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Griswold girls pull away from Riverside in 4th quarter


January 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Griswold girls basketball team pulled away from the Riverside Bulldogs in the fourth quarter to take a 41-25 win on Tuesday night. It was a three point game at halftime with an 18-15 Griswold lead. Riverside then went scoreless in the third quarter but Griswold only increased their lead by 4 in that quarter. Jocelyn Amos then dropped in 6 of her 11 total points in the fourth quarter to propel Griswold to the victory. The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 19-10 in that final quarter.

Mateya Peters led all scorers with 13 points and she also grabbed 6 rebounds for Griswold. The Tigers improved to 6-8 with the win. They next travel to Treynor on Friday night.

Ashlynn Amdor led Riverside with 12 points. The Bulldogs fall to 2-10 on the season. They will host Audubon on Friday.

A-P Iowa Boys Basketball Poll (1/16/18)


January 16th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (13) 10-0 130 1
2. Johnston 10-1 107 3
3. Sioux City, East 9-1 98 5
4. Des Moines, Hoover 10-1 87 6
5. Des Moines, North 10-2 77 2
6. North Scott, Eldridge 10-1 68 8
7. Pleasant Valley 10-1 48 10
8. Waukee 9-2 33 4
9. Cedar Falls 8-3 27 NR
10. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 8-3 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Dubuque, Hempstead 13. Dubuque, Senior 6. Ankeny Centennial 3. Linn-Mar, Marion 1.

Class 3A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Oskaloosa (6) 12-1 118 1
2. Mount Pleasant (2) 11-2 106 4
3. Xavier, Cedar Rapids (2) 8-3 91 6
4. Norwalk (1) 10-1 87 5
5. Bishop Heelan Catholic,S.C. (1) 8-2 83 3
6. Glenwood (1) 11-1 76 2
7. Charles City 11-1 48 8
8. Wahlert, Dubuque 5-6 27 NR
9. Harlan 9-2 23 7
(tie) Spirit Lake 9-3 23 10

Others receiving votes: Winterset 12. Le Mars 8. Waverly-Shell Rock 5. Assumption, Davenport 3. South Tama County, Tama 3. Webster City 2.

Class 2A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Western Christian, Hull (11) 11-0 126 1
2. Van Meter (2) 12-0 111 3
3. Aplington-Parkersburg 12-0 87 4
4. Cascade,Western Dubuque 13-0 78 5
5. Sheldon 12-1 73 6
6. Sioux Center 10-2 72 2
7. South Hamilton, Jewell 13-0 57 7
8. Treynor 10-0 48 9
9. Northeast, Goose Lake 12-1 29 8
10. East Marshall, Le Grand 12-0 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Wapello 8. Des Moines Christian 7. Forest City 2. Unity Christian, Orange City 1.

Class 1A
  Record Pts Prv
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8) 15-0 125 1
2. Grand View Christian (5) 12-0 121 2
3. St. Mary’s, Remsen 12-0 97 3
4. Bishop Garrigan, Algona 11-1 88 5
5. Dunkerton 11-0 45 T9
6. Lynnville-Sully 10-2 42 6
7. George-Little Rock 9-4 40 8
8. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 8-2 27 4
(tie) South O’Brien, Paullina 9-4 27 NR
10. New London 10-3 20 NR

Others receiving votes: Edgewood-Colesburg 14. Bedford 14. Boyer Valley, Dunlap 10. St. Albert, Council Bluffs 9. Ankeny Christian Academy 8. Montezuma 6. Easton Valley 6. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 5. Notre Dame, Burlington 4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 3. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 2. Lisbon 2.


Fans can vie online for College World Series season tickets


January 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Fans can apply for season tickets to the College World Series under a new selection process.

CWS officials announced Tuesday that fans who apply online by midnight on March 1 will be eligible for a random drawing to buy up to four season tickets. The Division I baseball championship is held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha each June.

People can apply at NCAA.com/CWSTickets and CWSomaha.com. The number of tickets available will be based on existing season-ticket holder renewals.

The names drawn for season tickets will receive email notice by March 6. Costs range from $425 to $493, with the seats renewable every year.

The new process replaces the waiting list, which ended last year after all waiting list members were given the option to purchase tickets for the 2017 CWS.

Wiggington named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week


January 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

(From Cyclones.com) AMES, Iowa – Iowa State freshman guard Lindell Wiggington has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after averaging 28.5 points as ISU split a pair of games last week. It is his second honor this season.

Wigginton opened the week with 27 points as ISU lost at Kansas. His 27 points matched the most by a Cyclone freshman against the Jayhawks. He followed that with an even better showing against Baylor, tallying a career-high 30 points. He is just the fourth Cyclone freshman to record a 30-point game in school history.

The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia native hit 9-of-18 three-pointers last week and also made 12-of-15 free throws.

For the season, Wigginton is averaging 16.5 points. His seven 20-point games trails only Marcus Fizer and Curtis Stinson’s eight games for the ISU freshman record.

Lanning a finalist for the Lombardi Award


January 16th, 2018 by Chris Parks

(From Cyclones.com) AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior linebacker/quarterback Joel Lanning is one of 21 finalists for the Lombardi Award, announced today by the Lombardi Foundation.

The Lombardi Award, formerly given to defensive linemen of linebackers, is presented to a college football player, regardless of position, based on performance, as well as leadership, character and resiliency.

The list will be trimmed to seven finalists on Jan. 22.

A true three-way player, Lanning had a remarkable senior season, leading the Cyclones into the national rankings for the first time since 2005 and a victory in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl with his uncanny versatility.

The two-time team captain and first-team All-American switched to linebacker prior to the 2017 season after spending his first four years in Ames as a quarterback, perhaps making Lanning one of the best comeback stories in college football history.

He didn’t play a down in his final game as a junior before Campbell convinced him to try linebacker for his senior season, a position he hadn’t played since eighth grade.

His transition was remarkable, leading the Cyclone defense, which ranked 26th nationally in scoring defense (20.9), at the Mike linebacker spot.

Lanning ranked 37th nationally in tackles per game (8.8), registering a team-high four double-digit tackle performances, including a career-high 20 stops vs. Texas. His 20 tackles vs. the Longhorns ranks ninth in school history and ties for fifth among FBS players this season.

Lanning was second on the team in sacks (6.0), third in TFL (11.0) and had a fumble recovery and interception on the season.

Lanning first appeared on the national radar with his incredible “Iron Man” performance at Oklahoma on Oct. 7. With Lanning playing 78 total snaps (57 on defense, 13 on offense, eight on special teams), the Cyclones upset No. 3 Oklahoma (38-31) en route to their first-ever win over a top-five opponent on the road.

Lanning finished the Oklahoma game with eight tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, 35 rushing yards and 25 passing yards in one of the most memorable performances in school history. He was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Lanning’s overall season snap count was astounding (1,001 snaps: 822 on defense, 128 on special teams, 51 on offense).

Lanning, who ranked third on the team in rushing (135) and fourth in passing (47), was utilized by the Cyclone offense in crucial situations throughout the season. He was perfect in “Money” down conversions, going 5-of-5 on third down and 5-of-5 on fourth down conversion rushes.

Lanning will participate in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday (Jan. 20). Kickoff is at 2 p.m. on the NFL Network.

2017 Lombardi Award Nominees
Saquon Barkley, Penn State
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Bradley Chubb, N.C. State
Tyrell Crosby, Oregon
DeShon Elliott, Texas
Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Shaquem Griffin, UCF
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Derwin James, Florida State
Joel Lanning, Iowa State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Hercules Mata”afa, Washington State
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
Ed Oliver, Houston
Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Roquan Smith, Georgia
Vita Vea, Washington
James Washington, Oklahoma State
Christian Wilkins, Clemson

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/16/2018

Podcasts, Sports

January 16th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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


Area basketball scores from Monday, 1/15/18


January 16th, 2018 by Ric Hanson


East Union 87, Orient-Macksburg 20

Logan-Magnolia 78, West Monona 69

Mount Ayr 44, Murray 31

OA-BCIG 57, Westwood 42

Treynor 76, Missouri Valley 46

Tri-Center 51, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 43

Ar-We-Va vs. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, ppd.

CAM vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard, ppd. to Feb 3.

Greene County vs. Winterset, ppd. to Jan 22.


Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 53, Tri-Center 20

Creston 60, Clarke 48

East Union 54, Orient-Macksburg 23

Logan-Magnolia 62, West Monona 42

Murray 56, Mount Ayr 52

Treynor 70, Missouri Valley 20

Westwood 59, OA-BCIG 46

Corner Conference Tournament
First Round
South Page 35, East Mills 32

Essex 36, Stanton 23

Fremont-Mills 65, Heartland Christian 21

CAM vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard, ppd. to Feb 3.

Greene County vs. Winterset, ppd. to Jan 22.

AP men’s college basketball Top 25 1/15/2018


January 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Villanova (63) 16-1 1623 1
2. Virginia (1) 16-1 1527 3
3. Purdue (1) 17-2 1411 5
4. Oklahoma 14-2 1371 9
5. Duke 15-2 1319 7
6. West Virginia 15-2 1304 2
7. Wichita St. 15-2 1283 5
8. Texas Tech 15-2 1276 8
9. Michigan St. 16-3 1062 4
10. Kansas 14-3 1032 12
11. Xavier 16-3 928 10
12. Cincinnati 15-2 858 14
13. Gonzaga 16-3 829 15
14. Arizona 14-4 723 17
15. North Carolina 14-4 666 20
16. Arizona St 14-3 639 11
17. Auburn 16-1 523 22
18. Kentucky 14-3 487 21
19. Seton Hall 15-3 455 13
20. Clemson 15-2 444 19
21. Tennessee 12-4 358 24
22. Ohio St. 15-4 276
23. Michigan 15-4 223
24. TCU 13-4 196 16
25. Miami 13-3 143 18

Others receiving votes: Creighton 56, Rhode Island 39, Florida St. 25, Nevada 23, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 19, New Mexico St. 4, Louisville 2, Florida 1.

Programming note: CAM at Coon Rapids-Bayard basketball postponed


January 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Our intended broadcast basketball games tonight: CAM at Coon Rapids-Bayard doubleheader have been postponed to Saturday, February 3rd. Since we will no longer have high school basketball tonight on KJAN we will bring you Hawk Talk with Fran McCaffery at 7:00pm.

MAC Shootout recap


January 15th, 2018 by Chris Parks

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The Jenny Ed Sports Med MAC Shootout will have two final games on Monday night after wrapping up their original schedule on Saturday night. Four games were wiped out due to weather conditions on Thursday: Tri-Center vs. Logan-Magnolia girls and boys and Lourdes Central Catholic vs. Thomas Jefferson girls and boys were cancelled Thursday. With those cancellations, event organizers were able to schedule two games to be played tonight that will feature two of those teams. The Tri-Center Trojans will face the Thomas Jefferson Yellow Jackets in a girls and boys game. The girls game is set for a 5:30pm tip-off and the boys will follow with a 7:00pm start.

The rest of the weekend schedule went on as planned with 13 games being played between Friday and Saturday. We had coverage of the first two games as Underwood took both games of a doubleheader with Riverside. The Eagles took the girls game  54-17 behind 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals from Karley Larson. Lauren Shapcott was just shy of a double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds as the Eagles improved to 10-4.

Underwood ran away with a win in the boys game as well 71-37. It was only an 8 point lead at halftime but the Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 29-3 to take full control of the game and a running clock came into play in the fourth quarter. Thomas Conn had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals to lead the Eagle victory. Underwood improved to 8-5 with the win.

We picked up our coverage again on Saturday with the Fremont-Mills Knights boys picking up a 56-34 win over the Louisville, NE Lions. The Knights steadily increased their lead throughout the game and shared the ball very well. Jaeger Powers had 14 points to lead the Knights. Mason Vanatta had 10 points and 9 rebounds, Austin Gartner and Eli Owen each added 9 points for F-M.

The next game up was the AHSTW Lady Vikes taking on the Bennigton, NE Badgers. Both teams struggled offensively throughout the game. The Lady Vikes took a one point lead into the final quarter but the Badgers would have a big final period to take the win 42-31. Bailey Jones had a monster fourth quarter for Bennington with 10 points in the period on her way to 16 overall that lead all scorers. Jones hit two big three-pointers in that fourth quarter burst. Kinsey Scheffler had 7 points and 14 rebounds in the loss for AHSTW.

Our final coverage game from the event had the Atlantic Trojans boys sqauring off against the Bishop-Neumann, NE Cavaliers. That game also proved to be an offensive struggle for both teams and it was a 22-all game at halftime. Bishop-Neumann built a lead as big as 14 in the third quarter at 41-27. The Trojans went on an 18-5 run from that point that brought them within one at 46-45 but that’s as close as they would get. Bishop-Neumann hit some big shots and milked away the clock down the stretch to pull off a 50-46 win. Trey Ahrens led the Cavaliers with 17 points, including a big three off a scramble situation in the fourth quarter. Scott Leonard led Atlantic with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Trojans suffered their second close loss in as many nights after falling 59-54 at Lewis Central on Friday night.

The Saturday slate featured 9 games that were all border battle games facing Iowa teams against Nebraska squads. Iowa teams took the first four games but then Nebraska teams won the last 5 to take the border battle series 5-4.