SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcat boys’ swimmers fifth at Boone

BOONE — The Marshalltown boys’ swimming team took fifth out of six squads at the 55th annual Toreador Relays here Saturday, ending one point shy of fourth place.

The Bobcats had a pair of runner-up finishes to lead their performance on the day, and Pom Pinitchan was a part of both of them. He teamed with Gage Petty to place second in the 2×200-yard freestyle relay in a combined time of 3 minutes, 57.17 seconds, while Pititchan and Coert Groff took silver in the 2×500 freestyle in 11:05.01.

Petty and Carson Beals earned third in the 2×100 backstroke event in a time of 2:05.81, while Beals and Ryne Downey earned bronze in the 2×100 freestyle (1:48.85). Marshalltown’s 8×100 freestyle relay also scored third place with a composite time of 7:38.89.

The Bobcats now have a week of practice to prepare for their next event, their own invitational next Saturday.

Spartan girls stop Wapsie Valley

WAVERLY — Hailey Wallis posted 16 points and Maddie McMartin tallied another 12 as the Grundy Center girls’ basketball team rebounded for a win against Wapsie Valley on Saturday, 49-26.

The Spartans (2-1) scored double-digits in the first three quarters before putting up a five-spot in the final stanza. Kylie Willis had four points, seven rebounds and four assists while Brooke Flater had eight points and three steals in the win.

Wapsie Valley was led by Lakin Joerger and her 10 points.

Grundy Center heads to East Marshall on Tuesday and hosts West Marshall on Friday for NICL West action.

Comets fall to Sumner-Fredericksburg

WAVERLY — A stagnant second half stymied any hopes of the BCLUW girls’ basketball team hanging with a tall and physical Sumner-Fredericksburg team Saturday, as it fell 48-29 on the road.

Senior Samantha Ubben led the Comets (1-3) through the first half with seven points, but left at halftime and did not return to play. Madison Ubben had five points and four rebounds, while Kaylee Goecke had six points in the Comets’ second-straight loss.

The halftime score was close, with the Comets behind just 20-16. But S-F was able to outscore BCLUW 17-2 in the second quarter, resulting in a crippling deficit.

Skylar Veldhouse had five points and Lauren Anderson posted four points and four rebounds as well. BCLUW returns home for a NICL West game against AGWSR on Tuesday.