SPORTS SHORTS: Mustangs still unbeaten, stop Tigers
LE GRAND — The Class 2A No. 10 East Marshall boys basketball team remained undefeated on Tuesday by taking out NICL West Division foe South Hardin, 69-51.
Zaine Leedom and Logan Nicholson were the leading scorers for the Mustangs (14-0, 8-0) with 19 points each, a career high for Nicholson, while Zane Johnson finished just behind with 17.
The Tigers (7-8, 4-5) were led by Cade Spieker with 12 points, followed by Cauy Teske and Kevin Rewoldt with eight each.
East Marshall and South Hardin meet up again on Thursday to complete their season series, starting at 7:45 p.m. in Eldora.
West Marshall powers past Spartans
GRUNDY CENTER — The West Marshall boys basketball team earned an NICL West Division victory on Tuesday by defeating Grundy Center on the road, 77-53.
The Spartans (1-15, 1-9) were able to keep pace with the Trojans (11-4, 7-2) through the first quarter, but after being tied at 12-12 to end the first West Marshall started to pull away from Grundy Center.
Peyton Pope had 19 points to lead the Trojans, followed by Joe Halverson’s double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds and Cameron Bannister’s 11 points.
Joe Johnson led all scorers with 21 points for the Spartans, while Cale Hendricks finished with 11.
Warriors outlast GMG in Iowa Star play
GARWIN — The Meskwaki boys basketball team took an Iowa Star Conference South Division win from GMG on the road on Tuesday, 59-52.
The Warriors (9-6, 8-6) actually trailed the Wolverines (6-8, 3-5) at halftime but Meskwaki outscored GMG 24-10 in the third quarter to take the lead.
Jarius Bear was the leading scorer for the Warriors with a game-high 22 points.
The Wolverines had three players in double figures, led by Brayden Peterson with 16, followed by Aaron Fleming with 13 and Hunter Smoldt with 10.
Meskwaki girls get past GMG, 77-61
GARWIN — The Meskwaki girls basketball team won an Iowa Star Conference South Division matchup against GMG on Tuesday night, 77-61.
This was tied for the second-best scoring night of the year for the Warriors (8-7, 7-6), matching the 77 points they scored last time they faced off with the Wolverines (7-9, 3-5).
Abigail Iron Shell paced Meskwaki with 77 points, followed by Deandra Navarro and Delicia Guevara each with 15, Payton Tahahwah with 14 and Tori Lasley with 12.
McKensie Vaske had 18 points to lead GMG, while Zoe Duncan had 10 and Kelsey Vaverka finished with nine.
Seventh-ranked Cougars top Comets
CONRAD — The Class 1A No. 7 AGWSR girls basketball team continued its winning ways on Tuesday with a 71-55 victory over NICL West opponent BCLUW.
The Comets (8-9, 3-6) pulled within eight points by the end of the third quarter, trailing only 53-45, but the Cougars (15-1, 9-1) closed out the fourth on an 18-10 run to take the 16-point victory.
Aubrie Fisher finished with a game-high 26 points for AGWSR, followed by Alyssa Hames with 13 and Taryan Barrick with 12.
Madison Ubben led BCLUW with 24 points and she finished just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds, while Lauren Anderson had seven points and seven boards.
AGWSR outlasts BCLUW boys, 51-46
CONRAD — The AGWSR boys basketball team won a NICL West Division game against BCLUW on Tuesday night, 51-46.
Alex Hames had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cougars, while Tanner Weichers had nine points to come in second in scoring.
Kickbush leads Rebels past Cougars
REINBECK — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys basketball team came away victorious in a non-conference home meeting with Sumner-Fredericksburg, 75-57.
Cade Kickbush had 29 points and seven rebounds to pace the Rebels, followed by Mason Skovgard with 15 points and seven boards and Jackson Kiburis with 11 points and six rebounds.
Mustangs swept in double dual action
ALLEMAN — The East Marshall/GMG wrestling team lost twice on Tuesday in a double dual, falling to Iowa Falls-Alden (45-26) and North Polk (39-30).
Two Mustangs walked away with victories in both duals, as Carson Burchland at 120 pounds and Noah Bandstra at 170 both defeated all their opponents.
Bandstra, who is ranked 10th in Class 2A by IAwrestle.com, earned two victories by pin, first taking out Klyer Hadwiger from the Cadets in 49 seconds, then defeating Josiah deValois from North Polk 1:11 into the first period.
Burchland won his first match against IF-A’s Jack Ites by a tight 6-5 decision, then pinned Austin Halverson from North Polk 31 seconds into the second period.
EM/GMG next heads to Denver to compete in the North Iowa Cedar League Conference Meet on Saturday.
West Marshall wins twice at home
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall wrestling team won both meetings in its home double-dual on Tuesday, taking out Aplington-Parkersburg/Grundy Center, 66-16, and Dike-New Hartford, 51-24.
Seven of the wins for the Trojans against AP/GC came by pinfall, as well as seven of the victories against the Wolverines.
Class 2A No. 5 Hunter Pfantz at 126 pounds won both of his matches by pin, while Grant Nason, Wyatt Edler, Luke Kalinay, Cael Kline, Levi Randall and Ben Krafka also all won their matches on the day.
Iowa freshman Lee honored by Big Ten
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa freshman Spencer Lee has been named Big Ten Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Lee was ranked No. 6 at 125 pounds when he upset then-No. 1 Nathan Tomasello of Ohio State with a 3-2 decision during Sunday’s dual meet in Columbus, Ohio.
Lee, now ranked No. 3, is 9-1 overall and 3-0 in duals since removing his redshirt. All three wins are against top-10 ranked opponents.
The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes return to the mat on Saturday at 5 p.m., hosting No. 7 Michigan State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
MHS boys JV beats Gilbert, 70-17
GILBERT — The Marshalltown boys basketball junior varsity team traveled to take on Gilbert on Monday night, and the Bobcats came back home with a 70-17 victory.
Jaiden Van Law had 16 points to lead MHS, followed closely by Sunday Arou with 15. Brent Johnson also had nine in the win, while Eric Kapayou had eight, Jesus Contreras had seven and Reid Nennig and Blake Trowbridge each had six.