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Bennett, Lara compete at Midlands

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The state of Iowa dominated at the 56th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships here this past weekend inside the Sears Centre Arena. Third-ranked Iowa was the overall champion, scoring 184 team points with two individual crowns. Meanwhile, No. 19 Northern Iowa ...

Memorable night at the lanes for Ulrich

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Julie Ulrich had things other than bowling on her mind this past Wednesday hours before recording one of the top scores in city history. Ulrich, a Fort Dodge Middle School teacher and 1990 FDSH graduate, put together game scores of 278, 279 and 235 for a 792 series. That number left her just ...

A new perspective

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For most, the holiday season is spent for reflection of the past 12 months and a look towards the next dozen. Madi Bennett, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and current member of the Simpson College softball team, was able to see the world from a completely different vantage point during a ...

Timeout with: Jacque Oberg

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Jacque Oberg has her calendar booked from the beginning of the school year through summer. And the St. Edmond senior wouldn’t have it any other way. Oberg, who is currently a starter on the Gael basketball team, has also been a varsity regular for volleyball, tennis and softball over the ...

Midlands boasts ranked teams, wrestlers galore

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — It may just be the end of December, but the energy inside the Sears Centre Arena beginning Saturday will make it seem like March and the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Tournament. Several of the country’s Top-25 programs will gather for the 56th annual Ken Kraft Midlands ...

NECESSARY SACRIFICES

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Cole Pearson understood that he would have to make sacrifices in order to achieve his ultimate goals in the swimming pool. Pearson, a senior at Fort Dodge, hopes that others who have the same drive and ambition remember him for his decision. “I’m just a normal kid who loves to do ...

DESTINED TO REIGN

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BOXHOLM — Last June, Wade Sundell lost his home and all of his possessions in a house fire. Two weeks ago, he earned the centerpiece for his new mantle. “A lot of things have happened,’’ Sundell said. “You have to put your nose to the grindstone and not let anything bother you. ...

FD’s Schmidt eyes next step after All-American Bowl

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Dalton Schmidt advanced his hopes of playing football at the next level by competing in the prestigious Blue-Grey All-American bowl game at AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys. Schmidt, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound senior offensive lineman from Fort Dodge, was selected to participate in ...

HOMEGROWN

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BOXHOLM — Doug Sundell started competing in rodeos when he was 10 years old. He's won numerous championships and buckles in decades of action. Yet when his son, Wade, captured the World Championship in saddle bronc recently in Las Vegas, it was a feeling of pride Doug had never ...

Engeman earns district honors

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Isaac Engeman’s senior season for North Union football was one that will go down in the school history books. Engeman was a two-way starter for the Warriors, hardly coming off the field this past season. For his efforts, Engeman was recently named the Class A, District 3 Offensive Player ...

Timeout with: Macey Mason

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When the final swing is taken later this summer in Macey Mason’s athletic career at St. Edmond, she’ll be able to look back fondly on all the memories created. For now, though, Mason is focused on making sure her senior season is the best one yet. A three-sport standout for St. Edmond, ...

AFES brings Christmas to the community

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Charles Clayton had a very personal reason for making sure his organization, Athletes For Education and Success, continued the “Operation Christmas” program’s long-standing holiday tradition. “I can remember when I was very young — those were our boxes under the Christmas tree. I was ...

No place like home

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AMES — Chase McAlister received simple, yet profound, advice from those at South Central Calhoun that have helped shape him into the athlete he is today. “My high school coaches told me to find a place that feels like ‘home,’” McAlister said. “That feeling is hard to describe ...

Timeout with: Andrew Gibb

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Andrew Gibb has his focus squarely on putting together his best season yet on the hardwood for the St. Edmond boys. Gibb, a senior who recently surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career, plans to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level in the fall, but is holding off on making ...

PLENTY OF FIGHT

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Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel saw the growth he’s been looking for in his ballclub during Friday night’s game against eighth-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Valley. The Dodgers (1-8 overall, 0-3 in the CIML Iowa Conference) didn’t pick up a victory against the Tigers ...

Fisher accepts preferred walk-on offer from Iowa

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Kyler Fisher’s dreams of playing Div. I football will come true, as the Southeast Valley senior has signed a letter of intent to be a preferred walk-on for head coach Kirk Ferentz and the University of Iowa. Fisher, who ran wild in Class 2A this past season in leading Southeast Valley to ...

No. 6 Valley rolls past FD girls

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Scott Messerly coached against plenty of talented teams while leading the St. Edmond girls for several seasons on the hardwood. But through his first 10 games as head coach at Fort Dodge, Messerly has been up-close-and-personal with the cream of the crop in the state. Friday night was ...

FACING THE BEST

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Ashley Beaumont looked at Thursday night’s dual with top-ranked Ankeny as a perfect way to enter the Christmas break for her Fort Dodge swim team. Cole Pearson picked up a pair of first place finishes, the 400 free relay was second and Ben Lennon added a third as the Dodgers fell to the ...

Dodgers 5th in first dual rankings of year

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The Fort Dodge wrestling team is ranked fifth in the first edition of the IWCOA dual rankings. Southeast Polk is first in Class 3A, with West Delaware (2A) and Don Bosco (1A) the other top-ranked teams. The Dodgers, who won the state dual title last year, are behind the Rams, Waverly-Shell ...