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Neustrom, Cropley among Iowa baseball captains

IOWA CITY, Iowa | Outfielders Tyler Cropley and Robert Neustrom are among five who have been selected as 2018 captains for the University of Iowa baseball team.

Cropley, a senior from McCook Lake, S.D., claimed second-team Big Ten Conference honors a year ago, batting .268 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs. Neustrom, a junior from Sioux City, also won second-team honors, batting .310 with nine home runs and 55 RBIs.

Juniors Chris Whelan and Nick Allgeyer were also named captains along with redshirt sophomore Kyle Shimp. Whelan was the Big Ten Tournament’s most outstanding player while Shimp was a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Allgeyer missed the 2017 season, recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Iowa will open the season Feb. 16, facing Toledo in the Diamond 9 Sunshine State Classic Series in Kissimmee, Fla.

Wayne State’s Ballinger honored by NSIC

WAYNE, Neb. | For the first time in her career, Wayne State’s Paige Ballinger has been honored as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s women’s basketball player of the week.

A 6-foot-1 senior center from Pender, Neb., Ballinger averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as Wayne State (18-6, 12-4 NSIC) defeated St. Cloud State 84-56 and Minnesota Duluth 76-70. She combined for 10 of 17 field goal shooting and 19 of 21 free throw shooting in the two wins, highlighted by only one miss in 15 free throw attempts against UMD.

Ballinger now ranks third in WSC history with 405 made free throws and 10th with 1,352 points. She will take averages of 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Wildcats going into this weekend’s NSIC road games at Bemidji State (Friday) and Minnesota Crookston (Saturday).

USD swimming teams are Scholar All-Americans

VERMILLION, S.D. | South Dakota’s women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have received Scholar All-America recognition by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 2017 fall semester.

South Dakota’s women turned in a grade point average of 3.47 and were one of five Summit League teams to receive the honor, receiving Scholar All-America status for the seventh consecutive semester. USD’s men had a GPA of 3.00 and were one of three teams to receive Scholar All-America status.

ISU's Tongamoa arrested for OWI

AMES – Iowa State defensive lineman Kamilo Tongamoa was arrested and charged with an OWI Sunday morning.

The junior college transfer was booked at the Story County Jail at 2:38 a.m. and was being held on $1,900 bond. He is no longer listed on the Story Country Inmate Roster.

Tongamoa was also charged with striking an unattended vehicle, failure to have a license or permit while operating a motor vehicle and failure to prove security against liability.

The redshirt senior played in four games last season. An Iowa State spokesperson said Tongamoa is suspended from the team in violation of the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct policy.


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