NIACC’s Flaherty earns first-team all-region honor

MASON CITY | NIACC's sophomore keeper Katherine Flaherty was selected to the all-NJCAA Region XI first team for soccer

Flaherty, who is from Albert Lea, Minnesota, was the only keeper on the first-team. She had a 69.1 percent save percentage and tallied one shutout in the 2017 season.

Also for the Lady Trojans, Lena Oliver was a second-team selection as a forward. Freshmen Emma Eden (defender) and Kirrilly Hughes (midfield) were honorable mention all-region selections.

Oliver led the Lady Trojans in scoring with eight goals and five assists. Eden collected three goals and two assists and Hughes had two goals for the Lady Trojans, who were playing their first season since 2004.

NIACC’s Coulthard selected to all-region first team

MASON CITY | NIACC sophomore Niall Coulthard was selected to the all-NJCAA Region XI first team as a defender.

Coulthard scored four goals and helped the Trojans to an 8-8 overall record and a 5-4 record in the ICCAC.

Also, NIACC sophomore Toby Jarvis was a second-team all-region selection as a defender. Sophomore Mike Merchant (forward) and freshman Harry Holland (midfielder) were honorable mention all-region picks.

Jarvis had two goals and two assists. Merchant scored nine goals with three assists and Holland scored two goals with three assists.

NIACC coach Jonathan Platt has coached 27 all-region players, including eight first-team selections. Platt took over as head coach of the Trojans in the 2012 season.

Autumn stargazing program scheduled

The Winnebago County Conservation Board will hold an Autumn Stargazing program at Thorpe Park at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at the entrance to the park, which is located five miles west of Forest City on “I”/345th Street.

During the program, Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls will give an informal tour of the autumn nighttime sky. The summer triangle will be disappearing in the west, but the first of the winter constellations, such as Taurus the Bull and Auriga the Charioteer, will be rising in the east. Year-round constellations such as the Big and Little Dippers, and Cassiopeia, will also be visible.

The attending will learn how to identify these constellations, as well as some of the brighter autumn stars. Fascinating tidbits of information will also be shared about what people are seeing and star charts will be handed out afterwards to help people identify the stars and constellations once they return home. People can bring along a pair of binoculars, if they’d like, and can also bring along a lawn chair, as well.

In case of clouds, the program will have to be canceled and that announcement will run on KIOW Radio (FM 107.3), as well as on the WCCB web site (, the WCCB Facebook page, and the WCCB Twitter feed (@WinnebagoCCB). For more information about the Autumn Stargazing program, contact Ralls at 641-565-3390 or at