Sports briefs

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:31 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:38 a.m. CDT
Colby Burg of Wildfire Soccer Club U12A (right) battles a player from Des Moines Northwest Soccer Club during their match Saturday at Creston Middle School. Burg had both goals for the Wildfire as Northwest Soccer rallied for a 5-2 victory. No other Wildfire age groups were scheduled last weekend.

Grand View 3rd

RENO, Nev. — The Grand View University women’s bowling team finished third at the Intercollegiate Team Championships here this past weekend.

Taylor Hance of Creston is a senior on the team.

The Vikings were one of 16 teams competing for the national championships.

Grand View finished fifth in qualifying on the first day of the competition to advance to the match play round, in best-of-seven Baker games.

Grand View topped 2013 runner-up and 12-seed Midland University in five games, averaging a 176 during the first round. The Vikings then defeated 13-seed Adrian College in seven games with a high game of 253 in the seventh game.

The Vikings lost in the third round to 8-seed Pikeville, 4.5 games to 1.5 games after the two teams tied in the second game. Grand View received a bye in round four and defeated defending champion Maryland Eastern Shore in six games, averaging a 189 for the six games.

Grand View lost to Pikeville again in the sixth round, 4-2.

Robert Morris University defeated Pikeville in the finals to win the championship. This was the first time Grand View had qualified for the ITC Tournament.

Hance is a first-semester senior and will graduate in December with a major in biology and chemistry. She plans to apply to vet school in the fall.

Golf meeting

The Tuesday night Pine Valley women’s golf league will be holding an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Valley for all current and prospective members.

Contact Mary Jo Borcherding with any questions at 641-344-7610.

Drake qualifier

EARLHAM — Earlham High School senior Abbey Murphy qualified for the Drake Relays in the girls 400 meter hurdles with the seventh-fastest qualifying time. The event will be held 1:35 p.m. Saturday.

Abbey is the daughter of Jeff and Melody Murphy, and granddaughter of Arden and Carol Kramer of Orient.

Drake Relays

A pair of former Creston girls track standouts will be competing in the University/College Division of the Drake Relays on Friday.

Augustana senior Kierra Smith will be running the 400 meter leg of the distance medley relay (1,200-400-800-1,600) at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Northwest Missouri State University sophomore Audrey Bolinger will be competing on the Bearcats’ 4x400 relay team that runs prelims at 1:57 p.m. on Friday.

SWCC changes

Due to the weather forecast, Southwestern’s softball doubleheader against Iowa Central scheduled today was postponed until 3 p.m. Friday.

Also because of weather concerns, the Southwestern home baseball doubleheaders will be held Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. instead of Saturday and Sunday.

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