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MHS softball looks to take the next step

The best indicator of progress last season for the Marshalltown softball team was a handful of less-decisive losses to the cream of the CIML Iowa Conference the second time through the schedule. The Bobcats are hoping another summer in the sun sees greater improvements reflected by an ...

Stability key for Bobcat baseball in tough CIML

The Bobcats don’t have to go far to figure out what it will take to compete at their level. The CIML Iowa Conference is the premier baseball league in the state of Iowa. And while Marshalltown High School head coach Steve Hanson believes his team will be better on the diamond than last ...

Garber, Comets collect more medals

DES MOINES — All season long, BCLUW junior Jack Garber had one goal: To finish the year as the Class 1A 110-meter high hurdles champion. On Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, Garber finally had his chance to shine, running in the fourth lane of the 110 hurdle ...

Cougars’ Fisher goes 4-for-4

DES MOINES — Aubrie Fisher is going to have to make some room on her shelf for some new state hardware. The AGWSR junior showed up to the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships in four events, and went home with four medals by the end of the weekend. Her anchor in the 4x800-meter ...

Mustangs’ Johnson vaults to 5th

DES MOINES — The only thing Zane Johnson really ‘failed’ at Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was fighting back smiles after his 110-meter hurdles race. Even after, as he put it, he “smoked one of the last hurdles.” The senior East Marshall hurdler ...

Karsjen, Wilkening set tone for GMG

DES MOINES — GMG senior Ethan Karsjen ended his career running for the Wolverines with a bang, finishing in seventh place in the Class 1A 800-meter race in the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships. Not only did Karsjen earn the only placing of the tournament for GMG, he left his mark on ...

Youthful Spartans show potential in final day

DES MOINES — Making the finals in the Class 1A 200-meter race at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships was an accomplishment for Grundy Center sophomore Will Grames, but in the finals on Saturday he had an eye on moving up. Grames ran the seventh-best time in the prelims on Thursday ...

MHS medley makes best mark

DES MOINES — The main goal for the Marshalltown boys distance medley relay team in the Class 4A race at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was to run the best race of their season. Bobcats head coach Doug Bacon said he would be happy if the team of seniors Braden Bethke, ...

Zeisneiss doubles up with bronze

DES MOINES — A day removed from becoming the first ever shot put state champion in South Hardin girls track and field history, Brylie Zeisneiss was looking to make it two golds in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships with a win in the 2A discus on Friday afternoon. Zeisneiss ...

Royals’ Hill climbs to second in high jump

DES MOINES — Incrementally, Lauryn Hill is becoming one of the best high jumpers in Class 1A. The Colo-NESCO sophomore one-up’ed her performance at last year’s state meet and placed in a tie for second place at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday. ...

Garber nets 6th, qualifies atop hurdles

DES MOINES — When BCLUW junior Jack Garber lined up in the blocks for the Class 1A 110-meter high hurdles prelims on Friday, it was the first time he had done so since placing fourth in the finals in 2017. This time around, however, it wasn’t a fourth-place finish Garber was looking for, ...

Major’s game-winner lifts MHS to first win

At full tilt, Marshalltown senior midfielder McKenna Major plays the ball predominantly with her left foot. In a pressure-packed situation such as a penalty kick, she’s a righty. With the Bobcat girls’ soccer team’s first win hanging in the balance of her 6-yard shot from the penalty ...

Trojans’ Gradwell travels tumultuous trail

DES MOINES — The adversity continued for West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell on Friday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships. While working toward her third height at the Class 2A high jump, Gradwell skipped out and headed over to her 400-meter hurdle final which was ...

Mustangs’ Johnson defies odds, qualifies in hurdles

DES MOINES — Of the four boys across all four classes seeded in the first lane in the first heat of the 110-meter hurdles in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, only East Marshall’s Zane Johnson placed in the top half of his heat. Johnson did much more than that, however, ...

Spartan boys golf heading to state

NASHUA — The Grundy Center boys golf team earned a trip to the state championship next Friday and Saturday after a win in the Class 1A Boys District meet at Nashua Town & Country Club. The Spartans shot a 324 as a team, 17 strokes ahead of Bishop Garrigan in second. Jake Bangasser ...

All alone at the top

DES MOINES — Before the smiles and adrenaline took over, the nerves were in control. Keith Keahna had to wait a while — like he had all season — waiting for his mark to come up, before knocking it down. And as the competitors left the high jump area, leaving him standing alone, Keahna ...

Zeisneiss gets redemption

DES MOINES — With one last throw remaining in the finals of the Class 2A shot put competition at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, South Hardin junior Brylie Zeisneiss was in the lead, but not comfortably. Less than a month prior back at Drake Stadium, ...

Marshalltown’s Metzger, Mazour miss podium

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls got things kicked off for the Bobcats on Thursday in the first day of competition at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, with seniors Grace Metzger and Regan Mazour both competing in field events in the morning. Metzger was the first MHS ...

’Cats can’t catch school record in shuttle hurdle

DES MOINES — After junior Giorgio DiIorio crossed the finish line on the third leg of the Class 4A shuttle hurdle in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships on Thursday, senior Ryan Huffman had the daunting task of closing out the race with one final kick. The goal of the Bobcat ...

Mustang boys take two placings on Day 1

DES MOINES — East Marshall senior Justin Ridout was one of the highest qualifiers in the Class 2A boys shot put for the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, but in the event on Thursday he found himself in a bit of a bind. Ridout scratched on his first two throws in the prelims ...