Mason City grabs win over Charles City
MASON CITY – The Mohawks snagged a dominant 6-1 win over Charles City on Friday, May 11.
Isaac Fettkether and Jeffrey Skogen each scored twice for the Mohawks. Eddie Callanan and Amel Lakic added two more scores.
Amel Lakic, Eddie Callanan, Thomas Kadera and Jake Kaune each recorded an assist.
"We started fast and maintained a good pace of play for the whole game. Isaac Fettkether, Amel Lakic, Jeffrey Skogen, and Eddie Callanan did a tremendous job of applying pressure and winning 50/50 balls," head coach Bryan DeGabriele said. "Eddie Lara, Mike Cooling, Giovani Monroy, and Spencer Farland controlled the midfield and allowed for multiple scoring chances. Our back four was solid all night."
Mohawks drop game to Ames
MASON CITY – The Mohawks dropped a 4-1 decision to Ames on Saturday, May 12.
Mohawk Isaac Fettkether scored off an assist from Joey Daoud. Thomas Kadera had twelve saves in goal.
"It was our third game in three days and we played well each and every game. Isaac Fettkether continues to get better and better each game," head coach Bryan DeGabriele said. "We have good depth on our team and are playing our best soccer at the right time of the year."
The Mohawks return to action on Monday, May 14th vs. Clear Lake. Game time is 4:45 PM.
Hampton-Dumont competes in dual with Waverly
WAVERLY – The Hampton-Dumont girls' golf team competed at Waverly Country Club on Friday, May 11.
The Bulldogs earned the runner-up spot with a team score of 205 to Waverly Shell-Rock's 199.
Maci Arjes was the top performer for the Bulldogs, carding 49 strokes. Sydney Meyer, Halie Dombrowski and Kaci Arjes each carded a 52.
Waverly would sweep the medalist spots. Sydney Schwartz was the individual medalist with a 44 and the runner-up medalist was Sydney Robson with a 46.
Clear Lake wins sectionals
CHARLES CITY – The Clear Lake boys competed in the Class 3A sectional golf tournament on Friday, May 11.
The Lions claimed first place with a team score of 339, Charles City came in third behind West Delaware with 359 strokes and Forest City came in seventh with a score of 402.
Brandon Larson of West Delaware was the top medalist with 80 strokes, Clear Lake’s Jackson Hamlin grabbed the runner-up spot with a score of 81. Clear lake’s Tyler Eaton came in fourth individually with an 85. Jack Barragy shot an 86 and Tate Storbeck carded an 87.
Eckenrod advances to districts as individual
ROCKFORD – Austin Eckenrod continued to top the golf standings at sectionals.
Eckenrod's score of 77 earned him first place and individual advancement to districts. Tatin Sorenson of Belmond-Klemme will also advance to districts as an individual after his score of 93.
Bishop Garrigan was the top team with a score of 347, including runner-up medalist Andrew Arndorfer who carded an 81. St. Ansgar and Rockford followed with team scores of 381 and 383 respectively to advance to districts.
NIACC women's golf
Tusler headed to nationals
MESA, Ariz. - Last season, NIACC's Courtney Tusler headed east to play in the national golf tournament.
This season, the former Osage standout will head west for her return trip to the NJCAA Division I national golf tournament, which is set for May 14-17 at the Longbow Golf Course.
Last season, Tusler placed 90th at the national tournament in Braselton, Ga. with a 92-93-94-96 - 375.
"Playing in Georgia las year has to help her mentally prepare for the rigors of playing 72 holes in extremely hot weather and the focus it's going to take to get the type of scores she's going to be happy with," said NIACC coach Chris Frenz, who has taken at least one golfer to the national tournament in each of his 12 seasons. "Last year, the course had a lot of elevation changes.
"This year, will be different in the fact that Longbow is pretty flat, yet somewhat tight, as it's a true desert course. The stage won't be too big for her this year. She knows what to expect and I believe she'll play well."
Tusler placed eighth in the individual medalist competition at the NJCAA Region XI tournament in late April at Otter Creek Golf Course to punch her return ticket to the national tournament.
Tusler is the first NIACC women's golfer to qualify in back-to-back national tournaments since Savannah Lentz qualified in 2015 and 2016.
Tusler recorded rounds of 88-83-90-85 - 346 to lead the Lady Trojans.
"Courtney is a pretty no non-sense player when she's on the course," Frenz said. "She never gets down on herself or lets self-doubt get in her way.
"Over the past couple year's she was the one that stayed late after practice to get some extra putting drills in and didn't want to be just 'good enough' She always has the desire to do better."
Frenz said Tusler's goal is to improve on last season's 90th place finish at the national tournament.
"With the women's national tournament combining Division I, II and III, it's really tough to crack the top 10-20," the coach said. "We would like to get in the top 50-75 in the country, which would be an outstanding achievement.
"There will be around 115 players in the tournament so getting in the top half would be pretty awesome considering the type of weather we've had to battle this spring."
Frenz said the course at nationals should set up well for Tusler.
"Normally, she hits it straight and it runs forever," Frenz said. "On that course, if you're a little left or right, the ball will slide into the desert and that's not a good position to be in to be able to score.
"She's worked hard on her short iron game. The greens are big so she'll need her A game putting, but her mental toughness is what makes her as good as she is."
NIACC baseball avoids elimination in win over Iowa Central
CLINTON - Staying alive.
The NIACC baseball team stayed alive at the NJCAA Region XI tournament with a dramatic come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Iowa Central in an elimination game Saturday at Ashford University Field.
NIACC (37-19-1) plays DMACC or Ellsworth in another elimination game at noon on Sunday.
In Saturday's game against Iowa Central, sophomore Ezequias Encarnacion plated two runs with a triple in the eighth inning to give the Trojans a 7-6 lead.
Relief pitcher Tom Skoro, who came on in the eighth inning, held the Tritons scoreless in their half of the ninth inning and recorded a strikeout for the final out. Right fielder Nate VanKan made a running catch toward the right-field line for the second out of the inning.
NIACC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and led 3-0 after five innings.
Iowa Central scored three runs in its half of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3, but the Trojans responded with a single run in its half of the sixth to regain the lead (4-3).
The Tritons took the lead (6-4) with three runs in the top of the eighth inning and the Trojans took the lead for good with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame, two coming in on Encarnacion's triple that got past the Iowa Central center fielder.
NJCAA Region XI tournament
Wednesday's play-in game
Northeast CC 11, Iowa Lakes 9
Ellsworth 8, Iowa Central 7
Kirkwood 9, DMACC 1 (8)
NIACC 7, Northeast CC 2
Southeastern 16, Ellsworth 8 (8)
Kirkwood 13, NIACC 5 (8)
DMACC 11, Northeast CC 3 (8)
NIACC 7, Iowa Central 6
1:30 p.m. - DMACC vs. Ellsworth (elimination game)
5 p.m. - Southeastern vs. Kirkwood
Noon - NIACC vs. DMACC/Ellsworth winner (elimination game)
3 p.m. - NIACC/DMACC/Ellsworth winner vs. Southeastern/Kirkwood loser (elimination game)