Baseball

The University of Iowa has signed head baseball coach Rick Heller to a contract extension through 2024.

“The progress this program has made in four seasons under Rick has been incredible,” said director of athletics Gary Barta.

“You can feel the excitement and buzz surrounding the program throughout the state. We are excited to continue building on that and are looking forward to the 2018 baseball season.”

Heller has led Iowa to its best four-year stretch in program history, winning 140 games, advancing to two NCAA regionals and claiming the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history.

Under Heller, the Hawkeyes have advanced to the postseason in four consecutive years for the first time in program history. He has coached five All-Americans, a unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year, and at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection each season.

Basketball

The University of Northern Iowa is offering several ticket specials for its upcoming home basketball games.

The Mobile Pass option offers men’s basketball tickets for all nine Missouri Valley Conference home games for a one-time cost of $50. More information can be found at unipanthers.com/mobilepass. Passes must be purchased by Dec. 28.

UNI is also offering $5 tickets for men’s and women’s games being played over winter break. Tickets for the men’s games against Southern Illinois (Dec. 28) and Loyola (Jan. 7) and women’s games vs. Loyola (Dec. 29) and Valparaiso (Dec. 31) can be purchased at unipanthers.com/stocking.

For more information, contact the UNI Ticket Office at (319) 273-4849.

The Cedar Valley CourtKings have signed former University of Northern Iowa star Anthony James for his third season with the minor league team.

James has averaged 15.4 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game in his first two seasons with the CourtKings, which both ended in Midwest Basketball League championships. He was a 2016 MBL all-star and was named MVP of the 2016 championship game.

Football

Wartburg College seniors Derek Schipper and Riley Brockway were named D3football.com All-Americans Friday.

Schipper, an offensive lineman from Ackley, made the first team. Brockway, a receiver from Postville, is a second-team selection.

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