Wednesday October 25th Local Sports

— High school volleyball regional championship matches were held in Classes 3A, 4A and 5A last night, with Classes 1A and 2A having their regional championship matches tonight:

=== Class 3A Region 1 championship Tuesday
#3 Western Christian of Hull 3-0 Forest City (25-9, 25-14, 25-10)

=== Class 1A Region 6 championship tonight at Charles City
#9 St. Ansgar (23-6) vs. #6 Janesville (27-11)



AMES — Iowa State returns from its bye week in the thick of the Big 12 chase as the Cyclones get ready to visit Baylor. ISU has won three of its last four, and at 3-1 in the conference, they are part of a four-way logjam for second place.

That’s Iowa State coach Matt Campbell.

Five weeks ago the Cyclones were 1-2 after a loss at Ohio, but Campbell never wavered in his belief in this team.

Campbell likes the progress the Cyclones have made over seven games.

Campbell says he has not even thought about where the Cyclones fit in the Big 12 race.

Quarterback Rocco Becht says the bye week came at a good time for the Cyclones.

Becht says a week three loss at Ohio served as a turning point for the season.

Under coach Dave Aranda, Baylor has been known as a good defensive team.

Becht feels his decision making has improved this season.

Baylor is 2-2 in the Big 12 and 3-4 overall.



CEDAR FALLS — For the first time in program history, the UNI women’s basketball team is the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Conference race. The Panthers return their top three scorers from last year’s team that finished 23-10 and third in the Valley race.

That’s UNI coach Tonya Warren who says added experience will help the Panthers make even more progress.

Warren says this year’s team has added depth.

The Panthers open the season at home on November 6th against Wisconsin-Green Bay.



CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa men are eyeing a bounce back season after an injury plagued campaign that ended with a 14-18 record. The Panthers have nearly their entire roster and better than 90% of their scoring returning.

That’s UNI coach Ben Jacobson, who enters his 18th year at the helm. He expects the Panthers to be improved in a number of areas.

Jacobson says roles are being defined in preseason practice.

The Panthers open on the road on November 7th at North Texas.



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman scored three goals as part of a career-high-tying five-point game, and the Minnesota Wild scored five times in the final period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4. It was Edmonton’s first game without captain and three-time MVP Connor McDavid, who suffered an upper-body injury Saturday and is expected to miss a week or two. Hartman recorded his first hat trick since Jan. 8, 2017, converting a feed from Jake Middleton for a short-handed tally and a 6-4 lead with 4:10 left. He got his second goal 38 seconds into the third period. Joel Eriksson Ek, Mats Zuccarello, Marcus Foligno and Marco Rossi also scored for Minnesota. Warren Foegele scored twice, and Evan Bouchard and Evander Kane also scored for the Oilers.