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CLUTCH PERFORMANCE

Loghen Schnetzer has had many memorable moments playing softball at Rogers Park. On Wednesday afternoon, the former Fort Dodge Senior High all-stater added another — this time in an Iowa Central uniform. Schnetzer delivered a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh, lifting ...

OPENING NIGHT

The Fort Dodge boys soccer team opened their season with a stern test here Thursday evening inside Dodger Stadium, as West Des Moines Valley claimed an 8-1 victory. Both teams were making their debuts on the year and playing for the first time since the 2019 season after COVID-19 scrapped the ...

Reunion to honor former Tritons

Many of the best Iowa Central football players from its storied history will watch the current group of Tritons take the field this weekend. A special reunion will take place bringing together players from each of the last four decades. The group will be honored during halftime of ...

Ayala will hit the mat in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Drake Ayala’s next adventure takes him to the Steel City for the “Rose Bowl of Wrestling” this week. Fort Dodge’s three-time state champion will be representing Team USA in the 47th annual Dapper Dan/Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic on Friday night. He will compete at 126 ...

Dodgers excited to get started

Whatever happens next is just an added bonus for Todd Constable. The Fort Dodge girls track coach is just excited to see his team competing again this season. After COVID-19 wiped out the 2020 campaign, the Dodgers are ready to get back to normal. “We haven’t competed since May 9, ...

Dodger girls win four events

BOONE — The Fort Dodge girls track team had a strong start to their season here Thursday night. The Dodgers claimed four event titles and finished second overall to Marshalltown at the Boone Invitational. Aleaha Pommer won the long jump, Gracie Miller the discus and both the 4x2 and ...

Iowa Central women knock off No. 12 DMACC

BOONE — The Iowa Central women have found their rhythm late in the season, adding a highlight win to the resume here Wednesday night. Autumn Dykstra scored 16 points with Isabell West and Carley West adding 15 each as the Tritons topped No. 12 Des Moines Area, 69-63. Taylor McKinney and ...

CLEAN SWEEP

It was a scoreboard operator’s nightmare at Rogers Park on Monday, as the 11th-ranked Iowa Central softball team and Southeastern combined for 57 runs. The Tritons scored another sweep, winning 21-8 and 16-12 to stretch their win streak to 11 in a row. Windy conditions with gusts over 50 ...

Regional champs

The Iowa Central volleyball team crossed each one of the final 29 feet left standing between them and a trip to nationals here Tuesday night. With a four-set win over Hawkeye, the third-ranked Tritons secured the Region XI-A Tournament title and a spot in the upcoming NJCAA Div. II National ...

New league coming to fruition

Ten schools with an organized plan stepped forward together on Monday, as the Des Moines Public Schools and Ames Community School District both confirmed they are leaving the Central Iowa Metro League to join a new large-class conference with Fort Dodge, Mason City, Marshalltown and ...

Dodgers prepare at a fever pitch

Joe Jackson is seeing a level of energy and enthusiasm only a year away from the pitch could bring to his Fort Dodge boys soccer program. The Dodgers are always anxious to get a season started, but the newfound perspective and sense of urgency after missing all of 2020 due to the global ...

Gaels anxious to compete

If there is one thing that Monica Shelly knows heading into this season, it’s that her St. Edmond girls track team is excited to see live competition again. After missing out on last season because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Gaels are eager to get back into a normal ...

Dodgers win three events

NEVADA — The Fort Dodge boys came away with three first place finishes at the Nevada Cub Relays on Tuesday night. Tyler Schreier earned gold in the 100-meter dash. The quartet of Christian Davidson, Jake Erickson, Sam Daniel and Schreier won the 4x100 (44.28) and the 4x200 ...

Tritons compete at ESU

EMPORIA, Kan. — Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the Iowa Central men’s and women’s track teams left the ESU Relays with more national qualifiers and all-time bests. Hayden Cobbs and Jerome Jessup in the men’s 100-meter dash, Lee Eppie in the 400, Hannah Connell in the 100 ...

SE’s Lemberg golden at GC meet

JEFFERSON — St. Edmond freshman Reese Lemberg had a sparkling debut in her first career varsity track meet on Monday. Lemberg, who was part of St. Edmond’s state cross country squad this past fall, won the 3,000 event at Greene County. “It was awesome to see Reese run confidently to ...

Tritons open with a flurry

Jesse Montalto knew there would be moments where his Iowa Central football team was going to look like it had been 500 days since they last played. But all things considered, Montalto walked out of Dodger Stadium here Saturday feeling good with everything. The sixth-ranked Tritons rolled ...

END OF THE ROAD

SAN ANTONIO — Elle Ruffridge tried her best to reflect on a basketball journey that started quietly in the Pocahontas Area gym and ended on the big stage at the Alamodome on Sunday. Countless hours of work and travel. Championships and trophies. Lonely moments of confusion and ...

Fourth-rated Triton volleyball squad advances to regional championship round

The fourth-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team took care of business here Sunday afternoon, giving them a shot at punching a ticket to nationals. The Tritons swept Ellsworth in a Region XI-A Tournament semifinal by scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-15. Next up for Iowa Central (18-3 overall) ...

Strong start for Fort Dodge boys

DES MOINES — For the first time in nearly 23 months, the Fort Dodge boys track program was able to stretch their legs and see live meet action at the Don Graves Spring Classic inside Williams Stadium on Saturday. The Dodgers took fourth in the invitational, anchored by a pair of gold-medal ...

Gaels have age on their side

Donn Larson is hoping a roster dominated by upperclassmen will help bridge the gap for the St. Edmond boys track program after the gap year of 2020. Larson has seven seniors and 11 juniors to work with as the Gaels look to find their rhythm again under Larson, the CYO’s top boys coach two ...