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ISU Coach Paul Rhoads Puts Cyclones on the Map


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State has known what it has in coach Paul Rhoads from the moment the Cyclones hired him in December 2008.  Now the rest of the country knows, too.  Rhoads, the energetic third-year coach, pulled off the biggest win in school history Friday night. Iowa State stunned then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime, 37-31, in a rare nationally televised game for the program.  Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says the win reinforced what the school has come to appreciate with Rhoads.  Pollard says the Cyclones play hard for Rhoads and believe in him.  Iowa State (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) will shoot for another huge upset on Saturday with a game at No. 12 Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2).

Bedlam Rivalry Now Has Different Title at Stake


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

An uprising in the Big 12 has lowered the stakes of the year-ending Bedlam rivalry game.  When No. 12 Oklahoma plays at No. 5 Oklahoma State on Dec. 3, it will be for the Big 12 championship instead of a national championship – as long as the Sooners can avoid another upset.  Iowa State, which handed Oklahoma State its first loss last week, visits Norman on Saturday.  Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Monday the chance for an eighth Big 12 title still provides “great motivation.” Oklahoma State will be trying for its first title.  The Bedlam game was set up as a potential national semifinal before Baylor and Iowa State, which came into the year with the fewest wins in Big 12 history, pulled off upsets on consecutive days.

Drake Football Africa Trip Featured Tonight on CBS Sports Network


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

The following announcement was sent Monday morning from the Drake University athletic department:

A documentary highlighting the first ever American college football game on African soil featuring Drake University and the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico will air tonight on CBS Sports Network 7:00 PM ET.

The broadcast comes a week after the Drake University football program, whose players, coaches and staff participated in the life-changing event, celebrated winning a share of the 2011 Pioneer Football League Championship with a 7-1 mark.

A 37-14 home win over Dayton meant the Bulldogs claimed their fifth PFL title and first since the 2004 season and head coach CHRIS CREIGHTON paid tribute to the positive influence the game in Africa, the community service projects and the team effort to ascend to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro had on his team.

“Our trip to Tanzania had a major impact on our championship season,” said Creighton, whose team won its final four PFL contests and finished the campaign with an unblemished 4-0 home mark. “Last winter we adopted the theme ‘Tupande Kileleni’ – Swahili for ‘Let’s Climb to the Summit’ – and we have lived the theme this past year.

“We definitely became closer as a team as a result of our intense two weeks in Tanzania. We all grew as individuals and as a team as we were stretched in ways we had never before experienced. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro became a blueprint for our climb of the Pioneer Football League. In preparing for the climb and then actually climbing the mountain we learned six ‘climbing realities’ that we constantly referenced and relied on throughout our climb of the league this fall. The whole year has been an incredible journey and we are definitely blessed.”

CBS Sports Network, which is seen in more than 44 million homes and available to 98 million households, will re-air the documentary highlighting the experiences of Drake and their Mexican counterparts at 7pm tonight. For the full network schedule and to access the CBS Sports Network Channel Finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

In addition to witnessing the spectacle of American football being played before 20,000 curious spectators in Tanzania, the documentary showcases the service efforts of the student athletes working in orphanages, enjoying the amazing wildlife safaris on the TANAPA-managed national parks, and experiencing the climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro where 117 group members proudly hoisted the national flags of USA, Mexico and Tanzania.

Event organizer, Global Football President PATRICK STEENBERGE, said of the Drake success: “Some people were concerned that undertaking such a demanding visit to African might become a distraction, but Coach Creighton and I both believed from the beginning that this would serve to inspire his team. It is a credit to Coach and to his staff and players that they saw the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl as a means of inspiration that would give them an edge over opponents this season.”

The Kili Bowl event and one-hour documentary were produced by Global Football, with Steenberge as executive director, and Tim Brockman serving as director. Brockman has more than two decades of experience producing outdoor programs for various networks in the U.S. and overseas.

Since 1996 Global Football has created and produced American football games and events in 19 different nations around the world. When invited to do something spectacular in Tanzania, the challenge became a mission that resulted in an amazing sports, natural wonders, and public service event that changed the lives of each person involved, in many ways.

Global Football aims to stage a second Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in Tanzania in the summer of 2013 and is in the process of identifying teams from the United States and the international American football community to participate.

2011 8-Man All-District 8 Selections


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

First Team Offense:
QB: Luke Schafer, SR, East Mills
RB: Nate Meier, SR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Focht, SR, Stanton, Brendon Hardy, SR, Sidney
WR: Daniel Duysen, SR, East Mills – Charlie Ruff, SR, East Mills, Nick Williams, SR, Fremont-Mills
OL: Dallas Franks, SR, Fremont-Mills – David Howell, SO, East Mills – Mark Hall, JR, Fremont-Mills, Andrew Cerven, SR, Stanton
UTL: Tyler Walter, SR, Stanton
K: Travis Tupper, SO, East Mills
RET: Greg Focht, SR, Stanton, Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills

First Team Defense:
DL: Nate Meier, SR, Fremont-Mills – Seth Phillips, JR, Fremont-Mills – Austin Bechtold, SR, Stanton – David Howell, SO, East Mills – Andrew Cerven, SR, Stanton
LB: Logan Wood, SR, Fremont-Mills – Daniel Duysen, SR, East Mills – Nick Williams, SR, Fremont-Mills – Tyler Walter, SR, Stanton
DB: Luke Schafer, SR, East Mills – AJ Scarborough, SR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Focht, SR, Stanton
UTL: Kaleb Richter, SR, East Mills
P: Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills
KO: Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills

Second Team Offense:
QB: AJ Scarborough, SR, Fremont-Mills
RB: Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills – Cameron Kinney, SR, Essex – Chris Osborn, SO, Nishnabotna
WR: Kyle Steiner, JR, East Mills – Jacob Tristan, JR, Nishnabotna – Austin Becthold, SR, Stanton
OL: Seth Phillips, JR, Fremont-Mills – Greg Marshall, SR, Stanton – Zach Adcock, SR, Villisca – Cristian Valquier, SR, Sidney – Pierre Bassich, SR, East Mills
UTL: Kaleb Richter, SR, East Mills
K: Jacob Tristan, JR, Nishnabotna
RET: Andrew Thompson, SR, Nishnabotna

Second Team Defense:
DL: Mark Hall, JR, Fremont-Mills – Justin Hammers, SR, East Mills – Mason Sheldon, JR, Sidney – Dakota Dovel, SR, Nishnabotna – Pierre Bassich, SR, East Mills
LB: Logan Wood, SR, Fremont-Mills – Zach Adcock, SR, Villisca – Ryan Scott, SR, Sidney – Jarod Murphy, JR, Nishnabotna – Caleb Barney, JR, East Mills
DB: Andrew Thompson, SR, Nishnabotna – Josh Larsen, SR, Fremont-Mills – Levi Allen, SR, Essex
UTL: Brent Hanson, SR, Stanton
P: Charlie Ruff, SR, East Mills
KO: Travis Tupper, SR, East Mills

Honorable Mention Offense:
QB: Noah McKeever, JR, Sidney
WR: Brett Hanson, SR, Sidney – Clayton Wilson, JR, Fremont-Mills – Mason Sheldon, JR, Sidney – Jordan Jones, SR, Essex – Curtis Beem, SR, Fremont-Mills – Joe Gude, SR, Nishnabotna
OL: Alec Hendrickson, SR, Nishnabotna – Ethan Johnson, SR, Stanton – Jacob Huston, SR, East Mills
UTL: Levi Allen, SR, Essex
K: Antonio Rodriguez, JR, Sidney

Honorable Mention Defense:
DL: Manley Schipansky, SR, Villisca
LB: Jacob Thorne, JR, Sidney – Jordan Jones, SR, Essex – Justin Moyer, SR, Essex
DB: Clint Clark, SR, Sidney – Jeff Marshall, JR, Stanton – Travis Herzberg, JR, Villisca
UTL: Noah McKeever, JR, Sidney – Curtis Beem, SR, Fremont-Mills
P: Greg Focht, SR, Stanton
KO: Austin Becthold, SR, Stanton

2011 Class 1-A, All-District 8 Selections


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

First Team:
Garrett Muhlbauer, SR, Griswold, RB
Chase Jahnke, SR, Griswold, RB
Dominic Snyder, SR, Logan-Magnolia, LB
Paul Hutson, JR, Logan-Magnolia, RB
Caden McDonald, JR, Logan-Magnolia, DB
Quin Mann, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DE
Trenton Geer, SR, Treynor, RB/NT
Connor Meis, SR, Treynor, TE/LB
Chris Zimmerman, SR, Treynor, RB/LB
Austin Graber, SR, Treynor, OG/LB
Mason Tennigkeit, SR, Underwood, RB/LB
Dakota Holcomb, SR, Underwood, OL/DL
Ben Irlmeier, SR, Audubon, LB
Blair Kerkhoff, SR, Audubon, QB
Doug Hoke, JR, Tri-Center, RB
Ben Wellman, SO, Tri-Center, LB
Derek Schierbrock, SR, Tri-Center, DL
Robert Williams, Clarinda Academy, RB
Marco Naughton, SR, St. Albert, OL/DL
JD Culjat, SR, St. Albert, QB
Matt Vermillion, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Zane Cozad, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Connor Thomas, SR, St. Albert, WR/DB
Trenton Geer, SR, Treynor, P
Josh Cochran, SR, St. Albert, K

Second Team:
Devin Bates, JR, Griswold, QB
Kenneth Clary, SO, Griswold, LB
Gannon Cunard, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DL
Logan Melby, JR, Logan-Magnolia, OL
Nate Fender, SR, Logan-Magnolia, QB
Eric Brosnahan, SR, Logan-Magnolia, DB
Sam Laux, SR, Treynor, OG/DT
Trevor Pavlik, SR, Treynor, OC/DT
Dillon Ruby, SR, Treynor, RB/LB
Dane Livengood, SO, Treynor, RB/DB
Drake Fanslau, SR, Underwood, QB/DE
Kaz Cozad, SR, Audubon, DE
Ryan Messerschmidt, SR, Tri-Center, OL
CJ Peters, JR, Tri-Center, TE
Britton Barrier, JR, Tri-Center, QB
Lamont Randall, Clarinda Academy, LB
Fermin Maldonado, Clarinda Academy, OL
Doug Kelsey, SR, St. Albert, OL
Ryan Lawton, SR, St. Albert, OL
Col Herr, JR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Eric Assmann, SR, St. Albert, WR/DB
Kellen O’Neill, SR, St. Albert, RB/LB
Cole Chapin, SR, Treynor, K

Honorable Mention:
Cameron Mennenoh, SR, Audubon
Nick Fett, SR, Audubon
Cole Burns, SR, Audubon
Kolton Jensen, JR, Audubon
Nicholas Andreasen, SO, Audubon
Kalif Brown, Clarinda Academy
Jared SChoning, SR, Griswold
Ethan Peck, Sr, Griswold
Mason Anstey, JR, Griswold
Taylor Briles, JR, Griswold
Collin Fast, JR, Griswold
Johnny Duggan, SO, Girswold
Holden Ogg, SO, Griswold
Jarrett Dickinson, SO, Griswold
Austin Lorenz, SO, Griswold
Chris Bridgeford, SR, Logan-Magnolia
Jordan Muxfeldt, SR, Logan-Magnolia
Brennan Azinger, JR, Logan-Magnolia
Eric Johnson, SO, St. Albert
Tucker Culjat, SO, St. Albert
Jim Hawk, JR, St. Albert
Trevor Craft, SO, St. Albert
Justin Butcher, SO, St. Albert
Trey Bowman, SO, St. Albert

Klein Named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week


November 21st, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior linebacker A.J. Klein was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week the league office announced today. A media panel selected Klein to his first weekly league honor.

Klein registered a season-high 14 tackles, forced a fumble and was credited with a quarterback hurry in Iowa State’s 37-31 double-overtime win over No. 2 Oklahoma State Friday night at Jack Trice Stadium.  The Kimberly, Wis., native helped the Cyclones produce their first-ever victory over a team ranked in the top six in the Associated Press Poll.

Klein additionally had a pass break up and a tackle for loss, as the Cyclones forced five turnovers and held the vaunted Cowboy offense to only 60 rushing yards.

8AM Sportscast 11-21-2011

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November 21st, 2011 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Chiefs Travel to New England for Monday Night Football


November 21st, 2011 by Chris Parks

STATS LLC.- From general manager Scott Pioli and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to injured quarterback Matt Cassel, the Kansas City Chiefs have plenty of connections to the New England Patriots.

On-field success isn’t currently one of them.

Coming off a critical road victory that left them alone atop the AFC East, the Patriots return to Foxborough on Monday night to face a reeling Chiefs team that will have unproven Tyler Palko under center.

As Bill Belichick’s czar of player personnel, Pioli helped build the Patriots (6-3) into a powerhouse last decade before coming to Kansas City in 2009.

Pioli traded for Cassel — who emerged in 2008 with New England after then-Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard ended Tom Brady’s season with a hit to his knee in the season opener — and prior to 2010, hired Crennel, New England’s defensive coordinator during its run of three Super Bowl victories in four seasons.

Cassel had a Pro Bowl season in 2010 and Kansas City rode an improved defense under Crennel to a surprising AFC West title, but a repeat playoff berth is looking unlikely. After bouncing back from an 0-3 start with four straight wins, the Chiefs were outscored 48-13 in consecutive home losses to Miami and Denver.

To make matters worse, Cassel suffered what coach Todd Haley called a “significant” hand injury in last Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Broncos and could miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery Monday.

Palko, who’s thrown 13 NFL passes — 26 fewer than Cassel had when he took over for Brady in 2008 — will be under center for the foreseeable future.

“Tyler is the next in line, and he’s done a terrific job, like I said, of keeping himself ready,” Haley said. “That’s what the No. 2 quarterback has to do, because you don’t know. At a moment’s notice, you could be in there playing, just like any other position.”

Despite having been outscored 157-40 in their losses, the Chiefs (4-5) are still just a game out in the West.

The Patriots, meanwhile, have first place in the East all to themselves — a reality that was tough to imagine after back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and the New York Giants left them tied with Buffalo and the New York Jets. 

Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.  We will join the broadcast after high school basketball.

ISU Women beat Northern Arizona


November 21st, 2011 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens and Hallie Christofferson posted strong performances to lead the Cyclones past Northern Arizona 65-41 Sunday evening at Hilton Coliseum. The win improves Iowa State to 3-0 while NAU drops to 2-3.

It was an all-around strong performance by the Cyclone post players. Poppens finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds for her ninth career double-double. Christofferson posted 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Fallon Ellis was also strong for Iowa State off the bench with five points and six rebounds.

Freshman Nikki Moody was busy for the Cyclones, posting career-highs in assists (nine), rebounds (four) and steals (three). Brynn Williamson came off the bench to post seven points.

Iowa State will travel to Reno, Nev. Later this week to compete in the Nugget Classic. The Cyclones take on Penn State Friday at 6 p.m. CST and will then play either Butler or Nevada the next day.

Northern Iowa pulls past Northern Colorado 78-69


November 21st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Johnny Moran shot 6 for 6 from the free-throw line and finished with 17 points to lead Northern Iowa past Northern Colorado 78-69 on Sunday. The Panthers (2-1) went ahead for good midway through the second half when Jake Koch hit a 3-pointer to break a 54-all tie. They went on to lead by as many as 10 points in the final minute. Koch finished with 15 points while Deon Mitchell and Marc Sonnen added 12 each and Anthony James scored 10. The Bears (0-3) led throughout much of the first half, shooting 40 percent from the field and making 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. But they sent the Panthers to the free-throw line 14 times in the second half and the Northern Iowa made 12 of those tries. The Bears’ Paul Garnica led the game with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, while Tate Unruh added 12 points.