SPORTS SHORTS: MHS volleyball topples Scarlets in 3

Molly Bach

DES MOINES — The Marshalltown volleyball team won a match against a cross-CIML foe on Thursday, defeating Des Moines East in three sets on the road, 25-7, 25-14, 25-14.

Molly Bach was the top attacker for the Bobcats (13-9) with eight kills, followed by Regan Mazour with seven and Emily Hass and Ciara Feldman with six each. Madi Finch had 23 assists against the Scarlets (3-20), while Mazour led the team in digs with 10 and Feldman had nine.

Finch was a perfect 19-for-19 serving, while McKenna Major was 11-for-11 with three aces. Hass had a team-high four aces.

Marshalltown returns to the court in a weekend tournament in Oskaloosa on Saturday.

Area teams compete at Jim Klein invite

JEWELL — Four area cross country teams were in action on Thursday night at South Hardin’s Jim Klein Cross Country Invitational at the Jewell Golf and Country Club.

The West Marshall girls had the highest team finish of the day for the local teams, coming in fifth with a team score of 139 off the back of an eighth-place finish by Avril Sinning. Sinning ran a 21 minutes, 20 seconds to pace the Trojans, while Grace Girard finished in 14th and Reyna Jorgenson took 21st for West Marshall.

East Marshall finished just behind the Trojans in sixth as a team, while Melinda Puumala had the top finish for area runners with her seventh-place time of 21:18. Wendy Liera and Maddie Duncan both also finished in the top 25 for the Mustangs, taking 20th and 24th respectively.

Colo-NESCO finished in 12th as a team with a score of 333. The Royals were led by Alexis Britten, who ran a 23:11 to place 36th.

BCLUW didn’t have a girls team score, but Katie Thompson did pace the Comets by placing 28th with a time of 22:44.

On the boys end, East Marshall was the top finishing local team, coming in seventh with a score of 167. Seth Kilborn was the top Mustang, finishing in 11th with a time of 17:30, while Cade Curphy also had a top-20 performance, coming in 19th.

Caleb Silver from BCLUW was the top local boy runner, taking fifth place with a time of 17:09. As a team, the Comets finished in 11th with a 268.

West Marshall came in 12th on the team scoreboard, led by Ron Maxey’s 47th-place time of 18:48.

Colo-NESCO rounded out the boys team scores, coming in 13th with a 425. The Royals’ top runner was Cole Dulaney, who finished 103rd.