NICC closes regular season, competes at Midwest Conference Championships

By Becky Walz,

   Northeast Iowa Community College Cougar Sports Shooting ended the regular season with a close loss to the Southeastern Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 8, 448-482.
   NICC athlete Austin Snell, the meet’s top scorer with 99 points, was named Athlete of the Week by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. The Cougars posted a 2-2 season record and advanced next to the Collegiate Central Midwest Conference Championships. 
   NICC student athletes competing in the event, and Male Individual scores, included top scorer Austin Snell, Decorah, 99; Emmit Stemper, of Decorah, 91; Paul Hanni, Cresco, 88; Jackson Rollins, Decorah, 86; Alex Digman, Earlville, 84; Alex Zweibohmer, Decorah, 80; Nick Gibbs, Earlville, 80; Zach Schroeder, Elgin, 79; Nicholas Saeugling, La Motte, 71; and Sam Clausen, Johnston, 61. 
   NICC Female Individual athlete Hailey Elsbernd, of Fort Atkinson, scored an 84.
   “We couldn’t have asked for a better day to shoot,” stated Austin Snell.
   Head Coach Anthony Sisneros is proud of the team’s athletes and performance this season. “The Southeastern Blackhawks were a little too tough for our student athletes that were able to attend this weekend’s competition, but they did their best to wrap up our last conference competition. We finished up our regular season with 2-2 record, which is a great improvement from last season,” Sisneros said.

   Northeast Iowa Community College Cougar Sports Shooting competed at the Collegiate Central Midwest Conference Championships Sunday, Oct. 16, for the first time in team history, with individual athletes putting up impressive numbers.
   Representing the only community college to compete in the regional championships, NICC athletes Alex Digman tied for 9th overall with a score of 98, and Hailey Elsbernd tied for 15th overall with a 90. Twenty-eight female athletes and 116 male athletes competed in the event.
   NICC student athletes and male individual scores also included Zachary Gronwoldt, Riceville, 97 and tied for 14th place; Paul Hanni, Cresco, 96, and Tracer Tollefsrud, Canton, Minn., 96, both tied for 22nd; Emmit Stemper, Decorah, 93 and tied for 44th; Jackson Rollins, Decorah, 85 and tied for 83rd place; Alex Zweibohmer, Decorah, 80 and tied for 99th; Kaden Leliefeld, Decorah, 77 and tied for 103rd and Nicholas Saeugling, La Motte, 58, tied for 113th. NICC Female Individual athlete Magen Brenke, Holy Cross, scored an 85 and tied for 21st.
   “Couldn’t ask for better weather, it was the perfect day for trap shooting and we really took advantage of that,” said athlete Tracer Tollefsrud.
   “It was a perfect day for shooting!” added Hailey Elsbernd. “Everyone performed well and it’s a very nice sports complex.” 
   “This was NICC Sports Shooting Team’s first time competing at the Central Midwest Conference Championships. Even though our team was the only community college at this regional event, our student athletes put up some excellent scores,” said Anthony Sisneros, head coach.
   Other colleges and universities competing included Concordia University Wisconsin SCTP, Connors State College, Hillsdale College, Mississippi State University Shooting Sports Club, Missouri S&T Trap and Skeet, Mizzou Club Shotgun, Oklahoma Panhandle State Shooting Sports, Sharpshooters at Truman State University, SIU-E trap and Skeet team, Southern Arkansas University Trap Shooting Team, University of Arkansas Cossatot, University of Arkansas Shotgun Sports, University of Iowa Shooting Sports Club, University of Kentucky Clay Target Team and UT Southern Clay Target.
   The Iowa Collegiate Clay Target Championships will be hosted at the New Pioneer Clay Target Center in Waukee, on Saturday, Nov. 12.


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