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Area sectional wrestling roundup

Lynx, Wildcats combine for 14 district qualifiers HUMBOLDT — North Central Conference rivals Webster City and Humboldt finished first and second here Saturday. Trey Nelson, Drake Doolittle, Carson Hartnett, Luke Rohmiller and Zane Williams all earned district spots with ...

Dodger boys better this time around vs. No. 9 Maroons

By JOHN McBRIDE sports@messengernews.net Some losses are better off forgotten. Some become teachable moments for a team. The Fort Dodge boys basketball squad now has one of each kind against West Des Moines Dowling this season. After losing to the ninth-ranked (4A) Maroons by 35 points ...

Former Dodger visits

Jolyn Cataldo loves taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting the trail of nostalgia she remembers from growing up in Fort Dodge. Cataldo is the daughter of the late Fort Dodge legend Floyd Magnusson. Her granddaughter, Mia, is a starter for the ninth-ranked West Des Moines Dowling girls ...

RECORD DAY

Seniors Cole Davis and Mitchell Emery made sure their last meet in the Fort Dodge pool would be a memorable one, as the duo helped guide the Dodgers to a runner-up finish in Saturday’s district meet. Davis and Emery each won two individual events and were part of the Dodgers’ lone relay ...

No. 7 Dowling handles FDSH girls

After the last meeting against seventh-ranked Dowling, Julius Michalik felt his team had a shot at knocking off the Maroons. In the first meeting between CIML Iowa rivals, the Dodgers dropped a two-point contest in West Des Moines. On Friday, Dowling (16-3 overall, 9-0 league) was clicking ...

Lions outlast Gael boys in OT

The St. Edmond boys didn’t avoid a fifth consecutive loss here Friday night against Clear Lake, but they gained some much-needed confidence. After Charlie Doyle sent the game to overtime with a basket in the final seconds, the Lions relied on Zach Lester to claim an 84-76 victory inside the ...

Clear Lake tops St. Edmond girls

The St. Edmond girls are halfway through what might be the toughest stretch of games for anyone in the state. After playing second-ranked (Class 3A) and defending state champion Pocahontas Area Thursday night, the Gaels went toe-to-toe with No. 8 (3A) Clear Lake here Friday. Despite a ...

Dodgers thinking big for district swim

Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse has asked plenty from his boys swim team this season. And each time, they have delivered. Now, the Dodgers get one final chance to deliver for their coach before state when they host a district meet here Saturday. Timed finals begin at noon inside the ...

Iowa Central hosts ‘Jam the Gym’

Iowa Central will host its annual “Jam the Gym” event on Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. The Triton women’s and men’s basketball teams will square off with Ellsworth at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. The Iowa Central men (8-15 overall, 0-5 ICCAC) will be looking to snap their ...

Sectionals on the mat

The first step in the journey to state wrestling begins Saturday for Class 1A and 2A wrestlers with sectionals. Fourteen area schools will compete at five sectional meets around the state, with each weight champion and runner-up advancing to districts next Saturday. Action is scheduled to ...

TRIPLE PLAY

POCAHONTAS — The second-ranked Pocahontas Area girls basketball team had a record night on Friday, and senior Grace Meyer had a career performance in the process. The Indians (19-1 overall) cruised to a 92-24 victory over West Bend-Mallard (1-17) by making a state single-game record 20 ...

Valley uses depth, health to top FDSH

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge wrestling team wasn’t able to show its true potential here Thursday in a Top-5 showdown against West Des Moines Valley. The second-ranked (IWCOA) Tigers adjusted accordingly, using their depth and health as a potent combination in handing the No. 4 ...

Ruffridge, PAC top Gaels

POCAHONTAS — It was business as usual for the second-ranked (Class 3A) Pocahontas Area girls here Thursday night, as they cruised to a 95-37 victory over St. Edmond. Elle Ruffridge recorded another 30-plus game, finishing with 33 points and seven assists. Faith Meyer added 17 and Payton ...

Indians hold on to top Gaels

POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas Area boys find themselves on quite the roll with just a handful of games left before the postseason. The Indians earned their sixth consecutive win here Thursday night, topping St. Edmond, 49-41. Jace Davidson scored 17 points to lead the way for Pocahontas ...

Dodgers sweep Polar Bears

The Fort Dodge bowling team claimed a pair of victories over Des Moines North here Thursday. The Dodger boys scored a 2,968-2,382 victory, as Jared Jacobson rolled a 429. Ethan Graves (407) and Trey Preston (400) also broke 400, while Seth Hanson finished with a 399. “We got the wheels ...

Clayton scores 30 as FD boys win again

The maturation of the Fort Dodge boys basketball team continued here on Tuesday night in the Dodger gym. Facing an opponent they could see in the postseason with a tournament-like atmosphere, the Dodgers gutted out a 70-66 win over Ankeny. The Dodgers, now 10-4, have posted double digit ...

No. 3 Dodgers head to No. 1 Valley

WEST DES MOINES — Bobby Thompson was hoping he would be able to take a healthy Fort Dodge lineup into the third-ranked Dodgers showdown with top-ranked Valley tonight. But the Dodgers (12-0 overall) will be without top-ranked defending state champion Triston Lara (138) and seventh-ranked ...

Defending champ Lynx extend their conference lead

The Webster City boys strengthened their hold atop the North Central Conference here Tuesday night, completing a season sweep over St. Edmond, 57-43. The Lynx (12-3 overall, 9-1 in league) went 13-1 last year to claim the conference title. However, all five starters graduated from ...

WCHS girls pull away from Gaels

The St. Edmond girls went ice-cold from the field at the worst possible time here on Tuesday night and Webster City took advantage, claiming a 54-47 victory. Led by freshman Taylor McKinney, the Lynx overcame a halftime deficit with a huge third quarter to complete a season sweep of the Gaels ...

Ankeny escapes FD girls

One night after ending a six-game losing streak, the Fort Dodger girls basketball team ran out of steam and were passed up late by Ankeny, 48-41, in the Dodger gym on Tuesday. In the midst of a four-game week, the Dodgers (7-10) started it off with a 56-32 win over Des Moines North Monday. ...