HUMBOLDT — Clear Lake captured their sixth North Central Conference boys basketball title in seven years and seventh in ten years as the Lions won at Humboldt last night 80-67, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Down by seven at the half, Clear Lake had a 30-point third quarter to take the lead for good. Lions head coach Jeremey Ainley talks about winning another North Central Conference title despite not having two of their starters in the lineup currently with Thomas Meyer and Titan Schmitt out with injury.
Starter Cael Stephany and reserve Max Larson each had 16 points, Gavin Anderson had 14 while Dylan Litzel added 13 for the #1 team in Class 3A, as they improve to 18-0 overall and 12-0 in the conference. The Lions travel to Webster City on Friday night.
MASON CITY — The Mason City High boys led 27-10 after the first quarter on their way to an 86-61 win over Fort Dodge last night at home, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Marcele Whitner had 28 points while Ty Sanchez-Evans added 12 to lead the Riverhawks. Mason City improves to 4-15 overall and 2-5 in the Iowa Alliance Conference and will host Ames on Saturday.
— other boys basketball last night
#4/1A Lake Mills 70, #8/1A North Union 68
St. Ansgar 40, Rockford 36
North Butler 55, Nashua-Plainfield 52
Forest City 71, Belmond-Klemme 49
Eagle Grove 60, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 58
Algona 55, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 48
Hampton-Dumont-CAL 48, St. Edmond 45
MASON CITY — The #6/4A Mason City High girls were tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter with Fort Dodge in their Iowa Alliance Conference North Division game last night, but the Riverhawks outscored the Dodgers 16-4 in the second quarter and 32-13 in the second half in a 56-25 win, as you heard on KGLO last night. Mason City is 19-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference and will try to capture the conference title outright when they host second-place Ames on Saturday. The Little Cyclones are 6-1 in the conference after a win last night over Marshalltown.
HUMBOLDT — Humboldt outscored Clear Lake 44-30 in the second half for a 65-57 win in North Central Conference girls basketball, as you heard on KRIB. Madi Ott and Taylor Schwenn each had 14, Addie Doughan had 12 while Ayla Johnson added 11 as the Lions finish the regular season with an 11-10 record, ending North Central Conference play in third place with a 9-5 mark. Clear Lake hosts conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden in a Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinal round contest on Saturday.
— other girls basketball Tuesday
Nashua-Plainfield 44, North Butler 33
Forest City 54, Belmond-Klemme 47
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 61, Eagle Grove 24
North Union 38, Lake Mills 28
Algona 56, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 45
Hampton-Dumont-CAL 41, St. Edmond 25
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Iowa State raced out to a 17-point halftime lead then held off a furious late rally by Texas as the 14th-ranked Cyclones won in Austin 70-65. The Cyclones never trailed in moving to 6-3 in the Big 12.
That’s ISU coach T.J. Otzelberger. The Cyclones held on despite 22 second half points by Texas forward Dylan Disu.
Otzelberger says the Cyclones set the tone with defense.
Milan Momcilovic led the Cyclones with 13 points and Tamin Lipsey added 12.
CEDAR FALLS — The UNI men’s basketball team will be out to snap a three game losing skid tonight at home against Missouri State. The Panthers will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 28-point home loss to Murray State.
That’s UNI coach Ben Jacobson who says defense and rebounding have suffered the past three games.
Missouri State enters the game having won four straight.
Both teams are 6-6 in the Valley.
IOWA CITY — Tim Lester plans an aggressive approach to fixing Iowa’s worst in the nation offense. The former head coach at Western Michigan was introduced as the Hawkeyes’ new offensive coordinator on Tuesday. He spent the past season as an analyst with the Green Bay Packers.
Lester’s offenses have featured a lot of run-pass-option which would be a new look for the Hawkeyes. His main goal is to develop an offense to fit the quarterback.
As Lester installs his offense he will be waiting on starting quarterback Cade McNamara. He is recovering from an ACL injury suffered in a week five win over Michigan State and won’t be available for spring drills.
Lester knows all about Iowa’s history of developing outstanding tight ends and says his offense over the years has featured a lot of the two tight end sets that the Hawkeyes employ.
Lester plans to coach from the press box and will also serve as quarterbacks coach. He looks forward to working with McNamara.
Lester replaces Brian Ferentz, head coach Kirk Ferentz’s son, who was informed during the Hawkeyes’ off week last October that he would be out of a job at the end of the season.