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Weber State downs Drake 74-58


November 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) — Jeremy Senglin scored a career-high 34 points, including a career-best eight 3-pointers, and Weber State beat Drake 74-58 Tuesday night in the second round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. McKay Cannon scored 14 points, making 4 of 6 3s, Joel Bolomboy added 12 points, and the Wildcats shot 14 of 30 from long distance.

Senglin made three straight 3-pointers, Cannon sank another 3, and Weber State (3-2) surged early in the second half to a 47-34 lead. Drake led 10-5, then the Wildcats started hitting 3s. Richaud Gittens and Cannon each sank two 3s amid an 18-2 run for a 23-12 lead. Drake’s Graham Woodward replied with two 3-pointers and Reed Timmer hit a layup to pull the Bulldogs within 23-22, but Weber State outscored them 8-4 late to lead 33-28 at halftime.

Woodward led Drake (2-3) with 18 points.

Iowa St runners recall day of triumph, tragedy 30 years ago


November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s been 30 years since a fiery plane crash killed much of Iowa State’s women’s cross country team, just hours after a surprising second place finish at a championship meet.

On Wednesday, surviving runners will join with running enthusiasts and others at the site where the twin-engine plane went down in a quiet Des Moines neighborhood. The crash that icy evening of Nov. 25, 1985, killed three runners, two coaches, an athletic trainer and the pilot.

Jill Slettedahl-Winter, of Danville, Kentucky, was an 18-year-old freshman that day. She recalls how one of the best days of her life suddenly became the worst.

Residents plan to establish a permanent memorial near the crash site.

Big Ten’s top return man will receive Rodgers-Dwight Trophy


November 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten’s top performer on kickoffs, punt returns or both will receive the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year trophy beginning this season.

The conference on Tuesday announced the new award named in honor of former return specialists Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska and Tim Dwight of Iowa.

Rodgers and Dwight will be recognized Friday at the Iowa-Nebraska game in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rodgers was a two-time All-American who won the Heisman Trophy in 1972. Dwight was a two-time first-team All-American as a punt returner, earning consensus All-America honors in 1997.

The Big Ten also will expand its all-conference teams, adding a third team to first-team, second-team and honorable mention selections.


(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 11/24//2015

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November 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Chris Parks.


Iowa State Men’s hoops moves up in polls


November 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Iowa State Men’s Basketball team has moved up in both polls this week after some other top ten teams lost games over the weekend.  The Cyclones are up to 4th in the AP poll and 5th in the Coaches poll.  Full top 25 rankings are listed below.

AP Top 25

  • 1. Kentucky (59)
  • 2. Maryland (6)
  • 3. Michigan State
  • 4. Iowa State
  • 5. Kansas
  • 6. Duke
  • 7. Oklahoma
  • 8. Villanova
  • 9. North Carolina
  • 10. Gonzaga
  • 11. Arizona
  • 12. Virginia
  • 13. Indiana
  • 14. California
  • 15. Miami (FL)
  • 16. Purdue
  • 17. Notre Dame
  • 18. Connecticut
  • 19. Vanderbilt
  • 20. Wichita State
  • 21. Oregon
  • 22. LSU
  • 23. Xavier
  • 24. Cincinnati
  • 25. Texas A&M
  • 25. SMU

Others Receiving Votes: Baylor, West Virginia, Northern Iowa, Iowa, Michigan

Coaches Top 25

  • 1. Kentucky (28)
  • 2. Maryland (3)
  • 3. Duke
  • 4. Michigan State
  • 5. Iowa State
  • 6. Oklahoma
  • 7. Kansas
  • 8. North Carolina
  • 9. Villanova
  • 10. Arizona
  • 11. Gonzaga
  • 12. Virginia
  • 13. California
  • 14. Indiana
  • 15. Purdue
  • 16. Vanderbilt
  • 17. LSU
  • 18. Notre Dame
  • 19. Miami (FL)
  • 20. Wichita State
  • 21. Connecticut
  • 22. West Virginia
  • 23. Oregon
  • 24. Cincinnati
  • 25. Baylor

Others Receiving Votes: Michigan, Iowa, Northern Iowa

Harlan hires Schaben as Softball Coach


November 24th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Harlan Community High School Athletic Director Mitch Osborn announced Monday that former Harlan standout Brooke Schaben has been hired as Head Softball Coach for the district pending school board approval. Schaben was an assistant coach for Harlan last season.

Schaben played for the Cyclones, graduating in 2011.  She was a four-time all-stater as a player for the Cyclones.  Schaben played one season at the University of South Dakota and then transferred to Missouri Western. She graduated from college in 2015.


No. 4 Iowa State beats Chattanooga 83-63


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Naz Mitrou-Long scored 24 points, Georges Niang added 19 and fourth-ranked Iowa State beat Chattanooga 83-63 on Monday night for its third straight win. Monte Morris had 14 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double with the Cyclones (3-0). They celebrated their highest ranking since the 1996-97 season by hitting a season-high 14 3s — including six from Mitrou-Long.

Iowa State stretched a 15-point halftime lead to 23 early in the second half in cruising to their 29th straight non-conference win at home. Casey Jones led Chattanooga with 16 points. The Mocs fell a game short of their first 4-0 start in 26 years.

Girls basketball scores from Monday, 11/23/15


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Adair-Casey 61, CAM, Anita 25
Atlantic 69, Carroll 27
Audubon 46, Guthrie Center 26
Bedford 64, Earlham 34
Creston 54, Mount Ayr 40
East Sac 52, Storm Lake 26


Dowling beats CR Kennedy 41-10 for 3rd straight 4A title


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Zachary ran for two touchdowns, and West Des Moines Dowling beat Cedar Rapids Kennedy 41-10 on Monday night for its third straight Class 4A state championship. Dowling (13-0) became the first 4A school with three in a row, and it accomplished the feat with its usual combination of efficient offense and tough-to-penetrate defense.

Ryan Mells and Atlias Bell each returned a fumble for a touchdown and helped contain a potent Kennedy offense that averaged 40 points in its four previous playoff games. Tyler Dralle rushed for 127 yards for Kennedy (13-1), and versatile Shaun Beyer made some big plays, but the Cougars struggled to finish drives.


Backhaus leads Spirit Lake past Mount Vernon for 2A title


November 23rd, 2015 by Chris Parks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Logan Backhaus accounted for six touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and unbeaten Spirit Lake rolled to the Class 2A state championship with a 70-56 victory over Mount Vernon.

Backhaus, who scored four TDs and passed for two others, was hurt when he was hit after completing a 2-point conversion pass with 10:12 left in the game Monday.

He was attended to for nearly 15 minutes before being wheeled off on a stretcher, raising both arms to show he was OK as fans from both schools applauded.

Earlier, he was the catalyst in an offensive showcase that produced a slew of records and gave Spirit Lake (14-0) its second title in four years. Mount Vernon (11-3) rallied after falling behind 42-14 in the second quarter but couldn’t match Spirit Lake’s firepower.