SPORTS SHORTS: No. 5 North Tama off to strong start

MESKWAKI SETTLEMENT — The Class 1A No. 5 North Tama volleyball team went 4-1 in its first action of the season, falling only to 3A No. 14 Roland-Story during the Meskwaki Tournament on Saturday.

North Tama knocked off 2A No. 12 Belle Plaine among its four wins, beating the Plainsmen 21-17, 22-20. The Redhawks also toppled Denver (21-15, 22-20), Vinton-Shellsburg (21-19, 21-15) and host Meskwaki (21-10, 21-9) while falling in three sets to Roland-Story, 21-17, 15-21, 15-13.

No individual statistics were available for North Tama, which plays its first home match tonight against South Hardin.

South Tama netters collect first win

GRINNELL — The South Tama County volleyball team returned to Grinnell for the second time in the opening week of the fall season and went 1-3 in the Tigers’ tournament on Saturday.

The Trojans (1-4) picked up their first win of the season by beating Lynnville-Sully, 21-12, 21-14. Two of STC’s three straight-set losses came against ranked opponents — Class 3A No. 10 West Liberty (21-9, 21-19) and 4A No. 7 Clear Creek-Amana (21-13, 21-16). Norwalk also defeated South Tama 21-12, 21-15.

Madison Rohach led the STC offense with 23 kills on the day, including 12 of them in the victory over Lynnville-Sully. Stacey Slaven totaled 18 kills for the day, while Jaelin Berger added eight kills and a team-leading four blocks on defense.

Senior setter Katie Campbell finished with 42 assists and also was the team’s top server, going 26-for-26 with two aces. Clarissa Rosenberger was 23-for-26 with a team-high five aces, while Rohach served 20-for-20 with one ace. Mackenzie Beyer chipped in a 16-for-18 performance with three aces.

South Tama hosts Clear Creek-Amana on Thursday.

Bannister, Trojans take down Raiders

WILLIAMSBURG — Cameron Bannister threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 122 yards in leading the West Marshall football team to a 27-14 victory over Williamsburg in Friday’s season opener.

Bannister finished 8-for-10 passing, connecting with Joe Halverson six times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Chase Burr’s two receptions went for 8 yards, including a 7-yard TD catch.

Burr added 14 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Halverson paced the Trojan defense with 12 solo tackles and six assists, including 1.5 tackles for loss. Burr had six solo stops and six assists, while Jarrin Goecke snared the team’s lone takeaway with an interception.

West Marshall plays its home opener this Friday against PCM, which walloped Newton 50-10 in its first game of the fall.

Warriors defeated in football opener

WYOMING — Five different players scored rushing touchdowns as the Midland Eagles handed the Meskwaki Warriors a 68-0 setback in Friday’s season-opening football game.

Jensen Dodge added a 76-yard kickoff return for touchdown to go with his 26-yard TD reception for Midland (2-0). Carter Mohr had three carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns and Carsen Rupp shared team-high rushing honors with 59 yards and another TD.

Lane Smalley returned one of Midland’s two 24 yards interceptions for a touchdown.

No statistics were available for Meskwaki, which hosts Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-1) on Friday night.