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Familiar names in action at state

DES MOINES — Wrestlers with Fort Dodge ties are scattered across the state tournament in Des Moines this weekend. Ankeny Centennial has two state qualifiers who are sons of former Dodger wrestlers. Jackson Helmkamp is the son of the late Brent Helmkamp, who was a state champion for Fort ...

Dodgers tripped up at DM East

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge boys couldn’t compelete the season sweep of Des Moines East on Thursday night. The Scarlets (2-12 overall) knocked off the Dodgers, 80-67. Fort Dodge (2-12) picked up a 56-51 victory in the Dodger gym a little over a week ago. Fort Dodge took a 16-9 lead ...

ALL SMILES

Winning games will boost a team’s confidence. The Fort Dodge girls are now riding the wave of a rare five-game win streak as the postseason continues. For the first time since the 2001-2002 season, the Dodger girls (8-9 overall) have taken five straight contests. They also took their ...

Fort Dodge boys will return to state, defend their title

Nick Vinson learned a lesson the hard way after the Fort Dodge girls bowling team captured the state championship in 2019. The Dodgers’ head coach was bound and determined not to make the same mistake for the boys, as their title defense began on Wednesday at home in a state-qualifying ...

SE’s Duckett eyes next goal

DES MOINES — Ryan Duckett did what he said he was going to do — earn a state tournament berth. The St. Edmond senior fought through excruciating knee pain and will end his high school career in Des Moines. “Now I need to shift my focus to getting on the podium,’’ Duckett said. ...

2A area wrestlers are dreaming big

DES MOINES — Caelan Oakes has been thinking about competing at the state tournament since he was younger. “It’s been a dream since I was in the seventh grade,” Oakes said. “Making it this year was really exciting for me and my family.” The Southeast Valley sophomore fought through ...

Dodger wrestlers 8th at state dual tournament

DES MOINES — Bobby Thompson knew Fort Dodge’s state dual tournament opener against North Scott didn’t favor his Dodgers on Wednesday. Both teams came in with nine ranked wrestlers, but not many head-to-head contests. The No. 4 Dodgers couldn’t overcome the fifth-rated Lancers in the ...

Short-handed Triton wrestlers open at home

Luke Moffitt can’t wait to see what his complete lineup looks like. For now, though, the veteran Iowa Central wrestling coach will continue to tweak and shift to try his best and prepare the team for the postseason. Competing for the first time at home Wednesday night, the sixth-ranked ...

IT’S GO TIME

DES MOINES — Bobby Thompson knows what his fourth-ranked wrestling team can do on the mat, but it’s what his student-athletes have helped build as a program year in and year out which makes this a truly special run. For six straight years, the Dodgers have placed in the top three of the ...

Class 1A area athletes are thinking big

DES MOINES — To be successful, Jayden Soard knew he was going to have to work harder when no one was looking. The South Central Calhoun junior spent countless hours honing his craft in the wrestling and weight room. That benefited the 220-pounder on both the mat and the football ...

Fourth-rated Iowa Central sweeps NIACC, improves to 9-0

With a key Top-10 matchup looming on the horizon, the fourth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team did not look past North Iowa Area here Tuesday night. Instead, the Tritons continued to sweep through the ICCAC, easily taking down the Trojans inside Hodges Fieldhouse. Scores were 25-16, 25-19 ...

FDSH opens second season at home

Fort Dodge tips off Class 5A postseason action on Wednesday at home against Sioux City North. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the FDSH gym. The winner heads to No. 15 Sioux City East for a Region 4 semifinal on Saturday night. The Dodgers are 7-9 overall and winners of four ...

Newell-Fonda ousts Gaels

NEWELL — CJ Tracy wants to build the St. Edmond girls into a program that is competing like what Newell-Fonda already has created. The second-ranked and two-time defending champion Mustangs showed off all their skills here Tuesday night, topping the Gaels 100-17 in a Class 1A, Region 2 ...

INSTANT IMPACT

OSKALOOSA — Usually, an athlete’s first season of college is a feeling-out process that typically ends in a redshirt year. Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Carson Taylor has taken a different path, blazing a trail in his first season competing for top-ranked Grand View University in Des ...

Mixed emotions for Hartley as program lives on

IOWA CITY — On the surface, Monday’s official reinstatement of the University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving program seemed like a feel-good end to a story filled with turmoil and uncertainty. In reality, the scars are deep and the fight seems far from over. Iowa athletic director ...

Gaels ousted in district opener

BRITT — A slow start proved costly for the St. Edmond boys here Monday night, as they were knocked out of the postseason with a 45-35 loss to homestanding West Hancock. The Eagles (12-11 overall) used a 15-0 run through the latter stages of the second quarter and into the third to secure ...

SE girls back in action

NEWELL — The St. Edmond girls get their chance at pulling an upset when they take on two-time defending Class 1A state champion Newell-Fonda in a Region 2 quarterfinal here Tuesday night. Tip is set for 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to face either Audubon or Glidden-Ralston in the ...

Lara upsets No. 5 All-American

AMES — After flirting with a breakthrough victory for weeks, former Fort Dodge state champion Triston Lara stuck the landing on Sunday by sticking Iowa State first team All-American Jarrett Degen. Lara’s pin of Degen in 5:30 at 149 pounds highlighted what was otherwise a tempestuous day ...

Headed to the Well

From the time they were little kids, Drake Ayala, Drezyon Phillips, Lane Cowell and Kody Cook have spent a lot of time together on and off the mat. The senior foursome has earned a lot of state points and seven state medals through the first three years of their varsity careers. And in their ...

Graves punches state ticket

HUMBOLDT — Southeast Valley’s Aaron Graves hasn’t spent a lot of time on the mat, but in his first season he is headed to the state tournament. “It’s an honor to go to state my first year,’’ Graves said. “I feel very humbled to make it thanks to my workout partners and great ...