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National Sports Headlines: May 10th 2013


May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Islanders 4-0 to take a 3-2 series lead in their first-round NHL playoff series. Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period for the Islanders, who can eliminate New York with a victory Saturday on Long Island.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators are moving onto the second round following a pair of lopsided Game 5 victories. The Blackhawks dispatched Minnesota 5-1 and the Senators outscored Montreal and its backup goalie Peter Budaj 6-1.

DENVER (AP) — CC Sabathia and five relievers combined on a four-hitter and the New York Yankees beat Colorado 3-1 in a game delayed more than two hours by rain at Coors Field. Robinson Cano homered and also had a single for his 1,500th career hit.

WASHINGTON (AP) __ Washington finished an abbreviated two-game interleague sweep by holding off the Detroit Tigers 5-4. Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead. Soriano closed it out for his 12th save in 13 chances

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Castro tied the TPC Sawgrass course record with a 9-under 63 that’s good for a three-shot lead over Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy after the first round of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods shot a 5-under 67 and is tied with five other golfers four shots off the lead.

Giacoletti brings long-term vision to Drake


May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ray Giacoletti is getting a chance to build Drake basketball into a better program. Giacoletti spent three seasons at Utah before resigning in 2007 after back-to-back losing seasons. He was hired by Drake in late March to take over its middling program. Giacoletti says he wants to recruit players who will stay with the Bulldogs for at least four years to build a foundation for success.

8AM Sportscast 05-09-2013

Podcasts, Sports

May 9th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Cardinals rally for 5-4 win over Cubs


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Beltran and Jon Jay drove in two runs apiece, and the St. Louis Cardinals capped an impressive trip with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Beltran also had three hits as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to a major league-best 14-7 on the road. The Cardinals went 5-1 on a six-game swing to Milwaukee and Chicago, with the lone loss coming Tuesday in their first game of the season against the last-place Cubs.

The Cardinals trailed 4-3 before Beltran singled in Matt Carpenter in the seventh, and Jay drove in Yadier Molina with a tiebreaking single against Michael Bowden (1-2) in the eighth.

Western Iowa Conference Golf Championships


May 8th, 2013 by Jim Field

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 @ Nishna Hills Golf Club in Atlantic

Boys Team Scores:

  1. Griswold  329
  2. Treynor  330
  3. Riverside  336
  4. Tri-Center  347
  5. Underwood  365
  6. Audubon  372
  7. Missouri Valley  384
  8. A-H-S-T  400

Boys Top 6:

  1. Erik Rock (Riverside)  71
  2. Nate Hill (Treynor)  76
  3. James Reynolds (Griswold)  77
  4. Jake Reynolds (Griswold)  78
  5. Trey Robinson (Treynor)  81
  6. Tim Brink (Riverside)  85

Girls Team Scores:

  1. Audubon  378
  2. Treynor  404
  3. Missouri Valley  448
  4. Griswold  450
  5. A-H-S-T  464
  6. Tri-Center  493
  7. Underwood  512

Girls Top 6:

  1. Susie Bylund (Audubon)  78
  2. Taylor Gardner (Missouri Valley)  82
  3. Chelsea Hardesty (Underwood)  95
  4. Jennifer Owens (Treynor)  95
  5. Lexi Thygesen (Audubon)  95
  6. Brooke Goss (Treynor)  98

Hallie Christofferson Invited To World University Games Tryouts


May 8th, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State rising senior Hallie Christofferson has been invited to a tryout for the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games team. Tryouts, which will feature 31 players, will be held May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

This summer’s World University Games will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. The team will be coached by Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale. Coale will be assisted by Marist head coach Brian Giorgis and Penn State head coach Coquese Washington.

“Being invited to try out for the World University Games team completes a very special year for Hallie,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said. “She will represent Iowa State in a great way as she always does at the trials. The opportunity to play for USA Basketball is one of the greatest honors someone could have and I know Hallie will be someone that has a great opportunity to earn a spot on this talented team.”

Fennelly served as head coach of the 2011 World University Games team that captured gold in Shenzhen, China.

Christofferson joins Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims as Big 12 players invited to tryouts.

8AM Sportscast 05-08-2013

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May 8th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Rolling Hills Conference Golf Championships


May 8th, 2013 by Jim Field

Boys Team Scores:

  1. Exira/EHK  348
  2. Glidden-Ralston  362
  3. Ankeny Christian  389
  4. CAM  442
  5. Adair-Casey  457

Boys Top 12:

  1. Jon Smiley, Adair-Casey  79
  2. Brady Hotckiss, Ankeny Christian  79
  3. Evan Arrellano, Glidden-Ralston  81
  4. Chance Lauritsen, EHK/Exira  81
  5. Brady Frum, EHK/Exira  83
  6. Jared Hansen, EHK/Exira  91
  7. Alex Stofer, Glidden-Ralston  92
  8. Tanner Headlee, Glidden-Ralston  93
  9. Nick Mardesen, EHK/Exira  93
  10. Michael Stevens, Ankeny Christian  94
  11. Brandon Alessio, Ankeny Christian  95
  12. Aaron Rodriguez, Glidden-Ralston  96

Girls Team Scores:

  1. Exira/EHK  396

Girls Top 12:

  1. Shelby Williams, CAM  81
  2. Gabby Snyder, Ankeny Christian  94
  3. Kate McAlpin, Exira/EHK  96
  4. Jessica Wood, Exira/EHK  98
  5. Cassie Irlmeir, Exira/EHK  99
  6. Madison Stanley, Glidden-Ralston  102
  7. Kara Collins, Exira/EHK  103
  8. Aubrey Brown, Ankeny Christian  109
  9. Brooklyn Wendt, CAM  111
  10. Emma Swensen, Ankeny Christian  112
  11. Hannah Akenbauer, CAM  114
  12. Miranda Redalen, Exira/EHK  115

Tuesday Golf, Tennis, Soccer Results


May 8th, 2013 by Jim Field

Boys Golf:

  • Atlantic 156, Clarinda 217 (Medalist: Evan Schuler (A) 38, Runner-up: Sam Markham (A) 38)
  • Harlan 162, Shenandoah 169, Red Oak 185 (Medalist: Ross Martens, Harlan 38)
  • Logan-Magnolia 211, Nishnabotna 211, A-H-S-T 226 (Medalist: Dalton Thies, A-H-S-T 44)

Girls Golf:

  • Kuemper Catholic 168, Atlantic 176, Clarinda 190 (Medalist: Brooke Fletcher (A) 39)
  • Treynor 197, Tri-Center 227 (Medalist: Gracie Myers, Treynor 46)

Boys Tennis:

  • Atlantic 6, Clarinda 3
  • Denison 5, Kuemper Catholic 4

Girls Tennis:

  • Clarinda 9, Atlantic 0

Boys Soccer:

  • Atlantic 2, A-H-S-T 0
  • Denison 7, Underwood 3
  • Creston 2, Kuemper Catholic 1
  • Nodaway Valley 5, Clarinda Academy 1
  • Sioux City Heelan 6, Abraham Lincoln 1

Girls Soccer:

  • Atlantic 1, Creston 0 (Jen Hohenberger scores goal, ReAnn Cappel gets assist & helps hold Creston to only 4 shots on goal with 15 steals)
  • Missouri Valley 3, AHST 1
  • Tri-Center 4, Riverside 2
  • Tri-Center 5, Nodaway Valley/AC/WCV 3
  • Lewis Central 3, Glenwood 2 (OT)
  • Bondurant-Farrar 4, Carroll 0

Senate approves $8 million for Iowa Speedway improvements


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Speedway in Newton would get eight-million dollars in state taxpayer support over the next four years under a proposal approved by the Iowa Senate Tuesday night. Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, says the money would help the track prepare to host a Sprint Cup race. “The Sprint Cup is the ‘Holy Grail’ of NASCAR racing,” Dotzler says. “It’s the ‘big boys and girls’ race and it’s the one that’s most popular — probably one of the most popular sporting events in America, really.” The Newton track is popular with the drivers, according to Dotzler.

“Last year the Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, after he won the national championship at the Sprint Cup, said we need to come to Iowa,”Dotzler says. “NASCAR needs to change. We need to get back to what racing was about: short-track racing, door-to-door banging racing. And the Iowa Speedway offers some of the most exciting races in the country and they’re excited. It’s a racer’s track.” The Senate proposal would send two-million dollars in each of the next four years to the operators of the Newton track, for marketing and infrastructure improvements.

“Because you draw huge crowds — we had 60,000 at the Nationwide race — they have to put up additional bleachers,” Dotzler says. “There’s rest room stuff; there’s additional parking; there’s a lot of things that need to be done at the track to get it really ‘Cup’ ready and that’s what these dollars would be about.” Dotzler admits there’s “no guarantee” the Iowa Speedway will land a Sprint Cup race within four years. “But the people that are in the know about NASCAR are saying that Iowa’s kind of next in line,” Dotzler says. “They’re looking to Iowa, but we’ve kind of got to get our ducks in a row before they’re going to make that committment and it’s a big committment ’cause it’s a big-time thing and it’s pretty exciting for Iowa.”

Dotzler says the Iowa Speedway owners will invest far more than the state would spend on the track, as getting a big race like this could require an outlay of millions for the rights alone. The proposal to send state tax dollars to the Iowa Speedway was included in a huge bill dealing with a wide variety of taxing, spending and policy issues that cleared the Iowa Senate Tuesday night. No one objected or even mentioned the eight-million dollars for the track during Senate debate and the governor isn’t ruling out the idea.

A spokesman for Governor Branstad says Branstad “will need to review the legislation in its final form prior to indicating the action he will take.” A spokeswoman for Republicans who control the debate agenda in the Iowa House says the G-O-P “will take a look at” the proposal and “then make a decision.” The Iowa Speedway has permanent seating for 30-thousand fans and held its first race in the fall of 2006. The track itself is seven-eighths of a mile and was designed by driver Rusty Wallace. Senator Dotzler, by the way, has eight season tickets to the Iowa Speedway and describes himself as a “life-long racing fan.”

“I grew up in racing,” Dotzler says. “My first job was working at a stock car track, selling peanuts and ice cream when I was in junior high school.” Several years ago, before the Newton race track was built, legislators voted to let the track to keep sales tax revenue from sales of tickets and other track merchandise to help finance construction. That tax plan was extended to developers of a sports complex around the Field of Dreams in Dyersville.

(Radio Iowa)