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The University of Northern Iowa has added two more incentives to help pack the McLeod Center for Friday’s 7 p.m. women’s basketball showdown between Missouri Valley Conference co-leaders Drake and UNI.

In addition to free admission and a voucher offering reduced ticket prices for the Panther women’s final four home games, women’s head coach Tanya Warren and men’s head coach Ben Jacobson are inviting students to attend for the chance to win cash and merchandise.

Warren has donated an Apple Watch to be given away while Jacobson will contribute a cash prize between $500 and $1,000 which will be determined by the number of students in attendance over 500.

Track and field

University of Northern Iowa senior Brandon Carnes was named Missouri Valley Conference Track Athlete of the Week following his record-setting performance Saturday at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational in Iowa City.

Carnes ran a Missouri Valley, UNI and Iowa Recreation Facility record 6.59 in the 60-meter dash, a time that ranks second nationally.


A pair of area athletes representing CrossFit Kilo posted strong performances against athletes from all over the world at the Jan. 13-15 Wodapalooza in Miami, Florida.

Luke Schafer finished third in his division, and Kinsey Caldwell finished fifth.


University of Northern Iowa standout Katie Taylor earned her second Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week honor Tuesday.

In a dual victory over Illinois State, Taylor won the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley while also swimming a leg on the winning 200 medley relay.


Two students from Waterloo’s Cunningham School for Excellence won titles at the Flo Nationals wrestling tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

First-grader Deshawn Parrow captured the 49-pound championship in the 6-year-old and under Open Division while third-grader Daniesha Watson won the 57-pound girls’ 9-and-under division.


The Northeast Iowa-Waterloo Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising banquet Friday, March 3 at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. and includes social hour, raffles, games, a live auction and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 for individuals, $75 for couples, $25 for “Greenwings” (17 and under) and $30 for dinner only (no membership renewal). Sponsor packages and an early bird raffle package are also offered. Early bird deadline is Feb. 25 and no tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the banquet.

For more information, contact Lance Teisinger at (319) 269-5014.


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