All four winter sports were in action this weekend, some at home in Indianola and others dispersed around the rest of Iowa. Here’s a brief synopsis of what you may have missed.
Simpson shreds Luther with 3-ball
INDIANOLA – The Storm (11-6, 4-2 IIAC) dialed up from long distance for 13 3-pointers as they trounced one of the Iowa Conference cellar dwellers in Luther, 76-59 at Cowles Fieldhouse.
Sam Amsbaugh, once again, led Simpson with 16 points while Dillon Gretzky and Ryan Skaar added another 15 apiece.
Simpson and winning the battle of the boards aren’t typically associated, but they were on Saturday as Simpson outrebounded the Norse (3-14, 2-4 IIAC) 41-28.
The Storm are already five wins better than they were last year, and there are still eight regular season games to go.
Luther likely jumps to top-25 after downing Simpson
INDIANOLA – Down 34-28 at the half, Simpson was well within reach of the IIAC-leading Norse. But a 31.7 percent shooting performance after the intermission cost Simpson its first home loss of the season as it fell 70-52.
Consistency and balanced play have been Luther’s keys to success this year and they were able to rely on that again. Four players scored in double-figures for the Norse (13-4, 5-1), led by Taylor Jenks who scored 20 points.
Simpson did lead by as many as five, but the Norse posted a 21-point advantage at one point, scoring 24 points off turnovers while out rebounding Simpson 48-33.
Noreen Morrow had an efficient game, scoring 15 points in 19 minutes. Morgan Mauro added nine points, draining three 3s to move into third-place all-time on Simpson’s 3-point list.
Both the men and women go to Central on Wednesday to face the Dutch. The women tip-off at 6 p.m, the men shortly after that.
Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Dive – @ Grinnell Invitational
GRINNELL – The Simpson women placed 11th/13 at the Grinnell Invitational while the men placed last out of an eight-team field on Saturday.
Host Grinnell, a powerhouse in Division III swimming, won the the men’s competition while the women finished 3rd, behind just Gustavus Adolphus and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Kyle McKim finished 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke and Dylan Gray earned a 9th/17 place finish in the 100-yard IM.
Men’s & Women’s Track & Field – @ Cornell Invite
MT. VERNON – The men and women competed in their second indoor competition of the season on Saturday in Mt. Vernon.
The women placed 4th/6, finishing with 64 points, good enough to beat Coe and Southwestern Community College. Sadie Timms posted the best performance for the women, finishing 1st/13 in the 3000-meter run with a time of 11:00.19.
The men also posted 64 points but finished one spot higher, placing 3rd/6, behind Cornell and Coe College.
Sprinter Travis Tupper won the 60-meter dash in 7.18, while long-distance runner Ian McKenzie won the men’s version of the 3000-meter, crossing the finish in 9:06.19.
Wrestling @ IIAC Duals – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS – Simpson went 0-3 at the Iowa Conference duals on Saturday, with two of the losses coming to No. 12 Luther and No. 14 Coe.
L, Luther 46, Simpson 0
L, Loras 38, Simpson 6
L, Coe 37, Simpson 12
Colby Vlieger was the only Storm wrestler to finish above .500, going 2-1 on the day at 285. Jason Kiehne, Brett Roberts and RJ Brown earned Simpson’s only other wins.
Storm wrestling continues at the Duhawk Open in Dubuque this Saturday.