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Deer harvest down slightly in Iowa after shotgun season

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

December 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say this year’s deer harvest is slightly down this year with a little more than two weeks left in the season. Iowa’s second shotgun season ended last Sunday. Hunters have until midnight Monday to report their harvests. Antlerless deer only may be harvested from now until Jan. 2nd.

Between both shotgun seasons, hunters reported 5 percent fewer deer than last year’s seasons. Andrew Norton of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says hunters purchased 2,118 fewer licenses, or tags, for the shotgun seasons this year compared to last year.

In total, hunters in Iowa have harvested 87,722 deer this year, which is about 4 percent lower than last year’s count at this time. Hunters harvested 105,401 deer through all of last year’s seasons.

Sports Headlines: 12/25/16


December 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have historically had a hard time winning in December in Kansas City, where they’re 3-16. A loss today (Christmas Day) to the Chiefs, who won 30-27 in overtime last month in Denver, could erase the defending champs from the AFC playoff picture. (Pre-game tonight at 6, kick-off at 7:30, on KJAN)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, Jordy Nelson shredded Minnesota’s secondary for 154 yards and two scores, and the resurgent Green Bay Packers beat the Vikings 38-25 Saturday. The Packers’ fifth straight win set up a winner-take-all showdown next week with Detroit for the NFC North title, while extinguishing the Vikings’ faint postseason hopes.

CHICAGO (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for a touchdown and ran for two more, and the Washington Redskins gave their fading playoff hopes a boost with a 41-21 victory at the Chicago Bears Saturday. Washington intercepted Matt Barkley five times in the loss at Soldier Field.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Isaiah Crowell rushed for two scores and the Cleveland Browns finally earned their first win of the season by beating the Chargers, 20-17. San Diego kicker Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal attempt as time expired to set off a celebration among the Browns players who stormed the field after improving to 1-14. Lambo also had a potential game-tying kick blocked by the Browns’ Jamie Meder with 3:49 to go.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lift Atlanta past Carolina 33-16, allowing the Falcons to clinch the NFC South on Sunday. Ryan torched the defending NFC champions in their two meetings this season, passing for 780 yards and six TDs. Tevin Coleman had 135 yards from scrimmage, including a 55-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run for the 10-5 Falcons.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans damaged Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes while allowing the Giants to clinch their first playoff berth since 2011. Marc Ingram ran for two touchdowns and a game-clinching first down that secured the Saints’ 31-24 triumph over the 8-7 Buccaneers. Drew Brees was 23 of 34 for 299 yards and a touchdown for the 7-8 Saints, who gained 417 total yards.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston clinched the AFC South as Alfred Blue scored a go-ahead, 24-yard touchdown with 8:41 left to send the Texans past the Cincinnati Bengals, 12-10. Blue’s TD came two minutes after Brandon LaFell turned a short pass into an 86-yard score that put the Bengals ahead. Tom Savage threw for 176 yards and no interceptions in his first career start since replacing Brock Osweiler. The Bengals had a chance to pull out the victory until former Texan Randy Bullock’s 43-yard attempt sailed wide right as time expired.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/24/2016

Podcasts, Sports

December 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Ric Hanson.


Broncos rule out Ward, Green, Derby for KC showdown


December 24th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos will be without their top two tight ends and their leading tackler for their game at Kansas City on Christmas night (a game you can hear on KJAN beginning at 6-p.m. Sunday, with the kick-off at 7-p.m.). The Broncos (8-6) could see their playoff hopes evaporate with another loss to the Chiefs (10-4). They’ve only won 3 of 19 December games in Kansas City.

Winning there will be harder without safety T.J. Ward, who leads Denver with 87 tackles, and tight ends A.J. Derby and Virgil Green. All have concussions. Rookies Will Parks and Justin Simmons will replace Ward. The Broncos are down to Jeff Heuerman at tight end and are considering promoting another from their practice squad.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe is questionable after missing practice all week with a neck injury and illness.

Friday’s (12/23) High School Basketball Scores


December 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Mount Pleasant 70, Harlan 63

Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Team Rankings


December 23rd, 2016 by Jim Field

IWCOA Class 1-A Dual Team Rankings, 12/20/2016

School Record through 12/17/16             Overall Ranking

Lisbon 14-3                                                      1

Don Bosco, Gilbertville 11-3                       2

Sibley-Ocheyedan 9-0                                  3

Missouri Valley 10-1                                     4

Logan-Magnolia 12-1                                    5

Lake Mills 11-2                                               6

Westwood, Sloan 13-0                                 7

Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 9-1                        8

Dike-New Hartford 5-0                                 9

Sigourney 9-0                                                 10

MFL MarMac 9-2                                           11

Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 15-2                    12

Central Springs 7-1                                        13

Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 4-2     14

Alburnett 4-6                                                  15

North Linn, Troy Mills 8-3                            16


IWCOA Class 2-A Dual Team Rankings, 12/20/2016

School Record through 12/17/16             Overall Ranking

New Hampton 5-0                                         1

Solon 8-1                                                          2

Atlantic 7-0                                                      3

Creston 5-1                                                     4

Assumption, Davenport 9-4                        5T

Washington 16-0                                           5T

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 6-1                             7

Crestwood, Cresco 9-4                                 8

Denver 6-0                                                      9

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 6-0                         10

Mount Vernon 4-2                                        11

West Liberty 7-0                                            12

Spirit Lake Park 5-3                                       13

South Tama County, Tama 8-1                   14

Central Lyon George Little Rock 7-0         15

Webster City 6-3 16


IWCOA Class 3-A Dual Team Rankings, 12/20/2016

School Record through 12/16/17              Overall Ranking

Valley, West Des Moines 8-1                      1

Southeast Polk 6-0                                        2

Fort Dodge 4-0                                               3

North Scott, Eldridge 10-1                           4

Waverly-Shell Rock 12-2                              5

Epworth, Western Dubuque 14-4             6

Indianola 8-2                                                   7

Johnston 3-0                                                   8

Prairie, Cedar Rapids 8-3                             9

Dubuque, Hempstead 10-2                         10

Glenwood 6-1                                                 11

Waukee 10-3                                                  12

Dowling Catholic, WDM 4-4                        13

Linn-Mar, Marion 9-2                                   14

Ankeny Centennial 8-3                                 15

Iowa City, City High 6-4                                16

Iowa City, West 5-5                                       17

Norwalk 8-0                                                    18

Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 3-2                         19

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 3-2                          20T

Clinton 2-2                                                       20T

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 4-1        22T

Mount Pleasant 7-1                                      22T

Ankeny 5-3                                                      24

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/23/2016

Podcasts, Sports

December 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Hawkeyes look to end bowl drought


December 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

When Iowa plays Florida in the January 2 Outback Bowl the Hawkeyes will be in search of their first bowl victory since the 2010 Insight Bowl. Coach Kirk Ferentz says a post season victory was one of the goals for the senior class.

The Hawkeyes take a three game winning streak into their fifth appearance in the Outback Bowl since 2003.

Ferentz says a bowl victory was one of three goals the seniors set for this season.

Former Miami head coach Randy Shannon will direct Florida’s defense in the Outback Bowl. Former Gator defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is the new head coach at Temple. Shannon had been coaching the linebackers.

That’s Florida coach Jim McElwain who says no decision has been made about a permanent defensive coordinator.

(Radio Iowa/Learfield Sports)

Weekly scores 20, N Iowa women beat No. 24 Kansas St, 67-59


December 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Madison Weekly had 20 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers, Hannah Schonhardt had her second double-double of the season and Northern Iowa beat Number 24 Kansas State 67-59 Thursday night.

Schonhardt had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Mikaela Morgan hit three 3s and added 11 points and Ellie Herzberg scored 10 for Northern Iowa, which made 13 3s and shot 41 percent from behind the arc – both season highs.

Kansas State’s Karyla Middlebrook hit 4 of 4 free throws to spark a 9-1 run that made it 43-all when Kindred Wesemann hit a 3-pointer with 6:51 to play. Weekly answered with a 3 and the Panthers (7-4) led the rest of the way. Shaelyn Martin’s 3-pointer pulled the Wildcats within one with 4:39 remaining, but another 3 by Weekly sparked a 15-7 run that made it 61-52 when Megan Maahs hit a 3, moments after blocking a shot on the other end, with 59 seconds left.

Middlebrook had a career-high 19 points and tied her career best with six assists for Kansas State (10-2), which has lost two of three after starting the season 9-0.

Wampler’s 27 points helps Drake snap 8 game skid, 101-69


December 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Billy Wampler hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points and Drake snapped an eight game losing streak with a 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night. Wampler’s eight 3s were the second most in school history for a single game, one shy of the school record. It was the first time the Bulldogs topped the 100-point barrier since 2013.

Reed Trimmer hit three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points for Drake (2-10). Overall the Bulldogs shot 52.9 percent, hit 17 total 3s, and dished out 27 team assists for its 36 field goals. Rashaan Surles had 21 points to lead Mississippi Valley State (0-13), which has been on the road the entire month of December and hasn’t played at home since a Nov. 22 tilt with UMass-Lowell.

A Graham Woodward jumper for Drake pushed the lead past 20, and two T.J. Thomas free throws made it 85-55 with 7:10 left.