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SPORTS SHORTS: No. 11 Mustangs start with a win

GILBERT — The Class 2A No. 11 East Marshall softball team started its season with a win over Gilbert on the road on Wednesday, 8-5. Kodie Hoskey went 5 1/3 innings for the Mustangs (1-0), allowing just two hits and one run while striking out five and walking three. Regan McIlrath closed the ...

Going out on top

GRUNDY CENTER — The names Bangasser and Freeman are familiar ones on golf courses around the state thanks to the involvement those families have had with the Grundy Center boys team. That run of recognition will come to a conclusion this weekend when seniors Jake Bangasser and Nolan ...

Ramblin’ man

Ever since he was a little boy, Marshalltown senior Nate Vance has dreamed of someday donning a college uniform and playing ball. The original hopes for the reigning Class 4A golf champion weren’t on the links, however. “I was always a baseball guy,” Vance said. “Now golf has been a ...

Bobcat baseball wins over Newton

NEWTON — The Marshalltown baseball team got its season started off strong on Tuesday with a win over rival Newton, 9-2. Nate Vance got the start on the mound for the Bobcats (1-0), pitching three innings of scoreless baseball with five strikeouts. Vance allowed no baserunners in his three ...

MHS softball falls to Newton

The Marshalltown softball team hosted Newton for its home and season opener on Tuesday, falling to the Cardinals 16-5 in five innings. McKaylee Dawson started the game for the Bobcats (0-1), going 4 2/3 innings while giving up six earned runs off seven hits and striking out one. Regan ...

Vest one of the best

Marshalltown senior Kassy Vest was one of the first girls done in the Class 4A Region 3 tournament at the American Legion Memorial Golf Course Monday, finishing her round with a 16-over-par 87. At the time of her completion, Vest was tied for the second-best round of the day, though ...

Bobcats blow by Little Cyclones

URBANDALE — Monday’s match between the Marshalltown boys’ soccer team and long-time rival Ames was as tense as a Class 3A Substate 6 opening round match should be. A late first-half goal from Javier Nunez held up through the second half and the Bobcats came away with the nail-biting 1-0 ...

Comets take 2nd, earn team qualification

NASHUA — The BCLUW girls golf team is heading back to the state championships next week after placing second with a score of 390 at the Class 1A Region 3 tournament at Nashua Town & Country Club on Monday. Comets senior Lauren Anderson was the highest placer on the day, earning an ...

MHS softball looks to take the next step

The best indicator of progress last season for the Marshalltown softball team was a handful of less-decisive losses to the cream of the CIML Iowa Conference the second time through the schedule. The Bobcats are hoping another summer in the sun sees greater improvements reflected by an ...

Stability key for Bobcat baseball in tough CIML

The Bobcats don’t have to go far to figure out what it will take to compete at their level. The CIML Iowa Conference is the premier baseball league in the state of Iowa. And while Marshalltown High School head coach Steve Hanson believes his team will be better on the diamond than last ...

Garber, Comets collect more medals

DES MOINES — All season long, BCLUW junior Jack Garber had one goal: To finish the year as the Class 1A 110-meter high hurdles champion. On Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships, Garber finally had his chance to shine, running in the fourth lane of the 110 hurdle ...

Cougars’ Fisher goes 4-for-4

DES MOINES — Aubrie Fisher is going to have to make some room on her shelf for some new state hardware. The AGWSR junior showed up to the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships in four events, and went home with four medals by the end of the weekend. Her anchor in the 4x800-meter ...

Mustangs’ Johnson vaults to 5th

DES MOINES — The only thing Zane Johnson really ‘failed’ at Saturday at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was fighting back smiles after his 110-meter hurdles race. Even after, as he put it, he “smoked one of the last hurdles.” The senior East Marshall hurdler ...

Karsjen, Wilkening set tone for GMG

DES MOINES — GMG senior Ethan Karsjen ended his career running for the Wolverines with a bang, finishing in seventh place in the Class 1A 800-meter race in the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships. Not only did Karsjen earn the only placing of the tournament for GMG, he left his mark on ...

Youthful Spartans show potential in final day

DES MOINES — Making the finals in the Class 1A 200-meter race at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships was an accomplishment for Grundy Center sophomore Will Grames, but in the finals on Saturday he had an eye on moving up. Grames ran the seventh-best time in the prelims on Thursday ...

MHS medley makes best mark

DES MOINES — The main goal for the Marshalltown boys distance medley relay team in the Class 4A race at the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships was to run the best race of their season. Bobcats head coach Doug Bacon said he would be happy if the team of seniors Braden Bethke, ...

Zeisneiss doubles up with bronze

DES MOINES — A day removed from becoming the first ever shot put state champion in South Hardin girls track and field history, Brylie Zeisneiss was looking to make it two golds in the Iowa Co-Ed State Track and Field Championships with a win in the 2A discus on Friday afternoon. Zeisneiss ...

Royals’ Hill climbs to second in high jump

DES MOINES — Incrementally, Lauryn Hill is becoming one of the best high jumpers in Class 1A. The Colo-NESCO sophomore one-up’ed her performance at last year’s state meet and placed in a tie for second place at the Iowa Co-Ed Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday. ...

Garber nets 6th, qualifies atop hurdles

DES MOINES — When BCLUW junior Jack Garber lined up in the blocks for the Class 1A 110-meter high hurdles prelims on Friday, it was the first time he had done so since placing fourth in the finals in 2017. This time around, however, it wasn’t a fourth-place finish Garber was looking for, ...

Major’s game-winner lifts MHS to first win

At full tilt, Marshalltown senior midfielder McKenna Major plays the ball predominantly with her left foot. In a pressure-packed situation such as a penalty kick, she’s a righty. With the Bobcat girls’ soccer team’s first win hanging in the balance of her 6-yard shot from the penalty ...