Sports Columns

Royals’ pain

Kansas City fans would like nothing more than to cast Madison Bumgarner as the villain after the Royals' excruciating Game 7 World Series loss to San Francisco.The left-handed pitcher tortured the American League champions in unprecedented fashion, dominating Kansas City with three different ...

A Royal family

It surfaced in Alex Gordon's total disregard for his own safety.Or when ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain laid down an impromptu sacrifice bunt - the first of his career.We saw it as Mike Moustakas literally tossed his body into the dugout to make a catch at all costs.Or in the way James Shields celebrated ...

The road less traveled

I used to assume Fort Dodge's streets were the worst in Iowa. Had to be. Potholes everywhere. Uneven and abused surfaces. Roads in desperate need of attention after obviously being neglected for years.After doing a significant amount of traveling and visiting other communities, I began to see ...

Instant classic

Every die-hard baseball fan has their ''moment.''It's the point in time when the bug bites. You go from being a casual observer to a true believer. The game becomes riveting. Mesmerizing even.Patience is necessary. There is no instant gratification in baseball. The pace is admittedly and often ...

Farewell to the people’s captain

Derek Jeter is overrated.He's an overrated hitter. His career numbers, by and large, barely stack up to other players at his position, let alone the future Hall of Fame company he will soon be keeping. Granted, he has well over 3,000 hits - but that took him a really, really long time to ...

The silent majority

The NFL needs an image reboot now more than ever.The stories of Charles Tillman and Devon Still are a good place to start.As the league seemingly sinks deeper into a quagmire of corruption and depravity, players like Tillman and Still remind us of the good that remains among its legion of ...

Ball bounces Cyclones’ way at best possible time

IOWA CITY - In desperate need of some good fortune, Iowa State finally caught a long-awaited break here Saturday - with a little help from the sidelines of its arch rival.Cyclone Nation let out a collective groan as Cole Netten's 42-yard field goal attempt sailed inches wide of the goalpost to ...

The moments when character truly counts

Sometimes a loss can be inspiring to witness.Sounds crazy, I know, but bear with me.This time of year brings ultimate levels of success and failure to the forefront at a rapid-fire pace. From following our local and area teams as they try to fulfill their postseason dreams to covering the state ...

Better with age

The familiar feel of state tournament softball returns to Fort Dodge this week, with nearly 700 players and an expected 17,000 fans calling Rogers Sports Complex home for the next five days.For 44 years, we have hosted Iowa's girls of summer. The partnership will continue through at least 2020 ...

Paying respects

With that vintage gleam in his eye and a quivering voice overcome by emotion, Dutch Huseman thanked the Fort Dodge Senior High family from the bottom of his heart at the inaugural Dodger induction banquet last week.At that moment, the school's Hall of Fame officially - and finally - came to ...

Vote of confidence

In a day and age often short on commitment, there is something very reassuring about the state softball tournament staying in Fort Dodge through the partnership's golden anniversary.The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union recently signed an extension to keep the event in our city through at ...

Mr. Reliable

It's easy - and trendy - to be cynical about the NBA these days.There are plenty of reasons to pile on the criticism, especially in the wake of the Donald Sterling fiasco. Billionaire owners and millionaire players continue to put themselves in precarious positions, whether it be with actions ...

Parable of a princess

The disease is far from unique, and the courageous stories of struggle and perseverance have been told before.That didn't stop Lacey Holsworth from reaching our hearts in a special way during her own battle with an enemy we know all too well.The 8-year-old cancer patient, who befriended ...

More March magic?

We all know by now that the Big Dance can be - and typically is - a full-court free-for-all.There are no guarantees anymore. Not even in round one. Parity, for better or worse, is here to stay. While college basketball has turned into a watered down product of sorts in recent years, the balance ...

Lasting impression

If there's anything I've learned in 20 years of covering high school athletics, it's the value of patience, persistence and perspective in sports.Almost always in that order.I've accepted the ''three P'' philosophy slowly - and at times begrudgingly - but steadily, both as a fan and an ...

Quiet contenders

The St. Edmond girls basketball program has carved quite a niche for itself in the North Central Conference.The fifth-ranked Gaels are more than ready to take their act to a bigger stage this time around.If it's possible to be simultaneously unassuming and elite, head coach Scott Messerly's ...

Desert uprising

Before Fred Hoiberg became ''The Mayor,'' a different sharp-shooting guard was leading the Iowa State men's basketball team to prominence.These days, Hoiberg is flourishing as the Cyclones' head coach. He's also piquing the interest of NBA franchises with each passing victory. Analysts agree ...

Still grinding that axe

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.Plan B? These days, a good Internet rant and tell-all book threat seems to do the trick.Former Iowa Hawkeye wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned to the headlines with a vengeance earlier this week after a seemingly spontaneous yet ...

Momentous occasion

Not so long ago, this game, this week and the season in general couldn't get over fast enough for Iowa and Iowa State hoop fans.As recently as 2009-10, the Hawkeyes posted a paltry overall record of 10-22. The Cyclones weren't faring much better, going 15-17 during that long, cold winter. No ...

New heights

CEDAR FALLS - I've always found the end of a state tournament journey to be the best time for reflection and appreciation.I am disappointed for kids who are disappointed in themselves. They accomplish so much, yet parting memories are often tainted by the bitter taste of defeat.It's a natural ...