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Iowa’s Fran McCaffery battling family health issue


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Most Iowa fans will spend Wednesday morning debating the ins and outs of the team’s first NCAA tournament game in eight years. Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery will be in an Iowa City hospital with his son. The highlight of McCaffery’s professional career at Iowa has coincided with a serious family health issue. McCaffery’s 13-year-old son, Patrick, will have surgery to remove a thyroid tumor just hours before Iowa (20-12) and fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee (21-12) tip off in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio.

McCaffery said Sunday that he planned to fly to Dayton with his team, return to Iowa City for Patrick’s surgery and go back to Ohio in time to coach against the Volunteers.

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March 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Hawkeye 10 Boy’s All-Conference Basketball Selections


March 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks


The Hawkeye Ten Conference released their boy’s All-Conference teams for the 2013-2014 season. The selections are as follows:


  • Sam Brincks, SR, Kuemper Catholic – UNANIMOUS SELECTION
  • Nate Cave, SR, Harlan
  • Parker Eller, JR, Denison-Schleswig
  • Trey Lansman, SR, Harlan – UNANIMOUS SELECTION
  • Cole Neary, SR, Kuemper Catholic
  • Tony Rew, SR, Lewis Central
  • Gage Shatava, SR, Glenwood
  • Jay Wolfe, JR, Creston – UNANIMOUS SELECTION


  • Makonn Anderson, SO, Shenandoah
  • Corey Bertini, SR, Glenwood
  • Gabe Ferry, SR, Harlan
  • Ryan Hawkins, SO, Atlantic
  • Adam Juhl, SR, Harlan
  • Ryan Leininger, SR, Red Oak
  • Spencer Pauley, JR, Denison-Schleswig
  • Lincoln Rodenburg, SR, Lewis Central


  • Jackson Baker, SR, Shenandoah
  • Alex Drees, SR, Kuemper Catholic
  • Alex Gunnerson, SR, Kuemper Catholic
  • John McGinn, SR, St. Albert
  • Jake Lewis, JR, Glenwood
  • Travis Miller, SO, St. Albert
  • Jason McCall, SR, Clarinda
  • Mitch Moran, JR, Lewis Central
  • Alex Nielsen, JR, Creston
  • Nate Pardun, SR, Denison-Schleswig
  • Cole Thompson, SR, Creston
  • Joey Walker, JR, Atlantic

Wichita State women beat Drake in Missouri Valley


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Alex Harden and Jamillah Bonner each scored 21 points to lead Wichita State to a 73-49 win against Drake in the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Sunday. Alie Decker had 12 points and Michelle Price added 11 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Shockers (26-6), who won the tournament for the second year in a row.

Lizzy Wendell led fifth-seeded Drake (17-15) with 20 points. Kyndal Clark added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Harden was 9 for 19 from the floor and had eight assists. Wichita State used a 23-8 run over the final 8:34 of the first half to take a 45-28 lead. Hardin, the two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Year, scored twice from long range and Bonner added a baseline jumper to start the run. Price chipped in with a three-point play to push the lead to 33-20.

Iowa State is #3 seed in East Region


March 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State heads to San Antonio for a matchup on Friday against North Carolina Central in the NCAA Tournament. The Cyclones are the third seed in the East Regional and have won four straight after claiming the Big 12 Tournament title over the weekend in Kansas City. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is leading the Cyclones to the big dance for the third straight year, equalling the longest string in program history. ISU will take on a North Carolina Central team that is 28-5 and won the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title.

Hoiberg said he was hoping for a Friday opener. The players and coaches watched the selection show at Hoiberg’s house and were pleased with the outcome even though they already knew they were in the field.

(Radio Iowa)

Niese (elbow) exits early, Mets top Cardinals 10-4


March 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jonathon Niese lasted only two innings for a New York Mets split squad Sunday, leaving a 10-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals with a sore left elbow. Niese will head back to New York for tests, the latest setback for the left-hander in what he described as “the spring training from hell.” He is expected to have an MRI exam Monday, and it’s unclear when he might pitch again.

Niese first experienced the pain during an intrasquad scrimmage two outings ago. Trainers put him on anti-inflammatories and he didn’t have any issues during his first start of the spring Tuesday against St. Louis. Adam Wainwright had a rocky outing in his third start this spring, allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for the Cardinals.

No. 16 Iowa State beats Baylor 74-65 to win Big 12


March 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — DeAndre Kane scored 17 points, Georges Niang added 13 and No. 16 Iowa State rallied to beat Baylor 74-65 on Saturday night to win its first Big 12 tournament title since 2000.

Naz Long and Dustin Hogue had 12 points apiece, and Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejim finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the fourth-seeded Cyclones (26-7), who knocked off top-seeded Kansas in the semifinals before ending the Bears’ tremendous tournament run.

Kenny Chery had 16 points for the seventh-seeded Bears (24-11), who have never won a postseason conference tournament. They’ve lost all three tries since the formation of the Big 12.

Joe Kelly stars in Cardinals’ 6-2 win over Braves


March 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KIMMIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Kelly pitched into the sixth inning and had three hits to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Saturday. Kelly went 5 2-3 innings, allowing four hit and a run. He became the first time a pitcher to have three hits in a spring training game since Chris Volstad did it for the Marlins in 2010. Kelly started 15 games for the Cardinals and went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA.

The Braves, still reeling from the possibility of starting the season without Mike Minor, Brendan Beachy and Kris Medlen, started non-roster invitee Gus Schlosser. He allowed three runs.

Boy’s State Basketball results from Sat., March 15 2014


March 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

3A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Waverly-Shell Rock 65, Harlan 61

State Championship

Wahlert, Dubuque 67, Central Clinton, DeWitt 57

4A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Bettendorf 73, Sioux City, North 49

State Championship

Iowa City West 57, West Des Moines Valley 45

Boys State Basketball 2A & 1A finals – Results from 3/14/2014


March 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Western Christian’s inside duo of Taylor Feenstra and Josh VanLingen combined for 32 points and 24 rebounds Friday night, leading the top-ranked Wolfpack past No. 3 West Fork 48-38 for the Class 2A state championship.

Feenstra, a 6-foot-7 senior, put up 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting. He also grabbed 13 rebounds as part of a dominating performance in the paint that produced the seventh state championship for Western Christian (27-0) and coach Jim Eekhoff, who tied Davenport’s Paul Moon for the most titles by a coach.

VanLingen, a soft-handed 6-6 sophomore, added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Western Christian cap the school’s first unbeaten season and avenge its only loss in a state championship game.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brandon Snyder scored 23 points and handed out nine assists and unranked West Lyon rolled past Number 4 Dunkerton 60-32 Friday night to win the Class 1A state championship. Snyder quarterbacked West Lyon to the Class A football title last fall. He ran the show again as the Wildcats (23-5), seeded eighth in the eight-team field, won the basketball crown in their first trip to the state tournament.

The Wildcats did it convincingly, winning their three games at state by an average of 21.3 points and postingthe widest margin ever in a 1A championship game.

Kaleb Heyer added 10 points, 16 rebounds and five steals for West Lyon, while Nick Anderson led Dunkerton (27-2) with 11 points.