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CRUSHING DEFEAT

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Kacey Kruthoff was quick to answer what she’s going to miss most about being part of the St. Edmond volleyball team. “Everything,” Kruthoff said. The Gaels were unable to withstand a furious rally by Paton-Churdan here Monday night, falling in five in a Class 1A, Region 2 ...

LINE OF DEFENSE

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After he’s finished at Southeast Valley Aaron Graves knows exactly where he will be after graduation. The junior lineman, who has committed to play at the University of Iowa, has garnered recognition through out his career. Now he has been recognized as the best junior football player in ...

MNW’s Moline earns third league title

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POCAHONTAS — For the third consecutive season, Maddie Moline was crowned the winner of the Twin Lakes Conference race. Moline, a Manson Northwest Webster senior, was joined by her teammates Preslie Oswald and Paige Condon on the awards stand as the underclassmen finished second and third to ...

Southeast Valley edges MNW by two

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POCAHONTAS — Travis Nuss had a good feeling coming into the Twin Lakes Conference meet this past Saturday morning. During an invitational held at Ida Grove recently, Southeast Valley finished as the top team from the TLC. That gave Nuss the added confidence that his Jaguars could do it ...

St. Edmond opens Class 1A postseason play at the net

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The St. Edmond volleyball team will open Class 1A postseason play tonight when they host Paton-Churdan. Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside the Gael gym. After sitting out two weeks because of being exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, the Gaels have had a busy stretch since ...

HEARTBREAK

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The emotions started to pour out as Matt Dillon gathered his seniors one final time inside Dodger Stadium. Following a regular season that featured five wins and numerous new school records set, St. Edmond was left with complete heartbreak following a 41-38 loss to Madrid here Friday night in ...

Dodger season comes to an end

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The Fort Dodge volleyball team’s postseason ended before it began on Friday, when the school officially announced the Dodgers were entering a two-week quarantine period due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program. Head coach Martha Mericle’s squad was preparing for a Class 5A, ...

Titans power past Rebels

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LAKE CITY — Seventh-ranked South Central Calhoun spent a lot of time in the end zone on Friday night in their Class 1A postseason opener. The Titans (6-1 overall) scored seven touchdowns from six different people on their way to a 46-7 victory over Sioux Central (2-6). Brennan Holder ...

Sievers scores four TDs for N-F

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NEWELL — Ninth-ranked Newell-Fonda cruised to a 54-6 victory over West Bend-Mallard in eight-man playoff action on Friday night. The Mustangs (7-1) scored eight touchdowns on the night in their second victory over the Wolverines (1-7) this season. Quarterback Gabe Sievers accounted for ...

Matson, Gidel lead Humboldt in opener

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HUMBOLDT — In their first postseaason appearance since 2015 the Humboldt football team picked up a 40-17 victory over Sioux City Bishop Heelan on Friday. Behind junior quarterback Caden Matson and senior Gabe Gidel, the Wildcats (5-3 overall) advanced to the second round with a 40-17 ...

NCC QUEENS

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CLARION — There are plenty of goals left to cross off their list, but after Thursday night, the second-ranked Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team can put another trophy in their case. For the second straight season the Cowgirls (23-2 overall, 6-0 North Central Conference) earned the ...

Gaels begin postseason trek

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The atmosphere gets taken to another level here Friday night as the St. Edmond football team begins playoff action. Following a convincing win over Bishop Garrigan to conclude the regular season, the Gaels entertain Madrid in a Class A contest. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger ...

Area squads set for playoffs

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In a crazy season with new guidelines and a new playoff format, the time to push for a state championship has arrived. Fourteen Messenger-area teams will begin their postseason trek tonight while sixth-ranked Webster City (7-0 in Class 3A) and fifth-ranked Southeast Valley (7-0 in 1A) received ...

Timeout with St. Edmond’s Kase Baker

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Three years ago, Kase Baker and his fellow seniors listened closely as new head football coach Matt Dillon laid out plans for the program. Now, three years later, Baker and his teammates have helped revive St. Edmond as they prepare to host Madrid this Friday night inside Dodger Stadium in a ...

Cowgirls, Wildcats meet for NCC title

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CLARION — It may be a regular season finale in Clarion, but there will definitely be a postseason atmosphere inside the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows gym on Thursday night when two unbeaten Top-15 teams meet with the North Central Conference title on the line. The second-ranked (Class 3A) Cowgirls ...

Gable to be honored by President

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IOWA CITY — Dan Gable will receive one of the greatest honors in his already-distinguished career. It was announced on Wednesday that Gable will be presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump. Gable captured the gold medal in wrestling at the 1972 Summer ...

Gael girls win NCC title

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CLEAR LAKE — Competing in the big-school dominated North Central Conference meet, St. Edmond head coach Mike Szalat never makes winning the conference meet a top priority. When it does happen, though, it’s a significant event. Szalat, who has been the Gael cross country coach for 22 ...

Humboldt three-peats

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CLEAR LAKE — The Humboldt boys have put together a special cross country season, and on Tuesday, it also became a record breaking one. For the first time in school history, the Wildcats had repeat gold and silver medalists on the individual stand in Class 3A’s top-ranked Quinton Orr and ...

THE LITTLE THINGS

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The Fort Dodge volleyball team saw a prime opportunity to close out the regular season with a winning conference record slip through their fingers on Tuesday. A four-set loss to Marshalltown wasn’t what Dodger head coach Martha Mericle had in mind after recent victories over both Ames and ...

Dodgers top Bobcats

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MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge girls swim team continued to build momentum with a CIML Iowa Conference victory over Marshalltown here on Tuesday. The Dodgers took all but two events and defeated the Bobcats, 103-80. “We really had a strong overall performance,” FDSH head coach Ashley ...