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Calcavecchia wins Champions Tour event in Iowa


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his third career Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant and Brian Henninger. Calcavecchia, who missed the cut in the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago, never trailed during the final round at the Wakonda Club. The 13-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204.

Durant shot a 69, missing a long birdie putt on the 18th hole. Henninger had a 68. Rod Spittle was fourth at 10 under after a 68. Davis Love III had a 68 to top the group at 9 under. He was making his fourth Champions Tour start since turning 50 in April 2014.


Cards rally with 3 runs in 8th to beat Dodgers 4-2


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jhonny Peralta homered and singled home the go-ahead run during a three-run eighth inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

Matt Carpenter drew a leadoff walk from reliever Adam Liberatore, and scored the tying run on a triple down the right-field line by Matt Holliday that skipped past Yasiel Puig — who was playing his second game after missing 39 because of a strained left hamstring.

Holliday’s hit came off Juan Nicasio (1-2). Peralta, who leads St. Louis with 34 RBIs, followed with his clutch hit and scored on Mark Reynolds’ one-out double to left-center. Kevin Siegrist (3-0) pitched one inning for the victory. Trevor Rosenthal, the sixth Cardinals pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 attempts.


Calcavecchia grabs 1-shot Champions Tour lead in Iowa


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. Calcavecchia had a 9-under 135 total at Wakonda Club. The 54-year-old Calcavecchia has two victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1989 British Open.

Joe Durant was second after a 68. Paul Goydos, Brian Henninger and Michael Allen were tied for third at 7 under, all shooting 70. Calcavecchia has struggled most of the year following offseason surgery on his right hand. But he birdied the last two holes Saturday to grab the lead from Durant.


Cardinals get skunked at Dodger Stadium


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bunch of skunks at Dodger Stadium nearly caused a real stink for the St. Louis Cardinals. Four skunks found their way into the crevices of the Cardinals’ dugout before a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Friday night. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said stadium workers came over with a cage and bag, but didn’t catch the varmints. “I told everybody at the beginning: ‘Don’t be fooling around over there, because you’ll wish you hadn’t,'” Matheny said.

“After that, it was like they were never there. It wasn’t anything different than usual, except for the knowledge of knowing that they were under there. Apparently, they might still be in there,” he said. The Cardinals have had critters of their own in the past. Several years ago, a squirrel darted across home plate during a playoff game at Busch Stadium.


Kershaw allows 1 hit and Ks 11 as Dodgers blank Cards 2-0


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit and struck out 11 in eight innings against his October nemesis, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Saturday night with a big swing from Yasiel Puig in his return from the disabled list. Puig snapped a scoreless tie in the seventh with an RBI double after missing the previous 39 games because of a strained left hamstring.

Kershaw (5-3) outpitched Jaime Garcia and lowered his ERA to 3.36. The left-hander led the majors in that category each of the past four seasons. Kershaw lost to St. Louis in the finale of the 2013 NL Championship Series and the final game of the 2014 Division Series, making him 0-4 with a 7.15 ERA in his last four playoff starts against the Cardinals.


Cardinals beat Dodgers 2-1 with 2 runs in 8th


June 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Carlos Martinez outpitched Brett Anderson again during their second low-scoring duel in six days, and the St. Louis Cardinals scratched across a pair of runs in the eighth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Friday night.

Martinez (6-2) allowed his only run in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk to power-hitting rookie Joc Pederson. The right-hander gave up three hits and had a career-high 11 strikeouts while helping to lower the Cardinals’ major league-best ERA to 2.57. Last Sunday, Martinez held the Dodgers to one hit over seven innings and struck out eight in a 3-1 victory over Anderson, which followed an emotional pregame tribute to Martinez’s late teammate and best friend Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car accident in October.

Billy Andrade, Jose Coceres share Champions Tour lead


June 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bill Andrade and Argentina’s Jose Coceres share the first-round lead at 6-under 66 on Friday in the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. Andrade had seven birdies and a three-putt bogey on No. 14 at Wakonda Club. The four-time PGA Tour winner teamed with Joe Duran to win the Legends of Golf in April for his first Champions Tour title.

Coceres, from Argentina, had six birdies — four on the final seven holes — in his bogey-free round. The two-time PGA Tour champion is winless on the 50-and-over tour. Defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. was a stroke back along with Mark Calcavecchia, Paul Goydos, Michael Allen, Brian Henninger, Grant Waite and Jeff Coston.

Davis Love III opened with a 70. He’s making his fourth Champions Tour start since turning 50 in April 2014.

Hoiberg praises Otzelberger in last Iowa State presser


June 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has debunked the rumor that he recently rehired top assistant T.J. Otzelberger to be his eventual successor. But Hoiberg thinks Otzelberger will make a great coach someday. Whether that opportunity comes with the Cyclones next season should be known soon.

Otzelberger is expected to be the top in-house candidate to replace Hoiberg, now the coach of the Chicago Bulls. Though Hoiberg didn’t specifically endorse Otzelberger as his choice Friday, he says Otzelberger is energetic, an excellent recruiter and great X’s and O’s coach.

2015 SECOND Iowa High School Softball Rankings


June 5th, 2015 by Jim Field

Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

Class 1-A
School Record LW
1. AGWSR 7-0 4
2. Woodbury Central 8-2 1
3. Akron-Westfield 7-1 2
4. Lansing Kee 8-1 3
5. Marquette Catholic 9-0 6
6. Lynnville-Sully 6-0 8
7. New London 6-0 12
8. Don Bosco 5-1 9
9. Glidden-Ralston 5-0 13
10. Janesville 5-1 NR
11. Logan-Magnolia 8-0 14
12. North Butler 2-1 7
13. Wayne 7-1 NR
14. Martensdale-St. Marys 6-3 5
15. Newell-Fonda 5-3 15
Dropped Out: Exira-EHK (10), Remsen St. Mary’s (11),

Class 2-A
School Record LW
1. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 10-1 3
2. Alburnett 8-3 1
3. Emmetsburg 4-1 5
4. Iowa City Regina 6-2 6
5. Highland 4-1 2
6. Pella Christian 7-0 NR
7. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 6-1 9
8. BCLUW 4-1 10
9. Alta-Aurelia 7-2 NR
10. IKM-Manning 6-1 14
11. Cascade 9-2 15
12. Central Springs 4-1 NR
13. St. Ansgar 1-3 4
14. Jesup 6-1 NR
15. Durant 6-3 13
Dropped Out: Woodward-Granger (7), Earlham (8), Sumner-Fredericksburg (11), Denver (12)

Class 3-A
School Record
1. Benton Community 14-0 3
2. Solon 8-1 1
3. Greene County 9-0 5
4. Center Point-Urbana 9-3 2
5. East Marshall 4-1 4
6. Northeast 9-0 NR
7. Mid-Prairie 6-1 6
8. Spirit Lake 7-3 7
9. Sioux Center 6-2 14
10. Bondurant-Farrar 3-3 13
11. West Liberty 5-0 NR
12. Waterloo Columbus 5-0 15
13. West Burlington/Notre Dame 8-3 8
14. PCM 5-2 11
15. Mount Vernon 0-5 10
Dropped Out: Sergeant Bluff-Luton (9), Clarke (12)

Class 4-A
School Record
1. Fort Dodge 7-2 1
2. Oskaloosa 6-0 6
3. Dallas Center-Grimes 6-1 7
4. Indianola 7-1 5
5. Winterset 7-3 9
6. Carlisle 7-1 4
7. Norwalk 3-2 2
8. ADM 6-1 8
9. Waverly-Shell Rock 5-1 12
10. Davenport Assumption 6-3 NR
11. Clear Creek-Amana 3-3 10
12. Cedar Rapids Xavier 4-4 11
13. Fairfield 6-0 15
14. North Scott 8-1 NR
15. Keokuk 5-1 14
Dropped Out: Le Mars (3), West Delaware (14)

Class 5-A
School Record LW
1. Johnston 5-0 1
2.Iowa City West 8-0 6
3. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7-1 3
4. West Des Moines Valley 6-1 5
5. Dowling Catholic 4-3 4
6. Waukee 2-4 2
7. Pleasant Valley 4-1 7
8. Southeast Polk 4-2 8
9. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln 6-0 10
10. Urbandale 5-0 NR
Dropped Out: Ottumwa (9)

Friday Girls State Tennis


June 5th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Singles – Semi-Finals
Mara Pirscoveanu, Denison-Schleswig defeated Lily Hamilton, Grinnell 6-0 6-1
Kate Walker, Red Oak defeated Allison Jasper, CR Xavier 6-2 6-3
(Pirscoveanu and Walker will meet for the title)

Class 1-A Singles– Consolation Semi-Finals
Hannah Fox, Waverly-SR defeated Jana King, Glenwood 6-4 6-4 (King plays for 7th)

Class 1-A Singles – Championship
Mara Pirscoveanu, Denison-Schleswig defeated Kate Walker, Red Oak 6-3 6-1

Class 1-A Singles – 7th Place Match
Haley Schneiderman, Aplington-Parkersburg defeated Jana King, Glenwood 6-3 6-4

Class 1-A Doubles – Semi-Finals
Micayla Taylor/Grace Blomstedt, Red Oak defeated Claire Bouchard/Jeanne Bouchard, CR Xavier 6-2 6-4 (Taylor/Blomstedt play for championship)

Class 1-A Doubles – Consolation Semi-Finals
Alli Thomsen/Jenna Taylor, Creston/O-M defeated Kayla Rogers/Sarah Cabeen, Clarinda 6-2 6-3 Thomsen/Taylor play for 5th, Rogers/Cabeen play for 7th)

Class 1-A Doubles – Championship
Chelsea Poesch/Kayla Reusche, Waverly-SR defeated Micayla Taylor/Grace Blomstedt, Red Oak 6-2 3-6 6-3

Class 1-A Doubles – 5th Place Match
Karlee Sinnott/Brianne Eighme, Columbus defeated Alli Thomsen/Jenna Taylor, Creston/O-M 6-1 4-6 1-0

Class 1-A Doubles – 7th Place Match
Kayla Rogers/Sarah Cabeen, Clarinda defeated Lakyn Boltz/Alexis Kemp, Keokuk 7-6 5-7 1-0