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Mustangs in finals

SIOUX CITY — Top-ranked Morningside defeated St. Francis 34-28 Saturday in the NAIA semifinals, earning a trip to the national championship game Dec. 15 in Daytona, Florida.

The record-breaking senior combination of quarterback Trent Solsma and receiver Connor Niles worked at the most critical time for the Mustangs, with a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime accounting for the difference after defending national champion St. Francis missed a field goal on its overtime possession.

Defensive end Seth Maitlen of Creston had two tackles in the victory.

The Mustangs and Benedictine College of Kansas meet in the 63rd NAIA championship game at 5 p.m. CT in Daytona Stadium. It is Morningside’s first appearance in the title game since 2012.

The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be viewed by verifying your TV provider has ESPN3. Some customers with high-speed internet service may have access to ESPN3 programming online at

Also, NAIA offers an NAIA Championship streaming pass that can be purchased via the NAIA website. Also, the game will be broadcast on KMNS AM 620.

UNI falls

Davis, Calif. — The University of Northern Iowa football team rallied from a 23-6 deficit to cut the lead to 23-16 in the fourth quarter, but failed to get into the end zone on the final drive and fell to six-seed UC Davis on the road in the second round of the FCS Playoffs Saturday.

Spencer Brown of Lenox started at right offensive tackle for the Panthers.

UNI ends the season with a 7-6 record after its fourth trip to the FCS Playoffs in five seasons. UC Davis advances to play Eastern Washington in the FCS quarterfinals.

Storm sweep

INDIANOLA — Forward Jenna Taylor of Creston scored 25 points to lead the Simpson women to an 82-56 win over Buena Vista Wednesday night..

Taylor shot 11 of 15 from the field, including 2-4 from 3-point range, and grabbed three rebounds. Former Nodaway Valley player Josie Clarke played nine minutes for the Storm, finishing with two points and two rebounds.

Simpson hosts Waldorf on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Cowles Fieldhouse. Simpson is now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the American Rivers Conference. BV slipped to 4-5 and 0-2.

The Simpson men’s basketball team pulled away down the stretch to defeat the Buena Vista men’s team coached by former Southwestern Community College coach Todd Lorensen, 81-68. Simpson improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the American Rivers Conference. BV fell to 3-3 and 1-1.

Taylor honored

PELLA — The Central College men’s basketball team defeated University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 89-77 Saturday.

It was Alumni Weekend for the men’s basketball program as Central recognized its 1,000-point club members, including Colby Taylor of Creston, now working for Principal in Des Moines. The team joined the grads at a dinner Friday night.

A 2017 graduate, Taylor set the school’s all-time scoring mark of 1,856 points.

Wolfe shines

SIOUX CITY — The Briar Cliff University men’s basketball team held off a late Dordt College charge to pick up a key GPAC win Wednesday, 89-79.

Dordt, ranked No. 21 in the country, was able to pull within two of the eighth-ranked Chargers with eight minutes remaining, but a Jackson Lam 3-point shot on the next possession gave the Chargers the spark they needed. Lamb finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Senior Jay Wolfe of Creston was an overall standout for Briar Cliff, scoring 17 points, pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out four assists. Briar Cliff improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in GPAC play while Dordt fell to 8-5 and 2-4. The Chargers host Dakota State at 3 p.m. Saturday in a non-conference matchup.

Hensley places

INDIANOLA — The Upper Iowa wrestling team, ranked No. 5 in the NWCA Division II top 25 poll, placed second at the Luther L. Hill Invite hosted by Simpson College on Saturday.

The Peacocks scored 151.5 points finishing behind Augsburg University (159), the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division III, and ahead of Grand View University (142.5), the No. 1 ranked team in NAIA.

Jared Hensley of Lenox placed fourth at 125 pounds for the Peacocks. Hensley, a redshirt freshman, is 5-5 on the season.

KMA Classic

GLENWOOD — Taylor Buxton of Creston and Hailey Thomas of Southwest Valley were members of the championship team coached by Red Oak’s Angie Montgomery in the second annual KMAland All-Star Volleyball Series Sunday.

Other area participants were Lexie Haer of Southwest Valley, Keirston Klommhaus of Mount Ayr, Emily Newton of Diagonal, Rakenzy Pryor of East Union, Breanna Ross of Creston, Megan Haley of Creston, Bre Klein of Murray and Brooke Miller of Lenox.

Creston coach Mallory Peterson and Nodaway Valley coach Lindsay Wetzel were also coaches in the all-star series.

— Compiled by Larry Peterson, CNA senior feature writer

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