SPORTS IN BRIEF: Prep sports roundup with wrestling, basketball, girls' basketball playoff pairings announced
Girls’ basketball playoff pairings announced
The 2014 Iowa girls’ basketball regional playoff pairings have been announced.
Fairfield (8-7) will travel to Washington (10-4) on Feb. 19 to begin the playoffs. The winner of that matchup will play Class 4A No. 13 Grinnell (13-2) on Feb. 22.
The other portion of Fairfield’s bracket has Pella (10-5) playing Newton (4-11), and the winner of that game plays at No. 4 Ballard (14-2).
Southeast Conference foes Keokuk (10-4) and Fort Madison (7-6) will play in the first round. The winner of this matchup gets No. 15 Mt. Pleasant (9-5).
In Class 2A, Pekin (11-3) plays Feb. 15 at BGM (Brooklyn) (12-3). The winner plays Feb. 18 at No. 13 Iowa Valley (12-1). Cardinal (5-9) will play Feb. 15 at Van Buren (6-8). The winner will play Feb. 18 at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (12-4).
For full brackets and playoff information, visit www.ighsau.org.
Cardinal boys even record at 7-7
The Cardinal boys basketball team defeated New London 73-49 Friday.
Cody Streeby scored 18 points to lead the Comets. Kaleb Durflinger and Charlie Rachford both scored 16 points.
The Comets lost to Central Lee 53-39 Monday. Durflinger led the team with 13 points and seven rebounds. Rachford scored 11 points. Sam Pedersen scored five points and got seven assists.
Cardinal (7-7) plays at West Burlington (8-7) tonight.
Van Buren boys win two more
The Van Buren boys’ basketball team started off the weekend with a 63-60 win Friday over West Burlington in Keosauqua.
The Warriors trailed by one at halftime but used a strong third quarter to take the lead.
Brandon Plecker scored 17 points to lead the Warriors. Senior Thomas Fitzsimmons finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Garrett Saunders scored 12 points, while Will Mertens tallied nine points to go along with five steals and four assists.
The second game of the weekend wasn’t nearly as close, as Van Buren defeated New London 75-31 Saturday.
Saunders scored 22 points and dished out five assists. Mertens scored 15 points and led the team with nine rebounds. Plecker scored nine points and Fitzsimmons tallied eight.
The Warriors (13-1) play tonight at Burlington Notre Dame (11-3). The Nikes are currently third in the SEISC-South standings behind the Warriors and the Danville Bears.
Van Buren girls fall below .500
The Van Buren girls’ basketball team lost to West Burlington 43-27 Friday.
Abbey Rider scored eight points and got eight rebounds. Sidney Atwood scored eight points and Kaitlyn Johnson scored seven.
The Warriors played Saturday and lost to New London 60-54. Van Buren led 47-39 entering the final quarter, but were outscored 21-7 in the fourth.
Atwood put in 17 points and Johnson scored 14. Alicia Fitzsimmons scored six points and led the Warriors in rebounds with 13. Libby King pitched in eight points.
Van Buren also lost Monday when Class 1A No. 2 Burlington Notre Dame came to Keosauqua. The Nikes won 84-37.
Johnson scored 13 points and Rider put down 11 points. Shayla Filson finished with eight points, five rebounds and three blocks. Sierra Edmondson recorded eight rebounds.
The Warriors, who are now 6-8, play Thursday at Belle Plaine.
Cale has success for Cardinal wrestling
The Cardinal and Van Buren wrestling teams competed at the Rich Gray Classic in Truro Saturday.
No. 6 ranked Ryan Cale (113) of Cardinal would win his weight class by beating No. 10 Cole Needham from West Marhsall in the finals.
Cardinal’s Josh Ramos (182) finished in second place after losing in the finals.
Van Buren’s Tyler Runyon (113) earned a fifth place finish.
Cardinal girls' hit cold streak
The Cardinal girls’ basketball team lost Friday 68-60 at home to New London.
Lexi Fullencamp scored 14 points to lead the Comets. Jessie McElderry scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Danae Moses scored nine points, while Schylar Conger and Delaney Ridgway both scored eight points.
The Comets barely lost to Central Lee 59-55 Monday. Down by 10 points after the first quarter, the Comets fought back but it wasn’t enough to earn the win.
Cardinal (5-9) travels to West Burlington tonight.