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Tritons advance 6 to the semifinals

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — It’s been sitting in the pit of Ethan Karsten’s stomach for a year. Every time someone brought up his 2018 national runner-up performance for Iowa Central, he shuddered while reliving the moment. Karsten, ranked second at 157 pounds, lost in overtime in the finals a ...

Newell-Fonda returns to finals

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DES MOINES — Macy Sievers has played just 35 total minutes of basketball at the state tournament, and the Newell-Fonda freshman is already in the record books. The 5-foot-7 Mustang is quick to deflect any individual attention, but her defensive prowess helped propel the top-ranked Mustangs ...

Title chase

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Ethan Karsten and Tyree Sutton know what it’s like to have a national title within reach and have it taken away at the last second. Karsten and Sutton both reached the finals in the national tournament and were seconds away from having their hands raised as a ...

Montalto, Tritons reveal recruiting class

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Once all the paperwork was finished, Iowa Central football head coach Jesse Montalto could relax — at least for a short time. Montalto and the Tritons revealed their 2019 recruiting class during a special signing day event held at Willow Ridge Golf Course earlier this week. The group ...

Mustangs play for title berth

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DES MOINES — The Newell-Fonda girls can move one step closer to a return to the Class 1A title game here Friday afternoon. The top-ranked Mustangs (25-0 overall) take on Bellevue Marquette (22-2) at 1:30 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena. Newell-Fonda moved into its second consecutive title ...

Murphy gets shot at state glory

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DES MOINES — As the girls state basketball tournament celebrates 100 years this week, a member of top-ranked North Polk can add to her own family history. Jaedon Murphy, the daughter of Fort Dodge Senior High graduates Bonnie (Willard) and Mike Murphy, scored a game-high 22 points here ...

A teachable moment

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Five days ago, I started to write a column about Gary Dolphin, Gary Barta, King Kong references in sports, the University of Iowa’s often tone-deaf athletic department, public discourse, the struggle to find a happy medium when it comes to sensitivity in today’s society, and the importance ...

Newell-Fonda defense the difference

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DES MOINES — Top-ranked Newell-Fonda shot just 34 percent from the field and hit only a quarter of their three-point attempts in a Class 1A girls quarterfinal on Wednesday. Those numbers would normally make a team ripe for an upset — especially at the state tournament. The Mustangs simply ...

‘EITHER WIN OR LEARN’

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Andi Adams still subscribes to the tried and true principles that helped her become a Hall of Fame-level softball coach. Fort Dodge’s all-time leader in career victories doesn’t look back much these days, though. Adams readily admits that in order for her program to remain a true ...

catching fire

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The Iowa Central women sent their sophomores out on a winning note here Wednesday night, besting Southeastern inside Hodges Fieldhouse, 66-50. For five Tritons, this marked the final home game, as they finished the year 10-5 here and will carry a four-game win streak into the regular season ...

No. 1 Newell-Fonda in familiar place vs. familiar foe

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DES MOINES — Over the past two seasons, Ella Larsen and the Newell-Fonda girls have experienced an incredible run on the hardwood. Last year, the Mustangs were undefeated before reaching the Class 1A title game and falling to Springville. That loss motivated the returning players, as they ...

GARRIGAN MAKES STATE

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WEBSTER CITY — TJ Schnurr and Angelo Winkel combined for 24 points and 23 rebounds here Tuesday night to lead the Bishop Garrigan boys back to the Class 1A state tournament. The Golden Bears posted a convincing 56-35 victory over Janesville in the substate championship, securing the ...

State berths on the line

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SPENCER — Jace Davidson and the Pocahontas Area boys are grateful to be competing here Monday night in the Class 2A, Substate 1 championship against Boyden-Hull. But getting to this round isn’t the ultimate goal for Davidson or the Indians. Tip is set for 7 p.m. after weather forced the ...

Passion for competition

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Logan Finowski is a football player who decided to give wrestling a try. He joined head coach Bobby Thompson’s squad on the mat, and worked to develop into a two-time state qualifier who was a part of two Dodger state championship teams. His love for wrestling grew accordingly. “My ...

STEADY PROGRESSION

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Drevon Ross earned three state medals for the Fort Dodge wrestling team, and was part of both the dual and traditonal championship teams. But that’s not what he’ll remember most about being a Dodger. “The best part about being a Dodger is the community always believing in you and ...

Nine area girls earn IGCA honors

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Nine players and three coaches were recently honored by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association with all-district and coach of the year status. Newell-Fonda’s Ella Larsen and Olivia Larsen, Bishop Garrigan’s Kaylyn Meyers, South Central Calhoun’s Maddie Jones, Algona’s Abbey Holmes and ...

What is the secret to Dodger success?

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It almost seems as though winning championships has become second nature to athletes in the Fort Dodge Community School District. Another whirlwind run through the state wrestling and bowling competitions netted the Fort Dodge Senior High athletic department four more titles recently. Dodger ...

Gael boys, Garrigan set to square off

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GARNER — This past summer, Andrew Gibb and TJ Schnurr closed out their time together with the All Iowa Attack by claiming a tournament title in Kansas. Now, several months later, one will help his team reach a Class 1A substate final, while the other hangs up his high school uniform for the ...

RECRUITING TRAIL

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Tysen Kershaw finished among the top wide receivers in the state last fall as an underclassman. Kershaw’s 71-reception, 1,206-yard, 12-touchdown season put him on the map of college coaches, and the Fort Dodge junior has been taking it all in during the offseason, making several visits to ...

Sophomores lead Tritons

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Dallas Bailey didn’t have a lot of options coming out of high school in Denver after suffering an injury. But Bailey caught the eye of the Iowa Central men’s coaching staff and the two quickly became a powerful pair. The Tritons honored Bailey along with the rest of the sophomore class ...