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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 11:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 7:29 a.m. CDT

Western Iowa teams

On the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Western Iowa Baseball Team released Tuesday, Creston senior Zach Powers is the second-team catcher for Class 4A/3A. Honorable mention went to Panther teammates Cole Crawford, Briar Evans and Keaton Hulett.

Honorable mention in 2A/1A went to Jacob Caviness of Orient-Macksburg, Trevor Jameson of Nodaway Valley, Mason Peterson and Caleb Lange of Lenox and Kolten Sefrit of Bedford.

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Golf event

The annual golf outing associated with the Football Kickoff Cookout will be held Aug. 24 at Crestmoor Golf Club.

Cost is $150 per team, or $50 per player in a three-person best shot format with hole prizes and flight prizes. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with hole prizes and a ticket to the cookout supper that evening. Tee off is at noon.

The event is limited to 18 teams. For more information or to register a team, call Kevin Cooper, 641-202-1651.

No. 1 ranking

SIOUX CITY — National runner-up Morningside (Iowa) begins the 2013 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the 2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Monday.

Morningside, who tallied 280 points despite receiving just four first-place votes, finished the 2012 season with a program-best 13-1 record.

Defending national champion Marian (Ind.), who handed Morningside its only loss in the 57th annual Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship, collected eight first-place votes and 267 points to earn a share of the No. 2 position. National semifinalist Missouri Valley shares the No. 2 ranking with Marian.

Sophomore receiver/returner Alan Smith and freshman tight end Briar Evans of Creston are members of the Morningside team.

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