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SPORTS SHORTS: ISU keeps five alive in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — The Iowa State wrestling team still has five wrestlers alive at the Big 12 Championships. Redshirt freshmen Ian Parker at 141 pounds and Jarrett Degen at 149, redshirt sophomore Chase Straw at 157, redshirt junior Marcus Harrington at 285 and redshirt senior Dane Pestano at ...

Underdogs no more

DES MOINES — It was a familiar feeling for Grundy Center fans on Friday in the Class 2A semifinal matchup against Treynor in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament. Just like on Tuesday night, the Spartans held on to a one-possession lead with just seconds left on the ...

Spartans vs. Cougars a clash of styles

DES MOINES — Today’s Class 2A final in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament between No. 6 Cascade and No. 8 Grundy Center is a clash between two teams who have truly earned their way into the championship match. Both teams have had tough roads to reach this point, as ...

Gustafson’s record 48 not enough for Iowa women

INDIANAPOLIS — Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell combined for 53 points and Minnesota defeated Iowa 90-89 on Friday despite a school and Big Ten Tournament record 48 points by the Hawkeyes’ Megan Gustafson. Wagner had 27 points and Bell 26, but the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers (23-7) were ...

Oklahoma closes out Cyclones 81-60

NORMAN, Okla. — If this was Trae Young’s last home game for Oklahoma, he went out a winner. Young had 15 points and six assists to help Oklahoma defeat Iowa State 81-60 on Friday night. The freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists is projected to be a high draft pick if he ...

Thomas putback at 1.2 lifts Bradley over Drake

ST. LOUIS — Donte Thomas wrapped up his 13-point, 14-rebound double-double with a putback with 1.2 seconds left to lift Bradley to a 63-61 win over the Drake men’s basketball team on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Darrell Brown led the ...

MVC champ Loyola holds off Northern Iowa 54-50

ST. LOUIS — Donte Ingram had 13 points and eight rebounds, Marques Townes had 13 points and the game-clinching free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining and top-seeded Loyola held off ninth-seeded Northern Iowa 54-50 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament ...

Road to recovery

GRUNDY CENTER — Tiffanie Saak remembers it being a normal day, the same as so many before. It must have been a Wednesday, because there was early dismissal and she was helping with practice prep. Her daughter Cora sprang into the gymnasium with stories to share, and as quickly as possible. ...

Spartans, Cardinals a matchup of top defenses

DES MOINES — When the No. 8 Grundy Center and No. 2 Treynor girls’ basketball teams meet up in today’s Class 2A semifinals as part of the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament, it will be a meeting of the top two defenses in the 2A field. The Cardinals have allowed a ...

Ousted in OT

NEW YORK — With Michigan’s stars saddled with foul trouble, and the shots just not falling, the 15th-ranked Wolverines got a lift from their senior sixth man to survive their Big Ten Tournament opener. Duncan Robinson made Michigan’s only field goal in overtime, a go-ahead 3-pointer ...

First quarter propels Hawkeye women to first-round triumph

INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa women’s basketball team started off its Big 10 Tournament run strong on Thursday with a 55-45 win over Northwestern in the second round. The Hawkeyes (24-6) started off the game on an incredible 22-1 run in the first quarter, as the Wildcats (12-20) shot a dismal ...

Drake women cruise past Loyola, 97-53

CHICAGO — The Drake women’s basketball team erased a three-point deficit at the start of the second quarter against Loyola Thursday night and cruised to a 97-53 Missouri Valley Conference victory at Gentile Arena. The Bulldogs (22-7, 17-0) went on an impressive 49-7 scoring run from the ...

Panthers rip Crusaders in 76-53 road victory

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The Norther Iowa women’s basketball team had no trouble against Valparaiso on Thursday night, walking away with a 76-53 victory on the road in its penultimate Missouri Valley Conference game. The Panthers (16-12, 12-5) never trailed, leading by as much as 34 late in the ...

Panthers top Purple Aces in MVC opener

ST. LOUIS — Wyatt Lohaus scored 15 points, Hunter Rhodes added 14, and No. 8 seed Northern Iowa never trailed in beating No. 9 seed Evansville 60-50 in the opening round of the 2018 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday night. Klint Carlson scored nine points with 10 ...

Cougars caged in 1A quarterfinals

DES MOINES — There are times in sports where the final score doesn’t fully represent what happened in the game. Wednesday’s 1A quarterfinal matchup between No. 8 AGWSR and No. 7 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament was one of those ...

Schmidt a bridge between Spartans’ state tourney teams

GRUNDY CENTER — The idea of moving back home was met with some trepidation, but the basic premise was to eventually get more involved with the community they grew up in and the high school they both graduated from. Danielle (Zimmerman), her husband Dana Schmidt and their two sons relocated ...

Hawkeyes hold off Illini, 96-87

NEW YORK — The first Big Ten tournament game at Madison Square Garden featured a couple of teams that were a combined 1,665 miles — give or take — away from home, no players from New York City, and a kid from Iowa having a blast on the big stage. The Big Ten opened a five-day run at the ...

MCC women eliminated by Northeast in Region XI

NORFOLK, Neb. — The season came to a close on Wednesday night for the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team in a 57-39 loss to Northeast Community College during the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI Division I tournament. This was the second-straight loss to the ...

Timmer named to all-MVC first team

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Drake University senior Reed Timmer has been named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball first team, the conference announced Tuesday. Timmer’s honor marks the first all-MVC first-team selection for the Bulldogs since Josh Young during the 2009-10 ...

Carleton earns unanimous all-Big 12

IRVING, Texas — Iowa State women’s basketball junior guard Bridget Carleton was yet again honored for her success on the court after being tabbed one of just six unanimous selections to the all-Big 12 first team. She joins Texas’ Brooke McCarty and Baylor’s Kalani Brown as the only ...