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Panthers Edge Stephen F. Austin in OT


November 19th, 2014 by Jim Field

Paul Jesperson’s put back with :39.7 left in overtime gave Northern Iowa a 79-77 road win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night, snapping the Lumberjacks’ 34 game home winning streak.

Five players scored in double figures for the Panthers (2-0) led by Marvin Singleton with 15.

UNI had to rally from eight points down in the second half, and Deon Mitchell’s three pointer with :50.8 left tied the game at 70-70 and sent it to overtime.

Cyclone Women Down Bulldogs 84-67


November 19th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball team (2-0) defeated the Drake Bulldogs (0-2) 84-67 in Hilton Coliseum. Senior Nikki Moody led the Cyclones with a double-double with 18 points and 12 assists. The win was the team’s fifth-straight against Drake, coming on double-digit scoring efforts from Moody, along with Brynn Williamson and Emily Durr, who had 14 pionts each, and Jadda Buckley with 13.

Drake had four players in double figures, led by Cailtin Ingle with 17.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 45-21 halftime edge, holding Drake to just 21 percent shooting in the first half.

Hunters on pace to kill roughly same amount of deer in Iowa as last season

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Last year, hunters in Iowa killed fewer than 100,000 deer for the first time since the mid-1990s. Jim Coffey, forest wildlife research technician for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says it’s possible hunters will harvest a similar number of deer this season. “We’re right on pace for where we were at this time last year with almost 24,000 deer being harvested so far,” Coffey says. Only bow hunting of deer is allowed right now in Iowa and the bow hunting season is about halfway complete.

The reported number of bucks taken this season has increased by 1,000 compared to last year, while the reported doe harvest is down 1,000. “That’s not too uncommon because of the way we’ve changed regulations this year, plus a lot of our bow hunters are out there seeking that buck,” Coffey says. The number of deer killed by hunters in Iowa has declined for eight consecutive years. But, Coffey says hunters are still getting plenty of chances to fire their weapons.

“We’ve been hearing good reports from our hunters. The deer have been active. The cold spell starting Sunday kind of slowed things down…but with the warm spell coming up this weekend and the rut going on, it’ll be a good weekend to be out,” Coffey says. Iowa’s first shotgun deer hunting season begins on December 6, with the second shotgun season starting December 13. Most hunters are hoping to spot a big buck, but probably won’t see anything like the one shot just southeast of Des Moines back in October.

“Probably the biggest buck that’s been talked about was the one in Marion County. That was shot fairly early in the season and has been creating quite a stir on the Internet,” Coffey said. That buck was shot with a muzzleloader by Joe Franz on his property. The website trophy pursuit dot com ( http://www.trophypursuit.com ) posted video of Franz’s hunt and claims the buck could be “the largest ever taken on professional video.”  You can view the video on the link below:


DePaul beats Drake 80-62, goes to 2-0


November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Billy Garrett Jr. scored 15 points to lead five DePaul players in double figures and the Blue Demons beat Drake 80-62 on Tuesday night. Myke Henry added 13 points, Jamee Crockett 12, Forrest Robinson 11 and Durrell McDonald 10 for DePaul, off to its first 2-0 start since 2011-12. The Blue Demons had a good night shooting, making 27 of 49 field-goal attempts (55.1 percent), 9 of 20 3-point tries (45 percent) and 17 of 21 from the free-throw line (81 percent). They outrebounded the Bulldogs 33-26.

The Bulldogs (0-2) were led by Chris Caird, who scored 19 points, and Jordan Daniels with 17. The Bulldogs were 23 of 54 from the floor for 42.6 percent. An 18-4 run in the first half gave DePaul a 21-8 lead. The Blue Demons led by 13 at halftime and the Bulldogs wouldn’t cut the deficit below double figures in the second half.

Cardinals release spring training schedule


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals will face four teams that made the playoffs this year and five American League squads as part of a 28-game spring training slate that begins on March 5. The Cardinals will play 18 games at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida, their offseason home since 1998. That includes three games as the “road” team against the Miami Marlins, their fellow stadium tenant.

Pitchers and catchers report to Florida on February 19 and start work the following day. Workouts for the rest of the team are scheduled to begin on February 25. The exhibition season concludes on April 3 in Tennessee against their Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds. The Cardinals released their 2015 spring training schedule Tuesday.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sportscast, 11/18/2014

Podcasts, Sports

November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Ticket Distribution Information for State Wrestling Finals


November 18th, 2014 by Jim Field

BOONE, IOWA – The State Wrestling Championship has been a sold out event for over 20 years and is the only IHSAA reserved ticket event. On October 29, 2014, the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association approved the procedure for the purchase of 2015 State Wrestling Tournament finals tickets. Tickets will continue to be sold through either a walk up process or online.

Under this ticketing system, schools have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Ticket sales to IHSAA member high schools who host wrestling programs will begin Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10:00am and close Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:59pm. The order limit is a maximum of sixty (60) tickets per school. Complete information regarding the ticket ordering process for IHSAA member high schools hosting wrestling programs has been communicated with them.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 10:00am. The public will be able to purchase tickets at the Iowa Events Center ticket office or online at www.dahlstickets.com or by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS. The order limit will be ten (10) tickets.

The ticket price is $10.00 per ticket, plus a convenience fee of $1.75 per ticket. There will be a $4.00 handling fee per order. A valid credit card will be needed to make an online purchase. The Iowa Events Center seating chart will be available identifying class 1A, 2A, and 3A mats. All seats will be assigned in the order the transactions are processed either at a ticketing location or online.

Anyone with questions or experiencing difficulties ordering tickets should call the Iowa Events Center ticket office at 515-564-8300. Anyone needing assistance with ADA seating should call the Iowa Events Center 515-564-8351.

No. 14 Iowa State beats Georgia State 81-58


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Monte Morris scored a career-high 19 points with nine assists and 14th-ranked Iowa State rolled past Georgia State 81-58 on Monday night. Naz Long added 17 for the Cyclones (2-0), who outscored the Panthers by 17 points in the second half. Iowa State led by just two before going on a 31-13 run that put the game out of reach. Long keyed the stretch with a pair of 3s as the Cyclones pushed their lead to as much as 73-49.

R.J. Hunter had 21 for Georgia State (1-1). The Panthers were a unanimous pick to win the Sun Belt for the second year in a row.

Cardinals sign Mueller as assistant hitting coach


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former batting champion Bill Mueller as assistant hitting coach. The 43-year-old Mueller, a St. Louis native, was a .291 career hitter with a .373 on-base percentage. He served as the Chicago Cubs’ hitting coach last season, and they finished 26th in the majors in runs, 27th in batting average and 28th in on-base percentage. The Cardinals announced the move on Monday.

Mueller led the American League with a .326 average in 2003, and batted .429 for the Red Sox in their World Series sweep over the Cardinals in 2004. He has worked in front offices and instruction since retiring after the 2006 season, and will be working under hitting coach John Mabry.

Olaseni, Uthoff lead Iowa past North Dakota St


November 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gabe Olaseni had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Iowa rolled to an 87-56 win over North Dakota State on Monday night. Jarrod Uthoff added 12 points for Iowa (2-0). Lawrence Alexander scored 21 points on 6 of 10 3-point shooting to lead the Bison (0-2). The Hawkeyes used a 27-2 run in the middle of the game to pull away from North Dakota State. The Bison shot only 26.9 percent from the floor, including a six-minute scoreless stretch to open the second half.

Iowa’s Adam Woodbury had 10 points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds. Anthony Clemmons scored 11 points with a career-high three 3-pointers. Aaron White added 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. The Hawkeyes committed 18 turnovers, but shot 54 percent from the field and made 18 of 20 free throws.