Sports Columns

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 ...

Full circle

Judd Gibb is a five-time PGA Iowa Section player of the year, a two-time teacher of the year, the state's top instructor in 2012 according to Golf Digest, a former assistant at Iowa State and the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, an ex-PGA teaching pro at The Legacy and Sugar Creek, and an ...

A promising future

Fort Dodge Senior High has added a few bells and whistles to its annual golf outing, which will be June 14 at the Country Club.Iowa wrestling legend Dan Gable is slated to be a guest speaker at the event, and Dallas Clark has verbally committed to attend as long as an NFL team doesn't change ...

Trim the fat

Major League Baseball has an obesity problem.A sport that prides itself on success through simplicity - hard work, execution, chemistry - is being swallowed whole by indulgent owners, spoiled players and gluttonous contracts.A list of the game's highest paid athletes for 2013 reads like a ...

Deja vu for ISU

Before Aaron Craft, there was Bruce Schnabel.And before Georges Niang, there was Tom Goodman.As Craft launched his last-second jump shot to stick a dagger in Iowa State's NCAA Tournament hopes on Sunday, a familiar, helpless feeling came racing back to Goodman - a former Fort Dodge Dodger and ...

Deja vu for ISU

Before Aaron Craft, there was Bruce Schnabel.And before Georges Niang, there was Tom Goodman.As Craft launched his last-second jump shot to stick a dagger in Iowa State's NCAA Tournament hopes on Sunday, a familiar, helpless feeling came racing back to Goodman - a former Fort Dodge Dodger and ...

Outside looking in

Back before pre-NCAA Tournament talk was fixated on RPI, BPI, Bracketology and tracking Joe Lunardi's every tweet, a relatively simple checklist almost always determined a team's fate for the Big Dance.If a Big Ten team won at least 20 regular-season games and finished .500 or better in the Big ...

Time of reflection

DES MOINES - It's easy - almost natural - for Newell-Fonda fans to look back after Friday's championship loss and think about what could have been, or look forward and start to wonder what might be.Mustang girls basketball coach Dick Jungers just wants to appreciate the present for a ...

Pieces to the puzzle

Every NFL roster tells a story.The Baltimore Ravens, freshly-minted as Super Bowl champions, are more than just Ray Lewis' last ride or John Harbaugh's sibling rivalry.Much more.For instance, before Flacco became the new 'Joe Cool,' he was directing the Delaware Blue Hens to an upset victory ...

A lasting legacy

IOWA CITY - You didn't have to be a Hawkeye fan to root for Chris Street.And you don't have to bleed black and gold to remember the exact details from the night of Street's tragic death.His sudden passing was a ''where were you when'' moment for most Iowans - regardless of allegiance or even ...

Reality check

Timing brought Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o together under the same microscope this week.Armstrong and Te'o come from completely different worlds, yet their names will forever be linked by simultaneous scandal and dysfunction. There is more to this connection than a hand-in-hand fall from ...

Cohesive unit

Barrett Jones. Chance Warmack. D.J. Fluker. Anthony Steen. Cyrus Kouandjio.Ring a bell? These may not necessarily be household names, but they were the driving force behind Alabama's third national championship in four seasons.It's the best offensive line I've seen at the collegiate level in 30 ...

The art of simplicity

He built it so that we would come - like our own field of dreams.Jerry Patterson, the architect of a local landmark that stands as hallowed baseball ground not just among Fort Dodgers but for athletes and teams across the entire midwest, died on Sunday at the age of 74.Sixteen years almost to ...

Proper sendoff

Jontel Clayton emerged from the locker room and gave his field one final look after Iowa Central's victory over North Dakota Science on Saturday.''I'm going to miss this place,'' Clayton admitted. ''I've had a lot of fun here.''Statistically speaking, Clayton is by far and away the best running ...

Number crunching

Homecoming week arrives at a perfect time for the St. Edmond football team.The second-ranked (Class 1A) Gaels expect to face their toughest test of the season thus far when No. 8 IKM-Manning comes to town for an unbeaten matchup this Friday night.St. Edmond is off to just the fifth 5-0 start in ...

Never saw him coming

IOWA CITY - Iowa fullback Mark Weisman did his best Sam Brownlee impersonation in Iowa's 27-16 win over Northern Iowa at sun-splashed Kinnick Stadium here Saturday.Eight years after the former Emmetsburg standout became the Hawkeyes' top backfield option following an avalanche of injuries, ...

Embracing the imperfection

IOWA CITY - Rules dictate there had to be a winner in Saturday's Iowa-Iowa State clunker at Kinnick Stadium.It's hard to come up with a better conclusion to this comedy of errors. If the game had somehow reached overtime, the circus music was all cued up and ready to go.Let's start with the ...