SPORTS SHORTS: Platt picks up 2 wins in MHS defeat

ANKENY – The Bobcats ran through another tough opponent in a 9-2 loss to Ankeny Centennial on the road Thursday.

Kalei Platt provided the lone singles victory with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Grant Thompson at No. 1, while teaming with Ryley Faircloth for a 3-6, 6-4, (1-0) victory at No. 1 doubles against Thompson and Jason Peterson.

The No. 5 doubles tandem of Vincent Zavala-Livengood and Joe Cahill came up just short in a third set tiebreaker falling 6-3, 3-6, (0-1).

Eric Weinberg (3-6, 6-7) and Tony Smith (3-6, 4-6) had a couple close setbacks at No. 4 and 6 singles, respectively, while Andrew Walker fell 2-6, 3-6 at No. 3.

Walker and Weinberg fell 4-6, 2-6 at No. 3 doubles.

MHS (1-4) hosts the Bobcat Invite Saturday at 9 a.m.

Mustangs complete golf sweep of G-R

East Marshall swept medalist honors as the Mustang golf teams hosted Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Thursday at Wandering Creek Golf Course.

Drake McKeever shot a round of 44 to lead the East Marshall boys to a 190-201 victory over the visiting Rebels. G-R’s Joe Smoldt was runner-up with a 46.

For the Mustangs, Zach Underhill shot a 48 while Lane Walton and Nate Rosfjord both carded 49s. Gladbrook-Reinbeck got a 47 from Bradon Trepp, Bennett Petersen shot 53 and Matt Roeding a 55.

On the girls’ side, Sarah Pippin picked up medalist honors with her 53 for the Mustangs, while G-R’s Rebecca Franksain shot 59 for the runner-up spot.

East Marshall’s girls shot a 239 but the Rebels only have two golfers. For the Mustangs, McKenzie Fahrni and Breanna Stewart both carded 60s, and Haley Kilborn shot 66.

Sasha Nagel added a 79 for G-R.

Spartans club BCLUW in boys golf

CONRAD – Lane Bangasser and Sam Thompson tallied a 1-2 finish and the Grundy Center boys’ golf team cruised past BCLUW 165-202 at Oakwood Golf Course Thursday.

Bangasser fired a four-over 39 for medalist honors and Thompson was a stroke back to take runner-up. Austin Burroughs and Tanner Pelzer carded 43s to complete the Spartans’ team score. Nick Saak had a 45 and Jesper Holke-Farnam added a 48 as Grundy Center’s top five bettered BCLUW’s frontrunner.

Josh Sharp’s 48 paced the Comets, while Tyler Lutes (49), Grant Frazer (52) and Mitch Miller (53) completed their scoring quartet.

The Spartans have a week off before heading to South Tama April 25 at 4:15 p.m., while the Comets face South Hardin at Pine Lake Country Club Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Plaehn’s 43 helps GMG boys win a pair

JESUP – Three GMG golfers shot better than 50 during an Iowa Star Conference triangular at the Jesup Country Club on Thursday.

Wolverine senior Chad Plaehn led the way with a 43 to take medalist honors and that helped GMG soar past host Don Bosco and Clarksville.

Ryan Spurlin and Kenan Hall carded 48 and 49, respectively, and the final counting score for the Wolverines was a 50 from Brandon Weitzell. GMG tallied a 190 as a team and bested Don Bosco (217) by 27 strokes and Clarksville (231) by 41.

Carter Kelm’s 46 led Clarksville and was good for runner-up medalist honors.

Clarksville won the girls’ triangular with GMG and the host Dons. Emily Mennenga bested two teammates by one stroke and earned medalist honors with a 56. Clarksville shot a 233 and won meet by 14 shots over Don Bosco (247).

GMG shot a 282 and was led by a 65 from Olivia Barritt and Summer Langenbau. Katie Airey carded a 72 and Josie Claassen fired an 80.

Bombers take out South Hardin girls

HUXLEY – Taking on a 2013 state qualifier, the South Hardin girls’ tennis team couldn’t match the depth of Ballard in a 10-1 loss on the road Thursday.

Ellen Swartz rallied from a 6-5 deficit for a 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles, but Ballard swept the rest of the matches. Mikayla Fisher played one of several closely contested bouts dropping a 10-8 decision at No. 2 singles. Rachel Miller fell 10-7 at No. 5 and Kailey Richard lost 10-6 at No. 4.

The No. 1, 3 and 5 doubles tandems of Swartz-Hannah Reifschneider, Fisher-Richard and Emily Mitchell-Jenny Allen all sustained 10-7 losses.

“It was a good night of tennis against a very good team. We were competitive in a number of the matches,” Tigers coach Scott Swartz said. “Being a bigger school (3A in most sports), they like to play the bigger numbers, so it was some nice experience playing the competition and longer matches for our normal JV players.”

The Tigers host Hampton-Dumont Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

Tigers succumb to Cadet boys

ELDORA – Unable to swing the deuce points in its favor, the South Hardin boys’ tennis team lost 8-1 to Iowa Falls-Alden Thursday.

Daniel Talbot claimed his first singles win and provided the lone victory for the Tigers with a 10-3 decision over Austin Richards at No. 5.

Talbot and Kieryn High came up just short in No. 3 doubles in a 10-8 loss. High also had the next closest singles loss in a 10-5 setback against Thomas Birchfield at No. 3 and Josiah Dorow dropped a 10-4 match at No. 4.

“We had many games that went to deuce several times, we just failed to come away with the wins,” Tigers coach Thomas Howe said.

The Tigers face the Crusaders again on the road Tuesday.