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Wichita State goes for second straight tourney title

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March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — No. 8 Wichita State is back as the top seed in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Shockers (27-3, 17-1) opens the tourney Friday against the winner of the play-in game between the eighth and ninth seeds, Missouri State (11-19, 5-13) and Southern Illinois (11-20, 4-14) on Thursday night. Northern Iowa (27-3, 16-2) faces either Drake (9-21, 6-12) and Bradley (8-23, 3-15) on Friday night.

Guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, second and third in balloting for Valley player of the year, have been keys to Wichita State’s continued success despite breaking in eight new players. Forward Tekele Cotton was named the conference top defensive player for the second straight season.

Thursday’s Girls State Basketball Schedule (3/5/15)

Sports

March 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A Semi-Finals:

10:00-a.m. Exira/Elk Horn Kimballton vs. Springville (ON KJAN Beginning at 9-a.m.)

Class 2-A Semi-Finals:

11:45-a.m. Unity Christian vs. South Central Calhoun

1:30-p.m. North Linn vs. Western Christian

Class 3-A Semi-Finals:

3:15-p.m. Mediapolis vs. Nevada

5:00-p.m. Crestwood vs. Pocahontas Area

Class 4-A Semi-Finals:

6:45-p.m. Carlisle vs. Harlan

8:30-p.m. Bishop Heelan vs. Western Dubuque

Wednesday Girls State Tourney Results

Sports

March 4th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 4-A Quarter-Finals:

  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 70, Ballard 67
  • Western Dubuque 51, Indianola 30

Class 5-A Quarter-Finals:

  • West Des Moines Valley 65, Mason City 42
  • Iowa City West 43, Southeast Polk 40
  • Dowling Catholic 58, Johnston 52
  • Waukee 61, Cedar Falls 47

Class 1-A Semi-Finals:

  • Newell-Fonda 63, Burlington Notre Dame 56

 

 

Three Cyclones Honored By Big 12; Moody Is Unanimous All-Big 12 First-Team

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March 4th, 2015 by Jim Field

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State women’s basketball senior point guard Nikki Moody was named a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first-team, while sophomore guard Seanna Johnson and senior guard Brynn Williamson earned honorable mention honors.

Moody, a Dallas, Texas native, was a first-team pick after averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 assists. In conference play, Moody’s 6.9 assists per game ranked second in the Big 12 and ninth nationally. She also broke the Iowa State career assists record with 733 career assists and counting. Her 733 assists ranks sixth in Big 12 history.

Moody, who tallied double figures in a team-high 21 games this season, led Iowa State in scoring in 13 games and in assists in 25. Moody is averaged 17.4 points and 7.3 assists over the last 14 conference games. This is Moody’s first time on the All-Big 12 first-team as she was named to the second team in 2013-14.

Johnson, who was an honorable mention selection, is the Big 12’s leading rebounder with 9.2 boards per game. She also is averaging 11.5 points per contest this season. She has rebounded in double-figures in 14 games this season and led the Cyclones in rebounding in 21 games. This is Johnson’s second-straight Big 12 honor, as the sophomore guard was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team last season. Johnson is one of two Cyclones to start every game this season.

Williamson, who earned honorable mention honors for the first time in her career, averaged 11.4 points and was second on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures in 18 games this season and netted a team-high 72 3-pointers this season. Williamson also started every game for the Cyclones this season.

2014-15 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor (15th season)
Player of the Year: Nina Davis, Baylor, F, 5-11, So, Memphis, Tenn.
Freshman of the Year: Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma, G, 5-9, Fr, Racine, Wis.
Newcomer of the Year: Peyton Little, Oklahoma, G, 5-11, So, Abilene, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Prince, TCU, F, 5-11, Sr, Fort Worth, Texas
Sixth Man Award: Khadijiah Cave, Baylor, C, 6-2, So, Augusta, Ga.

All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Nina Davis**! Baylor F 5-11 So Memphis, Tenn.
Niya Johnson** Baylor G 5-8 Jr Gainesville, Fla.
Nikki Moody**^ Iowa State G 5-8 Sr Dallas, Texas
Chelsea Gardner**! Kansas F 6-3 Sr DeSoto, Texas
Peyton Little Oklahoma G 5-11 So Abilene, Texas
Brittney Martin** Oklahoma State G 6-0 Jr Syracuse, Utah
Zahna Medley! TCU G 5-6 Jr Springfield, Ill.
Imani McGee-Stafford^ Texas C 6-7 Jr Los Angeles, Calif.
Amber Battle^ Texas Tech G 5-9 Sr Albuquerque, N.M.
Bria Holmes**! West Virginia G 6-1 Jr New Haven, Conn.

All-Big 12 Second Team
Breanna Lewis K-State F 6-5 So Milwaukee, Wis.
Gioya Carter Oklahoma G 5-9 So Midwest City, Okla.
Kaylon Williams Oklahoma F 6-3 Jr Midwest City, Okla.
Veja Hamilton TCU G/F 5-10 Jr Spring, Texas
Kelsey Lang Texas C 6-5 So The Woodlands, Texas

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Sune Agbuke (Baylor), Imani Wright (Baylor), Seanna Johnson (Iowa State), Brynn Williamson (Iowa State), Asia Boyd (Kansas), Natalie Knight (Kansas), Ashia Woods (K-State), Sharane Campbell-Olds (Oklahoma), Liz Donohoe (Oklahoma State), LaShawn Jones (Oklahoma State), Chelsea Prince (TCU), Nneka Enemkpali (Texas), Brady Sanders (Texas), Averee Fields (West Virginia)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Sune Agbuke Baylor C 6-4 Sr San Antonio, Texas
Breanna Lewis K-State F 6-5 So Milwaukee, Wis.
Sharane Campbell-Olds Oklahoma G 5-10 Sr Spencer, Okla.
Brittney Martin Oklahoma State G 6-0 Jr Syracuse, Utah
Chelsea Prince TCU F 5-11 Sr Fort Worth, Texas

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Kristy Wallace** Baylor G 5-11 Loganholme, Queesnland, Australia
Lauren Aldridge Kansas G 5-7 Marshfield, Mo.
Gabbi Ortiz Oklahoma G 5-9 Racine, Wis.
Ariel Atkins Texas G 5-11 Duncanville, Texas
Brooke McCarty Texas G 5-4 League City, Texas

** Unanimous First Team Selection (coaches cannot vote for own players, unanimous denotes voted first team by other nine coaches)
! 2013-14 All Big 12 First Team Selection
^ 2013-14 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection

 

NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

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March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The new flat-seam ball in college baseball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting 40 percent more home runs so far this season. The NCAA announced Wednesday that teams are hitting a home run about every other game. Last year, teams homered about once every three games through the first three weeks of the season.

The actual average is 0.47 home runs per team compared with 0.33 at this point in 2014. Last season’s final average of 0.39 per team was a record low. The NCAA approved use of the flat-seam ball in an attempt to punch up a game that has seen steep declines in offense since new bat standards took effect in 2011. Studies show the flat-seam ball travels 20 feet farther than the old raised-seam ball.

Tri-Center Star Ausdemore Among IGHSAU HOF Inductees

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March 4th, 2015 by Jim Field

Janet Waterbury from Schaller, Norwalk’s Jill Martin and Tri-Center, Neola’s Wendy Ausdemore are the 2015 inductees into the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at halftime of the Class 4A State Championship game Saturday, March 7.

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Janet Waterbury

Waterbury torched the nets for 3,390 career points for Schaller from 1960 to 1964. Her skills helped Schaller qualify for the only state tournament berths in school history in 1963 and 64.

Waterbury was named to the all-tournament team at the 1963 State Tournament Team despite playing in just one game, a 62-60 loss to Farragut where she scored 31 points.

She led Schaller back to the 1964 state tournament, scoring 44 points in first round loss to Wellsburg squad.

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Wendy Ausdemore

Ausdemore played at Tri-Center, Neola from 2001 to 2005 and was named Miss Iowa Basketball in 2005. She was a two-time first-team all-state selection. She led Tri-Center to a runner-up finish in Class 2A in 2005, earning captain of the 2A all-tournament team. Ausdemore finished her career with 1,812 points and 886 career rebounds.

Ausdemore went on to play college basketball at the University of Iowa, twice earning third-team all-Big Ten honors and was a three-time academic all-conference pick. A three-year starter, Ausdemore played on three NCAA Tournament teams with the Hawkeyes. She finished her career ranked among Iowa’s top 10 in career scoring, rebounding, assists and three-pointers.

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Jill Martin

Martin was a two-time Class 3A player of the year her junior and season seasons at Norwalk, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. As a senior, she averaged 24.3 points and 11.2 rebounds in leading the Warriors to the state semifinals, where she averaged 21.5 points and 10.5 points in two games.

Martin finished her high school career with 1,628 points with 775 career rebounds.

Martin enjoyed similar success at Drake. A four-year starter, Martin was the fourth player in Drake’s history to earn first-team All Missouri Valley Conference honors three times. After missing most of the 2006-07 season with a back injury, she returned from the injury to average 16.8 points, 9 rebounds and the led the MVC in double-doubles. Martin is just one of five players in Drake history with 1,000 career rebounds.

Martin went on to play three years of basketball overseas but has returned to her hometown, teaching fourth grade at Lakewood Elementary and is the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant for the Warriors.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/4/2015

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March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

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Girls State Basketball Schedule: Wed., 3/4/2015

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March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Class 4A Quarterfinals
10:00-a.m. Ballard vs. Bishop Heelan
11:45-a.m. Western Dubuque vs. Indianola

Class 5A Quarterfinals
1:30-p.m. West Des Moines/Valley vs. Mason City
3:15-p.m. Iowa City West vs. Southeast Polk
5:00-p.m. Dowling Catholic vs. Johnston
6:45-p.m. Waukee vs. Cedar Falls

Class 1A Semifinals
8:30-p.m. Newell-Fonda vs. Burlington Notre Dame

Iowa tops Indiana 77-63

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March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Aaron White had 21 points and five rebounds to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 77-63 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers on Tuesday night. Jarrod Uthoff had 14 points and six rebounds, and Gabriel Olanseni added 13 points for the Hawkeyes (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten), who have won five straight.

Nick Zeisloft scored 15 points, all from 3-point range, and James Blackmon, Jr. finished with 14 points and five rebounds for the Hoosiers (19-11, 9-8), who have lost two in a row. Olaseni’s go ahead basket with 5:40 left in the first half to make it 25-24 gave Iowa the lead for good. Peter Jok, who finished with eight points, made two 3-pointers and Uthoff scored to put the Hawkeyes ahead 61-48. They led by as much as 16 when Anthony Clemmons scored a free throw with 1:10 left to play.

High School Basketball Scores from Tuesday 3/3/2015

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March 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL
4A Substate Championships
Sioux City, North 47, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 46
Ames 64, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 47
Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 58, Linn-Mar, Marion 54
North Scott, Eldridge 59, Bettendorf 41
Pleasant Valley 57, Clinton 32
Iowa City, West 79, Cedar Rapids, Washington 50
Des Moines, Hoover 56, Ankeny Centennial 33
Waukee 65, Valley, West Des Moines 47

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Class 2A State Tournament- State Quarterfinal
Western Christian, Hull 50, Regina, Iowa City 45
Class 3A State Tournament – State Quarterfinal
Crestwood, Cresco 58, Spirit Lake 46
Mediapolis 63, Mount Vernon 53
Nevada 54, Red Oak 38
PAC-LM 63, Clear Lake 59
Class 4A State Tournament – State Quarterfinal
Carlisle 56, Waverly-Shell Rock 50
Harlan 54, Cedar Rapids Xavier 31