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St. Edmond taps Tracy to be girls hoop coach

C.J. Tracy is ready for the next step. Tracy has been preparing for a head coaching job at St. Edmond by being involved in as many sports and filling as many roles as he could. Tracy has been a track, baseball and football coach at the lower levels for the Gaels. Now, he’s about to become ...

ROAD TO RECOVERY

Willie Williams remembers the feeling. Not just the raw emotion of a postseason win. That came first. As a coach, there’s nothing like it. So when Fort Dodge’s 28-year-old boys basketball assistant — a former Dodger player himself — was able to celebrate his team’s Class 4A ...

COMING HOME

Justin Brayton is a household name on the Supercross series, but the Fort Dodge native will never forget his roots on the dirt tracks of Iowa. This weekend, Brayton will host his annual “Justin Brayton Shootout” in Winterset. “Having my own event in Winterset is really cool,’’ ...

Ayala a repeat academic all-stater

Drake Ayala never shies away from a challenge on the wrestling mat. The same rules apply in the classroom. Fort Dodge’s junior state champion was named an academic all-state selection by The Predicament publication this week — one of 14 wrestlers from the state of Iowa to receive the ...

In-Motion Marathon set for area

With summer just around the corner and some restrictions being lifted in Iowa, the Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation Department is offering a number of opportunities to get outside. Starting on Friday, the Parks and Recreation will begin their “In-Motion Marathon.” Interested participants ...

A Fort Dodge trailblazer

A scrapbook — and then some — could be filled with the accomplishments of Fort Dodge’s female athletes over the last 50 years. From head coach Jackie Wilde’s Dodger volleyball dynasty to the modern-day achievements of the FDSH softball, bowling and competitive cheer programs at the ...

Kings of the net

When David Knight was in high school, he spent every waking moment perfecting his game on the tennis court. That effort turned him into a state champion. The 2010 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate was proud to bring home a title for the Dodgers, but it wasn’t the gold medal that Knight ...

Cochrane keeps optimistic outlook

It’s still hard for Kathryn Cochrane to fully process the loss of her senior season with the Fort Dodge girls tennis program. “Sometimes I look at the calendar and see a meet we were supposed to have, and it takes a second before I remember that it’s over,” Cochrane admitted. “It ...

GOING THE DISTANCE

When Dan Taylor was a senior he knew exactly what he wanted and knew what it was going to take to get there. Taylor, a 2002 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, had visions of state titles in cross country and track. To achieve that he had to commit and lean on his work ethic. Taylor’s state ...

GIANTS OF THE GAME

The next time you’re standing over a shot at the Fort Dodge Country Club, consider this: Hall of Fame golf legends Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour and Gene Sarazen did the same some 90 years ago. Before PGA professionals became household names raking in multi-million dollar purses and superstar ...

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

In his final season as a Dodger in 2003, Jordan Crosby had high hopes of bringing home two state championships, but he had no idea he would go down in the school record books as a three-time state champion. After a strong junior campaign with silver and bronze medals in his trophy case, ...

ALMOST TIME

It isn’t quite the season opener new promoter Andy Jones originally envisioned, but there will be action for the first time in 2020 at Sports Park Raceway this Friday. And Fort Dodge will be the only act around with tires on the track that night. There will be no roar of the crowd, and ...

Rallying around one of our own

Love and fight. That’s all Steve Springer can do these days in the shadow of a life-altering diagnosis. Nearly two months ago, the 59-year-old Fort Dodge resident was told he has stage four esophageal cancer. The disease has metastasized to his stomach, liver, adrenal glands, blood and ...

THE ALL-AMERICAN

ATLANTA — Victoria Flores took her most recent collegiate honor in stride. The Fort Dodge native hopes the best is yet to come in her career as a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket. Flores was recently named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American in doubles competition alongside ...

Wrestling enthusiast McCool passes away at 60

The sport of wrestling lost one of its best story tellers on Monday, as long time wrestling reporter Dan McCool passed away at the age of 60. McCool, a Clarion native, was well known for his love of the sport and his ability to tell wrestlers story in print. “Dan was the best of the ...

Leader of the pack

For nearly 30 years Nickole (Nikki) Dillard’s track records have stood at Fort Dodge Senior High as the state champion sprinter and long jumper is the last Dodger female to win a state title. Dillard burst onto the scene as a freshman in 1988, placing eighth in the 100-meter dash. The tone ...

Historic sprints

Julia (Drzycimski) Buckley was a six-time state champion in high school, but her third place finish at the Drake Relays was one of her most memorable runs on the track. In her senior season, the 2000 St. Edmond graduate, qualified for the Drake Relays with the second fastest time, behind ...

SPRINT TO THE FINISH

In 2001 Nik Moser knew he had to come up with something special to become the 200-meter dash champion, in fact he had to come up with a time that nobody had ever ran before. Heading into the finals of the Class 4A event, Moser, who went on to play football at Iowa State, had the second ...

WITH HONORS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The final chapter of Johnny Bice’s football career has been written. The story of his impact on the real world is just beginning. Bice, a Fort Dodge native and Macalester College senior, was recently inducted into the 2020 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor ...

Tracking a dynasty

Members of St. Edmond’s 2011 and 2009 state championship teams banter once and a while which team was better, but the simple fact is both were part of a Gael dynasty on the track inside the blue oval of Drake Stadium. “Both of those teams had a lot of talent, which would be an ...