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KINDRED SPIRITS

Jon Lester is a three-time world champion, a five-time All-Star, a 14-year Major League veteran, and quite possibly a future Hall of Famer. He’s also a cancer survivor. So when a picture of Humboldt’s Ashlyn Clark found its way to Lester’s Twitter timeline, the Chicago Cubs’ ...

On the tee: County golf tourney tees off Saturday

Webster County golfers will hit the links this weekend at the Fort Dodge Country Club and Lakeside for the 39th annual Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota tournament, presented by The Messenger. Defending champion Ryan Reeder (men’s open division), Randy Stults (men’s senior), Delaney Conrad ...

Barker heads to NHSFR

MANSON — Garrett Barker is about to embark on the biggest trip of his burgeoning career. As the old saying goes, though, this isn’t the Manson Northwest Webster senior-to-be’s first rodeo. Barker recently captured the Iowa High School Rodeo Association state championship in the steer ...

Dodgers open postseason at home

With a 38-game schedule packed with 20-plus ranked teams, the postseason is exactly what the second-ranked Fort Dodge softball team is made for. The Dodgers (32-6 overall) will host Sioux City East (19-15) tonight at Rogers Park in a Class 5A semifinal contest. The Black Raiders advanced with ...

Friday is the last chance to register for tourney

The final day to enter the 2019 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament has arrived. On-line registration for the July 13 and 14 event, again sponsored by The Messenger, is set up for all tournament participants this year at ...

Gaels hit road for district opener

ALGONA — The St. Edmond baseball team begins postseason play on a familiar field Saturday evening. The Gaels (7-12 overall) meet Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire in a Class 1A, District 3 quarterfinal at Bishop Garrigan. First-pitch is 5 p.m. with the Golden Bears meeting West ...

HEARTBREAK

ACKLEY — There was absolutely nothing that could rattle the St. Edmond softball team here Wednesday night. Prior to the first-pitch in this Class 1A, Region 8 contest, heavy rains hit the area. But the Gaels remained focused on the task in front of them — sixth-ranked AGWSR. A year ago, ...

A clutch performer

The ascension of Aubrey Davis is a big reason why Fort Dodge has not only equaled, but slightly surpassed, last year’s record-setting regular season in softball. Now it’s time for the Dodger senior and her teammates to again shift into make-or-break tournament mode. Davis has enjoyed a ...

Dodgers get back on track in a big way

DES MOINES — The drought is over for the Fort Dodge baseball team. The Dodgers plated 30 runs in a doubleheader sweep at Des Moines North on Wednesday, breaking out in a big way with 19-2 and 11-0 victories against the winless Polar Bears. Head coach Blake Utley’s squad plated 10 runs ...

NO DOUBT

Andi Adams knows she has something special brewing on the softball diamond, and after her team accomplished something Fort Dodge hasn’t done in 13 years on Tuesday, the Dodgers had further solidified their status as one of the best in the state. For the first time since 2006, third-ranked ...

OPENING MIGHT

After spotting Riceville a 3-0 lead here Monday night, St. Edmond head softball coach Nick Clark admitted there was a bit of tension in the Gael dugout. But a quick answer, highlighted by a solo home run from Kacey Kruthoff, allowed St. Edmond to regain momentum and control in this Class 1A, ...

Clark hits first career HR as Wildcats win NCC title

HUMBOLDT — Ashlyn Clark has been defying the odds all season long, and on Senior Night Monday, she continued her story of triumph. Clark, who is battling Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, has been playing in between chemo treatments. On an evening that honored her classmates, she delivered with ...

Dodgers drop a pair to Mohawks

The Fort Dodge baseball squad was an out away from splitting with rival Mason City on Monday, but the Mohawks countered a dramatic Dodger rally with one of their own in their final at-bat. Fort Dodge fell on a night where it honored its three seniors by scores of 13-7 and 9-4. Junior Mason ...

No. 3 Dodgers sweep Mason City

The Fort Dodge softball team’s postseason dress rehearsal time has arrived. Tuesday’s CIML Iowa Conference showdown with second-ranked West Des Moines Valley won’t have championship implications, but Andi Adams is still anxious to see how her No. 3 Dodgers will react to the challenge at ...

Boles excited for his first county tournament

David Boles has been at the Country Club for about a month, and other than a few weather challenges, Boles has enjoyed his time in Fort Dodge so far. Boles was named the the general manager and head golf professional at the Country Club in late June. “It’s been going great, other than ...

St. Edmond knocks off Cadets

St. Edmond’s baseball team ended the regular season with some much-needed momentum, beating Iowa Falls-Alden, 6-1, on Senior Night at Rogers Park last night. The Gaels, who finish the regular season 7-12, scored five times in the bottom of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie and snap a three-game ...

Titans will make wrestling history

Troy Greder has been around wrestling for almost 40 years, and has seen the sport evolve in many ways. Greder, who grew up in Denison, was a three-time NAIA national qualifier at Dana College as an athlete. He’s had coaching stops at both alma maters, and is presently an assistant at South ...

Gaels open postseason play

The St. Edmond softball team hopes their postseason run ends inside the very same park it begins on. The Gaels open Class 1A, Region 8 action here Monday night at Rogers Park vs. Riceville. First-pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Awaiting the winner will be No. 7 AGWSR on Wednesday night in the ...

Senior championships tend to come in bunches

Unlike the men’s open division, the senior side of the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament tends to produce champions in bunches. The senior competition was introduced in 1997, and title-holder Bob Wallentine immediately went back-to-back in ‘97 and ‘98. Jim ...

ON THE PROWL

With the regular season winding down, St. Edmond head baseball coach Mike Szalat is preparing for tournament play. Szalat put into play one situation he could use next week when the Gaels head to Algona for Class 1A district play, using pitchers Cael Kolacia, Peyton Scott and Jackson ...