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The Iowa Central wrestling team stands with their trophy after winning the regional championship in Iowa Falls. The Tritons quailfied all ten wrestlers for nationals.

Ten Strong

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IOWA FALLS —To be the best team in the nation, Luke Moffitt knows his Iowa Central wrestling team will need ever available body. When nationals comes around in two weeks, the Tritons will have exactly that as they qualified all 10 wrestlers for the national tournament. It was a record ...

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Brooks Cowell of Fort Dodge wrestles against Storm Lakes Milton Duarte during class 3A districts on Saturday

DOUBLE-DIGIT DODGERS

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Fort Dodge had already crowned six winners and assured itself of nine state wrestling participants by the time an emotionally-charged championship round concluded at a Class 3A district meet here on Saturday. That's when the Dodger gym really got ...

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Allison is headed to state in 1A

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LAKE MILLS — Connor Allison will get to experience the state wrestling atmosphere for the first time next week as a competitor. Allison, a senior for St. Edmond and the lone district qualifier, placed second at 132 pounds here Saturday at the Class 1A, District 2 tournament to advance. ...

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Malcolm Clayton of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Urbandale on Friday

Fort Dodge boys bounce back

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SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge boys ended the week on a positive note here Saturday with a 71-57 victory over Sioux City North. Malcolm Clayton led the Dodgers (12-7 overall) with 18 points, while Trey Mosley added 17. Jordan Jackson contributed 15 and Solomon Clayton 13. “Trey ...

Area district wrestling

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WEBSTER CITY — Clarion-Goldfield/Dows and Webster City claimed 10 state tournament bids during action here Saturday in the Class 2A, District 8 tournament. The Cowboys, who were state runners-up a year ago, moved Connor Johnson, Tanner Abbas, Reymundo Vasquez, Mason Carpenter and Spencer ...

Triton wrestlers set for district meet

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IOWA FALLS — The top-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team embarks on their national championship quest here Sunday at the Central District Championships. Wrestling begins inside the Martin Dittmer Gym on the Ellsworth campus at 10 a.m. All five ICCAC schools are ranked in the Top-12, ...

Iowa Central swim teams in Illinois

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LINCOLN, Ill. — The Iowa Central swimming teams competed at the Midwest Cup in Illinois on Saturday. Grace Nordquist had national qualifying times in the mile and 400 IM. Winning events for the Tritons were Lucas Wittman (200 freestyle), Devon Anderson (200 IM), Dylan VanPletzen ...

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Megan Flattery of St. Edmond puts up a shot against Iowa Falls-Alden on Saturday

St. Edmond girls win opener

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The St. Edmond girls basketball squad kicked off postseason play Saturday night with a convincing 68-44 victory over Eagle Grove in a Class 2A, Region 4 contest. The Gaels (5-18 overall) will now travel to Panora on Tuesday to face sixth-ranked Panorama (20-1) in the quarterfinals. The ...

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South Central Calhoun girls basketball coach Dave Birks hugs his daughter, Haley, at the 2015 state tournament in Des Moines.

FAMILY FIRST

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For 34 years, Dave Birks has been a father figure to hundreds of student-athletes. The time has finally come for Birks to focus solely on the three who matter most. With over 500 victories, five state ...

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Triston Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles during a Class 3A regional dual on Wednesday inside the Dodger gym.

District meet in Dodgers’ backyard

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Bobby Thompson knows his third-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team has what it takes to make some noise at the state tournament. In order to get there, the Dodgers must first take care of business in a Class 3A district meet here on Saturday. The Dodgers are the host program for the noon ...

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Saxon Lyman of Eagle Grove wrestles against West Hancock's Nick Lemmon during a sectional tournament last Saturday.

Area wrestlers zone in on Des Moines

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A total of 65 area wrestlers passed through sectionals last week, and will now compete for berths in the state tournament on Saturday at various sites. The majority of those qualifiers will be in a Class 2A meet hosted by Webster City, as Algona, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Greene County, ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge shoots against Johnston earlier this season.

Dodger boys suffer another 1-point loss

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JOHNSTON — For the second straight time this week, the Fort Dodge boys dropped a one-point decision on the road against a CIML opponent. The Dodgers (11-7 overall, 6-4 CIML Iowa) stood toe-to-toe with Johnston (13-5, 8-2) the majority of the contest here on Friday, but ended up on the ...

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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots in the Dodger gym earlier this season.

Struggles continue for Dodger girls

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JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge girls basketball team struggled to find any offense against eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Johnston on Friday night. The Dodgers (7-14 overall, 3-7 CIML Iowa Conference) suffered their biggest loss of the season, 75-35, to the Dragons (17-4, 8-2). Johnston built ...

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Drevon Ross of Fort Dodge pins Waukee's Sam Bloch in a regional dual on Wednesday in the Dodger gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Dodgers clinch state duals berth

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Ever since the state wrestling dual tournament was moved to coincide with the traditional state meet, it’s been a double-edged sword for most coaches. Most have tried to balance staying healthy heading into districts against the desire to send an entire squad to a state competition. Some ...

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State qualifiers for the Fort Dodge boys swim team are, front row, left to right, Mitchell Emery and Cole Pearson. Back: Andrew Fierke, Cole Davis, Trent Woodhouse and Landon Getting.

MAKING A SPLASH

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MARSHALLTOWN — Since November, all roads have led to Marshalltown’s YMCA-YWCA Center for the Fort Dodge boys swim team. The Dodgers will send nine events to state Saturday, the most under head coach Joel Greathouse. Seniors Mitchell Emery and ...

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Gibson Behr of Bishop Garrigan makes a catch at the UNI-Dome. Behr has signed with the Iowa Central football team.

Tritons ink 55 recruits

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Kevin Twait views 2016’s winless season as an opportunity moving forward. The process to returning to bowl contention for the Iowa Central football team begins with the 55 players signed to commitments recently, along with 45 more expected to walk on in the fall. Among those 55, a total ...

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Pocahontas Area celebrates after Elle Ruffridge become the all time leading score against Manson NW Webster on Tuesday

Iowa’s all-time leader

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POCAHONTAS — The scene was a little surreal. Here was diminutive Pocahontas Area senior Elle Ruffridge, signing her autograph on anything thrust her way — mostly by elementary and middle school students, and many taller than she is. They all wanted to take their own memento away from ...

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Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond puts of a shot against Manson NW Webster on Thursday

Doyle lifts Gaels in OT

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The St. Edmond boys relied on defense, a little luck and a lot of Charlie Doyle here on Tuesday night against Algona. Doyle, one of seven Gael seniors playing for the final time at home, scored a career-high 29 points in leading St. Edmond to a come-from-behind 71-68 overtime victory. The ...

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Clarion-Goldfield's Vanessa Kolb (35) and Hannah Terhark (51) blocks St. Edmond Erin Flattery shot on Monday

Gaels fall short vs. Algona

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For the second straight night, the St. Edmond girls stood toe-to-toe for a half with a ranked foe. After halftime, though, No. 15 (Class 3A) Algona used its quick defense and effective ball movement to claim a 54-32 victory. Maddie Miller led the Bulldogs (17-4 overall, 11-3 in North ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles against Southeast Polk's Gauge Perrien in the Championships during CIML Invitational on Friday

Dodgers host regional duals

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team will host a Class 3A regional dual tonight in the Dodger gym. The sixth-ranked Dodgers (12-1 overall) will face the winner of the Waukee vs. Dowling dual, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the Dodger gym. Fort Dodge will ...