SPORTS SHORTS: MHS sophomores topped by Valley

WEST DES MOINES – The West Des Moines Valley sophomore boys’ basketball team gave Marshalltown its third straight loss to open the season, winning Tuesday’s game 64-24.

Jake Sponsler led the Bobcats (0-3) with seven points, Alex Guido had six points and Drake Slifer added five.

Marshalltown returns to action on Friday with a road game at Fort Dodge.

Cyclones turn to volleyball’s Matlock

AMES – Tenisha Matlock made a major impact for the Cyclones on the volleyball court. Now, ISU is hoping she can help the basketball team.

Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly announced Tuesday the addition of Matlock, a former ISU volleyball standout, to his team. The move came on the heels of the Cyclones’ tallest-player – South Tama County grad Madison Baier – suffering a season-ending knee injury during Iowa State’s win Sunday.

“Maddy’s injury really forced us to look at every and all options to try and fill a major void we have in the post,” Fennelly said. “Tenisha has been a big part of our great volleyball program the last four years so she understands competing at this level. Our staff was very impressed with ‘T’ when we met her and we are all excited to give this a try. I also appreciate the support and help we received from Christy Johnson-Lynch.”

Matlock just finished up her career for the Iowa State volleyball team, earning honorable mention all-Big 12 honors as a senior. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker finished her senior campaign with 221 kills (2.19 per set) and a .312 hitting percentage – the eighth highest in school history.

The four-year letterwinner from North Platte High School (Neb.) has officially joined the team and is able to practice, while her eligibility to compete is pending at this time.