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Stewart breaks right leg in Iowa crash


August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his right leg and had surgery following a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway Monday night. A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula. A scheduled test for the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR team at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday was canceled. No replacement driver for this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen was immediately announced.

The accident came a day after Stewart finished ninth in the NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. He’s 11th in the Sprint Cup standings with five races to go until the Chase for the championship field is set. Stewart was leading the 30-lap feature in a 360 winged sprint car with five laps to go when a lapped car spun in Turn 4 and collected Stewart and two others.

IGCA Softball All-State Teams


August 6th, 2013 by Jim Field

The Iowa Girls Coaches’ Association has announced the 2013 All-State Softball teams.

Among the area players on the 1-A squad, Kendall Fichter of Fremont-Mills is a first team selection.  Fichter hit .618 with six home runs and 44 RBI’s.  Sophomore pitcher Rachel Smith of Exira/EHK is a third-teamer.  Smith had a record of 24-4 with an ERA of 0.52 and struck out 361 batters.  She also hit .412.

Class 2-A first team picks include Madison Keysor and Lexis Rogers of Treynor, Jody Hagedorn of IKM-Manning and Moriah Bohlmann of Kuemper Catholic.  Keysor had a 27-4 record and an ERA of 0.87 with 316 strikeouts.  Rogers hit .383.  Hagedorn hit .411 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI’s, while pitching to a record of 12-11.  Bohlmann hit .460 and had a pitching mark of 11-14.  Hailey Hellstrom of Missouri Valley was a class 2-A second teamer, and third team memebers include Katelyn Dilts of Underwood, Bailey Janssen of Missouri Valley, Mallory Christiansen of Tri-Center and Courtney Oviatt of Logan-Magnolia.

In Class 3-A, ReAnn Cappel of Atlantic and Jaedra Moses of Clarinda were third team picks.  Cappel led Atlantic with a .403 batting average, 54 hits and 34 runs scored.

Class 4-A first teamers include Taylor Schaben of Harlan and Shelby Pieper of Denison.  Schaben hit .473 with six home runs and 30 RBI’s.  Allie Martinez of Lewis Central was a second team pick, while Lisa Nebel of Glenwood and Haylee LaMasters of Creston were named to the third team.

To see the complete teams, just click the links below.

Click here to download 1-A all-state teams
Click here to download 2-A all-state teams
Click here to download 3-A all-state teams
Click here to download 4-A all-state teams
Click here to download 5-A all-state teams

Note: the 1-A team is the only team that has honorable mention selections.

Inexperienced Cyclones open fall camp


August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Big 12 is as unsettled as ever heading into 2013, with more than half the league earning at least one first-place vote in preseason poll. Except, of course, for Iowa State. Once again, expectations are fairly low for the Cyclones. Iowa State, which finished 6-7 and 3-6 in the Big 12 in 2012, has been picked ninth.

The Cyclones need to replace at least 11 starters and are highly unsettled at defensive line and wide receiver heading into fall camp, which began on Monday. Iowa State opens its fifth season under coach Paul Rhoads against Northern Iowa on Aug. 31. Rhoads says the competition for starting spots is a good thing, adding that it creates the appetite necessary for improvement.

Chiefs’ revamped secondary out to prove itself


August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — There were four players in the NFL last season who made at least seven interceptions. Then there was the Kansas City Chiefs. They picked off seven, too. The Chiefs’ inability to cause turnovers, particularly in the secondary, was somewhere near the root of their problems in an awful season.

The Chiefs have dramatically revamped their secondary this offseason. They jettisoned cornerback Javier Arenas and brought in veteran defensive backs Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson. Andy Reid and the rest of the coaching staff are banking on them making a difference.

Iowa’s Wilson, Clark leave program


August 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wide receiver Cameron Wilson and lineman Drew Clark have left the program. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Wilson, a redshirt freshman, notified him last month that he intends to transfer. Clark, a seldom-used senior from nearby Marion, Iowa, will forego his final season to focus on his schoolwork.

Iowa opened fall practice on Monday. The Hawkeyes will hold an open scrimmage on Aug. 17 and host Northern Illinois in their season opener on Aug. 31.

2013 Hawkeye 10 Baseball All-Conference


August 5th, 2013 by Jim Field

FIRST TEAM (* unanimous)

P – Chris Halbur, SR, Kuemper *

P – Justin Fisher, SR, Glenwood

P – David Ratigan, SR, Harlan

C – Alex Drees, JR, Kuemper

C – Austin Simmons, SO, Lewis Central

IF – David Hogue, SR, Shenandoah

IF – Jake Daeges, SR, Harlan

IF – Brady Douma, SR, Glenwood

IF – Bryce Wessels, SR, Kuemper

OF – Kolby Hilgenberg, SR, Kuemper *

OF – Cole Crawford, JR, Creston

OF – Tyler Jensen, SR, Glenwood

UT – Josh Jones, JR, Lewis Central

UT – Robert Lyons, SR, Denison-Schleswig

UT – Logan Nolting, SR, Kuemper *


P – Nick Kaufman, JR, Harlan

P – Zac McCoy, SR, Shenandoah

P – Wyatt Schulz, SO, Glenwood

C – Tanner Johnson, SR, Red Oak

C – Zach Powers, SR, Creston

IF – Corey Bertini, JR, Glenwood

IF – Keaton Hulett, SR, Creston

IF – Zach Nelson, JR, Atlantic

IF – Caleb Shudak, FR, Lewis Central

OF – Nate Gettys, JR, Harlan

OF – Sam Jameson, SR, Glenwood

OF – Nick Leinen, SR, Red Oak

UT – Briar Evans, SR, Creston

UT – Sean Houston, SO, Denison-Schleswig

UT – Luke Sutherland, SO, Lewis Central


OF – Logan Steffens, JR, Atlantic

IF – Ryan Hawkins, FR, Atlantic

OF – Jordan Peterman, SR, Clarinda

UT – Dakota Woods, SR, Clarinda

OF – Brayden Schurke, JR, Denison-Schleswig

P – Taylor Thul, SO, Denison-Schleswig

IF – Derek Leinen, JR, Harlan

IF – Carter Ludwig, SR, Kuemper

OF – Kyler Nixon, SO, Lewis Central

IF – Jackson Baker, JR, Shenandoah

8AM Sportscast 08-05-2013

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August 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Cardinals drub Reds 15-2, end trip on upswing


August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the Cardinals’ decisive rally, and St. Louis ended a tough trip on the upswing by beating the Cincinnati Reds 15-2 on Sunday. The Cardinals went 3-8 on a trip that included seven straight losses — four of them in Pittsburgh, allowing the Pirates to overtake them for the NL Central lead. Even during their worst trip of the season, the Cardinals maintained their knack for beating the Reds.

St. Louis took two of three at Great American Ball Park and has won its last six series against Cincinnati. The Cardinals lead the season series 8-4. Carpenter’s two-run double off the wall completed a five-run rally in the sixth against Mike Leake (10-5) and two relievers. Lance Lynn (13-5) allowed four hits in eight innings, including Zack Cozart’s two-run homer.

Cubs put Valbuena on DL, recall Watkins


August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because he strained a muscle on his right side. Chicago recalled infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa to take his place. He was in the lineup at second base and batting seventh against the Dodgers on Sunday for his major league debut.

Watkins was the Cubs’ 2012 minor league player of the year after batting .281 with 93 runs scored and nine home runs for Double-A Tennessee. He was added to the 40-man roster in November, and he was hitting .243 with eight home runs in 107 games at Triple-A.

State Baseball Championship Results from Sat., Aug. 3rd 2013


August 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

At Principal Park in Des Moines…


  • Newman Catholic 6, Van Buren 2


  • Beckman Catholic 2, North Polk 1


  • Clear Lake 6, Davenport Assumption 2


  • Johnston 9, Sioux City East 3