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East too much for Dodgers

The final two weeks of the regular season will be packed full of opportunities for the Fort Dodge baseball team to gain momentum. And Dodger head coach Blake Utley firmly believes his squad will do just that. Fort Dodge dropped a 7-2 decision to Sioux City East here Friday night at Ed ...

No. 3 Dodgers sweep SC North on the road

SIOUX CITY — The third-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball squad was all business against Sioux City North on Friday, sweeping the Stars by scores of 9-1 and 10-1. The Dodgers (28-6 overall) used strong pitching performances and a big day from slugger Loghen Schnetzer to win twice. Jalen ...

Repeating the feat hasn’t been easy for champs

Ryan Reeder will be defending his men’s open division championship in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament beginning a week from today. Given the annual depth of talent and short list of repeat winners, conventional wisdom says it won’t be easy. Reeder will ...

Humboldt takes showdown

HUMBOLDT — No. 3 (Class 3A) Humboldt moved one step closer to its fourth consecutive North Central Conference softball championship with a 1-0, eight-inning win over Webster City on Friday. Carlie Thompson delivered a bases-loaded single to right past a drawn-in infield to plate Addie ...

Gaels come up short on Senior Night

Despite ending the regular season with an 8-1 loss to Clear Lake here Wednesday night, St. Edmond head softball coach Nick Clark had plenty of positives to talk about. Clark and the Gaels honored seniors Devyn Scott, Abby Landwehr, Macey Mason, Erin Flattery and Jacque Oberg prior to ...

AMERICA’S PASTIME: Local, area baseball coaches remember Fourth of July

For much of the United States, the Fourth of July holiday is a time to enjoy fireworks, parades, barbecues and reunions. The same holds true for the world of sports, as many are either on hiatus or take a break to celebrate. But, as you might expect, baseball continues to roll right ...

Clear Lake doubles up St. Edmond

While Clear Lake might not be the typical power of the past in baseball this summer, it remains a program opponents cannot give extra outs to and expect to win. St. Edmond held a 4-2 lead against the Lions here Wednesday night at Rogers Park before allowing six runs in the sixth and falling ...

Middleton Classic with successful year

MANSON — It was a successful year in more ways than one for the expanded Middleton Classic, which had two eventful days of action at the Manson Golf and Country Club last weekend. Tournament director and founder Elias Johnson announced that in its 10th year of existence, the event more than ...

NO FIREWORKS

Pitcher Colton Determann did enough to keep the Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners off the scoreboard on Wednesday, as Carroll posted an 8-1 victory at Patterson Field. Determann surrendered only a single home run to Americo Luis in the sixth inning as the Merchants improved to 7-11 on the season. ...

County Golf Countdown: teenagers have title track record

Then-Southeast Valley High School sophomore Delaney Conrad’s 2018 win in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament may seem unusual given her age, but precocious contenders are nothing new to the winner’s circle in this event. A number of teenagers — still ...

100th win for Jacobson

IOWA FALLS — Humboldt junior ace Ellie Jacobson fired a one-hit shutout on Wednesday against Iowa Falls-Alden as the third-ranked (Class 3A) Wildcats routed the Cadets, 10-0. The victory was the 100th of Jacobson’s career. She struck out 12 and walked only one for Humboldt (25-2 ...

FIRST FOUR: A look back at the inaugural champs

As the 2019 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament approaches, we take a look back at the first champions from the event after The Messenger obtained sponsorship nearly 40 years ago. Gerry Moore was the first-ever winner in 1980, carding rounds of 74, 70 and 33 at ...

THE LITTLE THINGS

The catch could have easily been lost in the shuffle of Fort Dodge’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader sweep against Southeast Polk on Monday at Rogers Park. There were plenty of hits and highlights to mention, and the third-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers didn’t have to eke out either of their ...

No. 3 Wildcats edge Gaels

HUMBOLDT — The third-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt softball team started out as the home team on the scoreboard Tuesday night and eventually were able to finish that way on their home field. Heavy rains hit Rogers Park and led to a lengthy delay between the Wildcats and St. Edmond before ...

Rams too much for FDSH

Blake Utley wants his Fort Dodge baseball squad to work their way through the dog days of the season without taking a recent losing streak to heart. The Dodgers were swept by eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Southeast Polk at McNeil Field on Monday. Scores were 11-5 and 9-2 in favor of the ...

Weather rarely plays a factor in the final outcome

The Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament has enjoyed a nearly-impeccable track record when it comes to weather through the years. Mother Nature has only intervened a handful of times. As recently as 2016, an entire round did succumb to summer storms. Lucas Peed ...

Lynx roll past Gaels, 15-1

The Webster City baseball team tightened their hold atop the North Central Conference with a 15-1 victory in six innings over St. Edmond here Monday night at Rogers Park. Tyler Olson improved to 7-1 with a 10-strikeout performance as the Lynx plated 12 runs in the final two innings. Dylan ...

Webster City tops SE softball squad

The 15th-ranked (Class 4A) Webster City softball team used timely hits and quickness to claim a 10-1 victory over St. Edmond here Monday night at Rogers Park. The Lynx plated runs in all but one inning, including one each in the first three frames. In the fifth, they pushed the lead from 3-0 ...

Record scores are impressive across the board

The Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament scoring records aren’t set in stone, but the low numbers will be difficult for anyone to beat in the future. In 2010, Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Kevin Ault carded a nine-under par 62 at the Fort Dodge Country Club, a ...

Top speed

HUMBOLDT —Television became reality in Humboldt on Saturday night, as two drivers from the hit show Street Outlaws showed their speed at the North Iowa Dragway. Two of the Discovery Channels stars, Jeff Lutz and Ryan Martin brought their cars to the track and held a meet and greet. Over ...