Sports Columns

Seeing is believing

The question originated locally during the summer months, but has since spread like wildfire across the entire state.Just how good is the Fort Dodge football team?The Dodgers are currently ranked fourth in Class 4A with a 4-0 record. Because we aren't talking about a traditional, ...

Zero tolerance

AMES - With all due respect to C.J. Beathard and the revamped Iowa offense, the most valuable players from Saturday's come-from-behind victory over rival Iowa State rarely had the ball in their hands.They spent the entire second half making sure the Cyclones didn't much, either.Hawkeye ...

The importance of commitment, in sports and beyond

Commitment.It's often what separates the great from the good enough. The achievers from the dreamers. And in sports, the champions from everyone else.Commitment is about never settling or being satisfied. Staying the course when outside influences pull in a different direction. Working ...

Family first

This is a sports page. I am well aware of the typical boundaries. We're not here to discuss politics, religion or delve into other topics away from the athletic arena.With that being said, please forgive this momentary tangent.When my family moved to Fort Dodge almost 30 years ago, the first ...

As good as it gets

There is just enough scandal and dysfunction in sports to summon the cynic in all of us.Every once in a while, though, a pure, vulnerable, passionate moment will recapture our innocence and remind us why we love this stuff so much - imperfections and all.Zach Johnson, the aw-shucks golfer from ...

Together again

Opening day of the state softball tournament comes with an added twist this summer.Forty teams from five classes will be in Fort Dodge on a championship mission, which is standard operating procedure. Almost 700 players and 20,000 fans are here for the 45th consecutive year, and before all is ...

Side by side

It has happened before, but just once.For the first - and only - time since 2006, the Fort Dodge and St. Edmond softball teams will be active co-hosts of the state softball tournament next week at Rogers Park.The second-seeded Dodgers and No. 1 seed Gaels are on a short list of frontrunners in ...

Worth the wait

Our family takes a yearly vacation to northern Wisconsin. We hadn't even crossed Fort Dodge's city limits last summer when my 4-year-old daughter asked the question every parent knows is coming.''Are we there yet?''We heard it again at the Boondocks. Mason City. Albert Lea. The Twin Cities. ...

Personal touch

Coaches have something to say about it.So do the powers-that-be at the Iowa High School Athletic Association headquarters in Boone.Of course, journalists throw in their two cents.And fans certainly don't keep quiet on the matter.When it comes to the topic of our state's prep football playoff ...

Forever a Cyclone

For Fred Hoiberg, formally accepting the offer to coach the Chicago Bulls was about business. Nothing more.Hoiberg didn't turn in his Cyclone card on Tuesday. He wasn't quitting as an Iowan. He resigned his position at Iowa State simply to follow a different career path - one he had targeted ...

Saving the best for last

Collectively speaking, Fort Dodge Senior High's Class of 2015 could best be described as an athletic enigma before their final year of high school.There had been injuries. Inconsistency. Struggles. Misfortune.The Dodger seniors began the season at a proverbial crossroads. Yet from there, they ...

Walk a mile in his shoes

The world's most common vice is advice.As smoke bellows from the latest rumors surrounding Fred Hoiberg's possible NBA departure, the natural tendency -- even a habit, if you will -- of most fans is to immediately insert their own personal beliefs into the thought process of the beloved Iowa ...

Unassuming brilliance

Every aspiring athlete, regardless of sport or skill set, should become familiar with Stephen Curry's story.Study it. Emulate it. Know it by heart - because that's what this journey is all about.The NBA's freshly-minted 2015 Most Valuable Player wasn't blessed with natural size, strength, ...

Don’t buy the hype

It's being billed as the fight of the century. Boxing's last hope. A meal ticket for the media. The superlative generator.After years of talking and projecting and predicting and wondering, Floyd Mayweather finally meets Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night in Las Vegas.So we get an elite boxer ...

Reversal of fortune

Iowa State entertained fans and charmed bracketologists down the stretch of the season with five consecutive double-digit comeback victories, including three in a row on its way to another Big 12 championship.With their backs against the wall time and time again, the Cyclones used the energy of ...

View from the top

DES MOINES - A simultaneous sense of pride and relief swept through head coach Dick Jungers and his Newell-Fonda girls basketball program following Friday's Class 1A championship game.Satisfaction? Not entirely.The Mustangs, a poster child for perseverance after years of excruciating heartache ...

It takes a village

DES MOINES - They technically count as individual accomplishments, but the wrestling championships earned by Fort Dodge's Sam Cook and Brody Teske on Saturday night weren't won alone.Far from it.The Dodgers turned back the clock on both their culture and expectations this past week during the ...

It takes a village

DES MOINES - They technically count as individual accomplishments, but the wrestling championships earned by Fort Dodge's Sam Cook and Brody Teske on Saturday night weren't won alone.Far from it.The Dodgers turned back the clock on both their culture and expectations this past week during the ...

King Tut

Seth Tuttle came to Northern Iowa as a modestly recruited, string-bean post player from West Fork High School.Today he is the toast of the Missouri Valley Conference, and even a hot topic of conversation among basketball gurus nation-wide.Tuttle's rise to prominence has paralleled the ascension ...

Courage defined

In good times and bad, no matter how she felt at a particular point in time, Alli Huss fought cancer with the same steadfast creed:''If God brought you to it, He'll bring you through it.''I always admired Alli's determination. It was noticeable on the basketball court, without question. Her ...