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Vacas named Region XI Player of the Year

AMES — Marshalltown sophomore Rafael Vacas has been named the 2018 NJCAA Region XI Player of the Year, announced by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference on Monday. Vacas was chosen by the coaches of the ICCAC men’s soccer programs for the honor, while Tiger head coach Rafael ...

Comets, Rebels net one each on NICL West first team

The 2018 NICL West Division all-conference volleyball teams have been announced and BCLUW senior Easton Swanson earned her third-straight first-team selection. Swanson led the Comets with 67 kills in conference matches, which was good for third in the NICL West. She had 3.35 kills per set in ...

Iowa State QB Zeb Noland to transfer

AMES — Iowa State sophomore quarterback Zeb Noland is transferring after losing the starting job to freshman Brock Purdy. Coach Matt Campbell announced on Monday that Noland, who has already used his redshirt season, will leave at the end of the semester. Noland started five games for the ...

North Tama eliminated by Newman

MASON CITY — The Class A No. 4 North Tama football team lost in the first round of the playoffs to Mason City Newman on Friday, 31-28 in overtime. The Redhawks (8-2) led 21-0 at halftime but the Knights (8-2) scored 20-straight points to make it 21-20 with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter. ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Drake women roll past Dubuque

DES MOINES — The Drake University women’s basketball team opened the preseason with a 117-33 win against Dubuque in an exhibition on Sunday in the Knapp Center. Five Bulldogs broke the double-digit point mark. Senior Nicole Miller had a game-high 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting ...

Tigers work overtime

For the third time this fall, the Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team played what could have been its last home match of the season. The Tigers once again refused to go away, and their persistence paid off when it mattered most. MCC sophomore midfielder Rafael Vacas rocketed ...

Hermanson debuts in top half

FORT DODGE — The Iowa High School State Cross Country meet is truly a meet unlike any other, and it’s hard to know exactly how everything will shake out if you’ve never experienced it before. Marshalltown freshman Phoebe Hermanson got that crucial experience on Saturday when she ...

Silver scores sixth, Comets place 11th

FORT DODGE — At the end of last year’s Iowa High School State Cross Country meet, BCLUW runner Caleb Silver was disappointed about finishing in 20th and missing the podium. There was no such disappointment for Silver on Saturday at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, however, as he finished in ...

Mustang girls match best finish ever

FORT DODGE — East Marshall senior Melinda Puumala had qualified for the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet twice in her career, but she had never gone with another Mustang. On Saturday that all changed when the East Marshall girls ran in the state meet as a team for the first time ...

GC/G-R boys battle to 12th place in 2A

FORT DODGE — The Class 2A boys field in the Iowa High School State Cross Country championships on Saturday was filled with challenging opponents, but the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys held their own. The Spartans finished 12th as a team at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course with a ...

Freshman Stahl makes strong state debut for Spartans

FORT DODGE — Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck freshman Taylor Stahl took the cross country season by storm throughout the year, but she faced a new animal on Saturday in the Iowa High School State Cross Country meet. Stahl got out to a great start in the Class 2A girls race at Lakeside ...

Herrera breaks record as MHS adds to state entry

GRINNELL — Marshalltown’s three state diving qualifiers will have company at practice this week. The Bobcats added two more entrants to next weekend’s state meet at Saturday’s regional swim meet, as senior Shakira Herrera qualified in the 100-yard butterfly and as a part of the 400 ...

Cyclones’ second-half rally too much for Tech

AMES — Iowa State didn’t have an ideal start to its homecoming game. The Cyclones went three and out then got their punt blocked and returned for a touchdown putting Texas Tech up 7-0. Connor Assalley missed a 37-yard field goal when Iowa State finally did get the ball up the field. The ...

No. 17 Penn St. escapes No. 18 Iowa with late stands

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nick Scott intercepted a pass to thwart Iowa at the Penn State 2 with 3:18 left and the No. 17 Nittany Lions held on to avoid a third straight home loss with a 30-24 victory Saturday over the No. 18 Hawkeyes. Penn State (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) needed one last defensive stand ...

McGuire, LeSure lead Western Illinois past UNI

MACOMB, Ill. — Sean McGuire threw for two touchdowns, both to Isaiah LeSure, and Western Illinois beat Northern Iowa 37-17 on Saturday. McGuire had 300 yards passing for the Leathernecks (4-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference). LeSure finished with 164 yards receiving. Max Norris had ...

Kraemer has 4 TD tosses in Drake’s win over Valpo

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Grant Kraemer threw four touchdown passes and Drake beat Valparaiso 42-25 on Saturday. Kraemer was 21-of-34 passing for 240 yards including a pair of scores to Zach DeLeon just over a minute apart early in the fourth quarter to extend the Bulldogs’ lead to ...

Rebels ransacked by New London

GLADBROOK — Gladbrook-Reinbeck did its best to adapt in its transition to 8-man football. There was nothing the Rebels could change to keep up with New London. The sixth-ranked Tigers took control during the second quarter and kept it for the remainder, running through Gladbrook-Reinbeck ...

Raiders ramble over West Marshall, 51-32

WILLIAMSBURG — At halftime of the Class 2A round one playoff game between West Marshall and Williamsburg, the Raiders held a narrow 16-14 edge over the No. 8 Trojans. That changed in a big way in the third quarter, as Williamsburg scored on each of its four possessions while West Marshall ...

Hawkeyes’ hopes visit No. 17 Penn St

No. 17 Penn State will have a say in who plays for the Big Ten championship even if it is unlikely to be the Nittany Lions. No. 18 Iowa (6-1, 3-1) comes to State College, Pennsylvania, on Saturday in the first of three straight games for Penn State (5-2, 2-2) against division contenders. The ...

Defense, frosh QBs headline Tech-ISU

AMES — The matchup between freshman quarterbacks Alex Bowman and Brock Purdy could wind up being appointment viewing. But the key to Saturday’s Texas Tech-Iowa State game in Ames might lie with a pair of better-than-expected defenses. Bowman has thrown for 2,088 yards and 14 touchdowns ...