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Tritons host Great Western Shootout

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The Iowa Central men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the Great Western Shootout this Friday and Saturday at Hodges Fieldhouse. Both teams will play Central-Columbus on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. and Northeast on Saturday at 4 p.m. Dennis Pilcher and the Triton men (7-1 ...

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Fort Dodge’s Brody Teske will begin his trek for a fourth state championship and an undefeated career.

The chase is on

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The anticipation is over. The second-ranked Fort Dodge wrestling team will begin its chase for a state championship. The Dodgers, enter the meet tonight with eight ranked wrestlers in their lineup as they look to start their climb towards the schools first state championship since 1985. Fort ...

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Hannah Huss of St. Edmond tips the ball over Eagle Grove Hannah Huntley (9) on Tuesday

Huss garners all-state accolades

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St. Edmond senior Hannah Huss added another accolade to her resume, earning Class 2A honorable mention all-state status. Huss was named all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association, with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union placing her on the all-district team. “Receiving this ...

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Noah Carlson of St. Edmond wrestles against Southeast Valley's Sam Hemmestad during St. Edmond Invitational on Saturday

Gaels set to hit the mat

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HAMPTON — The St. Edmond wrestling team kicks off their season on the mats here Thursday night with three duals, including two in the North Central Conference. The Gaels take Hampton-Dumont, Forest City and Algona, with action beginning at 6 p.m. SEHS head coach Mike Szalat has eight of ...

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Malcolm Clayton is a four-year starter for the Fort Dodge boys.

Tall task for Dodgers in home opener

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The Fort Dodge boys make their season debut here on Tuesday night, taking on highly-touted West Des Moines Valley to conclude the first varsity basketball doubleheader of the year. Tip is set for 6:15 p.m. with the girls game; the boys are scheduled to begin at approximately 7:45 ...

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Tysen Kershaw of Fort Dodge shoots around WDM Valley Michael Bryan on Tuesday

DOWN TO THE WIRE

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With less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation here on Tuesday, the Fort Dodge boys basketball team was on the brink of tying defending Class 4A state runner-up West Des Moines Valley and setting themselves up for a possible thrilling finish. The Tigers instead turned the Dodgers away with ...

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Ebonee Altmann of Fort Dodge fights for a loose ball against WDM Valley Grace Hinkle on Tuesday

No. 6 Valley defeats FDSH girls

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Fort Dodge girls basketball coach Julius Michalik admitted his team is going to have nights like Tuesday’s game against defending state champion West Des Moines Valley. He is just hopeful his team can learn from these kind of games and continue to improve. The sixth-ranked (5A) Tigers kept ...

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Drevon Ross of Fort Dodge is ranked 5th by The Predicament in the preseason at 138 pounds.

Dodgers 2nd with 10 ranked individuals

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The Fort Dodge wrestling squad will begin its 2017-18 season this week rated second by The Predicament. Ten Dodgers are in the year’s first individual rankings, including defending state champion Brody Teske (126), Drew Bennett (132) and Cayd Lara (152) at No. 1. Teske is a Penn State ...

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Tray Croft of Iowa Central shoots over Simpson's Ahmed Musa on Monday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Tritons take care of Simpson JV

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The Iowa Central men won their sixth consecutive game here Monday night, downing the Simpson JV, 68-55. Royshawn Webb and Thomas Akamarmoi each scored 16 points for the Tritons (7-1 overall), with Dallas Bailey adding 10. Leading scorer Tray Croft was held to just nine points, but the ...

-Messenger photo by Britt KudlaAndrew Fierke of Fort Dodge compete during the 200 yard Medley Relay against Carroll and Spencer on Tuesday inside Dodgers Pool

FD swimmers sweep in home opener

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Fort Dodge swim coach Joel Greathouse understands it is still very early in the season. But that doesn’t mean Greathouse can’t be excited about what he’s seen out of his Dodgers so far. Fort Dodge swept duals against visiting Carroll (52-42) and Spencer (68-26) here on Tuesday night ...

Fort Dodge bowlers split

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DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge bowling teams split at Des Moines East on Tuesday night. The girls won 2,435 to 2,198; the boys lost 2,724 to 2,601. Leah Sanck led the Dodgers with a 387. Sanck rolled a 200 and 187. Bethany Armbruster (341) and Lexi Hemann (323) also reached the 300 ...

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Three of Fort Dodge’s six father-son duos this season (left to right): Drew and Troy Bennett, Cayd and Nick Lara, and Brody and Dan Teske. Brody Teske, Cayd Lara and Drew Bennett are all seniors and Div. I wrestling recruits.

TRADITION

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Most schools preach the value of cultivating a family atmosphere within their athletic department. The Fort Dodge wrestling program lives it. Three of the Dodgers’ most prominent senior athletes are at the forefront of a community where ‘‘family’’ is more than just a figure of ...

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

Nine ranked for No. 2 Dodgers

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The Fort Dodge wrestling teams enters the 2017 season as the second-ranked team in IAWrestle’s first instaliton of rankings. The Dodgers have nine individual wrestlers ranked. Three-time undefeated state champion Brody Teske (135-0) is the top-rated wrestler at 126 pounds. Teske is ...

Dodgers drop tight contest

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DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls dropped their season opener here Tuesday night, falling to Des Moines Roosevelt, 51-48. Beth Murman led the Dodgers with 17 points, followed by Taelor Lessmeier’s 16-point effort. Lessmeier also had six rebounds. Lessmeier hit three three pointers in ...

Dodger bowlers sweep

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The Fort Dodge boys and girls bowling teams both opened with victories at the lanes on Tuesday. The Dodger boys (1-0 overall) earned a tight 2,693-2,662 over Des Moines Lincoln. Trey Preston led the Dodgers with a 427 series. Preston had games of 232 and 189. Kaleb Anderson was next in ...

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Makenna Carver of Iowa Central looks to pass on Monday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Tritons cruise

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Kelly Kruger is the first to admit he isn’t happy his Iowa Central women are 3-4 seven games into the season. But Kruger understands that is what the Tritons have earned. Iowa Central picked up a convincing 89-36 victory over the Graceland JV here Monday night at Hodges Fieldhouse in the ...

FDSH boys lose season opener

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AMES — The Fort Dodge boys swim team dropped their season opener to Ames here Tuesday night, 123-47. Andrew Fierke had the lone first place finish for the Dodgers, capturing the 500 freestyle in 4:46.23. “This was really good competition to open the season with,” FDSH head coach Joel ...

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Trey Mosley makes a catch for Fort Dodge inside Dodger Stadium this season.

All-state honors handed out

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Four local football players — two from Fort Dodge and two from St. Edmond — were formally recognized on Monday by the Iowa Newspaper Association as all-state selections. Fort Dodge senior wingback Trey Mosley and junior quarterback Drake Miller both landed on Class 4A’s second team. St. ...

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Thomas Akamarmoi puts up a shot for Iowa Central against Dakota County on Monday.

Tritons hold on for victory

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In the final game before an extended holiday break, the Iowa Central men found a way to prevail. Tray Croft scored 23 points to lead five Tritons in double figures, as Iowa Central downed Dakota County here Monday night, 92-86, inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Croft, who has topped 20 points five ...

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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots last year in the Dodger gym against Dowling.

Fort Dodge girls open on the road

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It’s already been a long first month for the Fort Dodge girls basketball squad. The Dodgers were set to open the season after losing three of their top four scorers to graduation. Now Fort Dodge will be minus their top returnee for its opener at Des Moines Roosevelt on Tuesday. ...