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Escobar’s HR in 10th lifts Nationals over Cardinals 2-1


April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yunel Escobar homered to left with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, then celebrated with a head-first slide into home plate, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

It was the second homer of the season for Escobar, who was supposed to be Washington’s second baseman but is filling in at third base while Anthony Rendon is on the disabled list. Escobar connected with the first pitch he saw from Carlos Villanueva (1-1), the seventh pitcher for the Cardinals, who had won five consecutive games.

The Nationals have won five of their past six games to get back to .500 after starting the year 2-6. Aaron Barrett (2-0) earned the win by pitching the 10th.


Cubs Promote Highly Touted Prospect Addison Russell


April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs called up highly touted infielder Addison Russell on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Russell will start at second base and bat ninth when the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Russell was the centerpiece of the blockbuster trade that sent pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last summer. The 11th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, Russell hit .318 with four doubles and a home run for Triple-A Iowa.

Russell is the second prospect to be called up by Chicago in the last week. Third baseman Kris Bryant is hitting .429 in four games and had three RBI in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday.

Chicago transferred third baseman Mike Olt to the 60-day disabled list and optioned infielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A.


Royals’ Herrera Suspended, Ventura Fined for Incident vs A’s


April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera for five games and fined him and fellow pitcher Yordano Ventura after both targeted Brett Lawrie during a testy series against Oakland over the weekend.

Herrera was tossed in the eighth inning of Sunday’s game after throwing behind Lawrie. Ventura was ejected from Saturday’s game when he hit Lawrie with a pitch after Josh Reddick’s home run.

Both incidents came after Lawrie’s hard slide into Alcides Escobar injured the left knee of the Kansas City shortstop on Friday and caused benches to clear. Escobar called it a “dirty slide” and did not play Saturday or Sunday.

MLB did not disclose the amounts of the fines. Herrera can appeal his suspension or it can take effect beginning Tuesday night against Minnesota.


Former Navy Lieutenant Called Up by Cardinals


April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Navy man Mitch Harris has made it to the majors, ready to join the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen.

The 29-year-old pitcher is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Hall of Fame says it believes the only Naval Academy graduate to appear in the major leagues was pitcher Nemo Gaines for the 1921 Washington Senators.

Harris is a 2008 Naval Academy graduate who had the rank of second lieutenant. He was selected by the Cardinals on the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft and started his professional baseball career in 2013.

Harris tweeted: “What a journey… the dream has come true. From Navy to MLB. Looking forward to what the future holds.

Harris, who is from Ocala, Florida, had a 1.86 ERA in eight spring training appearances for the Cardinals this year.

St. Louis placed outfielder Peter Bourjos on the paternity leave list Tuesday and selected the contract of Harris from Triple-A Memphis. The right-hander had two saves and a 2.45 ERA for Memphis this year.

St. Louis designated outfielder Gary Brown for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.


Outstanding High School Seniors to be Honored at Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony

News, Sports

April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 20, 2015 – 436 high school seniors from across Iowa will be honored Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the 13th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony, held at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines starting at 1:00 p.m.

The Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, are presenting this recognition program.

The Honorable Governor Terry Branstad will host the event and address the audience of 2,500-plus. Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill; Dr. Craig Scott, Chairperson of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association; and Clemencia Spizzirri, 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, will also deliver messages to the students and their guests. Spizzirri’s message will be a video as her Iowa Teacher of the Year duties require her to travel to Washington D.C. at the time of the ceremony.

The seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as their highest academic achievers. Each student will receive a photo plaque of themselves with Governor Branstad and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. Each student’s most influential teacher will also receive a certificate of appreciation. A reception for the students, their parents, their most influential teachers, and other guests will follow the ceremony.

In addition to being recognized as the state’s brightest students, over 98 percent of the group participates in school activities, with approximately 76 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. Nearly 60 percent plan to pursue their post-secondary education in Iowa.

Following the April 26 ceremony, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation will be sending the honoree’s hometown newspaper a short news release and a photo of Governor Branstad congratulating the student.

A list of this year’s honorees (ordered alphabetically by high school) is available HERE.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/21/2015

Podcasts, Sports

April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Monday Track Results


April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

Ace Nelson Relays @ Denison

Girls:  Ace Nelson Girls scoring 4.20.15

  1. Denison  166
  2. Maple Valley  119
  3. IKM-Manning  113.5
  4. Charter Oak-Ute  88
  5. Boyer Valley  54.5
  6. Ar-We-Va  21
  7. Denison  JV  16

1st Place:

  • 100 – Megan Ellerbeck, Denison
  • 200 – Megan Ellerbeck, Denison
  • 400 – Jordyn Pester, Charter Oak-Ute
  • 800 – Ellie Mendlik, Denison
  • 1500 – Kayla Morgan, Maple Valley
  • 3000 – Hetasvi Patel, Denison
  • 100 Hurdles – Lexi Ouderkirk, Denison
  • 400 Hurdles – Alyssa Seuntjens, Denison
  • Discus – Kirsten Leisinger, Charter Oak-Ute
  • Shot Put – Kirsten Leisinger, Charter Oak-Ute
  • Long Jump – Morgan KinKade, IKM-Manning
  • High Jump – Jessica Singsank, IKM-Manning
  • 4 x 100 – Denison
  • 4 x 200 – Denison
  • 4 x 400 – Maple Valley
  • 4 x 800 – Maple Valley
  • Shuttle Hurdle – Charter Oak-Ute
  • Sprint Medley – Denison
  • Distance Medley – Denison

Boys:  Ace Nelson Boys scoring 4.20.15

  1. IKM-Manning  152
  2. Denison  146
  3. Boyer Valley  95
  4. Maple Valley  85
  5. IKM-Manning  JV  37
  6. Ar-We-Va  34
  7. Denison  JV  3
  8. Maple Valley JV  2

1st Place:

  • 100 – Landon Slechta, Denison
  • 200 – Nhial Biliew, Denison
  • 400 – Nhial Biliew, Denison
  • 800 – Nhial Biliew, Denison
  • 1600 – Zach Ambrose, Boyer Valley
  • 3200 – David Salazar, Denison
  • 110 Hurdles – Anavin Mounivong, Maple Valley
  • 400 Hurdles – Derek Schurke, Ar-We-Va
  • Long Jump – Austin Petersen, Maple Valley
  • Shot Put – Cody Eischeid, IKM-Manning
  • High Jump – Nhial Biliew, Denison
  • Discus – Cody Eischeid, IKM-Manning
  • 4 x 100 – Denison
  • 4 x 200 – IKM-Manning
  • 4 x 400 – IKM-Manning
  • 4 x 800 – Boyer Valley
  • Shuttle Hurdle – Denison
  • Distance Medley – IKM-Manning

Lady Tigers Relays @ Red Oak (CLICK HERE for complete results)

Class AA:

  1. Clarinda  151
  2. St. Albert  107
  3. Red Oak  86
  4. Lenox  80
  5. Bedford  74
  6. Southwest Valley  48

1st Place:

  • 100 – Jaedra Moses, Clarinda
  • 200 – Jaedra Moses, Clarinda
  • 400 – Katie Dukes, Lenox
  • 800 – Katie Dukes, Lenox
  • 100 Hurdles – Kaitlyn Pearce, St. Albert
  • 1500 – Kate Walker, Red Oak
  • 3000 – Shelby Van Fosson, Clarinda
  • 400 Hurdles – Allison VanVactor, Clarinda
  • Discus – Shanna Saunders, Southwest Valley
  • High Jump – Alyssa Kuhn, Bedford
  • Long Jump – Rachel Armstrong, Bedford
  • Shot Put – Aurora Aravelo, Lenox
  • 4 x 100 – Clarinda
  • 4 x 200 – Clarinda
  • 4 x 400 – St. Albert
  • 4 x 800 – St. Albert
  • Shuttle Hurdle – Clarinda
  • Sprint Medley – Lenox
  • Distance Medley – St. Albert

Class A:

  1. Griswold  185
  2. Essex  146
  3. Riverside  100
  4. Stanton  80
  5. Clarinda Academy  27
  6. South Page  4

1st Place:

  • 100 – Daiton Martin, Essex
  • 200 – Payton Rush, Griswold
  • 400 – Alyx Flippin, Griswold
  • 800 – Alyx Flippin, Griswold
  • 100 Hurdles – Jescenia Mosley, Essex
  • 1500 – Alyx Flippin, Griswold
  • 3000 – Alyx Flippin, Griswold
  • 400 Hurdles – Kelsi Leininger, Essex
  • Discus – Taylor Frain, Riverside
  • High Jump – Devyn Moore, Riverside
  • Long Jump – Chelsea Weis, Stanton
  • Shot Put – Taylor Frain, Riverside
  • 4 x 100 – Essex
  • 4 x 200 – Essex
  • 4 x 400 – Griswold
  • 4 x 800 – Griswold
  • Shuttle Hurdle – Stanton
  • Sprint Medley – Essex
  • Distance Medley – Essex

Cardinal Relays @ Treynor (CLICK HERE for complete results)

  1. Underwood  127.5
  2. Audubon  113
  3. Griswold  106
  4. A-H-S-T-W  102
  5. Treynor  90
  6. West Harison  78.5
  7. Clarinda Academy  47
  8. Iowa Deaf  14

1st Place:

  • 100 – Trevor Smith, Audubon
  • 200 – Nick Pedersen, Underwood
  • 400 – Brett Daley, Treynor
  • 800 – Blake Patten, Underwood
  • 110 Hurdles – Mitchell Nelsen, Audubon
  • 1600 – Trey Castle, Treynor
  • 3200 – David Thompson, Griswold
  • 400 Hurdles – Jordan Vetter, Griswold
  • Discus – Dustin Peasley, West Harrison
  • High Jump – Lee Whyte, A-H-S-T-W
  • Long Jump – Brett Daley, Treynor
  • Shot Put – Tameron McGurren-Leal, A-H-S-T-W
  • 4 x 100 – A-H-S-T-W
  • 4 x 200 – Audubon
  • 4 x 400 – Audubon
  • 4 x 800 -Underwood
  • Shuttle Hurdles – Underwood
  • Distance Medley – Treynor

Monday Golf/Tennis/Soccer Results


April 21st, 2015 by Jim Field

Girls Golf:
A-H-S-T-W 230, Audubon NS (Medalist: Nicole Tiarks, A-H-S-T-W 51)
Tri-Center 238, IKM-Manning 245 (Medalist: Mikasia Jacobsen, IKM-Manning 50)
Treynor 204, Griswold 253 (Medalist: Sierra Maguire, Treynor 48)
Clarinda 202, Creston 219 (Medalist: Maddy Davidson, Clarinda 44)
Glenwood 251, Red Oak 255
Underwood 223, Logan-Magnolia NS (Medalist: Karley Larson, Underwood 51)
Nodaway Valley 240, Lenox 282 (Medalist: Rachel Hight, Nodaway Valley 54)

WDM Valley Girls Invitational
1. Waukee 362
2. Atlantic 365
3. Johnston 370
4. WDM Valley 374
5. Marshalltown 400
6. Newton 401
7. Mason City 406
8. Hoover/Roosevelt 411
9. Ft. Dodge 414
10. SE Polk 414
11. East/Lincoln/North 440
12. Urbandale 446
13. Ankeny 470
14. Ames 479
15. Indianola 482

1. Paige Seiser, Waukee 80
2. Erin Olsen, Atlantic 82
8. Brooke Newell, Atlantic 89

Boys Golf:
A-H-S-T-W 194, Audubon 197 (Medalist: Micky Williamson, Audubon 43)
Griswold 170, Treynor 184 (Medalist: James Reynolds, Griswold 40)
Riverside 182, Missouri Valley 209 (Medalist: Tyler Krueger, Riverside 42)
Creston 168, Clarinda 184 (Medalist: Christian Groumoutis, Creston 39)
Glenwood 180, Red Oak 190 (Medalist: Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood 39)
IKM-Manning 188, Tri-Center 227 (Medalist: Zach Dreier, IKM-Manning 45)
Underwood 211, Logan-Magnolia 228 (Medalist: Connor Funk, Underwood 50)
Nodaway Valley 180, Lenox 200 (Medalist: Jackson Lamb, Nodaway Valley 42)

Girls Tennis:
Clarinda 7, Creston 2
Red Oak 6, Glenwood 3
Lewis Central 7, St. Albert 2

Boys Tennis:
Clarinda 7, Creston 2
Glenwood 8, Red Oak 1
Kuemper Catholic 6, Harlan 3
Abraham Lincoln 9, Thomas Jefferson 0

Girls Soccer:
Atlantic 1, Underwood 0
Thomas Jefferson 3, Tri-Center 0
Harlan 4, Missouri Valley 3 (OT)
Lewis Central 10, Kuemper Catholic 0
Nodaway Valley/WCV/AC 9, Riverside 0

Boys Soccer:
Riverside 5, Missouri Valley 1
Tri-Center 6, Abraham Lincoln 5 (2OT)
Underwood 2, Lewis Central 1
Thomas Jefferson 3, Denison-Schleswig 2

Chiefs’ Houston skips report date for offseason program


April 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs reported for the start of their offseason program on Monday. Well, most of them did. The most notable absence was All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston, who was given the franchise tag after a record-setting sack season. Houston still has not signed his tender as the Chiefs and his representatives try to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was not surprised that Houston skipped the voluntary workout, and that he understands the business side of the equation. But Reid also sounded certain that the two sides would eventually come to an agreement.

Houston set a Chiefs record with 22 sacks last season.


Atlantic Archery Club Receives Support for Nationals


April 20th, 2015 by Jim Field

Front Row left to right- Elvis Hass, Bow Winner- Roni Hook, Camilla Colton, Scott Deter. Back Row- Brandon Westphalen, Jordan Zarbano, Kenny Jimerson, Heather Fruend, Carly Westphalen, Tyler Petty, Taylor Kirchner.

Front Row left to right- Elvis Hass, Bow Winner- Roni Hook, Camilla Colton, Scott Deter. Back Row- Brandon Westphalen, Jordan Zarbano, Kenny Jimerson, Heather Fruend, Carly Westphalen, Tyler Petty, Taylor Kirchner.

The Atlantic Archery Club and Atlantic Archery Club Foundation have been working very hard to achieve their goal of sending a team to the National Archery Tournament. This goal has been achieved and the team will be going to Nationals on May 6th, 7th, 8th.


Our Club has had a tremendous amount of support from the Atlantic Booster club. The booster club was instrumental in helping gather funds to start archery in the school. In October of 2013 the booster club donated $1200 matching funds received from a DNR grant to buy equipment. In March 2015 the booster club gave another $1000 to support the group in their quest to nationals.

On April 11th the Archery Club Foundation with the Pheasants Forever Cass County Chapter conducted a bow raffle. Deter Motor Company purchased the bow to be raffled with all proceeds going to support the Atlantic Archery Club through the Atlantic Archery Club Foundation. Choice Printing along with the BTW and Atlantic Nursing and Rehab provided the raffle tickets. The raffle grossed over $7300 for the club. The winner of the bow was Roni Hook from Griswold.

On April 14th the Atlantic Archery Club Foundation received a grant of $3000 from the Atlantic Rotary Club for equipment. This donation to date is the single largest donation the club has received. The Archery Club Foundation has also received $300 donations from the Atlantic Kiwanis, Hy Vee, and Camblin Mechanical, Don Sonntag / Sonntag Development.

We have also had contributions to date from the following- Mainlander Law Firm, J & B Amusement, Alan & Brenda Zellmer, Atlantic Pest Control, Roland Funeral Service, Fridley Theaters, First Whitney Bank & Trust and Hansen Graphix.

The Archery Club Foundation is made up of parents of Atlantic Archery Club members who are helping raise funds to support the clubs effort to provide a quality program.

The Archery Club has been assisted by two coaches who have went above and beyond the call of duty for the kids. The Archery Club would like to thank Dent Petty and Clint Roland for helping make the archery club what it is.

More Funds are needed for the Archery Club as a whole and for our Trip to nationals. If you would like to make a donation please contact jwilliams@atlanticiaschools.org