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Atlantic and Glenwood ready for marquee match-up Friday


February 22nd, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans and Glenwood Rams boys basketball teams have become very familiar with each other the last five years. Friday night will mark the fifth straight season that the teams have collided in the playoffs. Atlantic travels to Glenwood for a Class 3A Substate 8 Semifinal that will tip at 7:00pm Friday.

Glenwood grabbed playoff wins over Atlantic in 2014, 2015, and 2016 but the Trojans turned the tables last year by winning a Substate Final over the Rams 69-68 to earn their first trip to state since 2002. The history is a nice talking point and it will help to build anticipation for this latest meeting, but it means very little to the actual match-up. What is more relevant is the fact that the two teams split during the regular season. Glenwood put away Atlantic in big fashion on December 12th 64-31. The Trojans returned the favor on January 9th with a 59-41 win over the Rams. That was the only loss inside the state of Iowa borders this season for Glenwood. Their only other loss came at Skutt Catholic in Nebraska. That last meeting in Atlantic got a bit chippy at the end and Glenwood ended up being assessed 4 technical fouls in that game.

Glenwood (20-2) has been led by Christian Stanislav averaging 15 points per game, while perennial stars Nate Mohr and Andrew Blum are averaging 14 and 13 points per game respectively. The Rams are averaging 74 points per game and have allowed opponents an average of 46 points per outing.

Atlantic (14-8) has three players averaging in double figures scoring as well: Scott Leonard 17, Austin Alexander 16, and Chase Mullenix 11 points per game. The Trojans are averaging 62 points per game for the season and have allowed opponents to score an average of 51 points per game.

Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the call of the game on KJAN Friday with pregame at 6:45pm. Catch the game on-air, online, or on the KJAN mobile app.

Rolling Valley Boys Basketball All-Conference selections announced


February 22nd, 2018 by Chris Parks

First Team

Joe Weber, Boyer Valley, Senior
Drew Schurke, Ar-We-Va, Junior
Keegan Simons, Ar-We-Va, Junior
Thomas Hensley, CAM, Senior
Nicholas Holste, CAM, Senior
Cole Burmeister, Exira-EHK, Junior
Ben Obert, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Junior
Jake Berns, Paton-Churdan, Senior

Second Team

Chad Klein, Boyer Valley, Senior
Dakota Rold, Exira-EHK, Junior
Josh Pettepier, Exira-EHK, Junior
Alex Bantam, Woodbine, Junior
Layne Prior, Woodbine, Freshman
Justin Sparks, Glidden-Ralston, Senior
Chase Heithoff, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Senior
Ty Houston, West Harrison, Junior

Girls State Basketball Brackets released for all Classes


February 22nd, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Girls State Basketball Brackets have been released for all Classes now after make-up games were completed for some 1A and 2A games on Wednesday night.

In Class 1A the Exira-EHK Spartans (23-1) drew the #4 seed and will take on the #5 seed AGWSR (21-2). That game will be played on Wednesday, February 28th at 3:15pm at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.  We’ll have coverage of the game on KJAN.

In Class 2A the Treynor Cardinals (22-1) are the top seed and will face #8 West Sioux (21-3) in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:45pm. Panorama is the #2 seed and will face #7 North Union on Wednesday, February 28th at 11:45am.

In Class 3A Red Oak (21-2) is the #7 seed and they will play #2 Sioux Center (22-2) on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00pm.

In Class 4A Lewis Central (22-0) is the #2 seed and will play #7 LeMars (17-6) on Tuesday in the Quarterfinals at 10:00am.

Look at the full brackets here: 18BBBrackets

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 2/22/2018

Podcasts, Sports

February 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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


Wednesday’s area basketball scores


February 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson


1A District 12 Semifinal:

Central Decatur, Leon 56, Earlham 34

3A Substate 1 Quarterfinals:

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 65, Spencer 42

LeMars 62, Algona 55

4A Substate 1 Quarterfinal:

Lewis Central 72, Sioux City, North 49


1A Region 1 Championship:

Bishop Garrigan 73, Kingsley-Pierson 67, OT

2A Region 1 Championship:

North Union 50, Western Christian, Hull 48

2A Region 8 Championship:

West Sioux, Hawarden 58, IKM-Manning 54

TCU rallies past Iowa State 89-83


February 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A grieving Donovan Jackson played his heart out for an Iowa State team that needed all the help it could get. In the end it wasn’t enough, as TCU eventually overwhelmed the undermanned Cyclones to avoid an untimely bad loss. Desmond Bane had 27 points, including a crucial late dunk, and the Horned Frogs rallied to beat Iowa State 89-83 on Wednesday night for their second straight win.

Alex Robinson scored 18 points with six assists and Kouat Noi added 17 for the Horned Frogs (19-9, 7-8 Big 12), who reached seven wins in league play for the first time since they went 7-7 in the Mountain West Conference in 2012.

ISU’s Jackson, playing in his first game since learning of his father’s death over the weekend, scored 17 first-half points as the Cyclones — who dressed just seven players — jumped ahead 47-41. Jackson finished with 27 points for Iowa State (13-14, 4-11).
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said that Jackson learned on Saturday that his father had died of yet-unknown causes, and Jackson returned to Ames after visiting his family in Milwaukee. Jackson’s father’s funeral is Saturday, and Jackson will miss that day’s matchup against West Virginia.

Iowa State plays at West Virginia on Saturday.

Mason’s 33 points helps Minnesota snap nine-game skid


February 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Mason wasn’t going to go out a loser in his last game at Williams Arena. Mason scored 33 points and dished out six assists as Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 86-82 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night.

Dupree McBrayer scored 16 for Minnesota (15-15, 4-13 Big Ten), Jordan Murphy had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Davonte Fitzgerald also scored 10. Mason, a senior guard, is nine points away from moving into fifth place on the Gophers’ all-time scoring list. But a season that began with talk of competing in the Big Ten has been derailed by injuries and a season-ending suspension of a starter, leaving the Gophers reeling through the second half of conference play.

Mason hit 11 of 19 field goal attempts and three 3-pointers on the night. He also went 8 for 9 from the line, including five late free throws as Minnesota barely avoided blowing a 10-point lead in the final 52 seconds. Isaiah Moss led Iowa with a career-high 32 points, including 19 in the final two minutes as the Hawkeyes (12-18, 3-14) fought their way back from an early 20-point deficit. Luka Garza added 16 points and Ryan Kriener scored a career-high 15 as the Hawkeyes lost their sixth straight.

Iowa Sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon, the Hawkeyes’ second-leading scorer on the season at 13.2 points per game, was held scoreless for the first time all season. He attempted just two field goals but distributed six assists.

The Hawkeyes host Northwestern Sunday night.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 2/21/2018

Podcasts, Sports

February 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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


Iowa unveils website to promote Megan Gustafson


February 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The University of Iowa athletic department launched www.votegustafson.com this week. The site promotes All-American candidate Megan Gustafson and her record-breaking season. The junior center leads the country in scoring at nearly 25 points per game and also is fifth in the nation in rebounding.

The website features weekly highlights, up-to-date statistics, news clippings, honors, bio pages and videos. The Hawkeyes take a five game winning streak on the road to Rutgers tonight (Wednesday night).

(Learfield Sports)

Haldeman’s late 3 helps Northern Iowa hold off Valparaiso


February 21st, 2018 by Ric Hanson

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Spencer Haldeman drained a late trey to give Northern Iowa enough cushion to hold off Valparaiso 68-63 on Tuesday night.

Haldeman’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds left gave the Panthers a 62-56 lead. Tevonn Walker answered with a 3 for Valparaiso to close to 62-59. Haldeman then made two free throws and Bennett Koch finished the scoring with four straight free throws.

Koch was 8 of 8 from the floor, while making 9 of 14 free-throw attempts to total 25 points, which gave him 1,000 points for his career with Northern Iowa (14-15, 6-11 Missouri Valley Conference). Haldeman and Klint Carlson added 11 points apiece.

The Panthers led throughout the second half but could never break free as the Crusaders remained within striking distance. They closed to 59-56 with 2:01 remaining after Markus Golder drilled a 3 and Walker followed with a layup. Bakari Evelyn had 19 points to lead Valparaiso (14-16, 5-12), which is in last place in the conference.

Northern Iowa will play in an opening-round game at the MVC tournament for the first time since 2003. The bottom four seeds (7th to 10th place) will play on March 1 to open the tournament in St. Louis. The highest seed UNI can achieve is No. 8.