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Dodgers win twice at Ames

By JOHN McBRIDE sports@messengernews.net AMES — It was a less than stellar debut for third-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team here Thursday night but the No. 3 (3A) Dodgers still walked away with a pair of dual wins to start the season. The Dodgers trudged through a pair of meets that ...

Valley edges Dodgers

WEST DES MOINES — Valley out-touched Fort Dodge in the final relay of the night to claim an 87-83 victory. The Dodgers (2-2 overall) needed a first and third place finish in the 400 freestyle relay to earn the win. Fort Dodge finished second and third. Valley touched the wall in ...

Gael wrestlers open at home

The St. Edmond wrestling team will jump right into North Central Conference action tonight to open their season, hosting Clarion-Goldfield/Dows and Hampton-Dumont. Action begins at 6 p.m. Entering his second season leading the Gaels, Matthew Petsinger feels he is better prepared for what ...

Area players earn all-state honors

St. Edmond’s Hannah Huss was recently named to the Class 1A all-state volleyball team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Huss, a junior, was selected to the honorable mention squad after helping the Gaels reach a regional semifinal. Along with Huss, Allison Birks from South Central ...

Triton wrestlers roll past No. 1 Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa Central wrestling team wanted to make an early statement here Wednesday night. And that’s exactly what they did. The Tritons picked up a 24-12 victory over top-ranked Iowa Western, as former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Keenan Cook capped the night with a ...

Busy opening weekend for No. 3 Dodgers

AMES — The third-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team will hit the ground running tonight. The Dodgers (0-0 overall) will wrestle for three straight days, starting with a road triangular followed up with a two-day tournament in Independence. Fort Dodge will begin its season tonight at Ames ...

FD bowlers sweep at home

The Fort Dodge bowling team picked up a sweep over Des Moines East here Tuesday. Led by Seth Hanson’s 456 series, the Dodger boys downed East, 2,733-2,703, coming back in the Baker’s round to claim the dual. Hanson had games of 212 and 244. Nate Stanley rolled a 366 for FDSH, Jared ...

Valley gets past Dodger boys

WEST DES MOINES — Defending state champion West Des Moines Valley pulled away from the Fort Dodge boys basketball team here on Tuesday, 51-39. Ahead by only three points heading into the fourth quarter, the Tigers put the clamps on the Dodgers by ramping up the pressure and getting to the ...

No. 3 Valley too much for FD girls

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls stayed with Valley for most of the first half, but then the third-ranked Tigers pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 87-50 victory. “It’s a little disappointing,’’ said Fort Dodge head coach Julius Michalik. “We just couldn’t get on ...

Dodger swimmers win twice

CARROLL — The Fort Dodge boys swim team picked up two victories here Tuesday, besting both Spencer and Carroll. The Dodgers downed Spencer, 81-13, and defeated Carroll, 60-34, improving to 2-1 on the season. Fort Dodge won 10 of the 11 events on the night, including all of the ...

Tritons wrestlers riding early wave of momentum

Iowa Central  remained at the forefront of junior college wrestling last winter, finishing second at nationals and crowning three individual champions. Now, the Tritons and head coach Luke Moffitt get back to work on keeping the tradition alive. Sophomore Zak Hensley leads the way after ...

Tritons riding early wave of talented freshman class

The Iowa Central men’s basketball team has walked a fine line between winning and losing during the early stages of the 2016-17 season. Veteran head coach Dennis Pilcher is confident that once his young squad gains experience and confidence in each other, the Tritons will find the right ...

SHARP SHOOTERS

The St. Edmond boys hit the ground running here Monday night, claiming a 79-53 victory over Bishop Garrigan in their season opener. Behind the shooting of Andrew Gibb, Charlie Doyle and Jackson Kochendorfer, the Gaels (1-0 overall) nailed a dozen three-pointers in earning their 21st win in ...

Gael boys tip off against Garrigan

Another season begins on the hardwood for the St. Edmond boys and legendary head coach Adolph Kochendorfer on Monday night. And it comes against a familiar opponent. The Gaels will open their season against former North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan. Varsity tip is set for ...

Marshalltown pulls away from Tritons

Iowa Central men’s basketball coach Dennis Pilcher said his young team is still searching for its identity. The Tritons didn’t come any closer to finding it here Monday night against Marshalltown. Iowa Central (4-5) showed flashes of consistency in the first half, hanging with the ...

Dodger hoop teams head to Valley

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys and girls hit the court for the first time together tonight, taking on long-time rival West Des Moines Valley. Tip is set for 6:15 p.m. with the girls contest. The boys are slated to start at approximately 7:45 p.m. Tom Daniel and the Fort Dodge ...

FD wrestlers ranked 3rd

Fort Dodge will open the wrestling season as the third-ranked team in Class 3A, according to The Predicament. Six Dodgers are rated individually, including defending state champions Brody Teske (No. 1 at 120) and Triston Lara (No. 1 at 138). Teske, a junior, is unbeaten in his varsity career. ...

Kruger settles in at Iowa Central

New women’s basketball coach Kelly Kruger has experienced tremendous support since arriving on the Iowa Central campus. Kruger is in his first season directing the Tritons. He replaced Jordon O’Brien, who is now an assistant at Missouri Southern. “I’ve had good people to work ...

Dodger swimmers start strong

Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse skipped right past the final score and individual finishes from the Dodgers’ season-opening meet against Ames here on Tuesday. ‘‘The times,’’ Greathouse smiled. ‘‘These times are outstanding for the third week of November. This was a really ...

Eight area players on INA first team

Eight Messenger-area football players were named first team all-state Iowa Newspaper Association selections, the organization officially announced on Monday night. Four athletes from Class A state runner-up Bishop Garrigan — senior Gibson Behr, senior Joel Vaske, senior Grant Buscherfeld ...