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Sports Columns

FINDING THE LIGHT

WEST DES MOINES — Julian Dismute had to visit some dark places in order to find the true light — and meaning — in his life. Today, Dismute — a 2009 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate — is a successful motivational speaker, a faith-based learner and a future leader in the Fellowship of ...

Fort Dodge’s Ross doubles up at U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS — Fort Dodge’s Dreshaun Ross knows people naturally jump to conclusions about just how good he’ll be in the years to come on the wrestling mat. The Fort Dodge Middle School eighth grader lets everyone around him try to predict his future. He’s only interested in focusing on ...

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

Sports are my passion, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m also a big fan of musicals. To clarify, I’m no aficionado — mostly just an admirer from afar. This dates back to witnessing my first Fort Dodge Senior High performance, a rousing rendition of “Oklahoma!” in the ...

CRISIS INTERVENTION

A referee in Fort Madison was knocked unconscious by an angry fan at the community’s middle school during a 3-on-3 basketball tournament last Saturday. A softball umpire for a 12-and-under youth event was punched in the face by an unruly parent in Mississippi. Another ump was attacked by a ...

The story of Gene Elston: Fort Dodge’s MLB Hall of Famer

We’re coming up on the 80th anniversary of the iconic Chicago Cubs-Chicago White Sox exhibition game, which first brought baseball to Dodger Stadium in Fort Dodge on April 9, 1942. Seated in the press area that day was a young Fort Dodge broadcaster named Gene Elston, who started working for ...

FOCUSING ON THE BIG PICTURE

Reflecting on such an incredible five-year experience in college athletics is no easy task, and right now, it’s something everyone has been encouraging me to do. “Sit down and write about your experience,” I’ve heard from my family, coaches and former teammates. Well, how are you ...