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T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Teammates gather around West Marshall junior Addison Moore (4) after she records an emphatic kill near the end of the third set in the Trojans’ three-set sweep of PCM in the first round of the Class 3A Region 6 tournament on Wednesday in State Center.

On to the next one

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STATE CENTER — Things couldn’t have gone much better for the West Marshall volleyball team on Wednesday in its opening match of the Class 3A Region 6 tournament against PCM. The Trojans dominated early on in the first set against the Mustangs on the way to a quarterfinal sweep, winning in ...

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Bobcats end season at home vs. No. 2 Valley

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Adam Goodvin blinked, and his first season as a high school head football coach is in its final game week. He’s especially thankful for the 30 chaperones who have been there to help him through, and hopes that Marshalltown’s senior football players have gotten as much out of their last ...

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In good company

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The Marshalltown Company’s logo will be featured on Jimmie Johnson’s car during this weekend’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race — the Hollywood Casino 400 — at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Lowe’s, the main sponsor for Johnson’s car, established a business relationship with ...

AP PHOTO • Northern Iowa freshman Austin Phyfe is interviewed during Northern Iowa men’s basketball media day Wednesday at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.

Panthers face daunting schedule in new season

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Northern Iowa doesn’t seem like a team content to rely on the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers have finished in the upper half of the Valley for 14 years in a row, a streak that’s unlikely to change this season — especially with Wichita ...

Beathard ready to take over as 49ers starting QB

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After opening the season with six straight losses, the San Francisco 49ers have turned over the reins of the offense to rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard. Beathard’s performance over these next 10 weeks could play a big part in determining whether the rebuilding 49ers ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • BCLUW volleyball players, from left, Madison Ubben, Easton Swanson, Lauren Anderson and Cate Nason celebrate the final point of the Comets’ Class 2A Region 5 victory over East Marshall on Tuesday night in Conrad.

Comets chase away Mustangs

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CONRAD — When the heavy artillery rotated into the back row, BCLUW proved to have a few more weapons in its arsenal than East Marshall. The Comet volleyball team found the necessary complements to Easton Swanson’s absense from the front row and turned back the Mustangs in the regional ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck freshman Saari Kuehl (4) goes up for a kill against AGWSR defenders Taryan Barrick (10) and Mandi Willems (2) during the third set of the Rebels sweep of the Cougars on Tuesday.

Rebels roll into quarters with sweep of AGWSR

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REINBECK — NICL West Division foes Gladbrook-Reinbeck and AGWSR met up for one final meeting on Tuesday night as the Rebels hosted the Cougars for the first round of the Class 1A Region 3 tournament. Just like the last time the two teams faced off, G-R found itself in the winner’s circle, ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown Community College midfielder Jose Izarra (18) fights for the ball with Northeast Community College’s Nickolas Gamma (11) during the Tigers’ 7-2 rout of the Hawks on Tuesday afternoon.

MCC finishes home schedule with 7-2 rout of Northeast

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After bad weather pushed its final home game back, the NJCAA No. 9 Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team returned to the pitch on Tuesday to close out its home schedule with an ICCAC game against Northeast Community College. Things were tight between the Hawks and Tigers for the ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa State guard Nick Weiler-Babb waits to have his photo taken during Iowa State’s annual men’s college basketball media day Tuesday in Ames.

ISU turns to Wiggington to run show

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AMES — Iowa State lost the best point guard in school history to graduation in Monte Morris. The Cyclones compensated by signing freshman Lindell Wigginton, one of the biggest recruits in program history. Iowa State will be without Morris, who broke the NCAA career record with a 4.65 ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Royals volleyball bounced by Bolts

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BAXTER — The Colo-NESCO volleyball team was eliminated in the first round of the Class 1A Region 3 tournament on Tuesday as the Royals were swept by Baxter on the road in three sets, 25-10, 25-12, 25-12. Molly Barten and Halley Buseman each led Colo-NESCO (5-16) offensively with three kills ...

AP PHOTO • Freshmen Jack Nunge (2) and Luka Garza (55) pose for photographers during the Iowa men’s basketball team’s annual media day Monday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

Hawkeyes thinking big in 2017-18

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IOWA CITY — The Iowa men’s basketball team nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a traditional center. The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post. Luka Garza and Jack Nunge, both 6-foot-11, will likely ...

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G-R’s Olson named to U.S. Cellular coaching list

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REINBECK — Gladbrook-Reinbeck football head coach John Olson was recently named to the U.S. Cellular Top 15 Most Valuable Coaches list, a campaign launched to highlight and recognize current high school head and assistant coaches who have made a profound impact on their schools and ...

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Surprising ISU clamping down on Big 12 offenses

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AMES — Take a peek at the latest Big 12 Conference football statistics and focus on the defensive numbers for a moment. Yep, that’s Iowa State giving up the fewest points and the fewest yards in league play. The Cyclones are getting stingy on that side of the ball, a surprise given that ...

SPORTS SHORTS: ISU’s Ryen earns Big 12 weekly award

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IRVING, Texas — The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that Iowa State senior Trever Ryen was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Ryen, a native of Ida Grove, made his mark on special teams in a number of areas in Iowa State’s 45-0 win over Kansas on Saturday. He had ...

PREP FOOTBALL: GMG football falls to North Tama

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GARWIN — The GMG football team lost a Class A Division 5 football game at home on Friday to North Tama, 37-6. The Wolverines (0-8, 0-6) were led offensively by Brayden Peterson, who had six catches for 72 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. Kolton Gill finished 8-for-13 with 85 ...

AP PHOTO • San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) scrambles out of the pocket during the first half of an NFL game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday in Landover, Md.

Beathard gets shot at 49ers’ starting QB job

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LANDOVER, Md. — Now that C.J. Beathard has thrown his first NFL pass and accounted for his first touchdown, the rookie quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers will get a chance to make his first NFL start. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said that Beathard did enough to earn the team’s QB job ...

South Hardin shut out in season finale

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ELDORA — The South Hardin football team suffered its eighth-straight loss to end the season, falling 35-0 to Roland-Story in Friday’s Class 2A District 3 contest. The Tigers (1-8, 0-6), who have a Week 9 bye after rearranging their schedule to accommodate for Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s ...

IHSSN adds streaming to coverage

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WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa High School Sports Network announced on Wednesday the addition of over-the-top content streaming packages to the IHSSN Championship Network. Viewers will now be able to access all 88 hours of live Iowa high school state championship programming on Sling TV, Hulu, ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Lily Ehlers, left, approaches the finish line strong at the North Iowa Cedar League meet on Saturday while East Marshall’s Melinda Puumala, center, gains on the girls in front of her. Ehlers would finish fourth in the meet, while Puumala came in fifth.

Ehlers spearheads Spartans’ sprint to third

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REINBECK — Saturday’s running of the North Iowa Cedar League meet at Oak Leaf Country Club resembled more of a Tough Mudder race than a cross country one, with the athletes in attendance battling wind, rain, and, of course, mud. Those less-than-ideal conditions didn’t seem to bother the ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • East Marshall junior Cam Hungerford, left, leads a pack of runners during the North Iowa Cedar League meet in a rainy Reinbeck on Saturday.

Mustangs score silver, as does Comets’ Silver

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REINBECK — In taking one of head coach Trent Taylor’s three pre-meet focal points to heart, East Marshall senior Seth Kilborn accidentally ignored the other two. Attempting to familiarize himself with the wet and muddy conditions at Oak Leaf Country Club, Kilborn tried to hop over a puddle ...