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Bobcats honor wrestling icon

In a pre-meet ceremony to honor former Bobcat standout Larry Jackson, Marshalltown High School head wrestling coach Mike Mann hoped his squad would get all the motivation it needed to knock off seventh-ranked Ankeny. The inspiration only worked so much for a Bobcat starting lineup so ...

Mustangs gallop to victory behind runaway offense

LE GRAND — The Mustangs were one game removed from a dismal five-game losing streak and in desperate need of some positive momentum in a season plagued by injury, COVID close contact protocols and uneven play. East Marshall’s offensive performance Thursday night in an 86-56 home win over ...

Hoosiers hold down No. 4 Hawks

IOWA CITY — Perhaps, coach Fran McCaffery said, his Iowa team got too comfortable. The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes came into Thursday night’s game against Indiana on a five-game winning streak and tied for the Big Ten lead. But the Hoosiers’ defense shut them down in an 81-69 comeback ...

SPORTS SHORTS: East Marshall/GMG wins two in triangular at Dike

DIKE — East Marshall/GMG wrestling was 2-0 in a triangular with Dike-New Hartford/Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Wapsie Valley on Thursday night, winning one match convincingly and the other in a close contest. Against DNH/G-R, the Mustangs were consistent in a 48-24 result. Skyler Wright won via ...

Tigers top Blackhawks in opener

After a frustrating season in 2019-20 and a long wait for the 2021 season to begin thanks to COVID-19, Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball kicked off a new season with a win and a sense of optimism. Far from the comfortable win it looked to be for the Tigers midway through ...

Blackhawks take MCC to the rack, 89-86

For as long as the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team had to wait between games, the Tigers’ quest for their first win will have to linger at least a little while longer. The MCC men led for nearly 10 minutes in the first half and by as many as nine points, but visiting ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans split Heart of Iowa triangular

STATE CENTER — West Marshall wrestling was on either side of two nail-biting matches in a triangular meet with Greene County and Roland-Story Tuesday night. The Trojans started the night with a one-point victory over Greene County, defeating the Rams 43-42. Caden Vellinga pinned Jackson ...

Redhawks go cold against Bolts

TRAER — It was all going according to plan for the North Tama men’s basketball team through one half of action Tuesday night. The Redhawks jumped out to an early lead and held an eight-point advantage when the first half was over, sitting pretty and holding onto hopes of a big Iowa Star ...

Redhawk girls struck down by Bolts’ press

TRAER — Early on in Tuesday night’s Iowa Star South girls’ basketball action, the pace of the game was clear — and it was set by the Baxter Bolts. With a full-court press on and no breathing room for the North Tama ball handlers, it was a frustrating 32 minutes for the Redhawks. The ...

Bulldogs ward off Bobcats’ comeback

OTTUMWA — The Bulldogs pushed back every time the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team tried to get over the hump. Ottumwa earned its fourth-straight win by withstanding the Bobcats on Tuesday night, prevailing 64-51 in a CIML clash at Evans Middle School. Trae Swartz, the fifth-leading ...

MHS girls can’t keep pace with Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — The chance to contend for another win escaped early and the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team fell off pace against Ottumwa, dropping a 54-20 CIML contest on Tuesday night at Evans Middle School. Playing their third game in four days, the Bobcats (1-11) didn’t have enough ...

Ames pins down MHS in dual meet

The Marshalltown wrestling team won four of 10 contested matches but couldn’t make up for a deficit in bonus points and forfeits as Ames handled the Bobcats, 52-20, in Tuesday’s CIML Iowa Conference dual meet at the Roundhouse. The visiting Little Cyclones benefitted from three ...

Joens, No. 24 Iowa St. top Sooners

AMES — Ashley Joens had 32 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, and her go-ahead layup with 10.2 seconds left helped No. 24 Iowa State get past shorthanded Oklahoma 64-63 on Tuesday night. The Cyclones (10-4, 6-1 Big 12 Conference) have won eight of their last nine, including a 75-71 ...

Iowa-Maryland women’s game postponed due to inauguration

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The women’s basketball game between No. 7 Maryland and Iowa, scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed because the Hawkeyes don’t want to travel with the inauguration being held one day earlier. Iowa was scheduled to fly into Baltimore-Washington International ...

Railsplitters slip through Bobcats’ grasp

The opportunity arose again, but the Bobcats couldn’t clamp it down. The Marshalltown girls’ basketball team led by as many as seven points early, trailed by nine points late, and wound up just shy of its second-straight victory after Monday’s 32-28 loss to Des Moines Lincoln. Fresh ...

Bobcats swim past Rams, Mohawks

Another meet, another event where the Marshalltown boys’ swimming team surpassed head coach Mike Loupee’s expectations. The Bobcats were convincing Monday evening in victories over Southeast Polk (67-27) and Mason City (68-26) in a triangular meet at the MHS pool, continuing a run of hot ...

Late run propels Hawkeye women past Purdue, 87-81

IOWA CITY — Led by a combined 16 fourth-quarter points from junior Monika Czinano and sophomore McKenna Warnock the University of Iowa women’s basketball team (9-3, 5-3) went on a 17-2 run to close the game and defeat Purdue (5-6, 2-5), 87-81, on Monday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The ...

PREP ROUND-UP: Engle lifts Comets past Colo-NESCO, 44-29

CONRAD — Allison Engle piled up 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots to help lead the BCLUW girls’ basketball team to a 44-29 win over Colo-NESCO on Monday night. Betula Messerly added 14 points, six boards and five blocks for the Comets (7-7), who slowly pulled away for the ...

’Cats edge Huskies for first victory

DES MOINES — For a team that hadn’t won in nearly a year, the Marshalltown girls’ basketball team sure knew how to finish off a victory when it got the chance. The Bobcats got a back-door layup from Sara Huffman with 28 seconds left and withstood Des Moines Hoover the rest of the way for ...

Hoover boys withstand MHS, 63-52

DES MOINES — Manny Austin scored 11 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter as Des Moines Hoover finally pulled away from the Marshalltown boys’ basketball team in Saturday’s 63-52 makeup game. Hoover (3-0) used a 25-14 advantage in the second quarter to overtake the Bobcats ...