SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall sweeps away A-P

STATE CENTER — Catherine Sjoblom piled up team-highs of 16 kills, 13 digs and 15-for-15 serving to lead the West Marshall volleyball team past Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday night, winning 25-19, 25-18, 25-18.

Addi Moore contributed seven kills to the offense and aided the defense with five digs and two blocks. Morgan Cripps shared the team lead with 13 digs and was 12-for-12 serving with two aces, while Darah Willis finished with 11 digs and 11-for-11 serving.

Hana Hohnstein tallied 42 assists to go with eight digs, five kills and two service aces, and Sjoblom added an ace as well.

West Marshall is off for a week before visiting BCLUW for its NICL West Division opener on Sept. 4.

Wolverines win in opening tournament

MONTEZUMA — The GMG volleyball team opened the season with a 1-3 showing at the Montezuma Tournament on Tuesday night.

The Wolverines got their lone win against Lone Tree, beating the Lions in three sets, 20-22, 21-11, 15-8. GMG took a game from Gladbrook-Reinbeck but lost 12-21, 21-19, 15-4, and was swept by North Mahaska (21-13, 21-11) and Class 1A No. 11 Montezuma (21-8, 21-14).

Kelsey Vaverka led the GMG netters for the night with 14 kills and 23 digs, while setter Madi Krull came away with 31 assists.

Next up for the Wolverines is a road match at Clarksville on Sept. 4.

Hawkeyes amend Heller’s contract

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Athletic director Gary Barta and University of Iowa head baseball coach Rick Heller have agreed on a contract amendment that will run through 2024.

“Rick has done a tremendous job from day one, winning, graduating, and building this program the right way,” said Barta. “Rick has turned this program into one that contends annually in the Big Ten Conference and nationally. This amendment puts us in a position to keep Rick in Iowa City for the foreseeable future.”

In his five seasons in Iowa City, Heller has guided the Hawkeyes to 173 victories, averaging 34.6 wins per season. Heller led Iowa to the NCAA Regionals in 2015 — a first for the program since 1990 — and two seasons later the Hawkeyes won their first Big Ten Tournament title in program history.

Iowa has played in NCAA Regionals twice in Heller’s five seasons. The program advanced to NCAA play just three times in its history prior to Heller’s arrival. The Hawkeyes also claimed a silver medal at the 2017 World University Games, becoming the first American squad to medal in Universiade history.

Heller has coached six All-Americans and at least one first-team all-Big Ten selection in each of his five seasons and the program has had 20 Major League Baseball Draft selections — the most in a five-year stretch all-time.