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Dodgers rally, come up short at Ankeny

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team showed the same heart and determination Blake Utley has learned to expect here Friday night. But in the end, it wasn’t enough, as the Dodgers were ousted in a Class 4A substate contest by Ankeny, 6-5. The Hawks (19-17 overall) now face Mason City on ...

Dodgers open 4A substate play

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ANKENY — The Fort Dodge baseball team has started to find their groove at the right time. The Dodgers (16-23 overall) who struggled through an 11-game losing skid at one point, have bounced back to win six straight heading into their postseason opener on Friday. The Dodgers travel to face ...

Mustangs ready to begin state march

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NEWELL — Two years ago, Olivia Larsen watched as two Newell-Fonda softball players walked off the field here for the final time short of state. The Mustangs suffered a stunning loss in regionals to St. Edmond in their first regional contest, marking the last games for Kate Christiansen and ...

FD’s Miller, area athletes set for Shrine Bowl

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CEDAR FALLS — Drake Miller shattered every passing record in the Fort Dodge Senior High record books on his way to first team all-state honors this past fall. Miller is looking forward to representing his school and his community in the 2019 Shrine Bowl All-Star Classic at the UNI-Dome on ...

Faiferlick reflects on experience with Team USA

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NAPLES, Italy — Justin Faiferlick was able to experience the trip of a lifetime at the recent Summer World University Games. The Fort Dodge resident and head instructor at Faiferlick Martial Arts was the taekwondo team manager for the United States over the 12-day event. AJ Munoz earned ...

Age is just a number for Fort Dodge resident Bachman

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Even at 52 years old, Tracy Bachman still considers himself young at heart. The Fort Dodge resident, who has been racing motorcycles since he was four years old, will get a unique opportunity on July 20. Bachman will compete in Millville, Minn. at the Lucas Oil Spring Creek MX Pro National. ...

Miners prevail; All-Stars named

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CARROLL — On a day in which four Fort Dodge Gypsum Miners were named Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League All-Stars, the team earned a road win over Carroll by a 5-2 final. The Miners (9-17 overall) snapped a six-game losing skid behind the arm of Jacob Wesselmann, who fired an efficient ...

Campbell not worried about polls

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — Expectations center around Iowa State and Matt Campbell this fall on the gridiron. The Cyclones were picked to finish third in the Big 12 behind conference heavyweights Oklahoma and Texas a season removed from going 8-5 and playing in the Alamo Bowl. “I will say this ...

Another Fargo title for Ayala

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FARGO, N.D. — Drake Ayala has done it again. The Fort Dodge junior-to-be earned his second U.S. Marine Corps Nationals championship inside the FargoDome on Tuesday, dominating Nico Provo of Connecticut by technical fall in the finals of the Junior Freestyle division at 113 pounds. Ayala has ...

HOMETOWN GIRLS

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The game deepened and the pressure intensified. Second-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge was locked into a scoreless duel with upset-minded Ankeny in a Region 3 championship game, with hundreds of Dodger softball fans nervously hoping for a breakout moment at Rogers Sports Complex. A berth in the ...

Dodgers win sixth straight

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Just like that, the Fort Dodge baseball team has gained momentum and confidence heading into the postseason. The Dodgers finished off their regular season here Tuesday night at Ed McNeil Field with a 5-0 victory over Carroll for their sixth consecutive victory. Carson Peterson improved to ...

Gaels come up short

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PETERSON — The St. Edmond baseball team was unable to get on track here Tuesday night, falling in a Class 1A district semifinal to Sioux Central, 7-0. The Rebels will host Newell-Fonda back here on Saturday for the district championship. The Mustangs topped Bishop Garrigan in the first game ...

Morrow back on top; Stults goes back-to-back

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Austin Morrow held a commanding lead heading into the championship round of the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament on Sunday evening at the Fort Dodge Country Club. He just didn’t want to know about it. Morrow cruised to a seven-shot victory in the men’s open ...

FDSH baseball continues run with sweep

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Blake Utley is trying not to be vocal about what is happening on the baseball field. With a hot streak like Mason Bockoven has going —even words wouldn’t do it justice. The Dodger junior had another big night at the plate to help Fort Dodge (15-23 overall) sweep Des Moines East 6-3 and ...

Kuhn takes first crown; Kuhlman does it again

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Sam Kuhn has been chasing a Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County championship since she was in high school. Roxanne Kuhlman, meanwhile, makes winning titles in this tournament a habit. Both were equally grateful for different reasons on Sunday, as Kuhn earned her first-ever crown in ...

Ayala headed to Fargo finals again

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FARGO, N.D. — It’s been two years since Drake Ayala won a Fargo national championship, but the junior to be has put himself in line for his second crown. Ayala, who won the 113 pound state title for Fort Dodge last season, going 43-0, won a Fargo title at 98 pounds in 2017. On Monday, ...

Five area teams play for softball bids

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Southeast Valley is one of five area softball teams playing for state tournament berths on Monday. The Jaguars (23-14 overall) head to No. 7 Treynor (29-3) in a Class 3A, Region 7 championship matchup. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Head coach Heather Lundberg’s squad advanced with an 8-3 ...

FDSH softball hosts 5A regional final

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The second-ranked Fort Dodge softball team is one win away from a return to the state tournament. The Dodgers (33-6 overall) will host Ankeny (20-18) in a Class 5A regional final on Tuesday at Rogers Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Diamond 1. The Hawks defeated Des Moines East 5-0 to ...

Burkholder named Triton track coach

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Jordan Burkholder was recently named the new head track and field coach at Iowa Central. Burkholder has spent the past three seasons leading the Triton throwers into action. He replaces Nigel Bigbee, who helped Iowa Central claim the indoor NJCAA national title this past year. “We ...

Timeout with: St. Edmond senior Gage Johnson

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When the St. Edmond baseball team needed an upperclassmen to step in on the mound, Gage Johnson answered the call. Johnson, one of a handful of seniors for the Gaels this summer, has found himself rising up to the challenge. He’ll look to help St. Edmond’s postseason run continue Tuesday ...