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T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Eli Anderson races across the finish line during the 800-meter race Thursday at the East Marshall Early Bird Relays in LeGrand. Anderson won the event in a time of 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

Mustangs, Rebels set pace for 2017

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LE GRAND — For the second-straight evening, the late-March weather cooperated and competing teams got a chance to set their marks for the upcoming season at the 2017 East Marshall Boys’ Early Bird Relays on Tuesday. Madrid ran away with the team title, touting one of the best throws in ...

Bobcat boys’ soccer squad banking on development

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It’s going to be a youth movement for the Bobcats this season. As the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team gets the 2017 season underway Thursday at Ankeny, the Bobcats will look to replace not only 70 percent of the goals graduated from a year ago, but also all of the minutes spent in ...

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Briar Cliff brings Shipley back to coaching staff

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SIOUX CITY — Briar Cliff men’s basketball head coach Mark Svagera has named former Charger great Jake Shipley as the new assistant coach for the Chargers. Shipley returns to Briar Cliff after graduating in 2013 as the school’s 12th leading scorer with 1,485 career points. The two-time ...

AP FILE PHOTO • Northern Iowa basketball coach Tanya Warren, right, talks with guard Ellie Herzberg (10) during the Panthers’ first-round game against DePaul in the women’s NCAA Tournament on March 17 in Starkville, Miss. DePaul won 88-67.

UNI extends Warren’s contract through 2023

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Northern Iowa head women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren has agreed to a two-year contract extension through March 31, 2023. “I am humbled, blessed and extremely thankful to David Harris, Christina Roybal and President Mark Nook for entrusting me to continue lead this program over the ...

Comet boys chase Hawks in season-opening meet

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CONRAD — In a race to the finish, the Lynnville-Sully boys’ track and field team pulled together enough points to best host BCLUW on Tuesday at the Comet Boys’ Early Bird meet. The Hawks scored 191 points, led by Drake Ehresman’s 17, while six other had 10 points apiece, to edge out ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Isabelle Gradwell leaps over her final hurdle and heads for the finish line in the 100-meter hurdles Monday afternoon at the 2017 Comet Girls’ Early Bird meet. Gradwell was first in the event with a time of 16.45 seconds, and helped the Trojans to a first-place finish.

Trojans take strong first step

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CONRAD — The West Marshall girls’ track and field team wasted no time announcing it will be a driving force in the Class 2A field this year, securing a team win at the 2017 Comet Girls’ Early Bird meet Monday, scoring 144 points in the victory. The Trojans had six, first-place titles, ...

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Ken Schrader joins the field at World Nationals

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Ken Schrader joins a top-flight field of IMCA Modifieds at the Marshalltown Speedway this weekend for one of its highest paying events of the season — the $10,000-to-win World Nationals. The 11th annual World Nationals is IMCA sanctioned and open to Modified competitors using claim or crate ...

AP PHOTO • New Drake University men’s basketball coach Niko Medved, center, poses with Drake President Marty Martin, left, and athletic director Sandy Hatfield Clubb during a news conference Monday in Des Moines.

Medved’s the man

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DES MOINES — Niko Medved is taking over a Drake program that has proven to be a coaching graveyard for plenty of his predecessors. Medved’s first challenge is convincing the Bulldogs he’s the right person for the job. Medved, who grew up in nearby Minneapolis, was introduced Monday as ...

AP FILE PHOTO • Drake’s Lizzy Wendell drives to the basket against Indiana State during a Missouri Valley Conference game Jan. 22 in Des Moines.

Drake’s Wendell is AP All-America mention

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DES MOINES — Drake women’s basketball senior Lizzy Wendell has been named All-America honorable mention by The Associated Press. The AP All-America teams are selected by a national media panel that chooses the AP Top 25 each week. Voting was done prior to the NCAA Tournament. Wendell, ...

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Bears’ Hall, Packers’ Dorleant arrested

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CEDAR FALLS — Authorities in eastern Iowa say Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall and Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant were arrested outside a bar in Cedar Falls. Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts. Dorleant was ...

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Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Joe Smoldt shoots during the first round of the 3-point contest at Saturday’s Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series at Dallas Center-Grimes High School in Grimes. Smoldt finished second in the boys competition.

Smoldt plays a role for IBCA all-star champs

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GRIMES — Joe Smoldt will graduate from Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School as the seventh-leading scorer in the history of Iowa boys basketball. He received the coveted 2017 Mr. Basketball award on top of countless other honors during his career, and his playing days will continue thanks to a ...

Hawkeyes prep for WNIT Final Four run

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The Iowa women’s basketball team will take on a steady Washington State team today at 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena with a trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Final Four on the line. The Hawkeyes (20-13) have powered through their first three rounds, besting North Dakota, ...

Iowa St. extends Prohm, Fennelly

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AMES — Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise. The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm’s deal will now run through 2022 with an annual compensation of $2 million. Prohm was set to make $1.6 million next season and top out at $1.75 million in 2021 under ...

Colo-NESCO grad named new director at Iowa Hall of Pride

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Taylor Anderson, a social studies teacher and coach at Ankeny Centennial High School, has been named the new Director of the Iowa Hall of Pride. Anderson will assume his new duties Aug. 1, replacing Jack Lashier, who was hired by the Iowa High School Athletic Association in 1996 and has ...

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Riding the Blue Wave to regionals

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Fourteen Blue Wave swimmers will compete in the 2017 YMCA North Central Regional Short Course Championships this weekend in Iowa City. The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Blue Wave swim squad qualified 34 individual swims and 13 relays. Pictured are, front row: Beckham DeSotel and Noah DeSotel; middle ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Tess Cheetham connects on a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning in game two of Thursday’s doubleheader with NIACC. Cheetham was 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the second game of the twinbill sweep.

Tigers run-rule Trojans twice

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The Marshalltown Community College softball team played a tale of two contests Thursday afternoon against NIACC, coming out the victor on both ends of a blustery doubleheader. Dion Shirley went 5-for-6, reaching on six different plate appearances and striking out just once, while four ...

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Hawkeyes advance to WNIT Elite 8

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IOWA CITY — The Iowa women’s basketball team is headed to the Elite Eight of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, after an 80-62 win against Colorado on Thursday night. Reserve Alexa Kastanek posted a season-best 19 points to lead the Hawkeyes (20-13) to the Sweet Sixteen win, ...

ISU’s Burton chosen for Reese’s All-Star game

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AMES — Iowa State senior Deonte Burton was selected to play in the 2017 Reese’s College All-Star Game, which will be held March 31 at the Final Four games at the university of Phoenix Stadium. Burton, one of 20 seniors selected to play, averaged 15.1 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per ...

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Richardson posts top performance for ’Cats

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Senior Maddux Richardson took first place in the shot put with a distance of 54 feet, 2 inches, to lead the Marshalltown boys’ track and field team at Thursday’s Waukee Relays in Des Moines. Richardson scored 14 points for the Bobcats, who were sixth of eight teams with a final of 53 ...

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Team Thumper goes 3-0

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The Team Thumper FRECO Wrestling Club recently competed in the ninth annual Eastern Iowa Freestyle Duals at North Linn High School in Troy Mills, going 3-0 on the day by defeating Waverly-Shell Rock 35-30, Team Knucklehead (from Independence) 38-26, and the City High Little Hawks 38-29. Team ...