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Iowa State holds off Oklahoma in Big 12 Semifinals


March 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – No. 13 Iowa State rallied from a double-digit deficit for the fourth straight game, then watched Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler miss a point-blank layup at the buzzer that gave the Cyclones a 67-65 victory over the No. 15 Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals Friday night.

Georges Niang had 13 points, Jameel McKay added 12 and Monte Morris had 11 for the second-seeded Cyclones (24-8), who needed a buzzer-beater to beat Texas in the quarterfinals.

The defending champions will play No. 9 Kansas, the top seed, for the title Saturday night.

Buddy Hield had 16 points to lead the Sooners (22-10), who blew an early 11-point lead but still had plenty of chances down the stretch to win the game.

Isaiah Cousins added 14 points, and TaShawn Thomas and Jordan Woodard added 13 points apiece for the fourth-seeded Sooners, who still haven’t played for the title since 2003.

Treynor rallies to beat Regina 51-46 for 2A Title


March 14th, 2015 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Nolan Chapman scored 17 points and Treynor rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Iowa City Regina 51-46 Friday night and win the Class 2A state championship.

Treynor (24-3) got back in it by trapping Regina’s guards to force turnovers. It took the lead for good at 46-44 when Matt Deitchler went up in a crowd to score on a putback with 2:24 left. The Cardinals then made 5 of 6 free throws to wrap it up and claim their first championship in their 14th trip to state.

Jacob Flathers added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Treynor. Trey Robinson scored 13 points. Deitchler finished with five.

Drew Cook led Regina (22-5) with 23 points, including 5-for-6 3-point shooting. But it wasn’t quite enough to give the Regals their sixth championship.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck beats MVAO 64-52 to win Class 1A title


March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Camden Kickbush scored 20 points and Gladbrook-Reinbeck capped a perfect season by beating Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 64-52 Friday night to win the Class 1A state championship. All-tournament captain Joe Smoldt and Zach Pierce added 10 points each for Gladbrook-Reinbeck (28-0). Gladbrook-Reinbeck shot 61 percent. The team took control with a 14-0 run in the first half and never let up. Kickbush hit three 3-pointers in that run and finished 4-for-5 from long range.

MVAO (26-2) got 26 points from Korey Kuhlmann but couldn’t overcome the Rebels’ torrid shooting and its own second-quarter cold spell. Shawn Flanigan scored 13 for the Rams and Derrik Kerns had 11. The Rams made six of their first seven shots, but missed 11 in a row during Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s second-quarter outburst and never recovered.

Chiefs add long-snapper Winchester as overhaul continues


March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed long snapper James Winchester to a two-year contract, yet another move in what has turned into a massive roster overhaul this offseason. The signing Friday came one day after the Chiefs traded a fifth-round draft pick to New Orleans for Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs and signed offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, a former Cardinals starter.

Kansas City also signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and safety Tyvon Branch this week, and released veteran wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in a cost-saving move. Kansas City now has three long snappers on the roster in Winchester, Brandon Hartson and Jorgen Hus, which means the club appears to be moving on from incumbent Thomas Gafford.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 3/13/2015

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March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Friday Boys State Basketball Schedule


March 13th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Consolation

  • Earlham 63, Danville 52

Class 2-A Consolation

  • Pella Christian 64, Aplington-Parkersburg 51

Class 4-A Semifinals

  • North Scott 57, Iowa City West 51
  • Pleasant Valley 42, Des Moines Hoover 40

Class 1-A Championship

  •  Gladbrook-Reinbeck 64, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 52

Class 2-A Championship

  • Treynor 51, Iowa City Regina 46

Thursday Boys State Basketball Results


March 13th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Semifinals:

  • Gladbrook-Reinbeck 60, Earlham 45
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 59, Danville 57

Class 2-A Semifinals:

  • Treynor 74, Aplington-Parkersburg 70 (OT) – All five Treynor starters scored in double figures and both Trey Robinson (16 pts/13 reb) and Jacob Flathers (12 pts/13 reb) had double-doubles to lead the Cardinals to the title game.
  • Iowa City Regina 55,  Pella Christian 33

Class 3-A Semifinals:

  • LeMars 64, Williamsburg 57 (2OT)
  • Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 67, Cedar Rapids Xavier 54

Morris hits game-winner, No. 13 Cyclones beat Texas 69-67


March 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Monte Morris rose up and hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer, capping a 12-0 closing run that lifted No. 13 Iowa State to a 69-67 victory over Texas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night. Morris finished with 24 points for the second-seeded Cyclones (23-8), who trailed by 16 points before clawing back into the game. Still, Iowa State trailed 67-57 with less than 4 minutes to go when it unleashed a full-court press that helped it draw even.

Morris’s 3-pointer with 1:42 left tied it at 67, and the teams swapped empty possessions before Texas (20-13) got the ball back with 38.1 seconds left. Isaiah Taylor allowed the shot clock to melt down before driving the lane and missing a running jumper. Texas ( 20-13) got the rebound and kicked it out to Javan Felix, but he misfired on a long 3-pointer and the Cyclones’ Dustin Hogue grabbed the long rebound and called timeout.

With 5.8 seconds left, Hogue took the inbounds pass and race dup court, found Morris in the corner, and the sophomore guard calmly rose up over the Longhorns’ Demarcus Holland for the game-winning shot — sending the Cyclones streaming off the bench into a jubilant pile. Georges Niang added 22 points for the defending tournament champion Cyclones, who advanced to play the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State winner in the semifinals Friday night.

Penn State rallies past Iowa 67-58 in Big Ten tournament


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — D.J. Newbill scored 18 points, and Penn State shut down Iowa in the second half of a 67-58 victory on Thursday in the Big Ten tournament. Ross Travis added 17 points and seven rebounds for the 13th-seeded Nittany Lions, who advanced with a 68-65 victory over Nebraska on the first day of the tourney. Geno Thorpe scored seven of his 11 points in the second half.

Next up for Penn State (18-15) is a quarterfinal matchup with Purdue on Friday at the United Center. It’s the best Big Ten run for the Nittany Lions since they lost to Ohio State in the 2011 final. Aaron White had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Iowa (21-11), which had won six in a row and eight of 10. Jarrod Uthoff finished with 17 points and seven boards.

AP sources: Saints trade Grubbs to Chiefs for 5th-rounder


March 12th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Two people familiar with the deal say the New Orleans Saints have traded starting left guard Ben Grubbs to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice. The people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because neither club had announced the trade. The move gives the Chiefs a veteran offensive lineman who was named to Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2013, while giving the Saints not just an additional draft pick, but also more flexibility under the NFL’s salary cap.

Grubbs, an eight-year veteran out of Auburn, is due a base salary of $6.5 million this season. He began his NFL career in Baltimore in 2007, starting 12 games as a rookie. Grubbs joined New Orleans in 2012.