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NASCAR overturns Truck Series win

NEWTON — NASCAR overturned a victory for the first time under its toughened new policy on cheating when Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway after Ross Chastain failed a post-race inspection. Chastain led the final 141 laps of Sunday’s 200-lap ...

Bell wins at Iowa for 4th victory

NEWTON — Christopher Bell won the NASCAR Xfinity series race Sunday at the Iowa Speedway, his fourth victory of the season and second straight in Newton. Bell led 186 of 250 laps in the No. 20 Toyota to claim his second short track win of 2019 by nearly two seconds. He also won at Bristol ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets take two losses at R-S Tourney

ROLAND — The Class 1A No. 5 BCLUW softball team fell on hard times Saturday at the Roland-Story Tournament, scoring just two runs in each of two losses. The Comets (16-8) saw a six-game win streak snapped by Boone, 12-2. The Toreadors racked up 14 hits while BCLUW managed just four. Madison ...

Trojans’ hit parade persists

STATE CENTER — In previous years, the Rose Festival parade meandered along Main Street past Schelling Field prior to the start of the West Marshall baseball team’s annual tournament, giving fans the opportunity to catch some candy before games began. On Saturday, as the parade passed the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: East Marshall tallies two one-run wins

OSKALOOSA — The Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team played a pair of one-run games that both went their way on Saturday at the Oskaloosa Tournament. The Mustangs (16-4) edged 4A No. 13 Oskaloosa 2-1 before beating West Burlington 4-3 in a dramatic eight-inning affair. Against the ...

NASCAR Truck race postponed to today

NEWTON — The NASCAR Truck series race at Iowa Speedway has been postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather. The sport’s organizing body made the call Saturday after repeated thunderstorms and lightning strikes in central Iowa left the short track too soaked for ...

Marshalltown baseball team’s comeback falls short against North Polk, 4-3

The Marshalltown baseball program took the time to honor the 10-year anniversary of back-to-back Bobcat teams that advanced to the state tournament, reliving the stories of comeback wins against Waterloo West, Mason City and Burlington among others as MHS traveled the postseason trail all the ...

From Rebels to RedTails

Gladbrook-Reinbeck graduate Meriah Wittgreve, seated center, recently signed with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo to play volleyball for the RedTails. Wittgreve was joined by her parents Jeremy and Melodie, seated, for the signing ceremony, along with Hawkeye CC head coach Steve Weston, ...

Man pleads guilty to killing ISU golfer

AMES — A homeless man charged in the killing of a former Iowa State University golfer has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. The Des Moines Register reports that 22-year-old Collin Richards entered the plea during a hearing Friday. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison when ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs make quick work of STC

TAMA — The Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team shut the door on South Tama County in five innings here Friday night, winning 13-0 in a non-conference contest. Reagan McIlrath tossed a two-hit shutout for the Mustangs (14-4) while the offense backed her with 14 hits. McIlrath helped ...

Nurse’s nomadic path to an NBA title

OAKLAND, Calif. — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall. Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the 2015 Travers Stakes at historic Saratoga Race Course. There are two horses in the frame; one is Triple ...

Bears sign third-round draft pick Montgomery

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have signed third-round draft pick David Montgomery. The running back from Iowa State was the first player taken by the Bears after they traded up with New England to grab him at No. 73 overall. Chicago had previously traded away its first and ...

At 26, Ross Chastain relishing NASCAR opportunities

NEWTON — Ross Chastain seems like the busiest driver in NASCAR. Chastain opened the season with 36 consecutive starts across the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series and has logged a staggering 7,501 laps since February, a streak that only came to an end when he sat out last week’s Cup event in ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Swanson, Comets beat Mustangs on walk-off

CONRAD — For every East Marshall punch, BCLUW had the counterpunch. And then Easton Swanson landed the knockout. With two runners in scoring position in a one-run game, Swanson laced a double to left-center field, driving in Parker Scurr and Olivia Hughes as the tying and game-winning runs ...

Wings re-sign Iowa’s Gustafson

NEW YORK — The Dallas Wings re-signed AP Player of the Year Megan Gustafson on Thursday. Gustafson was drafted 17th by the Wings, but was one of the final cuts from the roster before the season started. With injuries depleting Dallas’ roster, the Wings were able to sign the former Iowa ...

Valley withstands Bobcats twice in CIML Iowa play

WEST DES MOINES — At some point, the CIML Iowa Conference is bound to knock you down. Marshalltown head baseball coach Steve Hanson expects his Bobcats to get back on their feet. The Bobcat baseball team suffered its third and fourth losses in five games this week, falling 11-8 and then ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs mash South Hardin; Comets clip Spartans

ELDORA — Hannah Birks homered in support of Kodie Hoskey’s one-hitter in the opening game and Hoskey homered to back Reagan McIlrath in the nightcap as the Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team mashed out a pair of NICL West Division wins on Wednesday night against South Hardin. The ...

Rams pull away from ’Cats, 12-3

Southeast Polk took advantage of its second chance to make a first impression. The Class 4A No. 8 Rams broke open a close game with some help from the Marshalltown baseball team, running away with a 12-3 victory Wednesday in the completion of a game suspended eight days earlier by rain. The ...

Iowa’s Megan Gustafson chronicles her hoops journey

IOWA CITY — When I say that I have probably spent more time in the past couple of months flying in an airplane than on ground, I’m not kidding. When I also say that my life lately could be classified as a crazy roller coaster, I am telling you the truth. I have gone from the highest of ...

Former Michigan WR Martin transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY — Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to the University of Iowa, his hometown school. The Hawkeyes announced on Tuesday that Martin, a former four-star recruit from Iowa City West who originally spurned them for the Wolverines, has joined the program as a ...