Hall earns Big Sky award

Tyler Hall, a Montana State men's basketball player from Rock Island, was named Tuesday as the player of the week in the Big Sky Conference.

Hall averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in wins over Bethesda (Calif.) and Milwaukee last week. The junior guard shot 50 percent from the field including a 9-of-20 touch from 3-point range in the two games.

Western's Taylor named finalist

Western Illinois linebacker Brett Taylor was named Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The Macomb, Illinois, native leads college football with 162 tackles this season, averaging 13.5 per game. The senior's 469 career tackles ranks third on the Leathernecks' all-time list.

Augie wrestlers honor military

Augustana's wrestling program will host military appreciation night tonight when the Vikings host Loras in a 7:30 p.m. dual at Carver Center.

All active-duty military personnel, veterans and employees of the Rock Island Arsenal will receive free admission for dual meet.

First-year Vikings coach Tony Willaert's lineup includes Adarios Jones, the top-ranked 285-pound wrestler in NCAA Division III, as well as second-rated 184-pounder Christos Giatras.

Mallards trade Komm

The Quad-City Mallards traded goaltender Branden Komm to the Manchester Monarchs Wednesday in exchange for financial considerations.

Komm, 26, started one game for the Mallards after joining the team in a Nov. 7 trade with the Idaho Steelheads. He stopped 26 shots on Nov. 19 in a 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Mavericks.

Between the Mallards and Steelheads, Komm has gone 0-3-2 with a 2.96 goals against average and a .891 save percentage this season.

Willis named region coach of year

Wartburg football coach Rick Willis, a Camanche graduate, has been named the American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year this week. This marked the second time in his career Willis has earned this award, as he was previously honored in 1999.

Willis guided the Knights to an Iowa Conference title and the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs. Wartburg finished the season 12-1.

Willis has compiled nearly an .800 winning percentage during his 18 seasons as the Knights' coach and has won eight league titles.

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