Tuesday’s local roundup

Dodger girls handle Mason City

In a rain-shortened meet, the Fort Dodge girls tennis team had no trouble with Mason City Tuesday night, posting a decisive 9-1 home victory.

Singles wins for the Dodgers came from Kari Grindberg, Emily Knight, McKellen Glassell, Allison Birnbaum and Elizabeth Thomas.

In doubles play, Kari Gridnberg and Knight, Kjerstin Grindberg and Glassell, Thomas and Maci Knutson and Erika Farr and Kelsey Albrecht all secured triumphs.

“I was proud to see the girls rebound from (Monday’s) disappointing loss,” said FDSH head coach Karine Feddersen. “Allison Birnbaum had a great come-from-behind victory.”

On the junior varsity side, Ruth Tomlinson, Emma Bruen, Ashton Pederson, Ashley McBride, Taylor Shirbroun, Mackenzie Elsbecker, Brianna Barkema, Serena Young, Elli Russell, Emma Irving, Jamie Harmon and Taylor Pingel each prevailed.

Fort Dodge welcomes Ames on Thursday.


Singles – Kari Grindberg, FD def. Ashley Gutting, 6-2, 6-2; Emily Knight, FD def. Rakiah Perrotta, 6-0, 6-2; Ashley Rottinghaus, MN def. Kjerstin Grindberg, 6-4, 0-6 (2-10); McKellen Glassell, FD def. Heather Hines, 6-4, 6-4; Allison Birnbaum, FD def. Morgan Merritt, 7-5, 6-3; Elizabeth Thomas, FD def. Michelle Hahn, 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles – Kari Grindberg and Knight, FD def. Perrotta and Hines, 6-0, 6-0; Kjerstin Grindberg and Glassell, FD def. Gutting and Merritt, 6-0, 6-1; Thomas and Maci Knutson, FD def. Kaisha Pieri and Daniella Debrah, 6-2, 6-1; Erika Farr and Kelsey Albrecht, FD won 7-6, (7-3) 6-3.

Dodger boys roll past Mason City

MASON CITY – The Fort Dodge boys tennis team cruised to a 9-2 win over Mason City Tuesday.

Earning singles victories for the Dodgers (3-2 overall, 1-0 in CIC Northern Division) were Brian Murman, Caleb Hendrickson, Andrew Stover, Seth Dolan, Nick Pecka and Ben Ahlers.

In doubles, Murman and Stover, Hendrickson and Dolan, and Ahlers and Nathan Moore all came out on top.

“The last two days have been a big step forward in the growth of our team this year,” said FDSH head coach Jared Feddersen. “Up and down the lineup, the guys are really starting to execute.”

Junior varsity winners for Fort Dodge were Rob Leigh, Moore, Matt Olsthoorn and Tim Hatton, Spencer Lee and Joel Dornath and Jacob Deuel and Preston Nerhus.

Next meet for the Dodgers is Thursday at Ames.


Singles – Brian Murman, FD def. Sahan Jayawardena, 6-2, 6-1; Caleb Hendrickson, FD def. J.T. Rottinghaus, 6-3, 6-2; Andrew Stover, FD def. Clayton Sampson, 6-2, 6-2; Seth Dolan, FD def. Nathan Betz, 6-3, 6-1; Nick Pecka, FD def. Justin Post, 6-1, 6-0; Ben Ahlers, FD def. Mitchell Andrews, 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles – Murman and Stover, FD def. Jayawardena and Rottinghaus, 6-0, 6-0; Hendrickson and Dolan, FD def. Betz and Alex Noto, 6-1, 6-2; Sampson and Dan Shaw, MC def. Pecka and Rob Leigh, 6-7(4), 3-6; Ahlers and Nathan Moore, FD def. Andrews and Branden Dahle, 6-1, 6-4; Post and Ethan Pruisman, MC def. Steve Liao and Austin Sanford, 3-6, 6-2, (8-10).

Dodger girls compete at Mohawk Relays

MASON CITY – The Fort Dodge girls track team took part in an abbreviated edition of the Mohawk Relays Tuesday night.

Fatima Newsome (100, 12.60) was an individual champion for the Dodgers, while Rachel Herrington (discus, 108-2) and Lexi Astor (long jump, 16-2) each settled for runner-up honors. Herrington’s toss was a personal best by nearly 20 feet.

“Herrington has been working hard, and she finally put it all together,” said FDSH head coach Todd Constable. “We were really looking forward to getting all our events in, but the meet got cancelled during the 4×2. Lightning sent us inside and we waited about a half hour until they called it. It’s just been a nightmare season for everybody.”

In addition, Drew Washington (100, 13.65) and Kenzie Jones (shotput, 28-10.5) each placed fifth for Fort Dodge. Joanna Rosen (400, 1:10) was also sixth.

Stephanie Ferguson (400, 1:10) was a winner on the junior varsity side for the Dodgers. Lexi Wilcox (400, 1:12) settled for third.

Next outing for Fort Dodge is Thursday at the CIC Conference meet in Waukee. Action begins at 3:30 p.m.

Dodger girls fall short at No. 1 Ankeny

ANKENY – Despite showing continued progress, the Fort Dodge girls soccer team dropped a 6-0 decision to No. 1 (Class 3A) Ankeny Tuesday night.

Keeper Theresa Birzer recorded 17 saves for the Dodgers (4-4 overall).

“I could honestly not be more pleased with our girls and their effort,” said FDSH co-head coach Lindsay Boeckman. “We came out calm and relaxed and just worked on everything we’ve been working on. Theresa came up huge with 17 saves.”

Defending state runner-up Ankeny (9-0) is ranked second nationally. The Hawkettes have now blanked all nine of their opponents this season, outscoring them by a combined margin of 34-0.

Next outing for the Dodgers is Thursday at Mason City. Start time is set for 4:45 p.m.

SE boys blank Clear Lake at nets

Turning in a dominant performance, the St. Edmond boys tennis team blanked Clear Lake by a 9-0 count Tuesday night.

Aaron Chalstrom, Ben Albright, John Eide, Jimmy Averill, Zach Gailey and Pat Hancock all earned singles victories for the Gaels (5-1 overall).

In doubles play, the duos of Chalstrom and Averill, Gailey and Eide and Albright and Konrad Laufersweiler each prevailed.

“Clear Lake’s a good team, but I was proud of how all our guys played and handled adversity,” said SEHS head coach Jacob Short. “We’re looking forward to Webster City now on Thursday.”

On the junior varsity side, St. Edmond’s doubles tandems of Jacob Meyer and John-Michael Li, Alex Mericle and Hunter Horbach and Ethan Lee and Noah Klemp were all winners.

The Gaels host the Lynx on Thursday. Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.


Singles – Aaron Chalstrom, SE def. Sam Jones, 6-0, 6-0; Ben Albright, SE def. Jerry Kockler, 6-2, 6-3; John Eide, SE def. Paul Raner, 6-0, 6-3; Jimmy Averill, SE def. Luke Schiller, 6-2, 7-5; Zach Gailey, SE def. JJ Theobald, 6-2, 6-3; Pat Hancock, SE def. Andrew Davis, 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles – Chalstrom and Averill, SE def. Kockler and Raner, 6-1, 6-4; Gailey and Eide, SE def. Jones and Schiller, 6-2, 4-6, 10-5; Albright and Konrad Laufersweiler, SE def. Theobald and Davis, won 6-1, 6-7(7-9), 10-5.

FDSH girls fall to Ames

The Fort Dodge girls golf team lost a dual to Ames at the Fort Dodge Country Club on Tuesday.

Kylie Kuiper fired a 46, tying her for the low round of the day.

Angie Ellendson added a 49, as did Alex Hayes. Sierra Sturm contributed a 50 and Peyton Christy a 52.

The Dodgers are set to return to action on Thursday at the Ames Invitational.