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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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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.

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December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Iowa faces Coppin State Saturday


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes play Coppin State today (Saturday) in Iowa City, in their final non-conference game before the Christmas break. Iowa opens the Big Ten season hosting Indiana in Iowa City on December 31st. You can hear the game on KJAN, beginning at 11-a.m.

Coach Fran McCaffery says they want to finish this portion of the schedule on a good note. “We wanna keep playing the way we’re playing, hard, solid D, sharing the ball, a lot of different guys feeling good about their game, and that’s the way you want to go into Indiana,” McCaffery said. The Hawkeyes have been shooting the ball well lately, and freshman guard Mike GeSsell says it’s a matter of being confident.

“Whether you miss your last one, missed your last five, you have to continue to shoot with confidence. We are really confident the players we have on this team can shoot the ball,” GeSsell said. He says coach McCaffery is going to continue giving them the green light to shoot, even if they miss a few shots. While they have a winning record and have been shooting the ball well, GeSsell said after the win over South Carolina State that they still have room to improve on defense.

“You know that was kind of our weakness as a team last year and we still have some breakdowns at times,” GeSsell said. He says if they can cut out the breakdowns they will improve as a team. Iowa is 10-2 heading into Saturday’s game.

(Radio Iowa/Sports)

ISU has some time off before returning to basketball


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Cyclones are off until January 1st when they face Yale and then open the Big 12 season January 9th at Kansas. I-S-U wrapped up their final game of this year with a 76-61 win over Missouri-Kansas City. Coach Fred Hoiberg said after their last game that they have some things to work on before returning to action. “We’ve got to tighten everything up. When we’re playing well, when we’re clicking, when everybody is all in together, we are a pretty darn good team. When we are not, we struggle a little,” Hoiberg said.

He says the team has learned from its loses so far and improved. “You know I like the way we’re playing right now…and hopefully we’ll keep making strides,” Hoiberg said. I-S-U wraps up this portion of the season with a 9-3 record.

(Radio Iowa/Sports)

Area High School Basketball Scores from Fri., Dec. 21st 2012


December 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Creston 64, Red Oak 50
IKM-Manning 79, OA-BCIG 49
Sioux City, East 60, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 46
St. Albert, Council Bluffs 73, Clarinda Academy 59
Villisca 79, Heartland Christian 33
West Monona, Onawa 74, Siouxland Community Christian 31

Lewis Central vs. Atlantic, ppd.
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll vs. Denison-Schleswig, ppd. to Jan 22.
Glenwood vs. Harlan, ppd. to Feb 4.
Carroll vs. Carlisle, ppd.
Coon Rapids-Bayard vs. Madrid, ppd.
Earlham vs. West Central Valley, Stuart, ppd.
CAM, Anita vs. Ankeny Christian Academy, ppd.
Panorama, Panora vs. Woodward Academy, ppd.
Grandview Park Baptist, Des Moines vs. Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, ppd.
Clarinda vs. Shenandoah, ppd.
Glidden-Ralston vs. Orient-Macksburg, ppd.

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 42, Sioux City, East 37
Heartland Christian 48, Villisca 42
IKM-Manning 93, OA-BCIG 62
Red Oak 64, Creston 31
West Monona, Onawa 60, Siouxland Community Christian 36

Denison-Schleswig vs. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll, ppd.
Atlantic vs. Lewis Central, ppd.
Harlan vs. Glenwood, ppd.
Carroll vs. Carlisle, ppd.
Coon Rapids-Bayard vs. Madrid, ppd.
Earlham vs. West Central Valley, Stuart, ppd.
Ankeny Christian Academy vs. CAM, Anita, ppd.
Clarinda vs. Shenandoah, ppd.