SPORTS SHORTS: Dons escape scare against Colo-NESCO

GILBERTVILLE — With the game on the line, the Don Bosco boys’ basketball team was able to come away with the most marginal of victories, a 49-48 win against Colo-NESCO on Friday night.

Sean McFadden had four made field goals and was 4-for-5 from the charity stripes to lead the Dons (10-1). Matthew Hill had eight made baskets, with a 3-for-7 mark from the line, for 19 points for the Royals (9-3).

Hill added three assists and three steals, while Garret Tiarks had 18 points and six steals Friday evening.

Parker Eley had six points, Phillip Bower added three and Bryce Niemeyer chipped in two in the one-point loss.

Colo-NESCO will head to Waterloo Christian School on Tuesday.

STC boys take care of Benton on Friday

VAN HORNE — Gabe Shields posted 21 points, while teammates Clayton Rosenberger and Riley Davenport each tallied 13 in the Trojans’ win against Benton Community on Friday, 74-61.

A strong third quarter that stretched the lead to 11 points (56-45) helped propel the South Tama County boys (7-4, 5-2 WaMaC) to a win. Nathan Lasley had nine points and Justus Ward, Lane Koch and Lasley all had five rebounds for STC.

Benton Community (5-6, 4-2 WaMaC) was led by Nolan Krueger’s 20 points and Tyler Eggert’s six rebounds.

Silver goes for 20 in Comets’ 50-43 win

CONRAD — Senior Clay Silver had himself a night, going for a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the BCLUW boys’ basketball team’s 50-43 win against South Hardin on Friday.

Both Blake Mann and Jack Garber added on eight more points and Jonny Neff had six more rebounds for the Comets (2-8, 1-5 NICL West).

Troy Dolphin had five steals and Garber dished out two assists.

No stats were available for South Hardin.

Riceville runs down North Tama girls

RICEVILLE — Olivia Schrier had nine points and five rebounds to lead the North Tama girls in their loss at Riceville, 47-28 on Friday.

Schrier made 2-of-7 3-pointers and tacked on two assists for the Redhakws (5-9, 5-7 Iowa Star). McKenzie Wood had six points on three made field goals. She had three rebounds.

Hope Brubaker also had six points with two steals. Riceville was led by Sarah Harken’s 21 points and eight rebounds. Samantha Miller had a team-high 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (4-11, 4-8 Iowa Star).

Spartans survive versus visiting Union

GRUNDY CENTER — With time ticking away, Bryce Flater hit a pair of free throws to pull within a point, then Chase Boren stole the ball for an ensuing layup to go up 56-55. With less than a minute left, the Spartans (3-9) hit a necessary free throw and got beaucoup defensive stops to hold of Union, 57-55 on Saturday. Boren led all scorers with 23 points, while Flater chipped in 13 more.

“We’re figuring it out a little, and they’re playing really hard,” said Grundy Center head coach Joe Nelson. “It’s a good time to be playing well.”

In a contested game from start to finish, the Knights (5-5) held the largest lead of any team, 39-32 with four minutes left in the third quarter.

John Boisen led the Knights with 16 points, while Cael Lambe and Daycen Douglas each had 13 points apiece.

Union led 53-47 with just four minutes remaining in the game, but defensive stops continued to hold for the Spartans.

It’s the second win in three games for Grundy Center. The Spartans host Tripoli on Tuesday.

BCLUW girls push past Denver, 57-37

DENVER — Leah Yantis posted 20 points and nine rebounds, and helped the BCLUW girls stomp Denver on the road 57-37 on Saturday.

Lauren Anderson posted a double-double evening with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Samantha Ubben led the the Comets (5-7) with seven assists.

Denver (2-8) was led by Kambrie Clinton, who had 15 points, and Lila Meyer who had 13.

The Comets have now won three of their last four games.

Mustang wrestling third at Hudson

HUDSON — The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team took third place at the Hudson invite on Saturday. The Mustangs scored 109 points and were third behind Charles City’s second-place 138. Don Bosco won with 220 points.

Nick Meling earned first-place honors at 120 with an 11-9 decision against Jesup’s Dylan Loomer in the first round. Meling was awarded first with an injury defeat of Gable Fox (Don Bosco).

Noah Bandstra also took first at 160 Saturday. Bandstra pinned Nathan Dettmer (Nashua-Plainfield) in 1 minute, 43 seconds. He followed his win by fall up with another pin of Alec Schuster (4:27) and finished with a 7-0 decision of Don Bosco’s Bryce Schares.

Meling and Bandstra were the Mustangs’ only first-place finishers, while Carson Burchland took second place at 113 after a loss to Don Bosco’s Easton Larson.

Bobcats grapple at J-Hawk Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS — Reese Hageman and Luis Ortiz were the lone members of the Marshalltown wrestling team to place Saturday at the J-Hawk Invitational hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Hageman placed second at 152 pounds, and Ortiz claimed sixth at heavyweight.

Hageman, ranked 10th in his weight class in Class 3A, won an 18-5 major decision against Jefferson’s Dustin Anderson. In the semifinal bout, Hageman escaped with a 4-2 decision from Boone’s Jimmy Boustead. Hageman fell in the first place match, a 17-5 major decision to No. 3 Cayd Lara of Fort Dodge.

Ortiz won a 7-5 decision against New Hampton’s Noah Fenske in the consolation semifinals, before being pinned by West Delaware’s Kaleb Zieser in 3 minutes, 44 seconds in the fifth place match.

Showers, DuChane champs at home

CONRAD — Ian Showers and Ryland DuChane claimed individual titles at the home Storm Invite Saturday, as the South Hardin-BCLUW wrestling team finished fourth with 156.5 points.

At 113 pounds, Showers pinned Denver-Tripoli’s Chase Lyons in 59 seconds in the semifinal match, and in the first place match, Showers pinned Central Springs’ Caileb Pate in 5:09.

DuChane, Class 2A No. 10 at 160, pinned Denver-Tripoli’s Ryan Maitland in 3:06. In the semifinal round, DuChane won a 19-5 major decision against Hampton-Dumont’s Caleb Chaney. In the first place match, DuChane edged out Ballard’s John Fulk with a 9-8 decision to take top honors.

STC wrestling second at Ankeny meet

ANKENY — The Trojans totaled 175.5 points, finishing only behind Class 3A Ankeny Centennial as the Class 2A No. 10 South Tama County wrestling team finished second out of ten teams at the Bob Sharp Invitational Saturday. STC’s four ranked wrestlers (Brady Fritz, Tanner Probasco, Colton Vest, Isaac Judge) all brought home individual titles.

Fritz, ranked fifth at 126 pounds, won by fall in his first two matches. Fritz pinned Des Moines Lincoln’s Chad Bohrer in 2 minutes, 54 seconds. Fritz needed just 44 seconds in the semifinals to pin Algona’s Cole Johnson. In the first place match, Fritz took a 6-2 decision from Norwalk’s Carter Schmidt.

Probasco had a banner day at 132 pounds. The eighth-ranked wrestler won a 16-0 technical fall in 5:16 against Lincoln’s Leo Blawou. He then won a 13-3 major decision against Ankeny’s Tom Reichenbacker in the semifinals. In the first place match, Probasco come out on top with a 7-2 decision against Centennial’s Alan Ayres. Probasco earned his 100th career victory Saturday.

Vest, No. 4 at 138, started his day off win a pin of Mason City’s Marcos Cervantez in 1:41. In the quarterfinal, it took Vest just 29 seconds to pin Norwalk’s Chris Adams. Vest took a 17-3 major decision from Ankeny’s Hunter Ragan in the semifinals, and in the first place match, Vest won a 15-0 tech fall in 4:00 against Centennial’s Darrien Rouse.

Judge, 152’s second-ranked wrestler, pinned Ankeny’s Tyler Vry in 57 seconds. Judge pinned Mason City’s Luke Deinhart in 1:01, and claimed a 21-4 tech fall in 5:50 against Norwalk’s Alan Moore.

Three West Marshall wrestlers place

PERRY — The West Marshall wrestling team had three wrestlers place at the Perry Invitational Saturday. Hunter Pfantz placed fourth, and Jake Vawter and Chase Burr posted seventh place finishes.

Pfantz, at 113 pounds, pinned Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Dominique Hollowell in one minute. After being pinned in the semifinal, Pfantz pinned Carroll’s Caden Neumann in 4:30 in the consolations. In the third place match, Carlisle’s Carter Logue won an 11-3 major decision against Pfantz.

Vawter, at 106, pinned Eagle Grove’s Jacob Graham in 40 seconds before losing in the quarterfinal. Vawter won by pin in 26 seconds in the consolation against Perry’s Tucker Strough. In the seventh place match, Vawter took a 16-0 technical fall from Woodwoard-Granger’s Hunter Pierce in 5:52.

Burr, at 145, earned three wins on his way to his seventh place finish. He pinned South Hamilton’s Drake Thompson in 3:20. He pinned Webster City’s Cade Felts, and won an 11-8 decision against Panorama’s Kaleb Stogdill in the seventh place match.

Cougars fourth at home wrestling invite

ACKLEY — Tery Rummans and Caleb Meinders took first place finishes as the AGWSR wrestling team finished fourth with 93 points in its home Wags Invite Saturday.

Meinders, ranked third at 220 pounds in Class 1A, needed just 36 seconds to pin Northwood-Kensett’s Marcus Brandt in the semifinal after receiving a bye in the quarterfinal round. In the first place match, Meinders pinned Newman Catholic’s Noah Ball in 54 seconds.

Rummans, at 195, won a 19-4 technical fall in 4:00 against West Fork’s Collin Meints. In the first place match, Rummans won an 8-2 decision against Rockford’s Heath Farr.