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Mohawks hold down MHS softball

MASON CITY — Only once this season has three runs been enough, and that was against a Des Moines North squad that is now 0-25 for the summer. The Marshalltown softball team needed more offense against Mason City in Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader, but it never came for the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustang baseball edges Benton, 5-4

VAN HORNE — Hunter Vilez and Garrett Kerber delivered back-to-back run-scoring hits in the top of the sixth inning to help the East Marshall baseball team topple Benton Community, 5-4, in Wednesday’s non-conference contest. The Mustangs (9-14) broke a 3-all tie when Vilez doubled to drive ...

Torres tabs all-state; all-conference for 10 others

The Marshalltown boys soccer team advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 18 years, and the Bobcats have a few more accolades to add to their Class 3A participant trophy. Marshalltown junior forward Jose Torres has been named to the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Associations ...

Mustangs’ Farrington named Outstanding Player in NICL West

It had been six seasons since the last time the Outstanding Player of the Year came from a team that didn’t win the NICL West Division championship. That’s the kind of season East Marshall senior catcher Madison Farrington is having. Farrington was selected for the conference’s ...

Harris homers, Canaday hurls Bobcats past Valley

Five runs wasn’t enough, until it was. The Marshalltown baseball team couldn’t make five runs work in the first game of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader with West Des Moines Valley, but that was just enough to get the Bobcats over the top in the second game. Marshalltown ...

SPORTS SHORTS: No. 9 Mustangs blank No. 3 P’ville, 6-0

PLEASANTVILLE — The Class 2A No. 9 East Marshall softball team continued to make a statement with Monday’s 6-0 triumph over No. 3 Pleasantville in a non-conference showdown. The Mustangs (27-4) won their 13th-straight ballgame behind the sixth shutout of the season for junior pitcher ...

Nurse back home for celebration

JEFFERSON — Toronto coach Nick Nurse’s improbable path to the NBA title began as a guard for Carroll Kuemper High in the middle of Iowa way back in the 1980s. He returned to his home state this weekend for a celebration of a career — a weekend that included a family reunion on a farm ...

No bombs, no problem for East Marshall

GILBERTVILLE — The Mustangs’ reputation for power hitting proceeds them. But on a diamond designed for more than high school softball, East Marshall was forced to find other ways to win. Consider it done. The Class 2A No. 9 East Marshall softball team wrapped up a 4-0 weekend at the Don ...

Rebels seeking momentum for regionals

GLADBROOK — Whether or not his Rebels are in fact the best two-win team in the state, Gladbrook-Reinbeck head softball coach Collin Arndt wants his players to believe they are. Three days after snapping a 37-game NICL West Division losing streak with a 7-5 win over South Hardin, the Rebels ...

Markle sparkles as Trojans tatter Tscherter

STATE CENTER — It took the Trojans half as long to get twice as many hits as any team has compiled against Gladbrook-Reinbeck right-hander Tyler Tscherter this season. Welcome to West Marshall’s NICL West Division. The Trojan baseball team closed out an undefeated conference slate for the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets close out unbeaten league title

CONRAD — The Class 1A No. 5 BCLUW softball team wrapped up its first unbeaten NICL West Division title since the Comets last won a state title in 2010, finishing off their 12-0 run with Friday’s 4-1 victory over Grundy Center. Bailey Ashton struck out nine and walked one in her ...

’Cats catch J-Hawks in Game 2

The wins have come few and far between for the Marshalltown softball team, but that only makes the Bobcats savor them more. Marshalltown got a strong pitching performance from eighth-grader Ella Grife and scratched out a split against Urbandale on Thursday night, taking a 5-3 victory in the ...

Urbandale pulls away from MHS baseball

Once Urbandale got the ball rolling, the Bobcats couldn’t get it stopped. The Marshalltown baseball team missed on its chance to take out defending state champion Urbandale and the Class 4A No. 8 J-Hawks hammered out back-to-back victories instead in Thursday’s CIML doubleheader at the MHS ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Farrington, Mustangs mash Rebels 12-2

LE GRAND — Madison Farrington hit her fourth home run in the last three games as the Class 2A No. 9 East Marshall softball team overcame an early deficit for a 12-2, five-inning victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck in Thursday’s NICL West Division finale. The Mustangs (22-4, 10-2) trailed 2-0 ...

Bobcats strike down Dodgers twice

The clutch hits that never came during the North Polk game have been steadily showing up ever since. The Marshalltown baseball team recorded its third walk-off win in the last 10 days, rallying past Fort Dodge 4-3 in the opening game of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader for an ...

Third-ranked Fort Dodge finishes off MHS

Fort Dodge freshman Jalen Adams no-hit the Marshalltown softball team for the second time this season and the Dodgers finished off a CIML Iowa Conference season sweep of the Bobcats by winning twice on Wednesday night at the MHS diamond. The Class 5A No. 3 Dodgers (21-5, 7-5) defeated ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans take conference title outright

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team won the outright NICL West Division title for the second time in the last three years by beating BCLUW 16-0 in a four-inning game here Wednesday. The Trojans (18-4, 10-0) have won or shared the conference title each of the last five ...

Rebels undone by defense, Denver

REINBECK — Defense became a much more difficult task without Tyler Tscherter on the mound, but never before this challenging for the Rebels. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team struggled to make even some of the most routine plays it faced as Denver capitalized on nine Rebel miscues in a ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall pulls away from Hawks

JEWELL — The West Marshall baseball team didn’t get its first hit until the sixth inning but still slammed South Hamilton 10-2 in Tuesday’s non-conference contest. The Trojans (17-4) totaled just four hits in the win, breaking open a 5-2 game with a five-run at-bat in the top of the ...

Rams forfeit, ’Cats sweep conference road games

PLEASANT HILL — The Marshalltown baseball team benefited from a pitch count rules violation to win a game it lost, then rode the change in momentum by completing the sweep of Class 4A No. 4 Southeast Polk in the nightcap of Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader. The Bobcats filed ...