NIACC falls at Iowa Lakes in tourney opener
ESTHERVILLE - Kyle Beisch connected on a 3-point goal at the buzzer to lift Iowa Lakes to an 81-80 victory over NIACC in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament Wednesday night.
NIACC's Rodrick Fuller missed two free throws with five seconds remaining with the Trojans leading 80-78.
The Lakers quickly moved the ball into the front court and Beisch hit his game-winning 3-point goal from the left wing. Before the game-winner, Beisch was 1 of 11 from the field.
Sophomore Nick Wurm led NIACC (14-16) with 27 points before fouling out in the final minute. Freshman Orrington Hamilton scored 20 points.
Nick Wagner led the Lakers (23-8) with 19 points.
Second-seed Iowa Lakes hosts third-seed Southwestern on Thursday in the regional semifinals.
NIACC's Johannes selected as ICCAC pitcher of the week
MASON CITY - NIACC sophomore right-handeder Courtney Johannes was selected as the ICCAC pitcher of the week for the week of Feb. 26-March 4.
Johannes, who is from Pella, tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 27-0 victory over Century College on March 2 in Austin, Minn. Johannes struck out 13 and walked to and improved her record to 3-1.
Johannes has 25 strikeouts with 10 walks in 18 2/3 innings pitched and a 4.13 earned run average.
NIACC ranked 19th in NJCAA Division II poll
MASON CITY - The NIACC softball team is ranked No. 19 in the first NJCAA Divsion II poll released Tuesday.
NIACC (5-3 overall) returns to action Friday at Southeast CC. The doubleheader in Beatrice, Neb. is slated to start at 2 p.m.
DMACC (7-0) is ranked No. 2. Other ICCAC teams ranked are No. 5 Kirkwood and No. 12 Iowa Central.
The last time a NIACC softball team was ranked was in the March 16, 2016 poll when the Lady Trojans checked in at No. 15.
-- NIACC sports information