Today's Cedar Valley Sports tidbits include state volleyball championships set, Hawkeye and UNI Wrestling kick-off their season's this weekend, Independence H.S wrestler commits to ISU, Tripoli H.S. volleyball alum honored, Columbus Catholic softballer commits to UNI, and more.

IGHSAU - State Volleyball Championship


The Iowa High School Girls State Volleyball championship pairings are now set.  The championship games will be played Friday at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

In the Class 1A ChampionshipDike-New Hartford will play Western Christian.

In the Class 2A Championship, Dike-New Hartford will play Western Christian.

In the Class 4A ChampionshipWest Delaware plays Harlan.

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Iowa Hawkeyes - UNI Panthers

MAT ATTACK: Wrestling

AThe #1 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and the #17 ranked Northern Iowa Panthers both start their 2014-2015 season.  Iowa travels to Luther College in Decorah to compete in the Luther Open.  The UNI Panthers head to Central Missouri for the UCM Open.

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Independence High School wrestler Chase Straw signed his National Letter of Intent to wrestle next season for the Iowa State Cyclones.  Straw heads to ISU as a multiple-state place winner already.



Tripoli alum Tiffany Nilges is one of the 2014 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Volleyball Hall of Fame.   Nilges played on three state tournament teams and two state championship squads for Tripoli from 2004 to 2007. She earned Class 1A first team all-state honors four times, earning Elite All-State status while being named the Iowa 1A Player of the Year her senior season in 2007.

She was an all-tournament team selection on the Panthers 2004 and 2005 state championship team, averaging over four kills, four blocks and four digs a set over seven state tournament matches. Nilges averaged nearly two kills a set over four years at the University of Iowa. As a senior, she averaged 2.1 kills and 2.4 digs a set, earning Academic All-Big 10 honors twice.

Brooke Craig (Photo: UNI Athletics)


Brooke Craig (Columbus Catholic HS) signed her National Letter of Intent to play siftball for the Northern Iowa Panthers.  Craig earned first-team all-metro and first-team all-conference in her first four years for the Sailors. In 2014, she earned 3A all-state honors while batting .500 and talling a 16-6 record and 1.83 ERA.  That effort helped the Sailors broke the school record for most wins in a season while winning the conference championship.

“Brooke is a tremendous all-around athlete,” Jacobs said. “She has helped many of the sports succeed at Waterloo Columbus High School. She has been a local standout since she came on the scene as an 8th grader. We have been able to follow her growth as an athlete all the way. Her size and natural strength will help her make the transition to the D1 level well.”

Craig is the daughter of Martin and Sarah Craig.