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NIACC climbs to No. 2 in NJCAA Division II women’s poll

MASON CITY - The NIACC women's basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the second NJCAA Divsion II poll released Tuesday.

NIACC (10-1 overall) was No. 9 in the preseason poll released in October. The Lady Trojans won their first nine games before dropping a 68-54 decision to Northeast CC, a undefeated NJCAA Division I school, on Dec. 1 in Fort Dodge.

Monroe CC (N.Y.) is the top-ranked team with a record o 13-1.

NIACC owns a 99-82 victory over No. 6 Illinois Central and a 98-89 victory over Iowa Western, a NJCAA Division I school.

The last time a NIACC women's team was ranked No. 2 was on Dec. 17, 2014. The Lady Trojans spent seven polls at No. 1 and three polls at No. 2 in the 2013-14 season.

NIACC’s Hamilton earns ICCAC player of week honor

MASON CITY - NIACC freshman guard Orrington Hamilton has been selected as the ICCAC men's basketball player of the week for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3.

Hamilton scored 19 points, including four 3-point goals, with four assists in the Trojans' 82-60 victory over Northeast CC last Friday. He also scored 17 points, including five 3-point goals, in a 67-66 win over Central CC on Saturday.

The last NIACC men's player to earn ICCAC player of the week honors was Ben Moss for the week of Nov. 7-13, 2016.

Hamilton averages 11.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Hamilton ranks second on the team with 20 3-point goals.

NIACC wrestling team ranked 12th in latest poll

MASON CITY - The NIACC wrestling team is ranked No. 12 in the second Intermat NJCAA Division I rankings released Monday.

NIACC was ranked 11th in the preseason rankings in November.

In the latest rankings, Ellsworth is No. 3, Iowa Lakes is No. 4, Iowa Western is No. 7 and Iowa Central is No. 10.

In the individual by Intermat, NIACC sophomore Austin Anderly (2-0) is ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds and freshman Noah Jackson (5-2) is No. 3 at 157 pounds.

Anderly earned all-American honors by placing fifth at 141 pounds at last season's national tournament. Anderly, who has not wrestled since Nov. 15, is out of the lineup with a broken hand and is expected back on mat after the holiday break in January.

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