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SPORTS SHORTS: MHS JV girls rout Des Moines North

November 21, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

Lexi Vaughn, Karli McClure and Molly Major all scored in double figures to lead the Marshalltown junior varsity girls' basketball team to an easy 65-3 win over Des Moines North on Tuesday night at the Roundhouse.

Vaughn finished with a team-high 14 points, while McClure and Major both added 11.

Twelve different Bobcats scored in the win, including senior foreign exchange student Felicia Wickbom. Wickbom has never played basketball before this season and finished with three points. Shelby Brennecke had five points as well, while Ali Ashby and Rachel Blagg both had four.

Register now for MOBI tournaments

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club is sponsoring two youth basketball tournaments for students in grades 5-8. The girls' division of the Marshalltown Optimist Basketball Invitational (MOBI) will be played Jan. 26-27, 2013, while the boys' division is slated for Feb. 16-17, 2013.

Each team is guaranteed three games in pool play on Saturday, with four teams from each division qualifying for Sunday's championship round. Cost is $140 per team.

Entry forms may be downloaded at, and tournament rules can also be found there. Coaches my also contact tournament chairman Larry Park at (641) 752-6121 or for more information.

Deadline for entering girls teams is Jan. 14, and Feb. 4 for boys.

ISU's Saina claims national title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Iowa State senior Betsy Saina became the third individual national collegiate cross country champion in school history Saturday, leading the field of 253 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 27.1 seconds.

It marked Saina's second NCAA championship.

"I told myself that I was going to go for it from the start," she said. "I knew it was going to be tough and I was ready for a challenge at the end. I was patient and my body was feeling good so I got to the end and started sprinting. I knew I had to go eventually and I trusted myself."

"I'm so excited to win," Saina added. "It was an amazing feeling that I can't really put into words. I can't believe it."

The Big 12 Conference-champion Cyclones finished 10th as a team with 350 points. Oregon claimed the team title with 114 points.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School graduate Taylor Petersen was the Cyclones' sixth finisher on the day, coming in one place behind teammate Crystal Nelson. Nelson placed 192nd while Petersen just missed out on counting toward ISU's team scoring, finishing 193rd in 21:29.

Welp helps Morningside at nationals

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Morningside College cross country team finished 23rd in the final team standings at the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.

It was the Mustangs' first-ever appearance in the national meet. Contributing to Morningside's final result was sophomore Jay Welp, a BCLUW graduate who placed 158th in a time of 26 minutes, 41 seconds. The Conrad native was the team's third scoring runner.



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