SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans top Mustangs at EM Tourney

LE GRAND — Marshall County volleyball teams managed only one win at the East Marshall Mustang Tournament on Saturday, and it was when West Marshall beat East Marshall in the seventh-place match.

West Marshall and East Marshall both went 0-3 in pool play, leaving them to collide head-to-head in the finale for both teams. West Marshall emerged victorious, sweeping the host Mustangs 21-18, 12-7.

West Marshall’s day began with three-set losses to Benton Community (19-21, 21-14, 15-7) and HLV (14-21, 21-19, 15-7) before a straight-set sweep at the hands of Class 2A No. 9 Hudson (21-17, 21-9). The Trojans (3-8) snapped a seven-match losing skid by beating their cross-county rivals.

Teresa Disney led the Trojans with 18 kills and served 28-for-31 with a whopping 10 aces. She also had 11 digs and three blocks on the day. Attiyah Lazard added 15 kills and six blocks, and Renae Schaper had 13 kills, 10 digs and one block. Mary Wilkey chipped in nine kills and two blocks at the net, while Peyton Halverson had six kills and six blocks.

Morgan Cripps led the West Marshall defense with 29 digs while serving 27-for-32 with three aces. Avery Randall was 24-for-24 with one ace, Halverson was 21-for-22 serving with three aces, and Grace de Neui went 11-for-12 with an ace to go with 17 assists in her return to action. Reilly Jensen totaled 18 assists.

East Marshall’s losing skid slipped to seven straight with an 0-4 day at its home tournament. The Mustangs (2-13) were swept by Vinton-Shellsburg (21-11, 21-14), Class 3A No. 14 Des Moines Christian (21-8, 21-11) and Iowa Valley (21-11, 21-13) in pool play before bumping into West Marshall in the final round.

For the day, Clare Veren led the Mustangs with eight kills to go with one block and 12-for-14 serving with two aces. Jayleigh Pansegrau piled up seven kills and one block, and Suda Leschin ended with five kills and one block. Noelia Aguilera led the way with 13 assists and Faith Bandstra handed out 11 more helpers.

Zoeie Fontanini paced the East Marshall defense with 26 digs while serving 15-for-15, J.J. Westendorf had 23 digs and served 18-for-20 with two aces, while Camy Weeks finished with 16 digs and was 14-for-15 serving with three aces.

Both teams jump back into NICL West Division action with road games Tuesday, as East Marshall visits BCLUW and West Marshall meets South Hardin in Eldora.

Meskwaki’s Johnson 30th at Benton

ATKINS — Freshman Skye Johnson was the Meskwaki cross country teams’ lone varsity representative on Saturday at the Benton Invitational, finishing in 30th in a time of 22 minutes, 39.3 seconds.

Johnson took 30th out of 71 girls in the varsity race, which was run at the Atkins Roundhouse Area. Only six freshmen finished ahead of her, none of them from smaller than a Class 2A school.

Second-ranked Williamsburg won the team title with 33 points ahead of 3A No. 10 Solon (69).