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Pearson wins for Dodgers

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WAUKEE — Cole Pearson continued his fast start to the swim season, scoring a victory in the 50 freestyle here for Fort Dodge Thursday night. Waukee won the dual, 128-42, over the Dodgers. Pearson, a senior who has committed to swim at the University of South Dakota next year, clocked a ...

FRIGID OPENER

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By ERIC PRATT sports@messengernews.net Tom Daniel doesn’t want his Fort Dodge boys basketball team to panic. The Dodger head coach expects his players to find their sense of urgency, though, as the program’s busy pre-Christmas stretch continues with two more games at the end of this ...

GETTING DEFENSIVE

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POCAHONTAS — The Pocahontas Area boys had no trouble scoring points a season ago. And with leading scorer Jace Davidson back, along with two other starters, it shouldn’t be an issue this year. Where the Indians did struggle, though, was on the defensive end. Something that kept them ...

Dodgers come up short

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After struggling to score in the first two games of the year, the Fort Dodge girls broke out on the offensive end here Tuesday night. However, Des Moines Lincoln — who also struggled last week — found its rhythm, as the Railsplitters picked up a 71-65 victory inside the Dodger ...

No. 6 Tritons knock off NIACC in league action

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Luke Moffitt was able to look at Wednesday night’s ICCAC dual between Iowa Central and North Iowa Area with an extended outlook. The sixth-ranked Tritons scored a 29-14 victory to improve to 2-0 in conference action, but Moffitt knows that the overall performance was not one to duplicate ...

Triton women stretch streak

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Kelly Kruger knows that the heart of the schedule is still to come for his Iowa Central women. But Kruger also realizes that sitting at 6-2 and riding a five-game win streak has only helped build confidence for his young players. The Tritons overcame a sluggish start here Monday night to ...

8 Dodgers ranked by The Predicament

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Eight Fort Dodge wrestlers will start the season ranked at their respective weights, according to The Predicament. The defending state champion Dodgers are fourth as a team, behind Southeast Polk, Waverly-Shell Rock and Waukee. Sophomore Drake Ayala is the No. 1 contender at 113 pounds. ...

Newell-Fonda anxious to get started

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NEWELL — When Bryce Coppock walks into the Newell-Fonda gym for basketball practice, he takes note of the wall of pride. The Mustangs are four-time state champions, with boys basketball titles in 1991, ’97, ’99 and 2000. Five other squads have reached the state tournament. Coppock, a ...

Garrigan rallies past SE boys

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ALGONA — The Bishop Garrigan boys used their size to post a 62-50 victory over St. Edmond here Monday night in the season opener for both. TJ Schnurr scored 25 points, Angelo Winkel added 16 as the Golden Bears rallied from a 34-26 halftime deficit. “We shot the ball pretty well in the ...

Indianola pulls away from FD boys

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INDIANOLA — The Fort Dodge boys were hit by a cold shooting spell here Monday night, dropping their season opener to Indianola, 69-45. Jordan Jackson scored 15 and Malihk Lockman added 11, but the Dodgers were scoreless over the final four minutes and had just four points in the last seven ...

Ruffridge finds her rhythm at Missouri State

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Elle Ruffridge admits there were some difficult moments during her freshman season with the Missouri State University women’s basketball program. But looking back now, Ruffridge knows her ability to persevere through the trials and tribulations have made her a better ...

Triton players earn honors

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With a 2-4 overall record coming off a 44-14 setback at Garden City, the Iowa Central football team had a choice to make. The decision made by quarterback Blake Dever and the rest the Tritons led to five consecutive wins and a berth in the Dec. 2 Graphic Edge Bowl against Monroe in Cedar ...

BVU camp to support Adams’ former coach

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The minute Andi Adams found out one of her former coaches was going through a life-changing event, the Fort Dodge softball coach was quick to come to the aid of a mentor. Adams, a former two-time All-American at Buena Vista University who is in the school’s Hall of Fame, was told friend and ...

All-state volleyball honors for area trio

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A trio of area players were named all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association for their efforts this past fall on the volleyball court. In Class 3A, Morgan Middleton of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows was placed on the third team, with Humboldt’s Jori Hajek earning honorable mention status. ...

Astor reflects on her career as a Panther

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CEDAR FALLS — Lexi Astor will never forget her final court appearance as a member of the University of Northern Iowa volleyball team. Back in August while competing against then-No. 5 Kentucky, Astor helped the Panthers score a five-set victory during action at the USC Tournament in Los ...

Hawks, Cyclones playing with an early swagger

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Drawing any conclusions from November basketball is almost always an exercise in futility. Early-season success often wanes and ultimately winds up being fool’s gold by March. Teams are simply too unpredictable from game to game; the execution is lacking, the defense is ragged, the flow is ...

Bulldogs look to ride momentum

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ALGONA — On the heels of one of the more memorable football seasons in school history, the Algona boys are hoping to find the same level of success on the hardwood. The Bulldogs return all five starters and two more key reserves from a team that closed the 2017-18 season with 10 wins in 12 ...

Fort Dodge’s new kingpin

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Rick Harrington had a simple message for his son, Alex Markov, when he went to the bowling lanes recently. “Bowl me a 300,” Harrington said. The 22-year-old Markov did that and more last week, etching his name into city bowling history books. The 2015 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate ...

REUNITED

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CEDAR FALLS — Long before their days together on the University of Northern Iowa club baseball team, St. Edmond graduates Colin Flattery, Rob Flattery, Reid Johnson and Jason Setterdahl were gathering at fields across Fort Dodge. The quartet would go on to lead the Gaels to plenty of wins ...

7 wrestlers ranked for No. 5 Dodgers

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Fort Dodge will begin its title defenses as the fifth-ranked team in the state with seven rated wrestlers, according to the popular site IAwrestle. The Dodgers who won both state duals and traditional titles as a year ago thanks to nine medalists and champions Brody Teske and Drew Bennett, ...