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Bulldogs introduce DeVries as new coach

DES MOINES — For decades, Drake University has watched as Creighton — a fellow small, private school in a mid-sized, Midwestern city — built up its basketball program to the point where NCAA Tournament appearances are an annual expectation. It looks like the Bulldogs are trying to ...

Drake hires DeVries as new men’s hoops coach

DES MOINES — Drake has hired longtime Creighton assistant Darian DeVries as its basketball coach. The Bulldogs announced Thursday that DeVries will replace Niko Medved, who last week left after one season at Drake to take over at Colorado State. DeVries, a native of Aplington and the ...

Grundy Center boys win at Belle Plaine

BELLE PLAINE — Thursday was the start of the outdoor track and field season for the Grundy Center boys team, and the Spartans came away the victor in their first meet with a team score of 137. Grundy Center won two events in the invitational with Sawyer Bowen taking first individually in ...

MCC’s Siliga signs with MACU

Marshalltown Community College forward Loralei Siliga is heading closer to home after her time playing with the Tigers. The Euless, Texas, native will be just a three-hour drive from her hometown next season as she has signed on to play at Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma ...

MCC softball takes two from Clarke junior varsity

DUBUQUE — The Marshalltown Community College softball team earned its first sweep of the season on Wednesday when it took out the Clarke University junior varsity in two games on the road. The Tigers (9-8) won the first game by scoring a whopping 25 runs, the most of the season in a single ...

Iowa State’s Jackson in 3-point shootout

Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson has been selected to participate in the 3-point championship in the 30th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championships on Thursday in San Antonio. Jackson is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected to the event that will air ...

Ferentz, neighbors headed back to court

IOWA CITY — Talk about a false start. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his neighbors are headed back to court in their long-running property dispute after a settlement both sides announced in February never came together. The settlement was publicized hours before a trial over whether Ferentz ...

MHS girls track boasts ‘deepest group in years’

There’s a lot that goes into fielding a good track and field team, but one of the most important factors is just having a big enough pool of talent to draw from to fill out the large number of events. For the first time in a while, the Marshalltown girls track and field squad has that to ...

Gustafson named AP All-American

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named a second team All-American by the Associated Press. Gustafson is the sixth AP All-American in program history and the first since Sam Logic earned third team accolades in 2015. She is the first Hawkeye ever to be named to ...

Hawkeye PG McCaffery receives hardship waiver

IOWA CITY — Iowa point guard Connor McCaffery has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big Ten, leaving him with four seasons of eligibility remaining. The league announced Monday it had approved McCaffery’s petition after he played just four games as a true freshman. McCaffery, the ...

Leedom’s NE team wins All-Star Series

GRIMES — It was a full day of basketball action at Dallas Center-Grimes High School Saturday as the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Series got underway. Two area players represented their schools in the games, with East Marshall’s Zaine Leedom playing for the ...

Tigers split home opener with NIACC

Thursday’s home doubleheader for the Marshalltown Community College softball team against NIACC ran the gauntlet of emotions. In game one, the Tigers earned their first home win of the year with a 13-5 shellacking of the Trojans in five innings, while in game two NIACC returned the favor ...

Drake’s Niko Medved returning to Colorado St.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Former Colorado State assistant coach Niko Medved is returning to Fort Collins to lead the Rams men’s basketball program after spending a year as Drake’s head coach. Medved replaces Larry Eustachy, who stepped down last month, ending a “climate assessment” of ...

Bobcats 4th in Waukee Invitational

WAUKEE — The Marshalltown boys track and field team got its season started on Thursday with the Waukee Invitational, and the Bobcats walked out with a fourth-place finish with a team score of 78.5 points. The best placings for MHS came from the relays, as the 4x800-meter team of Bennett ...

West Marshall girls win 4 events at NICL Indoor

WAVERLY — The West Marshall girls track and field team came away with four event titles at the North Iowa Cedar League Indoor Conference Meet on Thursday at Wartburg College. Isabelle Gradwell won two events individually, winning the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.12 seconds and the ...

Comet boys win 3 races at NICL Indoor

WAVERLY — The BCLUW boys track team had the most area wins at the North Iowa Cedar League Indoor Conference Meet on Thursday at Wartburg College as the Comets took home frist in three events. Jack Garber and Troy Dolphin both won individual events for BCLUW, with Garber taking first in the ...

Gradwell, Leedom in All-Star Series

GRIMES — West Marshall’s Isabelle Gradwell and East Marshall’s Zaine Leedom will both be participating in the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s Senior All-Star Series on Saturday at Dallas Center-Grimes High School. Gradwell will play on the Northeast Iowa squad, while Leedom is ...

MHS track shows potential to start the spring

Marshalltown boys head track coach Doug Bacon has been around the Bobcat track program for a long time, so he knows what it takes for a team to be successful. As the MHS boys prepare to start the outdoor portion of their schedule today with a meet at Waukee, Bacon said this season’s ...

Tigers toppled twice in home opener

Baseball returned to Marshalltown for the first time in 2018 on Wednesday when the Marshalltown Community College baseball team hosted NJCAA Division II No. 12 Kirkwood Community College for a home-opening doubleheader. In game one at Shawn Williams field on the MCC campus, the Tigers erased ...

STC grad Van Dyk leads UNI to win at ORU/SFA

TROPHY CLUB, Texas — The Northern Iowa women’s golf team finished in first place at the ORU/SFA Spring Break Invite on Wednesday. The Panthers won all three rounds of the tournament as runner-up Texas-Arlington’s final team score of 944 fell a full 22 strokes short of UNI’s final of ...