SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall edges out South Hardin
ELDORA — The West Marshall boys basketball team got its first win of the season on Tuesday with a tight 59-58 victory over previously-unbeaten South Hardin.
With four minutes left the Trojans (1-2, 1-1) trailed the Tigers (2-1, 1-1) by 10 points. West Marshall eventually got it down to a one-point game, then Isaiah Borgos hit Gabe Jones with a pass after driving baseline that led to the go-ahead points against their NICL West Division foes.
Cameron Bannister had 17 points and nine rebounds to pace the Trojans, followed by Joe Halverson with 13 points and Jones with 10.
Cade Spieker led South Hardin with 22 points, followed by Garrison Tripp with 13.
Peterson paces GMG past Spartans
MAXWELL — The GMG boys basketball team took an Iowa Star Conference South Division victory away from Collins-Maxwell on Tuesday night, 71-47.
At halftime the Wolverines (2-1, 1-1) held a 35-25 lead over the Spartans (1-3, 1-2), but by the end of the third quarter that advantage ballooned to 55-38.
Brayden Peterson had 23 to pace GMG, while Justin Savadty scored 18, Aaron Fleming had 12 and Kolton Gill finished with 10 to give the Wolverines four players in double figures.
Savatdy and Avery Brandt both had five rebounds to lead GMG on the boards.
John Kasper had 15 to lead Collins-Maxwell, followed by Brett Livesay with 12.
Mustangs fall to Grundy Center boys
LE GRAND — The East Marshall boys basketball team lost an NICL West Division game to Grundy Center on Tuesday, 62-53.
Eric Ommen led the Mustangs (0-3, 0-1) with 17 points, followed by Drew Runner with 13 and Evan Espenscheid with 10.
Mitchell Munson had 14 points for the Spartans (2-2, 1-1), while Tanner Appel finished with 12 and Joe Johnson netted 10.
West Marshall girls gouge Tigers 66-19
ELDORA — The West Marshall girls basketball team earned its second-straight win on Tuesday with a 66-19 drubbing of NICL West Division opponent South Hardin.
After the first quarter the Trojans (2-2, 2-0) had scored 28 points while the Tigers (0-4, 0-2) still hadn’t found the bottom of the basket.
Kayla Cripps had 21 points to lead West Marshall, as well as six rebounds and four steals. Karlyn Snider put in 15 points and finished with five steals and three assists, and Teres Disney had seven points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Avril Sinning led with four assists, which she combined with two points and five rebounds.
Kiera Anderson had eight points for South Hardin, followed by Ellie Cook with five.
GMG girls suffer season’s first defeat
MAXWELL — The GMG girls basketball team took its first loss of the season by falling to Iowa Star Conference South Division foe Collins-Maxwell on Tuesday, 55-36.
Kelsey Vaverka had 10 points to lead the Wolverines (3-1, 1-1) while Madi Krull and Zoe Duncan each had six.
GMG struggled at the free-throw line, going 1-for-6 behind the charity stripe, while the Spartans (3-3, 2-1) were 14-for-19.
Mikayla Houge had 19 points to pace Collins-Maxwell, followed by Reagan Franzen with 12.
Meskwaki girls outlast Baxter 48-39
BAXTER — The Meskwaki girls basketball team earned an Iowa Star Conference South Division win over Baxter on Tuesday, 48-39.
The Warriors (3-1, 2-1) trailed 22-16 at halftime to the Bolts (0-4, 0-2) but Meskwaki outscored Baxter 32-17 in the second half to take home the victory.
Payton Tahahwah had 13 points to lead all scorers, followed by Deandra Navarro with 12 and Abigail Iron Shell with nine.
McKenzie Eslinger was the lone Bolt athlete in double figures with 10 points.
UNI wrestling clinic supports cause
CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa annual youth clinic set for Dec. 16 will suppot an 8-year-old boy battling cancer.
This year, all proceeds collected from the clinic will support Aidan Williams, who is in his ninth month of a two-year treatment plan. Williams is the son of TJ Williams, a former national champion at the University of Iowa and college teammate of Panther head coach Doug Schwab.
The event is designed to offer wrestling instruction to youths from kindergarten to eighth grade while also collecting funds to support someone affected by cancer.
Participants will learn from UNI All-American Joey Lazor and Jake Hodges. The $25 fee includes the cost of the clinic, a T-shirt and the participant’s admission to the Panthers’ dual against Cornell that follows the clinic.