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Michaela Graffunder of Iowa Central shoots around DMACC's Samantha Hughes on Wednesday

Tritons hang tough

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The Iowa Central women got physical on the court with seventh-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Des Moines Area inside Hodges Fieldhouse Wednesday night. And for the majority of four quarters, the Bears didn’t seem to like it. In the end, though, DMACC’s depth and a closing 15-1 run were enough, ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Dowling Catholic'sTrevor Schwager on Thursday inside Dodgers gym

Dodger wrestlers gear up for late season stretch

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MASON CITY — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team will head to the Eastern side of the state once again this week. First up is a dual with CIML Iowa Conference rival Mason City Thursday night. Varsity is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. A win over the Mohawks would secure ...

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Iowa Central’s Brandon Murray battles with NIACC’s Chanse Rios in their 149-pound match on Wednesday. Murray won by technical fall, 19-4.

Tritons crush NIACC

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MASON CITY — The second-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team had little trouble remaining unbeaten in ICCAC action, besting No. 17 North Iowa Area here Wednesday night. The final score of the dual was 45-3. Jeremiah Colon, Curtis Cannon, De’Andre Reed, Brandon Murray, Dayton Racer, ...

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Justice Crooks of Fort Dodge goes up for a shot against Johnston last Friday in the Dodger gym.

Dodgers hope to rebound

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It was a turbulent 20-plus hours for the Fort Dodge basketball programs last weekend. Now, the Dodgers must find their footing again on the road. The FDSH boys (6-4 overall) head to Sioux City North (5-6) on Tuesday, weather permitting, for a 7:45 p.m. solo contest against the Stars. Head ...

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Tritons host DMACC

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The Iowa Central men and women host their first ICCAC doubleheader here Wednesday night at Hodges Fieldhouse against Des Moines Area. Action begins with the women’s contest at 5:30 p.m. Men are scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. The Iowa Central women (9-7 overall, 1-0 in league) opened ...

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Erin Flattery of St. Edmond tries to block a shot by Manson Northwest Webster's Becca Krueger last week in Manson.

Gaels ready for homestand

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The St. Edmond basketball teams have a busy week ahead, but the Gaels get to play in their gym for all three doubleheaders. Weather permitting, St. Edmond opens their three-game North Central Conference homestand on Tuesday against Clarion-Goldfield/Dows. The Gael girls (3-8 overall, 1-5 ...

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Cole Allison of St. Edmond competes in Eagle Grove last month.

HOPING FOR THE BEST

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Cole Allison learned the hard way just how much he was enjoying his time as a prep wrestling standout at St. Edmond. Now, the senior can only hope he’ll have one more chance to prove that appreciation on the mat. Allison was ranked ninth at 126 pounds when an injury forced him to the ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge shoots against Johnston in the Dodger gym.

Should there be a prep shot clock?

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One simple post on my Facebook page recently created quite a buzz with my friends earlier this week. I posted an article on the Des Moines Hoover/Ames High boys basketball game, won by Hoover 43-39 in four overtimes. The game was tied 25-25 at the end of regulation, and Hoover held the ball ...

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Brady Ross fills out his University of Iowa football scholarship paperwork in the Humboldt weight room.

Iowa puts Humboldt’s Ross on scholarship

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HUMBOLDT — Fittingly, the story behind Brady Ross being placed on scholarship by the University of Iowa football program wasn’t glamorous or entertaining. Just a simple phone call and signature made it official for the no-frills fullback from Humboldt. The redshirt freshman ...

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Fort Dodge Boys Swim Team celebrates after learning of their first place victory during Rusty Garst Invitational on Saturday inside Dodgers Pool

Dodgers win Garst Invite

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Joel Greathouse made a key decision before the Rusty Garst Invitational began on Saturday. Greathouse opted to put Cole Pearson, Cole Davis, Mitchell Emery and Trent Woodhouse together in the opening 200 medley relay in an attempt to gain the upper-hand on Sioux City. The move paid off, as ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Dowling Catholic'sTrevor Schwager on Thursday inside Dodgers gym

Dodgers claim four titles

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team claimed four individual titles here Saturday at the J-Hawk Invitational, but it wasn’t enough to overcome No. 1 (2A) New Hampton. The Chickasaws scored 222 points, 6.5 ahead of the Dodgers for the overall team title. ...

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Shariah Smith of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Marshalltown on Friday

FD girls nearly score upset

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WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls put together a late rally here Saturday, but it wasn’t quite enough as 10th-ranked (Class 5A) West Des Moines Dowling eked out a 53-51 victory. After falling behind by 12 points at halftime, the Dodgers (6-5 overall, 3-2 in the CIML Northern ...

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Dodgers can’t catch Dowling

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WEST DES MOINES — Fort Dodge struggled with its second boys basketball opponent in as many games here on Saturday, dropping a 70-35 decision to West Des Moines Dowling. The Dodgers (6-4 overall, 4-1 in the CIML Northern Division) lost their first conference contest of the season. They ...

Indians second at TLC Meet

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LAKE VIEW — The Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire wrestling team used their depth to claim the Twin Lakes Conference title here Saturday. The Titans scored 214 points to distance themselves from runner-up Pocahontas Area. Southeast Valley was third with Manson Northwest Webster, South ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge shoots over Johnston's Bo Sandquist on Friday

Dodger boys fall to Johnston

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The Fort Dodge boys basketball team couldn't shake off the rust of a week-long layoff and could never get on a track against Johnston here Friday night, dropping a 70-53 decision to the Dragons. Tuesday’s ice storm forced the postponement of the Dodgers' game at Southeast Polk. After that ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge shoots around Johnston's Jennah Johnson on Friday

Dragons upend Dodger girls

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In its second year under Coach Julius Michalik, the Fort Dodge girls basketball team is past moral victories. But Friday night’s loss to No. 10 (5A) Johnston provided some bright spots for the Dodgers. Missing one starter and one key bench player, the Dodgers stood toe-to-toe with the ...

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Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots a three point against Hampton-Dumont on Friday

Another road win for Gael boys

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ALGONA — The St. Edmond boys picked up their second straight win on the road in as many nights here Friday, downing North Central Conference foe Algona, 64-53. Charlie Doyle had 19 points, while Will Woodruff scored 15 and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Gaels (7-5 overall, 4-2 in league), who ...

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Gael girls lose to Bulldogs

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ALGONA — The 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Algona girls stretched their win streak to eight in a row with a 76-38 victory over St. Edmond here Friday night. Senior Maddie Miller scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Bulldogs (12-1 overall, 6-1 in North Central Conference), knocking down four ...

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Mitchell Emery of Fort Dodge competes against Ames during the men 100 yard Butterfly on Tuesday inside Dodgers pool

Dodgers host Garst Invite

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Fort Dodge head boys swim coach Joel Greathouse has high expectations for his team Saturday when they host the Rusty Garst Invitational. Action begins in the Dodger pool at 12:30 p.m. Joining FDSH will be Atlantic, Carroll, Decorah, Newton, Spencer, Waterloo West and three-time defending meet ...

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Thomas Petersen of Iowa Central wrestles Ellsworth's Gary Whitaker on Wednesday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

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Iowa Central head coach Luke Moffitt didn’t want to see Ellsworth last week at the NWCA National Dual Tournament, because they were scheduled for a matchup on Wednesday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. While Moffitt’s concerns over wrestling a team twice within six days was proven ...