Sports, Tuesday, August 3rd

Prep Baseball: Iowa Print Writers Association Names All-State Teams:

The Iowa Print Writers Association has released their 2021 All-State teams, announced late yesterday night.

In Class 1A, New London’s Tucker Gibbar was the lone local selection.

Gibbar was listed as a Third Team choice at catcher.

The terrific backstop was second on New London with 31 RBI and led the squad with nine doubles.

He finished second on the team with a .427 average and also was incredible in the field for the Tigers.

New London finished their season 26-2, losing in the first round of the Class 1A State Tournament, 4-3.

It was just the Tigers’ second ever state tournament appearance in school history.

College Football: Iowa Wesleyan Tabbed for 7th Place Finish in NSAA Preseason Poll: 

The North Star Athletic Association football head coaches have  selected Dickinson State (N.D.) as the unanimous favorite to win the league title for the seventh consecutive year, the conference preseason poll was announced Monday by the conference office.

Iowa Wesleyan received eight points and was picked to finish 7th in the seven team league.

This will be Wesleyan’s first year back competing in the NAIA ranks.

Valley City State, Waldorf, Dakota State and Mayville State round out the top five.

Iowa Wesleyan will open their North Star schedule at home on Saturday, September 25th against Valley City State (ND).

They’ll open their season on the road at Saint Ambrose University on Saturday, August 28th.

Kick is slated for 1:00 p.m.

College Football: Former Wesleyan Player Tragically Shot and Killed in Arkansas:

A former Iowa Wesleyan football player was tragically shot and killed in a homicide police are saying occurred Sunday morning in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

The victim was identified as Omarion Bones in a statement from the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Laurence B. Alexander.

Bones was a member of the Iowa Wesleyan Tiger football team last year and had hoped to walk on at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The investigation has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police.

College Football: Two UNI Panthers Named Preseason All-America:

The UNI Panther football team will head into their 2021-22 season with two preseason All-Americans, the university announced yesterday.

Senior defensive tackle Jared Brinkman and junior offensive tackle Trevor Penning were named to the first and second team preseason All-American teams, respectively.

Brinkman, a consensus first-team All-America after the spring season, was the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He led the league in tackles for loss.

Penning was a Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention honoree one year ago.

UNI opens their season on the road at Iowa State on Saturday, September 4th.