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Kuhlman placed on Drake Relays Wall of Honor

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Rick Kuhlman has never given personal recognition a passing thought during 25 years of steady volunteer work at Drake University. The Fort Dodge resident and Humboldt High School graduate has reported for duty during every single track and field season since 1994, offering his time to a long ...

All in the family

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The relationship between a high school athlete and his coach is always unique. For Jackson Kochendorfer, that has definitely been the case. Kochendorfer, a St. Edmond senior, is the son of long-time Gael head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. And for the past three years, Adolph and Jackson have ...

9 DODGERS ARE IN

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District wrestling may be about earning individual state berths, but Fort Dodge remains all about the team. The Dodgers will defend their traditional state title with nine contenders in the mix. They crowned six district champs, and three more pushed through as runner-ups. “Our ...

Tritons claim another district title

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MASON CITY — The fourth-ranked Iowa Central wrestling team rallied back to secure another district championship here Sunday. Behind six individual winners, the Tritons moved ahead of Ellsworth late, capturing the Central District title for the fifth consecutive year. Iowa Central will be ...

SE’s Duckett makes state

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LAKE MILLS — St. Edmond sophomore Ryan Duckett will get his chance to compete at the state tournament, earning a Class 1A district runner-up title here Saturday. Duckett downed Emmetsburg’s Nic Lowe in a true-second match via major decision, 14-2. The state tournament begins Thursday in ...

Duncan named new Greene County head football coach

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JEFFERSON — Caden Duncan has been hired as the new head football coach at Greene County, replacing Mitch Moore. Duncan was confirmed by Tim Christensen, Greene County CSD Superintendent. Moore accepted the same position at Des Moines Roosevelt after two years with the Rams. A native of ...

Pearson closes Dodger swim career at state

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IOWA CITY — Cole Pearson finished his high school swim career with Fort Dodge here Saturday at the state meet. Pearson, who has signed to continue competing at the University of South Dakota in the fall, was the lone qualifier for the Dodgers for the championships, which took place at the ...

Dodger boys head to DM North

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THE TIP: Action is set for 7:45 p.m. in this boys-only contest at the Des Moines North High School. BOYS PROBABLES: Fort Dodge (8-12 overall): Jace Peterson, sr., 8.8; Tysen Kershaw, jr., 11.2; Grant Barber, sr., 3.4; Dayson Clayton, soph., 3.2; Jordan Jackson, sr., 15.2. Des Moines North ...

Gael girls pass first tourney test

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Steve Neuberger admitted there was a time early in the first quarter where he was a little concerned about Saturday night’s Class 2A regional opener. But instead of getting down with leading scorer and rebounder Erin Flattery bothered by foul trouble, the St. Edmond girls came together, ...

Messenger-area state wrestling first round pairings

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First Round Matches Class 3A Fort Dodge 106 — Lane Cowell, soph., 31-8 vs. Rheiner Stahlbaum, Johnston, soph., 29-10. 113 — Drake Ayala, soph., 37-0 vs. Brennan Amos, Newton, fr., 26-12. 120 — Carson Taylor, jr., 34-5 vs. Eric Gilge, WDM Dowling, jr., 24-8. 126 — Brooks ...

FD boys thump Mohawks

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MASON CITY — The Fort Dodge boys continued to gain momentum ahead of the postseason, posting a convincing 61-41 victory over Mason City Saturday. The Dodgers (8-12 overall) have now won seven of their last 10 after a four-game losing streak. This is the ninth time in the past 10 years FDSH ...

Iowa Central heads to regionals

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MASON CITY — Bids to the upcoming NJCAA National Wrestling Championship will be handed out here Sunday at the Central Districts hosted by North Iowa Area. Fourth-ranked Iowa Central leads the ICCAC squads into action, as all five teams boast full 10-wrestler rosters. Wrestling begins at ...

1,000th victory for Triton hoop program

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The Iowa Central men’s basketball team reached a milestone for program victories here Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse. With a 98-51 triumph over the Simpson JV, the Tritons earned the 1,000 win for the school. Royshawn Webb had a game-high 27 points, adding seven rebounds, three ...

Area wrestlers are state-bound

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CLEAR LAKE — A handful of Messenger-area wrestling teams punched tickets for the upcoming state wrestling meet at a Class 2A district here Saturday. Joey Busse, who earlier this year became Humboldt’s career wins leader, racked up two more victories to earn the 145-pound title. Busse, a ...

Gael girls begin postseason trek

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The St. Edmond girls begin their postseason journey here Saturday night, hosting Belmond-Klemme in a Class 2A, Region 2 contest. Tip is set for 7 p.m. inside the Gael gym. The winner between St. Edmond (2-18 overall) and the Broncos (2-17) heads to No. 12 Aplington-Parkersburg (19-2) on ...

State push

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With one state tournament berth in tow, the Fort Dodge wrestling team is out to add individual bids to their resume. The sixth-ranked (IAwrestle) Dodgers will host a Class 3A, District 4 tournament today inside the Dodger gym. Joining Fort Dodge will be fifth-ranked Ankeny-Centennial, ...

Togetherness

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By CHRIS JOHNSON sports@messengernews.net LAKE MILLS — Ryan Duckett may be the last St. Edmond wrestler standing, but he isn’t standing alone. “This year I am going into districts as a champion and the team has been nothing but supportive,’’ Duckett said. “Everyone continues ...

Gaels cruise past Rockets

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When you compete in the North Central Conference, it can be tough to have many fun nights on the basketball court. The St. Edmond boys, though, were able to do just that Friday night, closing out their regular season with an 88-54 victory over Paton-Churdan in non-league action. Four ...

THEY’RE BACK

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Jake Erickson found out Tuesday morning that he would be competing for the Fort Dodge wrestling team in their Class 3A regional dual match Wednesday. The freshman 152-pounder had only competed in three varsity matches prior to the final round against Cedar Falls, and with the Dodgers leading ...

Final turn

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IOWA CITY — Cole Pearson’s final high school meet will be on the state’s biggest stage. Pearson will represent Fort Dodge one last time as he’ll showcase his talents in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. “I wouldn’t want to end my high school career anywhere else but at the state ...