Four St. Ambrose seniors, two in volleyball and two in cross country, were named athletes of the week in the Midwest Collgiate Conference on Monday.

In volleyball, Catherine Wildner was honored after averaging 2.19 kills and 4.31 assists per game to make the all-tournament team at the Liz Lykowski Tournament. Jackie Dalcerro was named libero of the week after averaging 5.75 digs in four matches in addition to scoring two aces and having just seven reception errors in 95 chances.

In cross country, John Darmody was selected athlete of the week after finishing first in the Fighting Bee Classic, winning the 8K race in a course-record 25 minutes, 43 seconds. Chelsee Lisk was named the women’s cross country athlete of the week after taking second at the Fighting Bee Classic, finishing the 5K in 19:25.

ISU, Texas lands Longhorn Network slot

Iowa State’s Nov. 10 football game at Texas is the one Big 12 game this season that will be televised by the Longhorn Network, the cable channel operated jointly by the university and ESPN, it was announced Monday.

Although the Longhorn Network maintains national distribution rights, the agreement Texas has with the Big 12 will allow the game to be televised by six ABC affiliates which serve the state of Iowa, including WQAD in Moline. The starting time for the game has not yet been determined.

Watson receives CFPA mention

Western Illinois running back Nikko Watson was among three Leathernecks to earn honorable-mention accolades from the College Football Performance Awards for his work in a 24-17 win at South Dakota on Saturday.

The sophomore from Rock Island had the fifth 100-yard rushing performance of his career, gaining 126 yards on 21 carries. The organization also honored defensive back Kieron James and wide receiver Fredson Salomon.

Braves’ Bender wins medalist honors

Cody Bender, a Black Hawk College freshman from Bettendorf, won a sudden-death playoff to earn medalist honors at the NJCAA Region IV Division II tournament, leading coach Gary Huber’s Braves to a 35-stroke victory in the team race and an automatic berth in next spring’s NJCAA national tournament.

Bender carded a 54-hole total of 224, but needed to hit a 15-footer on hole No. 10 and a 10-footer on No. 11 at the PrairieView Golf Course at Byron, Ill., to edge Ryan Pondel of Elgin for top individual honors. The Braves’ Josh Bousman finished third with a 226.

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