SPORTS SHORTS: Ranked teams take down Mustangs

GRINNELL — The East Marshall volleyball team faced off with two ranked teams and finished 0-4 at the Grinnell Tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs (0-5) opened the day with a loss to Class 3A No. 15 West Liberty, 21-11, 21-15, before fighting to a 21-12, 21-18 loss to Dallas Center-Grimes. East Marshall closed out pool play with a 21-8, 21-11 loss to 2A No. 13 Des Moines Christian, and then the Lions eliminated the Mustangs from the first round of bracketed play in another two-set match, 21-8, 21-13.

Leading the way for East Marshall was Juliana Arifi, who totaled 19 kills, 15 digs and one block. McKaylie Coleman contributed nine kills, while Ryleigh Thompson had five kills and a team-best two blocks.

Setter McKenzie Hinegardner racked up 21 assists to go with 10 digs, while Brittany Anderson had 13 digs and Maria Rasmusson chipped in with eight assists. Rasmusson stood out at the service line, going 19-for-20, while Anderson was 23-for-25 with three aces.

Royals go 0-4 in Meskwaki tourney

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Colo-NESCO volleyball wasn’t able to snag its first win of the season on Saturday, with the Royals dropping all four of their matches at the Meskwaki Tournament.

Colo-NESCO lost to Denver (21-15, 21-14), Ankeny Christian Academy (21-18. 19-21, 15-12), Vinton-Shellsburg (21-10, 21-10) and North Tama (21-8, 21-14).

Chelsea Henze led the Royals in kills for the tournament with nine, followed by Rylee Purvis recording eight and Lindsey Riese putting down seven. Riley Reischauer had 20 assists on the day, while Henze finished behind her with 14. Defensively, Emma Sarver had 16 digs and Riese had 15.

MHS JV football team loses to Ames

GRINNELL — The Marshalltown junior varsity football team fell to Ames on Thursday night by a score of 41-12.

The Bobcats scored their first touchdown on a 32-yard screen pass from Colton Grimm to Wyatt Himes. Grimm also connected on a 41-yard TD pass to Demonte Williams.

The Bobcats are in action again on Sept. 4 against Cedar Falls at 6 p.m. at Leonard Cole Field.

GMG harriers run at Collins-Maxwell

MAXWELL — GMG cross country started off their season with the Collins-Maxwell Early Bird invite, and Kyla Wilkening won the girls side for the Wolverines in the first ever Spartan Invite.

Wilkening’s time of 19:52 was 37 seconds faster than second-place finisher Ellie Twedt from Ballard. As a team, the GMG girls took third place on the day, with Zoe Duncan finishing in 16th, Angel Shewe takign 19th and Belle Duncan finishing 20th.

On the boys end, Jackson Edens took second in the race with a time of 18:15. Spencer Tweedy placed eighth with a time of 19:21. The Wolverine boys finished fourth as a team.

Trojans, Royals open season in Ames

AMES — West Marshall and Colo-NESCO harriers started off their season at the Iowa State Course on Thursday in the Gilbert Cross Country Invite.

On the girls’ side, West Marshall finished second as a team and was led by Avril Sinning, who won the meet with a time of 21 minutes, 35 seconds, almost 50 seconds faster than the next-highest finisher. Grace Girard also had a top-5 finish for the Trojans, coming in fourth with a time of 23:05. Reyna Jorgenson was the third-best mark for West Marshall, coming in 16th.

Alexis Britten was the top finisher for Colo-NESCO, coming in 17th, and Faith Vincent took 36th. As a team, the Royals finished 10th.

For the boys, West Marshall came in sixth place as a team. John Hohnstein was the top finisher for the Trojans at 23rd, while Ron Maxey, Mark Van Metre and Seth Diser finished in 31st, 32nd and 33rd respectively.

Colo-NESCO finished 13th as a team with Cole Dulaney taking the top mark for the Royals at 71st.