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Quarterback race underway at Iowa

Sports

March 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa will have a new quarterback next season but that is not necessarily bad news for the Hawkeyes. Some of the most successful Iowa teams during the Kirk Ferentz era had new starting quarterbacks. The Hawkeyes must replace C.J. Beathard, who was 21-7 as a starter. (Click on the left side of the audio bar to listen)

O’Keefe rejoined the program as quarterbacks coach after a stint with the Miami Dolphins. Sophomore Nathan Stanley and junior Tyler Wiegers lead the competition. Stanley played sparingly as Beathard’s backup as a true freshman.

Ferentz says the biggest factor in who earns the job is decision making, especially for an offense that is built to limit turnovers.

Iowa’s spring game is April 21st.

(Learfield Sports)

Iowa women cruise past Colorado in WNIT

Sports

March 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeye women have advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Alexa (Lexi) Kastanek had 19 points and the Hawks took control with a 17-0 run in the second quarter to beat Colorado 80-62. (Click on the left side of the audio bar to listen)

The Hawkeyes never trailed and improved to 20-13 on the season. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.

Bluder says the Hawkeyes are enjoying their post season run.

Iowa hosts Washington State Sunday afternoon.

(Learfield Sports)

Atlantic’s Leonard to continue basketball career at Briar Cliff

Sports

March 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

Atlantic senior Catherine Leonard announced her decision to attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa and continue her basketball career on Wednesday. Leonard held a signing ceremony at Atlantic High School with coaches and family present.

Leonard started four years for the Trojans and this past season averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. She finished her career with 743 points and 644 rebounds.  She was a first-team Hawkeye 10 Conference selection and was a Class 3A All-Southwest District selection this season.

Leonard will join a number of other players from the Hawkeye 10 on the Chargers Squad.  The Chargers play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and were 14-17 this past season. They are coached by Mike Power who will begin his 18th season at the helm next year.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/23/2017

Podcasts, Sports

March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Iowa prepares to host Colorado in WNIT

Sports

March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder says her team is thrilled to be playing in late March and the Hawkeyes host Colorado tonight (Thursday night) in the third round of the WNIT. (click on the left side of an audio bar to listen)

Iowa is 19-13 and Bluder says Colorado is much better than its 17-15 record.

Bluder says the Hawkeyes must handle a variety of pressure defenses from Colorado.

Tip-time from Carver Hawkeye Arena is 7-p.m.

Cardinals pick Martinez to pitch on opening night vs Cubs

Sports

March 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start on opening night against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Martinez about the choice before he pitched Wednesday in an exhibition game against Washington.

The Cardinals host the NL Central rival Cubs on April 2. Adam Wainwright had started the past four openers for the Cardinals. Matheny said Wainwright took the news well about Martinez getting the assignment this year.

The 25-year-old Martinez was an All-Star in 2015. He went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA last year.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/22/2017

Podcasts, Sports

March 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Area Basketball Players/Coaches Named IBCA All-Sub State

Sports

March 22nd, 2017 by Jim Field

The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association has announced the All-Sub State boys and girls basketball selections for the 2016-2017 season.

Two Hawkeye Ten boys coaches were named as sub-state coaches of the year, Alan Jenkins of Atlantic was named the Class 3-A Sub-State 8 coach of the year and Kuemper Catholic’s Sean Minnehan was tabbed in Class 2A Sub-State 8.

Local players that were named to an All-Substate boys team include:

Class 4-A Substate 1

  • Chad Moran, SR, Lewis Central
  • Kyle Arrington, SR, Lewis Central

Class 3-A Substate 8

  • Garrett Franken, SR, Atlantic
  • Nate Mohr, JR, Glenwood
  • Andrew Blum, JR, Glenwood
  • Caleb Rasmussen, SR, Harlan
  • Kylan Smallwood, SO, Creston

Class 2-A Substate 7

  • Isaiah Humphrey, SR, Underwood
  • R.J. Harris, JR, AHSTW
  • Steven Martin, SR, Shenandoah
  • Dillon Faubel, JR, Treynor

Class 2-A Substate 8

  • Matt Dentlinger, SR, Kuemper Catholic
  • Parker Badding, JR, Kuemper Catholic
  • Jon Brandt, SR, IKM-Manning
  • Ben Wegner, SR, IKM-Manning

Class 1-A Substate 7

  • Drake Johnson, SO, Stanton
  • Sam Phillips, SR, Fremont-Mills
  • Spencer Lamb, SO, Nodaway Valley
  • Kaleb Anderson, SR, Lenox
  • Brennan Sefrit, FR, Bedford

Class 1-A Substate 8

  • Joe Weber, JR, Boyer Valley
  • Thomas Hensley, JR, CAM
  • Drew Buckholdt, SR, Exira/EHK
  • Derek Schurke, SR, Ar-We-Va
  • Ben Obert, SO, Coon Rapids-Bayard
  • Tyler Blaha, JR, St. Albert

The IBCA also announced the All-Region girls teams:

Class 4-A Region 1

  • Maegan Holt, JR, Lewis Central
  • Megan Witte, FR, Lewis Central

Class 4-A Region 2

  • Alex Mohr, SO, Denison-Schleswig

Class 4-A Region 8

  • Allison Bruck, SR, Harlan

Class 3-A Region 2

  • Logan Hughes, SO, Shenandoah
  • Logan Ehlers, SR, Shenandoah
  • Cammy Rutherford, SR, Creston
  • Sierra Athen, JR, Red Oak

Class 3-A Region 3

  • Aimee Adams, SO, Kuemper Catholic

Class 2-A Region 3

  • Kenzie Cunard, JR, Logan-Magnolia
  • Kia Rasmussen, JR, IKM-Manning
  • Jose Clarke, SR, Nodaway Valley
  • Paige McElfish, SR, Nodaway Valley

Class 2-A Region 4

  • Madelyn Deitchler, JR, Treynor
  • Konnor Sudmann, SO, Treynor
  • Kalyn Wettengel, JR, St. Albert

Class 1-A Region 1

  • Sophia Peppers, JR, Exira/EHK
  • Maggie Rasmussen, SR, Exira/EHK
  • Mara Burmeister, SR, Exira/EHK
  • Sydney Obermeier, SR, Audubon

Class 1-A Region 8

  • Madison Gettler, SO, CAM
  • Felicity Jackson, SR, CAM
  • Julia Fleecs, SR, Glidden-Ralston
  • Holly Handlos, SR, Glidden-Ralston
  • Madison Whitver, SR, Glidden-Ralston
  • Samantha Brown, SO, Glidden-Ralston
  • Tina Lair-Van Meter, SR, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Council Bluffs OHV Park to reopen April 1

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports the River Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park in Council Bluffs is scheduled to reopen for riding Saturday, April 1st. The park was closed due to safety concerns over flood-damaged trees. Loggers recently completed work removing potentially hazardous trees and trails are now re-established.

More than 80 volunteers recently helped with final clean-up and preparation for opening. Due to safety concerns and to sustain the work recently completed, riders are reminded they cannot go off trail or make new trails.

River Valley is open to ATV, off-road motorcycles and side-by-sides that are 65 inches in width or less. Riders must have their machines registered with their county recorder’s office or with an ELSI vendor for nonresident user permits. ELSI vendors can be found where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Riders who are ages 12 through 17 are required to have a valid ATV education certificate in their possession. Operators of side-by-sides must possess a valid driver’s license. For more information about park rules, go to www.dnriowa.gov/ohv

Ferentz looking to fill in loses on the perimeter as Iowa spring practice starts

Sports

March 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz met with the media Monday, as the teams prepares to begin spring drills Wednesday. The Hawkeyes lose five starters on offense, three on defense and must find a new punter.Ferentz says the good thing about graduation is that it creates new opportunities for the returning players as they says goodbye to those who graduated.

The players have 15 spring practices to show their stuff. “One thing about football, our opportunities to practice football, to be in helmets is so limited. So, be it in the spring and then certainly preseason — those opportunities are very limited. Each and every workout is important, each and every practice, the meetings that we have that go along with it, as well as our strength and conditioning work that continues is very important to the players. And I think they understand that,” Ferentz says.

Ferentz says the lines return experience, but they’ll need to find players to complement them. He says they are very young and inexperienced on the perimeter from the receivers to the defensive backs. “I’d throw the quarterback situation right in there with it… we will have a new quarterback, I”m not sure who that’s going to be right now.”

Receiver Matt Vandeberg won a redshirt year after being injured last year, but has been sidelined again with another foot injury and will miss the spring practices. Ferentz says it wasn’t a matter of him trying to come back too early. “He really had a chance to play in the bowl game, that thing was well healed when he got back in January. That’s just one of those things that happens occasionally and there’s not much we can do about it,” according to Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes announced they will hold an open practice for the fifth year in a row at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines on April 7th. Ferentz says they are excited to go back to central Iowa and says it’s a small way to says thank you to the fans who come from the area to Iowa City in the fall. He says they also decided to move the spring game to Friday night as something the fans might like.

Iowa is coming off an 8-5 season where they lost their fifth straight bowl game. They open the 2017 football season September 2nd hosting Wyoming.

(Learfield Sports)