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The right direction

When I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in the spring of 2000, I returned to Fort Dodge and accepted a position at The Messenger — my home away from home for nearly six years prior. I had enjoyed working in the sports department on a part-time basis while attending both Fort ...

Hawkeyes’ Heller thrives as a ‘players’ coach’

Long before the University of Iowa realized it made a home-run hire by bringing baseball coach Rick Heller on board four years ago, Tim Flattery and Terry Reiners both knew. Flattery, a former St. Edmond all-stater, and Reiners, an ex-Fort Dodge Senior High standout, played for Heller at the ...

St. Edmond edges Cadets

The St. Edmond softball team plated two runs in the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie, then hung on for a 2-1 North Central Conference victory over Iowa Falls-Alden on Thursday night at Rogers Park. Sophomore Sydney Nelson delivered a two-run single up the middle to score Megan Flattery ...

FD’s Murman bows out at state tennis

ANKENY — Fort Dodge junior Beth Murman bounced back from an opening-round loss at the state tennis tournament here on Thursday, before being ousted on the consolation side. Murman suffered a 6-1, 6-1 setback in her first match against Lily Feldman of Pleasant Valley. She roared back to ...

CLEAN SWEEP

Fort Dodge softball coach Andi Adams still has some question marks about her 2017 softball team. One thing is for sure, though: these Dodgers can score runs in bunches. The No. 7 (5A) Dodgers put up 29 runs against Marshalltown here Tuesday night on the way to a pair of lopsided ...

Wildcats win 4A state title

MARSHALLTOWN — The last time the Humboldt girls captured a state golf championship, no one on the team was even born yet. That all changed here Wednesday afternoon, as the Wildcats fired a 365 to claim the Class 4A crown over Dubuque Wahlert by nine strokes at Elmwood Country ...

Ackerson leads Jaguars past St. Edmond

Jaiden Ackerson is the lone senior on Southeast Valley’s softball roster. With that comes added responsibility to help provide leadership for a group that consists of six sophomores, three freshmen and an eighth-grader. On Tuesday night, Ackerson showed more than just leadership, going ...

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Coming off a tough CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader with Marshalltown, the Fort Dodge baseball team got back in the win column here Wednesday evening, sweeping Des Moines North. Scores were 11-1 in five innings and 12-4. The Dodgers (5-4 overall) were on the receiving end of a sweep by the ...

Dodgers lose heartbreaker

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge girls soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to 11th-ranked (Class 3A) West Des Moines Dowling here Wednesday night in a Region 2 semifinal. The Maroons now play Johnston on Monday back here for a spot in the state tournament. The Dragons ousted ...

Rare sweep for Bobcats vs. Dodgers

At its core, the game of baseball is often defined by two-out hitting. Marshalltown proved that time and time again here on Tuesday. The Bobcats plated all but two of their runs in two-out situations during a doubleheader sweep of Fort Dodge, leaving town with wins of 5-0 and 4-3 thanks in ...

Murman set for state trek

ANKENY — Beth Murman enters her first state singles competition beginning here Thursday with the goal of adding to her already impressive resume. Murman, a junior for Fort Dodge, will face Lily Feldman of Pleasant Valley in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament. Play is ...

St. Edmond loses to Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — The Humboldt baseball team showed they are still a tough out in the North Central Conference, downing St. Edmond here Wednesday night, 11-1 in six innings. The Wildcats won the league title last year with a perfect 14-0 record, but graduated many members of that team. They have ...

‘Eye-opening experience’

CEDAR FALLS — Lexi Astor made the decision to continue her volleyball career at the University of Northern Iowa so she could become a better player. Astor, a redshirt sophomore this past season for the Panthers, was recently given the opportunity to grow as a person. Along with the rest ...

Gaels fall short

An early deficit and 11 walked batters proved too much to overcome for the St. Edmond baseball team here Monday. The Gaels fell to West Marshall, 10-5, in the finals of the Patterson Field Tournament on Memorial Day. It was the first loss for St. Edmond in four games this season. After ...

HIT BRIGADE

Confidence spread through the Fort Dodge softball team’s lineup like wildfire in their home debut on Friday, as the seventh-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers plated 22 runs in the final eight innings of a doubleheader sweep over Des Moines Roosevelt. Senior Maggie Harvey had seven hits and nine RBI ...

ON THE MOVE

The Fort Dodge girls soccer team was anxious to get the postseason started. The Dodgers scored a 2-0 victory over Boone here Saturday night in a Class 3A, Region 2 opener. Fort Dodge (7-9 overall) now meets No. 11 West Des Moines Dowling on Wednesday in the semifinals. Junior Makenzie ...

FD’s Bowser moves into tennis semis

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jonny Bowser is once again back in the Class 2A state tennis semifinals, and he’ll face a familiar foe on Saturday. Bowser scored a pair of straight-set victories here Friday during first and quarterfinal round action at state. He’ll meet Hoff, an unseeded district ...

Fort Dodge baseball team drops a pair

Blake Utley is a firm believer in the building process. That’s why Utley was able to see past the obvious and ahead to the future after dropping a pair of games to Davenport West and Cedar Falls here Saturday in the Fort Dodge Invitational. The Dodgers suffered an 8-0 loss to the Falcons ...

Dodgers manufacture late runs to top Clinton, 6-3

The Fort Dodge baseball team became a scrambling, risk-taking menace on the basepaths during a late rally on Friday that led to a 6-3 victory over Clinton on a beautiful night at Ed McNeil Field. Trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning of their home opener, the Dodgers (3-0 overall) got an RBI ...

Bowser places 4th at state

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jonny Bowser didn’t get the chance to contend for another state tennis title here on Saturday, but the Fort Dodge senior still left with a fourth medal. Bowser placed fourth in the Class 2A singles tournament, falling to Timothy Ellis of Ames, 6-2, 3-6 (10-7) at Veterans ...