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PHOTO BY TROY BANNING/DAILY FREEMAN-JOURNAL • West Marshall sophomore Jake Tollefson (3) rounds third base on his way to score a run during the first game of the Trojans’ non-conference doubleheader at South Hamilton on Tuesday night. The Trojans swept the host Hawks, 15-0 and 13-3.

West Marshall wallops Hawks in twinbill

JEWELL — One night after notching its third-straight NICL West Division baseball championship, the West Marshall baseball team faced off with one of its former league foes in a non-conference doubleheader. Even on the road, the Trojans made themselves right at home. West Marshall (22-5) ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • GMG pitcher Emily Vaughn delivers a strike to G-R sophomore Haleigh Berendes during Tuesday night’s game in Gladbrook. The Wolverines took down the Rebels 11-9 to end a 12-game losing streak.

GMG ends 12-game slide by beating G-R

GLADBROOK — On a crisp summer evening that felt more like October than June, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck softball team celebrated its seniors in its second-to-last home game of the season, but it was GMG who ended up celebrating on the diamond. Despite a furious comeback by the Rebels in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets erupt for 12 runs, beat D-NH

CONRAD — Twelve runs was more than enough for the Class 2A No. 13 BCLUW softball team to beat Dike-New Hartford in Tuesday’s cross-NICL contest, and all 12 runs arrived in one inning. BCLUW scored a dozen runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to reach the mercy rule, winning 12-0. Leah ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • West Marshall’s Grace Porter, left, is congratulated by teammate Kylie Cripps after scoring the tying run in the bottom of the second inning of Monday’s NICL West Division softball game in State Center. Porter’s run was the first of six in the inning by the Class 3A No. 9 Trojans, who went on to win 9-3.

West completes season sweep of East

STATE CENTER — A good crowd was on hand on Monday night in State Center to take in the second game between the West Marshall and East Marshall softball teams this season, and, though the score might not have indicated it, both the Trojan and Mustang faithfull were treated to a tight ...

T-R PHOTO BY ANNE VANCE • Marshalltown catcher Will Van Buren tries to field the throw home as an Urbandale runners scores safely during Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader in Urbandale.

Urbandale withstands challenges from MHS

URBANDALE — The Marshalltown baseball team found itself in the hunt in both games of a CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader at Urbandale on Monday night, but the Bobcats came up short twice. The host J-Hawks dodged challenges from Marshalltown in both games, sweeping the Bobcats 9-4 and ...

SPORTS SHORTS: No. 6 Urbandale sweeps aside Bobcats

URBANDALE — The Class 5A No. 6 Urbandale softball team totaled 26 hits and 26 runs in its doubleheader sweep of Marshalltown in Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference games. The host J-Hawks won the opener 13-2 in six innings and captured the second game 13-1 in five innings. In the opener, ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber bats during the fifth inning of a Triple-A baseball game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Monday in Des Moines. Schwarber finished 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the I-Cubs.

Schwarber not surprised about demotion

DES MOINES — Slumping slugger Kyle Schwarber said Monday that he’s not surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying “the numbers spoke for themselves.” Schwarber’s October return following a knee injury helped fuel Chicago’s first World Series title in 108 years, but he was sent ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Local junior golfers compete in Nevada

NEVADA — A pair of local golfers participated in Sunday’s Iowa PGA Junior Tour events at Indian Creek Country Club, both earning top-three finishes. In the Junior Tour Classic, Marshalltown High School senior-to-be Tate Carlson tied for the top spot in the boys’ 16-18 age group by ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • BCLUW second baseman Samantha Ubben, left, readies her throw to first base for the double play after recording the force-out of Marshalltown’s Erica Johnson (1) during the fourth inning of Saturday’s game in the Bobcat Softball Classic.

Comets turn two on Bobcats

As Emily Hass crossed home plate as the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marshalltown head softball coach Jim Palmer kept waving as McKenna Major rounded third base inconsequentially. Major’s run would not have counted, but the Bobcats’ head coach is trying to use ...

Sioux City teams take a pair from Marshalltown

JOHNSTON — The Marshalltown baseball team found no reprieve outside the Central Iowa Metropolitan League this weekend, and there’s little solace waiting for the Bobcats on the other side of it. A pair of Sioux City teams defeated Marshalltown during the annual Brent Prange Classic on ...

T-R PHOTO BY MARK GEORGE • William Byron celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250 auto race Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Byron wins in Iowa for first Xfinity victory

NEWTON — It took rookie William Byron just a week to get over one of the most brutal losses of his young career. The 19-year-old Byron grabbed the lead with just over 20 laps left and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night for his first series victory. A seven-time ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall triumphs over Tigers

STATE CENTER — Eight different batters drove in a run as the Class 3A No. 9 West Marshall softball team shut out South Hardin 12-0 in three innings in Friday’s NICL West Division tilt. Senior pitcher Kallie Malloy struck out five, walked one and allowed only two hits in the win for West ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Colfax-Mingo’s Mackensie Brown (12) slides safely into second base with a double ahead of the tag by Marshalltown shortstop Regan Mazour during Friday’s game at the Bobcat Softball Classic at Marshalltown Community College. The Class 1A No. 11-ranked Tigerhawks topped the Bobcats 6-0.

Bobcats and Comets both break even

If the Marshalltown softball team learned anything from its fleeting five-game win streak, head coach Jim Palmer hopes his squad discovered that the energy and enthusiasm they need to succeed must come from within. MHS opened its annual Bobcat Softball Classic on Friday afternoon with a 6-3 ...

AP PHOTO • John Hunter Nemechek celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series auto race Friday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton. It was the second consecutive win for Nemechek.

Back-to-back

NEWTON — John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with his six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Nemechek took four new tires during the final caution. The gamble paid off, as he passed leader Johnny Sauter soon after a ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans take down South Hardin, 15-0

STATE CENTER — Cody Mead tossed a one-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team scored nine times in the first inning on its way to a 15-0, four-inning rout of South Hardin in Friday night’s NICL West Division contest. Mead struck out five and did not walk a batter, allowing only a ...

Mitrou-Long, Thomas to play Summer League

AMES — Former Iowa State guards Nazareth Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas have both agreed to play for NBA teams during the summer leagues. Mitrou-Long, one of the top shooters in Iowa State history, will suit up for the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando summer league July 1-6. He will then play for ...

T-R PHOTO BY ANNE VANCE • Marshalltown catcher Miguel Torrez, left, attempts to tag out a Des Moines North baserunner during Thursday’s CIML doubleheader in Des Moines. The Bobcats swept North, 13-3 and 16-2, both games ending after five innings.

Cats’ bats come to life

DES MOINES — Some traditions are worth keeping around. The Marshalltown baseball team swept Des Moines North for the 13th consecutive summer thanks to season-high scoring outbursts of 13 and 16 runs in Thursday’s CIML doubleheader. The Bobcats needed just five innings in both games to ...

MHS softball receives two forfeit wins

The Marshalltown softball team earned a CIML Iowa Conference sweep of Mason City on Wednesday night, and the Bobcats were handed two more victories on Thursday. Des Moines North dropped to 0-18 this season by offering up two forfeits to Marshalltown on Thursday. The Bobcats (6-19) are now ...

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ISU’s Morris drafted by Nuggets

AMES — Iowa State point guard Monté Morris was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft with the 51st pick on Thursday night. Morris, the winningest player in school history, is the 38th Cyclone to be drafted. Iowa State has had 11 players drafted since the ...

AP FILE PHOTO • Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber watches his RBI double during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on June 7 in Chicago.

Cubs ship Schwarber to Iowa

MIAMI — The Chicago Cubs are hoping a stint in the minors will help Kyle Schwarber find his swing again. The 24-year-old Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, giving the slumping slugger a chance to catch his breath after a difficult start to the season. “We talked to ...