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HOLDING PATTERN

In their final seasons as Dodgers, seniors Asle Thorson, Tysen Kershaw and Brycen Bell are hoping and waiting to find out if they will get to run one final time for their school. With the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 halting everything sports-related, the Dodgers are doing everything they ...

Crooks named 1A player of the year

ALGONA — Audi Crooks may only be a 15-year-old freshman, but she plays like a senior and thinks like a veteran. With all of the success and awards coming her way on the basketball court, the prep rookie maintained her composure and stayed humble through the process. On Wednesday, Crooks ...

Ayala will be a Hawkeye

Fort Dodge's Drake Ayala has made up his mind: the junior state wrestling champion will attend the University of Iowa. Ayala officially informed UI head coach Tom Brands of his decision on Wednesday, picking the Hawkeyes over Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa State, North Carolina, Minnesota and a ...

AREA TRIO NAMED ALL-STATE

An offseason of dedication paid dividends for three area basketball players on Monday, as they were named Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state members. Bishop Garrigan junior Angelo Winkel made the first team in Class 1A. Wyatt Wegener, a senior from cross-town rival Algona, took ...

TRUE ROLE MODEL

MINOT, N.D. — There’s a story behind Kyle Beisch’s 28-point performance in his last collegiate game at Minot State University. Beisch’s scoring binge in the opening round of the Northern Sun Athletic Conference Tournament against South Division champion Sioux Falls capped a brilliant ...

THAT’S A WRAP

Rick Sandquist is a baseball and softball aficionado. When he found his team’s season would be cut short on Monday, it rocked the Iowa Central coach’s world. At 1 p.m. yesterday, the NJCAA made the decision to end remaining spring sports seasons across the country. When Sandquist got ...

Precious memories

Justin Hanson and Aaron Wernimont crossed paths at an interesting time in their lives. Both were state champions in high school, with Hanson winning gold at Humboldt and Wernimont for Pocahontas Area. From there, Hanson elected to attend Iowa State University and Wernimont headed to West ...

Iowa Central works through uncertain times

Iowa Central athletic director Kevin Twait got the call he was dreading on Monday. The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) announced at 1 p.m. that the remaining spring sports seasons across the country would be cancelled. In a press release, the NJCAA stated: The ...

Wernimont heads to Hall of Fame

The late Aaron Wernimont will add the title of Hall of Famer to his incredible resume this summer. But for those that knew the Pocahontas native, he has always been more than that. Wernimont, who passed away in 2012 at 26 years old, will be one of five inductees into the National Wrestling ...

Munson breaks women’s city series record

Hannah Munson has been bowling since she was five years old, and she’s become good at it through the years. Actually, she’s great at it. Munson, now 23 years old, has rolled five perfect games. The only major plateau she had never reached was an 800 series. That all changed on Sunday ...

AYALA WINS GABLE AWARD

CEDAR FALLS — Drake Ayala is one of the top high school wrestlers in the nation, and on Saturday night, he was named the best in his class for the state of Iowa. The Fort Dodge junior was named the 2020 Dan Gable Mr. Wrestler of the Year for Class 3A during a banquet on Saturday before ...

Dream come true

Since he was two years old Izaih Clark has dreamed of riding his motorcycle as his career. That dream became a reality in Dallas, Texas when Clark accumulated enough points to earn his Supercross (indoor racing) pro card. “It was pretty cool to be able to get my pro card,’’ Clark ...

ALL SMILES

Ismael Cardenas has been around boxing his entire life, so when he saw an opportunity to be in the corner with his kids, he jumped at the chance. With a grin always on his face, the man friends and family affectionately call “Smiley” took over the Fort Dodge Boxing Club in ...

Second to one

DES MOINES — The spark just never ignited for the Bishop Garrigan boys here Friday afternoon. After putting together a strong first half in the Class 1A state championship with Wapsie Valley, the Golden Bears were unable to find their rhythm, falling 65-53 inside Wells Fargo Arena. In ...

Garrigan plays for state glory

DES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan head coach Mark Meister told his team heading into the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Class 1A semifinal they had eight minutes left to finish the job. Now, the Golden Bears have 32 minutes to complete a dream season and crown themselves state ...

War at West Gym still on the mat

CEDAR FALLS — Fort Dodge will be well represented at War at West Gym on Saturday night. Four Dodger wrestlers will compete in the event held in Cedar Falls at the West Gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Fort Dodge’s two time state champion Drake Ayala, along with state runner ups Carson ...

State will limit attendance at Friday’s games

DES MOINES — As professional and college sports around the world came to a halt on Thursday, the boys state basketball tournament here inside Wells Fargo Arena played on. Consolation finals and semifinals took place as normal, but that all will change on the fifth and final day. The Iowa ...

Tritons suspend spring sports

After talking to the NJCAA governing board, Iowa Central will suspend spring sports until April 3 in response to the threat of COVID-19. According to Iowa Central Athletic Director Kevin Twait, baseball, softball and track and all other spring sports will not compete until at least April ...

Iowa coaches, others react to NCAA decision

IOWA CITY — Disappointment was the key word spoken by several University of Iowa coaches upon hearing that all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships would be canceled. Tom Brands, head coach for the top-ranked Hawkeye wrestling team will try to focus his team on what they did and ...

Proceed with caution

Some of the hardest decisions in life come when there are no definitive solutions in sight. The NCAA’s unprecedented call to keep fans away from all major upcoming championship tournaments — men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling — certainly shocked our system. Due to the ...