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Titans sweep Gaels to advance

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LAKE CITY — The South Central Calhoun volleyball team is headed for the Class 2A regional quarterfinals after sweeping St. Edmond here Monday night. Scores were 25-15, 25-23, 25-15. The Titans will now meet No. 14 Cherokee in Cherokee on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner moves into the Region ...

Panthers upset No. 3 SDSU

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CEDAR FALLS — Cal Twait and the Northern Iowa football team didn’t picture themselves as underdogs heading into Saturday’s game against third-ranked South Dakota State. Twait, a Manson Northwest Webster graduate, and his fellow offensive linemen were discussing a plan to stop the ...

Glorious run

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Trevor Lloyd will be one of over 10,000 Americans to help bring the United States flag across the country through the Old Glory Relay event. Lloyd, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High who now lives in Louisiana as a professional golf instructor, joined his local chapter of Team RWB and took ...

Dodgers cap playoff berth with big win

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MARSHALLTOWN — No. 10 Fort Dodge took the guesswork out of its playoff fate by routing Marshalltown here Friday in the regular-season finale, 46-6. The Dodgers (7-2 overall) didn't quietly sneak in the back door of the 16-team Class 4A postseason field. Head coach Matt Miller's squad left ...

Tritons become bowl eligible

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Spencer Cuvelier understood the importance of Saturday’s ICCAC contest between Iowa Central and Ellsworth. With the chance to gain bowl eligibility on the line, Cuvelier and the Triton defense pitched a shutout, securing a 28-0 victory on a windy afternoon inside Dodger Stadium. Iowa ...

KASE CLOSED

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In the biggest moment of his young St. Edmond athletic career, Drew Schaeffer delivered. Schaeffer, stepping in on fourth-down in overtime for injured starting quarterback Elijah Litwiller here Friday night vs. Manson Northwest Webster, hit Kase Baker in the end zone for the game-winning ...

Ayala pulls off upset

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AMES — The high school wrestling season begins here in a few short weeks, but Drake Ayala appears to already be in midseason form. The Fort Dodge Senior High sophomore picked up a 9-5 victory over Braxton Brown of Texas Saturday in the opening bout at the Agony in Ames on Saturday. Brown ...

Jaguars capture 2A-2 title

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GOWRIE — Southeast Valley is headed back to the state playoffs. The seventh-ranked Jaguars (7-2 overall, 5-0 Class 2A, District 2) held off No. 3 Algona (8-1, 4-1) 42-41 to claim the district championship, their first since 2015. This will be Southeast Valley’s fourth playoff appearance ...

No. 4 Titans earn top seed

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South Central Calhoun wrapped up a perfect season and another district championship on Friday night to earn its sixth straight playoff appearance. The Titans (9-0 overall, 5-0 Class 1A, District) beat Pocahontas Area (4-5, 3-2) 42-2 to win their third district championship since 2014, and ...

Iowa Central hosts Ellsworth

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Jesse Montalto is doing everything he can to keep this week as normal as possible for his Iowa Central football team. Montalto will welcome his former school, Ellsworth, to Dodger Stadium in a key ICCAC clash Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. Prior to replacing Kevin Twait on the ...

Area prep football roundup

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Garrigan finishes perfect GRAETTINGER — For the 36th consecutive time in the regular season, the third-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team scored a victory. The Golden Bears finished off a fourth straight 9-0 year with a 35-6 victory over Graettinger-Terril/R-A here Friday ...

HIGH FIVE: Gaels back to state

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HAWARDEN — For a fifth consecutive time, the St. Edmond girls will compete as a team at state cross country. Abby Landwehr finished fifth and Aubrey Bemrich was eighth to lead the Gaels to a runner-up showing here Thursday behind Logan-Magnolia. Ridge View advanced as the third-place team ...

TITLE CHASE

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GOWRIE —Two of the most prolific offenses in Class 2A will meet in a winner-take-all scenario here on Friday. Third-ranked Algona (8-0 overall, 4-0 2A-2) will travel to seventh-ranked Southeast Valley (6-2, 4-0) with the district title on the line. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “Our ...

Fort Dodge looks to wrap up playoff berth

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MARSHALLTOWN — At this point in the year, football teams are either still looking forward or getting ready to move on. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has earned the right to start planning for the postseason. Seeding and locations are being discussed for next Friday, as the program will almost ...

Gaels host rival Manson NW

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The St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster football teams have built quite the rivalry over the years. Both will end their seasons here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium against each another, with hopes of using the contest as a launching point to next year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Jeff ...

District crowns on the line

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Six Messenger-area teams control their own destiny on Friday night. Third-ranked South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) will clinch the Class 1A, District 2 championship if they beat Pocahontas Area (4-4, 3-1). If the Indians upset the Titans, there would be a three-way tie at the top with South ...

Four CIML titles for Dodger girls

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PLEASANT HILL — Fort Dodge junior Madigan Peimann captured a pair of CIML Iowa Conference championships on Thursday, helping the Dodgers to a third-place team finish. Peimann took both the 100 and 200 freestyle races in 55.82 and 2:00.79. respectively. Classmate Luanne Xiao was also an ...

Dodgers compete at Marshalltown

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MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge cross country teams competed for the final time this year here Thursday at a Class 4A state-qualifying meet. The Dodger boys and girls both placed ninth overall. Waukee won the boys title, with Iowa City West and Ames advancing with them to state next week at ...

Area cross country roundup

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Humboldt, Algona’s Engen qualify SPENCER — The Humboldt boys are headed back to state, as Quinton Orr and Joseph Kunert finished in the Top-10 here Thursday at a Class 3A qualifier. Orr was the meet winner, clocking a time of 16:28 to best Algona’s Trey Engen. Kunert was eighth in ...

A football family

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GOWRIE — Mark Graves has been coaching football for 24 years, so when fall rolls around, spending quality time around his family has always been a hit-and-miss proposition. Graves and his wife, Amber, have five children: four boys and a girl. All four boys inherited their father’s passion ...