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Basketball

The University of Northern Iowa is offering half-price tickets for Thursday’s 7 p.m. men’s basketball game against Texas-Arlington at the McLeod Center.

Prices range from $5 to $14.75 for the matchup of top 50 teams. Tickets are available online at www.unipanthers.com/elf, by phone at (319) 273-4849 or by visiting the UNI Ticket Office.

Football

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was named American Football Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year Tuesday.

Campbell’s 2017 Cyclones went 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the Big 12 and earned the program’s first bowl bid since 2012.

Wartburg College junior quarterback Matt Sacia is one of four finalists for the 2017 Gagliardi Trophy awarded to the most outstanding Division III player in the country.

Wisconsin-La Crosse receiver Nick Holcomb, Wisconsin-Oshkosh quarterback Brett Kasper and fullback Jordan Wilcox of Springfield College (Mass.) are the other finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 13 in Salem, Va., the site of the Division III national championship Stagg Bowl.

Wartburg College football head coach Rick Willis was named American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year Tuesday.

Willis led the Knights to an undefeated regular season and a pair of playoff victories before Wartburg bowed out against third-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the playoff quarterfinals.

Hockey

Former Waterloo Black Hawks standouts Mikey Anderson and Dylan Samberg have been named to the preliminary roster for the 2018 World Junior Championship.

Anderson and Samberg were defensemen for Waterloo and are now freshman teammates at Minnesota-Duluth.

Track and field

South Winneshiek High senior Alyssa Hertges has signed to play volleyball for the Hawkeye Community College team that will debut next season.

Hertges has been a defensive specialist at South Winneshiek.

Volleyball

The University of Northern Iowa placed a program-best four players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Midwest Region squad announced Tuesday.

Senior setter Heather Hook, junior middle hitter Piper Thomas and sophomore outside hitter Katie Taylor are first-team selections while junior outside hitter Bri Weber made the honorable mention squad for UNI.

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