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Joanna Topham Named All-America Runner by National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association


December 12th, 2017 by Chris Parks

WATERLOO–Hawkeye RedTail Cross Country athlete Joanna Topham was named an All-America athlete by the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association.

The award recognizes U.S. athletes who finish in the top 40 at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Cross Country Championships. Topham finished 38th at nationals, which were held November 11, 2017, in Fort Dodge.

“To have an All-America athlete in our first year is huge for our program,” said head coach Micah Ruroden. “For Joanna to achieve this in year one is a credit to her discipline.”

Running comes naturally to Topham. Her father coaches girls cross country and track and field at Griswold High School, where she competed in both sports, and she has a sister currently running for Wichita State University.

“I started running when I was six,” Topham said. “We’re just a very athletic family.”

Last summer, she ran 40-45 miles a week to prepare for her first collegiate season. The extra training gave her an edge early in competition, helping Topham shave 24 seconds off her personal record at the regional time trials held August 26, 2017, at Iowa Western Community College.

“I wanted to improve my time, and I knew I could do that this season,” Topham said. “Breaking your best time isn’t as easy as people think it is.”

She put up solid times all season, but the final regular season contest offered one of the best moments for Topham. She took the Trent Smith Invitational women’s title on October 18, 2017, in Mason City, setting new personal and school records with a 19:20 5K race.

“After I crossed the finish line I was in shock,” she said. “Even 10 minutes later I couldn’t believe I had won.”

Fresh off a top-10 finish at regionals, Topham and the rest of the RedTail women headed into nationals ranked 24th in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Topham was the top RedTail at the national meet and the only one to place in the top 50.

“It’s such an honor and privilege to be able to get All-America status,” Topham said. The season is only a few weeks behind her, but she’s already looking forward to track and field in the spring, and how to improve for cross country season next fall. Her goal is to finish in the top 10.

“We think that she’s just starting to scratch the surface of her true potential,” said coach Ruroden. “We can’t wait to see what is in store for her in the upcoming seasons.”

The RedTail Track and Field season kicks off in January 2018. For more information on Hawkeye RedTail Athletics, visit www.redtailathletics.com or call 319-296-4430.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/12/2017

Podcasts, Sports

December 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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


Plan to spend some cash to go to bowl games for ISU and Iowa


December 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cyclone and Hawkeye football fans who plan to cheer on their teams in bowl games this month will spend many hundreds of dollars for airfare, lodging and tickets, with Iowa fans shelling out the most. Travel agent Jeanenne Tornatore says game tickets will run 63-dollars, minimum, to see the University of Iowa play Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York’s Yankee Stadium on December 27th. “Not bad compared to a lot of the other bowl games,” Tornatore says. “If you compare this to some of the huge bowl games, like the Cotton Bowl is $145 and median ticket prices to the Sugar Bowl are $375. So, think of it that way and you’re getting a bargain.”

It’s a long drive to New York, but also it’s an expensive flight. She ran the numbers to fly from Des Moines to New York, leaving December 26th and returning on the 29th. “Non-stop out of Des Moines to New York City was $838 while one-stop flights out of Des Moines were a little bit cheaper at $636,” Tornatore says. “If you happen live somewhere in Iowa that may be the same distance to get to Chicago, that’s going to be your best bet. Non-stop flights from Chicago to New York were just $304 so that’s definitely the way to go.” As you’d expect, hotel rooms in the Big Apple don’t come cheap. “They’re a bit pricey. It’s the week of Christmas,” Tornatore says. “Also, with these big games, four-star hotels in the city are starting at $250 per night. Three-star hotels from $165. Nothing crazy. I’ve seen them a lot higher in New York with different events going on. This is about the average any time of year you’d be paying to stay in New York City.”

Iowa State University is headed to Memphis, Tennessee, to play Memphis in the Liberty Bowl on December 30th. Tornatore says Cyclones fans will have to pay more for game tickets but they can likely find cheaper hotel rooms in Memphis than Hawks fans in New York. “Game tickets are starting at $85, so they’re actually a little bit pricier than what folks going to the Pinstripe Bowl will be paying,” she says. “Flights out of Des Moines, one-stop flights are $698 and flights out of Chicago are around $300.”

While Iowa fans will be paying big bucks to stay overnight in New York, I-S-U’s fans will be able to find much cheaper places to stay during their bowl game. “Hotels in Memphis are definitely where you’re going to be able to save,” she says. “Three-star hotels are starting at $127. Plenty of options, plenty of availability. Four-star hotels coming in just under $200, so Memphis is definitely more of a bargain when it comes to your lodging options.” Iowa State was allotted 15-thousand tickets for the game and they’ve all been sold, but Tornatore says reputable secondary-market ticket outlets still have plenty of Liberty Bowl tickets available.

(Radio Iowa)

Midwest Sports Headlines: 12/12/17


December 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt made things look easy the first five weeks of the season. Then came the next seven. But Hunt kept his head down and kept working, and on Sunday he became the first Chiefs rookie to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in a season. Not only did he get back on track, so did his team, picking up a crucial AFC West win.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Lindell Wigginton has become a key player for Iowa State. Wigginton averaged 22.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in his last four games, and he was just named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week. The Cyclones have won seven straight games heading into Saturday’s game against Northern Iowa.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy posted his 12th straight double-double to start the season with 24 points and 18 rebounds, and Minnesota held off Drake 68-67. Amir Coffey added 16 points – all in the second half – and Nate Mason scored 12 for Minnesota (9-3).

NEW YORK (AP) — Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalist for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Also announced as finalists are Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris’ record 61st home run in 1961, has died at 80. He died Wednesday in Kingsport, Tennessee, and his funeral was Sunday in Coeburn, Virginia. Stallard was on the mound for Boston when Maris broke the single-season record that Babe Ruth had held since 1927. The record stayed until 1998. Stallard also pitched for the New York Mets and St. Louis.

Murphy’s double-double helps Gophers hold off Drake


December 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy posted his 12th straight double-double to start the season with 24 points and 18 rebounds, and Minnesota held off Drake 68-67 on Monday night.

Amir Coffey added 16 points — all in the second half — and Nate Mason scored 12 for Minnesota (9-3).

Ore Arogundade led the Bulldogs (5-5) with 15 points, while Graham Woodward added 15 and De’Antae McMurray 12.

Dupree McBrayer’s 3-pointer with nine minutes to play gave Minnesota its first lead, 50-47. His steal and dunk gave the Gophers their largest lead at 61-54.

Woodward, a senior from nearby Edina, Minn., hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to cut Minnesota’s lead to 64-62 with two minutes to play. But Murphy scored off an offensive rebound and added another bucket in the low post.

Drake scored five points in the final six seconds, but the rally fell just short.

The Gophers missed their first six shots while 3-pointers by Woodward, McMurray and Noah Thomas gave Drake an 11-3 lead. After a timeout, Murphy scored eight straight points for Minnesota to tie it at 11.

Minnesota shot just 30 percent from the field in the first half and the Bulldogs took advantage. Arogundade sank a pair of 3s and Drake built its lead back up to eight. Mason scored the last four points of the half as the Gophers pulled to within 28-24.

McMurray and Thomas hit 3-pointers, and Reed Timmer sank three free throws early in the second half as Drake pulled ahead 41-32.



Drake: Hosts Iowa on Saturday.

Minnesota: Hosts Oral Roberts on Dec. 21.


High school basketball scoreboard 12/11/2017


December 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks



Bedford 85, Clarke, Osceola 68

CAM, Anita 62, Essex 20

Lamoni 79, Orient-Macksburg 23

Tri-Center, Neola 81, Clarinda Academy 48


ADM, Adel 62, Coon Rapids-Bayard 23

CAM, Anita 72, Essex 12

Clarke, Osceola 60, Bedford 16

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 81, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 68

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 69, Clarinda 27


Winterset vs. Woodward-Granger, ccd.

CAM boys roll over Essex


December 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The CAM Cougars boys basketball team rolled to a 62-20 home win over Essex on Monday night. The Cougars were very active on defense and a quick transition game lead to a number of layups in the win. The Cougars jumped out to a 27-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 45-13 by halftime. The lead was up to 55-18 by the end of the third.

Thomas Hensley and DeShawn Carr both had 14 points for CAM in the win. Nic Holste also dropped in 8 points. The Cougars improve to 3-1 with the win and will travel to Ar-We-Va on Tuesday night before a game at Exira-EHK on Friday night. We’ll have the CAM at Exira-EHK doubleheader for you on KJAN Friday night. Pregame before the girls game starts at 5:50pm.

Essex was led by 6 points from Colton Thornburg. The Trojans fall to 0-6 on the season.

CAM girls cruise past Essex


December 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The CAM girls basketball team forced the Essex Trojanettes into 26 turnovers and turned most of those into points on their way to a 72-12 win on Monday night in Anita. CAM raced out to a 19-3 lead by the end of the first quarter and then outscored Essex 23-5 in the second quarter. The Cougars would score first in the second half to get the running clock in place for the half.

Paige McAfee had a big night for CAM with 20 points. She benefited being the point of the press the Cougars employed and her teammates found her for easy buckets after a large number of steals. Madison Gettler finished with a big line: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, and 7 assists.

CAM improves to 4-1 on the season and will travel to Ar-We-Va on Tuesday night before facing Exira-EHK in Elk Horn on Friday.

Essex was lead by 6 points from Peyton Brammer and they fall to 1-4 on the season.

First 2017-18 AP boys basketball poll released 12/11/2017


December 11th, 2017 by Jim Field

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss records, and total points.

Class 4A
Record Pts
1. Iowa City, West (7) 3-0 70
2. Johnston 4-0 58
(tie)Sioux City, East 3-0 58
4. Des Moines, North 3-1 41
5. Waukee 3-1 40
6. Dubuque, Senior 2-0 35
7. Pleasant Valley 3-0 24
8. Des Moines, Hoover 4-1 16
9. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 2-0 15
(tie) Linn-Mar, Marion 2-1 15

Others receiving votes: Davenport, North 4. Cedar Falls 3. Dubuque, Hempstead 3. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 3.

Class 3A
Record Pts
1. Xavier, Cedar Rapids (7) 3-0 70
2. Norwalk 5-0 58
3. Glenwood 4-0 50
4. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 2-0 47
5. Oskaloosa 5-0 39
6. Pella 4-0 33
7. Harlan 3-0 31
8. Spirit Lake 3-1 18
9. Mount Pleasant 3-2 15
10. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-1 7

Others receiving votes: Storm Lake 6. Webster City 3. Wahlert, Dubuque 3. Le Mars 3. Charles City 2.

Class 2A
Record Pts
1. Sioux Center (2) 4-0 64
2. Van Meter (1) 4-0 61
3. Western Christian, Hull (3) 1-0 53
4. Sheldon 4-1 35
5. Aplington-Parkersburg 4-0 26
6. South Hamilton, Jewell 5-0 25
7. Unity Christian, Orange City 4-1 23
8. Cascade,Western Dubuque (1) 5-0 20
9. Dike-New Hartford 4-0 19
(tie) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 3-1 19

Others receiving votes: Forest City 13. East Marshall, Le Grand 9. West Lyon, Inwood 5. Waukon 5. Des Moines Christian 3. Northeast, Goose Lake 2. PCM, Monroe 2. Treynor 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (4) 5-0 66
2. Grand View Christian (3) 5-0 62
3. St. Mary’s, Remsen 4-0 57
4. St. Albert, Council Bluffs 3-1 48
5. George-Little Rock 4-1 33
6. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 4-0 19
7. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 4-1 17
(tie)Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3-0 17
9. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 2-0 11
10. New London 5-0 10
(tie)Ankeny Christian Academy 5-0 10

Others receiving votes: Lynnville-Sully 8. Bedford 7. Kingsley-Pierson 7. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 7. Madrid 3. South O’Brien, Paullina 1. Rockford 1. Graettinger-Terril-Ruthven-Ayrshire 1.

AP Men’s Basketball Top 25 12/11/2017


December 11th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 10, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

  Record Pts Prv
1. Villanova (41) 10-0 1598 4
2. Michigan St. (19) 9-1 1561 3
3. Wichita St. 8-1 1402 6
4. Duke 11-1 1362 1
5. Arizona St (5) 9-0 1316 16
6. Miami 8-0 1272 10
7. North Carolina 9-1 1237 11
8. Kentucky 8-1 1227 8
9. Texas A&M 8-1 1072 7
10. Xavier 9-1 1044 13
11. West Virginia 9-1 972 18
12. Gonzaga 8-2 805 12
13. Kansas 7-2 760 2
14. TCU 10-0 718 20
15. Seton Hall 8-1 704 19
16. Virginia 8-1 690 15
17. Purdue 10-2 568 21
18. Notre Dame 8-2 564 9
19. Florida St. 9-0 452
20. Tennessee 7-1 342 24
21. Baylor 7-2 281 23
22. Florida 6-3 261 5
23. Arizona 7-3 252
24. Texas Tech 7-1 191
25. Cincinnati 7-2 145 17

Others receiving votes: Creighton 79, Oklahoma 72, Texas 52, Louisville 19, Arkansas 17, Virginia Tech 15, Minnesota 15, Nevada 13, Mississippi St. 8, UCLA 6, SMU 6, Loyola of Chicago 5, Alabama 4, Georgia 3, Houston 3, N Iowa 3, Towson 3, Syracuse 2, Boise St. 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Rhode Island 1.