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Iowa State players credited with saving woman’s life


April 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A group of former and current Iowa State football players pulled a woman out of a canal while on spring break at South Padre Island in Texas. Former Cyclones linebacker Jack Spreen tells The Associated Press that he and some friends were sitting on a balcony at their hotel on March 16 when they noticed a car go into the nearby canal.

Spreen says he and two friends saw a woman, which police identified as Luis Maria Castro, attempting to kick out the windshield as water filled the passenger side of the vehicle. The three Cyclones tried to break the driver’s side window without success, but the woman was able to make a hole in the windshield. Spreen says he and his friends pulled the woman out.

Council Bluffs Relays


April 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Council Bluffs Relays

City championships were on the line Thursday night at the Council Bluffs Relays.

Girls Team Scores

  1. Thomas Jefferson 187.5pts
  2. Abraham Lincoln 172.5pts
  3. Lewis Central 138pts
  4. St. Albert 56pts
  5. Heartland Christian 24pts

Josey Starner led the Yellow Jackets with a three-win night in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles and the discus throw. Elise Willits and Alexis Fetters-Johnson also were winners in the 800 and high jump, respectively.

Kye Madsen of Lewis Central was a two-time winner in the 1500 and 3000 meter races.

Boys Team Scores

  1. Lewis Central 233pts
  2. Thomas Jefferson 116pts
  3. Abraham Lincoln 89pts
  4. St. Albert 81pts
  5. Heartland Christian 12pts
  6. Iowa School for the Deaf 10pts

The Titans won behind wins from: Sal Fidone in the 100, 200 and 400. Alec Mass won the 110 high hurdles. Bailey Teply took the 400 hurdles. Kenneth McMahan won the 800. Mitchell Brinkman won in the shot put and discus events. Nate Shepherd won the high jump.

Full results here.


Boy’s High School Soccer scores Thursday


April 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

Scores from Thursday, March 31st

Underwood 3, Atlantic 0
Harlan 1, Treynor 0
Winterset 2, Pella 1

DeWitt Girls Track Invitational at Clarke


April 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The DeWitt invitational girls track meet was held at Clarke High School in Osceola on Thursday with a few area teams competing.

In the Class A Portion of the meet Bondurant-Farrar came away with the team title with 138pts.  Creston finished 7th.  The Panthers won the 4x800m Relay.

In the Class B portion of the meet Wayne took the top spot with 149pts, edging out Nodaway Valley who was second with 130.5pts.  The Wolverines got a win in the 800m from Destiny Scar. She also took the 1500m run and 3000m run.  The Wolverines also took the top spot in the 4x200m Relay, 4x400m Relay and Sprint Medley.

Find full results here.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/1/2016

Podcasts, Sports

April 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Leake, Piscotty help Cardinals beat Yankees 9-1


April 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Leake went four shutout innings, Stephen Piscotty homered twice and the St. Louis Cardinals beat a New York Yankees’ split squad 9-1 on Thursday. Leake gave up two hits and struck out five. He got inning-ending double plays from Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley.

Leake, signed to an $80 million, five-year free-agent contract in December, has 24 strikeouts and two walks in 20 innings overall. He threw 33 of 39 pitches for strikes. Piscotty hit a second-inning solo shot, and added his second homer this spring one pitch after Brandon Moss had a solo drive during the fourth off Michael Pineda.

Jeremy Hazelbaker added a three-run homer in the fifth. Tommy Pham had a two-run shot in the seventh. Pineda gave up six runs and seven hits over five innings. He had given up just one run in nine earlier spring training innings.


Iowa guard Andrew Fleming to transfer


March 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa says freshman guard Andrew Fleming has been released from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school. Fleming averaged 2.2 points and one assist in 11 games last season. Fleming says he is seeking a “better situation” for his college career.

Fleming is the second Hawkeye in as many days to announce that they are leaving the program. Fellow freshman Brandon Hutton said Wednesday that he is transferring as well. The departure of Fleming and Hutton likely frees up a scholarship for walk-on Nicholas Baer, who scored 15 points in Iowa’s 87-68 loss to Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Hawkeyes also now have a scholarship available if they want to increase their depth in the backcourt.

Iowa State banking on QB Joel Lanning in 2016


March 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning had his moments after earning the starting job midway through last season. The Cyclones will need to see more than just glimpses of promise from Lanning this fall if they hope to end a three-year bowl drought.

Lanning, who’ll be a junior in 2016, is the only quarterback for Iowa State that’s taken a collegiate snap. So his progress this offseason is perhaps the biggest area to watch as coach Matt Campbell enters his first season as coach.

The Cyclones, who have only Lanning and redshirt freshman Dominic De Lira as quarterbacks on scholarship this spring, end camp with a scrimmage on April 16 at Jack Trice Stadium.

Chiefs sign running backs West, Ware to contract extensions


March 31st, 2016 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs signed Charcandrick West to a three-year extension and fellow running back Spencer Ware to a two-year extension Thursday, solidifying their backfield alongside Jamaal Charles.

West and Spencer proved to be a potent change-of-pace duo when Charles went down with a season-ending ACL injury last season. Charles is expected to be ready for the start of the upcoming season, but locking up West and Ware will help take some of the load off the two-time All-Pro.

It also makes running back Knile Davis a potential trade piece.

The quick, elusive West started nine games and ran for 634 yards and four touchdowns last season, while the more physical Ware started two games and ran for 403 yards and six touchdowns.


Wacha goes 5 scoreless innings in Cards’ win over Marlins


March 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals employed the same formula they used to win 100 games last season — good starting pitching, enough timely hitting and Trevor Rosenthal closing out the game — to defeat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Wednesday in both teams’ final spring game.

Michael Wacha had by far his best outing, tossing five shutout innings of two-hit ball. Rosenthal struck out two as part of a perfect ninth to record his first save of the spring. Matt Holliday smacked a two-run double into the left-center field gap off Edwin Jackson with two outs in the fifth, giving St. Louis a 3-0 lead. Holiday has a single, double, home run and walk over his last five plate appearances.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the fourth with Yadier Molina’s first RBI, a two-out single punched off the glove of diving Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon and into right field.