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Tysen Kershaw of Fort Dodge makes the catch for a touchdown against Marshalltown on Saturday inside Dodger Stadium

Saturday stroll

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The news of Fort Dodge’s recent defensive struggles — more a product of their schedule and injuries than entirely based in reality — reached the Marshalltown community this week. Instead of letting the Bobcats continue the trend, the Dodgers were inspired to take momentum back both on ...

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Mitchell Emery, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, competes for Iowa Central on Friday night in the Dodger pool.

Tritons sweep opener

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The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams opened their season in dominating fashion here on Friday, sweeping through double duals against Iowa Lakes and Barton Community College. The Triton men dropped the Lakers, 123-69, and Barton, 122-71. The women defeated the same squads, 105-67 ...

Iowa Central loses in OT

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. — The Iowa Central football team again experienced a heartbreaking overtime loss, falling to Fort Scott here Saturday, 26-17. The Tritons had a chance to win the game, but BJ Phillips was intercepted on a fourth-and-7 pass. The Scotties kicked a 26-yard field goal on their ...

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Ty Sohn of Iowa Central makes the catch for a touchdown against Independence earlier this season in Manson.

Tritons head to Fort Scott

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Iowa Central doesn’t have the look or the attitude of an 0-5 football team. The Tritons will try to corral win No. 1 here on Saturday against Fort Scott — a squad that just picked up its first victory a week ago. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Head coach Kevin Twait ...

Defense anchors No. 9 Titans

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UNDERWOOD — The ninth-ranked South Central Calhoun football team allowed just 26 yards of total offense in earning a 42-0 victory over Underwood here Friday night. Hunter Muhlbauer was 8 of 11 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns, adding two rushing scores to his night for the Titans ...

Eagle Grove moves to 5-2

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EAGLE GROVE — Brayden Lyman scored from five yards out with just over five minutes to go, lifting the Eagle Grove football team to a 14-7 victory over Madrid here Friday night. Lyman, who finished with 96 yards rushing on 20 carries, also threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Niko Padilla in the ...

Career night for Jaguar Johnson

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GOWRIE — Nyles Johnson had a career night here Friday as Southeast Valley topped Shenandoah, 28-7. Johnson rushed 23 times for 251 yards, scoring three touchdowns for the Jaguars (3-4 overall, 3-2 in district). The junior hit the end zone from 61, 38 and 2 yards out. Kyler Fisher added ...

Webster City bounces back

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PERRY — The Webster City football team rebounded from a loss to top-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes last week, topping Perry here on Friday night in the middle of rainy conditions, 42-7. Dylan Steen and Carter Bedford each surpassed 100 yards rushing, as the Lynx (6-1 overall, 4-1 in district) ...

Newell-Fonda does it again

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NEWELL — Another week, another Top-10 battle for Newell-Fonda. The fifth-ranked Mustangs downed No. 6 Harris-Lake Park here Friday night, 20-7. Jesse Haack had two rushing scores in the first half, finishing with 107 yards and also making 14 tackles on defense to lead Newell-Fonda (6-1 ...

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Fort Dodge teammates Joshua Meier (left) and Jonathon Madden join St. Edmond’s Ryan Duckett near the finish line during the FDSH Invitational on Thursday at Lakeside Golf Course. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

STRETCH RUN

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The Johnston cross country teams served notice to the rest of the state here Thursday, sweeping the boys and girls titles at the Fort Dodge Invitational. Next month, the Dragons will try to do the same right back at Lakeside Golf Course for the state meet. It was complete domination for ...

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FDSH’s Homecoming date: Marshalltown

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The Fort Dodge football team is keeping its routine as simple as possible in preparation for Friday’s Homecoming contest against Marshalltown. Varsity kickoff, weather permitting, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Dodgers (3-3 overall, 0-2 in Class 4A, District 4) were undoubtedly entertaining ...

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SEHS heads north to take on North Union

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ARMSTRONG — For the third time in the last four weeks, the St. Edmond football team hits the road, taking on Class A, District 2 foe North Union here Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. After getting to a break-even point on the year with two straight wins over MMCRU and South ...

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Kyler Fisher of Southeast Valley runs the ball last month against South Central Calhoun.

October arrives for area

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With the playoffs just around the corner, Messenger-area teams are trying to move forward and play their best football down the stretch. Three squads look to stay unbeaten in district play, with some of their biggest league contests on the horizon. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Central ...

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Josie Huss of St. Edmond hits the ball over the net in the Gael gym.

Bulldogs outlast Gaels

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Hampton-Dumont found a recipe to stop the St. Edmond volleyball team here on Thursday, but the Gaels nearly turned the tables in the end. The Bulldogs (9-11 overall, 2-4 in the North Central Conference) turned back St. Edmond (15-12, 2-4) in a thrilling five-set victory. Hampton-Dumont won ...

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Elora Fierke of Fort Dodge swims in the Dodger pool earlier this week.

Dodgers add two more wins

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SPENCER — The Fort Dodge girls swim team picked up two more duals here Thursday, sweeping Spencer and Carroll. The Dodgers downed Spencer, 58-36, and topped Carroll, 51-43. Taylor and Grace Hartley finished first and second in both the 200 free and 500 free races. Madigan Peimann was ...

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Abby Lohrmann of Iowa Central passes against Southeastern on Wednesday evening inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Short-handed Iowa Central wins again

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The 16th-ranked (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central volleyball team continues to pick up win after win in the ICCAC despite seeing starters go down with injuries. Wednesday night, the Tritons improved to 5-0 in the conference with a sweep over Southeastern, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-16 inside Hodges ...

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Eric Crawford of Fort Dodge competes at Sheldon Park in Humboldt earlier this season.

Dodgers, Gaels ready for FDSH Invitational

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Anytime cross country teams get a sneak peek of the state meet course, it’s a plus. When that course is in your own backyard, it’s that much more special. The Dodger cross country squad will host the annual Fort Dodge Invitational here on Thursday at Lakeside. Middle school action ...

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Raven Brown of Emmetsburg competes at River Road Golf Course in Algona earlier this season.

Humboldt, E’Burg capture titles in EG

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EAGLE GROVE —The Humboldt and Emmetsburg girls came away with team titles at the Dick Bell Invitational on Tuesday in Eagle Grove. The Wildcats were champions in Class A with 27 points and the E-Hawks won the Class B crown with 51 points. All five of Humboldt’s counting runners placed ...

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Taylor Hartley of Fort Dodge compete during the girls 100 Yard Butterfly on Tuesday

Next level

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Taylor Hartley has left many impressions on the Fort Dodge girls swim program. The senior added another here Tuesday night, surprising her teammates by signing to continue her career at the University of Iowa next fall. Fort Dodge honored Hartley along with fellow seniors Chelsea Sayer, ...

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Erin Flattery of St. Edmond goes up for a spike against Manson NW Webster on Tuesday

Gaels cruise past Cougars

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The St. Edmond volleyball team was firing on all cylinders Tuesday night, when they swept Manson Northwest Webster in the Gael gym. The Gaels (15-11 overall) won 25-14, 25-18 and 25-17. “We just put together one of our best matches start to finish of the season,’’ said St. Edmond head ...