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Johnson, Moore headline JDC field

The often-overlooked John Deere Classic elevated its profile by helping Jordan Spieth become a star. Spieth won’t be back in Silvis, Illinois, this week, though, and neither will most of golf’s top players. Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are among Americans who chose to ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans’ game relocated to State Center

The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on Wednesday that the location of the West Marshall baseball team’s Class 2A District 13 final game against South Hamilton has been moved from Dike to State Center. The Trojans (28-6) will now host South Hamilton (10-18) at 7 p.m. in hopes ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • West Marshall senior Chandler Sponseller (20) belts a two-run single in the bottom of the third, scoring seniors Ross Randall (21) and David Disney (14) and giving the Trojans a 3-0 lead over East Marshall in their district semifinals match Tuesday. West Marshall would hold on for a 3-2 victory over the Mustangs.

Hold on, move on

DIKE — Round two of the Class 2A District 13 baseball tournament Tuesday featured a clash of area rivals, as West Marshall and East Marshall met up for the third time on the diamond this season with the right to play for a district title on the line. Though the Trojans were heavily favored ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Kyle Koppen (20) slides into home plate as he scores off a wild pitch from Grundy Center pitcher Braidan Buhrow in the first inning of the Rebels’ 11-1 victory over the Spartans.

Rebels roll past Grundy Center, 11-1

REINBECK — Bronson Wrage drove in a career-high three runs with a pair of two-out singles and the Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball team got a combined one-hitter from Tyler Tscherter and Caden Kickbush for an 11-1, five-inning victory over Grundy Center in Tuesday’s Class 1A District 6 ...

Redhawks skirt by Janesville

TRAER — North Tama baseball had a tight one on their hands in the opening round of the Class 1A District 6 tournament, as the Redhawks narrowly got by Janesville with a 3-0 victory in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. All the scoring came in the sixth inning for North Tama, as Cameron Hoeg knocked ...

PHOTO COURTESY MID-IOWA ENTERPRISE • The West Marshall softball team poses with its Class 3A state qualifier banner after beating Atlantic 3-2 in Monday’s Region 8 championship game in Atlantic. The win clinched the Trojans’ first state trip since back-to-back appearances in 2002 and 2003.

REGIONAL ROUND-UP: West Marshall upends Atlantic to reach state

ATLANTIC — A three-run eruption in the third inning provided the deciding run as the Class 3A No. 10 West Marshall softball team secured its first state tournament appearance since 2003 with a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Atlantic in Monday’s Region 8 final. West Marshall (33-6) scored all ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW pitcher Samantha Ubben (16) fires the ball to first baseman Jordyn Beeghly (18) while Waterloo Columbus freshman Emily Mollenhoff legs it out during the Comets 1-0 loss in 11 innings to the Sailors on Monday night.

Comets suffer walk-off heartbreak at Columbus

WATERLOO — Both the humidity and the tension were thick enough to cut with a knife on Monday at Deviney Waterburg Field, as the No. 12 BCLUW softball team battled No. 5 Waterloo Columbus well into the night in an extremely tight contest with the winner moving onto the state softball ...

T-R PHOTO BY ANNE VANCE • Marshalltown’s Nate Vance and Brian Trowbridge share a celebration after scoring runs during game one of Monday’s home doubleheader against Des Moines Lincoln.

’Cats split final series with Lincoln

Marshalltown baseball finished off their regular season on Monday night when they welcomed in Des Moines Lincoln on senior night for a doubleheader. The Bobcats split the two games, taking game one 6-3 and falling in game two 8-3. In true senior night fashion, senior Miguel Torrez led the ...

MHS to host youth football camp

Marshalltown High School will host a Friday Night Lights youth football camp on July 28 at Leonard Cole Field. Youth entering grades K-8 will receive coaching in the fundamental skills of football from the MHS coaching staff and current Bobcat players under the lights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The ...

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 ...