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Moser to take over FDSH program

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When Nik Moser was a 12-year-old ballboy on his dad’s 1994 Fort Dodge football team, one of the Dodgers’ student managers asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “I still remember the conversation to this day,” Moser said. “And this is the honest truth: I told her I wanted ...

Garrigan boys will play for state title

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DES MOINES — The attention and star power of the Bishop Garrigan boys belongs to their “big three” of John Joyce, Cade Winkel and Angelo Winkel. And rightfully so. The trio leads the team in virtually every statistical category, and had a major hand in a convincing 66-52 victory over ...

TerHark reflects on career, season at Truman State

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Luke TerHark knows there will come a time soon when he takes off his basketball jersey for the final time as a collegiate player. Little did the former Algona High School standout know it would happen sooner than he had planned. TerHark and Truman State claimed a spot in ...

C-G/D graduate ready for D-II championships

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Josh Portillo was in attendance a week ago to watch his brother, Justin Portillo, compete for a national wrestling title. Now, he gets his shot. Portillo, a three-time state champion for Clarion-Goldfield/Dows, will compete for the University of Nebraska-Kearney ...

Rittgers qualified for three events at D3 nationals

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WINSTON SALEM, N.C. — Erica Rittgers understands what goes into preparing for the NCAA Div. III national track and field championships. Since her sophomore season with Wartburg, Rittgers has been an alternate on the 4x400 relay, allowing her to become familiar with the surroundings and ...

Garrigan duo makes history

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ALGONA — When Molly Joyce and Audi Crooks met on the basketball court in the summer of their seventh grade years, they had no idea what the future held for them. Joyce, a point guard, and Crooks, a 6-foot-3 post, clicked on and off the court immediately, building, a friendship that has ...

FIELD OF DREAMS

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WESCOSVILLE, Penn. — When Steve Nielsen was at St. Edmond High School, he was always involved in athletics. He passed that passion along to his three children. Nielsen, a 1981 St. Edmond graduate, played football, basketball and baseball for the Gaels. Nielsen and his wife, Cynthia, have ...

Garrigan plays for berth in finals

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DES MOINES — Bishop Garrigan and West Fork are separated by some 60 miles in the northeast part of the state. The two share membership in the Top of Iowa Conference, and even claimed their respective division titles this past winter. But on Wednesday afternoon, they meet for even more: a ...

Ankeny plays with Dodger ties

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...