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Baranczyk: Oklahoma has elite potential

NORMAN, Okla. — New Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk believes the Sooner program is close to returning to elite status. The former Drake coach exuded energy and confidence as she addressed a group at the Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday that included most of the players ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans lead locals at BCLUW Co-Ed

CONRAD — West Marshall placed three teams in the top-seven at the BCLUW Co-Ed golf tournament on Tuesday, but the Trojans’ No. 1 pairing came up one stroke off the pace. West Marshall’s Emma Stanley and Joey Tollefson took second place in Tuesday’s event at Oakwood Golf Course, ...

Waterloo United breaks down Bobcats

Marshalltown girls soccer has been in a tough spot from the get-go this season. A young, inexperienced roster without the benefit of a 2020 to learn under what would have been a senior-laden squad at the varsity level. Thrust into a difficult CIML and Class 3A schedule, the Bobcats have been ...

Bobcat girls’ golf team itching to get back on course

A common theme among the Marshalltown High School spring sports this season has been the anticipation of getting back into competition after missing the 2020 seasons due to COVID-19 and the pandemic. Tuesday afternoon, the Bobcats’ girls’ golf team gets to make their return to the ...

Bobcats finish off make-up match, beat Little Cyclones

AMES — A daunting schedule revealed ideal results for the Marshalltown boys’ tennis team as the newly-ranked Bobcats blasted Ames in Monday’s make-up meet. Marshalltown, which had been slated for as many as five meets during a three-day stretch last week, finished off the first of those ...

Robbins leaves Minnesota for Vanderbilt

Former Davenport Assumption graduate and Drake transfer Liam Robbins announced on social media Monday that he plans to continue his college basketball career at Vanderbilt. The 7-foot Robbins played last season at Minnesota but opted to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal when head coach ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat boys track and field competes in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown boys’ track and field team finished fifth in Class A at the Fort Dodge Boys’ Dodger Relays Monday afternoon. The Bobcats were led by Jaiden Buchanan, who won the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.11 seconds. Buchanan also was second in the 200, finishing in ...

Tigers taste heartbreak in 2OT defeat

There are physical games. Then there’s the level of physicality that was on show Saturday afternoon at Marshalltown CC’s home field against Hawkeye CC. The RedTails were rough, tough and made the Tigers up their own physical play in order to keep up. As a result, the seventh-ranked ...

Oklahoma hires Drake’s Baranczyk as new women’s basketball coach

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma has hired Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk as its next women’s basketball coach. Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Saturday. Baranczyk replaces Sherri Coale, who retired last month after 25 years of leading the program. Baranczyk coached Drake the ...

Ex-Hawkeye Nunge picks Xavier hoops

CINCINNATI — University of Iowa men’s basketball player Jack Nunge, who has experienced more than his share of adversity over the past year, has found a new home with Xavier University. Nunge, a 6-foot-11 forward from Newburgh, Ind., announced his transfer plans through his social media ...

Kalscheur announces transfer to ISU

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur announced Saturday he’s transferring to Iowa State for his senior season, the first of several expected departures from the Gophers following their coaching change. Kalscheur said on Twitter he was excited about “the next chapter and fresh ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcats compete on blue oval

DES MOINES — Marshalltown boys’ track ran Saturday at the Jim Duncan Invitational at Drake Stadium, and picked up a number of place-winners in the process. Deonte Dean finished second in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.08 seconds. Malachi Holmes was the runner-up in the long jump with ...

Take two: Bobcats sweep a pair

Bobcat boys’ tennis coach James Christensen was worried. After their meet Thursday at Ames was postponed until Monday due to rain in the area, the misty, cloudy skies in Marshalltown Friday afternoon were not doing the Bobcats any favors. Upon arrival at the MHS Tennis Complex, the ...

MHS girls soccer stifled by Newton

Marshalltown girls’ soccer showed improvements against Newton, but the improvements were not enough to get a win on the board — Newton scored three goals in a 20 minute span of game time to take home the 3-0 win Friday night. The Bobcats were largely solid in defense during the first ...

Cardinals outlast MHS girls netters

NEWTON — The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team remains in the hunt for a dual meet victory, but the Bobcats are having trouble harvesting the win. MHS went to Newton on Friday but couldn’t knock the Cardinals from their perch, falling 8-3 at Aurora Park. Marshalltown junior Cassandre ...

Bobcat boys take care of Blue Jays 4-1

PERRY — Four different players scored goals and the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team improved to 4-1 with a 4-1 victory over host Perry on Friday night. The Bobcats scored their first two goals within 19 seconds of each other and led 3-0 by halftime. Both teams found the back of the net once ...

’Cats not yet ready for Ames

On a cloudy, chilly Thursday afternoon at the MHS Tennis Complex, Marshalltown girls’ tennis began its home slate with a matchup against the state’s defending champions in Ames. Predictably, the youthful Bobcats had a difficult time playing against the Little Cyclones — falling 9-2 in ...

Bobcat boys claim crown at Lincoln Invitational

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown Bobcats took home a first-place team finish at the Bob VanderLinden/Lincoln Invitational Thursday evening, collecting 104 team points and beating Fort Dodge by 23 in the final standings. The Bobcats were led by two victories apiece from distance runner Conner ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat girls finish eighth in Waukee Relays

WAUKEE — The Marshalltown girls’ track and field team was led by a second-place finish in the shuttle hurdle relay on its way to an eighth-place finish in the Waukee Relays Thursday afternoon. The Bobcats had 32 team points, with a quarter of them coming from the one minute, 15.24 second ...

Yesufu finds spot at Kansas

The Drake men’s basketball team’s best player down the stretch is heading down the road. Bulldog sophomore Joseph Yesufu, a 6-foot guard from Bolingbrook, Ill., announced Tuesday through his social media that he had emerged from the transfer portal by committing to the University of ...