SPORTS SHORTS: South Hardin girls sweep Bulldogs

ELDORA – Four singles shutouts paved the way to the South Hardin girls’ tennis team’s 9-0 rout of Hampton-Dumont on Tuesday night.

Ellen Swartz improved to 4-0 at No. 1 singles for the Tigers (3-1), scoring one of the team’s four 10-0 wins in singles competition. Mikayla Fisher swept Athena Levad at No. 2, Hannah Reifschneider did the same to Alysa Buck at No. 3, and Rachel Miller’s first varsity win came in the No. 5 spot over Bekah Christiansen.

Kailey Richard improved to 3-1 with a 10-2 victory at No. 4, while Emily Haywood also netted her first varsity singles win, 10-4, from the sixth position.

Swartz and Reifschneider at No. 1 doubles and Fisher and Richard at No. 2 both posted 10-1 victories, while Miller and Haywood were 10-5 winners to complete the sweep.

Four golds get GMG girls to third place

MONTEZUMA – A 1-2 sweep in the high jump helped pave the way to third place for the GMG girls’ track and field team Tuesday at the Montezuma Invite.

Caitlin Appelgate cleared 5 feet for first place and Josie Claassen went over 4-8 for second place, accounting for two of the Wolverines’ 10 top-three finishes in the meet.

Mikaella Koster collected the only other individual gold for GMG, winning the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.23 seconds. Koster also led off for the winning shuttle hurdle relay squad, teaming with Blaire Sonderleiter, Appelgate and Katie Airey for a triumphant time of 1:15.48. The sprint medley quartet of Koster, Sonderleiter, Ella Gruen and Airey won in 2:08.88.

Elee Edwards was second in the 400 hurdles (1:25.45) and also opened for the runner-up 4×800 relay team. Natalie Smith, Claassen and Mattie Vaske joined in for a combined time of 11:50.58. GMG’s distance medley unit – Airey, Appelgate, Gruen and Sonderleiter – also scored second (4:57.78).

The Wolverines’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays both finished third.

Lynnville-Sully took the team title with 160 points, followed by host Montezuma (109), GMG (100), North Tama (95), Tri-County (43) and English Valleys (41).

Underhill paces Mustangs at WM Invite

STATE CENTER – Zach Underhill tied for fifth place in the individual race and the East Marshall boys’ golf team tied for fifth Monday at the West Marshall Invitational.

Underhill shot 41-36-77 to finish 5-over par, offsetting seven bogeys with two birdies. He was the only local player to finish inside the top-30 in the 12-team, 18-hole event.

South Hamilton was led by the top two individual scorers en route to the team title, scoring a 304 to hold off Nevada (314), PCM (321) and Grinnell (332). East Marshall and Perry both carded 339, Grinnell was one shot back in seventh, followed by Oskaloosa (345), Carlisle (351), Colfax-Mingo (358), West Marshall (374) and Bondurant-Farrar (397).

Trevor Ullestand shot a 3-under 69 for medalist honors and fellow South Hamilton golfer Braxton Risetter was runner-up with an even-par 72.

Also contributing to East Marshall’s team score were Drake McKeever (86), Zack Johnson (87) and Nate Rosfjord (89).

Ben Henrich led West Marshall with a round of 90. Ross Randall shot a 93, while Eric Newton (95) and Cole Gilmore (96) completed the Trojans’ team score.