Waterloo Black Hawks forward Ben Copeland has committed to play college hockey at Colorado College.

In his first full season in Waterloo, the 17-year-old from Edina, Minn., has one assist and a plus-1 rating in six games. Last month, NHL Central Scouting graded Copeland as a “C” prospect, which generally indicates a player who could be drafted in the fourth to sixth rounds of the NFL draft.

Copeland is one of 13 current Black Hawks who have committed to a Division I college hockey program.


Wartburg College’s annual hitting and pitching/catching leagues are forming now for players in grades 5-12.

The leagues meet on Sunday afternoons with one hitting session on Monday nights. Each league meets seven times in November and December at the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.

Cost to participate in the leagues is $105 for one league or $190 for both leagues.

For more information or to register, go online at www.wartburgbaseball.com.

Walleye fishing

Jeremy Ruehle and Mike Odor caught four walleyes weighing 10.45 pounds to win the Cedar Valley Walleye Club tournament at Clear Lake Oct. 1.

Taylor Steffens and Shane Meyer were second at 6.69 pounds with Bob Stewart and Alan Clausman third at 6.04. Doug Bonwell and Greg Mahlstedt had the big fish of the tournament with a 5.15-pounder.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls team of Neil Hammargren and Doug Newhoff posted a runner-up finish at the Walleye Anglers Trail season championship Sunday on the Mississippi River at Bellevue.

Hammargren and Newhoff recorded a five-fish limit of 29.80 pounds, including Hammargren’s 8.84-pound walleye that was second-largest of the tournament.

Bellevue’s Harry Miller and his grandson, Mason Jackson, won the championship with a five-fish limit of 34.93 pounds.

Big fish of the tournament went to the third-place team of Dave Flury Jr. and Greg Kautman with a 9.35-pounder.

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