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Blackmon helps Hoosiers blast Iowa 95-73

WASHINGTON — James Blackmon Jr. and Indiana buried Iowa under a barrage of long distance shots, and the Hoosiers used a huge second half to notch a 95-73 victory Thursday night in the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana (18-14) used the 3-pointer to turn a close game into a rout. It was 48-all ...

Drake takes perfect MVC record into postseason

MOLINE, Ill. — The Drake women’s basketball team enters the Missouri Valley Conference with the target on its back. After an unblemished 18-0 regular season conference record, Drake is the No. 1 seed entering today’s MVC quarterfinal round. The Bulldogs (25-4, 18-0 MVC) will face 9-seed ...

Wendell named Jackie Stiles Player of the Year

ST. LOUIS — The Drake women’s basketball team scored a trio of Missouri Valley Conference awards, while Northern Iowa garnered one off the bench. Drake senior Lizzy Wendell, the MVC Preseason Player of the Year, was named the Jackie Stiles MVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Walker Thede takes a shot during the Rebels’ quarterfinal match against Lynnville-Sully on Monday. The fourth-ranked Rebels take on No.1 North Linn today in the Class 1A semifinals, trying for a shot at the championship match for the first time since 2015.

Ready to run with No. 1

On paper, the top-ranked, top-seeded North Linn boys’ basketball team looks to be a favorite to run away with the Class 1A state title this year. But with a deeper dive into its schedule, there are some holes the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys will seek to expose in today’s semifinal game at Wells ...

Area quartet tabbed for academic all-state

Four area athletes have been named to the Boys’ and Girls’ Academic All-State Basketball Teams by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association. AGWSR’s Nathan Karsjens, North Tama’s Will Earley, Colo-NESCO’s Garret Tiarks and West Marshall’s Shannon Breja made the academic all-state ...

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STC’s state champion wrestling in ‘War’ at UNI

South Tama County’s Isaac Judge isn’t taking much time off after winning the Class 2A state wrestling title. Judge is scheduled to wrestle Fort Dodge’s Cayd Lara at the “War at West Gym” on March 11. IAwrestle is putting on an event in Cedar Falls, pitting some of the state’s best ...

T-R FILE PHOTO • Marshalltown High School coach Mike Mann watches from the corner during the 2014 Iowa High School State Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

State champion, All-American Mann invited to wrestling Hall

CRESCO — Marshalltown wrestling head coach Mike Mann is scheduled to be inducted into the 2017 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. Mann won the state championship for Marshalltown in 1978. He would go on to Iowa State and finish seventh, fourth, second and second at the NCAA national ...

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Bulldogs, Panthers place 5 on all-MVC team

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Drake and Northern Iowa women’s basketball programs put a combined eight players through to the All-Missouri Valley Conference postseason honors, the league announced Wednesday. For Drake, seniors Caitlin Ingle and Lizzy Wendell earned first-team, all-MVC honors, ...

Iowa takes 4-game streak to Big Ten

IOWA CITY — For most of the season, Iowa seemed destined for the NIT. A fantastic February has the Hawkeyes hoping to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. Iowa (18-13, 10-8 Big Ten) put itself in the NCAA Tournament discussion by closing the year with a flourish. The Hawkeyes have ...

Hawkeyes get another NCAA qualifier

IOWA CITY — Iowa added another wrestler through to the NCAA Championships for March 16 in redshirt freshman Cash Wilcke at 197 pounds. Wilcke was the first man out of the NCAA tournament, but because of a medical injury, the spot opened up for him, giving the freshman an at-large bid to the ...

T-R FILE PHOTO • South Tama County sophomore Jess Musgrave (14) tries for two points during the Trojans’ loss to Center Point-Urbana in the Class 3A regional semifinals Feb. 15 in Center Point.

STC’s Musgrave a second-teamer

Class 3A’s second-leading scorer has garnered more postseason girls’ basketball honors. South Tama County sophomore Jessica Musgrave, who trailed only Miss Iowa Basketball Elle Ruffridge of Pocahontas Area on the 3A scoring chart this season, was named second-team all-state by the Iowa ...

Big Four trio named all-district

Three seniors from Iowa universities have been named to the All-District VI team by the United States Basketball Writers’ Association. Iowa State guards Monté Morris and Nazareth Mitrou-Long, and Peter Jok from the University of Iowa were named to the 10-player team. Jok was also selected ...

AP PHOTO • Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway holds his daughter Blakely, 2, as he gives a hug to another daughter, Beckett, 6, following a press conference where he announced his retirement Tuesday in Eden Prarie, Minn.

Calling it quits

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — NFL players usually don’t get to leave the game like Chad Greenway did. From start to finish, Greenway had quite the career. Proudly declaring he’s “healthy and happy” and ready for retirement after 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings , Greenway turned his ...

Purdue’s Swanigan leads AP all-Big Ten

Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Minnesota’s Richard Pitino is its coach of the year. Swanigan was a unanimous pick for both player of the year and the AP all-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting by 13 journalists ...

Iowa, ISU wrestling get at-large bids

IOWA CITY — Joey Gunther, a redshirt freshman from Iowa, was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships at 165 pounds on Tuesday. Gunther is one of seven 165ers to earn an at-large berth. He was seventh at the Big Ten Championships this past weekend, missing the automatic qualifying ...

STC’s Slaven leads locals at Dickinson

CEDAR FALLS — South Tama County sophomore Stacey Slaven placed second in the girls’ high jump, going for 5 feet, 4 inches, at the 2017 Girls A D Dickinson Relays on Monday. Slaven was runner-up to Solon’s Josie Durr, who leapt for 5-6, while beating out North Polk’s Maria Gorham, ...

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Ex-Bobcats bowl on as Tritons

Two former Marshalltown bowlers earned national honors at the National Junior College Athletic Association level last week. Brandon Freese and Caleb Hala of Iowa Central Community College were part of the team that won the NJCAA National Championship in New York, the first in school history. ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Joe Smoldt (20) goes to the basket against Lynnville-Sully’s Rylan James, right, in the fourth quarter of the Class 1A boys’ state basketball quarterfinal Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Smoldt led all scorers with 29 points, helping G-R to a 53-50 win as the Rebels advanced to the semifinal round for the third year in a row.

Run it back, Rebels

DES MOINES — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team is still making games a little too close for comfort for a lot of peoples’ hearts. A little more than a week after sealing an overtime win against Wapsie Valley to get to the state tournament, the fourth-ranked Rebels (25-2) ...

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Gradwell named to INA all-state second team

Isabelle Gradwell has been named to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s All-State girls’ basketball second-team after helping lead West Marshall to a 20-4 record this season. Gradwell, who missed 11 games with a broken fibula, played in 13 games, averaging 17.1 points per game and shooting ...

Iowa’s Jok is consensus all-Big Ten

IOWA CITY — A quartet of Iowa men’s basketball players have garnered Big Ten Conference accolades, the league announced Monday. Senior Peter Jok was named Big Ten first team by the conference coaches as well as the media. The coaches voted sophomore Nicholas Baer the Big Ten Sixth Man of ...