Middle school sports roundup

Volleyball – The Greene County middle school volleyball teams hosted the Saydel Eagles Monday, Sept. 18, and got their first match win. Overall, the Rams won five games and lost three.

Game scores for the A squad were 21-11, 21-14, 21-10, 16-10. Game scores for the B squad were 19-21, 21-8, 18-21, 14-21.

Lucy Dudley served 16 for 16 (94 percent) with eight aces. Marisa Lehnhoff served 15 for 16 (94 percent) with seven aces. Maddie Van Pelt served 28 for 33 (85 percent) with 11 aces, Trista Gierstorf served 10 for 12 (83 percent) with seven aces, and Madi Moore served nine for 11 (82 percent) with eight aces.

“As a team we served 110 for 149 for 74 percent with 63 aces. This is a big improvement in our serving percentage as a team. And, we are very pleased to see five of our players serving 80 percent or better,” said coach Teresa Green. “Setters Avery Walker and Maddie Van Pelt do a nice job of keeping our offense running.”

The seventh grade team, both the A and B squads, swept Saydel. Coach Betsy Wiederin did not provide more information.

The volleyball teams traveled to Roland-Story Sept. 21. The eighth graders won three games and lost five to what Green describes as a “strong serving team.”
Game scores for the A squad were 8-21, 4-21, 6-21. B squad scores were 21-15, 20-22, and C squad scores were 21-18 20-22, 21-16.

“Our serving improved greatly, especially in the A match where we only missed three serves out of 19. The girls continue to improve and play together as a team. We are pleased with their progress so far,” Green said.

Top servers were Gierstorf, five for five; Maddie Hayes five for five with one ace; Lehnhoff, 14 for 15 with one ace; Mallory Prescott, 13 for 15 with six aces; Kaydi Newby, six for seven with one ace; Moore, 11 for 13 with four aces; and Addi Adcock, five for six with one ace.
Overall match records for the eighth grade team are A, 1-4; B, 1-4; and C, 20. Overall game records are A, 5-12; B, 5-10; and C, 5-1.

The seventh grade volleyball team played Roland-Story at home. The A squad won all three games and B team won one and lost two. The coach did not provide more information.

Cross country – The middle school boys cross country team placed second in the Roland-Story Norseman invitational meet Thursday, Sept. 21.

Dakota Mobley finished the 2-mile run in third place with a time of 12:31. Lucas Jablonski was in ninth place in 13:15, and right behind him was teammate Ethan Frederick in 10th place in 13:17. Logan Woodruff was 13th in 13:24, Jose Velazsco was 22nd in 14:14, Jayden Carstensen was 41st in 15:15 and Jax Carstensen was 51st in 15:50. Other times that did not figure into the team score were Chad Maston, 16:25, Cade Silbaugh 17:35, Ethan Larsen 18:14, and Parker Lehman 19:17.

Team scores were North Polk 40, Greene County 57, Gilbert 98, Nevada 111, Roland-Story 159, Bondurant-Farrar 161, Saydel 172, South Hamilton 202, Southeast Valley 237, Ogden 237, Kuemper Catholic 303 and Madrid 332.

The girls did not have enough runners for a team score. Olivia Shannon was the fastest of the girls, finishing in 25th place with a time of 16:14.81. Madison Kinsey ran the course in 20:14.94 and Natalie Watson’s time was 21:52.

Eighth grade football – The Rams topped the Gilbert Tigers 13-0 Thursday, Sept. 21, on Karber Field in Grand Junction.

Coach Chad Morton called the team’s performance “impressive,” considering the same boys lost to Gilbert as seventh graders 21-0, and the Rams lost to Nevada last week 48-0. “This team has shown it is resilient and coachable. Coach [Heath]Telleen and I could not be more proud of this group of kids,” Morton said.

Both teams struggled to sustain offensive action, according to Morton, with the Rams scoring one touchdown in each half. Both were scored by Nathan Back on long break-away runs.

“Defensively, the Rams shined,” the coach said. The team worked four days on a game plan to stop the Gilbert offense that was powerful last year. “It was a team win. Everyone played and helped the Rams to victory,” he said.

He did not provide statistics.

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