8th Grade Girls Working Hard to Improve

By Judy Raub
The 8th grade Union girls basketball season has seen a steady improvement in the teams skills and athleticism. The team consists of point guards Emma Rottinghaus and Abby Johnson, wing player Emily Schmidt and Emma Peters, and post players Lauren Phillips, Audrey Powers, Ariana Barnhardt, and Taylor Short.
The girls have Dike New-Hartford, Denver and Columbus left to play.

Season Results
South Tama 29, Union 14
Vinton-Shellsburg 21, Union 15
Hudson 51, Union 8
Waverly-Shell Rock 47, Union 10
Aplington-Parkersburg 42, Union 5
Union 32, Wapsie Valley 15
Hudson 33, Union 14

UMS Boys Battle Vinton-Shellsburg

By Kevin Long
The Union Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team got back into action at Vinton after weather had forced postponement of several games.
Down by as many as eight points in the second half, the Knights raced past the Vikings with a strong defensive effort. Leading the way in scoring for Union was Jace Glenn and Koby Alpers with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The 7th grade boys team stayed at home to play three games with the Vikings. In the first game, the Knights’s rallied after trailing by 12 points at halftime, coming up just short in a 23-21 game. In the second game, Union held on to a five point lead at halftime to win, 21-17.
In the final game of the night, the Union easily handled the Vikings to come away with a 23-5 victory. The team made 50% of all their shots, with Hunter Klima leading all scorers with eight points.