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Burlington Notre Dame ends Adair-Casey’s Tournament run


March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Tournament play looks just like the regular season for Burlington Notre Dame. The state’s highest scoring team completed the opening day of the Class 1A tournament with a 90-50 victory over Adair-Casey, the fourth time the Nikes have reached 80 or more points in as many postseason games.  Taylor Hickey scored 27 points to lead third-ranked Notre Dame, which shot 58 percent from the field and easily topped its season scoring average of 81.7 points. Riley Kilbride added 16 points for the Nikes and Courtney Coffin scored 10.

Notre Dame harassed Adair-Casey throughout with its full-court press and traps, came up with 18 steals and scored 34 points off turnovers. The Nikes improved to 22-3 and will play No. 2 Janesville in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Thursday.  London Vais led eighth-ranked Adair-Casey with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Zoey Dinkla and Shelby Sorensen each scored six for the Bombers, who finish 23-4 after the school’s second state tourney trip.

The 23 victories are a school record in the five-player era. Adair-Casey trailed by 15 midway through the second quarter, then started taking better care of the ball and drew to 33-26 in the closing seconds of the first half. But any hopes the Bombers had of taking some momentum into halftime ended when Hickey sank two free throws, then scored on a drive after a turnover just before the buzzer.

That mini-surge became an 18-0 run when Notre Dame began the second half with 14 straight points to make it 51-26. The Nikes held Adair-Casey to three field goals in the third quarter and led 74-37 heading into the final period.

Peralta homers twice against former team: Tigers 8 Cards 5


March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – Jhonny Peralta homered twice against his former team, going deep in his only plate appearances Monday in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 8-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Peralta played for the Tigers for three and a half seasons before signing with St. Louis as a free agent this offseason. He said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny asked a couple days earlier if he wanted to make the spring training trip to Lakeland to face Detroit. Peralta accepted that offer – then made his visit worthwhile with two solo homers off left-hander Drew Smyly.

Nick Castellanos homered for the Tigers. Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson had two hits apiece. Detroit, which played a 10-inning scoreless tie against Atlanta on Sunday, scored seven runs in the first three innings Monday.

Newell-Fonda defeats Bedford in 1A Girls semi-finals Monday


March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Renee Maneman’s passing and solid all-around play keyed another state tournament victory for Newell-Fonda, Monday, in Des Moines. Maneman tied the tournament record with 13 assists and teammates Claudia Larson and Hailey Falline each scored 16 points as the top-ranked Mustangs rolled past Bedford 73-37 to reach the Class 1A semifinals. Maneman also had 13 points, seven steals and six rebounds as part of an impressive performance by the Mustangs, whose sharp passing created numerous open shots. Of their 32 field goals, 26 came on assists.

Newell-Fonda also came up with 15 steals and no starter played more than 21 minutes. Maneman left the game shortly after tying the assist record with a pass to Brianna Wells, who made a 3-pointer with 7:19 left. Wells finished with 10 points.

Maneman now shares the assists record with Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Tara Hupfeld, who did it against Solon in 1993, and Davenport Assumption’s Gabbi Binion, who had 13 against Unity Christian in 2008. Emily Weed led Bedford with 12 points and Fallyn Beemer scored nine.

Newell-Fonda will take a 23-2 record into a semifinal game against fourth-ranked Colo-NESCO at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Mustangs are in the tournament for the fourth time in the last five years and are seeking their first title after runner-up finishes in 1997, 2000, 2008 and last year. Bedford, which made it to state for the third in in four years, finishes 17-8.

Monday Basketball Schedule


March 3rd, 2014 by Jim Field

Girls State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Class 1-A Quarter-Finals:

  • Colo-Nesco 38, Lynnville-Sully 34
  • Newell-Fonda 73, Bedford 37
  • Janesville 58, Rockford 46
  • Burlington Notre Dame 90, Adair-Casey 50

Class 2-A Quarter-Finals:

  • 5:00 pm – Cascade (25-0) vs. Northwest Webster (20-4)
  • 6:45 pm – Hudson (23-1) vs. Woodbury Central (21-3)
  • 8:30 pm – North Linn (23-1) vs. South Central Calhoun (21-3)

Boys Sub-State Finals

Class 1-A:

  • Belmond-Klemme vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck @ Hampton-Dumont
  • Dunkerton vs. Jesup @ Independence
  • Gehlen Catholic vs. West Lyon @ Le Mars

Class 2-A:

  • Treynor vs. Kuemper Catholic @ Atlantic
  • West Marshall vs. Des Moines Christian @ Johnston
  • New Hampton vs. West Fork @ Mason City
  • Sioux Center vs. Western Christian @ MOC-Floyd Valley
  • St. Edmond vs. South Hamilton @ Webster City

Class 3-A:

  • Harlan vs. Glenwood @ CB Abraham Lincoln
  • Carroll vs. Humboldt @ Ames
  • Chariton vs. Bondurant-Farrar @ Ankeny Centennial
  • Central Clinton vs. Benton Community @ Cedar Rapids Kennedy
  • Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Crestwood @ Decorah
  • Dubuque Wahlert vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier @ Western Dubuque
  • Grinnell vs. Fort Madison @ Iowa City West
  • Bishop Heelan Catholic vs. MOC-Floyd Valley @ Sioux City North

Moustakas hits 2 homers, Royals down Cubs


March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice, Eric Hosmer added three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Sunday. Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro left after the first inning with a slight strain of his right hamstring. He hurt himself trying to steal a base. Moustakas hit a drive off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson to lead off the second inning. He hit a two-run shot off Carlos Villanueva in the third.

Hosmer doubled twice, and all of his hits went to the opposite field. Lorenzo Cain had two hits for the Royals. Kansas City starter Wade Davis gave up one hit in two scoreless innings.

The game at Cubs Park drew a crowd of 14,680.

Holliday hits 2 doubles as Cardinals beat Mets, Sunday


March 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Matt Holliday doubled in both at-bats and drove in two runs Sunday for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-1 win over the New York Mets. Holiday didn’t play in the Cardinals’ spring training opener on Friday. He singled and walked in two plate appearances as the designated hitter Saturday.

Holliday’s first double came off starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose competing for the fifth spot in the Mets’ rotation. A 30-pitch first inning that included two walks kept Cardinals starter Michael Wacha from getting out of the second. He reached his pitch cap after retiring the first two batters of the second without allowing a run.

No. 25 Iowa powers past Illinois 81-56


March 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 17 points and Ally Disterhoft added 14 more to propel No. 25 Iowa to an 81-56 rout over Illinois on Sunday. Leading by 18 at the break, Iowa (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten) continued to pull away in the second half, using a 23-3 run bookended by a Bethany Doolittle layup and a Taylor jumper to take its largest lead of the game, 65-30 with 9:57 to go. The Hawkeyes then protected the advantage down the stretch.

Samantha Logic contributed 12 points and seven rebounds and Doolittle had 11 points for Iowa, which hit 27 of 48 (56 percent) from the field, including 11 of 27 from 3-point range, in its third straight win. Logic also had five assists, giving her a career total of 577 to set a program record.

Illinois (9-20, 2-14) was led by Amber Moore, who scored 14 points.

No. 20 Iowa holds off Purdue 83-76


March 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Number 20 Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Purdue 83-76 on Sunday. Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.

Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left. Gesell then hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds to help the Hawkeyes narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries.

HSBB: Nodaway Valley vs. East Mills Boys 1A Substate 03-01-2014

Podcasts, Sports

March 2nd, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the Boys Class 1A Substate Final played at Atlantic High School.


Boys Basketball Class 1A and 2A Substate Finals Saturday


March 1st, 2014 by Chris Parks


  •  1A Substate 4 Championship: Easton Valley 55, Danville 33
  •  1A Substate 5 Championship: Keota 53, Van Buren, Keosauqua 42
  •  1A Substate 6 Championship:  Lamoni 64, Pleasantville 41
  •  1A Substate 7 Championship: East Mills 66, Nodaway Valley 65 OT- on KJAN
  •  1A Substate 8 Championship: Newell-Fonda 66, Ar-We-Va, Westside 54
  •  2A Substate 4 Championship: Cascade,Western Dubuque 41, MFL-Mar-Mac 38
  •  2A Substate 5 Championship:  North Cedar, Stanwood 63, Mount Vernon 48
  •  2A Substate 6 Championship: Albia 61, Notre Dame, Burlington 50


  •  1A Substate 1 Championship:  West Lyon, Inwood vs. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars, ppd. to Mar 3.
  • 1A Substate 2 Championship: Gladbrook-Reinbeck vs. Belmond-Klemme, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  1A Substate 3 Championship:   Jesup vs. Dunkerton, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  2A Substate 1 Championship:  Western Christian, Hull vs. Sioux Center, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  2A Substate 2 Championship:  South Hamilton, Jewell vs. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  2A Substate 3 Championship:  West Fork, Sheffield vs. New Hampton, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  2A Substate 7 Championship:  Des Moines Christian vs. West Marshall, State Center, ppd. to Mar 3.
  •  2A Substate 8 Championship: Kuemper Catholic, Carroll vs. Treynor, ppd. to Mar 3. –Will be played at Atlantic High School