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Chiefs finishing off overhaul of moribund team


April 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs weren’t exactly in shambles when John Dorsey and Andy Reid first walked through the door. After all, the team did have six Pro Bowl players on the roster. That doesn’t mean the Chiefs weren’t in need of an extreme makeover. Over the past couple months, that’s exactly what Dorsey and Reid have done. They made bold moves in free agency, trading for quarterback Alex Smith and signing such players as Anthony Fasano and Donnie Avery. They also locked up some of their own players, signing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a long-term deal.

They plugged most of the rest of their holes in last weekend’s draft, and now eagerly await the start of organized team activities to see exactly where they’re at in their rebuilding.

Latos outduels Wainwright as Red top Cardinals 2-1


April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and the Cincinnati Reds got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances. Yadier Molina had an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced the Cardinals’ first run in 17 innings.

Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in after Shin-soo Choo doubled on his first offering, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Votto’s single. Over his final six innings, the right-hander gave up three hits and one run. Wainwright walked two, one intentionally, after issuing just one in 37 1-3 innings his first five starts. Latos (2-0) worked around five hits and three walks in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season.

Cardinals send reliever Rzepczynski to minors


April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Making a move to shore up a shaky bullpen, the St. Louis Cardinals have demoted struggling left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the minor leagues.  The decision Monday means for now that the Cardinals are keeping Mitchell Boggs on the active big league roster despite a 12.66 ERA.

St. Louis selected the contract of right-hander Seth Maness from Triple-A Memphis, and he was expected to join the team in time for Monday night’s game against the Reds. The 24-year-old Maness, 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts in the minors, was the franchise’s minor league pitcher of the year last season and will be making his major league debut.

Rzepczynski allowed seven runs in eight innings over nine appearances for a 7.88 ERA and gave up a two-run homer to Russell Martin in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 9-0 loss to the Pirates. Boggs was charged with the other three runs in that inning.

Atlantic Trojan Tennis Tourney Results


April 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

Final results from Red Oak (tournament moved due to construction of courts in Atlantic):

Team Standings:
T1. Red Oak 25
T1. CB AL 25 (second consecutive year Red Oak and CB-AL have tied for team title)
3. Atlantic 20
4. DM Lincoln 17
T5. Creston 16
T5. Shenandoah 16
7. Kuemper Catholic 14
8. Glenwood 11

#1 Singles:
First round:
Tyler Fischer 12 (A) over Ryan Cook 12 (Cr.) 6-3 6-0
Jordan Nelson 11 (RO) over Jacob Holmes 12 (S) 6-2 6-1
Anthony Hoover 12 (DML) over Joe Gunkelman 12 (G) 6-7(6), 6-1, 1-0(7)
Kyle Crowl 9 (CBAL) over Mitchell Behrens 11 (K) 6-3 7-5

Nelson over Fischer 7-5 7-5
Crowl over Hoover 7-6(4) 6-4

Consolation semifinals:
Holmes over Cook 6-2 6-2
Behrens over Gunkelman 6-3 7-5

Finals:  Crowl over Nelson 6-1 6-2
3rd Place:  Fischer over Hoover 10-3
5th Place:  Holmes over Behrens 2-6 6-1 1-0(9)
7th Place:  Gunkelman over Cook 8-1

#1 Doubles:
First round:
Colby Taylor 12/Bryce McIlravy 12 (Cr.) over Robby Steffes 11/Ben Hicks 11 (K) 6-2 6-2
Pete Walker 12/Tanner Johnson 12 (RO) over Alex Rand 10/Angel Sierra 10 (DML) 6-2 6-0
Kyle Fischer 12/Bradley Young 11 (S) over EJ Hackett 12/Max Chavez 11 (G) 7-5 6-4
Ryan Koontz 12/Jacob Ragland 12 (CBAL) over Noah Welter 12/Jake Arneson 11 (A) 6-2 6-3

Walker/Johnson over Taylor/McIlravy 6-0 6-2
Koontz/Ragland over Fischer/Young 6-3, 7-6(2)

Consolation semifinals:
Steffes/Hicks over Rand/Sierra 6-1 6-0
Welter/Arneson over Hackett/Chavez 7-6(3), 6-2

Finals:  Walker/Johnson over Koontz/Ragland 6-2 6-1
3rd Place:  Taylor/McIlravy over Fischer/Young 0-6 7-5 1-0(9)
5th Place:  Welter/Arneson over Steffes/Hicks 7-5 6-1
7th Place:  Hackett/Chavez over Rand/Sierra 10-4

#2 Singles:
First round:
Sam Wilder 10 (CBAL) over Logan Angelo 12 (Cr.) 6-0 6-1
Tyler Schroeder 10 (K) over Adam Wieser 11 (A) 6-4 6-3
Chris Chkal 12 (G) over Hayden Berry 11 (RO) 6-1 6-1
Quan Nguyen 11 (DML) over Ryan Niccoli 10 (S) 6-3 6-7(3) 1-0(4)

Wilder over Schroeder 4-6 6-3 1-0(7)
Nguyen over Chekal 7-6(4) 6-2

Consolation semifinals:
Wieser over Angelo 6-2 6-0
Berry over Niccoli 5-7 7-6(4) 1-0(4)

Finals:  Wilder over Nguyen 4-6 6-3 1-0(7)
3rd place:  Chekal over Schroeder 6-3 6-2
5th place:  Wieser over Berry 10-7
7th place:  Niccoli over Angelo 8-3

#2 Doubles:
First round:
Nick Podhajsky 10/Blake Meneely 12 (A) over Noah Cardamon 12/Matt Porter 12 (DML) 6-3 6-2
Garret Taylor 11/Adam Bochart 12 (Cr.) over Justin Fisher 12/Cole Peckham 11 (G) 6-0 6-2
Geoff Sellers 12/Austin Streicher 11 (RO) over Aaron Valdivia 11/Chase Bonar 10 (CBAL) 6-1 7-6(3)
David Hu 10/Josh Miller 10 (S) over Brian Ricke 11/Joe Mohr 10 (K) 6-2 6-7(5) 1-0(6)

Taylor/Bochart over Podhajsky/Meneely 6-0 6-0
Sellers/Streicher over Hu/Miller 6-1 6-0

Consolation semifinals:
Cardamon/Porter over Fisher/Peckham 5-7 7-6(8) 1-0(5)
Ricke/Mohr over Valdivia/Bonar 7-5 5-7 1-0(5)

Finals:  Taylor/Bochart over Sellers/Streicher 6-1 6-4
3rd place:  Podhajsky/Meneely over Hu/Miller 6-1 6-1
5th place:  Cardamon/Porter over Ricke/Mohr 8-5
7th place:  Valdivia/Bonar over Fisher/Peckham 8-0

Atlantic Girls Third at Kuemper Invite


April 29th, 2013 by Jim Field

4/27  @ Kuemper Invite @ Carroll Country Club

Medalist – Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic 82
Runner-up –  Morgan Naberhaus, Kuemper 82

Bailey Walter: 43-44-87 (5th place)
Shelby Worth:  46-47-93
Erin Olsen:  60-55-115

Team scores: 

  1. Kuemper         359
  2. Alta-Aurelia     367
  3. Atlantic         377
  4. Nevada         389
  5. St. Edmond         406
  6. Ballard         420
  7. Spencer         422
  8. Carroll         425
  9. Newell-Fonda     442
  10. Missouri Valley     458
  11. Denison         465


8AM Sportscast 04-29-2013

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April 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Cardinals’ Motte throws for second straight day


April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals closer Jason Motte threw for the second straight day as a deadline neared for determining whether he could pitch with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. The team said in early April that if Motte’s conditioned hadn’t improved by the beginning of May he likely would undergo reconstructive surgery. Motte said he felt fine after throwing from 60 feet on Sunday, increasing the distance about 15 feet from the first day while still not “heave-hoeing it.” He planned on playing catch today (Monday), unless there was a setback.

The 30-year-old Motte didn’t think pitching with a torn ligament was potentially that outlandish, given that doctors don’t know what a normal elbow looks like.

Locke muffles Cardinals in Pirates’ 9-0 win


April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Russell Martin had two of Pittsburgh’s four home runs in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead. Jones had three hits and John McDonald added an RBI double for Pittsburgh, which ended rookie Shelby Miller’s streak of 14 scoreless innings at home to start the season. The Pirates have won nine of 12 overall.

Locke (3-1) has worked 13 scoreless innings while allowing five hits his last two starts. The Cardinals got just three singles and advanced two runners into scoring position against the 25-year-old left-hander. Miller (3-2) struggled to put away hitters and was taken out after 113 pitches and giving up two homers in 5 2-3 innings.

Chiefs draft center Eric Kush in sixth round


April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs added depth to their offensive line Saturday by picking Eric Kush in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Kush played center for California University, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. The Chiefs lost center Rodney Hudson to a season-ending broken bone in his left leg three games into last season. Ryan Lilja slid over from guard to center for most of the season, but he announced his intention to retire after the Chiefs finished 2-14 a year ago.

The left the Chiefs in need of a backup center. Kansas City spent its first two picks Saturday on defense: Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson was snapped up in the fourth round and Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings in the fifth.

K-State FB Braden Wilson picked by Chiefs


April 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State fullback Braden Wilson will have a chance to play in front of friends and family after getting drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 251-pound Wilson helped to protect Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein last year for the Wildcats, who surprised just about everyone by winning the Big 12 championship.

It’s unclear how the fullback will factor into new coach Andy Reid’s offensive in Kansas City, or whether he might be converted to a tight end. The only other fullbacks on the Chiefs roster are Patrick DiMarco and Ryan D’Imperio. Wilson is from Smith Center, Kan.