• Iowa State's Trever Ryen is a nominee for the 2016 Burlsworth Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding football player in the country who began his career as a walk-on.

Ryan has averaged 16.3 yards on punt returns and has 27 pass receptions for 299 yards this season. Last season, he was one of just eight players in FBS football to score a touchdown rushing, receiving and by punt return.

Cross country

  • Three University of Northern Iowa student-athletes have bene named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete team, it was announced Tuesday.

Ashley Norem, Kelsey Kirchoff and Brette Correy, who all finished among the top 10 while leading the Panthers to the MVC championship Saturday, made the academic honor squad while Hannah Truniger was named MVC Freshman of the Year and UNI head coach Dave Paulsen MVC Coach of the Year.

Norem, who owns a 3.90 grade-point average with a major in movement and exercise science, also earned the MVC’s Elite 18 Award. Kirchoff is also majoring in movement and exercise science and carries a 3.42 GPA while Correy is working toward a degree in early and elementary education and sports a 3.85 GPA.


  • Iowa Public Television will televise the championship matches from the Iowa state volleyball tournament next week.

The championship schedule starts with the 5A final at 10 a.m. and continues with 4A at 12:15 p.m., 3A at 2:30 p.m., 2A at 4:45 p.m. and 1A at 7 p.m. Games will also be streamed live at


  • Sign-up for the Sailor Mat Club will take place Monday in the Columbus High School wrestling room. 

Interested parties need to enter Columbus using door No. 14 and proceed to the wrestling room. 

The club is free for K-2 wrestlers but each much purchase an AAU card prior to the first practice on Nov. 10. The cost for wrestlers in grades 3-6 is $50 and they must also purchase a AAU card prior to Nov. 10. 


  • Waterloo Leisure Services' 32nd annual Optimist Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot for kids ages 4-15 and their parents is Nov. 20 at Columbus High in Waterloo.

Teams consist of one child and one parent who will each shoot 10 free throws with the winners in each category receiving a ham or turkey. Participants must be residents of Waterloo.

Participants can pre-register by calling (319) 291-0165. Registration is also available on the day of the free event beginning at 1 p.m.

  • Waterloo Leisure Services is accepting registrations for its 4th-6th grade girls and 5th-6th grade youth basketball programs.

Participants will take part in a skills assessment Nov. 28 at Central Middle School and will then be placed on a team for practice, league and tournament play.

For more information, call (319) 291-0165 or visit the Cedar Valley SportsPlex website at


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