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Murphy is Bobcat girls hoops coach

The Marshalltown High School girls basketball program has found its new head coach, and Miller Middle School has its new English as a Second Language instructor. Brian Murphy is both. Murphy’s hiring for the aforementioned positions was approved by the Marshalltown Community School ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets fall to No. 1 Collins-Maxwell

CONRAD — The Class 1A No. 13 BCLUW softball found out how it stacks up against top-ranked Collins-Maxwell, falling 4-0 in Tuesday’s rated showdown. Kiersten Kruse pitched seven strong innings for the Comets (8-4), allowing just one run until the visiting Spartans (5-0) scored three times ...

Rebels run aground by Gilbert

GILBERT — The Rebels were waiting for lightning to strike. The No. 14 Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls soccer team managed just two shots on net and needed a jolt it never got in a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Gilbert in Monday’s Class 1A Region 5 championship match. The host Tigers (18-0) ...

Timely bats buoy Bobcats to beat No. 7 Southeast Polk

The Marshalltown baseball team scored 10 runs for the third game in a row, and for a moment it looked as if the Bobcats might need every one of them. Marshalltown overcame a season-high six errors by scoring 10 runs, highlighted by a four-run fifth inning that chased off Class 4A No. 7 ...

Iowa, ISU extend Cy-Hawk football

AMES — Iowa and Iowa State have extended their annual football rivalry two more seasons through 2025. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones announced Monday that Iowa State will play in Iowa City in 2024, and the Hawkeyes will visit Ames the following year. Iowa and Iowa State have played each other ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs take care of Spartan softball

GRUNDY CENTER — Reagan McIlrath hit a two-run homer and Kodie Hoskey spun a one-hit shutout as the Class 2A No. 15 East Marshall softball team defeated Grundy Center 11-0 in six innings worth of NICL West Division softball here Monday. McIlrath finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a ...

Sutherland rallies past Parel after 2 extra holes

DES MOINES — This time, Kevin Sutherland only needed two extra holes to finish off Scott Parel. Two months after beating Parel in Mississippi on the seventh playoff hole, Sutherland birdied the second extra hole Sunday at Wakonda Club to win the Principal Charity Classic in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Redhawk softball scores first victory

TRAER — The North Tama softball team split a pair of games at its own round-robin tournament on Saturday, collecting its first win of the season in the process. The Redhawks (1-6) outlasted Iowa Valley to start the day with a 12-10 victory that lasted only four innings because of a time ...

Parel expands lead in PCC

DES MOINES — Scott Parel shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to extend his lead to five strokes in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. Parel had a 15-under 129 total at Wakonda Club to break the tournament 36-hole record of 13 under set a year ago by eventual winner Tom ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs make it four-straight wins

ALLEMAN — The Class 2A No. 15 East Marshall softball team avenged its season-opening loss to Gilbert by beating the Tigers 7-0 for its second of three wins over the weekend at the North Polk Tournament. The Mustangs (7-3), who lost their opener at home to Gilbert 7-5, blanked the Tigers on ...

From Trojans to Tritons

East Marshall senior Abby Ryan, seated center, recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play women’s soccer at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Ryan, who plays for the South Tama County/East Marshall Trojans, was joined for her signing ceremony by her parents Tony and ...

Not the Cats’ game

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown boys soccer team and its massive fan base were shown the door once again. As the last game on the opening day of the Iowa High School Boys State Soccer Tournament, the Bobcats and their fans were asked to leave so the groundskeepers at James W. Cownie Soccer ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Rebels roll into regional soccer finals

REINBECK — Madison McMartin scored a hat trick and the No. 14 Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls soccer team advanced to the Class 1A Region 5 finals with a 9-0 shellacking of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday night. The Rebels (13-5) got goals from five different players while enduring ...

Parel shoots 9-under 63, leads PCC

DES MOINES — Scott Parel matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic. Parel tied the Wakonda Club mark set by Billy Andrade in 2016. Chris DiMarco shot 65, Andrade was at 66, and Darren Clarke and ...

Fifth-ranked Bobcats face state-savvy Warriors

The underdog has a decided advantage in experience at this stage in the game. The higher seed hasn’t been to state since before most of its players were born. Their two worlds will collide today in the first round of the Iowa High School Boys State Soccer Tournament in Des ...

Marshalltown doubles down on Waterloo East

The Marshalltown baseball team returned to action for the first time in six days and shook off the resultant rust well enough to handle Waterloo East on Thursday night. The Bobcats got a combined 18 hits of offense while starting pitchers Tate Kuehner and Wade Canaday struck out nine apiece to ...

Tom Lehman returns to defend title

DES MOINES — Tom Lehman won the PGA Tour Champions event in Iowa last year without swinging a club on Sunday. Lehman will look for a measure of vindication this weekend at Wakonda Club in Des Moines after finding out he’d won in 2018 while waiting out a weather delay in a local mall. ...

SPORTS SHORTS: McIlrath lifts Mustangs to victory

LE GRAND — Reagan McIlrath threw a three-inning perfect game and also homered as the Class 2A No. 15 East Marshall softball team bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to rival BCLUW by slamming Iowa Valley in a non-conference tilt, 12-0 in three innings, on Thursday night. McIlrath struck ...

Johnson expecting big things in new offense

Arizona running back David Johnson believes it could be a grand year. Two grand, even. Johnson came close to having 1,000 yards rushing and receiving once before and believes he can do it under new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s high-octane offense. “I definitely hope that a ...

Dragons torch Bobcats in semifinal

JOHNSTON — The idea of an upset victory evaporated by the time the ninth-ranked Dragons had scored more goals in the game than the Bobcats had the entire season. Moral victories were all the Marshalltown girls soccer team had to revel in, and even those were fleeting. Katherine Chapman ...