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Bobcats start season by sinking Scarlets

The final Marshalltown fall sport got underway on Thursday, as the Bobcats girls swimming and diving team hosted Des Moines East for their first action of 2017. MHS started off strong with a 116-67 win over the Scarlets in the dual, as a host of Bobcats took top honors in various ...

No team scores for MHS harriers in Ames

AMES — The Marshalltown cross country teams headed to Iowa State’s campus on Thursday to compete in their second meet of the season in the Ames Invite. Neither the girls or boys squads for the Bobcats had enough participants for a team score in varsity competition. Luke Pedersen was ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall wallops host AGWSR

ACKLEY — The West Marshall volleyball team tipped off NICL West Division play with a three-set sweep of AGWSR on Thursday night, clobbering the Cougars 25-12, 25-13, 25-9. Lexi Keigan led West Marshall (6-1, 1-0) with eight kills to go with 10-for-10 serving with one ace, four digs and ...

Bobcats turn to drawing board for trip to Mason City

When the clock hit zero last Friday night, the Marshalltown football team found itself on the wrong end of a 43-13 defeat to open the season. Bobcat head football coach Adam Goodvin was obviously looking for a better outcome in his first game at the helm, but after practice on Wednesday he ...

Making waves

When the Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team last left the pool in 2016, it experienced one of its best days of the season in the regional tournament before state. Unfortunately, given the level of competition they faced, the Bobcats didn’t have any swimmers qualify for state, though ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Spartans stay unbeaten in home quad

GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center volleyball team continued its winning streak on Tuesday when it hosted AGWSR, Hudson and West Branch. The Spartans took down the Cougars (21-3, 21-8), Pirates (21-9, 21-19) and Bears (21-10, 21-7) all in two sets. Grundy Center has not dropped a set in its ...

Drop the hammer

After a week layoff from its opening games of the season, the Marshalltown volleyball team welcomed in Southeast Polk on Tuesday night for its home opener. From the opening serve, the Bobcats were all over the Rams, rolling to a three-set sweep of their cross-CIML foe, 25-15, 25-20, ...

Stanley takes reins at Iowa

IOWA CITY — Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley is such a mystery that few knew until Tuesday that he would rather be called Nate. Turns out that he associated the more formal “Nathan” with being on his mother’s bad side. Stanley’s preferred first name was just the first of many ...

Arizona to honor former basketball coach Olson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona says it will honor former Wildcats basketball coach Lute Olson with a statue on campus. Athletic director Dave Heeke announced Tuesday that the project will cost about $300,000 with most of the money coming from private donations. Construction is scheduled to be ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall wallops A-P Falcons

PARKERSBURG — The West Marshall volleyball team made quick work of Aplington-Parkersburg in Tuesday’s cross-NICL match, sweeping the Falcons 25-15, 25-22, 25-16. Lexi Keigan led the Trojans (5-1) with 14 kills on 37 swings while going 20-for-20 serving and compiling 10 digs. Emma Meyer ...

Locked and loaded

AMES — Iowa State’s restructured defense will be considered a liability until it can prove otherwise. The Cyclones will look to counter a defense in flux with what could be one of the best offenses in school history. Iowa State might finally be built to hang in a league where even teams ...

Hawkeye football seeking offensive reboot in 2017

IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz became the nation’s longest-tenured coach this offseason. That hardly meant that the Iowa Hawkeyes have become complacent. Despite a 20-7 mark over the past two seasons — including a 14-4 record in Big Ten games — Iowa’s offense was trending in the wrong ...

Stanley at QB for opener vs. Wyoming

IOWA CITY — Nathan Stanley has been listed atop the depth chart as the starting quarterback for the University of Iowa ahead of Saturday’s football season opener against Wyoming. Stanley, a sophomore, spent the offseason competing with junior Tyler Wiegers for the opening left by C.J. ...

MCC volleyball earns sixth-straight victory

DES MOINES — Marshalltown Community College volleyball improved to 6-0 on Monday night with a road win against the Grand View University junior varsity squad, winning in five sets 21-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-13. After falling behind 0-2, the Tigers roared back to close out with three ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Redhawk volleyball opens season 5-0

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — North Tama volleyball started off its season at the Meskwaki Tournament on Saturday and walked away with five victories. The Redhawks swept Colo-NESCO (21-8, 21-14), Vinton-Shellsburg (24-22, 21,19), Class 2A No. 15 Belle Plaine (21-12, 21-9), while they beat Denver ...

Unblemished

STATE CENTER — Saturday saw the first tournament action of the season for many of the area high school volleyball teams, as West Marshall welcomed in BCLUW and Grundy Center along with five other teams from around the state for their home tournament. While the Trojans made it through pool ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Ranked teams take down Mustangs

GRINNELL — The East Marshall volleyball team faced off with two ranked teams and finished 0-4 at the Grinnell Tournament on Saturday. The Mustangs (0-5) opened the day with a loss to Class 3A No. 15 West Liberty, 21-11, 21-15, before fighting to a 21-12, 21-18 loss to Dallas Center-Grimes. ...

Bobcats can’t corral Ames

In the 103 times Marshalltown and Ames had faced each other before Friday night, the Little Cyclones boasted a 65-32-5 record against the Bobcats, and unfortunately for the MHS faithful that gap didn’t shrink at all in the first game of the 2017 season. It was all Ames from the start on ...

Rebels stop Spartans in rubber match after 98 years

GRUNDY CENTER — The last chapter in a century-long series between neighbors and rivals tilted toward Gladbrook-Reinbeck one last time, as the Rebels ran past Grundy Center 28-7 in Friday’s season-opening high school football game. With the Rebels destined for 8-Man football next fall and ...

Bobcats blast Fort Dodge in nine-hole dual

After a lengthy break due to a cancellation of a tournament in Mason City on Monday, the Marshalltown boys golf team was back on the course on Thursday and the Bobcats continued their impressive start to the season with a 41-stroke win over Fort Dodge 140-181 at the American Legion ...