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Drake cruises to 73-60 win over IUPUI


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Enevold Jensen scored 10 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead Drake to its first win of the season with a 73-60 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night. Drake (1-3) opened with a 9-2 spurt to capture a lead it never relinquished, then took control with a 13-2 run early in the second half that included a Chris Caird 3-pointer and was capped with an Envold Jensen layup that made it 47-27 with 16:12 to play.

Reed Timmer contributed 12 points and C.J. Rivers added 11 points for Drake, which shot 60.9 percent from the floor to snap a four-game skid stretching back to last season. It was Enevold Jensen’s first career double-double.

IUPUI (2-3) came into the game after a 71-69 overtime win Saturday over Ball State but hit just 20 of 56 from the floor Tuesday and had no players in double figures.

Area Girls High School Basketball Scores from Tue., 11/25/14


November 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ADM, Adel 55, Van Meter 42
Atlantic 45, Denison-Schleswig 44 – (On KJAN- Erin Olsen- 14pts. including game winning free throws)
Bedford 68, Stanton 42
Clarinda 62, Lenox 21
Creston 64, Mount Ayr 40
Glenwood 64, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 17
Interstate 35,Truro 77, Earlham 70
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 69, Carroll 23
Lamoni 41, Orient-Macksburg 23
Lewis Central 47, Sioux City, North 22
Logan-Magnolia 67, Woodbine 44
Nodaway Valley 54, West Central Valley, Stuart 36
Panorama, Panora 49, Bondurant Farrar 34
Red Oak 59, Riverside, Oakland 13

Iowa won’t identify fan booted for heckling coach


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa is refusing to identify the fan booted out of a Kinnick Stadium suite for yelling at offensive coordinator Greg Davis at halftime of Saturday’s game. Iowa spokesman Steve Roe said the individual was a guest in a hospitality booth of Learfield Sports, which handles Hawkeye sports marketing.

The fan caused a stir when he yelled at Davis to throw the ball down the field as Davis was getting on an elevator. Roe says the fan also directed comments at Wisconsin’s staff. Roe called for security. Athletic officials asked the fan to leave and he did so on his own. Roe says the school isn’t identifying the individual because police weren’t involved.

UI Police spokesman Dave Visin says the incident was over by the time officers responded.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports, 11/25/2014

Podcasts, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Junker approved as Boys Varsity High School Swim Coach in Atlantic

News, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic School District’s Board of Education Monday night, approved the hiring of Head Girls Swimming Team Coach Dean Junker, as the head Boys Varsity High School Swimming Coach for the current, Winter season, which started Monday. The recommendation came from High School Activities Director/Assistant Principal Matt Alexander, and was forwarded to the Board by Superintendent Mike Amstein. The Board however, had many questions about the program, before approving the hiring of Junker.

They asked f the number of students participating in the program could be sustained throughout the season. Alexander said they are “locked-in” to the current season, so regardless of whether they lose a couple of members along the way, they will still be able to participate in district events.  Board member Phil Hascall said told Alexander he has trouble approving programs and positions more than three months after the school year began, given the fact they are looking at ways to cut the budget.

Hascall told Alexander “You come to us after the season started, with no discussion about any of this.” Alexander said the Swim Team was approved by the Board last year, but acknowledged they probably really wanted to see what the number of participants were before the agreed in total to having the program. He said there originally more than a dozen students interested in the team, but later found it a struggle to sign-up more than eight.

Alexander said there are currently 10 students participating in the program. Board member Rod Hartwig said they agreed to the program if a minimum of 10 Atlantic students were involved. He asked, since it was difficult to sign-up kids this first year, if it wouldn’t be better to look to surrounding districts for participants.  Alexander said Junker has looked to the areas to our north and east – Exira and Audubon, for instance – that are farther away from Lewis Central. They might look at approaching Red Oak, Griswold and CAM, at prior to next year’s season.

He says he’s already had initial talks with some of the district officials.

Heroes from Iowa & Nebraska are named to be recognized at Friday’s football game in Iowa City

News, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

During Friday’s Iowa-Nebraska football game, the American Red Cross will honor two men, one from each state, who went above and beyond in the face of crisis. Red Cross spokeswoman Kara Kelly says the Iowan who’s being singled out for recognition as a “citizen hero” is 18-year-old Austin Benson of Winterset, a senior at Winterset High School. “Austin acted with great bravery when his friend was thrown from her horse,” Kelly says. “The horse rolled on top of her and the saddlehorn punctured her leg. It ended up being very critical injuries. Austin applied pressure to the wound and kept her awake while waiting for the ambulance. According the medical professionals, he reallys saved her life.”

The honoree from Nebraska is Gene Willers, the president of the Midwest Bank Branch in Pilger, a town that was forever changed on June 16th. “You may remember, there was a very large tornado that went through that town this summer,” Kelly says. “Gene put eight people in the bank safe. It only locks from the outside so he locked them inside and then went into the basement. The bank was in fact destroyed but luckily, everybody survived.”

Benson and Willers will be honored during the Hawkeye-Cornhusker game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. “We have a great presentation that will happen during halftime at Friday’s game,” Kelly says. “We have two videos that will show their stories. They’ll also have their names engraved on the Hy-Vee Heroes game trophy and then they’ll receive honorary plates from both athletic directors. It’s really a wonderful tribute to these two men.”

Benson, Willers and members of their families will be guests of the Hawkeyes and the Huskers at the game and will participate in a variety of special pregame activities. Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. Staff and volunteers from the Red Cross selected the winners.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa beats Pepperdine 72-61


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Senior Aaron White scored 17 points with nine rebounds and Iowa held off Pepperdine 72-61 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff had 15 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (3-2), who never trailed but nonetheless struggled at times against the Waves (3-1).

Pepperdine got as close as 39-36 before Iowa responded with an 11-0 run. Still, the Waves kept their deficit within single digits for much of the second half. It was a 7-point game after Amadi Udenyi’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left, but Iowa made 6 of 8 free throws to seal the win. Shawn Olden had 17 points while Stacy Davis added 13 points and nine boards for Pepperdine, whose winning streak was halted at three games.

The Hawkeyes were certainly happy to be back in Iowa City after losing to Texas and Syracuse in New York last week. They didn’t look very comfortable on their home court in the first half though. Iowa let a 10-point lead dwindle to 35-30 by the end of the half, which it closed by missing seven straight shots. The Hawkeyes let Pepperdine creep as close as 39-36 before Anthony Clemmons hit a 3 and a transition layup to spark. Uthoff’s mid-range jumper made it 50-36 with 12:25 left.

Pepperdine responded with a 10-2 spurt. But Uthoff threw down a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Josh Oglesby, and Gesell hit a 3 to push Iowa back ahead 62-49.

No. 13 Iowa St beats Alabama 84-74 in CBE Classic


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 28 points, reserve Dustin Hogue had 17 and No. 13 Iowa State beat Alabama 84-74 on Monday night to reach the CBE Classic championship game. Naz Long also scored 15 points for the Cyclones (3-0), who will play Maryland for the tournament title on Tuesday night. Matt Thomas returned from a suspension to score 13 points.

The Terrapins beat Arizona State 78-73 earlier in the night. Rodney Cooper scored 27 points for the Crimson Tide (3-1), who had won the only previous meeting between the schools. Levi Randolph finished with 18 points.

Girls High School Basketball Scores from Mon., 11/24/14


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

  • Atlantic 49, CB Abraham Lincoln 34
  • Adair-Casey 60, CAM 31
  • Audubon 69, Guthrie Center 36
  • Bedford 66, Earlham 61
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 78, Boyer Valley 25

Mount Ayr Tournament

  • Creston 63, Lamoni 8
  • Mount Ayr 76, Orient-Macksburg 32

Former major league pitcher Sadecki dead at 73


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73. Sadecki made his major league debut at age 19 with the Cardinals in 1960. In 1964, he went 20-11 and helped St. Louis win the National League pennant. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the World Series in seven games.

Sadecki was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1966 for Orlando Cepeda. The left-hander had a 135-131 career record with a 3.78 ERA with St. Louis, San Francisco, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Kansas City and Milwaukee.

Sadecki died in Mesa last week, his son said Monday.