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Ross Randall

Randall tabs top honor in NICL West baseball

The first undefeated NICL West Division baseball champion in nine years was well represented on the all-conference team, as West Marshall senior Ross Randall was named its Most Outstanding Player after leading the Trojans to their first outright league title since 2013. West Marshall went ...

T-R PHOTO BY MARK GEORGE • Helio Castroneves climbs the fence as he celebrates with fans after winning the IndyCar Series Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Sunday at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Spider-Man makes himself at home

NEWTON — As he crossed the finish line for his first victory in three years, Helio Castroneves screamed “Finally! Finally!” over the radio to his joyous crew. For both Castroneves and Team Penske, the win Sunday at Iowa Speedway was long overdue. Castroneves dominated the IndyCar race ...

Bob Elliott

Ex-Hawkeye assistant Bob Elliott dead at 64

IOWA CITY — Longtime assistant football coach Bob Elliott has died following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 64. Iowa, where Elliott played and later coached, announced Sunday that he had died a day earlier. Elliott spent 38 years as an assistant for a number of high-profile schools. ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Mustangs pitcher Justin Ridout slings in a fastball during East Marshall’s 8-2 win over BCLUW on Saturday to advance to the next round of districts. Ridout went 6 1/3 innings giving up only one run off four hits and fanning 11 Comets.

Mustangs win rubber match

BEAMAN — Lawn chairs and picnic blankets surrounded the baseball field in Beaman on Saturday evening as the Comets and Mustangs faithful turned out in droves to watch East Marshall take on BCLUW in the opening round of the Class 2A District 13 tournament. Of course only one fan base was ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Hardin senior Aaron Nederhoff lays down a squeeze bunt during the third inning of the Tigers’ 12-5 loss to South Hamilton in the first round of district play. The bunt scored junior Kolten Rewoldt.

South Hardin swamped in season-ending loss to Hawks

BEAMAN — Saturday saw the beginning of district baseball in Iowa, and getting things started in the area was the South Hardin Tigers, who took on South Hamilton in the first leg of a doubleheader in Beaman as part of the Class 2A District 13 tournament. Things got off to a good start for ...

AP PHOTO • Will Power pumps his fist after winning the pole position for the IndyCar Series auto race Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Newgarden gives Team Penske hope at Newton

NEWTON — IndyCar powerhouse Team Penske has never won at Iowa Speedway, even though the open-wheel series has been running at the track for more than decade. This offseason, Penske brought in the driver who last year executed perhaps the most impressive run that Iowa had ever seen. Josef ...

Sargeant wins ARCA race at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — Dalton Sargeant won the ARCA Racing Series event at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night, holding off points leader Austin Theriault. The 19-year-old Sargeant, from Boca Raton, Florida, won for the second time this season in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford — the ride that Chase ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Sicard boosts AGWSR into regional finals

ACKLEY — Rachel Sicard homered twice and drove in five runs while Taryan Barrick tossed a three-hitter as Class 1A No. 8 AGWSR battered BGM 10-1 in Friday’s Region 6 semifinal softball game. Sicard hit a three-run home run in the top of the third inning and added a two-run shot in the ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Bobcats junior Brian Trowbridge slides into home while scoring a run during the fourth inning of Marshalltown’s 9-6 loss to Class 4A No. 1 Johnston on Friday.

Errors plague MHS in loss to top-ranked Johnston

The Marshalltown baseball team had a tough task when it welcomed in Class 4A No. 1 Johnston for a game Friday afternoon, and while the Bobcats fought hard to the final out they fell just short of the upset over their CIML Iowa Conference rival in a 9-6 loss. MHS needed to play essentially a ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW senior Samantha Ubben, left, celebrates with senior Macy Kock after the Comets won their Class 2A Region 3 semifinal game against South Hamilton on Friday 4-1. With the win, BCLUW moves on to face Waterloo Columbus on Monday with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Comets clip Hawks in semifinals

CONRAD — Once again a standing room only crowd was on hand to watch the Class 2A No. 12 BCLUW softball team play their Class 2A Region 8 semifinal match against No. 13 South Hamilton on Friday night, and both the Comets and Hawks fans were treated to a great, tight game from both teams. In ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • West Marshall’s Georgia Porter, right, goes to hug teammate Brooke Snider after Snider’s ground ball to first base drove in Porter as the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Friday’s Class 3A Region 8 semifinal in State Center. The Trojans won 5-4.

Trojans travel comeback trail

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall softball team was so anxious to get back into the dugout after the top of the first inning that the Trojans kept neglecting to secure the third out. The wait turned out to be worth it. After surviving a disastrous defensive start and all of North Polk’s ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs advance to regional final

LA PORTE CITY — The East Marshall softball team got yet another win in the Class 3A Region 5 tournament on Friday as the Mustangs defeated Vinton-Shellsburg 5-4 in the semifinal round. Kodie Hoskey had yet another great performance on the mound for the Mustangs (17-17), going the full game ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown reliever Kailee Pollard releases a pitch during the second inning of the Bobcats’ 11-1, five-inning loss to Des Moines East on Thursday in Des Moines. The loss eliminates Marshalltown from the Class 5A Region 8 Tournament.

Bobcats bounced from playoffs

DES MOINES — Marshalltown softball had a chance to make a statement in their Class 5A Region 8 tournament opener against Des Moines East on Thursday evening, but, unfortunately for the Bobcats faithful, a slow start in the first two innings led to an 11-1 loss and an early tourney exit. ...

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Malloy, Ubben share NICL West’s top honor

As a new crop starts its rise toward the top of the NICL West Division, a group of senior softball players returned to the forefront with selection to the all-conference first team. Pitchers Samantha Ubben of BCLUW and Kallie Malloy of West Marshall shared the league’s Most Valuable Player ...

Sponseller’s HR helps Trojans triumph

GILBERTVILLE — Chandler Sponseller hit his first-career home run and the West Marshall baseball team ended the regular season with a convincing 13-2, six-inning win against Class 1A No. 7 Don Bosco on Thursday night. The visiting Trojans (27-6) returned to the win column a night after having ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • West Marshall senior catcher Georgia Porter, right, congratulates pitcher Kallie Malloy after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning during Wednesday’s Class 3A Region 8 quarterfinal softball game in State Center. Malloy struck out 13 as the 10th-ranked Trojans defeated Creston 9-0.

Trojans jump right back on track

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall softball team won its first 17 games, has been ranked as high as ninth in Class 3A, and strolled into the postseason after suffering its first losing streak of the summer. Senior catcher Georgia Porter said those back-to-back defeats, though difficult to ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW pinch-runner Parker Scurr slides into second base off a steal attempt in the top of the first inning while Aplington-Parkersburg second baseman Maddie Waller catches the throw-out attempt in the Comets’ 16-0 win over the Falcons on Wednesday evening.

Comets carve up Aplington-Parkersburg 16-0 in three innings

CONRAD — The last time a highly ranked BCLUW team faced off against Aplington-Parkersburg in the first round of regionals, the 20-win Comets lost to the six-win Falcons in a 1-0 tilt that cut a promising season short in 2015. On Wednesday, when the two teams met up in a similar fashion, ...

Northern Iowa wrestling joins Big 12

IRVING, Texas — The Northern Iowa wrestling program will be moving to the Big 12 Conference effective for the 2017-18 season. The Big 12 has added Northern Iowa and Fresno State as affiliate members in wrestling to give the league a 12-team field. The new additions will join Air Force, ...

Marshalltown baseball splits series with Hoover

DES MOINES — Marshalltown hit the road for the final time this regular season Wednesday night, splitting a doubleheader with Des Moines Hoover. The Bobcats (15-22) fell in game one 3-1 to the Huskies (2-28), handing Hoover their second win of the season. Dylan Eygabroad took the loss for ...

SPORTS SHORTS: East Marshall softball topples Union

LA PORTE CITY — It was high drama for the East Marshall softball team in its first game of the Class 3A Region 5 Tournament on Wednesday as the Mustangs won in walk-off fashion. Sophomore Madison Farrington belted a game-winning single that scored classmate Melinda Puumala from second base ...