Basketball

One of the most hyped recruits in Iowa State history is heading to the NBA without ever playing for the Cyclones.

Iowa State announced Wednesday that Emmanuel Malou will skip his remaining college eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Malou, a 6-foot-9 forward from Melbourne, Australia, was one of the nation’s top junior college prospects when he signed with Iowa State in November.

Malou, who turned down Arizona, Kansas and Oregon in favor of the Cyclones, transferred to a local community college and sat out the 2015-16 in hopes of getting his academics in order. But Malou has signed with an agent and will pursue a professional career.

The Charles City Community School District announced Tuesday the hiring of Ben Klapperich as the head varsity boys’ basketball coach and elementary teacher beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

Klapperich, a graduate of Osage High and the University of Northern Iowa, has spent the past three seasons as head coach at Rockford High. The Warriors were 38-30 over that stretch and Corn Bowl Conference runners-up in two consecutive seasons.

Klapperich takes over for longtime Charles City coach Todd Forsyth, who coached the Comets for more than 20 seasons.

The Cedar Valley Titans minor league basketball team posted a 103-93 exhibition win Saturday over the Sioux City Hornets.

Malik Greene scored 24 points, Tony Johnson 23, Traverous Brower 18, Zach Clark 14, Cole Cook 12 and Andrew McGrane.

The Titans head to Dallas to face the Baton Rouge Falcons Saturday.

For more information about the club, contact coach Anthony Thomas at (319) 961-6314 or by email at athomasbasketball@yahoo.com.

Miscellaneous

Waterloo West High School will host a reception from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday to honor longtime Wahawk athletics trainer Dave Fricke.

Fricke has accepted a job managing the new Cedar Valley Medical Specialists facility for sports injuries. He has served as West’s trainer for nearly 20 years.

Track and field

Three University of Northern Iowa athletes were honored by the Missouri Valley Conference Tuesday for their track and field performances at last weekend’s Wisconsin Twilight meet.

Justin Baker was named Male Field Athlete of the Week after setting a new UNI recod in the shot put of 63-6.25, which ranks No. 6 in the NCAA West Region and No. 10 nationally.

Amber Clock was named Female Track Athlete of the Week after turning a 2:06.94 in the 800 meters for the third-fastest time in UNI history and the 31st best in the West Region this season.

Sarah Pate was named Field Athlete of the Week following a runner-up finish in the hammer throw with a 191-10 mark that is second-best in UNI history and No. 33 in the region. She also posted a 163-6 throw in the discus to move to No. 3 alltime at UNI and into the top 48 in the region.

Justin Baker was named Male Field Athlete of the Week after setting a new UNI recod in the shot put of 63-6.25, which ranks No. 6 in the NCAA West Region and No. 10 nationally.

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