SPORTS SHORTS: Smoldt scores 37, Rebels top Spartans

REINBECK — Joe Smoldt went 13-for-13 at the free-throw line and made four 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 37 points, leading the No. 4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team to a 78-55 victory against Grundy Center in Thursday’s Class 1A District 6 quarterfinal.

Smoldt also finished with nine assists and five steals for the Rebels (21-2), who will host Tuesday’s district semifinals. Caden Kickbush contributed 18 points, also making four 3-pointers, while Tyler Pierce had six points and a team-leading nine rebounds. Matt Roeding added six points and six boards for G-R, which led 43-25 at the half.

Braidan Buhrow paced Grundy Center (6-17) with 12 points. Chase Boren and Bryce Flater both scored eight points, and Jared Krausman chipped in with seven.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck will meet Belle Plaine in Tuesday’s second semifinal, which tips off at 8 p.m.

Belle Plaine gets past GMG in districts

REINBECK — Brant DeMeulenaere racked up 23 points and seven rebounds to lead Belle Plaine past GMG 64-44 in Thursday’s Class 1A District 6 quarterfinal.

Brandon Mantz added 15 points, eight boards and three blocked shots, while Garrett Straight came off the bench to tally 11 points and seven rebounds for the Plainsmen (16-6). Belle Plaine led 31-19 at the half before scoring the first 13 points of the third quarter, eventually opening up a 51-23 advantage.

GMG ended the season with a 9-13 record, led in its finale by Garret Groth’s 11 points. Austin Cox came away with eight points, Levi Duden added seven points, while Conner Stonewall and Brayden Peterson netted six points apiece.

Tiarks tallies 24, Royals oust Redhaws

HUDSON — Garret Tiarks tallied a game-high 24 points and the Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team bounced North Tama from Class 1A District 6 boys basketball with a 71-51 victory Thursday night.

Matthew Hill added 18 points and Philip Bower finished with 15 for the Royals (15-7), who led 20-17 after the first quarter but outscored the Redhawks 34-16 over the next two periods. Jacob Clatt chipped in with eight points and Sean Cutler finished with six.

Jacob Gorder paced North Tama (9-13) with 12 points. Jake Hlas and Will Earley both netted nine points and Hale Hulme added six in the season-ending loss.

Colo-NESCO will face Hudson in the first of two district semifinals on Tuesday night at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School in Reinbeck. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.

Hudson outscores Meskwaki Warriors

HUDSON — Dylan Beaumont’s double-double helped drive the Hudson Pirates to a 70-52 victory against the Meskwaki boys’ basketball team in Thursday’s Class 1A Region 6 quarterfinals.

Beaumont tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Hudson (9-13), while Parker Ingamells racked up 18 points and six assists. Wyatt Kelly contributed 11 points and four boards for the Pirates, who play Colo-NESCO in Tuesday’s district semifinals.

Meskwaki Settlement was led by Tate Bear’s 23 points to go with five rebounds. Jarius Bear added 12 points and five boards, while Keahna Demarce and Emmett Roberts both chipped in with six points. Demarce led the Warriors (8-14) with six rebounds in the loss.

Hames hits five treys for AGWSR boys

ACKLEY — Alex Hames made five 3-pointers on his way to a team-leading 17 points as the AGWSR boys’ basketball team advanced through the Class 1A District 5 quarterfinals with a 58-47 win against North Butler on Thursday night.

Mason Eilderts made seven free throws and finished with 13 points for the Cougars (15-6), and Nathan Karsjens added 11 points in the win. Jay Janssen scored just five points but led AGWSR with 10 rebounds.

The Cougars led 36-15 at the half but had to endure a stern challenge from the visiting Bearcats (7-14). North Butler outscored AGWSR 32-22 in the second half but never got within striking distance.

AGWSR will meet Wapsie Valley (16-7) in the first of two district semifinals Tuesday at Dunkerton, with tipoff set for 6:30 p.m.