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’Cats hammered by Rams

In nearly a 24-hour span, the Marshalltown girls soccer team tripled their time played this season after hosting Southeast Polk on Friday one night after facing off with Pella on Thursday. Given the girls had just played 80 minutes of action total this season before Thursday, there were a few ...

MHS boys soccer falls at SE Polk

PLEASANT HILL — The Marshalltown boys soccer team was looking to carry the momentum from a win over Class 2A No. 1 Norwalk on Thursday into a meeting with Southeast Polk on Friday, but the Bobcats couldn’t keep the wins coming, falling to the Rams 3-1. MHS (2-2) got the scoring started ...

Earle Bruce dies at 87

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Earle Bruce stepped into his dream job, football coach at Ohio State, under most challenging circumstances, replacing the program’s revered longtime leader after a fall from grace. Bruce embraced the task of following Woody Hayes, and went on to have his own Hall of Fame ...

Hawks seek offensive consistency

IOWA CITY — Iowa’s offense was as inconsistent as any in the country last season, capable of hanging 55 points on Ohio State one week and getting shut out by Wisconsin the next. A more reliable attack could help vault the Hawkeyes back atop the Big Ten West in 2018. That’s certainly ...

Zach Johnson rolls into a share of lead at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO — Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt. He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept ...

East Marshall boys 2nd at Comet Relays

CONRAD — The East Marshall boys track and field team was the best area placer at the Comet Relays on Friday, placing second with a team score of 123.5. Justin Ridout was the lone individual winner for the Mustangs, taking first in the shot put with a throw 52 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Ridout also ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bangasser’s medal powers Spartans

CONRAD — The Grundy Center boys’ golf team held off Dike-New Hartford and host BCLUW for a triangular victory on Friday at Oakwood Golf Course, led by medalist Jake Bangasser’s round of 1-over-par 36. Bangasser edged Dike-New Hartford’s Bo Weissenfluh by one stroke for medalist ...

Bobcats net first home win

Last time the Marshalltown boys tennis team played host in a meet, it was swept by Ames in the home opener. On Thursday, the Bobcats were hungry for a win in front of their home crowd, and that win was secured before the doubles matches had even taken place. MHS swept Urbandale in the singles ...

Lady Dutch down Bobcats despite Johnson’s 15 saves

Early on in the Marshalltown girls soccer team’s home opener against Pella Thursday night, it was clear the Bobcats were going to be playing defense for much of the game. The Class 2A No. 8 Lady Dutch are adept on the offensive end, having scored at least four goals in each of their first ...

’Cats blank top-ranked Norwalk 3-0

NORWALK — The Marshalltown boys soccer team earned its second victory of the season on Thursday, taking out Class 2A No. 1 Norwalk, 3-0. Tony Angle, Alex Angel and Joes Torres all netted goals for the Bobcats (2-1), while Torres, Edgar Armenta and Tony had assists. Ricky Ibarra had yet ...

MHS boys take third at Newton, girls ninth

NEWTON — Both the Marshalltown boys and girls track and field teams traveled south on Thursday to compete in the Newton Cardinal Co-ed Invite, where the Bobcat boys placed third and the girls came in ninth. Tyler Reeder was the top finish on the boys side, winning the 110-meter hurdles ...

Jackson retires with Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany, he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners. “I was broke,” the former Buffalo Bills running back said, laughing while reflecting back ...

MCC softball slugs it out with Northeast

NORFOLK, Neb. — The MCC softball team finished a four-game road trip in Nebraska on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Northeast Community College, and the Tigers and Hawks split the two contests on the day. In game one, MCC and Northeast both started off slow but the Tigers got the ...

Mustang boys take third at Bear Trax Classic

BROOKLYN — The East Marshall boys track and field team placed third in the boys A division at BGM’s Bear Trax Classic on Tuesday with a team score of 96. Zane Johnson and Justin Ridout each took home individual event wins, with Johnson taking first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of ...

SPORTS SHORTS: South Hardin girls tennis still unbeaten

ELDORA — The South Hardin girls tennis team earned its third win of the season on Tuesday by sweeping Hampton-Dumont, 9-0. The Tigers (3-0) dominated the singles matches, with Haley Teske at No. 3 singles, Isabelle Sisson at No. 4 singles, Meghan VandePol at No. 5 singles and Sarah England ...

Waukee punches through Bobcat defense

Time was ticking away in the second half and the Marshalltown boys soccer team had taken everything Waukee had thrown at them without flinching. Time and time again, the Warriors would come down the pitch with a head of steam, looking to break the 0-0 tie that had persisted throughout the ...

Tigers take all 11 from MHS netters

When play started between the Marshalltown girls tennis team and West Des Moines Valley on Tuesday, many of the girls were bundled up for fear of the recent cold weather. It didn’t take long for the players and the temps to warm up, and midway through the singles matches it looked like a ...

Podhajsky’s win powers ’Cats to 5th at Tiger Invite

CEDAR FALLS — The Marshalltown girls track team traveled to compete in the Tiger Invational on Tuesday, where it came away in fifth place with a team score of 47, just one point ahead of Mason City in sixth. Jill Podhajsky won her first event of the season by placing first in the discus ...

MHS boys track places 13th at Ankeny Invite

ANKENY — The Marshalltown boys track team traveled south to compete in the 60th Fred Smith Ankeny Hawk Relays on Tuesday, where it finished 13th with a team score of 21. Tyler Reeder had the best individual finish of the day for the Bobcats, taking fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time ...

Iowa seeking clarity at linebacker as spring practice ends

IOWA CITY — The biggest hole Iowa will have to fill by September is at linebacker, where three multi-year starters have graduated and are preparing for their shot in the NFL. The Hawkeyes appear to have gotten some clarity in the middle of their defense this spring. Defensive coordinator ...