Newton’s 9th-grade AAU volleyball team captured third at the 2014 Iowa State AAU Volleyball Gold Tournament, March 22, at Newton Senior High School. There were 19 teams in the tournament. Newton beat teams from George-Little Rock, East Sac, New Hampton, Nevada, UVC and Iowa River. It lost to Sioux City Ambush, which was the eventual state champion, in the semifinals. The team ended the season at 30-6-3. Newton’s Taylor Shipley and Megan Pressgrove were named to the AAU state all-tournament team. Members of the team are (left to right) front row, Ryanne Rausch; middle row, Morgan Allen, Megan Pressgrove, Taylor Shipley; back row, coach Blair Shipley, Courtney Jacobsen, Kaitlyn Ahn, Emma Meyer, Bailey Davis.