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E Washington stuns N Iowa 34-30 with last minute TD


September 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Reilly Hennessey hit fourth-string tight end Beau Byus with a 23-yard scoring pass off a fake field goal with 43 seconds left to lift Eastern Washington to a 34-30 win Northern Iowa on Saturday night. Hennessey, the backup quarterback, had rallied the Eagles (2-1) to a 28-24 lead with two touchdown passes after they had trailed 24-7 at the half. Freshman Antoine Custer Jr. started the comeback by returning the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.

Northern Iowa (1-2), which had 257 yards in the first half, had eight on its first five possessions of the second half before drives of 60 and 39 yards led to fourth-quarter field goals and a 30-28 lead with 4:13 to play. Hennessey, in relief of Gage Gubrud, completed 21 of 29 passes for 226 yards, with seven completions coming on the final drive that started on the 25. His third TD pass was the first reception of Byus’ career. Kendrick Bourne had 10 catches for 152 yards. The Eagles finished with 403 yards, 231 in the second half.

Eastern’s All-American receiver Cooper Kupp, who sprained a shoulder in last weekend’s overtime loss at North Dakota State, did not play.

Cardinals score 2 in 9th, top Giants in playoff chase


September 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly that capped a two-run comeback in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a big win in their playoff chase, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night. The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. Their win further tightened the NL wild-card race — the Giants and Mets are tied for the top two spots, with the Cardinals trailing by two games.

Jedd Gyorko singled with one out in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Santiago Casilla (2-5) walked Yadier Molina before Randal Grichuk hit a tying single. Jose Martinez, pinch-running for Molina, took third on the hit and easily scored on Wong’s fly. Seung Hwan Oh (5-3) retired six batters for the win.

Area Volleyball Scores from Sat., 9/17/16


September 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(2-0) ACGC 21-22, Coon Rapids-Bayard 8-20
(2-1) Audubon 20-21-15, West Central Valley, Stuart 22-10-3
(2-0) Audubon 21-21, Exira-EHK 19-11
(2-0) Audubon 21-23, Colfax-Mingo 16-21
(2-1) Audubon 25-21-15, Underwood 27-17-9
(2-0) Clarinda 21-21, Atlantic 10-10
(2-0) Clarinda 21-21, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 13-18
(2-0) Colfax-Mingo 21-21, Coon Rapids-Bayard 13-17
(2-1) Coon Rapids-Bayard 19-21-15, West Central Valley, Stuart 21-12-10
(3-0) Creston 25-25-25, Red Oak 17-9-23
(2-0) Crestwood 21-21, Turkey Valley 14-10
(2-0) East Mills 21-21, Winterset 18-17
(2-0) East Mills 22-21, Shenandoah 20-13
(2-0) East Mills 25-25, Interstate 35, Truro 7-19
(2-0) East Union 21-21, Martensdale-St Marys 7-12
(2-1) Glidden-Ralston 21-15-15, Coon Rapids-Bayard 19-21-12
(2-1) Humboldt 21-13-16, AR-WE-VA, Westside 12-21-14
(2-0) Humboldt 25-25, Carroll 14-20
(2-0) IKM-Manning 21-21, Carroll 19-9
(2-0) IKM-Manning 21-21, Paton-Churdan 10-10
(2-0) IKM-Manning 21-23, Newell-Fonda 7-21
(2-0) Lamoni 21-23, East Union 14-21
(2-0) Lawton-Bronson 21-21, OA-BCIG 12-8
(2-0) Missouri Valley 21-21, Heartland Christian 13-7
(2-1) Mount Ayr 19-21-15, East Mills 21-18-4
(2-1) Mount Ayr 21-15-15, Winterset 16-21-9
(2-0) Mount Ayr 21-21, Shenandoah 18-10
(2-0) Mount Ayr 25-25, Lamoni 17-22
(2-0) Mount Ayr 25-27, East Mills 21-25
(2-0) OA-BCIG 21-21, Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids 18-20
(2-1) Pocahontas Area 21-22-15, Lewis Central 13-24-12
(2-1) Red Oak 11-21-15, Treynor 21-13-10
(2-0) Red Oak 21-21, Atlantic 15-8
(2-0) Red Oak 21-21, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 9-13
(2-0) Red Oak 38-25, Treynor 36-20
(2-1) South Central Calhoun 15-25-15, IKM-Manning 25-19-10
(2-0) Treynor 21-21, Atlantic 18-9
(2-0) Treynor 21-21, Clarinda 12-15
(2-0) Treynor 21-21, Creston 12-10
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 21-21, Atlantic 4-6
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 21-21, Clarinda 13-14
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 21-21, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 17-18
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 21-21, Creston 13-6
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25, Clarinda 19-17
(2-0) Tri-Center, Neola 25-25, Red Oak 21-19
(2-1) Underwood 15-21-15, Audubon 21-16-9

Kraemer tosses 3 TD passes, Drake tops D-II McKendree 28-16


September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Grant Kraemer went 24 of 42 for 241 yards with three touchdown passes and Drake pulled away from Division II member McKendree 28-16 on Saturday. McKendree built a 10-0 lead after one quarter on a 39-yard touchdown run by Brandon Wildman and a 29-yard field goal by Steven O’Block.

But the Bulldogs (1-2) ran off 28 straight points, including touchdown receptions by Andrew Yarwood, Grant Menard and Eric Saubert, the last of which made it 28-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Kraemer completed passes to 11 different Drake receivers. Drew Lauer led the Bulldogs in rushing with 76 yards on 12 carries. Conley Wilkens added 69 yards on the ground and a 16-yard touchdown carry in the second quarter.

Chiefs waive DL Nunez-Roches, elevate OL Devey to roster


September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have waived defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and elevated offensive lineman Jordan Devey from the practice squad for Sunday’s game in Houston.

Kansas City needed depth along the offensive line after declaring their starting guards, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and Parker Ehinger, out for the Texans. Duvernay-Tardif is dealing with an ankle sprain and Ehinger is out with a concussion.

Devey gives the Chiefs seven healthy offensive linemen, which is coach Andy Reid’s preference. The Chiefs are also expected to be without running back Jamaal Charles, who is doubtful as he tries to work his way back from surgery last season to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. Charles has not played in a game since Week 5 last season.

North Dakota St tops No. 13 Iowa on final play


September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field as time expired and North Dakota State pulled off a 23-21 upset of No. 13 Iowa on Saturday for its sixth straight win over an FBS opponent. The Bison went for a 2-point conversion down 21-20 with 3:41 left, but couldn’t punch it in. North Dakota State’s defense then held, and quarterback Easton Stick’s 29-yard run put the Bison in position for the biggest win in school history.

The loss was just the fourth by a ranked FBS team to an FCS school. North Dakota State isn’t just another Football Championship Subdivision team, though. The Bison have won the last five FCS national titles. Against the Hawkeyes, they ran for 239 yards and held Iowa to 231 total yards.

“Am I shocked that we lost? Yeah, to an extent. But these guys came ready to play,” Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson said. Stick had 124 yards passing and a touchdown for the Bison (3-0), who also snapped Iowa’s nine-game home winning streak.

C.J. Beathard had three TD passes for Iowa (2-1). But the Hawkeyes ran for just 34 yards on 25 carries. “I thought we’d be able to run the ball a little bit better just because that’s what we do,” Beathard said. The Hawkeyes can forget about the playoffs. Barring something extraordinary, it’s tough to imagine the committee letting in a team that lost to an FCS school — even one as talented as North Dakota State.

The Hawkeyes open their first nine-game Big Ten season with a trip to Rutgers next weekend, their first road game and their first-ever against the Scarlet Knights. It should be, along with an October 15 meeting at Purdue, the easiest game the Hawkeyes will play outside of Iowa City.

TCU rebounds with 41-20 win over Iowa State to open Big 12


September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Hicks ran for 117 yards with a long touchdown and also scored on a 25-yard catch as TCU beat Iowa State 41-20 on Saturday in the first game this season that counts in the Big 12 standings. Hicks went 64 yards untouched to put TCU (2-1, 1-0 Big 12) up 10-0 in the first quarter, after his path was cleared by 315-pound tackle Joseph Noteboom’s downfield block of a defensive back. On the opening drive of the second half, Kenny Hill hit Hicks wide open in the end zone behind the secondary for a 31-7 lead. Iowa State, with first-year coach Matt Campbell, is 0-3 for the first time since 1997.

While the Horned Frogs bounced back from a double-overtime home loss to Arkansas that knocked them out of the Top 25, receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin sustained an apparent left leg injury and had to be helped off the field the play before Hicks’ TD catch. Turpin entered the game the national leader with 236 all-purpose yards per game, but had only two caches for 8 yards and one kickoff return for 28 yards.

Another pre-noon kickoff for the Cyclones next Saturday when they go home to play San Jose State in their last non-conference game.

Football fans in Le Mars see fireball erupt from horrific wreck

News, Sports

September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Hundreds of football fans at a homecoming game in northwest Iowa witnessed a horrific traffic accident that produced an explosion and sent two people to the hospital. It happened at about eight Friday night in Le Mars, during the halftime of the Le Mars Gehlen game against Woodbury Central. The marching band was performing when a motorcycle collided head-on with a pick-up on the street just beyond the field. The motorcycle slid beneath the pick-up, a fire was sparked and fans in the stands saw a ball of fire erupt. Officials believe it was the gas tank on the motorcycle that exploded.

Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper was at the football game and quickly determined two people were injured. “The fortunate thing was we had an ambulance right at the football field so those people received medical treatment within minutes and, of course, the fire department responded to put the fire out,” Schipper says. The game was suspended for nearly a half an hour while emergency crews worked at the scene. The fire chief wasn’t just concerned about the two people directly involved. He worried Woodbury Central fans on the visiting sideline were too close to the fire.

“They got on the PA right away and told visiting folks to please exit the bleachers and go to the north side, leave everything there, just get out of those bleachers,” Schipper says. “We had the pick-up fully engulfed. We had gasoline on fire. We had explosions happening with the tires. We’ve got power lines right above there, some bigger trees and things like that, so we wanted those people to clear out of there for their safety.” Heavy smoke from the fire drifted across the playing field and over the bleachers on both sides of the field. Fire fighters used foam to smother the fire.

The accident remains under investigation, but the accident report from Le Mars Police had identified the drivers of both vehicles. Twenty-one-year-old Dillon McKinney of Le Mars was the driver of the motorcycle. He was taken to the hospital in Le Mars, then airlifted to a hospital in Sioux City for treatment of severe injuries. Twenty-three-year-old Samantha Priekset of Le Mars was a passenger on the motorcycle. She was treated at the hospital in Le Mars and has been released.

Surprisingly, the driver of the pick-up and his passenger were both able to escape without injury. The vehicle was completely destroyed by the fire.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 9/17/2016

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September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles doubtful for Week 2 at Houston


September 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Houston as he continues to work his way back from surgery last season to repair the torn ACL in his right knee. The Chiefs also will be without their two starting offensive guards against the Texans. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is out with an ankle sprain and rookie Parker Ehinger is out with a concussion.

Charles has been practicing for weeks, but the success of fill-in running back Spencer Ware has given the Chiefs the ability to be patient with him. Ware ran for 70 yards and caught seven passes for 129 yards in last weekend’s overtime victory over San Diego. Charles has not played in a game since Week 5 last season.

You can hear the game live on KJAN at around Noon tomorrow, following our Sunday morning church services.