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Gay ex-Drake assistant sues, says she was forced to quit

DES MOINES — Former Drake assistant Courtney Graham has sued Bulldogs coach Jennie Baranczyk and the university, claiming she was forced to resign after her homosexuality became public. In her recently filed federal lawsuit, Graham alleged that Baranczyk slowly stripped her of her duties as ...

AP PHOTO • Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan (50) tries to block a shot attempt by Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl (35) in the first half of a Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game on Wednesday night in West Lafayette, Ind.

Boiling point

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The primary school of thought when playing No. 15 Purdue is to attempt to contain post players Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas while gambling that the Boilermaker guards won’t make enough perimeter shots to produce a victory. Iowa adhered to that strategy Wednesday ...

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ISU hosts Texas Tech to tip off Big 12

AMES — The key to getting conference play off on the right foot is to not overlook the Big 12 opener with bigger games looming in the near future. The Iowa State and Texas Tech men’s basketball teams will be in similar situations when they begin conference play against each other Friday ...

Illinois tops Hawkeyes in B1G opener

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In its Big Ten opener, the Iowa women couldn’t stand up to the task. After a physically draining non-conference stretch, the Hawkeyes (9-5, 0-1 Big Ten) fell 70-65 to Illinois on Wednesday afternoon. Megan Gustafson led the way with 21 points for Iowa, more than any ...

AP PHOTO • Northern Iowa’s Hunter Rhodes (21) comes to a jump-stop in the lane guarded by Missouri State’s Ronnie Rousseau III in the first half of a Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball game Wednesday at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Missouri State won 68-64.

Bears top UNI in MVC opener

CEDAR FALLS — Dequon Miller had 17 points, Alize Johnson had a double-double and Missouri State held on to defeat Northern Iowa 68-64 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener Wednesday night after almost squandering a 24-point lead. The Bears (10-4) had a 19-0 run and raced to a 32-8 lead ...

Ex-Panther Washpun signs with Iowa Energy

DES MOINES — Former Northern Iowa guard Wes Washpun will be making a return home — for the foreseeable future, as he signed with the Iowa Energy on Monday. The Cedar Rapids native played 15 games with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, Germany, before signing with the Energy. In 2016, Washpun ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Hittner honored by MVC a second time

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Freshman Becca Hittner nabbed the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week honor after averaging 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per game last week at the Tulane Classic. The Drake University freshman added to her brilliant line shooting ...

T-R PHOTO BY ROSS THEDE • Grundy Center senior running back Bryce Flater led Class A in rushing yards in back-to-back seasons, accumulating 5,705 rushing yards in his career. Flater’s total ranks 19th all-time in the state of Iowa.

Carrying the load

GRUNDY CENTER — Bryce Flater knew he wanted to be something special. The Grundy Center football player wanted to start at the varsity level as a freshman. He also knew something like that wasn’t just going to happen. He realized the time and dedication it was going to take. So, he hit the ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Matt Roeding (5) celebrates the Rebel football team’s second-straight Class A state championship after a 20-19 win against Bishop Garrigan in the Nov. 17 title game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Rebels reign in 2016

It’s been a year. Not a great one, not a poor one, but just ... a year. We lost sports greats such as Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer, while a great portion of the country — heck, maybe even parts of the world — rejoiced in the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series title that’s ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat matmen second at Eagle Grove

EAGLE GROVE — At the 78th Annual Eagle Grove Invite, Reese Hageman and Jordan Fox went 4-0 in their respective weight classes to help the Marshalltown wrestling team to a second-place finish with 199 points. Hageman won by fall against St. Ansgar’s Clay Pierce in 5 minutes, 29 seconds, ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown’s Luke Appel (50) goes up for two of his points against Ottumwa Thursday at the Roundhouse. Appel had 13 points in the 65-56 Bobcat win, Marshalltown’s first victory of the season.

Christmas comes early

In a contest with 17 combined 3-pointers, it was a sequence of plays down low in the third quarter that ended up being the difference in favor of the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team. The Bobcats used the sequence to push a two-point lead to an eight-point advantage, and they never looked ...

T-R PHOTO BY STEPHEN KOENIGSFELD • Marshalltown’s Alyvia Chadderdon pulls up from behind the arc during the second half of Thursday night’s game against Ottumwa. Chadderdon had two points in the 62-19 loss at the Roundhouse.

Bobcats can’t handle Ottumwa’s press, 62-19

The trying season continued for the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team after a 62-19 loss to visiting Ottumwa on Thursday night. The Bulldogs’ (4-5) Kacy Nickerson went for 17 points, Lily Anderson had 13 and both Karleigh Halpin and Jaylin Carter each had 10 to put away the Bobcats ...

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MHS swim squad dunks DM Hoover

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown boys’ swimming team won all 11 events and eased its way into the holiday break with a 126-34 triumph against Des Moines Hoover/North on Thursday night at Hoover High School. Pom Pinitchan, Carson Beals and Ryne Downey each won a pair of individual events for ...

Weekly propels Panthers to upset of No. 24 KSU

CEDAR FALLS — Madison Weekly had 20 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, Hannah Schonhardt had her second double-double of the season and the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team beat No. 24 Kansas State 67-59 on Thursday night inside the McLeod Center. Schonhardt had 14 ...

AP PHOTO • Iowa guard Isaiah Moss (4) is fouled by Delaware State forward DeVaughn Mallory while driving to the basket during the second half of a men’s college basketball game Thursday in Iowa City.

Hawkeyes hammer Hornets 89-57

IOWA CITY — This time, the Hawkeyes shook hands. Iowa wrapped up a trying week on a positive note, throttling Delaware State 89-57 on Thursday night — just two days after coach Fran McCaffery’s refusal to participate in the post-game handshake brought unwanted attention to the ...

Wampler’s 27 helps Drake snap skid

DES MOINES — Billy Wampler hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points and Drake snapped an eight game losing streak with a 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night. Wampler’s eight 3s were the second most in school history for a single game, one shy of the ...

Drake dominates Eastern Washington

NEW ORLEANS — How about those Beccas? Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas and freshman Becca Hittner both set new career scoring marks with 24 and 19 points, respectively, to help lead the Drake women’s basketball team to a 93-78 victory against Eastern Washington in Tuesday’s consolation ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Snider’s career night sparks Trojans

STATE CENTER — Brooke Snider matched a school record with eight 3-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points, leading the Class 3A No. 10 West Marshall girls’ basketball team past North Polk 57-46 on Thursday night. The Trojans roll into the holiday break with an 8-0 record after ...

SPORTS SHORTS: STC wrestlers sweep home quad meet

TAMA — The South Tama County wrestling team posted a 3-0 mark in its own quadrangular meet here Tuesday night as the Trojans defeated North Polk (54-21), Vinton-Shellsburg (60-18) and East Marshall/GMG (40-15). The Mustangs also defeated North Polk (52-24) and Vinton-Shellsburg (36-30) to ...

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM RING • Marshalltown wrestler Wyatt Himes works to keep ahold of Mason City’s Marcos Cervantez during the 145-pound bout during Tuesday night’s dual at the Roundhouse. Himes collected one of the Bobcat wins, earning a 6-4 decision, but Mason City came away with the 46-27 team win.

Bobcats claimed by Mohawk comeback

Jumping out to a 24-0 lead, the Bobcat home opener started on a positive note for the Marshalltown wrestling team. Then Mason City responded, and then some. After the Bobcats won the first five matches, three of them by fall, the Mohawks came back, winning the next six bouts, all of which ...