Five players who appeared for the Waterloo Black Hawks during the 2016-17 regular season are in the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting final rankings.

Among those who have spent the entire season with Waterloo, Shane Bowers is ranked 16th among North American prospects, defenseman Mikey Anderson is 51st and forward Nick Swaney is 138th.

Dylan Samberg and Hunter Lellig, who each played just a handful of games for the Black Hawks, rank 67th and 188th, respectively.

Elk hunting

The Cedar Valley chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has scheduled its sixth annual fundraising banquet for Friday, April 21 at Riviera Roose in Janesville.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the evening includes a social hour, prime rib or chicken dinner, games, raffles and both live and silent auctions.

The RMEF works to protect and enhance habitat for elk and other wildlife species, to open or improve public access to hunting acres and to reintroduce elk to areas where they have disappeared or dwindled in numbers.

For information or tickets, call Todd at (319) 610-0239 or Kevin at (319) 240-7648. Tickets can also be purchased online at RMEF.org.

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Two Cunningham School for Excellence athletes made strong showings at the 2017 Flo Reno World Championships in Reno, Nevada.

DeShawn Parrow won the 49-pound world championship in the 6-under division while Daniesha Watson finished as runner-up in the 9-and-under girls’ 57-pound class.

Track and field

Hawkeye Community College has announced the signing of several student-athletes to compete for the RedTails next season.

Solon’s Graeson Dall and Pekin’s Zackary Conger will join the men’s track and field team. Dall qualified for the state high school meet in the 800, 400 and 4x800 relay last season while Conger is a two-time state high jump qualifier who was fourth in 2015 with a mark of 6 feet, 5 inches. He also ran on Pekin’s 4x400 relay at state last season.

Shea Dahlstrom and Malcolm Myers of Pekin will run cross country at Hawkeye. Dahlstrom is a four-time girls’ state cross country qualifier and a three-time state track qualifier. Myers is a two-time all-state selection who helped Pekin to a runner-up team finish last season.

Waterloo West’s Alen Sehic has signed to play soccer for the RedTails. He earned honorable mention all-Mississippi Valley Conference recognition in 2015 when he scored four goals in 11 games and tallied a goal and six assists for last year’s Wahawk squad.

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