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Class 3-A Girls State Basketball Semi-Finals


March 2nd, 2012 by Jim Field

MOC-Floyd Valley 63, Bishop Heelan 53 (OT)

A huge all-around performance by sophomore Alexis Conaway help put MOC-Floyd Valley in the Class 3A state championship game.

Conaway made plays with her shooting, passing and defense as the second-ranked Lady Dutch remained unbeaten with a 63-53 victory over No. 3 Sioux City Bishop Heelan in an overtime semifinal game.

In just the overtime alone, Conaway scored eight points, assisted on a basket and blocked two shots. She finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and five steals.

Lauren McDonald led the Lady Dutch with 18 points and Caitlyn Van Es scored 12. MOC-Floyd Valley hiked its record to 27-0 and will try to win its first state basketball title at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Davenport Assumption 70, Ballard 29

Davenport Assumption will end the season in a familiar setting.

Sharp-shooting guard Danielle Moore scored 25 points and center Hailey Schneden put up a triple double to lead the defending champions back to the Class 3A title game with a 70-29 victory over Ballard.

Fourth-ranked Assumption jumped to an 8-1 lead and was in control all the way. Moore scored 15 points in the second quarter alone to help the Knights build a 36-17 halftime lead and they continued to pull away in the second half.

Moore went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and shot 8-for-10 overall. Schneden totaled 12 points, 10 rebounds and a 3A record 13 blocks, breaking the old record of eight set in 1995 by Vinton-Shellsburg’s Monica Huelman, who’ll be inducted into the IGHSAU Hall of Fame Friday night.

The overall record for a state tournament game is 15 by Muscatine’s Jenny Noll in 1991.

It was the second big game at state for Moore, who scored 23 points in the opening round against Glenwood.

Assumption improved to 24-2 and will play second-ranked MOC-Floyd Valley in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday. Assumption beat Mount Vernon in last year’s championship game and won the Class 2A title in 2008.

Cardinals, C Molina reach 5-year, $75M deal


March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina. The team announced the details Thursday. The contract begins next year and will keep Molina in St. Louis through the 2017 season. There is a mutual, $15 million option for a sixth year. General manager John Mozeliak says the Cardinals consider Molina to be the best catcher in baseball. The 29-year-old Molina is a lifetime Cardinal and one of the best defensively at any position, winning a platinum glove last season in voting by fans. He also is coming off the best offensive season of his career. Molina batted .305 in 2011 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs, and added 12 RBIs during the team’s World Series title run. He’s been durable, too, averaging 138 games the last three seasons.

Drake knocks out Bradley 65-49


March 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rayvonte Rice scored 18 points and Ben Simons had 16 as Drake defeated Bradley 65-49 Thursday night in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The seventh-seeded Bulldogs (17-14) advance to the quarterfinals on Friday when they’ll face No. 2 seed Creighton. Drake finished in a five-way tie for third place at 9-9 in the Missouri Valley — its second-highest finish in 26 years — but tiebreakers dropped the Bulldogs to the No. 7 seed. Walt Lemon scored 16 points and Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 14 for 10th-seeded Bradley (7-25), which shot 34 percent from the field and hit just 4 of 20 3-point attempts. Drake, which beat Bradley for the third time this season, dominated inside with a 40-22 advantage on points in the paint.

Class 2-A Girls State Tournament Semi-Finals


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

Western Christian 62, OA-BCIG 54

Western Christian beat the defending champion and now has a chance to win a title of its own.

The fifth-ranked Wolfpack put together an 8-0 run late in the game to take the lead and toppled No. 1 OA-BCIG 62-54 in the Class 2A semifinals, ending the Falcons’ 52-game winning streak.

With the victory, Western Christian moves into the state championship game at 8 p.m., the first appearance in the basketball finals for a school long known for its outstanding volleyball teams.

Brooke Wolterstorff led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Kim Kroeze added 13 points, including three key 3-point baskets in the second half. Alissa Pollema added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Western Christian, which has no seniors in its starting lineup and is now 24-3.

OA-BCIG lost for the first time since the semifinals of the 2010 state tournament and finished 26-1. Morgan VanDerSloot led the Falcons with 22 points. Jessie Pauley, who’ll play at Northern Iowa next season, added 12 points and nine rebounds.

In a back-and-forth game, OA-BCIG built a six-point lead in the first half, fell behind by four in the third quarter, then rallied to pull ahead. Pauley’s two free throws gave the Falcons a 50-49 lead with 3:29 left before some clutch shooting at the line put the Wolfpack ahead to stay.

Pollema went 4-for-4 at the line, Kenzie VandeVegte sank two free throws and Kroeze fed Wolterstorff for a layup, sending Western Christian into a 57-50 lead with 1:43 to play.

Four straight free throws by VanDerSloot cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:13 remaining, but the Wolfpack hit five of eight free throws to wrap it up.

Western Christian finished 23 of 35 at the line and outrebounded OA-BCIG 41-33.

Pella Christian 60, IKM-Manning 49

Clutch shooting and solid defense down the stretch has put Pella Christian in the Class 2A state championship game.

Sparked by Paige Engbers’ 50-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer ending the third quarter, the 15th-ranked Eagles pulled away to beat No. 3 IKM-Manning 60-49 in semifinal action.

They’ll take on No. 5 Western Christian in the title game at 6 p.m. Friday, a rematch of a midseason game that Western won 74-72. Pella Christian has won 15 of 16 since then and is now 23-3.

Christina Nolte led three Pella Christian scorers in double figures with 14 points. Tayler Stursma added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jasmin Schelhaas scored 10. Nolte went 4-for-6 from 3-point range and handed out three assists.

Tember Schechinger, Kaylee Blake and Kenzie Cast led IKM-Manning with nine points each and Liz Halbur scored eight. Schechinger, who’ll play at Northwest Missouri State next season, handed out six assists and blocked three shots. Blake led all rebounders with nine.

The Wolves, in the state tournament for the sixth time in eight years, finished the season 24-3.

Pella Christian rallied after falling behind 15-6 in the first quarter. A 14-0 run in the second quarter that included 3-pointers by Schelhaas and Cali Vink pulled the Eagles into the lead, but IKM-Manning came right back with three straight 3s to go up 26-22.

The Wolves led 26-24 at halftime and the game stayed close until Pella Christian made its move at the end.

Pella Christian was leading 44-42 when Engbers launched a desperation shot from just beyond half-court as the third quarter ended. The ball banked in, giving her team a 47-42 lead and momentum heading into the final quarter.

The Eagles started the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run and were in control the rest of the way, holding the Wolves to one field goal in the period.

2011-2012 Western Iowa Conference Winter All-Conference Teams


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

WIC All-Conference Girls Basketball Team

1st Team:

  • Lacy Vokt (Audubon)
  • Courtney Cunard (Missouri Valley)
  • Carlee McKee (Missouri Valley)
  • Amy Lintner (Underwood)
  • Tracy Purdy (Treynor)
  • Courtney Kardell (AHST)

2nd Team:

  • Kaylee Grote (Tri-Center)
  • Emily Baatz (Tri-Center)
  • Jordyn Sindt (Griswold)
  • Chaley Rath (Treynor)
  • Molly Cunard (Missouri Valley)
  • Anna Hildebrand (Riverside)
  • Emily Nelsen (Audubon)

Honorable Mention:

  • Marissa Haubrich (Audubon)
  • Hailey Hellstrom (Missouri Valley)
  • Alex Snyder (Treynor)
  • Emily Vandivort (Underwood)
  • Brooke Hansen (Griswold)
  • Shelby Sullivan (Tri-Center)
  • Casey Peters (AHST)
  • Kyra Obermeier (Audubon)
  • Sheyenne Smith (Riverside)

WIC All-Conference Boys Basketball Team

1st Team:

  • Ricky Williams (Riverside)
  • Britton Barrier (Tri-Center)
  • Chris Zimmerman (Treynor)
  • Conner Meis (Treynor)
  • Devin Bates (Griswold)
  • Sean Blakely (Underwood)

2nd Team:

  • Cole Chapin (Treynor)
  • Jared Schoning (Griswold)
  • Austin Konsor (Underwood)
  • Deven Moore (Riverside)
  • Steven Humphrey (Missouri Valley)
  • Brady Ryan (Riverside)

Honorable Mention:

  • Bill Price (AHST)
  • Ean Patrick (Riverside)
  • Todd Schmidt (AHST)
  • John Gunderson (Riverside)
  • Cody Cunard (Missouri Valley)
  • Ryan Spiegel (Underwood)
  • Collin Fast (Griswold)
  • Kyle Ticer (Treynor)
  • Tyler Robinson (AHST)
  • Kody Stowell (Riverside)
  • Cameron Eckmann (Tri-Center)
  • Michael Bylund (Audubon)

WIC Winter All-Academic

Girls Basketball:

  • Katlyn Kay (AHST)
  • Cassandra Krummel (AHST)
  • Lauren Baylor (AHST)
  • Courtney Kardell (AHST)
  • Katelin Schroder (AHST)
  • Cora Shumate (AHST)
  • Dana Johnson (Audubon)
  • Courtney Cunard (Missouri Valley)
  • Janelle Smithson (Missouri Valley)
  • Carlee McKee (Missouri Valley)
  • Ashley Nelson (Missouri Valley)
  • Anna Hildebrand (Riverside)
  • Shayley Smith (Riverside)
  • Bianca Lopez (Riverside)
  • Elisabeth Seifert (Riverside)
  • Amy Lintner (Underwood)

Boys Basketball:

  • Todd Schmidt (AHST)
  • Drew Keller (Audubon)
  • Fabian Peilicke (Audubon)
  • Amos Weiland (Audubon)
  • Deven Moore (Riverside)
  • Chris Zimmerman (Treynor)
  • Ryan Messerschmidt (Tri-Center)
  • Nathan Miller (Tri-Center)
  • Collin Kunzman (Tri-Center)
  • Ben Sibert (Tri-Center)
  • Sean Blakely (Underwood)


  • Cole Burns (Audubon)
  • John Jensen (Audubon)
  • Riley Jensen (Audubon)
  • Blair Kerkhoff (Audubon)
  • Cameron Mennenoh (Audubon)
  • Nate Stephens (Audubon)
  • Nick Carolus (Treynor)
  • Blake Gunderson (Underwood)

Cardinals set news conference with Catcher Molina


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to announce a new contract for four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina. The 29-year-old Molina is a lifetime Cardinal entering the final year of his contract. He’s considered one of the best defensively at any position, winning a platinum glove last season in voting by fans, and also is coming off the best offensive season of his career.  Molina batted .305 in 2011 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs, and added 12 RBIs during the team’s World Series title run. He’s been durable, too, averaging 138 games the last three seasons.

National High School Hall of Fame Inducts Hoiberg


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will be inducted into the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame, announced today by the NFHS.

Hoiberg is among 12 individuals in this year’s class. Since 1982, the NFSA has annually honored athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school athletics. The induction ceremony is July 11 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

An Ames, Iowa native, Hoiberg led his Ames High School team to the 1991 Iowa Class 4A boys basketball state championship, Ames’ first state title since 1976. In the 1991 state tournament, Hoiberg was named captain of the all-tournament team after shooting an incredible 75.0 percent from the field (42-of-56).

Hoiberg won Iowa’s Mr. Basketball Award as the state’s top player in 1991. He averaged 29.8 points and recorded a career-high 51 points vs. Indianola as a senior.

A multi-sport star, Hoiberg didn’t just excel on the hardwood. He was an all-state quarterback, capturing Iowa’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 1990 as the state’s top gridder. He was the signal-caller on two state playoff teams and is the school’s career leader in passing yards and total offense.

Hoiberg also finished second in the high jump at the 1991 state track meet, clearing 6-6, and ran the 200-meter leg on the state-champion-winning medley to help Ames High win its sixth-straight Class 4A state track title.

Hoiberg later went onto a successful career in basketball at Iowa State. A two-time All-Big Eight selection, Hoiberg earned All-America honors and was an Academic All-American as a senior in 1995. He finished his career as the third-best all-time scorer (1,993) in Iowa State history, earning Big Eight Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors in 1995.

The 52nd pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Hoiberg enjoyed an outstanding 10-year career in the NBA. He played for three teams (Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves), leading the NBA in 3-point percentage in his final season in 2005.

Hoiberg is now in his second season as Iowa State’s head basketball coach. The Mayor has led the Cyclones to one of the biggest turnarounds in Big 12 history in his second year, directing Iowa State to a 21-9 record and 11-6 conference mark. ISU’s 11 wins in league play is the third-most in school history.

Hoiberg was inducted into the Ames High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Hoiberg joins former Iowa State stars Dan Gable (1984) and Gary Thompson (2000) as members of the NFHS Hall of Fame.

DNR to hold public meeting to discuss fall hunting and trapping regulations

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hosting public meetings on March 6th, to discuss possible changes in the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall. The changes would affect deer and waterfowl hunters as well as hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats and otters. Proposed changes would stabilize deer numbers in some areas, potentially add a third zone for waterfowl and increase the harvest number of otters and bobcats.

Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau, says regulation changes for deer would allow deer numbers to stabilize in areas of the state where numbers have been reduced to the department’s goal while still allowing hunters to harvest extra does in areas of the state where numbers need to be reduced. He says “Without these changes deer numbers in some areas of the state will continue to decline and Iowa will lose its standing as one of the best states for hunting whitetail deer. Failure to make these changes could adversely affect rural areas since deer hunters spend nearly $200 million annually.”  The proposed changes for the waterfowl season are due to a change by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which now allow states to have three zones and a split waterfowl season.

The public meetings on March 6th from 6- to 9-p.m., will be held locally, in: Carroll; Council Bluffs; Creston and Onawa. The list of possible changes is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/proposed_changes2012.pdf“  For those who cannot make the meeting, comments may be sent to wildlife@dnr.iowa.gov.

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Thursday Girls State Basketball Schedule


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 2-A Semi-Finals:

  • Noon — Western Christian (23-3) vs. OA-BCIG (26-0)
  • 1:45 p.m. — Pella Christian (22-3) vs. IKM-Manning (24-2)

Class 3-A Semi-Finals:

  • 6:00p.m.. — Bishop Heelan (24-1) vs. MOC-Floyd Valley (26-0)
  • 7:45 p.m. — Davenport Assumption (23-2) vs. Ballard (19-6)