SPORTS SHORTS: MCC softball swept by Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Tigers were blanked in game one, and a big inning for the Reivers in the nightcap helped keep MCC at bay. The Marshalltown Community College softball team dropped both games of an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference doubleheader 8-0 in six innings and 15-7 to Iowa Western Community College Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers (12-8, 0-2 ICCAC) mustered just a pair of hits in the opener. Dion Shirley and Shaena Robinson were responsible for the lone base knocks, both happening in the fourth inning. MCC had the bases loaded in the inning, but Iowa Western (24-8, 2-0) kept the Tigers off the scoreboard.

The Reivers knocked the Tigers around for nine runs in the first inning of the second game to build a 9-1 lead. Robinson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, extending her hit streak to 20 games, collecting a base hit in all of MCC’s games this season. Robinson has a nation-best .582 batting average. Courtney Fudge also went 2-for-3, both doubles, with a pair of RBIs, while also scoring three runs.

The Tigers are home today for a twinbill against Iowa Central Community College. First pitch of game one is slated for 2 p.m.

Spartan boys edge A-P in last race

GRUNDY CENTER — It doesn’t get any closer than it did Tuesday night for the Grundy Center boys’ track and field team as it stole the team title at the 2017 Spartan Co-Ed meet from Aplington-Parkersburg.

The meet came down to the 4×400-meter relay, where Finn Cleveland edged out A-P’s Riley Barrett in the final stretch to take second place and grab four team points. The Falcons, who had a 1.5-point lead against the Spartans going into the final event, grabbed just two points with a third-place finish, and lost by a half point in the end.

Adam Kaufman, Jensen Clapp, Caleb Kuiper and Cleveland wrapped up the meet with a thrilling performance for fans in the 4×400.

Senior Bryce Flater posted 17.5 points himself, including wins in the 200 dash (24.05 seconds) and long jump (20 feet, 1.5 inches), as well as a second-place finish in the 100 (11.75).

Sawyer Bowen grabbed wins in the 400 (57.19) and the high jump (5-11), while Drew Rathe was runner-up with a 5-11 as well in the high jump.

The Colo-NESCO boys were third with 49 points Tuesday as well. Caleb Cobbs scored 11 points with a win in the 1,600 (4:56.42) and a second-place finish in the 3,200 (10:20.00). Wayne Beard picked up 8.5 points in the 100 (11.75) where he finished first. The boys’ 4×100 also took first in a time of 47.65.

Grundy Center girls third at home

GRUNDY CENTER — Hailey Wallis and Kyah Luhring had 13.5 points apiece Tuesday as the Grundy Center girls’ track and field team took third place with 69 points at the 2017 Spartan Co-Ed meet.

Wallis won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.37 seconds. Kyah Luhring found her individual title in the long jump, with a first-place finish at 15 feet, 8 inches. Baylee Potkins was second in the 400 hurdles (1:17.43) and Landry Luhring was third in the long jump at 14-10.25.

The Spartan 4×200 relay team of Kyah, Brooke Flater, Landry and Wallis, was first in a time of 1:54.88).

The same four quartet won the sprint medley relay in a time of 1:57.88.

The Colo-NESCO girls were fifth with 55 points, led by Angela Brinkman’s 18.5 points. She won the 100 hurdles (17.94) and the 400 hurdles (1:17.04), while Lauryn Hill was second in the high jump at 4-10.

GC/G-R girls fall to Waterloo Columbus

WATERLOO — Madison McMartin converted two of her four shots on goal into scores, but the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ soccer team fell to Waterloo Columbus 11-3 on Tuesday evening.

Junior Audrey Leyen had the other goal, but the Rebels (0-1) came up short. As a team, GC/G-R put 14 shots on net.

Sophomore Rachel Cooley started in goal, making 21 saves. But in her 80 minutes, she couldn’t stop every shot.

Sophomore Sydney Mathews grabbed two assists and Taylor Gienger had another in the loss.

The Rebels host Grand View Christian tonight at 5:30 p.m.