SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat freshmen beat buzzer, Dragons

Jacob Streeter’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining lifted the Marshalltown freshman boys’ basketball team a 36-35 win over Johnston on Friday night at Lenihan.

The Bobcats (2-10) trailed by two points going into their final possession, but Streeter erased the deficit with the long-range bucket on his only shot attempt of the game.

Austin Tullis led MHS with 12 points, connecting on three 3-pointers in the second half. Ben Snyder contributed 11 points off the bench, while Dayton Slifer chipped in seven points.

Four champs crowned in girls’ MOBI

The Tim Johnson-coached Marshalltown Motion won two of three games in the 8th-grade division of the 21st-annual Marshalltown Optimist Basketball Invitational (MOBI) for girls Saturday, but had to settle for third place.

Southeast Polk won the 8th-grade division on margin of victories while Ankeny Centennial Black was second.

The Central Iowa Force 6th-grade team consisting of East Marshall players and coached by Joel McAnulty won three games, advancing to the finals where they were defeated by champion Southeast Polk.

In the closest final of the day, the Iowa Glory out of Altoona defeated the Ballard Bombers 24-23 for the 7th-grade championship. The Glory is coached by MHS grad and former Bobcat Mike Hauser.

The 5th-grade champion was the Waukee Warriors as they defeated Southeast Polk Gold 27-25.

A total of 24 teams from grades 5-8 played in the Girls MOBI, which is sponsored by the Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club in partnership with the MHS Bobcat Booster Club. The Boys MOBI for players in grades 5-8 will be played February 8. For more information, go online to