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Mike Szalat wants to make one thing perfectly clear.Szalat, the veteran leader of the St. Edmond cross country program, is filled with joy that the Gael girls are back competing at the state meet.Even if he sometimes forgets to show it.St. Edmond will act as a host Saturday for the third ...

Wagner set for final FD race

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Ryan Wagner will get a final chance to compete at home after all.Earlier this year, weather forced the cancellation of the Fort Dodge Invitational.Wagner, a senior at FDSH, earned his way to one final run at the home of the state cross country meet, scoring an 11th place finish in a Class 4A ...

Teams set to kick off postseason

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Five Messenger-area teams will begin their push toward a state championship tonight in first round action of the state playoffs.District champions Webster City (8-1) and Bishop Garrigan (9-0) will stay at home for the first round.Runner ups South Central Calhoun (7-2) and Newell-Fonda (7-2) ...

ONE FINAL STATEMENT

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At some point during Ryan Wagner's final cross country race this weekend, he'll need to dig deep both physically and mentally for that one last push.The Fort Dodge senior knows his inspiration will only be a quick glance away.''It's great having the state meet here, because you recognize so ...

Dodgers fall to No. 1 Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS - The Fort Dodge volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw in the form of top-ranked Cedar Falls in their postseason opener on Tuesday night.The Dodgers (15-23 overall) fell 25-4, 25-14 and 25-16."We came out flat,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Tonia Burrell. "They really got to us (early ...

Wildcats advance in 3A

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HUMBOLDT - The Humboldt volleyball team is one win away from the state tournament.The Wildcats (33-1 overall) defeated Roland-Story in three games on Tuesday in Humboldt.Humboldt won 25-10, 25-16, 25-17.The Wildcats will face North Polk in a regional final on Monday in Story City.Abby Zaugg and ...

Webster City moves on in 4A

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WEBSTER CITY -The Webster City volleyball team is one step away from the state tournament.The Lynx (16-14 overall) went to five games to knock off Boone.Webster City lost Game 1 25-22 and Game 4 25-23. Webster City won Game 2 34-32 and Game 3 25-19. They closed out the match with a 15-9 ...

A SECOND WIND

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There are many things Dee Huss loves about her St. Edmond volleyball team.The most important one, though, has nothing to do with their physical ability.Huss saw her Gaels advance to a Class 1A, Region 5 semifinal with a convincing 3-0 victory in their own gym here Monday night over ...

Dodgers face No. 1 Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS - The task in front of the Fort Dodge volleyball team is a tough one.The Dodgers open Class 5A regional play in a semifinal here this evening against No. 1 Cedar Falls. Match time is set for 7 p.m.Fort Dodge (15-22 overall) closed the year strong, winning the Woodward-Granger ...

A pennant for the people

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Baseball fans wait. Patience just comes with the territory. The sport is played at a methodical - some would say almost hypnotic - pace. No clocks. No time limit. No instant gratification for a society seeking just that in ...

Eastwood rolls perfect game

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Chad Eastwood's first-ever perfect game highlighted the city bowling results last week.Eastwood's 300 came in a 715 series. Jack Hook (761) had the high men's handicap league series total.Brandon Strait (743)?paced the Fort Dodge Ford Classic League, while Linda Henderson (650) and Bayleigh ...

Iowa Central goes 3-1

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Iowa Central volleyball head coach Sara Horn likes hosting the annual Triton Invitational, but after two long days of play, she was glad to see it come to an end.Iowa Central (25-14 overall) went 3-1 in the tournament, playing five games in three of the four matches."On Friday, we had girls ...

Tritons tumble at Coffeyville

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COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - The Iowa Central football team couldn't break into the win column here on Saturday, as they dropped a 47-6 decision to Coffeyville.The Tritons (0-7 overall) scored one touchdown on a Paul Campbell 12-yard run."Our offense was anemic as ever,'' said Iowa Central head coach ...

PERFECTION

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By DANA BECKERsports@messengernews.netFourth-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan put on a complete performance here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium, capping a unbeaten regular season with a 40-6 victory over St. Edmond.The Golden Bears (9-0 overall, 7-0 in District 2) will now host a first ...

Dodgers fall in finale

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By ERIC PRATTsports@messengernews.netPLEASANT HILL - Matt Miller wanted his Fort Dodge football team to make the most of their final game against Southeast Polk here on Friday.Though the request was easier said than done given the circumstances, the Dodgers still showed the effort their head ...

Tritons hit the road

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COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - Kevin Twait is hoping that a week off has helped his ballclub regain their focus as they head to Coffeyville today.The Tritons (0-7 overall) are coming off a 51-7 loss at home to Fort Scott.Coffeyville (4-3) earned a 41-31 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.Kickoff ...

Lynx repeat as champions

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WEBSTER CITY - Seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City earned a district championship with a 21-14 victory over ninth-ranked Boone on Friday.This is the second consecutive district title for the Lynx (8-1 overall, 6-1 district) and Toreadors (7-2, 6-1).The top-ranked squads went toe-to-toe the ...

Lynx repeat as champions

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WEBSTER CITY - Seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City earned a district championship with a 21-14 victory over ninth-ranked Boone on Friday.This is the second consecutive district title for the Lynx (8-1 overall, 6-1 district) and Toreadors (7-2, 6-1).The top-ranked squads went toe-to-toe the ...

TITANS EARN PLAYOFF SPOT

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SAC CITY - South Central Calhoun earned a playoff spot, finishing the season with one district loss.The Titans (7-2 overall, 6-1 district) defeated East Sac County (3-6, 3-4) 49-6 on Friday night and finished second in the district to fourth-ranked Carroll Kuemper.Kody Case and Jonathan Frantz ...

Jaguars suffer 31-20 setback

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GOWRIE - Southeast Valley suffered its second district loss of the season, falling to No. 4 Carroll Kuemper, 31-20 on Friday night.The Jaguars (6-3 overall, 5-2 district) were out-gained 362-347 by the Knights (8-1, 7-0).Aaron Swieter led the Jaguars on the ground, with 12 carries for 114 yards ...