Spartans run at congested Jesup meet

JESUP – Mixing it up with a few of Class 1A’s top squads, the Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls cross country team placed eighth out of 22 squads with 219 points at Tuesday’s Jesup Invite.

Freshman Lily Ehlers led the Spartans at Jesup Golf Course grabbing 17th in 21 minutes, 31 seconds, while Mellina Wrage was four spots back in 21:45.

Cora Saak was next for GC/GR in 50th (22:30), while Reegan Zinkula (62nd, 22:53) and Tiana Saak (67th, 23:01) completed the team score. Jori Steenhoek and Haylee Neessen finished 107th and 131st, respectively.

Class 1A No. 3 Central Elkader rolled to the title with 69 points – 81 ahead of fourth-rated North Linn. Seventh-rated Newman Catholic (176), Dike-New Hartford (185) and Benton Community (194) rounded out the top five.

Anamosa’s Emma Duncan outran the field in 20:09, while Central Elkader had the next two finishers.

A mere five points separated a nip-and-tuck battle between the top five teams on the boys side.

The Spartans got another strong outing from their top tandem but had too much space between the rest of their pack, garnering 15th out of 25 teams with 343 points.

Dylan Hendricks corralled 16th in 17:52 and Finn Cleveland was close behind in 19th, clocking 18:00.

Max Schweppe took 99th in 19:57, while Brady Appel (106th, 20:06) and Griffin Hamann (118th, 20:26) capped the Spartans’ scoring quintet. Alex Schweppe finished 136th to round out the squad.

Class 1A No. 8 Denver totaled 166 points, one in front of Benton Community. The next three places were decided by the sixth runner tiebreaker as Waverly-Shell Rock, 2A No. 10 Dike-New Hartford and Aplington-Parkersburg had matching scores of 171. Central Elkader (180), ranked 14th in 1A, and Center Point-Urbana (181) took sixth and seventh, respectively.

Aplington-Parkersburg’s C.J. May reached the chute first in 16:29 – 13 seconds ahead of Dike-New Hartford’s John Crew.

Both Spartan squads are back in action at the Dike-New Hartford Invite next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Grundy Center sweeps Tiger netters

GRUNDY CENTER – Landry Luhring and Hana Edgerton led a balanced attack with six kills apiece as the Class 2A No. 8 Spartans sprinted past South Hardin, 25-13, 25-15, 25-8, in NICL West Division action Tuesday.

Alyssa Mathews contributed 24 assists, Katie Lindeman served 15-for-15 with five aces and Kayla Mathews went 17-of-19 with six aces and 11 digs. Piper Johanns was perfect on 10 service attempts with two aces and eight digs, while Cearra Aguon added an ace going 11-for-12. No stats were available for South Hardin. Grundy Center (16-7, 5-0) travels to the Waverly Tournament Saturday.

Rebels hold off AGWSR in four sets

REINBECK – Hayley Weber smashed a team-high 15 kills and Gladbrook-Reinbeck picked up its seventh win in eight matches with a 25-18, 25-17, 15-25, 25-17 triumph over AGWSR in Tuesday’s North Iowa Cedar League West Division clash.

Leah Holman distributed 28 assists and had 22 digs, Sydney Brown came up with 25 digs and Marissa Berendes and Weber added 15 digs apiece. Olivia Charley served 19-for-21 with two aces and Holman went 10-for-12 with three aces. Berendes added two service winners and Weber had one with a 19-for-21 performance.

Alana Groninga paced the Cougars with 12 kills and 19 digs, while serving 15-of-17 with three aces. Maddie Brandt recorded eight kills, Katie Gast had seven and Rachel Frazier tallied six. Abbie Young came up with 22 digs and Reagan Rathe served 11-for-12 with a pair of aces.

The Rebels (10-8, 3-2) head to the Waverly Tournament Saturday, while the Cougars (6-8, 2-3) travel to the Charles City Tournament.

GMG takes down Royals in three

COLO – GMG snapped a five-match skid with a sweep over Colo-NESCO in Iowa Star Conference play Tuesday.

Josie Claassen had seven kills and three total blocks as the Wolverines won 25-16, 25-17, 25-14. Kendall Chandler tallied six kills and seven digs, while serving 13-of-14 with four aces. Avery Smith added five kills, nine digs and three aces on 11-for-11 serving, while Katie Airey dished out 12 assists. Blaire Sonderleiter had a team-high five aces on 20-for-20 serving with eight digs and Madi Larson added three aces. GMG served up 16 aces against the Royals (3-11, 1-6).

GMG (8-10, 3-3) hosts Waterloo Christian tonight.