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Sterling start for Engle, Comets

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BAXTER — Dave Lee was frustrated after Tuesday night’s game. The BCLUW head coach just watched his team pull out a tight, stop-start 60-53 victory in the Comets’ season opener over Baxter. Star junior guard/forward Allison Engle tallied career-highs of 29 points and 15 rebounds to kick ...

Garza’s return puts No. 5 Iowa in position for big step forward

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IOWA CITY — The wait took a little longer, but Iowa got Luka Garza back. The consensus All-American took his time deciding to return for his senior season after the NBA draft process was extended into the summer. When Garza took his name out of draft consideration in early August, the ...

Cyclones counting on leadership of newcomer Coleman-Lands

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Jalen Coleman-Lands has yet to play a game for Iowa State and he already is looked at as a kind of sage by coach Steve Prohm and the rest of the Cyclones. The graduate transfer has 110 career games under his belt from time spent at Illinois and DePaul. He is a scorer with a knack for shooting ...

Trojans spoil opener for South Hardin

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STATE CENTER — West Marshall sophomore Katy Reyerson had her second double-double in as many games as the Trojans spoiled South Hardin’s season debut with a 46-29 decision over the Tigers on Tuesday night. Reyerson totaled 16 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and three ...

Yankees, White Sox set for Field of Dreams

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NEW YORK — The Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees in the rescheduled Field of Dreams game at Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 12. MLB said Monday the plan is tentative, contingent on the status of public health next summer. The teams had been scheduled to play at the 8,000-capacity ...

Playoff rankings: Alabama, Irish, Clemson, Ohio St

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Alabama was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams. Alabama is No. 1 in the CFP rankings for a ...

West Marshall’s Evertsen named Class 2A captain

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The West Marshall football team’s return to the Class 2A state quarterfinals for the first time in eight years was driven by seven players named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state teams. In all, the Marshalltown area produced 13 all-state football ...

Wolverines win a wild one

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GARWIN — GMG girls’ basketball coach Justin Hornberg called Monday night’s game between the Wolverines and the BGM Bears “what you would expect” from a season opener in 2020. But there was nothing typical about the end of the Wolverines’ 46-45 win. The Wolverines trailed early, ...

Iowa’s Garza on NABC preseason watch list

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IOWA CITY — The National Association of Basketball Coaches on Monday announced the preseason watch list for the 2021 NABC Player of the Year, which includes University of Iowa senior center Luka Garza. Over the last couple weeks, Garza has been named the only unanimous Associated Press ...

No fans for UNI men’s first games

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford Health and tournament officials with the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic have made the decision not to allow fans at the men’s and women’s tournaments scheduled for Nov. 25-30. The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team begins its season there ...

Cyclones lay waste to K-State

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AMES — Brock Purdy passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns and No. 17 Iowa State extended a historic start in Big 12 play, beating the Wildcats 45-0 on Saturday. The Cyclones (6-2) cruised to their most-lopsided win over Kansas State in 77 years. They remain in first place in the Big 12 ...

Hawkeyes send Penn State to first-ever 0-5 start

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Spencer Petras smiled and admitted he’s not the strongest runner when he has the football in his hands. But Iowa’s quarterback doesn’t have to be, especially when the 300-pounders in front of him do most of the hard work like they did on Saturday in Iowa’s 41-21 ...

Trojans tip Royals in opener

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COLO — What a unique sight the girls’ basketball season opener for West Marshall was against Colo-NESCO. It started with the stands, which were pretty empty for the traditional first game of the year between the Royals and Trojans. The IHSAA and Governor Kim Reynolds’ rulings have ...

Hawkeyes to host UNI women in opener

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IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team announced it will host Northern Iowa in its 2020-21 season opener at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Iowa finished the 2019-20 season 23-7 overall, ranking No. 21 in ...

Ex-Cyclone assistant coach Jim Hallihan dies

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AMES — Jim Hallihan, former Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach, who was a member of Johnny Orr’s staff for 12 years, died Friday. He was 75. Hallihan, a native of Decatur, Ill., was Orr’s top assistant from 1982-94 and was elevated to associate head coach in 1993. During his ...

Penn State needs a boost from offense, QB Levis vs Iowa

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Will Levis’ bulging biceps round out an imposing physique, one Penn State’s backup quarterback has used to earn respect as a hard-nosed, lower-the-shoulder-first signal-caller. But the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, who could make his second career start when Penn State ...

Garza, Green named to Naismith Trophy Watch List

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ATLANTA — The man some say should have won the Naismith Trophy in 2020 is back on the watch list. Iowa senior forward Luka Garza was named to the 2021 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Watch List Thursday, after being a finalist in the 2019-20 season. The Washington, D.C., native averaged ...

NASCAR’s trucks series set to visit Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE — In the late 1800s, just 45 miles southeast of the state capitol in Des Moines, a small farming community carved out a half-mile oval at the Marion County Fairgrounds for what was originally intended to be a horse racing facility. In 1901, the facility staged what’s touted as ...

Big 12 preview: No. 4 Baylor favored, Iowa St. polled third

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Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has had the same feeling for more than eight months, since the abrupt end of the season without the Lady Bears getting to play in the Big 12 tournament or having a chance to defend their 2019 national championship. “I don’t have an answer for anything. I don’t ...