SPORTS SHORTS: GC/G-R girls netters sweep aside Gaels
FORT DODGE — The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls tennis team recorded its third sweep of the season, taking all nine matches from Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Friday evening.
The Spartans (5-1) notched their fifth-straight victory in convincing fashion, winning each match in one set. The top singles bout required a tiebreaker, but GC/G-R’s Leslie Homeister held off Jaque Oberg, 9-8 (7-5), in one of the two most hotly contested matches of the dual.
Alivia Brandhorst scored a 9-7 victory over Maggie Lennon at No. 6 singles.
The rest of the singles bouts were a breeze for the Spartans. Reegan Zinkula topped Sidney Messerly 8-1, Emerson Kracht blanked Jillian Cosgrove 8-0, Erika Johnson shut out Lizzie Gailey 8-0, and Whitney Laube handled Leah Neyerman 8-1.
Kracht and Johnson dispatched their No. 2 doubles counterparts in 8-0 fashion as well to help the Spartans secure the sweep.
Spartans stifle Fort Dodge St. Edmond
GRUNDY CENTER — The Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys tennis team tallied its third sweep to remain unbeaten this spring, defeating Fort Dodge St. Edmond 9-0 on Friday.
The visiting Gaels (2-4) managed no more than three games in any set, all of which went to the Spartans (5-0).
Cale Hendricks at No. 2 and Braiden Sawyer at No. 4 singles led the way with 8-0 victories over their respective FDSE counterparts Elijah Litwiller and Matt Kornder. Dane Zinkula and Bryce Greiner, both freshmen, finished with 8-1 wins at Nos. 3 and 6 singles, while Nick Voss took the No. 1 match 8-2 over Gage Johnson. Sloan Klar came away with an 8-3 win at No. 5.
Zinkula and Sawyer scored another shutout, beating Mitchell Rasmussen and Kornder 8-0 at No. 2 doubles to highlight the Spartan sweep.
GMG boys golf team a close second
BELLE PLAINE — The GMG boys golf team finished just four strokes shy of the top spot at the Belle Plaine Invitational on Friday at Belle Plaine Country Club.
The Wolverines shot a 364 team total to take second behind English Valleys (360) but ahead of host Belle Plaine (374).
GMG’s Aaron Fleming carded a birdie during his round of 86, which was good for the third-best score of the 18-hole tournament. Cole Stephenson and Daniel Tapken of English Valleys shared medalist honors with an 85.
Ryan Hunt took sixth place with his 88 for GMG, while a trio of Wolverines rounded out the team scoring as Kamrin Chizek, Kolton Gill and Blaze Krull each shot a 95. Brayden Peterson posted a 108 for the team’s final score.