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Bobcats and Comets both break even

If the Marshalltown softball team learned anything from its fleeting five-game win streak, head coach Jim Palmer hopes his squad discovered that the energy and enthusiasm they need to succeed must come from within. MHS opened its annual Bobcat Softball Classic on Friday afternoon with a 6-3 ...

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NEWTON — John Hunter Nemechek raced to his second straight NASCAR Camping World Truck victory, taking the lead with his six laps left Friday night at Iowa Speedway. Nemechek took four new tires during the final caution. The gamble paid off, as he passed leader Johnny Sauter soon after a ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans take down South Hardin, 15-0

STATE CENTER — Cody Mead tossed a one-hitter and the West Marshall baseball team scored nine times in the first inning on its way to a 15-0, four-inning rout of South Hardin in Friday night’s NICL West Division contest. Mead struck out five and did not walk a batter, allowing only a ...

Mitrou-Long, Thomas to play Summer League

AMES — Former Iowa State guards Nazareth Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas have both agreed to play for NBA teams during the summer leagues. Mitrou-Long, one of the top shooters in Iowa State history, will suit up for the Indiana Pacers in the Orlando summer league July 1-6. He will then play for ...

Cats’ bats come to life

DES MOINES — Some traditions are worth keeping around. The Marshalltown baseball team swept Des Moines North for the 13th consecutive summer thanks to season-high scoring outbursts of 13 and 16 runs in Thursday’s CIML doubleheader. The Bobcats needed just five innings in both games to ...

MHS softball receives two forfeit wins

The Marshalltown softball team earned a CIML Iowa Conference sweep of Mason City on Wednesday night, and the Bobcats were handed two more victories on Thursday. Des Moines North dropped to 0-18 this season by offering up two forfeits to Marshalltown on Thursday. The Bobcats (6-19) are now ...

ISU’s Morris drafted by Nuggets

AMES — Iowa State point guard Monté Morris was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft with the 51st pick on Thursday night. Morris, the winningest player in school history, is the 38th Cyclone to be drafted. Iowa State has had 11 players drafted since the ...

Cubs ship Schwarber to Iowa

MIAMI — The Chicago Cubs are hoping a stint in the minors will help Kyle Schwarber find his swing again. The 24-year-old Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, giving the slumping slugger a chance to catch his breath after a difficult start to the season. “We talked to ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs stun fourth-ranked AGWSR

ACKLEY — The East Marshall softball team handed Class 1A No. 4 AGWSR its second consecutive NICL West Division defeat, shutting out the Cougars 3-0 on Thursday night. Kodie Hoskey tossed a five-hit shutout for East Marshall (12-11, 6-4), striking out six and walking none. Hoskey also had an ...

MHS makes up for near-miss

The first win of the season escaped the Bobcats when Mason City rallied for three runs in its last at-bat in a CIML Iowa Conference sweep of the Marshalltown softball team back on June 5. On Wednesday night, MHS took the lead in both games and McKaylee Dawson made them stick. The junior ...

Bobcats bounce back to split with Mohawks

The pitching provided a pair of chances for the Marshalltown baseball team, but the Bobcat bats could only deliver one of them. MHS split with visiting Mason City in Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader, falling 4-0 in the opener before capturing a 3-2 triumph in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: BCLUW tops AGWSR in league thriller

CONRAD — The Comets kept pace while the Cougars must now chase. The Class 2A No. 15 BCLUW softball team scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning and withstood the late comeback attempt by 1A No. 5 AGWSR, and the Comets prevailed 2-1 to remain in a tie with 3A No. 10 West Marshall ...

Ex-Tiger Clyburn signs with CSKA Moscow

MOSCOW — Recent EuroLeague champion CSKA Moscow has added to its roster in hopes of getting back to the top, signing 6-foot-7 forward Will Clyburn on Tuesday to a two-year deal. The Detroit, Mich., native who starred at Marshalltown Community College from 2008-2010, joins a CSKA Moscow club ...

Valiño Ramos signs with Iowa women’s basketball

IOWA CITY — Paula Valiño Ramos has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Iowa, head coach Lisa Bluder announced Tuesday. “We are excited to have Paula join our team in August,” said Bluder. “Paula comes from Spain and will bring us depth in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Errors costly as Trojans fall to Nevada

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall baseball team allowed four unearned runs, and that was enough for Nevada to knock off the Trojans 4-3 in Tuesday’s non-conference contest. The visiting Cubs (8-6) scored twice in the top of the first and two more times in the seventh. West Marshall (17-5) ...

MHS bats can’t match Fort Dodge

Monday’s doubleheader marked the most runs the Marshalltown softball team had accrued in a CIML Iowa Conference twinbill this season, and yet the Bobcats still couldn’t get a game. Marshalltown’s bats put forth 12 runs of offense, but the Bobcats’ fell twice to previously ranked Fort ...

’Cats stand back up, walk off

Six runs was more than the Bobcats had scored in a game since May, and it was 19 too few. Turns out seven was Marshalltown’s magic number. Nate Vance drove in Tate Kuehner with a bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Bobcat baseball team to a 7-6 victory over Fort Dodge in ...

Des Moines Golf and Country Club readies for Solheim Cup

WEST DES MOINES — LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan described the crowds for the upcoming Solheim Cup as something that might be found at a football game mixed with a soccer match and a mixed martial arts bout. Des Moines will settle for it being one of the biggest golf tournaments the city ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets chase away South Hardin 14-0

ELDORA — Samantha Ubben struck out nine over four innings of one-hit softball and drove in a pair of runs to lead Class 2A No. 15 BCLUW past South Hardin, 14-0 in five innings, in Monday’s NICL West Division contest. Kiera Anderson accounted for the only hit for South Hardin (3-17, 2-7), ...

Malloy shines in two Trojan victories

STATE CENTER — The Class 3A No. 10 West Marshall softball team suffered its second loss in three days, falling 13-1 in five innings to 4A No. 1 Benton Community in Saturday’s Rose Festival Tournament championship game. The Trojans (19-2) defeated Grand View Chrstian 8-3 and Greene County ...