years old? Let me preface this by saying most of us would consider ourselves lucky just to see 86. There are less than six million Americans 85 or older as we speak. Only one-third of males in ...

IC women edged in debut

It wasn't quite the way Kelly Kruger wanted to start his Iowa Central tenure here on Tuesday night.Kruger, in his first season as the Triton women's basketball coach, saw his club suffer a 52-21 loss in the final seconds against the Grand View JV inside Hodges Fieldhouse.The Tritons nearly ...

Vikings clip Triton men, 73-72

Dennis Pilcher was quick to point out all the mistakes made by his young Iowa Central basketball team here Tuesday night.But at the same time, Pilcher also sees the light at the end of the tunnel.The Tritons dropped a 73-72 contest to the Grand View JV inside Hodges Fieldhouse to open the ...

Thank You, Coach!

Dick Tighe was never quite sure when he would coach his last high school football game.After a record-breaking career spanning over six decades of service, it appears that time has come.Iowa's all-time wins leader resigned from his post at St. Edmond on Monday, ending an unprecedented body of ...

Dodgers send 11 to state

The ascension of the Fort Dodge girls swim team continued in Saturday's regional meet in the Dodger pool.Not that long ago, FDSH walked away from regionals with no qualifiers at all. In fact, that happened in five straight years, from 2009-2013. Not anymore.The Dodgers won two regional titles, ...

Bauer earns title

Riley Bauer had a clean look at the finish line here Saturday at the state cross country meet.The North Union junior made his push when he planned it and never looked back, earning gold in Class 1A. Bauer crossed in 16:09.7, almost 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Jerry Jorgenson of ...

Strong finish for Gael girls

Mike Szalat believed his St. Edmond girls cross country team could do one of two things at the state meet Saturday.Either they would prove the rankings right and finish 10th, or they would exceed expectations and earn a higher placing.The Gaels did the latter, securing sixth here overall at ...

Wagner runs final race

Ryan Wagner wasn't just happy to be at the state cross country meet Saturday afternoon.The Fort Dodge senior runner wanted to put together a strong finish to his career in the Class 4A race.After getting off to a slow start, though, Wagner was forced to work a new plan. He placed 72nd overall ...

Vonnahme shines in first season

For the past two seasons, Jill Vonnahme has focused solely on volleyball for Pocahontas Area.The junior, though, found herself enjoying distance running last spring during the track season, prompting a decision to compete in both cross country and volleyball this year.Vonnahme put a strong cap ...

Teske wins, Lara fares well in Ames event

AMES - Brody Teske wasn't quite sure what to expect from his first competitive match in over three months at the ''Agony in Ames'' wrestling event here on Saturday night.The Fort Dodge junior shook off the rust in a hurry against nationally-ranked Travis Ford-Melton of Illinois.Teske dominated ...

Tritons win regional titles

MASON CITY - The Iowa Central men's and women's cross country teams won Region XI championships on Saturday by placing all five counters on both sides in the top-6.It was the 13th straight title for the women and fourth consecutive for the men.Leanne Pompeani (17:36) won the individual title on ...

Iowa Central edged by Iowa Western

The Iowa Central football team has dealt with varying levels of disappointment all season long.A 20-17 loss to rival Iowa Western on Saturday had head coach Kevin Twait as frustrated as ever. A lot of his exasperation came from a good place, though, which is something the Tritons could ...

Jaguars fall in shootout

DIKE - Mike Swieter tried his best to keep his emotions in check as he addressed his Southeast Valley football team here Friday.But once he embraced his son - senior fullback Aaron Swieter - the tears started to flow.Swieter and the Jaguars had their season come to an end here in a Class 2A ...

Area cross country runners prepare for state finale

The Pocahontas Area girls cross country team would like nothing more than to add another state championship trophy to their collection this Saturday.The Indians are one of five area squads who qualified for the state meet. Action begins out at Lakeside Golf Course inside Kennedy Park at 11 ...

Webster City advances

WEBSTER CITY -Sixth-ranked Webster City and No. 5 Norwalk went toe-to-toe in the first half of their playoff matchup here Friday, but the Lynx pulled away to post a 33-14 win and advance to the Class 3A quarterfinal round.The Lynx (9-1 overall) will now host district rival Boone (8-2) on Friday ...