Thursday October 26th Local Sports

CHARLES CITY — 9th-ranked St. Ansgar swept 6th-ranked Janesville three sets to nothing to win the Class 1A Region 6 championship last night in Charles City and advance to the state volleyball tournament. The Saints took the first set 25-18, the second 25-16, and then held off the Wildcats to win the third set 30-28. St. Ansgar improves to 24-6 on the season and will play at 8 o’clock this coming Tuesday night in the Class 1A state quarterfinals as the #5 seed, facing #4 seed BCLUW.

=== Class 1A state quarterfinal pairings Tuesday, October 31st
6:00 — #1 Ankeny Christian vs. #8 Newell-Fonda
8:00 — #5 St. Ansgar vs. #4 BCLUW
6:25 — #2 Boyden-Hull vs. #7 Council Bluffs St. Albert
8:25 — #3 Fort Madison Holy Trinity vs. #6 Don Bosco



MARSHALLTOWN — The NIACC volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a four-set win at Marshalltown Community College last night. The Trojans dropped the first set 18-25 but bounced back with wins of 25-18, 25-18 and 26-24. Jaida Hansen had 12 kills and four blocks, Zhane Singer had 10 kills, four digs and four blocks while Alyssa Wickersheim had eight kills and 23 digs to lead NIACC. The Trojans are 14-23 overall and finished Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play with a 3-8 record. NIACC is the #8 seed in the Region XI Division II Tournament starting on Wednesday as the Trojans will travel to face the top seed DMACC.



IOWA CITY — Iowa guard Rusty Feth says the Hawkeyes have moved on after a controversial finish against Minnesota. Cooper DeJean’s late punt return for a touchdown was overturned for what replay called an invalid fair catch signal and the Hawkeyes fell to the Gophers 12-10. Iowa returns to action November 4th in Wrigley Field against Northwestern.

Feth talks about moving on after the loss.

The Hawkeyes are 6-2 and Feth says the bye week comes at a good time.

Defensive lineman Deontae Craig says the off week gives them a chance to rest and heal.

Receiver Diante Vines talks about the timing of the bye week.

Vines on bouncing back from the loss.

The start time of Iowa-Northwestern game on November 4th has been set for 2:30, with the pre-game at 12:30 on AM-1300 KGLO



AMES — Iowa State’s defense is making progress as the Cyclones open the stretch run of the season at Baylor this week. After getting hurt by the big play early in the season, the Cyclones have yielded a total of 24 points in wins over TCU and Cincinnati.

That’s defensive end Joe Peterson. Baylor has the second best passing offense in the Big 12 but Peterson says they still want to make the Bears one dimensional.

At 3-1 in the Big 12 Peterson says the Cyclones are excited about being in the hunt.

Linebacker Caleb Bacon of Lake Mills says like the Cyclones, Baylor has made a lot of progress as of late. The Bears are 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league race.

With three wins in the last four games the confidence is growing.

Bacon talks about the progress the defense has made this season.

Kickoff on Saturday in Waco is scheduled for 2:30



DES MOINES — Drake coach Todd Stepsis wants his players to embrace the title chase in the Pioneer Football League. The Bulldogs are coming off a 25-20 Hail Mary victory at the University of San Diego and take a 4-0 PFL record into Saturday’s home game against Stetson.

Stepsis says they are enjoying playing meaningful games as the month of October ends.

Drake has the top ranked defense in the PFL and must get ready for Stetson’s two quarterback system.

Drake started last season 0-8. It was a late October win at Stetson that started the Bulldogs’ current seven game winning streak in conference play.

Drake is 4-3 overall.



TORONTO (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 22 points in his Toronto debut, O.G. Anunoby had 20 and the Raptors gave new coach Darko Rajakovic a victory in his first game by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-94. Three of Schroder’s seven assists came in the fourth quarter as Toronto outscored Minnesota 24-20. Scottie Barnes had 17 points, Pascal Siakam added 15 and Jakob Poeltl grabbed 11 rebounds for the Raptors. Anthony Edwards had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 13 rebounds, but Minnesota lost its 19th straight north of the border. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.