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2011-2012 Third Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

Class 1A

    School   Record   LW
1   North Mahaska   4-0   1
2   Bedford   4-0   2
3   Ar-We-Va   3-0   3
4   North Tama   4-0   4
5   North Butler   3-1   5
6   LeMars Gehlen Catholic   4-0   7
7   Newell-Fonda   2-1   8
8   West Sioux   4-0   9
9   Lynnville-Sully   6-0   10
10   Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton   4-0   NR
11   Villisca   4-0   NR
12   Burlington Notre Dame   3-1   15
13   Central Lyon   4-1   13
14   Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn   3-1   12
15   Adair-Casey   4-1   11

Dropped Out: Tripoli (6), Iowa Christian Academy (14)

Class 2A

    School   Record   LW
1   OA-BCIG   6-0   1
2   Estherville-Lincoln Central   4-0   2
3   IKM-Manning   5-0   4
4   West Hancock   3-0   5
5   Kuemper Catholic   3-1   3
6   Monticello   4-0   6
7   Fort Dodge St. Edmond   4-0   7
8   Mediapolis   4-0   8
9   Lawton-Bronson   2-2   9
10   Gilbert   5-0   10
11   Western Christian   3-0   11
12   Van Buren   4-0   12
13   Pella Christian   2-1   13
14   Panorama   4-1   14
15   Manson-NW Webster   3-2   15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

    School   Record   LW
1   South Tama   5-0   2
2   Davenport Assumption   3-0   5
3   Benton   5-0   6
4   Williamsburg   5-1   1
5   MOC-Floyd Valley   4-0   7
6   Dubuque Wahlert   3-1   3
7   Glenwood   4-0   8
8   Sioux City Bishop Heelan   4-0   10
9   Sergeant Bluff-Luton   3-1   4
10   Bondurant-Farrar   4-0   12
11   Union   3-1   11
12   Washington   2-1   9
13   Marion   4-0   NR
14   Spirit Lake   4-1   14
15   Spencer   3-1   NR

Dropped Out: Waukon (13), Waverly-Shell Rock (15)

Class 4A

    School   Record   LW
1   Iowa City West   5-0   1
2   Southeast Polk   5-0   2
3   Mason City   4-0   4
4   Ames   4-0   6
5   Ankeny   4-1   3
6   Waukee   3-1   5
7   Cedar Rapids Washington   2-0   7
8   Cedar Rapids Xavier   5-1   12
9   West Des Moines Valley   5-0   13
10   Dowling Catholic   3-1   8
11   Iowa City High   5-1   11
12   Linn-Mar   5-1   14
13   Muscatine   4-1   15
14   Cedar Rapids Kennedy   3-1   10
15   Lewis Central   4-1   9

Dropped Out: None

Johnson, Osemele Headed For Senior Bowl


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State all-Big 12 offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and all-conference cornerback Leonard Johnson have been selected to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 28, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by the NFL Network. Kickoff is 3 p.m. (CST).
Osemele, a senior from Houston, Texas, is a consensus first-team All-Big 12 honoree by the league’s writers and coaches. The offensive tackle is rated highly by many NFL scouts. He has started 43 straight games at Iowa State, the longest such streak on the team. Osemele has played in 49 Cyclone games.
Leonard Johnson made the All-Big 12 second team of the conference’s coaches and writers. Johnson has 243 career tackles in 49 Iowa State career games. He owns six career interceptions, has forced six fumbles and recovered eight. Johnson is a senior from Clearwater, Fla.
Quarterback Seneca Wallace (2003), defensive tackle Jordan Carstens (2004) and nose guard Athyba Rubin (2008), all who made NFL rosters, were the last three Iowa Staters to play in the Senior Bowl.

IA DNR: Elk killed in Crawford County to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday Wildlife biologists killed an elk Wednesday in Crawford County, near Charter Oak. Testing is being done on the elk for chronic wasting disease (CWD), brucellosis and tuberculosis. The animal was killed to protect the health and welfare of the state’s deer herd and domestic livestock.

Dale Garner, chief of the DNR’s wildlife bureau, said “We don’t like having to kill the animal, but at this time, the most reliable method of testing for CWD is from the brain stem which involves putting the animal down.”  Garner added that the department tests thousands of brain stems each year from harvested deer for the disease.

The animal was located by local deer hunters who contacted the DNR. Officials say the hunters were very helpful in keeping tabs on the animal while notification was made to the State Veterinarian’s office with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to make sure the elk was not an escapee from a local owner.

If the results are negative the meat from the animal will be processed and donated to charitable organizations. Garner said their top concern,  “Is for the health of the state’s deer herd and for domestic livestock. Because once chronic wasting disease (CWD) or bovine tuberculosis (TB) is out there, there is no going back.  For the most part, there will be no happy ending to this situation.”

CWD is a neurological disease affecting cervids, primarily deer and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head.

When an elk sighting report comes in, the DNR works with IDALS to determine status of elk and the best available options. If the elk can be returned to the proper owners, then they are.  If not, they then pose a risk to spreading CWD and/or other diseases and are dispatched.  The elk are tested for CWD and if the tests are negative, the meat is donated to local needy families or a food bank.

Garner says “Having these escapees is more than a minor irritation.  The prion linked to CWD does not go away when the infected animal dies.  It stays active in the soil and contaminated soil can infect other animals. Like CWD, TB is extremely difficult to get rid of and could cost billions of dollars to the livestock industry.”

Garner said Iowa does not have the large land areas typically needed to support an elk herd.  Elk are two to three times the size of an Iowa white tail, averaging between 500 to 700 pounds.

Atlantic vs. St. Albert Boys Hoops Game Re-Scheduled


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

The Atlantic vs. Saint Albert boys game that was postponed Saturday, December 3rd has been rescheduled for Thursday, January 19th. The game will be played at the Atlantic Middle School Gym. The JV boys will start at 6:00 PM, varsity to follow.

St. Louis Cardinals Statements Regarding Albert Pujols


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

Cardinals Chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr.
“We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement to keep
Albert Pujols in St. Louis.  Albert is a great champion and we will
always be thankful for his many achievements in a Cardinals uniform, as
well as his contributions to the St. Louis community.  I have the
highest regard for Albert both personally and professionally, and
appreciate his direct involvement in this process.  I would like our
fans to know that we tried our best to make Albert a lifetime Cardinal
but unfortunately we were unable to make it happen.”

Cardinals Sr. Vice President & General Manager John Mozeliak
“Albert has been a special player in this organization since the moment
he was drafted over 12 years ago.  His accomplishments on and off the
field have been spectacular.  I wish him well in the next phase of his

NDSU Basketball team’s bus hits car in Des Moines, no injuries reported


December 8th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State women’s basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff says no one was hurt when the team’s bus collided with a vehicle in Des Moines.  DeHoff tells The Forum newspaper  that the right front tire on the bus struck a car carrying two women Wednesday night near the team’s hotel. DeHoff says she called 911 and emergency officials responded within minutes. She says everyone involved is fine.The Bison play Drake tonight (Thursday).

Big 12 Football Honors Announced


December 8th, 2011 by Chris Parks

2011 Football All-Big 12 Awards Announced
from Big 12 Sports

The All-Big 12 Conference football teams and individual award winners have been announced. Selections are made by the league’s 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.


Offensive Player of the Year
Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas
Offensive Freshman of the Year
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, WR, Tulsa, Okla.
Co-Defensive Players of the Year
A.J. Klein, Iowa State, Jr., LB, Kimberly, Wis
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Freshman of the Year
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB, Angleton, Texas
Special Teams Player of the Year
Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, Jr., PK/P, Mansfield, Texas
Offensive Lineman of the Year
Grant Garner, Oklahoma State, Sr., Mesquite, Texas
Offensive Newcomer of the Year
Aaron Horne, Iowa State, Jr., WR, Oakland, Calif.
Defensive Lineman of the Year
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Arthur Brown, Kansas State, Jr., LB, Wichita, Kan.
Coach of the Year
Bill Snyder, Kansas State, 20th Season
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Robert Griffin III Baylor Jr. Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove
RB Terrance Ganaway Baylor Sr. DeKalb, Texas/DeKalb/Houston/Texarkana College
RB Henry Josey Missouri So. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
FB Trey Millard Oklahoma So. Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge
WR Kendall Wright** Baylor Sr. Pittsburg, Texas/Pittsburg
WR Ryan Broyles^ Oklahoma Sr. Norman, Okla./Norman
WR Justin Blackmon** ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Ardmore, Okla./Plainview
TE Michael Egnew ^ Missouri Sr. Plainview, Texas/Plainview
OL Philip Blake Baylor Sr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Champlain Regional Prep/Tyler (Texas) JC
OL Kelechi Osemele Iowa State Sr. Houston, Texas/Langham Creek
OL Clyde Aufner Kansas State Sr. Raymore, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
OL Gabe Ikard Oklahoma So. Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness
OL Levy Adcock** ^ Oklahoma State Sr. Claremore, Okla./Sequoyah/NE Okla. A&M JC
OL Grant Garner Oklahoma State Sr. Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
KR/PR Fozzy Whittaker Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Pearland
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Ray Kibble Kansas State Sr. Houston, Texas/Navarro JC
DL Frank Alexander** Oklahoma Sr. Baton Rouge, La./Southern Lab
DL Ronnell Lewis Oklahoma Jr. Dewar, Okla./Dewar
DL Jamie Blatnick Oklahoma State Sr. Celina, Texas/Celina
DL Alex Okafor** Texas Jr. Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville
LB A.J. Klein Iowa State Jr. Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State Jr. Wichita, Kan./Miami
LB Emmanuel Acho Texas Sr. Dallas, Texas/St. Mark’s
DB Nigel Malone Kansas State Jr. Manteca, Calif./City College of San Francisco
DB Jamell Fleming Oklahoma Sr. Arlington, Texas/Seguin
DB Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State Jr. Houston, Texas/Westfield
DB Markelle Martin Oklahoma State Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider
DB Kenny Vaccaro Texas Jr. Brownwood, Texas/Early
P Quinn Sharp ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State Sr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe
RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State So. Wichita, Kan./Southeast
RB Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
FB Kye Staley Oklahoma State Jr. Guthrie, Okla./Guthrie
WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma So. Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon
WR Josh Cooper Oklahoma State Sr. Mustang, Okla./Mustang
WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M Jr. Austin, Texas/Westlake
TE James Hanna Oklahoma Sr. Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
OL Robert T. Griffin Baylor Sr. Euless, Texas/Trinity/Navarro College
OL Hayworth Hicks Iowa State Sr. Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale/Antelope Valley
OL Jeremiah Hatch Kansas Sr. Dallas, Texas/Carter
OL Zach Hanson Kansas State Sr. Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento CC
OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M So. Arlington, Texas/Arlington
OL LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech Jr. Columbus, Texas/Columbus
PK Randy Bullock Texas A&M Sr. Klein, Texas/Klein
KR/PR Tyler Lockett Kansas State Fr. Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Baylor Sr. Stafford, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep
DL Jacquies Smith # Missouri Sr. Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff
DL Jackson Jeffcoat Texas So. Plano, Texas/Plano West
DL Kheeston Randall Texas Sr. Beaumont, Texas/Kelly
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
LB Jake Knott # Iowa State Jr. Waukee, Iowa/Waukee
LB Travis Lewis # Oklahoma Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee
LB Keenan Robinson Texas Sr Plano, Texas/Plano East
DB Leonard Johnson # Iowa State Sr. Clearwater, Fla./Largo
DB Tysyn Hartman Kansas State Sr. Wichita, Kan./Kapaun Mt. Carmel
DB E.J. Gaines Missouri So. Independence, Mo./Fort Osage
DB Demontre Hurst Oklahoma Jr. Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster
DB Quandre Diggs Texas Fr. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
P Trey Barrow Missouri Jr. Moberly, Mo./Moberly
** Unanimous Selection.
^ – Repeat first team selection from last season.
# – Repeat second team selection from last season.
A tie in voting created an additional first-team offensive line spot and an additional second-team offensive line spot.
Players listed at each position alphabetically by school.

All Big 12 Honorable Mention

Iowa State- Jared Barnett (off FoY), Jake Lattimer (DL), Kirby Van Der Kamp (P), James White (RB)

8AM Sportscast 12-08-2011

Podcasts, Sports

December 8th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Albert Pujols to Sign With The Angels


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

Albert Pujols will sign with the Angels for ten years and $250-260MM, tweets Yahoo’s Tim Brown.  He’ll receive a full no-trade clause.  Pujols decided this morning, writes Brown.  Pujols is represented by Dan Lozano of Icon Sports Group.

Pujols, 32 in January, was drafted by the Cardinals in 1999 in the 13th round and began his career with a staggering 11-year stretch.  The first baseman is the active career leader in batting average (.328) and slugging percentage (.617), he’s second among active players in career on-base percentage (.421).  Pujols owns a Rookie of the Year award and three MVP awards, and has ranked no worse than ninth in the MVP voting in every season of his career.  He’s been extremely durable, averaging 155 games per season.  The Cardinals signed Pujols to a long-term deal in 2004, which ended up being a huge bargain at $111MM over eight years.  Pujols and the Cardinals failed to find common ground on an extension in February this year, but the contract didn’t seem a distraction as the team ended up winning the World Series.

The suddenly free-spending Marlins made a competitive bid for Pujols this offseason, offering a ten-year deal.  They seemingly dropped out after signing Mark Buehrle, and up until Thursday morning, the Cardinals were considered the favorite.  It’s not much of a consolation prize, but the Cardinals will receive the Angels’ #19 pick in the 2012 draft as well as a supplemental choice.

With Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo, the Angels now have a couple of first base trade chips.  Morales could be non-tendered next week.

Mansfield Sparks Cyclones To Win 62-54 Over Iowa


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Senior Lauren Mansfield scored a season-high 15 points, nine of which were from three-point land in Iowa State’s 62-54 victory over Iowa Wednesday. Four Cyclones scored in double figures for the second time this season in the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series rivalry. Iowa State improves to 5-2, while Iowa falls to 5-4 overall this season.

Mansfield caused a momentum shift in the first half after drawing a charge with just 52 seconds remaining, which ignited the Cyclone crowd and her teammates. Iowa State went on to force a Hawkeye turnover and responded with a trey by Cyclone guard Nikki Moody four seconds before halftime. Moody’s three-pointer brought the Cyclones within three, but it was forward Hallie Christofferson’s basket with just a half second to play that put the Cyclones down by just one point heading into the locker room. Christofferson went up strong after receiving a pass from Moody on an inbounds play and converted from the charity stripe after drawing the foul.

Freshmen Brynn Williamson and Moody each contributed solid performances for the Cyclones. Moody finished with 13 points and was six-for-six from the free throw line. The Euless, Texas native converted on four crucial free throws in the final two minutes of the game as the Hawkeyes pushed for a comeback. Williamson posted 11 points for Iowa State and finished three-for-six from three-point range.

As a team, the Cyclones improved dramatically from the first half to second in three-point field goal percentage. Iowa State shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc in the second period compared to just 18.2 percent in the first.

Iowa State forced 22 Hawkeye turnovers, the second-most Iowa has committed this season.

Despite an early exit from the game due to a knee injury, which isn’t considered to be serious, with three minutes remaining, Poppens scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and drew three charges for the Cyclones. In the first half alone, the Cyclone forward posted six points and five rebounds. This is the fifth game Poppens has scored 10 points or more.

Iowa was led by center Morgan Johnson’s 16 points. Johnson converted on five of 10 from the free throw line and grabbed seven boards for the Hawkeyes. Melissa Dixon chipped in 11 points for Iowa and two buckets from beyond the arc.

With the win, Iowa State leads the 2011-12 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series by a score of 11-4.