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No. 4 Iowa State beats Chattanooga 83-63


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Naz Mitrou-Long scored 24 points, Georges Niang added 19 and fourth-ranked Iowa State beat Chattanooga 83-63 on Monday night for its third straight win. Monte Morris had 14 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double with the Cyclones (3-0). They celebrated their highest ranking since the 1996-97 season by hitting a season-high 14 3s — including six from Mitrou-Long.

Iowa State stretched a 15-point halftime lead to 23 early in the second half in cruising to their 29th straight non-conference win at home. Casey Jones led Chattanooga with 16 points. The Mocs fell a game short of their first 4-0 start in 26 years.

Girls basketball scores from Monday, 11/23/15


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Adair-Casey 61, CAM, Anita 25
Atlantic 69, Carroll 27
Audubon 46, Guthrie Center 26
Bedford 64, Earlham 34
Creston 54, Mount Ayr 40
East Sac 52, Storm Lake 26


Dowling beats CR Kennedy 41-10 for 3rd straight 4A title


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Jacob Zachary ran for two touchdowns, and West Des Moines Dowling beat Cedar Rapids Kennedy 41-10 on Monday night for its third straight Class 4A state championship. Dowling (13-0) became the first 4A school with three in a row, and it accomplished the feat with its usual combination of efficient offense and tough-to-penetrate defense.

Ryan Mells and Atlias Bell each returned a fumble for a touchdown and helped contain a potent Kennedy offense that averaged 40 points in its four previous playoff games. Tyler Dralle rushed for 127 yards for Kennedy (13-1), and versatile Shaun Beyer made some big plays, but the Cougars struggled to finish drives.


Backhaus leads Spirit Lake past Mount Vernon for 2A title


November 23rd, 2015 by Chris Parks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Logan Backhaus accounted for six touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and unbeaten Spirit Lake rolled to the Class 2A state championship with a 70-56 victory over Mount Vernon.

Backhaus, who scored four TDs and passed for two others, was hurt when he was hit after completing a 2-point conversion pass with 10:12 left in the game Monday.

He was attended to for nearly 15 minutes before being wheeled off on a stretcher, raising both arms to show he was OK as fans from both schools applauded.

Earlier, he was the catalyst in an offensive showcase that produced a slew of records and gave Spirit Lake (14-0) its second title in four years. Mount Vernon (11-3) rallied after falling behind 42-14 in the second quarter but couldn’t match Spirit Lake’s firepower.


IA woman enter Top 25 in AP Poll


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

UConn is back to being a unanimous choice as No. 1 in the AP women’s basketball poll. The Huskies routed then-No. 7 Ohio State in their opener by 44 points. Connecticut, which had all but one of the first place votes last week, plays Kansas State at home Monday night. The Buckeyes dropped to 11th.

South Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Baylor once again follow the Huskies to round out the first five. Maryland is sixth with Oregon State seventh. Mississippi State and Texas are tied for eighth, the best ranking for the Bulldogs in school history. Texas A&M rounds out the first 10.

Florida State had the biggest fall after losing to rival Florida, dropping eight spots to 14th. Iowa enters the poll at No. 25 while Chattanooga fell out of the rankings.


Regina beats Western Christian 35-28 for 6th straight title


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Justin Hunter ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa City Regina won its sixth consecutive state championship, holding off Hull Western Christian 35-28 for the Class 1A title. Regina (13-1) won Monday for the 82nd time in its last 84 games, but not until it stopped a Western Christian drive in the final minute.

Western Christian (11-3) recovered a Hunter fumble with 1:13 left and drove to the Regals’ 33. But Tyler Kooima, who passed for all four Western Christian touchdowns, threw incomplete on fourth down.

Isaac Vollstedt added 125 yards rushing for Regina, including a 72-yard touchdown run. The Regals piled up 380 yards on the ground against a defense that featured a 6-foot-10 nose guard and had allowed only 21 points in four previous playoff games.


State Football Finals finish up Monday


November 23rd, 2015 by Chris Parks

The State Football Championships will finish up today after 3 games were postponed from Friday to Monday due to the snowy weather at the end of last week.  The schedule and scores from the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls are listed below.

Monday, November 23

Class 1A

Regina, Iowa City 35, Western Christian, Hull 28 FINAL (6th straight title for Regina)

Class 2A

Spirit Lake 70, Mount Vernon 56 FINAL

Class 4A

Dowling Catholic, WDM 41, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 10 FINAL (3rd straight title for Dowling Catholic.)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 11/23/2015

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November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Ric Hanson.


Houston’s pick-6, Poe’s TD run carry Chiefs over Chargers


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Houston intercepted Philip Rivers’ pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown and 346-pound defensive tackle Dontari Poe leaped over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs embarrassed the free-falling San Diego Chargers 33-3 Sunday.

Alex Smith won again at Qualcomm Stadium as the Chiefs (5-5) won their fourth straight game following a five-game losing streak. The Chargers (2-8) lost their sixth straight. Rivers had his worst game of the season, throwing for just 178 yards. Rivers attempted a pass to Danny Woodhead from the Chargers 23 and Houston intercepted it and ran it in for a 19-3 lead with 3:27 left in the third quarter.

Houston sacked Rivers four times in the 2014 season finale in which the Chargers were eliminated from the playoff race. Smith, who led Helix High to consecutive city championships at Qualcomm Stadium, was 20 of 25 for 253 yards.


Women’s college basketball scores from 11/22/15


November 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Drake 73, North Dakota 63

Iowa 80, N. Iowa 65

New Orleans at Iowa St., ppd.