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UNI reaches 3rd-straight MVC Tourney title game

MOLINE, Ill. — The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team raced past Missouri State to earn a 70-58 victory on Saturday in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. With the win, the Panthers advance to their third-straight championship game where they will meet up with ...

Cyclones hope to improve off rebuild

The Iowa State Cyclones may be able to put their miserable season behind them quickly next season — if a few things break their way. Iowa State finished 2017-18 with a 68-64 loss to Texas in the conference tournament on Wednesday. The Cyclones finished just 13-18 and saw their streak of ...

Cook sneaking a peek at NBA

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook is taking a sneak peek at his potential future, and he’s doing it obligation-free. The Hawkeye men’s basketball player has submitted paperwork for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft, which will be held June 21 in Chicago. Cook ...

ISU shuffles coaching staff ahead of spring

AMES — After losing its offensive coordinator to the NFL, the Iowa State football team is taking a wait-and-see approach to finding a replacement. The Cyclones shuffled their offensive coaching staff Friday, moving three assistants into new positions to compensate for coordinator Tom ...

Drake drubs Valpo in MVC quarterfinal

MOLINE, Ill. — The Drake women’s basketball team took its first step toward a potential repeat as Missouri Valley Conference Tournament champions by blasting Valparaiso 89-40 in the first of Friday’s four quarterfinals at the TaxSlayer Center. The top-seeded Bulldogs (24-7) used a 19-0 ...

Panthers rip Redbirds to reach MVC semis

MOLINE, Ill. — A little defense did the trick for the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team. The Panthers held Illinois State to 20-percent shooting and advanced to the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a result, stifling the Redbirds 56-36 on Friday night at the ...

Thunder repeat in 1A; three new champs crowned

DES MOINES — North Linn got one last look at a state championship and perfect season. It just fell short, off the rim from 3-point range as time expired in Friday’s Class 1A title game, starting up a celebration from Grand View Christian for the second year in a row at Wells Fargo ...

Drake men will host CIT opener

DES MOINES — The Drake men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), and the Bulldogs will host a game on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Knapp Center. Drake’s opponent has not yet been determined, but the game will be broadcast ...

Hill, Bear named Iowa Star Elite

The Iowa Star All-Conference teams have been announced and Colo-NESCO senior Matthew Hill and Meskwaki senior Jarius Bear have been named to the Iowa Star elite team. Hill, making his second-straight appearance on the elite team, averaged 21.7 points during South Division play while leading ...

Drake’s Hittner is MVC Player of the Year

MOLINE, Ill. — Drake sophomore Becca Hittner has been named the 2018 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Hittner is the second-consecutive Bulldog player to be honored as MVC Player of the Year after Lizzy Wendell won the award in 2017. Earlier ...

Minnie Libbie Patrick, 93

Minnie Libbie Patrick, 93, formerly of Tama, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the Sunrise Hill Care Center in Traer under the care of Hospice Compassus. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. Interment will be ...

SPORTS SHORTS: UNI football announces camp dates

CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa football program has announced its 2018 camp dates with a full slate running through the summer. The Mark Farley Football Camps will offer three prospect mini camps on May 28, June 17 and June 26, while a youth camp is slated for June 18-20. The camps are ...

Wallis heads IGCA all-state selections

The final postseason awards have come out for the girls basketball season and Grundy Center junior Hailey Wallis has been selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 2A all-state first team. Wallis was also named a second-team all-state selection by the Iowa Print Sports Writers ...

Bobcats’ Garcia Armas signs on to Indian Hills

There are many stresses that come with being a senior in high school, arguably the most important being what to do after your time in high school is done. Marshalltown senior Vanessa Garcia Armas solved that question on Wednesday, as the Bobcat soccer player is continuing her career on the ...

Texas ends Cyclones’ season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dylan Osetkowski provided the points, Jericho Sims pulled down the rebounds and Kerwin Roach was the glue that held Texas together during its Big 12 Tournament win over Iowa State. Which was altogether fitting, considering glue wound up holding Roach’s tooth ...

Drake trio leads MVC first team

ST. LOUIS — Drake women’s basketball sophomore Becca Hittner was one of three repeat selections on the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team, joining former Bulldog standout Lizzy Wendell as the only players in school history to earn first-team accolades in each of their first two ...

Iowa’s Gustafson named second-team All-American

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named an All-American by USA Today, as she was named to the second team, the first All-American selection in her career. Gustafson is Iowa’s first All-American since Sam Logic earned the distinction in 2015. She is the first ...

Siliga slotted on all-region first team

AMES — The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference announced its selections for the Division I Region XI all-region team and Marshalltown Community College sophomore Loralei Siliga has earned a spot on the squad. Siliga, a 5-foot-10 forward from Euless, Texas, led the ICCAC Division I ...

Thiam nets second Region XI laurel

AMES — The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference announced the 2017-18 Division I Region XI all-region teams on Tuesday, and Marshalltown Community college sophomore Mohamed Thiam was named as a first-team selection. Thiam, a 6-foot-9 forward from Dakar, Senegal, led the Tigers in ...

Vincent earns all-Iowa Star elite team selection

The Iowa Star Conference recently announced its all-conference selections and Colo-NESCO junior Faith Vincent has been named to the all-conference elite team. Vincent, one of two girls from the South Division to earn elite-team honors, finished the year averaging 14 points per game in ...