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Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 2:05 a.m. CST

Dutch opponent

PELLA — A selection show held Monday morning announced the bracket for the Division III NCAA Tournament.

Central College (20-7) will travel to Stevens Point, Wis. to take on St. Olaf College in the first round. That game will take place 6 p.m. on Friday.

St. Olaf (22-5) is the conference tournament champion from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, earning the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Central College won the Iowa Conference regular season and conference tournament championships to earn the IIAC’s automatic bid to the national tournament. Senior Spencer Bakerink and freshman Colby Taylor, both of Creston, are starters for the Central Dutch.

The winner of Friday’s first-round game between Central and St. Olaf advances to take on either Wisconsin-Stevens Point (26-1) or Marian (22-6).

Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the conference tournament champion of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, while Marian was the conference tournament champion from the Northern Athletics Conference.

Girls banquet

The Creston girls basketball banquet will be held 6 p.m. Thursday in the Creston High School commons.

The banquet will be a pizza buffet provided by Panther girls basketball. Families do not need to bring anything. Everything will be supplied.

Boys banquet

The Creston boys basketball banquet will be 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Creston High School commons.

Parents are asked to bring a dish and/or a dessert. Drinks and tableware will be provided.

Bowling banquet

The Creston/Orient-Macksburg bowling banquet will be held 6:30 p.m. on Sunday in the Creston High School commons.

Families are asked to bring a dessert.

This will also serve as uniform turn-in for athletes.

Conference champs

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Grand View University women’s bowling team won the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) championship in game six of hte match play finals here Sunday.

It marked the first MCC women’s bowling championship in school history.

Junior Taylor Hance of Creston placed seventh with a total pin count of 1110 for a 185 average for the Vikings. Hance sat in 20th place after her first four games, but rolled games of 208 and 219 to start her climb up the leaderboard.

Grand View defeated Clark University in a best of seven Baker format.

The Vikings won the first three games before dropping games four and five, but finished off the victory with a 179 to 163 game, claiming the conference championship.

Grand View travels to Addision, Ill., in two weeks for the Intercollegiate Team Sectionals. The top four teams at each of the four sectionals will travel to Reno, Nev., in April for the Intercollegiate Team Championships.

MVC Championships

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa men’s track and field team finished fourth with 85 points here last weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Freshman Braydee Poore of Mount Ayr finished tied for 10th in the high jump competition, clearing 6-05.

MIAA Championships

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Northwest Missouri State University women’s track and field team finished ninth with 34 points here last weekend at the MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Sophomore Audrey Bolinger of Creston finished 15th in the 60 meter hurdles with her time of 9.60 seconds and 12th in the 600 yard run with her time of 1:28.63.

Bolinger also ran the second leg on the Bearcats’ fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team. Bolinger ran a 59.0 second split, as the team finished in 3:53.79.

The second-place through fourth-place teams in the 4x400 meter relay were separated by just .48 seconds.

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