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NIACC sports update


This news story was published on January 14, 2014.
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niacc_trojans_logoMASON CITY – The NIACC Athletic Department sent the following update on its athletic teams:

Women’s basketball
What’s next: The No. 1 NIACC women’s basketball team (15-1 overall, 4-0 in ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at home against Southeastern (4-12, 1-3) in an ICCAC contest. Game time is set for 6 p.m. in the NIACC gym.
Last time out: NIACC topped Iowa Lakes 78-45 on Jan. 8. Sophomore Lateeka Thompson (Burnsville, Minn.) led the Lady Trojans with 18 points and sophomore Chelsey Jacox (Plymouth, Minn.) scored 15 points.
Leading the nation: NIACC averages 100.2 points per game, which leads all NJCAA Division II teams. The Lady Trojans lead the nation with 181 3-point goals, rank second nationally in assists (20.6 per game) and steals (16.9 per game), rank third nationally in total free throws made (323), rank fourth nationally in total field goals made (550) and rank seventh in free-throw percentage (70.1 percent).
Steals leaders: Thompson leads the ICCAC with 46 steals. Freshman Cortni Rush (Mason City, Ia.) ranks second in the ICCAC with 44 steals and Jacox is third in the league with 40 steals.
Among the leaders: Jacox averages 21.6 points per game (second in ICCAC) … Rush averages 17.2 points per game (tied for 3rd in ICCAC) … Jacox has 82 assists (2nd in ICCAC) … Rush has 42 3-point goals (tied for 1st in ICCAC) … sophomore Kadejah Young (Minneapolis) has 35 3-point goals (3rd in ICCAC) … sophomore Emily Bell (Algona, Ia.) has 33 3-point goals (4th in ICCAC).
Lady Trojan tidbits: Jacox has 694 career points, 194 career assists and 107 career steals … Thompson has 613 career points, 111 career assists and 120 career steals … Young has 460 career points, 98 career assists, 85 career steals and 74 career 3-point goals … Bell has 261 career points and 66 career 3-point goals … Rush has 275 points, 123 rebounds, 46 assists, 44 steals and 42 3-point goals in her freshman season.

Men’s basketball
What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday at Southwestern (7-9 overall, 1-2 in the ICCAC).
Last time out: NIACC (14-5, 2-2) beat Iowa Lakes 95-75, stopped Clinton 88-58 and downed the St. Ambrose junior varsity 100-73 last week.
Among the leaders: Sophomore David Humphries (Adelaide, Australia) averages 22.4 points per game (third in ICCAC) and 8.3 rebounds per game (1st in ICCAC) … sophomore Sam Skogen (Mason City, Ia.) averages 11.7 points per game (16th in ICCAC) … sophomore Matthew Don (London, England) averages 11.0 points per game (18th in ICCAC) and 8.1 rebounds per game (2nd in ICCAC) … freshman Al Davis (Colorado Springs, Col.) averages 10.5 points per game (20th in ICCAC) and leads the league with 83 assists.
Trojan tidbits: Humphries has 968 career points, which ranks 12th on NIACC’s all-time scoring list … Yusuf Vinson (2005-07) ranks 11th with 992 career points … Humphries has 107 career 3-point goals, which ranks 8th on NIACC’s all-time list … Jason Steenblock (2001-03) ranks 7th with 113 3-point goals … Skogen has 544 career points … Don has 474 career points and 344 career rebounds.

Wrestling
What’s next: The No. 7 NIACC wrestling team returns to action Wednesday at home in a dual meet against No. 5 Ellsworth. The meet starts at 7 p.m. in the NIACC Recreation Center.
Last time out: NIACC placed fifth at the NWCA NJCAA national duals in Des Moines on Jan. 11-12. The Trojans beat Labette CC (34-15), lost to eventual champion No. 4 Clackamas CC (35-10), beat No. 17 Colby CC (30-16), beat No. 11 RCTC (38-15) and topped No. 8 Muskegon CC (26-12).
For the record: At the national duals, sophomore Shakheim Chapman (Gurnee, Ill.) was 4-0 at 197 pounds, sophomore Blake Spotts (Nora Springs, Ia.) was 4-1 at 141 pounds, freshman Nosomy Pozo (Miami, Fla.) was 4-1 at 149 pounds, freshman Yoanse Mejias (Miami, Fla.) was 4-1 at 157 pounds, sophomore Sha-Keno Jenkins (Ellenwood, Ga.) was 2-1 at 165 pounds, sophomore Thomas Daniels (Stockbridge, Ga.) was 3-2 at 174 pounds and freshman Andy Glaser (Ionia, Ia.) was 3-2 at 184 pounds.
History lesson: NIACC placed fifth at the national duals in 2010 and placed second in 2009. In 2010, the Trojans stopped Iowa Lakes 23-19 in its fifth-place match. In 2009, the Trojans lost to Iowa Central 47-0 in the championship match.

Track and field
What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s track team return to action Saturday at the Dordt Open in Sioux Center. The meet starts at 10 a.m.
Last time out: NIACC women’s long jumper Rellie Kaputin (Papua New Guinea) qualified for the national indoor track and field meet with a school-record long jump of 18 feet, 4 1/4 inches at Minnesota State last Saturday.
Also for the NIACC, sophomore Will Hanson (Aurelia, Ia.) qualified for the national indoor meet in the 60-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 8.25 seconds in the preliminaries. Hanson placed second in the finals in a time of 8.26.
Also at Minnesota State, freshman Jaime Zarate (Cedar Falls, Ia.) won the 5,000-meter run in a time of 16 minutes, 18.08 seconds.

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