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Trifecta of Dodgers in championship round for third straight year

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DES MOINES — Fort Dodge’s wrestlers again put an assault on the school history books during Friday’s rounds of the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. Even so, it doesn’t look like it will be enough to bring home the school’s first state team title since 1985. The ...

Never alone

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DES MOINES — In a moment of personal celebration and historic achievement, three Fort Dodge state wrestling finalists immediately shifted the attention away from themselves and toward a brother in need. Previously-unbeaten Drew Bennett suffered another crushing state tournament loss to Kyle ...

Fisher in state finals

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DES MOINES — Kyler Fisher wanted to take a different approach to his second state tournament appearance. Last year as a freshman, Fisher was eliminated without a medal. This time around, he decided to stop thinking so much and stick to a simpler gameplan. “Being here last year helped ...

Teske eyeing FDSH history

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DES MOINES — Fort Dodge junior Brody Teske won’t be alone when he goes for his third state wrestling championship here on Saturday night. Teske, now 134-0 in his career, is one of six wrestlers seeking a third title in tonight’s championship round. He’ll go for the Class 3A 120-pound ...

Doolittle reaches finals

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DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle has learned a lot. A year removed from dominating the backside of the 113-pound bracket and making the consolation finals, the Webster City sophomore is now wrestling for a title. Last season, Doolittle lost in his opener but bounced back with five straight ...

Sizzling Ames tops FD boys

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The Ames boys are one of the top defensive teams in the state. But over the last three games, the Little Cyclones have taken their offensive skills to the next level. Clicking on all cylinders here Friday night, Ames picked up an easy 68-38 victory over Fort Dodge in the regular season ...

GOING TO WORK

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DES MOINES - Bobby Thompson knew heading into the state tournament that if his Fort Dodge wrestling team was going to be in the chase for a Class 3A title, they would need all of their qualifiers to contribute. After the first day of action, the Dodgers have 10 of their 11 grapplers alive and ...

Allison forced to withdraw

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DES MOINES — Thursday marked a somber end to St. Edmond senior Connor Allison’s career. Allison (19-8), who was a district runner-up, had to withdraw from competition after getting kidney stones earlier this week. “Words can't express how disappointed Connor is,’’ said ...

MNW’s Hanson advances

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DES MOINES — Koby Hanson had a bad taste in his mouth after ending up on the doorstep of the state tournament last year. Hanson, who lost in the district meet a year ago for Manson Northwest Webster, wasn’t about to let that happen this time around. Hanson (29-2), a Cougar junior, ...

Mustangs eliminate SE boys

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ALGONA — Earlier this month, the Newell-Fonda boys engaged in a back-and-forth contest with St. Edmond toward the end of the regular season. On Thursday night, the Mustangs used the experiences from that tough loss and the incredible play of senior Reed Kruse and freshman Bryce Coppock to ...

On the move

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DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle got a taste of the state tournament as a freshman last season and reached the podium. Now, as a second-ranked 113 pounder, Doolittle is looking to quickly climb the ladder. Doolittle (41-2) finished third in his rookie campaign and started his sophomore run ...

ON A MISSION

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DES MOINES — Drew Bennett sat and watched as three of his Fort Dodge teammates captured state wrestling championships a year ago. Now, Bennett wants to take that giant step to the top of the podium as he will compete in the Class 3A meet beginning Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena. A ...

Dodgers earn silver

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DES MOINES — The competitive drive of the Fort Dodge wrestling team was on full display at the dual state wrestling tournament here on Wednesday. With a goal of winning the school’s first state tournament title since 1985 in mind this weekend, the Dodgers threw in all their cards and took ...

FD bowling squads reach state

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By CHRIS JOHNSON sports@messengernews.net The Fort Dodge girls bowling team picked the perfect time to come together and register their best score of the season here on Tuesday. The Dodger girls rolled a sparkling 2,847 and came away with the top two individual scores in the state to ...

Cowell’s victory sets the tone for entire day

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DES MOINES — Before Fort Dodge faced top-ranked Southeast Polk in the championship round at state duals here on Wednesday, the Dodgers had to take out No. 2 West Des Moines Valley. And before Valley, there was third-rated North Scott. None of it would’ve been possible without the ...

Significant win for FDSH boys

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Fort Dodge’s 53-40 victory over Des Moines Roosevelt here on Tuesday stood as a relatively minor accomplishment in the grand scheme of things. Yet for a program that has struggled to maintain relevance in the state’s large-class scene for more than a quarter-century, ...

Fort Dodge passes first test

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The Fort Dodge girls looked like a vulnerable team ripe to be upset in the early stages of their Class 5A substate quarterfinal against Des Moines North here on Wednesday evening. Once the ball started rolling in the Dodgers’ direction, though, head coach Julius Michalik’s squad showed ...

No. 6 Panorama ousts SE girls

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PANORA — The season came to an end here on Tuesday night for the St. Edmond girls, as they were ousted from postseason play by No. 6 (Class 2A) Panorama, 74-46. Next up for Panorama is Interstate-35, which knocked out Ogden last night, 55-46. The regional final will be in Waukee on Monday, ...

Allison, area wrestlers ready

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DES MOINES — The big stage is here for wrestlers, as the state tournament begins inside Wells Fargo Arena Thursday. And for every qualifier, the hope is that all roads end Saturday night in the state finals of their respective weight. Class 3A begins the event at 9 a.m., followed by 1A at ...

Dodgers open postseason play

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The Fort Dodge girls basketball team will open the postseason with a familiar foe here tonight in their Class 5A regional quarterfinal. The Dodgers (7-14 overall) face Des Moines North (3-18), who they defeated 56-32 during the regular season, in the FDSH gym. Tip is set for 7 ...