T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Kassy Vest chips on to the 14th green Monday at Jester Park Golf Course in Granger. Vest shot 
an 86 and placed fourth, automatically qualifying her for the state tournament next week in Ames.

Fully Vested

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GRANGER — Kassy Vest and her group of No. 1 players were first off the 18th green Monday at Jester Park Golf Course. They were also the ones who had to wait the longest for all the results of the Class 5A regional round to come in. Vest and MHS golf coach Lucas Johnson spent a little time ...

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Boland’s goal lifts Bobcats at Linn-Mar

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MARION — The Marshalltown boys’ soccer team extended its season with a 1-0 against Linn-Mar on Monday night in the Class 3A Substate 4 first round. John Boland was the lone hero for the Bobcats (6-10) as he scored in the 20th minute on a set piece, and controlled the pace of the game all ...

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MHS girls bow out vs. Ankeny

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ANKENY — The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team ended up with two forfeits and fell to Ankeny 5-0 in Monday’s Class 2A Region 1 semifinal. Ankeny swept the Bobcats in the top four singles bouts, including a forfeit at No. 4. Marshalltown was trying to fight from behind in the Nos. 5 and 6 ...

Spartans cinch return trip to state golf

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NASHUA — A change in venue didn’t alter Grundy Center’s course. The Spartan boys’ golf team qualified for the state tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, finishing second at Monday’s Class 1A district meet. Bishop Garrigan of Algona won the 10-team event with a ...

Comet girls get state golf berth

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WINTERSET — The BCLUW girls’ golf team got the job done to advance to 2017 Class 2A state golf tournament next week with a second-place finish in the 2A Region 2B at Winterset County Club on Monday. Lauren Anderson shot a team-low 96 to finish seventh overall and lead the Comets to the ...

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SPORTS SHORTS: Bannister, Trojans blank Madrid, 8-0

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STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team started the season off with an explosive offensive performance, topping Madrid 8-0 Monday night. Cameron Bannister was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, David Disney was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jake Tollefson had a hit with two RBIs in the ...

MHS softball ahead of schedule

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The Marshalltown softball team is a little older and a little wiser heading into the summer of 2017. Despite losing its leading hitter and secondary pitcher, the Bobcats are poised for strong showings this season. MHS head coach Jim Palmer has already seen signs off success out of scrimmages ...

Bobcat baseball turns to fresh arms

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Those two little words are on everyone’s mind as the baseball season appears over the horizon: Pitch count. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has implemented a new policy for the 2017 season, restricting the number of pitches a pitcher may throw in a game, depending on how much rest ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • West Marshall senior Allison Hilleman, center, sprints down the frontstretch on her way to fifth place in the Class 2A 100-meter dash on Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Hilleman finished in 13.10 seconds, helping the Trojans tie for eighth in the final team standings.

West Marshall doubles down

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DES MOINES — The West Marshall girls’ track and field team fell to 9-3 on the season Saturday, after failing to win the Class 2A state meet at Drake Stadium. Normally, that’s a lead in for a football or basketball story, but make no mistake, despite having a lackluster Saturday ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • BCLUW’s Jack Garber, the only sophomore in the 100-meter high hurdles final in Class 2A, clears the obstacle on his way to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Garber clocked in at 15.41 seconds.

Comets’ Garber moves up another rung

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DES MOINES — For Jack Garber, a weekend of celebration ended up at baseball practice. The BCLUW sophomore took fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday during the Class 2A boys’ state track and field meet, with a time of 15.41 seconds. He wrapped up his race at about 1:30 p.m., ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • AGWSR distance runners Aubrie Fisher, right, and Bethany Lippert embrace after Saturday’s Class 1A 1,500-meter run at the state meet in Des Moines. Fisher, a sophomore, finished second in 4 minutes, 55.77 seconds, while the senior Lippert also medaled with an eighth-place finish in 4:59.93.

AGWSR’s Fisher fine with 2nd

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DES MOINES — As exhausting as the weekend was, nothing was going to smother the smile beaming from Aubrie Fisher. Sure, it was preceded by series of grunts and groans and painful expressions as she crossed the finish line for the fourth time in the three-day Class 1A state track and field ...

Rebels round out one sport at state

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DES MOINES — Qualifying for state track and field events is hard enough when you train and compete for it all year long, with undivided attention. Thus was not the case for the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ team this weekend in the Class 1A meet. Junior Walker Thede said nearly 85 percent of ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • South Tama County twin sisters Allison, right, and Lauren Yuska share a hug at the completion of their final high school race. The Trojans’ sprint medley relay team of Shae Slaven, Ashton Graham and the Yuska sisters placed 19th in Class 3A in a time of 1 minute, 54.44 seconds on Saturday at the state meet in Des Moines.

Sprint medley ends South Tama’s season

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DES MOINES — It wasn’t the ending the South Tama County girls’ sprint medley had in mind, but there wasn’t a better place to have a senior send off. Three of the four legs of the STC sprint medley relay finished out their running careers at the Class 3A state track and field meet ...

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Lennox/Quakerdale event books PGA’s Jerry Smith

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PGA Champions Tour professional Jerry Smith will be the celebrity pro for this year’s 30th annual Lennox/ Quakerdale Invitational ProAm Golf Tournament. Smith is a Council Bluffs native who graduated from Baylor University before embarking on his professional golf career in 1987. His PGA ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Nathan Karsjens, right, shakes the hand of his father, Dan, as his name is announced Friday after winning the Class 1A discus at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships in Des Moines. Karsjens threw 169 feet, 11 inches, in his final throw for AGWSR.

Cougars’ Karsjens is king

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DES MOINES — A bowl of Fruit Loops, whole milk, apple juice and a Pop-Tart. If you want to be a state champion, first you’ll have to eat like one. The unorthodox answer got AGWSR’s Nathan Karsjens to crack a smile after, though it wasn’t hard as he’d already been beaming after ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • South Tama County’s Allison Yuska reacts to seeing her time of 1 minute, 5.03 seconds after the 400-meter hurdles on Friday. Yuska’s goal was to run a 1:05-minute 400-hurdle time, and she was the state runner-up in the event.

Yuska hits her mark for 2nd

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DES MOINES — If Allison Yuska ran any faster, she would’ve blown right by her goal. The South Tama County senior crossed the finish line at Drake Stadium after completing her final 400-meter hurdles event, just edging out Pella’s Kiki Pingel in the Class 3A race. But it was her time, a ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Maddux Richardson, left, is consoled by throwing coach Mike Eggleston, right, after failing to advance and place in the Class 4A shot put event Friday at the state track and field meet. Richardson scratched on his three throws, failing to advance.

Richardson’s season ends in heartbreaking fashion

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DES MOINES — Marshalltown’s Maddux Richardson was still reeling for answers after his Friday performance in the shot put at the Class 4A state track and field meet. The Bobcat senior exited the circle after his third and final scratch, crouched down and put his head in his hands, ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • BCLUW’s Jack Garber, center, jumps over one of the beginning hurdles during the 110-meter hurdles Friday in the Class 2A state track and field meet. Garber is seeded fifth for today’s finals, after running a 15.22 preliminary race.

Garber takes aim at big bro’s record

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DES MOINES — Jack Garber doesn’t mind, too much, being compared to his old brother, Will. As the eldest, Will Garber won the state title his senior season in the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 1A state track and field meet in 2015, running a 14.91 to do it. Now, Jack is going to try ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Colo-NESCO’s Lauryn Hill leaps over the high jump Friday during the Class 1A state track and field meet in Des Moines. Hill finished in a tie for third after clearing the bar at five 5 feet, 2 inches.

Spartans sitting pretty for 1A finals

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DES MOINES — If Friday was any indication of how today is going to go, the Grundy Center girls will be alright. The Spartans’ 4x400-meter relay of Kyah Luhring, Brooke Flater, Landry Luhring and Hailey Wallis took fifth place to qualify for today’s finals in the Class 1A state track and ...

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SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat girls soccer beats back North

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DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls’ soccer squad snapped a three-game slide by beating Des Moines North by a 3-2 margin on Friday night. The Bobcats (3-12) won in their final regular-season road game thanks to goals from three different players. McKenna Major got Marshalltown on the ...