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YOUNG GUNS

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MARSHALLTOWN — Excitement surrounds the Fort Dodge swim team heading into the state meet. The Dodgers doubled their qualifying events from a season ago and will compete in 10 state events at the Marshalltown YMCA. Four of the five Dodger participants were in action last season, and junior ...

Gibb named Heisman finalist

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St. Edmond senior Andrew Gibb was recently named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship. Gibb, who plays basketball and golf for the Gaels, was one of three area athletes honored as school winners along with Newell-Fonda’s Samantha Bovero and Emmetsburg’s ...

TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

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DES MOINES — Months of preparation will come down to a few minutes of execution here on Saturday. That kind of pressure is nothing new to the Fort Dodge Senior High cheerleaders. The Dodgers will defend their Class 4A titles in both the co-ed team competition and the timeout division during ...

Titan Fortress

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LAKE CITY — Friday night’s Class 1A quarterfinal between South Central Calhoun and West Sioux here will be a throwback of sorts. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Cedar Falls and the UNI-Dome. The No. 4 Titans (10-0 overall) rank among the state’s best on the ...

Garrigan thinking big again

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ALGONA — TJ Schnurr has experienced some intense and loud environments during his athletic career with Bishop Garrigan. Schnurr is hoping for the most energetic one yet this Friday when the third-ranked Golden Bears host fifth-rated Edgewood-Colesburg in a Class A quarterfinal. Kickoff is ...

Huss back at the net in St. Edmond gym

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CEDAR RAPIDS — When Hannah Huss walked off the St. Edmond volleyball court last fall with a victory, she figured that would be the final time. Huss, though, was able to return to her home floor this past weekend with Kirkwood, as the ninth-ranked Eagles claimed the Region XI-A Tournament ...

East Sac County’s Bruce recognized

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Garret Bruce earned Class 1A, District 9 Offensive Player of the Year honors, the league announced recently. Bruce, a senior from East Sac County, ran for a 1A-best 1,766 yards this season, scoring 19 touchdowns. Five different times he went over the 200-yard mark, including a high of 281 vs. ...

Triton quintet honored

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Five members of the Iowa Central soccer program were named all-region recently. For the Triton women, Emily Branson, Julia De Oliveira and Bruna Moureira made the first team, with Guzman Diaz and Guillaume Rouzic earning top honors for the men. Iowa Central posted a 13-3 record and finished ...

BATTLE TESTED

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WAUKON — Sixth-ranked Algona passed the first test, now the Bulldogs will meet their toughest challenge. The Bulldogs (9-1 overall) will travel to face Waukon (9-1) in a Class 2A quarterfinal on Friday night. This will be the third-ranked opponent for the Bulldogs, who have beaten ...

Strong year ends in frustration for Tritons

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Despite earning a Top-10 national ranking and going unbeaten in the ICCAC and 28 matches, Iowa Central head volleyball coach Sara Horn described the 2018 season as one that “wasn’t an easy one.” The seventh-ranked Tritons, who went a perfect 9-0 to claim their first conference title ...

Ayala a national runner-up at Super 32

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Drake Ayala was bound and determined to win a championship at the prestigious Super 32 Challenge wrestling tournament. The Fort Dodge sophomore wound up settling for second place in the 106-pound bracket on Sunday — one victory shy of becoming just the second Iowan ever ...

Another title for FD’s Ross

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — After a two-year hiatus, it didn’t take Dreshaun Ross long to once again reach the top of the Super 32 podium. The Fort Dodge fifth grader added another championship to his growing list of accomplishments here on Sunday, securing the 120-pound gold medal in the 11U ...

Tritons hang tough with national power

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The Iowa Central rugby team continues to bridge the gap between itself and the nation’s elite. The Div. II Tritons suffered a 50-34 setback against third-ranked (Div. 1A) Lindenwood on Saturday in the program’s 2018 home finale. “It was a terrific effort against a phenomenal ...

END OF THE ROAD

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DES MOINES — Fort Dodge boasted one of the most accurate and sure-handed offenses in the entire state during the regular season. The arrival of the playoffs brought out the animal in five-time defending state champion West Des Moines Dowling at Williams Stadium. And the fifth-ranked (Class ...

Dodger swim team sends 10 events to state

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After a season of working hard and dreaming big, everything came into focus for Luanne Xiao and the Fort Dodge girls swim program on Saturday. Xiao set two school records and captured one of three regional championships as the Dodgers advanced 10 events to the state meet from their own pool ...

Jags advance behind Fisher

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GOWRIE — Playoffs or not, Kyler Fisher was on the field Friday night to do what he’s been doing for the entire season. “To me, it’s just another game,’’ Fisher said. “If I read too much into it, I become a little off. So I try to treat each game the same way.” Fisher did ...

Silver Lining

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Quinton Orr knew exactly where he wanted to begin his final kick Saturday. Having competed at the state cross country meet last year as a freshman, Orr used that experience to position himself for a sprint to the finish in the Class 3A race inside Kennedy Park at Lakeside Golf ...

Tritons take aim at ‘Last Chance U’

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INDEPENDENCE, Kan. — The Iowa Central football team will try to utilize a phrase made popular on social media here this Saturday night. The Tritons take on Independence with a special 9 p.m. kickoff from Emmot Field in what the Pac-12 Conference would tag as “After Dark.” Neewollah ...

Fitting finale

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Spencer Moon and Trey Engen finished their high school cross country careers with Top-10 finishes here Saturday at the state meet. Moon was eighth overall in Class 2A, with Engen placing 10th in 3A at Lakeside Golf Course. Both were making their fourth appearance at state. “I wasn’t ...

Titans stay unbeaten

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LAKE CITY — Bryan Case has been around the game long enough to know that come postseason time, style points no longer matter. Case and the third-ranked South Central Calhoun football team pulled out a 10-0 victory over West Lyon here Friday night in the Class 1A first round. The Titans ...