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Patience has been a virtue for Jarrett

The last time Byron Jarrett saw the field in a game, he was helping quarterback Ellsworth against Iowa Central inside Dodger Stadium. That was nearly two years ago. Jarrett returned to Dodger Stadium this past weekend, only he was wearing a Triton uniform as Iowa Central held a fall ...

Early playoff pairings set

The 2020 Iowa high school football playoff pairings were officially released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Saturday. St. Edmond (5-2 overall) will face Madrid (2-3) in the opening round of the Class A bracket on Friday inside Dodger Stadium. Fort Dodge (3-4) will head to ...

SHOWTIME

The wait for Homecoming was well worth it for the St. Edmond football team. After having the special week delayed due to the novel coronavirus, the Gaels put together their most complete performance of the season, scoring a 62-14 victory over Bishop Garrigan here Friday night inside Dodger ...

SE Valley stays unbeaten

POCAHONTAS — Mike Swieter made a gutsy call late in Southeast Valley’s contest for the district championship, and it didn’t quite pan out. But the sixth-ranked (Class 1A) Jaguars (7-0 overall, 5-0 in district) responded anyway, trusting in their quarterback and defense as they pulled ...

Iowa Central hosting exhibition scrimmage

The Iowa Central football team will give fans an early look at what’s to come in 2021 on Saturday. While the NJCAA opted to shift football to the spring due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Tritons have been holding practices and will gather for a scrimmage this Saturday at 2 p.m. ...

Another tall task ahead for Fort Dodge

WEST DES MOINES — Wounded and backed into a corner after last week’s Homecoming performance, the Fort Dodge football team goes back on the road for a rare Thursday contest against their third Top-5 opponent this season. Next up: seven-time defending Class 4A state champion and ...

Lofty goals

Quinton Orr made a decision that tested him both mentally and physically. Orr, the Humboldt senior standout runner, opted to take over a week off between races to prepare for Thursday’s Fort Dodge Invitational held on the same course as the upcoming state meet. The decision paid off for ...

FD Invite back after 2-year hiatus

Joe Jackson was excited to see his runners compete on Thursday at the Fort Dodge Invitational. Jackson and the Dodgers played host to some of the top talent in the state a few weeks ahead of the state cross country meet. Fort Dodge placed eighth overall in the A race, led by a 25th place ...

Tough task for Gaels vs. No. 2 Cowgirls

The St. Edmond volleyball team returned from their quarantine just in time to test themselves against the top programs in the North Central Conference. After taking on No. 11 (Class 3A) Humboldt this past Tuesday, the Gaels welcomed in second-ranked (3A) Clarion-Goldfield/Dows for their final ...

Gaels host Bears

One of the oldest rivalries in north central Iowa will hit the gridiron Friday night as St. Edmond welcomes Bishop Garrigan. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. The series started in 1959, with the Gaels (4-2 overall, 2-2 in Class A, District 2) posting a 26-7 victory. The Golden ...

Champs take down Dodgers

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge football team is battered and bruised from the back end of its demanding schedule, but head coach Nik Moser hopes two full weeks of rest and practice will help the Dodgers catch a second wind in time for the Class 4A playoffs. Seven-time defending state ...

District titles up for grabs

Four more area teams are in contention for district titles, trying to join Webster City as league champions. The Lynx (6-0 overall, 3-0 in district) clinched last week and will look to finish unbeaten with a win over Boone (0-6, 0-3). In Class 1A, District 2, sixth-ranked Southeast Valley ...

HOME STRETCH

LAKE CITY — As we move closer to the cross country postseason, athletes around the area are looking to fine-tune themselves for that big moment. On Tuesday, Manson Northwest Webster’s Maddie Moline did just that, posting a time of 20:47.18 to capture the girls title at the South Central ...

Pair of double winners for FDSH swimmers

The Fort Dodge swim team had a pair of individual double winners and claimed five events overall in a dual with arch-rival Mason City here Tuesday night. Sophomore Eileen Fierke and senior Grace Hartley both won two individual events in the Dodger pool, with senior Rylie Steinkamp also ...

Gibb victorious in senior event

AMANA — Judd Gibb added more hardware to his trophy case here Tuesday, capturing the senior division title at the NB Golf Cars/M&M Golf Cars October Shootout. The event took place over two days of 36-hole stroke play for the Iowa PGA Professionals at the Amana Colonies Golf ...

Dodgers win again

MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge volleyball team picked up their second consecutive sweep here Tuesday night, downing Mason City. Scores were 25-19, 25-14 and 25-18. The Dodgers (4-14 overall) were coming off a three-game sweep of Ames at home last week. “We’ve been playing with a lot ...

Unbeaten Humboldt bests Gaels

HUMBOLDT — The No. 11 (Class 3A) Humboldt volleyball team remained unbeaten on the season, sweeping St. Edmond here Tuesday night. Scores were 25-14, 25-16 and 25-12. The Wildcats (25-0 overall, 5-0 in North Central Conference) have now won eight in a row over the Gaels (4-3, 1-2) dating ...

BE LIKE DRAKE

Young wrestlers are working in rooms across Iowa right now, with dreams of becoming the next Drake Ayala. And parents everywhere are pondering a similar notion: “if a kid from Fort Dodge can do this, why can’t mine be next?” The Dodger senior reached an almost-mythological level of ...

Gaels sharp in return to court

HAMPTON — The St. Edmond volleyball team showed very few signs of rust after a two-week quarantine period here on Monday, returning to the court to score a four-set win over Hampton-Dumont. Scores were 25-20, 21-25, 25-19 and 25-17 in favor of the Gaels. “I am just so proud of these ...

AYALA STEALS THE SHOW

AUSTIN, Tex. – As he gets older, Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala is learning more and more about himself as an athlete and, more importantly, a person. Consider it a warning sign for future opponents. Already one of the nation’s most highly-regarded high school wrestlers, Ayala served notice ...