SPORTS SHORTS: Spartans make a splash to beat G-R

REINBECK — Brooke Flater and Kylie Willis both compiled career-high scoring nights to lead the Class 2A No. 9 Grundy Center girls’ basketball team past Gladbrook-Reinbeck 81-44 in Friday’s NICL West Division opener.

Flater finished with 23 points and Willis had another 16 to lead the Spartans (3-0, 1-0) to victory. Grundy Center led 24-9 after the opening quarter and pushed the deficit to 23, 44-21, by halftime.

Sarah Lindeman added 11 points and Leslie Homeister contributed a career-best 10 points off the bench for Grundy Center.

Taylor Gienger tallied 15 points to pace Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-1, 0-1). Haleigh Berendes finished with eight points while Megan Swanson and Belen Ellenberger both netted six points for the Rebels.

G-R is at home again tonight, taking on BGM in a girls varsity-only game at 6:30 p.m.

Wolverines whip up on CAL girls, 54-6

GARWIN — The GMG girls’ basketball team sped out to a 29-0 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 54-6 victory over CAL in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division contest.

The Wolverines (2-1, 2-0) pumped the brakes after the fast start but still led 41-3 at halftime. CAL (0-3, 0-2) scored three points in the second quarter and three more in the fourth.

Belle Duncan led GMG with 11 points, while Kelsey Vaverka finished with 10 points. McKensie Vaske added nine points, Mable Dieleman had seven and Emily Vaughn tallied six.

The Wolverines are back in action today with a trip to Clarksville for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Anderson propels Tigers at BCLUW

CONRAD — Kiera Anderson scored a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers, powering South Hardin to a 48-42 victory over BCLUW in Friday’s NICL West Division opener for both teams.

Paige Harrell and Danae Nelson pitched in nine points apiece for South Hardin (1-2, 1-0), which led 37-20 going into the fourth quarter before being outscored 22-11 in the last frame.

Easton Swanson racked up 13 points and three blocked shots to lead BCLUW (2-2, 0-1). Bailey Ashton had eight points, while Madison Ubben tallied seven points and a team-high 14 rebounds. Lauren Anderson added 11 boards.

Peterson, Fleming lift GMG past CAL

GARWIN — Brayden Peterson matched his career-high with 21 points and Aaron Fleming scored 20 to lead the GMG boys’ basketball team to a 54-41 win against Iowa Star Conference South Division foe CAL on Friday night.

The Wolverines outscored CAL 15-5 in the third quarter to turn a four-point lead into a 14-point cushion.

With Peterson and Fleming combining to score 41 points, Hunter Smoldt added another nine and Kolton Gill four for GMG (2-0, 2-0).

Israel Rivera paced CAL (0-2, 0-2) with 17 points and Brock Guerrero tallied 11 for the Cadets.

GMG goes to Clarksville tonight for a 6 p.m. contest.

Thede, Rebels run past Grundy Center

REINBECK — Walker Thede finished with a career-high 20 points to lead the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team to a season-opening 55-43 victory over Grundy Center in Friday’s NICL West Division showdown.

Thede made a pair of 3-pointers and had five rebounds for the Rebels (1-0, 1-0). Mason Skovgard finished with 13 points and two blocked shots, and Caden Kickbush added 11 points and four boards. Jackson Kiburis had a team-leading 12 rebounds for G-R.

Hill helps Royals hammer Redhawks

TRAER — Matthew Hill poured in 33 points to lead the Colo-NESCO boys’ basketball team past North Tama, 62-43, in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division clash.

Philip Bower and Jacob Clatt both contributed 11 points for the Royals (2-0, 2-0), who host CAL on Tuesday.

Barten’s big night buoys Colo-NESCO

TRAER — Molly Barten posted a monstrous double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds to help the Colo-NESCO girls’ basketball team beat North Tama 64-30 in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division pairing.

Emily Hostetler added 11 points and eight boards, while Rylee Purvis put up eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Royals (2-1, 2-0).

Takoa Kopriva led North Tama (0-3, 0-2) with 10 points. Hope Brubaker added six for the Redhawks.

Bobcat freshmen fall at Ankeny

ANKENY — The Marshalltown freshman boys’ basketball team fell to host Ankeny in its season opener Friday by a final score of 83-27.

Michael Floyd scored seven points to lead Marshalltown, while Jordan Joesting finished with five points. Justin Melde pitched in with three points off the bench for the Bobcats.

USA coach Zadick honored by USOC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Wrestling men’s freestyle Coach Bill Zadick has been named the National Olympic Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Zadick led the U.S. to its first team title in the men’s freestyle discipline in 22 years at this year’s world championships in Paris.

The Americans won six individual medals in eight weight classes under Zadick, including two gold, two silver and two bronze.

Zadick won a national title while wrestling for Iowa in 1996 and won a world title 10 years later.