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Former E-Hawk Dupic building program at Concordia

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SEWARD, Neb. — In just five seasons, Ryan Dupic has turned Concordia University into a baseball school. Dupic, a graduate of Emmetsburg, is the head coach of the Bulldogs, who are coming off the school’s second appearance in the NAIA National Championship. In 2017, Dupic led Concordia ...

Dodgers at qualifier for worlds

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AKRON, Ohio — Four Fort Dodge wrestlers — two active and two alums — will be in action at the UWW Cadet and U23 World Team Trials at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House on the campus of the University of Akron beginning Friday. Soon-to-be Dodger juniors Drake Ayala and ...

FD FAMILY READY FOR NBA FINALS

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Last Christmas, Norine (Lamaak) Paulson and her husband, Terry, bought Toronto Raptors gear for Norine’s siblings and their spouses. They’ve been wearing the shirts with pride all spring long. Norine Paulson, who taught for 33 years — 17 years special needs and 16 in mathematics — ...

ON THE PROWL

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Doug VanPelt knows he will see Ashlyn Clark back in the Humboldt softball dugout before the season is over. And when Clark does return, the second-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats want to be hitting on all cylinders in their quest for another state tournament appearance. Humboldt posted its ...

Garrigan girls capture another state golf crown

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MARSHALLTOWN — The Bishop Garrigan girls golf team claimed the eighth state title in school history on Wednesday, finishing off a long final stretch at the Class 1A meet. The Golden Bears last captured gold in 2012, and were making their 15th appearance all-time. The title gives the school ...

Humboldt girls a state runner-up in 3A

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ANKENY — It was a record day for the Humboldt girls golf team at the state meet on Wednesday. The Wildcats finished as the state runner-up in Class 3A, firing a school-record round on the second day of the tournament at Otter Creek. Humboldt shot a 342, breaking the school record of 343 ...

Conrad 11th at state

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AMES — Southeast Valley’s Delaney Conrad didn’t finish her state tournament the way she wanted, but the junior is already excited to see what her senior season could bring. Conrad finished in 11th place at the Ames Country Club on Wednesday. She shot an 86 in the final round after an 83 ...

Area golfers in girls state title hunt

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Southeast Valley junior standout Delaney Conrad joins Humboldt and Bishop Garrigan as competitors spread out around Iowa at state golf meets beginning Tuesday. Conrad will compete in Class 2A at the Ames Golf and Country Club, with the Wildcats headed to Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny for ...

A NIGHT FOR ASHLYN

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HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt softball team carried the look of a championship contender into the 2019 campaign. Now that the season has arrived, the Wildcats appear to be as good as advertised: No. 2 ranking in Class 3A, undefeated record, the vast majority of their players back from a ...

Soggy conditions hamper state golf

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Messenger-area girls golfers fought through soggy conditions of Day 1 of the state golf tournament, completing partial rounds. Bishop Garrigan is in first place in Class 1A after shooting a 52. All Garrigan golfers played at least nine holes. Akron-Westfield is in second place. For the ...

Bockoven’s gem lifts Fort Dodge

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ALGONA — The Fort Dodge baseball team broke open a close game late to pull away from Algona on Tuesday night. The Dodgers (3-2 overall) used a four-run seventh inning to finish off the Bulldogs, 6-1. Algona took a 1-0 lead after the first frame, but Fort Dodge responded with two runs in ...

Dodgers take two at home invite

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After a promising — albeit frustrating — season-opening performance against fifth-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Dowling earlier in the week, the Fort Dodge baseball team desperately wanted to find their rhythm at the plate and build some momentum heading into Memorial Day. The Dodgers ...

NEVER  FORGOTTEN

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When Taylor Smith found out that she was going to be part of sprucing up Veterans Memorial Park just before Memorial Day, she knew it was going to be an honor to pay tribute to local veterans. Smith and the rest of the Fort Dodge girls golf team along with head coach David Louk spent a couple ...

MNW grad Johnson finishes in Top-10 at nationals

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GULF SHORES, Ala. — Jackson Johnson finished his high jumping career right where he wanted to. Johnson, who completed his course work at Northwestern College in three years, placed ninth here at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Manson Northwest Webster graduate cleared ...

FDSH grad Knight reflects on tennis run with UNW

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Emily Knight has spent the last eight years competing in tennis. Now, with several accolades on her resume, the 2015 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate is completing her degree at the University of Northwestern-St, Paul. Knight earned a second all-Upper Midwest Athletic ...

Sports Park Raceway ready to go

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Dating back to last season, Mother Nature has decided that racing wasn’t going to happen at Sports Park Raceway. “We’ve been rained out nine straight times,” said Jason Vansickel who promotes Sports Park Raceway with Dave Doughty. “The way it’s looking now, we may be the only ...

Triton track team receives honors

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The Iowa Central track and field program added plenty of hardware to the trophy case this past spring. Along with both the men’s and women’s teams finishing in the Top-4, the Tritons earned several coaching and athlete honors. Lea Grady, Tyler Lienau and Winrose Chesang picked up awards ...

No. 3 Dodgers cruise at Heelan tourney

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SIOUX CITY — The third-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team scored three impressive wins here Saturday during the Sioux City Heelan Tournament. The Dodgers picked up victories over Sioux City East, Lewis Central and host Heelan by a combined scored of 32-1 to improve to 5-0 on the ...

Jackson’s career one of athletic, academic merit

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CEDAR FALLS — Alex Jackson’s time at Northern Iowa is coming to an end, but whether it was on the track or in the classroom, the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate put his best foot forward. Jackson was recently named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s Scholar-Athlete team following the ...

A TRUE STUDENT ATHLETE

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Though Anthony Wagner has accumulated a lifetime of memories while competing as a Dodger, sports were never the Fort Dodge Senior High senior’s top priority. Wagner’s athletic career has been admirable: two-time captain and state track participant, two-year regular in football and ...