SPORTS SHORTS: Dodgers turn back Bobcat swimmers

FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown boys’ swimming team brought home 43 season-bests and 14 lifetime-bests, despite a 103-67 loss to Fort Dodge on Thursday.

A handful of wins helped pace along the Bobcats throughout the afternoon, but the Dodgers were able remain in a sturdy lead.

The 200-yard medley relay of Gage Petty, Ryne Downey, Caleb Summers and Brad Barkema earned first place in a time of 1 minute, 53.14 seconds, and Pom Pinitchan followed that up with a second-place in the 200 freestyle (1:54.12).

“Fort Dodge is pretty fast, and when you swim against fast opponents, they drag you along with them,” said MHS swimming coach Mike Loupee.

Petty came back later to take first place in the 100 backstroke, finishing in a time of 59.73. The 400 freestyle relay team of Downey, Carson Beals, Petty and Pinitchan took first as well, clocking a 3:31.93.

In the 50 free, both Barkema and Summers were second and third place, respectively, finishing in 24.78 and 25.73. Downey had a second-place finish in the 100 free in a time of 53.19.

After a week of semester tests — and some tests still going on through the week — Loupee said the dedication he saw from his swimmers in the past month has been what’s paved the way for season and lifetime-bests, this late in the year.

“During Christmas break, we had 11 practices where we swam nearly 70,000 yards,” Loupee said. “That’s takes a high level of dedication as many of them are finishing up semester testing.”

The Bobcats are at Johnston next Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

No. 2 Rebels run rampant on Sailors

REINBECK — Jumping out to a 23-6 lead through the first quarter Thursday night, the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball rolled to a 68-25 win against Waterloo Columbus in a cross-NICL matchup.

The Class 1A No. 2 Rebels (8-0) held the Sailors (2-7) to single-digit totals in the third and fourth quarters. Draining five 3-pointers, Joe Smoldt led the Rebels with 26 points, and Caden Kickbush added 17. Smoldt also led G-R with five assists and five steals.

Spartans surpass Comets in 2nd half

CONRAD — After a highly contested first half, the Grundy Center girls’ basketball team relied on stout defense to outscore BCLUW in the final two periods 33-12 to come away with a 62-40 win here Thursday night.

Hailey Wallis had 15 points on 3-for-5 3-point shooting, coupled with six rebounds to lead the Spartans (9-2, 4-2 NICL West). Reagan Zinkula added 12 more points while shooting 2-for-3 from the arc.

BCLUW (3-7, 1-4 NICL) was led by senior Samantha Ubben, who had 13 points, four assists and three rebounds. Lauren Anderson helped out with 11 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Kylie Willis had 14 more points and seven rebounds, while Brooke Flater had eight points and four rebounds in the win. Maddie McMartin pitched in nine points.

Skylar Veldhouse added nine points for the Comets.

Mustangs capture two NICL victories

PARKERSBURG — The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team (7-15, 4-6 NICL) took a pair of North Iowa Cedar League duals Thursday night, beating Jesup 43-24 and host Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center 51-18.

Five Mustangs — Carson Burchland (113 pounds), Nick Meling (120), Dawson Riemenschneider (138), Darrin Anderson (145) and Lansin Lacina (152) won both of their matches.

The Mustangs travel to Hudson and participate in the Hudson Invitational on Saturday.