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MHS girls get kudos in league loss to Ankeny

ANKENY — The improvements that didn’t show up on the scoreboard shined through in Marshalltown head coach Brian Murphy’s postgame radio interview, who saw a lot he liked in his girls’ basketball team’s 56-17 loss at Ankeny on Friday night. The host Hawks (4-2, 3-1) notched the CIML ...

PREP BASKETBALL: Balanced BCLUW attack leads to NICL West road win

ELDORA — Three players scored in double figures and the BCLUW girls’ basketball team bounced South Hardin 55-33 in Friday’s NICL West Division game. Allison Engle led the Comets with 20 points, Chloe Walters scored 14 points and Betula Messerly posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 ...

Taylor takes diving prowess to UNI

The time to set a path for her future was running out, so Marshalltown High School senior Hannah Taylor applied to the University of Northern Iowa with the intent of majoring in business while bringing to an end her dream of diving in college. Sometime between her second-straight regional ...

No. 5 Hawkeyes trample Terrapins

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Out of sync and trailing by double digits after a miserable start, No. 5 Iowa turned to its defense and reliable Luka Garza to get back on track against Maryland. Garza scored 17 of his 24 points in the decisive first half, and the Hawkeyes roared from behind in an 89-67 ...

Bobcats chop time in loss to No. 1 Ames

AMES — It looked like a lopsided loss, but it felt like a win in many ways for the Marshalltown boys’ swimming squad. The Bobcats lost a 107-63 dual meet on Thursday night against top-ranked Ames, but the time cuts made by MHS told a different story according to head coach Mike ...

Hall and Nixon named unanimous All-Americans

Iowa State’s Breece Hall and Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon were named unanimous first-team All-Americans Thursday evening by the Walter Camp Foundation. Hall, a sophomore running back, is the first unanimous first-teamer in Cyclones history. He is joined on the first team by Najee Harris of ...

PREP WRESTLING: MHS matmen swept in conference triangular

ANKENY — The Marshalltown High School wrestling team suffered a pair of defeats on Thursday night in Central Iowa Metropolitan League action, falling 50-25 to host Ankeny Centennial and 54-24 to West Des Moines Valley. The highlights for the Bobcats included three wrestlers going 2-0 for ...

PREP BASKETBALL: Trojan girls fall short to Independence

TAMA — In the first game after winter break, 13 points from Carissa Musgrave was not enough for the Trojans to pick up their first win of the season. South Tama (0-6) fell behind in the third quarter after taking the lead into halftime and lost 44-31 to Independence (2-6) Tuesday night. ...

BIG FOUR HOOPS: Drake women win MVC road opener

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Drake Bulldogs continued their march back towards .500 Thursday night on the road against Evansville in MVC women’s basketball action. The Bulldogs (4-6, 2-1 MVC) outscored Evansville (4-4, 0-3) 25-8 in the third quarter to help them pick up a 74-50 victory. The ...

Iowa’s Lee seeking national title he wanted in ‘20

IOWA CITY — Spencer Lee’s resume was almost complete last season. He went 18-0 as a junior, winning his first Big Ten individual title while leading the Hawkeyes to the conference team championship. He was Big Ten wrestler of the year, the NCAA’s Most Dominant Wrestler, winner of the ...

Clark, Hawks chase off Gophers

IOWA CITY — The road to 42-straight wins in Carver-Hawkeye Arena was rough and winding in the early going of Wednesday’s game for the University of Iowa women’s basketball team. It turned into swift sailing down a black and gold superhighway, with the crew captained by a true ...

Linn-Mar to host boys state swimming

Following venue and event format changes due to COVID-19, the 2021 Iowa High School Boys State Swimming Championships are now scheduled for February 13 at Linn-Mar High School in Marion. Next month’s meet had previously been set for a two-day preliminary and final format at the University ...

Garza picked for Wooden Top 25 list

LOS ANGELES — University of Iowa senior Luka Garza headlines the John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 25, it was announced on Wednesday. Garza (6-foot-11, 265 pounds) has ascended to second on Iowa’s all-time scoring chart, trailing only Roy Marble. Garza, who was a Wooden Award ...

Clark, Joens on Wooden Top 25 list

LOS ANGELES — Iowa State junior forward Ashley Joens and University of Iowa freshman guard Caitlin Clark have both been named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 Watch List, the John R. Wooden Award announced Wednesday. Joens ranks fifth nationally in scoring, averaging a Big 12 ...

Clemson QB Lawrence declaring for NFL draft

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has made it official — he’s heading to the NFL. Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 QB with the power arm and flowing hair, released a video on social media Wednesday announcing he was leaving school and declaring for the NFL draft. “I really feel like I’m a ...

Bobcats net season’s first ‘W’

Scoring 17 of his team’s first 19 points and running the show with his passing ability in the second half, it was no wonder Marshalltown junior Armonniey Thomas was feeling a run coming from his team following the Bobcats’ 56-44 win over Mason City (2-7) to get their first win of the ...

Bobcats run into Mohawk roadblock

It was more of the same old story for Marshalltown girls’ basketball Tuesday night against Mason City, Bobcats head coach Brain Murphy said. The Bobcats were struggling immediately thanks to the Mohawks’ press defense, letting the game get away to the eventual 85-22 scoreline. “I ...

PREP ROUND-UP: West Marshall holds off rival Mustangs

LE GRAND — The West Marshall boys’ basketball team flipped the calendar and fired out of the blocks on its way to a cross-county win over East Marshall, 64-60, on Tuesday night. The Trojans (3-5) led 32-19 at the half before holding off the host Mustangs (3-5), who won the second half ...

Alabama’s Smith wins Heisman

NEW YORK — On an Alabama team stacked with stars, DeVonta Smith emerged as the best player in college football while playing a position that rarely gets that kind of recognition. Smith became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 29 seasons Tuesday night, breaking the ...