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MNW’s Anliker announces retirement

MANSON — Jeff Anliker admits there is going to be a void that needs to be filled come next fall. Anliker announced his retirement as head football coach at Manson Northwest Webster during a recent team banquet, ending his 16-year run in that role. He plans to continue coaching the Cougar ...

Fierke in Top-10 for FDSH

MARSHALLTOWN — Fort Dodge’s Eileen Fierke capped a brilliant freshman season in the pool with a Top-10 finish at the girls state swim meet here on Saturday. Fierke took 10th in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.75. Her time of 1:55.53 in the prelims was a personal best. “Eileen gave us a ...

Tritons no match for No. 6 Hutchinson

Jesse Montalto knew it would be an uphill climb for his Iowa Central football team here Saturday afternoon against sixth-ranked Hutchinson. The No. 19 Tritons were without several key players and it showed, as the Blue Dragons earned a convincing 56-0 victory inside Dodger ...

Gibb scores 42, but Triton men edged by Northeast

NORFOLK, Neb. — The Iowa Central men’s basketball team dropped a 99-98 decision in overtime to Northeast here Saturday. Emmette Page made a free throw with three seconds left for the winning points as Jeremiah Hurst’s last-second attempt came up short from deep. St. Edmond graduate ...

National three-peat for Triton women

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Iowa Central women’s cross country team completed their mission here Saturday, winning a third consecutive NJCAA Div. I Championship. Three Triton runners finished in the top seven, as the program maintained their national stronghold in the sport. Iowa Central ...

Titans fall short against top-ranked Van Meter

VAN METER — As everyone expected, the battle between Van Meter and South Central Calhoun came down to just a few yards and points here Friday night. With a spot in the Class 1A semifinals on the line, the top-ranked Bulldogs claimed a 10-6 victory to advance over the Titans. Van Meter ...

Tritons race for national crowns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Iowa Central cross country program has positioned itself as a yearly contender at the NJCAA Div. I Championships. And this season is no different. Both the Triton men and women will be chasing hardware this Saturday when they compete at the University of New ...

Tritons finish season with No. 6 Hutchinson

The Iowa Central football team concludes their regular season here Saturday afternoon inside Dodger Stadium against Hutchinson. Kickoff is set for noon. For the sixth time, the Tritons (6-5 overall) face a ranked opponent, as the Blue Dragons come in No. 6 in the nation. Iowa Central ...

Headed to the Dome

ALGONA — The Algona football team made sure there would be no tears of disappointment to end this season. Only ones of joy and excitement. The third-ranked Bulldogs punched their spot into the Class 2A semifinals with a physically dominating 48-15 victory over Greene County here Friday ...

Fierke ninth in 200 free prelims

MARSHALLTOWN — Fort Dodge’s Grace Hartley and Eileen Fierke set personal times in the preliminary rounds of the state meet on Friday. Both Hartley (junior) and Fierke (freshman) advanced to the consolation finals with Top-16 times. Hartley swam a 2:11.35 in the 200 IM, breaking her ...

Best for last

MARSHALLTOWN — Ashley Beaumont doesn’t play the prediction game anymore. Time and time again, her Fort Dodge girls swim team has shattered expectations at the state meet. So instead of trying to crunch the numbers and forecast outcomes ahead of time, Beaumont has learned to enjoy the ride ...

Tritons earn honors

Amaya Finley came to Iowa Central and the volleyball team to make an impact. And that is exactly what she did. The California native set a new school-record for career kills and helped the Tritons to back-to-back ICCAC regular season titles. Finley was recently named the conference player ...

Semifinals on the line

Both Algona and South Central Calhoun are in familiar positions, but are hoping to extend their seasons at least one more week with a ticket to Cedar Falls. The third-ranked Bulldogs (10-0 overall) will host No. 8 Greene County (9-1) in a Class 2A quarterfinal, while the No. 6 Titans (10-0) ...

Captain Courageous

When Danny and Andrea Passow found out their son, Jackson, was diagnosed with GM1 Gangliosidosis, their hearts sunk. They were headed down a dark, all-too-familiar path. With a support system in place, though, they also knew this was a battle they weren’t going to have to fight alone. ...

GAELS ARE GOLDEN

DES MOINES — St. Edmond’s performance at the 2019 Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association championships was one for the record books. Yet Saturday’s Class 1A team state title in the cheer/dance category and second consecutive stunt group crown was more than just perfect timing and ...

New era begins for Iowa Central men

The Chad Helle era begins at Iowa Central with a completely new roster for the Triton men’s basketball program. Helle, the long-time assistant for legendary head coach Dennis Pilcher, slides one chair over this season and into the role of program leader. “It’s been good,” Helle ...

Triton women in period of transition

Kelly Kruger is doing his best to take it slow this year as head coach of the Iowa Central women’s basketball team. Kruger, entering his fourth season with the Tritons and 34th overall as a coach, has just three sophomores on his initial roster for the coming year. Fort Dodge Senior High ...

Humboldt’s Orr earns silver in 3A

Quinton Orr walked away from Saturday’s state cross country meet feeling accomplished and excited. Orr, a Humboldt junior, secured his second consecutive Class 3A runner-up finish, recording a school-record time of 15:52.1. Adel-ADM’s Nate Mueller, also a junior, was the race winner in ...

Kirkwood denies No. 8 Tritons bid to nationals

The venue was slightly different, but the end result was the same for the Iowa Central volleyball team Sunday. After claiming the ICCAC regular season title and No. 1 seed in the Region XI-A Tournament, the Tritons were upset by Kirkwood inside Hodges Fieldhouse in four. Scores were 25-23, ...

Manson NW’s Moline lands in Top-10

Maddie Moline washed away the pain from her 2018 state cross country experience. Moline, a Manson Northwest Webster junior, finished ninth in the Class 1A race here Saturday at Lakeside Golf Course, recording a time of 19:48.2. The Cougars were 11th overall as Logan-Magnolia finished first ...