SPORTS SHORTS: Frazer, McAteer lead Comets to win

DIKE – Collin McAteer and Grant Frazer both shot 50 to lead the BCLUW boys’ golf team to a win over Dike-New Hartford on Monday.

The Comets shot a 208 as a team and easily took down the Wolverines, who finished with a 281.

“For the way the spring has been, we are playing like it’s the start of the season,” BCLUW coach Stacy Simpson said. “We have issues of consistency that by now would have worked out in previous years. We are progressing as expected but just not as fast as we would like.”

The other two counting scores for the Comets were Tyler Smith’s 52 and Josh Sharp’s 53. Lucas Schmitt also carded a 56, while John Delay fired a 58.

BCLUW will next play against GMG and AGWSR in Ackley on Thursday.

Eagles keep STC/EM girls at bay, 2-0

PELLA – Two first-half goals were enough for the Pella Christian girls’ soccer team Monday as the Eagles hosted South Tama County/East Marshall and came away with a 2-0 win.

Pella Christian took the strong wind in the first half and used it to its advantage, scoring goals in the 9th and 17th minutes to take a lead they would never give up.

Marissa Ferguson and Bri Warden tallied for the Eagles (3-6), while Joanna Brouwer charted an assist.

“The girls played well tonight,” South Tama County/East Marshall coach Bob McBain said of his squad. “With some of the injuries to the more experienced players, others stepped in and played very well. We were aggressive again tonight and controlled the tempo of the match for most of the night.”

Sam Earley played in goal for the Trojans and made some big first-half saves to keep the match close. She wound up with 12 saves in the loss as STC/EM couldn’t crack the scoreboard on the other end.

The Trojans (0-5) have been outscored 26-0 so far this season.

“The defense continues to play very solid soccer,” McBain said. “We were winning the loose balls but are still learning what to do when we do get those chances. We were trying to make runs and cross the ball to the weak side and when it did connect, good things happened.

“We have improved a lot from the first game and if we keep playing like this, the goals will happen and the wins will happen as well.”

STC/EM will next play Thursday at Class 1A No. 15 Hudson. The varsity match will start at 5 p.m.

STC second, East Marshall fifth at PCM

MONROE – Backed by a whole bunch of second-place finishes and one individual champion, the South Tama County girls’ track team took second place at the PCM Invitational on Monday.

Taylor Ellenbecker was victorious in the 3,000-meter and the Trojans also scored five runner-up tallies on their way to 67 points in the team standings.

Pella won the meet with 101 points, while PCM (55) was third, Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (53) took fourth and East Marshall scored 44 points in fifth.

Ellenbecker’s winning time in the 3,000 was clocked at 11 minutes, 43.94 seconds.

Samantha Holtz took second in both the shot put and discus, while Shelby Bradley also grabbed the silver medal in the long jump. Two relays – the 4×200 and 4×800 – also came in second.

Holtz, who will throw discus at the Drake Relays at 3 p.m. Thursday, threw 108 feet, 9 inches to take second, while finishing well behind West Marshall’s Jennifer Davis in the shot put. Davis also will throw the shot in the Drake Relays on Friday.

Bradley’s best mark in the long jump was 14-11. The 4×200 team featured Bradley, Kiley Culbertson, Belle Tyynismaa and Jade Rohach, while the 4×800 foursome was Kelsey Kupka, Tyynismaa, Maddie Bacon and Trisha Walz.

The Mustangs won a relay and Paige Miller and Haley Fye both claimed runner-up finishes and those finishes were enough to guide East Marshall to a fifth-place finish.

Miller was the anchor in the winning distance medley relay for the Mustangs. She teamed up with Madison Hinegardner, Ashley Allen and Theresa Hatch and the foursome finished in 4:37.88.

Miller took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.18, while Fye’s second-place tally came in the 3,000. Fye crossed the line in 11:50.66.

Also scoring a top-three finish was Taia Veren in the high jump. Her best mark was 4 feet, 8 inches.

West Marshall finished two points behind East Marshall in sixth place.

Davis won the shot put with a throw of 38-1 and Victoria Pothast finished ahead of Miller in the 800 with a winning time of 2:30.01.

West Marshall’s distance medley team was less than four seconds behind East Marshall in second place. That team consisted of Sadie Samatovich, Kelsey DeBruyn, Shelby Larsen and Pothast.

The next meet for East Marshall is scheduled for Thursday in Grundy Center. It will start at 4:30 p.m. South Tama County will compete at the Grinnell Invitational starting at 4:45 on Thursday, while West Marshall heads to the Carlisle Invite at 4:45 Thursday.