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T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • West Des Moines Valley running back Creighton Mitchell, top, jumps over Marshalltown sophomore Justice Richardson (4) on his way to scoring at the end of the first quarter in the Tigers’ 69-0 win over the Bobcats on Friday.

Valley vaults past Bobcats, 69-0

It was clear early on in Friday’s Class 4A District 4 game between Marshalltown and West Des Moines Valley at Leonard Cole Field that the Tigers and Bobcats were on two completely different levels as teams. Second-ranked Valley scored 28 points in the first quarter on their way to a 69-0 ...

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ROSS THEDE • East Marshall senior quarterback Tyler DeBondt, left, scrambles out of the grasp of Dike-New Hartford defender Daniel Graves during the first quarter of their Class 2A District 3 football game Friday night in Le Grand. The Wolverines won 42-20.

Mustangs can’t escape D-NH

LE GRAND — Already assured of its first winning season since 2005, the East Marshall football team wanted to make some more history. Dike-New Hartford had its own ideas. The Wolverines (6-3, 5-4) secured second place in Class 2A District 3 and a playoff berth by beating back East ...

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Surging Cyclones visit Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas — Iowa State could be considered the biggest surprise among the five teams tied for second in the Big 12. Regardless, the Cyclones already had Texas Tech’s attention, since the Red Raiders’ 66-10 loss in a late-season matchup of also-rans in Ames, Iowa, last year was ...

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Iowa, Northwestern renew rivalry

IOWA CITY — Iowa and Northwestern have underwhelming Big Ten records that can be taken with a grain of salt given the quality of the teams they’ve lost to. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are about to get closer to finding out how good they truly are in 2017 — as is often the case when these ...

PHOTO BY TROY HYDE/NEWTON DAILY NEWS • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Walker Thede (7) is brought down after a gain during the eighth-ranked Rebels’ 28-7 win over Colfax-Mingo on Friday night in Colfax.

Rebels clinch playoff berth with big second half

COLFAX — Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach John Olson doesn’t believe in screaming and yelling at his players when things don’t go well. But Olson and his coaching staff made sure the Rebel players knew they were disappointed in them after a sluggish first half against Colfax-Mingo on ...

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PREP FOOTBALL: Colo-NESCO closes with district win

THORNBURG — The Colo-NESCO football team won its final game of the regular season on Friday with a 34-28 victory on the road over 8-Man District 5 opponent Tri-County. Philip Bower had 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Royals (6-3, 5-2), while Francis Bower toted the rock five ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown senior Luke Pedersen approaches the finish line at the Marshalltown Community College cross country course during Thursday’s Class 4A State Qualifying meet. Pedersen was the top finisher for the Bobcats, taking 29th in the meet.

Pedersen hoping to bridge the gap for Bobcat harriers

An era of Marshalltown boys cross country came to a close on Thursday night in the Class 4A state-qualifying meet at the Marshalltown Community College course, as senior Luke Pedersen ran his final cross country race as a Bobcat. He finished as the top MHS placer, taking 29th with a time of ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown freshman Odaly Flores, left, makes her way through the cross country course at Marshalltown Community College on Thursday during the Class 4A state-qualifying meet.

Flores flourishes in MHS season finale

There was a new name at the top of the Marshalltown girls cross country team finish on Thursday in the Class 4A state-qualifying at the Marshalltown Community College course, as freshman Odaly Flores took the top Bobcat placing in the last meet of the season for MHS. Flores ran a time of 23 ...

PHOTO BY BRITT KUDLA/THE FORT DODGE MESSENGER • Marshalltown junior Shakira Herrera competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Thursday’s CIML Iowa Conference meet at Fort Dodge Senior High. Herrera placed fifth in the event in a time of 1 minute, 4.46 seconds.

Divers pace Bobcat girls at CIML Iowa invitational

FORT DODGE — The diving tandem of Alli and Sami Trowbridge led the way as the Marshalltown girls’ swimming and diving squad competed in the CIML Iowa Conference meet that wrapped up Thursday at Fort Dodge Senior High. Alli finished second with an 11-dive total of 432 points and Sami was ...

PHOTO BY TROY HYDE/NEWTON DAILY NEWS • Lily Ehlers of Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck leads West Marshall’s Avril Sinning along the course at Pella’s Class 2A state-qualifying meet on Thursday.

Ehlers, Zinkula earn third-straight state trip for Spartans

PELLA — Three local athletes walked out of the Class 2A state-qualifying cross country meet on Thursday with a ticket punched to the big dance, as the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls team earned two state qualifiers and the West Marshall team earned one. Lily Ehlers and Reegan ...

East Marshall boys qualify for sixth-straight state meet

IOWA CITY — The Class 2A No. 13 East Marshall boys cross country team earned its sixth-straight team qualification for the state tournament in the Class 2A state-qualifying meet hosted by Iowa City Regina on Thursday. The Mustangs finished in third as a team with a team score of 96, just ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MCC soccer players honored by league

Two players from the Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team earned weekly honors recently, as goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez was named both the NJCAA and ICCAC Goalie of the Week and Roger De la Villa was tabbed as the ICCAC Field Player of the Week. Gonzalez is the first Tiger to be ...

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Iowa enters crucial closing stretch at 4-2

IOWA CITY — Iowa made it to the middle of October at 4-2, right about where most pundits had pegged the Hawkeyes to be halfway through the season. How Iowa finishes over the next six weeks will determine whether 2017 will be a season to remember. The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) have a ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, ...