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Sports Columns

LET THEM PLAY

Last week, Fort Dodge and St. Edmond played in baseball for the first time since 2014. The Dodgers won the game in the Gaels’ annual Memorial Day Tournament at Rogers Park, but the final score wasn’t as newsworthy as the mere fact that the matchup had finally been resurrected on the ...

McCaleb will be new FD boys track coach

Track and field has always been an area of expertise for Quennel McCaleb. His true passion isn’t just about the sport itself, though. McCaleb loves helping kids reach their full potential as athletes, but it pales in comparison to how he feels about raising more productive citizens in Fort ...

A NEW ERA

Fifteen months ago, Willie Williams was fighting for his life. Coaching wasn’t a priority at the time, but it was still a motivating factor during his long road to recovery from a cerebellar stroke. And on Wednesday, Williams found the light at the end of the tunnel by landing his dream ...

Williams named next Dodger boys basketball coach

Willie Williams has been named the next Fort Dodge Senior High varsity boys basketball coach, a source confirmed to The Messenger. An official announcement is expected to come from the school on Wednesday morning. The 29-year-old Williams, a former Dodger basketball player himself and a 2011 ...

FD’s Bennett to join Hawkeyes

Drew Bennett wants to surround himself with the very best to see if he reaches his full potential as a student-athlete and, more importantly, a person. Bennett accepted the ultimate challenge on Saturday, as the former Fort Dodge state champion officially committed to the University of ...

Attendance restrictions lifted…now it’s on us

When the sports world — like almost everything else in our society — came to a sudden halt last spring and the complexities of real-time global pandemic decision-making began to surface, I remember thinking to myself how difficult a return to normal was going to be on the other side of ...