SPORTS SHORTS: MCC hosts Basketball Kickoff Night

College basketball season is right around the corner, and to celebrate Marshalltown Community College is hosting its first-ever Basketball Kickoff Night.

Next Tuesday, the Tiger men’s and women’s teams will welcome in community members for a night of fun.

The men’s team will have a dunk contest, while both men’s and women’s teams will participate in a 3-point contest. Fans will also have a chance to meet their favorite players during an autograph session.

Admission for the event at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Student Activity Center is free, though MCC Athletics will be accepting donations to the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

Fisher, Cadet girls second at NCC meet

ALGONA — The Iowa Falls-Alden/AGWSR cross country team took place in the North Central Conference meet at the River Road Golf Course on Tuesday, and the Cadet girls squad took home a runner-up finish with a team score of 77.

Aubrie Fisher once again led the IFA/AGWSR girls, taking second individually with a time of 19 minutes, 36 seconds. Ellie Meyer also showed well for the Cadets, coming in fourth by running a 20:34.

Haley Bakker rounded out the IFA/AGWSR top-20 finishes, finishing 18th with a time of 22:45.

On the boys end, the Cadets finished in fourth as a team with a score of 120. Three IFA/AGWSR boys finished in the top-25, with Brayden Penning taking 12th with a time of 18:12, Greg Trystahl finishing in 14th with a time of 18:20, and Seth Mazoway running an 18:46 to take 25th.

G-R volleyball sweeps Valley Lutheran

REINBECK — The Gladbrook-Reinbeck volleyball squad won a non-conference match against Valley Lutheran on Tuesday in three sets, 25-12, 25-6, 25-22.

The Rebels (22-8) were led offensively by Paige Eiffler with seven kills, followed by Megan Swanson with five. Maddie Frischmeyer had 22 assists for G-R, while Eiffler led defensivley with four digs against the Crusaders.

BCLUW netters topple A-P in five sets

PARKERSBURG — The BCLUW volleyball team won a cross-NICL matchup against Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday in five sets, 21-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-12.

The Comets (20-15) were led by Easton Swanson offensively in the comeback, going for 23 kills on 60 attempts. Madison Ubben and Lauren Anderson each also had eight kills against the Falcons (6-20).

Cate Nason was the lead facilitator for BCLUW with 35 assists, while Uben led defensively with 20 digs in the Comets’ final match of the season.

Bobcat JV football defeats Fort Dodge

The Marshalltown junior varsity football team hosted Fort Dodge on Monday night, where the Bobcats took down the Dodgers 15-0 at Leonard Cole Field.

Jacob Smith scored the lone touchdown for Marshalltown on a quarterback sneak, while Kabba Pins knocking in three field goals. The Bobcats were defensivley sound throughout the night, with Will VanBuren and Trey Sinn each recording interceptions.

Next up for the junior varsity is a game on Monday at home against Southeast Polk, set for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Drake announces Road Race schedule

DES MOINES — The 50th edition of the Drake Road Races will feature a new date, new fast courses, a new 10k race and finishes inside Drake Stadium, Drake Relays director Blake Boldon announced Tuesday.

“We’re thrilled to move the Drake Road Races to April 22 to officially start Relays week and give all participants a chance to run on the blue oval,” Boldon said. “We’ve spent the last year listening to the running community and realized how important the opportunity to finish on the blue oval is to our runners, so we’re overjoyed to restart that great tradition. The addition of a 10k course also fills a gap in racing distances and provides a great lineup of races for runners of all ages and abilities.”

Registration for all three races will be 50 percent off during the first day of registration, which is Oct. 17.

The new date makes the Drake Relays Road Races the first official event of the Drake Relays and starts a full week of events for the 109th running of America’s Athletic Classic.

Registration information is available at DrakeRelays.org.

More accolades for Iowa State football

AMES — The Iowa State football team’s upset win over then-No. 3 Oklahoma has yielded more awards, as senior quarterback Kyle Kempt was named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week and head coach Matt Campbell was selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

Kempt was 18-for-24 passing for 343 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, becoming the first Iowa State quarterback to receive the Davey O’Brien weekly award.

Campbell, in his second season at Iowa State, led the Cyclones to their first-ever road win over a top-five team. ISU overcame a 14-point deficit by outscoring Oklahoma 25-7 in the second half, beating the Sooners for the first time since 1990.