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T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • South Hardin’s Brylie Zeisneiss throws during the shot put competition at the Drake Relays on Friday morning at Drake Stadium. Zeisneiss threw 39 feet, 1 1/2 in her third throw of the prelims and qualified for the finals. She finished eighth overall in her first Drake Relays appearance.

Zeisneiss smilin’ in the rain

DES MOINES — Even the rainy conditions weren’t going to damper Brylie Zeisneiss’s Drake Relays debut. The South Hardin sophomore threw 39 feet, 3 3/4 inches in her third throw of the preliminary round, propelling her from 10th place to eighth and into the finals. But as the rain ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Jenny Simpson (6) leads the field of 1,500-meter runners to the finish line for the conclusion of Friday night’s Rio Rematch event at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Simpson won in a time of 4 minutes, 16.10 seconds. Brenda Martinez (7) took second in 4:16.40 and Kate Grace (4) was third in 4:16.62.

Simpson reigns in 1,500-meter Rio Rematch

DES MOINES — It was, without a doubt, a Rio Rematch. Iowa-born Jenny Simpson, who joined elite Drake Relays company by becoming the second athlete to win five-straight titles (Jeff Hardwig, pole vault, 1995-2000) clocked a time of 4 minutes, 16.10 seconds for the 1,500-meter title. But it ...

Vanessa Armas

Bobcat girls score first soccer win

MASON CITY — The Marshalltown girls’ soccer team quadrupled its season goals total by outscoring Mason City 3-1 for its first win of the spring here Friday. The Bobcats (1-5, 1-1), who hadn’t scored since their season opener three weeks earlier at Pella, tallied three times in this CIML ...

MHS netters defeated by Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS — Six singles matches all went Cedar Falls’ way as the Tigers toppled the Marshalltown girls’ tennis team, 6-3, in Friday’s non-conference dual. Cedar Falls (5-7) rattled off the first six matches in straight sets and won the top three doubles bouts, though two of them ...

49ers draft Hawkeye QB Beathard in 3rd round

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Having used his first two picks to shore up the front end of San Francisco’s defense a day earlier, John Lynch turned his attention to the secondary while continuing to bolster his growing reputation as the busiest general manager in the draft. The 49ers drafted ...

Tigers snap skid with 2 wins at Indian Hills

CENTERVILLE — Schedule changes and unfavorable weather proved to have little effect on the Marshalltown Community College baseball team as the Tigers swept Indian Hills CC in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference action Friday night. MCC needed just five innings for the 11-0 win in game ...

Ali Farokhmanesh

Farokhmanesh returns to MVC as assistant at Drake

DES MOINES — Ali Farokhmanesh is back in the Valley. Drake University’s new men’s basketball coach Niko Medved on Friday announced the hiring of Farokhmanesh as an assistant, reeling in the former Northern Iowa Panther point guard from his former post at the University of ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Marshalltown’s Maddux Richardson throws the shot put during the preliminary rounds Thursday at the Drake Relays. Richardson qualified for the finals, placing sixth with a throw of 58 feet, 8 1/2 inches.

Hit me with your best shot

DES MOINES — Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs launched his Drake Relays’ winning 66-foot, 3 1/2-inch throw in the boys’ shot put Wednesday, leaving everyone in awe. Among those witnessing history were Marshalltown’s Maddux Richardson and AGWSR’s Caleb Meinders, both of whom qualified ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown golfer Emily Vest putts on the No. 1 green at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course during the Linda Bloom Invite Thursday. Vest shot a career-best 90 to help the Bobcats to a seventh-place team finish.

Vest bundles up to lead Bobcats in Linda Bloom Invite

As the golfers teed off the Linda Bloom Invite Thursday morning at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course, snow started to fall from the sky in sheets. By the time the golfers finished their first hole, the snow had stopped. While the wet stuff held off the rest of the day, there was just one ...

Weekend schedule for MCC in flux

Anticipated inclement weather has forced changes in Marshalltown CommunityCollege’s weekend sports schedule. The NJCAA Division I Region XI softball tournament, originally scheduled to begin today in Council Bluffs, has been postponed. All game dates, times and tournament format will be ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown’s Jacob Rachuy makes a backhand return during singles play in Thursday’s CIML Iowa Conference meet against Johnston at the MHS Tennis Courts. Rachuy and Sam Brintnall got a win at No. 2 doubles, but the Bobcats lost 8-3 to the visiting Dragons.

Dragons take two from MHS netters

A pair of wins in singles play and a victory in doubles wasn’t enough as the Marshalltown boys’ tennis team fell to Johnston 8-3 at home Thursday in CIML Iowa Conference action. Sean McWilliams at No. 3 singles picked up a win for the Bobcats (6-4, 2-2 CIML Iowa), besting Ben Kreamer 6-3, ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Austin Heitland propels himself over the pole vault bar Thursday afternoon during the men’s decathlon at the Drake Relays. Heitland has a personal best vault of 13 feet, 1 inch, on his way to a 10th-place finish in the decathlon.

AGWSR grad reaches new heights

DES MOINES — As the bar got higher, the cheers got louder for Austin Heitland. Because of high winds, the men’s decathlon pole vault was moved inside the fieldhouse at Drake Stadium, allowing for a cozy — and much warmer — atmosphere to take over for the eighth section of the Drake ...

SPORTS SHORTS: East Marshall boys win PCM Invite

MONROE — The East Marshall boys’ track and field team claimed first place in the Class A division of the PCM Classic on a blustery Thursday night. The Mustangs racked up 135 points to edge host PCM (133) and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter (131). West Marshall had 81 points to finish fifth in the ...

Emily Vest

’Cats hoard hardware at Urbandale

URBANDALE — The numbers in the rangefinder mean roughly the same thing from course to course, and the Marshalltown girls’ golf team is starting to figure that out. The Bobcats beat Urbandale on its home links on Wednesday afternoon, ousting the J-Hawks 201-215 in a CIML Iowa Conference ...

Luis Duran

MCC’s Duran recognized nationally

Marshalltown Community College sophomore Luis Duran has tacked on another weekly award for his play last week. The Tiger baseball team’s third baseman has been named the NJCAA Division I Baseball Player of the Week. Duran becomes the third Tiger in the last two seasons to earn national ...

Taylor Tague

Tiger softball closes best 2-year run in team history

IOWA FALLS — The Marshalltown Community College softball team concluded the 2017 regular season with a pair of wins over Ellsworth CC, hammering the Panthers 15-7 and 10-1. The Tigers (23-17) compiled a total of 25 runs on 28 hits in the doubleheader sweep. MCC won 52 games over the last ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall leads area teams at A-P

PARKERSBURG — A fifth-score tiebreaker separated West Marshall from AGWSR as the Trojans edged the Cougars for third place, leading five local teams at the Aplington-Parkersburg Invite on Tuesday at Legend Trail Golf Club. West Marshall and AGWSR shared the third-place team score of 207, ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Frank Iole returns a volley during his singles match Tuesday night. Iole won in his second varsity start, 6-4, 6-2, helping the Bobcats to an 11-0 win against Des Moines Hoover.

MHS nets Senior Day sweep

The Marshalltown boys’ tennis team had a unique opportunity Tuesday night in its 11-0 win against Des Moines Hoover. Not only did the Bobcats (6-3) get the victory, but seniors across the board were represented in the singles and doubles victories on Senior Night. In front of a full ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown’s Jose Torres, left, sends an over-the-head shot toward the goal in front of Fort Dodge’s Marco Fumagalli (8) in overtime at Leonard Cole Field Tuesday evening. Torres’ shot found its way into the goal for the game-winning score as the Bobcats won 2-1.

Circus shot vaults Bobcats past Fort Dodge in overtime

The Bobcats don’t care how the soccer ball ends up in the back of the net, as long as finds its way there. Freshman Jose Torres sent an over-the-back shot from just outside the 18-yard goalbox in the seventh minute of overtime into the back of the net to send the Bobcats home the victors. ...

Jose Mieses

Triton offense terrorizes MCC, 20-10

Another formidable offensive attack from the Marshalltown Community College baseball team was not enough as the Tigers fell at home to Iowa Central CC, 20-10, on Tuesday. Freshman Jose Mieses collected a career-high four hits in the loss. Sophomore Diogen Ceballos added two hits, including a ...