Nevada Journal sports round-up: Nevada track teams qualify for state in six events
The Nevada track teams combined to qualify for state in six events following the Class 3A state qualifying meet in Gilbert May 12.
The Cub boys are headed to state in four events and the girls are going in two. Colo-NESCO is sending one athlete to Drake Stadium in Des Moines after qualifying at the 1A qualifying meet in Earlham.
Nevada's Drew Robinson also achieved a big milestone in boys soccer and the Cub girls soccer team scored victories over Grinnell and Greene County.
The Nevada boys golf team placed sixth at the 3A sectional meet held at the Ballard Golf and Country Club with an 18-hole score of 352. The Cub girls golfers won the South Tama Invitational Monday at the Tama Toledo Country Club and the girls tennis team fell to Fort Dodge St. Edmond by a 5-0 score in the 1A play-in round Saturday at Grinnell.
Here is what we learned from a busy week of competition:
Caeden DaSilva dominates at Gilbert
Nevada senior Caeden DaSilva qualified automatically for state in two events for the Cub boys track team at the 3A qualifying meet in Gilbert. He won both the 100 and 200 dash events with respective times of 11.61 and 22.72.
“It’s awesome,” DaSilva said. “I love running at state. I get to go back there another year. It’s going to be fun.”
DaSilva will attempt to place at state in the 100. He wants to win the 200 after placing third a year ago.
“I’ve been trying to do it for four years,” DaSilva said. “This is my last chance. I better make it count.”
DaSilva will also run the 4x200 one more time at state. The Cub team of Billy Gibbons, Karter Beving, Caleb Kooiker and DaSilva qualified on time, ranking 20th among 3A qualifying teams with a time of 1:32.35.
The Nevada boys 4x800 team also automatically advanced to state. The Cub team of Carter Holland, Rhett Harter, Brian Rohde and Nick Frideres clocked in at 8:40.99 to place second behind Humboldt's 8:36.84 at the qualifying meet.
“I knew we could be either second or third,” Frideres said. “We were in second when I got (the baton), so I knew I had to go out hard.”
The Cub 4x800 is ranked 24th in 3A heading into state.
Kenny Cutler returns to state for Colo-NESCO
Colo-NESCO senior Kenny Cutler is headed back to state in the 1A 400 hurdles. He placed sixth at state in the event a year ago.
Cutler had to sit the event out at the Iowa Star Conference meet due to a back injury. But he rebounded to place first at the 1A qualifying meet in Earlham.
"After injuring his back at conference and not running the lows he was able to go to PT and rest it," Colo-NESCO head coach Tony Stalzer said. "He did a great job of getting himself back to where he could compete. He ran a great race."
Cutler's winning time at the Earlham qualifying meet was 55.45. He ranks fourth among all 1A qualifiers behind Lisbon's Kole Becker (54.07), Bellevue's Alex Pitts (54.77) and North Cedar's Jaxon Sandler (55.15).
Cub girls pull off shocker in shuttle hurdle
The Nevada girls didn't enter the Gilbert qualifying meet seeded very high in the shuttle hurdle relay.
But the Cubs turned a lot of heads by placing second behind North Polk.
“We never expected to qualify in this,” Nevada junior Lily Goos said. “It was our worst relay coming in and yet here we are.”
Kylie Taylor and Abigail French got the baton to Goos in good position and then the Cubs received a strong anchor leg from Shelbi Hazlitt to finish in 1:13.07.
“Last year we missed by three-tenths of a second,” Hazlitt said. “This was a big gut check. We were ready to show up today.”
North Polk's winning time was 1:11.56.
The Nevada girls also automatically qualified in the distance medley. Taylor, Stefany Riera Ramones, Madalyn Gibson and Tori Meinecke clocked in at 4:34.29 to trail only North Polk's 4:25.56.
The Nevada girls enter state ranked 24th in both events.
Drew Robinson sets Nevada record in boys soccer
Robinson scored 3 goals and dished out 2 assists for the Nevada boys soccer team in a 6-1 victory at Grinnell May 12.
Robinson also scored both Cub goals in a 3-2 overtime loss at Greene County May 10. Robinson currently has 26 goals, easily topping Nevada's old single season record of 21.
Sam Betting added 2 goals and 3 assists in the victory over Grinnell. Kent Sponseller had 1 goal and assist apiece and Kaden Weber, Dylan Fritz and Edgar Cabrera each had a hand in an assist to help the Cubs improve to 12-6 with the victory.
In the loss to Greene County Cabrera had 2 assists and Owen Freeman made 4 saves at keeper.
Nevada girls pound Greene County
A Nevada girls soccer team ranked fifth in the final IGHSAU 1A rankings ended the regular season splitting two games at the Nevada Invitational Saturday in Nevada.
The Cub girls defeated Grinnell by a 3-0 score and fell to second-ranked Des Moines Christian, 2-1. Statistics for the tournament were not available at press time.
The Nevada girls hammered Greene County by a 12-0 score May 10 at Nevada. The Cubs scored all 12 goals in the first half to end the game early on account of the mercy rule.
Mayzi Weig and Alexandria Arnaud both had 3 goals and 1 assist for Nevada against Greene County. Tessa Borwick added 2 goals and assists apiece.
Savannah Skaggs chipped in 1 goal and assist apiece and Lynze Geerdes, Aubrey Thompson and Avery Anderson each scored 1 goal against the Rams. Tori Meinecke dished out 2 assists and Isabelle Nelson handed out 1.
The Cub girls ended the regular season with a 9-6 record.
Nevada boys golf team made strides in 2022
The Nevada boys golf team saw its season come to a close at the sectional meet.
Nevada finished five strokes behind North Polk's fifth-place score of 347.
"We did OK," Nevada head coach Michael Davidson said. "We had a couple of rough holes here and there, but I thought we hit the ball pretty well."
Kyle Kingsbury led Nevada with an 81. Karter Beving shot an 85 and William Carsrud, Christian Hawbaker and Easton Gray each finished with a 93.
Even though the season ended sooner than the Cubs wanted, they still made progress from a year ago.
"We started off the year with some higher scores, but they worked pretty hard and we definitely saw our scores drop during the season," Davidson said. "They improved on being able to come back after some rough rounds. I'm looking forward to next year."
Defending 3A state champion Gilbert won the meet with a 292. The Tigers' Joey Currans and Brock Snyder each shot a one-under-par 71 to tie for medalist honors.
Nevada girls dominate STC Invite
The Nevada girls golf team made short work fo the competition at the South Tama Invitational.
The Cubs shot a 375 over 18 holes to win the meet by 30 strokes over Benton Community.
Olivia Axmear was medalist for the Cubs with an 85. Bridget Cahill shot an 86 to take medalist runner-up.
Reagan Schmidt placed ninth and McKinley Spaid tied for 10th individually to round out the scoring for Nevada. Schmidt carded a 101 and Spaid a 103.
Cubs no match for Gaels in girls tennis
The Nevada girls tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to Fort Dodge St. Emond in the play-in round of the 1A regionals Saturday in Grinnell.
The Cubs lost all five matches in singles play. The meet was called after singles competition as St. Edmond had achieved the necessary win total to pick up the win before doubles play could start.
Nevada finished the season with a 2-5 record.