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Tritons move to Final Four

IRVING, Tex. — The Iowa Central rugby team showed why they are viewed a quickly-rising program, throttling Tarleton Rugby Club here Saturday, 54-5. With the convincing win, the Tritons advance to the Challenge Cup Final Four to be held in April. Evian Akers, who was named the MVP, had ...

Ruffridge claims 3-point crown

GRIMES — Elle Ruffridge added another honor to her impressive high school resume here Saturday. Ruffridge, a Pocahontas Area senior, won the girls three-point contest held during the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game Showcase. Ruffridge defeated Madeline Wilkins of ...

Bennett will wrestle for third

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Fort Dodge junior Drew Bennett is back in the third place match at the 28th annual NHSCA National High School Championships after picking up three more wins here Saturday. Bennett advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Orion Anderson of New York. The reigning ...

Triton rugby squad eyes Challenge Cup final four

IRVING, Tex. — The Iowa Central rugby team will try to secure a spot in the final four of the Challenge Cup here Saturday afternoon when they meet Tarleton Rugby Club. This is one qualifier to the national championship and will be part of the National Small College Rugby Organization ...

Meyer at the helm for Tritons

It’s been an interesting start to the season for the Iowa Central baseball team and first year head coach Justin Meyer. Meyer replaced Rick Pederson after the conclusion of last year, moving from an assistant role to the man-in-charge. “The biggest transition has been the amount of ...

March Madness from a player’s point of view

Thousands of college basketball players slip on the jersey and lace up their shoes without ever experiencing the big stage that is “March Madness.” Reed Tellinghuisen is one of the lucky ones. Tellinghuisen, a former East Sac County star and junior at South Dakota State University, ...

Smith unanimous all-division

Shariah Smith concluded her career with unanimous all-CIML Iowa Conference basketball honors, the league announced recently. The senior was picked by all six coaches to the first team after leading Fort Dodge to eight wins. Fellow senior Justice Crooks made the second squad, with Shareece ...

Triton softball team wins twice

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — The Iowa Central softball team went 2-1 in Florida on Thursday. The Tritons beat College of DuPage 12-7 and Kishwaukee 12-4. They lost to Crowder 8-1. After trailing 5-1, the Tritons (20-7 overall) outscored DuPage 11-2 to earn the victory. “We put up a six spot in ...

Waiting for the Dance

CEDAR FALLS — A life-long basketball fan, Ellie Herzberg now understands what countless coaches and players around the country go through each and every March. Herzberg sat with her Northern Iowa team this past Monday and watched as the Panthers were selected as an at-large for the NCAA ...

Tritons sweep Doane JV

CRETE, Neb. — The Iowa Central baseball team swept a twinbill from Doane JV on Thursday in Nebraska. The Tritons (7-4 overall) won 7-0 and 12-4.2-0 Jacob Mohler putched a seven inning shutout, striking out nine batters and allowing only three hits. Felix Martinez and Junior Aracena had ...

Tellinghuisen gains experience vs. Zags

SALT LAKE CITY — South Dakota State was looking to make history Thursday in becoming the first-ever No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 to open the NCAA Tournament. While the Jackrabbits were unsuccessful in their quest, former East Sac County star Reed Tellinghuisen and company didn’t go ...

Claytons all-CIML Iowa

Brothers Malcolm and Solomon Clayton earned all-CIML Iowa Conference honors for the Fort Dodge boys basketball squad, the league announced recently. Malcolm, a junior, was selected to the first team as one of five unanimous choices. Solomon, a senior, made the second squad. Junior Trey ...

Ruffridge repeats as Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year

POCAHONTAS — It was only fitting that Elle Ruffridge completed her high school basketball career with several seconds. Not in terms of finishing as a runner-up, but instead, earning back-to-back honors. First, it was a second consecutive Class 3A state championship with her Pocahontas ...

ACAC-FD continues to shine

The ACAC-FD swim team recently competed at the ISI Senior State Championships, the ISI Age Group Championship and Speedo Sectionals meets. Taylor Hartley claimed three Top-16 finishes at the senior state meet held in Iowa City last month. Hartley was eighth in the 1650 freestyle, 12th in the ...

Croft, Beisch, Graffunder honored by ICCAC

A pair of Iowa Central basketball players have been honored by the ICCAC as all-region members. Tray Croft was tabbed to the men’s first team for the Tritons, while Michaela Graffunder earned second team honors. Croft, a freshman, set a new single-season scoring record of 772 points for ...

Roetman makes all-state team

Austin Roetman became the first Pocahontas Area boys basketball player in 25 years to make the Iowa Newspaper Association all-state list on Monday. Roetman, a Briar Cliff University recruit, made the second team in Class 2A. The 6-foot-8 senior forward averaged 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds ...

Misdirected anger

Fred Hoiberg doesn’t deserve the cold-shoulder treatment. Let me preface this by saying I am not completely convinced Hoiberg’s home should be on the NBA sidelines. I never have been. And I didn’t like his move to Chicago from the start for a multitude of reasons. This isn’t about ...

No. 11 Tritons earn three more wins

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — The 11th-ranked (NJCAA Div. II) Iowa Central softball squad reeled off three more victories here on Monday in convincing fashion. The Tritons, who are now 16-5 overall after losing four of their first five games, defeated County College, 13-1; Spoon River, 10-2; and ...

Tellinghuisen, Jackrabbits go back-to-back

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Reed Tellinghuisen and South Dakota State are headed back to the “Big Dance” for the second consecutive year after winning the Summit League Championship here Tuesday night. Tellinghuisen, an East Sac County graduate and member of the squad that also advanced to the ...

Record run for Croft

For 50 years, Al Nuness’ name sat atop the Iowa Central basketball history books. Nuness scored 770 points during the 1966-67 season, and countless standout players since have put on the Triton uniform in an attempt to break that mark. All, though, failed until this past season when ...