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County golf tourney time has arrived

Local Sports

A number of former champions will be on the tee this weekend trying to recapture the moment at the 40th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger. Austin Morrow (men’s open division), Randy Stults (men’s senior) and Roxanne Kuhlman ...

Quartet of Dodgers first team all-CIML

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Fort Dodge’s Mason Bockoven took all of the necessary steps when no one was looking to make sure he shined in the spotlight. Bockoven recently swept through a number of postseason baseball awards, garnering first team all-CIML Iowa Conference honors to go along with first team all-district ...

Par-3 contest again adds to the festivities

Local Sports

Justin Faiferlick’s family has been as invested as any in the 40th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger. Faiferlick and his wife, Deann, have been tournament regulars through the years. Their daughter, Kelsey Felch, is a seven-time ...

Six Gaels earn all-NCC honors

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After battling back from a torn ACL, all Jocy Timmerman wanted was to have one final chance at wearing a St. Edmond softball uniform. Timmerman was given that, earning second team all-North Central Conference honors, the league announced recently. “I am so grateful that we got to play,” ...

Countdown to County Tournament: Ault tandem swept in 2010

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It was a family affair at the end of the 2010 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament. Husband and wife tandem of Kevin and Andrea Ault claimed first in the open divisions. Kevin Ault fired a 165 total to capture his fifth consecutive men’s open division ...

Gibb’s major dream about to come true

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SAN FRANCISCO — Judd Gibb thought he was practicing by himself on the putting greens at TPC Harding Park when he suddenly felt a presence. “I got kind of a weird feeling, looked up, and there was Tiger Woods,” said Gibb, who is making history this week as the first Fort Dodge resident ...

Kolacia, Scott named all-NCC

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Like most around the state, Cael Kolacia held out hope for weeks of a summer baseball season. Kolacia and St. Edmond were able to get on the field for a limited run, but that didn’t stop the junior from being named a first team all-North Central Conference selection. “It’s a great ...

Countdown to County Golf: Kinseth stretched titles across decade

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Ryan Kinseth’s memorable run to the 2005 title at the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament, presented by The Messenger, cemented his status as one of the top golfers in the area. However, it would be almost a full 10 years later before Kinseth would return swing his ...

Drake Stadium to host special track event this month

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DES MOINES — The Blue Oval at Drake University will get used this summer after all. Blake Boldon announced that a special one-of-a-kind professional track and field competition will take place on August 29 from the home of the Drake Relays. The Blue Oval Showcase presented by Mediacom ...

IN ALLI’S HONOR

Local Sports

When Alli Huss began fighting her courageous battle with cancer over six years ago, her community formed a united front to support the St. Edmond graduate and her family. The relationships Huss built growing up in Fort Dodge weren’t restricted by school districts, churches or neighborhoods. ...

Clark headed to Loretta Lynn’s

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HURRICANE Mills, Tenn. — For nine years, Izaih Clark has competed at one of the most prestigious racing events in the country. This time around, the Fort Dodger will have his pro license in tow. Clark, a 2019 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, competes this week in the 39th annual Rocky ...

Orres has big things in mind for Tennessee trip

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HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Ronnie Orres wants to be one of the fastest racers on the track, and this week, the St. Edmond sophomore-to-be will have the chance to prove it. Orres will compete in the 39th annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by ...

CELEBRATION TIME IN OGDEN

State Softball

Denali Loecker spent the summer chasing Iowa’s all-time softball home run record and she received plenty of notoriety during the process. But the record was never the goal, never the defining moment she sought. What she really wanted was a state title. The record is safe, but the future ...

Breakthrough title for Albia in 3A

State Softball

A black headband sits on the forehead of Albia pitcher Jena Lawrence each time she steps into the circle, and it’s rather innocuous until she turns it around. In bold, block white letters, is just one word. LEGEND. She says she started to wear it as a joke, but it quickly became a part of ...

Clarksville makes Spartans miss

State Softball

The third-ranked Clarksville softball team has been chasing a state championship for the past two seasons, but No. 1 Collins-Maxwell always held them back. This was the fifth meeting between the two programs in the last 770 days, and the Spartans had been victorious in every previous ...

BITTERSWEET

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They took turns hugging each other, one by one. Long embraces. Sharing a lot of tears, meaningful words and even a few smiles. It wasn’t as much the championship loss that had the Fort Dodge softball team feeling particularly emotional, but rather, the reality of the finality. The 2020 ...

SEVENTH HEAVEN

State Softball

Tenth-ranked Winterset entered the Class 4A state tournament field as the No. 7 seed on Monday, but walked out of Rogers Park as champions Thursday night. And they beat a long time rival to cap the improbable run to the top, too. An RBI single to center by Lauren Carter in the top of the ...

Hosting state a challenge in COVID world

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Lori Branderhorst will readily admit this has been a challenging week at the state softball tournament. Given the chance to take a step back and reflect as the week draws to a close, though, the Fort Dodge parks and recreation director is taking a glass half-full approach to being the host ...

Jaguars 3rd in state debut

State Softball

After suffering a loss to top-ranked Fort Dodge in the Class 5A state semifinals, fifth-seed Ankeny Centennial bounced back to finish third. The Jaguars (23-9 overall), who were making their first state trip in school history, defeated Muscatine (19-4) by a final of 10-0 in five innings on ...

Fillies finish 3rd in Class 4A

State Softball

After losing to Winterset in the Class 4A semifinals, sixth-seed Dallas Center-Grimes knocked off fourth-seed North Scott in the third place game on Thursday at Rogers Park. The Fillies (21-10 overall) topped the Lancers (17-11) 8-4. DCG took an early 5-2 lead and put the game out of reach ...