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Dresser returning to Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — New Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is making a return trip to his hometown on Saturday, as Rustix Restaurant will host a Town Hall Social in support of the Cyclone Regional Training Center. The event begins with a VIP meet-and-greet session — led by Dresser and ISU ...

Cook will wear Iowa singlet

IOWA CITY — Sam Cook has never been one to back down from a challenge. The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate is continuing on that path, stepping away from the University of Iowa football program to join Tom Brands and the Hawkeye wrestling squad. Cook confirmed his decision with The ...

Humboldt’s Larson finds his niche at Iowa State

AMES — Bryan Larson understands what is expected out of himself and the rest of the Iowa State football program this season under head coach Matt Campbell. After Campbell was hired to replace Paul Rhoads, he began work on getting the Cyclones to the top. Larson, a redshirt senior who ...

IHSAA changes state events

DES MOINES — Change is coming for those that compete in boys basketball and swimming. At a recent board meeting, the Iowa High School Athletic Association voted to change the dates of the boys state basketball tournament and move the boys swim meet. The boys state basketball tournament ...

Season finale set at Sports Park Raceway

Sports Park Raceway will conclude its 2017 season on Sunday by recognizing the people it values most: the drivers and the fans. The ascending Fort Dodge racing facility hosts its final points championship event while simultaneously offering kids night festivities in the 14th and final week of ...

Lara, Miller 2nd team all-CIML

The Fort Dodge baseball team didn’t like the way the 2017 campaign looked from a record standpoint, but the program is pleased with the direction it’s headed. The Dodgers landed four players on the talent-packed all-CIML Iowa Conference squad recently, and all four are scheduled to return ...

Webster City’s Hackbarth named first team all-state

WEBSTER CITY — Pitch by pitch, inning by inning, Max Hackbarth was wasting his talent. He knew it, and so did his then pitching coach Adison Kehoe. One walk turned into two, and then three, and then, well, you get the picture. Short outings on the mound became the norm as he mentally hit ...

The concussion discussion

Earlier this week, a study with plenty of shock value hit the general public like a defensive end blindsiding a quarterback: the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy — commonly known as CTE — had been ...

Area softball players named all-state

Ellie Jacobson stepped into a high-pressure situation with the Humboldt softball team this summer and delivered. A freshman pitcher on a squad with seven senior starters, Jacobson helped get the Wildcats back to the Class 3A state tournament on the diamond, placing fifth last week at Rogers ...

Flattery fires shutout for Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. — Former St. Edmond and Iowa Central standout David Flattery tossed a complete-game shutout for Kokomo here Thursday night. Flattery, who will earn his degree form the University of Nebraska-Omaha this summer and attend Augustana University next year for his final collegiate ...

Living the game

CEDAR FALLS — Cal Twait was blessed growing up around a college football head coach. Twait, a returning starter along the offensive line for Northern Iowa, is set to embark on his third season with the Panthers this fall. But for the 6-foot-6, 292-pound junior, the adjustment to the ...

A NEW ERA

PLYMOUTH, Wis. — Tammy Utley has devoted her career to the game of softball. Now, twenty years into her coaching career, the Fort Dodge Senior High graduate has landed her first head college coaching job at Lakeland University. Utley has been an assistant for the Muskies during the past ...

Three Gaels on all-NCC team

Max Hackbarth dominated the North Central Conference every night he stepped on the mound. And for his efforts, the Webster City junior pitcher was one of three players named to the all-NCC first team unanimously. Hackbarth was joined by teammate Riley Mishler and Clear Lake’s Zach Lester as ...

All-district honors handed out

A handful of local and area baseball players were honored by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association as all-district selections recently. In Class 4A, Tyrnan Lara was named to the North Central second team as a third baseman. The Fort Dodge junior hit .326 with a team-high six home ...

Warriors finish eighth in 2A

It was a tough Wednesday in the consolation rounds for North Union, as the Warriors dropped two games to finish eighth in Class 2A. North Union fell to Logan-Magnolia in the consolation semifinals, 8-0, and dropped another 8-0 decision to Waterloo Columbus for seventh. Senior Anna Ingalls ...

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Vicky Flores tried to keep her emotions in check during her first-ever Wimbledon experience. She succeeded, but in the process, may have lost too much of her competitive edge. It was a learning experience in London for Flores, who advanced out of the junior qualifying round and into the main ...

PROPER SEND-OFF

The fourth-ranked Humboldt softball team did exactly what they wanted here Wednesday at Rogers Park. They played Humboldt softball. The Wildcats doubled up No. 10 West Marshall, 6-3, in the consolation semifinals, then routed third-ranked Sioux Center in the consolation final, 10-0 in five ...

FD’s pride comes from its people

When Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation director Lori Branderhorst thinks of the state softball tournament and its 47-year relationship with Rogers Sports Complex, she doesn’t see the money or the amenities first. She sees the people. ‘‘This event is all about the workers, the volunteers ...

FD’s Ayala wins national title

FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala saved his best for last at the prestigious U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior National Tournament here on Monday. Yet in the eyes of the Fort Dodge Senior High wrestling program, this is just the beginning. The Dodgers’ freshman-to-be captured a national ...

POINTER SISTERS

No matter what pitch Ellie Jacobson threw and no matter where she placed it, Center Point-Urbana was there to put a charge into it. That’s the kind of night it was for the Humboldt freshman pitcher and her Wildcat teammates on Monday during a Class 3A quarterfinal on Diamond 2 at Rogers ...