SPORTS SHORTS: Bobcats, Mustangs run at Knoxville

KNOXVILLE — The Marshalltown and East Marshall cross country teams headed to the Pine Knolls Country Club on Tuesday to compete in the Knoxville Invitational, and the Mustang boys took fourth in their meet with a team score of 120.

Cam Hungerford was the top area finisher for the boys, finishing in seventh for East Marshall with a time of 17 minutes, 42 seconds. Seth Kilborn was the next-highest Mustang finisher, taking 14th, followed by Cade Curphy in 15th.

Marshalltown finished in eighth as a team with a score of 214, paced by Luke Peterson’s 12th-place time of 18:03.

On the girls end, Marshalltown and East Marshall finished right next to each other, with the Bobcats taking 10th and Mustangs finishing 11th.

Odaly Flores was the high finisher for Marshalltown, running a 23:01 to take 34th. Mary Kate Gruening finished just behind her in 39th with a 23:14.

East Marshall’s top girl finisher was Wendy Liera in 36th with a time of 23:06, followed by Cindy Liera in 53rd.

MHS girls swimming falls to Mohawks

MASON CITY –The Marshalltown girls swimming and diving team lost a dual meet to Mason City on Tuesday by a score of 63-38.

Zoe Beals won two events in the meet, taking first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.21 seconds and first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.09 seconds. Shakira Herrera took first in the 100 butterfly with a 1:04, while Cari Gassman finished first in diving.

The Bobcats hit the pool again on Thursday with a dual against Indianola, set for a 5 p.m. start.

Trojans volleyball sweeps South Hardin

ELDORA — The West Marshall volleyball team won a NICL West Division matchup over South Hardin on Tuesday in three sets, 25-10, 25-8, 25-15.

Catherine Sjoblom led the Trojans (18-8, 4-1) in kills with 11, while she and Hana Hohnstein led in digs with 10 each. Grace Porter had 11 assists against the Tigers (1-15, 0-5), while Hohnstein had 10. Addison Moore and Emma Meyer had four kills apiece, while Kayla Cripps contributed six digs, six assists and two kills. Moore led West Marshall with five total blocks.

Mustangs prevail over Cougars in five

ACKLEY — The East Marshall volleyball team won a NICL West Division matchup over AGWSR on Tuesday in five sets, 25-14, 21-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13.

The Mustangs (6-14, 2-3) were led offensively by Juliana Arifi with 20 kills, followed by Ryleigh Thompson with nine. Arifi and Brittany Anderson led defensively with 17 digs each, followed by Genesis Wanatee with 15, and McKenzie Hinegardner led in assists with 16.

Taryan Barrick led the Cougars (5-13, 1-3) in kills with 12, with Taylor Sperfslage recording nine and Rachel Sicard recording eight. Mandy Willems had 32 assists in the match for AGWSR, and Sicard led in digs with 16, followed by Willems with 15.

GMG volleyball falls to Baxter in three

BAXTER — The GMG volleyball team lost a Iowa Star South Division matchup to Baxter on Tuesday in three sets, 25-23, 27-25, 25-12.

McKenzie Vaske was the lead attacker for the attacker for the Wolverines (7-13, 2-2) with nine kills, followed by Peyton Gallentine with eight. Vaske also had 11 digs against the Bolts (8-6, 4-1), tied for the lead with Eve Gallentine who also had 11. Madi Krull was the lead assister with 15.

Bobcats JV football falls to Waukee

The Marshalltown junior varsity football team lost a home game against Waukee on Monday 35-7.

Will Van Buren scored the lone touchdown of the game for the Bobcats off a 10-yard pass from quarterback Jacob Smith.

Next up for the MHS junior varsity squad is a road matchup with Newton next Monday at 6 p.m.

Tigers take down Ellsworth again

IOWA FALLS — The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team beat its Iowa Valley Community College District counterpart Ellsworth CC for the third time this season, winning 25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21 in Monday’s cross-divisional contest.

“We didn’t play our best tonight,” said MCC head coach Justin Hoskins, “but we found a way to grind out the win. Obviously it would be great to play well every night, but sometimes you simply need to find a way to win and that’s what we were able to do tonight.”

No statistics from the match were available. It marked the third-straight win for MCC and the sixth consecutive loss for Ellsworth (6-16).

The Tigers (13-6) return home for an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference clash with Division I No. 16 Indian Hills tonight at 7 p.m. at the Student Activity Center.