SPORTS SHORTS: Iowa’s DeSanto shares Big Ten honor

ROSEMONT, Ill. — University of Iowa sophomore Austin DeSanto has been named Big Ten Conference Co-Wrestler of the Week, sharing the honor with Indiana’s Jake Danishek, the league office announced Tuesday.

DeSanto climbed to No. 4 at 133 pounds in the national rankings following a 6-4 decision against No. 3 Nick Suriano from Rutgers on Jan. 18. DeSanto erased a 3-0 deficit and scored the winning takedown with 1.5 seconds left. It was his second straight win over a top-six opponent, and DeSanto is now 12-1 overall with victories in his last eight straight.

The Big Ten weekly honor is the first of DeSanto’s career, and the second for Iowa this season. Kaleb Young earned the first honor for the Hawkeyes on Nov. 27.

UNI athletics to host free youth event

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa student-athletes are hosting a Junior Panther Night free to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade on Feb. 12.

The event includes skill development with UNI student-athletes, goodie bags and an appearance by TC and TK, the Panther mascots. There will be a coloring and activity station set up for children younger than 5-years old that does not require registration.

Participants are asked to arrive at the southwest entrance of the UNI-Dome from 5:45-6:15 p.m. to check in. The activities will run in the UNI-Dome from 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Registration and the waiver for free entry is due by Feb. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Walk-ups on the day of the event are welcome, but there will be a $5 fee for each participant.

Redhawks hold off Baxter boys 50-47

BAXTER — The North Tama boys basketball team beat Iowa Star Conference South Division opponent Baxter for a second time this season on Monday, 50-47.

The game was close the whole way out, but the Redhawks (10-5, 6-1) did just enough to keep ahead of the Bolts (5-8, 4-4).

Hale Hulme finished with a game-high 18 points for North Tama, while Cael Even had 12 and Zach Greiner had seven.

Cole Damman and Will Clapper both scored 17 for Baxter, but only two other Bolts scored in the contest.

North Tama denied first league win

BAXTER — The North Tama girls basketball team just missed out on its first Iowa Star Conference South Division win on Monday by falling to Baxter in overtime, 58-52.

The Redhawks (2-14, 0-10) led 27-19 over the Bolts (5-6, 3-5) at halftime and still held a 39-35 lead at the end of the third quarter. Baxter made up that ground in the fourth to send it to overtime, then outscored North Tama 8-2 in overtime to take the win.

Katie Kopriva led the Redhawks with 14 points, including going 2-for-3 from the 3-point line, while Rylee McLean had a double-double of 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, 11 of which were offensive. Carlie Gorder also finished in double figures for North Tama with 10 points.

Kaylin Van Ryswyk led the Bolts with 18 points, followed by McKenzie Eslinger with 15 and Holly Jessen had 12.