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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots against Marshalltown earlier this week.

No. 6 Johnston stops FD girls

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JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge girls suffered a 74-39 defeat to No. 6 (Class 5A) Johnston here Friday night. Maya McDermott, a sophomore, scored 30 points to lead the Dragons. She also had five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Regan Nesheim added 12 points and Jennah Johnson 11, as ...

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Iowa Central’s Dallas Bailey puts up a shot under the basket against Kirkwood on Saturday.

Triton men can’t stop Eagles

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The short-handed Iowa Central men’s basketball team couldn’t shake a slow start here on Saturday, as Kirkwood posted a 84-62 victory in the ICCAC opener for both schools. The seventh-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Tritons (13-4 overall), who were again playing without leading scorer and ...

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Hannah Huss of St. Edmond drives against Manson Northwest Webster in the Gael gym earlier this week.

Third-rated Clear Lake too much for SE girls

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CLEAR LAKE — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake girls flexed their defensive might here Friday night, earning a 57-16 victory over St. Edmond. The Lions held a 9-0 lead after the first quarter, stretching that advantage to 29-1 at halftime. “Clear Lake’s press gave us problems, ...

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FDSH grad Rial tabbed coach for 2018 USA World Greco-Roman team

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In 2008, Mark Rial earned a national championship representing the United States at the world championships. Now, the former two-time state champion from Fort Dodge will get the chance to lead the next generation to success. Rial was recently announced as a co-head coach for the United States ...

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Power surge

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Competing for the first time in over a month, the seventh-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team had no troubles with No. 10 Iowa Western here Wednesday night. The Tritons won seven matches, scoring bonus points in six of them, in earning a 36-9 victory inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Jeremiah Colon, ...

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Aaron Porter of Fort Dodge shoots around Marshalltown Sunday Arou on Tuesday

Four in a row

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The Fort Dodge boys remained perfect in 2018, scoring a 58-45 victory over Marshalltown here Tuesday night. Senior Malcolm Clayton scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists, and classmate Aaron Porter added a career-high 14 points off the bench as the Dodgers pushed ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge shoots around Marshalltown Grace Metzger on Tuesday

Big second half carries FD girls

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By JOHN McBRIDE sports@messengernews.net After struggling through a scoring drought in the second period, the Fort Dodge girls flipped a switch to start the second half and pulled away from Marshalltown for a 53-38 win in the Dodger gym last night. Fort Dodge (3-9 overall and 2-3 in the CIML ...

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Andrew Gibbs of St. Edmond shoots around Manson NW Webster Zach Walsh on Monday

Gaels fall to Mustangs in OT

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NEWELL — The Newell-Fonda boys pulled out a 58-52 overtime win over St. Edmond here on Tuesday. St. Edmond's Jackson Kochendorfer hit a late, game-tying three-pointer to force the OT session, but the Mustangs outscored the Gaels 13-7 in the extra session. Bryce Coppock scored 18 points in ...

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Livi Huss of St. Edmond shoots around Manson NW Webster Samantha Ruhland (4) and Bailey Kenyon on Monday

Gaels can’t stop No. 4 Mustangs

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NEWELL — The fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda girls posted a commanding 67-22 victory over St. Edmond here on Tuesday. Olivia Larsen had 18 points for the unbeaten Mustangs (11-0 overall), who allowed only three second-half points. ‘‘Our kids came out and did a great job of ...

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Andrew Gibbs of St. Edmond shoots around Manson NW Webster Zach Walsh on Monday

Gaels fight off MNW

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The St. Edmond boys basketball team began a busy week with a hard-fought 67-57 win over Manson-Northwest Webster in the Gael gym last night. On the court, the Gaels (7-3) play three games in five days, traveling to Newell-Fonda tonight. Off the court, it’s semester test week in the ...

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Macey Mason of St. Edmond shoots over Manson NW Webster Bailey Kenyon on Monday

Cougars stay red hot

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The Manson Northwest Webster girls overcame a sluggish start to post their seventh consecutive victory over St. Edmond here Monday night, 51-43. After falling behind by as many as nine midway through the second quarter, the Cougars relied on their bench to pull them out of a slumber. Bailey ...

Dodger bowlers cruise

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MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge bowling teams came out strong at the lanes after the Christmas break. The Fort Dodge girls picked up a 2,802-2,172 victory over the Mohawks. The Dodger boys earned a 2,793-2,635 victory over Mason City. On the girls side, Lauren Hade had the high series with ...

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Damond Lockner of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston's Elliott Pohlmeyer last month.

THE FINAL STEP AWAITS

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Damond Lockner often gets lost in the shuffle alongside his nationally-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling classmates. The Dodger senior is ready to make a name for himself by upgrading his status from contender to champion come February in Des Moines. Lockner has quietly pieced together another ...

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Tysen Kershaw of Fort Dodge shoots over Urbandale A.J. Costello (20) and Benjamin DeKruyf on Friday

Dodgers find a way

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It wasn’t a work of art by any stretch of the imagination, but Fort Dodge boys head coach Tom Daniel laughed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder anyway. Daniel and his Dodgers didn’t apologize one bit for their 39-35 victory over CIML Iowa Conference rival Urbandale here on Friday, ...

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Trey Lawrence of Southeast Valley wrestles against West Hancock’s Dalton Subject on Saturday in the St. Edmond Duals. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

BACK IN THE GROOVE

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As the winter sports season drew closer and closer, St. Edmond senior Jake Szalat had a decision to make. Szalat opted to return to the wrestling mats alongside his dad, head coach Mike Szalat, in hopes of placing the first blocks in the rebuilding process of the Gael program. St. Edmond ...

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Olivia Camamo of Fort Dodge shoots around Urbandale Sierra Herzberg on Friday

J-Hawks pull away from FD girls late

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The Fort Dodge girls kept Urbandale leading scorer Dee Dee Pryor contained for almost all of their game against the J-Hawks here on Friday. Just when the Dodgers had climbed within a basket midway through the fourth quarter and had all the momentum on their side, though, Pryor came to ...

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Triston Licht of Fort Dodge went 4-1 in his season debut at 195 pounds on Saturday in Iowa City.

No. 1 Dodgers earn IC West Duals crown

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IOWA CITY — Junior Triston Licht’s return to the lineup couldn’t have come at a better time for the top-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team here on Saturday. Licht’s 14-7 win at 195 pounds in the final match clinched the Iowa City West Lepic Duals championship, as the Dodgers ...

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Andrew Gibb of St. Edmond drives towards the basket against Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday

Gael boys stay red-hot

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ALGONA — Andrew Gibb scored 21 points, Sean Flaherty added 19 and the St. Edmond boys kicked off 2018 with a 65-50 victory over Algona here Friday night. The Gaels (6-3 overall, 5-1 in North Central Conference) won their second straight and improved to 4-1 over their last five. Gibb was a ...

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Livi Huss of St. Edmond shoots over Iowa Falls-Alden during the first half on Friday

Gaels can’t handle Algona

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ALGONA — In their first game back from the extended holiday break, the St. Edmond girls looked ready to turn the corner. Algona, though, had different ideas. The Bulldogs overcame a 13-9 deficit, posting a 74-30 victory over the Gaels here Friday night to win their fourth straight ...

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Gaels host dual tourney

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By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net Mike Szalat is excited for Saturday’s St. Edmond Duals Tournament. Szalat believes the five-dual event will be one that allows his green wrestling team to get in as much mat time as possible. The first duals begin at 10 a.m. on three mats ...