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The power struggle for state softball supremacy begins on Monday with the first pitch of another championship tournament at Rogers Sports Complex. Forty teams visit from schools representing all corners of the Iowa landscape. Only five will be crowned queens of the diamond later this week. Our ...

MUST-SEE FD

The victories come with the power of an avalanche, and often, in rapid-fire fashion. If you blink, you’ll miss a Fort Dodge softball win streak. In the last 24 days, the second-ranked Dodgers have prevailed 22 times in their last 23 games. A run of 14 in a row before a 1-0 setback against ...

Brecht weighs his options

The pressure will be on Brody Brecht soon enough. For now, Ankeny’s senior star is having fun with his teammates as they pursue a high school state baseball championship to try and match their football trophy from the fall. The 18-year-old Brecht helped secure the 2020 title on the ...

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 ...

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 ...

THE BIG PICTURE

This wasn’t about Dodgers or Gaels. Choosing sides or declaring allegiances. On Tuesday, the parents, coaches and kids involved with a local middle school track meet simply had the greater good of Fort Dodge in mind. Together. An exhibition matchup between the local seventh and eighth ...