Royals, Wilkening defend crowns

WAVERLY – The Colo-NESCO girls’ cross country team won its second consecutive Iowa Star Conference meet championship and GMG’s Kyla Wilkening claimed back-to-back individual honors in Thursday’s meet on the Wartburg College campus.

Wilkening successfully defended her title in a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds, outdistancing the closest competitor by 58 seconds. The Wolverines came in second as a team with 31 points, trailing Colo-NESCO’s 23. The Royals had four top-10 finishers with Alexis Britten, Faith Vincent and Angela Brinkman finishing 4-5-6. Grace Stalzer placed eighth.

Lydia Ketter was 19th to lead North Tama to fifth place, while Delicia Guevara took 23rd for the Meskwaki Warriors, who finished sixth.

On the boys’ side, GMG was third in the team standings, while Colo-NESCO’s Caleb Cobbs led local runners with a third-place finish in 17:35. The Royals came in fourth with 73 points, trailing Dunkerton (23), Don Bosco (50) and GMG (56).

The Wolverines were led by Ethan Karsjen, who finished fifth in 18:12.

North Tama, which was a runner short of scoring as a team, was led by Andrew Lidgett in 22nd (20:56).

Redhawks get preview glimpse vs. G-R

REINBECK – In a preview of their postseason opener, the North Tama volleyball team swept aside Gladbrook-Reinbeck 25-16, 25-12, 26-24, in Thursday’s regular-season finale for both teams.

The Redhawks (16-11) were led by Marika Kopriva’s 11 kills. Katie Kopriva had nine kills and two blocks and was 16-for-16 serving with six of the team’s 15 aces. Karly Jans added six kills. Isabel Sierra finished with 20 assists, while Takoa Kopriva picked up 22 digs. North Tama served 71-for-74 as a team.

No statistics were available for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-26), which goes to Traer for Tuesday’s regional opener.

South Hardin sweeps Royals netters

ELDORA – Kassie Robinson posted a team-leading eight kills in the Colo-NESCO volleyball team’s regular-season finale, a 3-0 loss at the hands of South Hardin in Thursday’s non-conference pairing.

Molly Barten added four kills and the lone block for the Royals (5-15), who open the postseason Tuesday against GMG in Garwin. Chelsea Henze finished with nine assists and was 14-for-16 serving, while Emma Sarver led C-N with 19 digs. Robinson also went 10-for-11 serving with the Royals’ only ace.

No statistics were reported for South Hardin (6-17), which visits Iowa Falls-Alden in Wednesday’s regional opener.