SPORTS SHORTS: Ballard bumps STC/EM from regionals

HUXLEY — In a rematch from a 10-0 loss on May 6, the South Tama County/East Marshall girls’ soccer team showed up in droves on defense, attempting to change the story. However, the Bombers were too hot in the second half and came away with a 4-0 win, ending the Trojans’ season.

The STC/EM (1-18) defense and goalkeeper Abby Llewellyn turned away any and all Ballard shots, resulting in a 0-0 halftime score. But adjustments in the second stanza allowed the Bombers to find four goals.

STC/EM had nine shots and three were on goal, while Ballard took 21 shots and 14 found an on-target attack.

The Trojans’ head coach Bob McBain announced after the conclusion of the season that he would be retiring after 16 seasons.

“Sixteen years of guiding the program, the first year as volunteer coach and the last 15 as head coach,” McBain said. “It was a good ride, from having just enough girls to field a team in the beginning to having 48 girls out last year, and 38 this year.

“The program is in good shape, and the future of the team is very promising.”

Sixth-ranked Denver downs GC/G-R

DENVER — The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ soccer team got just five shots on goal off against Class 1A No. 6 Denver on Thursday night, but never found the back of the net in a 3-0 loss.

Madison McMartin had two of the five shots, while Cora Saak, Rachel Scarf and Megan Swanson all fired a shot on goal as well.

Carsen Hamann had her hands full in the goal Thursday night. The sophomore had 28 saves, allowing just three goals.

Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-9) hosts Hudson in the first round of the regional tournament Tuesday. The Rebels are 2-1 this season against the Pirates, with 2-1 and 4-3 wins, but Hudson won the most recent contest 2-1 on May 18.