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Weekly champs again crowned at SPR

Nearly 100 cars were again in action this past weekend at Sports Park Raceway. Shannon Anderson topped Fort Dodge’s Myles Michehl and Ryan Boland for Hobby Stock A-Feature gold. Anderson continues to lead the season points race in the event, with Fort Dodge’s Bryce Sommerfeld in ...

Dodgers make a statement

Speechless, stunned and scared to death was the only way Andi Adams could describe it. Players and fans held their collective breath on Monday during warmups, as Kaden Pederson lay motionless in center field, moments after the senior had collided with second baseman Aubrey Davis. When ...

Family affair

POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas Area co-head baseball coaches Aaron Davidson and Brandon Ruffridge have a deep love for “America’s Pastime.” The two have devoted countless hours and several years to the sport, both as a player themselves and now as a coach. That love has carried right over to ...

POWER SURGE

WEBSTER CITY — The St. Edmond softball team jumped out early and never looked back, topping Webster City here Monday night, 9-4. Jacque Oberg hit a three-run homer and also had a double, finishing 2-for-4 on the day. Audrey Kolacia, Macey Mason and Rylee Kinney all contributed two hits for ...

Rial to coach BV wrestling

STORM LAKE — Mark Rial has been named the new head wrestling coach at Buena Vista University. Jack Denholm, the Director of Athletics at the Iowa Conference school, made the announcement on Tuesday pending the completion of a standard background check. Rial, a two-time state wrestling ...

St. Edmond scores 19 in road win

EAGLE GROVE — The St. Edmond softball team put on an offensive clinic here Tuesday night, besting Eagle Grove 19-3 in five innings. Jocy Timmerman, Macey Mason, Jacque Oberg and Rylee Kinney all drove in three runs, and Audrey Kolacia, Erin Flattery and Timmerman each scored three times as ...

No. 3 J-Hawks take two from Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge head baseball coach Blake Utley doesn’t look at competing in the CIML Iowa Conference as a burden. The league currently features four teams ranked in the Class 4A Top-10, including Monday night’s opponent, No. 3 Urbandale. While the J-Hawks were able to post a doubleheader ...

Lynx blank SE baseball team

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City baseball team used another dominating pitching performance to score a 10-0 victory over St. Edmond here Monday night. Dylan Steen tossed a one-hitter for the Lynx (9-1 overall, 5-0 in NCC), striking out 11. Steen struck out the final seven batters he faced and ...

18 unanswered runs for Gaels

BANCROFT — The St. Edmond baseball team responded just like head coach Mike Szalat wanted here Tuesday night. After surrendering a grand slam to North Union’s Brody Fritsche in the first inning, the Gaels scored 18 unanswered, including a pair of seven-run frames, in scoring an 18-4 ...

Extreme focus

Blake Utley saw something in his Fort Dodge baseball team hours before their Friday night contest with Sioux City North even began. The Dodgers arrived early to Ed McNeil Field for batting practice, with that performance carrying right on over to a 12-2 win in five innings over the ...

Leading the way: Time out with Jake Szalat

Growing up around St. Edmond sports, Jake Szalat knew he would eventually have his own chance to leave a mark on the school. Now, with his Gael career winding down, Szalat can reflect on his past four years — many of which was spent with his father, Mike, as his head coach. “There have ...

Vratny no hits Cowgirls

CLARION — St. Edmond freshman Ella Vratny pitched a four-inning no-hitter as St. Edmond knocked off Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 14-0 on Friday night. Vratny struckout five and walked three in the Gaels (8-4 overall, 5-1 North Central Conference) victory. Vratny also drove in two runs and scored ...

St. Edmond handles Cowboys

CLARION — St. Edmond senior Jake Szalat pitched and hit the Gaels past Clarion-Goldfield/Dows on Friday night. The Gaels (4-5 overall, 2-3 North Central Conference) picked up a 4-0 shutout behind Szalat’s three-hitter. Szalat improved to 3-0, walking none and striking out nine. He was ...

600 FOR ADAMS

MASON CITY — Andi Adams became just the 64th softball coach in Iowa high school history to win her 600th game as Fort Dodge swept a doubleheader from Mason City here on Wednesday. The 15th-ranked Dodgers improved to 12-2 on the year with a pair of victories over the Mohawks, 6-1 and ...

All cylinders

The Fort Dodge softball team’s lineup is dominated by talented younger players who are just getting started at the varsity level. When it comes to the glue that holds everything together, though, head coach Andi Adams doesn’t hesitate in crediting a small senior class that’s short on ...

Flattery, Collison reflect on their title experience

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A few days have passed since the Augustana baseball team capped a memorable season by winning the NCAA Div. II World Series national championship in Cary, N.C. But the feeling of being a “champion” hasn’t even started to sink in for David Flattery or Clay ...

Warriors too much for Gaels

The St. Edmond softball team went up against one of the top pitchers in the state here Thursday night in Alta/Aurelia’s Abby Kraemer. Kraemer, a junior who entered the night ranked second in strikeouts this year, tossed a one-hitter and added 15 more punch-outs to her season total as the ...

Van Zyl’s final chapter

Liza Van Zyl has closed the book on her high school career just as her family is moving away from Fort Dodge. The next chapter in Van Zyl’s life will be an exciting one; she has signed to play for the Drake University women’s soccer program. Before leaving town, though, the recent FDSH ...

Gaels rout Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE — Jocy Timmerman and Chloe Lewison each had three hits as the St. Edmond softball team scored an 11-4 victory over Clear Lake here Wednesday night. Lewison added three RBI on the night, with Jacque Oberg finishing 2-for-4 with four runs driven in for the Gaels (8-3 overall, 4-1 ...

Dodgers improve to 12-2

MASON CITY — The 15th-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team picked up a sweep over Mason City here Wednesday night in a CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader. Scores were 6-1 and 10-0 in five innings. The win was the 600th in the coaching career of Fort Dodge’s Andi Adams, who recently ...