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NIACC sports update

BASEBALL
What’s next: The NIACC baseball team returns to action Friday and Saturday in a four-game ICCAC series against Ellsworth.
NIACC (20-27 overall, 8-16 in the ICCAC) hosts Ellsworth in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Trojans play at Ellsworth on Saturday, also starting at 1 p.m.
NIACC’s doubleheader at the Wartburg College junior varsity scheduled for Tuesday was canceled and Wednesday’s home twinbill against Century College was also canceled.
Last time out: NIACC went 1-3 at Kirkwood last weekend. The Eagles won the first three games 7-5, 12-1 in five innings and 3-2 in 14 innings. The Trojans took the final game of the series 7-3.
Leading the way: Sophomore Brett Guba is hitting .340 with 15 doubles and 19 RBIs … Freshman Ryan Moran is hitting .329 with 9 doubles and a team-high 30 RBIs … Freshman Daniel Bradley is hitting .311 with 11 doubles and 19 RBIs … Freshman Zach Fricke has 22 RBIs.
Climbing the charts: Guba is tied for 13th on NIACC’s career doubles list with 24 … Guba had 9 doubles during his freshman season and has 15 in the 2014 season … Tyler Peterson (2011-12) and Jordan Huffman (2010-11) are tied for 10th on the all-time doubles list with 25 … Sophomore Nick Veale is tied for fourth on the school’s career strikeout list with 94 and 14th on the career innings pitched list with 109 1/3 … Veale ranks sixth on the school’s single-season innings pitched list with 60 2/3 innings pitched this season and is seventh on the single-season strikeout list with 53.

MEN’S GOLF
What’s next: The NIACC men’s golf team returns to action in the NJCAA Region XI tournament Saturday and Sunday at the Lake Panorama National Golf Resort in Panora.
The winning team and the next five individuals that aren’t from the winning team qualify for the NJCAA national meet May 20-23 in Plymouth, Ind.
Last time out: The NIACC men won the Iowa Lakes Invitational at the Brooks National Golf Course in Okoboji with a season-low score of 301. Sophomore Levi Fink was the meet medalist with a 35-37 – 72.
Other counting scores for the Trojans were Derrick Urdahl (74), Kevin Trobaugh (76) and Logan Jarvis (79).
What’s their average? Fink 74.8; Miller 78.5; Trobaugh 79.7; Jarvis 80; Urdahl 83.2; Myers 85.7.
NIACC’S 2014 SEASON
April 22 – Iowa Lakes Invitational (Brooks National) 301 (1st).
April 15 – Iowa Central Invitational (Fort Dodge CC) – 312 (3rd).
April 11-12 – AIB Invitational (Lake Panorama) – 326-318 – 644 (7th).
April 5-6 – Iowa Central Invitational (Otter Creek in Ankeny) – 308-306 – 614 (2nd).
NIACC’s 5-round team average: 311.8.

WOMEN’S GOLF
What’s next: NIACC freshman Kaitlin Koob will participate in the NJCAA national women’s tournament May 12-15 at the LPGA International Golf Club Hills Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Last time out: At the NJCAA Region XI women’s tournament at Otter Creek in Ankeny last weekend, Koob placed 14th to earn her trip to the national tournament. Koob shot 90-97 – 187.
It’s the eighth straight year under NIACC coach Chris Frenz that at least one women’s golfer has qualified for the national tournament.
Koob’s 90 during the first round of the regional tournament was her career best round as a collegian. Her previous career best was a 93 on April 12 at the AIB Invitational in Panora.
Koob’s 2014 spring season:
April 5-6 (Iowa Central Invitational, Otter Creek in Ankeny) – 102-100 – 202. April 11-12 (AIB Invite at Lake Panorama) – 101-93 – 194. April 25-26 (NJCAA Region XI tournament at Otter Creek in Ankeny) – 90-97 – 187.
Low 18-hole round: 90 (April 25 at Otter Creek). Low 36-hole round: 187 (April 25-26 at Otter Creek). 18-hole average (6 rounds): 97.1.

SOFTBALL
What’s next: The NIACC softball team (14-20 overall, 6-18 in the ICCAC) plays DMACC at 3 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament.
The winner of Thursday’s game faces third-seeded Iowa Central or sixth-seeded Southwestern in the championship bracket semifinals at 3 p.m. on Friday. The loser of the NIACC/DMACC contest faces the Iowa Central/Southwestern loser at 1 p.m. Friday in the consolation round.
DMACC swept the season series against NIACC this season. The Bears won 1-0 in 11 innings and 4-1 in Boone on March 30 and won a pair of 6-0 games on April 25.
Last time out: NIACC closed the regular season with a sweep of Southwestern on Saturday. The Lady Trojans won the first game 7-6 by scoring the winning run in the seventh inning on a wild pitch. They took the second game 4-3 in eight innings on a 3-run, walkoff home run by Emilie Stirling.
Leading the way: Sophomore Emilie Stirling is hitting .350 with 12 doubles, 5 home runs and 27 RBIs. Freshman Brittani Sanchez is hitting .330 with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 20 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
In the circle: Freshman Kimberly Wedeking is 7-9 with 84 strikeouts, 21 walks and a 3.36 earned run average. Freshman Kelsey Nilges is 7-10 with 26 strikeouts, 12 walks and a 4.01 ERA.
Take your base: Sophomore Harley Lindell has been hit by pitch 13 times this season, which is a single-season NIACC record. The previous record was 9 by Alicia Martin in the 2010 season.

TRACK AND FIELD
What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s track and field teams return to action Friday and Saturday at the NJCAA Region XI meet on the Iowa Western campus in Council Bluffs.
Last time out: The NIACC women won two events (Sharon Toako in the javelin and Rellie Kaputin in the high jump) at the Grand View University Viking Classic last Friday and the Luke Arrowood also won the men’s high jump.
Toako won the javelin with a toss of 40.07 meters and Kaputin was the high jump champion with a leap of 1.65 meters. Also for the NIACC women, Hannah Palmeter placed fourth in the 800 in a time of 2 minutes, 18.28 seconds, which qualified her for the national meet.
In the men’s meet, Arrowood won the high jump with a jump of 1.95 meters.
Women’s national qualifiers: Shot put – LaBrisha Michael, 14.38 meters. Javelin – Sharon Toaka, 41.84 meters; Adrine Monagi , 40.11 meters. High jump – Rellie Kaputin, 1.67 meters. Long jump – Kaputin, 5.73 meters. Triple jump – Kaputin, 11.79 meters. 800 – Hannah Palmeter, 2:18.28. 1,500 – Palmeter, 4:49.52. 5,000 – Palmeter, 18:33.26. 10,000 – Palmeter 39:14.24. 4×800 relay – NIACC, 9:51.10.
Men’s national qualifier: Javelin – Will Hanson, 57.43 meters. 110 hurdles – Hanson, 14.34. 5,000 – John-Ross Tangi, 15:36.80; Jaime Zarate, 15:37.06.
Note – The NJCAA outdoor track and field meet is set for May 15-17 in Mesa, Ariz.

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