SPORTS SHORTS: NICL all-star game set for Friday
The North Iowa Cedar League East vs West All-Star Game will take place on Friday in Reinbeck, with the girls game starting at 6:15 p.m. and the boys following at 7:45.
The two games will feature seniors from the NICL West and East divisions facing off against each other in one last battle at the Gladbrook-Reinbeck gymnasium.
On top of the games, there will also be a 3-point shooting competition and a dunk contest.
Appel selected to all-Region XI team
AMES — Former Marshalltown Bobcat and current Kirkwood Community College freshman Luke Appel has been selected to the NJCAA Division II all-Region XI second team, the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference announced Monday.
Appel was one of three Eagles named on the first and second teams, as his teammates Allante Pickens and Douglas Wilson were selected to the first team, with Wilson taking home Player of the Year honors.
Appel averaged 6.7 points, eight rebounds and 2.3 assists off the bench in three games during the Region XI tournament as No. 2 Kirkwood won all three and earned its way to NJCAA Division II National Tournament. On the year, Appel has averaged 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, finishing fifth in the ICCAC in rebounding.
Edel, Fritz earn DIII All-American status
ROANOKE, Va. — Former Marshalltown wrestler Josh Edel and former South Tama County wrestler Brady Fritz both earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III National Championships last week.
Edel, a junior at Coe College, finished in eighth place at 184 pounds for the Kohawks. He went 2-3 at the national championships, including an opening-round win over No. 5 Paul Detwiler from Coast Guard. Edel finished his season with a 20-8 record.
Fritz, who was also named an Academic All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, finished in sixth at 141 in his first year wrestling for Wartburg College. Fritz lost his opening match of the national tournament but won twice to end the first day and earn his All-American status. On the placing day, Fritz won his first match but lost the next two, slotting him in sixth place. He finished his freshman season with the Knights with a 25-12 record.
Beals helps Tritons to third at nationals
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Last week the Iowa Central Community College women’s swimming and diving team took third at the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, and former Marshalltown swimmer Zoe Beals had a lot to do with that outcome.
Beals, a freshman sprinter for the Tritons, placed in the top 10 in seven events, accounting for 139 of Iowa Central’s 521 total points. Her top finish came in the relays, where she and teammates Eve Berg, Maria Diaz and Mary Marshall finished second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of three minutes, 39.8 seconds. Beals also was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third and the 200 medley relay team that took fifth.
Individually, Beals had her best finish in the 50 backstroke where she finished in sixth with a time of 28.81. She also was seventh in the 100 individual medley, eighth in the 100 freestyle and ninth in the 50 freestyle.
Beals wasn’t the only former Bobcat contributing to the Tritons, however, as Aubrey Hala scored for Iowa Central when she placed 14th in the 100 individual medley.
Fort Dodge’s Adams to host clinic
ELDORA — Fort Dodge head softball coach and former Eldora-New Providence head coach Andi Adams will host a softball camp at South Hardin High School on March 23 for players in grades 7-12.
The camp will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $40 per athlete.
Adams has taken Fort Dodge to the state tournament 10 times and is the winningest coach in Dodger history. She also guided Eldora-New Providence to the state tournament in 2000.
The clinic will cover more advanced styles of hitting and athletes will receive one-on-one instruction during multiple drills as station work is completed.
For more information, contact coach Adams at 515-571-5315 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hittner named MVC Player of the Week
ST. LOUIS — Drake University junior Becca Hittner was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for a fourth time this season, the league announced Monday.
Hittner helped the Bulldog women secure a third-straight MVC regular season title last week with a pair of victories over Illinois State and Bradley. Against the Redbirds, Hittner had a game-high 23 points on 9-of-14 as well as a game-high five assists as Drake clinched a share of the conference title, then against the Braves she had 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting and she went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line as the Bulldogs won the conference outright.