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ISU’s Poppens, Prins Selected In WNBA Draft


April 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – For the third time in school history Iowa State had two players selected in the WNBA Draft as Chelsea Poppens was selected by the Seattle Storm in the second round with the 18th overall pick and Anna Prins went to the Connecticut Sun, also in the second round, with the 23rd pick. Poppens and Prins are the 11th and 12th Cyclones selected in the draft.

Poppens and Prins recently wrapped up standout careers with both scoring over 1,000 career points. Now they will head to training camp at the beginning of May.

“It is a great honor to be selected in the WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm,” Poppens said. “They are a great franchise with a championship history and I’m excited to get started.”

“I’m very excited,” Prins added. “I wasn’t expecting to go that early so it kind of surprised me. I’m very excited for Pop as well. I’ve grown up watching the WNBA so it is a dream to have this opportunity.”

Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly was happy for the two players, who are roommates and good friends.

“It is fantastic to have two kids drafted,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. “It is a testament to those kids. They worked very hard to get to this point. Anytime you can hear Iowa State called it is a good thing. They are close friends so for them to go with picks 18 and 23, it is pretty special. I’m very happy for them.”

Poppens, an Aplington, Iowa native, was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection. The forward became the second player in school history and the 14th player in Big 12 history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career. She averaged 11.1 points and 8.7 rebounds in her 126 game career. Poppens shot 50 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Prins, a center from Broomfield, Colo., had the best season of her career in 2012-13, averaging a career-best 12.3 points. Prins, who for the first time in her career didn’t miss a game, played 26.6 minutes a game and was in double figures in 20 games this season. She averaged 19.6 points and shot 58.7 percent from the field in the Cyclones’ five postseason games, including an all-tournament team performance at the Big 12 Championship. Prins scored a career-high 32 points in the semifinals against Oklahoma. In 117 career games, Prins averaged 10.1 points and hit 100 career 3-pointers.

Eight players from the Big 12 were drafted.

8AM Sportscast 04-16-2013

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April 16th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Monday Soccer, Tennis Golf Results


April 16th, 2013 by Jim Field

Boys Soccer:

  • Glenwood 7, Atlantic 0

Girls Soccer:

  • Underwood 2, Atlantic 0

Boys Tennis:

  • Kuemper Catholic 8, Harlan 1

Girls Tennis:

  • Kuemper Catholic 5, Harlan 4
  • Lewis Central 6, St. Albert 2

Boys Golf:

  • Griswold 182, Tri-Center 184
  • Corning 190, CAM 224
  • Riverside 181, Underwood 198
  • Harlan 159, Kuemper Catholic 175
  • Creston 160, Clarinda 240

Girls Golf:

  • Griswold 224, Tri-Center 233
  • Clarinda 188, Creston 209

Stories from Iowans competing in Boston Marathon

News, Sports

April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nearly 160 Iowans were registered to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon, where two bomb blasts killed two people and injured dozens more. A small contingent from western Iowa was among those who narrowly escaped being injured by the blasts. According to the Daily NonPareil, Kim Moore, from Treynor, was among several people waiting for a medal when she heard the first explosion. Moore, who had finished the Boston Marathon 10 minutes earlier, turned around to see a large plume of smoke and saw the impact as another explosion rocked the finish line of the prestigious race.

Council Bluffs native Mike McSorley finished about the same time as Moore. He was seated at a restaurant table with friends when he heard the news. Lory Van Tilburg of McClelland told the paper she let her family and friends on Facebook know she was safe, but that she missed the bomb by just minutes. Peter Crawford, of Red Oak, also ran in the Boston Marathon. Crawford, an engineer with JFSCO Engineering, was near the finish line when the bombs went off. He told local media representatives that he would have been caught up in the explosions, if his time had actually been quicker than it was.

Three brothers from Cedar Falls ran in the race. Joey, Daniel, and David Sevcik are members of the Iowa State Running Club and according to Joey, they left the finish line area about 10 minutes before the explosions. “Many of our guys heard an explosion…but didn’t know what it was,” Sevcik said. “We were somewhere between the 25th and 26th mile marker. We’re not exactly sure where.” Sevcik said his group only heard one of the explosions and didn’t know what was going on until they started receiving messages on their cell phones.

“We didn’t assume, you know, it was a bomb or thing anything like that. We were just kind of like, ‘Oh, what was that.’ And didn’t think anything of it until we got back into cell service and everybody’s cell phone started to go off and say, ‘Hey! Are you guys OK? Are you guys OK?’ And then that’s when we realized what exactly it was,” Sevcik said. “There were also, at that time all of a sudden, ambulances and fire trucks flying down every which way through the middle of Boston.” This was Sevcik’s sixth marathon and even with the chaotic nature at finish lines, Sevcik said he’d never been concerned for his safety.

“I’ve never felt unsafe at all. There was no reason to feel unsafe (Monday) even. It’s such a crowded area, especially at the finish line,” he said. “Thousands upon thousands of people cheering…so there’s no reason to feel anxious. It was just a completely packed area, so it’s kind of shocking.” The explosions happened about three hours after the winners crossed the finished line. Jeanine Penticoff of Cedar Rapids was about a half mile away from the finish line when officials stopped the race. “There were a lot of family members who were waiting at the finish line that were associated with the runners we were running alongside, so there was just a lot of worry and concern,” Penticoff said. It took Penticoff more than an hour to find her husband, as cell phone coverage was limited and roads had been closed off.

“You just never know what’s going to happen, because obviously these things can happen at any time, at any place,” Penticoff said. This was the first Boston Marathon for Penticoff, who’s the Director of the Energy Efficiency Department at Alliant Energy. Des Moines attorney Doug Gross got a phone call from his daughter, Eileen, shortly after the bomb blast, saying she was O.K.  “Our daughter, Molly, was running in the race. I think Molly missed it by about 10 minutes,” Gross says. “Eileen, my wife, and then our oldest son, Eric, who was with Eileen, were looking for Molly and they went right near that finish line and just minutes before it went off they were right by there. They heard it go off. They thought it was something big dropping out of a building is what they described it as and then they said it was mass confusion — and thank God they’re safe. They’re all safe.”

Molly Gross was part of a group running to raise money for “Best Buddies,” an organization that helps people with disabilities. “There was a special place where they met in a law firm and so they went there and they were locked down there for about an hour-and-a-half to two hours, until they were free to go back to their hotel and I just talked to them and they’re back at the hotel and they’re fine, so thank goodness they are,” Gross told Radio Iowa shortly before six o’clock Iowa time. Des Moines native Jeremey Hellickson, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was playing in Boston Monday afternoon. He knows the Gross family. Hellickson sent a text message to Mrs. Gross, checking to make sure the family was safe.

(Radio Iowa)

Chiefs sign veteran linebacker Jordan


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran Akeem Jordan to provide depth and push for playing time alongside middle linebacker Derrick Johnson. The team announced the move in a statement Monday. Jordan has appeared in 82 games with 34 starts in six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, where current Chiefs coach Andy Reid had been in charge until he was fired this offseason. Jordan has made 184 tackles, two interceptions and forced two turnovers in his career.

The Chiefs have also signed former Titans linebacker Zac Diles, who played at Kansas State, to help shore up the linebacker position. Kansas City could also attempt to fill one of the biggest voids in its defense through the draft.

Cardinals jump on Pirates early in 10-6 win


April 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jon Jay and Matt Holliday each had two hits and two RBIs as the St. Louis Cardinals jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in a 10-6 victory Monday night. Allen Craig doubled and drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who knocked around James McDonald (1-2) with a seven-run second inning. McDonald gave up eight runs, three earned, and walked two in 1 1-3 innings, the shortest start of his career. Lance Lynn (2-0) labored through five innings to get the win. Lynn allowed four runs, walking three and striking out four. Starling Marte had three hits and Neil Walker homered for the Pirates, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Drake Relays to review security measures


April 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake Relays officials say they’re reviewing security measures for next week’s meet following a pair of blasts Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Drake spokesman Tyler Patton tells The AP that campus and Des Moines police will re-evaluate the security plans for the Drake Relays, which will be held from April 25-28. Patton says no further details were immediately available.

The meet will also host a 1-mile race in downtown Des Moines on April 23 and a half marathon on April 28. Drake Relays director Brian Brown in meetings Monday afternoon and unavailable for further comment.

8AM Sportscast 04-15-2013

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April 15th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Griswold’s Topham Shines at Sioux City Relays


April 15th, 2013 by Jim Field

Griswold runner Rebekah Topham had a solid Saturday at the Sioux City Relays.  Topham won a pair of events.  She took the title in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.08.  Her teammate, Jordyn Sindt placed third in that event.  Topham also won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:57.84.

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Harlan Cyclone Track Results


April 15th, 2013 by Jim Field

Team Scores:

  1. Harlan  128
  2. Abraham Lncoln  93
  3. Carroll  83
  4. ADM  74
  5. Fremont-Mills  47
  6. Denison  38
  7. Thomas Jefferson  36
  8. Bedford  24
  9. Underwood  15
  10. Audubon  8

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