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GRAND CHAMPIONS

NEWTON — Nolan Freeman stood on the 12th green wondering just how costly that triple bogey on his last hole would be for his team. Jake Bangasser slapped his leg after missing his par putt on the 11th. Grundy Center’s seniors weren’t sure how this one was going to end. Thirty minutes ...

Bobcat duo ousted on day one

CEDAR RAPIDS — After dropping the first set of first round in the doubles bracket at the Class 2A State Singles and Doubles Championships, the Marshalltown doubles team of Luke McKibben and Luke Smith had settled into a groove. The duo had a tough start in their opener against the Ames pair ...

Marshalltown baseball splits with No. 6 Waukee

WAUKEE — The Marshalltown baseball team faced its toughest challenge of the young season on Friday when it hit the road to take on Class 4A No. 6 Waukee for a doubleheader. The Warriors took game one off the Bobcats, 11-1 in six innings, but MHS got revenge in game two with a 6-0 shutout. ...

SPORTS SHORTS: McIlrath powers Mustangs past Denver

DENVER — The Class 2A No. 11 East Marshall softball team earned another win on the road on Friday over Denver, 12-0 in four innings. Reagan McIlrath was the star for the Mustangs (3-0), pitching a perfect game with seven strikeouts on the mound and knocking in seven RBIs on a 2-for-2 line ...

Two Lukes, one goal

A little over two weeks ago, the Marshalltown boys tennis doubles team of Luke McKibben and Luke Smith became the first state qualifiers for the Bobcats in five years. That’s a fact that isn’t lost on head coach James Christensen, though he said the guys might not realize just where they ...

Bangasser, Spartans in the hunt

NEWTON — It was no secret that the Westwood Golf Course was going to pose a challenge for the Class 1A State Golf Tournament, particularly on the back nine with its many water hazards. No one could have predicted just how difficult the course would play, however, as the average score for ...

Bulldogs stifle Bobcats in doubleheader sweep

Two nights after coming up with five runs in a five-inning loss to Newton, the Marshalltown softball team managed just five hits in a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Ottumwa. The Bulldogs (2-0) began their season with a leadoff double by the first batter in the first inning of game one, ...

Bobcat girls blank Ottumwa for win No. 2

OTTUMWA — The Marshalltown High School girls soccer team may be hitting its stride at just the right time. On the heels of their first win of the season against Des Moines North, the Bobcats received a goal from Juliana Ibarra, Trinity See and McKenna Major in a 3-0 win over Ottumwa ...

Bobcat baseball sweeps aside Trojans

WATERLOO — The Marshalltown baseball team extended its good start to the season on Thursday with two wins over Waterloo East, taking the first game 15-2 in six innings and the second 14-1 in five. Kody Ricken took the mound in game one, going all six innings while allowing seven hits and ...

SPORTS SHORTS: No. 11 Mustangs fight past BGM

BROOKLYN — The Class 2A No. 11 East Marshall softball team earned a road win against BGM on Thursday, 9-4. Reagan McIlrath came in for relief in the fourth inning for the Mustangs (2-0), allowing two hits, no runs and no walks while striking out two. Melinda Puumala finished the night ...

’Cats can’t claw back

ANKENY — All that could stop the Marshalltown boys soccer team’s comeback against Ankeny Centennial in the Class 3A Substate 6 semifinals was a metal bar. Trailing 2-1 with one minute left, the Bobcats were awarded a corner kick and had a chance to finally even things up for the first ...

Cubs cling to lead, eliminate GC/G-R

NEVADA — As his teammates gathered up their gear and left the pitch together one last time, Walker Thede dribbled slowly out to the penalty spot and kicked the ball to the back of the net. A subdued applause said farewell to the senior’s stellar career as well as the season for the Grundy ...

SPORTS SHORTS: No. 11 Mustangs start with a win

GILBERT — The Class 2A No. 11 East Marshall softball team started its season with a win over Gilbert on the road on Wednesday, 8-5. Kodie Hoskey went 5 1/3 innings for the Mustangs (1-0), allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five and walking three. Regan McIlrath closed the ...

Going out on top

GRUNDY CENTER — The names Bangasser and Freeman are familiar ones on golf courses around the state thanks to the involvement those families have had with the Grundy Center boys team. That run of recognition will come to a conclusion this weekend when seniors Jake Bangasser and Nolan ...

Ramblin’ man

Ever since he was a little boy, Marshalltown senior Nate Vance has dreamed of someday donning a college uniform and playing ball. The original hopes for the reigning Class 4A golf champion weren’t on the links, however. “I was always a baseball guy,” Vance said. “Now golf has been a ...

Bobcat baseball wins over Newton

NEWTON — The Marshalltown baseball team got its season started off strong on Tuesday with a win over rival Newton, 9-2. Nate Vance got the start on the mound for the Bobcats (1-0), pitching three innings of scoreless baseball with five strikeouts. Vance allowed no baserunners in his three ...

MHS softball falls to Newton

The Marshalltown softball team hosted Newton for its home and season opener on Tuesday, falling to the Cardinals 16-5 in five innings. McKaylee Dawson started the game for the Bobcats (0-1), going 4 2/3 innings while giving up six earned runs off seven hits and striking out one. Regan ...

Vest one of the best

Marshalltown senior Kassy Vest was one of the first girls done in the Class 4A Region 3 tournament at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course Monday, finishing her round with a 16-over-par 87. At the time of her completion, Vest was tied for the second-best round of the day, though ...

Bobcats blow by Little Cyclones

URBANDALE — Monday’s match between the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team and long-time rival Ames was as tense as a Class 3A Substate 6 opening round match should be. A late first-half goal from Javier Nunez held up through the second half and the Bobcats came away with the nail-biting 1-0 ...

Comets take 2nd, earn team qualification

NASHUA — The BCLUW girls golf team is heading back to the state championships next week after placing second with a score of 390 at the Class 1A Region 3 tournament at Nashua Town & Country Club on Monday. Comets senior Lauren Anderson was the highest placer on the day, earning an ...