Sports Columns

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, ...

All heart

DES MOINES — This is for you, Fort Dodge. The waiting. The hoping. The wondering. The nervous energy. The scoreboard watching. The anxiety. It’s over. All of it. You don’t have to worry anymore. You don’t have to look over your shoulder or down the road. For the first time in 33 ...

Consistency is now the name of the game for FD boys

I’ll let you in on a secret: most coaches struggle to find joy, or even a level of satisfaction, in the time they devote to their sport. Sure, there are moments of happiness and fulfillment when an athlete’s hard work comes to fruition or a team secures a championship at the end of a ...

A game to remember

I’ve been a Vikings’ fan since I was five or six years old and I’m going to be 49 on the day after Super Bowl LII (that's 52 if you are not a Roman Numeral expert). So that's 43 years of being a fan of the Purple, and before Sunday, none of us loyal Viking fans have ever witnessed a ...

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Pop quiz: name the six wrestlers who finished their Iowa high school careers without a loss. I’m sure some of the sport’s die-hard fans know the answer. Brody Teske could probably rattle them off. Alex Thomsen, too. It’s a rare, historic achievement, without question. But that ...

A newborn wish revisited

Nearly 13 years and what amounts to a virtual lifetime of memories and moments ago, I wrote a column as an expectant first-time father. I remember being filled with an abundance of anxious energy at the time, trying to prepare myself both physically and mentally for this unknown world of ...

EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE

It may not sound spectacular or even newsworthy to each other’s fanbases, but impartial observers will note that 2017 now stands as a season of historical significance in our state. For the first time in the 120-plus year history of college football in Iowa, both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones ...

COME TOGETHER

It becomes easy — in fact, almost routine — to take the good for granted in sports. When that good turns into great, and the great becomes elite, and the elite redefines the standard, and that standard is sustained over time, we tend to lose all logic and perspective. Suddenly, the one ...

The legacy of a Triton

Throughout the course of his career and above all else, Kevin Twait preached the value of commitment, loyalty and perseverance to his players. Not just because that's what football coaches do. This wasn't lip service; the future Hall of Famer knew if he held his young men to a different ...

A DAY TO REMEMBER

IOWA CITY — At one point during Iowa’s out-of-body 55-24 dismantling of third-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, my wife turned to me with an incredulous look and said, ‘‘I’ve never seen them do that before.’’ She needed to be more specific. It happened live and in living color ...

Face of the program

Matt Campbell deservedly gets the lion’s share of credit for Iowa State’s extraordinary turnaround. The progression of the Cyclones’ defense — especially since coordinator John Heacock went to a 3-2-6 alignment — has been nothing short of remarkable. Bruising tailback David ...

ISU hopes this is just the beginning

When a 31-point underdog upsets the nation’s third-ranked team on the road — a landmark win boasting both historical significance and series rarity — the natural reaction is to celebrate. Not just in the postgame locker room, but well into the night. Or the next day. Or the rest of the ...

CIML: Changes Impacting Modern Landscape

When the Fort Dodge football team won at West Des Moines Valley in 2010 to clinch the CIML Iowa Conference championship, nearly 2,000 Dodger fans in attendance celebrated an undoubtedly-momentous occasion. It took all of the Dodgers’ heart and soul — and their best teams in 15 years — to ...

Glass half full

IOWA CITY — Crestfallen Hawkeyes spent all night Saturday and most of the day Sunday grumbling ‘‘what if’’ scenarios to themselves over and over again. A walk-off loss to the fourth-ranked team in the nation in what amounted to a picture-perfect home environment will do that to a ...

A HIGHER STANDARD

Slowly but surely, the Fort Dodge football program has established an impressive level of consistency under the direction of head coach Matt Miller. Since the 2009 season kicked off, the Dodgers have an overall record of 44-38. While that may not mistake FDSH for West Des Moines Valley or ...