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ICCC swimmers both third

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swimming squads concluded the national meet in New York on Saturday. Both Triton squads finished in third place. Indian River again swept the national crowns. “It was a really good meet overall,’’ said Iowa Central head coach Joe ...

Triton softball team scores 51

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CONCORDIA, Kan. — The Iowa Central softball squad exploded for 51 runs in picking up three victories here on Saturday. The Tritons (6-4 overall) took care of Central College, 13-2; Southeast Nebraska, 23-6; and Northeast, 15-4. ‘‘We hit six home runs, ran the bases really well and got ...

Croft scores 36 in Triton victory

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IOWA FALLS — Freshman Tray Croft scored 36 points as the Iowa Central men’s basketball squad defeated Ellsworth here on Saturday, 72-61. Kam Swift added 18 for the Tritons (11-20 overall, 3-9 in the ICCAC) against the Panthers (13-17, 4-8). Ellsworth had defeated Iowa Central inside Hodges ...

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Pocahontas Area players celebrate in the closing seconds of their win over Center Point-Urbana in a Class 3A state semifinal on Thursday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

‘SHIP AHOY!

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DES MOINES — The Pocahontas Area girls are right where they want to be after Thursday night’s convincing victory over Center Point-Urbana in the Class 3A state semifinals. But this one was a little more memorable for the No. 2 Indians and all-state guard Elle Ruffridge. Behind ...

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Pocahontas Area celebrates after beating Center Point-Urbana 80-59 during class 3A semi-finals on Thursday inside Wells Fargo Arena

Heads of the Class

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DES MOINES — There is no David vs. Goliath scenario in the Class 3A championship game Saturday. Instead, it’s more like a Batman and Superman contest with No. 1 and unbeaten Sioux Center taking on second-ranked and defending state champion Pocahontas Area inside Wells Fargo Arena. The ...

Tritons in third at national swim meet

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams both stand in third place after day three of the NJCAA national meet in New York. The Triton men and women both had four Top-5 finishes, while the men had a runner up showing. “We swam really well,’’ said Iowa Central ...

Tritons near top at NJCAA swim

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swimming teams had a strong first two days of the NJCAA national tournament. The Triton men (245) are tied for second with Southwestern Oregon, while Indian River State College is leading the pack with 669 points. The women (241.5) ...

Triton baseball team moves to 3-1

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. — The Iowa Central baseball team picked up their third win of the season here Friday, downing Southeast Nebraska, 7-6. The Tritons (3-1 overall) also played a game vs. Lincoln Trail late last night and are scheduled to face Southwest Illinois and Parkland here ...

Tritons claim two championships

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PITTSBURGH STATE, Kan. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s track and field teams claimed two national titles at the NJCAA national meet on Friday. Annastacia Forrester won the long jump for the women with a leap of 6.22 meters. On the men’s side, the quartet of Esu Alemseged, ...

Williams, Freese win doubles crown

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Iowa Central bowling teams kicked off action here Friday at the NJCAA Championships. The championships take place over two days, concluding on Saturday at the Airport Lanes. The Tritons lead the five-man team standings with 5,976, giving them a 354-pin lead on ...

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Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm, center, stands with seniors (left to right) Merrill Holden, Stuart Nezlek, Matt Thomas, Darrell Bowie, Deonte Burton, Monte Morris and Naz Mitrou-Long on Tuesday night in Ames.

Passing the test of time

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Statistically speaking, Iowa State’s senior class has already secured its spot among the very best in program history. For as successful as they’ve proven to be both individually and collectively, though, the four outgoing Cyclone starters — Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas and ...

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Jaden Wertz of Fort Dodge, 17, is making a name for himself across Iowa and in nation-wide dirt-bike events.

Wertz is latest Dodger to climb dirt-bike ladder

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Jaden Wertz doesn’t mind the idea of being compared to Fort Dodge’s skilled dirt-bike forefathers. In fact, Wertz considers it a badge of honor. The Fort Dodge Senior High junior, who just celebrated his 17th birthday, is determined to follow in the footsteps of riders like Chad ...

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Sarah Rolling of Iowa Central puts up a shot against Southwestern on Wednesday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

PROPER SENDOFF

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Sarah Rolling and Rachel Toto made sure Iowa Central’s sophomore class would go out with a win here Wednesday night, leading the Tritons past Southwestern, 70-60. Rolling had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Toto added 18, seven assists and five boards to help Iowa Central (12-16 overall, ...

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Robert Hawkins drives on Wednesday for Iowa Central against Southwestern at Hodges Fieldhouse. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

No. 1 SCC tops Triton men

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For Iowa Central head coach Dennis Pilcher, the opening possession in Wednesday night’s contest with top-ranked Southwestern was a key indicator of how the night would go. The Tritons, fresh off an upset of No. 12 Kirkwood this past Saturday, were unable to do the same to the Spartans, ...

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Grace Meyer of Pocahontas Area goes up for a shot against Clear Lake in a Class 3A quarterfinal on Tuesday in Des Moines. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

PAC girls zone in on finals

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DES MOINES — The road to a third consecutive Class 3A state championship game will go through a new foe for second-ranked Pocahontas Area Thursday night. Fresh off a 46-22 victory over Clear Lake on Tuesday, the Indians (25-1 overall) will meet No. 3 Center Point-Urbana (22-3) in the second ...

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Pocahontas Area celebrates after defeating Clear Lake 46-22 during Class 3A Quarterfinals on Tuesday inside Wells Fargo Arena

ONE DOWN

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DES MOINES — They’ll win with style, win with substance, or win a slugfest. For the Pocahontas Area girls basketball team, the operative word is always ‘‘win.’’ Despite tying a season-low for total points and seeing their all-everything guard held to her quietest offensive ...

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Iowa Central head coach Joe Plane talks to the Triton swim team earlier this season. The Tritons will compete in the NJCAA naitonal meet starting today in Buffalo, N.Y.

Triton squads ready for the big stage

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swimming teams have spent an entire season physically preparing for this week. Now it comes down to execution — and mental toughness. Head coach Joe Plane’s Tritons are chasing NJCAA gold at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center for ...

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Tritons meet Southwestern

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Two games remain in the regular season for both the Iowa Central men and women. Up first is a home doubleheader with Southwestern on Wednesday night, before finishing the year at Ellsworth on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the women, with men to begin at 7:30 p.m. ...

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Pocahontas Area girls state basketball-qualifying team members are, front row (left to right): Ashlyn Weidauer, Grace Meyer, Elle Ruffridge, Faith Meyer, Payton Hjerleid and
Jocelyn Johnson. Back: Danielle Neumann, Leah Aljets, Elizabeth Ricke, Olivia Ahlers, Kaylee Shivers, Kenzie Sullivan, Jill Vonnahme, Bailey Vainreb and Katie Berte.

Pocahontas Area begins its title defense

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DES MOINES — Second-ranked and defending Class 3A champion Pocahontas Area begins defense of their title here on Tuesday inside Wells Fargo Arena. First up for the Indians (24-1 overall) will be No. 8 Clear Lake (21-3) at 5 p.m. in a state quarterfinal. The winner meets either third-rated ...