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Mustang rally

LE GRAND — Colfax-Mingo’s Colbee Cunningham shut down Class 2A No. 5 East Marshall for six innings. The Tigerhawks scored two early runs and led 2-0 headed to the bottom of the seventh inning, but East Marshall found a way on its home field and rallied to a 3-2 victory in the Class 2A ...

Comets’ flight cut short by Falcons

CONRAD — The Comets won a big battle, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after being held scoreless all night. The Falcons, however, won the war. Wayne Community scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning and finished off No. 5 BCLUW in the bottom half, ...

Trojans hit three tanks, top Wolverines

DIKE — The West Marshall baseball team hit more home runs than Dike-New Hartford had total hits, and the Trojans avenged an earlier loss by beating the Class 2A No. 3 Wolverines 15-2 in five innings here Friday night. Gabe Jones threw a one-hitter for the five-inning complete game for West ...

West Marshall win streak ends at 10

GRANGER — The West Marshall baseball team saw the end of its 10-game winning streak with a 3-1 loss on Thursday at Woodward-Granger. Alex Bice pitched 6 2/3 innings for the win for Woodward-Granger (22-7), allowing just four singles before giving way in the top of the seventh. That’s ...

Bobcats find two ways to top Ankeny

The postseason path has been laid out in front of the Bobcats. Now they’ve got to build some momentum before they get there. The Marshalltown baseball team came away with a pair of wins by differing means on Wednesday, sweeping Ankeny on Senior Night at the MHS diamond. Senior left-hander ...

No. 5 Comets, Mustangs march through postseason openers

CONRAD — Easton Swanson got a lot more than just her third home run of the season, but her two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning was all the BCLUW softball team needed with Bailey Ashton in the circle. Ashton struck out 17 Central Decatur batters and the fifth-ranked Comets cruised ...

Mustangs rock Hawks in finale

GILMAN — Not all of the pieces came together, but some of them lined up well enough to give the East Marshall baseball team an idea of what the picture is supposed to look like — and just in time for the postseason. The Mustangs scored eight runs for the first time in nearly three weeks, ...

Trojans run streak to 10 with a sweep

DENVER — The West Marshall baseball team allowed only five hits and three walks over two games, handing host Denver a doubleheader sweep in cross-NICL play here Tuesday night. The Trojans (25-4) ran their streak to 10 games with wins by scores of 10-0 in five innings in the opener and 3-1 ...

Big 12’s preseason best: Ehlinger, Murray, Hurts

IRVING, Texas — Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been tabbed the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year, with Oklahoma junior linebacker Kenneth Murray taking the defensive honor. Jalen Hurts, the former Alabama quarterback who is at Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, was ...

Warriors pull away from Bobcats late

WAUKEE — The Marshalltown baseball team saw one of the best teams in the state to kick off the last week-long stretch of games in the regular season. A win or two might have gone a long way to boost the Bobcats down the stretch and into the postseason, but the lessons learned from a pair of ...

’Cats can’t hang with top-ranked Waukee

WAUKEE — The top-ranked Waukee softball team took little mercy on Marshalltown here Monday night, knocking off the Bobcats twice to secure the CIML Iowa Conference championship with wins of 8-0 and 11-1 in six innings. The Class 5A No. 1 Warriors (34-3, 16-2) assured themselves the outright ...

PREP ROUND-UP: One big inning propels Trojans past Knights

LA PORTE CITY — Patience paid off for the West Marshall baseball team. Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the Trojans tallied 10 times in the top of the fifth inning to power their way to an 11-1, five-inning triumph over Union Community in Monday’s cross-NICL contest. Jake Tollefson had an RBI ...

Trojans dominate NICL West baseball

The NICL West Division’s all-conference baseball team is reminiscent of the way the season went — dominated by West Marshall. The undefeated NICL West champions had seven all-conference first-team selections as voted on Saturday by the league’s coaches, four of them unanimously after ...

No. 9 Mustangs ride 15-game win streak into regionals

GRINNELL — The Class 2A No. 9 East Marshall softball team got one last boost of confidence going into the postseason on Saturday at the Grinnell Tournament. Not that the Mustangs needed it. East Marshall closed out the regular season with its 15th-straight win, rattling off a 13-1, ...

SPORTS SHORTS: New Bobcat coach hosting girls camp

New Marshalltown High School girls varsity basketball coach Brian Murphy is conducting a camp for girls entering grades 5-12 on July 17-19 at the Roundhouse. The camp will be held all three days for each of two age divisions. Girls entering grades 9-12 will go from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., while ...

East Marshall senior reflects on career marked by injuries, triumph

As Melinda Puumala geared up for the 400-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays, she was nervous. She had a big bruise on her good knee from hitting three hurdles the day before in the 100 hurdles. Her nerves were so bad she was struggling to get her sweatpants off over her cleats when her heat ...

Marshalltown Community College names new athletic director

Marshalltown Community College named John Kriebs, who has more than 30 years of Division 1 college athletic experience, as its new athletic director. Kriebs’ love of sports started with 4th grade involvement in athletics at the local YMCA. From that moment, he had an attachment and love for ...

Coco Gauff, 15, avoids 2 match points in Centre Court win

WIMBLEDON, England — It was easy to forget that Coco Gauff is still just 15 as she stood on the grass of Centre Court, pounding her chest and shouting, “Let’s go! Come on!” to celebrate a 32-stroke point that forced a third set in her match Friday evening at Wimbledon. Up in the ...

STC’s Castrejon is all-state

The state’s third-leading goal-scorer was still collecting awards long after the season ended. South Tama County senior midfielder Jonathan Castrejon was named the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Class 1A all-state first team, joining the 11-member squad after racking up 40 ...