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A few IOWA Cubs to get World Series rings tonight


April 28th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A “ring” ceremony will be staged on the field before the Iowa Cubs game this (Friday) evening in Des Moines. The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians last fall to win the World Series, but team members didn’t get their commemorative rings until earlier this month. A few of the IOWA Cubs who spent time up on Chicago’s roster last season will get 2016 World Series Championship Rings tonight (Friday).

Iowa Cubs owner Michael Gartner and Sam Bernabe, the long-time president and general manager of the I-Cubs, are getting rings, too. The triple-A franchise in Des Moines has been associated with the big league Cubs since 1981.

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series rings have the iconic “C” logo made out of rubies and sapphires. There are also 108 diamonds — signifying the 108 years between World Series titles for the club.

(Radio Iowa)

Chiefs move up to take QB Mahomes 10th overall in draft


April 28th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs boldly moved up in the NFL draft on Thursday night to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the 10th overall pick, giving them an heir apparent to veteran Alex Smith.

Kansas City sent its first-round picks this year and next year and one of two third-round picks in this year’s draft to Buffalo, climbing from the No. 27 pick to take the second QB off the board. North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky went to the Chicago Bears second overall, while Heisman Trophy winner Deshaun Watson of Clemson went to the Houston Texas at No. 12.

It’s the third time in the common draft era that Kansas City has taken a quarterback in the first round, and the first since Todd Blackledge in 1983. Mahomes is also the second QB to be taken in the first round by a Reid-coach team following Donovan McNabb with Philadelphia in 1999.

The Chiefs were in the market for a quarterback with Smith nearing the end of his career. The former No. 1 overall pick of the 49ers, Smith arrived in Kansas City with Reid and general manager John Dorsey four years ago. And he’s played well enough to lead the Chiefs to three playoff appearances, an AFC West title this past season and earn a $68 million, four-year contract extension that could keep him with the Chiefs through the 2018 season.

That timetable is important: It gives Mahomes at least one season and possibly two to learn Reid’s offense from a trusted veteran. And if Mahomes proves to be a quick study, Smith can be released after next season with a relatively minimal impact on the salary cap. Mahomes posted up eye-popping numbers in a pass-heavy offense geared to putting up points. He started 29 games over three seasons and became only the third player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with multiple seasons of 5,000 yards total offense.

He threw for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.

Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Blue Jays


April 28th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler, Greg Garcia and Matt Adams each had three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4 on Thursday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader. The Cardinals won the opener, 8-4, in 11 innings on Matt Carpenter’s grand slam. St. Louis scored three times in the first inning of the nightcap.

After Fowler and Garcia hit back-to-back singles, Matt Carpenter plated a run with a groundout and Stephen Piscotty hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Randal Grichuk followed with an infield single and scored on Matt Adams’ opposite-field double into the left field corner.

Fowler added a solo home run, his third of the season, in the second inning. Matt Adams had an RBI single in the third. Piscotty had an RBI fielder’s choice in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Adam Wainwright (2-3) got the win in the nightcap while Matt Bowman (1-0) won the opener. Ryan Tepera (1-1) and Casey Lawrence (0-3) took the losses.

Carpenter’s slam in 11th lifts Cardinals over Blue Jays


April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie it and Matt Carpenter delivered a grand slam in the 11th, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 Thursday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Carpenter finished with two hits and five RBIs. Grichuk had two hits and drove in three runs. Toronto is the only team in the major leagues that hasn’t won a series this season. The Blue Jays also are the lone club that has yet to win two straight games.

Kolten Wong opened the Cardinals 11th with a triple off Ryan Tepera (1-1). The Blue Jays intentionally walked the next two batters before getting a flyout. Toronto called on left-hander J.P. Howell to face the lefty-hitting Carpenter. With the count full, Carpenter sent a drive into the right field stands for his first career grand slam.

Matt Bowman (1-0) earned the win.

Boys soccer week 4 rankings 4/25/2017


April 27th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association released the week 4 boys soccer rankings at the beginning of this week. Take a look at the full rankings here: 20170425_Week_4_Rankings_Press_Release

Boys substate soccer pairings released by IHSAA


April 27th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released boys substate soccer assignments for all three classes on Wednesday.  Actual pairings are expected to be released in two weeks.

Class 1A

Class 2A

Class 3A

Area substates are listed below:

Class 1A Substate 7

Des Moines Christian
Kuemper Catholic
Nodaway Valley

Class 1A Substate 8

Clarinda Academy
Missouri Valley
St. Albert

Class 2A Substate 1

Spirit Lake
Storm Lake
Webster City

Class 2A Substate 8

Bishop Heelan
Dallas Center-Grimes
West Central Valley

Class 3A Substate 8

Ankeny Centennial
Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson
Des Moines Hoover
Lewis Central

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/27/2017

Podcasts, Sports

April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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


Cardinals vs. Blue Jays postponed due to weather


April 26th, 2017 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, MO April 26, 2017 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced that their game against the Toronto Blue Jays scheduled for 7:15 p.m. tonight has been postponed due to the continuous rain forecasted throughout the afternoon and night.

The two teams will make up tonight’s scheduled game tomorrow evening at 6:15 p.m. as part of a day/night split double-header.  Fans holding tickets to tonight’s game should use those same tickets for admittance to tomorrow’s 6:15 p.m. make-up game.

The first game tomorrow will start as scheduled at 12:45 p.m., with gates opening at 11:15 a.m.   Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for the 6:15 p.m. make-up game.

Spring Sports Scoreboard Tuesday 4/25/2017


April 26th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Girls Golf

  • CAM 214, Riverside 229, Lenox 234. Medalist: Sammi Jahde, CAM, 44.
  • Clarinda 195, Red Oak NTS
  • Southwest Iowa 205, East Mills 272, Heartland Christian NTS

Boys Golf

  • CAM 161, Riverside 236, Lenox NTS. Medalist: Ben Timken, CAM, 38. Runner-Up: Tyler Kopp, CAM, 38.
  • Glenwood 154, Shenandoah 164.
  • Clarinda 149, Red Oak 210
  • Southwest Iowa 178, East Mills 183, Heartland Christian 197.
  • Treynor 188, St. Albert 216

Girls Tennis

  • Atlantic 8, Audubon 1
  • Clarke 9, Southwest Valley 0
  • Red Oak 8, Clarinda 1
  • Shenandoah 7, Glenwood 2

Boys Tennis

  • Atlantic 8, Audubon 1 (Atlantic Winners: Jacob Redler, Max Bateman, Brody O’Brien, Aaron Rothfusz, Jesse Reid, Redler/Josh McLean, Bateman/O’Brien, Rothfusz/Reid.
  • Clarke 8, Southwest Valley 1
  • Glenwood 9, Shenandoah 0
  • Red Oak 7, Clarinda 2

Girls Soccer

  • St. Albert 8, Atlantic 0
  • Denison-Schleswig 5, Carroll 2
  • Lewis Central 10, Creston 0
  • Thomas Jefferson 4, Glenwood 0
  • Tri-Center 2, Nodaway Valley/WCV/ACGC 0

Boys Soccer

  • Tri-Center 3, Glenwood 1
  • Abraham Lincoln 3, St. Albert 1
  • Carroll 6, Nodaway Valley 3
  • Denison-Schleswig 10, Missouri Valley 0
  • Harlan 1, Riverside 0
  • Lewis Central 8, Creston 1

Missouri Valley Lady Red Relays 04/25/2017


April 26th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Team Results

  1. Denison-Schleswig 164
  2. Carroll 116
  3. Missouri Valley 115
  4. Tri-Center 90
  5. AHSTW 37
  6. Riverside 37
  7. West Harrison 21

Full results: lady reds relays 4.25.17