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Cole wins MLB-best 13th as Pirates beat Cardinals 5-2


July 11th, 2015 by Chris Parks

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings to become the major leagues’ first 13-game winner and Neil Walker had a two-run homer among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Friday night.

Cole (13-3) allowed two runs – both on Matt Carpenter’s third-inning home run – and six hits while striking out three and walking two. He became just the second Pirates pitcher to win 13 games before the All-Star break, joining Dock Ellis, who had 14 in 1971.

Walker’s home run, his seventh, extended the Pirates’ lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning.

Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his National League-leading 29th save in 30 opportunities.

The Pirates (51-35) won for the sixth time in seven games and drew within 4 1/2 games of the Cardinals (56-31) in the NL Central.

QB Braxton Miller Returning for 5th Season at Ohio State


July 10th, 2015 by Jim Field

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Quarterback Braxton Miller says he’s almost fully recovered from his latest shoulder injury, and he’s staying at Ohio State to win back the starting job.

Miller hurt his throwing shoulder shortly before the start of last season. He sat out while Ohio State won the national championship, with J.T. Barrett then Cardale Jones leading the Buckeyes.

Miller got his degree and could transfer and play immediately for another school, but told The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Ga7SjO ) that he’s staying at Ohio State for a fifth season. He’ll be part of a three-way competition for the starting job. Miller says the shoulder is healed, although he doesn’t yet have full range of motion.

He expects to be able to fully compete when camp opens in a few weeks.


Spieth Surges to 7-under 64 at John Deere Classic


July 10th, 2015 by Jim Field

SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Jordan Spieth shot a 7-under 64 on Friday to move into contention at the John Deere Classic.

Spieth, who’ll try for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, opened the tournament Thursday with a par 71.

But Spieth rallied with four birdies in six holes and an eagle on Friday to land safely above the projected cut line.

Spieth moved from back of the pack to a tie for eighth by the end of his early round, although most of the leaders had yet to finish.

Spieth’s first career win came at the John Deere Classic in 2013, when he was just 19.


Mike Dick to Retire as IGHSAU Executive Director In August 2016


July 10th, 2015 by Jim Field

Mike Dick, Executive Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union since 2008, announced his retirement at the June 16 IGHSAU Board of Directors meeting. The IGHSAU Board of Directors accepted his resignation effective August 31, 2016.

“I am proud to have served as the Executive Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union for the last seven years,” he stated. “I was able to fulfill a dream of mine by working for the IGHSAU. It has been a pleasure to serve so many great schools, administrators, staff, officials, coaches and, especially, the Iowa Girl. “

“The time is right to retire. My family has always catered to me and my job,” said Dick. “The time has come for me to give my time back to them.”

“Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Mike for his vision and commitment to the Iowa Girl,” said IGHSAU Board of Directors President Dr. Greg Thomas. “Mike has always put the best interests of the thousands of girls that participate in our activities first. Our coaches, officials, schools, and especially high school girls are better because of his leadership.”

Dick became the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s fourth Executive Director in August of 2008, succeeding Troy Dannen. Some of the highlights of his seven-year tenure include the expansion to five classes in volleyball, basketball, golf and softball; enhanced education of officials, and moving the IGHSAU headquarters from its longtime home at 2900 Grand Avenue in Des Moines to West Des Moines in 2012.

Dick joined the IGHSAU as an Assistant Director in August of 2002. In his tenure as an assistant, he administrated volleyball, basketball, track & field, cross country, soccer and softball as well as assigning and administrating officials. He was one of the architects of the implementation of the State Co-Ed Track & Field Meet that began in 2005. The meet is the largest track and field state high school track and field meet in the United States.

Prior to joining the IGHSAU, the Winterset native spent 18 years as a high school principal. While serving in an administrative role, he enjoyed a stint on the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Representative Council and was a member of the IGHSAU Board of Directors from 1997-to-2002. He was a successful high school softball and girls basketball coach and a state tournament official in track & field, softball and volleyball.

Mike and his wife, Pam, have three grown children and eight grandchildren.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/10/2015

Podcasts, Sports

July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Area high school baseball scores from 7/9/15


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Ar-We-Va, Westside 15, Woodbine 3 (5 innings)
Ballard 6, Carroll 5
Bedford 8, Southwest Valley 3
Coon Rapids-Bayard 10, Underwood 4
Denison-Schleswig 14, Fort Madison 12
Denison-Schleswig 9, Fort Madison 4
Earlham 14, Woodward Academy 0 (5 Innings)
East Sac County 3, OA-BCIG 2
Glidden-Ralston 5, Guthrie Center 4
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 10, Perry 1
Lenox 4, Nodaway Valley 2
Lewis Central 10, Creston 3
Lewis Central 12, Creston 2 (5 innings)
Logan-Magnolia 10, Audubon 2
Logan-Magnolia 4, Audubon 2
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 11, Des Moines Christian 1
Treynor 8, West Harrison, Mondamin 7 (8 innings)
Van Meter 7, ADM, Adel 5

Regional Softball Scores from 7/9/15 & Schedule for 7/11/15


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thursday’s games:


Class 4-A Region 8 Quarterfinals

Lewis Central 4, Carroll 1
Harlan 7, Glenwood 6

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Class 4-A Region 8 Semi-finals
7:00 p.m. – ADM vs. Lewis Central @ Adel
7:00 p.m. – Creston vs. Harlan @ Creston

Class 4-A Region 1 Semi-finals
7:00 p.m. – Denison-Schleswig vs. Bishop Heelan Catholic @ Denison

Class 5-A, Region 8 Semi-finals
7:00 p.m. – CB Abraham Lincoln vs. CB Thomas Jefferson @ Abraham Lincoln

Cardinals’ Martinez shuts down Pirates


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Carlos Martinez made his case for inclusion on the National League All-Star team Thursday night by pitching 7 1-3 scoreless innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 in a matchup between the teams with the best records in the major leagues. Martinez (10-3) scattered four hits while striking out five and walking three in improving to 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA in his last 10 starts.

The right-hander is one of the five players contending for the NL’s All-Star Final Vote. Fan voting ends Friday afternoon and the game will be played Tuesday at Cincinnati. St. Louis (56-31) opened a 5 1/2-game lead on the Pirates in the NL Central. Pittsburgh (50-35) had its five-game winning streak snapped in the opener of a four-game series.


Spieth stumbles in 1st round of John Deere Classic


July 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Justin Thomas and Nicholas Thompson were tied for the lead at 8 under par in Thursday’s opening round of the John Deere Classic, while Jordan Spieth languished far behind. Thomas and Thompson each shot a 63 at the TPC Deere Run in Illinois, finishing eight strokes ahead of Masters and U.S. Open champion Spieth. They were a shot ahead of Charles Howell the Third and Luke Guthrie.

Three-time tournament winner Steve Stricker led the list of golfers at 6 under. Spieth shot even-par 71 in his first round since winning the U.S Open. Spieth, who will go for his third straight major title next week at the British Open, had three bogeys in a four-hole stretch, and missed a 15-foot birdie putt on Number 18.


Clippers sign free-agent forward Wes Johnson – former ISU player


July 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent forward Wes Johnson, who played for the Lakers last season. He averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 76 games, including 59 starts for the other NBA team that plays in Staples Center. Johnson’s five-year NBA career includes stints with Minnesota and Phoenix.

The Timberwolves drafted him with the fourth pick in the first round of the 2010 draft. He played two years at Iowa State before transferring to Syracuse, where he was the Big East player of the year in his lone season with the Orange.