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

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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.

The Associated Press Iowa Prep Football Poll

Sports

October 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2012 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Ankeny (15) 6-0 186 1
2. Iowa City West (2) 6-0 164 2
3. Pleasant Valley (1) 6-0 148 3
4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 6-0 133 4
5. Cedar Falls (1) 6-0 127 5
6. West Des Moines Dowling 4-2 68 8
7. Sioux City East 5-1 54 10
8. Southeast Polk 4-2 47 NR
9. Urbandale 5-1 42 6
10. West Des Moines Valley 4-2 23 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Dubuque Senior 22. 12, Muscatine 13. 13, Davenport Assumption 9. 14, Marshalltown 5. 15, Iowa City High 3. 16, Marion Linn-Mar 1.

Class 3-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Decorah (13) 6-0 183 1
2. Sioux City Heelan (3) 6-0 166 2
3. Norwalk (3) 6-0 150 3
4. Grinnell 6-0 143 4
5. Boone 6-0 104 7
6. Creston/O-M 5-1 75 8
7. Lewis Central 5-1 49 9
8. ADM 5-1 48 5
9. Williamsburg 5-1 37 10
10. Solon 5-1 28 NR
(tie)Harlan 5-1 28 6

Others receiving votes: 12, Marion 17. 13, Le Mars 8. 14, Tama South Tama 6. 15, Atlantic 2. 16, Manchester West Delaware 1.

Class 2-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Boyden-Hull-RV (12) 6-0 178 1
2. Mediapolis (5) 6-0 160 2
3. West Marshall (2) 6-0 143 3
4. Kuemper Catholic 6-0 135 4
5. Spirit Lake 5-1 103 5
6. New Hampton 6-0 97 6
7. Union 5-1 65 8
8. Bondurant Farrar 6-0 54 9
9. Dyersville Beckman 5-1 40 10
10. Waukon 5-1 24 NR

Others receiving votes:11, Forest City 16. 12, Center Point-Urbana 15. 13, O-A/BCIG 5. 13, Wellman Mid-Prairie 5. 14, Albia 3. 15, Bloomfield Davis County 2.

Class 1-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City Regina (19) 6-0 190 1
2. Dike-New Hartford 6-0 140 4
3. South Winneshiek 6-0 133 5
4. IKM/Manning 6-0 126 8
5. Emmetsburg 5-1 120 6
6. Aplington-Parkersburg 5-1 95 7
7. St. Edmond 5-1 70 2
8. St. Albert 5-1 60 9
9. St. Ansgar 5-1 51 10
10. Mount Ayr 6-0 31 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Paullina South O’Brien 10. 11, Pella Christian 10. 13, Wilton 5. 14, Tipton 4.

Class A
Record Pts Prv
1. Wapsie Valley (10) 6-0 176 1
2. Woodward-Granger (9) 6-0 174 2
3. Akron-Westfield 6-0 133 4
4. West Hancock 5-1 120 5
5. Packwood Pekin 6-0 102 6
6. North Tama 6-1 74 8
7. West Lyon 5-1 71 7
8. Lawton-Bronson 5-1 37 3
9. Lisbon 5-1 31 NR
(tie) Logan-Magnolia 5-1 31 9

Others receiving votes: 11, Mason City Newman 20. 12, Hinton 19. 13, Arlington Starmont 16. 14, Moville Woodbury Central 15. 15, Lone Tree 12. 16, Belle Plaine 8. 17, Montezuma 6.

Class 8-Man
Record Pts Prv
1. Newell-Fonda (11) 6-0 174 1
2. Murray (6) 6-0 169 2
3. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (1) 6-0 145 4
4. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 6-0 131 5
5. Sidney (1) 6-0 116 6
6. HLV 6-0 72 10
7. Marcus MMC 6-0 60 9
8. Fremont Mills 5-1 52 3
9. Adair-Casey 6-1 45 8
10. North Iowa 6-1 17 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Clarksville 15. 12, Corydon Wayne 14. 13, Preston 12. 14, Riceville 10. 15, Glidden-Ralston 5. 16, Lenox 3. 17, Maynard West Central 2. 17, Melcher-Dallas 2. 18, Laurens-Marathon 1.

Chiefs’ Crennel sticks with Cassel at quarterback

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Romeo Crennel is sticking with Matt Cassel for now. The Chiefs coach reiterated his stance Monday that Cassel will be the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback when the Baltimore Ravens visit Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday. Crennel made the declaration unprompted in the minutes after Cassel threw three interceptions and the Chiefs turned the ball over six times in a 37-20 loss to the Chargers over the weekend. Cassel has thrown seven picks and lost three fumbles through four games this season, and many fans are starting to call for Brady Quinn to get a shot at the job. Quinn hasn’t started a game since 2009 with Cleveland.

Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Youth ages 12-to 17 can discover pheasant hunting for FREE, during the Pheasants Forever member guided hunt, on Sat., Oct. 20th.

Pictured: 2011 Cass County Pheasants Forever Youth Hunt. Courtesy Lora Kanning.

The event will be held at Hansen Outfitters in Anita.  Cass County Conservation officials say the group will leave the Atlantic Hy-vee parking lot at 7:30-AM, and will return at approximately 12:30- PM. Lunch will be provided.

There are limited youth spots available. The deadline to sign up is October 17th 2012.  Call Jason Jordahl at 243-7988 to sign up, and for more information.  Interested youth must have taken a Hunter’ Education Course in order to participate in the event. A shotgun may be provided if a youth does not have access to one. If this is the case, you are asked to mention that, when signing up.

Iowa State seeking improved QB play

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State needs to pump some juice into its offense, and the Cyclones need to do it quickly. That doesn’t mean coach Paul Rhoads is about to change quarterbacks, but it’s a fact of life in the freewheeling Big 12 Conference that a team can’t survive without a productive offense. Iowa State stalled repeatedly in a 24-13 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday. Quarterback Steele Jantz passed for only 73 yards while committing four turnovers, reverting to the form that got him benched last year. Rhoads says Jantz wasn’t the only problem with the offense. He says he’ll watch Jantz and backup Jared Barnett closely in practice before deciding on a starter for Saturday’s game at No. 15 TCU.

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Saturday Volleyball Results

Sports

October 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

Adair-Casey 21-21, Riverside 17-6
A-H-S-T, Avoca 21-20-15, Riverside 16-22-8
Ankeny Christian Academy 25-25, Southeast Warren 20-18
Collins-Maxwell/Baxter 23-21, Iowa Christian Academy 21-14
Abraham Lincoln 21-21, Thomas Jefferson 15-17
Abraham Lincoln 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 10-11
Thomas Jefferson 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 19-14
Glenwood 21-21, Riverside 11-16
Grandview Park Baptist 13-21-15, Southeast Warren 21-8-6
Grandview Park Baptist 21-21, Ankeny Christian Academy 11-10
Grandview Park Baptist 21-21, Paton-Churdan 13-14
Grandview Park Baptist 25-25, Paton-Churdan 4-14
Harlan 21-21, Boone 18-14
Harlan 21-21, Eddyville-Blakesburg 14-17
Harlan 21-21, Knoxville 11-13
Harlan 25-25, Newton 17-15
Kuemper Catholic 13-21-15, Abraham Lincoln 21-18-12
Kuemper Catholic 21-18-15, Lewis Central 18-21-13
Kuemper Catholic 21-21, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 18-9
Kuemper Catholic 21-21, St. Albert 18-12
LeMars 21-21, Missouri Valley 12-16
LeMars 22-15-15, Lewis Central 20-21-12
Lewis Central 21-16-15, Abraham Lincoln 13-21-7
Lewis Central 21-21, Missouri Valley 17-19
Missouri Valley 21-21, Denison-Schleswig 5-15
North Polk 21-21, Iowa Christian Academy 8-10
Paton-Churdan 21-21, Southeast Warren12-14
Red Oak 21-19-15, A-H-S-T 9-21-10
Red Oak 21-19-15, Tri-Center 12-21-11
Red Oak 21-21, Adair-Casey 19-20
Red Oak 21-21, Glenwood 14-19
Red Oak 21-21, Riverside 11-12
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-23, Denison-Schleswig 14-21
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-23, St. Albert 11-21
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 22-21, Missouri Valley 20-14
Southeast Warren 21-21, Ankeny Christian Academy 7-18
St. Albert 19-21-15, LeMars 21-14-5
St. Albert 20-21-15, Thomas Jefferson 22-15-4
Tri-Center 21-21, Adair-Casey 17-11
Tri-Center 21-21, A-H-S-T 7-16
Tri-Center 21-21, Riverside 6-15
Tri-Center 21-21-15, Glenwood 23-14-11
WDM Valley 21-21, Carroll 10-12
West Marshall 21-21, Iowa Christian Academy 6-10
Western Christian 21-21, Carroll 7-19

Beltran homers twice as Cardinals beat Nats 10-4

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate for the ninth time in his career and drove in five runs, and the St. Louis Cardinals closed in on the NL’s second wild-card berth by beating the Washington Nationals 10-4 Sunday. St. Louis (86-74) reduced its magic number for clinching to two, pending the game later Sunday between the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-75) and Colorado. Washington (96-63), already assured of the capital’s first postseason baseball since 1933, saw its magic number for clinching the NL East remain at one over second-place Atlanta (93-66). Lance Lynn (18-7) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his last five appearances.

Chargers use 6 turnovers to beat Chiefs 37-20

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September 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Philip Rivers threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the San Diego Chargers capitalized on six turnovers by the Kansas City Chiefs in a 37-20 victory Sunday.
Five of the Chiefs’ turnovers came in the first half, when San Diego (3-1) raced to a 27-6 lead. The Chargers coasted the rest of the way to sole possession of first place in the AFC West. Matt Cassel threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (1-3), but he also had three first-half interceptions.

Jamaal Charles, who followed his big game last week at New Orleans with touchdowns rushing and receiving, fumbled twice.  San Diego running back Jackie Battle had a pair of scores against his former team. Dwayne Bowe had seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City.

Cyclone Offense Sputters as ISU Falls to Texas Tech

Sports

September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa — Seth Doege tossed three touchdown passes and Texas Tech held off host Iowa State 24-13 on Saturday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Doege threw for 331 yards to lead the unbeaten Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0), who held Iowa State to just 189 yards of offense.

Doege’s 19-yard TD pass to Eric Ward put Tech up 21-13 with 10:36 left, and Ryan Bustin added a 39-yard field goal with 2:20 to go.

James White had 57 yards rushing for the Cyclones (3-1, 0-1). Iowa State’s Steele Jantz had one of the worst nights of his career, throwing for just 73 yards on 10 of 20 passing to go with three interceptions and a fumble.

The pick that Tech turned into the go-ahead touchdown wasn’t his fault.

But the fumble that sealed Iowa State’s fate was all on him.

Ernst Brun Jr. caught the ball near midfield, but the ball popped out after he was drilled by D.J. Johnson. Cornelius Douglas brought the ball back to Iowa State’s 9-yard line, and after a holding penalty, Doege found Ward for the score.

The Cyclones then got into Red Raiders territory with just under seven minutes left when the ball slipped out of Jantz’s hands on a scramble.

Texas Tech recovered near midfield and ran down the clock before Bustin’s decisive field goal.

Jantz also gained just 14 yards on 19 rushes, and his final interception came in the Tech end zone with 57 seconds left.

Jantz threw for just 3 measly yards on seven passes in the first half. But he picked up 21 yards on a crucial third-and-20 and found Brun in the back corner of the end zone to put the Cyclones ahead 13-7.

It all went downhill from there for the Cyclones.

Tech answered right back on Doege’s 4-yard TD pass to Darrin Moore that made it 14-13 Red Raiders with 1:01 left in the third quarter.

The Cyclones forced Texas Tech into a 41-yard field goal try by Bustin that was wide right early in the fourth quarter, but a relatively solid night defensively for Iowa State went unrewarded.

The Cyclones held the Red Raiders to just 63 yards rushing and a season-low 24 points.

Texas Tech rolled over its first three opponents — Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico — with such ease that the Red Raiders entered play ranked first in the nation in total defense and second in total offense.

Tech, which lost to Iowa State 41-7 in 2011, realized this wouldn’t be another easy romp.

The Red Raiders punted as many times in the first seven minutes, twice, as it had all season. The Cyclones also kept getting in Doege’s face, and on a key third down Doege threw it right to Klein, who took it back 87 yards for the touchdown.

But Klein missed a tackle on Texas Tech’s Jakeem Grant on an 11-yard TD reception that tied the game at 7 with 1:32 left in the first half.

Texas Tech’s defense would prove worthy of its ranking in the national standings, holding Iowa State to 3.3 yards per play and making it pay for Jantz’s mistakes.