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FORT DODGE – The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular season volleyball title goes to 8th-ranked Iowa Central.

The Tritons stopped 13th-ranked NIACC three sets to one on Wednesday night to gain the first seed for this weekend’s Region XI tournaments. Iowa Central won 25-13, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20.

Iowa Central, which won the league with an 8-1 mark, will host the NJCAA Region XI-A tournament on Saturday and Sunday. NIACC, which placed second in the league with a 7-2 record, will host the NJCAA Region XI-B tournament this weekend.

NIACC (30-9 overall) plays seventh-seeded Southeastern at 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym. The other semifinal has third-seed Northeast Community College facing sixth-seed Hawkeye Community College. The winners on Saturday will meet in the Region XI-B championship match on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock.

In Wednesday’s regular season title match, Iowa Central won the first two sets by 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Lady Trojans won the third set and played the Tritons tough in the fourth and final set.

NIACC, which had its seven-match winning streak snapped, was led by sophomore Kennedy Meister with 16 kills, 24 digs and two blocks.



— high school volleyball regional semifinals tonight
== 2A Region 2
Lake Mills at #5 Osage
Pocahontas at Emmetsburg

== 1A Region 5
North Butler at #3 Janesville
at Webster City — Bishop Garrigan vs. #11 Gladbrook-Reinbeck



EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had the weekend off after a Thursday game, but the mini-break didn’t prove to be all rest and relaxation. The mood for coach Mike Zimmer turned sour when he learned of a late-night arrest of one of his players, Jayron Kearse. The backup free safety and special teams captain was charged with drunken driving and carrying a gun without a permit, after a state trooper stopped him traveling on a closed section of interstate. Zimmer said he was “very, very ticked off” at Kearse.



IOWA CITY — Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon will play in Monday’s exhibition game against Lindsey Wilson College. Coach Fran McCaffery says Bohannon has had a good week of practice and will get playing time in the exhibition. The three-year starter at point guard holds the school record for career 3-pointers, but underwent hip surgery last spring, throwing this season into doubt. He averaged nearly 12 points per game for last year’s team that reach the second round of the NCAA tournament



AMES, Iowa – Iowa State rolled to an 87-54 victory in an exhibition matchup with Missouri Western State on Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum behind double-digit efforts by five Cyclones.

Ashley Joens led all scorers with 19, ending her night one rebound shy of a double-double. Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw had a big second half effort to post 15 points in her first taste of action at Hilton Coliseum, while Jade Thurmon (16), Ines Nezerwa (14) and Madison Wise (13) were also in double figures.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 19 points and got into a brawl with Karl-Anthony Towns that sent both players to the showers early, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-95 for their fourth straight win to begin the season.



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington made 35 saves and Alex Pietrangelo snapped a tie in the third period, helping the St. Louis Blues top the Minnesota Wild 2-1. Sammy Blais also scored for St. Louis, which won for the fourth time in five games. It was the first game for the Stanley Cup champions since star forward Vladimir Tarasenko had reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder.



IOWA CITY — Two-time Iowa national champion Spencer Lee will use his collegiate season to prepare for a run at the Tokyo Olympics. Iowa coach Tom Brands says Lee decided against redshirting to concentrate on international competition.

It is closing in on 10 years since Iowa won the last of three straight national championships. Since then Penn State dominated with eight national titles and the Hawkeyes are trying to catch the Nittany Lions.

Approaching a decade without a national title is viewed by some as failure for a program that has won 23 NCAA Championships.

Iowa opens the season hosting Tennessee-Chattanooga on November 17th and then travels to face Iowa State on November 24th.



MASON CITY — Both NIACC cross country teams are ranked in the latest Division I polls. The NIACC women stayed steady at #16 in this week’s rankings. Iowa Central is ranked first and Central Arizona second. Iowa Western is ranked 10th. The NIACC women placed third at the Region XI meet back on Friday in Ottumwa, led by freshman Paula Jimenez, who was ninth in 18:54. The NIACC men moved up from 17th to 12th in the latest poll. Cloud County Community College of Kansas is first with Iowa Central ranked second. Iowa Western is fifth, Hawkeye Community College is 18th, Indian Hills is 20th and Southwestern is tied for 24th. NIACC placed third at the Region XI meet last Friday, with freshman Jorge Ruiz placing 11th to lead the Trojans. Both NIACC teams travel to the national meet on November 9th in Albuquerque New Mexico.

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