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The Northwoods League has announced that four Waterloo Bucks have been named to the 2016 All-Star game. Those players are Jared Crescentini, Brandon Downey, Derek Hendrixson and Adam McGinnis.

Crescentini, a junior from Missouri Baptist University, is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Downey, a sophomore from Maryville University, has been the Northwoods League’s top closer in the North Division with eight saves, no earned runs and 18 strikeouts in 11 appearances. Hendrixson from Wright State University has also been solid on the mound with a 4-0 record and a 0.75 ERA.

McGinnis, a junior from Western Illinois University, leads the league with 38 RBIs. The Bucks catcher is also hitting .296 and ranks among the league’s top five in home runs (6), doubles (11), extra-base hits (17) and slugging percentage (.528).

Luther baseball coach Bryan Nikkel has been named the ABCA/Diamond Central Region Coach of the Year. Nikkel just completed his second season with the Norse, leading Luther to a school record 34 wins and a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

The Waterloo Bucks will be holding a youth baseball camp on Saturday, July 16. The camp is open to children ages 17 and under and will begin at noon at Riverfront Stadium. Cost to attend is $20 per participant. Each camper will receive a reserved seat to that evening’s Bucks game.

This is the second of three baseball camps the Bucks will be running this summer, with the last slated for Aug. 13. For more information, contact the Bucks office at (319) 232-0500.


Kansas State University men’s basketball head coach Bruce Weber is the 2016 recipient of Wartburg College’s Graven Award.

The award, in its 27th year, is presented to a person “whose life is nurtured and guided by a strong sense of Christian calling and who is making a significant contribution to community, church and society.” It is named in honor of the late Judge Henry N. and Helen Graven, natives of Greene.

Weber, one of the country’s most accomplished coaches, will accept the award and deliver an address at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Levick Arena on the Wartburg Campus. Area youth groups, athletes and coaches are encouraged to attend.


The Iowa Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society has scheduled its 24th annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet for Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque.

Tickets, which include dinner and RGS membership, are $60 for individuals, $85 for couples and $30 for juniors. Sponsorship packages are also available, along with an early bird raffle packages. Tickets can also be purchased for a special RGS national “12 Days of Christmas” raffle.

For more information, contact Eric Van Hook at (319) 361-2827.

The ninth annual Shootout Against Cancer will be taking place Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Fayette County Conservation Club located on 17644 35th St. in Oelwein.

The event will consist of 100 Sporting Clay Targets and lunch for $50. Prizes will be awarded based on individual scores. There will also be a shotgun raffle. All proceeds go to the University of Iowa Foundation for Cancer Research.

Track and field

Former Iowa State track and field athlete Hillary Bor earned his spot on Team USA in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

With a second-place finish in a time of 8 minutes, 24.10 seconds, Bor became the first Iowa State representative ever to make an Olympic team in the steeplechase. Bor, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, improved from fifth place at the start of the bell lap to secure the top three finish necessary to qualify for the Olympics.


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