SPORTS SHORTS: Glenn dominates Tucker in UFC 215

EDMONTON — Marshalltown’s own Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn improved his professional MMA record to 20-4 on Saturday in an undercard in the UFC 215 event, as Glenn rolled to a unanimous decision over Gavin Tucker in their featherweight match, 30-25, 30-24, 29-27.

Glenn landed 184 strkies in the match, compare to 43 by Tucker, and scored a knockdown of the Canadian in the first round. Glenn landed 142 significant strikes in the win as well, with 96 of those coming to Tucker’s head.

Glenn moves to 2-1 in his UFC career, and had one judge score the third round a rare 10-7 performance in a fight that UFC President Dana White said via Twitter that the refs should have stopped before the decision.

Spartans volleyball improves to 16-0

PARKERSBURG — The Class 2A No. 3 Grundy Center volleyball team continued its impressive start to the season this weekend with six wins and another tournament victory at the Aplington-Parkersburg Tournament on Saturday.

The Spartans (16-0) took down Wapsie Valley (21-11, 21-8), Aplington-Parkersburg (21-7, 21-11), Tripoli (21-12, 21-10), West Delaware (21-15, 21-13), Denver (21-7, 21-8), and Nashua-Plainfield (21-11, 21-10).

In Grundy Center’s win over Class 1A No. 7 Tripoli, Brooke Flater had seven kills while Kylie Willis had six and Emily Kracht had five. Sydney Mathews led in assists against the Panthers with 10, while Kyah Luhring six digs.

The Spartans have not just won 16-straight matches to start the year, they’ve not dropped any of their first 34 sets of the year. Grundy Center returns to action tonight when it hosts Sumner-Fredericksburg.

Iowa’s Stanley honored by Big Ten

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley was named the Big Ten Conference’s co-Offensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 44-41 overtime win at Iowa State on Saturday.

Stanley completed 27-of-41 pass attempts for 333 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Stanley’s scoring passes covered 10, 17, 15, 46 and 5 yards, and nine Hawkeyes had at least one reception.

Stanley led the Iowa offense on four scoring drives of at least 89 yards. Iowa’s final scoring drive in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter covered 89 yards in just seven plays as the Hawkeyes tied the game with 1:52 remaining. Stanley then completed 2-of-3 passes for 15 yards in overtime, including the game-winning touchdown to Ihmir Smith-Marsette after Iowa State had scored a field goal on its overtime possession.

Stanley has eight touchdown passes in his first two career starts, more than any other quarterback in the Kirk Ferentz era. He leads the Big Ten and is tied for third nationally in scoring passes. Stanley is the first Iowa quarterback with 300-plus passing yards and five-plus touchdown passes since Chuck Hartlieb versus Northwestern in 1987.

Stanley is only the second Big Ten quarterback in the last 20 years with 300-plus passing yards, five-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in a road game.

The Big Ten honor is the first career honor for Stanley.