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Stylistic shift continues to cash in

With the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team in the middle of a dreadful spell of form in April, coach Scott Johannes said he decided to shift some players around and mess with the team shape a little bit. Over the last five games, the change has worked — Marshalltown (8-8) has won four of ...

Bobcats finish off perfect CIML Iowa dual title

FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown girls’ golf team closed the CIML Iowa Conference season undefeated, finishing off its 5-0 mark with a walloping of Fort Dodge on Tuesday to claim the division crown. The Bobcats blasted the Dodgers 165-230 at Fort Dodge Country Club behind junior Amber ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MHS girls can’t withstand eighth-ranked Ankeny

ANKENY — The Marshalltown girls’ soccer team succumbed to Class 3A No. 8 Ankeny on Tuesday night, falling 10-0 to the Hawks in a mercy rule-shortened contest. Jenna Pitz scored twice for Ankeny (6-4), while seven others scored single goals for the Hawks. Another tally was credited as an ...

UNI signs coach Schwab through 2027-28 season

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa athletic director David Harris announced a contract extension for head wrestling coach Doug Schwab through the 2027-28 season. “Doug has consistently and impressively improved the UNI wrestling program during his 11-year tenure and has built a team that is among ...

Callaway’s card carries Comets to 3rd

REINBECK — Oak Leaf Country Club was the host of an entertaining new chapter in the NICL West Division meet on Monday. With a course dampened by rain over the weekend and good weather for much of the day, the stage was set for good action in the event Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosted. But for much ...

Henson’s medalist round helps Bobcats to 4th at Waukee Invite

GRIMES — Marshalltown High School junior Amber Henson shot a 1-over-par round of 73 at Beaver Creek Golf Club on Monday to earn medalist honors and help guide the Bobcat girls’ golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Waukee Invite. Henson shot a 2-under 34 on the front nine thanks to a ...

Backoff brings in fifth, BCLUW girls 2nd in NICL West

UNION — The BCLUW girls’ golf team honored one medalist while finishing second in the final standings at the NICL West Division meet on Monday at South Hardin Recreation Area. BCLUW sophomore Brooklynn Backoff earned an all-conference medal with her top-nine finish, tying for the ...

Tigers fall to fifth-ranked Reivers in regionals

COUNCIL BLUFFS — A four-run outburst by fifth-ranked Iowa Western in the bottom of the eighth inning stole the wind from the sails of the Marshalltown Community College baseball team, and the Tigers lost back-to-back games to the Reivers in Saturday’s opening round of NJCAA Region XI ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcats fall to Hoover in Nevada title match

NEVADA — The Marshalltown boys’ soccer team advanced to the finals of the Nevada Tournament on Saturday before falling to Des Moines Hoover 1-0 in the championship match. The Bobcats beat Gilbert 5-0 in the first round and Class 1A No. 2 Iowa City Regina 2-0 in the semifinals, but ...

On the loose

Harry Crouse of Dana, Iowa, participates in the boys breakaway competition during the Iowa High School/Junior High School Rodeo on Sunday at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds. The event, put on by Rogue Rodeo and the Iowa High School Rodeo and Iowa Junior High School Rodeo Associations, welcomed as ...

Garcia’s goals propel STC/EM

TAMA — A two-goal lead is generally referred to as the most dangerous lead in soccer. It’s easy then for teams to let their guard down and let goals in. But the two-goal cushion South Tama County/East Marshall held at halftime of Friday afternoon’s win over Maquoketa was more than ...

MHS girls bounced by Hoover, 4-1

DES MOINES — Des Moines Hoover scored twice in both halves to defeat the Marshalltown girls’ soccer team, 4-1, on Friday. Logan Kleese scored twice for the Huskies, while Lyleana Martinez and Ellie Smith added goals for Hoover (4-7), which led 2-1 at halftime. Marshalltown’s lone ...

Iowa awards Ash with scholarship

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced on Friday that redshirt senior Austin Ash will return to the Hawkeye roster in 2021-22 and will be put on scholarship. “Austin earned this scholarship,” said McCaffery. “Austin is experienced and has been ...

Comet girls, Spartan boys win golf triangular

The BCLUW girls’ golf team won a home triangular on Friday at South Hardin Recreation Area in Union, beating Grundy Center and GMG. Lindsay Beeghly claimed runner-up medalist honors for the Comets, shooting a 46. Grundy Center’s Abbie Lindeman was the meet medalist with her 44. BCLUW shot ...

PREP ROUND-UP: North Tama girls pile up PRs at Iowa Star meet

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — Four teams finished within eight points at the top of the Iowa Star Conference girls’ track and field meet on Thursday at Meskwaki Settlement School, with Collins-Maxwell emerging as the team champion. North Tama scored 95 points and settled for fourth place, ...

Kay snags 100th IMCA Late Model victory at Dale DeFrance Memorial

It was a rare Thursday night of racing at the Marshalltown Speedway as the 4th-Annual Dale DeFrance Memorial was held. The event honored the late racer who started the long line of future racers connected with the DeFrance family. Justin Kinderknecht, out of Salina, Kan., made his trip to the ...

Comets too low for G-R girls

CONRAD — One BCLUW team mom commented that it was “like the four seasons combined” at Oakwood Golf Course Thursday afternoon for the dual meet between Gladbrook-Reinbeck and host BCLUW. The Comets were able to weather the changing conditions on their way to a comfortable 206-257 team ...

Fifth-ranked Valley carves up Bobcats

WEST DES MOINES — The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team was the first to take a match from West Des Moines Valley in two weeks, but it wasn’t enough for the Bobcats to compete for Thursday’s dual meet. The Class 2A No. 5 Tigers took down Marshalltown in decided fashion, beating the ...

Garber grabs MVP honors at NICL West

LE GRAND — BCLUW senior Lizzie Garber was named the MVP of the NICL West Division as the Comet track and field team came in third out of sixth teams at Thursday’s conference meet hosted by East Marshall. Garber won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.61 seconds, came in second in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets collect two conference titles, lead locals in 4th

LE GRAND — The Grundy Center boys’ track and field team ran away with the NICL West Division meet title on Thursday night, piling up 225 points to distance itself from the field. South Hardin was second with 132 points, followed by BCLUW (105), East Marshall (77), AGWSR (32) and ...