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Bobcat boys basketball brings focus to defense

As soon as the final buzzer sounded on the Marshalltown boys basketball team’s season last year, there has been a concerted effort by players and coaches to improve in one specific area of the court. Finishing at 3-19 last season, the Bobcats struggled mightily in two areas: defense and ...

MCC men win over Kirkwood on late shot

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Marshalltown Community College mens’ basketball team faced a one-point deficit with the clock running down in the second half on Wednesday night against Kirkwood Community College. Down 73-72, the Tigers needed a score to avoid falling for the third time this season, ...

No. 13 Florida St women rally past Iowa

IOWA CITY — Shakayla Thomas scored 31 points, 17 in the fourth quarter, and Imani Wright added 26 points as No. 13 Florida State erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Iowa 94-93 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Megan Gustafson, who scored 34 points on ...

Omaha tops Drake 75-73 for 1st win

OMAHA, Neb. — Zach Jackson scored 17 points including 1 of 2 free throws with two seconds left and Omaha got its first win of the season, beating Drake 75-73 on Wednesday night. Reed Timmer’s 3-pointer with three seconds left brought Drake within 74-73 and Timmer immediately fouled ...

Koch powers Panthers past UNLV in OT

CEDAR FALLS — Bennett Koch poured in 30 points, Northern Iowa missed a chance to win in regulation, but the Panthers dominated in overtime to upend previously unbeaten UNLV 77-68 Wednesday night. Koch, whose 30 points is a career high, made a jump shot to pull Northern Iowa (6-2) to 61-60 ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MCC women dropped by DMACC

BOONE — The Marshalltown Community College womens’ basketball team hit the road on Tuesday to take on DMACC, where the Tiger fell to the Bears 76-42. MCC (4-5) didn’t score in the double digits in any of the first three quarters on the night, until finally getting loose for 19 of their ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown bowler Kamrin Chizek celebrates after hitting one of his many strikes of the day during the Bobcat boys’ double-dual win over Southeast Polk and Bondurant-Farrar on Tuesday at Wayward Social.

Bobcats roll in double dual

When the Marshalltown boys and girls bowling teams took the lanes on Monday night in their home opener against Southeast Polk and Bondurant-Farrar, they did so in a familiar place with a new twist, as the old Totem Bowl facility has now been rebranded as Wayward Social. The new name and new ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • Marshalltown sophomore Erica Johnson, right, drives the lane past Des Moines North’s Florence Tuyishime during the Bobcats’ 39-32 win over the Polar Bears on Tuesday night. Johnson had 14 points in the win, just behind Kassy Vest’s 17 to lead all scorers.

Sweet victory

In just one game, the Marshalltown girls basketball team did what it was unable to do all of last season. Win. After going 0-22 in the 2016-17 campaign, the Bobcats were thirsty for a victory and they quenched that thirst on Tuesday night, taking down Des Moines North 39-32 to start the ...

Bobcats sink Grinnell in sweeping fashion

GRINNELL — The Marshalltown boys’ swimming team was first to touch the wall in all 11 events as the Bobcats blasted Grinnell 118-52 in Tuesday’s dual meet at Grinnell College. The Bobcats (2-1) swept the top three spots in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished 1-2 in the 500 freestyle ...

AP PHOTO • Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker (4) grabs a rebound in front of Iowa’s Cordell Pemsl (35) in the first half of a college basketball game Tuesday in Blacksburg, Va.

Hokies hammer Hawkeyes, 79-55

BLACKSBURG, Va. — As the nation’s leading scoring team heading into Tuesday night’s games, Virginia Tech tried a different approach toward finding success. That approach worked, too. Ahmed Hill scored 18 points to lift the Hokies to a 79-55 victory over Iowa on Tuesday night. Hill ...

SPORTS SHORTS: GMG girls rally past Baxter, 51-44

BAXTER — McKensie Vaske poured in a game-high 19 points and Kelsey Vaverka added 15 more as the GMG girls’ basketball team rallied back for a 51-44 victory over Baxter in Tuesday’s Iowa Star Conference debut for the host Bolts. GMG (1-1, 1-0) trailed 39-35 going into the fourth quarter ...

AP FILE PHOTO • Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell speaks during his weekly news conference Oct. 23 in Ames. The 37-year-old coach signed a contract extension worth $22.5 million over six years.

Campbell gets extension

AMES — Asked about his future following a brutal 20-19 loss at Kansas State on Saturday, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said he and his staff are “in it for the long haul.” One of the sport’s rising stars has backed up his words with action, as the Cyclones announced on Monday that ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Tama guard Kaiden Buffalo, right, sends up a runner during the second half of the Trojans’ 67-64 comeback victory over Grinnell in the team’s opener in Tama on Monday night.

Trojans traverse comeback path

TAMA — Rarely does an opening-night game have a true playoff atmosphere, but that was definitely the case in the South Tama County boys basketball opener on Monday night, as the Trojans mounted a late comeback to defeat Grinnell 67-64. With a little over five minutes left, the Tigers ...

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • South Tama junior Jaelin Berger (4) goes up for a block against Grinnell’s McKenna McKnight (45) during the Trojans’ 76-40 home loss to the Tigers on Monday night.

No. 4 Grinnell girls rout South Tama, 76-40

TAMA — It hasn’t been a great start to the season for the South Tama County girls basketball team, but that has more to do with the level of talent the Trojans have faced so far than anything else. On Monday, the STC girls lost in their home opener to Class 4A No. 4 Grinnell, 76-40, ...

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UNI’s Kuhter collects 2nd-team honors from MVFC

ST. LOUIS — Northern Iowa punter Sam Kuhter collected his third all-Missouri Valley Football Conference honor in as many years, earning second-team honors for the second time as announced Monday by the league. Kuhter, a redshirt senior and 2013 South Tama Country graduate from Toledo, is ...

Jewell earns Lambert Award for linebackers

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jack Lambert Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the best linebacker in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision college football. The award has been given annually since 1991, ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall girls outlast DNH, 59-51

DIKE — The West Marshall girls basketball team won its first road test on Monday, taking down Dike-New Hartford 59-51. Isabelle Gradwell was the leading scorer for the Trojans (3-0), going for 20 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Brooke Snider was efficient as well with ...

Defining success for MHS girls’ basketball team

It’s not exactly a secret what happened on the court for the Marshalltown girls basketball team last season. For the first time in program history, the Bobcats didn’t celebrate a single victory, going 0-22 in the 2016-17 campaign. The numbers didn’t look great either, as they finished ...

Cyclones, Panthers into NCAA volleyball tourney

Both the Iowa State and Northern Iowa volleyball teams have been selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, announced Sunday. The Cyclones (21-6) are the No. 14 seed, and will take on Princeton in Ames on Friday at 7 p.m. Iowa State finished tied for third in the Big ...

No. 22 Rider defeats ISU wrestling, 22-15

AMES — Iowa State and No. 22 Rider University each won five bouts in the Bronc’s 22-15 victory over the Cyclones. Rider’s three bonus-point victories proved to be the difference in the contest. Redshirt freshmen Kanen Storr and Jarrett Degen won their matches by decisions at 141 and ...