Monday March 29th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — NCAA men’s regional finals — Houston vs. Oregon State, followed by Arkansas vs. Baylor — 6:00 PM
SAN ANTONIO —- Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder is embracing high expectations for her program in the future. The Hawkeyes were ousted from the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 after a 92-72 loss to top ranked UConn. The Hawkeyes finish the season 20-10.
Bluder was impressed with how much progress her team made while dealing with limitations during the pandemic.
Bluder says the Hawkeyes always have high expectations.
All five starters return next year, including national scoring leader Caitlin Clark.
Clark says the tournament run will give them a confidence boost.
Mason City native Megan Meyer played two minutes in Saturday’s contest and did not score.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The NIACC basketball teams were swept at Iowa Western on Saturday. In the women’s game, the Lady Trojans were outscored 32-14 in the opening quarter and fell 109-46. NIACC was led by freshman Kourtney Manning with 12 points as they fall to 3-14 overall and 2-13 in the conference. The NIACC men dropped a 71-66 decision to Iowa Western. McKelary Robertson had 22 points to lead the Trojans, who are now 10-10 overall and in the conference. Both NIACC teams travel to Ellsworth on Wednesday.
MASON CITY — It came down to the final match, but 5th-ranked Rochester Community and Technical College beat 10th-ranked NIACC 23-18 in a non-conference wrestling dual on Saturday afternoon in Mason City. NIACC’s key win of the day was 8th-ranked Chase McCleish edging top-ranked Gavin Christoffersen 3-1 at 184 pounds. Also picking up wins for the Trojans were Clarence Lee-Green at 125, Quentrevion Campbell at 141, Christian Minto at 165 and Jose Valdez at 197. NIACC closes out the regular season with a dual at home Wednesday night against Minnesota West
WATERLOO — The NIACC volleyball team’s season came to an end on Sunday as they fell to 9th-ranked Hawkeye Community College three sets to one in the Region XI-A tournament. Hawkeye took the first set 25-17, with NIACC rebounding to take the second set 25-16, before Hawkeye took the final two sets 25-16 and 25-20. NIACC was led by freshman Grace Tobin with 20 kills, 19 digs and two blocks, while sophomore Becca Steffen had 28 assists with 10 digs and two kills. NIACC ends their season with a record of 9-10.
MASON CITY — DMACC took three of four games over the weekend from NIACC in junior college baseball. On Friday, NIACC won the opener 9-2, boosted by a five-run first inning. Mason Nadolney had a two-RBI single in the first and later homered in the sixth. DMACC took Friday’s nightcap 5-2 and then Sunday’s doubleheader 10-7 and 9-4. NIACC is now 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the conference and will travel to Kirkwood on Wednesday.
BOONE — The NIACC softball team dropped a twinbill on Sunday to 10th-ranked DMACC 4-1 and 10-2. Bri Noterman homered in both games while Hailey Worman also had a homer in the opener. NIACC is 5-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference and the two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a doubleheader later today.
MARION – The NIACC men’s golf team is in eighth place after day one at the Kirkwood Eagle Spring Classic on Sunday at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.
The Trojans shot a first-day team total of 330 in the 15-team tournament. Host Kirkwood is the day one leader with a 303.
Mount Mercy University is in second with a 306 and the Kirkwood B team is in third with a 313.
NIACC received three 82s from John Doherty (41-41 – 82), Jack Barragy (44-38 – 82) and Kai Nelles (38-44 – 82). JJ Wickman was the final counting score for the Trojans with a 44-40 – 84.
Other scores for the Trojans were Beau Thompson (44-43 – 87), Hunter Heintz (44-45 – 89), and Tyler Eaton (49-44 – 92).
Day two of the tournament takes place today.
MACOMB — Big plays lifted the Northern Iowa football team to a 34-20 win at Western Illinois over the weekend. The biggest was on the final play of the first half when Omar Brown blocked a Leatherneck field goal attempt and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.
On the game’s first play from scrimmage Panther receiver Isaiah Weston took a pass 75 yards for a touchdown.
UNI coach Mark Farley.
The Panthers are 3-3 after snapping a two game losing streak.