SPORTS SHORTS: Warriors nearly double up on Wolverines
GARWIN — The Meskwaki girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten by handing GMG its first loss, beating the host Wolverines 63-32 in Friday’s Iowa Star Conference South Division clash.
The Bear cousins — Geanna, Wakinyala and Sia — combined to score 52 of the Warriors’ 63 points. Geanna made three 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points, Wakinyala added a pair of treys and 17 points, and Sia scored 12 points in the win for the Warriors (4-0, 2-0).
Adelyn Sienknecht led GMG (2-1, 1-1) with eight points, Jenna Yilek scored seven and Jocee Mason added five.
Meskwaki pulled away with a 24-6 second-quarter advantage to take a 25-point lead into the halftime break.
West Marshall girls wallop Saydel in league play
STATE CENTER — West Marshall junior Katy Reyerson scored a season-high 28 points to help the Class 3A No. 10 Trojans trounce Saydel 70-21 in Friday’s Heart of Iowa Conference opener.
Bella Borgos added 15 points for the Trojans (4-0, 1-0), who led 15-0 after the first quarter and 42-5 at halftime. Saydel (0-3, 0-1) still trailed 63-8 going into the fourth.
Reyerson added nine rebounds, six steals and five assists to the contest. Olivia Gradwell finished with nine points, and Lauren Solberg contributed five points, three rebounds and three steals. Keatan Pfantz and Adisyn Young had four steals apiece.
Rachel Barton led Saydel with seven points.
Pirates plunder Comets for first defeat
HUDSON — The BCLUW girls’ basketball team sustained its first loss of the season, a 53-48 defeat at host Hudson on Friday night.
Addie Rhoades scored 19 points and Macey McKenna had 18 more for the Pirates (1-2), who outscored the Comets in every quarter but the last.
Allison Engle had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists to lead BCLUW (2-1). Chloe Walters finished with 11 points and five boards, while Katie Hill had eight points and four boards. Sydney Anderson and Leah Pieper had six points apiece.
Schuler’s free throw lifts Trojans to triumph
STATE CENTER — TJ Schuler made the first of two free-throw attempts with 1.6 seconds remaining to lift the West Marshall boys’ basketball team to its first win, a 56-55 victory over Saydel in Friday’s Heart of Iowa Conference opener.
Schuler had 14 points, nine rebounds and one blocked shot to help deliver the win for West Marshall (1-2, 1-0). Joey Tollefson led the Trojans with 17 points, going 9-for-9 from the free-throw line, and added three assists. Owen Siegert chipped in seven points, three assists and two steals, and Grahm Nason and Parker Reese had six points apiece.
Camden Lo led Saydel (0-1, 0-1) with 29 points, keyed by five 3-pointers in the Eagles’ first game of the season.
GMG boys complete comeback against Meskwaki
GARWIN — The GMG boys’ basketball team rallied from an early deficit to defeat Meskwaki 66-61 in Friday’s frenetic Iowa Star Conference South Division showdown.
Kaleb Gill scored a career-high 24 points and Mykel Ratliff added a career-best 15 to lead the host Wolverines (2-0, 2-0) to victory. Abe Dieleman finished with eight points and Noah Teske added six more as GMG rallied back from double digits.
Meskwaki (0-2, 0-2) led 23-8 after the opening quarter before GMG rallied with an 18-7 advantage in the second period. The Warriors led by one, 46-45, going into the fourth quarter before getting outscored 21-15 in the final stanza.
Eleron Youngbear led Meskwaki with 18 points and Larnell Bear added 15 more for the Warriors.
Rebel girls get into win column
FAIRBANK — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck girls’ basketball team got into the win column with Thursday’s 41-36 triumph at Wapsie Valley.
Katie Clark and Karlie Rickert scored nine points apiece to lead the Rebels (1-2). Clark also had team-highs of nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Xandra Anderson chipped in eight points and five boards, Lauren Boyer scored six points, and Megan Cooley added five points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Mary Bodensteiner led Wapsie Valley (0-3) with 14 points.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck eases to opening win
FAIRBANK — Caleb Egesdal made five 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 27 points and William Kiburis tallied a triple-double, leading the Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys’ basketball team to an opening 58-44 victory over Wapsie Valley on Thursday night.
Egesdal shot 10-for-16 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free-throw line en route to the big night, while Kiburis had 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Isaac Clark and Luke Riffey pitched in with five points apiece for the Rebels.
Mason Harter led Wapsie Valley with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
West Marshall matmen sweep opening quad
ACKLEY — The West Marshall wrestling team opened the season with a 3-0 night in the North Iowa Cedar League here Thursday, beating Oelwein (63-18), East Marshall/GMG (48-32) and AGWSR (60-15). East Marshall/GMG was 2-1 with wins over AGWSR (45-27) and Oelwein (48-33).
West Marshall was led on the night by a pair of 3-0 wrestlers, as J.D. Downs was unbeaten at 132 pounds and Austin Pfantz posted three pins at 182.
Luke Vawter (126), Caden Vellinga (138), Miles Moore (145), Dillon McMorran (152/160), Luke Coulter (170), Wyatt Weuve (195), Elijah Meester (220/285) and Sam Schaper (220/285) each went 2-1 for the Trojans, with Vawter, Coulter, Meester and Schaper each picking up two pins.
East Marshall/GMG had a trio of 3-0 wrestlers, each of them racking up three pins. Top-ranked Dominik Ridout (138), Tim Benson (160) and Garrett Kerber (170) scored 18 points apiece for the Mustangs.
Brody Augspurger (120), Tyler Fuller (152) and Drew Wheater (195) all went 2-1, including two pins for Fuller and Wheater. Wyatt Benson went 3-0 at 113 pounds with two forfeits and a technical fall in his only contested match.
Storm suffer two losses in season debut
ELDORA — The South Hardin-BCLUW wrestling team was saddled with an 0-2 start Thursday, falling to Waterloo Columbus (40-36) and Hudson (51-30) in a North Iowa Cedar League triangular.
The Storm were led by Nick Feldpausch as the 132-pounder went 2-0 with a pair of pins. Lane Hartwig (138), Cayden White (145) and James Bricker (152) each went 1-1 with a pin. Ninth-ranked Carter Kolthoff (120) was 2-0 with a pin and a forfeit, and Kade Pekarek had the same results at 160. Heavyweight Sean May won his only match by fall.