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KJAN’s Jim Field honored with Distinguished Service Award by Iowa Football Coaches Association

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March 28th, 2016 by Chris Parks

KJAN's Jim Field receives his IFCA Distinguished Service Award from Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz

KJAN’s Jim Field receives his IFCA Distinguished Service Award from Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz

The Iowa Football Coaches Association held their 2016 Distinguished Service Awards Banquet on Friday at the Iowa Football Indoor Practice Facility in Iowa City and KJAN’s own Jim Field was honored.  The Distinguished service award is given by the organization to individuals that have provided years of service to Iowa High School Football.  Field was one of seven individuals that were honored at the event.  He was honored for 28 years of broadcasting Southwest Iowa football, covering countless games and conducting thousands of interviews.  He was nominated for the award by former Atlantic Head Football Coach Gaylord Schelling.

As part of the event honorees were able to tour the Iowa Football Facilities, take in spring practice for the Hawkeyes, and enjoy a program.  Iowa High School State Champion Coaches were also presented with their Championship rings at the event.

 

SW Boys team wins IBCA All Star series

Sports

March 28th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Star series over the weekend at Dallas Center-Grimes High School.  The team representing Southwest Iowa Boys won the championship by beating the Northwest squad 103-85.  Atlantic’s Ryan Hawkins had 17 points in the Championship game while Nodaway Valley’s Jackson Lamb led the team that game with 18 points.  Hawkins and Lamb were both named to the All-Tournament team and Harlan’s Kyle Juhl was named the Boys tourney MVP.

IKM-Manning’s Kyle Wagner won the boys three point contest.

The Southwest girls team made it to the finals as well but lost in the championship 85-57 to the Northeast squad.  Harlan’s Jordyn Moser was named to the All-Tournament team, she led the team in the title game loss with 13 points.

Niang, Uthoff earn NABC All-America Honors

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March 28th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their All-America Honorees on Monday and Iowa State Senior Georges Niang and Iowa Senior Jarrod Uthoff were both honored.  Niang was named to the Second Team after being a Third Team selection his Junior season.  Niang finished his senior season averaging 20.5 points per game and also averaged a career-high 6.2 rebounds and shot 54.6 percent from the floor, 39.2 percent from 3-point range and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line.  Niang scored in double figures in all 35 games, posting 17 games with 20 or more points and four games with 30 or more.

Niang was also named to NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament team. He averaged 28.7 points and shot 54.1% on FGs & 47.1% on threes in 3 games.

Uthoff was named a Third Team selection after ranking second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9), first in blocked shots (2.6), and tied for 13th in rebounding (6.3). The forward ranks 19th in Iowa career scoring (1,298) and fourth in blocked shots (177). Uthoff scored in double figures in all but one game this season, including netting 20 points or more a team-best 16 times.

NABC All-America First Team
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Ben Simmons, LSU
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

NABC All-America Second Team
Kris Dunn, Providence
Perry Ellis, Kansas
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

NABC All-America Third Team
Grayson Allen, Duke
Kay Felder, Oakland
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Josh Hart, Villanova
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/28/2016

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March 28th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Realmuto’s bloop pushes Marlins past Cardinals, 4-2

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — J.T. Realmuto’s two-out, two-RBI bloop single in the sixth broke a 2-all tie and propelled the Miami Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Realmuto lofted what normally would have been a routine fly ball to right-center field, but Cardinals’ right fielder Stephen Piscotty had been positioned to guard the line moments earlier. The ball barely eluded diving center fielder Tommy Pham, allowing Giancarlo Stanton and Martin Prado to score.

The Marlins’ comeback overshadowed a strong start by Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals’ lefty didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, when Miami struck for two runs. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez spent much of the afternoon working on off-speed pitches. He allowed five hits and walked three while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings.

Cards’ 3B coach Oquendo takes medical leave of absense

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March 27th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals say third base coach Jose Oquendo is taking a medical leave of absence for “the foreseeable future.” Oquendo missed several days earlier this spring when he traveled to St. Louis for knee surgery. He returned to camp on March 20, walking with the aid of crutches. He hasn’t returned to the third base coach’s box since the surgery.

First base coach Bill Maloney handled third base coaching duties while Oquendo recovered and will continue to do so. Assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller will coach first base and assume Oquendo’s infield instruction duties.

Derrick May, the Cardinals’ minor league hitting coordinator, will serve as St. Louis’ assistant hitting coach. The 52-year-old Oquendo has been part of the Cardinals’ major league coaching staff since 1999.

 

Cardinals commit 5 errors in 7-0 loss to Nationals

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March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – Ryan Zimmerman belted his second home run of the spring and the Cardinals committed five errors as the Washington Nationals beat St. Louis 7-0 on Saturday. Second baseman Kolten Wong had an error and exited the game after bruising his knee diving for the ball, all in a three-run Washington fourth. Wong said he landed directly on his left knee cap while diving after a bouncer hit by Wilson Ramos. The ball bounced off Wong’s glove and caromed into right field.

After Chris Heisey’s double off the left field wall moved Ramos to third, Danny Espinosa’s grounder rolled through Wong’s legs, allowing both Ramos and Heisey to score. Zimmerman’s blast came earlier in that inning. He drove a 3-2 Mike Leake offering over the left field wall. St. Louis’ defensive struggles continued in the sixth, when back-to-back errors by Ruben Tejada and Matt Carpenter led to three unearned Washington runs.

Hunter Apprentice License Topic of Public Hearing

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on rules covering the new hunter apprentice license for April 20, from 1-2 p.m., in the fourth floor conference room, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, in Des Moines.  The new Hunter Apprentice Program will allow Iowans age 16 and older to bypass the hunter education requirement for purchasing a hunting license while they hunt under the direct supervision of an experienced, licensed hunter.  They may purchase the apprentice hunting licenses up to two times without having completed hunter education.

“The idea behind this program is to catch the generation of Iowans who missed hunter education when they were 12 and are now in their 20s and 30s and are interested in trying dove hunting or small game hunting,” said Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “If they like it, we can get them in the hunter education program and hopefully they become lifelong hunters.”IA DNR Outdoor logo

This apprentice program was approved by the Iowa legislature and signed by Governor Branstad during the 2015 session. At the public hearing, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments.

Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and request specific accommodations.

Any interested person may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendments on or before Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  Written comments may be directed to Megan Wisecup, Law Enforcement Bureau, Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034; by email at Megan.Wisecup@dnr.iowa.gov; or by fax at (515) 725-8201.  Persons who wish to convey their comments orally may contact Wisecup at (515) 238-4968 or by visiting the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building during regular business hours.

Hunter Education Classes Available before turkey season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Hunters who need to satisfy the hunter education requirement can search for and sign up for a course at www.iowadnr.gov/huntered. Prospective students can see which courses or field days are near them; how many seats are available for the class or if the class is full and a waiting list is available. There is also a map showing the location along with the instructor’s name, a course overview and any special instructions.

Iowa law requires all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 to satisfactorily complete a hunter education course in order to purchase a license.  Children as young as 11 may enroll in the course, but their certificate of completion will not become valid until their 12th birthday. Each year, around 12,000 students complete hunter education in Iowa.DNR logo

Online Only Course Option for Adults:

The online only course for adults is designed for Iowa residents 18 years of age or older that have prior hunting and/or firearms handling experience.  The course covers the same material as the classroom course, allowing the student to complete the entire course, including the final test, in an online setting.  Certification is received at the successful completion of the online course.

Spring turkey hunting Safety Tips

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Dept. of Natural resources reports an estimated 50,000 hunters will be in the timber this spring pursuing the illusive wild turkey and while the woods will not be crawling with hunters, there is a chance for an occasional encounter.  Hunters should practice defensive hunting techniques.  Hunters should make a loud statement like “hey – hunter over here,” if they see someone coming into the same area. One loud noise shouldn’t scare a bird too much because loud noises happen in the woods. However, don’t make motion or throw something to get the other hunters attention.

“Turkey hunters are looking for movement,” said Jim Coffey, forest wildlife species technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  “Don’t wave your hand or make a movement because a movement could be misconstrued. If you walk in on someone they’re probably hearing the same bird you hear, just turn and walk away.  Find a different ridge to enjoy the morning.”

The timber will change a lot from early April to middle May reducing the distance hunters can see so it will be important that hunters continuously check their distance for their zone of fire. “You can’t call the bullet back once your pull the trigger so it’s important to know your target and what’s beyond before taking the shot,” Coffey said.  He often recommends setting out distance stick for reference points.  This allows hunters to know exactly how far away a bird is and if it’s within the weapons range.

Hunters should also respect other hunters. “They are out there trying to do what you are going to do. The competition is between turkey and hunter – not hunter and hunter,” Coffey said. One way to avoid walking in on other hunters is to go later in the morning. “Rather than try to get out in the woods for the first gobble, go out a little later, like around 9 a.m., you may have the area all to yourself,” he said.

Safety Tips

  • Avoid wearing patriotic colors – red, white and blue.  These colors are also shared by gobblers.
  • Bring a blaze orange game bag or turkey vest to use to carry the harvested bird out from the woods.
  • Avoid using a gobble call.
  • Using a hunting blind can be helpful if taking a young person on their first hunt, or for hunting companions to use.
  • Make sure you have permission to be on the land and find out if anyone else has permission to the land and which season they will be hunting.  Just because you had permission a few years ago, does not mean you have permission this year.