Morningside's Henks earns weekly honor

SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s Rachel Henks is the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week.

Henks had a 3-1 record with a 2.33 earned run average to help the ninth-ranked Mustangs go 3-2 at last weekend’s Gulf Coast Invitational in Gulf Shores, Ala. Henks allowed 22 hits and struck out 23 batters while pitching 27 of the Mustangs’ 34 innings at the tournament.

Henks has a 9-1 record with a 1.47 earned run average so far this season. She has allowed only 31 hits and has struck out 70 batters in 57 innings.

BVU softball schedule change

STORM LAKE, Iowa – The Buena Vista softball season-opening doubleheader scheduled for this Saturday at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouuri has been pushed up one day to Friday due to the weather forecast for that area on Saturday. Game times will remain the same at noon and 2 p.m. No changes have been made to BVU’s schedule for Sunday’s games (Fontbonne and Eureka) as of now.

Kivlenieks wins USHL award again

SIOUX CITY | Sioux City Musketeers goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks made 32 saves on 34 shots in Sioux City's 2-1 victory in Cedar Rapids on Saturday before stopping all 15 shots he faced in the Musketeers' 3-0 shutout in Madison over the Capitols on Sunday, earning him his second straight Goaltender of the Week award.

The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit has now won his last nine starts between the pipes dating back to Feb. 3 and has still not lost back-to-back starts all year. Kivlenieks remains the USHL goaltending leader in multiple categories, including wins (29), goals against average (1.76), save percentage (.938) and saves (1,094).

WSC names Cleary soccer coach

WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State College Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced Joe Cleary will become the next head coach of the Wildcat women’s soccer program. Cleary is the ninth head coach in program history.

Cleary has spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Wayne State College and helped the Wildcats to just the second winning record in 11 years this season, going 9-6-3 overall and 6-6-3 in the NSIC. The nine overall wins for WSC this season were the most since 2006 and marked a five-win improvement from the previous season (4-11-3) while the six conference wins this season were the most for a WSC women’s soccer program since 2005.

Dordt volleyball falls to Ottawa

OTTAWA, Kan. | The Dordt men's volleyball team fell to Ottawa (Kan.) 25-16, 25-12, 25-12 here Monday.

The Defenders were led by Ben Tierersma's eight kills. Ottawa had three player with double figure kills.

USD's Lervick finishes fourth

LAS VEGAS — South Dakota senior Brenna Lervick tied for fourth-place at 1-over par (217) as the Coyotes placed fifth in the JTP Battle at Boulder Creek held Monday and Tuesday at the Boulder Creek G.C. A total of seven teams and 50 individuals competed in the tournament.

Lervick started the tournament by shooting a three-over par 75 in the first-round and was tied for seventh. She bounced back and shot par in the second-round to move up to sixth-place. In the third-round, Lervick fired a 70 as she moved up into a tie for fourth-place. She finished in the top-5 for the fourth time this season (out of six tournaments) and 16th time in her career.

Gunther earns at-large berth

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa redshirt freshman Joey Gunther was awarded an at-large berth to the 2017 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 16-18.

The NCAA announced the 330-person tournament field Tuesday.

Gunther is one of seven 165-pounders to earn an at-large berth. He missed an automatic bid to the national tournament by placing outside the top seven at the qualifying tournament in Bloomington, Indiana, last weekend.

Iowa's Jok earns all-district

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa senior Peter Jok was named Tuesday to the 10-player All-District VI team by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Jok is also one of five finalists for the 2017 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Jok earns all-district accolades for the second straight season. It also marks the fourth consecutive season a Hawkeye has garnered all-district recognition (Roy Devyn Marble in 2014; Aaron White in 2015; Jarrod Uthoff and Jok in 2016).

Morris, Mitrou-Long earn honors

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State seniors Monté Morris and Nazareth Mitrou-Long have been named to the United States Basketball Writers’ Association All-District VI team.

Morris, who on Sunday earned All-Big 12 first-team honors, is leading the Cyclones with 16.2 points and 6.2 assists. The Flint, Michigan, native also leads the nation with a 6.2 assist to turnover ratio, committing just 1.0 turnovers per game. Morris is on pace to become the eighth player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to lead the nation in a stat category three times in a career.

In his fifth season at Iowa State, Mitrou-Long is having his best season as a Cyclone. The Mississauga, Ontario native is second on the team with 16.0 points, while making 89 3-pointers.

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