SPORTS SHORTS: Van Dyk goes low but A-P takes dual

PARKERSBURG – South Tama County’s Paige Van Dyk continued her simmering spring with a two-under par 32 medalist effort, though it wasn’t enough to overtake Aplington-Parkersburg.

The Falcons earned a 191-195 victory, while A-P’s Lyndie Koch fired a 44 for runner-up honors at Legend Trail Golf Club Friday.

Carrie Cibula toured the course in 45, while Laurel Scharnweber’s 57 and Alicia Gonzalez’s 59 completed the Trojans’ team score.

The Trojans return to action today to host the STC Invite at Tama-Toledo Country Club starting at 8:30 a.m.

Spartans make strong showing at CF

CEDAR FALLS – Facing another elite foe, the Grundy Center girls golf team took away another valuable experience – even if it didn’t come away with the win.

Struggling with its short game, the Spartans fell to Cedar Falls 166-179 at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. Megan Brewer led the Tigers with two-over 38 for medalist honors, while Grundy Center’s Josie McMartin fired a 39.

“It was another meet against great competition for us,” Grundy Center coach Rick Schupbach said. “If used properly it can really help us. One thing tonight can teach us is just focusing on our own play and not our competitors since we cannot control anything on the course but our own play.”

Lindsay Freeman carded a 46, while Baylie Wrage and Hillary Samo each shot 47 for Grundy Center (22-10).

Natalie Rokes (40), Allison Rolinger (42) and Hannah Hagarty (46) completed Cedar Falls’ score.

“To beat good teams we must shore up our ground game,” Schupbach said. “We gave away around 12 strokes in nine holes tonight.

“There is only one remedy for that – extra practice. If approached right, this should serve as motivation to want to improve our play.”

No. 10 Rebels rough up Falcons

REINBECK – Stuck in a two-game slide, the Rebels found the perfect opponent to get back on track.

Marco Baron and Chase Clark each found the back of the net twice as the Class 1A No. 10-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys soccer team snapped a two-game skid with a 5-0 rout over winless Aplington-Parkersburg Friday.

Camden Kickbush also scored for the Rebels, who rebounded from a pair of losses to Decorah and Hudson to improve to 8-4 on the season. Dustin Dinsdale, Austin Harris and Wyatt Swanson each added an assist as the Falcons dropped to 0-8.

Josh Cooley made four saves in goal for the clean sheet and G-R’s fifth shutout of the year as A-P came up empty on the board for the fifth time this season. The Rebels fired 12 shots on goal scoring three times on Brandon Abbas and twice against Zach Benning.

The Rebels return to the pitch Monday against Iowa Falls-Alden on the road, before closing the regular season at home against Postville Thursday.