The Fort Dodge boys basketball team will get the taste of the next level this week, as they'll face three teams with collegiate prospects.
The Dodger boys (3-8 overall, 1-2 CIC) will travel to Johnston (6-6) tonight, host Valley (10-3) on Tuesday night and then end the week entertaining Marshalltown (5-10) on Friday.
The Dodger girls (3-10, 0-3) will have the same schedule, meeting the Dragons (4-10), Tigers (11-3) and the Bobcats (3-12).
First the Dodgers will travel to Johnston for a make up game and will face Jay Knuth, who is a Division-I prospect. Knuth is averaging 16 points per game and six rebounds a night.
Johnston is also led by Nick Stitzell (10.4) Luke Jorgensen (7.9) and Michael Mahanna (6.2).
"Knuth is their most decorated player, but they have some size with Jorgensen and Mahanna,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Tom Daniel. "They beat you up inside.
"They're physical and they're going to run sets and try to get easy buckets.''
In Tuesday's match up against the Tigers, Fort Dodge will face Iowa recruit Peter Jok. The Tiger senior, who is 10th in the state in scoring (24.1) has hit 74 three pointers on the season. The Tigers are also paced by senior Clint Boffeli (11.9).
"They start through him (Jok),'' Daniel said. "We have to try to neutralize him. They're a tough match up as well and they have some size."
Friday's tilt against the Bobcats, is one the Dodgers are looking forward to, hoping to return the favor after a disappointing 53-52 loss at Marshalltown.
The Bobcats are led by senior Blake Gimbel (15.2), who has verbally committed to play football at Southwest Minnesota State. The Bobcats are also paced by balke Judkins (9.6).
"We want this game,'' Daniel said. "We were disappointed to lose to them after blowing a 17-point lead."
Fort Dodge's offensive attack is led by junior JC Hatcher (14.5) and Zach Martinson (10.0). Also contributing key points for the Dodgers are Andrew Stover (8.9), Blake Wilder (8.0) and Tyler Vaughn (7.6).
When the Dodger girls take the court against the Dragons, they'll have to try and stop Steph Wilkinson (13.3) and freshman Rachel Hinders (11.0).
Valley is paced by Grace Vander Weide (14.4), Brooke O'Hollearn (10.1), Madi Agey (8.8) and Courtney Twitt (7.4).
The Bobcats main scorers are Eisha Oden (10.7), Taylor Wagner (10.7) and Amanda Hughes (6.7).
In the first meeting against Marshalltown, the Dodgers lost 57-43.
Fort Dodge is led by sophomores Lani Van Zyl (9.2) and Mallory Kilian (6.5). Junior Lexi Astor (6.4), Ashley Altman (5.6) and Tiana Mericle (4.5) are also key contributors in scoring.