Feldman, Porubcin in state semis: Third-seeded Lily Feldman of Pleasant Valley and Emilia Porubcin of Bettendorf are back in the state semifinals at the Class 2A state tennis meet in Ankeny.
Feldman, who finished fourth a year ago, defeated Beth Murman of Fort Dodge in the opening match 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday, then won her quarterfinal match 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 over Bihotza James-Lejarcegui of Iowa City High.
The PV junior, in the semifinals for the third straight year, will face second-seeded Vale Caro of Cedar Rapids Prairie in the semifinals Friday at Prairie Ridge Sports Complex.
Porubcin, who was third in 2016, won her opening match 6-1, 6-0 over Lauren Couves of Ames. The senior then earned her fourth straight semifinal trip with a 6-2, 6-3 win over fourth-seeded Cari Naanep of Johnston.
Porbucin will meet top-seeded Davi Patterson of Boone in Friday's semifinals, a rematch of last year's semifinal.
PV’s Roshni Penmatcha lost her opening match to Patterson 6-3, 6-0. She then won her first-round consolation match before being eliminated by Ellie Anderson of Linn-Mar.
In doubles, PV’s Hannah Humes and Emily Nutt won their opener 6-1, 7-5 before losing their next two matches to be eliminated. The Clinton duo of Riley Hubbart went 1-2, winning their first round consolation match before bowing out.
In Class 1A, Assumption’s Stephanie Bush is still alive in the consolation bracket. She lost her opener before winning the next two, including a 7-5, 6-3 win over Audrey Hinz of Dubuque Wahlert to advance to the consolation semifinals and guarantee herself two matches Friday. She’ll face Gretchen Jones of Clear Lake for a spot in the fifth-place match.
In 1A doubles, Assumption’s Erin McGivern and Sydney Johnson lost in the first round before winning their first round consolation match.
Assumption 5-3, Clinton 1-1: Trenton Wallace and Daniel Powers pitched complete games to help the Knights get off to a 2-0 start in MAC play.
Wallace allowed two hits and one unearned run in the opener while striking out seven. Powers added two hits and two RBIs in Game 1 for the Knights, who trailed 1-0 through five before scoring three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Powers allowed four hits and struck out two in the nightcap.
Bettendorf 7-4, North 1-2: Kam Arons had three hits and three RBIs in Game 1 and Bettendorf pitchers limited the Wildcats to three hits in each game of a doubleheader sweep to open MAC play.
Luke Soko earned the win in Game 1 with 11 strikeouts, while Carter Bell struck out 14 to earn the victory in Game 2. Jared Beck and Ryan Healy drove in runs in Game 2 for North.
Burlington 10-4, Central 7-5: Bobby Magnus and Mitch Lawson each had two hits in Game 2 as Central used a four-run sixth inning to salvage a split with Burlington in the conference opener.
Magnus and Connor Hayes each knocked in two runs for the Blue Devils (2-5, 1-1) in Game 2. Logan Myers earned the win.
Burlington took the opener thanks to three hits and four RBIs from Everett Willson. Brendan Gouglich recorded three hits for Central.
North Scott 3-12, Muscatine 0-2: Ben Steidler pitched a one-hit shutout and knocked in two runs in the opener to propel North Scott.
The Lancers (5-1, 2-0 MAC) finished the sweep with five early runs in Game 2. Sam Stonskas and Tony Barreca each had two hits and Brooks Sunny drove in two. Graysen Drezek collected the pitching win.
Nate Holliday and Jake Mussehl each had two hits and an RBI for the Muskies (3-4, 0-2) in the second game.
Muscatine 12-9, North Scott 0-3: After mustering just one run in a doubleheader loss to Assumption on Tuesday, Muscatine scored 21 times to take two at North Scott.
Catie Cole was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Carrie Nelson in the opener. Brittni Lloyd was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the nightcap. Kaitlyn Bierman collected the win for Muscatine (5-2, 2-2).
Rachel Anderson had two hits, including a homer, for the Lancers (6-4, 2-2) in the second game.
Bettendorf 11-9, North 6-5: Bettendorf smacked eight doubles and Alli Wroblewski knocked in four runs as the 15th-ranked team in Class 5A rallied to take the opener.
The Bulldogs followed it up in the nightcap to improve to 4-0 in league play.
Assumption 10-10, Clinton 0-0: The top-ranked team in Class 3A made quick work of Clinton on the road to remain undefeated in conference play.