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Kay Kollmorgen, left and Jo Kollmorgen, of Humboldt, pose with Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser in Humboldt. Dresser will hold a Town Hall Social at Rustix Restaurant in Humboldt on Saturday.

Dresser returning to Humboldt

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HUMBOLDT — New Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is making a return trip to his hometown on Saturday, as Rustix Restaurant will host a Town Hall Social in support of the Cyclone Regional Training Center. The event begins with a VIP meet-and-greet session — led by Dresser and ISU ...

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Two time Fort Dodge state wrestling champion Sam Cook has decided to step away from the Iowa football team and join the Iowa wrestling team.

Cook will wear Iowa singlet

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IOWA CITY — Sam Cook has never been one to back down from a challenge. The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate is continuing on that path, stepping away from the University of Iowa football program to join Tom Brands and the Hawkeye wrestling squad. Cook confirmed his decision with The ...

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Humboldt’s Bryan Larson works on a drill during camp at Iowa State in Ames.

Humboldt’s Larson finds his niche at Iowa State

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AMES — Bryan Larson understands what is expected out of himself and the rest of the Iowa State football program this season under head coach Matt Campbell. After Campbell was hired to replace Paul Rhoads, he began work on getting the Cyclones to the top. Larson, a redshirt senior who ...

IHSAA changes state events

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DES MOINES — Change is coming for those that compete in boys basketball and swimming. At a recent board meeting, the Iowa High School Athletic Association voted to change the dates of the boys state basketball tournament and move the boys swim meet. The boys state basketball tournament ...

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Riley Paysen of Wall Lake is the Sport Compacts points leader at Sports Park Raceway heading into the final week of action.

Season finale set at Sports Park Raceway

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Sports Park Raceway will conclude its 2017 season on Sunday by recognizing the people it values most: the drivers and the fans. The ascending Fort Dodge racing facility hosts its final points championship event while simultaneously offering kids night festivities in the 14th and final week of ...

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Junior Tyrnan Lara of Fort Dodge was named a second team all-CIML Iowa Conference baseball selection.

Lara, Miller 2nd team all-CIML

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The Fort Dodge baseball team didn’t like the way the 2017 campaign looked from a record standpoint, but the program is pleased with the direction it’s headed. The Dodgers landed four players on the talent-packed all-CIML Iowa Conference squad recently, and all four are scheduled to return ...

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Max Hackbarth of Webster City was named a first team  all-state pitcher in Class 3A, the Iowa Newspaper Association announced on Monday.

Webster City’s Hackbarth named first team all-state

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WEBSTER CITY — Pitch by pitch, inning by inning, Max Hackbarth was wasting his talent. He knew it, and so did his then pitching coach Adison Kehoe. One walk turned into two, and then three, and then, well, you get the picture. Short outings on the mound became the norm as he mentally hit ...

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Keaton Dornath makes a play for Fort Dodge last fall inside Dodger Stadium.

The concussion discussion

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Earlier this week, a study with plenty of shock value hit the general public like a defensive end blindsiding a quarterback: the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy — commonly known as CTE — had been ...

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Ellie Jacobson of Humboldt gets a hit at Rogers Park during the regular season.

Area softball players named all-state

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Ellie Jacobson stepped into a high-pressure situation with the Humboldt softball team this summer and delivered. A freshman pitcher on a squad with seven senior starters, Jacobson helped get the Wildcats back to the Class 3A state tournament on the diamond, placing fifth last week at Rogers ...

Flattery fires shutout for Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Former St. Edmond and Iowa Central standout David Flattery tossed a complete-game shutout for Kokomo here Thursday night. Flattery, who will earn his degree form the University of Nebraska-Omaha this summer and attend Augustana University next year for his final collegiate ...

Living the game

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CEDAR FALLS — Cal Twait was blessed growing up around a college football head coach. Twait, a returning starter along the offensive line for Northern Iowa, is set to embark on his third season with the Panthers this fall. But for the 6-foot-6, 292-pound junior, the adjustment to the ...

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Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Tammy Utley, shown here during the spring season, is the new head coach at Lakeland University.

A NEW ERA

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PLYMOUTH, Wis. — Tammy Utley has devoted her career to the game of softball. Now, twenty years into her coaching career, the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate has landed her first head college coaching job at Lakeland University. Utley has been an assistant for the Muskies during the past ...

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Senior Connor Allison of St. Edmond was one of three Gaels to land on the all-NCC team, the league announced recently.

Three Gaels on all-NCC team

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Max Hackbarth dominated the North Central Conference every night he stepped on the mound. And for his efforts, the Webster City junior pitcher was one of three players named to the all-NCC first team unanimously. Hackbarth was joined by teammate Riley Mishler and Clear Lake’s Zach Lester as ...

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Junior Tyrnan Lara of Fort Dodge was named a second team all-district selection recently by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.

All-district honors handed out

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A handful of local and area baseball players were honored by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association as all-district selections recently. In Class 4A, Tyrnan Lara was named to the North Central second team as a third baseman. The Fort Dodge junior hit .326 with a team-high six home ...

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Winterset players celebrate their Class 4A state softball championship on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

BACK AT ONE

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Corry Pickering didn’t get to play in the state tournament, but she was still a big part of Winterset’s run to the Class 4A state championship at Rogers Park. The second-ranked Huskies (35-7 overall) fought off an early deficit to claim a 5-2 victory over Ballard (35-6) and claim the ...

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Davenport Assumption celebrates after beating Albia during class 3A Championship on Saturday at Rogers Park

Record night for champion Knights

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With the record already in Nicole Timmon’s possession, the ovation was more important than closing out the final chapter in the early morning hours of Saturday at the Rogers Sports Complex. With a faithful throng of fans still in attendance at 1:18 a.m., Timmons and top-ranked Davenport ...

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Pleasant Valley teammates Hannah Mausser and Rylee Carlson (20) celebrate their team’s Class 5A state title on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

PV seals the deal

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Pleasant Valley wasn’t going to let this year’s title game come down to the final at-bat. A year removed from being on the Class 5A state championship doorstep, the Spartans (35-8 overall) entered Friday’s Class 5A title contest against top-ranked Waukee (40-4) with a whole new ...

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Kee players rush the field to take their 1A state championship trophy on Friday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Kee goes back-to-back

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Elizabeth Hill had the perfect response to the question of what defending a state championship means. Hill’s top-ranked Kee softball team downed No. 6 Clarksville Friday evening while in between rain delays at Rogers Park, 8-1. “It’s just an awesome feeling,” said Hill, who’s ...

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Iowa City Regina celebrates after winning the Class 2A state championship on Friday night at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Last team standing

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Sarah Lehman sat in the dugout and cried as her Iowa City Regina teammates got set to bat in the bottom of the 16th inning at the Rogers Sports Complex on Friday night. Yes, that’s right: the 16th inning. But little did Lehman know that those tears of disappointment would become tears of ...

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Iowa City Regina players celebrate their Class 2A semifinal win on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

REGAL TREATMENT

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Eighth-ranked Iowa City Regina will play for its second state championship in three seasons after upsetting No. 2 Durant here Thursday afternoon at Rogers Park, 2-0. The Regals (29-11 overall) meet Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Diamond 1 at 4:55 p.m. Friday. Last year, Iowa City Regina was ...