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West Marshall wallops CR Jefferson after late schedule change

STATE CENTER — This game wasn’t even supposed to be taking place. The plan was originally for the West Marshall Trojans (4-1) to host Forest City Friday night in State Center. Unfortunately, though, the plans had to change and Forest City was not able to play. It wasn’t until Thursday ...

’Cats close out win at Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — Marshalltown senior quarterback Brendan Bates threw for 190 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as the Bobcats bounced back from consecutive close losses with a comfortable 42-21 victory over Ottumwa on Friday night at Schafer Field. Marshalltown (2-3) overcame an abysmal start ...

Rebels dash past Baxter in 2nd half

BAXTER — Keagan Giesking ran for 324 yards and seven touchdowns as the ninth-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team outscored Baxter 40-0 in the second half to collect a 62-28 victory in 8-Man District 5 play here Friday night. Baxter (1-4) led 28-22 at the half before going scoreless ...

TCU jumps into Big 12 Conference play against Iowa State

FORT WORTH, Texas — Taye Barber and his TCU teammates have been together on campus for more than three months, and now jump right into Big 12 play after having their only non-conference game wiped out because of the pandemic. “Everybody has been itching to get back on the field,” said ...

Bias suit seeks to block Iowa from cutting women’s swimming

IOWA CITY — Members of the University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team filed a legal complaint against the school Friday, arguing that a decision to eliminate their program violates a landmark gender equity law. The complaint argues that Iowa is not offering equal opportunities ...

Indianola laps Bobcats on Senior Night

The season for Marshalltown girls’ swimming and diving has been all about gradual improvements and stamina-building. The Bobcats continued to show signs of progress Thursday evening against Indianola despite losing the dual meet 113-70. MHS head coach Angie Nelson said it was a mixed bag, ...

Bobcat rookie’s record round powers triumph

FORT DODGE — Marshalltown boys golf coach Lucas Johnson liked the way his team played smart and avoided the big number. Even better was the way the Bobcats put up the low numbers. The MHS boys scored a season-low round to defeat Fort Dodge in a CIML Iowa Conference dual on Thursday at Fort ...

Missouri Valley issues spring football schedule

ST. LOUIS — The Northern Iowa football team will kick off its 2021 spring season with a home game against Illinois State on Feb. 20 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The game is the first of eight Missouri Valley Football Conference contests on the schedule, which was released Thursday by the ...

Niners’ Kittle feeling better by the day

The San Francisco 49ers finally have gotten some good news on the injury front. All-Pro tight end George Kittle practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day on Thursday in a sign that he could be ready to return after missing one game with a knee injury. “The last two days ...

Mustangs swept by another ranked foe

LE GRAND — The East Marshall volleyball team suffered its third-straight defeat at the hands of a ranked North Iowa Cedar League opponent, falling in three sets to Class 2A No. 14 Aplington-Parkersburg on Thursday night by scores of 25-16, 25-8, 25-10. The Mustangs (5-9) were led ...

ISU ready to redeem loss to Louisiana

Iowa State knows all too well about picking up the pieces after a heartbreaking loss and getting in the right frame of mind for the next game. The Cyclones are calling on that experience again heading into their Big 12 opener at TCU on Saturday following their home loss to double-digit ...

State makes changes to postseason cross country

The state-qualifying and state cross country meets will both be split into two days to accommodate for competition and crowds with COVID-19 related precautions, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced Wednesday in a joint statement. Next ...

Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame RB, dies at 77

CHICAGO — Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed “The ...

Jags just too fierce for Bobcats

Every time the Marshalltown volleyball team tried to make its move, fifth-ranked Ankeny Centennial made a momentous counterattack. The Class 5A No. 5 Jaguars (8-1) capitalized on runs of at least four points in each of three sets during Tuesday’s CIML sweep at the Roundhouse, beating the ...

G-R bests rival BCLUW in ranked clash

CONRAD — Midway through the second set of Tuesday night’s ranked battle between Class 1A No. 6 Gladbrook-Reinbeck and No. 14 BCLUW, the momentum had shifted. After losing the first set 25-17, the Comets were executing better and held a 19-12 lead, looking odds-on to tie the match and make ...

Smith’s gold, Hermanson’s bronze lead MHS harriers

MASON CITY — Marshalltown junior Conner Smith outdistanced the field for his first win of the season as the Bobcat cross country teams competed at the Mason City Invitational on Tuesday night. Smith beat the field to the finish line in a time of 17 minutes, 35 seconds, to lead the Bobcats ...

Bobcats finish sixth in Cedar Falls Invitational

CEDAR FALLS — Marshalltown boys’ golf coach Lucas Johnson was happy with his team’s consistent scores Tuesday afternoon in the Tiger Invite hosted by Cedar Falls — but bogeys befell the Bobcats en route to a sixth-placed team finish and no individual top-10 finishers at the Beaver Hills ...

TCU names Downing starting QB vs Iowa St.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Former transfer Matthew Downing has been named the starting quarterback for TCU’s season opener, though last year’s starter has also been cleared to play. Downing redshirted last season at TCU after limited snaps in four games as a walk-on freshman at Georgia in ...

Mustangs swept aside by Spartans in 3

GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center volleyball team got back to even in NICL West Division play with a 3-0 sweep of East Marshall on Tuesday night, taming the Mustangs 25-13, 25-10, 25-9. Clare Veren led East Marshall (5-8, 0-3) with six kills on the night, but the Mustangs totaled just 11 ...

Redhawks pass up GMG in 3

GARWIN — North Tama volleyball has felt it’s been making improvements throughout the season despite a record below .500 record, in part to a young roster and in part due to a difficult schedule — one that head coach Channing Halstead said hopes will get her team acclimated to playing ...