= AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Region XI women’s quarterfinals — NIACC vs. Ellsworth — 5:30
ESTHERVILLE – Kyle Beisch connected on a 3-point goal at the buzzer to lift Iowa Lakes to an 81-80 victory over NIACC in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament Wednesday night.
NIACC’s Rodrick Fuller missed two free throws with five seconds remaining with the Trojans leading 80-78.
The Lakers quickly moved the ball into the front court and Beisch hit his game-winning 3-point goal from the left wing. Before the game-winner, Beisch was 1 of 11 from the field.
Sophomore Nick Wurm led NIACC (14-16) with 27 points before fouling out in the final minute. Freshman Orrington Hamilton scored 20 points.
Nick Wagner led the Lakers (23-8) with 19 points.
Second-seed Iowa Lakes hosts third-seed Southwestern on Thursday in the regional semifinals.
== NJCAA Region XI tournament results — Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Kirkwood 98, Little Priest Tribal College 78
Iowa Central 72, Ellsworth 67
Southwestern 92, DMACC 51
Iowa Lakes 81, NIACC 80
7 p.m. – (5) Iowa Central (20-11) at (1) Kirkwood (24-5)
7 p.m. – (3) Southwestern (24-7) at (2) Iowa Lakes (23-8)
MASON CITY — The women’s Region XI quarterfinals are tonight. For the NIACC women, they’ll host Ellsworth. NIACC finished the regular season with a 24-6 record, ending up 11-3 in the conference and are the second seed in the tournament. Ellsworth is the seventh seed after finishing the regular season with an 8-21 record, going 2-12 in conference play. The Lady Trojans picked up wins in both meetings earlier this year, with an 89-46 win in Mason City on January 24th and 99-70 in Iowa Falls on February 21st. You can hear the NIACC-Ellsworth game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting at 5:30 this evening. The winner will face either third-seed Iowa Central or sixth-seed Iowa Lakes in the semifinal round, which will be held on Saturday, likely in Cedar Rapids. In the other two quarterfinals tonight, top-seed Kirkwood hosts eighth-seed Southwestern while fourth-seed Southeastern hosts fifth-seed DMACC. The Region XI championship game will be held on Sunday afternoon.
DES MOINES — Boys state basketball
== Tuesday’s Class 2A quarterfinal
Cascade 60, Van Meter 47
== Tuesday’s Class 3A quarterfinals
Cedar Rapids Xavier 67, Marion 60
Glenwood 67, Norwalk 58
Waverly-Shell Rock 59, Mount Pleasant 51
Oskaloosa 63, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 47
== Tuesday and Wednesday Class 4A quarterfinals
Iowa City West 62, Muscatine 50
Waukee 60, Johnston 58
10:30 — North Scott vs. West Des Moines Valley
12:15 — Cedar Falls vs. Sioux City East
== Wednesday’s Class 1A semifinals
2:00 — North Linn vs. Don Bosco
3:45 — Grand View Christian vs. St. Mary’s Remsen
== Wednesday’s Class 2A semifinals
6:30 — Treynor vs. Aplington-Parkersburg
8:15 — Sheldon vs. Cascade
KANSAS CITY — The Big 12 men’s basketball tournament starts today in Kansas City, with Iowa State being the lowest seed in the tournament this year. The Cyclones face seventh-seed Texas in a first-round game scheduled for 8 o’clock tonight. Iowa State has won three of the last four league championships and own a 10-2 record in the Sprint Center since 2014, but coming into the night they have lost six straight and are the only team not to have at-large aspirations for the NCAA tournament.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal’s second goal of the night for Minnesota capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and the Wild cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts, and the Wild raised their home record to an NHL-leading 24-5-6. Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history.
MASON CITY — The NIACC softball team is ranked 19th in the first junior college Division II softball poll released on Tuesday. NIACC is 5-3 on the season, averaging over 13 runs per game in their first eight games, including wins of 25-1 over Rochester Community and Technical College and 27-0 over Century College. They lead Division II teams in runs per game as well as in hits and doubles per contest. DMACC is ranked second, Kirkwood is ranked fifth and Iowa Central is ranked 12th. NIACC travels to Southeast Community College in Beatrice Nebraska on Friday for a doubleheader. Sophomore right-hander Courtney Johannes also on Tuesday received Iowa Community College Athletic Conference pitcher of the week honors for her play last week. She tossed a five-inning no hitter in the win against Century College, striking out 13. She has a 3-1 record with 25 strikeouts in 18-and-two-thirds innings pitched.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With Byron Buxton in the middle, flanked by Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler, the Minnesota Twins boast one of the most dynamic young outfields in baseball. Their average age is 25. They combined to hit 62 home runs last season. Their defense is superb. These are Jeff Pickler’s protegees. Hired a year ago as a coach on manager Paul Molitor’s staff, Pickler has brought an eye for details, a progressive mind for data and an ability to connect with his players in supervising the talented trio.