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Harris, Scott lead Virginia past Drake 60-52


November 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) – Joe Harris had 18 points and Mike Scott added 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Virginia to a 60-52 victory Monday over pesky Drake in the fourth-place game of the Paradise Jam. Virginia led 26-15 at the half and pushed its lead to 36-20 in the early part of the second half after a basket by freshman Malcolm Brogdon. But Drake steadily outscored the Cavaliers from there. The Bulldogs took advantage of five straight Virginia turnovers to pull within four after a bucket by David Smith with 44 seconds left in the game. However, the Cavaliers (4-1) sealed the victory with free throws down the stretch. Harris and Scott stepped to the line and hit two each as Virginia held on for the win. Ben Simons led Drake (3-2) with 14 points, but was just 4 of 12 from the field.

Brady throws 2 TD passes, Pats beat Chiefs 34-3


November 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and the New England Patriots shook off a sluggish start to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-3 on Monday night. Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and Kyle Arrington had two interceptions, helping the Patriots (7-3) increased their AFC East lead to two games. The Chiefs (4-6) weren’t expected to do much on offense behind untested quarterback Tyler Palko, making his first career start with Matt Cassel injured. And they didn’t, managing just a 26-yard field goal by Ryan Succop with 1:30 left in the first quarter for their only lead. The Patriots had their second straight dominant game after beating the New York Jets 37-16. The Chiefs lost their third straight.

Monday Girls High School Basketball Results


November 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

  • Exira/EHK 55, A-H-S-T 22 (Exira/EHK: Maddy Peppers 16 pts, Taylor Petersen 13, Rachel Smith 10.  A-H-S-T: Casey Peters led with 8 pts, Exira/EHK outscored A-H-S-T 34-7 in second half)
  • Guthrie Center 55, Audubon 53
  • Iowa Christian Academy 53, Earlham 44
  • Shenandoah 48, East Mills 31
  • Lamoni 41, Lenox 38

Omaha, Council Bluffs mayors place bet on football game for good cause

News, Sports

November 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The mayors of Council Bluffs and Omaha have agreed to a friendly wager on Friday’s Iowa/Nebraska football game. Tom Hanafan and Jim Suttle met this morning (Monday) on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, which spans the Missouri River and links the two states. Omaha Mayor Suttle says the winning team will score a victory for a great cause.  “The losing city is going to come across this bridge and build a house for a needy family,” Suttle explained. Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan said it’s a bet he’s happy to make.

“It’s not about the bet as much as it is about Habitat for Humanity and helping people out,” Hanafan said. But, the two mayors are also comfortable with a little trash talking. Hanafan said he’s looking forward to overseeing Mayor Suttle’s workmanship. “I’ll be watching what he does to make sure he does everything right,” Hanafan said. Suttle, meanwhile, isn’t too worried about the Hawkeyes winning in Lincoln.  “I’m feeling confident. So, go Big Red and I think we’ll be in the winners circle,” Suttle told reporters. The home build for Habitat For Humanity will take place in either Council Bluffs or Omaha on Saturday, December 10th.

(Radio Iowa)

Pelini ‘Proud’ of Huskers’ Program Entering Finale


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Fourth-year Nebraska coach Bo Pelini says he is proud of the strides his program has made despite an up-and-down season.  Fans are grousing after the 22nd-ranked Cornhuskers’ 45-17 loss at Michigan. The Huskers also had a 31-point loss at Wisconsin and a home loss to Northwestern this year.  Pelini won nine, 10 and 10 games his first three years and took his 2010-11 teams to the Big 12 championship game.  The Huskers (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) were the trendy pick to win the Legends Division in their first year in the conference. Pelini said the week before the opener that the season would not be a success unless the Huskers won the Big Ten championship.  Nebraska finishes the regular season Friday against Iowa (7-4, 4-3).

ISU Coach Paul Rhoads Puts Cyclones on the Map


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State has known what it has in coach Paul Rhoads from the moment the Cyclones hired him in December 2008.  Now the rest of the country knows, too.  Rhoads, the energetic third-year coach, pulled off the biggest win in school history Friday night. Iowa State stunned then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime, 37-31, in a rare nationally televised game for the program.  Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says the win reinforced what the school has come to appreciate with Rhoads.  Pollard says the Cyclones play hard for Rhoads and believe in him.  Iowa State (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) will shoot for another huge upset on Saturday with a game at No. 12 Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2).

Bedlam Rivalry Now Has Different Title at Stake


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

An uprising in the Big 12 has lowered the stakes of the year-ending Bedlam rivalry game.  When No. 12 Oklahoma plays at No. 5 Oklahoma State on Dec. 3, it will be for the Big 12 championship instead of a national championship – as long as the Sooners can avoid another upset.  Iowa State, which handed Oklahoma State its first loss last week, visits Norman on Saturday.  Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday the chance for an eighth Big 12 title still provides “great motivation.” Oklahoma State will be trying for its first title.  The Bedlam game was set up as a potential national semifinal before Baylor and Iowa State, which came into the year with the fewest wins in Big 12 history, pulled off upsets on consecutive days.

Drake Football Africa Trip Featured Tonight on CBS Sports Network


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

The following announcement was sent Monday morning from the Drake University athletic department:

A documentary highlighting the first ever American college football game on African soil featuring Drake University and the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico will air tonight on CBS Sports Network 7:00 PM ET.

The broadcast comes a week after the Drake University football program, whose players, coaches and staff participated in the life-changing event, celebrated winning a share of the 2011 Pioneer Football League Championship with a 7-1 mark.

A 37-14 home win over Dayton meant the Bulldogs claimed their fifth PFL title and first since the 2004 season and head coach CHRIS CREIGHTON paid tribute to the positive influence the game in Africa, the community service projects and the team effort to ascend to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro had on his team.

“Our trip to Tanzania had a major impact on our championship season,” said Creighton, whose team won its final four PFL contests and finished the campaign with an unblemished 4-0 home mark. “Last winter we adopted the theme ‘Tupande Kileleni’ – Swahili for ‘Let’s Climb to the Summit’ – and we have lived the theme this past year.

“We definitely became closer as a team as a result of our intense two weeks in Tanzania. We all grew as individuals and as a team as we were stretched in ways we had never before experienced. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro became a blueprint for our climb of the Pioneer Football League. In preparing for the climb and then actually climbing the mountain we learned six ‘climbing realities’ that we constantly referenced and relied on throughout our climb of the league this fall. The whole year has been an incredible journey and we are definitely blessed.”

CBS Sports Network, which is seen in more than 44 million homes and available to 98 million households, will re-air the documentary highlighting the experiences of Drake and their Mexican counterparts at 7pm tonight. For the full network schedule and to access the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

In addition to witnessing the spectacle of American football being played before 20,000 curious spectators in Tanzania, the documentary showcases the service efforts of the student athletes working in orphanages, enjoying the amazing wildlife safaris on the TANAPA-managed national parks, and experiencing the climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro where 117 group members proudly hoisted the national flags of USA, Mexico and Tanzania.

Event organizer, Global Football President PATRICK STEENBERGE, said of the Drake success: “Some people were concerned that undertaking such a demanding visit to African might become a distraction, but Coach Creighton and I both believed from the beginning that this would serve to inspire his team. It is a credit to Coach and to his staff and players that they saw the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl as a means of inspiration that would give them an edge over opponents this season.”

The Kili Bowl event and one-hour documentary were produced by Global Football, with Steenberge as executive director, and Tim Brockman serving as director. Brockman has more than two decades of experience producing outdoor programs for various networks in the U.S. and overseas.

Since 1996 Global Football has created and produced American football games and events in 19 different nations around the world. When invited to do something spectacular in Tanzania, the challenge became a mission that resulted in an amazing sports, natural wonders, and public service event that changed the lives of each person involved, in many ways.

Global Football aims to stage a second Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania in the summer of 2013 and is in the process of identifying teams from the United States and the international American football community to participate.

2011 8-Man All-District 8 Selections


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

First Team Offense:
QB: Luke Schafer, SR, East Mills
RB: Nate Meier, SR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Focht, SR, Stanton, Brendon Hardy, SR, Sidney
WR: Daniel Duysen, SR, East Mills – Charlie Ruff, SR, East Mills, Nick Williams, SR, Fremont-Mills
OL: Dallas Franks, SR, Fremont-Mills – David Howell, SO, East Mills – Mark Hall, JR, Fremont-Mills, Andrew Cerven, SR, Stanton
UTL: Tyler Walter, SR, Stanton
K: Travis Tupper, SO, East Mills
RET: Greg Focht, SR, Stanton, Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills

First Team Defense:
DL: Nate Meier, SR, Fremont-Mills – Seth Phillips, JR, Fremont-Mills – Austin Bechtold, SR, Stanton – David Howell, SO, East Mills – Andrew Cerven, SR, Stanton
LB: Logan Wood, SR, Fremont-Mills – Daniel Duysen, SR, East Mills – Nick Williams, SR, Fremont-Mills – Tyler Walter, SR, Stanton
DB: Luke Schafer, SR, East Mills – AJ Scarborough, SR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Focht, SR, Stanton
UTL: Kaleb Richter, SR, East Mills
P: Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills
KO: Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills

Second Team Offense:
QB: AJ Scarborough, SR, Fremont-Mills
RB: Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills – Cameron Kinney, SR, Essex – Chris Osborn, SO, Nishnabotna
WR: Kyle Steiner, JR, East Mills – Jacob Tristan, JR, Nishnabotna – Austin Becthold, SR, Stanton
OL: Seth Phillips, JR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Marshall, SR, Stanton – Zach Adcock, SR, Villisca – Cristian Valquier, SR, Sidney – Pierre Bassich, SR, East Mills
UTL: Kaleb Richter, SR, East Mills
K: Jacob Tristan, JR, Nishnabotna
RET: Andrew Thompson, SR, Nishnabotna

Second Team Defense:
DL: Mark Hall, JR, Fremont-Mills – Justin Hammers, SR, East Mills – Mason Sheldon, JR, Sidney – Dakota Dovel, SR, Nishnabotna – Pierre Bassich, SR, East Mills
LB: Logan Wood, SR, Fremont-Mills – Zach Adcock, SR, Villisca – Ryan Scott, SR, Sidney – Jarod Murphy, JR, Nishnabotna – Caleb Barney, JR, East Mills
DB: Andrew Thompson, SR, Nishnabotna – Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills – Levi Allen, SR, Essex
UTL: Brent Hanson, SR, Stanton
P: Charlie Ruff, SR, East Mills
KO: Travis Tupper, SR, East Mills

Honorable Mention Offense:
QB: Noah McKeever, JR, Sidney
WR: Brett Hanson, SR, Sidney – Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills – Mason Sheldon, JR, Sidney – Jordan Jones, SR, Essex – Curtis Beem, SR, Fremont-Mills – Joe Gude, SR, Nishnabotna
OL: Alec Hendrickson, SR, Nishnabotna – Ethan Johnson, SR, Stanton – Jacob Huston, SR, East Mills
UTL: Levi Allen, SR, Essex
K: Antonio Rodriguez, JR, Sidney

Honorable Mention Defense:
DL: Manley Schipansky, SR, Villisca
LB: Jacob Thorne, JR, Sidney – Jordan Jones, SR, Essex – Justin Moyer, SR, Essex
DB: Clint Clark, SR, Sidney – Jeff Marshall, JR, Stanton – Travis Herzberg, JR, Villisca
UTL: Noah McKeever, JR, Sidney – Curtis Beem, SR, Fremont-Mills
P: Greg Focht, SR, Stanton
KO: Austin Becthold, SR, Stanton

2011 Class 1-A, All-District 8 Selections


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

First Team:
Garrett Muhlbauer, SR, Griswold, RB
Chase Jahnke, SR, Griswold, RB
Dominic Snyder, SR, Logan-Magnolia, LB
Paul Hutson, JR, Logan-Magnolia, RB
Caden McDonald, JR, Logan-Magnolia, DB
Quin Mann, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DE
Trenton Geer, SR, Treynor, RB/NT
Connor Meis, SR, Treynor, TE/LB
Chris Zimmerman, SR, Treynor, RB/LB
Austin Graber, SR, Treynor, OG/LB
Mason Tennigkeit, SR, Underwood, RB/LB
Dakota Holcomb, SR, Underwood, OL/DL
Ben Irlmeier, SR, Audubon, LB
Blair Kerkhoff, SR, Audubon, QB
Doug Hoke, JR, Tri-Center, RB
Ben Wellman, SO, Tri-Center, LB
Derek Schierbrock, SR, Tri-Center, DL
Robert Williams, Clarinda Academy, RB
Marco Naughton, SR, St. Albert, OL/DL
JD Culjat, SR, St. Albert, QB
Matt Vermillion, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Zane Cozad, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Connor Thomas, SR, St. Albert, WR/DB
Trenton Geer, SR, Treynor, P
Josh Cochran, SR, St. Albert, K

Second Team:
Devin Bates, JR, Griswold, QB
Kenneth Clary, SO, Griswold, LB
Gannon Cunard, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DL
Logan Melby, JR, Logan-Magnolia, OL
Nate Fender, SR, Logan-Magnolia, QB
Eric Brosnahan, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DB
Sam Laux, SR, Treynor, OG/DT
Trevor Pavlik, SR, Treynor, OC/DT
Dillon Ruby, SR, Treynor, RB/LB
Dane Livengood, SO, Treynor, RB/DB
Drake Fanslau, SR, Underwood, QB/DE
Kaz Cozad, SR, Audubon, DE
Ryan Messerschmidt, SR, Tri-Center, OL
CJ Peters, JR, Tri-Center, TE
Britton Barrier, JR, Tri-Center, QB
Lamont Randall, Clarinda Academy, LB
Fermin Maldonado, Clarinda Academy, OL
Doug Kelsey, SR, St. Albert, OL
Ryan Lawton, SR, St. Albert, OL
Col Herr, JR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Eric Assmann, SR, St. Albert, WR/DB
Kellen O’Neill, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Cole Chapin, SR, Treynor, K

Honorable Mention:
Cameron Mennenoh, SR, Audubon
Nick Fett, SR, Audubon
Cole Burns, SR, Audubon
Kolton Jensen, JR, Audubon
Nicholas Andreasen, SO, Audubon
Kalif Brown, Clarinda Academy
Jared SChoning, SR, Griswold
Ethan Peck, Sr, Griswold
Mason Anstey, JR, Griswold
Taylor Briles, JR, Griswold
Collin Fast, JR, Griswold
Johnny Duggan, SO, Girswold
Holden Ogg, SO, Griswold
Jarrett Dickinson, SO, Griswold
Austin Lorenz, SO, Griswold
Chris Bridgeford, SR, Logan-Magnolia
Jordan Muxfeldt, SR, Logan-Magnolia
Brennan Azinger, JR, Logan-Magnolia
Eric Johnson, SO, St. Albert
Tucker Culjat, SO, St. Albert
Jim Hawk, JR, St. Albert
Trevor Craft, SO, St. Albert
Justin Butcher, SO, St. Albert
Trey Bowman, SO, St. Albert