SPORTS SHORTS: No. 9 Trojans take down A-P girls

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall girls’ basketball team awoke from its slumber to subdue upset-minded Aplington-Parkersburg in Thursday’s cross-NICL contest, 55-44.

The Class 3A No. 9 Trojans improved to 9-0 despite trailing 12-3 after the first quarter and 26-17 at the half. West Marshall rallied out of the halftime break to outscore the Falcons 17-4 in the third quarter and continued to pull away for the double-digit win.

Isabelle Gradwell overcame early foul trouble to lead West Marshall with 15 points and eight rebounds. Brooke Snider had 11 points and four steals, Kayla Cripps contributed 10 points and seven rebounds, and Madde Green got a career-high 11 points to go with six rebounds off the bench for the Trojans.

Maddie Waller led Aplington-Parkersburg (4-4) with 10 points. Gabbi Kampman added seven points.

West Marshall goes on the road to face 1A No. 10 AGWSR in tonight’s NICL West Division showdown.

Spartans snap S-F’s seven-game streak

GRUNDY CENTER — Reegan Zinkula made a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and free throws down the stretch helped the Grundy Center girls’ basketball team end Sumner-Fredericksburg’s seven-game win streak with a 46-37 setback on Thursday night.

Hailey Wallis went 4-for-4 at the free-throw line in the final quarter, and Maddie McMartin added a pair from the charity stripe to help the Spartans (7-2) seal the win. Wallis finished with a team-leading 15 points, while Zinkula ended with eight points. Brooke Flater racked up 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Jaydlin Seehase scored a team-leading 15 points for Sumner-Fredericksburg (8-2), whose only other loss is to Class 3A No. 3 Union Community.

Grundy Center hosts South Hardin tonight in NICL West Division action.

Falcons rally past West Marshall boys

STATE CENTER — Aplington-Parkersburg opened the second half on a 10-0 run en route to a 71-57 win against the West Marshall boys’ basketball team here Thursday night.

The host Trojans led 17-16 after the opening period but fell behind by four at the half, 30-26, before the Falcons broke free to start the third quarter.

Cade Alberts and Carter Cuvelier had 16 points apiece to lead A-P (5-2), and Alec Oberhauser had 14 more.

David Disney’s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds paced West Marshall (4-6). Josh Larson had 14 points, Beau Coberley totaled 10 points and six rebounds, and Joe Halverson added nine points.

West Marshall visits AGWSR in tonight’s NICL West Division contest.

EM/GMG wrestlers split at Columbus

WATERLOO — Carson Burchland went 2-0 at 113 pounds and Dawson Riemenschneider also claimed two match wins in the East Marshall/GMG wrestling team’s split Thursday night in Waterloo.

Burchland defeated Sumner-Fredricksburg’s Kael Glenn by fall in 42 seconds and Riemenschneider pinned Treyten Steffen in 3:31, but the Mustangs fell 57-24 to the Cougars.

Burchland came back with a fall of Waterloo Columbus’ Jordan Newton (3:55) and Riemenschneider pinned Craig Woods (1:17). The Mustangs earned a handful of forfeit wins to help grab the dual victory, 48-24.

East Marshall/GMG is back in action on Saturday, heading to Marshalltown for the Allie Morrison Duals.

Drake to host ‘We Back the Blue Night’

DES MOINES — The Drake men’s basketball team is inviting local law enforcement departments and all law enforcement officers to Wednesday night’s game against Indiana State for its ‘We Back the Blue Night.’

To honor and recognize local law enforcement agencies and officers, all officers will receive free admission to the game for themselves and their families by showing their badge at the Knapp Center’s west lobby entrance. There will be a pregame reception hosted by the Drake University women’s basketball team in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility where officers and their families can interact.

At halftime law enforcement officers will be honored for their service to the Des Moines and central Iowa community.

Fans can show their appreciation to local law enforcement by attending with a $5 general admission ticket by mentioning ‘We Back the Blue’ at the Drake athletic ticket office. ‘We Back the Blue’ tickets can also be purchased online at using the promo code POLICE.