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Hawkeyes set to visit No. 24 Maryland


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawkeyes hope to use the final games of the regular season to boost their post season hopes. The Hawkeyes are 15-13 overall and 7-8 in the Big Ten heading into Saturday’s game at 24th ranked Maryland.

McCaffery says with the conference tournament still ahead plenty of chances remain to improve their position. Tip-off from the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, is at 5-p.m. Saturday.

(Learfield Sports)

Chiefs sign veteran running back Spiller to provide depth


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs have signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move. The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.

Kansas City is trying to free cap space to help bring back defensive tackle Dontari Poe and safety Eric Berry, whose agent, Chad Speck, also represents Spiller. Spiller only carried six times in stints with the Jets and Seahawks last season. The former first-round pick signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Saints in 2015 but only played in 13 games before he was released.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 2/24/2017

Podcasts, Sports

February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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


No. 21 Drake women can close out MVC title tonight (Fri. night)


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 21st ranked Drake women’s basketball team is closing in on its first Missouri Valley Conference regular season title since 2000 and can clinch it tonight (Friday night), with a victory at home over Northern Iowa. Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk says  the Bulldogs have gotten to 15-0 in conference play by staying focused on daily improvement and that won’t change.

UNI will be a tough hurdle to clear. The Panthers took the Bulldogs to double overtime in their first meeting and have been the Valley’s best road team the past few years. The Bulldogs have been rolling since the win in Cedar Falls and the average margin of victory in their last six games is just under 34 points.

Tip-time at the Knapp Center is 7-p.m.

Iowa State women visit No. 6 Texas


February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State women are making a late push for the NCAA Tournament and have a shot at a resume building win when they visit sixth ranked Texas.The Cyclones have won three straight but will need a big effort to pull off a victory in Austin. Iowa State is 7-9 in the Big 12 and 16-11 overall. Tip-off in Austin is at 7:30-p.m.

Boys postseason basketball scoreboard Thursday 2/23/2017


February 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

Boys postseason basketball play continues tonight with Class 1A and 3A District Finals.

Class 1A

District 13 @ Van Meter: Grand View Christian 61, Earlham 24
District 14 @ Shenandoah: Southwest Valley 62, Fremont-Mills 59
District 15 @ IKM-Manning: Ar-We-Va 61, Exira-EHK 41
District 16 @ Westwood: Maple Valley Anthon-Oto 49, Siouxland Community Christian 36

Class 3A

District 15 @ Atlantic: Atlantic 68, ADM 46 – ON KJAN
District 16 @ Glenwood: Glenwood 68, Carroll 53

Atlantic rolls past ADM into Substate Final


February 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans boys basketball team rolled to a win on Thursday night over ADM 68-46.  The Trojans will now play for a trip to the state tournament on Monday night against Glenwood in the Substate 8 Final.

Atlantic opened up the game against ADM in strong fashion by working the ball inside to Scott Leonard who had 16 first half points and finished with a team high 24 points. Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins thought Leonard was a big key and was proud of his teams overall effort.

Garrett Franken finished with 22 points and Austin Alexander dropped in 12 in the win. ADM was led by Matthew Larson with 17 and Tajen Ross with 15 in the loss. Their season ends with a record of 12-11. It was a well rounded team win for Atlantic and Coach Jenkins though his team came into the game with a great mindset.

Atlantic will now face the team that knocked them out of the postseason last year in the Glenwood Rams.  The Trojans have been able to beat the Rams twice during the regular season this year and Coach Jenkins knows it will be a tough task to beat them again.

We’ll have coverage of the Trojans and Rams on Monday night on KJAN. The game is set to be played in Harlan at 7:00pm.

Iowa State defensive back suspended following assault arrest


February 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State defensive back Mike Johnson has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a domestic assault charge involving his live-in girlfriend.

A criminal complaint filed by a university police officer says Johnson was arrested early Thursday following an argument with his girlfriend over social media posts and the music each was playing on their phones. Police say the altercation became physical when the two grabbed and damaged the other’s cellphone.

Police say the woman told police that Johnson choked her, and officers noted she had a swollen upper lip and bruises to her face and head.

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said in a statement that the program has “zero tolerance for domestic violence” and that Johnson has been suspended from all team activities, including practice.

Atlantic hosts ADM in District Final tonight


February 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans will play host to the ADM Tigers in a Class 3A District 15 boys basketball final tonight.  The Trojans came up with a solid second half effort in the first round to beat Winterset 58-45 in the first round.  ADM beat Harlan in the opening round in Atlantic Monday 65-51. Despite just a 12-10 record on the season Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins says ADM presents a good challenge for the 17-5 Trojans.

The game is set to tip-off at 7:00pm at Atlantic High School. Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the broadcast tonight on KJAN with pre-game set to begin at 6:50pm.

IGCA All-District basketball honorees


February 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Girls Athletic Coaches Association announced their All-District honorees for the 2016-17 basketball season.  Area honorees include:

Class 1A

West Central
Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK
Kealey Nelson, Exira-EHK
Maggie Rasmussen, Exira-EHK
Mara Burmeister, Exira-EHK
Madison Gettler, CAM
Felicity Jackson, CAM
Erin Weber, Boyer Valley
Julia Fleecs, Glidden-Ralston
Holly Handlose, Glidden-Ralston
Sydney Obermeier, Audubon
Coach of the Year: Tom Petersen, Exira-EHK

Maddy Duncan, Sidney
Maryn Phillips, Sidney
Jescenia Mosley, Essex
Daiton Martin, Essex
Coach of the Year: Amy McClintock, Sidney

Class 2A

Alli Masters, Central Decatur
Emma Atwood, Central Decatur
Madelyn Deitchler, Treynor
Konnor Sudmann, Treynor
Kia Rasmussen, IKM-Manning
Kelcie Shields, Mt. Ayr
Bailey Beckman, Panorama
Devyn Kemble, Panorama
Josie Clarke, Nodaway Valley
Kenzie Cunard, Logan-Magnolia
Coach of the Year: Curtis Boothe, Central Decatur

Class 3A

Logan Hughes, Shenandoah
Logan Ehlers, Shenandoah
Sierra Athen, Red Oak
Aimee Adams, Kuemper Catholic
Brielle Baker, Creston
Catherine Leonard, Atlantic
Cammy Rutherford, Creston
Coach of the Year: Jon Weinrich, Shenandoah

Class 4A

Maegan Holt, Lewis Central
Alex Mohr, Denison-Schleswig

Check out the full list of winners in each class at these links: 1A | 2A | 3A | 4A | 5A