SPORTS SHORTS: MHS sophs will kick off an hour later

The Marshalltown High School sophomore football team has changed the time of its game Thursday against Pella. The Bobcats will host the Little Dutch at 7 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 6 p.m. kickoff.

Drake-Grand View game moved back

DES MOINES – Due to forecasted high temperatures, kickoff for Thursday’s Drake vs. Grand View football game has been moved from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the safety and welfare of both teams’ student-athletes and fans.

Gates to Drake Stadium will open at 5 p.m.

Sowers tabbed for Central team award

PELLA – Marshalltown High School graduate Whitney Sowers received the Outstanding Defensive Player Award for the Central College softball team at its annual awards banquet.

Sowers, a 2011 MHS grad, was the starting third baseman for the Dutch during the spring season. Central qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament but went 0-2 in the eight-team, double-elimination event to end the season 32-10 overall.

Sowers finished the spring with a .344 batting average, 31 runs scored, two home runs and 27 RBIs in earning second-team all-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for the second year in a row.