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St. Louis Cardinals, GM John Mozeliak Honored

Sports

December 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 16, 2011 – Following their 2011 World
Championship season, the St. Louis Cardinals have continued to receive
several special honors, earning selection by Baseball America as its
2011 “Organization of the Year”.  In addition, Cardinals Senior Vice
President & General Manager John Mozeliak was voted the recipient of the
MLB.com GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) award as “MLB Executive of
the Year.”

While the Cardinals 11th World Championship title and the team’s storied
comeback to reach the postseason were crowning achievements, Baseball
America also saluted the Cardinals organization for its overall success,
including championship seasons for both Quad Cities (Midwest League-A)
and Johnson City (Appalachian League-Rookie).

The Cardinals minor league system ranked 4th overall in the majors with
a .530 winning pct. (401-355) and Springfield (AA) first baseman Matt
Adams was named Texas League Player of the Year.  Adams and pitcher
Shelby Miller were named the Cardinals Minor League Player and Pitcher
of the Year respectively for 2011.

The Cardinals’ “Organization of the Year” selection by Baseball America
was their first ever.  The nationally recognized baseball trade
publication has been honoring baseball’s top organizations since 1982.

Mozeliak’s selection was part of the 10th annual GIBBYs and was based on
millions of votes in a comprehensive process that included fans who
voted at MLB.com; media members; front-office personnel; and MLB alumni.

8AM Sportscast 12-16-2011

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2011-2012 Fourth Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings

Sports

December 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

Class 1A
School
Record
LW
1
North Mahaska
7-0
1
2
Bedford
7-0
2
3
Ar-We-Va
4-0
3
4
North Butler
6-1
5
5
LeMars Gehlen Catholic
6-0
6
6
Newell-Fonda
4-1
7
7
West Sioux
6-0
8
8
North Tama
6-1
4
9
Lynnville-Sully
8-1
9
10
Villisca
6-0
11
11
Burlington Notre Dame
5-1
12
12
Central Lyon
6-1
13
13
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton
6-1
10
14
Adair-Casey
6-1
15
15
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn
4-2
14
Dropped Out: None
Class 2A
School
Record
LW
1
OA-BCIG
8-0
1
2
Estherville-Lincoln Central
9-0
2
3
IKM-Manning
6-1
3
4
West Hancock
6-0
4
5
Kuemper Catholic
6-1
5
6
Monticello
7-0
6
7
Fort Dodge St. Edmond
6-0
7
8
Mediapolis
7-0
8
9
Gilbert
7-0
10
10
Western Christian
5-0
11
11
Lawton-Bronson
4-3
9
12
Van Buren
6-0
12
13
Pella Christian
3-1
13
14
Panorama
6-1
14
15
Hinton
6-0
NR
Dropped Out: Manson-NW Webster (15)
Class 3A
School
Record
LW
1
South Tama
7-0
1
2
Davenport Assumption
5-0
2
3
Benton
7-0
3
4
MOC-Floyd Valley
6-0
5
5
Glenwood
5-0
7
6
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
4-0
8
7
Dubuque Wahlert
4-2
6
8
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
4-1
9
9
Bondurant-Farrar
7-0
10
10
Union
5-1
11
11
Washington
4-1
12
12
Marion
6-0
13
13
Williamsburg
7-2
4
14
Spirit Lake
6-1
14
15
Ballard
5-1
NR
Dropped Out: Spencer (15)
Class 4A
School
Record
LW
1
Iowa City West
7-0
1
2
Southeast Polk
7-0
2
3
Ames
7-0
4
4
Ankeny
5-1
5
5
Cedar Rapids Washington
4-0
7
6
Waukee
4-2
6
7
Mason City
6-1
3
8
Cedar Rapids Xavier
8-1
8
9
West Des Moines Valley
7-0
9
10
Linn-Mar
6-1
12
11
Muscatine
6-1
13
12
Iowa City High
6-2
11
13
Dowling Catholic
4-3
10
14
Lewis Central
4-1
15
15
Cedar Falls
6-3
NR

Dropped Out: Cedar Rapids Kennedy (14)

Thursday High School Basketball Results

Sports

December 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Girls Scores

  • A-H-S-T 40, Walnut 39
  • St. Albert 44, Riverside 40
  • Glenwood 74, Red Oak 27
  • Murray 38, Lenox 32
  • Nishnabotna 41, Rock Port, MO. 35
  • Tarkio 44, Sidney 37

Boys Scores

  • Walnut 57, A-H-S-T 53 (OT)
  • Lewis Central 68, St. Albert 64
  • Glenwood 48, Red Oak 40
  • Murray 67, Lenox 39
  • Tri-Center 62, Clarinda Academy 33
  • Sidney 58, Tarkio, MO. 22

Cardinals Sign Left Reliever J.C. Romero to One Year Deal

Sports

December 15th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 15, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced
today that they have signed left-handed relief pitcher J.C. Romero to a
one-year contract for the upcoming 2012 season.  The 35-year-old
free-agent has 11-plus years of service in the majors with five Major
League clubs.

“Romero is a proven lefty specialist, who has been a valuable bullpen
piece for winning teams throughout his career” said Cardinals’ Senior
Vice President John Mozeliak.  “We felt that it was important to
maintain versatility and depth within our bullpen and we feel that J.C
will be a solid addition.”

During his big-league career, Romero has compiled a 34-28 won-loss mark
with seven saves in 664 games and a 4.07 ERA.  He leads Major League
lefthanders in games pitched from 2002-2011 with 633, while his 517.0
innings pitched during that time span ranks 2nd among lefty relievers.
His .208 opp. BA (177-for-852) against left-handed batters is the lowest
among all Major League lefties (min. 800 AB’s) since 2002, as are his 11
home runs allowed.

Two of Romero’s top seasons came in 2007 and 2008.  With Boston and
Philadelphia in 2007 he pitched a combined 74 games, allowing just 12 ER
over 56.1 IP (1.92 ERA).  In 2008 he pitched in a career high 81 games
for the World Champion Phillies and surrendered just 18 runs over 59.0
IP for a 2.75 ERA.

Romero has made six career postseason appearances, three with the
Minnesota Twins and three with Philadelphia, and he pitched for Puerto
Rico in both the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Romero ended the 2011 season with Colorado after beginning the year with
Philadelphia.  He also saw action in the Washington Nationals and New
York Yankees minor league systems last season.

Atlantic Wrestling Individual Results From Shenandoah/Kuemper Matches

Sports

December 15th, 2011 by Jim Field

Tuesday, December 13

Atlantic 54, Shenandoah 21

  • 106: Schwenke, Darrian (Atlantic)  FALL McCoy, Zac (Shenandoah) 1:15
  • 113: Cox, Dillion (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 120: Skillern, Sean (Shenandoah)  DEC Nichols, Reid (Atlantic)  6-4
  • 126: Smith, Matthew (Atlantic)  FALL Rice, Shawn (Shenandoah) 4:27
  • 132: Young, Rob (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 138:  Dalley, Tyler (Shenandoah) Forfeit
  • 145: Nebel, Dustin (Shenandoah)  DEC Heuton, Cal (Atlantic)  8-1
  • 152: Matheny, Jordan (Shenandoah)  Forfeit
  • 160: Hastings, Scott (Shenandoah) FALL Nichols, Rob (Atlantic)  1:59
  • 170: Stork, Derek (Atlantic)  FALL Gray, Matt (Shenandoah) :14
  • 182: Williamson, Matthew (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 195: Stork, Tyler (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 220: Johnson, Trevor (Shenandoah)  DEC Christensen, Tyler (Atlantic)  12-11
  • 285: Conrad, Austin (Atlantic)  Forfeit

Atlantic 60, Kuemper Catholic 6

  • 106: Schwenke, Darrian (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 113: Eischeid, Jared (Kuemper Catholic)  DEC Cox, Dillion (Atlantic)  9-2
  • 120: Nichols, Reid (Atlantic)  FALL Alex, Cortez (Kuemper Catholic) 1:02
  • 126: Smith, Matthew (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 132: Young, Rob (Atlantic)  FALL Hilgenberg, Kolby (Kuemper Catholic) 5:28
  • 145: Heuton, Cal (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 160: Nichols, Rob (Atlantic)  FALL Nolting, Connor (Kuemper Catholic) 3:03
  • 170: Stork, Derek (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 182: Williamson, Matthew (Atlantic)  Forfeit
  • 195: Stork, Tyler (Atlantic)  FALL Glass, Max (Kuemper Catholic) 3:46
  • 220: Weitl, Cass (Kuemper Catholic)  DEC Christensen, Tyler (Atlantic)  8-1
  • 285: Conrad, Austin (Atlantic)  FALL Bruch, Alex (Kuemper Catholic) :55

8AM Sportscast 12-15-2011

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Donors give $5M for UI finance students, athletes

News, Sports

December 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a Nebraska hedge fund and his wife are donating $5 million to the University of Iowa to benefit finance students and Hawkeye football players.The university announced Wednesday that Curtis and Carol Lane of Omaha made the gift, which UI President Sally Mason called a “creative, forward-looking act of generosity.” She said the Lanes have been some of the UI’s biggest fans and most effective champions.About $1 million of the money will endow an existing fund named in their honor that supports business faculty members who provide practical learning opportunities for UI finance students. Another $2 million will endow a scholarship fund for undergraduate finance majors, with preference given to military veterans.The final $2 million will endow a scholarship fund for Hawkeye football players.

Cardinals and Furcal finalize 2-year, $14-million deal

Sports

December 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The St. Louis Cardinals finalized a two-year, $14-million free agent deal with shortstop Rafael Furcal, a trade deadline pickup who helped them in their run to the World Series title. The deal was completed Wednesday, after the 34-year old Furcal passed a physcial. He gets salaries of $6-million next year, and $7-million in 2013, along with a $1-million signing bonus.

Furcal batted .255 with St. Louis, solidifying the defense along with the leadoff slot. He turned 36 double plays, the most among NL shortstops, in the final two months. The Cardinals moved to retain Furcal, after slugger Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels, freeing-up payroll. They had been considering giving prospect Tyler Greene a shot at regular duty.

Cundiff Kicks In to Help Harlan Athletics

Sports

December 14th, 2011 by Jim Field

Harlan Community Athletic Department is pleased to announce and very thankful to former Cyclone Billy Cundiff and his wife Nicole for donating $5000 to the athletic department.  The NFL has a program when a player donates money back to their school, the NFL team and NFL will match up to $5000 also, making the total contribution to Harlan Community of $10,000.

Billy graduated from Harlan Community in 1998 and was an all stater in football and basketball for the Cyclones.

Activities Director Mitch Osborn states, “We are very thankful and appreciate of Billy & Nicole’s donation which after consulting with Billy have decided to apply it towards buying much needed new weight equipment.  This will have the biggest impact on all student athletes and students at HCHS.  Billy had an outstanding athletic career at HCHS and is representing the Harlan Community quite well in the NFL.  We stay in contact with each other and he is always up to date on what is happening at HCHS.”

Coach Curt Bladt states, “Billy always checks in to see how our football season is going and I had the opportunity to watch him play in person in the NFC championship game in Chicago when he was kicking for the New Orleans Saints and last season the entire football coaching staff was able to attend the Raven playoff game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.  Billy provided us with tickets to the game and we had a great time visiting in person after the game.  This donation will really benefit our entire student body.”