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The Newell-Fonda softball roster is packed with champions. This cast of Mustangs were part of the state’s last girls state title to be handed out in Iowa at the basketball tournament, which wrapped up right before the COVID-19 global pandemic hit. Now, second-seeded Newell-Fonda (18-2 ...

Humboldt inspired by Rogers Park return

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HUMBOLDT — Over the past two seasons, the Humboldt softball squad has learned how valuable and precious time can be both on and off the softball diamond. A year ago, the Wildcats were lending their support to teammate Ashlyn Clark, who had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. This year, ...

Algona is back with bigger goals in mind

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ALGONA — The Algona softball team was a bounce here or a break there from shocking the state softball world a year ago. Now the Bulldogs return to the big stage, determined to prove not only that they belong in Fort Dodge — but they’re also a legitimate Class 3A contender. Head coach ...

‘Padded flag’ league offered for 5th grade football

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Nik Moser would be the first person to support full-fledged tackle football for fifth graders if he felt like it was the right time and the necessary step. In addition to being a former Fort Dodge Senior High all-state defensive back and starting safety at Iowa State University, Moser was ...

A NEW ERA

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The finishing touches have been applied to this summer’s Dodger Stadium turf project, and while the visuals are aesthetically pleasing, both safety and practicality were the driving forces behind the Fort Dodge Community School District’s commitment to the upgrade. FDCSD superintendent ...

HERE THEY COME

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There have been regional championships in Fort Dodge’s past that sparked emotional celebrations and feelings of both accomplishment and satisfaction. Tuesday’s state-clinching victory over Sioux City North at Rogers Park just left the top-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers ready for the next ...

Dodgers one step from state trip

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Through all the trials and tribulations of the season, the one certainity that remained for the Fort Dodge softball team — the love of the game. The year began with the season in jeopardy, to being able to take the field. Once the season started there was always the chance of the season ...

On the prowl

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HUMBOLDT — After missing the state tournament last season, the Humboldt softball team wasn’t going to let anything hold them back this time around. The fourth-ranked Wildcats (20-2 overall) knocked off MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 in a Class 3A substate final on Monday night. This will be the ...

Dodgers fall in semifinals

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SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge baseball team suffered a 10-0 loss to Sioux City East in a Class 4A substate semifinal on Monday night. The Dodgers (13-10 overall) had only one hit. “Sioux City East beat us in every aspect of the game,’’ said Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. “We had ...

Indians, Mustangs play for state berths

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Pocahontas Area has won two straight district championships and is looking to punch a state tournament bid this time around. The 10th-ranked Indians (16-1 overall), who have won 10 straight games, will face third-ranked Dike-New Hartford (14-3) in a Class 2A substate final at West Fork, ...

Five area teams play for state berths

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Five Messenger-area teams look to punch state softball tickets tonight in regional final action. Humboldt (3A), Algona (3A), Newell-Fonda (1A), and Bishop Garrigan (1A) all host games, while Emmetsburg (2A) will travel. All contests will begin at 7 p.m. The fourth-ranked Wildcats (19-2) ...

NOT THIS TIME

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Blake Utley knew Friday night’s regional quarterfinal against Ames was going to be different then the last time the two teams meet. After being swept by the Little Cyclones on Monday, Utley felt that his ballclub had a lot more in them and that the third meeting would be a lot ...

Gael rally not enough

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AKRON — The St. Edmond softball team wouldn’t go away quietly against seventh-ranked Akron-Westfield on Friday night in a Class 1A regional semifinal. The Gaels (6-10 overall) who had already pulled off two postseason upsets, were looking for their third, but the Westerners (16-2) just ...

St. Edmond does it again

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CLEGHORN — Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning of their Class 1A, Region 1 quarterfinal contest on Wednesday, the St. Edmond softball team needed a momentum shift. Junior Ella Vratny delivered the game-changing moment — not with her arm, but with her bat. Vratny — the Gaels’ pitcher ...

Familiar foe awaits Dodgers in postseason opener

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The regular season may not have ended the way the Fort Dodge baseball team wanted, but they’re ready for the postseason. The Dodgers (12-9 overall) will meet a familiar foe in Ames (13-7) in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal at Ed McNeil Field. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Fort Dodge and ...

DIFFERENT FEEL

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The 2020 state softball tournament will be unlike any other as the event’s 50th anniversary is celebrated at the end of the month. Parks and recreation director Lori Branderhorst and her staff continue to diligently prepare Rogers Sports Complex for the tourney, which is scheduled to take ...

UP TO THE TASK

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Fort Dodge got the test it wanted from Indianola on Tuesday, as the top-ranked (Class 5A) Dodgers finally put the Indians away with two late runs to prevail 4-1 in the regular-season finale for both programs. Nothing came easy for Andi Adams’ squad in their final time on the field before a ...

Gaels can’t get past Ogden

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OGDEN — Nothing about this season has been routine for the St. Edmond baseball squad. On Tuesday night in their Class 1A district semifinal, there was another anomaly added to the mix. The Gaels (5-4 overall) had to wait about 45 minutes before the start of their game against Ogden (9-6) ...

Iowa Central shifts focus to 2021

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The National Junior College Athletic Association took a proactive step toward salvaging some semblance of a 2020-21 athletic season on Monday, postponing all but one of its fall sports campaigns and adjusting the winter schedule as well in an effort to buy time as the country continues to ...