Iowa State's Hillegas, Rhodes Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors

AMES – After strong performances en route to winning the Shocker Volleyball Classic, the No. 18 Iowa State volleyball team saw libero Hali Hillegas earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and middle blocker Avery Rhodes pick up Big 12 Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Hillegas was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the week for the second time this season and the fourth time in her career.

Hillegas earned a spot on the Shocker Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team after an astonishing weekend of work. In the Cyclones’ sweep of Wichita State on Sunday, the redshirt sophomore posted a season-best 30 digs. She also had 20 digs in the ISU’s upset of No. 8 Creighton, and 25 in the Cyclones’ Tuesday loss to UNI.


BVU QB Miller named IIAC Male Athlete of the Week

Former Hampton-Dumont standout Cole Miller was named the Male Athlete of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week in football by the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Monday.

Miller, a junior quarterback for the Beavers, helped lead Buena Vista to just its third win over Central since 1980 with a 14-yard TD pass in overtime to set-up BVU's game-winning 2-pt conversion.

He totaled 358 yards passing against the Dutch, which is the third highest single game effort by an IIAC QB this season.

He accounted for four TD's on Saturday, three of which game through the air and one rushing. Miller now has a passing TD of over 60 yards in each of the team's first two games this season.


Boerjan leads NIACC men at Southeastern Invite

BURLINGTON - NIACC freshman Ben Boerjan fired a 40-39 - 79 at the Southeastern CC Fall Invitational on Monday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.

NIACC placed ninth in the team standings with a 357. William Penn A won the 10-team invitational with a 293 and DMACC was second with a 295.

"I'm very pleased with Ben's two rounds this fall," NIACC coach Chris Frenz said. "He drives the ball well and always stays in the moment.

"He's very level headed, which I love to see, and he never gives up."

Also for the Trojans on Monday, Anthony Emmanuel shot a 90, Jordan Voves shot a 91, Josh Schaefer shot a 97 and Devin Koob fired a 98.

Sophomore Courtney Tusler fired a 48-41 – 89 to pace the NIACC women.

NIACC placed fourth with a 397. DMACC won the four-team invitational with a 351.

"Courtney Tusler did a really good job battling all day," Frenz said. "An 89 is pretty good on this tough of a golf course. She came through nicely (Monday).

Also for the Lady Trojans, Brooke Maasch and Sydney Fullerton each shot 99, Ashley Alert shot a 110 and Kelli Wilson shot a 130. Playing as an individual, Katelyn Loegering shot a 53-48 - 101.


Clear Lake’s Pedelty wins Humboldt Invite

HUMBOLDT — Clear Lake Sam Pedelty ran his way to an individual title Monday at the Humboldt Invite, but Clear Lake had to settle for second in the team race, 13 points behind Humboldt. It was the first time in five meets the Lions weren’t team champions.

Pedetly won the boys race in 17 minutes, 32.20 seconds, which was just over three seconds better than second-place finisher Joseph Kunert of Humboldt.

The Lions’ Eric Faught took fourth (17:52.45) while Ike Branstad was 13th (18:57.91). Algona, which took fourth in the team race, was led by a third-place finish from Trey Engen (17:46.29).

In the girls’ race, Algona brought home a second-place finish as a team with 127 points. The Bulldogs, who had all five of its scorers inside the top 30, were led by Hailey Schmidt’s 17th-place finish (22:13.26).

Hampton-Dumont’s Patty Tegatz was the top area finisher in seventh place (21:33.57) while Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s Abby Christians was eighth (21:40.15).

Gretchen Jones led Clear Lake, which finished seventh as a team, with a 12th-place showing in 22:02.65 while Alena Gabrielson was 18th (22:23.78).


Mason City takes 9th at Valley Classic

ANKENY — In a loaded Valley Classic at Briarwood Golf Course in Ankeny, Mason City fought its way to ninth place with a 334.

Waukee won with a 293 while Marshalltown was second with a 298.

J.J. Wickman led the Mohawks with a 29, Brad Vaith shot 80, Pete Stadheim carded an 83 and Dylan Pedersen shot 92.

“Some people are buying into what I’m asking them to do … keeping the ball in play and staying out of trouble,” Mason City coach Jim Cornick said. “But there’s still some who have to figure that out.”

Mason City hosts Urbandale today.