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Dodgers split with East

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge baseball squad dug deep to erase a late deficit and defeat Des Moines East in extra innings on Friday to start a doubleheader. All of that momentum was lost in the nightcap, though, as the Dodgers dropped a frustrating 2-1 decision. Head coach Blake Utley’s ...

Gael rally falls short

The St. Edmond baseball team put together a late rally, but couldn’t overcome a six-run deficit in falling to Hampton-Dumont 10-8 on Friday during Senior Night at Rogers Park. The Gaels (4-3 overall, 1-2 North Central Conference) gave the Bulldogs’ a slew of unearned opportunties with six ...

Lost in translation

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about civility. It started with sports, shifted to politics, and landed on society. Generally speaking, we just aren’t treating each other very well these days. I see it constantly at ballgames in behavior toward umpires and officials, ...

BACK ON TRACK

All the St. Edmond baseball team needed was a little spark to snap out of a mini two-game slump. Noah Carlson and Grant Heldorfer provided those moments on Thursday night as the Gaels (4-2 overall, 1-1 North Central Conference) earned a 4-2 win over Clarion-Goldfield/Dows (0-5, 0-2) at Rogers ...

73rd FD Amateur ready for action

It’s been a very unusual start to the golf season, but one of the state’s oldest amateur tournaments will bring a sense of normalcy back to the Fort Dodge Country Club over the next three days. The 73rd Fort Dodge Amateur begins play at 8 a.m. Friday, with nearly 100 participants set to ...

Cormack back for game at Patterson Field

Mike Cormack is returning to Fort Dodge, but this time, it will be on the baseball field. Cormack, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate who represented Fort Dodge in the Iowa House of Representatives for eight years, is now an assistant baseball coach for Southwest Valley. The Red Raiders will ...

A GRAND DELIVERY

It took a while, but once the Fort Dodge baseball team got going, there was no stopping the Dodgers against Marshalltown at McNeil Field. Catapulted by the energy from Easton Cone’s first career home run — a grand slam that gave FDSH some breathing room in the bottom of the sixth inning ...

Gaels win second straight contest

Hitting at the bottom of a lineup isn’t a bad thing. Especially if you’re Alyson Nieland. In less than 24 hours, the St. Edmond (2-4 overall, 1-2 North Central Conference) sophomore has put together an impressive offensive display. On Wednesday, Nieland added three more as the Gaels won ...

Schnetzer sets career HR mark

Loghen Schnetzer was in for a big surprise after she rounded the bases during the top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team’s nightcap against Marshalltown on Wednesday at Rogers Park. The Dodgers’ senior first baseman had just hit her second home run of the evening and sixth of the ...

Algona posts win over Gaels

Free passes haunted the St. Edmond baseball team on Wednesday night, as they lost their North Central Conference opener to Algona, 12-4, at Rogers Park. The Gaels (3-2 overall, 0-1 NCC) walked 14 batters and hit three, giving away 17 free bases to the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0). St. Edmond only ...

Wildcats win with walk-off sac fly

HUMBOLDT — Mady Lange hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to push Humboldt to a 6-5 victory over Webster City on Wednesday night. The No. 2 Wildcats (5-0 overall, 4-0 North Central Conference) led off the inning with a walk, and Jori Hajek made her way around the bases. ...

Gaels jump on the board

MANSON — Bill Shirbroun could feel his ballclub getting closer to cracking into the win column, and on Tuesday night, the Gael softball team cruised to their first victory of the season. The Gaels (1-4 overall) plated four runs in three different innings to knock off Manson Northwest Webster ...

Dodgers fall in 14-inning tilt

OTTUMWA — Top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge had to gut its way through a long road trip to face No. 11 Ottumwa on Monday. First, it looked like the Dodgers could be in danger of getting swept. Then head coach Andi Adams’ squad appeared to be on the brink of taking two from the Bulldogs. At ...

No. 8 Indians hand Gaels first defeat

POCAHONTAS — Gavin Ehn tossed a one-hitter for eighth-ranked (Class 2A) Pocahontas Area on Tuesday night to hand the St. Edmond baseball team its first loss of the season. The Indians (5-0 overall) used nine hits to top the Gaels (3-1) by a final score of 4-0. “They put the bat on the ...

Sports Park Raceway back on the track

After a one-week hiatus, the Sports Park Raceway returned to action Friday for the fourth round of the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series at the half-mile clay oval located just south of Fort Dodge. Friday night’s action saw Dennis Elliott of Mt. Ayr make the long trip north to collect the ...

Algona tips Gaels late

ALGONA — St. Edmond dropped a 5-3 decision to Algona here on Monday. The ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Bulldogs plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to prevail and stay unbeaten on the season. The Gaels had tied the game in the top half of the frame. “We’re getting better ...

Flying high

A frenetic first week on the field ended with three victories and an 8-1 overall record for the top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team on Saturday at Rogers Park. The Dodgers were good for long stretches, great at times and yet still a work in progress. Head coach Andi Adams called it ...

Fort Dodge knocks off No. 1 J-Hawks

URBANDALE — The final three outs are always the hardest to get in baseball. Especially when a team is facing the defending state champions and the top-ranked squad in Class 4A. Things got interesting late for the Fort Dodge baseball squad at Urbandale on Friday, but the Dodgers found a ...

Top-ranked Dodgers sweep at Urbandale

URBANDALE — Loghen Schnetzer is producing at a whole new level during the early stages of her senior season for the top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team. The Dodgers’ slugging first baseman drove in nine more runs on Friday during a doubleheader sweep at Urbandale, as visiting ...

Off and running

HUMBOLDT — The second-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt softball squad continued its early winning ways on Friday with a 15-5 triumph over St. Edmond. The Wildcats (3-0 overall, 2-0 in the North Central Conference) plated six runs in the first inning and seven more in the second to defeat the ...