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G-R grad Smoldt is NSIC’s top freshman

BURNSVILLE, Minn — Former Gladbrook-Reinbeck star and current Upper Iowa University freshman Joe Smoldt was recently named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Freshman of the Year after a strong first campaign this season. Smoldt, the seventh-leading scorer in Iowa high school ...

An unexpectedly miserable season for Iowa

After each of coach Fran McCaffery’s first seven seasons at Iowa, it felt as though the program was in position for better things in the future. This year was an unexpected disaster, and no one seems to know where the Hawkeyes are headed this offseason. Iowa’s miserable 2017-18 campaign ...

UNI’s Maahs named MVC Player of the Week

CEDAR FALLS — After posting back-to-back double-doubles for the Northern Iowa women’s basketball team this past weekend, sophomore Megan Maahs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. The MVC Player of the Week honor for Maahs is the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Judge to wrestle in War at West Gym

CEDAR FALLS — South Tama County senior Isaac Judge, fresh off becoming the first two-time individual state champion in Trojans history, will be wrestling in IAwrestle.com’s War at West Gym on Saturday. Judge is one of 22 wrestlers from Iowa and around the country that will be competing ...

Picking up their plaques

Marshalltown High School golfers Nate Vance, left, and Cole Davis, right, and head coach Lucas Johnson were presented with plaques commemorating their Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association awards on Friday at the Cyclone Golf Coaches Clinic at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Vance, a senior, ...

Sorensen 2nd, Iowa matmen 4th

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The University of Iowa wrestling team finished outside of the top-three at the Big Ten Championships for the first time since 2006, crowning no champions on Sunday at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center. The Hawkeyes finished in fourth place with 90.5 points ...

UNI crowns two Big 12 champions

TULSA, Okla. — The Northern Iowa wrestling team made an instant impact in its inaugural appearance in the Big 12 Championships, finishing second with a pair of winners on Sunday at the BOK Center. UNI’s champions were crowned in back-to-back brackets, as top seeds Taylor Lujan and Drew ...

Cyclone trio honored on all-Big 12 basketball

IRVING, Texas — Iowa State had three players recognized on the Big 12’s all-conference men’s basketball teams, including a pair of honors for freshman Lindell Wigginton. Wigginton was named to the Big 12’s All-Newcomer Team and was joined by Cameron Lard and Donovan Jackson as ...

MCC goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez picks Parkside

Marshalltown Community College sophomore goalkeeper Juan Gonzalez has signed with the University of Wisconsin Parkside to further his soccer career and earn a degree in business administration. The University of Wisconsin Parkside is an NCAA Division II program and a member of the Great Lakes ...

So close

DES MOINES — With just 4.2 seconds remaining on the clock, the Grundy Center girls had the ball trailing Cascade 39-37 in the 2A championship game of the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. Spartans head coach Matt Lindeman called a timeout ...

No. 7 Texas eliminates Iowa State, 81-69

OKLAHOMA CITY — Texas guard Ariel Atkins opened the Big 12 Tournament with one of the most productive games of her decorated career. The senior scored a season-high 25 points to help seventh-ranked Longhorns beat Iowa State 81-69 on Saturday in the quarterfinals. The all-conference pick ...

Drake closes second-straight undefeated MVC season

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The Drake women’s basketball team never trailed in an 85-53 victory at Valparaiso Saturday in Missouri Valley Conference play. With the road win, the Bulldogs (23-7, 18-0) finished undefeated in MVC play for the second-straight season. Sara Rhine was one of four ...

SPORTS SHORTS: ISU keeps five alive in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — The Iowa State wrestling team still has five wrestlers alive at the Big 12 Championships. Redshirt freshmen Ian Parker at 141 pounds and Jarrett Degen at 149, redshirt sophomore Chase Straw at 157, redshirt junior Marcus Harrington at 285 and redshirt senior Dane Pestano at ...

Underdogs no more

DES MOINES — It was a familiar feeling for Grundy Center fans on Friday in the Class 2A semifinal matchup against Treynor in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament. Just like on Tuesday night, the Spartans held on to a one-possession lead with just seconds left on the ...

Spartans vs. Cougars a clash of styles

DES MOINES — Today’s Class 2A final in the Iowa Girls’ High School State Basketball Tournament between No. 6 Cascade and No. 8 Grundy Center is a clash between two teams who have truly earned their way into the championship match. Both teams have had tough roads to reach this point, as ...

Gustafson’s record 48 not enough for Iowa women

INDIANAPOLIS — Carlie Wagner and Kenisha Bell combined for 53 points and Minnesota defeated Iowa 90-89 on Friday despite a school and Big Ten Tournament record 48 points by the Hawkeyes’ Megan Gustafson. Wagner had 27 points and Bell 26, but the fourth-seeded Golden Gophers (23-7) were ...

Oklahoma closes out Cyclones 81-60

NORMAN, Okla. — If this was Trae Young’s last home game for Oklahoma, he went out a winner. Young had 15 points and six assists to help Oklahoma defeat Iowa State 81-60 on Friday night. The freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists is projected to be a high draft pick if he ...

Thomas putback at 1.2 lifts Bradley over Drake

ST. LOUIS — Donte Thomas wrapped up his 13-point, 14-rebound double-double with a putback with 1.2 seconds left to lift Bradley to a 63-61 win over the Drake men’s basketball team on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Darrell Brown led the ...

MVC champ Loyola holds off Northern Iowa 54-50

ST. LOUIS — Donte Ingram had 13 points and eight rebounds, Marques Townes had 13 points and the game-clinching free throw with 2.3 seconds remaining and top-seeded Loyola held off ninth-seeded Northern Iowa 54-50 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament ...

Road to recovery

GRUNDY CENTER — Tiffanie Saak remembers it being a normal day, the same as so many before. It must have been a Wednesday, because there was early dismissal and she was helping with practice prep. Her daughter Cora sprang into the gymnasium with stories to share, and as quickly as possible. ...