GMG netters notch sixth-straight win

CEDAR FALLS – The GMG volleyball team tallied its sixth-straight triumph on Thursday night, knocking off Valley Lutheran in a five-set thriller, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-11.

Chandler Kendall led a balanced GMG attack with 11 kills in addition to a team-high 10 digs. Josie Claassen racked up eight kills, while Blaire Sonderleiter and McKensie Vaske had seven kills apiece.

Katie Airey chalked up 27 assists, and Sonderleiter had five blocks while serving 25-for-25 for GMG.

The Wolverines (6-4, 3-0) pulled off the comeback from a 2-1 deficit despite a negative hitting percentage. They amassed 14 blocks as a team and served 105-for-110 with five aces to make up for the hitting woes in handing Valley Lutheran (2-4, 2-1) its first Iowa Star setback.

Tripoli takes out North Tama volleyball

TRAER – Class 1A’s second-ranked Tripoli Panthers swept North Tama in Thursday’s Iowa Star Conference volleyball clash, winning 25-21, 25-5, 25-14.

Junior Kennedy Drewis led Tripoli (4-2, 3-0) with 19 kills, while Ali Harms was a weapon behind the service line, going 28-for-32 with seven aces.

North Tama was led by Katie Kopriva’s eight kills and 13-for-13 serving with two aces. Takoa Kopriva finished with 22 digs and Marika Kopriva had nine assists for the Redhawks (9-5, 1-2).

STC swept twice in trip to Newton

NEWTON – The South Tama County volleyball team dropped to 0-10 on the season with a pair of straight-set losses on Thursday night at Newton.

The Trojans lost 21-17, 21-16 to Newton in the opener. Kaitlin Berger led STC with six kills, McKenna Knock had six digs, and Madie Rohach led the way with two blocks.

North Polk topped the Trojans 21-18, 21-11 in STC’s finale. Sadie Smith scored five kills for South Tama, Knock again led with seven digs and also served 10-for-10. Sabrina Holtz tallied a total of 10 assists on the night.

Tiger girls tab trio of top-25 runners

JOHNSTON – The South Hardin girls’ cross country team had a trio of top-25 finishers in the Class A portion of the Johnston Invitational on Thursday at Camp Dodge.

Senior Miquela Teske topped the Tigers’ contingent by finishing 11th in 23 minutes, 51.7 seconds. Chloe Webb, another junior, was 18th in 23:59.3, and sophomore Jordan Carr came in 25th in 25:21.1. Laura Stanish rounded out the South Hardin squad, scoring 34th in 26:08.6.

The Tiger boys placed sixth out of eight scoring teams in the Class A division, getting a sixth-place finish from Jacob Vanderwilt. The sophomore clocked in at 18:31.0 for the top result for an underclassmen.

Freshmen Kolby Winter (29th, 20:20.9) and Justin Meints (30th, 20:22.1) were next to cross for South Hardin. Josiah Dorow (39th, 20:58.7) and Cauy Teske (44th), 21:09.0) completed the team total.

Redhawks run at Dunkerton Invite

FAIRBANK – The North Tama girls came in sixth out of as many scoring teams at the Dunkerton Invitational on Thursday at Wapsie Ridge Golf Course.

The Redhawks were led by freshman Adel Scherrer, who was 30th in a time of 26 minutes, 43.0 seconds. Five juniors followed up for the Redhawks, starting with Shelby McKinley (32nd, 27:17.2) and Lydia Ketter (37th, 27:29.8). Holly Rigel (42nd), Olivia Schrier (43rd) and Carlie Johanningmeier (44th) rounded out the field.

North Tama was one of six incomplete teams on the boys’ side of competition. Freshmen Andrew Lidgett (28th, 20:50.0) and Chris Castor (48th, 24:16.8) ran for the Redhawks.