SPORTS SHORTS: No. 2 Redhawks roll to tourney title
TRAER — The Class 1A No. 2 North Tama volleyball team marched to 12-0 on Saturday by sweeping its way to its own tournament title, beating Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the finals.
The Redhawks defeated West Central (21-13, 21-17), BGM (21-9, 21-13) and eighth-ranked Montezuma (21-12, 21-12) in pool play before beating Dunkerton (21-13, 21-19) in the championship bracket semifinals.
In the final round, North Tama knocked off Gladbrook-Reinbeck in straight sets, 21-12, 21-13, to claim its second tournament title of the season.
Katie Kopriva led the Redhawks with nine kills and 9-for-9 serving with an ace in the championship clash. Abby DeBoef had six kills and one block, and Carlie Gorder had five kills and four blocks. Dylan Rohlfsen compiled a 13-for-13 total at the service line, notching two aces, while Takoa Kopriva had a team-leading seven digs and was 7-for-8 serving. Isabel Sierra led the way with 18 assists.
Saari Kuehl paced Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-2) with four kills and six digs in the final match. Alyssa Morgan had four digs and served 8-for-8 with one ace, while Brianna Strohbehn and Megan Cooley had two kills apiece. Cooley totaled four blocks, Ava Wyatt had two blocks, and Reagan Skovgard finished with five assists.
The Rebels defeated Meskwaki, Dunkerton and North Fayette Valley to win their pool before topping West Central in the bracketed semifinals.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck hosts No. 15 BCLUW on Tuesday in NICL West Division play, while North Tama travels to face No. 3 Janesville in Thursday’s Iowa Star Conference showdown.
Comets collect 4th in own round-robin
CONRAD — The Class 1A No. 15 BCLUW volleyball team went 2-3 and finished fourth on Saturday at the Comets’ six-team round-robin tournament.
The Comets (7-5) defeated PCM (21-13, 21-18) and South Tama (21-14, 21-9), but suffered a pair of three-set losses to Benton (16-21, 21-17, 15-6) and North Polk (21-13, 20-22, 15-12) in addition to a straight-set loss to 2A No. 9 Hudson (21-15, 21-9).
South Tama (1-10) went 1-4 in the tournament, defeating PCM in three sets for its first win of the season, 19-21, 24-22, 15-10. The Trojans were swept in straight sets by BCLUW, Benton (21-12, 21-11), Hudson (21-11, 21-11) and North Polk (21-7, 21-11).
BCLUW was led on the day by Madison Ubben’s 34 kills and seven blocks. Jade Hammers had 18 kills and 28 digs while serving 20-for-22 with three aces. Lizzie Garber tallied 17 kills, 25 assists, a team-best 32 digs, six blocks and 24-for-28 serving with three aces.
Allison Engle directed the offense with 59 assists to go with her 21 digs and 19-for-21 serving and an ace. Kennedy Williams compiled 14 kills, 16 digs, three blocks and 17-for-18 serving and two aces, while Eden Wilson chipped in with eight kills and three blocks.
Off the bench, Skye Teckenburg pitched in with 21 digs and 12-for-12 serving with three aces, and Emma Averill added nine digs and 4-for-5 serving with an ace.
BCLUW jumps back into action Tuesday, visiting Gladbrook-Reinbeck for an NICL West Division match. South Tama hosts Center Point-Urbana on Tuesday in WaMaC West Division action.
East Marshall volleyball earns first wins
NORTH ENGLISH — East Marshall volleyball went 2-2 in the English Valley tournament on Saturday.
The Mustangs earned their first win of the season over host team English Valley 22-20, 21-10.
East Marshall followed with loss to Cardinal 21-9, 21-16, a win against Tri County, 21-15, 21-5 and then a loss to Davis County 25-12, 25-11.
In the tournament, Clare Veren led the team with 17 kills while Zoeie Fontanini totaled a team leading 25 digs. Noelia Aguilera led the team with 10 aces.
East Marshall (2-7) will return home on Tuesday to play Grundy Center.
Warriors wallop West Central 56-30
MAYNARD — The Meskwaki Warriors football team snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating West Central 56-30 on Friday night.
Emmett Roberts ran for 147 yards and four touchdowns, Taurice Grant had 121 yards and two rushing touchdowns, and both caught a touchdown pass from Stanford Kapayou. Grant had four receptions for 84 yards, Roberts had three catches for 34 yards, and Larnell Velazquez had four grabs for 66 yards.
Kapayou closed the game 12 for-22 passing for 188 yards with one interception, but the Warriors (1-1) had five takeaways on defense. Velazquez totaled 10 tackles and an interception, while Grant had nine tackles to lead the way. Tiernan Wanatee had 8.5 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and 1.5 quarterback sacks, and Evan Nelson racked up eight tackles. Jared Davenport recovered two fumbles while Damitri Davenport and Donovan Slick-Driscoll both had one.
The Warriors are back out on the road on Friday night, visiting Gladbrook-Reinbeck (0-2) in the 8-Man District 5 opener for both teams.
GMG’s fast start foiled by Columbus
GARWIN — The Columbus Community football team snapped an 11-game losing streak by defeating GMG 20-12 in Friday’s non-district contest.
GMG (0-2) jumped out to a 12-0 lead but came up empty the rest of the way as the Wildcats (1-2) overtook the Wolverines with 20 unanswered points. Will Schwab carried the ball 31 times for 135 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Bawi UK was 6-for-11 passing for 122 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Adam Cox completed 9-of-11 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown for GMG, connecting with Kooper Gill on a 12-yard scoring strike. Cox also led the Wolverine ground game, carrying 16 times for 85 yards and a 5-yard TD dash.
Brayden Anderson had two receptions for 22 yards and Noah Ratliff added three grabs for 21 yards.
GMG hosts Hudson (0-2) on Friday night to kick off Class A District 7 play.