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14th-ranked Sooners try to bounce back at Iowa St


November 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – This hasn’t been a pleasant week at Oklahoma. For the second time this season, the 14th-ranked Sooners (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) are coming off a tough home loss to a national title contender. Fourth-ranked Notre Dame stomped the Sooners 30-13 last weekend in Norman, and Kansas State’s unbeaten march toward Miami has made even the Big 12 title a long shot.  Sounds about as good a time as any to get Iowa State.

Oklahoma’s domination of the Cyclones (5-3, 2-3) has been nothing short of staggering. The Sooners, who face Iowa State on the road on Saturday, are 69-5-2 against the Cyclones and have lost to them just once in 42 years.

University coaches top Iowa’s state salary list


November 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Coaches at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are the state’s highest-paid employees. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the Iowa Department of Administrative Services released a state salary database for fiscal 2012 on Thursday. It includes employees in all branches of state government. Coaches and doctors are always the top earners, with many of the largest salaries being paid in part with private money.

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz tops the list at $3.7 million. Next is ISU football coach Paul Rhodes, who was paid $1.4 million. ISU men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg earned over $908,000, while Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery was paid $872,000. Rounding out the top five is University of Iowa professor Mark Iannettoni, at $867,000.

High-scoring Creighton looks to improve on defense


November 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton expects to be one of the best offensive teams in the nation again this season. The Bluejays don’t expect to be one of the worst on defense again. Senior guard Grant Gibbs said the Bluejays were so good offensively last season that they simply believed they could outscore their opponents. He said Creighton was fortunate to win some of those games.

With first-team All-American Doug McDermott and nine of the top 10 players returning, Creighton is aiming to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. The Bluejays know they probably can’t get away with allowing opponents to shoot 44.1 percent from the field, 36.1 percent on 3-pointers and average 69.7 points like they did last year.

Norv’s Bolts beat staggering Chiefs 31-13


November 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game’s opening drive to snap a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown and the San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night. The Chiefs, who lost their fifth straight, committed four more turnovers to run their NFL-high mark to a staggering 29, which have led to 104 points..

Snapping a three-game losing streak might take some heat off coach Norv Turner, who’s been heavily criticized by fans after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.The heat will surely intensify on coach Romeo Crennel of the Chiefs (1-7).

Iowa State’s Babb suspended 3 games


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State senior guard Chris Babb has been suspended for three games for violating team rules. Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg says Babb won’t play in Sunday’s exhibition against Minnesota State or in regular season games against Southern and Alabama A&M. Hoiberg declined to further discuss why Babb is suspended.

Babb started all 34 games for Iowa State in 2011, averaging 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Babb is also considered among the best defenders in the Big 12. Babb will be eligible to return against Campbell on Nov. 18.

Longtime Cardinals organist Ernie Hays dies at 77


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The man who provided the soundtrack of St. Louis Cardinals baseball for four decades has died.  The Cardinals on Thursday announced the death of Ernie Hays, a St. Louis native who spent 40 seasons as the ballpark organist.  Hays was 77 when he died Wednesday night. A cause of death was not announced.

Hays also served as organist for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, college sports teams and for professional soccer in St. Louis. But he is best known for his work at both the old and new Busch Stadiums. He began his sports music career when the Cardinals installed an organ in 1971. His version of “Here Comes The King,” a Budweiser beer advertising jingle, soon became a staple at every game.  Hays retired from the Cardinals in 2010.


Ag/Outdoor, Sports

November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources say dry conditions over much of Iowa will concentrate trappers near existing water when the Iowa furbearer hunting and trapping season begins on Saturday, Nov. 3rd.  Vince Evelsizer, furbearer biologist for the DNR says “Right now, most of the crops are out and the weather looks decent for the first half of November,” so he’s expecting a good start to the furbearer season.

Surveys of two of the higher profile furbearers in Iowa – bobcat and river otter – have indicated the species could support additional harvest. The DNR increased the bobcat quota from 350 to 450 in the open zone, but kept the one bobcat per furharvester restriction, regardless if it was hunted or trapped. The river otter quota was raised to 850 this year, with licensed trappers allowed up to three otters.

Both species must be reported within 24 hours of harvest and a CITES tag applied within seven days after the harvest is reported to DNR staff. Last year, a record 326,368 raccoons were harvested in Iowa and Evelsizer expects the harvest this year to be similar to slightly higher.  He said the fur markets are dependent on the Asian and European economies but appear to be about the same as last year.

Trapper numbers have increased more than 20 percent since 2009, from 14,000 to 17,000 last year.

State Volleyball Tournament Schedule


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Due to extended renovations of the US Cellular Center, the 2012 State Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. The State Volleyball Tournament runs Nov. 7th through the 10th.

Class 5-A Quarterfinals – Wed., Nov. 7th

3-p.m. Johnston (26-8) vs. Ankeny (29-6) – Court 1

3-p.m. Bettendorf (20-11) vs. Dubuque Hempstead (29-6) Court 2

4:30-p.m. Dowling Catholic (33-10) vs. Iowa City High (29-8) – Court 1

4:30-p.m. Urbandale (31-8) vs. Pleasant Valley (37-1) – Court 2

Class 4-A Quarterfinals – Wed. Nov. 7th

6:00-p.m. Cedar Rapids Xavier (26-11) vs. Charles City – Court 1

6:00-p.m. Solon (31-4) vs. Harlan (32-5) – Court 2

7:30-p.m. North Scott (27-5) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (44-7) – Court 1

7:30-p.m. West Delaware (31-11) vs. Bishop Heelan (35-10) – Court 2

Class 3-A Quarterfinals – Thu., Nov. 8th

12:00-p.m. Iowa Falls-Alden (32-4) vs. Mediapolis (42-0) – Court 1

12:00-p.m. Mt. Vernon (27-10) vs. Davenport Assumption (28-7) – Court 2

1:30-p.m. Union (33-7) vs. Sioux Center (31-6) – Court 1

1:30-p.m. Red Oak (27-6) vs. MOC-Floyd Valley (30-8) – Court 2

Class 2-A Quarterfinals – Thu., Nov. 8th

3:00-p.m. Sumner-Fredericksburg (24-6) vs. Dike- New Hartford (42-0) – Court 1

3:00-p.m. Treynor (31-6) vs. Western Christian (41-3) – Court 2

4:30-p.m. Council Bluffs/St. Albert (28-10) vs. West Branch (36-4) – Court 1

4:30-p.m. Lake Mills (43-0) vs. Kuemper Catholic (32-5) – Court 2

Class 1-A Quarterfinals – Thu., Nov. 8th

6:00-p.m. Stanton (34-2) vs. Janesville (31-8) – Court 1

6:00-p.m. LeMars Gehlen Catholic (29-5) vs. Tripoli (35-5) – Court 2

7:30-p.m. Grandview Park Baptist (29-6) vs. Grundy Center (33-6) – Court 1

7:30-p.m. Marquette Catholic (29-5) vs. Holy Trinity Catholic (43-4) – Court 2

Regional High School Volleyball Scores from Wed., Oct. 31 2012


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A Regional Finals

  • (3-2) Stanton 20-25-23-25-15, Ar-We-Va 25-13-25-15-6
  • (3-0) Grundy Center 25-25-25, Guthrie Center 14-5-11
  • (3-1) LeMars Gehlen Catholic 23-25-25-25, George-Little Rock 25-15-17-20
  • (3-2) Grandview Park Baptist 25-13-16-25-15, East Union 18-25-25-19-6
  • (3-0) Janesville 25-25-25, West Bend-Mallard 20-14-11
  • (3-0) Tripoli 25-25-25, Lisbon 20-11-19
  • (3-1) Bellevue Marquette Catholic 19-25-25-25, Belle Plaine 25-15-18-22
  • (3-0) Holy Trinity Catholic 25-25-25, Winfield-Mt. Union 11-16-15

Class 2-A Regional Finals

  • (3-1) Council Bluffs St. Albert 14-25-25-25, Hinton 25-23-22-13
  • (3-1) Treynor 25-25-20-25, Des Moines Christian 21-23-25-13
  • (3-0) Kuemper Catholic 25-25-25, Woodward-Granger 12-16-22
  • (3-0) Western Christian 25-25-25, Ridge View 10-12-8
  • (3-1) Sumner-Fredericksburg 25-28-25-25, Edgewood-Colesburg 15-20-19-18
  • (3-0) Dike-New Hartford 25-25-25, Eddyville-Blakesburg 21-9-10
  • (3-0) West Branch 25-25-25, Durant 12-16-17
  • (3-2) Lake Mills 21-25-25-17-15, Aplington-Parkersburg 25-20-16-25-9


Chargers try to avoid another prime-time flop


October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — At the last minute, a group of corporate sponsors stepped up to bail out the struggling San Diego Chargers and make sure that Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be televised in Southern California. Depending on the outcome, they might regret guaranteeing to cover a whopping 10,000 tickets that remained unsold 72 hours before kickoff.

Already prime-time flops twice this year, the Chargers (3-4) will try to get it right against the staggering Chiefs (1-6), arguably the NFL’s worst team. Although the Chiefs have the same record as Jacksonville and Carolina, their issues run deeper than that. Playing under the lights might merely illuminate what’s wrong with these AFC West rivals, who play in the NFL’s weakest division.