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Bobcats’ relay jumps 5 spots, drops 3 seconds

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Entering the Iowa Girls’ High School State Swimming Meet on Saturday, the Marshalltown girls 400-yard freestyle relay team was the last of 32 qualifiers, almost three full seconds behind the 31st qualifier. In that position the Bobcats knew no one was expecting them to climb out of the ...

Purdy throws 3 TDs as Iowa State routs Kansas

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is a firm believer that great teams win in the red zone. They make sure to put points on the board when they venture inside the 20-yard line, and they have the ability to turn teams back when their defense has its back against the wall. That ...

Evans’ field goal sends Purdue past No. 19 Iowa

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue kicker Spencer Evans waited impatiently for a second chance. When the opportunity finally arrived Saturday, he was ready, willing and spot on. The senior made a 25-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give Purdue a 38-36 upset over No. 19 Iowa, helping the ...

Ferch’s pick-6 sparks UNI past Illinois State

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CEDAR FALLS — Austin Errthum kicked four consecutive first-half field goals, the longest from 43-yards out, to stake the Northern Iowa football team to a 19-3 halftime lead and help the Panthers to a 26-16 win over Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference showdown Saturday. After JT ...

Lawrence guides Toreros past Drake in PFL clash

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DES MOINES — Anthony Lawrence passed for 227 yards and a touchdown and added two short TD runs to propel San Diego to a 27-10 victory over Drake in Pioneer Football League play on Saturday. San Diego has now won a FCS-best 21 straight home games. The Toreros also have a 27-game win streak ...

Herrera’s final fly

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Marshalltown senior swimmer Shakira Herrera chased the school record time of 1 minute, 1.52 seconds, in the 100-yard butterfly for nearly four years, finally breaking it last week in the regional race with a 1:00.29. On Friday evening Herrera again went under the previous mark set by Andrea ...

Purdue, Iowa look to keep in Big Ten West race

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fans of No. 19 Iowa and Purdue are closely tracking the Big Ten West title chase. They know the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers must rebound quickly from last week’s road losses and the reward for Saturday’s winner will be staying in contention for the conference ...

Jayhawks, Cyclones trying to build on Big 12 wins

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach David Purdy was downright stunned that Brock Purdy was still available when he gave the promising quarterback from an Arizona high school a scholarship offer. “It wasn’t like he was quietly heralded. He was a guy that won a lot of awards,” Beaty said. ...

’Cat trio ready for state diving

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There are three teams who will have three girls competing in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Diving Competition on Saturday morning at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA: Ames, Linn-Mar and Marshalltown. At the beginning of this season, Bobcat head coach Angie Nelson said she wanted her diving ...

Hrabak carries two banners in state meet

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When senior Taylor Hrabak takes off from the starting block to lead off the 400-yard freestyle relay for the Marshalltown girls swimming team on Saturday in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Swimming Meet, she won’t just be representing the Bobcats. Hrabak, who is back in the state meet ...

Experienced Hawkeyes know D will lead the way

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IOWA CITY — Iowa will be one of the most experienced teams in America this winter as it brings back its top nine scorers from a year ago. That won’t matter much if the Hawkeyes play defense as poorly as they did a year ago. Iowa (14-19 in 2017-18) couldn’t stop anybody last season, ...

Bobcat numbers bolstered

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A year ago there were three members of the Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team who were represented at the Iowa Girls’ High School State Swimming and Diving Meet. This season there are eight total Bobcats who will carry the MHS banner at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA across three ...

Herrera in after setting ’fly record

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Marshalltown senior swimmer Shakira Herrera had many goals coming into her final season with the Bobcat swimming and diving team, but one stood out among all the others. Break the 100-yard butterfly record. Herrera had tried for four years to move past the record of 1 minute, 1.52 ...

Drought busters

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BOONE — It’s been 30 years since Gladbrook-Reinbeck head volleyball coach Paula Kelley, then Paula Petersen, celebrated the team’s first trip to the Iowa Girls’ High School State Volleyball Tournament. On Tuesday night at Boone High School, Kelley got to celebrate the second-ever ...

BCLUW bounced in finals by Tri-Center

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EARLHAM — With already a school-record 26 wins under its belt, the BCLUW volleyball team had a chance to continue its already stellar season into the state tournament, but first it had to get by No. 7 Tri-Center in the Class 2A Region 4 finals. The Trojans proved to be too much for the ...

Vacas named Region XI Player of the Year

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AMES — Marshalltown sophomore Rafael Vacas has been named the 2018 NJCAA Region XI Player of the Year, announced by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference on Monday. Vacas was chosen by the coaches of the ICCAC men’s soccer programs for the honor, while Tiger head coach Rafael ...

Comets, Rebels net one each on NICL West first team

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The 2018 NICL West Division all-conference volleyball teams have been announced and BCLUW senior Easton Swanson earned her third-straight first-team selection. Swanson led the Comets with 67 kills in conference matches, which was good for third in the NICL West. She had 3.35 kills per set in ...

Iowa State QB Zeb Noland to transfer

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AMES — Iowa State sophomore quarterback Zeb Noland is transferring after losing the starting job to freshman Brock Purdy. Coach Matt Campbell announced on Monday that Noland, who has already used his redshirt season, will leave at the end of the semester. Noland started five games for the ...

North Tama eliminated by Newman

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MASON CITY — The Class A No. 4 North Tama football team lost in the first round of the playoffs to Mason City Newman on Friday, 31-28 in overtime. The Redhawks (8-2) led 21-0 at halftime but the Knights (8-2) scored 20-straight points to make it 21-20 with 7:13 left in the fourth quarter. ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Drake women roll past Dubuque

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DES MOINES — The Drake University women’s basketball team opened the preseason with a 117-33 win against Dubuque in an exhibition on Sunday in the Knapp Center. Five Bulldogs broke the double-digit point mark. Senior Nicole Miller had a game-high 20 points on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting ...