SPORTS SHORTS: Wolverines topple Spartan boys 65-43
DIKE — The previously ranked Dike-New Hartford boys’ basketball team defeated Grundy Center 65-43 in Friday’s cross-NICL game.
Cade Fuller led the Wolverines (6-2) with 15 points, while Colton Harberts and Tim Koop scored 13 points apiece and Dane Fuller added 11.
The Wolverines opened up a four-point first-quarter advantage by outscoring the shorthanded Spartans 27-11 in the second period.
Grundy Center (1-8) was led by Tanner Appel and Cale Hendricks with 12 points apiece. Hendricks hit the Spartans’ only two 3-pointers in the team’s fourth-straight loss. Dike-New Hartford hampered Grundy Center into 27 turnovers.
The Spartans return from the holiday break with a home game against South Hardin on Jan. 5, 2018.
GMG girls go on road for league win
RICEVILLE — Mable Dieleman made four 3-pointers and scored a season-high 16 points to lead the GMG girls’ basketball team to a 73-43 triumph over Iowa Star Conference foe Riceville on Friday night.
McKensie Vaske added 12 points, Zoe Duncan had 11 and Tori Novotny finished with 10 for the Wolverines (4-6), who had four double-digit scorers for the first time this season. Kelsey Vaverka chipped in nine points in the win.
Sarah Harken paced Riceville (2-8) with 14 points, while Aby Adams added nine and Julia Klaes finished with seven.
GMG’s first game back after the flip of the calendar is a Jan. 5 home game against Dunkerton.
Kickbush helps Rebels beat Janesville
JANESVILLE — Caden Kickbush poured in 21 points to lead the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team to a 53-45 triumph over Janesville on Thursday night.
Kickbush made a trio of 3-pointers to lead the Rebels (5-1), who rebounded from their first NICL West Division loss in five years with a non-conference victory. Walker Thede added 12 points and four steals, Mason Skovgard tallied nine points and nine rebounds, and Jackson Kiburis added nine points for G-R.
The Rebels return from break with three games in three days, starting with a Jan. 4 road trip to take on a ranked Aplington-Parkersburg squad.
Bear’s double-double helps Warriors
ACKLEY — Taté Bear’s big double-double helped the Meskwaki boys’ basketball team pull away from AGWSR for a 62-43 victory in Thursday’s non-conference clash.
Bear piled up 21 points and 18 rebounds to go with three blocks for the Warriors (5-2), who led form the outset but outscored AGWSR 36-21 in the second half to put the game away. Jarius Bear added 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists for Meskwaki, and Evan Nelson chipped in 11 points.
AGWSR (3-6) was paced by Alex Hames with 13 points and five rebounds, and Luke Starr had 11 points and five boards in the loss.
The Cougars come back from break with another home game against an Iowa Star Conference program, hosting Janesville on Jan. 4.
Ranked Wildcats wallop G-R girls
JANESVILLE — Janesville’s starters scored a combined 73 points as the Class 1A No. 8 Wildcats whipped the Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ basketball team, 79-36, in Thursday’s non-conference contest.
Grace Hovenga went 10-for-13 from the field to lead Janesville (8-0) with 21 points. Briana Baker-Bruce finished with 16 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and four steals, and Kennedy Meister added 15 points and a team-eight boards for the Wildcats. Lily Liekweg chipped in 12 points and Kennedy Rieken had nine more for Janesville, which outscored Gladbrook-Reinbeck 20-2 in the second quarter alone.
Megan Swanson scored 12 points to lead the Rebels (4-4). Saari Kuehl and Taylor Gienger both scored six points. Belen Ellenberger added five points and shared team-high honors with Haleigh Berendes with six rebounds. Gienger paced the G-R defense with five steals, but the Rebels shot just 3-for-26 from 3-point range.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck goes on the road to face Aplington-Parkersburg on Jan. 4 in its first game back after the holiday break.
Redhawks ride win streak into break
TRAER — The North Tama boys basketball team overcame an early 20-point deficit to take a 55-53 win over Clarksville on Thursday before heading into winter break.
The Redhawks (3-6) started off in a 29-9 hole after the first quarter, but they battled back to either win or tie each of the next three quarters, including outscoring the Indians (2-7) 19-0 in the third quarter.
Nicholas Sierra led North Tama with 16 points and seven rebounds in the win, while Noah Bond had 15 points and Hale Hulme had 13 points and eight assists to help the Redhawks win their third-straight game.
North Tama girls fall to Clarksville
TRAER — The North Tama girls basketball team lost at home to Clarksville on Thursday, 58-26.
Madeline Espenscheid led the Redhawks (1-8) with eight points while Takoa Kopriva netted seven and Hope Brubaker added six.
Rylee McLean also pulled down nine rebounds against the Indians (10-2).
West Marshall wrestling wins three
REINBECK — The West Marshall wrestling team won all three duals at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama quadrangular on Thursday, taking out the RebelHawks 57-21, falling South Hardin-BCLUW 49-25 and blanking Baxter 84-0.
Levi Randall won all three of his matches at 170 pounds on the day for the Trojans, taking out Owen Fuller from the Storm in an 11-4 decision, Pinning Luke Pennell from GRNT in the first round and taking out Shane Beougher from Baxter in 15 seconds.
Class 2A No. 5 Hunter Pfantz received a forfeit against Baxter at 126 pounds, and he won his match over Coby Willett from SH-BCLUW in a major decision (8-0) and won over the RebelHawks’ Ashton Bradley by first-round pin.
Mason Rudkin at 182, Jacob Vawter at 120, Ben Krafka at 220, Wyatt Edler at 138 all won both of their matches against the Storm and GRNT and got forfeits against Baxter.
SH-BCLUW went 2-1 on the day with a sweep of Baxter and a 38-35 win over the RebelHawks.
Ryne Fuller was the only Storm wrestler to win all three of his matches, with a forfeit win against Baxter and West Marshall and a first-round pin of Xander Bradley from GRNT in the heavyweight class.
The RebelHawks went 1-2, taking the 72-0 win over Baxter as their only win.
Bronson Wrage at 195, Jace Peterson at 132, Noah Weber at 152 and Michael Krienert at 220 all won both of their matches against West Marshall and the Storm, along with their forfeit wins over the Bolts.