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Young Tritons remain focused on nationals

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Iowa Central head coach Luke Moffitt finds himself in an unfamiliar spot with only one returning starter back from a team that finished third at the national wrestling tournament. “We are a young team for a junior college,’’ Moffitt said. “We have a couple of leaders and some talent, ...

THE DYNASTY

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CEDAR FALLS — Matt Johnson has helped to build a powerhouse program in Cedar Falls, and for the second time in the last three seasons, his Tigers are back on top of the Class 5A volleyball world. Johnson, a 1996 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, has been the head coach at Cedar Falls for six ...

Former Gaels to suit up in NCAA playoffs

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A pair of former St. Edmond all-staters have helped their respective NCAA Div. III football programs reach the postseason. Central senior Tate O'Tool and the 23rd-ranked Dutch will face No. 21 Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Pella on Saturday, while 17th-rated Wartburg with sophomore Isaac Lursen travel ...

IC women clear century mark

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The Iowa Central women bounced back here Monday night, downing County Upper Academy, 103-38 inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Avery Tilley had a game-high 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Anni Cummings scored 10 as the Tritons shot 48 percent from the field and buried 10 triples. Amya Milligan ...

Mayer helps Wartburg secure bid to nationals

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WAVERLY - Riley Mayer is headed to the NCAA Div. III Cross Country National Championships after helping Wartburg to a runner-up finish at regionals. The Knights will compete Saturday in Louisville with the best of the best. Mayer, a St. Edmond graduate and four-time state cross country ...

A man of the people

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I was standing near the sidelines at the end of a Fort Dodge football game in 2003 when I had my first extended conversation with Mark Cady. We had exchanged cordial hellos before, mostly on the golf course or just in random moments around town. This was different. I was by myself, taking ...

Moon earns all-region honors

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WAVERLY - Spencer Moon earned all-region honors for the Simpson men's cross country program on Saturday. Moon, a freshman from South Central Calhoun, finished 30th for the Storm. Simpson was 10th overall as Wartburg won the NCAA Central Region team title. With his finish, Moon became the ...

Memorable season ends in state semis for Algona

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CEDAR FALLS - Cooper DeJean put on a one-man show here Saturday evening in the Class 2A state semifinals, leading OABCIG to the first championship game in school history. DeJean, a junior, threw for 357 yards and ran for another 79, accounting for five touchdowns in a 41-32 victory for the ...

More than just a coach

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Someday, when Matt Miller is long gone and all of his accomplishments are nothing more than faded memories, a Fort Dodge fan will look at this era of Dodger football and ask why his time here was so special. On paper, he lost more games than he won. On paper, the Dodgers’ playoff victory ...

FAMILIAR FEELING

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ALGONA — Todd VanOtterloo can recall competing at the state level as a member of the Algona basketball and baseball teams. VanOtterloo, a 1999 graduate, is now the offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the semifinal-bound Bulldog football team. Algona, a perfect 11-0, will ...

CHASING A TITLE

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CEDAR FALLS — Two of the most prolific offenses in the state will square off with one another here Saturday when Algona meets OABCIG in a Class 2A semifinal. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. inside the UNI-Dome, which will provide near-perfect conditions for the players. The Falcons (11-0 ...

Area players earn all-NCC honors

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The Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team swept through the North Central Conference this season and the Cowgirls were rewarded with three first team all-league selections. Morgan Middleton was one of four unanimous conference choices, with teammates Alaina Freisleben and Jadyn Jondle ...

‘ONE SPECIAL RUN’

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Matt Miller established an unparalleled level of modern-era consistency as Fort Dodge Senior High’s head football coach. Yet his 16-year tenure, by both his own admission and even design, was never about the success he experienced on the field. Miller formally announced his retirement on ...

Cowgirls bow out in 2A semifinals

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CEDAR RAPIDS — The dream season for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows came to an end here Thursday in the Class 2A state volleyball semifinals. The seventh-ranked Cowgirls suffered a three-set loss to No. 3 Dyersville Beckman. Scores were 25-15, 25-18 and 25-18. Beckman (42-8 overall) advances to ...

COWGIRLS BREAK THROUGH

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CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s already been a historic run for the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team, and the Cowgirls aren’t done yet. C-G/D (30-6 overall) swept Wilton in three games for the school’s first ever state tournament victory. The sixth-seeded Cowgirls ousted the Beavers (35-4) ...

TOUGH AS IRON

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All DJ Irons was looking for was an opportunity. He received that from Iowa Central and head football coach Jesse Montalto. Irons, a transfer from Eastern Kentucky, was named the ICCAC Offensive Player of the Year. The quarterback was one of 12 Tritons placed on the all-conference ...

Sundell still recovering from August injury

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When Laura Grieser got an incoming text from her son Wade Sundell, a wave of emotions came over her. The text read: “Hi, Mom. I’m doing better.” That’s all Grieser needed to know, hearing her son made it past the difficult stages of a severe injury suffered in a professional rodeo ...

Coppock after state crown

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CEDAR FALLS — As a youth, Bryce Coppock watched from inside the UNI-Dome as Newell-Fonda football competed for state glory. Now, as a senior, Coppock gets his opportunity to become a champion — but with a different school. Coppock is a two-way starter for West Sioux, who takes on West ...

Tritons win opener

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ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Central wrestling team won seven matches, four by bonus points, on Wednesday night in their season opener. The Tritons beat Iowa Lakes, 33-17. Iowa Central closed out the dual with six straight victories. “We gave up some bonus points, but came firing back,’’ ...

Dodger players honored in District 2

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One of Class 4A’s most competitive football districts announced its honor roll this week, as eight Fort Dodge players — seven of them seniors — landed on the first or second team. Tysen Kershaw, Asle Thorson and Austin Lee were on District 2’s elite list for the second consecutive ...