SPORTS SHORTS: Trojans’ Thompson wins Heart of Iowa crown
JEWELL — Nicolas Thompson took home medalist honors Monday afternoon for West Marshall in the Heart of Iowa Conference cross country meet hosted by South Hamilton.
Thompson led the boys’ division with a time of 17 minutes, 21 seconds, seven seconds ahead of runner-up Nathan Limas.
As a team, the West Marshall boys finished fifth out of six competing teams with 118 points. Dylan Thompson came in 17th place and ran a 19:45 for the Trojans, while Jack Decker finished in 27th with a time of 20:15. In 34th place was Joshua Eigenberger in 20:54. Brevon Gibson finished 39th with a time of 21:36 and Jacobi Gomez came in 40th with a 21:44.
The girls’ team finished third out of seven teams with 102 points, and Emelia Hauser led the way with a fifth-place finish and a time of 21:58. Peyton Smith followed up in 18th place and ran a 23:42, with Kalyn Polley close behind in 20th place at 24:02.
Jadyn Bunting ran a 24:35 and finished in 27th place. Adisyn Young came in 32nd with a time of 25:18. Audrey Girard’s time of 26:49 was good enough for 43rd place.
Bobcats go 4-1 at Oskaloosa tourney
OSKALOOSA — Marshalltown volleyball had a positive weekend at the Oskaloosa Saturday, winning four out of five games in the event and only falling short against Class 4A No. 6 Oskaloosa. The Bobcats now are 11-16 on the season heading into the final week of the regular season.
In game one, the Bobcats swept Mount Pleasant 21-11 and 21-18. In game two, the hosts beat Marshalltown 21-10, 21-15. After the defeat to the Class 4A title contenders, Marshalltown went back on the attack in a 22-20, 21-9 victory over the Chariton Chargers. Ottumwa awaited in the Bobcats’ fourth game of the day, and the Bobcats were in control throughout. 21-8 and 21-15 wins moved them to 3-1 on the day ahead of the final game against Fairfield. In a tight match, 21-19 and 21-17 wins put the Bobcats over the top.
Khloe Shipley was the leading assister for Marshalltown Saturday with 70 total from the five matches. Sophie Younkin led the way in kills with 32, and Autumn Finch was close behind with 27.
On the defensive side of things, Younkin led the team with 26 digs. Finch and Gracious Ree had 19 apiece, while Sae Paw got 17 and Shipley added 15.
Marshalltown plays this coming Saturday in the Johnston tournament.
Rebels top Redhawks for BCLUW tourney title
CONRAD — The Class 1A No. 11 Gladbrook-Reinbeck volleyball team finished atop the BCLUW Tournament on Saturday, going 5-0 on the day to take the title thanks to a 2-1 triumph over No. 12 North Tama in the championship match.
The Rebels (22-11) swept through pool play by beating 1A No. 15 BCLUW (22-20, 21-16), Baxter (21-18, 21-7) and HLV (21-6, 21-10), and then overcame a first-set loss to defeat West Marshall (23-25, 25-17, 25-9) in the semifinals. North Tama, too, won the opening set in the finals before the Rebels rallied for a 23-25, 25-15, 15-12 triumph.
Ava Wyatt piled up 64 kills on the day, including 24 in the title match with North Tama. Megan Cooley added 26 kills and Katie Clark had 22 more, as setter Emma McClintock compiled 120 assists.
Cooley captained the defense with 39 digs and seven blocks, while Wyatt and Mahayla Olson both contributed 31 digs. Clark added 24 digs and six blocks, while McClintock had 25 digs and Lily Dripps finished with seven blocks.
North Tama, like G-R, swept through pool play with wins over Collins-Maxwell (21-8, 21-14), East Marshall (21-19, 21-9) and West Marshall (21-14, 21-10) before beating BCLUW (25-22, 25-22) in the semifinals.
Neither North Tama (23-8) nor tournament host BCLUW (20-15) had posted statistics as of press time. The Comets beat Baxter (21-8, 21-12) and HLV (21-12, 21-4) in pool play and finished the day 2-2.
West Marshall (17-15) sandwiched wins over East Marshall (22-20, 21-18) and Collins-Maxwell (21-5, 21-6) with losses to North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
Leading the way for the Trojans was Katy Reyerson, who racked up 26 kills, 14 digs, 10 service aes and three blocks on the day. Halie Hohnstein totaled 15 kills, 21 digs and three blocks, and Kylie Karsjen contributed 10 kills. Lily Zahnd chipped in with nine kills and five aces, while Keatan Pfantz posted a team-high 36 digs to go with eight aces. Setter Reilly Jensen totaled 59 assists, 13 digs and five aces on the day.
East Marshall (11-21) went 1-2 in pool play with a win over Collins-Maxwell (21-14, 21-11) and losses to North Tama and West Marshall, but the Mustangs bounced back to win the consolation bracket. East Marshall defeated HLV (21-5, 21-13) and Baxter (21-18, 21-11) to take fifth place.
Faith Bandstra handed out 75 assists for the day, with Kennedy Wheater leading the team with 24 kills and Devyn Crosser adding 20 kills and a team-high five blocks. Kennedy Boliver added 16 kills and Jayleigh Pansegrau finished with 14 kills.
Camy Weeks led the Mustangs with 51 digs and Pansegrau added 34 more for the defense.