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Tritons edged at Ellsworth

IOWA FALLS — The short-handed Iowa Central wrestling team went head-to-head with top-ranked (NJCAA) Ellsworth here on Wednesday in their season debut, eventually dropping a 23-19 decision to the Panthers. No. 4 Iowa Central, the defending national champion, won six of the nine matches on ...

Gael players honored

Four members of the St. Edmond football team were named first team all-district for their efforts this past season. Seniors Isaac Lursen, Jack Rasmussen and Sean Flaherty were joined by sophomore Nick Lawler on the top honor squad. Cade Naughton and Andrew Gibb made the second team, with ...

Lofty goals again for defending champ Tritons

When recruits enter the Iowa Central wrestling room, the mission is always the same for the program: national title or bust. Last season, the Tritons sent all 10 wrestlers to the NJCAA tournament in hopes of getting back on the top of the podium. Thomas Peterson clinched gold for Iowa Central ...

Tritons close out fall season

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Iowa Central’s sports shooting team just finished out a strong fall season with a pair of third-place individuals in the regional championships. Alexis Louck finished third in female sporting clays with an 86 out of 100, Lane Dundee finished third in super sporting ...

Dodger wrestlers rated 23rd nationally

Two-time defending state runner-up Fort Dodge enters the wrestling season as the highest ranked Iowa school in the InterMat Fab 50 national rankings. Head coach Bobby Thompson’s Dodgers are 23rd overall, four spots ahead of reigning state champion Southeast Polk. West Des Moines Valley ...

Porter a steady influence for nation’s No. 1 team

Jake Porter had never missed a football game, dating all the way back to his early days in high school. So when the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate was in street clothes for top-ranked (NCAA Div. II) Minnesota State’s game against Wayne State on Saturday for senior day, Porter had ...

A DAY TO REMEMBER

IOWA CITY — At one point during Iowa’s out-of-body 55-24 dismantling of third-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, my wife turned to me with an incredulous look and said, ‘‘I’ve never seen them do that before.’’ She needed to be more specific. It happened live and in living color ...

BURST OF ENERGY

While Tim Butcher is living out his boyhood dream of chasing down quarterbacks on Saturdays, there are still visions of a bigger stage in mind. Butcher’s dream was to play Division I football out of high school, but when the offers didn’t come through, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound lineman took ...

Hartley earns ninth

MARSHALLTOWN — The Fort Dodge girls swim team add more Top-16 state finishes for their program here Saturday at the state meet. Senior Taylor Hartley had the highest individual finish, placing ninth in the 500 freestyle. Hartley clocked a time of 5:12.60, with West Des Moines Dowling’s ...

FDSH grad helps fuel ‘Iowa Wave’

IOWA CITY — Saturday’s football game between Iowa and Ohio State has taken on a different meaning for 1999 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Brooke (Hansen) Mickelson. Mickelson, along with friends Meighan Phillips and Lori Willis, are the driving force behind the “Iowa Wave” shirts that ...

Tritons earn national berth

IOWA FALLS — Iowa Central is back in the national volleyball tournament. The 16th-ranked Tritons (30-9 overall) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat second-seeded DMACC in five sets of the Region XI-B championship match. The Bears won the first and third set 26-24 and 25-23. Iowa Central ...

Huss hits her stride

High school sports help create a family atmosphere. That mantra especially rings true for For St. Edmond senior Hannah Huss. Huss recently completed her Gael volleyball career alongside three cousins, while playing for her mother. St. Edmond won 17 matches — its most since the 2007 season ...

Tritons lose at home

For the second consecutive week, Iowa Central put an early scare into a national junior college power. However, a pivotal three-minute stretch late in the first quarter and early in the second doomed the Tritons, as they fell to No. 17 Garden City here Saturday at Dodger Stadium, ...

Final home game for Tritons

Last week, Iowa Central battled the current favorites to win the NJCAA national football championship in top-ranked Iowa Western. This Saturday, the Tritons get to face the program that hoisted that trophy a season ago. No. 17 Garden City visits Dodger Stadium for the final home game of the ...

Titans edged by No. 1 BH/RV

HULL — For the second consecutive year, South Central Calhoun’s season came to an end here, as top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley won, 28-20. The defending champion Nighthawks will play Waukon in a Class 2A semifinal at Cedar Falls next week. Waukon knocked off New Hampton last night, ...

Tritons coast in opener

Sara Horn has her team ready for the postseason. The 16th-ranked Iowa Central volleyball squad had tunnel vision in Wednesday’s Region XI-B semifinal against Southeastern. The Tritons (29-9 overall) cruised to a three-set victory over the Blackhawks (24-16), 25-15, 25-18 and ...

THE FINISH LINE

MARSHALLTOWN — The 2017 girls state swim meet on Saturday will mark the end of one era and the beginning of another for the Fort Dodge girls swim program. Dodger senior Taylor Hartley’s brilliant prep career comes to an end at the Marshalltown YMCA, but five underclassmen — all either ...

Tritons eager to get program back on track

When a coach doesn’t have to worry as much about the fundamentals and just coach basketball instead, a transition including 12 newcomers can still be a smooth one. Entering his 39th season, Iowa Central head coach Dennis Pilcher likes the early signs of what his ballclub can ...

SC Calhoun takes on No. 1

HULL — The South Central Calhoun football team gets their shot at No. 1 this Friday night, taking on defending state champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley here in a Class 2A quarterfinal. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Since a Week 1 loss to Carroll, the Titans (9-1 overall) have won nine a row, ...

Triton men roll behind Croft’s 24 points, 88-57

Tray Croft scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the Iowa Central men opened their season with a convincing 88-57 victory over Grand View JV here Thursday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Croft, who set a new single-season scoring record last year, was 11-for-15 from the ...