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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 ...

Wegener, Winkel take visits to Iowa

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ALGONA — Wyatt Wegener and Cade Winkel took advantage of their incredible seasons on the gridiron this past fall, taking recent football visits to the University of Iowa. Wegener, a junior at Algona, and Winkel, an 11th-grader at Bishop Garrigan, met with Hawkeye coaches, toured the ...

Triton women roll at home

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Avery Terwilliger made a decision two years ago that would shape the rest of her college career. Terwilliger, a former multi-sport all-state athlete at Humboldt, returned to the area and joined the Iowa Central women’s basketball team. Terwilliger, along with the rest of her sophomore ...

Late barrage

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GARNER — TJ Schnurr heard the halftime adjustments from the Bishop Garrigan coaches. After seeing St. Edmond jump out to a 36-31 lead at the break, the Golden Bears were thinking of switching from man-to-man defense to a zone. Schnurr disagreed. Bishop Garrigan went on to claim the ...

END OF THE ROAD

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ANKENY — It wasn’t the way Tom Daniel wanted to see his five seniors end their careers here on Monday, but the 2018-19 campaign was still a step in the right direction after a disappointing start to the season for the Fort Dodge boys basketball team. The Dodgers (8-14 overall) lost to ...

STATE QUEENS

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WATERLOO — The state championship trophy is the proof, but the Fort Dodge girls bowling team is still finding it hard to wrap their heads around their banner day. The Dodger girls brought home their first team title in school history and the first girls team championship at Fort Dodge Senior ...

Dodger girls, Anderson ready for state meet

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WATERLOO — Nick Vinson didn’t want the state streak to end in his first season as Fort Dodge bowling coach. The Dodgers made sure to come through for their new head coach. Vinson, who took over the program that Don Ervin coached for 14 years, helped guide Fort Dodge to their 11th ...

Gael boys move on

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ALGONA — When scouting the St. Edmond boys, it is quite evident that option A and option B are seniors Andrew Gibb and Jackson Kochendorfer. Opposing teams know that, as well as Gael head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. That’s why Kochendorfer was so vocal in pushing the rest of his players to ...

Dodger boys begin substate journey

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge boys basketball team begins its second season on Monday at Ankeny Centennial in a Class 4A, Substate 8 quarterfinal. The game, weather permitting, will begin at 7 p.m. The Dodgers (8-13 overall) are the bracket’s No. 5 seed, while the Jaguars (8-12) are the four. ...

Ayala dominates to cap undefeated campaign

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DES MOINES — Wrestlers receive countless calls, messages and other well-wishes as they prepare for the state championship round. Drake Ayala reversed that narrative on Saturday, instead letting his parents know beforehand how much their support prepared him for the journey to a high school ...

Taylor secures 120-pound crown to cap impressive postseason run

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DES MOINES —Carson Taylor is quiet by nature. When he won the 120-pound state wrestling championship here on Saturday night, though, he was bursting with emotion. Following a 13-8 victory over Hunter Garvin of Iowa City West, Taylor let out a yell, pumped his fists and looked toward his ...

Humboldt duo grabs medals

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DES MOINES — Four Humboldt wrestlers entered the state tournament with medal hopes, and three seniors will end on the podium. Ten Messenger-area atheltes grabbed medals in the early rounds. Top-ranked senior Joey Busse reached 145 pound finals, while classmates Joel Osborn (39-11) and ...

Busse rises to the top

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DES MOINES — Joey Busse didn’t want to sound just like all the other state champions Saturday night, but the Humboldt senior had trouble avoiding it. Busse finished off his high school career by winning the Class 2A 145-pound title here inside Wells Fargo Arena with a 4-3 decision over ...

Doolittle golden for Lynx

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DES MOINES — Drake Doolittle didn’t take time to enjoy earning his first state wrestling championship here Saturday night without thanking those that helped get him here. Doolittle scored a 9-4 decision over Nathaniel Genobana of Centerville inside Wells Fargo Arena in the finals of Class ...