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MCC drops back-to-back games

For the first time since 2014, the Marshalltown Community College soccer team dropped its second game in a row on Tuesday in a 2-1 loss to Indian Hills Community College. “Just a very poor start from our part,” head coach Rafael Martinez said. “The focus wasn’t there, the intensity ...

SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall falls to No. 6 Spartans

STATE CENTER — The Class 2A No. 6 Grundy Center volleyball team held off West Marshall in an NICL West Division sweep on Tuesday night, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25. West Marshall (3-14, 0-3) nearly forced a fourth set, leading 24-23, but couldn’t finish off the Spartans (18-2, 3-0) in Game ...

Purdy, ISU relying more on tight ends

AMES — Seeing Charlie Kolar is Iowa State’s second-leading receiver might not raise many eyebrows until you consider his position. Kolar is a tight end, a position Iowa State has not targeted much in recent years. Two years ago, Cyclones tight ends went through an entire season catching ...

Guard Rasir Bolton granted ‘19-20 eligibility at Iowa State

AMES — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton will be eligible for the upcoming season, a move that should vastly improve the Cyclones’ chances of competing for an NCAA Tournament berth in 2019-20. The Cyclones announced Tuesday that Bolton, who averaged 11.6 points per game last season as a ...

Purdy named Big 12 Player of the Week

IRVING, Texas — Iowa State sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy was named the Big 12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week after a record-setting day in the Cyclones’ 72-20 win over ULM on Saturday. Purdy’s 510 total yards of offense set Iowa State’s school record. In Saturday’s ...

UNI’s Smith tabbed for MVFC defensive honor

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Northern Iowa defensive end Elerson G. Smith was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Smith recorded a career-high of three sacks in the 13-6 win over Idaho State on Saturday. Along with the junior’s sacks, Smith had a career-high ...

Comet football falls at home to Jesup

CONRAD — The BCLUW football team dropped its game against Jesup 41-27 on Friday night. The Comets’ run game totaled 271 yards on the night. Joe Mason led the Comets with 200 rushing yards and a touchdown while quarterback Jesse Moore ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Moore was ...

Ex-Trojan headed to Briar Cliff’s Hall of Fame

SIOUX CITY — The Briar Cliff Athletic Department has announced its 2020 Hall of Fame class will include 2009 West Marshall High School graduate Jake Shipley. Shipley will begin his third season as an assistant coach on the Chargers’ men’s basketball staff this winter, returning to Briar ...

SPORTS SHORTS: MCC succumbs to Iowa Lakes rally

SPENCER — Iowa Lakes scored three unanswered goals in the second half and the No. 11 Lakers knocked off the No. 13 Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team 4-3 on Saturday evening. Jovoney Brown’s goal in the 83rd minute broke a 3-all tie for Iowa Lakes (8-1, 2-0), which trailed ...

Purdy’s Cyclones pummel ULM

AMES — Iowa State desperately needed a spark after barely beating Northern Iowa and losing a heartbreaker to rival Iowa. Sophomore Brock Purdy gave the Cyclones the jolt they were looking for with one of the best individual performances in school history. Purdy threw for a career-high 435 ...

Diving victory buoys Marshalltown in Bobcat Invite

The Marshalltown girls’ swimming and diving team hosted the Bobcat Invite, finishing in seventh place out of nine teams. Johnston won the meet with a total score of 335 points while Marshalltown totaled 70 points in its seventh-place finish. “We had some good time drops,” ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Hermanson leads MHS at Heartland

PELLA — The Marshalltown boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed at the Heartland Cross Country Classic on Saturday at Host Central College. In the girls’ race, the Bobcats finished 24th out of 25 teams Phoebe Hermanson led the girls’ team with a 20th place finish where ...

UNI overcomes Idaho State in fourth quarter

CEDAR FALLS — Will McElvain passed 17 yards to Isaiah Weston for the game’s only touchdown early in the fourth quarter and lifted Northern Iowa to a 13-6 victory over Idaho State on Saturday. McElvain scrambled to his right then back across the field before finding Weston in the left end ...

Browns place ex-Iowa LB Kirksey on injured reserve

CLEVELAND — Christian Kirksey’s season is already looking a lot like his 2018. The Browns placed their linebacker and defensive captain on injured reserve Saturday, a move that will sideline him for at least eight games. Kirksey missed the final seven games last season after he was put on ...

Bobcats bottle up Ames for Homecoming win

It was a night of firsts in the Marshalltown football team’s 28-14 win over Ames on Friday night. It was the first time the Bobcats had beaten Ames since 2012, and more importantly it’s Marshalltown’s first 4-0 start since 2009. Key in the Bobcats’ victory was the run game, which ...

Davis, MHS win Joe August Invite

Cole Davis made the most of his final home meet as a Marshalltown High School golfer, matching his career-best round to lead the Bobcats to their fourth-straight Joe August Invite team title on Friday at Elmwood Country Club. Davis, a senior, carded a 5-under-par round of 65 — good enough ...

PREP FOOTBALL: Rebels splatter Saints in road win

MELCHER-DALLAS — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck football team held Melcher-Dallas to just 35 yards of total offense in an 88-0 blowout of the host Saints in Friday’s 8-Man District 5 contest. The Rebels (2-2, 2-0) ran out to a 36-0 lead after the first quarter and coasted from there. ...

Iowa State looks to hit its stride against La.-Monroe

AMES — Iowa State has just one more chance to find its rhythm ahead of Big 12 play. Louisiana-Monroe might not be the pushover that most Power Five teams are looking to play as they tune up for the conference season. Iowa State, hamstrung by struggles on offense and on special teams, has ...

Iowa’s Pemsl arrested for drunken driving

IOWA CITY — Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been arrested for suspected drunken driving and suspended from the team. The Hawkeyes say in news release that the team suspended Pemsl indefinitely following his arrest early Friday on a driving under the influence charge. Iowa City authorities ...

Redhawks get redemption vs. Rebels

TRAER — North Tama had to overcome its mental mistakes against Gladbrook-Reinbeck in a match the Redhawks came away with a 3-1 win. The Class 1A No. 3 Redhawk volleyball team won 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16 over the Rebels. In the first set, North Tama (14-1) jumped out to a 17-9 lead ...