SPORTS SHORTS: Spartans stay unbeaten in home quad
GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center volleyball team continued its winning streak on Tuesday when it hosted AGWSR, Hudson and West Branch.
The Spartans took down the Cougars (21-3, 21-8), Pirates (21-9, 21-19) and Bears (21-10, 21-7) all in two sets. Grundy Center has not dropped a set in its first eight matches of the season.
Emerson Kracht led the way in kills for the quad with 12, followed by Landry Luhring with 11, and Sydney Mathews had 22 assists in the three matches. Defensively for the Spartans, Kyah Luhring led the way 15 digs.
AGWSR went 0-3 in their three matches, falling to Grundy Center (score above), Hudson (21-11, 21-8), and West Branch (21-17, 21-10).
Makenna Kuper led in kills with five over the three games, while Mandy Willems led in both assists and digs.
Redhawk netters sweep South Hardin
ELDORA — The North Tama volleyball team took down South Hardin on Tuesday to extend its season-opening win streak to six.
The Redhawks won in three sets over the Tigers, 25-8, 25-11, 25-19.
Katie Kopriva had 15 kills offensively for North Tama while Karly Jans was close behind with 11. Isabel Sierra had 29 assists in the match, while Megan Popelka had five aces. Defensively for the Redhawks, Takoa Kopriva had 13 digs while Katie Kopriva and Katelyn Kucera had seven apiece.
Roth to coach Iowa G-League team
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Scott Roth as the coach of the inaugural Iowa Wolves G-League basketball team.
The Timberwolves announced the hiring on Wednesday. Roth will oversee coaching of the team after the Timberwolves purchased the minor league team in Des Moines.
Roth was a player on the original Timberwolves team in 1989-90 and has been an assistant coach for seven different NBA teams. He spent last season as a scout for the Timberwolves.
Roth will be charged with installing a system in Iowa that mimics the one coach Tom Thibodeau runs with the Timberwolves. That way any young player who spends time in Iowa will be better prepared when he is called up to play for the NBA team.
It will be Roth’s second stint in the G-League. He coached Bakersfield in 2008.
Osahor joins Drake basketball staff
DES MOINES — Former University of Washington standout and WNBA first-round draft pick Chantel Osahor has been hired as the Drake women’s basketball graduate manager, head coach Jennie Baranczyk announced.
“Chantel has won at so many different levels and I know that she will bring that into her coaching career,” said Baranczyk. “We are thrilled to have Chantel start her coaching career here at Drake with our staff and team. With this addition, we know we’ve hit the jackpot again and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our staff.”
Osahor played four seasons at Washington, helping the Huskies qualify for the NCAA Tournament three times, including trips to the 2016 Final Four and 2017 Sweet Sixteen. She is Washington’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,253 boards in her career.
Osahor was drafted 21st overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2017 WNBA draft and later traded to the Minnesota Lynx, where she was one of the final roster cuts from the Lynx training camp roster.
In her senior season, the Phoenix, Ariz. native led the nation in rebounds per game (15.8) and double-doubles (30). She registered 20 or more boards in eight contests, including a Pac-12 record 30 against Washington State. Osahor was also second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.8 points per game and assists (140). She was named the 2016 NCAA Lexington Regional MVP after averaging 14.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game.