SPORTS IN BRIEF: MSAE sports, Van Buren golf, FMS track, Iowa Energy
Trojans top MSAE in girls’ tennis
The Fairfield girls’ tennis team won a close match over Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment 5-4 Tuesday at Fairfield Middle School.
The No. 1 match belonged to Dia Huggins, who defeated Fairfield’s Karley Williams 8-4. No. 2 Jacqueline Leete and No. 3 Flower Shreck would also win their singles matches for the Pioneers.
Fairfield would take the No. 4-6 singles matches and two out of three doubles matches to earn the victory. Bryana Gridley, Sierra Simmons and Dayna Price each won their singles match.
Williams teamed up with Harley Cook and won their doubles match 9-8 (7-2) over Huggins and Shreck. Simmons and Price won their doubles match 8-4.
MSAE’s Alista Wikle, Adinda Kipmans and Jasmine Scherf each won their JV matches. Emily Bowman won her singles JV match for the Trojans.
Van Buren edges MSAE boys’ golf
The Van Buren boys’ golf team narrowly defeated Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment 177-199 Tuesday at Riverview Country Club in Keosauqua.
Noah Witten had one birdie and led the Warriors with a 42 on the day. Van Buren had plenty of consistent play, with Robby Laughlin (44), Austin Bartholomew (45), Tyson Sprouse (46) and Brandon Plecker (47) all shooting in the 40s. Mitch Garrels shot a 55.
MSAE’s Mickey DeAngelis shot a 41 to lead the Pioneers. He began his day with a birdie and finished with a birdie.
“He didn’t play very well in between, but [it was] a bogey sandwich on birdie bread, [and] it was enough to carry the day individually,” said MSAE coach Ed Hipp.
DeAngelis was followed by Davin Titus, who shot a 49. Brandon Platterhuff finished his day with a 51, and teammate Nathaniel Zhu shot a 58. Doga Ozesmi and Anthony Zhou both shot a 61.
FMS girls’ track picks up victories
The Fairfield Middle School girls’ track team performed well Monday in Fort Madison.
The seventh-grade team won the meet with a total of 149 points. The second place team, Washington, scored 115.
Malory Jones won first place in the high jump and was a member of the first place winning sprint medley and 4x400-meter relay teams. Julia Fritz, Blair Bowman and Alexis Jones joined her for the sprint medley, and Bowman, Anatta Charuonkel and Ashley Bloomquist were on the 4x400 team.
Bloomquist also received first place in the 1500m and the 800m. Kara Jeffrey and Brynna Popejoy earned first place finishes at the meet as well.
The eighth-grade Trojans also received first place. Fairfield got 133 points, while Mt. Pleasant earned 120 to come in second.
Nicole Buch was first in the high jump and got second in the 800m. Alie Kensett won the shot put competition, and then along with Sophie Allen, Ashtyn Drish and Nicole Drish won the distance medley relay. Aluna Olaniyi took home first in the 200-meter hurdles.
Grizzlies team up with Iowa for sole D-League team
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies have agreed to work with the Iowa Energy for the 2014-15 season as the NBA team’s sole affiliate, giving Memphis full control over the NBA Development League team.
Memphis announced the deal Tuesday, becoming the 14th NBA team with an exclusive relationship with a D-League team.
Under the deal, the Grizzlies will also pay for Iowa’s basketball operations with the Energy’s owners controlling the team’s business operations and community outreach. The Energy already has adopted the Grizzlies’ blue and gold colors.
Robert Pera, the Grizzlies’ controlling owner, called this deal an important milestone for the franchise giving the Grizzlies the chance to further develop NBA talent and staff.