Thursday November 2nd Local Sports

CORALVILLE — Semifinal action on Wednesday has set up the championship matches today at the state volleyball tournament in Coralville:

== 5A semifinals
#1 West Des Moines Dowling 25-25-25, #4 Pleasant Valley 20-24-18
#3 Waukee Northwest 24-25-11-25-15, #2 Ankeny Centennial 26-23-25-20-11


== 4A semifinals
#4 North Scott 25-25-25, #1 Clear Creek-Amana 19-15-21
#2 Indianola 23-25-25-21-15, #6 Lewis Central 25-18-18-25-10


== 3A semifinals
#1 Mount Vernon 23-25-25-25 #4 Davenport Assumption 25-16-15-20
#3 Western Christian of Hull 25-25-25, #7 Union LaPorte City 14-20-17


== 2A semifinals
#1 Dike-New Hartford 25-25-25 #4 Denver 9-21-12
#2 Hinton 25-25-25, #3 Grundy Center 16-21-18


== 1A semifinals
#1 Ankeny Christian 25-25-16-25, #4 BCLUW 14-20-25-18
#3 Fort Madison Holy Trinity 25-25-25, #2 Boyden-Hull 17-17-21




BOONE – The NIACC volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 12 DMACC in the opening round of the NJCAA Region 11 tournament on Wednesday.

Top-seeded DMACC (27-9 overall) won 25-14, 25-11, 25-19. The eighth-seed Trojans bowed out with a record of 14-24.

In Wednesday’s match, sophomore Alyssa Wickersheim led the Trojans with 10 kills and five digs. Sophomore Kennedy Schwiesow had 15 digs and six assists and sophomore Iwalani Beltran had eight assists and seven digs.

Also for the Trojans, Jaida Hansen had six digs, two kills and one block, Abbie Hyde had three digs and one ace serve, Addison Tabbert had two kills and Kelly Miller had two kills.

NIACC’s Ellie Hanna had three blocks and one kill, Emily Opstvedt had nine assists and five digs, Kit Byars had four kills, two blocks and one ace serve and Zhane Singer had two kills, three digs and three blocks.




IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz says he intends to return next season as Iowa’s football coach. Ferentz was vague on his future plans during his weekly news conference on Tuesday following Monday’s announcement that Brian Ferentz will be removed as offensive coordinator at the end of this season.

That’s Ferentz on his Wednesday night Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz show, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. In a release on Wednesday night, Ferentz says he plans to coach until he is no longer passionate about the game, players or coaches.

Ferentz is in his 25th season as head coach. The Hawkeyes are 6-2 and play Northwestern in Wrigley Field on Saturday.




AMES — The championship race is underway for Iowa State as the Cyclones get ready to host Kansas on Saturday night. At 4-1, the Cyclones are part of a five-way tie for the Big 12 lead.

That’s junior receiver Jaylin Noel. Since starting the season 1-2 the Cyclones have won four of their last five.

Iowa State is averaging better than 28 points in conference play but Noel says the Kansas defense will present challenges.

Noel is looking forward to a night game.

Junior tackle Tyler Miller on how the Cyclones bounced back from a slow start.

Miller on being in the thick of the title chase.

A key has been pass protection. The offensive line has given up only six sacks all season.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for just after 6 o’clock




CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Five Panthers scored in double-digit figures as UNI’s offense cruised in the first half en route to a 103-65 exhibition win on Wednesday night against Coe College.

Leading from start to finish, UNI excelled in the paint and off the glass, with both returning veterans and newcomers getting opportunities to hit the court ahead of next week’s regular season opener.

All 14 Panthers that dressed in Wednesday’s exhibition saw playing time on the court with 11 scoring. Tytan Anderson led the way with 17 points while Trey Campbell, Jacob Hutson and Bowen Born each added 14.

UNI outrebounded Coe 36-16 in Wednesday’s win, including 8-2 in offensive boards.

UNI will open the regular season next Tuesday on the road against the reigning NIT champion North Texas.




DES MOINES, Iowa – Six Drake women scored in double figures as the Bulldogs overcame a pressure-packed first half to roll over NCAA Division II foe Winona State in their second exhibition contest of the season. Their excellent defensive performance spurred Drake to a 94-60 victory.

Grace Berg led Drake’s double-digit scorers with a game-high 23 points followed by Katie Dinnebier with 16.

The Bulldogs will kick off their 2023 regular season schedule on Monday, Nov. 6 with a home tilt against St. Thomas



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 24 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who delivered the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets their first loss in five games this season with a 110-89 victory. This was a rematch of their first-round playoff series from last spring. Karl-Anthony Towns added 21 points and eight rebounds and Mike Conley had 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting for the Timberwolves. They went 26 for 27 from the free-throw line and led the game from start to finish. Nikola Jokic had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Murray scored 14 points for the Nuggets.