Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ben Finkelstein was named United States Hockey League Defenseman of the Week Monday.

Finkelstein, playing just his third game for Waterloo, recorded a goal and five assists in a 7-3 win over Cedar Rapids Saturday. It was the first time a Black Hawks player has reached six points in a game since Taylor Cammarata did it in 2012.

Finkelstein had another assist Sunday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Sioux Falls.


Former Major League baseball player, author and youth sports coach Jack Perconte will speak on coaching youth sports March 11 at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls.

The 1 p.m. event is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are required by emailing Nancy Justis at The event is being sponsored by Iowa Youth Sports Initiative.

Perconte played seven MLB seasons with the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners and White Sox and has spent the past 28 years coaching youth baseball and softball and authoring three books.


The Northeast Iowa Waterloo Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual fundraising banquet Friday, March 2 at Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo.

The evening begins with social hour at 5 p.m. and includes raffles, auctions, games and a prime rib dinner. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $75 for couples and $25 for youth 17 and younger. Early bird and sponsorship packages are also available. Early bird deadline is Feb. 24.

No tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. For more information, contact Lance Teisinger at (319) 215-7062.

Waterfowl calling

The 20th annual Mississippi Valley Calling Classic is Saturday at the PZAZZ! Convention and Event Center in Burlington.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with youth duck calling competition followed by adult duck calling, goose calling for individuals and two-person teams and the Bernie Boyle Regional Duck Calling Contest.

Admission is free and the event includes raffles and more than 150 vendors. For more information, go online at