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Schaben shines on Senior Night as Harlan downs Atlantic


June 24th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Morgan Schaben came up huge on Senior Night for the Harlan Cyclones softball team and led them to a 3-0 win over the Atlantic Trojans on Monday night. Schaben was phenomenal in the circle with 10 strikeouts on the night and then led the way at the plate as well driving in all three Cyclone runs.

The Trojans struggled at the plate all night against Schaben and couldn’t generate many chances. Atlantic Head Coach Terry Hinzmann said Schaben was really tough.

The Trojans made a couple of costly errors as well. In the third a poor connection to first base allowed Kate Heithoff to get on base, as Kennedy Goergen couldn’t keep her foot on the bag for the out. Two batters later Schaben drove Heithoff in with an RBI single to put Harlan up 1-0. Then in the 5th Madison Botos misplayed a ball in left field from Tianna Kasperbauer and it dropped off her glove for a double. Heithoff reached on a walk and two batters later Schaben smacked a double into right field to bring home 2 more runs. Coach Hinzmann said those mistakes can’t happen to be successful against good teams.

Harlan improves to 20-5 on the season with the victory. Atlantic falls to 21-6 and get right back after it tomorrow at Lewis Central.

Olivia Engler took the loss for Atlantic in the circle going all 6 innings with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Iowa State draws Alabama in women’s Big 12/SEC Challenge


June 24th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 and Southeastern conferences have announced the matchups for their women’s basketball challenge for the 2019-20 season. Iowa State will take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Every team from the Big 12 will participate, while 10 teams from the SEC will take part. The format features five home games on campus sites for each conference per year.

In 2019, games will begin on Wednesday, December 4 and conclude on Sunday, December 8. Exact times and television designations will be released when available.

The inaugural challenge was held in 2014. The 10-team format began in 2016. For the past two seasons, the two conferences split the challenge with a 5-5 mark. In last year’s matchup, Iowa State defeated Arkansas 91-82 last season in Hilton Coliseum.

2019 Big 12/SEC Women’s Basketball Challenge Matchups

Wednesday, December 4
Georgia at Baylor
Ole Miss at Texas Tech

Thursday, December 5
Iowa State at Alabama

Saturday, December 7
K-State at Arkansas
LSU at Oklahoma
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M
Auburn at TCU

Sunday, December 8
Florida at Kansas
Texas at Tennessee
West Virginia at Mississippi State

Baylor women to host Georgia as part of Big 12/SEC Challenge


June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Defending national champion Baylor will host Georgia on Dec. 4 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge women’s basketball event. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 released the pairings for the event on Monday. Texas Tech hosts Mississippi in the other Dec. 4 Big 12/SEC Challenge game. Iowa State visits Alabama on Dec. 5.

The Dec. 7 schedule includes Kansas State at Arkansas, LSU at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State at Texas A&M and Auburn at TCU. Florida visits Kansas, Tennessee hosts Texas and Mississippi State hosts West Virginia on Dec. 8.

Game times will be announced later. This event has been held since 2014. The two conferences have split the 10 matchups each of the last two seasons.

Cardinals Pitcher Jordan Hicks Diagnosed with Torn UCL


June 24th, 2019 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS, Mo., June 24, 2019 – The St. Louis Cardinals learned today, following an MRI examination of Jordan Hicks right elbow, that the reliever has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and the team is determining the next course of action for Hicks.

Hicks, 22, was removed from Saturday’s (June 22) game in the 9th inning after 1.1 innings pitched.  The second-year reliever is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA and team-leading 14 saves in his 29 games pitched this season, striking out 31 in his 28.2 innings of work.

2019 IHSBCA Baseball Rankings


June 24th, 2019 by Jim Field

Week 5 Rankings (Released June 23, 2019)

Class 4A (Record)

1.      Johnston (18-2)

2.      Western Dubuque (20-2)

3.      Iowa City West (15-5)

4.      Southeast Polk (19-5)

5.      Dowling Catholic (14-6)

6.      Des Moines Roosevelt (15-4)

7.      Linn-Mar (15-5)

8.      Urbandale (13-8)

9.      Ankeny Centennial (14-7)

10.    Iowa City High (16-5)

Others: Ankeny; Dubuque Hempstead; Mason City; Waukee

Class 3A (Record)

1.      Cedar Rapids Xavier (19-2)

2.      Davenport Assumption (16-3)

3.      Central DeWitt (21-0)

4.      Harlan (15-3)

5.      Marion (16-3)

6.      Solon (14-6)

7.      Ballard (14-2)

8.      Centerville (15-1)

9.      Gilbert (16-2)

10.    Bishop Heelan Catholic (16-6)

Others:  Boone; Fairfield; Grinnell; MOC-Floyd Valley; Oskaloosa; Washington; Waverly-Shell Rock

Class 2A (Record)

1.      Wilton (14-1)

2.      North Linn (29-1)

3.      Dike-New Hartford (21-1)

4.      Treynor (18-3)

5.      New Hampton (20-4)

6.      Van Meter (16-3)

7.      West Lyon (18-0)

8.      Beckman Catholic (18-8)

9.      Hinton (17-1)

10.    Estherville Lincoln Central (18-1)

Others:  Cascade; MVAOCOU; Pochantas; Underwood; West Marshall

Class 1A (Record)

1.      Newman Catholic (18-2)

2.      Southeast Warren (17-0)

3.      Martensdale-St. Mary’s (18-3)

4.      Calamus-Wheatland (23-2)

5.      Don Bosco (19-4)

6.      Alburnett (19-4)

7.      Saint Ansgar (15-5)

8.      Kingsley-Pierson (19-3)

9.      Coon Rapids-Bayard (17-3)

10.    HLV (16-1)

Others:  CAM; Kee; South Winneshiek; St. Albert, Council Bluffs; St. Mary’s, Remsen; West Fork; Woodbury Central

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 6/24/19

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June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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Midwest Sports Headlines: 6/24/2019


June 24th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Angels slugger Albert Pujols had two hits and exchanged jerseys with former teammate Yadier Molina to conclude an emotional return to St. Louis, and Los Angeles beat the Cardinals 6-4. Pujols was cheered throughout his first series in St. Louis since leaving the club in free agency after the 2011 season. The former Cardinal got standing ovations before each plate appearance throughout the weekend and a curtain call after popping out in his final at-bat.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Dozier hit a three-run shot, Homer Bailey was stingy again while pitching into the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Twins 6-1 on a soggy, overcast day. Bailey earned the win as the Royals forged a split of the four-game series. Michael Pineda took the loss after allowing five runs in the third inning.

UNDATED (AP) — After six straight victories, the Los Angeles Dodgers now lead the NL West by 13 games. The Dodgers have won six straight division championships, and although last year’s required a one-game playoff, they’re threatening to run away with this year’s title. The Dodgers own the best record in baseball and are in the middle of another midseason surge.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michigan’s Erik Bakich says Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin has been the biggest influence on him as he’s gone through his coaching career. Bakich was a Vandy assistant for seven years until 2009. Corbin says he’s proud of what Bakich has accomplished. Now he wants to beat his protege when Michigan and Vanderbilt meet in the best-of-three College World Series finals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Felipe Gutierrez scored early in the second half and Tim Melia made four saves to give Sporting Kansas City its first road win of the season, 1-0 over the Columbus Crew. Gutierrez was just a couple steps off the goal line unmarked for the easy header on a short cross from Gerso Fernandes.

Area softball & baseball scores from 6/22/19


June 23rd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Softball Scores:

Columbus Catholic 10, MOC-Floyd Valley 0
IKM-Manning 4, Kuemper Catholic 3
Iowa City West 11, Creston 1
Melcher-Dallas 13, West Central Valley 6
West Monona 15, Lawton-Bronson 1
Westwood 10, Woodbine 7
Woodbine 7, Trinity Christian 4

Baseball Scores:

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 5, Newell-Fonda 4
Carroll 6, Pocahontas Area 1 (Kuemper Tournament)
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars 8, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 2 (LeMars Gehlen Tournament)
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 4, Carroll 3
Pocahontas Area 10, Greene County 0 (Kuemper Tournament)
Southeast Polk 4, Sioux City, East 1

Midwest Sports Headlines: 6/23/2019


June 23rd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

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

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols took a curtain call for his adoring fans at Busch Stadium after homering against the Cardinals, but Marcell Ozuna connected to lead Dakota Hudson and St. Louis over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2. Pujols hit his 13th home run, a solo drive in the seventh inning. He got a standing ovation as he rounded the bases and the cheers grew louder until Pujols emerged from the dugout and tipped his hat to the sellout crowd.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — C.J. Cron homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3. Miguel Sanó and Jake Cave also homered for the Twins, who blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth before pushing ahead for good in the 10th. Eddie Rosario’s double to deep right off Wily Peralta scored Cave for a two-run cushion. Trevor May worked a scoreless ninth and Blake Parker retired the side in the 10th for his 10th save in 11 chances.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Michigan baseball team is feeling right at home in Omaha and the state of Nebraska as its chases the program’s first national title since 1962. Some key moments on the Wolverines’ improbable journey occurred here even before the College World Series. There were the losses 50 miles away in Lincoln that cost them the Big Ten regular-season title. There was the walk-off win in the conference tournament at TD Ameritrade Park that probably saved their spot in the national tournament.

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Ross Chastain won the NASCAR Truck Series race at The Raceway at Gateway, a week after losing a victory at Iowa when he was disqualified for failing a postrace inspection. Chastain grabbed track position with a gas-only last pit stop in Niece Motorsports’ No. 45 Chevrolet. He finished 0.740 seconds ahead of Todd Gilliland in the 160-lap race on the 1.25-mile oval.

Cardinals beat Angels 4-2, Saturday


June 22nd, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Albert Pujols took a curtain call for his adoring fans at Busch Stadium after homering against the Cardinals, but Marcell Ozuna connected to lead Dakota Hudson and St. Louis over the Los Angeles Angels 4-2, Saturday. Pujols hit his 13th home run, a solo drive in the seventh inning. He got a standing ovation as he rounded the bases. The three-time NL MVP who helped the Cardinals win two World Series championships returned to the ballpark on Friday night for the first time since helping St. Louis take the 2011 title. Pujols signed with the Angels after that season, and they hadn’t played an interleague game at Busch until this weekend.

The Cardinals improved to 185-177 in interleague play, the best among NL teams.