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Kayla Morgan scores for Iowa Central against Iowa Western on Monday inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

Iowa Central women fall

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Iowa Central head women’s basketball coach Kelly Kruger was pleased with the way his team prepared for Monday’s return against Iowa Western. Following 40 minutes of action inside Hodges Fieldhouse, though, Kruger walked away disappointed with the performance. The Tritons returned from ...

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Elle Ruffridge scores for Pocahontas Area earlier this season.

KINDRED HOOP SPIRITS

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ROCK VALLEY — Before Elle Ruffridge, there was Deb Remmerde. The now-married Remmerde-Leusink scored 2,756 points in her legendary career at Rock Valley High School, helping the program to three ...

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Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy teaches campers a drill with former Crimson Tide player Jadyn Spencer on Tuesday in the Fort Dodge Senior High gym. Murphy is a national championship coach originally from Waterloo; Spencer is a former Waterloo West all-state standout.

CONTAGIOUS ENERGY

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Patrick Murphy visited Fort Dodge with more than just softball on his mind. The University of Alabama’s decorated head coach had plenty of teaching to do during his all-day clinic at Fort Dodge Senior High on Tuesday. The focus wasn’t just on the specifics of the game itself, ...

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Charlie Doyle of St. Edmond shoots earlier this season in the Gael gym.

SE’s Doyle does it all

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Charlie Doyle will have a book full of accolades to remember when his athletic career at St. Edmond is complete. The Gael senior knows, though, that these past three-plus years have been about much more than just wins and losses. Doyle, a three-sport standout, is currently ...

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Mitchell Emery of Fort Dodge celebrates after breaking a school record in the 50 yard freestyle at the district meet last year.

A HIGHER STANDARD

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Mitchell Emery has his sights set on contending for a state championship in the pool this season. The Fort Dodge swimming standout isn’t shying away from the pressure or the expectations. In fact, no one believes in the Dodger senior captain more than Emery himself. ‘‘I’ve been ...

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Eagle Grove extends invite tradition

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EAGLE GROVE — The wrestling community was left heartbroken when the storied Eagle Grove Invitational had been discontinued earlier this month. Now, thanks in large part to the quick work of EGHS activities director Richard Thacker, the tournament will see at least another ...

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Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge wrestles against Johnston's Elliot Pohlmeyer on Thursday

No. 3 Dodgers top No. 9 Johnston

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An intense CIML Iowa Conference dual between the third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team and No. 9 Johnston ended with neither program concerned over the final score. With the Dragons leading 34-31 and just 106 pounders Jeremy Ayala and Thomas Edwards to go, all the makings for a ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge wrestles against Ankeny's Spencer Anderson earlier in the season.

Top-10 matchup pits Dodgers vs. Dragons

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After weather forced the cancellation of the Don Miller Invitational, the third-ranked (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team is anxious to hit the mats again. The Dodgers (4-0 overall) close out their pre-holiday schedule with a CIML Iowa Conference dual against No. 9 Johnston on Thursday ...

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Jacob Graham of Eagle Grove wrestles against St. Edmond's Katie Julius during Eagle Grove Invitational on Friday

EG goes unbeaten at home invite

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EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove wrestling team took advantage of an opportunity presented to them Thursday night. After officials went to work earlier this week to put together the 79th Eagle Grove Invitational, the Eagles picked up four dual meet victories to earn the team title. Eagle ...

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Trey Mosley of Fort Dodge shoots around Mason City's Hunter Dingman on Tuesday

Dodger boys topple Mohawks

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The Fort Dodge boys hit shots from all over the court in the early stages of their game against Mason City here on Tuesday. In what is becoming the trademark of head coach Tom Daniel’s 2016-17 squad, it was the Dodgers’ effort on the defensive end of the floor that brought the win ...

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Beth Murman of Fort Dodge shoots around Mason City's Jacqueline Rier on Tuesday

Dodger girls fall to champs

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Fort Dodge head girls coach Julius Michalik was hoping to head into the Christmas break on a high note with a win over CIML Iowa Conference rival Mason City here Tuesday night. Instead, Michalik was forced to settle for several positive moments in a 62-54 setback for the Dodgers to the ...

WC hands Gaels first NCC loss

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WEBSTER CITY — The St. Edmond boys suffered their first North Central Conference loss of the season, falling to Webster City 61-49 on Tuesday night. The Lynx (3-2 overall, 2-1 NCC) outscored the Gaels 21-13 in the final quarter to pull away from a tight contest. “Offensively they were ...

Lynx girls get on the board vs. SE

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WEBSTER CITY — A slow start proved too much to overcome for the St. Edmond girls on Tuesday night, as Webster City jumped into the win column for the first time this season. The Lynx (1-6 overall, 1-3 North Central Conference) jumped out to an early 13-2 lead in the first quarter and ...

Dodgers take on Mason City

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An old rival visits the Dodger gym on Tuesday night, as the Fort Dodge boys and girls basketball teams entertain Mason City to conclude the pre-holiday portion of the schedule. Tip is set for 6:15 p.m. with the girls contest. Boys will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m. Fort Dodge (3-2 ...

Gaels head to Webster City

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WEBSTER CITY — After a stretch of weather interruptions, the St. Edmond basketball teams will be on the court more time before the Christmas break at Webster City on Tuesday. The Gaels had their game against Iowa Falls-Alden postponed on Friday, and their twinbill with South Hamilton was ...

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Elle Ruffridge of Pocahotas Area set the Iowa girls high school career three-point record on Friday night.

Triple record for Ruffridge

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SIOUX RAPIDS — Elle Ruffridge and Faith Meyer both eclipsed individual milestones as the top-ranked (Class 3A) Pocahontas Area girls basketball team earned its 35th consecutive victory here on Friday. Not that the Indians’ senior standouts were keeping track. Ruffridge set a new Iowa ...

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Trent Woodhouse of Fort Dodge swims during the 200 medley relay against Johnston on Thursday in the Dodger pool. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

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It may be just December, but Fort Dodge boys swimming coach Joel Greathouse couldn’t hide his excitement about some of the times his team is posting. Swimming against No. 4 Johnston, the Dodgers, ninth in the latest power rankings, posted five times already under last year’s state cutoff ...

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Fort Dodge's Triston Lara reacts after winning a state title last season in Des Moines.

EVOLUTION OF A CHAMPION

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Triston Lara has enjoyed every moment of his decorated four-year varsity wrestling career with the Fort Dodge Dodgers. He’s been a state runner-up, a state champion, and is currently closing in on the program’s all-time record for ...

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Fort Dodge's Kaden Smith, shown here last week against Ankeny, defeated No. 7 Austin Lamm of Urbandale at 170 pounds on Thursday night.

Short-handed FDSH wins

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URBANDALE — Even without the services of four ranked wrestlers, the No. 3 (Class 3A) Fort Dodge wrestling team found a way to win on the road here Thursday night. The Dodgers picked up a 38-27 victory over Urbandale, despite being without top-ranked Brody Teske and Triston Lara, ...

Bennett moves into No. 1 spot

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The latest wrestling rankings from The Predicament have been released, and the first set of dual ratings are also out. Fort Dodge is ranked third in the Class 3A Top-10 behind West Des Moines Valley and Southeast Polk. The other No. 1 ranked teams are New Hampton (2A) and Don Bosco ...