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8AM Sportscast 03-11-2014

Podcasts, Sports

March 11th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Bullied coaches quit in northeast Iowa district

News, Sports

March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – Bullying from some players’ parents and other critics of the program have driven two girls basketball coaches away from their coaching jobs at district schools in the northeast Iowa city of Independence.

Assistant coach Rob Ratchford said Monday that he and head varsity coach Rod Conrad had endured too many menacing or irate phone calls before and after games.  Ratchford says “there were threats made, you know, about wanting to fight and stuff like that.”

Ratchford says he’s happy with how the district handled the situation. District officials have declined to comment.

Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble Named First Team All-Big Ten


March 11th, 2014 by Jim Field

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten men’s basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced on Monday, with Michigan’s Nik Stauskas earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the conference’s coaches and a media panel. Michigan head coach John Beilein claimed Coach of the Year laurels from the media while Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was named Coach of the Year by his peers. Indiana’s Noah Vonleh picked up Freshman of the Year accolades from the coaches and media. Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes was voted the Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches.

Stauskas takes home the Big Ten Player of the Year award after leading the conference with 13 games of 20 or more points. A four-time Big Ten Player of the Week this season, Stauskas ranked among the top five with 17.0 points per game and a .447 shooting percentage from three-point range in Big Ten contests only. The sophomore earns the fifth Player of the Year award in program history and the second in as many years for Michigan, following 2013 recipient Trey Burke.

Beilein led the Wolverines to their first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986. Michigan boasts a 23-7 overall record and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play this season, marking the fourth consecutive year that Beilein has guided the Wolverines to a top-four finish in the conference standings. He is just four wins shy of his 700th career victory and five wins away from his 150th victory at Michigan. He collects his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award and the first for a Michigan coach since 1985.

Under the guidance of Miles, Nebraska posted a record of 11-7 in conference play, giving the Cornhuskers the No. 4 seed and a first-round bye in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. With an overall record of 19-11, Nebraska is one victory shy of its first 20-win season since 2008. Miles claims his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award.

Vonleh is Indiana’s 10th Big Ten Freshman of the Year selection after becoming the first freshman to lead the conference in rebounding since Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2006-07. Vonleh is the second Hoosier in the last three seasons to be named Freshman of the Year along with Cody Zeller in 2012. Vonleh averaged 11.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in Big Ten contests.

Craft collects Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels after setting the conference record with 328 career steals. The 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Craft becomes the sixth conference player to win the award twice and gives the Buckeyes their fifth individual defensive honor. Craft led the conference with 2.7 steals and 4.6 assists per game this season in Big Ten play.

Hayes is averaging 8.0 points per game off the bench for Wisconsin and shooting 53 percent in all contests. He becomes Wisconsin’s second Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and first since Jason Bohannon in 2008.

Stauskas was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media. He was joined on the first team for both the coaches and media by Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky.

Joining Vonleh and Hayes on the coaches’ All-Freshman Team were Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., and Purdue’s Kendall Stephens. Craft was joined on the All-Defensive Team by his teammate Shannon Scott, Harris, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons and Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser.

The Big Ten also announced 12 Sportsmanship Award Honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. This season’s honorees are Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand, Indiana’s Will Sheehey, Iowa’s Mike Gesell, Michigan’s Jon Horford, Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Minnesota’s Austin Hollins, Nebraska’s Shavon Shields, Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr., Penn State’s Tim Frazier, Purdue’s Travis Carroll and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust.

(Courtesy:  bigten.org)

Tuesday Boys State Basketball Schedule


March 11th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 2-A Quarterfinals:

  • 10:30 am – West Fork (23-1) vs. West Marshall (20-4)
  • 12:15 pm – Treynor (23-1) vs. North Cedar (21-3)

Class 3-A Quarterfinals:

  • 2:00 pm – Chariton (21-3) vs. Wahlert (20-4)
  • 3:45 pm – Harlan (22-2) vs. Humboldt (16-7)
  • 6:35 pm – Central Clinton (21-3) vs. MOC-Floyd Valley (19-5)
  • 8:15 pm – Waverly-Shell Rock (21-3) vs. Grinnell (17-7)

Chiefs expected to be much quieter in free agency


March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid were hired by the Chiefs last year, they knew that there would be plenty of turnover on a roster that produced just two wins. So, they predictably made a splash — the kind you make doing a cannonball off the high diving board — in free agency, signing veterans such as Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, picking up role players such as offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and giving everything a fairly thorough overhaul.

It all seemed to work, too. The Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs. The downside of all that maneuvering is that now the team is starved for cash, and with free agency starting Tuesday, the Chiefs are looking at a much more modest splash. Think pebble-in-a-pond kind of splash.

The priorities are interior offensive line, where Schwartz and Jon Asamoah are due to hit free agency, along with wide receiver and free safety. Offensive line and defensive back are two areas with depth, so Kansas City just might be able to make due with its shoestring budget.

Cardinals introduce Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz


March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have introduced new Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, although it may take a while before he gets into a game. Diaz went through a practice Monday before the Cardinals played Detroit. Later this week, Diaz will return to Mexico to finalize his work visa. Until that issue is cleared, Diaz can work out with the big league club but can only play in games on the back fields.

The Cardinals signed the 23-year-old Diaz to a four-year contract over the weekend. During the offseason, the NL champions signed All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a free-agent deal for four years.

Cabrera 2 homers leads Tigers over Cards 17-5


March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera hit his first two home runs of spring training and AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer struck out five in 4 2-3 scoreless innings Monday during the Detroit Tigers’ 17-5 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cabrera a go-ahead, two-run homer off Shelby Miller in a seven-run third inning and another two-run drive against Keith Butler in an eight-run fourth as Detroit built a 15-0 lead. The Tigers made 17-0 on Steven Moya’s two-run double in the eighth. Scherzer allowed two hits and a walk. St. Louis pitchers gave up double-digit runs for the second straight day and 22 hits.

Boys State Basketball Scores from Monday, 3/10/2014


March 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

2-A State Tournament
First Round
  • Cascade 56, South Hamilton 40
  • Western Christian 76, Albia 53
1-A State Tournament
First Round
  • Belmond-Klemme 56, Lamoni 55
  • Dunkerton 50, East Mills 38
  • Keota 56, Easton Valley 47
  • West Lyon 72, Newell-Fonda 57

Iowa State Stars Kane, Ejim Earn All-America Honors


March 10th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State seniors and All-Big 12 First-Team members DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim were named to various All-America teams this afternoon.

Kane was named Third-Team All-American by BleacherReport.com, Sporting News and NBCSports.com. Ejim joined Kane on NBCSports.com’s third team.

Kane has been a stat-sheet stuffer for the Cyclones, averaging 17.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game after transferring from Marshall this season. Kane has scored 20 or more points in 13 games, including a stellar performance against Baylor early in the conference season in which he had 30 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five steals. Kane has earned six weekly honors from the Big 12 Conference.

Ejim, the 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year, ranks second in the Big 12 in both scoring (18.2) and rebounding (8.6). Ejim became just the fourth player in Big 12 history to record 1,500 points and 1,000 points in a career. His 48-point performance vs. TCU broke the Big 12 single-game scoring mark earlier this season.

The duo are the 10th and 11th Cyclones to make a first-, second- or third-team All-America list from a national outlet.

Iowa State All-Americans

  • 1935- Waldo Wegner
  • 1937- Jack Flemming
  • 1957- Gary Thompson
  • 1968- Zaid Abdul-Aziz (Don Smith)
  • 1988- Jeff Grayer
  • 1995- Fred Hoiberg
  • 1997- Dedric Willoughby
  • 2000- Marcus Fizer
  • 2001- Jamaal Tinsley
  • 2014- DeAndre Kane
  • 2014- Melvin Ejim

Courtesy:  cyclones.com


2013-2014 Hawkeye Ten Girls’ Basketball All Conference Teams


March 10th, 2014 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10 1st Team All Conference

  • *Jess Schaben, Jr, Center, Harlan
  • *Kate Walker, Jr, Guard, Red Oak
  • *Serena Parker, Jr, Center, Shenandoah
  • *Kylie Ferguson, Sr, Guard, St. Albert
  • Taylor Frederick, Soph, Forward, Harlan
  • Taylor Wagner, Jr, Guard, Harlan
  • Paige Beacom, Soph, Forward, Lewis Central
  • Kierstyn Bauer, Jr, Guard, Kuemper

* Denotes Unanimous

Hawkeye 10 2nd Team All Conference

  • Jordyn Moser, Soph, Guard, Harlan
  • Kye Madsen, Soph, Guard, Lewis Central
  • Grace Blomstedt, Jr, Center, Red Oak
  • Maria Dentlinger, Jr, Forward, Kuemper
  • Sydney Nielsen, Jr, Guard, Shenandoah
  • Bailey Starner, Sr, Forward, Glenwood
  • Halie Darrow, Jr, Guard, Glenwood
  • Jenny Bair, Sr, Forward, Clarinda

H-10 Honorable Mention All Conference

  • Lexi Spielman, Sr, Guard, Lewis Central
  • Dana Doebelin, Sr, Guard, Lewis Central
  • Blake Bergren, Sr, Forward, Red Oak
  • Katie Tigges, Jr, Guard, Kuemper
  • Logan Ehlers, Fresh, Forward, Shenandoah
  • Sydney Gutschenritter, Sr, Guard, Glenwood
  • Allison Wettengel, Jr, Guard, St. Albert
  • Jaedra Moses, Jr, Guard, Clarinda
  • Jenna Taylor, Soph, Forward, Creston
  • Natalie Mostek, Jr, Forward, Creston
  • Valerie Johnson, Sr, Center, Denison
  • Erin Olsen, Soph, Guard, Atlantic