Sports Columns

A summer home in FD

Patterson Field and the newly-formed Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners need our help. The iconic venue tucked into the southeast corner of town will be home base this summer for the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League team, which is entering its inaugural summer on the diamond. It’s an exciting ...

Column: Ruffridge, Missouri State are “Little Giants”

AMES — Almost every single time she steps on the basketball court, Elle Ruffridge is taking on competition that towers over her 5-foot-3 frame. And time after time, Ruffridge finds a way to come out on top. That’s why Monday night’s NCAA Women’s Tournament second round game between ...

Role player equals role model

Nick Collison has always been that guy. The one who doesn’t need acknowledgement or rewards to tout his hard work. In his 15-year career with Oklahoma City, Collison averaged a pedestrian six points and five rebounds. So why, you ask, was he the first player in Thunder history to have ...

Admire the athlete, but aspire to be the person

Mammas, let your babies grow up to be like Megan, Bridget or Becca. Now that the Big Ten, Big 12 and Missouri Valley Conference basketball players of the year — Megan Gustafson, Bridget Carleton and Becca Hittner — all officially hail from programs in our own backyard, it’s time to crown ...

Renewing our vows

I had a very eye-opening conversation with a local teenage athlete about our industry recently. What started as a casual discussion about sports articles turned into an enlightening experience for — hopefully — both of us. And for the well being of our profession, I want to share the ...

A teachable moment

Five days ago, I started to write a column about Gary Dolphin, Gary Barta, King Kong references in sports, the University of Iowa’s often tone-deaf athletic department, public discourse, the struggle to find a happy medium when it comes to sensitivity in today’s society, and the importance ...

What is the secret to Dodger success?

It almost seems as though winning championships has become second nature to athletes in the Fort Dodge Community School District. Another whirlwind run through the state wrestling and bowling competitions netted the Fort Dodge Senior High athletic department four more titles recently. Dodger ...

Time has come for Iowa to give girls wrestling serious consideration

Fort Dodge head coach Bobby Thompson doesn’t mince words when discussing the future of high school girls wrestling in our state. “It’s going to happen,” Thompson said. “Hopefully soon. It’s long overdue.” When Thompson’s defending state champion Dodgers hosted the annual Don ...

Hawks, Cyclones playing with an early swagger

Drawing any conclusions from November basketball is almost always an exercise in futility. Early-season success often wanes and ultimately winds up being fool’s gold by March. Teams are simply too unpredictable from game to game; the execution is lacking, the defense is ragged, the flow is ...

AGAINST ALL ODDS

With the clock quietly ticking past 2 a.m. in the middle of a town virtually asleep, I slowly drove past Dodger Stadium and toward home as I always do after a football Friday road trip. For me, what started as a simple routine is now a tradition. Regardless of what transpired hours before — ...

For both Iowa and Iowa State, this is just the beginning

Contrary to the narrative pitched by many — typically fans of the winning team in a given year — the Iowa-Iowa State football outcome doesn’t represent a zero-sum game. Sure, there are bragging rights. It’s either a “Hawkeye State” or a “Cyclone State,” depending on the ...

Passing the torch

Comparing Drake Miller to Randy Reiners seems only natural these days, given the Dodger senior has been busy rewriting the record books as the most statistically accomplished quarterback in Fort Dodge Senior High football history. That’s no small feat. Reiners is still, to this day, Dodger ...

THEIR FIELD OF DREAMS

There is a poignant — and what I would consider the defining — exchange in the iconic movie “Field of Dreams” where the story’s protagonist, Ray Kinsella, gets asked by his resurrected father, John, if Iowa is heaven. Ray famously answers for the second time in the film, “it’s ...

Keeping kind in mind

A number of special storylines dominated the 2018 state softball tournament last week. It was the year of perfect weather. Upstart and unranked Des Moines Hoover captured the Class 4A state championship in its first trip to Fort Dodge since 1982. Dominant Davenport Assumption repeated as the ...

Our first pitch

On behalf of our entire staff and the city of Fort Dodge, I’d like to extend an early welcome and belated congratulations to the players, families and fans from communities all across Iowa. For the 49th consecutive year, the state softball tournament at Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex ...

Four decades of reporting — and storytelling

For the better part of the last month, I’ve been digging deep into the archives around the office to deliver over two weeks of preparatory content leading up to this weekend’s Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament. It’s been a fulfilling experience: partly because ...

A different way to win

In Andrew Huseman's mind, the final round of the 2018 Fort Dodge Amateur was initially about completing a long and often arduous journey to the top of the leaderboard as a tribute to his iconic grandfather. Huseman didn't bring home the trophy the way he had planned, despite playing well ...

Saving grace in sports has to come from within

Nothing unifies quite like sports. It brings people from different walks of life together to create a culture of teamwork and cohesion. Personal beliefs and disagreements are typically an afterthrought in the athletic arena. As societal issues continue to divide us, our local teams have always ...

Leaving a lasting legacy

March Madness for years to come will be remembered by the incredible upset provided by UMBC on Friday night in Charlotte. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County became the first-ever No. 16 seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament to take down a No. 1 when they stunned Virginia. Head ...

Dodger wrestling about much more than titles

The scene was fitting for a program rooted in bare-bones grit: arguably the greatest group of wrestlers ever assembled in Fort Dodge Senior High’s long and storied history, gathered together for one last public appearance — in the back of a large garage area on Iowa Central’s east campus, ...