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Former ISU basketball standout Royce White discusses his battle with mental illness

News, Sports

April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Former Iowa State basketball star Royce White is traveling the country advocating for more support for the mentally ill, now that an anxiety disorder has kept him from playing in the NBA. White was drafted in the first round last year by Houston, but he has yet to play a single game with the Rockets. During a stop at the Iowa Statehouse today (Thursday), White said he’s proud that his difficulties have at least sparked a conversation about mental illness. “In my opinion, the greatest thing in the way of mental health progress is the stigma and the stigma derives from us not having the conversation,” White said. “Any time the words mental health are said…it’s leaps and bounds for the mental health community.”

White’s disorder involves extreme anxiety over air travel, and he and the Houston Rockets are at odds over how to accommodate that. Iowa was White’s first stop on a nationwide tour organized by a host of mental health organizations.  “I think a lot of why mental health has the stigma it does is because a lot of us who suffer are worried about our neighbor actually giving back that understanding and that has to improve,” White said. The Minnesota native is still confident he’ll play in the NBA. “I think if things don’t work out in Houston – which I hope they do – there will be another team,” White said. “Odds are good, hopefully, that one out of 32 general managers or owners will understand that mental health is important and the things I’m asking for aren’t unreasonable and they’ll allow me a chance to play the game I love. I think it’ll happen, but if it didn’t happen, that wouldn’t shock me either.”

State Representative Ruth Ann Gaines, who introduced White at the statehouse news conference, said White’s struggles inspired her to acknowledge her own battle with mental illness. Gaines, a Democrat from Des Moines, said her anxiety and fear of flying prevented her from being named the 1998 National Teacher of the Year. She said the designation that would have required regular travel. “I carried that in my heart as a secret until today,” Gaines said. “This is the first time I’ve ever publicly admitted that was the real reason why I wasn’t selected as national teacher of the year. Royce White gave me the courage to stand up and speak out about my own issue.” Gaines was a drama teacher in the Des Moines School District for more than three decades before being elected to the Iowa House in 2011. White had been playing for the Houston Rockets D-League affiliate in Rio Grande, Texas. The Vipers made the D-League Playoffs, but White is not with the team for the playoff run.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Sportscast 04-25-2013

Podcasts, Sports

April 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Thursday Drake Relays Schedule


April 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

Here are the high school events today at the Drake Relays along with local participants.

3:00 pm – Girls Discus Finals
Kaylee Blake (IKM-Manning)

3:00 pm – Boys High Jump Finals
Tony Dawson (Harlan)

3:30 pm – Boys Shot Put Finals
Jacob Berents (Lewis Central), Andrew Overton (Denison), Rick Williams (Riverside)

3:30 pm – Girls Long Jump Finals

4:10 pm – Girls 3000 Finals
Rebekah Topham (Griswold)

4:25 pm – Boys 3200 Finals

Wednesday Golf Results


April 25th, 2013 by Jim Field


Griswold 186, A-H-S-T 205 (Medalaist: Morgan Kimpson, Griswold 44; Runner-up: James Reynolds, Griswold 45)


Griswold 235, A-H-S-T 242 (Medalist: Cassidy Legg, Griswold 50; Runner-up Nicole Tiarks, A-H-S-T 52)

Johnson Cyclones Relays Results


April 25th, 2013 by Jim Field

Wednesday, April 24 @ Harlan

Girls Team Scores:

  1. Harlan  170
  2. Treynor  146
  3. Denison  69
  4. Tri-Center  55
  5. Kuemper Catholic  39
  6. Riverside  28
  7. Harlan JV  24
  8. Treynor JV  15
  9. A-H-S-T  12

Click the link below for complete results:

Johnson Cyclone Girls Relays 4-24-2013

‘Small ball’ helps Cards beat Nats 4-2 for sweep


April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg during St. Louis’ three-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 4-2 Wednesday to complete a sweep and give Washington’s All-Star ace the only four-start losing streak of his young career. Jaime Garcia (2-1) allowed a run on Bryce Harper’s sixth-inning groundout, but otherwise added to the offensive struggles of the Nationals, who have lost six consecutive home games and nine of their last 12 overall to fall to 10-11.

Washington produced only four runs in the three-game set, a rematch of the 2012 NL division series won by St. Louis. Needing to be nearly perfect given Washington’s lack of offense, Strasburg (1-4) struggled through a 26-pitch, 12-minute first inning.

Purses lure elite athletes to Drake Relays


April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Drake Relays begin this week with best field in recent memory. The annual Iowa meet and new sponsor Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain, came up with the idea of staging as many rematches of the 2012 London Games as possible to better compete with the more prestigious Penn Relays.

The lure of a $50,000 purse for elite invitational races and $25,000 for special field events has drawn 19 medalists from the London Olympics to Des Moines, including the gold, silver and bronze medalists from the 110-meter hurdles.

The 104th Drake Relays crowns its first winners on Thursday and concludes Sunday. It’s Friday and Saturday that are stacked with events featuring the Olympians.

Heath, Grace take Grand Blue Mile


April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Garrett Heath and Kate Grace each set course records in winning the Grand Blue Mile race in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday night.  Heath, a former All-American at Stanford, crossed in 4:02.79 to claim the $5,000 purse and an extra $2,500 for setting a new course mark. Grace, a U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist, also won $7,500 for her efforts.

Heath topped a field that included 2012 London Olympics 1,500-meter silver medalist Leo Manzano, who finished third. Grace beat two-time race champion Sara Hall by less than a second. The fourth annual Grand Blue Mile was connected to this weekend’s Drake Relays. Many of Tuesday night’s runners are expected to also compete at Drake Stadium.

8AM Sportscast 04-24-2013

Podcasts, Sports

April 24th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Shenandoah Fillie Golf Invitational Results


April 24th, 2013 by Jim Field

Team Scores:

  1. Clarinda  204
  2. Shenandoah  215
  3. Abraham Lincoln  228
  4. Creston  247
  5. Glenwood  274
  6. East Mills  284
  7. St. Albert  287
  8. Southwest Iowa  293
  9. Red Oak  294
  • Medalist:  Ellie Shane (Clarinda)  47
  • Runner-up:  Samantha Swanson (Clarinda)  47