SPORTS SHORTS: Spartans win tournament in Waterloo

WATERLOO — A pair of Spartans tied for the best score as the Grundy Center boys’ golf team shot a 340 to win the Waterloo Christian Invitational on Saturday at Gates Park Golf Course.

Jake Bangasser and Jesper Holke-Farnam both shot a 5-over-par 77 for the Spartans, matching Newman Catholic’s Austin Eckenrod’s 77 for the day’s low score. The Knights finished second with a 348, and Don Bosco was third with a 369 in the six-team field.

Nolan Freeman shot an 87 and Tanner Appel a 99 to round out the Spartans’ counting scores.

Ballard tallies 10 goals to top STC/EM

HUXLEY — Missing key players to other commitments, the South Tama County/East Marshall girls’ soccer team suffered its worst loss of the year, falling 10-0 to Ballard Saturday.

The Bombers (4-4) scored just two goals in the first half, but Trojan head coach Bob McBain said inexperience showed on the STC/EM end in the second half.

Esmeralda DeLatorre and Sadie Smith recorded shots for the Trojans. Jaelin Berger replaced Abby Llewellyn in goal after McBain said Llewellyn went down with an injury in the 50th minute and didn’t return. Both goalies surrendered five goals.

The Trojans (1-10) host Oskaloosa Thursday.

UNI’s Panther Caravan plans its stops

CEDAR FALLS — The Panther Caravan is up and running again for its 2017 tour.

The five-day, seven-stop expedition will feature notable names from Northern Iowa organizations such as: football coach Mark Farley, men’s basketball coach Ben Jacobson, women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren and wrestling coach Doug Schwab, among others.

The tour will begin in Dubuque on May 11 before going to the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids on May 12. On May 18, the bus will roll into Des Moines before having two stops on May 19 in Clear Lakes and Twin Cities, before coming to an end on May 25 in Waterloo.

Those hoping to attend can find the schedule online and RSVP at panthercaravan.uni.edu.

Cyclones acquire Beverly from UTSA

AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team landed a graduate transfer in Jeff Beverly, who is coming from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Beverly will have one year to play with the Cyclones and will be immediately be eligible upon graduation at UTSA.

“Jeff adds depth to our program on the inside, which we need with the loss of multiple contributors on the interior,” said Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm. “He is a guy that fits our system offensively and he provides experience. Jeff has a good feel for how we play and for our system and he is excited to be a Cyclone.”

Beverly averaged 15.8 points per game and was a walk-on player in December 2015. Beverly originally went to UTSA to play football and redshirted the 2015-16 season.

He found double-figure scoring nights 28 times in his 33 games last year, with a game high 29 coming against Florida Atlantic. He also managed 5.9 rebounds per game and shot a 75.3 percent from the free-throw line.