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Mullin signs 3 transfers for St. John’s


April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin, the coach at St. John’s for less than a month, signed three transfers Thursday, two of whom will be eligible right away. Darien Williams, 6-foot-8 forward, played one season at Iowa Western Community College then sat out last season at City College of San Francisco while recovering from shoulder surgery. Ron Mvouika, a 6-6 native of France, is a graduate transfer from Missouri State who was limited to two games last season by injuries.

They will be both eligible immediately for the Red Storm, who lost five seniors from last season’s team that went 21-12 and played in the NCAA Tournament under coach Steve Lavin. He mutually parted ways with St. John’s in March after five seasons.

Tariq Owens, a 6-10 forward, left Tennessee after one season and, after sitting out next season under NCAA transfer rules, will three seasons of eligibility remaining.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 4/23/2015

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April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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


Frederickson Foundation donates to Trojan Sports Locker

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April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Grant Petty, representing the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, recently donated several baseball and softball items to Rolly Parrott ,with the Atlantic Trojan Sports Locker.

Trevor, who lived to play the game of baseball would be so impressed that something like this is available so that all kids have the chance to play sports. Melanie Petty, with the Frederickson Foundation, asks you to bring your good, used shoes and equipment to Rolly, and he will make sure it finds a new home.

Drake Relays Thursday High School Schedule


April 23rd, 2015 by Jim Field

The Drake Relays will begin this afternoon for high school qualifiers today with area athletes participating in discus, high jump, long jump and the 300 meters.

In the girls discus, Linnaea Konfrst of Glenwood will throw when the event begins at 3:00 pm.

The boys high jump also begins at 3:00 today and features several area athletes, including: Alec Hayes of Atlantic, Sam Obert of Coon Rapids-Bayard, Colt Scott of Bedford and Sam Wegner of IKM-Manning.

Also at 3:00 this afternoon, Mikayla Evers of Harlan will be in the girls long jump.

On the blue oval, the girls 3000 meters will begin at 4:10 and feature Rebekah Topham of Griswold.

Griswold’s Topham, Flippin Sign Letters


April 23rd, 2015 by Jim Field

Rebekah Topham and Alyx Flippin, a pair of senior long distance runners from Griswold will continue to run in college. The pair signed National Letters of Intent yesterday.

Topham signed a letter of intent to run both track and cross country at Wichita State.  Topham is a four-time individual cross country state champion and has won eight state track titles.

Flippin signed a letter to run for Central Missouri.

Both were members of the Tigers 2012 cross country and track state championship teams.

US Olympic wrestling trials headed back to Iowa City


April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are returning to Iowa City in 2016. USA Wrestling spokesman Gary Abbott told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the meet staged to set the American team headed to the 2016 Rio Games will be held at the University of Iowa next April. The U.S. staged the trials in Iowa City, home of the nationally prominent Iowa Hawkeyes, to sellout crowds back in 2012.

The Americans won a pair of gold medals in London later that year, including a dominant showing by star Jordan Burroughs. Burroughs is expected to headline the latest crop of wrestlers competing for a spot on the team for Rio.

Ticket sales brisk for Drake Relays


April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Brisk ticket sales could lead to a new attendance mark at this week’s Drake Relays. The all-time attendance mark of 45 thousand 838 was set two years ago. Dave Haskin is an associate athletic director at Drake. He says they’re very encouraged with how people have been responding to the event and they look forward to a great end to the Relays week. Haskin says the biggest growth in ticket sales has been for the Friday night session which was first added to the schedule back in 2006.

There are still tickets to the Saturday session available right now but Haskin says they are on pace for a 50th straight sellout, and fans shouldn’t wait until the last minute to purchase their tickets. Haskin says tickets for the first session in the stadium today (Thursday), are five dollars.

(Learfield Sports)

Deep ball will be more of a threat for Iowa


April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis says the Hawkeye offense won’t change with new starting quarterback C.J. Beathard but they will take advantage of his strengths. After two seasons as the backup to Jake Rudock Beathard was named Iowa’s starting quarterback just days after a Taxslayer Bowl loss to Tennessee.

He says they have done some things different in the passing game that they think fit Beathard, in terms of trying to stretch the field, so there will likely be more of those kinds of things. Davis says they will try to take advantage of Beathard’s arm by stetching the field more in the passing game.

He says he hopes the threat of the deep ball will help out a run game that struggled for much of last season. Davis says Beathard does a good job of reading defenses and will have no trouble changing the play at the line of scrimmage when needed.

The Hawkeyes close out spring drills with an open practice on Saturday.

(Learfield Sports)

Wong’s tiebreaking double in 8th helps Cardinals top Nats


April 23rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kolten Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Wong finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He had a two-run homer in the second inning and a single in the fourth.

Jon Jay drew a one-out walk off Blake Treinen (0-2) in the eighth and moved to third on Yadier Molina’s single. Wong then sliced a double down the left-field line, scoring Jay to break a 5-5 tie. Matt Adams added a solo homer in the ninth off Rafael Martin to close the scoring.

Kevin Siegrist (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his fifth save. St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games.


Iowa State athletic director Pollard discusses heart attack


April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says he’ll return to work full time on Monday, just weeks after suffering a heart attack. Pollard met with the media Wednesday for the first time since suffering the attack while at a track meet at the University of Northern Iowa in early March.

Pollard underwent open heart surgery the next day. The 50-year-old Pollard says an artery tear, known as a dissection, caused his attack. Pollard added that he’s fortunate the attack happened at a place where there were medical personnel on hand.