NIACC’s 4x800 team places 12th at nationals

LUBBOCK, Texas - The NIACC men's 4x800 team of Abdiaziz Wako, Blake Keller, Daniel Hennigar and Akahnni Delgado placed 12th at the NJCAA national indoor track and field meet on Saturday.

The foursome ran the relay in 8 minutes, 1.26 seconds.

Also Saturday, NIACC's Brian Jacques was 24th in 4:35.93.

No. 12 NIACC women stop Southwestern, 103-54

MASON CITY - The No. 12 NIACC women's basketball team cruised to a 103-54 victory over Southwestern in its regular season finale Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym.

NIACC (24-6 overall, 11-3 in the ICCAC) led 34-8 after the first quarter and scored at least 100 points for the 11th time this season.

It was the fifth straight game that the Lady Trojans have scored at least 93 points.

Southwestern fell to 7-21 overall and 0-14 in the league.

Freshman Mikayla Homola led the Lady Trojans with 20 points and sophomore Taylor Laabs scored 15 points. Morgan Frank (11), UU Longs (10), Laker Ward (10) and Khalilah Holloway (10) also reached double figures for the Lady Trojans.

NIACC, which has won five straight games, was 22 of 54 from 3-point range. Homola and Laabs both made four 3-point goals.

NIACC opens NJCAA Region XI tournament play Wednesday at home against Ellsworth (8-21, 2-12). Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the NIACC gym.

NIACC swept the season series against Ellworth. The Lady Trojans won 89-46 on Jan. 24 in Mason City and won 99-70 on Feb. 21 in Iowa Falls.

NIACC men fall to Southwestern, 91-42

MASON CITY - The Southwestern CC men's basketball team stopped NIACC 91-42 in an ICCAC contest Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym.

Southwestern led 47-22 at the half and outscored the Trojans 44-20 in the second half to improve its overall mark to 23-7 and 8-4 in the league.

NIACC (14-15, 1-11) was led by sophomore Nick Wurm with 11 points. Freshman Tahjay Blackmon was next in line with 10 points and sophomore Rodrick Fuller scored eight points.

NIACC, the seventh seed, begins NJCAA Region XI tournament play on Tuesday at second-seed Iowa Lakes (22-8, 9-3). Game time is set for 7 p.m.

NIACC baseball team splits with Crowder College

NEOSHO, Mo. - The NIACC baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 2 (NJCAA Division I) Crowder College on Saturday.

Crowder College won the opener 6-1 and NIACC took the second game 5-4.

The two teams wrap up the four-game nonconference series on Sunday with a doubleheader starting at noon.

In the first game, Crowder scored two runs in the third inning and plated four runs in the fourth inning. NIACC pushed across an unearned run in the first inning.

Zach Jackson (4-0) gained the win for Crowder in the opener. He tossed a complete-game five-hitter with seven strikeouts and two walks.

NIACC's Fox Leum was 2 for 3 with a double.

Brandon Williamson (1-1) took the loss for the Trojans. He pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing five runs (4 earned) and seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

In the second game, the Trojans (4-1 overall) scored two runs in the third inning and scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

NIACC's Bryce Ball hit a solo home run and the Trojans' Cade Schares was 2 for 3, including a double, with one run scored and one RBI.

Tom Skoro (2-0) gained the win for the Trojans. He allowed three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in four innings of work.

Chase Stewart picked up a strikeout for the final out in the seventh inning to pick up his ninth career save.

Notes: Ball has 89 career hits, 8 career home runs and 55 career RBIs ... Schares has 5 career doubles ... Williamson has a career record of 5-2 with 58 career strikeouts.

NIACC softball team sweeps Century College

AUSTIN, Minn. - The NIACC softball team improved to 5-3 overall with a sweep of Century College on Friday.

NIACC won the first game 27-0 in five innings and took the second game 13-1 also in five innings.

In the first game, sophomore Courtney Johannes tossed her first career no-hitter. Johannes struck out a career-high 13 and walked two.

Johannes' previous career strikeout total was eight against North Platte CC on March 4, 2017.

Also in the opener, the Lady Trojans pounded out 14 hits, including five doubles. Kaitlyn Carlson, Alyssa Laxson and Katie Chapman all collected two hits.

Morgan Thesing-Ritter led the Lady Trojans with five RBIs. Chapman Alex Hable, Kiara Donaldson and Johannes all had three RBIs.

In the second game, Carlson was 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Thesing-Ritter was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI and Kayla Till was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Hailee Ausenhus was 3 for 3.

Chapman scored two runs and drove in two runs and Donaldson drove in two runs.

Thesing-Ritter gained the win in the second game. She allowed one hit and one run while collected 10 strikeouts.

NIACC returns to action March 9 in a doubleheader against Southeast CC in Beatrice, Neb. The twinbill is slated to start at 2 p.m.

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