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(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/7/2016

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April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Nicascio helps Pirates beat Cardinals 5-1 for 3-game sweep


April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Juan Nicasio pitched six dominant innings in his Pittsburgh debut and Francisco Cevelli hit a two-run double as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Wednesday night to sweep an opening three-game series between the teams with the best regular-season records in the major leagues last year.

Nicasio gave up one run and two hits while striking out seven and walking none. Signed to a $3 million, one-year contract as a free agent in the offseason, Nicasio pitched 15 scoreless innings during spring training with 24 strikeouts.

Cervell’s two-run double capped a three-run fourth inning that pushed the Pirates’ lead to 4-0 and ended the Cardinals debut of Mike Leake (0-1), who signed an $80 million, five-year contract. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Mark Melancon retired the only batter he faced for his first save, getting Kolten Wong to hit into a forceout with runners on first and second.


Former Iowa star Murray Wier dies at 89


April 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Murray Wier, the first Iowa basketball player to be named a first-team All-American, died Wednesday in Georgetown, Texas. He was 89. The Ramsey Funeral Home, which confirmed Wier’s passing and is handling the funeral arrangements, says the cause of death is not yet known.

Wier, who grew up in Grandview, Iowa, was a four-year starter for Iowa from 1945-48. Wier averaged 21 points a game as a senior, becoming the first officially recognized single-season scoring champion in NCAA history, according to the Hawkeyes.

Wier went on to play four seasons of professional ball, including one year under Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach with the Tri-City Blackhawks. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says Wier was “one of the all-time greats” of Iowa basketball.

High School Track Scoreboard Tuesday 4/5/2016


April 6th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Clarinda Lady Cardinal Relays

The Clarinda Lady Cardinal Relays were held Tuesday night but were cut short due to lighting in the area.  Results of completed events and teams scores can be seen below.

Class 1A

  1. Treynor 51
  2. Sidney 48
  3. Bedford 44
  4. Essex 43
  5. Southwest Valley 32

A few highlights were Lexy Larsen of Sidney winning the 100m dash.  Janette Schraft of East Mills won the 400m dash and 3000m run. Treynor took the 4x800m relay, Shuttle Hurdle Relay, and Distance Medley.

Full Results here.

Class 2A

  1. Glenwood 87
  2. Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 65
  3. Creston 57
  4. Shenandoah 50
  5. Atlantic 46
  6. Clarinda 31
  7. Red Oak 5

Heidi Williams of Atlantic won the 400m dash.  Tiffany Williams took second place in the High Jump.  Sidney Svoboda took third in the Shot Put and fifth in the Discus.

Full results here.

Nodaway Valley Girls Invite

  1. Nodaway Valley 93
  2. Mount Ayr 76
  3. West Central Valley 73
  4. Earlham 67
  5. Exira-EHK 39
  6. CAM 37
  7. I-35 34
  8. Audubon 33
  9. Martensdale St Marys 28
  10. Central Decatur 28
  11. Southeast Warren 26

Nodaway Valley took seven events on the night.  Destiny Scar won the 1500m and 3000m runs. Rachel Scheel won the 100m dash.  Kenna Lundy won the 400m hurdles.  The Wolverines took titles in the 4x200m, Sprint Medley, and Shuttle Hurdle Relay.

CAM got a win from Lindsey Dinkla in the 400m dash.  Taylor Sauers of Audubon was second in that event.

Exira-EHK’s top performer was Sydnee Young taking second in the 200m dash.

See full results here.

Maple Valley Anthon Oto Invite


  1. Denison-Schleswig 205
  2. MVAO 118
  3. IKM-Manning 91
  4. Charter Oak-Ute 75
  5. Boyer Valley 63
  6. River Valley 20

Full results MVAO Girls Invite 2016.


  1. Denison-Schleswig 152
  2. OA-BCIG 118
  3. Boyer Valley 107
  4. Woodbine 93
  5. MVAO 42
  6. River Valley 28
  7. Charter Oak-Ute 15

Full results MVAO Boys Invite 2016.

East Union Boys Invite

  1. Mount Ayr 120
  2. Nodaway Valley 103
  3. Lenox 77
  4. West Central Valley 66
  5. I-35 48
  6. Central Decatur 43
  7. Lamoni 38
  8. East Union 22
  9. Adair-Casey 5
  10. Orient-Macksburg 2

Nodaway Valley got wins from Heath Downing in the 200m dash and Jared Corder in the 1600m run. Corder also took second in the 400m dash. Brycen Wallace was second in the 3200m run. Zach Scar was second in the 400m hurdles.  The Wolverines also took the title in the 4x800m relay.

Adair-Casey’s Cale Billheimer was 7th in the 1600m run and 5th in the 3200m run.  Clay Billheimer was 7th in the 3200m.

Full results East-Union-Boys-2016.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton Boys Warrior Relays

  1. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 180
  2. Hinton 100
  3. Lawton-Bronson 96
  4. Sioux Center 64
  5. Missouri Valley 63

Full Results SBL Warrior Boys Relays 2016.

High School Soccer Scoreboard Tuesday 4/5/2016


April 6th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Harlan 5 Creston 3
Lewis Central 10 Denison-Schleswig 0
Sioux City West 3 Abraham Lincoln 2
Storm Lake 2 Kuemper Catholic 1/OT
Tri-Center 7 Riverside 0


Bondurant-Farrar 6, West Central Valley, Stuart 0
Creston 4, Chariton 3
Denison-Schleswig 2, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 1 (2 OT, SO 3-1)
Tri-Center 4, Riverside 1

High School Tennis Scoreboard Tuesday 4/5/2016


April 6th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Kuemper 9, Atlantic 0
Denison-Schleswig 9, Audubon 0
Shenandoah 5, Clarinda 1


Atlantic 7, Kuemper Catholic 2.  Wins by Grant Podhajsky, Cooper McDermott, Caleb Williams, Luke Hohenberger, and William Weppler in singles for Atlantic. Doubles teams of Grant Podhajsky/Cooper McDermott, Kaleb Flory/Caleb Williams won as well.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 9, St. Albert 0
Glenwood 9, Denison-Schleswig 0
Harlan 9, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson 0
Shenandoah 7, Clarinda 0

High School Golf Scoreboard Tuesday 4/5/2016


April 6th, 2016 by Chris Parks


Atlantic Girls @ Kuemper- Carroll Municipal Golf Course, par 36
Atlantic 170, Kuemper Catholic 183
Medalist: Brooke Newell, Atlantic 38.  Runner-Up: Erin Olsen, Atlantic 39.
Other Atlantic Scores: Alyssa Ginther 43, Sarah Fixmer 50, McKenna Denbeste 52,  Baylee Newell 52.

Shenandoah 193, Clarinda 209
Medalist: Grace Davidson, Clarinda 41.  Runner-Up: Anna Carlson, Shenandoah 45.

Abraham Lincoln 238, St. Albert 257, Thomas Jefferson 300
Medalist: Natalie Casson, AL 51.  Runner-Up: Emma Leisinger, AL, 53.

Nishnabotna No Team Score, Bedford No Team Score
Medalist: Christine Rost, Nishnabotna 57. Runner-up: Haley Rowe, Bedford 58.


Atlantic Boys vs. Kuemper Catholic- Atlantic Golf and Country Club
Atlantic 153, Kuemper Catholic 154
Medalist: Kyle Nelson, Atlantic 36. Runner-Up: Jacob Schleisman, Kuemper Catholic 37.
Other Atlantic Scores: Matt Gearhart 38, Ben Renaud 39, Jake Olsen 40, Nate Gifford 40, Zac Stork 52.

Clarinda 150, Shenandoah 160
Medalist: Bryce Neal, Clarinda 36.  Runner-Up: Steven Martin, Shenandoah 37.

Nishnabotna 190, Bedford 205
Medalist: Jett Beemer, Bedford 40.  Runner-Up: Jared Williamson, Nishnabotna 44.


(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/6/2016

Podcasts, Sports

April 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Olejniczak leaves Drake


April 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Drake center Dominik Olejniczak is leaving the program. Olejniczak’s play down the stretch was the bright spot in an otherwise dreadful season for the Bulldogs that saw them finish 7-and-24 overall, and just 2-and 16 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The seven-footer from Poland average 6.5-points on the season, but scored 19 in the win over Loyola in the regular season finale, and had 18 points and eight rebounds in a 69-67 loss to Missouri State in the opening round of the MVC Tournament.

He’s the second player to leave the team since the end of the season. West Des Moines native Kale Abrahamson announced in March he was leaving the program.

(Learfield Sports)

Mercer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 6-5 in 11 innings


April 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordy Mercer singled home Gregory Polanco from second base with one out in the 11th inning to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Polanco, who agreed to a $35 million, five-year contract earlier in the day, drew a walk from Seth Maness (0-1) with one out and made it to second on Josh Harrison’s infield single. Mercer slapped a single to right for his fourth career game-ending hit.

Kyle Lobstein (1-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win. Andrew McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh. Mercer, Harrison and David Friese had two hits each. Jedd Gyorko hit his first home run for St. Louis. Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Cardinals relievers retired 18 straight batters before Polanco’s walk started the winning rally.