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High School Football

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

In 1994, the best Fort Dodge football team I’ve ever seen visited West Des Moines and lost to Valley during the regular season, 41-6. History repeated itself in 2000, when the Tigers beat an otherwise-playoff caliber Dodger squad by the exact same score. The 2005 Fort Dodge Dodgers were 6-2 ...

Daniel, Clayton, Schreier on all-state squads

A trio of Fort Dodge football seniors were named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state team on Monday, giving the Dodgers multiple honorees in four consecutive seasons for the first time in nearly 30 years. Sam Daniel, Dayson Clayton and Tyler Schreier were recognized among ...

SE’s Stanek, Oswald receive 1A recognition

Parker Oswald and Brock Stanek were part of a key group of seniors that helped turn the St. Edmond football program around this past fall. The two were honored for their efforts, earning all-state status from the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association in Class A. Oswald was named to the ...

TOP BILLING

Carson Bower saw his junior baseball season come to an early end after finding out he needed Tommy John surgery. For Bower, the decision was a difficult one to make, as it also put into question his senior football campaign. The Manson Northwest Webster multi-sport athlete went under the ...

Double-digit Dodgers honored in football

A season filled with stress, uncertainty, injuries and challenges still had a rewarding conclusion for the Fort Dodge football program, as 10 Dodgers garnered either first- or second-team honors in the CIML’s Iowa district. Seniors Sam Daniel, Dayson Clayton, Tyler Schreier and Sawyer ...

Titans ready to break ground in the Dome

CEDAR FALLS — Everyone knows how the record books stack up for South Central Calhoun. Now, the seventh-ranked Titans are looking to write a new chapter to the program’s successful history. For the first time ever, South Central Calhoun will be playing in the state football semifinal ...

TOGETHER AS ONE

LAKE CITY — When Brennan Holder was in elementary school, he found himself in the middle of a transition that introduced him to new teammates and friends that would later become family. Rockwell City-Lytton and Southern Cal consolidated districts in 2010-2011 to form South Central Calhoun ...

PLAYOFF METTLE

GOWRIE — For the past three seasons, South Central Calhoun had been on the cusp of a return trip to the UNI-Dome — only to come up just short. In their fourth and final quarterfinal appearance, the Titan senior class is Cedar Falls-bound. In a Top-10 rematch against Southeast Valley, ...

REMATCH: Area stalwarts square off in 1A semis as Jags face Titans

GOWRIE — Mike Swieter had a feeling, after his Southeast Valley football team upset South Central Calhoun in September, that it wouldn’t be the last time they would meet this season. In Week 5, the Jaguars (9-0 overall) went into Lake City and knocked off the Titans (8-1) for the first ...

CHALLENGE: Unbeaten Lynx take on traditional power BH/RV in 3A

WEBSTER CITY — No. 6 Webster City played its best game of the season against Sergeant Bluff-Luton seven days ago, and it needed to in order to survive and advance in the Class 3A state playoffs. And now the Lynx will have to match, or maybe even exceed last week’s performance if they want ...

STAGE IS SET

LAKE CITY — The South Central Calhoun football program is all too familiar with how difficult it can be to reach the UNI-Dome. The Titans have had no trouble reaching the state quarterfinals, reaching this round in each of the last four years. The clinching victory and reaching Cedar Falls ...

Southeast Valley sticks to the basics

GOWRIE — Mike Swieter’s offense is built to feature a running back, and Lathe Muench fits that mold perfectly. The Jaguar junior, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 176 pounds, has turned into the grinding back that keeps the offense churning for Southeast Valley. Muench isn’t the only ...

JAGUARS DO IT AGAIN

GOWRIE — Mike Swieter was worried about Denver’s big-play capabilities. Instead, it was his Southeast Valley football squad that put together a highlight reel of their own. The fifth-ranked Jaguars (9-0 overall) advanced to the Class 1A quarterfinals for the second time in three years ...

South Central Calhoun rallies past South Hamilton

JEWELL — When seventh-ranked South Central Calhoun needed a big play here Friday night, they looked to seniors Brennan Holder and Cole Corey. Holder showed his power and speed with a 47-yard touchdown to midway through the fourth that gave the Titans a 14-8 lead as they would go on to ...

Webster City takes down SB-L with late gamble, score

WEBSTER CITY — Hall of Fame head coach Bob Howard has been around football all of his life, and on Friday night, he earned his 350th career victory with maybe his gutsiest play call to date. With 5:15 left in a 21-21 contest, the Lynx had a fourth-and-3 from their own 27-yard. WCHS ...

West dashes Dodgers’ hopes

WATERLOO — Nik Moser felt helpless after Fort Dodge’s crushing 24-17 Class 4A second-round postseason loss to Waterloo West on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Helpless because he couldn’t do anything about the outcome. Helpless because a pair of questionable officiating decisions late — ...

KRUSE CONTROL

GOWRIE — Kolson Kruse, and Lathe Muench spent a lot of time in the end zone for fifth-ranked Southeast Valley on Friday night, but the entire lineup helped push the Jaguars into the Round of 16. Southeast Valley (8-0 overall) rolled to a 50-13 victory over Belmond-Klemme (3-5) to advance to ...

Late TD by Holder lifts SCC

LAKE CITY — The first meeting between storied programs South Central Calhoun and Dike-New Hartford lived up to the hype here Friday night. Behind two late rushing touchdowns from Brennan Holder, a pair of conversion runs by Cole Corey and a game-ending interception by Blake McAlister, the ...

Lynx solve Mason City to move on

WEBSTER CITY — A slow start followed by a back-and-forth third quarter left Webster City trailing to Mason City on the scoreboard. That all changed in the fourth quarter, as the Lynx scored 21 straight to take control on their way to a 41-29 victory here Friday night. Chase Rattenborg ...

Dunlap, E-Hawks claim victory

EMMETSBURG — Ninth-ranked Emmetsburg made quick work out of upset-minded Carroll Kuemper, downing the Knights here Friday night, 42-14. Ben Dunlap accounted for three touchdowns with Colby Weir, Lane Auten and Cole Shirk all adding a rushing touchdown each in the win. The E-Hawks improve to ...