Dutch No. 14 in national softball poll
PELLA-The Central College softball team slid two spots, but remains a top-15 team at No. 14 in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III rankings after splitting Saturday's Iowa Conference doubleheader with Simpson College.
The Iowa Lakes Women's and Men's Teams were in action for the season opener at the Iowa Central Invite held at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, IA.
The Laker women that competed in the two day event were Tressa DeBoer and Cassie Galm. DeBoer shot a first day total of 100. She followed up with a 96 on the second round. Galm shot a 99 on day 1 and fired a 105 on day two.
On the Men's Side the Lakers didn't start as well as they hoped struggling on day one shooting a 334 on day one. They were lead by Austin Sweeney with an 80, Harley Snelson shot an 81, Joe Dakken shot an 86 while Jordan Sogard shot an 87. Non counting score was Nathan Kyle with a 91. Blake Orton shot an 84 playing as an individual. On day two the Lakers played a lot better shooting 27 strokes better in shooting a 307. Jordan Sogard led the way shooting a 1 under 70. Austin Sweeney shot a 76, while Blake Orton fired a 79. Joe Dakken shot an 82 to round up the scoring. Non counting score was Nathan Kyle's 87. Harley Snelson had to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.
"With only a few days being able to be outside the first day was an adjustment round. On the second day we played more to our potential and proud of the way the players fought out there. It was a great preview for the women to be able to see the course where regionals will be early in the year and know where they will need to strengthen their game. The men will have that experience next weekend when we play next. With the forecast for this week should be a great week of preparation and practice. Being able to really work on the games will be something the players are looking for." Said Coach Soper.
Next Action for the Lakers will be Friday April 11th and 12th when they travel to Lake Panorama to play in the AIB Spring Invite.
Cyclones Face Kansas At Big 12 Championships
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State tennis team (9-13, 1-8 Big 12) will take on Kansas (11-11, 2-7 Big 12) in the first round of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Panthers Set to Square Off With Drake Bulldogs
The University of Northern Iowa softball team hits the road today to wrap up its three-game series with the Drake Bulldogs (14-28, 6-11 MVC). The two teams met last week in a doubleheader in the UNI-Dome on Tuesday where they split the two games.
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Northwest Missouri State golf team finished third at the MIAA Championships on Wednesday at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan. Central Oklahoma won the event by 15 strokes over Northeastern State. The Bearcats finished 11 shots clear of fourth place Lindenwood. Northwest matched the program's best MIAA Championship finish after placing third in 2012 and 2013.
Central gets softball bounceback with walkoff Canney blast
PELLA-A pair of seventh-inning runs gave No. 9 Coe College a 5-3 win Tuesday that all but ended No. 12 Central's Iowa Conference title hopes. But Katie Canney, after going hitless in game one and reaching the edge of the warning track in the fifth inning of the nightcap, didn't miss her chance in the seventh, hammering a 1-0 pitch deep over the left-field fence for a 2-1 walkoff triumph.
After a great showing at the national tournament, two Iowa Lakes Wrestlers were named All Americans in Div. I NJCAA Wrestling.
Freddie Rodriguez completed his freshman season as the national champion for 125 pounders and an All American.
"Freddie showed up as prepared and focused as any athlete I've ever coached,” said Head Coach Cody Alesch. “I knew he was going to have a great weekend and would be in the hunt for a title but to dominate like he did was something you don't see at that level very often.”
Rodriguez finished the season with an overall record of 32-8 on the mat. This included 13 pin falls, 2 tech fall, and 4 major decisions.
“When a student-athlete is focused like he was it really has little to do with coaching at that point. I felt like Assistant Coach Matt Mincey and I had a front row seat to his dominance from match one through the finals,” Alesch added.
Brandon Sorenson ended his freshman year finishing fourth place at 174 pounds at the national tournament also earning All American status.
“Brandon, like Freddie, was focused too and wrestled extremely hard all weekend. He let the semi match slip away some but losing to the eventual champ is never anything to be ashamed of,” Alesch stated when asked about Brandon’s performance. “He wrestled back hard to claim his first AA honors as a freshman.”
Sorenson finished the season with an overall record of 33-11; 8 pin falls, 1 tech fall and 7 major decisions,
Iowa Lakes had seven national qualifiers and finished twelve at the NJCAA Div. I National Wrestling Tournament. Freddie Rodriguez- 125lbs, Juan Torres- 133lbs, Tyler Ellwood- 157lbs, Elijah Dennis- 154lbs, Brandon Sorenson- 174lbs, James Connaghan- 184lbs, and Davion Franklin- 285lbs were the Lakers that competed.
“As a team we could have had a better first day but all the guys gained valuable experiences and as long as they build off of that starting today they will surpass their successes of this season,” Coach Alesch said. “We are excited that all of our qualifiers were freshman and that we have great leadership coming back to build on.”
1. Northeastern Oklahoma A & M - 169.
2. Northwest College -149.0
3. Clackamas Community College -139.0
4. Colby Community College - 84.5
5. Neosho County Community College - 83.0
6. North Idaho College - 72.0
7. Iowa Central Community College - 66.0
8. Ellsworth Community College - 65.5
9. Muskegon College - 62.0
10. North Iowa Area Community College - 60.0
11. Rochester Community & Technical College - 52.5
12. Iowa Lakes Community College - 51.5
13. Iowa Western - 51.0
14. Lincoln College - 50.0
15. Southwestern Oregon Community College - 45.0
1st Alfredo Rodriguez, Iowa Lakes Community College
2nd Josh Walker, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
3rd Da’ Wayne Robertson, Ellsworth Community College
4th Cody Vichi, Northwest College
5th Tim Prescott, Neosho County Community College
6th Matthew Nguyen, Southwest Oregon Community College
7th Jake Bellis, Harper College
8th Hunter Price, Colby Community College
1st Payne Hatter, Northeastern Oklahoma A & M
2nd Jared Johnson, Colby Community College
3rd Garrett Miller, Rochester Community and Technical College
4th Brandon Sorenson, Iowa Lakes Community College
5th Cole McArthur, Northwest College
6th Derrick Booth, North Idaho College
7th Cody Carson, Pratt Community College
8th Thomas Daniels, North Iowa Area Community College
Three Central athletes named conference performers of the week
PELLA-Central College women's track sprinter Abi Davis raced to her second consecutive Iowa Conference track events performer of the week award, while men's track thrower Steven Messerschmidt and softball first baseman Kaitlyn Matzen each earned their first recognition.