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7AM Sportscast 12-25-2012

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December 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Hawkeye Aaron White says Coppin State good warm-up for Big Ten


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye Aaron White says he got his feet back under him this past weekend as Iowa cruised to a 30-point win over Coppin State. White had struggled a bit offensively in the previous two outings, but White wound up scoring 20 on Saturday, including six dunks. “It was good to get a game in like this right before we start Big Ten,” White says. Three freshmen are consistently part of the Hawkeye’s rotation this season and White – a sophomore — says the team “learned a lot” in their 13-game non-conference schedule.

“We beat some good teams. Iowa State’s a good team. UNI’s a good team and then, again, beat these teams that were on our schedule that you look at and we were supposed to be them,” White says. “…We weren’t perfect, but we had some slips that we came back from.” Iowa opens Big Ten play against Indiana. “You’ve got the previously number one ranked team in the country in Indiana and then you turn right around and a couple of days later you’ve got the number two team in the country,” White says. “…You’re just going to have to amp it up. You’re going to have to stay locked in and really buy into the game plan that our coaches are putting together for us you know. The whole staff has done great getting us prepared for every game this season and I think we’ve done a good job staying locked in, no matter what our opponent is, but it’s just going to be a little different challenge because we’re going again, you know, basically future NBA players…big, strong, experienced guys in the Big Ten.”

The Indiana game tips off at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. They’ll play at Michigan on January 6th. White is from Strongville, Ohio. He played in all 35 of Iowa’s games last year, pulling down 199 rebounds and was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team.

(Radio Iowa)

Few high school sports cancellations so far this year


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The snowstorm at the end of last week wiped out most of the high school contests on Thursday and Friday, but overall the first half of the winter sports season hasn’t had many weather-related interruptions. Bud Legg is the spokesman for the Iowa High School Athletic Association which oversees boys’ sports. “Through Friday we’ll probably have maybe about 120 cancellations of boys’ games and probably for every boys’ game there’s probably a girls’ game that’s been cancelled, and a comparable number of wrestling events,” Legg says. He says it’s the most cancellations they’ve had in the last two years.

“You know last year we had a really, really great year. But three years ago we had over 900 cancellations for the winter, and we’re just talking just boys’ sports at that time,” Legg says. “And of those 900, we had all but about 75 or 80 of them were made up.” The cancellations lead to a lot of calendar checking by the athletic directors at each school. Legg says they have to match schedules for open dates and see if the officials are available, all while checking to be sure there are no conflicts with other school events such as music concerts and plays. The sports teams do not practice on Christmas Eve or Christmas, and then it is up to the coaches how long a break they give before starting up practice again. Legg says the association does not allow any regular games during a school’s Christmas break.

“They’ll have scrimmages…at maybe two or three schools at the same site and get in some scrimmage time. Because the school staff is on vacation, the athletic association for probably going on 30-35 years now, has determined that is not a good time to try and play games,” Legg says. The teams will return from break and begin playing games again in January.

(Radio Iowa)

Chiefs assistant cited for suspected DWI


December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs has received a citation for suspected driving while intoxicated after a one-vehicle crash. Police said Adam Zimmer was alone in his vehicle and unhurt in the accident around 9 p.m. Sunday on a street south of the Country Club Plaza shopping district. He was arrested and given a municipal citation and was released about five hours later on cash bond.The investigation was continuing Monday.

Zimmer is listed on the Chiefs’ website as a defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach. He’s in his third year with Kansas City. Head coach Romeo Crennel said Monday the Chiefs did not yet have complete information about the arrest. Kansas City is 2-13 heading into next week’s season finale at Denver.

A-P Iowa Boys High School Basketball Poll


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(Released Mon., Dec. 24th 2012)

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A

  Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (10) 7-0 100 1
2. Dubuque, Senior 6-0 86 2
3. North Scott, Eldridge 9-0 79 3
4. Bettendorf 7-0 64 4
5. Epworth, Western Dubuque 6-0 48 6
6. Sioux City, East 8-0 44 5
7. Urbandale 7-1 41 7
8. Valley, West Des Moines 6-2 34 9
9. Ankeny 5-2 31 8
10. Sioux City, North 7-0 11 10

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Valley 5. Des Moines, Roosevelt 4. Cedar Falls 2. Johnston 1.

Class 3A

  Record Pts Prv
1. Vinton-Shellsburg (7) 8-0 96 1
2. Iowa Falls-Alden (1) 7-0 78 2
3. Creston 8-0 75 3
4. Grinnell (1) 5-0 68 4
5. Assumption, Davenport 4-3 59 5
6. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 5-2 42 6
7. Dallas Center-Grimes (1) 7-0 36 8
8. MOC-Floyd Valley 8-1 33 9
9. Spencer 7-1 17 10
10. Atlantic 7-1 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Mount Pleasant 12. Solon 5. Pella 4. Centerville 4. Crestwood, Cresco 4. Carroll 3. Fort Madison 1.

Class 2A

  Record Pts Prv
1. Nodaway Valley (7) 7-0 91 1
2. Western Christian, Hull (1) 7-0 88 2
3. West Fork, Sheffield (2) 8-0 82 3
4. IKM-Manning 9-0 67 4
5. Cascade,Western Dubuque 8-0 57 T5
6. Sheldon 10-0 41 7
7. MFL-Mar-Mac 6-0 40 9
8. PCM, Monroe 9-0 38 8
9. Des Moines Christian 7-1 19 T5
10. West Branch 8-1 8 NR

Others receiving votes: New Hampton 6. Notre Dame, Burlington 5. Hudson 4. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 2. Mid-Prairie, Wellman 2.

Class 1A

  Record Pts Prv
1. Danville (9) 8-0 99 1
2. St. Mary’s, Storm Lake (1) 7-0 91 2
3. Lone Tree 9-0 68 3
4. Riverside, Oakland 8-0 55 5
5. Murray 8-0 53 6
6. North Tama, Traer 9-0 50 7
7. Harris-Lake Park 9-1 26 4
8. Preston 7-0 24 10
9. Belmond-Klemme 8-0 22 8
10. Boyden-Hull 6-2 21 NR

Others receiving votes: Lawton-Bronson 13. Moulton-Udell 7. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 7. Dunkerton 7. Ankeny Christian Academy 5. North Linn, Troy Mills 1. West Monona, Onawa 1.

8AM Sportscast 12-24-2012

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December 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Northern Iowa beats Saint Mary’s 82-75


December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 18 points to lead Northern Iowa to an 82-75 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sunday. Jake Koch added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers (7-5), who have won 11 in a row at home. Anthony James scored 15 points and Deon Mitchell added 12 points for Northern Iowa. The Panthers took the lead for good just before halftime when Marc Sonnen made a 3-pointer to help UNI take a 32-29 lead into the break.

Jorden Page led all scorers with 26 points for the Gaels (8-3), who had won four in a row. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but Saint Mary’s was delayed in arriving in Iowa due to the winter storm.

Colts beat Chiefs 20-13 to clinch playoff berth


December 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter Sunday gave the Indianapolis Colts a 20-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a berth in the playoffs.

Luck surpassed Cam Newton’s year-old record of 4,051 yards passing by a rookie in the second quarter, and then came through in the closing minutes. He marched Indy to the Chiefs 7, and then found Wayne in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal for the go-ahead score.

It was the seventh time Luck has rallied his team to victory in the fourth quarter. Darius Butler returned an interception 32 yards for a TD in helping the Colts (10-5) join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only NFL teams to win at least 10 games after losing 14 or more the previous season.

Mason leads Drake past Eastern Illinois 74-56


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Micah Mason had 19 points and six assists and Drake continued its torrid 3-point shooting during a 74-56 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. The Bulldogs (6-5), who came into the game ranked fifth in the country with 9.1 3-pointers per game, were 13 of 22 beyond the arc and shot 56 percent overall from the floor. They also hit 15 of 18 free throws.  Drake also got 14 points from Ben Simons, 11 from Chris Hines and 10 from Seth VanDeest.

Sherman Blanford had 18 points and seven rebounds for Eastern Illinois (3-10), which outrebounded Drake 25-19 but committed 19 turnovers. Morris Woods added 10 points for the Panthers.  Drake trailed 26-24 before scoring nine straight points to close the first half. A 3-pointer and layup by Mason to start the second half extended the lead to 12 points, and the Bulldogs later added a 14-2 run to make it 61-41 with 9:42 remaining.

Iowa routs Coppin State 80-50


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White scored 20 points as Iowa throttled Coppin State 80-50 on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (11-2) have won six straight games for the first time in eight years. White made 7 of 8 shots from the floor and 6 of 7 from the foul line. The forward had six dunks — including a nice one-hand slam off an alley-oop. The Hawkeyes scored 50 points in the paint and missed all 17 of their 3-point attempts.

Iowa used a 17-2 run in the first half to pull away from Coppin State (3-10). The Eagles didn’t score on 16 of 17 possessions during that 10-minute stretch. Coppin State had 14 points and 12 turnovers at halftime. Sterling Smith, Troy Franklin and Andre Armstrong each scored nine points to lead the Eagles. Gabe Olaseni scored a career-high 14 points for Iowa, which doesn’t play again until the Big Ten opener Dec. 31 against No. 6 Indiana.