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Tritons to host first home swim meet

Joe Plane hadn't coached swimming at the collegiate level since 2008, but when the chance to get involved at Iowa Central presented itself, he was more than ready.Plane had most recently been a men's and women's assistant coach at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. When Iowa Central ...

Humboldt boys, girls 2nd

HAMPTON - The Humboldt cross country team earned a pair of runner-up team finishes here Thursday at the Hampton-Dumont Invitational.Bryce Gidel continued her phenomenal freshman season by winning the girls individual race in 19:19, almost a full minute ahead of runner-up Megan Mooberry of ...

Raffle for Schild during game tonight

Fort Dodge Senior High will hold a raffle during Friday night's Homecoming game to benefit senior Justin Schild, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.Schild, a member of the Dodger football team, was preparing for the upcoming season last month when he fell ill. Head coach Matt Miller ...

The end of the innocence

Many sports fans are sequential critics these days. It's a very unattractive result of our instant-gratification, social media-driven society. We build our heroes up at a rapid-fire rate, then tear them down the second they fall short of our inane expectations. We want entertainers to be ...

DMACC bears down

Time and time again Wednesday night, the Iowa Central volleyball team dug themselves out of a hole.In the end, though, the Tritons were unable to put together one final rally, falling to ICCAC rival Des Moines Area inside Hodges Fieldhouse in five games.Scores were 25-16, 25-21, 18-25, 20-25 ...

STRONG EFFORT

Fort Dodge's powerful duo of underclassmen Beth Murman and Kacee Gollob made sure Senior Night would end the right way for the Dodger volleyball team here Tuesday night.Murman recorded 17 kills and Gollob added 13 with 10 blocks as Fort Dodge scored a 3-1 victory over rival Mason City.Scores ...

Dodgers fall short vs. Dowling

By JOHN McBRIDEsports@messengernews.netAfter having a little fun the past two dual meets, Fort Dodge girls swim coach Ashley Koons said it's time for her team to get down to work.Koons mixed and matched her lineup again last night against Dowling as the Maroons posted a 112-71 victory. She did ...

Valiant Effort

All of the intangibles were there for the St. Edmond football team Friday night.But mistakes and inexperience once again crept up from behind and kept the Gaels from claiming their first district win of the season on Homecoming, as Ridge View picked up a 21-7 victory inside Dodger Stadium.St. ...

No. 1 Tigers pull away from FDSH

WEST DES MOINES - Relatively speaking, the first quarter of Fort Dodge's football game at top-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley couldn't have gone much better for the visiting Dodgers.Head coach Matt Miller's squad had only surrendered seven points, already forced a turnover, and had the ...

Iowa Central seeks first win

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. - For the second straight week, and fourth time this season, the Iowa Central football team hits the road.The Tritons try to get in the win column for the first time this year as they take on Independence here this afternoon.Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.It's been a tough road for ...

Tritons come up short

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. - The Iowa Central football team fell just short of achieving their first win of the season here Saturday, falling to Independence, 27-24.The Pirates jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead, but the Tritons rallied with 17 unanswered points behind touchdowns from Tim Rummels and Paul ...

No. 1 Valley up next for Fort Dodge

WEST DES MOINES - Matt Miller is an intense competitor.He's also a realist.The Fort Dodge football coach has no plans of premature surrender at top-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley. At the same time, he'll keep close tabs on how the game is developing and adjust his strategy accordingly ...

Homecoming for St. Edmond

The St. Edmond football team hopes to use the buzz created by Homecoming week to get back on track here Friday.The Gaels host Ridge View in a Class A, District 2 contest at Dodger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.After dropping their first two leagues games to MMCRU and South O'Brien, St. ...

Stakes increase for area programs

There will be plenty riding on games around the area Friday evening, as the postseason race begins to heat up.With the change in the number of playoff qualifiers from a year ago, each and every contest from here on out will be of the utmost importance.In Humboldt, the Wildcats welcome district ...

Area archers compete in championships

TODDVILLE - The Iowa Outdoors Archery Club's Junior Olympic Archery Development program had six area archers attend the state outdoor championships at the Waltonian Archers facility recently.Participants shot a 72-arrow round, with a possible total of 720 points. Distances were from 25 to 70 ...

Triton men handle NIACC

MASON CITY - The Iowa Central men's soccer team picked up a 3-1 victory over NIACC here on Tuesday.Preston Kamara scored twice for the Tritons (4-4-1 overall, 3-4-1 in ICCAC), while Luah Kahnplaye added a goal.Iowa Central led 2-0 early and 2-1 at halftime.Bailey Foster had the lone goal for ...

Dodgers swim at Johnston

JOHNSTON - On the heels of their title-winning performance this past weekend at home, the Fort Dodge girls swim team tried something new here Tuesday night at Johnston.Dodger head coach Ashley Koons put swimmers in different races to mix things up. The Dragons claimed the dual, 126-59."We ...

Freshman phenom

HUMBOLDT - Bryce Gidel continued her incredible freshman season here Monday at Sheldon Park, winning the Humboldt Invitational cross country title.Gidel clocked a time of 20:22.72 to best Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR's Bethany Lippert and teammate Gabby Kent.Behind the Top-3 finishes, the 11th-ranked ...

Another milestone

Check off another milestone for the record-breaking Fort Dodge girls swim team.For the first time in the history of this meet, the Dodgers claimed the team title in the Gary Winkler Invitational at the Dodger Pool Saturday.The Dodgers won the 200 yard medley relay, two individual events, and ...

FD’s Brayton, Faith sweep in Australia

JIMBOOMBA, Australia - Fort Dodge natives Justin Brayton and Gavin Faith swept the first round races here to open the 2016 Australian Supercross Championships.Brayton won his SX1 main inside the Jimboomba X Stadium with a total time of 16:49.192 over 20 laps, while Faith captured the SX2 main ...