Although the first day of winter doesn’t come for another month-and-a-half, the collegiate sports season is quickly transitioning from its fall to winter calendar. Three Iowa State winter seasons begin competition this week as the basketball teams (the women Thursday and the men Friday) open their exhibition seasons and the wrestlers go to Virginia.A few of the fall teams at Iowa State recently completed their years and quietly put forth some impressive efforts. * The Cyclone women’s golf team won the Challenge at Onion Creek, its first team championship since 2004 and the first for Coach Christy Martens. Iowa State is ranked 26th nationally, but that was before the win in Austin, Texas. * Men’s golfer Nate McCoy won medalist honors at the VCU Shootout earlier this fall in a field that included several of the nation’s top players. McCoy is rated 180th nationally among men’s college golfers but he had an impressive 2-3 record against Top 25 competition. * The women’s soccer team ended its season with consecutive wins in Big 12 play. The Cyclones scored 72 points this season (two for a goal and one for an assist) and a remarkable 64 of them came from freshmen. The team’s top goalie was also a freshman and she authored four shutouts.
* For the eighth time in nine years, a Big 12 women’s cross country team produced two of the top three finishers in the league championship race. For the first time ever, that team was the Cyclones. Betsy Saina and Aliphine Tuliamuk were second and third for the Cyclones.There is certainly lots of action left for the fall season as the volleyball and football teams continue to push for post-season play and the cross country teams make their run to the NCAA Championship, but the winter season is here (at least on the athletics calendar). Reader feedback is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow