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High School Football

Area squads back to work

Area teams hit the field for the first time last week. Now they know what they have to work with and are ready to press forward. In the first rankings of the season, five area teams were in the AP Top-10. Algona, a state quarterfinalist a year ago, is third in Class 2A. Greene County is ...

SWEET 16

The Fort Dodge football team let loose in a rowdy postgame celebration following Friday’s historic victory over Mason City. Make no mistake about it, though: in order for the Dodgers to finally exhale and enjoy the fruits of their labor, they knew they had to be all business first. Showing ...

Rival Mason City visits Fort Dodge with Decker Sporting Goods Trophy at stake

Playoff qualifiers and school record-setters a year ago, the Fort Dodge football program carries a 15-game winning streak over Mason City into Friday’s season-opening contest against its arch rival. The 2019 Fort Dodge football team is an entirely different story in the eyes of head coach ...

St. Edmond goes to Panorama as the ’19 campaign officially gets under way

PANORA — The St. Edmond football team hits the road to open the 2019 season on Friday night, taking on Panorama. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. These two started last year’s campaign against one another as well, with the Panthers claiming a 41-14 victory inside Dodger Stadium behind the play ...

Area squads kick off season

Friday nights are important for many reasons, but for high school coaches and student athletes across the country, it’s simply all about football. Tonight will kickstart the 2019 high school football season, and teams will begin their chase for a spot at the UNI-Dome in the fall. Algona, ...

Duncan named new Greene County head football coach

JEFFERSON — Caden Duncan has been hired as the new head football coach at Greene County, replacing Mitch Moore. Duncan was confirmed by Tim Christensen, Greene County CSD Superintendent. Moore accepted the same position at Des Moines Roosevelt after two years with the Rams. A native of ...

4 all-staters for FDSH

They’ve been close friends for over a decade, teammates all the way and Dodgers to their core. Very little separates Fort Dodge’s Drake Miller and Tysen Kershaw on or off the field. Fittingly, the duo both landed Iowa Print Sports Writers Association Class 4A first team all-state football ...

Fisher, Wegener, Lewis, Hoyle on 2A first team

Kyler Fisher’s record run for the Southeast Valley football team ended with first team IPSWA honors on Monday. Fisher helped lead the Jaguars to state playoff run, while rewriting the school’s record book. “Getting first team is an honor. I have put in so much work over the years, and ...

Eight area 3A, 1A, A, 8-man athletes make first squad

Brad Capesius, Dylan Steen and Garret Bruce capped their high school football careers with first team all-state honors by the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association on Monday. The trio were standouts on the field for the better part of the past three seasons at Bishop Garrigan, Webster City and ...

Slew of Dodgers named to the all-district team

Fort Dodge finished the regular season among the Top-10 squads in Class 4A and ranked right alongside the most productive offenses in program history. The Class 4A, District 2 runner-up Dodgers had a dozen players land on either the first or second team for their successful year, which ...

Garrigan thinking big again

ALGONA — TJ Schnurr has experienced some intense and loud environments during his athletic career with Bishop Garrigan. Schnurr is hoping for the most energetic one yet this Friday when the third-ranked Golden Bears host fifth-rated Edgewood-Colesburg in a Class A quarterfinal. Kickoff is ...

East Sac County’s Bruce recognized

Garret Bruce earned Class 1A, District 9 Offensive Player of the Year honors, the league announced recently. Bruce, a senior from East Sac County, ran for a 1A-best 1,766 yards this season, scoring 19 touchdowns. Five different times he went over the 200-yard mark, including a high of 281 vs. ...

A CITY UNITED

Algona’s two high schools have proven this season that even small towns can produce big-time football. Algona High, with over 400 students in grades 9-12, and Bishop Garrigan, with approximately 150, have treated the town of 5,500 to a season to remember every Friday Night in 2018. “I ...

Webster City’s Howard to retire

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City High School Athletic Director Bob Howard has resigned his position and will retire effective Nov. 1. The Webster City School Board voted to accept his resignation at Monday night’s meeting. Superintendent Mandy Ross says that high school administrators Brent ...

Area prep football roundup

Garrigan finishes perfect GRAETTINGER — For the 36th consecutive time in the regular season, the third-ranked (Class A) Bishop Garrigan football team scored a victory. The Golden Bears finished off a fourth straight 9-0 year with a 35-6 victory over Graettinger-Terril/R-A here Friday ...

TITLE CHASE

GOWRIE —Two of the most prolific offenses in Class 2A will meet in a winner-take-all scenario here on Friday. Third-ranked Algona (8-0 overall, 4-0 2A-2) will travel to seventh-ranked Southeast Valley (6-2, 4-0) with the district title on the line. Game time is set for 7 p.m. “Our ...

Fort Dodge looks to wrap up playoff berth

MARSHALLTOWN — At this point in the year, football teams are either still looking forward or getting ready to move on. No. 10 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge has earned the right to start planning for the postseason. Seeding and locations are being discussed for next Friday, as the program will almost ...

Gaels host rival Manson NW

The St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster football teams have built quite the rivalry over the years. Both will end their seasons here Friday night inside Dodger Stadium against each another, with hopes of using the contest as a launching point to next year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Jeff ...

District crowns on the line

Six Messenger-area teams control their own destiny on Friday night. Third-ranked South Central Calhoun (8-0, 4-0) will clinch the Class 1A, District 2 championship if they beat Pocahontas Area (4-4, 3-1). If the Indians upset the Titans, there would be a three-way tie at the top with South ...

A football family

GOWRIE — Mark Graves has been coaching football for 24 years, so when fall rolls around, spending quality time around his family has always been a hit-and-miss proposition. Graves and his wife, Amber, have five children: four boys and a girl. All four boys inherited their father’s passion ...