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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 ...

Iowa Central men repeat as track champs

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The Iowa Central track and field team added to their storied history, earning gold and silver team honors  Saturday at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. The Triton men repeated, finishing ahead of Barton County for the second consecutive season. South Plains, New Mexico and Cloud County rounded ...

Eyler, McDermott advance to wrestling semis

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Three Iowa Central wrestlers remain alive in medal contention after the opening day of the NJCAA Championships here Friday. Two of those, 165-pounder Ashton Eyler and heavyweight Boone McDermott, are into the semifinals of their respective weight classes. The Tritons are ...

Rides Bar & Grill hosting fundraiser for Williams

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Rides Bar & Grill in Fort Dodge will soon be collecting money for the family of Willie Williams to help them through a dark time time in their lives. The popular local establishment is simply the backdrop for the fundraiser, though. The sweat equity will come from people who consider ...

Iowa Central women claim bowling crown

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BUFFALO — For the second consecutive year, the Iowa Central bowling team is leaving Airport Lanes and the NJCAA Championships with a national title. This time, the Triton women finished atop the team standings. Iowa Central captured the men’s team gold a season ago. Using a ...

All-area final awaits in 1A

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DES MOINES — The Newell-Fonda girls made quick work of Saint Ansgar here Friday, advancing to their third consecutive Class 1A championship game. Shortly there after, the top-ranked Mustangs sat in the stands at Wells Fargo Arena and watched as Bishop Garrigan earned their spot opposite ...

On the state mic

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DES MOINES — If you tuned in this week to the girls state basketball tournament, you might have been greeted with a familiar face or two. Former Fort Dodge Senior High standout Molly Nelson and ex-Manson Northwest Webster all-stater Ellie (Herzberg) Howell have been on the call from Wells ...

Tritons win two indoor national titles

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LYNCHBURG, Va. — Day one of the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships started off strong for Iowa Central. The Tritons crowned a pair of national champions and positioned themselves atop the team standings in both the men’s and women’s races. Noah Friske, David Dunlap, Pur Biel ...

BOONE IS KING

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Boone McDermott had one goal all season long: be the last man standing. The Iowa Central redshirt freshman won the 285-pound title at the NJCAA Championships here Saturday night in the final match of the session. McDermott, who dominated his way through the bracket, ...

Nine in a row for Vikings

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PARK CITY, Kan. — The Grand View wrestling team remains the program to beat at the NAIA level. Behind three former area standouts, the Vikings scored their ninth consecutive national championship here Saturday inside Hartman Arena, finishing with 157 points. Nick Mitchell and Grand View ...

Former Cowboys help Grand View to early lead

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PARK CITY, Kan. — The top-ranked Grand View wrestling team is well on their way to a ninth consecutive NAIA Championship. The Vikings lead after the first day of action here inside Hartman Arena with 113 points. Reinhardt is a distant second with 57.5 followed by Cumberlands, Menlo and ...

Five more Top-3s for Triton swimmers

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Iowa Central swim team team brought home five top-three finishes from the NJCAA national championships on Friday. Billy Cruz added a silver medal to his two gold medals, with a runner up showing in the 100 breaststroke. Cruz touched the wall in 54.97, just behind the ...

Silver for Borgman on the lanes

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BUFFALO — The Iowa Central bowling team put together a strong Friday at the NJCAA Championships, claiming a silver and positioning themselves for another team gold. Nickolas Borgman placed second overall in men’s singles, while the women’s team leads after two days of action. The Triton ...

Tritons earn titles

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Billy Cruz has rewritten the Iowa Central swimming record books. Heading into this year’s national tournament, the Triton swim team had one national champion in its history. After the second day of the NJCAA championships, the Tritons now have four. Cruz, a freshman ...

Garrigan marches on

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DES MOINES — Audi Crooks flashed a sheepish grin when someone asked about her statline following Bishop Garrigan’s Class 1A girls state quarterfinal win on Wednesday night. “To be honest, I didn’t even know I had a (double-double),” the striking Golden Bear freshman said following ...

Tritons earn titles

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Billy Cruz has rewritten the Iowa Central swimming record books. Heading into this year’s national tournament, the Triton swim team had one national champion in its history. After the second day of the NJCAA championships, the Tritons now have four. Cruz, a freshman ...

The beat goes on for N-F

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By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net DES MOINES — It was business as usual for top-ranked Newell-Fonda here Wednesday afternoon. Back inside their second home, Wells Fargo Arena, the defending Class 1A champion Mustangs showed they are ready to make another run, blitzing Council ...

Egli headed to NAIA nationals

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WICHITA, Kan. — Jonah Egli is heading into the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament with high hopes. Egli, a former Fort Dodge Senior High standout, was one of five Morningside College wrestlers to advance through regionals. The national meet begins here Friday from the Hartman Arena and ...