MASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s cross country teams remain ranked in this week’s Division I polls. The Lady Trojans are ranked 14th after placing fourth in their own Trent Smith Invitational last Friday. Iowa Central is ranked first in the women’s poll followed by Southern Idaho. Iowa Western out of the conference is ranked 10th. The NIACC men are ranked 17th in this week’s poll after placing fifth in the Trent Smith Invitational last week. Cloud County Community College of Kansas is ranked first, with three other conference members being ranked in the top 25 — Iowa Central third, Iowa Western sixth and Hawkeye Community College 22nd. Both NIACC teams are off until the Region XI meet in Ottumwa on October 25th. AMES — Iowa State’s emerging ground game has given the Cyclone offense more confidence heading into this week’s game at Texas Tech. ISU has averaged 166 yards on the ground the past two weeks and senior receiver La’Michael Pettway believes it will lead to more big plays.Freshman running back Breece Hall burst onto the scene with 132 yards on the ground in a win at West Virginia.Sophomore receiver Tarique Milton says the emergence of Hall gives the Cyclones an added dimension.Kickoff in Lubbock is scheduled for 11 o’clock on Saturday AMES — A new look Iowa State basketball team will be out to make another post-season run. The Cyclones lost nearly half the roster off of last year’s team that won the Big 12 tournament title and coach Steve Prohm has been searching for the right combinations.Michael Jacobson returns along the front line and sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton was named to pre-season All Big 12 first team.Prohm says Haliburton will be counted on to log a lot of minutes.A key addition will be Penn State transfer Rasir Bolton at guard.A tough Big 12 race will be part of what Prohm calls a demanding schedule.The Cyclones open at home on November fifth against Mississippi Valley State. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes will be out to snap a two game losing streak this week when they host Purdue. Freshman receiver Nico Ragaini says the Hawkeyes are focused on what still can be accomplished.Quarterback Nate Stanley says they have gone back to work in hopes of fixing an offense that has scored only one touchdown in two games.Iowa safety Geno Stone says there has not been a loss of confidence.Kickoff at Kinnick Stadium is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO IOWA FALLS — Kennedy Meister earned her 1000th career dig on Wednesday night as the NIACC volleyball team swept Ellsworth three sets to nothing — 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12. NIACC is 6-1 in conference play and 24-8 overall. The Lady Trojans remain in a three-way tie atop the conference standings with Iowa Central and Northeast Community College, with Iowa Central beating Southeastern and Northeast sweeping Southwestern last night. NIACC travels to the Iowa Lakes tournament with two matches each on Friday and Saturday.