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Triston Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Ankeny's Hunter Ragan on Thursday

Dodgers go 5-0 in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team remained perfect on the dual season, going 5-0 and winning the Lepic Duals here Saturday. The Dodgers (11-0 overall) scored convincing wins over Lewis Central (59-9), Pleasant Valley (64-15), host Iowa City West (43-30), ...

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

SE boys’ rally falls just short

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CLEAR LAKE — The St. Edmond boys nearly pulled off a come-from-behind road win here Friday night before winding up with a tough 55-53 setback against Clear Lake. After falling behind by as many as 10 points early, the Gaels (4-5 overall, 3-2 in the North Central Conference) climbed within a ...

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Snelling, Lions defeat SE girls

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CLEAR LAKE —The St. Edmond girls basketball squad had no answer for Clear Lake’s Emily Snelling on Friday night. Snelling led the No. 7 (3A) Lions (8-1 overall, 5-0 in the North Central Conference) to a 61-20 victory over the Gaels (3-5, 1-4). The Clear Lake senior had 29 points and ...

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Cole Allison of St. Edmond wrestles against Clarion-Goldfield/Dows Tanner Abbas on Thursday

St. Edmond hosts annual dual tourney

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The St. Edmond wrestling team can use Saturday’s home dual tournament as a perfect jumping off point to the rest of the season. The Gaels entertain Southeast Valley, AGWSR, Clarke, Roland-Story and West Hancock, beginning here inside the SEHS gym at 10 a.m. Each squad will face each other ...

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Dayton Racer of Iowa Central wrestles against Ryan Faught on Wednesday

Iowa Central third at nationals

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Iowa Central wrestling team kicked off 2017 with a third place finish here Friday at the NWCA National Duals. After falling to eventual winner Clackamas in the semifinals, the second-ranked Tritons bounced back with a commanding 30-12 victory over league rival ...

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Dodger dominance

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Fort Dodge’s wrestling matchup with West Des Moines Dowling didn’t exactly go according to plan here on Tuesday, but the Dodgers showed more than enough ability to improvize in taking down the Maroons and staying unbeaten in duals this season. Competing in front of a packed Senior ...

Gael girls snap out of skid

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Erin Flattery scored 22 points, including 14 in the first half, as the St. Edmond girls earned their third win of the season here Thursday night. Behind Flattery’s strong night, the Gaels posted a 52-47 victory over South Hamilton, improving their record to 3-4 on the year. St. Edmond also ...

Hill, Hawks too much for Gaels

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There was no rust from the ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton boys here Thursday night. Behind the red-hot shooting of Marco Balderas and company, the Hawks stormed through St. Edmond, 74-45, in a non-conference makeup game. Balderas, a junior, was 5 of 5 from the field and 4-for-4 at ...

Local race track to re-open this spring

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Local racing will return to the forefront this summer with the 2017 introduction of Sports Park Raceway at Frontier Sports Park. Veterans of the sport Jason Vansickel, Marty Pringle and Dave Doughty are taking the reins at Sports Park Raceway, located at 2298 South River Road, according to a ...

Tritons advance to semis

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The second-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team had little trouble advancing to the semifinals here Thursday at the NWCA National Duals. The Tritons picked up victories over Colby, 54-0, and Northwest College, 38-3. “Our guys came out and wrestled really hard,’’ ...

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FD swimmers win 4 events

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WEST DES MOINES — The No. 11 Fort Dodge swim team couldn’t stop No. 3 Dowling in a battle of Top-15 teams. The Dodgers won four events, but lost the meet 107-63. “They’re (Dowling) stacked and deep,” Greathouse said. “We have relays that are in the Top-6, but they have two ...

Helmers tops bowling charts

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Jerad Helmers topped both the men’s handicap league and Fort Dodge Ford Classic league in recent city bowling action. Helmers rolled a 758 and 739 series, respectively. Chico Passow’s 789 series in the John Messerly Farmers League was the high overall score. Passow also had a 298 ...

Dodger bowlers win twice

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Fort Dodge bowling coach Don Ervin was pleased with the quick turn around from both the boys and girls bowling teams. The Dodger boys defeated Mason City 2,763-2,474 and the girls won 2,385-2,066. Seth Hanson led the boys with a 470 series. He had games of 234 and 236. Trey Preston also ...

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Conner Allison of St. Edmond wrestles against Iowa Falls Todd Raisch on Thursday

Gaels host triangular

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The St. Edmond wrestling team dropped a pair of duals to Iowa Falls-Alden and Ballard here Thursday night. Noah Carlson, Connor Allison, Ty Smith and Sam Brown all had wins for the Gaels vs. the Cadets. St. Edmond lost the dual, 51-21. Carlson, a freshman, opened the meet with a fall over ...

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FDSH to recognize Cook

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Sam Cook’s idea of relaxing over winter break may not sound like a traditional way to unwind, but wrestlers everywhere understand. ‘‘I was back in the room (working on Wednesday with the Fort Dodge wrestling team),’’ Cook laughed. ‘‘It was just like old times. There’s ...

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Keaton Dornath of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston's Emin Okic inside the Dodger gym.

Dodgers meet Dowling in Top-6 matchup

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team will step right into the fire to start the New Year here on Thursday. The third-ranked Dodgers face No. 6 Dowling to open the 2017 portion of their schedule. Fort Dodge (5-0 overall) had a perfect dual mark in December, which included a 37-34 victory over No. 9 ...

Gaels return to the court

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The St. Edmond basketball teams will start the New Year with back-to-back varsity doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday. The Gaels begin the week with a non-conference twibill at home against South Hamilton tonight, followed by a road trip to Clear Lake tomorrow. The St. Edmond girls (2-4 ...

Dodger boys take care of Urbandale

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URBANDALE — Fort Dodge boys head coach Tom Daniel wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from his basketball team after a long and sometimes inconsistent winter break. Daniel was more than happy to see his Dodgers immediately show the focus and intensity needed to take care of a CIML Iowa ...

FDSH girls roll past J-Hawks

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URBANDALE — The Fort Dodge girls didn’t show much rust in their first game back since the Christmas Break. The Dodgers (5-3 overall) picked up a 46-30 victory over Urbandale (4-6) here on Tuesday night. Head coach Julius Michalik was pleased with his squad’s defensive effort. “We ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge shoots around Mason City's Hunter Dingman last month inside the Dodger gym.

Dodger teams back on the court

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A new year and the second half of the season await the Fort Dodge basketball teams beginning on Tuesday with a trip to Urbandale. The Dodger girls (4-3 overall, 1-1 in the CIML Iowa Division) face the J-Hawks (4-5, 1-2) at 6:15 p.m. this evening. The FDSH boys (4-2, 2-0) then meet Urbandale ...