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High School Football

FDSH’s Thorson fulfills life-long dream on gridiron

AMES - Asle Thorson spent countless days putting in the extra work required to become a Div. I football player. And just as many nights dreaming about fulfilling that journey. Now, thanks to Iowa State University, the Fort Dodge senior will be able to do that, committing to Matt Campbell and ...

Algona’s Wegener: Hawkeyes provide ‘best opportunity’

IOWA CITY — In the end, the opportunity to play high-level football led Wyatt Wegener to the University of Iowa. Wegener, a two-time all-state selection from Algona, will join the Hawkeyes in the fall. He selected Iowa and head coach Kirk Ferentz over Iowa Central, Iowa Western and ...

Dodgers, Gaels lead list of academic all-state football players

A number of senior area athletes were recently named academic all-state honorees by the Iowa Football Coaches Association. A trio of Fort Dodge Dodgers — Shane Halligan, Nick Bice and Geoff Astor — were recognized in Class 4A. This marks the second consecutive season that FDSH rostered ...

For Gael Lawler, this is the way

AMES — In the end, Nick Lawler went back to his roots. Lawler, a St. Edmond senior, officially announced his plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall and continue his football career. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Lawler decided on the Cyclones over the University of Northern Iowa and ...

Humboldt’s Heinz to become a Hawkeye

HUMBOLDT — Jamison Heinz fits the mold for what the University of Iowa football team looks for when recruiting in-state players. Heinz, a senior multi-sport athlete for Humboldt, will continue his playing career with the Hawkeyes in the fall. “I’ve been a Hawkeye fan my entire ...

Top honors for Schleisman, Holder

LAKE CITY — The South Central Calhoun football team swept the Class 1A, District 2 postseason awards much like they ran through the league. The Titans finished the regular season unbeaten, which included five wins inside the district by almost 41 points a game. Senior Landon Schleisman ...

Kershaw a rare two-time first teamer

The Fort Dodge football program’s record books date back over 100 years. Senior wide receiver Tysen Kershaw made a little history of his own on Monday. Kershaw became just the second Dodger ever to be named a two-time first team Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state selection in ...

TOP BILLING

When the Algona football team needed a big play, they looked to senior Wyatt Wegener. And Wegener delivered time and time again. The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association honored Wegener as the Class 2A captain of the all-state team. Wegener was one of 10 selections from the area spread ...

Heinz named district offensive MVP

HUMBOLDT — Jamison Heinz will never forget the moments he made this past fall playing football for Humboldt. Heinz earned first team Class 3A, District 2 honors and was tabbed the offensive most valuable player. Joining Heinz for the Wildcats were Colton Goodell, Sam Fischer, Carter ...

Memorable season ends in state semis for Algona

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 ...

‘ONE SPECIAL RUN’

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 ...

Dodger players honored in District 2

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 ...

Lawler leads all-district team

Nick Lawler has pushed himself through extra workouts and additional conditioning to become a lineman college coaches are pursuing. The St. Edmond senior, who holds a handful of offers to play football at the next level, was recently named the Class A, District 2 Lineman of the Year by the ...

MNW’s Anliker announces retirement

MANSON — Jeff Anliker admits there is going to be a void that needs to be filled come next fall. Anliker announced his retirement as head football coach at Manson Northwest Webster during a recent team banquet, ending his 16-year run in that role. He plans to continue coaching the Cougar ...

Headed to the Dome

ALGONA — The Algona football team made sure there would be no tears of disappointment to end this season. Only ones of joy and excitement. The third-ranked Bulldogs punched their spot into the Class 2A semifinals with a physically dominating 48-15 victory over Greene County here Friday ...

Dodgers head to Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fort Dodge head coach Matt Miller expects very few frills and even less surprise from the fifth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy football team in the Dodgers’ Class 4A playoff opener on Friday at historic Kingston Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For the sixth time in the ...

Algona, SC Calhoun begin playoff march

Algona and South Central Calhoun haven’t been postseason strangers and are looking to continue their success in the first round of the football playoffs. Tonight the two squads will begin another playoff run in their own backyards. Both squads went undefeated in nine games and claimed ...

NIGHT TO REMEMBER

On a night defined by arguably the biggest victory of his career, Fort Dodge’s Matt Miller stayed true to form Friday in reminding his program that the game of football will always be about so much more. The Dodgers clinched a Class 4A playoff berth with a 21-17 triumph over Marshalltown, ...

Dodgers play for spot in 4A playoffs

It all comes down to this for the Fort Dodge football team. The Dodgers put their playoff hopes on the line in their regular-season finale against the Marshalltown Bobcats, a long-time rival with postseason aspirations of their own. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday inside Dodger ...

Gaels, Cougars battle on the gridiron

MANSON — Plenty of bragging rights will be on the line here Friday night as the Highway 7 battle between St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster hits the gridiron. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Gaels (2-6 overall, 0-4 in Class A, District 2) and Cougars (2-6, 1-3) have split the last four ...