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NASCAR names first Nationwide race after Newton


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NASCAR bought the Iowa Speedway in November and they now are going to promote the track’s location by naming the first Nationwide Series race after Newton. The race on Sunday May 18th will be called the “Get to Know Newton 250” presented by Sherwin Williams. Iowa Speedway president, Jimmy Small, says NASCAR donated the title sponsorship to the host city. “The reason for this decision is that we want to invest back in this community, back into a state that has invested in us. We believe in this community, there’s a reason why we came out here. Since we’ve been out here we’ve seen unbelievable support and we want to make the investment back into the community. We want to grow this community,” Small says. “We know about the amenities that exist across this community. We want to make sure everyone knows out on a national scale about Newton, Iowa.”

Small says the title sponsorship is valued at six figures. “We had probably three to four other suitors for this position and we made the determination — being the selective group that we are — that this was our best investment, this was the best decision to be made for this inaugural Nationwide Series race at this speedway under NASCAR ownership,” Small says. Newton Mayor Mike Hanson says the city just kick off its new “Get to Know Newton” branding in February.

“Now we are able to take that message not only across the region — but across the country — and who knows, maybe across the world. So that we can tell folks what we all know — what a great community we have — and why they should be interested, and why they should get to know Newton,” Hanson says. The “Get to Know Newton 250” will be televised live on E-S-P-N. State lawmakers passed this session, and the governor signed into law, a deal to allow NASCAR to keep up to nine million dollars in sales tax rebates from the state. The tax breaks had previously required ownership by someone in the state.

(Radio Iowa)

University of Oklahoma signs junior college guard


May 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has announced the signing of a junior college basketball player. OU head coach Lon Kruger said Friday that 6-foot-2-inch guard Dinjyl Walker of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has signed with the Sooners.

Walker averaged 16 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 28 games as a sophomore last season at Iowa Western. Walker will be a junior next season at OU and Kruger says he can play both the point guard and off-guard positions.

Thursday Track Results


May 2nd, 2014 by Jim Field



  1. Griswold 160
  2. Shenandoah 101.5
  3. Fremont-Mills 73.5
  4. Stanton 72
  5. Lenox 51
  6. Nodaway Valley 46
  7. Sidney 44
  8. Essex 41

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  1. St. Albert 157
  2. Missouri Valley 100
  3. Griswold 83
  4. Nodaway Valley 74
  5. Southwest Valley 64
  6. Nishnabotna 55
  7. Stanton 23

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  1. Treynor 189
  2. Woodbine 132
  3. Missouri Valley 75
  4. Logan-Magnolia 56
  5. Boyer Valley 53
  6. Charter Oak-Ute 41
  7. Riverside 39



Thursday Golf/Tennis/Soccer Results


May 2nd, 2014 by Jim Field


  • Atlantic 170, Shenandoah 210, Red Oak 246 (Medalist: Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic 41, Runner-up:  Brooke Newell, Atlantic 42)
  • Audubon 203, Griswold 224 (Medalist: Susie Bylund, Audubon 42)
  • Clarinda 182, Harlan 213 (Medalist:  Leah Brooke, Clarinda 45)
  • St. Albert 275, Glenwood 287 (Medalist: Bailey Mitchell, Glenwood 61)


  • Atlantic 151, Shenandoah 165, Red Oak 216 (Medalist: Evan Schuler, Atlantic 34)
  • Griswold 170, Audubon 228 (Medalist: James Reynolds, Griswold 39)
  • A-H-S-T 177, Logan-Magnolia 186, Nishnabotna 194 (Medalist: Tuyler Beam, Nishnabotna 40)


  • Red Oak 6, Atlantic 0 (shortened by weather)
  • Shenandoah 6, Creston 3


  • Red Oak 5, Atlantic 4
  • Shenandoah 9, Creston 0
  • Clarinda 6, Harlan 3
  • Denison 9, St. Albert 0


  • Thomas Jefferson 1, Lewis Central 0 (OT)
  • Underwood 5, Denison-Schleswig 1
  • Winterset 3, Nodaway Valley/WCV/AC 0
  • St. Albert 1, Glenwood 0


  • Riverside 4, Abraham Lincoln 0
  • Nodaway Valley 2, Clarinda Academy 1
  • Glenwood 3, Creston 0
  • Kuemper 1, Lewis Central 0

Local Sports Schedule Changes for Thursday, May 1


May 1st, 2014 by Jim Field

  • Atlantic @ Red Oak Varsity Girls/Boys Tennis will be held at 4:00 pm at the Red Oak YMCA (5/1).  Girls/Boys JV is cancelled.
  • Atlantic Boys and Girls JV Track at Atlantic has been postponed today (5/1). Date is to be determined.
  • Nishnabotna High School Girls Track Invitational scheduled for today (5/1) in Hamburg is cancelled.

8AM Sportscast 05-01-2014

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May 1st, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Southern Miss Hires Sadler as Basketball Coach


May 1st, 2014 by Jim Field

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Southern Mississippi has hired former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler as its next basketball coach.

The school announced the hiring late Wednesday and will have a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Sadler coached the Cornhuskers from 2006 to 2012, leading them to three appearances in the NIT. He was an assistant at Iowa State last season under Fred Hoiberg, and the Cyclones finished with a 28-8 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

Southern Miss athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement that the Golden Eagles “hired one of the great coaches in America and a perfect match for Southern Miss.”

Sadler replaces Donnie Tyndall, who left last week to coach Tennessee.

Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association Boys Rankings


May 1st, 2014 by Jim Field


  1. Beckman Catholic 2-0
  2. Iowa City Regina 3-0
  3. Danville  5-0
  4. Mid-Prairie 5-1
  5. Center Point-Urbana 4-1
  6. Postville 1-2
  7. Albia 3-1
  8. Waterloo Columbus 4-2
  9. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3-0
  10. West Liberty 2-0
  11. Clear Lake 3-1
  12. Underwood 3-1
  13. West Sioux 2-1
  14. MOC-Floyd Valley 3-1
  15. Des Moines Christian 4-3
  16. Riverside 4-2-1


  1. Norwalk 6-4
  2. Spencer 7-0
  3. Waverly-Shell Rock 6-1
  4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 4-3
  5. Pella 8-3-1
  6. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-3
  7. Central Clinton-Dewitt 7-1
  8. Glenwood 5-2
  9. Hudson 6-3
  10. Perry 7-2
  11. Creston 7-1
  12. Marion 5-1
  13. Dubuque Wahlert 1-5
  14. Davenport Assumption 4-4
  15. Clear Creek-Amana 4-4-2
  16. ADM 5-5-1


  1. Iowa City West 8-0
  2. Johnston 10-0
  3. Iowa City High 6-1
  4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 5-2
  5. Linn-Mar 8-1
  6. Cedar Rapids Washington 5-2
  7. Ankeny Centennial 7-1
  8. Sioux City West 10-0
  9. Bettendorf 8-2
  10. Waukee 8-2
  11. Cedar Rapids Prairie 4-3
  12. WDM Valley 6-2
  13. Marshalltown 9-1
  14. Pleasant Valley 4-2
  15. Ames 6-1
  16. Muscatine 6-4

Craig has 4 hits, Cards beat Brewers 9-3


April 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Allen Craig homered on a four-hit day that included three RBIs, and Matt Adams hit a three-run homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 Wednesday. Jon Jay had three hits and a walk his first four trips to the plate. The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep by the team with the best record in the major leagues.

Shelby Miller (3-2) worked around homers to Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gomez, allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Milwaukee went 20-8 in April, a franchise record for wins in the season’s first full first month.

Matt Garza (1-3) joined the lengthy list of injured Brewers when he was removed in the fourth inning because of a bruised right thumb.

8AM Sportscast 04-30-2014

Podcasts, Sports

April 30th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field