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Area boys/girls basketball scores from 1/12/17


January 13th, 2017 by Ric Hanson


Ar-We-Va, Westside 81, Charter Oak-Ute 46

Bedford 67, Shenandoah 58

Carlisle 70, Creston 57

Central Decatur, Leon 43, Mount Ayr 42

East Mills 40, Griswold 28

Lawton-Bronson 67, West Monona, Onawa 47

Murray 77, East Union, Afton 25

Nodaway Valley 72, Interstate 35,Truro 71

Stanton 62, Southwest Valley 54

Westwood, Sloan 62, River Valley, Correctionville 41


Central Decatur, Leon 74, Mount Ayr 53

Griswold 44, East Mills 32

Interstate 35,Truro 57, Nodaway Valley 39

Lawton-Bronson 44, West Monona, Onawa 40

Murray 46, East Union, Afton 27

Shenandoah 75, Bedford 16

Stanton 43, Southwest Valley 33

Westwood, Sloan 83, River Valley, Correctionville 19

Iowa loses pair of assistants on offense


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says two offensive assistant coaches won’t return next season. Ferentz announced Thursday that wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and running backs/special teams coach Chris White will be leaving the program.

Hawkeyes receivers struggled mightily in 2016, leaving Iowa with one of the worst passing attacks in the country. Though the Hawkeyes ran the ball well last season, the moves allow new offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz to handpick who he’ll be working with.

Iowa has three vacancies to fill on offense following Greg Davis’ retirement last week. The Hawkeyes could fill one of those openings with a quarterbacks coach. Kennedy and White both joined the program in 2013.

Coyote hunting picks up this time of year

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

As we get deeper into January, some Iowan’s thoughts are turning to coyotes. Iowa Department of Natural Resources state furbearer biologist Vince Evelsizer says there’s a continual season on coyotes — but these winter days tend to get more hunters seeking the animal. “There’s more focus this time of year because there’s typically snow cover, a lot of the other hunting seasons are closing down after January 10th, and so some of the outdoors folks devote their time and attention to the coyote,” Evelsizer explains.

Another draw is the price paid for the fur of the animals. “Pelt value has remain decent for coyotes,” Evelsizer says, “mostly because of the trim trade where the coyote pelts are utilized in the hood of coats and jackets and that sort of thing.”

IA DNR photo

He says Iowa pelts can bring between 15 and 25 dollars, depending on their quality. In Iowa you can trap coyotes during the trapping season, or you can hunt them with a gun. Evelsizer says the method used to catch a coyote varies based on personal preference. “Some guys do very well calling in coyotes. Other guys do well working together in groups of hunters and getting them that way. Whereas some trappers do well trapping them, so it just kind of depends,” he says.

Evelsizer says the state population of coyotes has been steady to increasing, with the western and southwestern areas seeing more of the animals than in the eastern part of the state.  “For the past couple of years we’ve had record harvests. It varies from year-to-year, but lately it’s been from 12 to 15-thousand coyotes harvested annually,” Evelsizer says.

There are fewer rules in hunting these animals. You can use predator calls, hunt day or night, use high powered rifles, hunt over bait and use groups of hunters and or hounds to round them up. There is no bag limit and coyotes. Evelsizer says the rules are more liberal for hunting coyotes because they are very good at avoiding detection. And they are very resilient in adapting to their habitat.

“Coyotes have the ability to compensate with liter size. Meaning that, in years when their numbers are down, the average litter size is typically higher because there is more food available. It’s sort of their way of rebuilding their numbers,” according to Evelsizer. “In years when coyote numbers are higher, the average liter size may be lower.”

While there are fewer regulations to hunt coyotes — Evelsizer says hunters need to take some precautions. “An adult coyote typically weighs around 35 to 40 pounds — but that can vary a little bit — so they are typically about the size of a dog,” Evelsizer says. “The number one thing for hunters is to be sure of their target so that they don’t mistake it for some sort of hybrid dog, coyote or a wolf for that matter. So, we just encourage hunters be sure of their target.”

He says there has been an increase in the number of reported wolf sightings over the years as they may’ve migrated in from Wisconsin or Minnesota. There have been at least four wolves shot by coyote hunters during the last two years. Wolves are protected in Iowa and there is no open season You can tell the difference between the two, as coyotes have a pointed snout and their ears are larger proportionally to their body. Wolves are taller than coyotes and have long front legs and a heavier, squarer frame. You can find out more about coyote hunting on the D-N-R’s website, http://www.iowadnr.gov/ .

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/12/2017

Podcasts, Sports

January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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


Iowa hosts No. 17 Purdue tonight

News, Sports

January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes have a difficult task as they host 17th ranked Purdue tonight (Thursday) in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are 2-2 in the league race and need to find a way to slow down Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan. The sophomore is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Purdue hammered the Hawkeyes in the first meeting 89-67 just over two weeks ago. Hawkeyes Coach Fran McCaffery says the Boilermakers are difficult to guard.

Tip-off from Carver Hawkeye Arena is at 8-p.m. Pre-game coverage on KJAN begin at 7-p.m.

(Learfield Sports)

Hawkeye women cruise past Illinois


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeye women pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Illinois 78-58 Wednesday night, as the Hawkeyes avenged a loss to the Illini in their Big Ten opener. Megan Gustafson led the Hawkeyes with 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Hawkeyes host third ranked Maryland Saturday afternoon.

Pierre-Louis has 18 & 16, No. 22 Sooners drop Iowa St 67-57


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Vionise Pierre-Louis had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and No. 22 Oklahoma held off Iowa State 67-56 on Wednesday night. Gabbi Ortiz and Gioya Carter added 11 points apiece and Maddie Manning had 10 for the Sooners (13-4, 4-1 Big 12).

Iowa State pulled within 57-55 on a jumper by Seanna Johnson with 4:49 to play but from there the Cyclones missed their last four shots and had four turnovers. The Sooners didn’t run away and two free throws by Johnson with 2:55 left cut the deficit to 61-57. Manning had a quick layup and Pierre-Louis made two free throws with 2:02 to play but the only other points were two Manning free throws at 58 seconds.

Bridget Carleton had 15 points and Johnson 14 for the Cyclones (10-6, 1-4) and Meredith Burkhall had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her third career double-double. For the first time this season, 6-foot-9 freshman Nancy Mulkey failed to block a shot after swatting 38 in the first 16 games with back-to-back games of seven and six to open conference play.

Drake takes out Indiana State 87-70 using balanced scoring


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ore Arogundade scored 15 points, Billy Wampler had 14, and T.J. Thomas added 12 points as Drake beat Indiana State 87-70 on Wednesday night. Wampler’s 3 broke a 30-all tie and was the beginning of a 12-3 Drake run to close the first half. Thomas’ jumper with 12:31 left extended the lead to 59-40. Thomas was 6 for 7 from the floor.

Reed Timmer scored 11 points and Graham Woodward scored 10 for Drake (5-12, 3-2 Missouri Valley). Everett Clemons and Brenton Scott each scored 12 points for the Sycamores (6-11, 0-5) and Jordan Barnes added 10. Clemons also had 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs won back-to-back games for the second time this season and have won four of their last six after an eight-game losing streak. They shot 58 percent in the second half (19 of 33) while Indiana State was at 28 percent (10-36) but made 14 of 18 free throws.

Morris leads Iowa St. over Oklahoma St.


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Monte Morris scored a career-high 30 points and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals to help Iowa State beat Oklahoma State 96-86 on Wednesday night.

Matt Thomas scored 19 and Nazareth Mitrou-Long contributed 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Cyclones (11-4, 3-1 Big 12), whose only conference loss was a 65-63 nail-biter at No. 2 Baylor on Jan. 4. It was Iowa State’s eighth-straight win over Oklahoma State.

Phil Forte scored 24 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 21 points and seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (10-6, 0-4). The Cowboys lost their fourth straight and coach Brad Underwood remains stuck at 99 career wins.

Forte’s 3-pointer with 9:19 remaining put Oklahoma State ahead 67-62, but the Cyclones responded with a 17-4 run over the next six minutes, with eight consecutive points from Morris, to seize control.

Bradley tames N. Iowa 72-61 behind van Bree’s 20 PTs


January 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Luuk van Bree had a career high 20 points, and Donte Thomas and Darrell Brown each scored 12 to lift Bradley past Northern Iowa 72-61 Wednesday night.

Bradley (8-10, 3-2 Missouri Valley) raced to a 7-0 lead and never trailed. Klint Carlson tied it at 20 on a 3 with 7:20 left, but Drake outscored the Panthers 20-5 over the next six minutes and led 40-25 on van Bree’s jumper 60 seconds before intermission.

Spencer Haldeman’s 3 at the 10:45 mark of the second half brought Northern Iowa to within 50-44, but van Bree buried back-to-back 3s, and JoJo McGlaston’s thunderous dunk off a lob pass from Nate Kennell made it 58-44.

A freshman, van Bree was 8-for-13 shooting from the field including 4 for 7 from 3-point range. Thomas had a career-high 13 rebounds. Haldeman led Northern Iowa (5-11, 0-5) with 16 points, Carlson added 15, and Jordan Ashton scored 12. The Panthers have lost seven straight.