Grundy Center strikes from three to oust West Fork

West Fork’s Ian Latham, left, heavily guards Travis Kuester of Grundy Center in the second half of the Warhawks’ 79-63 loss to the Spartans. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

PARKERSBURG – Grundy Center turned a corner in early January.

After starting the year 2-8, the Spartans put together a string of five straight wins and finished out the month 5-3. As its confidence started to build, so did the team’s play and it all culminated in a winning record (11-10) heading into the Thursday, Feb. 21 Class 1A District 10 final against an 18-4 West Fork team at Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

That confidence never wavered, even though the Warhawks built an early lead.

That is when Grundy Center started hitting three-pointers (11 in all) and followed that up with some big points inside from 6-foot-4 Matthew Sternhagen off of the bench as the Spartans went on to upset West Fork 79-63 and advanced to the Sub-State 5 final.

“They just shot the ball so well,” West Fork coach Frank Schnoes said of Grundy Center...

The full story appears in the Feb. 28 print editions of the Sheffield Press and Pioneer Enterprise.