SPORTS SHORTS: Ex-Iowa basketballer Arnold dies at 59

Kenny Arnold, the University of Iowa basketball star who led the Hawkeyes to their last Final Four in 1980, died Saturday. He was 59.

He had health issues for more than 30 years, the school said. Teammates say he died in the Chicago area. Arnold had limited speech and mobility from a brain tumor and several strokes.

Arnold played for Iowa from 1979-82. During the Final Four run he led his team in scoring despite a broken thumb. With Arnold, Iowa appeared in four NCAA tournaments and won the 1979 Big Ten title.

Arnold averaged 11.7 points and 3.9 assists as a junior. He was a third-team all-Big Ten pick as a senior.

Iowa introduced the Kenny Arnold Spirit Award in 2017, honoring the player who exemplifies his character, courage and poise.

Bobcat Tennis Academy set for summer

A new opportunity is being served up in Marshalltown this summer, with the Bobcat Tennis Academy making its debut with a 12-session program in June and July.

The Bobcat Tennis Academy, led by Marshalltown High School boys head coach and USPTA Certified Coach James Christensen, is a non-profit corporation that aims to offer an affordable avenue for children of Marshall County to participate and grow in the game of tennis, grant aid and assistance to local tennis programs and award scholarships to tennis athletes.

The Academy will offer five levels of classes that serve youth from kindergarten to high school. Age-appropriate balls, rackets and courts will be utilized to make tennis accessible to even the newest of players.

The first class doesn’t hit the courts until June 11, but space is limited. Cost for the 12-session program is $60. If you wish to enroll a student, you can find sign-up forms online at facebook.com/BobcatTennisAcademy, twitter.com/Bobcat_TA or by contacting Christensen directly at 641-751-8258.