Top-ranked Rebels rough up Union
REINBECK – Joe Smoldt was held to a season-low 21 points with no 3-pointers, but the top-ranked Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team still dispatched Union 71-45 in Tuesday’s cross-NICL contest.
Matt Roeding, Caden Kickbush, Tyler Pierce and Josh Cooley each contributed eight points, while Tyler Eiffler contributed six points and 10 rebounds for the Rebels (6-1). Roeding tallied seven rebounds and five assists, while Kickbush and Pierce both had six boards.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck is back at home Friday night for an NICL West division clash with bcluw.
Redhawks end 7-game skid, beat GMG
TRAER – The North Tama boys basketball team put an end to a seven-game skid with a 61-37 victory over GMG in an Iowa Star Conference matchup on Tuesday.
The Redhawks (3-8, 3-6) had four players reach double figures. Ben Panfil tallied a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Logan Zobel was the leading scorer with a game-high 18 points. Cameron Hoeg scored 14 points and Jake Hlas added 11 points.
Austin Cox (2-6, 1-6) led the Wolverines with 13 points. Jacob Burt also reached double figures with 10 points.
GMG plays at home against Iowa Star opponent Meskwaki on Friday. North Tama will play Saturday at home against Iowa Star opponent CAL.
Tigers take down West Marshall
STATE CENTER – Gilbert outscored West Marshall 16-5 in the third quarter to break open a close game en route to a 60-39 victory over the Trojans in Tuesday’s non-conference contest.
Ryan Fleener led the Tigers (7-1) with 12 points, Will Turner had 11 and Ryan Blum added nine in Gilbert’s fifth consecutive win.
David Disney led West Marshall with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals, and Beau Coberly finished with 10 points, but the Trojans (1-9) were unable to follow up their win to close December with another to begin January. Cole Baccam had six points and Chandler Sponseller added five to round out the team’s scoring.
West Marshall continues a three-game homestand with Friday’s NICL West Division showdown with AGWSR.
North Tama rallies past Wolverines
TRAER – A second-half rally by the North Tama girls basketball team gave the Redhawks a 38-30 victory over Iowa Star Conference opponent GMG on Tuesday.
GMG led 11-3 after the first quarter and 18-13 at halftime, but the host Redhawks rallied back from a 16-point deficit to win.
North Tama (6-6, 5-4) was led by Kodi Hillman with 12 points. Abbie Schafer added 10 points.
GMG (3-7, 2-5) was led by Mable Dieleman with eight points. Josie Claassen led the team with five rebounds.
Sorensen earns conference recognition
IOWA CITY – University of Iowa sophomore Brandon Sorensen has been named co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. He shares the award with Penn State’s Bo Nickal.
Sorensen, ranked No. 2 in the country, won the 149-pound bracket at the 2015 Midlands Championship on Dec. 30. The Cedar Falls native went 6-0 with a pair of wins over ranked opponents, defeating seventh-ranked Jake Sueflohn (Nebraska) in the semis and third-ranked Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) in the finals. He also had a pin and technical fall in the opening rounds.
The weekly conference honor is the third of Sorensen’s career. He was recognized two times in January 2015. The Big Ten award is the second for Iowa this season. Sammy Brooks earned the honor Nov. 17.