Bandits release 2017 schedule

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Bandits released their 2017 season. The first game of the season will kick off at the Tyson Event Center against a new team to the Champions Indoor Football league, the West Michigan Ironmen from Muskegon, Michigan on Feb. 25.

In addition to the West Michigan Ironmen, the CIF has also added a team from Bismarck, North Dakota as yet unnamed, the Centex Calvary out of Belton, Texas and the Kansas City Phantoms.

Other home games for the Bandits are against Omaha (March 25), Chicago (April 15), Bismarck (April 29), Kansas City (May 6) and Wichita (May 20).

Away games are against Kansas City (March 13), Bismarck (March 18), St. Louis (April 8), W. Michigan (April 22) and Omaha (May 27).

With 16 teams in the league, there will be three rounds of playoffs featuring the top two teams from each of the four divisions.

Cordes named golfer of the week

SIOUX CITY | Morningside College’s Anjana Cordes, a freshman from Bad Vilbel, Germany, has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week after she led the Mustangs to the team title at last week’s weather shortened GPAC Fall Golf Qualifier at Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Falls.

Cordes fired a five-over par 77 to share individual medalist honors with Logan Wagner of Mount Marty College. Cordes matched her low score of the fall season to lower her season’s scoring average to a team leading 80.0 strokes per 18 holes.

Kittle named to Mackey Award list

IOWA CITY -- University of Iowa senior tight end George Kittle has been named to the 2016 John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List.

Kittle has started every game for the Hawkeyes this season, hauling in 15 catches for 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Norman, Oklahoma, native enjoyed a career day against North Dakota State in week three, tallying 110 receiving yards on five receptions, including Iowa’s longest pass reception of the season (51 yards). Kittle is averaging 16.6 yards per catch through six games -- best on the team.

Raiders' Norris earns recognition

ORANGE CITY, Iowa | Will Norris of Northwestern College is the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Norris, a senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, took first place to help Northwestern to the men's team championship at the Briar Cliff Invitational held last weekend.

Norris turned in the second fastest 8K time in program history, clocking a career-best 24:55, 46 seconds faster than his previous best. His time is just five seconds slower than Dale Schoolmeester, who owns the school record (24:50) set at Dakota Wesleyan in 1981. Northwestern is ranked 16th in the latest NAIA Coaches' poll.

Lawton-Bronson eighth-graders win tournament

SEARGENT BLUFF | The Lawton-Bronson eighth grade girls came away with first place in the Sergeant Bluff volleyball tournament on Saturday. They started off with a (7-21, 23-21) split with Sioux City North. The Eagles then proceeded to sweep the last three matches, beating Cherokee (21-16, 23-21), Harlan (21-12, 21-15) and finally Kinglsey-Pierson (21-17, 21-12).

The team consists of Sierra Ameen, Taegan Roan, Kaitlyn Hennings, Jordana Feauto, Cali Arens, Kailey Mrla and Kendra Horseley. It is coached by Linda LaPlante.

Wanderscheid wins

Player of Year honors

OMAHA | It took a late charge, but Nick Wanderscheid won the inaugural Nebraska PGA Pro-Am Championship in windy conditions Monday at Omaha Country Club.

In the process, the Green Valley Golf Club head professional wrapped up Nebraska PGA Section Player of the Year honors. Entering Monday’s tournament, three-time player of the year Shane Zywiec of Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln held a 17-point lead on Wanderscheid in the points race.

Zywiec opened with a 36 on the front nine and held a one-stroke lead over Wanderscheid, who then made an eagle on the par-5 10th hole while Zywiec made par.

An untimely double bogey by Zywiec on the par-5 16th ruined his chances and he ultimately shot 76 to tie for fourth. Wanderscheid capped off an impressive round with a birdie on No. 18 to shoot 1-under 70 (37-33) and was the only professional to finish under par.

Wanderscheid edged Zywiec by 1.95 points to capture his first player of the year honor.