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FINISHING TOUCH

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There have been bigger tournaments, and there are loftier goals ahead. Regardless of where Andrew Huseman’s golf journey landed in the past or will take him in the future, he’ll always cherish the 2019 Fort Dodge Amateur championship as one of his greatest achievements — both for the ...

Remembering Ed Thomas: Faith, family and football

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When Todd Thomas found out his father was murdered, he was thousands of miles away in Jamaica for a college friend’s wedding. The plane ride home was a long trip, but one that Todd also found as a time to reflect and come to grips with the tragedy. “For me personally, I needed to digest ...

Huseman takes over lead spot at FD Amateur

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The short games of both Andrew Huseman and Joe Urbanek have separated the duo from the pack at the 71st annual Fort Dodge Amateur golf tournament. Now the money round will determine which player has what it takes to be crowned the 2019 champion. In search of his first career FD Am title, ...

Lynx, Hawks rally to support Banning family

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Sports Editor Troy Banning is a familiar face at area sporting events. In his nearly 20 years with the Daily Freeman-Journal in Webster City, he’s covered hundreds, if not thousands, of wrestling and golf meets, basketball games, and softball tournaments. He’s the guy behind the camera, the ...

Remembering Ed Thomas: Keeping The Faith

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One constant in the Thomas family has always been their faith in God. For the last 10 years, they’ve leaned on the Lord more than ever. One decade ago — on June 24, 2009 Aplington-Parkersburg coaching legend Ed Thomas was murdered by Mark Becker. The Thomas family’s belief in the Lord ...

Poppen family enjoys watching grandson pitch in MLB

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MANSON — It’s been a hectic and exciting week in Marvin and Carolyn Poppen’s house. The long-time Manson residents watched as their grandson, 25-year-old Sean Poppen, made his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins this past Wednesday night. Just a few days prior, Sean’s dad, ...

Sean Poppen makes his MLB debut with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS — In need of a fresh arm after going 17 innings with the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox the night before, the Minnesota Twins turned to Sean Poppen. And he delivered. Poppen, the grandson of Manson residents Marvin and Carolyn Poppen, made his major league debut ...

Crowded leaderboards at Fort Dodge Amateur

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Andrew Huseman has been chasing a Fort Dodge Amateur championship since high school. Nearly a decade into his pursuit and making what may be his last tournament appearance in Fort Dodge, Huseman is looking for both the satisfaction of victory and the comfort of closure this weekend at the ...

DeMers, Young quickly form bond

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It didn’t take long for Fort Dodge Gypsum Miner teammates Drew DeMers and Jamie Young to get to know each other prior to the start of the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League. On just his second day in Fort Dodge, DeMers, from Winner, South Dakota, was introduced to Young, a native of ...

Gaels fall on road at Humboldt

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HUMBOLDT — The St. Edmond baseball team dropped a 6-3 decision to Humboldt here Friday night. Noah Carlson was 2-for-3 with a run scored, with Cael Kolacia and Gage Johnson each drove in a run for the Gaels. “Noah and a good night at the plate,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. ...

SETTLING IN

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Blake Utley had one question for his Fort Dodge baseball team following a split with West Des Moines Valley Thursday at Ed McNeil Field. Which CIML Iowa Conference opponent is too much for the Dodgers to handle? FDSH scored a 5-2 victory in the opener over the Tigers, who rebounded to claim ...

Pocahontas Area blanks Gaels, 2-0

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Both Aaron Davidson and Mike Szalat walked out of Rogers Park here Thursday night feeling good about their respective teams. Davidson’s Pocahontas Area squad picked up a 2-0 victory over St. Edmond, scratching across both runs in the top of the seventh. Ryan Anderson tossed a one-hitter ...

72nd FD Am next on the tee

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Defending super senior champion and local attorney Dave Sergeant is among the nearly 100 competitors signed up for this weekend’s 72nd Fort Dodge Amateur men’s golf tournament at the Country Club, which is scheduled to tee off at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. Ron Peterson — the 2018 senior ...

Rams hold off SE softball squad late

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A seventh-inning rally by the St. Edmond softball team came up just short here Thursday night, as the Gaels came up just short against Greene County at Rogers Park, 7-6. Down 7-3, St. Edmond plated three runs but were unable to bring the tying player across. “We showed so much heart there ...

Gibb wins senior stroke play event

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CEDAR FALLS — Judd Gibb played a near-perfect round of golf here to claim the Iowa PGA Junior Academy Senior Stroke Play Event title. The tournament was held at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. Behind a bogey-free round of 66, Gibb was able to hold off John Bermel with a 6-under-par. Bermel ...

CALLON A STEADY HAND

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Drew Callon is a prime example of just how arbitrary a pitcher’s record tends to be in baseball. The Fort Dodge senior is in the fourth season of his varsity career on the mound. Callon has logged over 158 innings, struck out 149 batters, held opponents to a batting average in the .215 ...

Timeout with Jack McEvoy

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Like most high school athletes, Jack McEvoy paid close attention to his stats in the early going. Now, as he wraps up his senior season on the diamond for the St. Edmond baseball team, McEvoy is seeing that there are more benefits to sports than just those specific numbers. “The one thing ...

Johnson makes his pro debut

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BOISE, Idaho — It’s been a hectic month for Evan Johnson. The former Iowa Central pitcher made his professional debut here Monday night for the Everett AquaSox, a Class A short-season affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Johnson, the son of Fort Dodge natives Kurt and Jacy (Ollinger) ...

Faiferlick heads to Italy for team USA

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Justin Faiferlick will depart for Italy and the 2019 Summer Universiade Games this July. Faiferlick, a native of Fort Dodge, has been selected as the taekwondo team manager for the United States for the event, which takes place July 3-15 in Naples, Italy. “I am really excited for this ...

Dodgers score 28 runs

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MASON CITY — Third-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge exploded for 28 runs in a sweep over Mason City here Wednesday night. Scores were 10-0 and 18-1. Leading 3-0 in the opener, the Dodgers exploded for seven runs in the fifth. Jalen Adams was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, with Tory ...