Central, Simpson renew football rivalry
PELLA - The oldest rivalry on the Central College football schedule is renewed Saturday when Simpson College visits Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium. The teams first met in 1905.
The National Junior College Athletic Association has released its preseason top 20 poll for division two men’s Basketball. The poll has the Lakers ranked nineteenth in the nation. The Lakers are coming off a 23-9 season in which they finished second in the Region XI regular season and tournament.
Laker Head Coach Troy Larson is happy to be in the national ranking, but understands that there is a lot of work to be done this season.
“I am enthusiastic that our guys are nationally ranked. As a program, this is where we expect to be every year. This ranking has a lot to do with the last couple of seasons and the success that we have had. We have a great group of young men and are looking forward to the season. This year’s group are very young so there has been a lot of learning going on this fall, which has been a lot of fun. I know they will continue to work extremely hard to reach our goals,” said Head Coach Troy Larson.
Iowa Lakes season starts on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Laker Gynasium against Northwestern College JV. The Lakers are 43-2 at home over the last two and a half seasons.
We hosted the region 11 cross country championship at the Emmetsburg campus today. Both teams continue to run very well. For our men Salvador Salazar was our top runner placing 40th in a personal record time of 31:53. Salvador ran very strong today and was able move up through out the race. Martin Christensen has been sick today and it definitely showed in his race but he was able to run through it and place 42nd in 33:12. Austin Lietz had a very good race today and placed 44th in 33:27. Kitanga Dnay had a personal record time today of 34:47 placing 45th. Our women also ran very well today. Rachel Ruddy again led our team placing 22nd in a time of 21:39 and earning all conference honorable mention. She went out right where we wanted her to and was able to finish the race strong. Taylor Reimer placed 28th in a personal record time of 22:33. This was the best I have seen Taylor run this year. Tanya Farfan finished 33rd in a personal record time of 3:14. Tanya still doesn't have the confidence to run as good as she is capable of but today was very good for her. Frannie Feekes finished 37th in a personal record time of 24:06. She ran very hard today and finished with the determination we have been looking for all year. Mercedes Jochims finished 41st in a time of 24:57. She is another runner who has struggled with illness all week but was determined to run her best. Sheila Eggers placed 44th in a time of 26:24. She again ran a very solid race and continued to improve through the race. We will be traveling to Lubbock Texas for nationals on November 8th.