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Taylor Hartley of Fort Dodge compete during Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay on Tuesday

Tough task

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Ashley Beaumont wanted her Fort Dodge girls swim team to compete Tuesday night against top-ranked Ames. But the overall thought process was different than most meets. Beaumont moved girls around and offered a “stress-free” evening ahead of Saturday’s home Gary Winkler Invitational ...

Dodgers swept by Bobcats

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MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge volleyball squad was swept by Marshalltown in a CIML Iowa Conference match here on Tuesday. Scores were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-17 in favor of the Bobcats. Head coach Tonia Burrell was hoping her team would carry over the momentum from last week’s thrilling ...

Estlund 10th for Fort Dodge girls

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STORM LAKE — LeMars swept the team titles here Tuesday at the Storm Lake Invitational. Fort Dodge had an eighth place team finish on the girls side led by Gabby Estlund’s 10th. The Dodgers were ninth in the boys team standings. Estlund had a time of 21:29.55, with Isabel Gruver ...

Gaels win five-set road match

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CLEAR LAKE — The St. Edmond volleyball team earned their first five-set road victory in six years here Tuesday, topping Clear Lake. Scores were 25-18, 25-12, 24-26, 10-25 and 15-10. The Gaels (9-6 overall) last won a five-set road match in 2011. That also took place against the Lions ...

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St. Edmond’s Jake Rossow (28) and Jackson Bemrich (42) hold up the touchdown signal after Andrew Gibb plunged into the end zone.

On the board

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For one night, all the negatives didn’t matter to Jon Borer. The St. Edmond head football coach earned his first win with the Gaels, holding off MMCRU 27-20 Friday night inside Dodger Stadium. Borer, in his initial season with St. Edmond (1-2 overall, 1-0 in Class A, District 2), knows it ...

Tritons riding momentum

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Brent Nelson and the Iowa Central rugby program got their feet wet a season ago. Now, fresh off experiencing national success, Nelson and the Tritons are ready for more this year. Iowa Central opened with a commanding 43-5 victory over Iowa State earlier this year despite having just a week ...

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Dodgers grind out Mohawks

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MASON CITY — Fort Dodge used a flashy passing attack to get back on track in its home opener last week. On Friday night, the Dodgers were all ground and grind. Freshman tailback Dayson Clayton rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns, and head coach Matt Miller’s squad churned out 353 ...

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Tritons come up short in overtime

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IOWA FALLS — For the second straight week, the Iowa Central football team was dealt a tough loss, falling to rival Ellsworth 35-28 in overtime here Saturday. The Panthers (2-1 overall, 1-0 in ICCAC) sealed the win when Elijah Jones picked off his second pass of the day in the extra session ...

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Jonathon Frantz of South Central Calhoun scores a touchdown against Southeast Valley on Friday

Titans cruise

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LAKE CITY — South Central Calhoun racked up 391 yards of total offense and shut out Southeast Valley, 28-0, on Friday night. Jonathon Frantz led the Titans (2-1 overall, 1-0 district) on the ground with 22 carries for 139 yards. He had a 10-yard scoring jaunt. Chase McAlister threw a ...

Gaels 2nd at Thomas Classic

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HOLSTEIN — The St. Edmond girls cross country team finished second here Saturday at the Tim Thomas Classic. Emmetsburg was first, finishing with 56 points, as the Gaels scored 64. Bishop Garrigan placed seventh overall and Manson Northwest Webster was 10th. “We’ve got a good rivalry ...

Tritons travel to Ellsworth

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Kevin Twait is gaining confidence in his Iowa Central football team each time they step onto the field. Twait is looking for moral victories, he’s hoping his team can snap their 17-game losing streak and break into the win column. The Tritons travel to Iowa Falls today to face long time ...

Gaels 3rd at SCC Invite

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ROCKWELL CITY — The St. Edmond volleyball team placed third here Saturday at the “Master Blaster” Tournament hosted by South Central Calhoun. No. 1 (Class 3A) Carroll Kuemper won the team title, with the host Titans finishing second. The Gaels went 2-1 in pool play, besting Siouxland ...

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, and Iowa State coach Matt Campbell talk before last year's game in Iowa City.

Opposites on track

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Given I have no vested interest in the annual Iowa-Iowa State football game – I keep close tabs on both teams as the season progresses for professional purposes, but faithfully maintain my neutrality – it's typically not difficult for me to spot the true favorite in a given year. That ...

Area set for district action

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For everyone from Class 3A through the 8-man ranks, district football action heats up the girdiron Friday night. After two weeks of games to get settled in, the drive to the postseason begins. A handful of unbeaten teams are in action, including in Storm Lake where the seventh-ranked ...

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Iowa Central sweeps Grand View

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The Iowa Central men’s and women’s tennis teams defeated Grand View on Thursday at Dodger Courts. The men won 6-3 and the women earned a 4-2 victory. Colten Way, Anthony Lekoko, Nicholas Fifield and Steven Mears all picked up singles wins. Manuel Roman and Chase Roseth teamed up for a ...

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For 103rd time, it’s Dodgers vs. MC

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MASON CITY — As the old saying goes, ‘‘past performance does not guarantee future results.’’ No one has repeated this mantra more than Fort Dodge football coach Matt Miller in the last few days. Despite riding an unprecedented 13-game winning streak into the 103rd meeting between ...

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Gaels look to bounce back

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Following last Friday’s 36-14 loss to Manson Northwest Webster, St. Edmond head football coach Jon Borer hit reset on his team. Borer and the Gaels will look to kickoff Class A, District 2 play with a win when they welcome MMCRU to Dodger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. “Overall, ...

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Hannah Schaeffer of St. Edmond goes up for a spike against Algona on Thursday

Comeback kids

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There’s a reason Algona volleyball is a perennial state contender. Veteran head coach Shelly TerHark showed her in-game skills here Thursday night, leading the Bulldogs to a five-gamet victory over St. Edmond. Scores were 23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19 and 18-16. Sophomore Abbey Holmes led ...

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Liza Hatcher, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, focuses on the ball against Southwestern inside Hodges Fieldhouse on Wednesday. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Iowa Central moves to 9-0

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The 14th-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central volleyball team remained the lone unbeaten left standing in the ICCAC with a sweep over Southwestern here Wednesday evening. Scores were 26-24, 25-14 and 25-18 inside Hodges Fieldhouse. The Tritons (9-0 overall, 2-0 in league) climbed into the ...

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Returning players for the Iowa Central tennis teams include, front row (left to right): Steven Mears, Katheryne Campos, Lily Timmerman and Anthony Lekoko. Back: Coleton Hout, Nicholas Fifield, Jacob Martens, Zane Baker and Manuel Roman.

Triton teams liking their growth potential

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Year No. 2 of the Iowa Central tennis program brings plenty of hope and promise for head coach Todd Redenius. A total of 23 players are on the men’s and women’s roster combined — several of which helped usher in the sport at the school last season. The men boast 19 of those players, ...