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Clayton, Smith earn all-region honors

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Three Iowa Central players and a pair of former Fort Dodge Senior High standouts earned all-region honors, the ICCAC announced recently. Mardaeja Cross was selected to the second team and Triton teammate Jordan Engbrecht the third on the women’s side, with Javonte Keck earning third team ...

Messenger all-area girls basketball team revealed

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Youth was definitely served around the area this past winter. But some of the “older” players still found ways to have success, as well. The Messenger area all-girls basketball team features two freshmen, a junior and three seniors, led by the ninth-grade duo of Audi Crooks and Molly ...

Merrill, Mott are the ‘fighting couple’

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Steven Merrill was born some 1,700 miles from Rockwell City, but found it to be his home from an early age. Jordan Mott moved to Lytton from Lander, Wyoming after her sophomore year of high school, graduating from South Central Calhoun. Different paths were taken by both, but somewhere ...

Wegener unanimous all-NCC

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ALGONA — Wyatt Wegener showed this winter that he is far from just a football player. Wegener, an all-stater on the gridiron who will continue his career in the fall at the University of Iowa, was one of three players selected unanimous first team all-North Central Conference, the league ...

Bennett finds comfort in family, friends, teammates

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INDIANOLA — For nearly two decades, Madi Bennett has based much of her life around softball. That was taken away from the former Fort Dodge Senior High standout when the decision was made to cancel the remaining Simpson College softball schedule. In an effort to help contain the spread ...

Bennett, Pommer earn all-league honors

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Despite being just a sophomore, Tory Bennett is very familiar with the nightly battles that come with competing in the CIML Iowa Conference. Bennett, who helped lead the Fort Dodge girls to seven wins this winter, was honored with second team all-league honors. Five of the seven first team ...

WHAT’S NEXT?

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The spring sports season typically has to deal with uncertainty. Between constant threats of rain, wind and even chilly temperatures, teams are constantly scrambling to get events and meets in. This year, though, the problem centers around just getting the track, soccer, tennis and golf ...

Emotional end for Tjebben, Tritons

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When Bre Tjebben got the call from her dad Bo, she instantly became emotional. Tjebben, 2018 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, received the news that the remainder of her sophomore softball season at Iowa Central was done. “I was at the store with my mom (Chrissy), my sister (Cassie) and my ...

Area girls honored by TLC

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The awards have piled up for the Newell-Fonda girls this winter, as the Mustangs claimed a second consecutive Class 1A state title. Along the way, they also won another Twin Lakes Conference crown, placed three players on the first team and had the league coach of the year in Dick ...

HE’S A HAWK

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Fort Dodge’s Drake Ayala was being courted by wrestling programs from all over the country. The race was heated. The emotions were mixed. The decision didn’t necessarily come easy. In the end, a commitment to the University of Iowa made the most sense to Ayala — because of what head ...

HOLDING PATTERN

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In their final seasons as Dodgers, seniors Asle Thorson, Tysen Kershaw and Brycen Bell are hoping and waiting to find out if they will get to run one final time for their school. With the threat of coronavirus COVID-19 halting everything sports-related, the Dodgers are doing everything they ...

Crooks named 1A player of the year

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ALGONA — Audi Crooks may only be a 15-year-old freshman, but she plays like a senior and thinks like a veteran. With all of the success and awards coming her way on the basketball court, the prep rookie maintained her composure and stayed humble through the process. On Wednesday, Crooks ...

Ayala will be a Hawkeye

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Fort Dodge's Drake Ayala has made up his mind: the junior state wrestling champion will attend the University of Iowa. Ayala officially informed UI head coach Tom Brands of his decision on Wednesday, picking the Hawkeyes over Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa State, North Carolina, Minnesota and a ...

AREA TRIO NAMED ALL-STATE

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An offseason of dedication paid dividends for three area basketball players on Monday, as they were named Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state members. Bishop Garrigan junior Angelo Winkel made the first team in Class 1A. Wyatt Wegener, a senior from cross-town rival Algona, took ...

TRUE ROLE MODEL

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MINOT, N.D. — There’s a story behind Kyle Beisch’s 28-point performance in his last collegiate game at Minot State University. Beisch’s scoring binge in the opening round of the Northern Sun Athletic Conference Tournament against South Division champion Sioux Falls capped a brilliant ...

THAT’S A WRAP

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Rick Sandquist is a baseball and softball aficionado. When he found his team’s season would be cut short on Monday, it rocked the Iowa Central coach’s world. At 1 p.m. yesterday, the NJCAA made the decision to end remaining spring sports seasons across the country. When Sandquist got ...

Precious memories

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Justin Hanson and Aaron Wernimont crossed paths at an interesting time in their lives. Both were state champions in high school, with Hanson winning gold at Humboldt and Wernimont for Pocahontas Area. From there, Hanson elected to attend Iowa State University and Wernimont headed to West ...

Iowa Central works through uncertain times

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Iowa Central athletic director Kevin Twait got the call he was dreading on Monday. The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) announced at 1 p.m. that the remaining spring sports seasons across the country would be cancelled. In a press release, the NJCAA stated: The ...

Wernimont heads to Hall of Fame

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The late Aaron Wernimont will add the title of Hall of Famer to his incredible resume this summer. But for those that knew the Pocahontas native, he has always been more than that. Wernimont, who passed away in 2012 at 26 years old, will be one of five inductees into the National Wrestling ...

Munson breaks women’s city series record

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Hannah Munson has been bowling since she was five years old, and she’s become good at it through the years. Actually, she’s great at it. Munson, now 23 years old, has rolled five perfect games. The only major plateau she had never reached was an 800 series. That all changed on Sunday ...