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Mount Vernon rallies to win Iowa Boys Class 2A Basketball Title


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mount Vernon’s Jake Timm buried three free throws in the final 19 seconds left and the Mustangs rallied to beat St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 48-45 in the Class 2A title game. Micah Russell scored 19 points to lead fourth-seeded Mount Vernon (23-4), which trailed by 15 points before roaring back to stun the unranked Gaels. Timm missed from the line with 7.7 seconds left, and St. Edmonds star Nick Clark dashed down court looking to launch the potential game-tying shot.  Clark’s pass was knocked away as time expired. Clark had 24 points to lead all scorers for St. Edmonds (20-7). Timm made just three of seven from the line, but those three turned out to be the difference as the Mustangs won their first state title in 39 years.

2013 NCAA Wrestling Championship Tickets on Sale Next Week


March 9th, 2012 by Jim Field

DES MOINES – Tickets for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will go on sale Thursday, March 15 at 10 a.m. The championships are set for March 21-23, 2013 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

All-session tickets begin at $150 for upper level seating. Lower level tickets can be purchased for $205. Tickets will be available for purchase online at NCAA.com/tickets, over the phone by calling 866/55-DAHLS or at the Wells Fargo Arena ticket office.

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships sold out in 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska and 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event is on pace to do so once again in 2012 as action begins next week from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Local Organizing Committee for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships is made up of Iowa State University (host institution), the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau/Sports Commission, and the Iowa Events Center.

Green Leads Michigan State Past Iowa 92-75 in Big Ten


March 9th, 2012 by Jim Field

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Draymond Green had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 8 Michigan State over Iowa 92-75 in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

Adreian Payne added a career-high 16 points, Keith Appling had 12 points and six assists and Brandon Wood had 10 points for the top-seeded Spartans (25-7). The Spartans shot 58 percent from the field.

Michigan State will play either No. 14 Indiana or No. 15 Wisconsin in the semifinals Saturday.

Josh Oglesby scored 20 points for Iowa (17-15). Zach McCabe and Roy Devyn Marble added 13 points each for the Hawkeyes, who defeated Illinois on Thursday. Iowa entered Friday’s game having won four of six games, including wins against Indiana and Wisconsin.

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Friday Boys State Basketball Tournament


March 9th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Consolation

  • Storm Lake St. Mary’s 81, Nodaway Valley 46

Class 2-A Consolation

  • Clarinda 69, MFL/MAR-MAC 52

Class 4-A Semi-finals

  • 1:30 — Ankeny (24-0) vs. Sioux City East (20-3)
  • 3:15 — Iowa City West (24-0) vs. Linn-Mar (20-4)

1-A State Championship

  • 6:05 — Danville (27-0) vs. Boyden-Hull (25-2)

2-A State Championship

  • 8:05 — Mt. Vernon (22-4) vs. Ft. Dodge St. Edmond (20-6)

Thursday Boys State Basketball Results


March 9th, 2012 by Jim Field


  • Danville 65, Nodaway Valley 49
  • Boyden-Hull 69,  Storm Lake St. Mary’s 61


  • Mt. Vernon 66, MFL/MAR-MAC 49
  • Ft. Dodge St. Edmond 56, Clarinda 44 (OT)


  • Western Dubuque 58, Bishop Heelan Catholic 43
  • Mt. Pleasant 53, Grinnell 33

    Leaders: Ferentz hire complied with nepotism rules


    March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Leaders of a University of Iowa oversight committee are satisfied Coach Kirk Ferentz didn’t violate school policy when he created a job opening on his staff that was filled with his son. Vice president for human resources Susan Buckley and associate provost Tom Rice said through a spokesman Thursday the hiring of Brian Ferentz as offensive line coach “was in full compliance with all university policies.” Buckley and Rice chair a committee charged with enforcing rules meant to ban nepotism.

    Athletics director Gary Barta told Buckley it was his decision to hire Brian Ferentz, and Kirk Ferentz didn’t participate in the interview. But Brian Ferentz said Wednesday he left the New England Patriots because he couldn’t say no to his father, who had reassigned an assistant to create the opening.

    Brown lifts Texas to 71-65 win over No. 25 Iowa St


    March 9th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas knows enough to rely on J’Covan Brown when the Longhorns need a basket. The Big 12’s leading scorer converted a go-ahead three-point play with 36.3 seconds left, and the Longhorns held on to beat No. 25 Iowa State 71-65 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. Brown finished with 23 points for the Longhorns (20-12), who reached the 20-win plateau for the 13th consecutive season and likely removed themselves from the NCAA tournament bubble. Texas will face fifth-ranked Missouri in the semifinals Friday night.

    Royce White had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (22-10), and it was his turnaround bank shot with 51.6 seconds left that tied it 65. But after Brown was fouled on a spinning jumper and made the free throw, White lost control of the ball with 22.9 seconds left. It wound up in the hands of the Longhorns’ Jonathan Holmes, who made both free throws for a 70-65 lead. The Cyclones turned it over again on their next possession to seal the outcome.

    Cyclone Women Fall To Kansas State, 67-63 in Big 12 Tourney


    March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State’s Jalana Childs scored a career-high 31 points to give the Wildcats a 67-63 win over Iowa State in a back-and-forth game in quarterfinal action at the Big 12 Women’s Championship Thursday in the Municipal Auditorium.

    Iowa State (18-12 overall, 9-9 in Big 12 play) was down by as many as eight points in the second half before battling back to take a four-point lead. Childs, however, continued to make plays down the stretch, including a jumper to give KSU a 64-61 lead with 0:21 seconds left.

    The Cyclones were led by Nikki Moody, who scored a career-high 21 points. Lauren Mansfield added 21 points, her third 20-point game of the season. The game featured seven ties and nine lead changes, as the Cyclones lost their first game in the Big Championship for only the third time in the 17-year Bill Fennelly era.

    Iowa State made six-of-its-first-seven shots to jump out to an early 12-2 lead. However, KSU answered with a 13-2 run to go up 15-14 with 10:30 left in the first half. Mansfield then made back-to-back hoops for the Cyclones to push ISU back out in front, 18-15.

    ISU leader Chelsea Poppens picked up her second foul with 9:14 left in the first half and had to sit the remainder of the first period, attempting one shot while playing just eight minutes. The Wildcats took advantage, forging a 33-29 halftime lead, as Childs had 12 first-half points. Mansfield scored 15 points and made 6-of-10 shots from the floor in the opening period to lead the Cyclones.

    The Wildcats took their largest lead at eight points (37-29) after scoring the first four points of the second period. However, the Cyclones kept fighting back. An Anna Prins 3-pointer and a Mansfield bucket knotted the game at 46-46 with 11:30 remaining.

    Childs had the answer again, scoring two-straight buckets for the Wildcats, but the Cyclones bounced back with a Mansfield drive and a Hallie Christofferson conventional 3-point play to move the Cyclones out in front, 51-50 with 7:45 left.

    Moody made it an 8-0 Iowa State run with a drive and 3-point play to increase the Cyclone lead to 54-50, but the Wildcats followed with seven-straight points to go back up, 57-54 with under six minutes to play.

    Moody knotted the game (59-59) with a steal and lay-in with 3:08 left, but Childs scored down low on KSU’s next possession to give KSU a 61-59 advantage with under two minutes left. Moments later Poppens and Childs traded buckets, as KSU held a 64-61 lead with 0:18 seconds left. Christofferson then buried a baseline jumper to cut the deficit to one point (64-63) with 0:16 seconds remaining.

    Brittany Chambers connected on a pair of free-throws moments later setting up a Mansfield 3-pointer in the corner that went in-and-out at the closing seconds.

    Iowa State outrebounded KSU, 36-34, grabbing 13 offensive boards. Christofferson had eight boards and nine points for the Cyclones.

    Iowa State will wait to learn its postseason fate on Monday in the NCAA Women’s Championship Selection Show.

    Iowa Tops Illinois in Big Ten Tourney


    March 8th, 2012 by Jim Field

    Matt Gatens made sure his Iowa career didn’t end on Thursday.  The senior made a pair of late free throws to help seal the game as Iowa beat Illinois 64-61 in the first round of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.  Gatens led the Hawkeyes with 20 points as they rallied from a four point halftime deficit.  Freshman Aaron White had 13 points for Iowa.  The biggest difference in the game was free throw shooting, Iowa was 12 of 19 from the stripe, the Illini never shot a free throw.  Meyers Leonard led Illinois with 18 points, while D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand each had 11.  Iowa out-rebounded Illinois 34-32 and the Hawkeyes had nine steals and only turned the ball over six times.  Iowa improves to 17-15 on the season and advances to the quarter-final round Friday when they will face top seed Michigan State.  The game will tip off Friday morning at 11:00.  You can hear the game live on KJAN with the pre-game beginning at 10:00 am.