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Sports Columns

Iowa’s Bluder always had a bigger picture in mind

She was a legendary coach long before landing a once-in-a-lifetime recruit. Yet to many, Lisa Bluder’s career will forever be defined by her time with Caitlin Clark — an era of Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball filled with fame and fortune. The 63-year-old Bluder announced her retirement ...

Legend of Nitzke lives on at Dodger Stadium

In 1992, the baseball field at Dodger Stadium was named after Hall of Fame coach Ed McNeil. McNeil, who had died of a heart attack the year prior, was an icon in both Fort Dodge and baseball circles. His name in our community will always be synonymous with the sport, which saw tremendous ...

GOING THE DISTANCE, WITH A PURPOSE

BOSTON — Keegan Jones was seeking a physical challenge and emotional courage. The 2013 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate found both by supporting a cause deeply personal to him. Jones is now just a few days away from his first Boston Marathon experience. The former Dodger standout athlete ...

Dreams came true

“Dad, I’m really nervous.” I watched my 12-year-old daughter — donning her Hawkeye colors — anxiously pace in the living room, hours before the Iowa women’s basketball team would play in the national championship game for a second consecutive season. Think about the heights ...

Otzelberger-led Cyclones are for real

T.J. Otzelberger’s Iowa State roots run deep, first established in 2006 when then-Cyclone men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott hired him as a 29-year-old assistant. Otzelberger’s philosophies, meanwhile, have even more of a throwback ISU feel. He cut his teeth with McDermott and Fred ...

LONG JUMP QUEEN

AMES — It all started, innocently enough, as a friendly side bet between a grandpa and his granddaughter. Sydney Willits has always considered herself an elite competitor. Motivation has never been an issue for Iowa State’s junior All-American. Yet when Fran Long of Fort Dodge offered ...