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No. 10 Texas beats Iowa 71-57 in 2K Classic semis


November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Holmes scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Isaiah Taylor added 15 and No. 10 Texas beat Iowa 71-57 on Thursday night in the 2K Classic. The Longhorns trailed by 12 points in the first half but outscored Iowa 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to advance to the championship game Friday at Madison Square Garden against California, who beat #23 Syracuse 73-59.

Texas (3-0) didn’t take its first lead until early in the second half following Holmes’ blistering start out of intermission. Holmes and Taylor helped the Longhorns keep the tempo up and put it away a little over midway through the half.

Aaron White scored 23 for Iowa (2-1), which shot just 29.6 percent.  The Hawkeyes will face Syracuse in the consolation game Friday afternoon, which will air on KJAN beginning with the pre-game at 3:00 pm.

Northern Iowa pulls away to beat Morgan St. 73-53


November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Deon Mitchell and Paul Jesperson each scored 13 points and Northern Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Morgan State 73-53 on Thursday night. Seth Tuttle and Wes Washpun added 12 points apiece and Jeremy Morgan 11 in the game that was part of the Cancun Challenge.

Blake Bozeman was the only Morgan State player in double figures with 19 points. The Bears (0-3) shot just 33.9 percent while Northern Iowa was at 55.3 percent. The Panthers (3-0) made 24 of 34 free throws.

The Bears closed the first half with a 7-2 run to lead 30-29. Northern Iowa scored the first six points of the second half to go up 35-30. The Bears got within three before the Panthers continued to extend their lead. An 8-0 run by Northern Iowa left the Panthers leading 58-45 with 7:06 left. The lead would reach as many 22 points.

Badgers look to sew up Big Ten West at Iowa


November 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Melvin Gordon’s record-setting effort against Nebraska pushed Wisconsin one step closer to another Big Ten title. A repeat performance could send the 14th-ranked Badgers back to Indianapolis for the championship game— and Gordon to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) still has a lot to play for on Saturday when it faces Iowa (7-3, 4-2) in its road finale, even if a spot in the playoffs is likely out of reach. A Badgers win, coupled with a Nebraska win over Minnesota, will put them in the league title game for the third time in four years.

Class A Final: Logan-Magnolia 28, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 24


November 20th, 2014 by Jim Field

Logan-Magnolia captured their second state football championship today with a late 28-24 victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Logan-Magnolia running back Brady Charbonneau was huge carrying 18 times for 234 yards and two touchdowns, including an 83 yard TD run in the third quarter.  Charbonneau scored the winning touchdown on a fourth-and-one from the Rebels eight yard line with just :59 left.  The Panthers out rushed the Rebels 304-178.

Eric Stoakes led Gladbrook-Reinbeck rushing 24 times for 185 yards and two TD’s.

Logan-Magnolia ends the year 14-0, while the Rebels finish 12-2.

8-Man Final: Newell-Fonda 39, Fremont-Mills 35


November 20th, 2014 by Jim Field

Newell-Fonda captured the school’s first-ever state football title with a come-from-behind 39-35 win over Fremont-Mills in the 8-Man final at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls today.  The Mustangs ran off 11 straight wins after an 0-3 start to the season.

Newell-Fonda outgained the Knights 387-255 total yards.  After quarterback Brady Dicks was injured in the first half, running back Cole Wise picked up the offensive slack carrying 29 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.  Wise also caught three passes for 58 yards and a touchdown.  Dicks and his replacement Jason Hess combined to complete 10 of 17 passes for 172 yards and three TD’s.  Hess scored the winning touchdown on an eight yard run with just :17 left.

Fremont-Mills got the ball back at midfield after kick-off and after completing a couple of hook-and-lateral passes along the sideline to get inside the ten yard line with :04 left, a fumble recovered by Newell-Fonda ended the game.

Fremont-Mills ends the season with a mark of 13-1.

Newell-Fonda beats Fremont-Mills 39-35


November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Backup quarterback Jason Hess scored on an 8-yard run with 17 seconds left Thursday to lift Newell-Fonda to a 39-35 victory over Fremont-Mills and the eight-player state championship. Hess filled in for injured starter Brady Dicks and made several big plays, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cole Wise and a 33-yard heave to Wise to set up his winning touchdown.

Fremont-Mills used two hook-and-laterals to drive to the Newell-Fonda 9-yard line with 4 seconds remaining. But the Mustangs stripped the ball from quarterback Jason Rusten on the final play and Dustin Johnson recovered to end it.

Newell-Fonda ran off 11 straight victories after starting 0-3 to win its first state championship and deny Fremont-Mills (13-1) a second title in four years.

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 11/20/14

Podcasts, Sports

November 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Thursday State Football Finals


November 20th, 2014 by Jim Field


Newell-Fonda (10-3) vs. Fremont-Mills (13-0) – 10:06 AM

Class A:

Logan-Magnolia (13-0) vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-1) – 1:36 PM

Class 3-A:

Pella (13-0) vs. Bishop Heelan Catholic (12-1) – 7:06 PM

Cardinals add Cody Stanley to 40-man roster


November 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have added catcher Cody Stanley to the 40-man roster and released outfielder Shane Robinson. St. Louis also sent right-hander Keith Butler outright to Triple-A Memphis in moves announced Wednesday. The Cardinals have four spots open on the 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old Stanley batted .283 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs in 103 games at Double-A Springfield last season with 13 steals. He threw out 42 percent of attempted base stealers and was a Texas League All-Star. A left-handed batter, Stanley hit .292 with 12 RBIs in 21 games during the just-completed Arizona Fall League season.

Robinson, 30, ended the season on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. He batted .150 with four RBIs in 60 at-bats.

2014-15 Iowa Girls Preseason Basketball Rankings


November 19th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 5-A
1. Dowling Catholic 23-3
2. Southeast Polk 18-7
3. Waukee 20-4
4. West Des Moines Valley 22-2
5. Iowa City West 12-11
6. Johnston 14-10
7. Ankeny Centennial 16-7
8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 16-8
9. Iowa City High 24-1
10. Mason City 16-7

Class 4-A
1. Harlan 26-0
2. Carlisle 20-7
3. North Scott 17-7
4. Western Dubuque 23-3
5. Perry 19-5
6. Ballard 21-5
7. Bishop Heelan 20-4
8. Davenport Assumption 17-7
9. Keokuk 17-7
10. Pella 16-7
11. Indianola 13-9
12. Waverly-Shell Rock 19-4
13. Lewis Central 17-6
14. Cedar Rapids Xavier 11-12
15. West Delaware 17-6

Class 3-A
1. Pocahontas Area 21-4
2. Mediapolis 24-2
3. Spirit Lake 18-6
4. Hampton-Dumont 19-6
5. Sioux Center 13-10
6. Shenandoah 17-6
7. Nevada 19-5
8. Red Oak 16-8
9. Center Point-Urbana 18-7
10. Kuemper Catholic 14-9
11. Crestwood 22-3
12. PCM 15-8
13. Mid-Prairie 11-10
14. Saydel 13-11
15. Central Lee 13-8

Class 2-A
1. Western Christian 27-1
2. Unity Christian 22-5
3. North-Linn 24-2
4. Des Moines Christian 20-5
5. South Central Calhoun 21-3
6. IKM-Manning 18-5
7. Dike-New Hartford 20-3
8. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 21-3
9. Hudson 25-2
10. Manson-NW Webster 20-5
11. Maple Valley-A-O 18-4
12. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 17-6
13. Woodbury Central 21-4
14. Panorama 20-4
T15. Cascade 26-1
T15. Intersate-35 14-9

Class 1-A
1. Burlington Notre Dame 24-3
2. Colo-Nesco 24-2
3. Bedford 17-8
4. Grand View Christian 17-6
5. Kingsley-Pierson 17-8
6. Marquette Catholic 16-7
7. Fremont Mills 20-5
8. Newell-Fonda 24-3
9. Iowa Valley 20-3
10. Rockford 17-8
11. Central Lyon 9-15
12. Exira-EHK 17-8
13. Murray 20-3
14. Paton-Churdan 16-8
15. Tripoli 18-7