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Ruffridge moves into second

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SPIRIT LAKE — Pocahontas Area standout Elle Ruffridge is closing in on Iowa’s all-time scoring record. The Indian senior scored 39 points in an 86-34 victory over Spirit Lake on Monday. Ruffridge passed Southeast Webster-Grand’s Jennifer Jorgensen (2,708) for second place on ...

Triton swimmers in action

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Iowa Central men’s and women’s swim teams competed at the Minnesota Challenge this past weekend. There were 18 teams in attendance, including squads from Division I, Division III and NAIA. Iowa Central was the only two-year school competing. The Tritons earned ...

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RECORD DAY

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Seniors Cole Davis and Mitchell Emery made sure their last meet in the Fort Dodge pool would be a memorable one, as the duo helped guide the Dodgers to a runner-up finish in Saturday’s district meet. Davis and Emery each won two individual events and were part of the Dodgers’ lone ...

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Connor Allison of St. Edmond wrestles against West Hancock's Dalton Subject during class 1A Sectionals on Saturday

Allison wins sectional title

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EAGLE GROVE — St. Edmond senior Connor Allison will get his chance to return to the state wrestling meet. Allison, who qualified for state as a sophomore before missing out last year, won a sectional championship on Saturday and the right to advance to districts. Allison’s twin ...

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Tritons edged by ECC

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Iowa Central men’s head coach Dennis Pilcher knows his team has a small margin for error. On Saturday afternoon against Ellsworth, the Tritons left that window open a little too much, as the Panthers escaped Hodges Fieldhouse with a 72-69 victory on “Jam the Gym” day. Tray Croft ...

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IC women fall to Panthers

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The Iowa Central women were unable to take advantage of the energy created by “Jam the Gym” Saturday, dropping a tight 44-40 decision to Ellsworth inside Hodges Fieldhouse. After the Panthers went up early, the Tritons fought to get back into the game, even giving themselves a chance ...

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Solomon Clayton of Fort Dodge shoots around Ankeny's Ben Lyon on Tuesday inside Dodgers gym

Dodger boys crush Wahawks

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Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel never wants a loss to beat his program twice. The Dodgers quickly made sure Friday’s home setback against ninth-ranked (Class 4A) West Des Moines Dowling was nothing more than a distant memory by the time the ball was tipped ...

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Shariah Smith of Fort Dodge puts up a shot against Marshalltown on Friday

Dodger girls lose to Waterloo West

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WATERLOO — The Fort Dodge girls couldn’t get past Waterloo West on Saturday night, dropping a 46-41 contest. The Dodgers had a strong first half, matching the Wahawks after the first (12) and second periods (13). But West (11-7) outscored the Dodgers 10-5 in the ...

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Derek Graham of Eagle Grove wrestles against Lake Mills Kyle Beery during Class 1A Sectionals on Satuday

Area sectional wrestling roundup

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Lynx, Wildcats combine for 14 district qualifiers HUMBOLDT — North Central Conference rivals Webster City and Humboldt finished first and second here Saturday. Trey Nelson, Drake Doolittle, Carson Hartnett, Luke Rohmiller and Zane Williams all earned district spots with ...

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Jordan Jackson of Fort Dodge shoots around Dowling's Cole Coffin on Friday in the Dodger gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Dodger boys better this time around vs. No. 9 Maroons

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By JOHN McBRIDE sports@messengernews.net Some losses are better off forgotten. Some become teachable moments for a team. The Fort Dodge boys basketball squad now has one of each kind against West Des Moines Dowling this season. After losing to the ninth-ranked (4A) Maroons by 35 points ...

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Former Fort Dodge standout and Dodger Hall of Famer Floyd Magnusson during his playing days. Magnusson's great-grandaughter, Mia Cataldo, plays for the Dowling girls.

Former Dodger visits

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Jolyn Cataldo loves taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting the trail of nostalgia she remembers from growing up in Fort Dodge. Cataldo is the daughter of the late Fort Dodge legend Floyd Magnusson. Her granddaughter, Mia, is a starter for the ninth-ranked West Des Moines Dowling girls ...

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RECORD DAY

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Seniors Cole Davis and Mitchell Emery made sure their last meet in the Fort Dodge pool would be a memorable one, as the duo helped guide the Dodgers to a runner-up finish in Saturday’s district meet. Davis and Emery each won two individual events and were part of the Dodgers’ lone relay ...

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Liza Van Zyl of Fort Dodge shoots over Dowling's Caitlin Clark on Friday in the Dodger gym. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

No. 7 Dowling handles FDSH girls

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After the last meeting against seventh-ranked Dowling, Julius Michalik felt his team had a shot at knocking off the Maroons. In the first meeting between CIML Iowa rivals, the Dodgers dropped a two-point contest in West Des Moines. On Friday, Dowling (16-3 overall, 9-0 league) was clicking ...

Lions outlast Gael boys in OT

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The St. Edmond boys didn’t avoid a fifth consecutive loss here Friday night against Clear Lake, but they gained some much-needed confidence. After Charlie Doyle sent the game to overtime with a basket in the final seconds, the Lions relied on Zach Lester to claim an 84-76 victory inside the ...

Clear Lake tops St. Edmond girls

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The St. Edmond girls are halfway through what might be the toughest stretch of games for anyone in the state. After playing second-ranked (Class 3A) and defending state champion Pocahontas Area Thursday night, the Gaels went toe-to-toe with No. 8 (3A) Clear Lake here Friday. Despite a ...

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Andrew Fierke of Fort Dodge competes in 500 yard Freestyle during the CIML Conference meet in the Dodger pool earlier this season.

Dodgers thinking big for district swim

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Fort Dodge head coach Joel Greathouse has asked plenty from his boys swim team this season. And each time, they have delivered. Now, the Dodgers get one final chance to deliver for their coach before state when they host a district meet here Saturday. Timed finals begin at noon inside the ...

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Iowa Central's Charisma Currie drives against Iowa Lakes on Wednesday night. For more photos, visit CU at messengernews.net

Iowa Central hosts ‘Jam the Gym’

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Iowa Central will host its annual “Jam the Gym” event on Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. The Triton women’s and men’s basketball teams will square off with Ellsworth at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. The Iowa Central men (8-15 overall, 0-5 ICCAC) will be looking to snap their ...

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Jacob Graham of Eagle Grove wrestles against St. Edmond's Katie Julius during Eagle Grove Invitational earlier this season.

Sectionals on the mat

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The first step in the journey to state wrestling begins Saturday for Class 1A and 2A wrestlers with sectionals. Fourteen area schools will compete at five sectional meets around the state, with each weight champion and runner-up advancing to districts next Saturday. Action is scheduled to ...

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Grace Meyer of Pocahontas Area had a career-high 25 points on Friday.

TRIPLE PLAY

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POCAHONTAS — The second-ranked Pocahontas Area girls basketball team had a record night on Friday, and senior Grace Meyer had a career performance in the process. The Indians (19-1 overall) cruised to a 92-24 victory over West Bend-Mallard (1-17) by making a state single-game record 20 ...

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Valley uses depth, health to top FDSH

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WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge wrestling team wasn’t able to show its true potential here Thursday in a Top-5 showdown against West Des Moines Valley. The second-ranked (IWCOA) Tigers adjusted accordingly, using their depth and health as a potent combination in handing the No. 4 ...