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Cardinals lose but clinch playoff spot anyway


October 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals clinched baseball’s final postseason berth Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to San Francisco. The defending World Series champions were beaten by Cincinnati 3-1 but wrapped up the second NL wild card hours later when the Giants won 4-3 at Dodger Stadium. St. Louis will play at Atlanta on Friday in the new one-game playoff between wild-card teams. The Dodgers’ loss left them two games behind St. Louis with one game to go.

Jacobson seeking chemistry from Panthers


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson sees three physical areas his team must improve on this season. But Jacobson knows that chemistry will likely determine if the Panthers return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence. Northern Iowa returns most of the players who helped it reach the 20-win plateau for the fourth year in a row in 2011-12. Jacobson believes the Panthers need to rebound and defend better and improve their conditioning this season. He said Tuesday during the team’s annual media day that intangibles such as leadership and chemistry will be even more important.

Griswold Runs Well at Nodaway Valley XC Meet


October 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

The Griswold girls took the team title at Nodaway Valley Monday night and in their best performance of the year, the boys of Griswold finished 3rd.

The Lady Tigers ended the night with seven runners in the top 25. Rebekah Topham ran yet another superb race finishing the difficult course in 14:37 to claim the individual title. Jordyn Sindt finished second with a time of 15:20, a full two minutes faster than she ran a year ago when she finished 3rd. Other top 25 runners for the Griswold team included: 6th Alyx Flippin (16:14); 12th Larissa Backhaus (17:09); 19th Leah Lappe (17:28); 23rd Bridget Maurer (17:48); and 25th Jeana Freund (17:54). The Lady Tigers won the team title with 40 points. Creston placed second with 60 and Corning 3rd with 102.

On the boys’ side Tyrel Peters, Xavier Olivo, and Jacob Maass ran together to all break the 19 minute mark and claim individual medals by placing 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively. Also contributing to the Tiger 3rd place team finish was Zach Vance who has been out all season with an injury. Vance, Mason Anstey, and Grant Haynes finished 36th, 38th, and 39th in the 111 runner field. Aaron Metheny was the 7th runner for the team and placed 82nd. Creston won the team title with 59 followed by Nodaway Valley with 82 and Griswold with 106.

(from Jane Chaillie, Griswold XC Coach)

Woodbine XC Meet Results


October 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Tri-Center won the girls title at the Woodbine Cross Country Invitational Monday night.  Tri-Center scored 62 points, just two ahead of runner-up Underwood.  The individual champ was Breezy Weaver of Missouri Valley with Megan Deist of Audubon second.

On the boys side, St. Albert won the team title with the Falcons Josh Sindelar winning the individual crown.  Click the link below to see the complete results.


Times Set for Big Four Classic


October 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The tipoff times for the inaugural Big Four Classic basketball doubleheader in Des Moines have been set.

Iowa and Northern Iowa will square off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Wells Fargo Arena. Drake and Iowa State will tip off at roughly 4 p.m.

Tickets range from $25 to $70 and will be good for both games.

The doubleheader will take the place of the annual series that the Hawkeyes and Cyclones used to play against the Panthers and Bulldogs.

8AM Sportscast 10-02-2012

Podcasts, Sports

October 2nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


IndyCar race in Iowa moves back to Sunday in 2013


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) – The IndyCar series race at Iowa Speedway will be held on a Sunday afternoon in 2013.  The series announced Sunday that the Iowa race will be held on June 23 of next year. The event on Iowa’s short oval will be staged on a Sunday after two years of being held on a Saturday night.  The seventh annual IndyCar race in Iowa will be broadcast on ABC.

Nodaway Valley Invitational Tournament results


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Mon. Oct. 1st 2012, at the Greenfield Golf and Country Club

Boys Champion – Creston; Runner-up: Nodaway Valley.

Girls Champion – Griswold; Runner-up: Creston.

Boys Individual Champion: Colton Graham, Senior @ N-V; Runner-up: Timmy Settlemoir, N-V freshman.

Monday Volleyball Results


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(3-0) Adair-Casey 25-25-25, Guthrie Center 20-19-20
(3-1) A-H-S-T 25-25-22-25, Boyer Valley 17-15-25-20
(3-0) Fremont-Mills 25-25-25, Sidney 15-17-23
(3-0) Heartland Christian 25-25-25, Clarinda Academy 6-19-7
(3-0) Nishnabotna 25-25-25, Essex 20-12-7
(3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, Heartland Christian 8-12-7
(3-0) Villisca 25-25-25, East Mills 18-12-21

Cards top Reds 4-2, clinch tie for 2nd wild card


October 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia homered off Bronson Arroyo and pitched into the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a tie for the second NL wild card and spoil Dusty Baker’s return from a mini-stroke with a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The defending World Series champions have won 11 of 14 and led the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing at home later against San Francisco, by 2 ½ games. The Cardinals have two games to go, the Dodgers three. Arroyo (12-10) threw 73 pitches while allowing three runs over five innings in a tuneup for the postseason. He topped 200 innings for the seventh time but is 0-3 in his last four starts. The Reds are 96-64, tied with the Nationals for the best record in the National League with two games to go, and must finish ahead of Washington to get home-field advantage throughout the postseason after losing the season series.