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8AM Sportscast 11-25-2011

Podcasts, Sports

November 25th, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

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Iowa and Nebraska Start New Rivalry

Sports

November 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Everything’s in place for No. 22 Nebraska and Iowa to start up a good old-fashioned football rivalry. All that’s missing for their first Big Ten meeting Friday are high stakes, but don’t suggest to Nebraska coach Bo Pelini that there is little to motivate the teams. “It amazes me that people could ask that question,” Pelini said. “Obviously, when you’re an athlete, you compete to compete. It isn’t always about trophies. There is a lot that plays into it. When you go to compete, you go to compete. Trust me, both teams will be out there ready to play.”

The Big Ten and the schools have done all they can to lay the groundwork for a rivalry, contrived or not. Their game is at the end of the regular season, when all the big rivalry games are played, and in the prime day-after-Thanksgiving slot, no less. They even have a trophy for what’s being called the Heroes Game. A sidelight to the game is that citizen heroes from each state will be honored. There’s no shortage of passion among the fan bases. Supporters of the Cornhuskers (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3) have been tossing barbs across the Missouri River seemingly forever. To Hawkeyes fans, Huskers fans are an arrogant bunch always gloating about their team’s five national championships. To Husker fans, Hawkeyes fans are jealous wannabes.

Maybe someday the Legends Division title will be decided by this game. Not this year, though. This year it’s all about jockeying for better bowl position. Nebraska has hopes of landing in the Capital One Bowl if a second Big Ten team receives a berth in a BCS game. The Outback, Insight and Gator also are possibilities for both teams. Nebraska is looking to lock up at least a nine-win season for the fourth straight year and an above-.500 conference record after an embarrassing 45-17 loss at Michigan last week. Iowa is going for a third win in four games, which would secure at least an eight-win season for the fourth straight year. The Big Ten assigned Iowa and Nebraska to the same division and let the Hawkeyes’ game with Wisconsin drop off the schedule for now.

Call it a wash, Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We traded one team from the east that wears red uniforms that is really good and picked up one from the west that is really good and wears red uniforms,” he said. “It’s one tough team to another. That’s the nature of this conference, though. I think we’re all really pleased about Nebraska joining the league. It’s made us a stronger league, but with that strength comes more challenge, and this is certainly going to be a challenge for us.”

There are only two players from the state of Nebraska on the Iowa roster; no native Iowans are on the Huskers’. It’s been a red-letter game for Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg, though. The junior from Keokuk, Iowa, had a scholarship offer from former Nebraska coach Bill Callahan, and athletic director Tom Osborne told Vandenberg that the offer stood after Callahan was fired. Ferentz came along with an offer, and Vandenberg accepted. But Vandenberg said he was impressed with the Huskers.

“The one thing you notice when you go on visits there is how passionate their fan base is,” he said. “They live and breathe Nebraska football just like everybody in Iowa lives and breathes Iowa football. It’s great to be able to play such a quality opponent at such a venue.”

Nebraska is playing a nationally televised game on the day after Thanksgiving for the 22nd straight year. The tradition dates to the days of the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry in the Big Eight. Ferentz said he’s excited about the increased exposure his team will receive. “How can that be a bad thing, unless we go out there and play bad?” he said. “What the heck, I think it’s a great opportunity for our guys to play. They (Nebraska) have had that, enjoyed that. I don’t want to call it a luxury, but I remember that for many years, I used to watch them as a kid. Didn’t they play Oklahoma on Friday? It’s a good thing for us. We’re excited to get invited to the party.”

7Am Sports Report (podcast) 11-24-11

Podcasts, Sports

November 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KJAN Sports w/Ric Hanson

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Chiefs Claim Orton Off Waivers

Sports

November 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton off waivers. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs had not announced the move. Coach Todd Haley declined to discuss Orton when asked about him earlier in the day. Kansas City was in the market for a veteran quarterback after Matt Cassel went down with a season-ending injury to his throwing hand. Orton became available when the Broncos waived him Tuesday. The former Chicago Bears starter, who passed for more than 3,000 yards each of his first two seasons in Denver, was benched six weeks ago after getting off to a 1-4 start. The Broncos eventually decided to go with Tim Tebow as the starter, making Orton expendable.

Griffin Leads Campbell to 77-61 Win Over Iowa

Sports

November 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Campbell built a big lead in the first half. Iowa’s run never happened. Eric Griffin scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots to lead the Fighting Camels to a 77-61 lead over Iowa. Campbell is 5-0 for the first time since 1976, the year before it moved up to Division I. “I couldn’t say I saw this coming,” Campbell coach Robbie Laing said. “I had just as much curiosity as the fans as to what was going to happen.” The Fighting Camels shot 62 percent from the field to overcome 22 turnovers in their second win  against a major conference team in as many years.

Iowa (3-2) cut the deficit to 54-49 with 10 minutes remaining. The Hawkeyes couldn’t get any closer down the stretch. Griffin, a 6-foot-8 senior with a long wingspan, hit 10 of 11 shots. He’s now shooting 75.5 percent from the floor. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Griffin might be the best player his team faces all year.

Darren White scored 17 points for Campbell, which blocked 10 shots. Trey Freeman added 15 points. McCaffery tried several times to ignite his team that looked lethargic from a 23-point loss three days earlier against Creighton. During a media timeout midway through the first half – with the Hawkeyes trailing 18-13 – Iowa’s second-year coach banged his clipboard on the floor and barked directions. McCaffery tossed the clipboard a second time, standing up to yell at his players.

McCaffery shuffled his lineup to start the second half, sitting three starters for reserves. Things boiled over in the final minutes when McCaffery picked up a technical foul. It was too late for Iowa, which shot 36 percent and was outrebounded 34-29. “We didn’t have the defensive intensity you need to play a team of this caliber,” McCaffery said. “I don’t think it was just that. We weren’t executing on offense. We weren’t doing anything effective on either end of the floor.” Matt Gatens led Iowa with 17 points. Devyn Marble added 14 points.

Campbell, which rejoined the Big South Conference this season, made its only NCAA tournament appearance in 1992. Laing said that’s the goal for this team. “These kids think they can win,” Laing said. “They think they’re supposed to win. They really do.” Campbell led by as many 16 points in the first half, using a 12-2 run over a six-minute stretch to build a 38-22 advantage with three minutes left. The Hawkeyes scored the next nine points – including seven from Gatens – to cut the halftime deficit to 38-31. Iowa center Andrew Brommer returned after missing the last two games with a knee injury. He had four points and three rebounds in nine minutes.

8AM Sportscast 11-23-2011

Podcasts, Sports

November 23rd, 2011 by Chris Parks

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November Deer Hunt Begins Friday

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

November 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says hunters can still purchase a deer tag in many counties for the November antlerless hunt that begins on Friday. D-N-R state deer biologist, Tom Litchfield, says it the season is available in 41 counties. “It has mixed popularity throughout the state, some hunters really like it, and some hunters hate it,” Litchfield says. The season was added as a temporary season to take a few extra antlerless deer. The number of antlerless tags available in each county depends on the deer population.

He says the objective established in 2003 was to return the deer herd to levels of the mid to late 1990′s, and as counties reach those goals, then it takes less of a doe harvest to maintain the numbers. Shotguns, handguns, muzzleloaders and bows may be used. There are some special rules that apply to this hunt. Litchfield says the licenses are only valid on private land as that is where the bulk of the remaining “high density” deer populations are. Litchfield says there are still some areas that need to drop the deer herd numbers.

He says from approximately south-central Iowa into south-western Iowa into the Loess Hills and scattered counties in central Iowa. Litchfield says there are some counties in southeast Iowa that could be hunted, but the need isn’t there like it has been in the past. He expects the overall deer harvest to be down five to six percent this year. Hunters reported taking just over 127-thousand deer in all hunts last year — which was down about seven percent. The November season ends Sunday (November 26). The regular shotgun deer season will begin in December.

(Radio Iowa)

HSBB: CB Abraham Lincoln at Atlantic Girls 11-22-2011

Podcasts, Sports

November 23rd, 2011 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played Tuesday, November 22nd.

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Tuesday Girls HS Basketball Results

Sports

November 23rd, 2011 by Jim Field

  • Abraham Lincoln 45, Atlantic 44 (OT) — Trojanns led by Mackenzie Holmes with 14 pts & Sam McConnell with 10 pts
  • Adair-Casey 59, Lenox 21
  • Guthrie Center 61, Martensdale-St. Marys 48
  • Nodaway Valley 62, West Central Valley 58
  • Missouri Valley 57, Logan-Magnolia 21
  • Clarke, Osceola 65, Ankeny Christian Academy 11
  • Red Oak 58, Fremont-Mills 32
  • Lewis Central 51, Sioux City North 33
  • Dallas Center-Grimes 56, Creston 38
  • Kuemper Catholic 53, Carroll 32
  • Denison-Schleswig 60, Maple Valley-AO 25
  • A-D-M 51, Van Meter 33
  • Bedford 55, Stanton 35
  • IKM-Manning 64, Coon Rapids-Bayard 33
  • Madrid 41, East Greene 31

Northern Iowa Cruises Past Western Carolina 59-39

Sports

November 23rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Seth Tuttle scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and Northern Iowa never trailed Tuesday in beating Western Carolina 59-39 as part of the South Padre Invitational. Tuttle was the only player in double figures for the Panthers (3-1), who led by as many as 35 points. Jake Koch had nine points and nine rebounds, plus four blocks, three assists and three steals. Harouna Mutombo led Western Carolina (2-3) with 21 points, and Trey Sumler had 10, but they were the extent of their team’s offense. The Catamounts shot just 30 percent (14 for 47) from the field. Northern Iowa scored its last points on a three-point play by Tyler Lange with 7:20 to play. Western Carolina then went on a 15-0 run, with all the points scored by Mutombo and Sumler, to close the game. The Catamounts’ 39 points were the fewest allowed by Northern Iowa since the 2002-03 season.