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Gael basketball preview

ST. EDMOND AT HAMPTON-DUMONT THE TIP: Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Hampton with girls, boys will follow at 7:45 p.m. PROBABLES: St. Edmond (0-1 overall, 0-0 in NCC): Abby Landwehr, sr., 0.0; Macey Mason, sr., 7.0; Jacque Oberg, sr., 4.0; Erin Flattery, sr., 10.0; Jocy Timmerman, jr., 6.0. ...

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, ...

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 ...