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Volleyball Scores from Mon., Oct. 7th 2013


October 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

(3-1) Essex 25-16-25-25, East Mills 16-25-16-17

(3-0) IKM-Manning 25-25-25, A-H-S-T, Avoca 13-17-19

(3-1) Murray 26-25-25-25, Mount Ayr 24-27-13-21

(3-2) Nishnabotna 20-13-25-25-15, Sidney 25-25-22-14-9

(3-0) Stanton 25-25-25, South Page 5-8-8

A-P High School Football Poll: 10/7/13


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Associated Press Iowa Prep Football Poll

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football polls of the 2013 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4-A

  1. West Des Moines Dowling (14) 6-0 140 1
  2. Iowa City West 6-0 116 3
  3. Pleasant Valley 6-0 114 4
  4. Ames 6-0 106 5
  5. Waukee 5-1 72 7
  6. Cedar Rapids Xavier 5-1 51 2
  7. Sioux City East 5-1 42 8
  8. West Des Moines Valley 4-2 35 NR
  9. Bettendorf 5-1 34 9
  10. Davenport Assumption 5-1 27 10 & (tie) Iowa City High 5-1 27 10

Others receiving votes: 12, Urbandale 6.

Class 3-A

  1. Bishop Heelan Catholic (14) 6-0 140 1
  2. Decorah 6-0 122 2
  3. Pella 6-0 106 4
  4. Clear Lake 6-0 94 5
  5. Carroll 5-1 80 6
  6. Harlan 5-1 66 7
  7. Boone 6-0 51 10
  8. Washington 5-1 37 NR
  9. Spencer 5-1 34 3
  10. Solon 5-1 15 NR

Others receiving votes: 11, Dallas Center-Grimes 12. 12, Webster City 6. 13, Grinnell 4. 14, Williamsburg 2. 15, Waverly-Shell Rock 1.

Class 2-A

  1. Kuemper Catholic (10) 6-0 136 1
  2. Waukon (4) 6-0 129 2
  3. West Marshall 6-0 105 3
  4. Albia 6-0 86 4
  5. Mediapolis 6-0 78 5
  6. New Hampton 6-0 68 7
  7. Boyden-Hull-RV 5-1 67 6
  8. Central Lyon-GLR 5-1 38 8
  9. Spirit Lake 5-1 30 9
  10. Cascade 5-1 13 10

Others receiving votes: 11, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 9. 12, Wellman Mid-Prairie 8. 13, Alleman North Polk 2. 14, Sioux Center 1.

Class 1-A

  1. Iowa City Regina (14) 6-0 140 1
  2. St. Albert 6-0 118 2
  3. Dike-New Hartford 6-0 102 4
  4. Wilton 6-0 94 5
  5. North Fayette 6-0 89 6
  6. FD St. Edmond 6-0 63 8
  7. Maquoketa Valley 6-0 57 9
  8. Van Meter 6-0 52 10
  9. South Winneshiek 5-1 34 3
  10. Mount Ayr 5-1 7 7

Others receiving votes: 11, Paullina South O’Brien 6. 12, Manson-NW Webster 3. 13, Ridge View 2. 14, Jewell South Hamilton 1. 14, Guttenberg Clayton Ridge 1. 14, Tipton 1.

Class A

  1. West Lyon (9) 5-0 134 1
  2. BGM (3) 6-0 124 2
  3. Wapsie Valley (2) 6-0 116 3
  4. AGWSR 6-0 93 4
  5. A-H-S-T 6-0 84 5
  6. Montezuma 6-0 76 6
  7. Lawton-Bronson 5-1 51 7
  8. Pekin 5-1 39 8
  9. East Mills 5-1 23 9
  10. Hinton 4-2 10 10

Others receiving votes: 11, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7. 12, Lisbon 5. 12, Algona Garrigan 5. 14, Grundy Center 2. 15, Griswold 1.

Class 8-Man

  1. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton  (9) 6-0 131 1
  2. Don Bosco (4) 7-0 128 2
  3. Newell-Fonda (1) 6-0 101 3
  4. Adair-Casey 7-0 93 4
  5. Springville 7-0 86 6
  6. West Bend-Mallard 7-0 86 5
  7. River Valley 6-0 58 8
  8. Janesville 5-1 35 10
  9. HLV 6-1 14 NR
  10. Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-1 13 7

Others receiving votes: 11, Marcus MMC 12. 12, Glidden-Ralston 8. 13, Lamoni 2. 13, Fremont Mills, Tabor 2. 15, Bussey Twin Cedars 1.

Wacha, Cardinals edge Pirates 2-1 to knot NLDS


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series. The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.

Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series, connecting with one out in the eighth for Pittsburgh’s only hit in Game 4. Wacha and the St. Louis bullpen made Matt Holliday’s two-run homer stand up. Trevor Rosenthal worked around a two-out walk in the ninth, retiring Andrew McCutchen on a popup for his first postseason save.

Game 5 will be Wednesday in St. Louis, with ace Adam Wainwright starting for the Cardinals. The Pirates had not announced their starter.

UI wrestler cited for shooting duck


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa wrestler Senior Ethen Lofthouse has been cited by police for shooting a duck with a bow and arrow outside of his residence. Iowa City police on Friday cited Lofthouse, a senior and a two-time All-American, for illegal hunting. The university says it’s aware of the situation and is working with Lofthouse through a process outlined in its student-athlete code of conduct.

This is the second incident involving Iowa wrestlers and illegal hunting in less than a year. Freshmen Connor Ryan and Alex Meyer were suspended from the team last November after they were arrested for illegally hunting rabbits on campus.

Iowa State rallies around feisty Rhoads


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Paul Rhoads put Iowa State in the national spotlight for the first time in years with a fiery postgame tirade following last week’s 31-30 loss to Texas. The rant helped illustrate why Rhoads might be the most popular 1-3 coach in the country heading into Saturday’s game at No. 20 Texas Tech (5-0, 1-0 Big 12).

Iowa State’s fans, administration and players remain committed to Rhoads. His enthusiasm for the Cyclones hasn’t worn off either — even with their hopes for a winning season in 2013 in peril. The fan base has spoken with crowds of at least 50,000 at Jack Trice Stadium for a school-record 16 games in a row. Athletic director Jamie Pollard fully committed to Rhoads before the 2012 season with a contract extension through 2021.

Tony Stewart has 3rd leg surgery


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is recovering from a third surgery on his right leg following an August crash at an Iowa sprint car track.  Stewart-Haas Racing said the procedure was done Monday to to examine and close a wound on his shin stemming from the broken tibia and fibula he suffered in the Aug. 5 crash at Southern Iowa Speedway. He remains hospitalized for observation.

The team said the surgery was a proactive measure and Stewart is expected back with the team next season.  He also had surgery on Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, with the latter procedure done to insert a metal rod inside the tibia.

8AM Sportscast 10-07-2013

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October 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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U-of-I doctor: football helmets do not prevent concussions


October 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The director of the University of Iowa’s sports concussion program says modern-day football helmets do not prevent concussions. Dr. Andy Peterson says helmets help diffuse the impact of collisions on the football field, but the helmet doesn’t absorb the forces of that impact. “There’s this common fallacy that equipment can prevent concussions in some way and it doesn’t. There’s never been any evidence that a better helmet, a cap that you add to the helmet, any additional padding, any other piece of equipment really makes any difference,” Peterson says.

“In fact, a very elegant study was just done out of the University of Wisconsin that demonstrated that football players really didn’t have any change in their concussion risk based on the age of their helmet, the quality of the helmet, the price of the helmet, the brand of the helmet, any additives to the helmet, type of mouth guard they’re wearing.” Helmet manufacturers have begun to void the warranties on helmets that have been altered with more padding or other add-ons.

“These companies that are marketing their products to try to prevent concussions don’t actually do that,” Peterson says. “There’s no evidence that they do anything and the Federal Trade Commission has started to crack down on that.” The doctor says modern-day helmets do help protect against skull fractures and the kind of traumatic head injuries that cause bleeding in the brain that can lead to death. “Football is as safe as it’s ever been. I think people lose track of this. There were only two traumatic deaths in all of the U.S. and that compared back to the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s when where were, maybe, a hundred deaths a year,” Peterson says.

“Football has become dramatically safer over the past decade.” Marv Cook, a former N-F-L tight end who was stand-out at the University of Iowa, now coaches high school football at Iowa City Regina. “The thing is these kids are getting bigger, faster and stronger and I can attest to that. I mean, I’ve seen these kids grow up and from when I was playing to now and they run faster, they hit harder,” Cook says. “And a lot of it’s got to be in the way we coach the game. I’m an ambassador with ‘Heads Up USA Football’ with the NFL and there’s new ways to teach to tackle, to try to keep the head out of the tackle, and I think that’s the direction that the league is going to be going and high school and college football as well.”

The coach and the doctor made their comments during taping of a program set to air Tuesday night on Iowa Public Television after the P-B-S show FRONTLINE examines the subject of concussions in the N-F-L.

(Radio Iowa)

Pirates edge Cardinals 5-3, take 2-1 lead in NLDS


October 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in best-of-five NL division series. Alvarez pulled a grounder into right field that scored pinch-runner Josh Harrison from second base. Russell Martin followed with a sharp RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist, who took over after Carlos Martinez (0-1) faltered. Mark Melancon (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing Carlos Beltran’s tying home run in the top of the eighth.

Jason Grilli worked the ninth to move the Pirates within one victory of winning a postseason series for the first time since the 1979 World Series. Charlie Morton is set to start for the Pirates in Game 4 on Monday against rookie Michael Wacha.

Perfect Chiefs rally for 26-17 win over Titans


October 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jamaal Charles scored a 1-yard touchdown with 6:23 left, and the Kansas City Chiefs kept up their perfect start after rallying to beat the Tennessee Titans 26-17 on Sunday.  The Chiefs (5-0) are off to their best start since 2003, when they won their first nine games. This win came despite blowing a 13-0 halftime lead in this early AFC showdown between these surprising teams bouncing back after losing seasons.

The Titans (3-2) couldn’t have been more out of synch in the first half with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for Jake Locker sidelined with his sprained right hip. He missed his first five passes and went three-and-out on his first five series before guiding Tennessee to 17 straight points in the second half.

Charles put the Chiefs ahead to stay, and they intercepted Fitzpatrick twice in the final 6:14. Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 48-yarder.