Wednesday December 5th Local Sports


== AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Iowa State — pre-game 6:45, tipoff 7:00


— boys basketball last night
Belmond-Klemme 64, Eagle Grove 32
Bishop Garrigan, 64, Lake Mills 52
Central Springs 37, North Butler 36
Clarksville 35, Riceville 26
Forest City 70, North Union 36
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 62, West Hancock 46
West Fork 74, Northwood-Kensett 33


— girls basketball last night
Bishop Garrigan 48, Lake Mills 40
Central Springs 25, North Butler 24
New Hampton 60, Charles City 40
North Union 55, Forest City 47
West Fork 49, Northwood-Kensett 31
West Hancock 56, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 52



MASON CITY – For the fourth straight game, the NIACC men’s basketball team has reached the century mark.

NIACC (8-2 overall) put four players in double figures and cruised to a 108-70 nonconference victory over the Luther College Junior Varsity Tuesday night in the NIACC gym. James Harris scored 17 points with eight steals, six assists and five rebounds to lead the Trojans to their seventh straight win.

In its last four games where NIACC has scored at least 100 points, the Trojans have outscored their opponents, 420-283.

It is the first time since the 1971-72 season that a NIACC men’s team has scored at least 100 points in four straight games. The Trojans scored 100 points in five straight games in 1971-72.

The last time a NIACC men’s team won seven straight games was the 2012-13 season when the Trojans’ rattled off eight straight wins at one point.

In Tuesday’s win over the Norse, the Trojans also received 13 points from Quentin Hardrict, 12 points from Trey Sampson and 11 points from Chandler Dean.

Dean led the Trojans with nine rebounds and three blocked shot. Kyle Lang scored nine points with five assists, four rebounds and one steal.

NIACC opens Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play Saturday at No. 2 Southwestern. Game time in Creston is slated for 3 p.m.



MASON CITY – NIACC freshman forward Wendell Matthews was selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week for the week of November 26th-December 2nd.

Matthews,, who is from St. Paul, Minn., scored 19 points with 12 rebounds in the Trojans’ 101-65 victory over No. 16 Dakota County Technical College. He also scored a career-high 30 points with nine rebounds against Northeast CC at the Great Western Shootout in Fort Dodge.

Matthews is averaging 18.2 points (5th in ICCAC) and 8.8 rebounds (2nd in ICCAC) per contest.

Matthews is the first men’s basketball player from NIACC to earn the league’s top weekly honor since Orrington Hamilton was selected as the POW for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017.



MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Tuesday.

NIACC (7-2 overall) was No. 10 in the preseason poll.

Johnson County CC is ranked No. 1, Highland, Kan. is ranked No. 2 and Kirkwood is ranked no. 13.

The No. 3 ranking is the highest since the Lady Trojans were ranked No. 2 in the three December polls in the 2017-18 season.

NIACC owns a victory over No. 4 Illinois Central (95-89 in overtime). The Lady Trojans have lost to No. 1 Johnson County (82-74) and No. 2 (NJCAA Division I) Trinity Valley (78-73).

NIACC returns to action Saturday in its conference opener at Southwestern. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.



IOWA CITY — The first of two nights of Cy-Hawk series basketball begins in Iowa City with the women’s game as 15th ranked Iowa hosts Iowa State tonight. The Hawkeyes will be in search of their third straight win in the series and their 61-55 victory in Ames a year ago was the first by the road team since 2006. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.

Bluder says the in-state games have added emotion.

Bluder says a key will be guarding Iowa State senior Bridget Carleton, who averages just over 17 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Iowa counters with senior Megan Gustafson, who averages just under 25 points per game and more than 12 rebounds.

That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly who says the Hawkeyes surround her with a lot of weapons.

The Cyclones are 6-1 and will be looking for their first win in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since 2006.

Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 7 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 6:45 on AM-1300 KGLO



GREEN BAY — Former Iowa assistant coach Joe Philbin will finish this season as the interim coach in Green Bay. Philbin takes over after the Packers fired Mike McCarthy on Sunday.

Philbin was Iowa’s offensive line coach from 1999-2002 and spoke with the team on Monday.

Philbin was asked if he is interested in the permanent job.

Former Iowa standout and Green Bay tackle Bryan Bulaga on the firing of McCarthy.

Green Bay faces Atlanta on Sunday



VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jason Zucker broke a tie late in the second period and the Minnesota Wild scored on all three of their power plays, beating the staggering Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to stop a three-game slide. Ryan Suter and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota.



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