Neustrom picked for preseason player of year
IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa junior outfielder Robert Neustrom was tabbed as Perfect Game's Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday in PG's Big Ten preview.
Neustrom and junior college transfer Brady Schanuel were named to the Big Ten preseason all-conference team. As a team, the Hawkeyes were picked to finish third in 2018 behind Indiana and Nebraska.
Neustrom, a Sioux City native started all 61 games as a sophomore, hitting .319 with nine home runs, 16 doubles, 55 RBIs, and 41 runs scored. He ranked in the top 10 in five offensive categories. Perfect Game also lists Neustrom as the 58th-best prospect nationally in the junior class.
Wayne State fourth in NSIC preseason baseball poll
WAYNE, Neb. | Wayne State’s baseball team was voted fourth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s Coaches Poll released Thursday afternoon by the league office.
Senior catcher David Janes and sophomore pitcher Aidan Breedlove, two of the Wildcats’ five returning starters from last year’s 29-24 (23-15 NSIC) squad, have been listed as players to watch in the NSIC this season. Janes won second-team NSIC honors a year ago, batting .348 with one home run and 24 RBIs while Breedlove went 5-4 with a 2.95 ERA.
Minnesota State was a unanimous selection to win the NSIC title with 14 first-place votes and 196 points. Second-place Augustana (177 points, 1 first-place vote) was followed in the voting by St. Cloud State (174), Wayne State (141), Concordia-St. Paul (138), Minnesota Duluth (132), Northern State (116), Minot State (110), Minnesota Crookston (89), Winona State (79), Sioux Falls (69), Upper Iowa (65), Bemidji State (42), Southwest Minnesota State (32) and University of Mary (15).
Wrestling coaches, officials recognized
SIOUX CITY | The Northwest Iowa Coaches and Officials Organization named its coaches and official of the year.
West Sioux's Mark Van Oort was named coach of the year in Class 1A while Sergeant Bluff-Luton's Clint Koedam took the honor in 2A and Storm Lake's Ben Seaman received the honor in Class 3A. The official of the year was Mike Winklepleck.
Van Oort has been the head coach for the Falcons since 2016 with previous stints with Aurelia/Galva-Holstein and Akron-Westfield. He has a career record of 225-107 and a mark of 13-2 this season.
Koedam has spent the last 11 years as the head coach for the Warriors and has a 299-57 dual record, including 15-1 this season.
Seaman has a career mark of 65-37 having led the Tornadoes since 2014. He has a record of 16-8 this season.
Winklepleck has spent 16 years as an official and worked six state tournaments.
Wayne State softball picked 14th
WAYNE, Neb. -- The Wayne State College softball team was listed 14th with 51 points in the 2018 Preseason NSIC Softball Coaches Poll. Senior catcher Katelyn Wobken and junior pitcher Riley Vanderveen were selected as Wildcat Players to Watch in the NSIC this season.
Winona State was voted the team to beat this season in the NSIC, receiving 11 first-place votes and 221 points in voting conducted by league coaches. Augustana was second with 206 points and two first-place votes with defending NSIC regular season, tournament and NCAA Division II national champion Minnesota State in third at 202 points and the remaining three first-place votes. Minnesota Duluth (183 pts) and Sioux Falls (157) closed out the top five teams.
Wobken, a 5-foot-7 senior catcher from Scribner, was a second-team All-NSIC selection last season after leading the Wildcats in most offensive categories.
Vanderveen, a 5-9 junior pitcher from Sedro-Wooley, Washington, is the top returning pitcher for the Wildcats.
WSC's Harris earns more honors
WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State College senior defensive back Glenn Harris has received his third post-season All-Super Region honor after being named to the 2017 Don Hansen Football Gazette NCAA Division II All-Super Region Four Football Team.
Other postseason honors already awarded to Harris include D2CCA All-Super Region 4 Football Second Team and D2Football.com All-America Team Honorable Mention.
Harris, a 6-foot-1, 180 pound senior from Kansas City, Missouri, was a first-team All-NSIC South Division selection this season after leading Wayne State and the NSIC with eight interceptions this season, which was tied for second in NCAA Division II.
Morningside to host NAIA Cheer, Dance event
SIOUX CITY | Morningside College was selected by the NAIA to host the Competitive Cheer and Dance Northwest Group Qualifier Tournament Feb. 23 at Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center/Allee Gymnasium.
Area colleges Morningside, Briar Cliff, Dordt and Northwestern are among the participating teams which will compete for the right to advance to the NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships. Rounding out the list are College of Saint Mary, Concordia, Doane, Hastings, Jamestown, Midland, Point Park and Waldorf.
Morningside is one of four sites around the nation to host a group qualifier. The highest scoring team from each group tournament, along with the eight teams with the highest qualifier event scores that did not received an automatic bid will also advance to the NAIA Competitive Cheer and Dance National Championships, which will be held March 9-10 in Oklahoma City.
Gallagher, Morrow lead Simpson to win
INDIANOLA, Iowa | Ellen Gallagher came off the bench to score 12 points and Noreen Morrow added 11 points while helping Simpson College’s women’s basketball team to Wednesday night’s 85-65 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over Dubuque.
Gallagher, a former Woodbury Central High School athlete, missed just once in three 3-point attempts, as Simpson (12-7, 6-4 IIAC) converted 13 of 23 tries from beyond the arc. Morrow, formerly from Harris-Lake Park, grabbed five rebounds while Dakota Valley grad Claire Johnson contributed seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Jenna Taylor led Simpson with 23 points while Dubuque received 16 points each from Morgan Boer and Abbey Meyer.
Kyles double-doubles in ILCC victory
FORT DODGE, Iowa | Former Siouxland Christian High School athlete Christian Kyles provided 13 points and 10 rebounds and was one of five double-figure scores as Iowa Lakes Community College’s men’s basketball team posted a 92-67 win over No. 15 Iowa Central Community College Wednesday night.
A 6-foot-1 freshman guard from Sioux City, Kyles currently averages 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds for Iowa Lakes, which will take a 12-7 record into this Saturday’s home game at Estherville against Ellsworth.
Kyles won second-team Class 1A all-state honors last year, averaging 21.4 points per game for Siouxland Christian.