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Red-number day

Marshalltown High School senior Nate Vance shot a 4-under par 66 Saturday at Elmwood Country Club to lead the first round of the Times-Republican Marshalltown City Golf Tournament. Vance would have had to share the lead with Bob Brooks, but Brooks signed his scorecard for 67 when his actual ...

New opportunities

IOWA CITY — As University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz approached the podium on Saturday to address the crowd gathered for media day, he walked with the calm, cool nature of someone who has done this show a time or two. Ferentz enters the 2017 campaign as the longest-tenured ...

Warner inducted to NFL’s Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ohio — As he so often did on the field, LaDainian Tomlinson stole the show. With a powerful speech calling for “Team America” to be a place for inclusion and opportunity, the great running back of the San Diego Chargers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday ...

UNI volleyball scrimmage date is set

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa volleyball program’s Purple & Gold Scrimmage is set for Aug. 20 in the McLeod Center. Admission is free and the arena doors open at 1:15 p.m. During the warm-up period, the Panthers will offer door prizes and be selling UNI volleyball ...

Showcasing their stuff

WAUKEE — Though the summer baseball season ended last week, there are still games to be played, as the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association hosts its annual all-star series this weekend, with three area all-state players featured on one of the four teams. West Marshall graduates ...

Warner takes improbable journey to Hall of Fame

PHOENIX — Kurt Warner was 28 years old before he became a starting NFL quarterback, a late start for a Hall of Fame career. Before that came one season as a starter at Northern Iowa; time stocking grocery shelves to make ends meet; three years of Arena Football; and one year in NFL ...

Sophomore jump

AMES — In both the NFL and college football, it is said that a player makes their biggest improvement from year one to year two in the league. Well the Iowa State University football team is looking for a similar improvement this season in head coach Matt Campbell’s second year on the ...

Koehn in Vikings’ kicking competition

MANKATO, Minn. — Whether they pick Kai Forbath or Marshall Koehn, the Minnesota Vikings badly need their kicker to come through after all those points squandered last season. Koehn sure delivered last year. While Forbath was settling in after a midseason switch from Blair Walsh in ...

Changes abound for Panthers in 2017

CEDAR FALLS — When University of Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley took the podium at the Panthers media day on Wednesday, he gave a quick introduction then informed the press in attendance that they were going to do something a little new with this media day. Considering new is ...

Warner to be honored, Johnson and Williams play in NFL HoF game

CEDAR FALLS — During Wednesday’s UNI football media day, Panther head coach Mark Farley took some time to talk about one of the program’s most famous alumni earning the NFL’s top honor. During today’s Hall of Fame Game, former UNI quarterback and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner will ...

3 area baseball preps set for All-Star Series

A trio of local baseball players will complete their prep careers at the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Star Series. West Marshall seniors Ross Randall and David Disney will be joined by North Tama senior Cameron Hoeg as members of the Small Schools East team. North ...

59!

A 14-foot putt straight up the hill on the 18th green failed to turn as much as Bob Brooks thought it would. The 59-year-old smiled as he settled for par. Everything else, he said, rolled true on Tuesday evening. Brown shot an 11-under-par 59 at Elmwood Country Club, carding 11 birdies, ...

Elmwood Country Club: Ahead of the curve?

The rest of the golf world may be just catching up to Marshalltown’s Elmwood Country Club. After tacking on distance — and more distance — for a decade or two, more and more tournament directors are including short, drivable par-4 holes in their mix. And, while drivable, the best short ...

Iowa State counting on JUCO linemen

AMES — One of the Iowa State football team’s biggest questions entering preseason practice was its defensive line. The Cyclones are hoping to see three junior college transfers emerge as quality Big 12 Conference players as soon as possible. Iowa State (3-9 in 2016) was hit hard by ...

Drake AD Hatfield-Clubb leaves after 11 years

DES MOINES — Drake University athletic director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb is leaving after 11 years. The school announced Tuesday that Hatfield-Clubb’s last day will be Friday. It says she has accepted a senior partner position with the Pictor Group, an intercollegiate athletics consulting ...

Disney tabs top postseason honor

The final set of postseason honors for the summer sports have been officially announced, and West Marshall senior David Disney has been honored with a first-team selection on the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 2A all-state squad. Disney was part of a core group of seniors who led West ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Area golfers play in Junior Iowa PGA

AMES — Earlier in July the 42nd annual Junior Iowa PGA Championships were played and some area golfers made waves and competed well. Three area athletes competed in the boys 16-18 division, with JD Pollard from Marshalltown taking ninth with a two-day score of 7-over-par 149, Jesper ...

Elmwood senior title to Christensen

Rob Christensen claimed the Elmwood Country Club men’s senior championship, Kristin Polley was the ladies’ champion and Terri Craft on the ladies’ senior division on Saturday. Christensen distanced himself by three strokes from runner-up Bob Brooks, shooting an opening 3-under-par 67 ...

One for the road

CEDAR FALLS — While we are less than a month away from the start of the 2017 football season, Saturday was the final hurrah from 2016’s seniors as the 90 best graduates in the state faced off in the 46th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI-Dome. Last time Gladbrook-Reinbeck graduate Erik ...

Preece edges Benjamin for US Cellular 250 checkers

NEWTON — Ryan Preece had waited his whole career for a chance to race in a car as strong as the No. 20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing. Preece then went out and proved what he could do with top-notch equipment. The 26-year-old Preece survived a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR ...