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‘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 ...

More than just a coach

Someday, when Matt Miller is long gone and all of his accomplishments are nothing more than faded memories, a Fort Dodge fan will look at this era of Dodger football and ask why his time here was so special. On paper, he lost more games than he won. On paper, the Dodgers’ playoff victory ...

Cowgirls bow out in 2A semifinals

CEDAR RAPIDS — The dream season for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows came to an end here Thursday in the Class 2A state volleyball semifinals. The seventh-ranked Cowgirls suffered a three-set loss to No. 3 Dyersville Beckman. Scores were 25-15, 25-18 and 25-18. Beckman (42-8 overall) advances to ...

COWGIRLS BREAK THROUGH

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s already been a historic run for the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team, and the Cowgirls aren’t done yet. C-G/D (30-6 overall) swept Wilton in three games for the school’s first ever state tournament victory. The sixth-seeded Cowgirls ousted the Beavers (35-4) ...

TOUGH AS IRON

All DJ Irons was looking for was an opportunity. He received that from Iowa Central and head football coach Jesse Montalto. Irons, a transfer from Eastern Kentucky, was named the ICCAC Offensive Player of the Year. The quarterback was one of 12 Tritons placed on the all-conference ...

Sundell still recovering from August injury

When Laura Grieser got an incoming text from her son Wade Sundell, a wave of emotions came over her. The text read: “Hi, Mom. I’m doing better.” That’s all Grieser needed to know, hearing her son made it past the difficult stages of a severe injury suffered in a professional rodeo ...

Coppock after state crown

CEDAR FALLS — As a youth, Bryce Coppock watched from inside the UNI-Dome as Newell-Fonda football competed for state glory. Now, as a senior, Coppock gets his opportunity to become a champion — but with a different school. Coppock is a two-way starter for West Sioux, who takes on West ...

Tritons win opener

ESTHERVILLE — The Iowa Central wrestling team won seven matches, four by bonus points, on Wednesday night in their season opener. The Tritons beat Iowa Lakes, 33-17. Iowa Central closed out the dual with six straight victories. “We gave up some bonus points, but came firing back,’’ ...

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 ...

C-G/D ready for state volleyball encore

CLARION — For the second consecutive season, the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows volleyball team punched their ticket to state. The seventh-ranked (Class 2A) Cowgirls will take on No. 4 Wilton inside the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday at 4 p.m. A year ago, C-G/D ended a 20-year ...

Tritons to face Nassau in bowl

CEDAR FALLS — For the second straight season, the Iowa Central football team will conclude their year with an opponent from New York. The Tritons (6-6 overall) take on No. 19 Nassau (7-3) in the feature game of The Graphic Edge Bowl here on Sunday, Dec. 8. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. In the ...

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 ...

A bursting bubble

We need to have a very difficult conversation about both the condition and direction of youth sports in America. I’m going to localize this column to a certain extent — not because the Fort Dodge area is “worse” than others when it comes to dwindling participation numbers, trending ...

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 ...

Fierke in Top-10 for FDSH

MARSHALLTOWN — Fort Dodge’s Eileen Fierke capped a brilliant freshman season in the pool with a Top-10 finish at the girls state swim meet here on Saturday. Fierke took 10th in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.75. Her time of 1:55.53 in the prelims was a personal best. “Eileen gave us a ...

Tritons no match for No. 6 Hutchinson

Jesse Montalto knew it would be an uphill climb for his Iowa Central football team here Saturday afternoon against sixth-ranked Hutchinson. The No. 19 Tritons were without several key players and it showed, as the Blue Dragons earned a convincing 56-0 victory inside Dodger ...

Gibb scores 42, but Triton men edged by Northeast

NORFOLK, Neb. — The Iowa Central men’s basketball team dropped a 99-98 decision in overtime to Northeast here Saturday. Emmette Page made a free throw with three seconds left for the winning points as Jeremiah Hurst’s last-second attempt came up short from deep. St. Edmond graduate ...

National three-peat for Triton women

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Iowa Central women’s cross country team completed their mission here Saturday, winning a third consecutive NJCAA Div. I Championship. Three Triton runners finished in the top seven, as the program maintained their national stronghold in the sport. Iowa Central ...

Titans fall short against top-ranked Van Meter

VAN METER — As everyone expected, the battle between Van Meter and South Central Calhoun came down to just a few yards and points here Friday night. With a spot in the Class 1A semifinals on the line, the top-ranked Bulldogs claimed a 10-6 victory to advance over the Titans. Van Meter ...

Tritons race for national crowns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Iowa Central cross country program has positioned itself as a yearly contender at the NJCAA Div. I Championships. And this season is no different. Both the Triton men and women will be chasing hardware this Saturday when they compete at the University of New ...