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Iowa forward arrested for suspected drunken driving


September 20th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been arrested for suspected drunken driving and suspended from the team. The Hawkeyes say in news release that the team suspended Pemsl indefinitely following his arrest early Friday on a driving under the influence charge. Iowa City authorities say in a court filing that the 22-year-old, 6-foot-9 Pemsl had bloodshot eyes, failed a field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol content of .151 on a breath test when he was pulled over at around 3 a.m. The legal limit to drive is .08.

Pemsl, of Dubuque, has played in 67 career games, averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He missed much of last season following knee surgery. A public defender has been appointed to represent Pemsl.

IHSAA announces 2019 Football Hall of Fame inductions


September 20th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The IHSAA is proud to announce the 2019 class for induction into its Football Hall of Fame, with the six selections to be honored on November 22 during the Class 4A championship game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. These honorees were nominated through their schools, picked by the Football Hall of Fame selection committee, and approved by the Board of Control.

KEVIN BRADDOCK – West Branch – A key contributor on two Class 1A title teams with the Bears, Braddock starred in his senior season of 1991 by earning elite all-state honors as a running back and claiming three championship game records that still stand. Braddock had 311 rushing yards – an all-class title game record – with five total touchdowns, including a 91-yard rushing score, in that 42-13 win over West Bend-Mallard. That capped an unbeaten 1991 season and he became walk-on at the University of Iowa in 1992.

ED DONOVAN – Solon – A four-year starter and Spartan legend, Donovan shined in 1971 and 1972 before becoming a starter at the University of Iowa. A running back for his final two varsity seasons, Donovan scored 36 total touchdowns in the eight-game 1972 campaign, the first year of the IHSAA playoffs. Donovan held numerous Solon records, scoring 36 points in a single game and even scoring four touchdowns in four different ways – rushing, kickoff return, punt return, interception return – in one game.

MATT KROUL – Mount Vernon – A three-time all-state and all-conference pick at linebacker, Kroul was a feared hitter who also rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his senior season of 2003. Mount Vernon played in the UNI-Dome in his three standout seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the Class 3A title game in 2002 and 2003. Kroul then went on to start a record 50 consecutive games at the University of Iowa as a defensive lineman.

TYLER SASH – Oskaloosa – Sash was a two-time all-state selection at Oskaloosa before eventually continuing his football career at the University of Iowa and winning a Super Bowl in the NFL with the New York Giants. In his senior season, Sash scored touchdowns passing, rushing, receiving, and via kickoff return and punt return, and was responsible for nearly 60 percent of his team’s total offense, including 1,173 yards and 20 touchdowns rushing in nine games.

PARKER WILDEMAN – Cherokee, Washington – The physical all-state defensive lineman and state heavyweight wrestling champion led Cherokee to the Class 3A quarterfinals in his senior season of 1989. It was just the program’s second ever trip to the postseason, with Wildeman using that Siouxland success as a springboard for an All-Big Ten run at the University of Iowa and eventually into coaching.

JOE WOODLEY – Valley, West Des Moines – Woodley was a two-time all-state linebacker whose toughness and two-way skills helped set the tone early in Valley’s now-record 27 straight playoff appearances. A standout player and eventual coach from an impressive family coaching tree, Woodley was named CIML player of the year in 1998 and went on to become a team captain and play in three bowl games at Iowa State University.

Atlantic freshman football game to be played at High School tonight


September 20th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Atlantic Athletic Director Andy Mitchell has announced that due to wet field conditions the freshman football game tonight against Harlan will be played at the High School field. The move is being made in order to not tear up the field at the Trojan Bowl prior to the varsity contest tonight. Game time for the freshman game will still be at 4:15pm.

Blair XC Meet 09/19/2019


September 20th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Abraham Lincoln boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Blair, NE cross country meet on Thursday. Missouri Valley also competed in the boys race. AL took 6th in both the boys and girls team race. Moriah Heilesen was the top girls finisher for the Lynx in 18th. Steven Hornberg finished 8th in the boys race for AL. Missouri Valley came in 10th in the boys race.

Full results: BlairXC2019

Creston girls, Central Decatur boys win at SW Valley XC Invite


September 20th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Creston girls and Central Decatur boys cross country teams picked up team wins at the Southwest Valley Invite on Thursday. Creston’s Braelyn Baker was the girls individual champion. Noah Jorgensen of Sidney took the boys race.

Girls Team Scores

  1. Creston 51
  2. Shenandoah 79
  3. Clarinda 79
  4. Red Oak 96
  5. Central Decatur 112
  6. Southwest Valley 134
  7. East Union 168
  8. Martensdale-St. Marys 175

Girls Individual Top Ten

  1. Braelyn Baker, Creston 22:06
  2. Mayson Hartley, Clarinda 23:07
  3. Paige Davis, Creston
  4. Alexa McCunn, Red Oak
  5. Brenna Godfread, Shenandoah
  6. Gabrielle Valencia, East Union
  7. Chloe Devries, Red Oak
  8. McKinna Hogan, Lenox
  9. Christene Johnson, Shenandoah
  10. Ashlyn Eberly, Clarinda

Full results: SWValleyGirls2019

Boys Team Scores

  1. Central Decatur 36
  2. Red Oak 74
  3. Clarinda 103
  4. Shenandoah 106
  5. Creston 121
  6. Riverside 173
  7. Bedford 180
  8. Sidney 203
  9. East Union 228
  10. Martensdale-St. Marys 268
  11. East Mills 280
  12. Southwest Valley 296

Boys Individual Top Ten

  1. Noah Jorgensen, Sidney
  2. William Gillis, Central Decatur
  3. Baylor Bergren, Red Oak
  4. Tate Swartz, Central Decatur
  5. Clayton Stafford, Creston
  6. Connor Koppa, Red Oak
  7. Jon McCall, Clarinda
  8. Vincent Carcamo, Central Decatur
  9. Luke Baker, Clarinda
  10. Junior Oesch, Central Decatur

Full results: SWValleyBoys2019

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 9/20/19

Podcasts, Sports

September 20th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Area Volleyball Scores from Thursday, Sept. 19th


September 20th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye Ten Conference

(3-1) Harlan 25-25-19-25, Atlantic 13-11-25-11
(3-2) Denison-Schleswig 25-17-26-20-15, Creston 23-25-24-25-10
(3-0) Glenwood 25-25-25, Shenandoah 10-9-21
(3-1) Kuemper Catholic 19-25-25-25, St. Albert 25-20-19-20
(3-0) Lewis Central 25-25-25, Clarinda 19-18-17

Western Iowa Conference

(3-2) Riverside 25-25-20-10-15, AHSTW 19-15-25-25-9
(3-0) Tri-Center 25-25-25, Audubon 17-10-15

(3-0) Underwood 25-25-25, IKM-Manning 12-23-11

Rolling Valley Conference

(3-0) Ar-We-Va 26-25-25, Woodbine 24-16-15
(3-0) Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-25-25, Paton-Churdan 19-6-13
(3-1) Glidden-Ralston 25-25-24-25, West Harrison 20-17-26-18

Other Scores

(3-0) Ankeny Christian 25-25-25, Orient-Macksburg 16-17-17
(2-0) Des Moines Christian 21-21, Mount Ayr 17-9
(2-0) Carroll 25-25, Greene County 18-22

(2-0) Gilbert 25-25, Carroll 20-21
(2-1) Grinnell 9-21-15, Mount Ayr 21-13-12
(3-0) OABCIG 25-25-25, Kingsley-Pierson 15-19-19
(2-0) Sidney 25-25, Earlham 6-12

(2-0) Sidney 25-25, East Union 19-12
(2-0) Van Meter 21-21, Mount Ayr 16-8

Midwest Sports Headlines: 9/20/2019


September 20th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Carpenter homered in the 10th inning against Craig Kimbrel in the All-Star closer’s return, and the St. Louis Cardinals regrouped after blowing a late lead to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4. Emerging ace Jack Flaherty shut down Chicago over eight innings, and despite a three-run ninth inning, the Cubs dropped a game behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card and four games behind St. Louis for first place in the NL Central.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit two of Minnesota’s four home runs and matched his season high with five RBIs, igniting another impressive power display by the first-place Twins during an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals to keep their American League Central lead at four games. They have nine games to go. Miguel Sanó homered and hit the tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth following the ejection of Royals starter Mike Montgomery, who started that inning by giving up a home run to Mitch Garver.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs were in the mix to acquire Minkah Fitzpatrick. There have been rumors swirling about Jalen Ramsey. Patrick Peterson remains a popular topic. And while everyone wonders whether cornerback help will arrive in Kansas City, the Ravens and red-hot Lamar Jackson are coming to town for a big matchup this Sunday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two of the NFL’s exciting young quarterbacks, and their high-flying offenses, will meet on Sunday when Lamar Jackson and the Ravens visit Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Much of the attention this offseason was focused on Kansas City, where the team’s young QB was coming off a record-setting MVP season. But Jackson has been just as good through two games this season, and both teams are 2-0 heading into Arrowhead Stadium.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Two suspects are being penalized after they allegedly stole a life-sized cutout of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, then had a wreck as they fled. Lawrence police spokesman Patrick Compton says a man and woman grabbed the cutout at a McDonald’s restaurant Monday, ran out of the store, jumped into a car and sped away before being involved in the wreck. Officers investigating the two-car accident saw the cutout in one of the vehicles. The two were issued notices to appear for theft.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — West Virginia, Kansas State and Kansas were supposed to occupy the Big 12 basement this season. Big wins last weekend over fellow Power Five schools stirred up some much-needed optimism in Morgantown, Manhattan and Lawrence with Big 12 play on the horizon.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The Big Ten Conference knows the value of having good punters, and it is willing to go a long way to get them. The league has four of the nation’s top 23 punters going into this weekend’s games. They include Michael Sleep-Dalton of Iowa, Adam Korsak of Rutgers, Isaac Armstrong of Nebraska and Blake Hayes of Illinois.

Griswold travels to Sidney for district contest on KJAN


September 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Griswold Tigers (0-4, 0-1) will travel to face the Sidney Cowboys (1-2) in an 8-Man District 7 football contest on Friday night and we’ll have the game on KJAN. The Tigers will be searching for their first win of the season and are coming off a district loss to East Mills last week. Griswold Head Coach Andy Everett said they have seen some good things from the team and injuries have made the last couple of outings difficult. One guy the Tigers have leaned on is senior quarterback Derek Mueller and Coach Everett has been impressed by his leadership.

The Sidney Cowboys have spread the ball around to multiple backs this season and Coach Everett expects the same tough run game they always expect out of the Cowboys.

Sidney Head Coach Donnie Sears said they have been impressed by the number of guys that have stepped up to help the offense on different nights. He said with multiple guys capable the coaching staff just has to search for the hot hand.

Sears knows the Tigers are similar with a run first mentality but he knows his defenders will need to be ready for misdirection.

The Tigers and Cowboys are set for a 7:00pm kickoff in Sidney. Chris Parks and Jim Field will have the call with the Dvorak Tire and Service pregame starting at 6:30pm. You can catch the game on-air, online, or watch the game on KJANTV. Catch our weekly pick ’em show Who’s Gonna Win? at 6:00pm and stay tuned after the game for all the scores around the state on the Iowa High School Scoreboard show from 10:00pm-11:30pm.

Atlantic football gears up for home tilt against Harlan


September 19th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans (1-2) football team is gearing up for a non-district tilt against the Harlan Cyclones (2-1) at the Trojan Bowl on Friday night. The Trojans are looking to put a complete game together after struggling in portions of the past two games, losses to Creston and Clarinda. A number of mental errors and turnovers doomed the Trojans last week against the Cardinals and Atlantic Head Coach Mike McDermott said they have been working on limiting those mistakes this week in practice. For the third straight week the Trojans will face a quarterback that is having a strong season. Harlan’s Johnathan Monson has thrown for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns, he’s also rushed for 209 yards and 5 more scores. Coach McDermott said slowing him down will certainly be a key.

Atlantic hasn’t had consistent play at the line of scrimmage so far this season and Coach McDermott said matching the Cyclones physicality will be important.

Atlantic has been able to hit on some big plays this season on offense but sustaining drives has been a struggle at times. Coach McDermott thinks part of that improvement will come as their young quarterback Garrett McLaren improves. You can hear the full interview with Coach McDermott on Trojan Preview at 4:45pm Friday on KJAN.

The Trojans and Cyclones are set to tee it up at the Trojan Bowl at 7:00pm.