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Injury sidelines FD champ Ayala for 6-8 weeks

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Drake Ayala has never responded to adversity with self-pity or resentment. The Fort Dodge state and two-time Fargo Nationals champion isn’t about to start now. Ayala suffered a broken bone in his left index finger during a match at the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C. last Saturday. ...

Iowa Central takes care of business

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Sara Horn has complete trust in her players. After splitting the first two sets here Wednesday night against Southeastern, the 14th-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team found their groove. The Tritons picked up another ICCAC victory to remain tied atop the standings. Iowa Central prevailed ...

HISTORIC RUN

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WEBSTER CITY — Bryce Gidel knew there were some who felt her reign as queen of the North Central Conference was over. But the Humboldt senior never doubted herself. Gidel became the first-ever cross country runner to capture four NCC individual titles here Tuesday night, turning in a ...

WILDCATS STILL NO. 1

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WEBSTER CITY — Quinton Orr led teammates Eric Wittrock and Devon Coon across the finish line here Tuesday as the Humboldt boys retained bragging rights in the North Central Conference. A year after placing second overall, Orr climbed to a position he has become familiar with this season, ...

Gael girls earn silver

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WEBSTER CITY — For the second consecutive year, and fourth time since 2014, the St. Edmond girls earned silver at the North Central Conference cross country meet. Led by three Top-10 finishers, the Gaels tied Algona for runner-up honors, earning second thanks to the 28th place finish of ...

Dodgers can’t close out rival

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Fort Dodge had rival Mason City on the ropes in their CIML Iowa Conference volleyball match on Tuesday. Mental uncertainty led to a slew of physical miscues at winning time, though, and the visitors rallied to put a damper on the Dodgers’ Senior Night mood with a five-game victory. Scores ...

FORT DODGE EARNS 9TH WIN

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The Fort Dodge girls swim team picked a perfect way to honor their seniors here Tuesday night. The Dodgers captured nine events in scoring a convincing 95-75 victory over Mason City. Fort Dodge (9-3 overall) honored seniors Madigan Peimann, Elora Fierke, Morgan Border, Kat Flores and Kosett ...

TEAM-FIRST MENTALITY

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In a random moment during Fort Dodge’s loss at fourth-ranked Ankeny Centennial last Friday night, Tysen Kershaw quietly became Fort Dodge’s all-time leading receiver. It happened with zero fanfare or recognition, which seemed unjust knowing the impressive career of the Dodgers’ first ...

Gidel seeks fourth NCC crown

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Humboldt senior Bryce Gidel will look to make history in Tuesday’s North Central Conference cross country meet. Action will begin at 5 p.m. in Webster City. Teams in attendance will be Webster City, St. Edmond, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Humboldt, Algona, Clear Lake, Iowa Falls-Alden and ...

BEST AT THE NET

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LAKE CITY — Emma McKinney finds herself on the cusp of making history at South Central Calhoun. The Titan senior surpassed the 1,000 career kill mark last month, and with the start of the Twin Lakes Conference Tournament set for Tuesday, McKinney can inch closer to another milestone ...

Fort Dodge 16th in Class 4A RPI

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The Fort Dodge football team remains in the Top-16 after the second release of the prep football RPI rankings. After suffering their third straight loss to a ranked opponent, the Dodgers (4-3 overall) are rated 16th in the newest poll. The Dodgers (4-3) fell to No. 4 Ankeny Centennial, ...

No. 4 Centennial bullies FDSH

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ANKENY — Fort Dodge’s 2019 playoff campaign is now starting two weeks ahead of schedule. A third consecutive loss to a ranked District 2 opponent backed the Dodgers’ postseason hopes against the wall on Friday, as No. 4 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial dominated at the point of attack in a ...

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The St. Edmond football team experienced a serious case of deja vu here Friday night inside a chilly Dodger Stadium. For the second consecutive season, Ridge View earned its first victory of the year over the Gaels, this time by a 21-14 final. The Raptors (1-6 overall, 1-2 in Class A, ...

Jaeschke comes up big

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MARSHALL, Minn. — Last weekend, Southwest Minnesota State scored a thrilling victory in the final minute over Minot State. But had it not been for the first half heroics of Dakota Jaeschke, the Mustangs might not have been in position to do that. Jaeschke, a 2017 graduate of Southeast ...

Area football

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Titans rush for 304 MADRID — The sixth-ranked (Class 1A) South Central Calhoun football team used a strong second half to remain perfect here Friday, topping Madrid, 39-7. The Titans scored 27 points over the final 24 minutes to improve to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the district. Blake ...

Family Ties: Anliker, Saunders set for action in Manson

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MANSON — Every weekend after playing under the Friday night lights, Austin Anliker heads to northwest Iowa to see how Sioux Central’s game went 60 miles away. After Manson Northwest Webster takes the field, Anliker — the starting quarterback for the Cougars — makes the weekend trip to ...

Humboldt sweeps Gaels at the nets

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Justin McDaniel made a few changes in his formation, and the Humboldt volleyball team didn’t miss a beat in a three-game sweep of St. Edmond Thursday night in the Gael gym. The Wildcats (23-3 overall, 5-1 North Central Conference) cruised to a 25-11 first set victory, followed by a 25-8 win ...

Gaels entertain Ridge View under the lights

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The St. Edmond football team will hit the field inside Dodger Stadium for the final time this Friday night. Kickoff between the Gaels and Ridge View is set for 7 p.m. With road games at Alta/Aurelia and Manson Northwest Webster remaining in the regular season schedule, St. Edmond (2-4 ...

Dodgers hit road again, face No. 4 Centennial

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ANKENY — Head coach Matt Miller insists there is no need for the Fort Dodge football team to panic, despite consecutive razor-thin District 2 losses that have the Dodgers scrambling a little heading into Friday’s road showdown with No. 4 (Class 4A) Ankeny Centennial. The challenging ...

Area teams look to improve in Week 7

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After the first release of the RPI rankings, prep football teams now know where they stand and what needs to be done from here on out. Third-ranked Algona is currently seeded third in Class 2A, while Southeast Valley — which suffered a district loss last week — is 10th. In 1A, South ...