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Program takes deer hides and uses them to help veterans

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A program is again underway that takes unwanted deer hides from hunters across the state and uses them to help veterans. Spokesperson Lisa Widick says the hides can be turned in at Elks Lodges across the state for use by the Veterans Leather Program. “The hides are salted and stored here in different places in Iowa, and then they are shipped to a tannery, I believe in the Kansas City area,” Widick says. “And then they are tanned and they are turned into leather pieces.”

Widick says the leather is then used to make kits that are taken to the veterans homes in the state where the veterans turn the leather into usable items. “They make moccasins, they do purses, they do coin purses, they do anything you can make out of leather, the veterans do those things,” Widick explains. “And then they are also…there’s also a company that does manufacturing of wheelchair gloves — so that the veterans who are in wheelchairs use those gloves to keep their hands from getting calluses. And those are really beneficial to our veterans.”

Widick says many of the items the veterans make are sold to raise money. “To go back to help fund different things that the veterans need. So, it’s a wonderful big circle project. The hide comes in, it goes out to make a product that is not going to waste,” Widick says.  Hunters donated some 33-hundred hides to the program last year, and she encourages hunters to donate hides again this year.

“You can go to Elks-dot-org (Elks.org) and there’s a lodge locator. Type in your zip code and it will give you the one nearest you,” Widick says. “You can all that lodge and see if they take hides. If they do — most lodges will arrange pick up from you as well.” Widick says the deer hides are often left behind as most hunters don’t keep them. “There are few that do, but rarely do you see that. They just lay out there where the deer has been skinned and that’s where it stays. And we’d much rather have it come to us so that we can do something good with it,” she says.

Hunters in Iowa take around 100-thousand deer during each hunting season.

Cardinals aquire Paul Goldschmidt in 4-player trade


December 5th, 2018 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 5, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have completed a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, acquiring six-time National League All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver, minor league infielder Andy Young and the Cardinals Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” stated Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.

Goldschmidt, 31, has been a National League All-Star each of the past six seasons (2013-18), and he is a four-time (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018) N.L. Silver Slugger award winner and three-time (2013, 2015, 2017) Rawlings Gold Glove award recipient.  Goldschmidt is the lone N.L. player to be named an All-Star each of the past six seasons, and he’s one of just three players (Mike Trout and Salvador Pérez) in all of the majors to have done so.

The right-handed hitting Goldschmidt batted .290 in 2018 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI, finishing 6th in National League MVP voting.  The 6-3, 225-pound Delaware native has compiled a career .297 batting mark with 209 HR’s and 710 RBI in 1,092 games and has hit 30 or more homers in four of the last six seasons, including a league-leading 36 in 2013 when he finished 2nd in MVP voting.

“Goldy” owns a career .398 on-base pct. and .532 slugging mark, and since 2013, ranks 2nd among National League leaders in home runs (181), RBI (602), hits (996), runs (599), walks (575), extra base hits (413).  Goldschmidt is the current leader among active MLB first basemen with a .996 fielding percentage and he ranks 5th all-time in MLB history.

The Cardinals are planning to hold a press conference to introduce Goldschmidt on Friday, December 7 in St. Louis, and will have further details once they become available.

Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson wins John Mackey Award


December 5th, 2018 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson is the recipient of the 2018 John Mackey Award. The award is presented annually to the top tight end in the nation by the John Mackey Award committee.

The John Mackey Award will be presented Dec. 6, in Atlanta, at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU (5 p.m. CT). That event precedes the College Football Award Show on ESPN (6 p.m. CT).

Under head coach Kirk Ferentz, nine Hawkeye players have earned 10 individual national Player of the Year awards.

Hockenson (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) is a redshirt sophomore from Chariton (Iowa) High School. He is the second Iowa tight end to earn the award, as Dallas Clark was honored in 2002. Tony Moeaki (2009), Allen Reisner (2010), and Noah Fant (2018) have all been semifinalists for the award.

Hockenson is the first sophomore to win the award, and Iowa is one of two schools (Arkansas) to have multiple winners of the award. Hockenson is the fifth Big Ten player to be recognized.

Hockenson was previously named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year. He earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from league media and second-team honors (behind teammate Fant) from Big Ten coaches. Hockenson is also the recipient of the Ozzie Newsome Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.

Hockenson leads Iowa with 46 receptions for 717 yards and six receiving touchdowns. He also has one rushing touchdown. Hockenson averages 15.6 yards per catch. His career totals include 70 receptions for 1,037 yards. He is seventh among Iowa tight ends all-time with nine touchdown receptions and he has one career rushing touchdown. Hockenson has surpassed 100 receiving yards twice in 2018, with 125 yards on three receptions versus Wisconsin and four catches for 107 yards at Indiana.

Iowa (8-4, 5-4) will face Mississippi State in the 2019 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 1 (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2). For ticket and bowl game information, visit hawkeyesports.com/bowlcentral.

High School Wrestling Scoreboard 12/4/2018


December 5th, 2018 by Chris Parks

Atlantic/CAM 48, Red Oak 23
Atlantic/CAM 40, Creston 27
Red Oak 37, Creston 36

Treynor 48, Shenandoah 31
Treynor 42, Kuemper Catholic 31
Treynor 66, Griswold 12
Kuemper Catholic 42, Shenandoah 24
Kuemper Catholic 46, Griswold 18
Shenandoah 46, Griswold 12

Lewis Central 49, Clarinda 28
Lewis Central 65, Denison-Schleswig 12
Clarinda 65, Denison-Schleswig 12

Harlan 47, Glenwood 28
Harlan 72, Southwest Iowa 6
Harlan 82, St. Albert 0
Glenwood 54, Southwest Iowa 30
Glenwood 78, St. Albert 0
Southwest 60, St. Albert 18

Underwood 44, Creighton Prep 36
Underwood 48, Omaha Westside 36

Missouri Valley 55, Thomas Jefferson 12
Missouri Valley 78, West Harrison 6
Missouri Valley 39, Logan-Magnolia 34
Logan-Magnolia 54, Thomas Jefferson 27
Logan-Magnolia 84, West Harrison 0
Thomas Jefferson 78, West Harrison 0

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 12/5/2018

Podcasts, Sports

December 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Iowa dog track owner expects to be running for a few more years

News, Sports

December 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — Florida voters chose last month to close all of that state’s dog tracks in 2020 — but the head of Iowa’s only greyhound racing track says he expects to be in business for at least a few more years. Iowa saw the number of dog tracks cut in half after the Iowa Legislature passed a bill in 2014 that shut down the Council Bluffs Greyhound track and turned over management of the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque to the Iowa Greyhound Association. Track general manager, Brian Carpenter, says the closing of Florida’s 11 tracks by the end of 2020 could mean fewer dogs being bred to run at other tracks, including Iowa’s. “You know, I’ve heard over the years for many years how we were coming to an end, and we’re still hanging in there 34 years later. Hopefully we’ll have many more, but we’ll see what happens,” Carpenter says.

Iowa’s greyhound season runs from May through October, and many of the dogs at the Dubuque track have run in Florida during the winter. Jason Hess owns Xtrem Hess Racing kennel in Dubuque, one of nine that breed dogs that race at the Iowa facility. He says he’ll breed fewer greyhounds right away. “Because with less tracks coming — it takes about 18 months when puppies start racing, so almost two years after breeding them — and that’s when Florida is going to be ending. But we do have some tracks left, so we’re still going to be operational,” Hess says.

He says says it could become difficult to get enough dogs to race a full season. The Dubuque track will be one of just six greyhound tracks left in the U-S once Florida shuts down its track.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 12/5/18


December 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s handling of violence accusations against Kareem Hunt shows the league still reacts heavily based on public perception. The league and Kansas City Chiefs quickly changed their approach toward the star running back after video was released showing Hunt pushing and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel. The league has tried to change following its mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case in 2014.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is leaving Auburn to take the same job at Kansas. New Kansas coach Les Miles has named Lindsey to his staff. Lindsey has been Auburn’s offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. In 2017, Auburn’s offense was just the eighth in SEC history to rush and pass for 3,000 yards. Lindsey also has been offensive coordinator at Southern Miss and Arizona State.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Becca Hittner scored 23 points to lead No. 21 Drake past Clarke College 91-43. Sara Rhine added 22 points, making all 10 of her shots. Tina Ubl led Clarke with 14 points and Makenna Haase added 12 points and 13 rebounds. A record crowd at the Knapp Center of more than 6,000 was on hand for the annual game for elementary and middle school students.

Atlantic/CAM picks up big dual wins in Creston


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic/CAM wrestling team picked up two big Hawkeye Ten dual wins on Tuesday night in Creston. The Trojans beat Red Oak 48-23 and then defeated Creston O-M 40-27. Red Oak edged Creston 37-36 in the other dual of the night.

Atlantic/CAM 40, Creston-Orient-Macksburg 27
106 Garrett McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Justin Parsons (Creston) (Fall 5:12)
113 Aybren Moore (Atlantic-CAM) over Chase Lovely (Creston) (Fall 1:35)
120 Joe Weaver (Atlantic-CAM) over Kaden Bolton (Creston) (Dec 10-6)
126 Steele McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Beau Thompson (Creston) (Dec 5-1)
132 Garon Wurster (Creston) over Jaxson Bell (Atlantic-CAM) (Dec 5-2)
138 Chase McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Brayton Chesnut (Creston) (Fall 2:32)
145 Kadin Stutzman (Atlantic-CAM) over Keaton Street (Creston) (MD 16-6)
152 Connor Pellett (Atlantic-CAM) over Rylan Luther (Creston) (Fall 3:05)
160 Hayden Green (Creston) over Payton Fewson (Atlantic-CAM) (Fall 5:33)
170 Jackson Kinsella (Creston) over Kenny Jimerson (Atlantic-CAM) (Dec 11-8)
182 Beau Barncastle (Creston) over Mitchell Williamson (Atlantic-CAM) (Dec 5-1)
195 Sam Chapman (Creston) over Devin McKay (Atlantic-CAM) (Fall 0:30)
220 Kendall Crawford (Creston) over Unknown (For.)
285 Cale Roller (Atlantic-CAM) over James McDonald (Creston) (Fall 2:00)

Atlantic/CAM 48, Red Oak 23
106 Garrett McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Unknown (For.)
113 Jonathon Erp (Red Oak) over Aybren Moore (Atlantic-CAM) (Fall 4:46)
120 Joe Weaver (Atlantic-CAM) over Sandro Vera (Red Oak) (Fall 0:30)
126 Steele McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Unknown (For.)
132 Jaxson Bell (Atlantic-CAM) over Bryan Erp (Red Oak) (Fall 2:58)
138 Chase McLaren (Atlantic-CAM) over Cam Vanderhoof (Red Oak) (Fall 1:27)
145 Kadin Stutzman (Atlantic-CAM) over Jake Echternach (Red Oak) (Fall 1:22)
152 Connor Pellett (Atlantic-CAM) over Bruce Lukehart (Red Oak) (Dec 7-1)
160 Payton Fewson (Atlantic-CAM) over Ethan Stewart (Red Oak) (Fall 2:00)
170 Justin McCunn (Red Oak) over Kenny Jimerson (Atlantic-CAM) (TF 16-1 5:55)
182 Carter Maynes (Red Oak) over Mitchell Williamson (Atlantic-CAM) (Dec 7-5)
195 Hunter McMann (Red Oak) over Devin McKay (Atlantic-CAM) (Dec 5-1)
220 Thomas Bentley (Red Oak) over Unknown (For.)
285 Cale Roller (Atlantic-CAM) over Colton Kinnison (Red Oak) (SV-1 7-3)

High School Basketball Scoreboard 12/04/2018


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks


Hawkeye Ten Conference

Atlantic 61, Red Oak 34
Bedford 74, Clarinda 66
Blair, NE 54, Harlan 49
Creston 60, Shenandoah 56
Denison-Schleswig 74, Carroll 69 OT
Lewis Central 75, Glenwood 59
St. Albert 60, Kuemper Catholic 54

Western Iowa Conference

Audubon 70, Missouri Valley 42
IKM-Manning 41, Logan-Magnolia 36
Treynor 84, Underwood 55
Tri-Center 41, AHSTW 37

Rolling Valley Conference

Ar-We-Va 66, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 65
Coon Rapids-Bayard 48, CAM, Anita 43
West Harrison 68, Glidden-Ralston 39
Woodbine 89, Paton-Churdan 56

Corner Conference

Clarinda Academy 74, Essex 36
East Mills 52, Fremont Mills, Tabor 43
Sidney 65, Heartland Christian 26
Stanton 92, Griswold 27

Pride of Iowa Conference

Mount Ayr 56, Lenox 28
Nodaway Valley 75, Southwest Valley 27

Other Scores

Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 68, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 42
Norwalk 85, Winterset 60
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 68, Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 53


Hawkeye Ten Conference

Red Oak 54, Atlantic 50
Bedford 53, Clarinda 32
Carroll 54, Denison-Schleswig 53
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 66, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 60
Lewis Central 53, Glenwood 47
Shenandoah 60, Creston 52

Western Iowa Conference

AHSTW 51, Tri-Center 41
Audubon 74, Missouri Valley 28
IKM-Manning 50, Logan-Magnolia 42
Treynor 84, Underwood 55

Rolling Valley Conference

CAM 80, Coon Rapids-Bayard 47
Exira-EHK 47, Ar-We-Va 36
Glidden-Ralston 72, West Harrison 47
Paton-Churdan 61, Woodbine 36

Corner Conference

Essex 62, South Page 44
Fremont Mills, Tabor 47, East Mills 23
Griswold 43, Stanton 38
Sidney 55, Heartland Christian 23

Pride of Iowa Conference

Mount Ayr 56, Lenox 28
Nodaway Valley 68, Southwest Valley 60

Other Scores

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 61, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 51
Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 38, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 37
Des Moines Christian 67, AC/GC 37
Kingsley-Pierson 65, Westwood, Sloan 64, OT
Norwalk 39, Winterset 32
Panorama, Panora 57, Pleasantville 16
Southeast Warren 47, Wayne, Corydon 34

Atlantic boys pull away from Red Oak in second half


December 4th, 2018 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Trojans boys basketball team picked up a road win over Red Oak on Tuesday night. Atlantic built an early lead but a slight lull in the second quarter let the Tigers hang around until halftime. The Trojans then outscored the Tigers by 9 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach and won it 61-34.

Atlantic led 15-6 at the end of the first and 25-18 at halftime. The third quarter outburst put Atlantic up 41-25 at the end of three.

Chase Mullenix led the scoring for the Trojans with 28 points. Tyler Moen dropped in 9 and Logan Reilly has 8 in the win. The Trojans improved to 2-1 on the season and will travel to Creston on Friday night as part of a girl/boy varsity doubleheader.

Red Oak falls to 0-2 on the season. Isaac Birt was the Tigers’ leading scorer on the night with 15 points. Red Oak will next travel to St. Albert on Friday night.

Listen to post game interview with Tyler Moen and Logan Reilly below.