SPORTS SHORTS: Edens wins first meet of year for GMG

PHOTO BY TROY HYDE/NEWTON DAILY NEWS - GMG's Jackson Edens runs to first place at the Collins-Maxwell Invitational on Thursday at Center Grove Orchard in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — GMG junior Jackson Edens already has a win under his belt in the young cross country season, as he placed first in the boys race at the Collins-Maxwell Invitaional at Center Grove Orchard.

Edens ran a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds, to beat the second-place finisher by 16 seconds.

Spencer Tweedy was the next-best placer for the Wolverines, finishing in 14th with a time of 21:08, while Daniel Hughes finished in 18th, Gabe Zielstorf 19th and Cameron Spurlin 21st.

The GMG boys finished in third with a score of 73, one point behind Baxter in second.

Angel Schewe placed 13th for the Wolverine girls with a time of 23:56, followed by Belle Duncan in 21st with a 25:17, Zoe Duncan in 25th with a 26:40 and Emma Beeghly in 28th.


As a team the GMG girls took fifth place with a score of 120.

Girard, Sinning lead Trojans at Gilbert

AMES — West Marshall harriers Grace Girard and Avril Sinning both showed well in the Trojans’ first cross country meet of the season on Thursday at the Gilbert Invitational on the Iowa State University course.

Girard placed third with a time of 22:21 for the Trojans, while Sinning came in sixth with a time of 23:05. West Marshall took fourth overall with a team score of 104.

Hannah Jovanovich was the next-best placer by taking 27th, followed by Lily Buck in 37th and Eliza Girard in 44th.


The Trojan boys took 10th with Nicholas Thompson leading the way by placing 23rd in a time of 19:42.

West Marshall netters start with a win

STATE CENTER — Catherine Sjoblom piled up 16 kills and 13 digs to help lead the West Marshall volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over visiting Carlisle on Thursday night. The Trojans won by scores of 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16.

Sjoblom added 12-for-15 serving with three aces as West Marshall tipped off the season with a victory. Hana Hohnstein stuffed the stat sheet with 40 assists, 10 digs, four kills, three solo blocks and 12-for-16 serving with two aces.

Morgan Cripps paced the Trojan defense with 16 digs and Teresa Disney totaled nine kills, eight blocks and served 13-for-15 with a team-high four aces. Mary Wilkey chipped in five kills.


The Trojans host a tournament on Saturday at the West Marshall Middle School gymnasium, starting at 9 a.m.

BCLUW opens by sweeping aside BGM

CONRAD — Easton Swanson tallied 13 kills to lead the BCLUW volleyball team to a three-set sweep of BGM on Thursday, winning 25-12, 25-20, 25-13 in the Comets’ season opener.

Madison Ubben and Kennedy Williams came away with six kills apiece, Ubben led the defense with three total blocks, and Jade Hammers contributed five kills. Setters Elizabeth Garber and Cate Nason chalked up 15 and 13 assists, respectively, while Parker Scurr topped the defense with five kills.

BCLUW’s serving stood out in the opener as the Comets went a combined 68-for-71 with eight aces. Olivia Hughes was 14-for-14 with three aces, while Swanson was 14-for-15 with two aces. Garber also went 12-for-12 with two aces.

The Comets return to action Saturday at West Marshall’s tournament.

MCC volleyball team improves to 2-0

ALLENDALE, S.C. — The Marshalltown Community College volleyball team limited its unforced attacking errors and overcame 13 serving miscues to sweep aside South Carolina-Salkahatchie on Thursday night, 25-11, 25-8, 25-12.

The Tigers (2-0) were led by Elena Yee’s 12 kills on just 18 attempts with only one swinging error, good for a .611 hitting percentage. MCC hit an impressive .589 as a team, making only four attacking errors in the convincing victory.

“We played a little more aggressive tonight,” said Marshalltown CC head coach Justin Hoskins. “That led to a few more mistakes, but they are areas that we need to be able to improve on. Hopefully we can continue to play aggressively but eliminate some of our mistakes moving forward.”

Marija Ejic and Jade Jenkins both finished with eight kills and Chiara Mottola added five kills. Jelena Dukic led the Tigers with 19 assists and Raquel Gonzales added 11 more.

Gonzales also led the squad with six service aces while Ejic had four, Halee Pedro had three and Sadie Smith two.

Defensively, Pedro’s six digs paced MCC while Fauniel Olander finished with five digs. Three different players had one block apiece.

The Tigers are back in action today with a trip to Sandhills CC in Pinehurst, N.C., for a triangular. MCC meets Richard Bland College at 4 p.m. and Sandhills at 6 p.m.