The Northwest Iowa Community College sports shooting team got started with a meet last Saturday, but there was not an opponent in sight.

The NCC Thunder is one of the Iowa Community College squads that is embarking on a “virtual” season for 2020-21.

So for its season opener, the Thunder shot at its home range in Rock Valley, while Southwestern Community College of Creston shots from its home range.

Southwestern topped NCC 462-426.

“It was good to get back to the range,” said NCC coach Brian Lauck. “The athletes were nervous at the beginning, but worked into a groove and made good progress.”

Caden Berte led the Thunder with a score of 89. Levi Hemmelrick shot an 87, Sam Freitag an 85, Carmen Vermeer an 84 and Alex Wilson an 81.

NCC will be back in action against Ellsworth Community College of Iowa Falls today (Saturday, Sept. 12).

Daly scores ace

One of the more well-known golfers in recent PGA Tour history made a stop at The Falls Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort on Thursday, and he made the day memorable for himself as well as those who were fortunate enough to see him there.

John Daly, winner of the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 Open Championship, played a round in Larchwood and ended up scoring a hole-in-one on the 18th hole. He did it with a wedge on the 144-yard, par-3 hole. It was the 10th hole in one of Daly’s career as a professional.

Cain makes move

The Iowa Association of Track Coaches has updated its individual state rankings for cross country.

In Class 3A, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley senior Marco Lopez is 14th in the boys rankings and MOC-Floyd Valley junior Sam May is 23rd. On the girls side MOC-Floyd Valley junior Emily Haverdink is the only N’West Iowa runner to make the list. She is ranked 18th.

Sheldon senior Brendan Cain leads the list of ranked boys runners in Class 2A. Cain, a football player in previous seasons, is ranked third in the state after being unranked in the initial poll. Right behind him in fourth is Western Christian junior Tage Hulstein. Senior Daniel Schriever of George-Little Rock/Central Lyon is ninth, West Lyon senior Kirk Moser is 15th and Sheldon senior Jager Roozeboom is 18th. In Class 2A girls, Sibley-Ocheyedan sophomore Madison Brouwer is ranked 22nd and her teammate, sophomore Bria Wasmund, is 26th.

No N’West Iowa runners made the list in Class 1A.

Dekkers on chart

The Iowa State University football team, ranked 23rd nationally in the first Associated Press poll of the season, opens its season against the University of Louisiana at 11 a.m. today (Saturday, Sept. 12) at home.

Besides the obvious fact there are many Cyclone fans in the region, there is an added curiosity factor for this game for N’West Iowans. Freshman Hunter Dekkers is listed as the backup to starting quarterback Brock Purdy coming into the contest — sort of. The backup quarterback was one of many on coach Matt Campbell’s initial depth chart that had the word “or” involved. Campbell chose not to list Dekkers, a 6-foot-3-inch, 234-pounder from Hawarden, as the lone backup. Instead he listed Dekkers and fellow freshman Aidan Bouman as an either/or proposition for that spot.

It might be just a case of Campbell keeping his hand close to the vest. Iowa State’s initial two-deep had the word “or” attached to 11 positions. Four of those dealt with spots on the first team. Two of them, the backup running back spot and the stating tight end spot, included three names.

We’ll all know for sure soon enough. Today’s game will be televised by ESPN.

Home opener delayed

Dordt University fans waiting for a chance to see the 2020 version of the Defender football team play its home opener are going to have to wait longer than expected.

The University of Jamestown will not be playing at Dordt next week due to a COVID-19 situation on the Jimmies squad. Jamestown had already postponed its game that was scheduled for today (Saturday, Sept. 12) at Briar Cliff University. That game was moved to Nov. 21.

At the press deadline, Jamestown had not announced whether the game at Dordt was postponed or canceled, only saying it wouldn’t be making the trip.

“While our overall COVID-related cases in athletics, and specifically football, are relatively small, the cases and the related direct contacts impact a specific position group whose specialties preclude the ability to compete while ensuring the safety of other team members,” said Jamestown athletic director Sean Johnson. “We will continue to adhere to our health and safety protocols and work toward returning to play as early as it becomes safe to do so.”

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