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’Cats declawed by No. 3 Valley

The Marshalltown volleyball team fell victim to powerhouse Class 5A No. 3 West Des Moines Valley in a sweep on Tuesday night at the Roundhouse. The Bobcats (7-11, 0-3) lost 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 as Valley picked up its 20th win in a row while remaining unbeaten in the CIML Iowa ...

Bobcats drop times but fall to Mason City

The Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team lost a home CIML Iowa Conference dual meet to Mason City on Tuesday, 112-71. “Finally a week with just one meet,” head coach Angie Nelson said. “We’ve been waiting for this. I am so excited to see the progress these girls are making and ...

No. 14 Iowa revs up run game

IOWA CITY — Iowa’s offense sputtered at times over the past few years because it never quite knew what it might get out of its rushing attack. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes are soaring this season behind a ground game that appears to have found its way. Iowa (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) heads into a ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat harriers compete in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE — The Marshalltown girls’ cross country team competed in the Knoxville Invitational on Tuesday at Pine Knolls Country Club. The Bobcats finished in seventh place with a team score of 189 points out of 14 teams. Leading MHS was Phoebe Hermanson, who scored eighth-place points ...

Grinnell cancels football season, 11 players injured

GRINNELL — Division III school Grinnell College has canceled the remainder of its football season because of injuries that whittled its roster to just 28 players. The school announced Tuesday that it will forfeit its final seven games, starting with Saturday’s contest against St. Norbert ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Comets go 2-1 at Roland-Story quad

STORY CITY — The BCLUW volleyball team competed in the Roland-Story tournament on Monday night. Class 1A No. 13 BCLUW opened with a 21-11, 21-9 win over PCM and then followed with a 21-18, 21-10 win against South Hardin. The Comets (15-8) dropped their final match against Roland-Story, ...

Rutgers fires Iowan Ash after 3-plus seasons

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Chris Ash’s tenure as Rutgers coach is over after three-plus seasons that resulted in only three Big Ten victories. Athletic director Pat Hobbs announced Sunday that Ash had been fired four games into his fourth season, with the Scarlet Knights showing little progress. ...

Tigers plunge back in win column by blanking Tritons

The Marshalltown Community College soccer team snapped its two-game losing streak and bounced back with a 2-0 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference win over Iowa Central CC on Saturday. “I’m very proud of their effort,” head coach Rafael Martinez said. “I’m very proud of the ...

No. 14 Iowa roughs up Blue Raiders

IOWA CITY — Iowa’s defense has been among the nation’s best all season. The Hawkeyes’ offense joined in on the fun at just the right time, racking up more yards than it ever has under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. Senior Nate Stanley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, Toren ...

Cyclone comeback spurned by Baylor’s closing field goal

WACO, Texas — Baylor coach Matt Rhule passed on a field goal try early in Iowa State’s huge fourth-quarter comeback because redshirt freshman John Mayers badly missed a kick in the first half. After the Bears had blown the rest of their 20-point lead, Rhule faced another decision from the ...

MHS netters get 2 wins at Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS — The Marshalltown volleyball team continued to make progress with Saturday’s showing at the Cedar Falls Tournament. Head coach Chris Brees is just eager to see his Bobcats take the next step. Marshalltown went 2-3 for the day, going 1-2 in pool play before bowing out in the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Trojan volleyball gets 2 wins at Nevada

NEVADA — The West Marshall volleyball team endured a long day at the Nevada Tournament but emerged 2-3 with a pair of three-set victories. The Trojans (5-17) suffered three losses in the tournament to teams that either are or were ranked, starting in pool play with a 21-18, 23-21 defeat to ...

Jaguars give Bobcats a jolt

The Marshalltown football team had a struggling Friday night with No. 5 Ankeny Centennial defeating the Bobcats 42-7 in the Class 4A District 2 opener. “We came out slow,” head coach Adam Goodvin said. “Very slow. We told [the team] that we have to come out fast and stay fast. From the ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels bulldoze Baxter 66-6

BAXTER — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team ran for 337 yards and six touchdowns while running its win streak to three games, beating Baxter 66-6 in Friday’s 8-Man District 5 contest. Keagan Giesking collected 158 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries, hitting paydirt from ...

No. 14 Iowa seeks 1st 4-0 start since ‘15

IOWA CITY — With a win over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, No. 14 Iowa will move to 4-0 for the fifth time in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 21 seasons in charge. History shows that the Hawkeyes could be in for a big season if that’s the case. Iowa won at least 10 games after starting 4-0 ...

Iowa St., Baylor meet in Big 12 opener

WACO, Texas — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is measuring the progress of the Cyclones in terms of three weeks. Baylor’s Matt Rhule can’t help but think of where his Bears have come over three seasons going into the Big 12 opener for both teams Saturday. The Bears (3-0) are unbeaten ...

Without Day, Spartans settle for 3rd

GRUNDY CENTER — The Class 2A No. 9 Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ cross country team was without its top runner, Kenny Day, in its third-place finish at the Spartan Invitational at the Town & County Golf Club on Thursday. Day had been dealing with a foot injury leading up to ...

GC/G-R’s Stahl in striking distance

GRUNDY CENTER — Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Taylor Stahl finished in fifth place to lead area teams in her squad’s home meet at the Spartan Invitational on Thursday. Stahl ran a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 7 seconds in GC/G-R’s fifth-place finish. Despite the PR, ...

Bobcats nab another win at Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — The Marshalltown volleyball team won for the fourth time in the last six days and started to show some swagger, sweeping Ottumwa 25-12, 25-17, 25-19, in Thursday’s cross-CIML showdown. Erica Johnson and Autumn Finch both totaled 10 kills to lead the Bobcats (5-7), who served ...

Hernandez leads MHS swimmers in road loss

INDIANOLA — Klaudia Hernandez won two events and the Marshalltown divers swept their event, but the Bobcat girls swimming and diving team suffered a 126-57 loss to host Indianola in Thursday’s cross-CIML dual meet. Hannah Taylor led Marshalltown’s 1-2-3 sweep of the diving competition ...