SPORTS SHORTS: Area girls tennis teams fall in regionals

GRINNELL — The South Tama County girls’ tennis team concluded its season with a 5-1 loss to Mount Vernon on Saturday in the first round of the Class 1A Region 3 tournament.

In the No. 6 hole, Abrielle Morgan earned a 7-5, 6-0 win of Bianca Kladivo to avoid the regional shutout.

No. 1 and No. 2 players Brycelyn Haugher and Bri Nelson both lost 6-0, 6-0 to their foes; Courtney Anderson fell 6-4, 6-4 and Laura Fernandez-Garcia and Serena Lowe both lost 6-2, 7-5 in their singles matches.

In other Class 1A Region 3 action, Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck defeated South Hardin 5-4 to advance to the regional semifinals. The result turned the tables on a 6-3 regular-season victory for the Tigers against GC/G-R. Waterloo Columbus then dispatched the Spartans, 5-0.

GC/G-R girls start with a win at W-SR

WAVERLY — Audrey Leyen scored two goals, Madison McMartin had one and Cora Saak had another in the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ soccer team’s win against Hudson, 4-3 on Saturday at the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament.

Sydney Mathews assisted on three of the four goals scored, and as a team, the Rebels (6-7) put 13 shots on goal.

Carsen Hamann spent the afternoon in goal, recording eight saves out of the Pirates’ 11 shots on goal.

The Rebels followed up the win with back-to-back losses against Pleasant Valley, 5-0, and Independence, 2-1.

GC/G-R will head to Hudson again on Thursday for its only game of this week.

STC/EM shut out three times in tourney

WAVERLY — The South Tama County/East Marshall girls’ soccer team hung with some top competition, but failed to find a win, going 0-3 on the day at the Waverly-Shell Rock tournament.

The Trojans (1-15) were pitted against Class 2A No. 2 ADM in the first game of the tournament, falling 3-0 to the Tigers (12-2). ADM struggled to get by the Trojans’ defense until the 25th minute, before curving one by Abby Llewellyn.

ADM found the back of the net twice more in the second half, while Llewellyn saved eight other shots on goal.

In game two, Cedar Valley Christian won 2-0, finding a goal in the seventh minute and again in the 15th. The Trojans were able to shut down CVC (8-3) in the second half, while Llewellyn recorded nine more goals.

Game three found Decorah coming away with a marginal 1-0 win. A solid strike from 25 yards out snuck by Llewellyn for the only goal of the game.

“All in all, the team played well, and even though they lost all three games, it was the best showing they have done in a number of years,” said STC/EM head coach Bob McBain. “The team continues to improve, just need to find a scoring touch.”

The three-game loss comes off a 4-0 loss to Western Dubuque on Friday night. Sadie Smith had a couple of tries to get on the board in the second half, but her first sailed wide and the second found the goalkeeper’s hands.

The Trojans also recognized their eight seniors: Jade Baeza, Aleks Beha, Abby Llwellyn, Analea Ordaz, Autumn Papakee, Aleyah Powell, Salma Razak and Mallory Thede.