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SPORTS SHORTS: Hipsley named ICCAC Player of Week

Marshalltown Community College freshman Taylor Hipsley was named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I Player of the Week, the ICCAC announced Tuesday.

Hipsley went 7-for-20 for a .350 average in eight games last week. She hit her first three home runs of the season in that span and drove in 10 RBIs, and she scored seven runs as well.

In 11 games this season, Hipsley is second on the team with a .393 average. She is tied for the team lead in doubles (3) and home runs (3) and she currently has an .821 slugging percentage.

The Tigers have their first home games of the season on Saturday when they host Iowa Lakes for a doubleheader on Sunday, starting at noon.

Kirkwood, Appel into NJCAA semifinals

DANVILE, Ill. — Former Marshalltown High School standout Luke Appel and the Kirkwood Community College men’s basketball team moved a game closer to a national championship on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Eagles won their quarterfinal matchup against ninth-seeded Niagara County in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament by an 80-65 margin. Appel finished with 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds and three assists in the win, and he was one of three Kirkwood players in double figures along with Devonte Thedford’s 21 points and Doug Wilson’s 22.

Appel has led the team in assists in each of the first two national tournament games, and he is the leading bench scorer for the Eagles.

Kirkwood will play the winner of the Erie and Milwaukee area quarterfinal on Friday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to play for a national title.

Area girls track teams compete at ISU

AMES — Five local girls track and field teams were in action at the Iowa State High School Girls Classic on Monday.

Marshalltown had two top-20 finishes on the day, with Mia Barajas taking 17th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 34.96 seconds, and Phoebe Hermanson taking 20th in the 3,000 by crossing the line in 11:33.67.

BCLUW’s best finish came from Kiersten Kruse, who took 14th in the high jump with a vault of 4 feet, 8 inches. Olivia Hughes placed 17th in the 60 hurdles for the Comets in 10.14 and Lizzie Garber was 22nd in 10.27.

East Marshall senior Melinda Puumala had the best finishes for the Mustangs, coming in 11th in the long jump with a distance of 15-5.25 and 26th in the 60 hurdles in 10.34.

South Tama County had the highest individual finish from the area with Stacey Slaven taking seventh in the high jump with a height of 5-foot. Ashton Graham was 16th in the 60 hurdles with a time of 10.08, JoJo Tyynismaa was 19th in the long jump with a vault of 15-0.25 and the sprint medley relay team of Slaven, Graham, Tyynismaa and Shelby Slaven finished 14th with a time of 2:00.66.

West Marshall’s best placing came from Teresa Disney, who was 42nd in the shot put with a throw of 30-4.25.