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Iowa Boys State Baseball Tournament Scores from 7/25/15


July 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Saturday’s quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines

Class 1A:

North-Linn/Troy Mills 6, Van Buren Community 3

Pleasantville 5, Hawarden/West Sioux 4

Class 1A Semi-finals (Tue.  July 30th)

11-a.m. Mason City/Newman Catholic vs. Martensdale/St. Mary’s

1:30-p.m. North Linn vs. Pleasantville

Reliever Cishek added to roster, Cooney optioned to minors


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have added newly acquired reliever Steve Cishek to the roster and optioned rookie lefty Tim Cooney to Triple-A Memphis. The NL Central leaders made the move Saturday, a day after Cooney earned his first win in the majors this year by pitching seven strong innings against Atlanta.

St. Louis got Cishek, a sidearming right-hander who has closing experience, from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough on Friday. The 29-year-old Cishek was 2-6 with three saves and a 4.50 ERA. He was demoted to Double-A earlier this season but had an 0.71 ERA in 13 games since returning to Miami in mid-June.

Cooney is 1-0 with a 3.16 ERA in six starts for St. Louis.


Police: NFL rookie free agent shot, former U of I player, wounded at Ohio home


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Police say Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Damond Powell Jr. was wounded by gunfire outside his Ohio home. Toledo Police say the 22-year-old Powell was wounded in his driveway from shots fired from a car Friday evening. A University of Toledo Medical Center staffer said Saturday she had no information to release about him, but police had said his injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Police say witnesses reported seeing three men wearing masks in a gold-colored vehicle. Powell was signed this year as a free agent wide receiver by the Cardinals after two years at the University of Iowa. He was a star football and basketball player at Toledo’s Rogers High School.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/25/2015

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July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa Boys State Baseball Tournament Scores


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Friday’s quarterfinals at Principal Park in Des Moines

Class 1A:
#1 seed Newman Catholic 14, #8 seed Gladbrook-Reinbeck 4
#4 seed Martensdale-St. Marys 8, #5 seed Coon Rapids-Bayard 1

Today’s Quarterfinals (7/25)
5 p.m. — #3 seed Pleasantville (33-3) vs. #6 seed West Sioux (25-4)
7:30 p.m. — #2 seed Van Buren (29-0) vs. #7 seed North Linn (34-10)

Iowa Girls State Softball: 2015 All-Tournament Teams


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 5A: Taylor Hulsing, Waukee; Haylee Towers, Johnston; Morgan Nealey, Waukee; Brooke Sandstoe, Johnston; Mandi Roemmich, West Des Moines Valley; Kennedy Dighton, Cedar Rapids Jefferson; Haley Heinen, West Des Moines Valley; Allison Folin, Bettendorf; Skyler Shellmyer, Urbandale; Brooke Wilmes, Johnston….Sarah Schaefer, Waukee (captain)

CLASS 4A: Lexi Rosa, Dallas Center-Grimes; Briley Tryon, Winterset; Alli O’Brien, Dallas Center-Grimes; Danny Barker, Winterset; Kenady Waugh, Fairfield; Josie Sickels, Creston; Sara Tallman, Pella; Haylee LaMasters, Creston; Paige Linthicum, Dallas Center-Grimes; Macy Johnson, Winterset …Rachel Lowary, Dallas Center-Grimes (captain)

CLASS 3A: Ali Herdliska, Solon; Lea Brunssen, Benton; Sydney Lawson, Solon; Shelby Hulsebus, Benton; Libby Ryan, Mount Vernon; Marissa Promes, Greene County; Olivia Brecht, Center Point-Urbana; Amber Fiser, Benton; Emily Ira, Solon; Alyssa Wiebel Benton…Taylor Nearad, Solon (Captain)

CLASS 2A: Lynsey Dolphin, Cascade; Madison Scott, Iowa City Regina;Laura Kremer, Cascade; Lauren Clapp, Iowa City Regina; Amanda Lansman, Fort Dodge St. Edmond; Jasmine Lawson, Durant; Hannah Ausenhus, Central Springs; Andrea Nulle, IKM-Manning; Kennedy Brown, Iowa City Regina; Lisa Tucker, Cascade…Sarah Lehman, Iowa City Regina (Captain)

CLASS 1A: Kylan Straight, Logan-Magnolia; Maddie Deters, AGWSR; Megan Wilson, Logan-Magnolia; Morgan Kappel, AGWSR; Morgan Christner, New London; Madison Rasmussen, Lynnville-Sully; Breanna Mettler, New London; Makenna Thomas, River Valley; Abby Straight, Logan-Magnolia…Ashley Sicard, AGWSR (captain)

State Softball Tournament Results: Friday, July 24


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A: 3rd Place – New London 4, River Valley 0
Class 1A State Championship: AGWSR 12, Logan-Magnolia 0 (3 innings)

Class 2A: 3rd Place – Fort Dodge St. Edmond 5, IKM-Manning 1
Class 2A State Championship: Iowa City Regina 2, Cascade 0

Class 3A: 3rd Place – Greene County 7, Center Point-Urbana 6
Class 3A State Championship: Solon 3, Benton Community 1

Class 4A: 3rd Place – Creston 9, Pella 0
Class 4A State Championship: Dallas Center-Grimes 5, Winterset 2

Class 5A: 3rd Place – West Des Moines Valley 6, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 5
Class 5A State Championship: Waukee 6, Johnston 4

Grichuk, Cooney lead Cardinals over Braves 4-2


July 25th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk homered and rookie Tim Cooney threw seven solid innings to earn his first major league win, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. St. Louis improved to 6-1 since the All-Star break and pushed its home record to an MLB-best 35-12. Meanwhile, the Braves have lost their last six road games.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer in the second inning for the second night in row. His 11th of the season came off rookie Manny Banuelos (1-2), who gave up six hits and four earned runs in five-plus innings. Cooney (1-0) gave up five hits and two earned runs in an efficient 74-pitch stint. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Kevin Siegrist retired the Braves in the ninth for his fifth save. He struck out Jonny Gomes with two on to end the game.


Olympic champion Shawn Johnson gets engaged at Wrigley Field


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) – Olympic champion gymnast and Iowa native Shawn Johnson threw out a ceremonial first ball at Wrigley Field – and wound up with quite a catch. Johnson was walking off the field Friday before the Chicago Cubs hosted Philadelphia when she was surprised by longtime boyfriend Andrew East, a rookie long snapper for the Kansas City Chiefs.

East dropped to one knee near home plate and presented the 2008 gold medalist with a diamond engagement ring. A stunned Johnson put her hands over her mouth, bobbed her head up and down, then jumped into his arms. Later, she put her feelings onto her Twitter feed. “Today the love of my life asked me to be his forever.AND I SAID YES!” she posted.

The 23-year-old Johnson won the balance beam title at the Beijing Olympics. The next year, she won the title on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Chiefs cornerback Smith suspended 3 games for DUI arrest


July 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith has been suspended the first three games of the regular season by the NFL after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge earlier this year. Smith, who was given two years’ probation, is entering a contract year after one of the best seasons of his career. He will miss games against Houston, Denver and Green Bay before returning for the Chiefs’ game against Cincinnati in Week 4. The 28-year-old Smith started all 16 games for Kansas City last season.

Under the NFL substance abuse policy, first-time offenders receive two-game suspensions. But there can be additional discipline depending on the circumstances, and Smith was pulled over by police last year after his car struck and broke a light pole.