Tri-County Times sports round-up: Ballard, C-M qualify for state track in eight events

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune

The Ballard and Collins-Maxwell track teams combined to qualify for state in 15 events after state qualifying track meets were held last Thursday.

Ballard also sent two doubles teams to state in boys tennis, went 1-1 in 1A regional girls tennis and the Bomber boys golf team placed fourth at the 3A sectional meet in Huxley. 

Ballard's Brady Kruger drives the ball from rough onto the 5th hole in the class 2A boys Sectional golf at Ballard Golf & Country Club Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Huxley, Iowa.

The Bomber track teams compted in the Class 3A meet at Adel. The Bomber girls made it to state in five events and the boys are headed to Des Moines in three.

Paityn Noe won both the girls 3,000 and 1,500-meter runs with the fastest qualifying time in 3A for both races. Annika Larson and Ava Vance will be joining Noe after Larson placed second in the 1,500 and Vance qualified in the 3,000.

Noe won the 3,000 with a time of 10 minutes, 22.28 questions. Her time is 39.43 seconds faster than any other qualifier in 3A.

Vance is ranked 13th among 3A qualifiers in the 3,000 with a time of 11:46.88.

Noe won the 1,500 in 4:44.63. Larson stepped up huge, running the second-fastest qualifying time in 3A at 4:45.27.

Kate Huisinga qualified individually in the 800 for the Ballard girls. Her time of 2:30.59 ranks 18th among 3A qualifiers in the event.

Huisinga, Larson, freshman Ava Richardson and Noe ran a 9:59.39 in the 4x800 to place third and turn in the fifth-best qualifying time in 3A. Kate Miller and Katie Tollefson joined Huisinga and Noe in placing second and running the fourth-best qualifying time in the distance medley at 4:22 flat.

As a team the Ballard girls scored 85 points to place fourth at the qualifying meet. Adel-Desoto-Minburn won with 198 points, Dallas Center-Grimes was second with 163.5 and Winterset took third with 119.

In the boys competition Ballard placed sixth with 51 points. DCG won with 204 and ADM was second with 177.

Ballard sophomore Jameson Witt took second in the boys 400 with PR time of 50.35. His time ranks third among all 3A qualifiers in the event behind DCG's Daniel Onwuramaka (49.84) and Western Dubuque's Eli Naumann (49.90).

Eli Rouse qualified based on time in the 200 for the Bomber boys. His time of 23.11 ranks 22nd.

The Bomber boys also made state in the sprint medley relay. Jayden Swain, Blake Stover, Chance Lande and Witt ran a school-record time of 1:36.33 to place third and qualify 12th in the event.

Houge, Fricke lead C-M girls at Earlham

The Collins-Maxwell track teams competed in the 1A qualifying meet at Earlham.

The Spartan girls placed fourth out of 10 teams with 90 points. Nodaway Valley won with 116 points, Madrid took second with 112 and Ogden was third with 110.

Alexis Houge made state individually in both the 100 and 400 dash events.

Houge won the 400 after breaking one minute for the first time with a 59.47 showing. That is the second-best time in 1A behind the 57.78 run by Nashua-Plainfield's Kadence Huck.

Houge placed third in the 100 with a time of 12.87. That showing was good enough to rank sixth among all 1A qualifiers in the event.

Houge also helped Collins-Maxwell qualify for state in both the sprint medley and 4x100.

Marissa Boege, Avery Fricke and Chloe Wierson ran the first three legs in the sprint medley to help Collins-Maxwell win in 1:53.66. That is the fourth-best qualifying time in 1A.

Boege, Wierson, Fricke and Houge placed third in the 4x100 at Earlham with a time of 51.67. That is the sixth-fastest qualifying time in 1A.

The Collins-Maxwell girls also qualified in the shuttle hurdle relay and Mary Staudt advanced in the shot put.

Boege, Gracie Leslie, Hannah Kimberley and Fricke took third at the qualifying meet in the shuttle hurdle with a time of 1:13.68. That ranks 22nd among 1A qualifying teams.

Staudt won the girls shot put with a toss of 34 feet, 7 inches and she placed second in the discus with a throw of 99-1. She qualified automatically for state in the shot, ranking 24th.

The Collins-Maxwell boys advanced Luke Huntrods and Ethan Haus to state.

Huntrods qualified in the discus. He threw 134 feet even to rank 20th among 1A qualifiers.

Haus is headed to Des Moines in the 3,200. He ran an 11:03.51 at the qualifying meet to rank 23rd among 1A qualifiers.

Ballard boys tennis wins district meet at Red Oak

The Ballard boys tennis team advanced both of its doubles teams to state at the Class 1A district meet in Red Oak May 9.

The Bomber doubles team of Colby Calvert and Kaden Miller placed first. The team of Jayden Cattell and Jacob Ross placed second.

The 1A state singles and doubles tournament is May 24-25 at Byrnes Park in Waterloo.

Ballard also won the team championship at Red Oak to advance to the substate final round. 

Ballard girls tennis fall to Boone in regionals

The Ballard girls tennis team defeated Webster City and fell to Boone during Class 1A team regionals Saturday at McHose Park in Boone.

The Bombers defeated Webster City in the play-in round by a 5-1 score. The meet concluded after singles play since Ballard reached the required five victories to win the meet.

Regen Halsne won the No. 1 singles match over Webster City's Joslin Gourley in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-0. Kaitlyn Zugay took the No. 2 match over Mackenzie Burney by 6-2 and 6-1 scores.

 Kylie Calvert also earned 6-2 and 6-1 wins over Makaylee Draege in the No. 4 match and Gracie Ross picked up 6-2 and 6-3 victories over Jordyn Sullivan in the No. 5 match.  Danique Jonkman won the No. 6 match for Ballard over Webster City's Ali Martinez by 6-1 and 6-2 scores.

Ballard suffered a 5-2 loss to Boone in the regional match later Saturday.

The Bombers picked up a pair of 6-4 victories by Zugay over Boone's Sophie Dierking in the No. 2 singles match. The other Ballard victory came when Meghan Young rebounded from a loss to Webster City's Kayley Wibholm to defeat Boone's Bria Schwind in the No. 3 singles match by scores of 6-3 and 7-5.

Ballard's Brenden Wright chips the ball onto the 5th hole in the class 2A boys Sectional golf at Ballard Golf & Country Club Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Huxley, Iowa.

Ballard boys place fourth at 3A sectional golf meet

The Ballard boys golf team shot a 331 over 18 holes to come in fourth at the 3A sectional meet at the Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley May 11.

Gilbert won the meet with a 292, ADM took second with a 307 and Dallas Center-Grimes placed third with a 322.

"We improved a lot," Ballard sophomore Brady Kruger said. "We are about 20 strokes better than last year on average. That's a big improvement."

Kruger and Jay Voss both shot an 81 to lead Ballard. 

"I hit some good shots, but then there were some bad shots," Kruger said. "Those bad shots kind of hurt my game a little bit."

Jacob Ihle carded an 83 and Mason Gatchel an 86 to round out the Bomber scoring.

Bomber girls place fifth at Ballard Invite

The Ballard girls golf team took fifth out of six teams at the Ballard Invitational Monday at the Ballard Golf and Country Club in Huxley.

The Bombers shot a 431 over 18 holes. Clear Lake won with a 327.

Maddie Kielsmeier paced Ballard with a score of  99. Alliyah Thompson carded a 103, Rylee Scherder a 113 and Chastyn Gering a 116.

Ballard blasts Carroll, Boone in girls soccer

The Ballard girls soccer team recovered from a 2-1 loss at ADM May 10 with decisive victories over Boone and Carroll to improve to 8-5 on the season.

The Bombers blanked Boone by a 10-0 score May 12 at Huxley. Brooke Loewe had a huge game with 4 goals and 3 assists and Claire Landmesser also netted three goals for Ballard in the win.

Lily Beall added 1 goal and assist apiece and Sesley Holland and Amelia Faubus each scored 1 goal.

Ballard hammered Carroll by an 11-1 score Friday at Carroll.

Landmesser went for 4 goals and Sunny Sigurdsdottir netted 3 for the Bombers against the Tigers. Loewe added 2 goals and assists apiece, Faubus and Michaela Morgan each scored 1 goal and Holland dished out 1 assist.

The Ballard boys soccer team fell to 1-11 with losses to ADM (9-0) and Boone (2-0).

CIU girls fall to Panorama

The Central Iowa United girls soccer team suffered a 4-1 loss at the hands of Panorama Friday at Panora.

The loss put CIU at 3-9 on the season. No stats were available at press time.

The CIU boys fell to 1-12 with a 4-2 loss to Knoxville May 12 at State Center. Ephram Muntz scored both CIU goals and Josh Pinnick and Ben Richardson each had an assist.

Tanner Scroggins made 19 saves at keeper for CIU.