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TITLE DREAMS

Pace. Fort Dodge has spent an entire season — and actually, the better part of the last decade with this particular group of players — perfecting its pace. Aggressive, yet efficient. Assertive, yet mindful. Emotional, yet composed. Relaxed, yet unflappable. In sports, it’s the kind of ...

STATE SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK: Future is now for city, community

With the ink still drying on a recently-announced five-year state softball contract extension between the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the city of Fort Dodge, Lori Branderhorst will soon be able to turn her attention to both the short- and long-term agenda at Harlan and Hazel ...

THE ENCORE

The long ball? Check. Small ball? Check. Pitching? Definitely. Defense? Yep. The Fort Dodge softball team seemingly can do it all and the end result is another trip the Class 5A state softball title game. The top-seeded Dodgers put up eight runs in the first two innings and made them stand ...

Mustangs reach title round

Courtney Darrow knew her team’s offense was due. Top-seeded Newell-Fonda pulled away from Southeast Warren on Wednesday, posting a 7-3 victory on Kruger Seeds Field to reach the Class 1A state championship round for the first time in over a decade. The Mustangs (37-4 overall) have been a ...

DOUBLE CLUTCH

In the moment, Jalen Adams had no idea what she had done. The Fort Dodge junior’s lone focus was on helping her top-seeded Dodgers advance to the Class 5A state semifinals. The Dodger hurler did just that, crisply taking care of eight-seed Bettendorf by tossing the 59th no-hitter in state ...

Ayala completes Fargo trifecta

FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala has bigger and better in mind as he closes the book on his high school wrestling career. The sky seems to be the limit for Ayala, who is now headed to the University of Iowa after putting an exclamation point on his time as a prep with another Fargo Nationals title ...