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Baer scores 17 points as Iowa beats Illinois 83-62


March 15th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Nicholas Baer got hot from outside. Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook hooked up for a memorable slam, and Joe Wieskamp contributed a couple of nice plays. Iowa stopped its four-game slide with one solid all-around performance.
Baer made a career-high five of Iowa’s 12 3-pointers and scored 17 points, helping the Hawkeyes pull away from Illinois for an 83-62 victory on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Iowa (22-10) turned up its play in the second half to hand coach Fran McCaffery his first win since he returned Sunday after a two-game suspension for berating an official. The Hawkeyes went 12 for 23 from beyond the arc and turned 15 Illini turnovers into 24 points.

It was a similar performance to their meeting in the regular season, when Iowa shot a Carver-Hawkeye Arena-record 68 percent from the field in a 95-71 victory over Illinois on Jan. 20.

Next up for Iowa is No. 10 Michigan on Friday night. The Hawkeyes held the Wolverines to 32 percent shooting in a 74-59 win on Feb. 1 in their only meeting of the season. Baer and company are going to be tough to beat if they continue to shoot well. They were 18 for 32 from the field in the second half.

Iowa looks to strengthen its resume for the NCAA Tournament with another victory over the Wolverines.

Horton-Tucker leads Iowa State past Baylor 83-66 in Big 12


March 14th, 2019 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Talen Horton-Tucker hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points and Iowa State beat Baylor 83-66 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

The Cyclones (21-11) also had key contributions from Marial Shayok who had 18 with four 3-pointers, Lindell Wigginton with 16 points and Tyrese Haliburton with 13.

Iowa State faces top-seeded Kansas State in the semifinals on Friday night.

“Just being a freshman and my teammates having confidence to keep giving me the ball says a lot,” Horton-Tucker said. “I just felt good today and knocked down some shots.”

Mario Kegler led Baylor (19-13) in scoring with 16 while Makai Mason had 14.

Iowa State made 13 three’s and shot over 50 percent from the field in their first win since Feb. 25. The Bears made nine shots from distance and shot just 43 percent.

Both teams came out hot but Mason hit three of his four 3-pointers, the last one part of a 10-1 run that gave the Bears and 18-14 lead. Iowa State finished the first half on a 12-3 run to lead 38-29 as Horton-Tucker finished with four first half triples and 16 points.

“You really have to credit Iowa State,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “It seems like with Tucker if he’s on he’s on and if not he’s not. He was on today and I thought that’s what cost us.”

Haliburton started the second half nailing two 3’s and making a layup to give the Cyclones a 16-point edge before a Baylor timeout. The Cyclones led by as many as 22.

The Cyclones had a clear home-court advantage, which is something that Iowa State coach Steve Prohm doesn’t take for granted.

“This is the elite conference tournament in the country,” he said. “And our fans always travel well. Until you get here, there’s nothing really like it. Iowa State and the Big 12 in Kansas City is surreal and tomorrow will be even better at six o’clock on a Friday night.”

Baylor had just two players with Big 12 Tournament experience coming into the game, but Drew hopes his team will learn from this.

“The great thing about it is this will get us ready for next week,” Drew said. “The escort, the time and just all of the tournament should prepare us for the NCAA tournament.”

The Cyclones beat Baylor after being swept by the Bears in the regular season. They went 1-3 in the regular season against the two teams they could face in the semifinals.

“We will go back and watch the film from today and get ready for whoever’s next,” Prohm said.


Baylor will await to see their seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Iowa State is on to the semifinals against first-seeded Kansas State on Friday night.

IBCA announces Mr. Basketball and Class Players of the Year


March 14th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association announced on the Wednesday their selections for the annual Mr. Basketball honor and Class Players of the Year.

Mr. Basketball for 2019 is shared by DJ Carton of Bettendorf and Jake Hilmer of North Linn.

The Class Players of the Year are as follows:

Class 4A: Patrick McCaffery, Iowa City West, Senior.

Class 3A: Bowen Born, Norwalk, Junior.

Class 2A Ryan Schmitt, Van Meter, Senior.

Class 1A: Issa Samake, Grand View Christian, Senior

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/14/19

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March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/14/2019


March 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — James Palmer Jr. tied a career high with 34 points, and Nebraska beat Rutgers 68-61 in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Palmer matched a personal best set against Ohio State last season and scored 27 in the second half to carry Nebraska.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jordan Geist scored a career-high 30 points and No. 12 seed Missouri outlasted No. 13 seed Georgia 71-61 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Missouri (15-16) won for the third time in its last four games to advance to a second-round matchup Thursday with No. 22 Auburn (22-9).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs began free agency by cutting one of their most popular players in strong safety Eric Berry, who was a dynamic presence when he was healthy but had missed significant time throughout his career. While other teams were touting new additions, the Chiefs announced Berry’s release shortly after the start of the new league year. He would have been guaranteed $7.5 million of salary on Friday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries to work his way back from shoulder weakness. Martinez will not appear in an exhibition games. He is to throw on flat ground for the next week before moving to a mound. St. Louis has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s strengthening program. The pitcher received a platelet-rich plasma injection two weeks ago, and manager Mike Shildt said treatment improved Martinez’s condition.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Big 12 forward Dean Wade is expected to miss the entire Big 12 Tournament for No. 15 Kansas State because of a foot injury that has lingered for much of the season. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said after Wednesday’s practice at Sprint Center that the 6-foot-10 Wade would spend most of his time this week getting treatment.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford. His agent says the 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract.

Chiefs release Eric Berry


March 13th, 2019 by Chris Parks

(kcchiefs.com) The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has released safety Eric Berry.

“On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I want to thank Eric for his many contributions to the Chiefs over the last nine seasons,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Eric has been a tremendous leader for our football team and an inspiration to so many fans over the years, and we sincerely appreciate all that he has meant to the Chiefs. He will always be an important part of our Chiefs family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

“We continually evaluate every aspect of our football team and we came to the decision that it was in our best interest to release Eric,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. “Knowing what Eric has meant to this organization and this city made this an incredibly difficult decision. We wish him nothing but the best.”

“I’d like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable. He’s a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward.”

Berry (6-0, 212) has played in 89 games (87 starts) in nine NFL seasons with the Chiefs (2010-18). His career numbers include 440 tackles (372 solo), 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions (five return TDs), 51 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

He earned five trips to the Pro Bowl in his time with the Chiefs. Following the 2015 season, Berry was honored with the AP’s Comeback Player of the Year Award as well as being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He earned the team’s Derrick Thomas Award in 2015 and 2016, given to the team’s most valuable player, voted on by his teammates.

The Fairburn, Ga., native, originally entered the NFL as the fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.

Tom Keating selected as IHSAA’s sixth executive director


March 13th, 2019 by Chris Parks

BOONE, Iowa – The Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association has selected Tom Keating to serve as its next executive director, starting July 1, 2019.

Keating is currently the president at Xavier, Cedar Rapids and will be the sixth executive director in IHSAA history. He will replace outgoing executive director Alan Beste, who announced his retirement in August.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tom Keating to the IHSAA family,” Board of Control chairperson and Humboldt superintendent Greg Darling said. “The board went through an extensive hiring process with a national search, surveys to schools and staff, and rigorous interviews.

“Tom has taken a championship work ethic from his coaching career and combined that with invaluable
knowledge as an educator and administrator. His exceptional core beliefs align with our vision of the IHSAA.”

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keating began his career as a teacher and coach at Maxwell High School in 1977 before starting an award-winning run as a teacher, coach, and activities director at Wahlert, Dubuque in 1980. Wahlert won 11 state volleyball championships with Keating as head coach, and he was named NFHS National Coach of the Year for volleyball in 2003.

He moved to Xavier as principal in 2004 and was named the National Catholic Educational Association’s Educator of the Year in 2010. Keating became president at Xavier in 2018.

“I am excited to join the IHSAA as its next executive director,” Keating said. “The IHSAA’s long-standing
tradition of serving its member schools in support of education-based activities is recognized locally and nationally. Working with an outstanding staff and board, as well as dedicated administrators and coaches across the state, it will be my goal to enhance the already outstanding programs offered at the IHSAA.”

A longtime advisory committee member for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, Keating served on the IHSAA’s Board of Control from 2008-18 and was chairperson in 2014-15.

Keating was a 2003 inductee to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He has been an adjunct instructor and authored five graduate-level courses for Drake University.

“I look forward to working with the IGHSAU, IHSMA, IHSSA, Iowa Hall of Pride, the Department of Education, and our state legislators to continue to find ways to positively impact young people in our state,” Keating said.

The IHSAA is a non-profit organization providing leadership, regulation, and support to member schools and student-athletes for interscholastic sports across the state of Iowa.

PAST IHSAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS: George E. Brown, 1923-41 (full-time in 1927); Lyle T. Quinn, 1941-67; Bernie Saggau, 1967-2005; Richard Wulkow, 2005-15; Alan Beste, 2015-19.

Carleton named Top-5 Finalist for Cheryl Miller Award


March 13th, 2019 by Chris Parks

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Iowa State women’s basketball senior guard Bridget Carleton was named a top-5 finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award, becoming the first Cyclone to be named a finalist for a position award. The Cheryl Miller Award recognizes the top small forward in women’s college basketball.

Carleton, who is on the heels of being named Big 12 Player of the Year, is leading the Big 12 with 21.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Carleton has the Cyclones ranked No. 13 in the AP poll, and averaged 20.0 or more points against every Big 12 opponent. Carleton is also named a top-15 finalist for the Wooden Award.

The Chatham, Ontario, Canada, native also ranks second in Iowa State history with 2,088 career points, while her 17.1 points per game scoring average sits in first in school history. Carleton also ranks third in blocked shots (122), third in steals (209), third in free-throw percentage (85.4) and fourth in free throws made (443).

This month, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Miller and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans are encouraged to visit www.HoophallAwards.com to cast their votes March 15-29.

Carleton joins Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham, Maryland’s Kaila Charles, Notre Dame’s Jackie Young and Oregon’s Satou Sabally as the five finalists for the honor.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/13/2019

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March 13th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/13/2019


March 13th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Vinnie Shahid scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead North Dakota State to a 73-63 win over Omaha in the Summit League Tournament title game. The No. 4-seeded Bison also got 15 points and seven rebounds from Tyson Ward and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is the AP Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season conference title. Chris Beard was named coach of the year after his third season with the seventh-ranked Red Raiders. Kansas junior guard Dedric Lawson, the league’s top scorer and rebounder, and Kansas State senior guard Barry Brown Jr. joined Culver as unanimous first-team picks. Lawson was also the top newcomer.
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year. Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference. Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was picked newcomer of the year.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas football coach David Beaty says he is suing the school’s athletic department, alleging breach of contract and seeking $3 million he says he is owed after he was fired in November. Beaty finished with a 6-42 record in four seasons. He was fired with three games left but stayed in place. Kansas officials say they are withholding the money pending an NCAA investigation into possible violations under Beaty.
UNDATED (AP) — While it might not land a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, the Big Ten was arguably the nation’s top conference during the regular season. The conference has four teams with legitimate Final Four aspirations in Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin. All of them will be in action this week at the conference tournament in Chicago.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon to the first team.