Cougar boys blast Belmond-Klemme

MASON CITY – AGWSR pitched a shutout in the first quarter, getting out to a 10-0 lead in an eventual 51-19 victory over Belmond-Klemme in Thursday’s Class 1A District 4 boys’ basketball game at Newman Catholic High School.

The Cougars led 24-6 at the half and cruised to the win, advancing to face Newman Catholic (14-8) in Tuesday’s district semifinals with their fifth straight triumph.

Jay Janssen buried four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 16 points for AGWSR (16-6), while Nathan Karsjens came away with 15 points. Jer Stull hit a pair of triples for six points, and Mason Eilderts compiled five points and seven assists.

Burroughs helps Spartans stop Hudson

HUDSON – Austin Burroughs poured in 21 points to lead a balanced scoring effort as the Grundy Center boys’ basketball team tackled host Hudson 77-73 in Thursday’s Class 1A District 9 quarterfinals.

Burroughs shot 6-for-12 from the field and 8-of-8 at the free-throw line, adding six assists and a pair of steals to his stat sheet. Jarrett Stoner had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Bryce Flater had 12 points and Chase Boren added 10 points in the Spartan victory. Braidan Buhrow added nine points as Grundy Center (12-10) won its fifth straight.

Hudson (13-9) trailed 54-39 entering the final period before outscoring the Spartans 34-23, but the comeback fell short.

Grundy Center meets Don Bosco (15-7) in Tuesday’s district semifinals in Reinbeck. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Frosh Bobcat girls fall at rival Ames

AMES – The Marshalltown freshman girls’ basketball team fell to rival Ames in a Central Iowa Conference Northern Division showdown Feb. 12, losing 42-37.

Emily Miller led the Bobcats with 12 points and Ali Trowbridge had eight.

Barkema named to all-academic team

DECORAH – Leah Barkema, a sophomore on the Luther College women’s swim team, has been named to the 2016 Iowa Conference Winter Sports All-Academic team for the first time in her collegiate career.

To be eligible for IIAC All-Academic Team honors, a student-athlete must compete at the varsity level; be at least a sophomore in academic standing or if a transfer must have been enrolled for one full year; and attain a 3.50 or better grade point average.

Barkema, a Conrad native, is a 2014 graduate of Marshalltown High School. She is a biology major with a GPA of 3.67.