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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 ...

Goodman state tradition continues

DES MOINES — The Goodman name represents basketball royalty in the state of Iowa. Joe Goodman is extending the family tradition at the boys tournament this week. Goodman, a senior guard for Iowa City West, will take the court in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday morning as the ...

GARRIGAN ADVANCES

DES MOINES — For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Bishop Garrigan boys are on the verge of competing for a state title. The Golden Bears fought through foul trouble, 21 turnovers and a big third quarter by Springville to rally for a thrilling 55-52 victory here on Monday afternoon ...

Sense of urgency arrives just in time for BGHS

DES MOINES — Any thoughts of an easy pass into the Class 1A state semifinals were quickly wiped away from the minds of Bishop Garrigan here Monday. The Golden Bears watched as fellow Top of Iowa Conference co-champion Lake Mills was left stunned, falling as the top seed to Wapsie Valley ...

BEST OF THE BEST

Youth was definitely served when it came to area all-state selections by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association on Monday. Of the seven players named, five are underclassmen. Bishop Garrigan’s freshmen duo of Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce were joined on the Class 1A first team by ...

BACK TO WORK

DES MOINES — Cade Winkel has heard it all before. Now, the Bishop Garrigan senior knows it is up to himself and his teammates to make history. The second-seeded Golden Bears (22-2 overall) take on Springville (20-5) at 1 p.m. in the boys state basketball quarterfinals inside Wells Fargo ...

All-area classic could be just the beginning

DES MOINES — If this is what we have to look forward to in the years to come, buckle up. The instant Class 1A girls basketball rivalry between Newell-Fonda and Bishop Garrigan — born on Saturday night with the Mustangs’ show-stopping comeback and last-second 65-63 championship-game ...

Former N-F star at state with West Sioux

DES MOINES — Bryce Coppock first experienced the thrill of the state basketball tournament sitting on the bench with his dad six years ago. Now, a senior at West Sioux, Coppock will get to actually step on the court and lead his team into action. Coppock and the Falcons (22-2 overall) ...

Garrigan cruises into first state final

DES MOINES — Dreams can come true on the basketball court and Bishop Garrigan is living theirs right now. For the first time in school history, the Golden Bears (25-1 overall) will be playing for a state championship in Class 1A. The Golden Bears defeated second-ranked Bellevue Marquette, ...

Still the one

DES MOINES — Megan Morenz remembers the last time Newell-Fonda suffered a loss. And as the lone senior on the roster, she made sure her career did not end the same way it did for the Mustangs back in 2018. Macy Sievers found a cutting Morenz on her way to the basket, banking in the ...

Defending champ Mustangs back in title round

DES MOINES — For Newell-Fonda it’s simple — bring back the state championship. The top-ranked Mustangs (26-0) kept that goal intact on Friday, dismantling Saint Ansgar 84-33 in a Class 1A semifinal. The defending 1A champions will compete in their third straight championship game and ...

Iowa Central men repeat as track champs

The Iowa Central track and field team added to their storied history, earning gold and silver team honors  Saturday at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. The Triton men repeated, finishing ahead of Barton County for the second consecutive season. South Plains, New Mexico and Cloud County rounded ...

Eyler, McDermott advance to wrestling semis

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Three Iowa Central wrestlers remain alive in medal contention after the opening day of the NJCAA Championships here Friday. Two of those, 165-pounder Ashton Eyler and heavyweight Boone McDermott, are into the semifinals of their respective weight classes. The Tritons are ...

Rides Bar & Grill hosting fundraiser for Williams

Rides Bar & Grill in Fort Dodge will soon be collecting money for the family of Willie Williams to help them through a dark time time in their lives. The popular local establishment is simply the backdrop for the fundraiser, though. The sweat equity will come from people who consider ...

Iowa Central women claim bowling crown

BUFFALO — For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Central bowling team is leaving Airport Lanes and the NJCAA Championships with a national title. This time, the Triton women finished atop the team standings. Iowa Central captured the men’s team gold a season ago. Using a ...

All-area final awaits in 1A

DES MOINES — The Newell-Fonda girls made quick work of Saint Ansgar here Friday, advancing to their third consecutive Class 1A championship game. Shortly there after, the top-ranked Mustangs sat in the stands at Wells Fargo Arena and watched as Bishop Garrigan earned their spot opposite ...

On the state mic

DES MOINES — If you tuned in this week to the girls state basketball tournament, you might have been greeted with a familiar face or two. Former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Molly Nelson and ex-Manson Northwest Webster all-stater Ellie (Herzberg) Howell have been on the call from Wells ...

Tritons win two indoor national titles

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Day one of the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships started off strong for Iowa Central. The Tritons crowned a pair of national champions and positioned themselves atop the team standings in both the men’s and women’s races. Noah Friske, David Dunlap, Pur Biel ...

BOONE IS KING

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Boone McDermott had one goal all season long: be the last man standing. The Iowa Central redshirt freshman won the 285-pound title at the NJCAA Championships here Saturday night in the final match of the session. McDermott, who dominated his way through the bracket, ...