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Panel clears tax rebate for Knoxville Raceway


April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A proposal to provide a state tax credit of up to $2 million to the Knoxville Raceway has advanced in the Iowa Senate. The plan received the approval of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday and is now eligible for floor debate.

Under the proposal, the racetrack in Knoxville would receive a state sales tax rebate to help fund an expansion. The rebate would be capped at $2 million or 25 percent of the total project cost, and the track would be eligible to receive the rebate from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2025.

The offer follows a similar credit provided for the Iowa Speedway at Newton, approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Terry Branstad earlier this month.

8AM Sportscast 04-22-2014

Podcasts, Sports

April 22nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Monday Track Results


April 22nd, 2014 by Jim Field

Treynor Cardinal Boys Relays

  1. West Harrison 106
  2. Treynor 105
  3. Audubon 77
  4. Griswold 74
  5. Riverside 73
  6. Underwood 56
  7. A-H-S-T-Walnut 46
  8. Clarinda Academy 18

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Ace Nelson Relays @ Denison


  1. Dension 166
  2. Maple Valley 132
  3. IKM-Manning 117
  4. Charter Oak-Ute 72
  5. Boyer Valley 64
  6. Denison JV 11
  7. Ar-We-Va 10
  8. IKM-Manning JV 5

Ace Nelson Girls scoring 4.21.14


  1. Denison 150
  2. IKM-Manning 146
  3. Boyer Valley 113
  4. Maple Valley 98
  5. Ar-We-Va 26
  6. IKM-Manning JV 7
  7. Denison JV 6
  8. Maple Valley JV 5

Ace Nelson Boys scoring 4.21.14 (2)

Monday Golf/Soccer/Tennis Results


April 22nd, 2014 by Jim Field


Valley West Des Moines Girls Classic played at Willow Creek in Des Moines.

  1. Valley 318
  2. Waukee 319
  3. Atlantic 333
  4. Johnston 339
  5. Newton 355
  6. Marshalltown 360
  7. Valley Orange 364
  8. Mason City 368
  9. Hoover/Roosevelt 368
  10. SE Polk 372
  11. Ames 380
  12. Ankeny 381
  13. Urbandale 407
  14. Indianola 437

Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic finished 3rd (40-36-76); champion Jasmine Wyzgowski, Waukee, 73

Other Atlantic scores:

  • Brooke Newell 41-40-81
  • Erin Olsen 46-40-86
  • Bailey Walter 46-44-90
  • McKenna DenBeste 53-48-101
  • Sarah Fixmer 59-52-111


  • Tri-Center 242, Logan-Magnolia no team score (Medalist: Hayley Fischer, Tri-Center 58)
  • Clarinda 199, Creston 212 (Medalist: Maddy Davidson, Clarinda 45)
  • Red Oak 240, Glenwood 305 (Medalist: Ellen Fellers, Red Oak 56)
  • A-H-S-T-Walnut 225, Riverside & Nishnabotna no team scores (Medalist: Ellen Johnson, Riverside 48)
  • Southwest Valley 192, CAM no team score (Medalist: Gentry Johannes, Southwest Valley 46)
  • Underwood 228, Griswold 244 (Medalist: Natalie Casson, Underwood 51 & Hattie Dalke, Griswold 51)


  • IKM-Manning 183, Missouri Valley 235 (Medalist: Jacob Tank, IKM-Manning 44)
  • Tri-Center 191, Logan-Magnolia 199 (Medalist: Wes Zimmerman, Tri-Center 43)
  • Griswold 168, Underwood 190 (Medalist: James Reynolds, Griswold 35)
  • Southwest Valley 176, CAM 199 (Medalist: Evan Baldwin, Southwest Valley 33)
  • Riverside 183, A-H-S-T-Walnut 192 (Medalist: Tyler Krueger, Riverside 42)
  • Glenwood 152, Red Oak 185 (Medalist: Kobe Rhodes, Glenwood 35)
  • Creston 155, Clarinda 163 (Medalist: Carlton Rahn, Clarinda 35)


  • Underwood 5, Atlantic 0
  • Nodaway Valley/West Central Valley/Adair-Casey 5, Riverside 1
  • Harlan 4, Missouri Valley 0
  • Thomas Jefferson 4, Tri-Center 1


  • Underwood 2, Lewis Central 0
  • Creston 10, Nodaway Valley 0


  • Red Oak 9, Glenwood 0
  • Lewis Central 9, St. Albert 0
  • Kuemper Catholic 8, Harlan 1


  • Glenwood 8, Red Oak 1
  • Kuemper Catholic 8, Harlan 1

KC Chiefs football News


April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs are speaking with representatives of quarterback Alex Smith about an extension that would keep him in Kansas City beyond next season. Smith said Monday that his agent, Tom Condon, has been talking with the team about a new contract. Smith is due to make $7.5 million in the final year of a contract signed in 2012, when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have both expressed their desire to keep Smith in Kansas City, but his play last season underscored his value. Smith completed 66 percent of his passes with a career-best 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while leading a team that had been 2-14 to an 11-5 record and the playoffs.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have gathered for the start of offseason workouts, giving coach Andy Reid an opportunity to provide an update on issues ranging from injuries to potential starters. Reid said Monday that Eric Fisher, who will slide from right tackle to left tackle, had surgery on his left shoulder and to repair a sports hernia. Reid also said safety Sanders Commings had surgery for an undisclosed injury and has been cleared to work out.

The Chiefs will have to replace the tandem of Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Kendrick Lewis at free safety. Reid said that Rishaw Johnson will get the first shot at the offensive line spot and that Husain Abdullah is the front-runner for the safety job.

Unger chosen as GM for Cards’ Triple-A affiliate


April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Craig Unger has been hired as general manager of the Memphis Redbirds as the St. Louis Cardinals take over daily management of their Triple-A affiliate. Unger joined the Cardinals organization in 2008. He helped return the team’s radio broadcasts to KMOX, served as field producer for the 2009 All-Star game at Busch Stadium and coordinated the 2011 World Series victory parade. Unger is moving permanently to the Memphis area, where he’s spent the past few months assisting in the ownership transition.

Unger said “this is a special moment in our team’s history, with the best days ahead of us,” in a statement Monday announcing his appointment. Ben Weiss, who had been the Redbirds’ general manager since 2009, is now a senior adviser assisting Unger in daily management of the team.

Mejia sharp, leads Wright, Mets over Cardinals 2-0


April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Jenrry Mejia pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, David Wright delivered another key hit and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Monday night. Wright lined an early RBI single that extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save as the New York’s newest closer.

On an evening when the Mets debuted new camouflage tops to salute the military, they looked sharp. The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games. Mejia bounced back well from a torn blister on his right middle finger that limited him to five innings in his last start. The 24-year-old righty began the game by getting Matt Carpenter to look at three straight strikes, and rarely was in trouble.

Cardinals promote LHP Lyons, start him vs Mets


April 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and are starting him against the New York Mets. The 26-year-old Lyons was set to pitch Monday night at Citi Field. Right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon was optioned to Triple-A. Lyons will take the rotation spot held by Joe Kelly, who was put on the 15-disabled list last week. Kelly strained his left hamstring trying to beat out a bunt.

Lyons went 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 games for St. Louis last year, including eight starts for the NL champions. He made his major league debut last season and was with the Cardinals during four separate stints. He was 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts at Memphis this year. He last pitched on Wednesday.

Activities area at Sunnyside Park is coming along

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

April 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Wet weather is the only thing slowing progress on the “Senior Activities Area” at Sunnyside Park, in Atlantic. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring announced Monday, that grading is the next major step, but that many contractors are very busy with other projects to find enough time to work on the park. On the bright side, a local contractor has stepped forward with a generous donation of time and labor for that portion of the project.

Herring says Rob Stamp, owner of Stamp Construction, is willing to grade the area for the cost of the gasoline only. He said Stamp is excited be a part of the project, along with the Trevor Frederickson Foundation and Dean Orstad family, who are making major contributions for a professional level horseshoe playing area at Sunnyside Park. Herring said Stamp should be able to get the work on grading done within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.

He said also, that Melanie Petty with the Fredericksen Foundation, has informed him the Foundation is willing to help out with the cost of the horseshoe, Bocce ball and badminton equipment, in addition to the labor and expertise needed to set up those activity areas.

In other business, Herring told the Parks and Rec Board Monday, that the Iowa Department of Transportation has approved a $40,000 TAP (Transportation Alternative Program) Grant application submitted by SWIPCO, for a concrete renovation of the Bull Creek Pathway in front of the Schuler Elemenary School. He says the walkway/bike path is used for Middle School Physical Education classes and cross county programs. The path in that area is currently narrow and ruddy. Once it’s straightened out and widened, the Intra-City bike path from 17th and Olive Streets to the Schildberg Recreation Area will be complete.

Herring said also, that the Roy Newberg Family has agreed to purchase two Memorial benches in his name, to be installed by the west kiosk at the Schildberg Recreation Area. On a separate note, Herring reported the six dog waste stations around the City’s trails and Rec Area are being used as intended. He thanked Board Vice President Mary Strong, Dr. Keith Leonard (formerly with the Atlantic Animal Health Center) and Dave and Barb Chase, for their donations making the clean-up stations possible.

Signs or placards will be made up for those posts to that effect, which may spur additional sponsorships, especially for the dog waste bags included at each station.

Atlantic Pool Mgr. & Softball Coordinators selected

News, Sports

April 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A committee comprised of Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring and Melanie Dunphy, with the Nishna Valley YMCA, has completed the process of interviewing prospects candidates for the on-site Pool Manager’s position at the Atlantic Public Pool. Herring, who made the announcement during Monday night’s meeting of the Park and Rec Board, said there were three finalists for the position.

Tierney Kamies was selected for the job. She will also be the Head Coach for the Summer Swim Team. Tierney is finishing her Junior year at ISU, working toward her degree in Kinesiology and a Minor in Exercise Science. Herring said she only needs to complete her Certified Pool Operators License as a prerequisite before she can accept the position. If she does not complete the requirement in a reasonable amount of time, the position will be offered to the next best qualified candidate. The salary for Pool Manager will be approximately $4,800, with the Swim Coachs’ job paying $1,300.

Herring mentioned also, the Atlantic’s Swim Team will be joining a new conference this year. The Tri-State conference is made up of competitors from Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. Herring said Missouri includes Maryville, Nebraska is Nebraska City/Syracuse, while the Iowa conference is made up of teams from Red Oak and elsewhere across southwest Iowa. Herring said the schedule is all figured out and they’re ready to go.

He added that they will likely be hiring an Assistant Swim Coach to help Kamies out. The position will be a “Few hundred dollars.” Herring said also, the Brett Johnson and Lucas Mosier will be the softball co-coordinators for the City of Atlantic’s Summer Recreation Program.