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Kinney earns award of Excellence

Iowa Central President Dr. Dan Kinney was named the 2020 winner of the George E. Killian Award of Excellence, the NJCAA announced. Kinney was given the award alongside Volunteer State athletic director Bobby Hudson. The honor goes to individuals that have demonstrated the ideals of ...

Davidson driven by love for baseball

The love of baseball was too much for Jace Davidson to ignore. Davidson, a former all-stater on the diamond and basketball court, transferred to Iowa Central and joined Eric Stein’s program in December. He had started out the academic year with Morningside College and the basketball ...

Moore will transfer from UNI

CEDAR FALLS — Briley Moore has played his last down as a member of the Northern Iowa football team. Despite being granted a medical redshirt, Moore announced on Twitter that he plans to enter the transfer portal. “Dear Panther Nation, thank you for everything,” Moore wrote on his ...

Spring, summer sports in Iowa both in limbo

WEBSTER CITY — Iowa’s wait-and-see approach to prep spring sports continues, but there’s been a new wrinkle added to the overall landscape over the past week. It’s now wait-and-see with summer sports as well. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country, here in Iowa ...

Darland keeps glass half full

BOONE — Rhett Darland had trouble finding the exact words to express himself after Des Moines Area Community College had clinched a spot to the men’s national basketball tournament. That sense of accomplishment didn’t change for Darland even after the NJCAA announced they would be ...

Through it all, Halligan perseveres

A few months ago, Shane Halligan would’ve laughed at the idea of patience being a virtue. Now, the Fort Dodge senior is an old hand at keeping a positive — and tolerant — mental outlook in the face of life-altering adversity. It’s been quite a month for Halligan. The Dodgers’ ...

Mills finds a home at Morningside

Fort Dodge’s Brandon Mills enjoyed a breakout season on the mat this year, and he will continue his career collegiately with a key ingredient to his success by his side. Mills will continue his education and wrestling career at Morningside College in Sioux City, joining one of his friends ...

Iowa’s Lee is the one

WEBSTER CITY — Spencer Lee was robbed. Is there any other way to put it? Iowa’s 125-pound wrestler, arguably the most dominant figure on the college scene throughout the winter months, was in position to become a three-time national champion before the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the NCAA ...

PERSPECTIVE

POCAHONTAS — For Elle Ruffridge, the month of March has been marked by countless memories to last a lifetime. The latest, though, was one she never expected to experience. Ruffridge, a junior on the 19th-ranked Missouri State women’s basketball team, saw her season come to an end away ...

Peimann runs emotional gamut

There was a certain sense of closure to Madigan Peimann’s high school swim career. The senior is just hoping the same can be said for her time at St. Edmond. Like every student in the United States right now, Peimann is wondering what the future holds as the world continues to fight the ...

OPENING FOR BUSINESS

North-central Iowans looking for any signs of spring normalcy will soon find a glimmer of hope — if they haven’t already — at their local golf courses. It may not be business as usual, but as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, residents thirsting for any kind of outdoor ...

all-Messenger area wrestling team

From Fort Dodge’s two-time state champion Drake Ayala to Webster City’s first time champion Cam Phetxoumphone, Messenger-area athletes had a strong season on the mat. Twenty-four area athletes medaled this winter, with five wrestlers reaching the state finals. Four of which will return ...

MNW graduate Butcher breaks records at UNI

CEDAR FALLS — Whether it was on the farm or lifting weights, Tim Butcher was usually the strongest man in the room. Growing up on a farm in Palmer, Butcher became country strong, working in the hot summer sun on the family’s acreage. Baling hay was his summer workout routine — one he ...

Memorable run for Roetman at Briar Cliff

SIOUX CITY — Austin Roetman’s basketball career provided him with memories to last a lifetime. Roetman, a former all-stater at Pocahontas Area, helped Briar Cliff University to two Elite Eight trips during his three seasons on the court. Following a standout prep career, Roetman stepped ...

Tritons come to grips with abrupt finish

The Iowa Central softball team did what they could to put themselves in line for a trip to the national tournament, but a pandemic turned all of the dreams and hopes into what could have been. The 18th-ranked Tritons (15-4) had won 13 of their last 14 games and were ready for their annual ...

Dresser, Ersland will bring teams to Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — When Kevin Dresser took over for the Iowa State wrestling program, Chad Beaman knew exactly what he wanted to have happen. Beaman, Humboldt’s head wrestling coach, wanted to bring Dresser, a Humboldt graduate, and the Cyclones into the Wildcat gym. “When Kevin went to Ames, ...

‘This had to be the ultimate decision’

In less than three years on the job, Dr. Christopher Parker has been forced to navigate through uncharted waters as president of the NJCAA. In charge of the oversight for the association and its 512 member colleges, Parker has run the gamut of emotions recently. Along with the support of ...

Dodgers will face three playoff qualifiers

Nik Moser’s first season as Fort Dodge head football coach will include four home games, three dates with fellow returning playoff qualifiers and a finale against seven-time defending Class 4A state champion West Des Moines Dowling. Schedules were released by the Iowa High School Athletic ...

Gaels loaded with rivals

The 2020 football schedule for St. Edmond definitely has a tradition-rich flavor to it. Released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Thursday, the Gaels will take on long-time rivals Eagle Grove, Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, Manson Northwest Webster and Bishop Garrigan among their nine ...

TAKING FLIGHT

The 2019-20 basketball season saw several incredible individual performances from around the area. But the one intangible all six members of the Messenger’s all-area boys basketball team displayed was a desire to help their respective schools succeed at an elite level. Bishop Garrigan’s ...