High School boys basketball: Central Springs drops close game against Eagle Grove
Eagle Grove 58, Central Springs 56
EAGLE GROVE | The Eagles and Panthers entered the fourth quarter tied, and Eagle Grove outscored Central Springs 19-17 the rest of the way to clinch a narrow victory.
Dylan Kisner scored 14 points, and Trenton Wirtjes scored 15, with each shooting 50 percent from the field and combining to shoot six-of-12 from three. Wirtjes also had 10 rebounds. Treyjen Wilson had four points, four rebounds and seven assists.
High School bowling: Mason City falls to Johnston
Mason City's bowling teams fell to Johnston on Monday, as the girls lost 2,341-2,090. The boys team (2-5) lost 2,367-2,256. The girls JV team won 1,705-1,671.
Danajua Judon was the leading bowler for the girls team (3-3), bowling a total of 305 in the two games. Hannah Hill had a combined score of 288, Sadie Arickx had 283, and Morgan Lacy had a 275.
Aaron Pope led all bowlers with a total score of 393, bowling a 194 in the first game before following it up with a 199. Andrew White bowled a total of 318.
High School girls basketball: Central Springs picks up first victory of season
Central Springs 47, Eagle Grove 40
EAGLE GROVE | Alivea Harms and Kirsten Garnas scored 12 points apiece as Central Springs earned its first victory of the season. Garnas, a sophomore, grabbed 12 rebounds. Central Springs attempted 33 free throws but made only 12 of them.
High School boys basketball: Nashua-Plainfield blows out Northwood-Kensett
Nashua-Plainfield 61, Northwood-Kensett 31
NORTHWOOD | The Huskies outscored the Vikings 31-12 in the first half en route to a 30-point victory Friday.
Caden Roberts, a sophomore, led the Vikings with 10 points. Ethan Welch added seven points off the bench. As a team, Northwood-Kensett shot 11-of-43 from the floor and six-of-23 from beyond the arc.
High School boys basketball: Don Bosco cruises against Riceville
Don Bosco 60, Riceville 17
RICEVILLE | The Dons had their way with Riceville's basketball team Friday, earning a 43-point victory in the Wildcats' gym. Sullivan Fair led Riceville with five points. Charlie Ring added four points. Brody Koenigs finished with a team-high nine rebounds and five blocks.
Riceville will look for its first victory Tuesday, when they face Clarksville on the road.
High School boys basketball: Smith, Flowers lead West Hancock past Eagle Grove
West Hancock 73, Eagle Grove 26
BRITT | The Eagles made light work of Eagle Grove on Friday, posting an incredible deficit on the scoreboard. Joe Smith finished with 16 points, and Lamar Flowers added 15. Lucas Welland, who had 11 points on seven field goal attempts, was the third West Hancock player to reach double figures. Smith also finished with 15 rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Flowers had a team-high four assists.
West Hancock will clash with Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Tuesday.
High School girls basketball: North Union stomps North Iowa
North Union 75, North Iowa 24
BUFFALO CENTER | The Bison were no match for North Iowa on Friday, as North Iowa lost by a whopping 51 points. North Union outscored North Iowa 24-5 in the second half.
High School boys basketball: Clear Lake continues strong start with victory
Clear Lake 74, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 51
CLARION | Drew Enke and Andrew Formanek led a balanced scoring attack as Clear Lake added an impressive conference win to its opening victory on Tuesday with a 74-51 decision over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday.
The Lions got off to a bit of a slow start but sparked a run with some solid defense. Clear Lake held the Cowboys to just seven points over the final 11 minutes of the first half and jumped out to a 39-22 lead at the intermission.
Jack Barragy added nine points for the Lions while Tate Storbeck and Jaylen DeVries had eight points apiece.
Clear Lake (2-0) steps out of conference on Monday when it travels to Charles City to face a strong Comets team.
High School boys basketball: Forest City defeats Garner-Hayfield-Ventura by double digits
Forest City 48, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 38
FOREST CITY | Forest City held Garner-Hayfield-Ventura to just 10 first-half points and came up with a key 48-38 win over the Cardinals in Top of Iowa Conference West Division boys basketball on Friday.
Avery Busta led three Indians in double figures with 16 points. Noah Miller and Riley Helgeson had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Forest City. James Betz led all scorers with 20 for the Cardinals.
Forest City (2-0) travels to North Union on Tuesday.
G-H-V (1-1) plays host to West Hancock on Tuesday.
High School boys basketball: North Iowa defeats North Union to even record at 1-1
North Iowa 52, North Union 47
BUFFALO CENTER | Dominyk Price scored 20 points to lead North Iowa to its first victory of the season as the Bison edged North Union 52-47 in Top of Iowa Conference boys basketball on Friday.
Cedric Frerichs added 12 points for North Iowa (1-1).
The Bison travel to Forest City on Friday for another conference tilt.
High School girls basketball: Clear Lake jumps to quick start in victory
Clear Lake 71, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 38
CLARION | Clear Lake broke out to a 32-7 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 71-38 victory over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday.
“I was impressed with how we controlled the tempo,” Lions coach Bart Smith said. “CGD had some nice kids on the floor.”
The Lions drained 12 three-pointers from seven different players in the game.
Sara Faber, a junior guard, made three treys and led Clear Lake with 20 points.
Sara Merfeld, another junior guard, also hit three threes and added 19. Lexi Fasbender also was in double figures with 11.
Clear Lake (3-0) returns to action on Friday when it will play host to Iowa Falls-Alden in a key conference matchup.
High School girls basketball: Leerar leads West Hancock past Eagle Grove
West Hancock 69, Eagle Grove 31
BRITT – Rachel Leerar poured in a game-high 23 points as West Hancock rolled to its third consecutive victory to start the season with a 69-31 win over Eagle Grove on Friday.
Madison Eisenman and Amanda Chizek also scored in double figures for the Eagles with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
West Hancock (3-0) returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
High School boys basketball: St. Edmond defeats Hampton-Dumont
St. Edmond 59, Hampton-Dumont 46
HAMPTON | The Bulldogs fell to 0-2 after losing a double-digit contest against St. Edmond on Friday. Wyatt Sutter led Hampton-Dumont with 12 points, scoring six of those on a pair of threes. Sutter also had a team-leading six rebounds.
The Bulldogs will look for their first victory of the season Friday when they travel to Clarion-Goldfield-Dows High School.
High School girls basketball: Bench provides big boost in Hampton-Dumont's win
Hampton-Dumont 59, St. Edmond 32
Hampton | The Bulldogs' bench scored 37 of the team's 59 points as Hampton-Dumont picked up its first victory of the season. Freshman Avery Hanson had 16 points and 11 steals, also chipping in eight rebounds off the bench. Calista Polk, another player from the second unit, scored 16 points, as well.
Courtney Miller had 13 points and shot five-of-12 from the field. The Bulldogs will look to build off this win when they face Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday.
High School boys basketball: Bobinet's 21 leads Osage to victory
Osage 68, Central Springs 27
MANLY | Senior Brett Bobinet shot nine-of-13 from the field en route to a 21-point performance, helping the Green Devils secure a blowout victory against the Panthers on Friday. Three other players (Elijah Bluhm, Ty Creger and Jarett Scharper) scored at least 10 points. The Green Devils shot 12-of-16 from the free-throw line, as well.
Treyjen Wilson had 12 points for Central Springs. Trenton Wirtjes added nine. The Panthers move to 0-2 while the Green Devils move to 1-1.
High School girls basketball: Osage dominates Central Springs, remains undefeated
Osage 63, Central Springs 12
MANLY | The Green Devils took an astounding 43-2 lead into halftime during Friday's blowout victory against Central Springs. The Panthers were shut out in the second quarter, and they were held to a combined five points in the first and fourth quarters.
Rylie Olson led the way with 17 points, shooting seven-of-13 from the floor. She also had a team-leading 11 rebounds. Danielle Johnson had 10 points and shot two-of-five from three. Mia Knudsen had 10 points and three steals.
Osage (2-0) faces Saint Ansgar on Tuesday.
High School girls basketball: West Fork's defense leads Warhawks past Rockford
West Fork 48, Rockford 27
ROCKFORD | The Warhawks picked up their first victory of the season Friday, using a quality defensive effort to defeat the Warriors. West Fork allowed only 10 points in the first half and 15 in the second. An 18-point second quarter and a 14-point fourth quarter closed each half with momentum.
Rockford's Morgan Thieman, a senior, led the Warriors with 12 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds and shot seven-of-12 from the free-throw line.
High School boys basketball: Martinek, Latham lead West Fork past Rockford
West Fork 63, Rockford 59
ROCKFORD | Zach Martinek and Mitchell Halloran combined for 37 points as the Warhawks handed the Warriors their first loss of the season Friday.
Max Rooney led the Warriors with 14 points off the bench, hitting three threes. Jared Marth had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jacob Staudt had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Rockford faces West Hancock on Thursday.
High School girls basketball: Algona sneaks past Webster City, improves to 3-0
Algona 51, Webster City 48
WEBSTER CITY | Kameryn Etherington and Aliyah Buscher scored 15 points apiece as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 with a victory against Webster City. Abbey Holmes scored 13 points, and Molly McCauley had two points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
High School boys basketball: Lake Mills' strong start continues
Lake Mills 58, Belmond-Klemme 33
BELMOND | The Bulldogs imposed their will on the Broncos on Friday, as they earned their second consecutive victory to begin the season. Chett Helming shot eight-of-12 on his way to a 20-point performance. DeShawn Linnen and Caleb Bacon chipped in 14 points apiece, as well. Bacon added 11 rebounds and six assists.
The loss marked Belmond-Klemme's second to begin the season.
High School girls basketball: Riceville earns first victory of season
Riceville 39, Don Bosco 33
RICEVILLE | The Wildcats picked up their first victory of the season after a dominant fourth quarter. Despite entering the frame with a one-point deficit, Riceville used some lockdown defense and outscored Don Bosco 10-3 to claim its first victory of the season. O'Malley Fair finished with 12 points, knocking down five of her 11 attempts. Brynn Hemann scored 10 points.
High School girls basketball: Lake Mills crushes Belmond-Klemme
Lake Mills 50, Belmond-Klemme 22
BELMOND | Jessa Gasteiger scored 18 points as the Bulldogs took a convincing victory on the road against the Broncos on Friday. Gasteiger shot three-of-five from three and added five steals.
Hannah Hanson finished with 13, and Kate Groe had a team-high nine rebounds.
High School girls basketball: Caylor's 11 leads Forest City to victory
Forest City 44, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 25
FOREST CITY | Erin Caylor had a team-high 11 points as the Indians defeated Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday. Noelle Jones added nine points, three rebounds and three steals. The Indians attempted 26 free throws but hit only 13 of them. Shae Dillavou, a freshman, had a team-high eight rebounds. She also finished with three assists and two steals.
Maddie Williams led the Cardinals with 10 points.
High School girls basketball: Northwood-Kensett falls to Nashua-Plainfield
Nashua-Plainfield 33, Northwood-Kensett 25
NORTHWOOD | A two-point third quarter hindered the Vikings' comeback attempt Friday, as Northwood-Kensett entered halftime trailing 15-9. The Vikings outscored the Huskies 14-10 in the fourth quarter.
Laura Hopperstad had a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds. Brylee Hoeppner also had 10 rebounds.
High School girls basketball: Balanced effort leads Forest City against Eagle Grove
Forest City 60, Eagle Grove 42
EAGLE GROVE | The Indians picked up quality performances from a handful of players as they won on the road Tuesday. Noelle Jones, Erin Caylor and Shae Dillavou combined for 33 of Forest City's 60 points. Makayla Kingland was an impressive eight-of-eight from the free-throw line.
Forest City will host Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday.
High School boys basketball: Winkel's triple-double pushes Bishop Garrigan past Belmond-Klemme
Bishop Garrigan 67, Belmond-Klemme 40
ALGONA | Angelo Winkel had a dominant performance Tuesday, posting 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks on his way to a triple-double in a blowout victory against Belmond-Klemme. TJ Schnurr added nine points and 10 rebounds. Cade Winkel had eight points, six rebounds and four assists.
Easton Barrus led Belmond-Klemme with 12 points. Jacob Diaz finished with seven points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.
The Broncos face Lake Mills on Friday, and the Golden Bears host Newman Catholic on Saturday.
High School girls basketball: Bishop Garrigan upends Belmond-Klemme
Bishop Garrigan 53, Belmond-Klemme 32
ALGONA | Madison Meister had a team-high 17 points in the Golden Bears' victory against Belmond-Klemme on Tuesday. She also finished with six steals and three assists. Emma Fogarty and Katie Noonan combined for 16 points, 23 rebounds and seven steals.
Belmond-Klemme's Haley Beminio scored 11, and Addison McMurray scored 10. Beminio had a spectacular all-around performance, also chipping in 10 rebounds and eight blocks.
Bishop Garrigan hosts Newman Catholic on Saturday, and Belmond-Klemme plays Lake Mills on Friday.
High School boys basketball: Riceville falls to Tripoli
Tripoli 41, Riceville 33
TRIPOLI | Sullivan Fair led Riceville in its loss to Tripoli on Tuesday, scoring 14 points. Charlie Ring added eight points and 14 rebounds.
The Wildcats face Don Bosco on Friday.
High School girls basketball: Northwood-Kensett finishes strongly against North Butler
Northwood-Kensett 30, North Butler 20
GREENE | The Broncos trailed 10-4 after the first quarter, but they responded by not allowing North Butler to score in the second quarter, taking a 12-10 lead into halftime. They followed that spurt with a pair of nine-point frames to take their second consecutive victory Tuesday.
Laura Hopperstad had a team-high 11 points. She also finished with five steals and four assists. Junior Jaela Parks scored eight off the bench, and senior Allie Carman had eight rebounds and three steals.
Northwood-Kensett faces Nashua-Plainfield on Friday, and North Butler faces Newman Catholic.
High School boys basketball: North Butler knocks off Northwood-Kensett
North Butler 54, Northwood-Kensett 42
GREENE | The Bearcats started their season on a high note, outscoring Northwood-Kensett 33-20 after trailing by two heading into halftime.
Caden Roberts, a sophomore, led the Broncos with 12 points. Ross Dearmoun had eight points. The Broncos shot eight-of-17 from beyond the arc in the loss.
Belmond-Klemme heads to Nashua for a game Friday, while North Butler travels to Mason City for a matchup with Newman Catholic.
High School boys basketball: Rockford's offense erupts in victory
Rockford 86, Nashua-Plainfield 54
NASHUA | Five Warriors finished in the double figures Tuesday, as Rockford picked up an impressive road victory. Jared Marth had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Kaden Lyman had 11 points and five rebounds. Jacob Staudt had 14 points and 11 assists, and he also had five steals. Junior Matt Schubert had seven points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
Rockford will look to stay undefeated when it hosts West Fork on Friday.
High School girls basketball: Saint Ansgar jumps out to big lead in victory against Central Springs
Saint Ansgar 37, Central Springs 20
SAINT ANSGAR | The Saints jumped out to an 18-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, which was the difference in their season-opening victory against Central Springs. Hali Anderson paced the Saints with 12 points, shooting five-of-six from the floor and drilling both of her three-point attempts. She also had seven assists.
The Saints will face Belmond-Klemme on Saturday, and the Panthers will look for their first victory against Osage on Friday.
High School girls basketball: Rockford picks up first victory against Nashua-Plainfield
Rockford 53, Nashua-Plainfield 37
NASHUA | Three players scored at least 10 points for the Warriors on Tuesday. Amber Reams led the way with 17. Morgan Thieman added 11, and Jamie Schuster had 10.
The Warriors shot a blistering 71.4 percent from three, converting on five of their seven attempts. Schuster had nine steals, Sierra Kuhlers had seven, and Reams had five. Rockford will look to carry its momentum into Friday's home matchup against West Fork.
High School boys basketball: Saint Ansgar dominates Central Springs
Saint Ansgar 62, Central Springs 31
SAINT ANSGAR | The Saints picked up a resounding victory to begin their season, doubling up on the Panthers on Tuesday. Ethan Kirchgatter scored a team-high 18 points. He also picked up four assists and four steals.
Erik Gerdts and Collin Kramer also reached double digits. Saint Ansgar had a remarkable defensive performance, limiting Central Springs to eight points or fewer in three quarters. As a team, the Saints committed only seven fouls.
Saint Ansgar faces Belmond-Klemme on Saturday. Central Springs faces Osage on Friday.
High School girls basketball: Hampton-Dumont loses close game against AGWSR
AGWSR 68, Hampton-Dumont 63
ACKLEY | The Bulldogs led 48-41 entering the fourth quarter, but AGWSR responded by outscoring Hampton-Dumont 27-15 throughout the remainder of the game. Freshman Lauren Meader led the Bulldogs with 18 points off the bench, shooting seven-of-11 from the field. Courtney Miller, a junior, was three-of-six from beyond the arc, scoring 11 points. Calista Polk scored 11, as well.
Miller added nine steals, and Kaci Arjes had five. The Bulldogs, who face Saint Edmond on Friday, shot 40 percent from three in the loss.
High School boys basketball: Hampton-Dumont falls to AGWSR
AGWSR 62, Hampton-Dumont 44
ACKLEY | The Bulldogs' season begin with a loss, as they were outscored by AGWSR 26-12 in the third quarter, and 39-22 overall in the second half. Hampton-Dumont led 12-8 after the first quarter, but they fell behind shortly afterward. The Bulldogs will look to rebound against Saint Edmond on Friday.
High School girls basketball: Mason City's comeback attempt falls short
Ames 54, Mason City 52
AMES | After getting off to a slow start, the Mohawks stormed back against Ames on Tuesday, turning a blowout into a one-possession game. Mason City had a pair of opportunities to tie the game late, but Ames held on for the victory. Megan Meyer had a team-high 27 points. Ali Rood and Anna Lensing each scored six. Lensing also added six steals, and Meyer had four.
"We got off to a very slow start and could not get any shots to fall," Mason City coach Kurt Klaahsen said. "After falling down 20 in the 3rd, we made a great comeback and had 2 possessions to win in the last 10 seconds. We are proud of the fight the team showed and now have some time to fine-tune things for the difficult schedule ahead."
High School boys basketball: Mason City stifled in season-opening loss to Ames
Ames 59, Mason City 24
AMES | Mason City's boys basketball team lost to Ames to begin its season. A slow start plagued the Mohawks, as they fell behind 16-1 after the first quarter. By halftime, they trailed 31-7.
Mason City will look to get on track at home against New Hampton at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday.
High School girls basketball: Garner-Hayfield-Ventura obliterates North Iowa
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 62, North Iowa 16
GARNER | The Cardinals showed no mercy against North Iowa on Tuesday, as they took an 18-1 lead after the first quarter and a 50-10 lead after three. Maddie Milliams had 10 points, and Nicole Upmeyer had nine.
The Cardinals, who face Forest City on Friday, shot seven-of-19 from three. The Bison will play North Union on Friday.
High School boys basketball: Dalbeck, Betz lead Garner-Hayfield-Ventura past North Iowa
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 83, North Iowa 40
GARNER | Landon Dalbeck and James Betz combined to score 43 points Tuesday as the Cardinals stomped the Bison. Dalbeck shot 10-of-11, and Betz shot nine-of-16. Betz also added 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. Justin Reding had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Cardinals face Forest City on Friday, and North Iowa hosts North Union.
High School boys basketball: Lake Mills defeats West Hancock to begin season
Lake Mills 76, West Hancock 68
LAKE MILLS | The Bulldogs opened their season with a victory Tuesday, outscoring West Hancock by eight points in the second half.
Gavin Becker, Lucas Weiland and Lamar Flowers led the way for West Hancock, as the trio combined for 52 points and 34 rebounds.
West Hancock plays Eagle Grove on Friday, and Lake Mills will face Belmond-Klemme.
High School girls basketball: Leerar leads West Hancock past Lake Mills
West Hancock 75, Lake Mills 31
LAKE MILLS | West Hancock jumped out to a 26-6 lead in the first quarter on its way to a commanding victory against Lake Mills on Tuesday.
More impressive, however, was sophomore Rachel Leerar, who scored 34 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Madison Eisenman added 11 points, and Mahayla Faust had 10.
Jessa Gasteiger had 11 points on four-of-nine shooting, including three-of-six from deep. Kate Groe added five points, seven rebounds and two steals.
West Hancock plays Eagle Grove on Friday, and Lake Mills plays Belmond-Klemme.
High School boys basketball: Forest City earns 40-point victory against Eagle Grove
Forest City 74, Eagle Grove 34
EAGLE GROVE | The Indians picked up an impressive victory on the road Tuesday, outscoring Eagle Grove by 40 points.
Noah Miller had a team-high 18 points, which was fueled by five makes from beyond the arc. Avery Busta had six points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and two steals. Micah Lambert added 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Indians, who face Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Friday, shot 11-of-15 from the free-throw line and nine-of-27 from deep.
High School boys basketball: Algona opens season with victory
Algona 65, Estherville Lincoln Central 46
ALGONA | The Bulldogs saw solid performances from Spencer Nelson, Skyler Groen and Spencer Holmes, who each scored 13 points on the way to an Algona victory Monday. The trio combined to shoot 14-of-24 from the field, good for 58.3 percent. Holmes added eight rebounds and three steals. Nelson had four assists, and Jason Cecil, a junior, led the team with five.
The Bulldogs will hit the road for a game against Charles City on Saturday.
High School boys basketball: Schubert big off the bench in Warriors' victory
Rockford 66, Clarksville 42
ROCKFORD | Senior starters Max Rooney and Matt Muller combined for 26 points Monday, but junior Matt Schubert, who came off the bench, provided a significant boost, as he scored 14 points on seven-of-eight shooting in the Warriors' victory. Schubert also had five rebounds and two blocks.
Rockford shot 44 percent during the game, and six players scored at least five points. Senior John Fullerton also came off the bench and added a team-high four assists. Guard Jacob Staudt had four steals.
High School boys basketball: Schnurr's 25 leads Golden Bears
Bishop Garrigan 62, Saint Edmond 50
ALGONA | TJ Schnurr's season is off to a blazing start, as the senior scored 25 points in the Golden Bears' victory against Saint Edmond. Schnurr shot nine-of-14 from the field, and he also collected 11 rebounds. Angelo Winkel, a sophomore, also posted a double-double, gathering 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Bishop Garrigan shot 51 percent from the floor, scoring a lot of points inside after attempting only five threes. John Joyce did a good job of facilitating, dishing out nine assists. Brad Capesius finished with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
High School girls basketball: Balanced effort leads Algona past Midgets
Algona 52, Estherville Lincoln Central 43
ALGONA | Algona picked up its second consecutive home victory to open the season, defeating Estherville Lincoln Central by nine points thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Four Bulldogs scored at least 10 points, as Abbey Holmes, Aliyah Buscher, Nicole Smidt and Molly McCauley combined to score 47 of the team's 52 points.
The Bulldogs' other starter, Kameryn Etherington, added a team-high nine rebounds. The Bulldogs will face Webster City for its first road contest of the season Friday.