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Valley withstands Bobcats twice in CIML Iowa play

WEST DES MOINES — At some point, the CIML Iowa Conference is bound to knock you down. Marshalltown head baseball coach Steve Hanson expects his Bobcats to get back on their feet. The Bobcat baseball team suffered its third and fourth losses in five games this week, falling 11-8 and then ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs mash South Hardin; Comets clip Spartans

ELDORA — Hannah Birks homered in support of Kodie Hoskey’s one-hitter in the opening game and Hoskey homered to back Reagan McIlrath in the nightcap as the Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall softball team mashed out a pair of NICL West Division wins on Wednesday night against South Hardin. The ...

Rams pull away from ’Cats, 12-3

Southeast Polk took advantage of its second chance to make a first impression. The Class 4A No. 8 Rams broke open a close game with some help from the Marshalltown baseball team, running away with a 12-3 victory Wednesday in the completion of a game suspended eight days earlier by rain. The ...

Iowa’s Megan Gustafson chronicles her hoops journey

IOWA CITY — When I say that I have probably spent more time in the past couple of months flying in an airplane than on ground, I’m not kidding. When I also say that my life lately could be classified as a crazy roller coaster, I am telling you the truth. I have gone from the highest of ...

Former Michigan WR Martin transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY — Former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin has transferred to the University of Iowa, his hometown school. The Hawkeyes announced on Tuesday that Martin, a former four-star recruit from Iowa City West who originally spurned them for the Wolverines, has joined the program as a ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans tripped up at Lynnville-Sully

SULLY — The West Marshall baseball team rolled out a pair of first-time varsity pitchers and played right with Lynnville-Sully, but the Trojans couldn’t overcome a handful of defensive miscues in a 9-7 non-conference loss on Tuesday night. Freshmen Nick Thompson and Antonio McKinney ...

’Cats come back to take Game 2 at Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE — So goes the roller coaster in the CIML Iowa Conference. The Marshalltown baseball team committed eight errors in a 14-1, five-inning loss to Fort Dodge in the opening game of Monday’s doubleheader before dealing the host Dodgers a 2-1 defeat in the nightcap. Fort Dodge ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Hoskey throws 3-inning perfecto

GLADBROOK — East Marshall junior Kodie Hoskey pitched a perfect game by striking out all nine batters she faced, helping the Class 2A No. 10 Mustangs beat Gladbrook-Reinbeck 12-0 in a three-inning NICL West Division game here Monday. Maria Rasmusson hit the first home run of her career, a ...

Softball diamond dedicated as David Lee Field

The BCLUW Community School Board recently voted to dedicate the high school’s softball diamond in honor of longtime head coach David Lee, who started coaching BCL softball in the fall of 1976 and accumulated a career record of 991-539 in 39 years. Lee was inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall splits at Lynx tourney

WEBSTER CITY — The West Marshall softball team split a pair of games at the Webster City Tournament on Saturday, defeating Iowa Falls-Alden 16-5 while falling 2-1 to the host Lynx. The Trojans (5-5) erupted for a season-high 16 runs against Iowa Falls-Alden, scoring six times in the top of ...

Bobcats break ice twice

CONRAD — With as many as nine returning starters on the softball diamond at any given time, Marshalltown High School head coach Jim Palmer expects his players to be better acquainted. A 7-2 loss to Class 4A No. 15 Central DeWitt should help strike up the conversations. The Bobcat softball ...

Comets shake off losses to stifle Gilbert

CONRAD — It had been more than a year since the last time scoring 12 runs wasn’t enough for the BCLUW softball team to win, and head coach Megan Yantis would just as soon never meet the next occasion. Bailey Ashton made darn sure it didn’t happen in Saturday’s finale of the Dave Lee ...

Bobcats best BCLUW at the Classic

CONRAD — The Marshalltown and BCLUW softball teams figured out just how important the third out is, whether you’re trying to get it defensively or avoid it offensively. In the end, both learned that the aggressor has the advantage. On Friday night at the Dave Lee Classic, that team was ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat baseball sweeps DM North

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown baseball team mowed down Des Moines North on Friday night, sweeping the Polar Bears 15-1 and 17-1 in a pair of five-inning games. In the opener, Carson Williams earned his first varsity win on the mound with four innings of one-run ball in which he walked one ...

East slams West, 12-2

LE GRAND — Juliana Arifi wasn’t sure the ball was going to clear the fence. Melinda Puumala didn’t know if she could track down the ball hit to the gap. But both East Marshall seniors were certain of one thing — hitting your first-career grand slam or making the catch of a lifetime ...

Bobcats break free of Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS — Until the schedule opens up to offer practice time to address areas of the game that need improvement, the Marshalltown baseball team is going to have to figure out how to win on its own. On Thursday night, that meant outscoring Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Bobcats finally ...

No. 13 Comets crush G-R softball

CONRAD — Lili Wilson hit her second-career home run, Bailey Ashton and Kiersten Kruse combined to pitch a no-hitter and the Class 1A No. 13 BCLUW softball team smashed Gladbrook-Reinbeck 10-0 in five innings here Thursday night. The Comets (9-4, 4-0) remained unbeaten in NICL West Division ...

Bobcats barrel up Bulldogs for split

The bats came to life at just the right time in the first game but fell quiet in the second. The Marshalltown baseball team needed a bit more balance on Wednesday night as the Bobcats’ hitting didn’t line up with their pitching performances in a doubleheader split against Ottumwa. A ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs make quick work of Cougars

LE GRAND — Madison Farrington hit her fourth home run of the season as the Class 2A No. 15 East Marshall softball team dispatched 1A No. 5 AGWSR in a 13-3, six-inning showdown in NICL West Division play here Wednesday. Farrington hit a three-run blast in the bottom of the second inning as ...

Bobcats’ youth is served

The future of the Marshalltown High School golf teams appear to be in good hands. The Bobcats had two top-20 finishers on Tuesday at the Class 2A Iowa Co-Ed State Golf Tournament at Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone, and none of the four Bobcat golfers are seniors. MHS freshmen Amber Henson ...