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Garrigan ousts St. Edmond in district baseball

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ALGONA — Drake Buscherfeld silenced St. Edmond on the mound and the Bishop Garrigan offense took care of things from there here on Thursday. The Golden Bears picked up a convincing 13-1 victory in five innings to advance to a Class 1A, District 3 championship. Garrigan (21-10 overall) ...

Dodgers open postseason play

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LAWTON — The Fort Dodge baseball team will open postseason play here on Friday against a familiar foe. The Dodgers (16-20 overall) face Sioux City North (18-14) in Lawton. First pitch in this Class 4A substate contest is set for 7 p.m. Fort Dodge knocked off the Stars earlier this season ...

Gaels, Garrigan square off in district semis

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ALGONA — The rematch is now set between St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan, as the former North Central Conference rivals square off here Thursday night in a Class 1A, District 3 semifinal. First-pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. following the other semifinal in the district, which will pit ...

Four decades of reporting — and storytelling

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For the better part of the last month, I’ve been digging deep into the archives around the office to deliver over two weeks of preparatory content leading up to this weekend’s Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament. It’s been a fulfilling experience: partly because ...

SHEER WILL

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URBANDALE — The sixth-ranked (Class 5A) Urbandale softball team had the home field, the senior stars and the state pedigree. Fort Dodge simply had each other. On a magical night for the program in front of their frenzied fanbase, the unrelenting Dodgers sent the savvy J-Hawks home with a ...

Dodgers play for state at Urbandale

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URBANDALE — Plenty of discussion went into which program would host the Class 5A Region 1 softball championship between Fort Dodge and Urbandale. As soon as the final IGHSAU rankings were released last Thursday — the deciding factor in the location of the regional final — the debate ...

‘CATS ARE BACK

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HUMBOLDT — It’s not a far drive to Rogers Park and Fort Dodge for the Humboldt softball team. It’s also becoming a familiar one. The Wildcats (30-3 overall) are headed back to the state tournament, thanks to a third victory this year over North Central Conference rival Algona. This ...

Gaels pass first test

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ALGONA — The St. Edmond baseball team found themselves in a difficult situation here Tuesday night vs. West Bend-Mallard. Senior ace Jake Szalat had just surrendered four runs to the Wolverines in the first two innings on six hits. But Szalat dug deep, and the rest of his teammates ...

No. 4 AGWSR ousts Gaels

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ACKLEY — The St. Edmond softball team has faced a handful of elite all-state pitchers this year. Monday night in a Class 1A regional final, they might have taken on the best in Iowa in AGWSR’s Taryan Barrick. Barrick tossed a no-hitter, striking out 15 to lead the fourth-ranked Cougars ...

Halligan one hits Ames

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AMES — Ames couldn’t handle Fort Dodge’s Shane Halligan on Tuesday night. Halligan tossed a one-hitter in a 5-0 victory and was 3-for-3 at the plate. Halligan walked two and struck out four batters for the Dodgers (16-20 overall). “Shane competed his tail off,” FDSH head coach ...

Gaels open vs. WB-M in Algona

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ALGONA — The St. Edmond baseball team opens their postseason journey here Tuesday against West Bend-Mallard in a Class 1A, District 3 contest. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Bishop Garrigan. The Gaels (11-10 overall) closed out the regular season last Monday with a 4-0 victory ...

OFF AND RUNNING

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Fort Dodge took the necessary first step here on Saturday. Now, the eighth-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers are one step away. Behind a big opening inning and the pitching of eighth-grader Jalen Adams, FDSH advanced past Sioux City North in a Region 1 semifinal at Rogers Park last night, 7-1. The ...

Driven to succeed 

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If you ever needed to find Cade Naughton, it was likely that the 2018 St. Edmond graduate was in the school’s weight room. Naughton’s hard work and dedication to being a student-athlete resulted in him being honored as this year’s Terry Griffey Award winner, handed out annually to the ...

Another big test for Gaels in regional final

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ACKLEY — For the second consecutive season, the St. Edmond softball team finds themselves one win from the state tournament. The 10th-ranked Gaels (20-8 overall) take on No. 4 AGWSR (25-7) Monday night in a Class 1A, Region 2 championship game. First-pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Last ...

Humboldt hoping for state encore

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HUMBOLDT — The fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team is looking for a return trip to the state softball tournament, but they’ll have to go through a familiar foe to get there. The Wildcats (29-3 overall) will meet Algona (21-6) in a Class 3A regional final tonight. First pitch is at 7 ...

Sports Park Raceway to hold Military Night

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Sports Park Raceway in Fort Dodge will host its annual Military Night on Sunday. All active and non-active military members will be admitted into the grandstands free of charge. There will also be a $10 discount for pit passes at the event, which is sponsored by YesWay Convenience Stores. A ...

BROADER HORIZONS

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Tennis has always been Beth Murman’s first love. Thanks to a steadfast commitment to volleyball and basketball, though, the 2018 Fort Dodge Senior High Florence Nordman Award winner was able to keep the right balance of passion and perspective for the sport she will now play at the ...

Lasting memories

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Audrey Kolacia was just like many other freshmen when they were told “high school will be over before you know it.” Kolacia, who was honored with the 2018 Carol Donnelly Award by St. Edmond as the top female athlete, admits that her final four years at the school did sail by. During her ...

St. Edmond in Top-10 regional softball clash

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MASON CITY — The intensity goes up a notch here Friday night, as No. 10 St. Edmond takes on sixth-ranked Mason City Newman in a Class 1A, Region 2 semifinal. First-pitch is set for 7 p.m. Awaiting the winner between the Gaels (19-8 overall) and Knights (28-6) will be a regional final on ...

Gaels save best for last

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MASON CITY — Friday night’s Class 1A regional semifinal between Top-10 teams St. Edmond and Mason City Newman went just as Nick Clark expected. With the Knights holding a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth and the bases loaded, Clark called time to talk to his pitcher, Ella Vratny, and ...