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Hornacek fired as Knicks coach after 53-loss season

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks are preaching patience but looking for progress. Jeff Hornacek got caught in the middle. The Knicks fired their coach early Thursday, shortly after finishing a 29-53 season. They lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under ...

Reivers rumble over Tigers for two

At the start of the second game of a doubleheader against Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I foe Iowa Western on Wednesday, the Marshalltown Community College baseball team needed a spark to start some competition. Including the first game of the day, the NJCAA No. 11 ...

MCC’s Kromah commits to D-II Northern Michigan soccer

Marshalltown Community College striker David Kromah has decided on where he will continue his college career. The Tiger sophomore has signed a National Letter of Intent with Northern Michigan University, a NCAA Division II school in Michigan’s upper peninsula. Northern Michigan plays in ...

Gatens named Drake’s director of operations

DES MOINES — Matt Gatens, a former University of Iowa standout who was most recently at Auburn, has been named the Drake men’s basketball program’s director of operations, head coach Darian DeVries announced Wednesday. Gatens spent last season on staff at Auburn, the Southeastern ...

Connor McCaffery gets basketball scholarship

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa head men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery announced on Wednesday that freshman Connor McCaffery has been given a scholarship beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. “Connor went through a lot his freshman year but remained positive despite suffering ...

SPORTS SHORTS: South Hardin girls tennis tops Union

LA PORTE CITY — The South Hardin girls tennis team started its season off right on Tuesday with a victory over Union Community, 5-4. The Tigers (1-0) finished the singles sets tied with the Knights at 3-all, but they won two out of three of the doubles matches to take the meet. Hailey ...

’Cats swept by Little Cyclones

It was already going to be a tough task for the Marshalltown boys tennis team on Tuesday when it played host to Class 2A No. 8 Ames in the team’s home opener, but that challenge was made even tougher before a single ball was served. Bobcat sophomore Jack Gruening, who head coach James ...

MCC’s Thiam an NJCAA All-American

The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced its All-American list and Marshalltown Community College sophomore Mohamed Thiam has been selected to the third team. Thiam, a 6-foot-9 forward from Dakar, Senegal, finished his career for the Tigers with 592 points this season, ...

MHS girls track places 6th in Ames

AMES — After a frustrating start to the season with many weather cancellations, the Marshalltown girls track team finally got out for some competition at the Little Cyclone Invite on Tuesday. The Bobcats placed sixth in the meet with 51.5 team points, 11.5 points higher than Newton in ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat boys soccer starts with a win

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown boys soccer team started its season off on Tuesday with a win 3-1 win over Des Moines North. Jose Torres, last season’s leading scorer, got his season kicked off with a bang, scoring two goals of his own and assisting on another. One of Torres’ goals was ...

Trending in the right direction

AMES — Iowa State’s five-game improvement from 2016 to 2017 can be largely credited to a defense that was stingier by more than 10 points a game. The Cyclones are hoping to get even better this upcoming season — and there are plenty of reasons to believe they can. That’s exactly ...

Champing at the bit

TEMPE, Ariz. — David Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever. The Arizona Cardinals running back, an All-Pro in 2016, missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the season opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team’s weight and conditioning ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MHS postpones Monday’s sports slate

The lingering winter weather continues to delay events for all of the Marshalltown High School spring sports. Due to the snow on Sunday and Monday, the boys track meet at Fort Dodge, boys and girls tennis matches against Des Moines East and girls soccer game against Waukee were all postponed ...

United States wins first wrestling World Cup in 15 years

IOWA CITY — The United State won wrestling’s World Cup for the first time in 15 years Sunday, beating Azerbaijan in the final. The victory marked the second consecutive major international tournament won by the Americans, who won the team crown at last year’s world championships. This ...

Former Cyclone Saina wins Paris marathon

PARIS — Paul Lonyangata retained his title at the Paris Marathon on Sunday and Betsy Saina completed a Kenya sweep by winning the women’s race. Lonyangata became the first man to win back-to-back titles since Steve Brace of Britain in 1989 and 1990. He won in two hours, 6 minutes and 25 ...

South 6th Street park named a ‘Field of Dreams’

The Marshalltown South 6th Street Softball Complex has been named a “Field of Dreams” by the Chicago 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame. The 6th Street Complex is the first complex outside of the Chicago area to be honored and the 11th total field to receive the honor. An award noting this ...

MCC softball can’t catch up to No. 18 Iowa Western

Saturday afternoon looked like a beautiful spring day for sports, if it weren’t for the near-freezing weather and constant wind. Despite the chilly weather and some less-than-ideal field conditions, the Marshalltown Community College softball team still got a doubleheader in against Iowa ...

Bobcat Tennis Academy to kick off this summer

A new opportunity is being served up in Marshalltown this summer, with the Bobcat Tennis Academy making its debut with a 12-session program in June and July. The Bobcat Tennis Academy, led by Marshalltown High School boys head coach and USPTA Certified Coach James Christensen, is a ...

Iowa’s Lee named Frosh of the Year

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa freshman wrestler Spencer Lee has been named the 2018 InterMat Freshman of the Year, the amateur wrestling website announced earlier this week. This award has been presented each year since 2006 to the best college freshman wrestler in all divisions for their ...

US to host World Cup wrestling

IOWA CITY — United World Wrestling has approved a revised schedule for the 2018 Freestyle World Cup, which will be hosted by the University of Iowa today and Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. With Iran and Russia not in the field and Mongolia and India added to the event, a number of changes ...