Hawk spikers down Saydel, 3-0
DES MOINES - A renewed sense of energy was contagious for the South Hamilton volleyball team here last night, as the Hawks claimed their first Heart of Iowa Conference win over new league rival Saydel, 3-0.
South Hamilton (4-7, 1-1 HOIC) was pushed early, but eventually pulled away from the Eagles (0-6, 0-2 HOIC), 25-23, 25-15, 25-19.
"This is a really great morale boost for the kids," South Hamilton head coach Cindy Holmes said. "We've been working on turning the corner, and we didn't play flawless by any means, but we're cleaning it up a little bit."
Eliana Lowry crushed 10 kills and collected five blocks and four digs in the sweep. Tiffany Jacobson added six kills and four blocks, Savanah Stangeland got her hands on six blocks, and libero Hannah Pulis collected 10 digs.
South Hamilton also lashed nine service aces, led by Sarah Rudy with five.
The Hawks will be on the road against Prairie City-Monroe on Monday.
SH girls' XC wins invite
JEFFERSON - The 14th-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton girls' cross country team came up golden in Class A at yesterday evening's Greene County Invitational.
With Kayla Lucas - ninth-ranked individually - in third-place overall in 16:50, the Hawks tallied 55 points to top Heart of Iowa Conference rival and runner-up CMB by two points.
Allyson Ervin (17:16) placed seventh, Rachael Huegerich (17:53) was 13th, Meghan Hughes (18:06) 14th, and Kali Lucas (18:44) 21st.
The South Hamilton boys' team tallied 100 points and placed third in Class A. Guthrie Center (40) and West Marshall (53) held down the top two spots.
Jacob Heeren (18:48) was again the catalyst, as he placed fourth. Caleb Olson (20:17), Jordan Lutjen (20:18) and Zach Coster (20:23) were 20th, 21st and 22nd, respectively.
Trojets swept in 3 by Redhawks
TRAER - The North Tama volleyball team coasted to a three set sweep of Iowa Star Conference rival Northeast Hamilton here last night.
The Trojets had no answer for the punishing attacks of the Redhawks (8-6, 2-0 ISC) in a 25-12, 25-10, 25-13 loss.
NEH (1-7, 0-1 ISC) had just eight total kills. Sarah Elm and Jennifer Jeffers had two each.