T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Luke Appel, left, hangs in the air while putting up a shot over Urbandale’s Casey Steen during the Bobcats’ 58-49 win over the J-Hawks in the first round of their substate tournament. Appel led the way with 30 points, a mark that put him over 1,000 points in his career.

Third time’s a charm

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URBANDALE — In the first two meetings between the Marshalltown boys basketball team and Urbandale this season, it was two extremely tight contests that the J-Hawks ended up pulling away in late, sometimes in the final seconds. So when the two teams met up for a third time on Monday in the ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Grundy Center junior Hailey Wallis, 12, holds the state qualifier banner the Spartans earned on Monday as her team celebrates their regional finals win over Pekin to move on to the state tournament.

Spartans sail back to state

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LE GRAND — Having been so close so many times before, the Grundy Center girls’ basketball team paid no mind to a few extra minutes and a little added pressure. The eighth-ranked Spartans survived a defensive battle with No. 13 Pekin and dealt the Lady Panthers a 44-36 defeat in Monday’s ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • AGWSR players gather on the court in Conrad after downing Lynnville-Sully on Monday in their Class 1A Region 3 final to qualify for the state tournament.

Cougars clinch state berth

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CONRAD — AGWSR knew the Hawks would go on runs. They key was when Lynnville-Sully did make a move, the Cougars didn’t let it define the whole game. The AGWSR girls’ basketball team built as big of a lead as 11 two minutes into the second quarter of Monday night’s Class 1A Region 3 ...

Timmer named MVC men’s Player of the Week

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ST. LOUIS — Drake University senior Reed Timmer has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the second time this month and third time this season Timmer has received the honor. Timmer, Drake’s all-time ...

MCC baseball gets off to rocky start

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SEDALIA, Mo. — The Marshalltown Community College baseball team started its season off with three straight losses over the weekend, losing all three games of a series to State Fair Community College. The Tigers (0-3) lost close in back-to-back games on Saturday, falling 2-1 in the opener ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Marshalltown High School senior Naomi Boland, seated center, signs her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Nebraska Christian College in Papillion, Neb. With Boland for her signing ceremony are her parents, Mark and Karen, MHS assistant soccer coach Leigh Hornbuckle, standing at left, and MHS head coach Stacy Galema.

Bobcats’ Boland a fit for Nebraska Christian College

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Naomi Boland had found what she wanted: a small, Christian college outside of Iowa with her educational pursuits and a women’s soccer program. And then she had to find another one. When Grace University in Omaha, Neb., announced in the fall that financial and enrollment issues were going ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa State’s Marcus Harrington, right, is tripped by Iowa’s Sam Stoll during their heavyweight match on Sunday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

Hawkeyes hammer ISU

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AMES — First-year coach Kevin Dresser came to Iowa State to turn it into a program that could finally beat Iowa. Sunday’s annual dual meet in Ames was a reminder that it’s going to take more than one year to compete with the Hawkeyes. Seventh-ranked Iowa trounced host Iowa State 35-6 ...

Fast start fuels Iowa in rout of Wisconsin

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IOWA CITY — The start of a busy week for the Iowa women’s basketball team saw the Hawkeyes get the win they wanted and the rest they needed. Five players scored in double figures and the University of Iowa whipped Wisconsin 88-61 in Sunday’s Big Ten Conference clash at Carver-Hawkeye ...

Timmer’s 4-point play at buzzer lifts Drake

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Reed Timmer completed a 4-point play with 1.8 seconds left in the game to cap a 20-point outing in Drake’s 67-63 win over Missouri State on Sunday. Graham Woodward was left open in the corner for a 3-pointer to give Drake a 63-62 lead with 13.8 to go. After Alize ...

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Boland nets academic all-conference

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ST. PAUL — Marshalltown High School graduate Ellyn Boland was recently named to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Academic All-Conference team as a member of the University of Northwestern-St. Paul women’s soccer team. Boland, a 2016 MHS graduate, is a sophomore for the Eagles, ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Tama County senior Isaac Judge raises two fingers on both hands to the crowd after winning his second-straight Class 2A state championship at 152 pounds on Saturday night in the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships. The title makes Judge the first ever Trojans with multiple championships.

Twice as nice

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DES MOINES — For those who haven’t witnessed finals night in Wells Fargo Arena for the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships, there are a few words that explain the proceedings but one sticks out the most. Grandiose. Everything feels bigger, and therefore everything also takes ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • South Tama County’s Jessica Musgrave (11) shares an emotional hug with Zoee Buffalo after the Trojans defeated West Marshall 38-36 in Saturday’s Class 3A Region 7 championship game at the Marshalltown Roundhouse. Musgrave had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals for STC.

STC stops West Marshall for state bid

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Throw out the Xs and Os. This game was about grit and determination, adversity and sacrifice. South Tama County simply had a little bit more, and the Trojans draped in Columbia blue are getting their first trip to state in seven years as a result. STC junior Jessica Musgrave piled up 26 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Hardin-BCLUW sophomore Taylor Kolthoff, top, controls Estherville-Lincoln Central’s Jason Peta during their Class 2A seventh-place match at 113 pounds on Saturday. Kolthoff won the match, taking seventh for the Storm.

Kolthoff, Lashbrook medal in state debuts

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DES MOINES — Winning one match at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships is an accomplishment, earning two wins guarantees a spot on the podium, but winning a third match is truly something special and nets you some serious hardware. Both South Hardin-BLCUW sophomore Taylor ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa State forward Cameron Lard (2) rebounds against Kansas State forward Levi Stockard III (34) and guard Barry Brown (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Wade leads K-State to 78-66 win over ISU

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — A week ago, in the same arena, the Kansas State Wildcats were tied at the half with Texas Tech and could not close the deal. They were presented with the same opportunity on Saturday this time they did close the deal. Dean Wade nearly grabbed a triple-double in Kansas ...

Indiana rallies past Hawkeyes 84-82

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IOWA CITY — Indiana survived one of its strangest games of the season and kept its winning streak alive with the Big Ten tournament less than two weeks away. Still, the Hoosiers needed a record-setting performance from Robert Johnson to hold off the reeling Hawkeyes. Johnson scored a ...

Iowa State completes sweep of Texas Tech

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AMES — The Iowa State women’s basketball team got its third win in four games with a 69-57 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday inside Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones (12-14, 6-9) picked up its first home victory of 2018 via a strong shooting effort as the Cyclones went 17-of-26 on ...

Redbirds come back to top Northern Iowa, 79-75

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NORMAL, Ill. — Malik Yarbrough converted five straight free throws in the final minute to allow Illinois State to hold off a late rally by Northern Iowa, 79-75 in a Missouri Valley Conference clash on Saturday night. Illinois State entered the game tied with Drake for the No. 3 seed into ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The Roundhouse erupts as Marshalltown boys’ basketball players — including Jacob Smith, top — are mobbed in the middle of the court after the Bobcats beat Class 4A No. 3 Des Moines North on a late layup by Luke Appel on Friday night.

Bobcat buzzer-beater

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There have been numerous heartbreakers at the Roundhouse this season for the Marshalltown boys basketball team. Against Urbandale in January, the Bobcats took a lead with seconds to spare, only to see a J-Hawk shot drain in at the buzzer to hand them a 60-59 loss. Against Johnston two ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior 138-pounder Logan Baccam, top, controls Norwalk’s Carter Schmidt during their consolation second-round match on Friday at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Schmidt eliminated Baccam with a third-period pin.

Marshalltown matmen eliminated on Day 2

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DES MOINES — There was an electric energy in Wells Fargo Arena on Friday morning at the start of day two of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships, as everyone knew this was the day the final two wrestlers would separate themselves from the pack for Saturday’s grand finale. It ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Tama County senior Brady Fritz claps after closing out a 5-2 decision over Jack West of Winterset in the Class 2A 132-pound semifinals on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Fritz wrestles for a state title tonight.

And then there were 2 Trojans

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DES MOINES — To start the second day of action in the Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships, the South Tama County wrestling team had five out of six competitors still in the mix in Class 2A. That fact held throughout the day, as every Trojan left won at least one match and staked ...