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’Cats break through with 2

CONRAD — Nine times in the first 12 games of the summer softball season, Marshalltown head coach Jim Palmer preached to his players about staying in the game mentally in spite of losses by seven runs or more. On Saturday, his persistence paid off in the form of the Bobcats’ first two ...

No. 15 Comets taking shape

CONRAD — It starts as a collection of pieces. By the time the season ends, head coach Dave Lee has fit the BCLUW softball team together into what he wants the picture to look like. On Saturday, the Class 2A No. 15 Comets slid a couple more shapes into place by beating Cedar Falls, 10-2, ...

PREP ROUND-UP: Pleasantville tops West Marshall in Trojan war

ZEARING — A three-run home run by Kyle Amendt in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the deciding blow as the Pleasantville baseball team denied West Marshall’s comeback in the first round of Saturday’s Colo-NESCO Tournament. The loss ended a string of seven-straight wins for West ...

Jobe, Day share lead entering final round

DES MOINES — An unexpected pair of leaders emerged at the PGA Tour Champions event on Saturday, while favorite Bernhard Langer stumbled yet again at the Wakonda Club. Brandt Jobe shot a 6-under 66 to take a share of the lead following the second round. Jobe and Glen Day were at 11-under ...

Comets run down Bobcats, 4-3

CONRAD — Ten days after leading the BCLUW girls’ golf team at the Class 2A state tournament, Lauren Anderson gave the Comet softball team a boost, too. Anderson drove in the go-ahead run with her two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning and then worked around a pair of singles in ...

Bulldogs leave MHS in their wake, 14-4

OTTUMWA — The Bobcats left the door open, and Bulldogs blew it off the hinges. A combination of walks, errors and timely Ottumwa hitting helped the host Bulldogs beat back the Marshalltown baseball team 14-4 in six innings in Friday’s cross-CIML contest. Ottumwa tallied a total of 16 ...

Langer surges to tie for lead

DES MOINES — Bernhard Langer is on quite a roll as he tries to become the first in seven years to win three straight PGA Tour Champions events. After one round in Iowa, he’s tied with two golfers who’ve never won on the senior circuit. Langer, Kevin Sutherland and Glen Day each shot ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mead helps Trojans topple Mustangs

GILMAN — Cody Mead tossed a two-hit shutout and went 4-for-4 at the plate with his first home run of the year in leading the West Marshall baseball team past East Marshall, 12-0 in five innings, in Friday’s NICL West Division game. Mead struck out two and walked two, allowing only a ...

Round-trippers lift Trojans

LE GRAND — More apt to bunt for a hit than launch one out of the park, West Marshall sophomore Kayla Cripps hesitated as she rounded second base. It’s possible she didn’t know — or maybe believe — the ball had cleared the left-field fence. But Cripps, the diminutive sophomore ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets chase away G-R in 3 innings

CONRAD — Easton Swanson’s three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning set the tone as the BCLUW softball team blasted Gladbrook-Reinbeck 13-0 in three innings in Thursday’s NICL West Division contest. The Comets (10-4, 4-0) followed it up by scoring 10 times in the home half of ...

Iowa 1B Adams named to All-American squad

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Jake Adams was selected as a Baseball America third-team All-American, it was announced Thursday. It is the third All-America honor for Adams, as he was tabbed a second-team All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and College Sports Madness last week. ...

McCarron out to defend Iowa senior circuit title

DES MOINES — Scott McCarron broke through on the PGA Tour Champions circuit last season, rallying to win his first event in Iowa. McCarron has been on a tear ever since. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, he has notched two more wins and 10 top-10 finishes since taking first in last ...

Eighth-ranked J-Hawks dodge sweep by Bobcats

A five-game conference winning streak slipped away after the little things the Marshalltown baseball team prides itself on betrayed the Bobcats in the nightcap. Marshalltown snuck past Class 4A No. 8 Urbandale for a 2-1 win in the opening game of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference ...

MCC frosh Robinson is 2nd-team All-American

The most highly decorated player in the history of Marshalltown Community College’s softball program still has her sophomore season ahead of her. MCC freshman center fielder Shaena Robinson has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-American second team as ...

Bobcats no match for No. 5 Urbandale

The Class 5A No. 5 Urbandale softball team had scored 23 times before the Bobcats got on the board, as the J-Hawks ran off with a pair of five-inning wins in Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader. Urbandale (9-2, 4-2) rapped out 14 hits in the first game and 14 more in the second, ...

Bobcat duo ties for 11th at co-ed state golf

The Marshalltown tandem of Kassy Vest and JD Pollard combined for a round of 80 in finishing one stroke shy of a medal at the Co-Ed State Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Vest, a junior, and Pollard, a sophomore, tied for 11th place in the Class 2A meet, which saw ...

BCLUW tops fourth-rated CMB softball

CONRAD — Leah Yantis connected on her fourth home run of the season to help spark the BCLUW softball team’s comeback victory against Class 2A No. 4 Collins-Maxwell/Baxter, 4-3, on Tuesday night. The Comets (9-4) fell behind 3-0 after Mikayla Eslinger’s three-run home run in the top of ...

Randall throws 1-hit shutout vs. No. 6 Carlisle

STATE CENTER — West Marshall senior Ross Randall tossed a one-hit shutout to help the Trojans turn away Class 3A No. 6 Carlisle 1-0 in Tuesday’s non-conference thriller. Randall struck out eight, walked one and improved to 3-0 with his 95-pitch performance. West Marshall (7-2) notched ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustang softball roughs up Gilbert

LE GRAND — Maria Rasmusson spun a five-hitter and the East Marshall softball team secured its first three-game win streak of the season by beating Gilbert 15-5 in five innings in Tuesday’s non-conference pairing. Rasmusson struck out two and walked two for the win. The Mustangs (7-5) also ...

Rebels clubbed by Cubs

NEVADA — The opponent demanded more of the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ soccer team than the Rebels had to give. In order to defeat fifth-ranked Nevada, the Rebels needed to able to bridge the gap between a rock-solid defense and its transition offense, but the host Cubs made ...