Tuesday March 13th Local Sports

UI's Makenzie Meyer and Creighton's Myah Mellman, former teammates at Mason City High School

TODAY on AM-1300 KGLO:

12:00 — Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore

5:30 — NCAA First Four from Dayton — Long Island-Brooklyn vs. Radford, followed by St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA


MASON CITY — Former Mason City High basketball teammates Makenzie Meyer and Myah Mellman will be squaring off against each other in the first round of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament coming up on Saturday when Iowa plays Creighton. Iowa is a #6 seed and will play 11th seed Creighton at 5 o’clock Central Time on Saturday in Los Angeles. For Iowa, it marks the 25th trip to an NCAA tournament. Iowa is 24-7 on the season and finished 11-5 in the Big Ten. Creighton is 18-12 overall and finished 11-7 in Big East Conference play. The Blue Jays are making their seventh NCAA tournament appearance and second consecutive trip to the tournament. Meyer, a sophomore for the Hawkeyes, has averaged 31.5 minutes of play in 25 games this year, averaging 11 points per game and handing out a second-best 108 assists. Mellman, a senior for Creighton, has started 29 of 30 games, averaging just under three points per game



DES MOINES — After winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles, the Drake women’s basketball team is a #13 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs will face the #4 seed Texas A&M on Friday in College Station Texas. Drake won its seventh MVC tournament and secured its 12th NCAA tournament berth with a win over UNI in the MVC tournament title game Sunday afternoon in the Quad Cities. The Bulldogs second-straight MVC title capped a second-consecutive season in which the program went undefeated against conference foes, and the win over UNI was the Bulldogs 21st-straight victory of the season.



MASON CITY — Three NIACC women’s basketball players have been selected to the All-Region XI first-team while two others also received all-region honors on Monday. Sophomores Taylor Laabs and UU Longs as well as freshman Mikayla Homola earned first-team honors. Laabs is the first two-time first-team all-region selection since Chelsey Jacox and Lateeka Thompson both earned first-team honors in 2013 and 2014. She averaged 14.8 points per game and also had 98 assists and 66 steals. Longs was a second-team choice as a freshman. This year she averaged 11.5 points per game and led NIACC with 115 assists and 72 steals. For Holloway, she averaged 6.4 points per game and led NIACC with 236 total rebounds. She also had 58 steals. It’s the fifth straight year that the Lady Trojans have had at least two first-team all-region selections. Also being honored were sophomore Khalilah Holloway, who was a second-team selection after being a third-team selection as a freshman, and freshman Cici Kieger, who was selected to the third team.



MASON CITY — NIACC sophomores Jaycob Payne and Nick Wurm both earned All-Region XI honorable mention honors on Monday. Payne and Wurm are the 26th and 27th all-region performers for NIACC coach Mark Mohl. Wurm, who was also an honorable mention all-region pick as a freshman, averaged 16.5 points per game. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds per game with 100 assists and 38 steals. Payne averaged 10.4 points and eight rebounds per game, being second in rebounding in the conference. He also had 73 assists and 30 steals.



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have finalized a $12 million, one-year contract with right-hander Lance Lynn, another patient, low-risk move toward strengthening their pitching staff. He’ll join fellow newcomer Jake Odorizzi in the rotation, likely with Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson. After missing the 2016 season following elbow surgery, Lynn went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are hoping to repeat the success they had with Peyton Manning in pursuing another free agent fix at quarterback. ESPN reported Case Keenum plans to sign with the Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday. That would leave the Vikings, Jets and Cardinals in the running to land Kirk Cousins.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man will serve 20 months in prison for stealing gas masks and a bomb detector from law officers during Super Bowl Week in downtown Minneapolis. Forty-six-year-old Emitt Long was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to theft. Long admitted breaking into a car and stealing the items. Police say the stolen case contained radiation and bomb-detection equipment, to be used for Super Bowl security.


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