SPORTS SHORTS: Tigers harriers place high at home

ELDORA — A pair of ranked Class 2A boys’ cross country teams experienced firsthand the importance of every single spot in the final standings.

The No. 11 South Hardin Tigers came up one point shy of scoring the team title at their 45th annual South Hardin Invitational on Saturday at Pine Lake Country Club. Nevada took first with 75 points, the host Tigers were second with 76, and 2A No. 10 East Marshall was two points back in third (78).

Nevada’s team title was powered by meet medalist Malachi Hornbuckle, who had a 39-second advantage over runner-up Caleb Silver of BCLUW. Hornbuckle won in 17:21 while Silver was the top local finisher in a time of 18 minutes. South Hardin’s ZaKee Newman was third (18:10), Baxter’s Ian Thomson took fourth (18:12) and East Marshall’s Cam Hungerford was fifth (18:18).

East Marshall’s five scoring runners crossed the finish line before the two teams in front of it, but the Mustangs’ pack needed to move up another spot. Cade Curphy, Brandon Fogt and Seth Kilborn placed 15th, 16th and 17th, while Korbin Seth came in 25th.

South Hardin had a trio of finishers in the top-12, with Kolby Winter coming in eighth and Jacob Vanderwilt placing 12th. Justin Meints (24th) and Garrison Tripp (29) rounded out the Tigers’ scoring.

Silver was the top finisher for a BCLUW squad that placed sixth. Neifer Ralston placed ninth in 18:31, while Treye Teske took 23rd.

GMG’s Jackson Edens rounded out the top-10 with his time of 18:33. The Wolverines were last out of eight scoring teams, while North Tama and South Tama fielded incomplete lineups. STC’s Tyrin Lasley was 43rd and North Tama’s Chris Castor took 45th.

Fisher, Cadets win South Hardin invite

ELDORA — Aubrie Fisher claimed medalist honors by a margin of 47 seconds to lead the Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR girls’ cross country team to the meet title on Saturday at the 45th annual South Hardin Invitational at Pine Lake Country Club.

Fisher, a junior, clocked in at 20 minutes, 36 seconds, to finish ahead of GMG senior Kyla Wilkening (21:23). Baxter’s Brenna Thomson was third (21:28), and IFA/AGWSR’s second runner Ellie Meyer came across in fourth (21:37) to help the Cadets collect the team title with 57 points.

Nevada (69), GMG (80), Baxter (81) and East Marshall (85) rounded out the top five in the team standings, with Webster City (134) and South Tama County (150) completing the field.

GMG’s third-place finish was propelled by three runners inside the top 15. Freshman Angel Schewe was 11th (23:53) and Zoe Duncan took 15th (24:25). Belle Duncan (29th) and Haley Stahl (36th) helped the Wolverines earn the bronze.

East Marshall’s duo of Wendy Liera and Melinda Puumala placed fifth and sixth, respectively, with South Hardin’s Chloe Webb (7th) and Jordan Carr (9th) giving chase.

North Tama’s Molly Kvidera made her way to 19th in 24:31 to lead the Redhawks, while Kelsie York-Morris was 24th for South Tama’s leading finish. Katie Thompson came in 25th for BCLUW in a time of 25:09.

Comets go 3-2 at Sailors’ tourney

WATERLOO — The BCLUW volleyball team swept three opponents for wins and was swept twice by ranked teams in defeat at the Waterloo Columbus Tournament on Saturday.

The Comets (16-12) picked up straight-set wins against Waukon (21-15, 21-18), Vinton-Shellsburg (21-17, 23-21) and Don Bosco (21-16, 21-16). On the other side of the ledger, BCLUW was defeated by Class 4A No. 12 Marion (21-11, 21-9) and 1A No. 4 Starmont (21-8, 21-15).

Leading the way offensively for BCLUW was Easton Swanson, who racked up team-highs of 26 kills and five blocks. She also made 18 digs and went 29-for-30 serving with five aces.

Kennedy Williams came away with 14 kills and four blocks, while Madison Ubben tallied 13 kills and two blocks. Ubben was the team’s top server for the day, finishing 40-for-41 with five aces.

Lauren Anderson compiled 12 kills, three blocks and three aces, and setter Cate Nason racked up 50 assists and 18 digs. Nason served 25-for-26 with two aces as well. Kaylee Goecke led the defense with 43 digs and Parker Scurr added 13.

The Comets return to NICL West Division action with road games this week at West Marshall on Tuesday and at AGWSR on Thursday.

Comets snap losing streak

CONRAD — The BCLUW football team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 38-34 victory over Class 1A District 2 foe Lake Mills at home on Friday night.

The Comets (2-4, 1-3) got their first district win behind its passing attack, as senior quarterback Brad Barkema threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns. His three receivers each went over 100 yards with a touchdown as well.

Barkema finished 16-for-25 for 361 yards, four TDs and an interception, while also rushing for a 17-yard touchdown. Jack Garber had eight catches for 138 yards and a score, Troy Dolphin made four grabs for 121 yards and a TD, and Connor Thompson had four receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Dolphin also had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Comets.

Alex Albert ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns and added 82 receiving yards and another score to lead Lake Mills (2-4, 1-3).

AGWSR falls to Northwood-Kensett

NORTHWOOD — The AGWSR football team lost for the third time in its last four games, falling short 60-22 against Northwood-Kensett in Friday’s 8-Man District 2 contest.

The Cougars (3-3, 1-2) were limited to 100 yards of total offense by the host Vikings (2-4, 2-2), who accumulated 430 yards from scrimmage. Colton Moretz led N-K with 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while Caden Schrage had two rushing touchdowns and a 73-yard kickoff return for a score.

Liam Stubbe had a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD but just 19 yards rushing for AGWSR. Dayton Haley had 22 yards rushing to lead the Cougars. Stubbe added 12 total tackles and Alec Stahl had 10 more to lead the defense.

Redhawks lose to Colfax-Mingo 39-21

TRAER — The North Tama football team committed five turnovers and suffered its fourth-straight loss as a result, falling 39-21 to Colfax-Mingo in Friday’s Class A District 5 game.

The Redhawks (1-5, 0-4) threw five interceptions and surrendered 424 yards of total offense to Colfax-Mingo (3-4, 2-2). Tigerhawks quarterback Reegan Van Dyke completed 15-of-21 passes for 282 yards and four scores while rushing for 70 yards and another TD.

North Tama was led by Hale Hulme, who was 7-for-11 passing for 90 yards with a 13-yard scoring strike to Tayten Payne. Hulme also carried the ball 19 times for 100 yards and a touchdown.