Sports Columns

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 ...

At long last

It took Dick Tighe 60 seasons and 576 games to get here.The St. Edmond football program's wait was nearly as long: 59 years, 531 trips to the field.Fittingly and finally, Tighe and the Gaels will now cross the championship round's threshold together.St. Edmond defeated Van Meter, 35-14, in a ...

Hawks, Cyclones fail to assuage

AMES - The answers never really came and plenty of doubt remained after Iowa's tidy-turned-tenuous 27-21 victory over Iowa State here Saturday night.If fans of either program were looking for calming reassurances or even signs of true hope, Jack Trice Stadium wasn't exactly the place to be.Lost ...

Something’s gotta give

Conventional wisdom has pegged Saturday's ''Big Game'' to be anything but big and not much of a game.After last year's result and this season's start, Iowa and Iowa State critics alike are expecting a snoozer, a clunker, a pillow fight - a meaningless matchup of also-rans. Their disheartened ...

Comfort zone

The state softball tournament arrived on Fort Dodge's doorstep 43 years ago as a one-class, eight-team event.Now well into its fifth decade of service, Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex will host five classes and 40 programs this week as the caravan comes to town beginning Monday.At some ...

Picture perfect

Babe Ruth at Twin Lakes. The White Sox and Cubs christening the Dodger Stadium baseball field. Frank Gotch. Dick Tighe. Duane Twait. Dallas Clark. Lisa Koll.When it comes to the history of sports in our area, the stories are legendary - the figures and venues, iconic.We are now in the stretch ...

Action at the Am

Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Colin Pearson became just the third player in Fort Dodge Amateur history to limbo the 200 barrier for the 54-hole event this past weekend.Pearson's 14-under par total of 199 tied the mark first established by Eagle Grove's Jason Knutzon in 1998, then matched by ...