Sports

Messerly named new Dodger girls coach

Local Sports

Fort Dodge Senior High didn’t have to go far to find its next head girls basketball coach. Scott Messerly, who helped lead St. Edmond to three consecutive North Central Conference championships and 171 wins during a successful 12-year stint with his alma mater, officially became the eighth ...

Marquez takes role as A.D.

Local Sports

Jennifer Marquez (Jorgensen) has been on every side of the athletic spectrum. Now, the Hall of Famer will take the next step into an administrative role. Jorgensen, who is in both the Iowa High School Girls basketball and softball Hall of Fames, is now the athletic director at Ridgeview ...

ON THE BIG STAGE

Local Sports

The Loretta Lynn national championships happened just last week, but the journey began more than a decade ago for four Fort Dodge teenagers. For classmates Deegan Hepp, age 16, and 15-year-old Matthew Surles-Davis, it was their first-ever trip to the event. Fellow classmate Gage Steburg, 15, ...

Running along

Local Sports

TWIN LAKES — A year ago at this time, Madalyn Moline was focusing on her upcoming freshman season with the Manson Northwest Webster volleyball team. Late in the summer, though, Moline decided to give cross country a chance as well, electing to compete in both fall sports for the ...

SE’s Szalat on IHSBCA all-state team

Local Sports

When it came to postseason honors, the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association identified St. Edmond senior Jake Szalat as the best of both worlds. Szalat was named a second team Class 1A all-state pitcher by the organization on Tuesday. The award flanks his recent IHSBCA second team ...

Purple pride

Local Sports

CEDAR FALLS — Mark Farley has created a family-style atmosphere around the University of Northern Iowa football program. Over his 16 seasons as head coach of the Panthers, many players — including those from his own family — have suited up for the school and displayed the same kind of ...

A family trip to pay tribute

Local Sports

The idea probably started six years ago. When Randy Moss was nearing the end of his playing career, I mentioned to my son, Aaron, that when he gets elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we were going to make the trip to Canton, Ohio for induction weekend. So whenever Moss came up in ...

FD softball players make all-CIML team

Local Sports

After fully embracing the challenge of playing in the state’s toughest conference, Fort Dodge continued to enjoy the fruits of its labor on the awards circuit recently by seeing a total of 10 softball players land on the all-CIML Iowa Conference teams. Senior Bre Tjebben and junior Daphne ...

PROPER PERSPECTIVE

Local Sports

It may seem as though the children of Marc and Sheri Carlson were always destined for athletic stardom. He was a 6-foot-6 all-state basketball standout from Fort Dodge who played collegiately at both St. Cloud State and Iowa State University. She was a volleyball record-setter and All-American ...

Seven area players honored

Local Sports

Seven area players were honored by the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association in earning all-state baseball status recently. Jace Davidson, Max Hackbarth and Trevor Bormann were all earned first team status, with Drake Buscherfeld, Kyler Steinborn, Chase Boeve and Dylan Steen landing on the ...

Twait will coach at Grand View

Local Sports

DES MOINES — For Kyle Twait, the opportunity to return home was one he couldn’t pass up. After two years in Valley Glen, Calif. working with Los Angeles Valley College, Twait is back in Iowa as the running backs coach at Grand View University. A former Viking player himself, Twait will ...

Glory Road

Local Sports

HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Ever since Izaih Clark received his first dirt bike when he was two years old, it’s been tough for him to put it down. Growing up in a family that has spent countless hours on two wheels, it was a natural progression for Clark to find his seat on a bike. Now, ...

AFES football program stays true to its initial objective

Local Sports

Entering its fifth season, Fort Dodge’s Athletes For Education and Success tackle football program remains loyal to its original objective: emphasizing fundamentals and encouraging participation in a learning environment. All while having fun along the way. “It’s a good introduction to ...

Clemens to rejoin coaching ranks

Local Sports

COLFAX — With his military career winding down after 31-plus years, Jeff Clemens felt an old itch start to return. Clemens, who coached the St. Edmond girls basketball program from 1998-2003, has been hired as the new girls coach at Colfax-Mingo. “I decided over a year ago that I wanted ...

Tjebben named 1st team all-state

Local Sports

Three players from Fort Dodge and two more from St. Edmond ended their softball seasons by being named all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Bre Tjebben, Daphne Alstott and Jalen Adams of the state-qualifying Dodgers all made Class 5A honor teams, with Jocy Timmerman and Erin ...

Miller, Dodgers honored by CIML

Local Sports

Fort Dodge’s Drake Miller earned first team all-CIML Iowa Conference baseball honors, the league announced recently. Miller’s teammates, Shane Halligan and Drew Callon, were both placed on the second team, with Nate Scherff, Mason Bockoven and Lucas Williamson earning honorable mention ...

All-TLC softball teams released

Local Sports

Southeast Valley and Newell-Fonda each placed three players on the all-Twin Lakes Conference first team after finishing as runners-up to Alta/Aurelia this year. The Warriors earned four first team spots, with Emmetsburg — which also finished in a tie for second — picking up two. Kasey ...

Youth wrestling camp bringing big names back to FD

Local Sports

The band is getting back together next month in Fort Dodge, when five Div. I Dodger wrestlers will return to their old stomping grounds for the “Wolfpack Wrestling Club” end of summer training camp. Brody Teske, Sam Cook, Triston Lara, Drew Bennett and Cayd Lara will be lead counselors for ...

Area players named to all-district baseball team

Local Sports

Four local and 21 more from the area were honored recently by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association as all-district selections recently. Shane Halligan and Drake Miller were both named to the Class 4A North Central second team from Fort Dodge, with St. Edmond’s Jake Szalat and ...