SPORTS SHORTS: MHS vs. Johnston events postponed

The cancelation of classes and activities at Johnston High School on Tuesday prompted the postponement of a pair of Marshalltown High School sporting events.

The Bobcat girls’ swimming and diving team and the MHS volleyball team were slated to host Johnston, but those events were rescheduled after Johnston called off all activities Tuesday because of cyber threats to some of its students.

According to The Associated Press, Johnston Community School District officials decided Monday night to cancel classes for Tuesday because of the anonymous and threatening text messages parents and others received around 8 p.m. Monday.

The Bobcats’ home swim meet against Johnston will be made up on Thursday at MHS. The volleyball contest has been rescheduled for October 12 at the Roundhouse.

Trojans down Comets in four sets

STATE CENTER — The West Marshall volleyball team won a match over NICL West Division foe BCLUW on Tuesday in four sets, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-15.

The Trojans (23-9, 5-1) were led offensively by Catherine Sjoblom, who finished with 12 kills. Lexi Keigan was just behind her with 11 kills, while Emma deNeui and Hana Hohnstein each had 16 digs defensively. Grace Porter was the top West Marshall assister with 27.

Easton Swanson led the way for the Comets (16-13, 2-3) on offense with 25 kills. Swanson also had 12 digs defensively, while Kaylee Goecke led BCLUW in that statistic with 14. Cate Nason finished the match with 38 assists.

Mustangs volleyball falls to G-R in 3

LE GRAND — The East Marshall volleyball team lost an NICL West Division game to Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday in three sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20.

Juliana Arifi had 10 kills on attack for the Mustangs (6-15, 1-4), while Ryleigh Thompson had six kilsl. McKenzie Hinegardner had 11 assists, and Brittany Anderson had 21 digs against the Rebels (18-6, 4-2).

GMG drops match to North Tama

GARWIN — The GMG volleyball team lost to Iowa Star Conference South Division leader North Tama on Tuesday in three sets, 25-7, 25-13, 25-16.

The Wolverines (8-15, 3-4) were led on offense by McKenzie Vaske with six kills, followed by Mable Dieleman with three. Madi Krull had nine assists against the Redhawks (21-6, 6-0), while Eve Gallentine led the way defensively with 12 digs.

Silver finishes fifth for BCLUW at D-NH

DIKE — Area cross country teams were in action on Tuesday at the Wolverine Invitational, and BCLUW’s Nate Silver was the top local finisher in the meet.

Silver finished in fifth for the Comets with a time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds. BCLUW finished in 15th as a team with a 345.

Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR was the highest team finish from the area participants, coming in eighth with a 251. Brayden Penning was the top Cadet with a time of 18:03, good enough for 35th.

Up next was Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck, who took 11th as a team with a 317. Kenny Day paced the Spartans with his 28th-place run of 17:53.

West Marshall finished in 16th as a team with a 357, with Ron Maxey leading the way in 30th with a time of 17:55.

South Tama rounded out the area team scores by finishing in 18th with a 490. Chase Branan was the top Trojan, coming in 63rd.

North Tama didn’t have a team score, but the Redhawks were led by Chris Castor, who took 85th.

Cadets’ Fisher, Meyer in top 5 at Dike

DIKE — Many local teams were in attendance at the Wolverine Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday, with Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR’s girls team taking fifth with a team score of 153 to pace the area runners.

Aubrie Fisher led the Cadets and the local harriers individually by taking fourth place with a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds, while Ellie Meyer finished just behind Fisher in fifth with a 19:55.

Lily Ehlers for Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck was the next-highest area finisher, coming in 14th with a 20:40. The Spartans finished in seventh as a whole with a team 203.

West Marshall finished in 12th as a team with a 304, led by Grace Girard’s 20th place run. South Tama took 17th in the team scores with a 445, with Espy Wasekuk pacing the Trojans in 55th place. North Tama rounded out the team scoring in 18th with a 523, led by Molly Kvidera’s 64th placing. BCLUW didn’t have enough runners for a team score, but Katie Thompson did finish in 64th for the Comets.