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Mustangs drop opener at home

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NEWELL - It was a tough start to the season for Newell-Fonda, as they fell 49-26 to Coon Rapids-Bayard on Friday night.The Mustangs (0-1 overall), who have made the state semifinals the past three seasons, saw Reed Kruse rush for 106 yards on 19 carries. Kruse scored on runs of two and 26 ...

Fort Dodge meets old rival Cedar Falls

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Mentally speaking, the Fort Dodge football team is ready for their season-opening game against Cedar Falls.The next step for head coach Matt Miller is to find out if his inexperienced Dodgers are physically up to the challenge here Friday.The 2016 campaign officially arrives this evening inside ...

St. Edmond goes north to face Newman

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MASON CITY - The St. Edmond football team opens the season in a familiar place Friday at Mason City Newman.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.Last year, the Gaels (0-0 overall) picked up a 15-7 victory during Week 2 action. They have won the last four in the series with the Knights (0-0), including a ...

Area grid season ready for kickoff

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Friday marks the official start of the prep football season for nearly every team across the state.A handful opened the year with Week 0 games, but tonight marks the first official full schedule for 2016.A handful of area vs. area matchups are on the docket, including in Webster City, when the ...

Gaels targeting a breakthrough campaign

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When the St. Edmond volleyball team takes the court this season, head coach Dee Huss knows the Gaels will be putting in a maximum effort to continually get better.The Gaels return only five letterwinners from a group that won just six matches last fall. Even so, Huss believes this group is ...

SE girls win SE Valley title

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GOWRIE - It didn't take long for St. Edmond cross country standout Abby Landwehr to pick up where she left off.The Gael sophomore, who finished 11th at the state meet last season, helped St. Edmond to the Southeast Valley Invitational crown in the first meet of the season here Thursday.Landwehr ...

It’s good to be back

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In high school, Hannah Myers was a standout athlete for Webster City in several sports.Now that Myers can concentrate on just volleyball, she's taken her game to a whole new level.The Iowa Central freshman recorded four kills and five blocks in helping the Tritons open the season with a sweep ...

Triton squads have high hopes on the pitch

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The Iowa Central women's soccer team will enter this season with a target on their back.Last fall, the Tritons won the school's first-ever NJCAA national title, completing a dream year.Now under the direction of new head coach Jared Beauchamp, Iowa Central will look to remain atop the standings ...

Pep rally at Dodger Stadium tonight

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Fort Dodge Senior High will host the Dodger Fall Pep Rally inside Dodger Stadium on Thursday.Fall student-athletes will be introduced at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Dodger marching band, cheerleaders and dance teams will perform.Admission is a sports drink.A $5 meal will be available ...

Strong at the top, Gaels working on depth

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Mike Szalat isn't about to rest on his laurels when it comes to the St. Edmond cross country program.That's why Szalat enters this season working just as hard as ever before.Last year, the Gael girls placed fifth overall in the Class 1A state meet at Lakeside Golf Course, while the boys ...

Tritons sweep on the pitch

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The Iowa Central men's and women's soccer teams welcomed Northeast to ICCAC play at Rogers Sports Complex here Tuesday.Both matches belonged to the Tritons, as the men picked up a 6-0 victory and the women scored a 1-0 triumph. The Hawks, based out of Nebraska, officially joined the ICCAC in ...

Experienced group returns for Tritons

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Consistency is something Iowa Central head volleyball coach Sara Horn hopes to have this fall.Horn returns to lead the Tritons after putting together a 22-14 season last year that included a second place finish in the ICCAC and a perfect 12-0 record at home.The former University of Nebraska ...

Dodgers looking for continual improvement

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Mike Mericle knows his Fort Dodge boys golf program will be a work in progress this fall.Despite graduating just one senior - Devin Summers - from last season's lineup, the Dodgers feature a varsity roster that is still largely untested."We're in the middle of a rebuilding stage," said Mericle, ...

Football Preview publishes Aug. 28

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The Messenger's 59th annual football preview edition will be released into circulation next Sunday, Aug. 28.Our staff writers and photographers have been working diligently to again provide the area with unparalleled coverage from the gridiron.Full stories and photos from local camps will be ...

A buzz in the garden

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Driven by a variety of factors - including the loss of habitat and species diversity, exposure to chemicals and various other factors such as fungi - recent years have seen a decline in a number of important insect species such as bees and monarch butterflies.Bees in particular, are a species ...

Dodgers hope to continue their ascension

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Several new players will have a chance to make an impact this season for the Fort Dodge volleyball team.After going 17-21 overall last fall, the Dodgers must replace a group of five seniors."We're pretty much starting with a whole new team this year," said FDSH head coach Tonia Burrell, who is ...

SIMPLY THE BEST

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RIO DE JANEIRO - Usain Bolt kneeled down and gave the track one final kiss, then flattened his hand, reached down and slapped the white number "3'' painted at the starting line.Three Olympics, three races at each, three gold medals every time.He could have just as easily slapped the number "1." ...

Kruger named IC women’s coach

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Kelly Kruger has been tabbed as the new Iowa Central head women's basketball coach.Jordon O'Brien left the Tritons for an assistant role with Missouri Southern State University to be closer to her family following the 2015-16 season, which saw Iowa Central finish 16-8 and tied for third in the ...

Louk is new FDSH girls golf coach

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David Louk will be teeing off for the first time as a varsity girls golf coach this spring.That doesn't mean Louk is a newcomer to the game, or to coaching in general.Louk recently became Fort Dodge Senior High's new leader on the links - both a position and a responsibility he feels like he's ...

FD, SE scrimmages both set for Friday

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Fort Dodge and St. Edmond will both hold their annual fall sports drink scrimmages on Friday.The Fort Dodge Athletic Booster Club will host its sports drink scrimmage fundraiser at Dodger Stadium.A $5 meal will be served beginning at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the event are used by the Athletic ...