Trojans top BCLUW for second place

CONRAD – West Marshall secured second place in the NICL West Division on Tuesday night with a four-set, 25-21, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17 win at BCLUW.

The Trojans (14-18, 5-1 NICL West) fired off 145 attacks, earning a total of 46 team kills in the four-set match. Catherine Sjoblom led her team with 17 kills on 43 attacks and was 14-for-17 with two aces serving Tuesday night.

Lexi Keigan was a perfect 14-for-14 service with two aces, and Ashlyn Craven was also flawless with 8-for-8 serving and an ace.

After edging out two narrow set wins early on, the Comets (18-7, 4-2 NICL West) were able to extend the match with a 25-17 win in the fourth set. Senior Samantha Ubben led the Comets with 15 kills.

Jordyn Beeghly had 12 more kills and two blocks Tuesday night, while Katey Choate was a perfect 17-for-17 serving and two aces. Kate Nason racked up 41 assists.

Easton Swanson dug 19 balls, a team-high, while Kate Goecke had 16 digs, Ubben tallied 15 and Kaylee Goecke had 13 more for BCLUW.

Emma deNeui rattled off 24 digs, a team-high, while Keigan, Sjoblom and Grace Porter all tallied 14 more digs apiece to help out the West Marshall defense. Porter also led her team in assists with 21, while Keigan had 14 more.

The Trojans were just 1-6 in conference play a year ago, finishing last in the NICL West.

East Marshall edges G-R netters in five

REINBECK – The East Marshall volleyball team rallied back from a two-set deficit to defeat Gladbrook-Reinbeck in five games in a battle to avoid last place in the NICL West Division. The Mustangs emerged victorious Tuesday night, winning 21-25, 20-25, 25-16, 28-26, 15-12.

Tiana Bolar led East Marshall with 15 kills and was 21-for-23 serving with four aces. Juliana Arifi added 11 kills, a team-best six blocks, 14 digs and 16-of-17 serving. Amanda Paxton piled on eight kills, 12 digs, three blocks and 18-of-19 serving with three aces.

Brittany Anderson led the Mustangs (7-17, 1-5) with 17 digs, while Ryleigh Thompson added four blocks and MacKenzie Andrews had three. McKenzie Hinegardner totaled 21 assists and was 18-for-18 with two aces, and Lana Long tallied 17 assists and served 16-for-16 with one ace.

No statistics were available for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-20, 0-6), which suffered its 10th consecutive loss.

Both teams go to Conrad on Saturday for the BCLUW Tournament.

Comets lead local boys squads at DNH

DIKE – The BCLUW boys’ cross country team led a handful of area schools at the Wolverine Invitational meet Tuesday in Dike.

Led once again by the power duo of Ian Showers and Grant Baker, the Comets scored 205 points for an eighth-place finish. Showers was 12th with a time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds, while Baker was 13th in a time of 17:23.

Sophomore Caleb Silvers was 33rd, coming through in a time of 18:03, while Neifer Ralson was less than a minute behind in 61st with a time of 18:56. Blake Mann was the fifth and final scorer, coming in 86th with a time of 19:49.

The Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR boys’ squad was right behind BCLUW in ninth place with 240 points.

The Cadets were led by Brayden Penning, who finished 24th in a time of 17:43. Marco Vila was 42nd, in at 18:17, while Seth Mazoway was 54th, running an 18:41.

Greg Tystahl was the fourth scorer in 57th with a time of 18:45. Pablo Frade rounded out scoring for the Cadets with a 63rd-place finish, crossing the line in 18:57.

The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck – a team to watch in the Week 6 rankings by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches – was 10th with 247 points. Dylan Hendricks led the Spartans with a 16th-place finish, running a 17:25. Finn Cleveland wasn’t too far back, taking 29th in a time of 17:54. Derek Ciddio was 52nd in 18:39, while Max Schweppe was 68th in 19:04. Brady Appel was the Spartans’ fifth scorer, taking 82nd in a time of 19:29.

The South Tama boys fielded a team of just five runners, taking 15th place with 342 points. Senior Hunter Filloon led the way, taking 25th in a time of 17:44. Chase Brannen was 46th, running an 18:36 and Courage Tyon was 78th, through in 19:22. Jair Sosa was 88th, running a 19:55 and Joel Puentes rounded out STC’s list, taking 105th place in 21:22.

West Marshall was once again chasing junior Edison Weig, who took 26th in 17:50. John Hohnstein was 69th, running his race in 19:04. Mark VanMetre was 75th in 19:18. Seth Diser wasn’t far behind, running a 19:28, good enough for 81st. James Roelsgard took 101st in 20:51.

North Tama entered just two runners Tuesday, Andrew Lidgett and Chris Castor. Lidgett was through in 20:54, good for 108th place, and Castor ran a 24:04, finishing in 130th.

Tiebreaker helps STC lead local girls

DIKE – Thanks to a time of 24 minutes, 29 seconds, Mahala Doyle’s 99th-place finish was good enough to lift the South Tama County girls’ cross country team to a sixth-place finish in a tiebreaker against Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday.

The Trojans took sixth at the Wolverine Invite at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Dike, led by freshman Callie Frakes in 15th place, through in a time of 20:42. Jensen Vodochodsky was 40th, running a 22:03.

Lauren Yuska bested her sister and teammate Allison Yuska, finishing 46th and 47th in times of 22:22 and 22:25, respectively. Kelsie York-Morris was 59th in a time of 22:46.

The Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR girls team had the highest-finishing pair of an area school Tuesday with Bethany Lippert taking fourth overall in a time of 19:34 and Aubrie Fisher in fifth, through in a time of 19:45.

Haley Bakker was 53rd in a time of 22:36, Katie Meyer was 71st in a time of 23:11 and Patience Kauzlarich was the final scorer for the Cadets, a 90th-place finish in a time of 24:02.

The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls were led by sophomore pair Reegan Zinkula and Lily Ehlers. Zinkula was 25th in a time of 21:23, while Ehlers was close behind in 28th in a time of 21:27.

Abby Hockemeyer was 55th and third on the team, running her race in 22:38. Tiana Saak was 62nd in a time of 22:52 and Cora Saak rounded out scoring for the Spartans with a time of 23:10, good enough for 70th place.

The West Marshall girls took 13th place, scoring 323 points, and were led by freshman runner Avril Sinning, who took 38th place overall. Sinning ran her race in 21:58.

Maddy Gerhart was 67th and Shannon Breja was 69th with times of 23:06 and 23:09, respectively.

Grace Girard was 73rd with a time of 23:13 and Mariah Bockes was chasing her down, finishing 76th with a time of 23:14.

The North Tama girls were able to field a team of five, led by Lydia Ketter in 108th. Ketter ran a 25:01, while teammate Shelby McKinley ran behind in 111th, running a 25:16. Emma Scherrer was 124th and Tessa Dvorak was 125th, running 26:55 and 26:59, respectively.

Holly Rigel was close behind in 126th place, running 27:02.

BCLUW had junior Samantha Schleisman leading the way, running a 23:49 and taking 88th place overall. Milena Ralston was 120th, running a 26:06. Skylar Nelson was 128th in through a time of 27:46. Payton Pekarek was 130th and Haley McDonald was 131st, running 29:01 and 29:13 respectively.