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Sports Briefs

BY DI STAFF | JULY 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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Four football Hawks on College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists

Mark Weisman, Jake Duzey, Connor Kornbrath, and Kevonte Martin-Manley were all named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List.

Weisman, on the Running Back Trophy Watch List, rushed for 975 yards and 8 touchdowns as a junior. Duzey, on the Tight End Trophy Watch List, grabbed 19 balls for 270 yards and two scores as a sophomore.

Kornbrath, on the Punter Trophy Watch List, finished with a 40-yard average on 65 punts as a sophomore and pinned opponents inside their own red zone 27 times last season. Martin-Manley, on the Punt Returner Trophy Watch List, netted 314 yards and 2 touchdowns — both in the second quarter against Western Michigan last season — on 20 attempts.

— by Danny Payne

Bernard Bennett passes away

Former Iowa football player and 2nd Lt. Bernard Bennett died Monday in Shawnee, Kansas. He was 82.

Bennett, from Mason City, joined Iowa at the age of 16 on a football scholarship. Bennett was a running back and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57 and played at Iowa from 1950-52.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., in Mason City. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service.

— by Danny Payne

Pickert honored by W-League

Melanie Pickert was a W-League Central All-Conference for the Toronto Lady Lynx over the summer. The W-League is a women’s pro-am league.

The senior scored 2 goals on 7 shots in seven games over the summer. Pickert led the Hawkeyes with 7 goals and 4 assists as a junior and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

— by Danny Payne

Ihm, Sindlinger compete in Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship

Jessie Sindlinger finished fourth, and Amy Ihm finished fifth at the 90th Iowa Women’s Amateur Championship in Waverly.

Sindlinger finished with a three-round total of 227, and Ihm carded a 229. The former competed in every tournament for the Hawkeyes during her first year in Iowa City, posting a 77.1 stroke average.

Ihm competed in four tournaments, posting an 80.64 stroke average.

— by Danny Payne

Hopfinger, Bullington, Knoll compete in Illinois Open

Former Iowa golfer Brad Hopfinger won the 65th Illinois Open Championship on Wednesday with a 6-under score of 210 in three rounds. Sophomore Raymond Knoll and senior Brian Bullington finished 32nd and 16th, respectively.

The current Hawkeyes both competed as amateurs, while Hopfinger has competed in four PGA Tour Canada events this season. Knoll won the Illinois State Amateur Championship on July 18 and competed in the John Deere Classic.

Bullington and Knoll were both Ping All-Region honorees last season.

— by Danny Payne


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