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HOMETOWN GIRLS

The game deepened and the pressure intensified. Second-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge was locked into a scoreless duel with upset-minded Ankeny in a Region 3 championship game, with hundreds of Dodger softball fans nervously hoping for a breakout moment at Rogers Sports Complex. A berth in the ...

Dodgers win sixth straight

Just like that, the Fort Dodge baseball team has gained momentum and confidence heading into the postseason. The Dodgers finished off their regular season here Tuesday night at Ed McNeil Field with a 5-0 victory over Carroll for their sixth consecutive victory. Carson Peterson improved to ...

Gaels come up short

PETERSON — The St. Edmond baseball team was unable to get on track here Tuesday night, falling in a Class 1A district semifinal to Sioux Central, 7-0. The Rebels will host Newell-Fonda back here on Saturday for the district championship. The Mustangs topped Bishop Garrigan in the first game ...

Morrow back on top; Stults goes back-to-back

Austin Morrow held a commanding lead heading into the championship round of the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament on Sunday evening at the Fort Dodge Country Club. He just didn’t want to know about it. Morrow cruised to a seven-shot victory in the men’s open ...

FDSH baseball continues run with sweep

Blake Utley is trying not to be vocal about what is happening on the baseball field. With a hot streak like Mason Bockoven has going —even words wouldn’t do it justice. The Dodger junior had another big night at the plate to help Fort Dodge (15-23 overall) sweep Des Moines East 6-3 and ...

Kuhn takes first crown; Kuhlman does it again

Sam Kuhn has been chasing a Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County championship since she was in high school. Roxanne Kuhlman, meanwhile, makes winning titles in this tournament a habit. Both were equally grateful for different reasons on Sunday, as Kuhn earned her first-ever crown in ...

Ayala headed to Fargo finals again

FARGO, N.D. — It’s been two years since Drake Ayala won a Fargo national championship, but the junior to be has put himself in line for his second crown. Ayala, who won the 113 pound state title for Fort Dodge last season, going 43-0, won a Fargo title at 98 pounds in 2017. On Monday, ...

Five area teams play for softball bids

Southeast Valley is one of five area softball teams playing for state tournament berths on Monday. The Jaguars (23-14 overall) head to No. 7 Treynor (29-3) in a Class 3A, Region 7 championship matchup. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Head coach Heather Lundberg’s squad advanced with an 8-3 ...

FDSH softball hosts 5A regional final

The second-ranked Fort Dodge softball team is one win away from a return to the state tournament. The Dodgers (33-6 overall) will host Ankeny (20-18) in a Class 5A regional final on Tuesday at Rogers Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Diamond 1. The Hawks defeated Des Moines East 5-0 to ...

Burkholder named Triton track coach

Jordan Burkholder was recently named the new head track and field coach at Iowa Central. Burkholder has spent the past three seasons leading the Triton throwers into action. He replaces Nigel Bigbee, who helped Iowa Central claim the indoor NJCAA national title this past year. “We ...

Timeout with: St. Edmond senior Gage Johnson

When the St. Edmond baseball team needed an upperclassmen to step in on the mound, Gage Johnson answered the call. Johnson, one of a handful of seniors for the Gaels this summer, has found himself rising up to the challenge. He’ll look to help St. Edmond’s postseason run continue Tuesday ...

Final shot

Eddie Doyle knows this might be the final time he gets to compete on his home courses. Doyle, a former winner of the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County Golf Tournament presented by The Messenger, fired an opening round 3-under par Saturday — a score that places him one shot back ...

Kuhn out in front early

Sam Kuhn was close a year ago. Now, the 2007 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate is hoping to start a new championship era in the women’s division of the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament. Kuhn carded a steady 77 on Saturday at the Fort Dodge Country Club to open ...

Heightened sense of awareness

Andi Adams preaches the value of urgency to her teams every year at tournament time. She wasn’t quite sure if she was getting through to her second-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers before Friday night. One score changed all of that. “I got a text that (third-rated) Humboldt had lost (in the ...

Gaels pass first postseason test

ALGONA — One of the key areas Mike Szalat emphasized when he became head coach of the St. Edmond baseball team was being aggressive on the bases. The Gaels relied on that here Saturday night, overcoming an early deficit to defeat Graettinger-Terril/R-A in a Class 1A, District 3 quarterfinal, ...

Dodgers win third straight

Fort Dodge baseball coach Blake Utley stressed that stringing together wins at this time of year is important. His baseball team is starting to do just that. The Dodgers (13-23 overall) picked up their third win in row with a 6-2 victory over Le Mars at Ed McNeil Field Saturday. The Dodgers ...

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 ...