SPORTS SHORTS: Anderson earns honorable mention

ST. PAUL – Marshalltown native Sarah Anderson has been named to the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer honorable mention squad, as announced Thursday by the league.

Anderson is a two-year starting defender at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, the nation’s largest Catholic college for women. She scored three goals during the fall season in which the Wildcats went 7-11 overall and 2-9 in the MIAC.

Anderson prepped at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., and signed with St. Cloud State University. She transferred to St. Kate’s after one season of soccer at SCSU and has started at defender in all 33 games since.

Former Bobcat extends baseball career

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Marshalltown High School baseball standout Alex Thompson signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to continue his collegiate baseball career with the University of Illinois Springfield, an NCAA Division II program.

Thompson, now a sophomore outfielder at Kirkwood Community College, was an all-CIML Iowa Conference second team selection as a senior at MHS and a two-time All-Area selection by the Times-Republican.

“Alex … is really starting to come into his own offensively,” said UIS coach Chris Ramirez. “We expect that with continued progression he will be a major contributor for us in the outfield. He immediately makes our team more athletic, which is something we really wanted to accomplish with this (recruiting) class.”

Optimist Club hosting hoops tourneys

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club is sponsoring two youth basketball tournaments for students in grades 5-8.

Both are single-day tournaments with the girls division of the Marshalltown Optimist Basketball Invitational (MOBI) set for Jan. 18 and the boys division slated for Feb. 8.

Each team is guaranteed three games in pool play with four teams from each grade qualifying for the championship round. Cost of a team entry is $150.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the website Coaches may contact Larry Park, tournament chairman, at 641-752-6121 or by email at for more information.

Deadlines are Jan. 6 for girls teams and Jan. 27 for boys.