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Fort Dodge boys fall to Ankeny

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge boys tennis team was unable to overcome Ankeny here Saturday, falling 10-1 in a Class 2A preliminary substate match. Jonny Bowser, who earned a fourth state trip last week, picked up the lone win for the Dodgers (1-11 overall). Bowser defeated Griffin Laib, 6-2, ...

Dodger girls lose to Boone

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BOONE — The Fort Dodge girls tennis team lost their Class 2A regional match to Boone, 5-1 on Saturday night. Senior Anna Bruen earned the lone win of the night, knocking off Myria Bernard 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. “We were pretty evenly matched,” said Fort Dodge head coach Martha Stover. ...

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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge blocks a shot against Johnston on Friday inside Dodgers Stadium

FD girls come up short

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The Fort Dodge girls soccer team dropped a 3-0 contest to No. 9 Johnston (3A) on Friday inside Dodger Stadium. “We played another beautiful game,” said Fort Dodge head coach Micahel Lee. “They’re an excellent team and we played them hard right until the end. “We really pushed them ...

Dodger boys lose to No. 9 Johnston

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JOHNSTON — The Fort Dodge boys soccer team ran into a tough out here Friday night, falling to ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Johnston, 10-0. The contest was called with 15 minutes left in the second half. “I would say they are the most athletic team we have faced this year,” FDSH head coach ...

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Jonny Bowser returns a shot for Fort Dodge on Thursday afternoon during a state-qualifying meet at Dodger Courts. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

FD’s Bowser a district champion

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Jonny Bowser will have an opportunity to add to his collection of state tennis medals. The Fort Dodge senior won another Class 2A district title here Thursday afternoon at Dodger courts, qualifying for the second time in singles for state. Last year, Bowser finished fourth overall. As a ...

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Charlie Shelly of St. Edmond celebrates his team’s 4x200 win on Thursday at districts in Manson. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Gael teams rack up 5 gold medals

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MANSON — The St. Edmond boys and girls track team punched five automatic bids to the Class 1A state meet here Thursday night at a qualifier. For the Gael girls, Abby Landwehr was a double champion, winning the 1500 and 3000. Erin Flattery also claimed the long jump, while Charlie Shelly ...

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Skyler Vetter of Manson Northwest Webster wins the high jump on Thursday during a co-ed district track meet. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Manson NW boys capture title

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MANSON — The homestanding Manson Northwest Webster boys won a Class 1A title and qualified three events for the state meet here on Thursday. The Cougars finished with 128 team points. Bishop Garrigan advanced six events and finished as runner-up (119). In Class 1A, only event champions ...

Iowa Central begins regional action

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WATERLOO — The Iowa Central baseball team enters Region XI Tournament play as one of the hottest teams in the country. Fresh off a sweep over Iowa Lakes that helped the Tritons earn a share of the ICCAC Div. II title, Justin Meyer and his crew begin the march to Enid, Okla. and the NJCAA ...

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Shariah Smith of Fort Dodge the 100-meter dash at a state-qualifying meet in Ames on Thursday.

Smith, Mosley advance

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AMES — The Fort Dodge girls track team claimed two event titles here Thursday night at a Class 4A state-qualifying meet. Senior Shariah Smith captured the 100 in 12.79, while classmate Car’Maiya Mosley won the shot put with a throw of 40-7.5. Both Smith and Mosley earned automatic bids to ...

Area athletes make state field

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Athletes from around the area competed in state-qualifying meets Thursday night, securing state track and field berths. The Pocahontas Area girls had an eventful night in Garner, advancing 11 events to state next week in Des Moines and claiming the overall team title with 137 points. Jill ...

FD girls win again

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The Fort Dodge girls soccer team jumped back into the win column with a 6-0 victory over Humboldt inside Dodger Stadium on Thursday. The Dodgers (6-3 overall), now winners of five of their last six, took a 4-0 lead by halftime before closing out with two goals in the final half for their fifth ...

Area teams ready for postseason

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Boys and girls track, along with boys tennis and golf, will embark on state-qualifying events beginning Thursday. Bids to state track will be handed out at several area sites for all classes around the state. Field events begin at 4 p.m. and running races start at 4:30 p.m. Fort Dodge will ...

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The Iowa Central men’s track squad poses with its regional championship trophy in Council Bluffs on Sunday.

No. 1 Triton men earn another regional track title

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — The top-ranked Iowa Central men’s track and field team continued their Region XI dominance this past weekend, coming away with another championship. The Tritons scored 369 points, easily distancing themselves from runner-up and 14th-rated Iowa Western. On the women’s ...

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Lance Deal of Fort Dodge races on Sunday at Sports Park Raceway. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Sports Park Raceway debuts

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Champions were crowned in six different feature races as the 2017 Sports Park Raceway season opnened in front of approximately 800 fans here on Sunday night. Myles Michehl of Fort Dodge captured the Hobby Stock title, with Jeff Fink of Denison finishing in second and Fort Dodge’s Ryan Boland ...

Humboldt girls capture NCC golf gold

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The No. 2 (Class 4A) Humboldt girls golf team capped off a clean sweep of the North Central Conference here Monday at Lakeside Golf Course, besting Clear Lake by a single stroke for the title. After winning the dual meet championship, the Wildcats shot a 353 to just edge the 10th-ranked (3A) ...

Webster City boys defend NCC crown

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CLARION — The No. 4 (Class 3A) Webster City boys placed four counters in the Top-10, including medalist Connor Shannon, to win the North Central Conference team championship for a third consecutive season here on Monday afternoon at Clarmond Golf Course. Shannon fired an even-par 72 to best ...

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Sports Park Raceway track promoters and organizers (left to right) Dave Doughty, Jason Vansickel and Marty Pringle pose at the complex just south of Fort Dodge on Saturday.

A NEW ERA

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When Jason Vansickel accepted the position of track promoter and manager at Sports Park Raceway this past winter, an immediate vision came to mind. Vansickel’s interest in reviving the reputation of the track at Frontier Sports Park wasn’t for personal gain, though. The 38-year-old got ...

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Austin Halligan, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, makes a catch for Iowa Central on Saturday at Ed Barbour Field.

Tritons earn share of crown

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The Iowa Central baseball team clinched a share of the ICCAC title with a sweep over Iowa Lakes on Saturday, earning the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Region XI tournament in the process. The Tritons (33-16 overall, 16-8 ICCC) defeated Iowa Lakes (3-21, 19-36) by scores of 8-7 and 10-2 to ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Gavin Faith celebrates his second consecutive
Arenacross season championship in Las Vegas on Friday night.

BACK TO BACK

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Winning a championship will get a competitor noticed. Defending the title becomes all the more difficult with the pressure intensifying. A year after winning the AMSOIL Arenacross series trophy, Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and former Duncombe resident Gavin Faith felt like the hunted in ...

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The Iowa Central men’s golf SQUAD stands together after finishing second at the regional tournament on Sunday and qualifying for nationals.

Triton men reach nationals

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AMES — The Iowa Central men’s golf squad rallied its way into second place at the regional tournament here on Sunday, securing a berth at NJCAA nationals for their efforts. The Tritons carded a 298 at Veenker Memorial to jump ahead of Iowa Lakes for the runner-up position. Kirkwood was the ...