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COURTING AUDI

ALGONA — Audi Crooks of Bishop Garrigan burst onto the high school basketball scene as a freshman last season and caught everyone’s eye. With record-breaking numbers, she etched her name into state history and earned the attention of college coaches everywhere at the young age of 15 years ...

St. Edmond hosts Cougars

Highway 7 rivals St. Edmond and Manson Northwest Webster collide once again on the football field this Friday night inside historic Dodger Stadium. But this one definitely has a different feel than all the others. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Gaels (3-1 overall) are coming off a ...

TOUGH TASK

URBANDALE — For the second time in three weeks, the Fort Dodge football team faces a legitimate state championship contender as the Dodgers head to second-ranked (Class 4A) Urbandale on Friday. Kickoff at Frerichs Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. This is the J-Hawks’ Homecoming ...

State cross country adjusts 2020 schedule

Fort Dodge will remain the host for the state cross country meet next month. The gameplan to combat COVID-19 will bring a much different look to Lakeside Golf Course, though. This year’s co-ed event, which has been in Fort Dodge since 1993, has been distanced accordingly.Both ...

Another unbeaten foe for Lynx

For the fifth straight week the seventh-ranked Webster City football team will face an unbeaten team. And for four consecutive weeks the Lynx (4-0 overall, 2-0 in district) have kept their perfect record intact. Webster City’s four victories have come against teams with a combined record of ...

A DODGER BOND

Quennel McCaleb vividly remembers being a Fort Dodge Senior High athlete, brimming with talent but in need of purpose. McCaleb was also the middle school kid who didn’t always have the means or motivation to attend Dodger events and activities. The 1999 FDSH graduate still knows what ...

ORR’S ENCORE

HUMBOLDT — Running at home in cross country is special any year. In 2020, it carries added meaning. Senior Quinton Orr ran the final meet on his home course for Humboldt on Monday night and the senior all-stater didn’t disappoint, setting a course record in 16:22 to stay unbeaten on the ...

Gael girls give a glimpse of the future

HUMBOLDT — Looking down the road, Mike Szalat sees a bright future ahead for his St. Edmond girls cross country team. On Monday at the Humboldt Invitational, the Gaels were third as a squad. Their top three individual runners were all from the freshman class. The Gaels finished with 125 ...

FDSH standout Adams commits to Iowa softball

IOWA CITY — Jalen Adams officially gave her verbal commitment to the University of Iowa softball program last Friday. Truth be told, though, this course was plotted in the mind of the Fort Dodge junior all-stater all along. Adams pledged her collegiate future to Renee Gillispie’s ...

Gael volleyball program sidelined

The St. Edmond volleyball team has entered a two-week quarantine period after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, activities director Zach Steinhoff confirmed on Monday. The test was officially reported to school officials last Friday. If all goes as planned, the Gaels will return to the ...

MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

Kiana Touney had already decided to continue her volleyball career before knowing for sure if she would get to conclude her run with Fort Dodge. Touney, an Iowa Central commit, and the Dodgers were granted the opportunity to play this year while dealing with the restrictions of the novel ...

Dodgers host slimmed-down Winkler Invite

There was a time when Grace Hartley wasn't sure if she would get the chance to compete as a senior for the Fort Dodge girls swim team. Now that she’s in the midst of her final season as a Dodger, Hartley is starting to experience mixed emotions. Hartley recorded three Top-4 finishes and ...

DIGGING DEEP

MARSHALLTOWN — Earlier this season, the Fort Dodge football team rolled up its sleeves and got dirty with tough yards in the trenches. On Friday at Marshalltown, the Dodgers let their playmakers loose. Different approach, same result: a victory for the third time in four weeks. It took a ...

Gaels can’t find answer for West Hancock

BRITT — West Hancock’s control of Class A football remains strong despite the loss of several starters from last year’s run to the state title. The ninth-ranked Eagles proved that here Friday night, rolling to a convincing 55-14 victory over St. Edmond. Cole Kelly, part of the ...

BUILDING BLOCKS

St. Edmond head coach Dee Huss is grateful for the opportunity her volleyball program has to even play this season. At the same time, Huss finds it almost hard to believe that they have just five matches under their belt right now. While the Gaels fell to Webster City here Thursday night, ...

Dodgers travel to face Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN — A long-standing high school rivalry taken off the board by COVID-19 was reinstated for the same reason this past week, giving Fort Dodge the opportunity to face Marshalltown on the football field after all. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday night at Leonard Cole Field. The ...

Gaels hit the road to meet No. 9 Eagles

BRITT — When Matt Dillon looked at the revamped schedule for his St. Edmond football team in the offseason, this was the date circled on his calendar. Dillon and the unbeaten Gaels travel north Friday night to take on defending Class A state champion West Hancock. Kickoff is set for 7 ...

Lynx, Wildcats set to face off

Six Messenger-area teams remained unbeaten after Week 3, but with two head-to-head matchups on Friday, there will only be four left after this week. No. 3 South Central Calhoun, No. 6 Emmetsburg, No. 7 Webster City, and No. 7 Newell-Fonda are all perfect on the season and combined have ...

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

CLARION — Success on the volleyball court has brought the entire Clarion-Goldfield/Dows community together, as the team has put together a successful program that everyone in the district showing their Cowgirl pride. Clarion-Goldfield/Dows has reached the state tournament two years in a ...

FLYING HIGH

HUMBOLDT — When a team has high expectations, coming up short often becomes the motivation to overcome an obstacle. The 15th-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt volleyball squad has been on the verge of reaching the state tournament in each of the past five seasons, losing in the regional finals all ...