×

Sports Columns

NYC Marathon serves a purpose for Ahlers

NEW YORK — He didn’t do it for attention, financial gain or career advancement. This wasn’t about ego or adoration. Time was a measuring stick, but ultimately, that didn’t matter, either. Fort Dodge native Ben Ahlers participated in his first New York City Marathon to very little ...

NOTHING SWIETER

CEDAR FALLS — Little kids in the backyard count down the clock and throw the football in the end zone as the final seconds of a championship scenario count down. You do a spin move at the park to get around a defender, and then hurdle another and jaunt 99 yards to the end zone. As a ...

ON THE VERGE

CEDAR FALLS — Brody Teske and Triston Lara experienced both the exhilarating highs and crushing lows of being NCAA national tournament qualifiers a year ago. The positives serve as a reminder heading into the 2021-22 University of Northern Iowa wrestling campaign. The negatives are the ...

FAMILY FIRST

Success can be measured in a variety of ways. At St. Edmond, achievements are defined through culture. Mike Szalat has spearheaded the Gael cross country program for the past 23 years. Szalat takes a great deal of pride in his program and his runners — not just as athletes, but as ...

Pursuit of perfection

In 2002, the Iowa football team reeled off nine consecutive victories after a stunning home loss to rival Iowa State. An 11-1 regular season had fans playing the “what-if” game the rest of the way with BCS national championship scenarios — theories I still hear from time to time nearly 20 ...

MARK OF A CONTENDER

High school football isn’t necessarily predictable, but a deep playoff run doesn’t just happen on a whim. In 2020, five of the six state champions finished the regular season ranked in the Top-4 of their respective classes. The same number — all but one — of title programs were in ...