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Feeling at home

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Jed Tracy wasn’t entirely sure what he was getting into when he decided to go out for cross country this year. Now, the St. Edmond sophomore is set to compete with the Class 1A elite on Saturday at the state meet. Tracy will run with the rest of the field at 2:30 p.m. in the final race of ...

Timeout with: Audrey Kolacia

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For the fourth consecutive year, Audrey Kolacia will compete at the state cross country meet for St. Edmond. While Kolacia and the Gaels have advanced each of her four seasons as a team to the final meet of the year, the SEHS senior actually went a step further. Kolacia is the first girl ...

Area squads primed for playoff run

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This Friday marks the start of the second season in prep football, as the postseason kicks off around the state. A total of 80 teams from Class 4A down through the 8-man ranks have qualified for the playoffs, with all of them hoping to advance through to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls and ...

Gaels fall to Hawks

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BOONE — The St. Edmond volleyball team had their season come to an end here Thursday night, calling in a regional semifinal to Woodward-Granger. Scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18. The Hawks advance to the Class 2A, Region 3 final set for Tuesday in Underwood against Council Bluffs St. ...

CHANGING A CULTURE

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When Taylor Hartley was a freshman, she helped the Fort Dodge Senior High girls swim team win a single relay event during a weekday meet against a CIML opponent. The specifics have all been lost in the shuffle, but Hartley will never forget the reaction of her older teammates. It was a moment ...

Gaels advance into regional semifinals

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MANNING — The St. Edmond volleyball squad passed their first road postseason test here Monday night, claiming a five-set victory over IKM-Manning. Scores were 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 16-25 and 15-13. Next up for the Gaels will be Woodward-Granger on Thursday in a Class 2A, Region 3 ...

PERSPECTIVE

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After over a year of preparation, Ryan Nielsen was ready for a journey that would take him through some of the world’s most beautiful landscape and help alter his perspective on life. The 2013 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate’s thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail would include 14 states, ...

FD’s Bennett commits to UNI

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While other boys dreamed of being baseball players or football stars, Drew Bennett had a completely different goal in mind. The Fort Dodge Senior High star always wanted to be a collegiate wrestler. ‘‘Ever since I was a little kid, making my own Division I brackets and wrestling against ...

Final goodbyes

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As the Dodger Stadium lights darkened for the final time in 2017 here on Friday, Fort Dodge senior Tyrnan Lara quietly camped out on the sidelines he’s called home for his entire high school career. Thirty minutes earlier, the Dodgers had dropped a 52-7 decision to Class 4A District 4 ...

THE JOURNEY

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Ryan Nielsen was at a crossroads. He had just finished school at Kirkwood Community College, but didn’t quite know what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Instead of going the traditional route, Nielsen followed the road less traveled and made the decision to take a year off and ...

Gaels can’t stop No. 5 Golden Bears

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ALGONA — Jon Borer and Marty Wadle are on opposite ends of the coaching spectrum at St. Edmond and Bishop Garrigan, respectively. Borer concluded his first year with the Gaels here Friday night, falling to the Golden Bears, 41-7. For Wadle and fifth-ranked (Class A) Garrigan, the second ...

Tritons host Coffeyville

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Kevin Twait knew his Iowa Central football team needed a break mentally and physically and coming off of their bye. Now, the Tritons are hoping to break into the win column. The Tritons will face Coffeyville (1-6 overall) on Saturday inside Dodger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. The ...

No. 17 Tritons close with win

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The 17th-ranked Iowa Central volleyball team concluded action Saturday inside Hodges Fieldhouse with a five-set victory over Carl Sandburg. Much like the match itself, it was an eventful two days for the Tritons, who went 3-1 in their own invitational. Iowa Central (27-8) kicked things off ...

Area football roundup

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Eagles denied playoff spot JEWELL — South Hamilton’s rushing attack was too much for Eagle Grove to overcome o Friday night, as the Hawks punched a state playoff berth. Tenth-ranked South Hamilton (8-1 overall, 6-1 in district) earned a 21-7 victory over the Eagles (6-3, 4-3). Eagle ...

Area football roundup

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Eagles denied playoff spot JEWELL — South Hamilton’s rushing attack was too much for Eagle Grove to overcome o Friday night, as the Hawks punched a state playoff berth. Tenth-ranked South Hamilton (8-1 overall, 6-1 in district) earned a 21-7 victory over the Eagles (6-3, 4-3). Eagle ...

Tritons grounded

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It was a tale of two halves and too many miscues that kept Iowa Central from breaking into the win column on Saturday inside Dodger Stadium. The Tritons (0-8 overall) jumped on the board first against Coffeyville (2-6), but the Red Ravens put together a string of 31 straight in a 45-21 road ...

Gael girls headed back to state again

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HOLSTEIN — For a fourth consecutive year, the St. Edmond girls are headed to the state cross country meet. The Gaels finished third here Thursday at a Class 1A state qualifying meet, two points ahead of ACGC for the final team spot. They’ll get the chance to compete at home again next ...

The stretch run

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With West Des Moines Dowling in the pool on Thursday night for the CIML Iowa Conference meet, Fort Dodge spent more time preparing for the long haul. The Maroons, who are ranked second in the power rankings, won 11 of the 12 events and accumulated 548 points to win the team championship. ...

Fort Dodge closes against powerful SE Polk

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Fort Dodge is on the verge of establishing new school records in many offensive categories heading into its final game against Southeast Polk here on Friday. Varsity kickoff for Senior Night is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Dodger Stadium. Head coach Matt Miller is proud of his squad and the ...

St. Edmond visits fifth-ranked Bishop Garrigan

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ALGONA — It’s been nearly three years since Bishop Garrigan lost a district football game. The fifth-ranked (Class A) Golden Bears look to make it 21 wins in a row when they close out the regular season against St. Edmond Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Garrigan, which has ...