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Sports briefs: BCU men fall, Larsen finishes winter indoor season strong

Elite Eight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The 11th-ranked Briar Cliff men’s basketball team suffered a 76-68 loss to No. 1-ranked Indiana University East in the Elite Eight of the NAIA Division II national tournament Saturday afternoon.

The Chargers struggled from behind the arc, hitting 13.8 percent. Briar Cliff finished the season with a 26-8 record, while IU East advanced to the Final Four with a record of 34-2.

Junior point guard Erich Erdman led Briar Cliff with 29 points and four assists. Sophomore Jackson Lamb chipped in 10 points. Lamb and junior Jay Wolfe shared the team lead in rebounding with seven each. Wolfe finished with six points.


DES MOINES — The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association announced its annual Academic All-State Basketball Team during the championship round of the state tournament Friday.

The team was selected from more than 130 applicants. They average an ACT composite score of 29.5, GPA of 3.95 and scoring average of 15.2 points per game.

Among those selected were Luke Clausen of Treynor, Grant DeMeulenaere of Grand View Christian, RJ Harris of AHSTW, Scott Leonard of Atlantic and Justin Mohr of Carroll.

National meet

PITTSBURG, Kan. — University of Central Missouri’s Noah Larsen of Mount Ayr ran a time of 1:54.07 to finish 15th overall in the 800 meters at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Track and Field Championships.

Blue-White Classic

HAMPTON, Va. — The University of Nebraska-Omaha softball team fell 5-4 to Albany in the team’s final game of the Blue-White Classic on Sunday. Natalie Mostek of Creston drew a walk and scored on a bases-loaded walk to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

In Saturday’s opener, Albany defeated Omaha 4-2. In game two, Omaha never trailed in gaining a 5-1 victory over La Salle. Mostek also drew a walk and scored a run in the victory over LaSalle, starting at catcher for the Mavericks and batting leadoff.

Next game for Omaha (12-14) is March 16 at Saint Francis, as Tuesday’s scheduled home opener against Nebraska was postponed to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Westside Field due to the weather forecast.

Briley homers

FULTON, Miss. — The Des Moines Area Community College softball team swept Itawamba Community College 2-1 and 8-7 on Monday.

Sophomore infielder Taylor Briley of Creston hit her second home run of the season during the sweep. The Bears play East Mississippi Community College on Tuesday and Northeast Mississippi College on Wednesday in Booneville, Mississippi.

Grinnell wins

GRINNELL — The Grinnell College men’s tennis team hosted Central College Sunday and defeated the Dutch 9-0.

The tightest singles match between the two teams came at the top of the lineup as Grinnell’s Zach Lane outlasted Central senior Garret Taylor of Creston, 7-5, 7-6.

“Garret had a good game plan,” said Central coach Ryun Ferrell. “Lane is a tough opponent because you never know what you’re going to get, or when.”

Central (6-7) plays at Aurora, Illinois on Thursday before hosting Morningside at 4 p.m. March 23.

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