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Ruffridge, Bears ready for key MVC battles

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Instead of Elle Ruffridge returning to Iowa, the state will come to her and the No. 20 Missouri State women’s basketball team this weekend. The Bears square off with Drake here Friday night before hosting Northern Iowa Sunday. Ruffridge, a former standout at ...

Women can’t slow down top-ranked Eagles

The Iowa Central women’s basketball team saw first-hand just how good top-ranked Kirkwood is this year. Behind hot shooting in the second and third quarters, the Eagles were able to cruise home with a 85-39 victory here Wednesday night inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Kirkwood shot 50 percent from ...

Fort Dodge’s Teske decides to transfer

Brody Teske is on the move, as the four-time Fort Dodge Senior High state champion confirmed on Wednesday that he has left Penn State University. Teske, a redshirt freshman 125-pounder for the Nittany Lions, will enter the transfer portal and could potentially be eligible to compete for a ...

St. Edmond wrestlers return to the mats

IOWA FALLS — The St. Edmond wrestling team shook off the rust of an extended break, battling Iowa Falls-Alden and Roland-Story here Thursday night. The Gaels dropped both duals, falling to Iowa Falls-Alden, 77-10, and Roland-Story, 60-12. “You could definitely tell we were coming off a ...

St. Edmond wrestling preview

GAEL LINEUP: 106 — Ronnie Orres, fr., (12-6); 113 — Ryan Duckett, jr., (10-1); 120 — Rick Xu, jr., (1-11); 132 — Elly Berry, so., (4-12); 138 — Cayne Reed, so., (0-2); 145 — Johnny Dickerson, fr., (1-11); 152 — Tyler Rossmanith, so., (3-10); 160 — Grant Webster, so., ...

Hawks look to rebound vs. Maryland

IOWA CITY — The Iowa men’s basketball team will look for a little Carver-Hawkeye Arena magic here Friday night. Coming off back-to-back road losses, the Hawkeyes (10-5 overall, 1-2 in Big Ten) welcome No. 12 Maryland (13-2, 3-1) to town. Tip is set for 6 p.m. and the game will air live on ...

Dodger boys edged late

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys had their first victory since the season opener within reach on Tuesday, but Des Moines Roosevelt rallied late and scored with three seconds left to prevail by a 56-54 final. The Dodgers (1-9 overall) led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but ...

Dodgers sweep Dowling

WEST DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge bowling teams got back on track with a sweep of West Des Moines Dowling on Tuesday. The Dodger boys won, 2801-2593. The girls also prevailed by a final of 2336-1709. Kaleb Anderson paced the boys with a 237-247—484. Leah Sanck’s 202-170—372 led the ...

Dodger girls fall at Roosevelt

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Roosevelt girls pulled away for a 72-43 victory over Fort Dodge on Tuesday. The Dodgers (3-7 overall) hung tough through the first quarter and were still within striking distance late in the half, but the Roughriders (5-4) created some separation and eventually ...

Centennial rolls past FDSH girls

The Fort Dodge girls basketball team didn’t have an answer for Meg Burns on Saturday, as the Ankeny Centennial senior torched the net in the Dodger gym. The Jaguar guard was lethal from three-point range early and often as 10th-ranked Centennial (5-4 overall) defeated the Dodgers (3-7) by a ...

Beaman a pillar of success at Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — For 15 seasons, Chad Beaman has manned the mat at Humboldt. What a ride it’s been for the Wildcat head coach. On Friday evening, Beaman picked up his 400th career dual victory in the Humboldt gym. And in classic fashion, the Wildcat leader didn’t want credit for the ...

For Gael Lawler, this is the way

AMES — In the end, Nick Lawler went back to his roots. Lawler, a St. Edmond senior, officially announced his plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall and continue his football career. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Lawler decided on the Cyclones over the University of Northern Iowa and ...

LATE SURGE

Humboldt head boys coach Jason Thurm simply laughed off the idea that a big halftime speech changed the direction of his team here Friday night. Playing for the first time since before Christmas, the Wildcats put together a strong second half to get by St. Edmond, 62-48. Sam Fischer was a ...

Gaels return to face Humboldt

THE TIP: Action begins in this North Central Conference doubleheader at 6:15 p.m. with the girls contest inside the SEHS gym. Boys are scheduled to tip at 7:45 p.m. GIRLS PROBABLES: St. Edmond (0-6 overall, 0-4 in NCC): Cambrie McBride, 9.0, sr.; Emma Neverman, 1.3, sr.; Leah Neverman, 9.3, ...

McCaffery headed home to Philly

By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net IOWA CITY — Fran McCaffery’s basketball career started on the streets of Philadelphia all those years ago. Now, McCaffery will bring his 23rd-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes to “The Cathedral of College Basketball” when they face No. 21 Penn State on ...

One final push

The Humboldt girls used a big fourth quarter to reach the .500 mark on the season here Friday night, downing St. Edmond 53-38. Jori Hajek scored 14, Mady Lange added 13 and Kendal Clark chipped in nine for the Wildcats (4-4 overall, 2-3 in North Central Conference). For the Gaels (0-7, ...

Dodgers head to West Des Moines

FORT DODGE (2-1) DODGER LINEUP: 106 — Max Bishop, fr., (12-6); 113 — Lane Cowell, jr., (15-3); 120 — Drake Ayala, jr., (20-0); 126 — Carson Taylor, sr., (18-1); 132 — Brooks Cowell, sr., (16-3); 138 — Dreyzon Phillips, jr., (17-4); 145 — Brandon Mills, sr., (14-6); 152 — ...

Dodgers open 2020 at Southeast Polk

THE TIP: Action begins in this CIML Iowa Conference twinbill with the girls contest at 6:15 p.m. in Pleasant Hill. Boys will tip at 7:45 p.m. GIRLS PROBABLES: Fort Dodge (3-5 overall, 1-1 in CIML Iowa Conference): Tory Bennett, 12.3, soph.; Jalen Adams, 6.1, soph.; Aleaha Pommer, 7.1, soph.; ...

Gaels welcome Humboldt on the hardwood

THE TIP: Action begins in this North Central Conference doubleheader at 6:15 p.m. with the girls contest inside the SEHS gym. Boys are scheduled to tip at 7:45 p.m. GIRLS PROBABLES: St. Edmond (0-6 overall, 0-4 in NCC): Cambrie McBride, 9.0, sr.; Emma Neverman, 1.3, sr.; Leah Neverman, 9.3, ...

Dodgers head to West Des Moines

FORT DODGE (2-1) DODGER LINEUP: 106 — Max Bishop, fr., (12-6); 113 — Lane Cowell, jr., (15-3); 120 — Drake Ayala, jr., (20-0); 126 — Carson Taylor, sr., (18-1); 132 — Brooks Cowell, sr., (16-3); 138 — Dreyzon Phillips, jr., (17-4); 145 — Brandon Mills, sr., (14-6); 152 — ...