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Iowa, Iowa State, UNI in NCAA Field


March 15th, 2015 by Jim Field

Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa are all in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  The pairings for the 68 team field were announced Sunday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes are the 7th seed in the South Region and will play a second round game on Friday at 6:20 pm CDT vs. 10th seed Davidson on TNT.  Iowa is 21-11 and Davidson is 24-7.  The game will be played at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

The Cyclones, winners of the Big 12 Tournament title, are the 3rd seed in the South Region and will play on Thursday at 11:40 am CDT against 14th seed Alabama-Birmingham at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on TruTV.  Iowa State is 25-8 and UAB is 19-15.

The Panthers, Missouri Valley Conference champions, are the 5th seed in the East Region and will face 12th seed Wyoming in the second round at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on Friday at 12:40pm CDT on TBS.  UNI is 30-3 while the Cowboys are 25-9.

The Iowa-Davidson game will be heard on KJAN Friday.

Dozier homers for Twins in 6-6 tie with Cardinals


March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Brian Dozier hit his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot off Carlos Martinez in the third inning, and the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals played to a 6-6, nine-inning tie Sunday.  With a strong contingent of Cardinals fans making the drive across the state, Martinez left after 3 1-3 innings with a 5-0 deficit.

Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, a former first-round pick from the University of Missouri, opened with four scoreless innings. Gibson struck out four and allowed just two hits, back-to-back singles in the third.
Randal Grichuk, who homered against the Twins on Saturday in Jupiter, got the Cardinals on the board with a two-run double off Tim Stauffer in the sixth. The Cardinals rallied to tie the game on Dean Anna’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Stauffer struggled for the third straight time this spring. In 2 1-3 innings, he allowed four earned runs on six hits.

IA Boys Championship Basketball Scores from 3/14/15


March 15th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

4A State Tournament – Consolation Final

Iowa City, West 56, Des Moines, Hoover 47

4A State Championship

North Scott, Eldridge 44, Pleasant Valley 36

3A State Tournament – Consolation Final

Cedar Rapids Xavier 49, Williamsburg 38

3A State Championship

Wahlert, Dubuque 46, LeMars 38

Dubuque Wahlert wins back to back 3A titles


March 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Josh Carter scored 18 points and Dubuque Wahlert held off a late charge to beat Le Mars 46-38 Saturday and win its second consecutive Class 3A state championship.

Carter’s 12 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes, including a 3-pointer and 7-for-8 free throw shooting, enabled the Golden Eagles (18-9) to keep the Bulldogs at bay and give the school its fifth basketball title.

Nolan Timp scored nine points for Wahlert and Cordell Pemsl added eight points and eight rebounds for a team toughened by a schedule made up mostly of larger Class 4A schools.

All-tournament captain Tyler Borchers’ 14 points and eight rebounds led Le Mars (22-5), which reached the championship game for the first time since 1946. Tyler Paulson and Pete Meis each had eight points Le Mars.

Carter’s scoring was critical because Pemsl, a 6-foot-8 junior and leading the team with a 17.8 scoring average, got into early foul trouble and eventually fouled out.

Le Mars ran off the first six points of the fourth quarter to chop an 11-point deficit to 32-27 on Borchers’ two free throws with 5:47 remaining. That’s when Carter went to work.

He sank two free throws and dropped in a 3 from the left corner to take the lead to 37-27. When Le Mars drew to 41-37 on two more Borchers’ free throws, Carter stayed aggressive with the ball, drew fouls and sank 5 of 6 free throws to wrap it up.

Le Mars overcame Borchers’ early foul trouble to take a 16-12 halftime lead. But the Bulldogs shot just 1-for-8 in the third quarter, Wahlert went on a 17-1 run and the Golden Eagles led the rest of the way. They forced four turnovers during that burst, got a couple of buckets inside from Pemsl, who has said he’ll sign with the University of Iowa, and back-to-back 3s from Riley Till and Timp.

Wahlert’s five titles are tied for the fifth most of all time in the state.

No. 13 Cyclones beat No. 9 Kansas 70-66 for Big 12 title


March 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Iowa State’s unflappable bunch of comeback kids did it one more time. Georges Niang scored 19 points, Abdel Nader made the go-ahead foul shots with 48 seconds to go, and the No. 13 Cyclones rallied from a 17-point second-half hole to beat ninth-ranked Kansas 70-66 in the Big 12 Tournament championship Saturday night.

It was the fifth straight game — including all three in the tournament — that the Cyclones rallied from a double-digit deficit, prompting Niang to dub them the “Comeback Kids.” Nader finished with 13 points, and Jameel McKay and Monte Morris had 11 each for the Cyclones (25-8), who also knocked off the Jayhawks on their way to winning the title a year ago.

Sano hits long HR, Twins beat Cardinals


March 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins prospect Miguel Sano hit a long, two-run homer Saturday in a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Sano, a 21-year-old third baseman, missed last season because of Tommy John surgery. He connected off Cardinals reliever Tyler Lyons for a deep drive to left field. Twins starter Ricky Nolasco allowed one run in three innings.

Michael Wacha pitched three scoreless innings in his second outing for the Cardinals. He allowed two singles and struck out two, extending his scoreless streak to five innings. Randal Grichuk hit his team-leading third homer for St. Louis and Mark Reynolds hit his second. Jason Heyward and Yadier Molina each had two hits.

Magneurius Sierra, at 18 the Cardinals’ top position prospect, played in his first spring training game. He went 0 for 3 and made an error in left field.

AP source: Chiefs give Ron Parker 5-year, $30M deal


March 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back versatile defensive back Ron Parker on a five-year, $30 million contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs have not announced the deal. Parker’s hometown newspaper, The Beaufort Gazette of South Carolina, was first to report Saturday that the free agent was returning to Kansa City.

Justin Turner, who represents Parker, fielded no shortage of offers for the fourth-year pro after a breakout year with the Chiefs. Parker split time at cornerback and safety, starting 15 of the 16 games he played last season. He finished with 94 tackles and an interception.

Saturday Boys High School Championship Schedule


March 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Class 3A Consolation – WILLIAMSBURG (24-2) VS. XAVIER, CEDAR RAPIDS (17-9) –  12:00 PM

Class 4A Consolation – IOWA CITY, WEST (24-1) VS. DES MOINES, HOOVER (22-2) –  1:45 PM

Class 3A Championship – LEMARS (22-4) VS. WAHLERT CATHOLIC, DUBUQUE (17-9) – 6:05 PM

Class 4A Championship – NORTH SCOTT, ELDRIDGE (22-3) VS. PLEASANT VALLEY (23-2) – 8:05 PM


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Iowa State holds off Oklahoma in Big 12 Semifinals


March 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – No. 13 Iowa State rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth straight game, then watched Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler miss a point-blank layup at the buzzer that gave the Cyclones a 67-65 victory over the No. 15 Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals Friday night.

Georges Niang had 13 points, Jameel McKay added 12 and Monte Morris had 11 for the second-seeded Cyclones (24-8), who needed a buzzer-beater to beat Texas in the quarterfinals.

The defending champions will play No. 9 Kansas, the top seed, for the title Saturday night.

Buddy Hield had 16 points to lead the Sooners (22-10), who blew an early 11-point lead but still had plenty of chances down the stretch to win the game.

Isaiah Cousins added 14 points, and TaShawn Thomas and Jordan Woodard added 13 points apiece for the fourth-seeded Sooners, who still haven’t played for the title since 2003.