SPORTS SHORTS: Balanced scoring leads Royals to win

TRAER — The Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team got a balanced scoring effort en route to a 68-38 triumph against North Tama in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division contest.

Philip Bower and Garret Tiarks both scored 17 points to lead the Royals (3-1, 3-1), while Matthew Hill had 16 points in the league victory. Jacob Clatt contributed nine points in the victory against the Redhawks (3-2, 3-2).

Cougars hand Mustangs their first loss

ACKLEY — Nathan Karsjens scored 28 points in his return to the starting lineup and the AGWSR boys’ basketball team rallied past East Marshall 48-44 in Friday’s NICL West Division showdown.

East Marshall (3-1, 2-1) led 35-31 entering the final frame before the host Cougars came back, outscoring the Mustangs 17-9 in the period.

Jay Janssen pitched in with 14 points for AGWSR (4-0, 3-0) as he and Karsjens accounted for 42 of the Cougars’ 48 points thanks to seven 3-pointers.

No statistics were reported for East Marshall, which goes on the road to face South Hardin on Tuesday night.

AGWSR entertains Rockford today.

GMG girls march to third-straight win

GARWIN — Blaire Sonderleiter and McKensie Vaske both posted season-high scoring nights as the GMG girls’ basketball team bounced Waterloo Christian 69-18 in an Iowa Star Conference clash here Friday night.

Sonderleiter led all scorers with 20 points and Vaske had 17 more for the Wolverines (3-3, 3-1), who captured their third-straight win.

Madi Krull chipped in with seven points and Katie Airey added six more for GMG.

Sydney Nystrom led Waterloo Christian (0-6, 0-5) with 12 points and her younger sister Ashley Nystrom scored the Regents’ other six points.

GMG goes on the road this afternoon to take on Cedar Valley Christian at 3 p.m. at LaSalle Middle School in Cedar Rapids.

No. 6 Colo-NESCO stifles Redhawk girls

TRAER — Ten different players scored as the Class 1A No. 6 Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team toppled North Tama 61-11 in an Iowa Star Conference South Division game here Friday.

The visiting Royals (5-1, 5-0) rattled off their fifth-straight win after jumping out to an 18-5 lead through the first quarter and a 38-9 halftime advantage.

North Tama (2-4, 2-3) went scoreless in the third quarter en route to its third consecutive defeat.

Molly Barten’s 13 points led Colo-NESCO, while Grace Stalzer tallied nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists. Faith Vincent knocked down eight points to go with her 10 steals, while Kassie Robinson and Chelsea Henze had seven points apiece.

Karly Jans led North Tama with five points and Lydia Schafer had four more.

Both teams are at home Tuesday in Iowa Star action. The Royals entertain Waterloo Christian and North Tama hosts Don Bosco.

Dodgers nip Bobcat sophomore boys

The Marshalltown sophomore boys’ basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on Friday night, falling 51-50 to Fort Dodge in CIML Iowa Conference play inside the Roundhouse.

Bennett O’Hare had 21 points to lead the host Bobcats. Wade Canaday came up with 15 points and Eric Kapayou added nine.

MHS goes on the road for its next game Tuesday, traveling to face Des Moines Roosevelt.

Shomo powers MHS freshmen to wins

The Marshalltown freshman boys’ basketball team snared a pair of wins to end the week, defeating Newton Thursday and Fort Dodge Friday to improve to 3-1 for the year.

On Thursday, the Bobcats prevailed 64-40 over Newton at Lenihan Intermediate School. Austin Shomo poured in a whopping 28 points to lead all scorers, making a pair of 3-pointers among his 11 field goals while going 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

Will Van Buren added eight points while Kabba Pins and Casey Linsenmeyer pitched in with six points apiece.

In Friday’s 62-59 triumph against Fort Dodge, Shomo upped his scoring mark with 34 points. He made four 3-pointers among his 11 field goals and went 8-for-10 at the charity stripe. Trevor Stamp chipped in with nine points, Pins had eight and Van Buren seven more for MHS.

Iowa Star basketball teams conjoined

BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on Friday that the boys’ basketball teams from Waterloo Christian and Valley Lutheran will be combining their programs for the remainder of the winter season.

The two teams will assume Waterloo Christian’s schedule for the rest of the year. The schools with Valley Lutheran on their schedule will have an option of adding a replacement game or accepting a forfeit, according to the IHSAA.

Waterloo Christian and Valley Lutheran are members of the Iowa Star Conference, competing alongside the likes of area schools Colo-NESCO, GMG, Meskwaki Settlement and North Tama.

ESPN adds UNI, Drake men’s games

ST. LOUIS — The Missouri Valley Conference announced Friday that ESPN has designated networks for two MVC men’s basketball telecasts for the first weekend in January.

On Jan. 8, 2017, ESPN has confirmed that Wichita State at Northern Iowa will air on ESPNU at 3 p.m. A second MVC game that day will air on ESPN3, featuring Evansville at Drake. Start time is also 3 p.m.

Wichita State and Northern Iowa both have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, combining for six tourney wins. The Panthers are two-time defending MVC Tournament champions and the Shockers are three-time defending MVC regular-season champs.

Iowa O-line wins Joe Moore Award

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa football team’s offensive line has been named the winner of the Joe Moore Award for the most outstanding offensive line unit in college football. The announcement was made Friday morning by The Foundation for Teamwork.

The Joe Moore Award, in its second year, is named after Joe Moore, widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in college football history. It is the only major college football award to honor a unit.

The Hawkeyes were selected over top-ranked Alabama and third-ranked Ohio State by a voting committee comprised solely of people who played or coached the offensive line position, including all of the current offensive line coaches at the Division I/FBS level as well as former players, coaches and colleagues of Moore and select media.