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Iowa State extends Jackson through 2015


March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State has extended the contract of wrestling coach Kevin Jackson through 2015. The Cyclones announced the extension Wednesday, a week before the NCAA Championships begin in nearby Des Moines.

Jackson, a former Olympic gold medalist, took over for current Penn State coach Cael Sanderson four seasons ago. Though the program has struggled since Sanderson’s departure, Iowa State finished second at the recent Big 12 meet and doubled its dual meet victories from 2012.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard says he is encouraged by the progress of the program’s underclassmen. Seven of the team’s 10 starters this season were freshmen or sophomores.  Iowa State says full details of Jackson’s new contract will be released at a later date.

Atlantic’s Chad Christensen is Pre-Season Baseball All-Region Pick


March 13th, 2013 by Jim Field

Atlantic senior shortstop Chad Christensen has been named as an honorable mention pick to the Rawlings/Perfect Game All-Central Region team.  The central region includes high school players from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Christensen, who will become a five year starter for the Trojans this season, has committed to play at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City this fall.

Primarily a shortstop, who also handles some pitching duties, Chad helped lead Atlantic to a 19-11 record in 2012.

Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All Sub-State Teams


March 13th, 2013 by Jim Field

The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association has announced its list of all sub-state basketball selections for the 2012-2013 season.

In class 1-A, sub-state 6, Adam Courtney or Guthrie Center and Spencer Rochholz of Adair-Casey were honored.  In class 1-A sub-state 7, the team includes Ricky Williams and Brady Ryun of Riverside, Travis Herzberg and Damon Sunderman of Villisca, Austin Konsor of Underwood, Trevor McKee of CAM, Brennan Azinger of Logan-Magnolia, Cole Anderson of Exira/EHK and Jameson Delaney of Woodbine.

The class 2-A, Sub-state 7 team included Alex Welsch, Brad Baudler and T.J. Bower, all of Nodaway Valley.  The sub-state 8 team includes T.J. Sterk of IKM-Manning, Britton Barrier of Tri-Center, Cole Neary and Sam Brincks of Kuemper Catholic, Alec Sorensen of Treynor, Tucker Culjat of St. Albert and Tanner Johnson and Pete Walker of Red Oak.

The class 3-A, sub-state 8 team includes Dalton Franken and Sam Markham of Atlantic, Colby Taylor and Luke Neitzel of Creston, Trey Lansman of Harlan, Grant May of Glenwood and Addison Ross of Carroll.

Alex Reed of Lewis Central was named to the class 4-A sub-state 1 team.

Coaches who were honored as sub-state coach of the year include Jason Shelangouski of Riverside in class 1-A sub-state 7, Darrell Burmeister of Nodaway Valley in class 2-A sub-state 7, Tyler Edwards of Kuemper Catholic in class 2-A sub-state 8 and Steve Blazek of Atlantic in class 3-A sub-state 8.

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March 13th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Iowa DNR offers online atlas showing hunting land

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March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are encouraging hunters to use an online atlas that shows 600,000 acres of public hunting land. The state Department of Natural Resources says the new atlas allows a viewer to click on a region for basic information about zones and open season. The interactive map also zooms in and shows where one piece of land is in relation to another. The atlas is usable on computers and tablets. Officials are working toward a version for mobile phones.

The public land is owned by state, county and federal governments. Information on the atlas will be updated as land is acquired.

Iowa hoping for big run through Big Ten tourney


March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa knows that it will need to make a stunning run through the Big Ten tournament to earn an NCAA tournament bid. The Hawkeyes think they’re up for it. Iowa’s postseason resume is saddled by a weak nonconference schedule and a lack of quality road wins. But the sheer depth of the Big Ten means that the Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9 Big Ten) could drastically improve their profile before the NCAA tournament field is announced on Sunday.

Sixth-seeded Iowa opens tournament play against Northwestern on Thursday night. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says there is a “good possibility” that starting guard Mike Gesell will start after suffering a stress reaction in his right foot.

49ers announce trade of QB Alex Smith to Chiefs


March 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers made their trade of quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs official on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the two sides agreed to it. The 49ers will receive the Chiefs’ second-round pick, 34th overall, and a conditional choice in next year’s draft, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed. Smith must still pass a physical for the trade to be completed.

The 28-year-old Smith struggled much of his career in San Francisco, but blossomed the past couple seasons under new coach Jim Harbaugh and is considered an upgrade for Kansas City. The Chiefs are expected to release incumbent quarterback Matt Cassel.

Kansas, K-State Favored as Big 12 Tourney Opens


March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State and Kansas tied for the regular-season Big 12 title, but that doesn’t mean they feel very good about themselves entering the league tournament.

The Wildcats lost a road game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, while the Jayhawks were routed by Baylor a few hours later in a game that would have given them the outright title.

Consider it proof that the Big 12 tournament should be unpredictable.

West Virginia and Texas Tech open Wednesday night at Sprint Center, with the winner advancing to play Kansas. The winner of Texas-TCU gets the Wildcats on Thursday.

The other two quarterfinals Thursday are Oklahoma-Iowa State and Oklahoma State-Baylor.

The tournament champion will be crowned Saturday night.

Tony Gonzalez Says he’s Returning to Falcons


March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Tony Gonzalez is returning to the Falcons for the 2013 season.

Gonzalez, who led the Falcons with 93 catches last season, said on his Twitter feed Tuesday “I’m coming back.” The Falcons did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Gonzalez, who said during the season he was 95-percent sure he would retire after the 2012 season, says he made the decision to play after talking with his family.

The 37-year-old Gonzalez had 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

The Falcons were 13-3 last season and advanced to the NFC championship game. Gonzalez could have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, but he says he wants to remain with the Falcons. He tweeted the Falcons’ “unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up.”

Marble, White Named to All-Big Ten Basketball Teams


March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field


Victor Oladipo, Indiana*
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan*
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State


Keith Appling, Michigan State
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin


Brandon Paul, Illinois
D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Terone Johnson, Purdue


Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Derrick Nix, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Dylan Talley, Nebraska
Jermaine Marshall, Penn State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Ben Brust, Wisconsin


Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin


Victor Oladipo, Indiana*
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State*
Shannon Scott, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin


Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.  Indiana’s Will Sheehey was named the sixth man of the year.