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High School Basketball All-Star Game is Sunday


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

The 17th Southwest Iowa Classic basketball event is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th at the Kanesville Arena on the campus of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.  Several of the area’s top senior players will participate.  They will play as large school vs. small school teams.  The day will begin at 1:00 pm with the girls game, followed by the boys at 3:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Iowa Western and The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil.  Team members include:

Large School Boys:

  • Dalton Franken, Atlantic
  • Sam Markham, Atlantic
  • Chad Christensen, Atlantic
  • Grant May, Glenwood
  • Tyler Jensen, Glenwood
  • Alex Reed, Lewis Central
  • Sean Smith, Abraham Lincoln
  • Colby Taylor, Creston
  • Briar Evans, Creston
  • Zac Johnson, Denison-Schleswig
  • Nate Kloewer, Harlan

Small School Boys:

  • Britton Barrier, Tri-Center
  • Ricky Williams, Riverside
  • TJ Sterk, IKM-Manning
  • Alec Sorensen, Treynor
  • Tanner Johnson, Red Oak
  • Connor Moran, St. Albert
  • Devin Bates, Griswold
  • Noah McKeever, Sidney
  • Ryan Spiegel, Underwood
  • Colden Hillyer, East Mills

Large School Girls:

  • Aubrey Norville, Lewis Central
  • Natalie Madsen, Lewis Central
  • Grace Newman, Glenwood
  • Chelsey Van Ness, Denison-Schleswig
  • Rachel Koch, Denison-Schleswig
  • Lauren Meeker, Abraham Lincoln
  • Olivia Leisinger, Abraham Lincoln
  • Taylor Volentine, Abraham Lincoln
  • Brianna Maitlen, Creston

Small School Girls:

  • Josie Esser, Harlan
  • Liz Riessen, Harlan
  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning
  • Jordyn Sindt, Griswold
  • Molly Goltz, Nishnabotna
  • Emily Baatz, Tri-Center
  • Ragen Anderson, Stanton
  • Megan Ehlers, Ar-We-Va


8AM Sportscast 03-21-2013

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March 21st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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UNI Beat North Dakota in CIT Opener


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

The UNI basketball team got off to a 10-2 lead and never trailed as the Panthers defeated North Dakota 77-66 in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament last night. The Panthers led by as many as 19 and North Dakota never got any closer than 9 points in the second half.  The Panthers had not played in nearly two weeks, but didn’t show any signs of rust offensively, as they connected on nine three-pointers and hit 51 percent of their shots from the field.  Anthony James led UNI with 24 points, while Seth Tuttle and Marc Sonnen both scored 19.  The Panthers will play again on Saturday night in another home game at the McLeod Center against an opponent to be determined. Jacobson says that with a short turnaround, the Panthers will have to focus on improving before Saturday.

Mel Tjeerdsma Returns to Northwest as AD


March 21st, 2013 by Jim Field

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Retired Northwest Missouri State football coach Mel Tjeerdsma (CHURCH’-muh) is returning to the Maryville school as director of athletics.

Northwest Missouri State announced Wednesday the renowned ex-coach will begin his new role in mid-April.

Tjeerdsma, now 66, won three NCAA Division II national championships at Northwest Missouri State before announcing his retirement in December 2010.

He retired with a record of 183-32 over 17 seasons. His Bearcats won 12 MIAA championships and also played in four other NCAA championship games.

As AD he succeeds Wren Baker, who resigned earlier this month for a job at the University of Memphis.

Tjeerdsma said in a news release that Northwest Missouri has a “rich and outstanding tradition.” He vowed to ensure the athletic program continues to “thrive and improve.”

Iowa blows past Indiana State 68-52


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble scored 24 points, Aaron White added 11 with 13 rebounds and Iowa cruised past Indiana State 68-52 in the opening round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Melshan Basabe had nine points and eight boards for the Hawkeyes (22-12), who won a home game in the NIT for the second straight season. Iowa will host Stony Brook in the second round on Friday night.

Iowa shook off a sluggish start with a 19-4 run to open the second half. Playing before a sellout crowd of over 15,000, the Hawkeyes maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Justin Gant had 16 points to lead Indiana State (18-15), which was playing in the NIT for the first time since 1978.

Valley commissioner: No rush to replace Creighton


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin says there’s no rush to replace Creighton, which is leaving for the new Big East. Elgin said his league, which will be down to nine members June 30, is studying potential candidates. He said preference would be given to schools in the geographic footprint of the Valley and with a strong basketball tradition. Media reports list Denver, Milwaukee and Belmont as possibilities.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said the Big East will provide an opportunity to recruit the highest level of players and help the school achieve its goal of being a consistent Top 25 men’s basketball program. Valley spokesman Mike Kern says Creighton will forfeit about $325,000 in distributions because it’s leaving with less than a year’s notice.

Dake, Penn State headline NCAA championships


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cornell’s Kyle Dake is seeking to take his place among the greatest college wrestlers of all time. Penn State will attempt to solidify its status as the nation’s pre-eminent program — in the backyard of its biggest rival, Iowa — when the NCAA championships start Thursday. Dake, a three-time NCAA champion, is just three days away from possibly becoming the first wrestler to win four national titles in four different weight classes.

The team race figures to be a competition between the Big Ten’s best, led by the two-time defending champion Nittany Lions, Hawkeyes and Ohio State and Minnesota. Oklahoma State will also be in the mix.

Creighton, Butler, Xavier join new Big East


March 20th, 2013 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Creighton, Butler and Xavier are moving to the new Big East.

They will join the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools who left to start a new conference and are keeping the Big East name. The league also announced Wednesday its completed broadcasting deal with Fox.

Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10. Creighton departs the Missouri Valley Conference.

They join Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John’s, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul.

8AM Sportscast 03-20-2013

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March 20th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Furcal returns to see Cardinals after surgery


March 20th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the Cardinals’ spring training complex for the first time since undergoing ligament replacement surgery by Dr. James Andrews last week, saying the operation went well and he is ready for rehab.

Furcal says Andrews is “happy we did this,” and confident the infielder will be ready for next year. Furcal originally injured the elbow late last season. He had hoped off-season rehabilitation would prevent the need for surgery. Furcal was never able to throw at 100 percent in camp, and after a few weeks opted for surgery.

Andrews performed the surgery in his Pensacola office. Furcal plans to rehab from the surgery in South Florida.