TAMA - The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team came away with a split in Thursday's season-opening action at a four-team meet hosted by South Tama County.
The Mustangs met host South Tama in the opener, falling 57-21 to their neighbors and NICL rivals. In the nightcap, EM/GMG defeated Hudson 54-27.
Three Mustang wrestlers finished the night 2-0 on the mat, led by Devin Yilek at 160 pounds. Yilek won both his matches by fall, pinning Dylan Kalinay of STC in 2:23 and Cody Lang of Hudson in 2:55.
Zach Underhill (120) and Nate Judge (285) both went 2-0 with a first-period pin and a forfeit. Jared Young was the only other EM/GMG wrestler to win against South Tama, edging Bryce Climer 7-6 in triple-overtime.
East Marshall/GMG is back in action Saturday at the Plainsmen Invitational in Belle Plaine.
Warrior girls rout Waterloo Christian
MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT - The backcourt tandem of seniors Dia Keahna and Tiana Thompson combined to score 37 points as the Meskwaki Settlement girls' basketball team opened the season with a 61-27 rout of Waterloo Christian in Tuesday's Iowa Star Conference clash.
The host Warriors got out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter en route to the win.
Kiahna finished with a game-high 20 points, Thompson hit three 3-pointers on her way to 17 points, and Kadyn Clark chipped in with 14 points for Meskwaki.
Jaden Davenport contributed six points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Thompson totaled seven assists, six steals and four blocked shots.
The Warriors play host to GMG tonight in Iowa Star action.
Gatorade honors Mediapolis' Ertz
Due to an injury, Mediapolis quarterback Jesse Ertz could not play in the Class 2A football championship game this past season.
That did not prevent the future Kansas State Wildcat from winning the state's top honor Thursday as Ertz was named the 28th Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character but also distinguishes Ertz as Iowa's best high school football player.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback threw for 2,613 yards, 45 touchdowns and just two interceptions this past season in helping the Bulldogs (13-1) reach the 2A title game. He also rushed for 1,063 yards and 14 touchdowns on just 98 carries.
His 98 career touchdown passes also set a new state record, breaking former Iowa Hawkeye and Keokuk quarterback James Vandenberg's mark of 93 passing scores.
Chiefs claim former Cyclone off waivers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Chiefs have claimed offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks off waivers.
The 6-foot-3, 336-pound Hicks entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in April. He spent time on their practice squad before being acquired by the New York Jets on Nov. 6.
He spent three games on their roster but was inactive each week.
The former Iowa State standout takes the roster spot of linebacker Bryan Kehl, who was released earlier this week.