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Bandstra bounced to back side

DES MOINES — If East Marshall/GMG senior Noah Bandstra took care of his business in his first two meets in the Class 2A 195-pound bracket at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, he knew he was going to have the fight of his life in a possible semifinal matchup. Bandstra ...

Bobcats shake off eight-game slide

On a night meant for honoring the seniors, Marshalltown High School junior Kabba Pins had his moment in the spotlight. Pins scored a career-high nine points — all in the final nine minutes — and drew a charge that helped swing momentum for MHS as the Bobcats snapped a frigid eight-game ...

Drake seals sweep of Panthers

DES MOINES — Four players scored in double figures for the Drake women’s basketball team in a 76-61 win over Northern Iowa on Friday night inside the Knapp Center. Drake (19-5, 11-1 MVC) was led in scoring by Becca Hittner, who finished with 19 points, while Maddy Dean and Sara Rhine each ...

Hawkeyes rip Hoosiers to finish unbeaten at home

IOWA CITY — The third-ranked University of Iowa wrestling team closed its home schedule with a 37-9 thumping of Indiana on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa won eight-of-10 bouts, registering three pins, one technical fall and a major decision, to improve to 8-0 in Big Ten ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Rebels’ well runs dry against Spartans

REINBECK — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys basketball team fell to Grundy Center in their Class 1A District 10 quarterfinal on Thursday, 68-53. The Spartans (10-10) had a 36-14 lead on the Rebels (12-8) at halftime, and while G-R made some ground up in the second half it wasn’t enough to dig ...

Hageman hanging around

DES MOINES — Marshalltown state wrestling qualifiers Bennett Hageman and Austin Close were in action bright and early on Thursday with the Class 3A first round matches of the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament kicking off at 9 a.m in Wells Fargo Arena. Hageman was up first at 120 ...

Hoover hounds Marshalltown, 63-36

Marshalltown High School boys basketball coach Michael Appel had a handful of focal points he wanted his Bobcats’ full attention on for their cross-CIML clash with Des Moines Hoover. None of those items, he pointed out after a 63-36 loss, got accomplished. Hoover seniors Hosea Treadwell and ...

Bobcat bowlers go 1-2 at conference

After completing their state-qualifying meets on Wednesday, the Marshalltown bowling teams had one last regular season item on the agenda: the CIML Iowa Conference meet on the home lanes at Wayward Social. It was a victory lap for the Bobcat boys, who qualified for the state tournament by ...

West Marshall girls into third-straight regional final

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall girls basketball team earned its third consecutive trip to the regional finals on Thursday with a 43-33 win over Benton Community in the Class 3A Region 6 semifinals. The Trojans (13-7) controlled the pace from the opening tip. They were methodical on ...

Bandstra wins first round, Nauman makes second day

DES MOINES — The Class 2A competitors were the nightcap at the Iowa High School State Wrestling Meet on Thursday in Wells Fargo Arena, and East Marshall/GMG senior Noah Bandstra made a splash when he took center stage. Bandstra, ranked No. 2 at 195 pounds by The Predicament, started his ...

Denver denies Trojans from district finals

DIKE — The West Marshall boys basketball team lost to Denver in the Class 2A District 11 semifinals on Thursday, 47-44. The Trojans (14-8) and Cyclones (16-6) were tied at 16-all at halftime, but Denver edged out a 36-29 lead by the end of the third quarter. West Marshall pulled the game ...

Gustafson sets Big Ten record as No. 14 Iowa wallops Illinois, 88-66

IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson scored 27 points and added 17 rebounds to become the Big Ten Conference’s all-time leader in double-doubles on Thursday night while leading No. 14 Iowa to an 88-66 win over Illinois. Gustafson, who was 9-of-11 shooting from the field and the foul line, had her ...

Five-bagger

DES MOINES — Over the last four years the Marshalltown boys bowling team has been a fixture at the state meet, and on Wednesday the Bobcats made sure this year won’t be any different. The MHS boy bowlers won their fifth-straight district crown by taking the Class 3A District 2 meet at ...

MHS girls place third in districts

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls bowling team placed third at the Class 3A District 2 meet at Bowlerama lanes on Wednesday with a score of 2,288. The Bobcats beat their season average by 40 pins and finished behind two tough teams in Des Moines Lincoln and Johnston, so tough his girls ...

Trojans overcome shooting woes, sink Sailors in 2A district opener

STATE CENTER — After three quarters the West Marshall boys basketball team had a 37-34 lead on Waterloo Columbus in their Class 2A District 11 opener on Wednesday night. The Trojans beat the Sailors by 18 the last time they played, but some poor shooting from West Marshall and tough play ...

Comets start fast, finish off GMG

GARWIN — If the GMG boys basketball team was going to avenge its regular-season loss to BCLUW in Wednesday’s Class 1A District 10 first-round pairing, the deck was certainly stacked in the Wolverines’ favor. But the Comets had the trump card: offensive rebounding. BCLUW pounded the ...

Mustangs stun M-SM; Meskwaki handles HLV

MARTENSDALE — The East Marshall girls basketball team upset Martensdale-St. Marys in the Class 2A Region 6 quarterfinals on Wednesday, 48-45. The Mustangs (9-12) trailed by nine points to the Blue Devils (15-5) heading into the fourth quarter, but they were able to win the fourth 18-6 to ...

Halverson sets future with Reivers

STATE CENTER — West Marshall senior Joseph Halverson announced Tuesday that he will be furthering his football career at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs next season. “I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches, and especially my parents for giving me the opportunity to ...

Drake Relays adds 400 to prep events

DES MOINES — On the opening day of Iowa high school track and field practice, the Drake Relays announced additions to the high school fields for the 2019 edition of ‘America’s Athletic Classic.’ The Iowa high school boys and girls divisions will add the 400 meters to the competition ...

Wilkins nets 20 to lead Bulldogs past Salukis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Freshman guard D.J. Wilkins matched his season high with 20 points as Drake narrowly beat Southern Illinois 72-69 on Tuesday in Missouri Valley Conference play. Brady Ellingson had 17 points for Drake (19-7, 8-5 MVC). Nick McGlynn added 10 points, 13 rebounds and four ...