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Comet skill players looking to operate in space

CONRAD — While the BCLUW football program only won one game last year, that game was on the final moment of its season when the Comets prevailed over MFL MarMac in a 33-22 win at home. BCLUW head coach Anthony Jahr said he wants to build off that season-closing victory from last year as his ...

Rebels bring back-to-back titles into 11-man finale

REINBECK — It’s well known that one of the most successful programs in the state at any level of play over the last few years has been the Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team. Each of the last three years, the Rebels have ended their season in the UNI-Dome with a chance to win a state title, ...

Cougars looking for more after early playoff exit

ACKLEY — Last year the AGWSR football team experienced a lot of success in their first year at the 8-man level, going 7-2 in the regular season and reaching the playoffs. However, after a first-round postseason exit, Cougars head coach James Koop said the team isn’t satisfied with how its ...

Wolverines’ wishbone buoyed by backfield experience

GARWIN — One thing that plagues every high school football team is loss of former players, with some dealing with the problem more than others in a given year. For Green Mountain-Garwin football, that pain of graduation hits rather hard in 2017, as they lose players like Class A District 5 ...

Spartans have the size, seek state satisfaction

GRUNDY CENTER — The statistics showed what everybody knew: Bryce Flater was one of the top running backs in the state the last two years. What Grundy Center head football coach Brent Thoren sees is the return of an offensive line that cleared the way for that tailback to the tune of more ...

Trojans expect to make next step toward playoff return

STATE CENTER — Nothing exemplified West Marshall head football coach Cody Hackett’s analysis of last fall like the Trojans’ season-opening defeat. The 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-4 overall record and 3-4 mark in Class 2A’s District 3, “felt close.” The Trojans couldn’t ...

East Marshall trying to take advantage of athleticism

LE GRAND — Heading into any season, it is always a benefit to return as many starters from the previous year as possible, and luckily for the East Marshall football team, it returns quite a few of its top players from last season. Back are Class 2A District 3 all-district selections Noah ...

Colo-NESCO has enough experience to overcome challenges

COLO — The Colo-NESCO football team’s bid for a fourth state playoff appearance since becoming an 8-man program in 2012 will hinge on how well the Royals respond to the challenge of filling some sizable shoes on both sides of the ball. Iowa Newspaper Association third-team all-state ...

South Tama benefitting from second year in new system

TAMA — The theme for South Tama County football this season is consistency, as the Trojans bring back quite a few starters from last season and, more importantly, maintain the same system in head coach Nate Doran’s second year at the helm. During STC’s second week of practice, Doran ...

Redhawks rely on mix of youth and experience

TRAER — Entering his second season at the helm of North Tama football, head coach Austin Pink has a unique challenge of introducing some new players to his system while still maintaining the contributions of some old hands he has back from last season’s 4-5 squad. The biggest losses from ...

South Hardin under new management

ELDORA — When the South Hardin football team takes the field this season, there will be a mix of old and new, as first-year head coach Nick Eller takes over a Tigers football team that returns quite a few players from 2017. South Hardin has already gotten off to a great start, taking down ...

Winkler hoping to make triumphant return with Warriors

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Neither retirement nor assistant coaching fit with Ken Winkler. The longtime head football coach who retired in 2014 after 29 years at West Marshall High School and 46 years overall enjoyed one year off before joining the staff at Bondurant-Farrar as an assistant to ...

Beginning of an era

When the Bobcats run out onto the field at Leonard Cole Field on Friday night, they will be led for the first time by new head coach Adam Goodvin, who took over the Marshalltown football program this season after two years as the quarterbacks coach. Wednesday was the final practice in full ...

Parks & Rec awarded $15,000 by U.S Soccer Foundation

The City of Marshalltown Parks and Recreation Department announced Wednesday that they have been awarded a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation for a project to turn four tennis courts at the West End Park into three futsal courts. “We are thrilled to have received this funding! ...

Ferentzes donate $1M to Children’s Hospital

IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife, Mary, will donate $1 million to the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital to help researchers working to improve survival rates for premature babies. The donation will fund the Savvy Ferentz Program in Neonatal Research. The Ferentzes ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MCC volleyball opens with a victory

Marshalltown Community College volleyball opened up their year with a four-set victory over Ellsworth, taking down the Panthers 25-16, 14-25, 25-8, 25-15. The Tigers are extremely young this season, boasting 11 freshmen on the squad, and head coach Justin Hoskins said he was happy with his ...

Mustangs bumped off by Plainsmen

LE GRAND — East Marshall kicked off its fall sports schedule on Tuesday when the Mustangs volleyball squad hosted Class 2A No. 15 Belle Plaine, and though they dropped their season opener new head coach Terri Westendorf said her girls showed a lot of improvement in the areas they have been ...

MHS netters open with 1-2 showing at Waukee

WAUKEE — The Marshalltown volleyball team started off its year at 1-2 with a win against Des Moines Lincoln bookended by losses to Dowling Catholic and Waukee on Tuesday. The Bobcats started off with a two-set loss to the Maroons, falling 21-15, 21-12 to Class 5A No. 5 Dowling. Regan ...

Iowa CB Rugamba suspended for opener

IOWA CITY — The Iowa football team will open the season against talented Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen without one of its starting cornerbacks. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said Tuesday that sophomore Manny Rugamba will be suspended for the Sept. 2 home game against the Cowboys because of ...

Jewell named preseason All-America first-teamer

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell was named to the preseason All-America first team, The Associated Press announced Tuesday. Jewell joins three other Big Ten players — Saquon Barkley (running back) and Mike Gesicki (tight end) of Penn State, and Ohio State’s ...