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SPORTS SHORTS: Gustafson is B1G Player of the Year

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Conference women’s basketball Player of the Year as voted on by the media, the conference office announced on the Big Ten Network. Gustafson was also named a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection by the ...

Embracing their role as underdogs

TAMA — It isn’t often that a team who was considered an underdog throughout the entire regional tournament makes it to state, but that’s exactly the path the South Tama County girls basketball team took to the Iowa High School State Basketball Tournament. In the regional semifinals ...

Gradwell, Willems share NICL West’s top honor

For the first time in three years, the NICL West Division’s Outstanding Player didn’t play for the conference champions. Neither of them. Seniors Isabelle Gradwell of West Marshall and Mandy Willems of AGWSR were named the league’s top players in a vote by conference coaches, even ...

Kickbush represents G-R as Outstanding Player

The NICL West Division’s Outstanding Player is a Rebel yet again. Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Caden Kickbush has been named the top player in NICL West boys basketball after leading the conference in scoring, making it five years in a row for a Rebel representative at the front of the ...

Respect for the record

IOWA CITY — Jordan Bohannon’s tremendous 3-point shooting — and the respect he showed in preserving a record held by Iowa legend Chris Street — gave Hawkeyes fans a rare reason to smile at the tail end of a dismal season. Jordan Bohannon scored 25 points with seven 3s and Iowa held ...

Drake women secure outright MVC crown

DES MOINES — Thirty-eight and counting. The Drake women’s basketball team ran its Missouri Valley Conference win streak to 38-straight while securing its second consecutive outright league title by beating Illinois State 80-64 on Sunday at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs (21-7, 16-0) ...

End of a dream

NEVADA — This isn’t the way fairy tales are supposed to end. East Marshall saw the story develop the way it wanted to, with the same team that had knocked them down before as the only one standing in their way again. One day short of exactly one year later, the Mustangs suffered the same ...

Lynx lock down Rebels in substate finals

VINTON — Before anyone blinked in the Class 1A Substate 4 final on Saturday night between the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team and No. 1 North Linn, the Lynx had already built up a double-digit lead. North Linn started the game on a 19-0 run that had the Rebels reeling almost from ...

Gustafson helps Iowa close with 7th-straight

IOWA CITY — Megan Gustafson continues to chart new territory and the Hawkeyes keep rolling, too. The University of Iowa women’s basketball team swarmed Indiana and ran away with its seventh-straight victory to close the regular season, a 75-62 triumph on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye ...

No. 6 Texas holds off Iowa State women

AMES — After ceding the Big 12 title to Baylor, No. 6 Texas went back to doing what got the school into the race in the first place. Ariel Atkins scored 20 points, Lashann Higgs had 14 and the Longhorns held off Iowa State 72-59 on Saturday for their eighth win in nine games. Brooke ...

Carter makes history as No. 21 WVU beats Iowa St

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jevon Carter needed one assist to make history. It turned out to be just one of his milestones on Saturday. Carter scored 24 points as No. 21 West Virginia pulled away for an 85-70 victory over Iowa State. With 15:59 left in the first half, Carter picked up his first ...

Northern Iowa beats Missouri State 71-56

CEDAR FALLS — Klint Carlson scored 16 points and Northern Iowa beat Missouri State 71-56 on Saturday. UNI, ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense at 63.1 points per game, held Missouri State to 36.5 percent shooting. Hunter Rhodes added 13 points and Wyatt Lohaus 11 for Northern ...

Smits’ 22 points leads Valparaiso over Drake

DES MOINES — Derrik Smits scored a career-best 22 points and grabbed six rebounds and Valparaiso closed out the regular season with a 69-64 win over Drake on Saturday. Smits was 10 of 14 from the field for the Crusaders (15-16, 6-12 Missouri Valley Conference), who finish last in conference ...

Huskies hold on

DES MOINES — Of all the Class 4A substate semifinals on Friday night, the one many people already pencilled in was the No. 1 Des Moines Hoover boys basketball team beating Marshalltown and advancing to the substate finals. The Huskies had wins over all of the top teams heading into the ...

Mustangs brace for déjà vu vs. Hawks

East Marshall head boys’ basketball coach Adam Bauder emerged from the Roundhouse locker room with a portable dry-erase board in tow. It read only one thing: “#unfinishedbusiness.” The hashtag the Mustangs have used across all social media platforms since Feb. 25, 2017, delivers a ...

MCC basketball splits at Northeast

NORFOLK, Neb. — The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team took the hardwood Friday night to face off with ICCAC opponent Northeast Community College in the regular-season finale. The Tigers entered looking to secure their third conference victory while the Hawks wanted ...

Drake locks down share of MVC crown

DES MOINES — The Drake University women’s basketball team clinched a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title with a 77-71 victory over Bradley Friday at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs (20-7, 15-0) overcame a four-point fourth-quarter deficit to earn a share of the ...

Warren gets 200th win as Panthers sweep Redbirds

CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa women’s basketball team overpowered Illinois State with a 66-48 victory as the Panthers capped a season sweep of the Redbirds. With the victory, Panthers head coach Tanya Warren earned her 200th career victory. On the win, Warren said she owes all her ...

Prominent Iowa AAU coach out amid pornography investigation

IOWA CITY — Police are investigating whether an elite Iowa youth basketball coach took video recordings of nude teenagers without their knowledge after a source gave them an electronic device containing child pornography, investigators said Friday. The Iowa Barnstormers of the Amateur ...

Rebels resist Warriors, 52-48

LE GRAND — The only team to beat North Linn in the last two seasons is going to get another shot at the Lynx. The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team fought past Meskwaki 52-48 in Thursday’s Class 1A District 7 title game to earn a fifth-straight trip to the substate finals, edging ...