SPORTS SHORTS: MCC’s Siliga, Thiam honored by ICCAC

Sophomore forward Loralei Siliga for the Marshalltown Community College women’s team and forward Mohamed Thiam for the men’s team were both honored as ICCAC Players of the Week.

Siliga scored 64 points in a three-game span for the Tigers, shooting 45 percent from the field and behing the 3-point line. She also pulled down 28 rebounds in that stretch.

In the first seven games, Siliga is averaging 17.3 points per game and 8.1 boards per matchup.

Thiam leads MCC in both scoring and rebounds, as he’s averaging 20.7 points and 10 rebounds per game. He scored 50 points and hauled in 25 boards for the Tigers in two-straight games in the Emerson Classic, leading MCC to wins in both games.

Lanning accepts Shrine Game invite

AMES — Iowa State senior linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning has accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The East-West Shrine Game is one of the oldest college football all-star games, held annually since 1925.

Lanning, a two-time team captain for Iowa State, switched to linebacker prior to the 2017 season after spending his first four years in Ames as a quarterback. The Ankeny native leads the Cyclone defense and ranks 18th nationally with 9.4 tackles per game.

The NFL Network will broadcast the game.

Ex-Hawkeye wins humanitarian award

IOWA CITY — Former University of Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway will receive the 2017 Big Ten Conference Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award, the Big Ten Conference office announced Wednesday.

After graduating from Iowa in 2006 with a degree in communications studies, Greenway was the 17th player selected in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the Minnesota Vikings. He was a two-time Pro Bowl choice and led the NFC in combined tackles in 2010.

Greenway has been a fixture in the Minneapolis-St. Paul community throughout his professional career, a dedication that earned him the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award in 2015 and a nomination for that season’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Greenway was recognized this fall by the Iowa Farm Bureau as a member of Iowa’s ANF Wall of Honor.