NIACC baseball: Quality pitching propels Trojans to pair of victories
NIACC 10, Southeastern 2 (Game 1)
NIACC 6, Southeastern 2 (Game 2)
MASON CITY – Entering play on Sunday, the NIACC baseball team was looking for a solid day to potentially jump start the remainder of its season.
The Trojans had been prone to splitting double headers – they had eight such splits so far this season – but some outstanding starting pitching and two timely big innings helped NAICC sweep fourth-rated Southeastern on Sunday.
Michael Oh improved to 4-2 with a strong outing in the opener.
Oh was the beneficiary of an eight-run outburst in the sixth.
Patrick Pridgen did not get the win in the nightcap but allowed just two runs while pitching into the seventh.
A three-run home run by Anthony Catolano capped a five-run Trojan rally in the seventh.
NIACC softball: Lady Trojans sweep doubleheader
NIACC 13, Iowa Lakes 3 (Game 1)
NIACC 9, Iowa Lakes 1 (Game 2)
MASON CITY – The NIACC softball team has been getting a lot more respect this year as evidenced by a 20-8 record and a meteoric rise through the rankings.
The Lady Trojans posted their 19th and 20th wins of the season Sunday with a doubleheader sweep over Iowa Lakes.
NIACC won the opener 13-3 in six innings followed by a 9-1, five-inning outing in game two.
The Lady Trojans crushed nine home runs over the two games.
Kristen Peka, who surrendered one earned run in picking up the win in the opener, had two homers and drove in seven on the day.
Kaci Sherwood and Morgan Kelley, a former Central Springs prep, also homered twice.
NIACC (20-8) plays host to Indian Hills on Tuesday.
High School wrestling: McCleish, several other North Iowa wrestlers victorious in Charles City
North All-Stars 36, South All-Stars 25
CHARLES CITY | A bevy of talented senior wrestlers hit the mat in Charles City on Saturday for the 40th annual North/South All-Star Meet.
Clear Lake's Eric Faught and Newman Catholic's Chase McCleish accounted for two of the evening's four pins. McCleish also defeated Hampton-Dumont's Dalton Chipp 7-1.
Dylan Koresh picked up a tightly contested victory against Tristan Westphal to start the event.
Mason City senior Troy Monahan III won his first match against Don Bosco's Noah Pittman before being pinned by Spencer Trenary in the final match of the night.
Braxton Doebel of Clear Lake earned a 6-3 victory against Max Babcock at 152 pounds.
High School girls track and field: Mason City ready for Drake Relays
DES MOINES | The Mason City girls track team got a taste for the big stage on Saturday, as they competed at Drake Stadium in Des Moines at the Blue Oval Invite. The Mohawks finished with several impressive finishes.
Hannah Thomas had the best day for Mason City, as she finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.49. The 4x100 relay team finished with a season-best time of 53.46, good for eighth place. In the 4x200 relay team, the Mohawks placed ninth at 1:52.98, while the 4x400 squad came in eighth. Jada Williams ran on all three relay teams, on the heels of three-week period where she had no track workouts at all, and ran an impressive split time of 25.96 in the 4x200. Brycelyn Hanson and Marcella Sierra both set season-best marks in the 800 meter run.
The Mohawks' next meet is Tuesday at Cedar Falls.
High School girls tennis: Clear Lake takes small steps in loss to Osage
Osage 6, Clear Lake 3
CLEAR LAKE – Cat Bauer-Aragon, the first-year coach of the Clear Lake girls tennis team, knows early on that the Lions were going to have grow a lot over the course of the season.
Maranda Harrison was the only returning letterwinner from an undefeated team in 2018, so Bauer-Aragon was faced with piecing together a lineup with very little experience.
After opening the season with a tough 8-1 loss at Mason City, Clear Lake took a couple of small steps forward against Osage on Tuesday.
The Green Devils won the meet 6-3 after receiving some solid play out of the middle of the lineup.
Victoria Schwarting and Whitney Meek both were 2-0 for the Green Devils with solid wins in singles play before teaming at the no. 2 doubles for another win.
Harrison showed her experience for the Lions with a 10-3 win at no. 1 singles while Kara Reineke added a singles win for Clear Lake.
Reineke teamed with Kaley Meyer for a 10-3 win in doubles.
“This group has worked hard,” Bauer-Aragon said. “Some players who had never picked up a racket are now playing full games. I look forward to seeing what they can do.”
Clear Lake looks to continue its improvement on Thursday when it travels to Hampton-Dumont/CAL.
Osage is scheduled to travel to Charles City on Thursday.
High School boys tennis: Mason City picks up narrow victory against Des Moines Roosevelt
Mason City 6, Des Moines Roosevelt 5
DES MOINES – The Mason City boys tennis team was down and all but out after singles play against Des Moines Roosevelt on Tuesday.
Doubles, though, has been a strength for the Mohawks in recent seasons, and Tuesday was no exception as Mason City went 4-1 in doubles play to pull out an unlikely 6-5 victory.
“The boys showed a lot of resolve and fight,” Mohawks coach Pat Kruger said. “It was an epic comeback.”
The Roughriders took a solid lead in singles by winning three of the four matches that went to tiebreakers.
The key match of the night was no. 4 doubles, which was the only doubles match to go to a tiebreaker with the winning team claiming the team title.
Lucas Pistek and Travis Brick came through for the Mohawks with a 10-4 tiebreaker win.
Brian VandenBerg and James Matthews had strong nights for Mason City.
VandenBerg won at no. 1 singles and teamed with Caden Rodning for a straight-set win in doubles while Matthews claimed the no. 2 singles match and joined Joey Hansen for a 6-2, 6-3 doubles victory.
Mason City (2-2) returns to action on Tuesday when it entertains Des Moines Hoover.
High School girls golf: Lunning leads Mason City past Fort Dodge
Mason City 207, Fort Dodge 271
MASON CITY | The Mohawks' girls golf team had a positive showing at Mason City Country Club on Tuesday, and Thea Lunning was the medalist, posting a score of 40. Fort Dodge's Anne Treep was the runner-up, finishing with a 44.
Mason City's Erika Sloan had a 53, and Alyssa Alert had a 56.
High School girls track and field: Thomas, Tobin improve as Mohawks compete in Urbandale
URBANDALE | Mason City's girls track and field team competed at the Urbandale Invite on Tuesday evening.
Hannah Thomas placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a lifetime-best of 1:10.36. She also placed fourth in the long jump.
Grace Tobin placed third in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 5 inches. She also posted a lifetime-best throw of 103 feet, five inches in the discus, which was good for a fourth-place finish.
Mason City's sprint medley relay team placed fourth as it turned in a season-best finish (1:55.08).
Mohawks coach Jim Lee praised Tobin's efforts, saying she has the ability to qualify for the state meet in the shot put and discus.
"Another great highlight for us was Odeline's anchor 400 split of 1:00.35 in the sprint medley (relay)," Lee said. "Her previous best was 1:02.9. Her dedication to the weight room the entire offseason has played a vital role in her success this season."
The Mohawks' next meet is the Blue Oval Invite at Drake on Saturday.
High School girls golf: Northwood-Kensett's Carman wins Northwood match
NORTHWOOD | Allie Carman of Northwood-Kensett came out on top in Tuesday's match at Northwood, with a score of 47. Her winning total was five strokes ahead of runner up, Morgan Hemann of Saint Ansgar. The Saints had six golfers in Tuesday's match, the most any of the four teams. North Iowa was also present, as was Riceville.
Monroe Brackey of North Iowa shot a 58, while Riceville's two golfers, Morgan Drilling, and Emma Schumann, shot a 63 and 67 respectively.
High School boys track and field: Mason City's Rowe wins distance triple crown as Mohawks place second at Fort Dodge
FORT DODGE | Mason City's boys track team competed in the Dodger Relays on Monday, claiming a second-place finish with 122 points. Waukee, the event's winner, had 186. Des Moines East (108), Fort Dodge (106) and Marshalltown (38) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
"The boys were incredibly focused to do their absolute best," Mason City coach Tyler Ketelsen said. "We had the singular team goal of beating as many teams as possible at this meet and the boys were mentally locked in the entire night."
Several Mohawks were medalists, including Michael Rowe, who won the distance triple crown for the second time this season.
He placed first in the 3,200-meter run (10:46.55), the 1,600m (4:42.19). His time of 2:04.58 in the 800m marked a new personal-best.
"Michael is on a roll right now with his performances," Ketelsen said. "He runs with so much determination, focus, and heart. He has the refuse-to-lose mentality, and it's a joy to watch him compete."
Christian Rodriguez won the 400m hurdles with a career-best time of 58.46. He placed second in the open 400 in 54.45, also a career-best.
Joey Quintero's long jump of 20-07 was good for a first-place finish.
Mason City's sprint medley relay team placed second, and four of its relay teams placed third.
"As a team, we definitely had extra motivation to perform well against some of our biggest rivals and the kids rose to the challenge," Ketelsen said. "Every kid fought for every place/ They made the Mason City fans, parents and coaches very proud."
High School boys soccer: Ankeny beats Mason City by four goals
MASON CITY | The Mason City boys soccer team looked solid through the first half of Tuesday's game against Ankeny. The Mohawks were down by just one goal, at 2-1. With their improving speed, Mason City coach Bryan DeGabriele was confident in his team.
But the second half was a different story. After the break, Ankeny scored four goals, ending up with a 6-2 victory. The win was Ankey's first of the season, while Mason City's record dropped to 1-1.
Jacob Wolf and David Johnson each scored a goal for Mason City, while goalkeeper Tristan Koopman wound up with 18 saves.
High School girls golf: Clear Lake improves, defeats Newman Catholic
Clear Lake 193, Newman Catholic 243
CLEAR LAKE | The Clear Lake girls golf team shaved 10 points off of its previous meet in a 193-243 victory over Newman Catholic at Veterans Memorial Golf Club on Tuesday.
Ashley DeLong overcame cool and damp conditions to finish with a round of 42 to earn medalist honors.
Mattie Krause was runner-up with a 44 for Clear Lake.
“We have three seniors who have been to state three times,” Lions coach Colby Andrews said. “What we are looking for is some improvement in our younger players.”
Erin Carew finished with a 50 and Jaden Ainley a 57 to also score for the Lions.
Emma Anderegg had the low round for Newman with a 57.
Maree School finished with a 61.
Clear Lake is scheduled to travel to Webster City for a dual meet on Friday.
Newman is set to host Central Springs and Northwood-Kensett on Friday at the Mason City Country Club.
High School girls golf: Hampton-Dumont dominant in win over West Fork
SHEFFIELD | The Hampton-Dumont girls team dominated West Fork in Tuesday's match, finishing 70 strokes ahead of the Warriors, for a final score of 206-276.
Kacji Arjes and Sydney Meyer tied for the lead at 49 strokes apiece, with Arjes taking the medal in a tiebreaker. For West Fork, Mara Heimbuch finished in first place, with a score of 64.
With the victory, the Bulldogs improved their record to 5-1 on the season.
High School boys soccer: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura drops contest against Iowa Falls-Alden
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 4, Iowa Falls-Alden 2
GARNER | The Cardinals dropped their second consecutive game Monday after starting their season 2-0. Ryan Hackenmiller scored a late goal, as did Austin Bahensky, who assisted on the first score. Iowa Falls-Alden had 11 shots on goal to the Cardinals' seven.
High School girls golf: Mason City, Clear Lake fall to New Hampton
New Hampton 170, Clear Lake 203, Mason City 217
MASON CITY | New Hampton dominated the competition at Mason City Country Club on Monday, defeating second-place Clear Lake by 33 strokes. New Hampton was home to the top two golfers, as Morgan and Allison Nuss each scored a 39.
Mason City's Thea Lunning was third with a 42. Ashley DeLong of Clear Lake paced the Lions with a score of 45.
High school boys golf: Storbeck, Eaton lead Clear Lake past New Hampton
CLEAR LAKE | Tate Storbeck's score of 37 led the Lions to victory against New Hampton on Monday. Tyler Eaton was the runner up, posting a 40. Carter Backhaus finished in 41 strokes, and Jack Barragy posted a 42.
High School boys golf: Rockford, Nashua-Plainfield edge out Northwood-Kensett
Nashua-Plainfield 199, Rockford 199, Northwood-Kensett 202
NASHUA | Nashua-Plainfield and Rockford finished Monday's meeting tied for first place with scores of 199, but Northwood-Kensett which fell to third, was merely three strokes behind.
Rockford's Kaden Lyman was the medalist with a score of 42. Northwood-Kensett's Kael Julseth and Nashua-Plainfield's Drew Moine each claimed runner-up honors.
High School girls golf: Algona picks up victory against Estherville-Lincoln Central
Algona 244, Estherville-Lincoln Central N/A
ALGONA | The Bulldogs' girls golf team picked up an uncontested victory Monday against the Midgets, who fielded only two varsity golfers. Algona's Shaylen Knapp was the night's medalist with a score of 58. Aly Yokimishyn was the runner-up with a score of 60.
High School boys golf: West Fork sneaks past Newman Catholic, Saint Ansgar
West Fork 199, Newman Catholic 202, Saint Ansgar N/A
SAINT ANSGAR | Ian Latham was named medalist during his performance in Saint Ansgar on Monday, helping lead the Warhawks to a victory against the Saints and Knights. Latham posted a score of 44 strokes. Runner-up and fellow Warhawk Nate Atkins posted a 46. Trey Pfeffer had a 48.
Newman Catholic was led by George Schmidt's 46. Mike Mantermach finished in 48 strokes.
The Saints' golfers, Derek Peterson and Noah Michaels, posted scores of 62 and 68, respectively.
High School girls golf: Nashua-Plainfield, Rockford, Northwood-Kensett compete
Nashua-Plainfield 230, Rockford 249, Northwood-Kensett N/A
NASHUA | A trio of North Iowa golf teams competed at the Nashua Town & Country Club on Monday, and Nashua-Plainfield outplayed the competition on its way to a 19-stroke victory. Keagan Betsinger shot a 45, which was the best mark by seven strokes. Rockford's Abby Murray shot a 52, and Northwood-Kensett's Allie Carman posted a 54.
High School boys golf: West Hancock claims victory against North Union, Eagle Grove
West Hancock 199, North Union 202, Eagle Grove 206
ARMSTRONG | The Eagles posted strong performances at Country Greens Golf Course on Friday, picking up a narrow victory against North Union and Eagle Grove. Seven strokes separated West Hancock from Eagle Grove.
A pair of West Hancock golfers (Ian Gobeli and Keifer Carlson) posted sub-50 scores. Gobeli posted a 46, while Carlson had a 45.
High School girls golf: West Hancock falls to North Union, Eagle Grove
North Union 230, Eagle Grove 253, West Hancock 255
ARMSTRONG | West Hancock's girls golf team fell to North Union and Eagle Grove on Friday at Country Greens Golf Course. Ryleigh Hudspeth was the Eagles' most successful golfer with a score of 57. Adamari Barranca shot a 63.
North Union's Kayla Sabin paced the competition with a 48. Eagle Grove's Brittney Osborn posted a score of 54.
High School boys soccer: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura's second-half flurry downs Denver
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 5, Denver 1
GARNER | The Cardinals' boys soccer team improved to 2-0 with a convincing home victory against Denver on Thursday. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura trailed 1-0 at the intermission before unleashing a five-goal flurry in the second half.
Jared Shaw had a hat trick, and Jared Graham, as well as Austin Bahensky, each scored. Landon Dalbeck had two saves in goal.
The Cardinals will look to stay undefeated at noon Saturday against Spirit Lake.
Table tennis: Mason City club concludes season
The end of March signaled the end of a five-month season for the Mason City Table Tennis Club. The club, which played Monday evenings at the Holy Family Catholic Church from 7-9 p.m., will resume play Nov. 4.
Ron Wunderlich, this season's top finisher, went 218-52 on his way to a 462-point season. Josiah Wonderlich's 435 points was good enough for second place. Kory Meleney was third with 400.5, and David Hansen and Jeff Dixon were fourth and fifth with 394.5 and 361.5, respectively.
High School girls track and field: Sierra, Hanson post season-best results for Mason City
WASHINGTON | Mason City's girls track team earned a fifth-place finish among nine teams at the Demon Relays on Thursday. Coach Jim Lee was pleased with the results, considering he limited his athletes' events after Tuesday's home meet.
The 4x400m relay team of Hannah Thomas, Brycelyn Hanson, Madisyn Heller and Marcella Sierra turned in a season-best time of 10:56.43.
Odeleine Daugherty impressed in the 100m dash, finishing in 13.32. Nienke van Aalst completed the 100m hurdles in 16.98.
"Despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions, the kids were impressive in their efforts," Lee said. "I was especially pleased with the performance of Brycelyn Hanson, who ran 2 gutsy splits in the 4x800 and 4x400. She ran a lifetime-best 1:04.8 in her leg in the 4x400 in cold and a light rain. Odeleine and Hannah were their reliable selves in their events, as well. It is always nice heading south and seeing some teams we don't normally see during the season. We are looking forward to our meet in Urbandale to where the weather is looking to warm up nicely, so we can continue building on our season goals."
High School girls golf: Hampton-Dumont improves to 4-1
Hampton-Dumont 244, South Hardin 270, East Marshall 282
ELDORA | Hampton-Dumont's girls golf team improved to 4-1 with a victory at Pine Lake Country Club on Thursday. The Bulldogs' golfers out-shot South Hardin and East Marshall, finishing 26 strokes ahead of the next-closest team.
East Marshall's Kayla Mommer was the medalist with a score of 57. Maci Arjes of Hampton-Dumont was the runner-up, also with a score of 57.
High School boys soccer: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura shuts out Hampton-Dumont
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6, Hampont-Dumont 0
GARNER | The Cardinals' boys soccer team began its season with a resounding victory against Hampton-Dumont on Monday. Goalie Landon Dalbeck helped the Cardinals seal a shutout, notching a pair of saves.
Austin Bahensky, Jared Graham, Jared Shaw and Kevin Meyers each scored. Bahensky and Graham scored two goals apiece.
The Cardinals will take the field Thursday for a matchup with Denver. Hampton-Dumont will host Clear Lake on April 11.
High School girls golf: Hampton-Dumont claims first at Legend Trails
Hampton-Dumont 231, Aplington-Parkersburg 248, AGWSR 258
PARKERSBURG | Hampton-Dumont's girls golf team picked up a victory at Legend Trails on Tuesday, finishing 17 strokes ahead of the second-place finisher, Aplington-Parkersburg.
Kaci Arjes had the low score for the Bulldogs (55), and Maci Arjes had the second-lowest (56).
High School girls golf: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura drops close contest to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 235, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 239
GARNER | The Cardinals' girls golf team suffered a loss to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Tuesday, falling by a mere four strokes. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura's Carlee Frayne was the medalist with a final score of 41. Runner-up was Jailyn Krein with a 52.