SPORTS SHORTS: West Marshall matmen net Heart of Iowa crown
JEFFERSON — The West Marshall wrestling team won the Heart of Iowa Conference title in its return to the league, crowning four champions in Friday’s meet.
JD Downs at 126 pounds, Caden Vellinga at 132, Luke Coulter (160) and Grant Nason (182) all won their respective weights, helping the Trojans tally 197 points to overtake Greene County (180) in the seven-team tournament.
Austin Pfantz placed second at 170, while the Trojans got third-place points from Cael Pfantz (152), Kameron Malloy (195) and Sam Schaper (220).
GMG girls get past Royals
COLO — The GMG girls’ basketball streak snapped a 22-game losing streak to Colo-NESCO by beating the Royals 42-36 in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference clash.
Adelyn Sienknecht led the Wolverines (4-11, 2-7) with 11 points, Emily Vaughn added seven, and both Jenna Yilek and Marriah Stonewall scored six.
GMG hadn’t defeated the Royals since 2009.
Jenna Banks led Colo-NESCO with 11 points.
Siegert propels Trojan rally
ACKLEY — Owen Siegert made seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 26 points, helping West Marshall rally past AGWSR for a 41-32 win.
Siegert made four 3s in the fourth quarter as West Marshall (5-7) rallied from a nine-point deficit for a nine-point win. Joey Tollefson added seven points and five assists, and Grahm Nason had five points and 10 rebounds.
Comets edged by Spartans
GRUNDY CENTER — The Class 2A No. 7 Grundy Center girls’ basketball team held off BCLUW’s stern challenge on Friday night, winning 50-44 in NICL West Division action.
Chloe Walters returned from an injury to lead BCLUW (7-8, 2-5) with 14 points to go with eight rebounds. Allison Engle had 11 points and 10 boards, and Betula Messerly also scored 11 points.
Lainy Thoren led the Spartans (10-2, 6-0) with 18 points and seven boards.
Trojan girls top Cougars
ACKLEY — Katy Reyerson racked up 17 points and seven rebounds to lead West Marshall to a 36-29 victory over AGWSR in Friday’s non-conference tilt.
Delaney Nichols added eight points and seven boards for the Trojans (8-5). Alyssa Hames led AGWSR (9-4) with 15 points.