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NIACC sports update

MEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (4-1 overall) plays at the Waldorf College junior varsity in Forest City at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Trojans also play at the Dale Howard Classic at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls on Friday and Saturday. The Trojans play Quakerdale Promise Academy at 4 p.m. Friday and Milwaukee Area Technical College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Last time out: NIACC, which has won three straight games, topped Illinois Valley Community College 82-54 last Friday at the annual Konigsmark Classic and stopped Hibbing Community College 86-63 on Saturday at the classic.

Filling the stat sheet: David Humphries, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Adelaide, Australia, scored 28 points with 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the win over Hibbing. Humphries was 12 of 18 from the field, including a 3 of 3 from 3-point range, and was 1 of 2 from the free-throw line.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The NIACC women’s basketball team (1-3 overall) returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Dale Howard Classic at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Trojans play the Grand View junior varsity at 2 p.m. Friday and Milwaukee Area Technical College at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Last time out: NIACC picked up its first win of the season last Saturday with a 107-40 victory over Hibbing Community College at the Konigsmark Klassic. The Lady Trojans dropped a 71-56 decision to Illinois Central on Friday at the annual classic.

Balanced scoring: Freshman Lashae Brooks (Nett Lake, Minn.) scored 18 points to lead seven players in double figures in the win over Hibbing. Freshman Kadejah Young (Minneapolis) and freshman Lateeka Thompson (Burnsville, Minn.) both scored 16 points. Freshman Emily Bell (Algona) scored 13 points, Freshman Chelsey Jacox (Plymouth, Minn.) scored 12 points and freshman Jessica Rogers (Osage, Iowa) and freshman Taylor Bianchi (Monroe, Iowa) both scored 11 points.

Leading the way: Brooks is averaging 13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to lead the Lady Trojans … Thompson is averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds … Bell leads the team with 7 3-point goals and Bianchi is next in line with 6 3-pointers.

WRESTLING

What’s next: The NIACC wrestling team returns to action Saturday the Coe College Open in Cedar Rapids. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m.

Last time out: NIACC wrestled at the Luther Open in Decorah last Saturday. Shakheim Chapman (freshman, Gumee, Ill.) placed third in the freshman division at 197 pounds. Sha-Keno Jenkins (freshman, Ellenwood, Ga.) was fourth at 149 pounds in the freshman division. Daniel Santiel (freshman, Florida City, Fla.) was sixth at 197 pounds in the freshman division and Alex Stockton (freshman, Gardner, Iowa) was sixth at 285 pounds in the freshman division.

HALF MARATHON

What’s next: Trent Smith (sophomore, Charles City, Iowa), Jonny Worley (sophomore, Greene, Iowa), Sapolai Yao (sophomore, Paupa New Guinea) and Mason Powers (freshman, Gilbert, Iowa) will run in the NJCAA national half-marathon Saturday in Levelland, Texas.

Last time out: The NIACC men placed fifth at the NJCAA national cross country meet in Ina, Ill. Smith placed 12th in 26 minutes, 39.4 seconds, Yao was 22nd in 26:53.7, Worley was 26th in 26:59.0 and Powers was 113th in 28:32.4.

United States citizen all-Americans: Smith and Worley were named U.S. citizen all-Americans at Saturday’s national cross country meet. The honor goes to the top 25 American runners at the meet.

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