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BCLUW’s Barkema on 1A first team

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DES MOINES — BCLUW senior Brad Barkema capped his baseball career with a first-team selection to the inaugural Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state baseball teams. The Comets catcher was selected as a utility player for the Class 1A first team, and he was an integral part of ...

IndyCar moves ‘19 race at Iowa to night

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NEWTON — Iowa Speedway and the IndyCar series announced Monday that next year’s race in Newton will be at night. The series says that the race will move back to a nighttime start “in response to overwhelming fan feedback.” The track will host an IndyCar race for the 13th year in a row ...

UNI football picked 3rd in MVFC preseason poll

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CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa football team has been tabbed third in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll. Last year, UNI was ranked fourth in the preseason poll and finished second in the league, tied with South Dakota State. North Dakota State — ...

Bobcats’ Vance, Canaday tabbed to all-district teams

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The post-season accolades keep rolling in for Marshalltown’s Nate Vance, as the senior Bobcat pitcher was named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association North Central District first-team as a utility player. Vance — making his third appearance on the all-district teams and ...

3 Cougars capture all-district

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Class 1A state runner-up AGWSR had three girls selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association 1A North Central Divsion all-district team. Junior pitcher Taryan Barrick earned her second-straight all-district selection after leading the entire state in strikeouts, while leadoff slugger ...

Clear as a Bell

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NEWTON — Christopher Bell made history Saturday at Iowa Speedway — even though nearly everything that could go against him did down the stretch. Bell moved back out front in overtime to win a wild NASCAR Xfinity series race on Newton’s bull ring, becoming the first series regular with ...

Iowa St. draws Arizona at the Maui Invitational

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LAHAINA, Hawaii — Five-time Maui Invitational champion Duke will open against San Diego State in the quarterfinals of this year’s bracket, with a potential showdown against Arizona or Gonzaga in the title game. This year’s men's basketball tournament, Nov. 19-21 at the Lahaina Civic ...

Barrick heads list of 18 area all-staters

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AGWSR junior pitcher Taryan Barrick was once again selected as one of the best Class 1A softball players in Iowa after she was named to her second-straight Iowa Girls Coaches Association all-state first team. Barrick led the Cougars to a 28-8 record and an appearance in the 1A state title ...

Vance nets 4th all-conference honor

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Marshalltown senior Nate Vance was named to the Central Iowa Metropolitan League all-Iowa Conference first team as a utility player. Vance helped lead the state-qualifying Bobcats this season, boasting a 3-1 record in conference play and an earned run average of 2.22. Vance, a three-time ...

Bell seeking 3rd-straight Xfinity win

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NEWTON — Christopher Bell has been one of NASCAR’s rising young stars for the past few years. Over the past few weeks, Bell and the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 car have been so hot that he is close to joining some pretty select company. Bell, a 23-year-old Oklahoma native and an Xfinity ...

Sister Act 2

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FORT DODGE — The last time former BCLUW softball player Nicole (Fisher) James was on the field at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex, she was hoisting her second-straight Class 2A state championship trophy. Last week before the start of the 2018 state tournament championship games, Fisher ...

Two Redhawks, Royals’ Hill earn Iowa Star Elite

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Three area baseball players were named to the Iowa Star All-Conference Elite Team as North Tama sophomore Skyler Staker and junior Hale Hulme and Colo-NESCO senior Matthew Hill were all given nods as Iowa Star elite players. Staker, an elite-team infielder, finished tied third in the ...

Royals’ Henze named to Iowa Star Elite team

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Colo-NESCO senior catcher Chelsea Henze was named to the Iowa Star All-Conference Elite Team for her efforts this season. Henze finished tied for sixth in doubles in Iowa Star play with seven, and she hit for a .381 average with 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Henze was selected as the ...

SPORTS SHORTS: Dirty Bird Wrestling to host camp

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PARKERSBURG — The Dirty Bird Wrestling Club is hosting its second annual Panther Train Wrestling Camp in August that will feature multiple members of the Northern Iowa wrestling team. Drew Foster, Josh Alber and Jacob Schwarm will be representing the Panthers at the camp, which runs on ...

Book closes on Bobcats’ run

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DES MOINES — The little team that could nearly did. The Marshalltown High School baseball team left its tornado-ravaged home with dreams of a state tournament victory but returned home with a state participant trophy after an 8-3 defeat at the hands of second-ranked Urbandale on Wednesday ...

Helping however they can

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DES MOINES — Over an hour before Wednesday’s Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament game between Marshalltown and Urbandale started, Bobcat fans were filing in to Principal Park in Des Moines. The first 100 fans who showed up in MHS gear were greeted with a smile and a free ticket ...

Bobcats balance help and preparation

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Not many people have experienced the wild swing of emotion that hit the Marshalltown baseball team. Last Wednesday the Bobcats beat Iowa City High, 9-2, in the Class 4A Substate 3 finals to earn their first trip to the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament in nine years. Not 24 hours ...

Long road of recovery

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Dru Dobbins slogged through a sophomore season that included 11 doubles, no home runs and 15 RBIs. Fresh off his first knee surgery, the Marshalltown baseball team’s supposed slugger was anything but. He tried playing basketball last winter, too, and that’s when the knee gave out a second ...

Urbandale a familiar foe for Bobcats

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There’s no fear of the unknown, beyond playing in the vast expanses at Principal Park. When Marshalltown and Urbandale square off in the last of four Class 4A state quarterfinal baseball games tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Des Moines, the only mystery will be which team is going to win. The ...