- University of Iowa senior catcher Tyler Cropley has been named a NCAA Division I Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Thursday.
Cropley, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, is the 20th All-American in Iowa baseball history and the sixth under Hawkeye head coach Rick Heller. He is the first Iowa catcher to earn first or second-team All-America honors; Alex Dvorsky was a freshman All-American as a catcher/outfielder in 1999.
The McCook Lake, S.D., native hit a team-best .342 as a senior and led the team in hits (68), doubles (20), RBIs (50), slugging percentage (.578), and on-base percentage (.449). The catcher also tied for the team lead with 43 runs and was second with nine home runs.
The Second Annual Slykhuis Memorial Golf Tournament will be held next Sunday at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Course.
It has a four-person best shot format. Main course shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. for $75 per person, and an executive course shotgun starts at 10 a.m. for $35 per person.
The fee includes greens fees, cart, range balls, tee gifts and buffet lunch. There will be flight awards, flag events and raffle prizes.
Money raised will be used by the Kiwanis Rough Risers to continue the work of Jerry and Jane Slykhuis to support youth golf in the Cedar Valley.
Register at www.slykhuismemorialgolfouting.com or call 266-8266 for information.
- The Waverly Junior Golf Program will begin Thursday at Waverly Municipal Golf Course.
This joint program with Waverly Municipal pro Jordan David and Prairie Links Pro Nate Haaland will be held every Thursday from June 7 to July 26.
A schedule of locations will be given at registration. Session Times are either 8:00am or 9:00am.
The fee is $60 and covers the greens fees and program expenses. Checks made payable to Jordan David. Register on line at http://waverlygolf.com/junior_golf/ or at either pro shop.
- Northern Iowa head volleyball coach Bobbi Petersen has announced the addition of Haley Brightwell as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2018 season.
“Haley is a promising young coach,” Petersen said. “I am really looking forward to working with her and for her involvement with our student-athletes and program.”
Brightwell is a native of Cedar Rapids and a high school graduate of Cedar Rapids Kennedy. She began her collegiate volleyball career at Drake University before playing her final three seasons at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Brightwell served as team captain in 2013 and 2014. She was also the SAAC President at UMSL.
She has served as an assistant coach at UMSL for three seasons under head coach Ryan Young.
- Luther College senior shortstop Anna Strien, a 2014 Waterloo Columbus graduate has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III first-team all-American.
Strien led Luther to a third-place finish at the national championships, the highest finish in school history as she batted .424 with 50 runs batted in. She also was credited with 18 doubles, three triples and five home runs.
For her career, Strien ranks first on Luther’s all-time lists for RBI’s (175), doubles (57), hit-by-pitch (43) and defensive assists (291). She ranks second in batting average (.438) and seventh in walks (67).
Track and field
- Northern Iowa track and field coach Dave Paulsen was named regional coach of the year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Friday.
Paulsen earned Men’s Coach of the Year honors for the Midwest Region.
The Panther men’s team edged out Missouri Valley Conference favorites Illinois State and Indiana State to win the Valley outdoor team title.
Paulsen is wrapping up his third year as head coach after serving as an assistant since Aug. of 2008.