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CIML’s future on shaky ground

Fort Dodge’s 29-year relationship with the Central Iowa Metro League could be approaching a crossroads. A letter penned by Marshalltown Community School District superintendent Theron J. Schutte confirmed that 10 of the 19 current CIML schools have recently considered ending their ...

TITLE DEFENSE

DES MOINES — There have been memorable and incredible classes come through the Newell-Fonda basketball program over the years. This current group of seniors, though, could be one of the best yet to wear the Mustang uniform. Second-ranked and two-time defending Class 1A state champion ...

Two bronze medals for Thorson

AUSTIN, Tex. — Lehr Thorson continues to etch her name in the Iowa State University breaststroke record books. Thorson earned bronze-medal finishes in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2021 Big 12 swimming and diving championships over the weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas ...

STATE BOUND: historic win for South Central Calhoun boys

MARSHALLTOWN — There’s always been a burning desire. Now, the 2021 South Central Calhoun boys basketball team will bring a long-standing goal to life for its program and the community at the state tournament. For the first time ever as a consolidated school, the Titans punched their ...

Johnson honored by the IHSBCA

For over two decades, Chris Johnson has faithfully served area readers from both the press box and behind the scenes as Assistant Sports Editor of The Messenger in Fort Dodge. Johnson was recently named a 2021 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Media Award recipient for his ...

Big win for Iowa Central

Just when it seemed like nothing could go right for eighth-ranked Iowa Central, the Tritons came together as a collective team and swept fourth-ranked Kirkwood here Sunday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Coming off a loss on the road and playing with a short-handed roster, Iowa Central deal the ...

Tritons cap trip with victory

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - The Iowa Central baseball team finished off a trip to Millington with a convincing 11-3 victory over Triton College here Sunday. Derek Kay was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup while Gavin Baker, Ryan Wickman and Jalen ...

MEMORY LANE

It’s been both enjoyable and educational to help Fort Dodge Senior High football coach Nik Moser and his staff honor former Dodger athletes on social media throughout February for Black History Month. Moser contacted me last month to see if I would be willing to lend a hand. Being a local ...

Hepp making his own mark

Deegan Hepp has been riding his motorcycle since he was little. All of the hard work is starting to pay off. Hepp, along with a large group of other Fort Dodge and area riders, has been competing at the Hoosier Arenacross Nationals. The Fort Dodge Senior High senior and Fort Dodge’s ...

Matson’s buzzer beater advances Humboldt

ALGONA — Caden Matson banked home a shot from around the free throw line as time expired on Thursday night, pushing Humboldt into a Class 3A substate final with a dramatic 71-69 win over North Central Conference rival Algona. Matson, a junior, finished with 14 points for the Wildcats (15-7 ...

Fort Dodge boys take 5th at state bowling tournament

WATERLOO — The Fort Dodge boys bowling team turned in a fifth-place performance on Wednesday at Cadillac Lanes. The Dodgers rolled a 3,127 total. Clinton was the team champion at 3,409. “We didn’t bowl poorly — I just felt like we underperformed,’’ said FDSH head coach Nick ...

Gibb feels at home with Briar Cliff

SIOUX CITY — Andrew Gibb found himself heading off to a new town and team right during a pandemic in 2020. Gibb, a former all-stater for St. Edmond, recently finished his sophomore season with the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team after spending a year at Iowa Central. The Chargers ...

Ex-Dodger wrestling coach Formanek dies

Richard L. (Dick) Formanek, who coached the Fort Dodge wrestling team for eight seasons in the 1960s and had four state champions crowned under his direction, died last Thursday at his home in Osage. He was 85 years old. Formanek became the Dodgers’ head coach in 1960 and served in that ...

Clark enjoying success in Arenacross with his family

Izaih Clark has enjoyed his time in the Hoosier Arenacross Nationals, but the last two races have brought back a feeling of family. In Springfield, Missouri and last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clark has been competing with his cousin Tayler Grall in the 250 Pro and 450 Pro Class. “Tayler ...

Top-ranked Bears crush BCLUW

MASON CITY — The Bishop Garrigan senior girls basketball players will be making their third state tournament trip in the last four seasons. The top-ranked Golden Bears (23-1 overall) made quick work of BLCUW here Wednesday night, securing a return trip to the Class 1A state tournament with ...

No. 2 Mustangs drub Anita CAM

JEFFERSON — The Newell-Fonda girls are returning to their second home in hopes of defending their back-to-back Class 1A state titles. Behind another strong offensive performance, the second-ranked Mustangs rolled past CAM here in the Region 2 championship, 75-37. Newell-Fonda (23-1 ...

BACK ON TRACK

Molly McCauley found herself thrust into the starting lineup here Tuesday night for the eighth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team. McCauley, a former Algona High School standout, recorded eight digs, three serving aces, two block assists and a kill in helping the Tritons rebound from their ...

Dodger boys riding momentum, feeling confident with state up next

WATERLOO — Nick Vinson knows he has all the pieces for another run at a boys state bowling title. Three competitors return from last year’s championship team, including 2020 individual gold medalist Kaleb Anderson. The senior and classmate Brady Graves, along with sophomore Carson ...

Garrigan, N-F one step away again

Ever since the final whistle of last year’s Class 1A girls state tournament, talk of a rematch has been lingering. The top-ranked Bishop Garrigan girls and No. 2 Newell-Fonda met for the state championship last March. The two programs appear to be on another collision course, and both play ...

The Dodger wrestling connection

Members of the Fort Dodge wrestling program may not fully realize it yet, but their impact continues to extend far beyond a gym room or a trophy case. It resonates with a former FDSH teacher who now lives in a Sun Belt state. An ex-Dodger wrestler who resides in Colorado. A current ...