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AYALA WINS GABLE AWARD

CEDAR FALLS — Drake Ayala is one of the top high school wrestlers in the nation, and on Saturday night, he was named the best in his class for the state of Iowa. The Fort Dodge junior was named the 2020 Dan Gable Mr. Wrestler of the Year for Class 3A during a banquet on Saturday before ...

Dream come true

Since he was two years old Izaih Clark has dreamed of riding his motorcycle as his career. That dream became a reality in Dallas, Texas when Clark accumulated enough points to earn his Supercross (indoor racing) pro card. “It was pretty cool to be able to get my pro card,’’ Clark ...

ALL SMILES

Ismael Cardenas has been around boxing his entire life, so when he saw an opportunity to be in the corner with his kids, he jumped at the chance. With a grin always on his face, the man friends and family affectionately call “Smiley” took over the Fort Dodge Boxing Club in ...

Second to one

DES MOINES — The spark just never ignited for the Bishop Garrigan boys here Friday afternoon. After putting together a strong first half in the Class 1A state championship with Wapsie Valley, the Golden Bears were unable to find their rhythm, falling 65-53 inside Wells Fargo Arena. In ...

Garrigan plays for state glory

DES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan head coach Mark Meister told his team heading into the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Class 1A semifinal they had eight minutes left to finish the job. Now, the Golden Bears have 32 minutes to complete a dream season and crown themselves state ...

War at West Gym still on the mat

CEDAR FALLS — Fort Dodge will be well represented at War at West Gym on Saturday night. Four Dodger wrestlers will compete in the event held in Cedar Falls at the West Gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Fort Dodge’s two time state champion Drake Ayala, along with state runner ups Carson ...

State will limit attendance at Friday’s games

DES MOINES — As professional and college sports around the world came to a halt on Thursday, the boys state basketball tournament here inside Wells Fargo Arena played on. Consolation finals and semifinals took place as normal, but that all will change on the fifth and final day. The Iowa ...

Tritons suspend spring sports

After talking to the NJCAA governing board, Iowa Central will suspend spring sports until April 3 in response to the threat of COVID-19. According to Iowa Central Athletic Director Kevin Twait, baseball, softball and track and all other spring sports will not compete until at least April ...

Iowa coaches, others react to NCAA decision

IOWA CITY — Disappointment was the key word spoken by several University of Iowa coaches upon hearing that all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships would be canceled. Tom Brands, head coach for the top-ranked Hawkeye wrestling team will try to focus his team on what they did and ...

Proceed with caution

Some of the hardest decisions in life come when there are no definitive solutions in sight. The NCAA’s unprecedented call to keep fans away from all major upcoming championship tournaments — men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling — certainly shocked our system. Due to the ...

Moser to take over FDSH program

When Nik Moser was a 12-year-old ballboy on his dad’s 1994 Fort Dodge football team, one of the Dodgers’ student managers asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I still remember the conversation to this day,” Moser said. “And this is the honest truth: I told her I wanted ...

Garrigan boys will play for state title

DES MOINES — The attention and star power of the Bishop Garrigan boys belongs to their “big three” of John Joyce, Cade Winkel and Angelo Winkel. And rightfully so. The trio leads the team in virtually every statistical category, and had a major hand in a convincing 66-52 victory over ...

TerHark reflects on career, season at Truman State

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Luke TerHark knows there will come a time soon when he takes off his basketball jersey for the final time as a collegiate player. Little did the former Algona High School standout know it would happen sooner than he had planned. TerHark and Truman State claimed a spot in ...

C-G/D graduate ready for D-II championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Josh Portillo was in attendance a week ago to watch his brother, Justin Portillo, compete for a national wrestling title. Now, he gets his shot. Portillo, a three-time state champion for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, will compete for the University of Nebraska-Kearney ...

Rittgers qualified for three events at D3 nationals

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. — Erica Rittgers understands what goes into preparing for the NCAA Div. III national track and field championships. Since her sophomore season with Wartburg, Rittgers has been an alternate on the 4x400 relay, allowing her to become familiar with the surroundings and ...

Garrigan duo makes history

ALGONA — When Molly Joyce and Audi Crooks met on the basketball court in the summer of their seventh grade years, they had no idea what the future held for them. Joyce, a point guard, and Crooks, a 6-foot-3 post, clicked on and off the court immediately, building, a friendship that has ...

FIELD OF DREAMS

WESCOSVILLE, Penn. — When Steve Nielsen was at St. Edmond High School, he was always involved in athletics. He passed that passion along to his three children. Nielsen, a 1981 St. Edmond graduate, played football, basketball and baseball for the Gaels. Nielsen and his wife, Cynthia, have ...

Garrigan plays for berth in finals

DES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan and West Fork are separated by some 60 miles in the northeast part of the state. The two share membership in the Top of Iowa Conference, and even claimed their respective division titles this past winter. But on Wednesday afternoon, they meet for even more: a ...

Ankeny plays with Dodger ties

DES MOINES — The road to state for the Ankeny boys had a strong connection to Fort Dodge. The Hawks (18-5 overall) begin play in the Class 4A quarterfinals here on Wednesday inside Wells Fargo Arena vs. Iowa City West (21-2). Tip is set for 10:30 a.m. Kevin and Kim (Boyington) Wehde, Fort ...

Top honors for Joyce siblings

ALGONA — John Joyce knows that opposing teams are never going to take it easy on his sister, Molly Joyce. And that is why John makes sure to play the role of tough big brother. The Bishop Garrigan standouts were each named to the all-Top of Iowa West division first team for their efforts on ...