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St. Edmond baseball coach Joe Shanks is given a plaque by St. Edmond player Sam Dougall before Monday’s regular-season home finale. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Emotional night for SE baseball team

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Joe Shanks wanted Monday night’s focus to center around the game and nothing else. Even with his baseball team’s come-from-behind victory, the story was about so much more than the final score. The Gaels (13-13 overall) pulled out a 5-3 North Central Conference win over Hampton-Dumont ...

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Joe Shanks coaches for the Gael baseball team earlier this season.

Personal touch

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St. Edmond has spent the better part of the last 20 years perfecting the art of winning. The Gaels have been nothing short of an aggregate juggernaut since the turn of the century. Their athletic department has captured five state championships, earned two dozen North Central Conference ...

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st. edmond senior charlie doyle stands with his parents, Tim and Susan Doyle. Doyle was named the 2017 Terry Griffey Award winner, given annually to the top male athlete at St. Edmond.

TRUE COMPETITOR

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Regardless of the sport, Charlie Doyle enjoyed himself to the fullest while competing at the highest level possible. Doyle, a three-sport standout for St. Edmond, was recently honored as the Terry Griffey Award winner, handed out yearly to the top male athlete. Over the years, Doyle watched ...

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Erin Flattery of St. Edmond picks up a ground ball against North Union last Thursday at Rogers Park.

Gaels begin second season

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Nick Clark gets his first official taste of postseason softball Monday night, leading St. Edmond into a Class 1A regional contest against Coon Rapids-Bayard. Action is set for 7 p.m. at Rogers Park. The winner between the Gaels (9-17 overall) and Crusaders (12-13) gets No. 5 Newell-Fonda ...

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st. edmond senior megan flattery stands with her parents, Debbie and Dave Flattery. Flattery was named the 2017 Carol Donnelly Award winner, given annually to the top female athlete at St. Edmond.

COMPLETE TALENT

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When St. Edmond decided to create the Carol Donnelly Award to honor the school’s top senior student-athlete, the idea of someone like Megan Flattery is likely what they had in mind. Flattery was recently named as the latest Donnelly recipient, adding to her myriad accomplishments over the ...

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Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge connects for a hit against Ames on Friday

RAINY GOODBYE

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Mother Nature put a damper on Fort Dodge’s plans here Friday night at Rogers Park. With a fast moving storm hammering down rain on the field, a doubleheader planned with Ames was called off after two-plus innings. The Dodgers were leading the Little Cyclones in the opener, 2-0. It was ...

Gaels lose at Clear Lake

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CLEAR LAKE — The St. Edmond softball team lost a 10-5 decision to Clear Lake on Friday night. The Gaels (9-17 overall) dropped their fourt straight decision. Senior Megan Flattery went 3-for-4 with a double. Erin Flattery had two hits, including a double. Audrey Kolacia, Macey Mason, ...

Fort Dodge drops a pair

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URBANDALE — The Fort Dodge baseball team dropped a doubleheader with Urbandale here Friday night. Scores were 9-0 and 11-3. The games were originally scheduled for Ed McNeil Field, but after no umpires could be found, they were moved. For the Dodgers (10-22 overall), Tyrnan Lara ...

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Megan Flattery of St. Edmond catches a fly ball against North Union on Thursday during Senior Night at Rogers Park

POWER SURGE

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The second-ranked (Class 2A) North Union softball team gave St. Edmond an early look at what they might be facing next week here Thursday night, scoring an 8-0 victory at Rogers Park. Behind three home runs from three different batters, the Warriors won for the fourth straight time, improving ...

Dodgers roll past Waterloo West

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WATERLOO — The Fort Dodge baseball team snapped a three-game losing skid here Thursday night, dodging the rain to down Waterloo West, 9-3. Drew Callon pitched a complete-game, striking out six and allowing just eight hits and two walks. He was also 3-for-4 at the plate for the Dodgers ...

Garrigan edges Gaels

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ALGONA — The St. Edmond baseball team dropped 4-3 contest to Bishop Garrigan on Thursday. The Golden Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and then the Gaels cut it to 2-1. Bishop Garrigan held on after scoring two in the fourth and giving up two in the top of the ...

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Kaden Pederson fields the ball for Fort Dodge against Carlisle on Tuesday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

No. 9 Carlisle pulls away from Dodgers

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With only a handful of games left to prepare for the postseason journey, the Fort Dodge softball team finds themselves still searching for answers. The Dodgers dropped a 10-3 decision here Tuesday night at Rogers Park to ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Carlisle, falling to 17-17 on the season and 3-6 ...

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Avery Terwilliger of Humboldt makes a throw to first base earlier this season.

Humboldt repeats in NCC

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ALGONA — The fourth-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt softball team clinched their second consecutive North Central Conference title here Wednesday night, besting Algona, 8-3. The Wildcats (26-4 overall) scored three in the second after the No. 10 (3A) Bulldogs got on the board with three runs in ...

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Bryce Bradley of Algona makes a throw to first against St. Edmond on Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, visit CU.messengernews.net

Algona handles St. Edmond

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Coming off a productive week in North Central Conference action, St. Edmond head baseball coach Joe Shanks was hoping to see continued progress. Instead, the Gaels took a step back here Monday night, falling to Algona at Rogers Park, 9-4. Nick Stein had 11 strikeouts and allowed just two ...

Bulldogs top Gaels in softball

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The St. Edmond softball team gave No. 10 (Class 3A) Algona an opening here Monday night at Rogers Park, and the Bulldogs took advantage. Algona plated seven runs in the fifth on six hits, turning a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead, as they went on to post a 9-4 victory over the Gaels. Samantha ...

FDSH bounces back to split at Mason City

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MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge softball team rebounded in a big way after a disappointing opener here on Monday against Mason City. After losing game one to the Mohawks, 5-3, the Dodgers bounced back to rout Mason City in the nightcap, 18-2. Senior Mack Provin went 5-for-5 with three runs ...

Mohawks sweep Dodgers

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MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge baseball team dropped a doubleheader to rival Mason City here Monday night. Scores were 5-4 and 13-2 in six innings. The Dodgers (9-19 overall) had a chance to tie it in the sixth after Drake Miller hit a home run, but the Mohawks (14-14) were able to turn a ...

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Joe Urbanek of Tripoli watches his putt on the 18th hole at the Fort Dodge Country Club on Sunday during the final round of the Fort Dodge Amateur.

CHAMPS EMERGE

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Joe Urbanek hasn’t been on the course for competitive purposes much this season, but that isn’t stopping him from making some serious waves on the Iowa amateur golf scene. Urbanek made it 2-for-2 in 2017 events with a resounding seven-stroke victory at the 69th annual Fort Dodge Amateur on ...

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Brody Teske of Fort Dodge and Pocahontas Area’s Elle Ruffridge stand together at the All-Iowa Sports Awards banquet on Saturday in Des Moines.

KINDRED SPIRITS

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DES MOINES — What started with a simple congratulatory message on social media quickly led to a sincere friendship between two of the most accomplished athletes in area history. Brody Teske and Elle Ruffridge crossed paths only briefly at first, and their careers may appear to have very ...

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Steve Smith of Johnston (above) follows through on a tee shot at the Fort Dodge Country Club in the second round of the Fort Dodge Amateur on Saturday.

Tight race at the top

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Temperatures more typical of September than June may have been a welcome reprieve for some at the Fort Dodge Amateur men’s golf tournament, but the wind that accompanied it for the second consecutive day kept scores high and the leaderboard tight. Joe Urbanek of Tripoli carded an even-par 71 ...