Dutch hungry for more after NCAA softball finals trip
PELLA-Even after piloting Central College to its 25th NCAA Division III softball tournament berth and the team's 13th trip to the national finals, the thing about playing in national tournaments that coach George Wares remains most convinced of, is how hard it is to get there.
The honorees for the second annual Laker Athletics Hall of Fame have been announced.
All inductees were selected because of their outstanding performance on and off the ‘court’ as well as the fact that they continued on to a four-year college before pursuing their career.
Honorees will be recognized at a public banquet on Friday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Max O Pelzer Student Center on the Estherville campus of Iowa Lakes. Those who would like to meet the inductees of the Laker Athletics Hall of Fame and share in the memories of the past are encouraged to attend. Banquet tickets may be purchased for $20 by contacting Jessica VanLoy at 800-242-5106 ext. 7928; or, 712-362-7928; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One baseball and one softball player will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame Class. Tom Quastad, baseball, played from 1988-1990 and Samantha Rohr, softball, from 2004-2006.
Golfers include Jeff Soper and Rachel Maruno. Soper was on the men’s team from 2002-2004; and Maruno was on the women’s team from 1999-2000.
Men’s basketball will induct one man into the Hall of Fame. He is Tory Meiborg who played from 1993-1995.
The Laker Hall of Fame will also be honoring three athletes from Estherville Junior College who competed in football, basketball and baseball: Tom Elliot played from 1966-1968, Harry ‘Bill’ Holsclaw from 1949-1951, and the late George Hess who played from 1948-1950.
The last induction will be presented to members of the 1991-92 Men’s Basketball team who were national runner-ups in Div. II NJCAA.
The awards will be presented annually to outstanding Lakers by the Alumni & Friends Association. Each honoree will receive an acrylic award and also be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Southwestern Community College on Saturday, March 1.
Ariola ties hits record as Central baseball team splits
SPRINGFIELD, ILL.-Second baseman Adam Ariola became the fourth player in school history to pound out five hits in a game Sunday as the Central College baseball team rallied to secure a doubleheader split with Grinnell College, dropping the opener, 12-8 before prevailing 13-6.
Several nationally ranked wrestlers will be in Spencer this weekend for the NJCAA North Central regional competition hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College.
The Spencer High School Fieldhouse will be the venue for the event which will feature five Iowa community colleges as well as five Minnesota community colleges.
“The event starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16,” said Cody Alesch, head wrestling coach at Iowa Lakes. “Six of the 10 teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally. Plus, 30 individuals are nationally ranked.”
Alesch thanked the Spencer schools for their assistance.
“The Administrative team in Spencer has been great to work with and the Spencer High School Fieldhouse provides us with a great venue to put down three mats as well as provide plenty of room for fans,” Alesch said.
An estimated 85 wrestlers will be competing for a chance to advance to the National Tournament Feb. 28 and March 1 in Spokane, Wash.
“The top five at each weight class will earn automatic bids to the National Tournament making for a great day of competition,” he said.
“We encourage everyone to attend as it is a great opportunity for wrestling enthusiasts to see a lot of college wrestling typically not available to see in our area. And, we'd appreciate a nice crowd to cheer on the 'home' team Lakers,” Alesch added.
In addition to Iowa Lakes, colleges which will bring wrestlers to Spencer include: Iowa Central, Iowa Western, Ellsworth, NIACC, Minnesota West, Rochester Community College, Ridgewater Community College, Itasca Community College and Northland Community College.
Admission for the day-long event is $6 for adults and $4 for students 18 and under as well as Senior Citizens. Iowa Lakes students will be admitted free with a student ID.
Iowa State Faces K-State Thursday At Big 12 Tourney
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State (23-7, 11-7) opens postseason play Thursday against Kansas State (20-11, 10-8) at the Big 12 Championships. The Cyclones and Wildcats tip at 11:30 a.m. at the Sprint Center. ESPN2 will have the coverage.
Cinderella run ends in NCAA men's basketball tourney second round
STEVENS POINT, WIS.-What a ride it's been. It finally took the No. 1-ranked team in Division III playing on its home floor to end a memorable worst-to-first championship season for the Central College men's basketball team as Wis.-Stevens Point escaped to the NCAA's sweet 16 with a 76-71 decision Saturday night.