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Atlantic avenges early season loss with win over Creston

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans boys basketball team used a solid defensive effort to get by the Creston Panthers on Monday night 56-47. It was a tight game throughout and the Trojans trailed by two at the end of the 1st and by one at Halftime 26-25. Atlantic turned the game in their favor in the third, and led 41-32 heading into the fourth.

The Trojans played strong defensively, especially in the second half. Creston’s Kylan Smallwood dropped 38 on the Trojans in their first meeting of the season and he had 16 by halftime on Monday. Atlantic Head Coach Jeff Ebling said he told the team at the break that they were going to have to slow him down or they wouldn’t win the game. Tyler Moen played tight on Smallwood in the second half and he finished with 24 points, including a couple of late buckets. The Trojans not only slowed down the talented Smallwood but made it difficult on the rest of the Panthers as well with some different looks in the second half.

Atlantic got a strong performance on Senior Night from senior Chase Mullenix who finished with 17 points. Logan Reilly and Skyler Handlos both finished with 10 for the Trojans as they improved to 7-10 on the season. The Trojans are back it on Tuesday with a game at the Atlantic Middle School against Clarinda at 7:30pm.

The Panthers only had four players get in the scorebook and fell to 7-10. They will next travel to Clarinda on Thursday.

Listen to a postgame interview with Coach Ebling below.

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Atlantic girls come up short against Creston on Senior Night

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic girls basketball team played a strong game on Monday night but ultimately couldn’t come away with a victory. The Trojans fell to the Creston Panthers 65-59. Atlantic was down three at the end of the first quarter but played a solid game on both ends of the floor to lead 30-26 at halftime. The Panthers turned it around in the third behind 3 three pointers from Brielle Baker and grabbed a 43-38 lead at the end of the three. The Trojans fought back to tie the game late at 58, but the Panthers scored the next five points and secured the win.

Creston was led by 26 points from Kelsey Fields and 24 points from Brielle Baker. The Panthers get back above .500 with the win and are 9-8 on the season. They will travel to Clarinda on Thursday.

Atlantic had one of their better offensive outputs of the season and had four players in double figures: McKenzie Waters with 14, both Alyssa Ginther and Baylee Newell with 13, and Haley Rasmussen with 10. The Trojans fall to 3-16 and will face Clarinda on Tuesday night at the Atlantic Middle School at 6:00pm.

Atlantic hosts Creston for hoops double-dip tonight on KJAN

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February 4th, 2019 by Jim Field

Trojan LogoAtlantic hosts Creston tonight for a basketball doubleheader and we’ll have coverage on KJAN.

The girls game is set to tip-off at 6:00pm and the boys will follow at about 7:30pm. It will be a busy night with AHS Fuel hosting their Coaches vs. Cancer night to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. CCHS is supporting the effort with donations and giveaways during the evening. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to support he effort.

Atlantic came up short in both games early in the season at Creston and will try to turn the tables tonight. Chris Parks will have the call tonight on KJAN with pregame at 5:50pm. You can listen on AM1220, FM101.1, online at kjan.com, and live video will be available on our facebook page.

AP Boys High School Basketball Poll 02/04/2019

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. North Scott, Eldridge (9) 16-0 98 2
2. Bettendorf 16-1 81 3
3. Waukee (1) 16-1 76 1
4. Iowa City, West 12-3 64 4
5. Cedar Falls 13-2 50 6
6. Dubuque, Senior 12-2 49 8
7. Sioux City, East 15-1 41 7
8. Davenport, Central 13-3 30 5
9. Valley, West Des Moines 14-3 23 T9
10. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 12-3 18 T9

Others receiving votes: Des Moines, North 8. Ames 7. Linn-Mar, Marion 3. Indianola 2.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Clear Lake (7) 17-0 94 1
2. Norwalk (2) 13-3 85 2
3. Maquoketa (1) 15-1 76 4
4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 15-3 75 3
5. Pella 13-4 50 5
6. West Delaware, Manchester 13-4 38 8
7. Fairfield 13-3 27 9
8. Glenwood 12-4 23 NR
9. Carroll 13-3 21 7
10. Denison-Schleswig 12-4 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Gilbert 14. Oskaloosa 14. Marion 5. Boone 3. Spencer 3. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 2. Center Point-Urbana 1. Le Mars 1. Storm Lake 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8) 17-0 98 1
2. Boyden-Hull (2) 18-0 89 2
3. West Sioux, Hawarden 18-0 72 4
4. South Hamilton, Jewell 17-1 70 6
5. South Central Calhoun 18-1 42 7
6. Van Meter 16-1 39 3
7. Treynor 16-2 32 5
8. Camanche 16-2 30 8
9. Dike-New Hartford 15-1 26 9
10. Pella Christian 11-6 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Regina, Iowa City 13. Western Christian, Hull 9. West Branch 5. Sioux Center 2. Forest City 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. Grand View Christian (8) 17-1 98 1
2. Montezuma (1) 17-0 73 2
3. New London 17-0 68 3
(tie) George-Little Rock 17-2 68 5
5. Ankeny Christian Academy (1) 18-0 64 4
6. Ar-We-Va, Westside 19-0 47 7
7. Stanton 19-0 44 6
8. Prince of Peace Prep, Clinton 15-1 39 8
9. Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 17-2 18 9
10. Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton 17-2 13 10

Others receiving votes: Easton Valley 6. Newman Catholic, Mason City 6. Bishop Garrigan, Algona 3. South O’Brien, Paullina 2. Notre Dame, Burlington 1.

AP Women’s College Basketball Top 25 02/04/2019

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Baylor (25) 19-1 697 1
2. Louisville (3) 21-1 668 3
3. Oregon 21-1 632 4
4. Notre Dame 21-2 608 5
5. UConn 19-2 596 2
6. Mississippi St. 21-1 578 6
7. Oregon St. 19-3 513 9
8. Marquette 19-3 483 10
9. NC State 21-1 470 7
10. Maryland 19-2 459 11
11. Stanford 18-3 447 8
12. South Carolina 16-5 352 16
13. Gonzaga 21-2 316 15
14. Texas 18-4 313 12
15. Syracuse 17-4 303 18
16. Iowa 17-5 279 13
17. Utah 18-3 209 14
18. Texas A&M 18-4 206 20
19. Kentucky 18-5 173 19
20. Rutgers 17-5 160 17
20. Arizona St. 15-6 160 21
22. Iowa St. 17-5 150 23
23. Michigan St. 16-5 130 22
24. Florida St. 19-3 111 24
25. Miami 19-5 20

Others receiving votes: South Dakota 17, North Carolina 13, UCF 10, Missouri 7, West Virginia 5, New Mexico 4, Drake 3, California 2, Minnesota 2, Rice 2, BYU 1, Cent Michigan 1.

Weiskamp named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa forward Joe Wieskamp has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced Monday by the conference office. The honor is the second in three weeks for the native of Muscatine, Iowa.

Wieskamp (6-foot-6, 205 pounds) helped Iowa knock off fifth-ranked Michigan, 74-59, in Iowa City on Feb. 1, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a personal-best five steals in the victory. He shot 60 percent (6-of-10) from the field and 75 percent (3-of-4) from 3-point range.

The five steals are the most by a Hawkeye in a Big Ten game in more than two years. Wieskamp became the fourth freshman nationally to register 16+ points, 7+ rebounds and 5+ steals versus a ranked opponent in the last five seasons (LSU’s Ben Simmons; NC State’s Dennis Smith, Jr.; Pitt’s Trey McGowens).

Iowa finished with 74 points against the Wolverines — the most Michigan has allowed in Big Ten play and second most this season (78 vs. South Carolina). The win is Iowa’s fourth over a ranked opponent this season and highest victory over a ranked opponent since beating No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 14, 2016. It was the first time an unranked Iowa team (AP Poll) beat an AP Top 5 team by 15+ points since beating then-No. 5 Purdue, 88-69, on Feb. 18, 1998.

Wieskamp and the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes (17-5, 6-5) return to action Thursday, traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, to face Indiana (13-9, 4-7) at 8:05 p.m. (CT) in Assembly Hall.

ISU’s Joens collects third-straight Freshman of the Week honor

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IRVING, Texas – Freshman guard Ashley Joens collected her third-straight Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor, the league announced Monday. Joens led the Cyclones to a 2-0 week with wins over Texas Tech and Kansas State.

Joens was strong in ISU’s win at Kansas State, netting 16 points and going 4-of-9 from long range. Earlier in the week, Joens helping ISU to a 39-point with over the Lady Raiders, 104-66. Joens added five points and five rebounds against Texas Tech.

Joens is averaging 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from long range on the year putting her as one of the best shooters in the Big 12 this season.

No. 22 Iowa State is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. when it takes on West Virginia in Hilton Coliseum.

Gustafson breaks Big Ten record with 20th career Player of the Week Award

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the 10th time this season, University of Iowa women’s basketball senior Megan Gustafson has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

It is the 20th Big Ten Player of the Week Award of Gustafson’s career. She now owns the conference record for career weekly awards, besting Jantel Lavender’s (Ohio State) previous mark of 19. Gustafson also broke her own single-season record with her 10th honor this season.

The Port Wing, Wisconsin, native averaged 28.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and shot 75.0 percent from the field in two road contests last week. She led all scorers with 27 points on 79 percent shooting from the field (11-for-14) against Michigan on Feb. 1. She also made 5-of-6 free throws, pulled down nine rebounds, dished out two assists, and denied four shots.

On Feb 3, Gustafson scored a game-high 30 points, shooting 13-for-18 (72.2 percent) from the field in Iowa’s win at Penn State. She registered 11 rebounds to notch her 20th double-double of the season. She also recorded five assists, three blocks, and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Gustafson and the No. 16/12 Hawkeyes return to action Thursday, hosting Michigan State. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. (CT) on BTN.

AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 02/04/2019, ISU at 17 and Iowa back in at 20

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February 4th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Tennessee (48) 20-1 1579 1
2. Duke (12) 19-2 1532 2
3. Virginia (4) 20-1 1478 3
4. Gonzaga 21-2 1423 4
5. Kentucky 18-3 1310 7
6. Nevada 21-1 1228 8
7. Michigan 20-2 1217 5
8. North Carolina 17-4 1167 9
9. Michigan St. 18-4 1051 6
10. Marquette 19-3 1029 10
11. Virginia Tech 18-3 948 12
12. Houston 21-1 838 13
13. Kansas 17-5 809 11
14. Villanova 18-4 801 14
15. Purdue 16-6 697 17
16. Louisville 16-6 561 15
17. Iowa St. 17-5 545 20
18. Texas Tech 17-5 482 16
19. Wisconsin 16-6 462 24
20. Iowa 17-5 242
21. LSU 17-4 205 19
22. Florida St. 16-5 180 25
23. Buffalo 19-3 153 18
24. Maryland 17-6 144 21
25. Cincinnati 19-3 142

Others receiving votes: Washington 135, Mississippi St. 133, Auburn 128, Kansas St 114, Baylor 44, Wofford 15, Lipscomb 5, Syracuse 3.

Expert says taxes on sports betting will not be ‘cash cow’ for State of Iowa

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February 4th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A Drake University professor says the research shows Iowa won’t reap hundreds of millions — or even tens of millions more in gambling taxes if the state legalizes and taxes sports betting within the state’s borders. Keith Miller is an expert on gambling law.  “It’s not going to be a ‘cash cow,'” Miller says. “…It’s not going to be a budgetary game-changer.”  Miller says sports books are “low margin” operations. “One industry group estimated that the first year of Iowa sports books — if it were legal — would take in around $80 million and people look at that and say: ‘That’s a lot of money to tax,’ but the fact is sports books historically retain only five percent of that The rest of it goes back to the successful bettors, so if we take five percent — if that $80 million figure is accurate — we’re taxing $4 million.”

In 2017, the state-licensed casinos paid nearly three-hundred-million in TAXES to the state, on about one-and-a-half BILLION dollars in revenue. Miller, who made his comments during a recent appearance on Iowa Public Television, published a book titled “The Law of Gambling” in 2016 and his research on the topic has been published in four academic journals in the past five years. There will be public hearings at the statehouse this Wednesday and Thursday on proposals to legalize sports wagering within the state’s borders.