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8AM Sportscast 8-15-12

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August 15th, 2012 by admin

w/ Jim Field

Atlantic Trojan Head Logo to be Painted on Water Tower

News, Sports

August 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School Board Tuesday, gave its blessing for Atlantic Municipal Utilities to paint the school’s logo on a water tower located off of Bryn Mawr Drive. A local, private group of individuals is raising money for the effort.

Atlantic Community School District logo

Before AMU can arrange to have the Trojan head logo painted on the tower, they wanted to have the district’s blessing. Assistant High School Principal/Activities Director Josh Rasmussen said the group leading the effort to have the logo painted on the tower, has raised about two-thirds of the funds necessary to cover the cost. Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein said he was somewhat surprised when he first came to town to see the logo wasn’t on a water tower, as many communities he’s been to have taken the step to show pride in their local teams. He said he knows Atlantic is firmly behind the school, and is pleased the group of private citizens have stepped forward to show support for Trojan/Trojann sports.

Cards put Fuentes on restricted list


August 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The St. Louis Cardinals have put relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. The 37-year-old Fuentes signed as a minor league free agent last month and has appeared in six games, totaling five innings. The four-time All-Star closer had been released by Oakland, which is paying the majority of his $5 million salary. St. Louis was responsible for only a prorated share of the $480,000 minimum. St. Louis had been counting on Fuentes providing a veteran arm, considering him a trade deadline pickup. The Cards have two lefties remaining in the bullpen, both struggling. Marc Rzepczynski was 1-3 with a 5.02 ERA and rookie Barret Browning has taken the loss two of the past three games.

Kelly strong, Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 8-2


August 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start before Jaime Garcia comes off the disabled list, and the St. Louis Cardinals got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Miguel Montero hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four of six to drop to .500. They are 0-4 against the Cardinals this season. Ian Kennedy (10-10) made throwing errors on consecutive plays to help the Cardinals score two unearned runs in the seventh for a three-run cushion, and gave up both homers for a four-game total of eight long balls. Kelly (3-5) gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings and matched his career best with six strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.41 — trailing only Kyle Lohse’s 2.72 in the rotation.

Iowa State, Rhoads Hope Commitment Leads to Wins


August 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Paul Rhoads and Iowa State are thrilled to have each other.

The Cyclones have blossomed in his three seasons as coach and he got a 10-year, $20 million contract in the offseason.

Now comes the hard part.

Iowa State has gone 18-20 under Rhoads, with a pair of bowl trips and a program-defining upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma State last November.

The Cyclones enter the 2012 season optimistic that they’re poised to take another step forward in their seemingly never-ending quest to become a serious threat in the Big 12. They open the season Sept. 1 against Tulsa.

8AM Sportscast 8-14-12

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August 14th, 2012 by admin

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Cyclone Volleyball Team Opens Season Ranked 10th


August 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Cyclones, who advanced to their second NCAA Elite Eight in two years last season, open the 2012 season ranked 10th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Preseason Poll, released Monday.

The Cyclones have begun the year ranked in the top-10 once before, ranked ninth at the beginning of the 2010 season.

In 2011, Iowa State finished eighth on the year after falling to Florida State in the NCAA Regional Final match, the second-highest year-end ranking in program history. The squad broke a school record in RPI, rising as high as second and ending the year third in the nation.

This season looks to be another challenging season on the court for head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch and the young Cyclones, who count seven true freshmen among 16 team members. The Cyclones will being the year against 2011 NCAA tournament teams Cincinnati, Florida State (No. 12 preseason) and Tennessee (No. 15) before traveling to 2011 NCAA Championship finalist Illinois for two matches. The Illini enter the year ranked seventh.

Texas leads the Big 12 in the preseason poll, ranked second and Kansas State rounds out the conference rankings at No. 22. Oklahoma received votes in the poll.

On Saturday, Iowa State hosts its annual Cardinal and Gold scrimmage at Hilton Coliseum at 1 p.m. CST. The regular season begins Aug. 24 against the Bearcats at the Comcast Lady Vol Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.

Event will Honor Olympics Participants from Iowa


August 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Hy-Vee grocery chain is planning to honor athletes with Iowa ties who competed for the United States in the London Olympics. The event will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Drake University’s Knapp Center in Des Moines. Hy-Vee says in a news release that confirmed participants include Gabby Douglas, who won two gold medals in gymnastics; her coach Liang Chow; runner Lisa Uhl; and Miranda Leek, who competed in archery. Gymnast Shawn Johnson also will attend the event. Doors will open for the free event at 10 a.m.

IHSAA, Iowa Cubs Extend State Tournament Contract


August 13th, 2012 by Jim Field

The Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Cubs also have announced that the State Baseball Tournament will remain at Principal Park through 2015. The two groups signed the agreement to extend the current contract that expires in 2013.

The home of the Iowa Cubs with all the amenities of professional baseball has been a popular destination for teams and fans since the tournament moved to the Capitol City in 2005. Paid attendance through the past eight years has averaged 30,700. From 1997-2004 tournament attendance averaged 18,356 at split sites.

Executive Director of the IHSAA Rick Wulkow commented, “The IHSAA prides itself in providing the best possible venues for our students participating in a State Championship event. Without question Principal Park is the finest baseball facility in Iowa, and allows us to give the teams and fans in each of our four classes the thrill of playing in a professional facility.”

He added, “Our relationship with the Iowa Cubs organization is excellent and they have been a gracious host to our teams and fans. The new contract extension is reflective of all these factors.”

Sam Bernabe, President/General Manager of the Iowa Cubs echoed similar thoughts, “The Iowa Cubs, the City of Des Moines and the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau are proud and privileged to host the Iowa High School State Baseball Championships! The past 8 years have been a tremendous partnership and we look forward to extending our relationship with the IHSAA.”

He continued, “I can’t think of a better stadium in a more convenient city than Principal Park and the City of Des Moines to continue the great traditions of the State High School Baseball Tournament.”

Iowa TE Could Be Big Time, Not Just Big


August 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – If you set out to build a prototype tight end, you might very well end up with Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound junior seems poised for a breakout season. He played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010 but did not catch a pass. He didn’t do much to distinguish himself early last season, but caught 12 passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the last four games. He became a receiver that quarterback James Vandenberg could depend on and he also improved his blocking. He finished the season with 16 catches for 167 yards.