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Thursday High School Basketball Results


January 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

  • Clarinda Academy 66, Heartland Christian 31
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 79, CB Thomas Jefferson 44
  • Griswold 44, Essex 36
  • Heartland Christian 31, Clarinda Academy 30
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 86, CB Thomas Jefferson 16
  • Sidney 34, Iowa School for the Deaf 30

Sioux City wrestlers charged in hazing incident

News, Sports

January 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say four members of the wrestling team at North High School in Sioux City face misdemeanor charges of simple assault in an alleged hazing incident involving another team member. According to the Sioux City Journal, police say the students assaulted another boy on Dec. 19 at the school. It was reported to police on Jan. 3rd. School district spokeswoman Alison Benson says the students were disciplined in accordance with school policy. She says coach John Torno, who was on administrative leave during the investigation, would return to the classroom. This is the third reported investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct involving members of an Iowa high school wrestling team in recent weeks. The other alleged incidents occurred in Greenfield and Lisbon.

Iowa’s McCaffery has no apology for chair slam


January 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery says he has no regrets about slamming a chair during an outburst in the second half of Tuesday’s blowout loss at Michigan State. McCaffery told reporters Thursday he had no apologies whatsoever for the tirade, which started after he was whistled for a technical foul while Iowa was losing 69-41. Berating his players during the break, McCaffery picked up an empty folding chair and slammed it on the court. Video of the incident spread online. McCaffery says he’s going to continue to “coach with passion” and fight for his players. He said some people did not understand that his message was aimed at his players to be tougher, not at the referees. He says the game was very physical and his players had failed to adjust.

Lawyer: Iowa should have acted sooner on Coker


January 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa officials should have acted sooner after learning star running back Marcus Coker was under investigation for sexual assault to either clear him if he was innocent or discipline him if there was evidence, an attorney familiar with the school’s checkered handling of such cases said Thursday. Attorney Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines said school officials must explain what actions they took after they learned a woman named Coker in an assault complaint Oct. 28, given missteps in the past decade involving other assault allegations against Iowa athletes. “Innocent until proven guilty is still the law of the land, but you need to conduct an immediate investigation and the university needs to determine whether or not he did in fact rape somebody. And if he did, he shouldn’t be playing football,” Conlin said.

The Iowa City Police Department formally closed its investigation into the case last week without filing charges. Authorities say they decided not to charge Coker in late November or early December after it became clear the woman did not want to pursue the matter. At that point, they shared their investigative findings with university officials who were conducting their own disciplinary investigation. Iowa City Police Lt. Doug Hart said the university was told about the Coker investigation the day before Iowa played Minnesota on Oct. 29. Coker played the final five games of the regular season, but was suspended for unspecified misconduct Dec. 20 before the Insight Bowl. The university announced Tuesday he’d asked for a release from his scholarship and dropped out of classes this semester so that he could transfer. Coker, the second-leading rusher in the Big Ten Conference with 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns, has made no public comments on the situation. Neither have top university officials.

University vice president for strategic communications Tysen Kendig said the school was editing Coker out of a promotional video that featured him and a handful of other students as success stories. The video, often played for groups of university supporters, touted Coker’s success on the football field and his academic prowess in his double majors of physics and astronomy. Kendig and other university officials argue that a federal law protecting students’ privacy prohibits them from describing how they responded to news of the police report. The Iowa Board of Regents, which oversees the school and asked for a review of sexual assault policies after the scandal at Penn State, also has no comment, a spokeswoman said. Bill Hines, a law professor who chairs an advisory committee that helps oversee the athletics department, said he learned of the Coker matter by reading the newspaper and knows nothing more.

Conlin, who has represented several women over the years who claim they were sexually assaulted by Iowa athletes, said the university’s response has been inadequate. “Things have not gone well in the past. The ball has been dropped, to use a football analogy, so many times that they need to be out making public statements that explain what they’ve done or what they have failed to do,” she said. “It’s very frustrating.” In 2002, Conlin acted as a mediator to resolve a felony charge alleging that Iowa basketball standout Pierre Pierce had performed unwanted sex acts on a woman. She helped broker a deal in which Pierce pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault but was allowed to rejoin the team after sitting a year out. The leniency sparked protests on campus. And Pierce was arrested during the 2005 season on charges that he broke into the home of a former girlfriend, falsely imprisoned and then assaulted her. He served 11 months in prison. “It turned out to be a horrible thing. It turned out that he was a serial offender. I would never do that again,” Conlin says.

The Coker case comes three years after the parents of a female athlete who was assaulted by two football players in a dorm room accused university officials of being insensitive to her and trying to keep the case quiet. Two players were convicted of assault while a third transferred. The dean of students and the school’s top lawyer were fired for what President Sally Mason called an inadequate response, and both of them continue to sue for wrongful termination. University officials say they have made a number of changes since then, including hiring Monique DiCarlo as a sexual misconduct response coordinator to help victims navigate the university bureaucracy. It was not clear whether DiCarlo, who has not responded to a message seeking comment, played a role in the Coker case.

8AM Sportscast 01-12-2012

Podcasts, Sports

January 12th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Kansas Tops Iowa State Women In 2OT


January 12th, 2012 by Jim Field

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas’ Angel Goodrich was only 5-of-16 from the field but she hit a long three-point bucket with five seconds left to send the Jayhawks’ game against Iowa State to a second overtime in which KU went on to a 74-67 victory in Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday. Kansas’ Carolyn Davis scored nearly all of her 21 points playing with four fouls through the last 20 minutes of the game as Iowa State suffered another heartbreaking loss at Kansas. The Jayhawks are 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Iowa State falls to 9-5 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12.

Iowa State, which led by 13 with 9:30 left in regulation, scored just once in a late five-minute stretch of the second half.  The Cyclones, led by Chelsea Poppens’ 24 points and 15 rebounds, were outscored 11-4 in the second overtime.  Anna Prins had 19 points and seven rebounds for Iowa State.

Iowa State started the second half in full gear. Six different Cyclones scored on a 16-11 run out of the gate and the Cyclones led 44-31 with 9:30 left in the game.

The Cyclones took a 20-18 first-half lead on a quick three by Kelsey Harris off the bench with 2:45 left in the first half. A Poppens free throw gave the Cyclones a 24-18 lead at the break.  Iowa State outscored KU 12-2 over the last seven minutes of the first half with Goodrich’s jumper with 4:41 remaining the final Jayhawk points before halftime.

Iowa State attacked the basket throughout the game but were saddled with 23 turnovers that kept Kansas in the contest.

Iowa State plays host to defending NCAA champion Texas A&M Saturday at 7 p.m. CST in Hilton Coliseum.

No. 9 Missouri gets past Iowa State 76-69


January 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — No. 9 Missouri was down to five players with a minute left and the host Cyclones breathing down its neck. The undermanned Tigers responded in the clutch yet again and put their only loss of the season behind them. Matt Pressey led six players in double figures with 14 points and the Tigers got past Iowa State 76-69 on Wednesday night. Phil Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe each added 12 points for the Tigers (15-1, 2-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 75-59 loss at Kansas State with a team effort — even though that team normally uses only seven players. The only Missouri player to fall short of 10 points was leading scorer Marcus Denmon. But he had a game-high seven assists and four crucial free throws in the final 21 seconds after Kim English and Steve Moore had fouled out. Missouri pushed a four-point lead to 72-66 on Ratliffe’s hook shot with 32 seconds left. Iowa State’s Chris Allen responded with a quick 3, but Denmon put the Cyclones away at the line. Scott Christopherson had 19 points and Allen scored 17 for Iowa State (12-4, 2-1), which lost for the first time in eight games. Royce White finished with 16 points and six rebounds, but he was just 2 of 8 from the free throw line. The Cyclones were outrebounded 38-27, hit only four 3s in the second half and went 13 of 25 from the line. The Cyclones were also outscored 40-20 in the paint by Missouri.

Iowa State entered play with its first 2-0 start in the Big 12 in five years, and a win would have given them a 3-0 record in the league for the first time since 2000. Hilton Coliseum certainly anticipated a big night for the program, with a near-sellout crowd into things from the opening tip. But by letting the Tigers off the hook, the Cyclones were reminded that wins against the Big 12’s elite are nearly impossible if they make as many mistakes as they did against Missouri.

2 students charged in connection with hazing incident at Nodaway Valley

News, Sports

January 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Greenfield said today (Wednesday), two Nodaway Valley High School students have been arrested in connection with an incident related to the Nodaway Valley wrestling team. According to Greenfield Police Chief Austin O’Brien, 18-year-old Mikel Fieck and a 17-year-old juvenile, both from Greenfield, have been charged with 2nd degree Sexual Abuse, in connection with a hazing incident involving a student on the wrestling squad. Feick was booked into the Adair County Jail and later released on $25,000 bond. The 17-year-old juvenile was being held in a juvenile detention facility in Eldora.

Nodaway Valley Superintendent of Schools Casey Berlau would not provide specific details about the students or the arrests, because of student confidentiality.

8AM Sportscast 01-11-2012

Podcasts, Sports

January 11th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Tuesday Girls High School Basketball Results


January 11th, 2012 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • Creston 57, Atlantic 45
  • Nebraska City 48, Shenandoah 43
  • Auburn, NE 47, Clarinda 31
  • Glenwood 52, Denison-Schleswig 42
  • Kuemper Catholic 66, Red Oak 33

Western Iowa:

  • Audubon 63, A-H-S-T 48
  • Riverside 39, Griswold 31
  • Missouri Valley 55, Tri-Center 46

Rolling Hills:

  • Adair-Casey 54, Walnut 26
  • Paton-Churdan 45, Ankeny Christian 26
  • CAM 55, Orient-Macksburg 49
  • Iowa Christian 58, East Greene 28
  • Exira/EHK 63, Glidden-Ralston 26


  • Fremont-Mills 70, Clarinda Academy 25
  • Villisca 59, East Mills 37
  • Essex 42, Sidney 33
  • Stanton 51, Nishnabotna 38
  • Bedford 50, Nodaway Valley 41
  • Corning 76, East Union 31
  • Mount Ayr 57, Lenox 39
  • Sioux City North 64, Thomas Jefferson 26
  • Ar-We-Va 84, Woodbine 35
  • Charter Oak-Ute 52, Boyer Valley 45
  • IKM-Manning 94, West Harrison 28
  • West Monona 54, Logan-Magnolia 24
  • St. Albert 55, Fremont Bergan 29