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T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Mason Skovgard (35) goes in for two points against Meskwaki defender Tiernan Wanatee (44) during the first half of Thursday’s Class 1A District 7 final at East Marshall High School in LeGrand. Skovgard scored a game-high 20 points as the Rebels advanced with a 52-48 win.

Rebels resist Warriors, 52-48

LE GRAND — The only team to beat North Linn in the last two seasons is going to get another shot at the Lynx. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team fought past Meskwaki 52-48 in Thursday’s Class 1A District 7 title game to earn a fifth-straight trip to the substate finals, edging ...

Kamrin Chizek and Ray Wiegand

MHS boys bowlers get first-team all-state

With the season at a close, the end of season awards are rolling in for the Marshalltown bowling team, and juniors Ray Wiegand and Kamrin Chizek have both been named to the Iowa High School Bowling Coaches Association first-team all-state list. Wiegand won both the CIML Iowa Conference meet ...

Academic honor for ISU’s Weiler-Babb

IRVING, Texas — The Big 12 conference announced Thursday its academic all-Big 12 honorees on Thursday, and Iowa State redshirt junior Nick Weiler-Babb was announced as a first-team selection. Weiler-Babb is averaging 11.3 points per game this season while churning out 6.8 assists a game. ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • The Marshalltown boys bowling team poses with its second-place trophy and banner after finishing runner-up at the Class 3A state tournament for the second-straight year on Wednesday. Pictured, from left, are Joshua Arment, Kamrin Chizek, Lucas Kramer, Ray Wiegand, Richie Thomas, Jonathan McKeever, head coach Roger Taylor Sr. and Carson Potter.

‘What it could have been’

WATERLOO — In a game that has scores regularly in the 3,000’s, bowling often comes down to the way a pin falls, or doesn’t, that spells the difference between walking away as a champion or not. The Marshalltown bowling team experienced that firsthand on Wednesday in the Iowa High School ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Karlie Potter bowls in her first game of the Iowa High School State Bowling Tournament on Wednesday. Potter, only the second Bobcat girl to make state, finished sixth with a score of 415.

Potter picks up sixth place for Bobcat girls

WATERLOO — After the first few frames in the individual portion of the Iowa High School State Bowling Tournament on Wednesday, it seemed like it was Karlie Potter’s championship to lose. The Marshalltown senior started off throwing six strikes in her first six frames, and head coach Andy ...

MCC men speed past Roadrunners

SEDALIA, Mo. — The Marshalltown men’s basketball team headed south to take on a struggling State Fair Community College team that had lost its last four matches. That streak extended to five games after the Tigers walked away with a 74-68 victory over the Roadrunners. Mohamed Thiam ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson (4) shoots a 3-pointer over TCU’s Alex Robinson (25) during the first half of Big 12 Conference basketball game Wednesday in Ames.

TCU overtakes Iowa St. 89-83

AMES — A grieving Donovan Jackson played his heart out for an Iowa State team that needed all the help it could get. In the end it wasn’t enough, as TCU eventually overwhelmed the undermanned Cyclones to avoid an untimely bad loss. Desmond Bane had 27 points, including a crucial late ...

AP PHOTO • Minnesota's Dupree McBrayer, left, goes in for the dunk against Iowa's Ryan Kriener during the second half of a Big Ten Conference basketball game Wednesday in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 86-82.

Gophers snap 9-game skid at Iowa’s expense

MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Mason wasn't going to go out a loser in his last game at Williams Arena. Mason scored 33 points and dished out six assists as Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 86-82 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night. Dupree McBrayer scored 16 for Minnesota (15-15, ...

Illinois St. pulls even with Drake after 89-81 OT win

NORMAL, Ill. — Keyshawn Evans and William Tinsley each drilled 3-pointers in overtime and Illinois State held on to beat Drake, 89-81 in the Redbirds home Missouri Valley Conference finale Wednesday night. The victory pulls Illinois State into a tie with Drake for third place in the MVC ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • West Marshall’s Peyton Pope (11) looks on as East Marshall’s Tyler DeBondt (24) and Zaine Leedom, right, share in the joy of a 56-39 victory over their cross-county rivals in the Class 2A District 13 final Tuesday at the Roundhouse in Marshalltown. The seventh-ranked Mustangs improved to 22-0 and will face No. 3 South Hamilton (23-0) on Saturday in the substate finals for the second year in a row.

Quarter horses

A little bit of defense turned into a whole lot of offense for East Marshall, and the Mustangs are moving on because of it. The seventh-ranked East Marshall boys’ basketball team turned up the heat on one end of the court and got hot on the other, breaking free from cross-county rival West ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Meskwaki senior guard Jarius Bear sails past the Belle Plaine defense for a layup during Tuesday’s Class 1A District 7 semifinal at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School in Reinbeck. Bear scored a team-leading 17 points in the Warriors’ 57-40 win.

Meskwaki closes out Belle Plaine

REINBECK — Game one of the Class 1A District 7 doubleheader on Tuesday featured an entertaining matchup between the Meskwaki boys basketball team and Belle Plaine, with both teams vying for a spot in the district finals. Early on it seemed the Plainsmen might take that spot, as Belle ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Jackson Kiburis (25) drives in against North Tama defenders Hale Hulme (5) and Zach Greiner during Tuesday’s Class 1A District 7 semifinal in Reinbeck. Kiburis had 17 points in the Rebels’ 68-36 win.

G-R routs Redhawks to advance

REINBECK — Game two of the Class 1A District 7 semifinal doubleheader on Tuesday was another chapter in the long rivalry between North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck, with the winner this time keeping their state tournament dreams alive. Last time the Rebels and Redhawks met this season, G-R ...

Haldeman’s late 3 helps UNI hold off Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Spencer Haldeman drained a late trey to give Northern Iowa enough cushion to hold off Valparaiso 68-63 on Tuesday night. Haldeman’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds left gave the Panthers a 62-56 lead. Tevonn Walker answered with a 3 for Valparaiso to close to 62-59. Haldeman ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Cyclones lose Weiler-Babb, Young to injuries

AMES — Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young will miss extended time, head men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm announced Tuesday. Weiler-Babb is expected to miss the remainder of the season after physicians at McFarland Clinic and in Dallas consulted following his visit there ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...