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T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Bob Brooks, left, is congratulated by Troy Underhill after Brooks tapped in for par on the 18th green to win the 30th annual Times-Repbulican City Golf Tournament championship on Sunday at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course. It’s the first City title for Brooks, who shot 
67-67—134 for a two-stroke victory. Underhill placed fifth.

Brooks & Won

Bob Brooks fired a second-straight 67 Sunday at the American Legion Golf Course to win the 30th annual Times-Republican City Golf Tournament by two strokes (134-136) over Marshalltown High School senior Nate Vance, who added an even-par 70 to his 4-under opening round score of 66. Four-time ...

Captains go for youth in Solheim Cup selections

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — U.S. captain Juli Inkster added a pair of rookies to her Solheim Cup team for matches that will see plenty of new faces. Inkster, the captain for the second straight time, added 18-year-old Angel Yin and Austin Ernst to her 10 automatic qualifiers. She passed over ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Troy Underhill putts onto the 12th green at Elmwood Country Club during Saturday’s opening round of the Times-Republican City Golf Tournament. Underhill parred the hole and finished in with a 3-under-par 67 to end within one shot of the leader going into today’s final 18 holes at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.

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 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz responds to a question during Saturday’s annual media day event at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.

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 ...

AP PHOTO • Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner poses with his bust during inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

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 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • North Tama graduate Cameron Hoeg, right, delivers a pitch while West Marshall’s Ross Randall looks on from second base during the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series on Friday in Waukee.

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 ...

AP PHOTO • Brenda, left, and Kurt Warner wave to the crowd after Kurt received his gold jacket during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on Friday at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.

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 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell talks with press members during the Cyclones’ media day on Thursday. Campbell touched on a range of topics, from expectations for his second year to personnel issues, such as Joel Lanning making the switch from quarterback to linebacker.

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 ...

AP PHOTO • Minnesota Vikings placekicker Marshall Koehn works out during training camp on July 28 in Mankato, Minn. After the Vikings made a midseason switch from Blair Walsh last year, Kai 
Forbath came in and made all of his field-goal tries. But he has not been given the job for 2017 yet. Koehn is trying to take it.

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 ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley responds to a question during the Panthers’ annual media day event on Wednesday in Cedar Falls.

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 ...

PHOTO PROVIDED • Bob Brooks poses with his scorecard and ball after shooting an Elmwood Country Club course-record 59 on Tuesday evening.

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 ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa State running back Sheldon Croney participates in a drill during Monday’s football practice in Ames.

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 ...

Sandy Hatfield-Clubb

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 ...

T-R FILE PHOTO • West Marshall senior David Disney follows through on a swing earlier this summer in State Center. The Trojan outfielder has been named INA first-team all-state.

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 ...