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West Marshall doubles down

DES MOINES — The West Marshall girls’ track and field team fell to 9-3 on the season Saturday, after failing to win the Class 2A state meet at Drake Stadium. Normally, that’s a lead in for a football or basketball story, but make no mistake, despite having a lackluster Saturday ...

Comets’ Garber moves up another rung

DES MOINES — For Jack Garber, a weekend of celebration ended up at baseball practice. The BCLUW sophomore took fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles Saturday during the Class 2A boys’ state track and field meet, with a time of 15.41 seconds. He wrapped up his race at about 1:30 p.m., ...

AGWSR’s Fisher fine with 2nd

DES MOINES — As exhausting as the weekend was, nothing was going to smother the smile beaming from Aubrie Fisher. Sure, it was preceded by series of grunts and groans and painful expressions as she crossed the finish line for the fourth time in the three-day Class 1A state track and field ...

Rebels round out one sport at state

DES MOINES — Qualifying for state track and field events is hard enough when you train and compete for it all year long, with undivided attention. Thus was not the case for the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ team this weekend in the Class 1A meet. Junior Walker Thede said nearly 85 percent of ...

Sprint medley ends South Tama’s season

DES MOINES — It wasn’t the ending the South Tama County girls’ sprint medley had in mind, but there wasn’t a better place to have a senior send off. Three of the four legs of the STC sprint medley relay finished out their running careers at the Class 3A state track and field meet ...

Lennox/Quakerdale event books PGA’s Jerry Smith

PGA Champions Tour professional Jerry Smith will be the celebrity pro for this year’s 30th annual Lennox/ Quakerdale Invitational ProAm Golf Tournament. Smith is a Council Bluffs native who graduated from Baylor University before embarking on his professional golf career in 1987. His PGA ...

Cougars’ Karsjens is king

DES MOINES — A bowl of Fruit Loops, whole milk, apple juice and a Pop-Tart. If you want to be a state champion, first you’ll have to eat like one. The unorthodox answer got AGWSR’s Nathan Karsjens to crack a smile after, though it wasn’t hard as he’d already been beaming after ...

Yuska hits her mark for 2nd

DES MOINES — If Allison Yuska ran any faster, she would’ve blown right by her goal. The South Tama County senior crossed the finish line at Drake Stadium after completing her final 400-meter hurdles event, just edging out Pella’s Kiki Pingel in the Class 3A race. But it was her time, a ...

Richardson’s season ends in heartbreaking fashion

DES MOINES — Marshalltown’s Maddux Richardson was still reeling for answers after his Friday performance in the shot put at the Class 4A state track and field meet. The Bobcat senior exited the circle after his third and final scratch, crouched down and put his head in his hands, ...

Garber takes aim at big bro’s record

DES MOINES — Jack Garber doesn’t mind, too much, being compared to his old brother, Will. As the eldest, Will Garber won the state title his senior season in the 110-meter hurdles at the Class 1A state track and field meet in 2015, running a 14.91 to do it. Now, Jack is going to try ...

Spartans sitting pretty for 1A finals

DES MOINES — If Friday was any indication of how today is going to go, the Grundy Center girls will be alright. The Spartans’ 4x400-meter relay of Kyah Luhring, Brooke Flater, Landry Luhring and Hailey Wallis took fifth place to qualify for today’s finals in the Class 1A state track and ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat girls soccer beats back North

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls’ soccer squad snapped a three-game slide by beating Des Moines North by a 3-2 margin on Friday night. The Bobcats (3-12) won in their final regular-season road game thanks to goals from three different players. McKenna Major got Marshalltown on the ...

Iowa to pay $6.5M to settle bias lawsuits

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay ...

Meinders rises to a title

DES MOINES — Spooky. Freaky. But cool. That’s how Caleb Meinders described his Class 1A state title in the shot put Thursday morning. No, he was actually a little more at a loss for words and couldn’t stop smiling after finally achieving a performance that had been eluding him for ...

Bobcats’ Henze handles adversity to finish 10th

DES MOINES — In her final set of throws of her high school career, Malory Henze defied everything that had ever gone wrong for her in the discus. Time and time again, she admitted to getting in her own head when a throw wouldn’t stay inbounds. And in some meets, it snowballed to ...

Trojans set stage for big things

DES MOINES —The West Marshall girls’ track and field team put on display why it was a prominent force in Class 2A meets this season, Thursday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium. The Trojans tallied up six points from three medalists, with another three ...

Meskwaki’s Tahahwah paces 100 qualifiers

DES MOINES — Grace Tahahwah took a very simple approach to her afternoon at the state track and field meet on Thursday: Run, and run a little faster. Tahahwah continued a trend she set last year, becoming the first athlete to qualify for the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships in ...

BCLUW’s Dolphin does the triple; Mustangs’ Meling finishes 7th

DES MOINES — Troy Dolphin might not have had the stand-out day he had hoped for, but coming off a night of little sleep and trying preparation, he made due with the cards he was dealt. The BCLUW junior tripled in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes Thursday at the state track and field meet ...

STC’s Slaven leaps to fourth place

DES MOINES — If she had to choose, Allison Yuska would go with the 400-meter hurdles against the open 400. Some might think that’s crazy, with how demanding the one-lap sprint-plus-obstacles can be, but Thursday, Yuska got her least of the two favorites out of the way with at the Class ...

Martin nets lone MHS win at tennis regional

WATERLOO — The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team collected one win out of Thursday’s Class 2A Region 5 tournament, but it wasn’t enough to get any of the Bobcats to state. MHS junior Kaitlyn Martin defeated her first-round opponent, but that was all the Bobcats got out of the day at ...