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HCSD Board approves design of new Merrill Field sports complex

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November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District has approved a contract to develop and design the new Merrill Field. During their meeting Monday, the board of education agreed to a contract with FEH Associates out of Sioux City. The Harlan Community Education Foundation gifted the school district $600,000 during the board meeting. The Foundation has collected $950,000 in the bank for the $1.5 million project. However, the rest of the money has been donated but not collected. Superintendent Justin Wagner said the rest of the donations are guaranteed by a local bank. “The Education Foundation has taken out a loan, which it can do, with Farmer’s Trust and Savings and what it does is the bank guarantees the additional pledges that are still hanging out there.”

The $600,000 was given at the moment because that’s what the school can liquidate and that money will be set inside the school’s coffers and accounts in the next 7 to 10 days. Now that the money is close at hand, the board approved the contract with the designer FEH to get the drawings and specifications completed for the project. Wagner and other school officials met with the designer earlier on Monday to discuss the contract before presenting it to the board.

The contract states FEH Associates will be responsible for the overall coordination of the project, field verification as well as construction documents such as demolition around the bleacher areas, bleacher replacement and new fencing around the track. EDA Inc, Sundquist Engineering and Midwest Tennis and Track are also named as contractors for the Merrill Field renovation project. Each entity is in charge of certain aspects such as the field lighting, new drainage system and the entire track and field area. The Harlan Community School district will be responsible for the scoreboard installation, new ticket booth and coordinate site drainage issues with the City of Harlan.

Wagner told the board the designer fee is normally around 5 percent of the whole project and the contract states FEH Associates fee will not exceed $100,000. He said the actual design plans and specs will come at the December 20th school board meeting. The final say on the design will ultimately be approved by the school district but Wagner said the education foundation hopes to give a recommendation to the board.

Wagner says in the next 60 days or so the school board should see the plans and design, determine the cost and move forward with bids. The school district plans to begin the project on March 1st, 2014.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

KC Chiefs mascot hurt during practice at Arrowhead


November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man who has performed as the Kansas City Chiefs’ mascot since 1989 is recovering in a hospital after being injured while practicing a skit for Sunday’s game against San Diego.  Chiefs spokesman Ted Crews confirmed Monday that Dan Meers, who performs as KC Wolf, was injured Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Crews declined to say what Meers was doing when he was hurt, the extent of his injuries or the hospital where he was taken.

According to the website mascothalloffame.com, Meers formerly performed as the St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot “Fredbird,” and before that was “Truman Tiger,” the University of Missouri’s mascot.  Crews says Meers’ prognosis is good and he is expected to make a full recovery.

High School Basketball Scores from Mon., 11/25/13


November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson


Abraham Lincoln 43, Atlantic 24

Creston 58, Orient-Macksburg 18

Earlham 72, Iowa Christian Academy 29

Buss leads Northern Iowa past La Salle 65-50


November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Nate Buss came off the bench to score 23 points and grab 12 rebounds, both career highs, to lead Northern Iowa to a 65-50 win over La Salle and a third-place finish in the Paradise Jam tournament. The Panthers, who lost to Maryland in the semifinals Sunday night, led by three after a half, but went on a 12-2 run early in the first half. La Salle fell to Providence in the other semifinal.

La Salle (3-4) did not score for more than six minutes at a stretch twice in the second half – during Northern Iowa’s run and again from the 7:12 mark of the half until Steve Zack converted a pair of free throws with :59 left.

Seth Tuttle had 15 points for Northern Iowa (3-3). Zack finished with 13 points to lead the Explorers, with 10 points from Tyrone Garland

No. 17 Iowa State thumps UMKC 110-51


November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — DeAndre Kane had 20 points and eight rebounds, and 17th-ranked Iowa State trounced Missouri-Kansas City 110-51 Monday night for its fifth straight win. Sherron Dorsey-Walker added 17 points for the Cyclones, who used a 27-0 run midway through the first half to put away the Kangaroos.

Iowa State, which was hosting a game as a ranked team for the first time in eight years, held UMKC scoreless for 7½ minutes and led 52-17 at halftime. The Cyclones also finished with their most points under fourth-year coach Fred Hoiberg.

Self: Give up ‘home of Chiefs’ during anthem


November 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self wants fans to quit yelling “Chiefs” at the end of the national anthem before games that the Jayhawks play at historic Allen Fieldhouse. Fans of the nearby NFL franchise traditionally bellow “Chiefs” rather than “brave,” the final word in the national anthem, before games played at Arrowhead Stadium. But for some reason, many do the same thing before games played in other area venues. Among them are Allen Fieldhouse and Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Royals.

Self said Monday that “out of respect for what it really stands for and the men and women that have sacrificed so much, I think that we should stay true to what it is.” Other local coaches have made similar pleas over the years.

Banged-up Chiefs turning attention to Broncos


November 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali had an MRI exam on his sprained left ankle that came back better than expected Monday, while fellow linebacker Justin Houston had an MRI exam on his left elbow postponed because of swelling. Coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say whether his top two pass rushers, both of them Pro Bowl picks a year ago, would be available for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Hali rolled over his ankle in the first half of Sunday’s 41-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers. He was walking on crutches in the locker room after the game, but Reid said that he was feeling better on Monday. It’s possible he could play vs Denver. Houston appears to be more doubtful after a subluxation of his elbow.

GM on Peralta: Cardinals not ‘morale police’


November 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals factored in Jhonny Peralta’s drug suspension when they negotiated a four-year deal worth more than $50 million with the free agent shortstop. General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Peralta had admitted wrongdoing and served his penalty, and that the Cardinals weren’t about to appoint themselves “morale police.” Mozeliak said the club was confident this was an isolated circumstance.

The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended for 50 games last summer following Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. He underwent a physical on Sunday but did not attend the introductory news conference.

St. Louis also explored a trade but wasn’t willing to part with several prospects.

Iowa State to Improve Jack Trice Stadium After Large Donation


November 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says it will use a $25 million donation to close the south end zone of Jack Trice Stadium and make it a true bowl.

Athletic director Jamie Pollard says the gift from Reiman Publications founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman will also allow the school to create an “inspiring campus entrance.”

The end zone set to be closed faces University Boulevard, the road many use to enter campus. It currently has a set of bleachers between a pair of grassy hills.

Final plans for the project have yet to be developed. But Pollard says the school hopes to be completed by the start of the 2015 season.

The project will go in front of the Iowa Board of Regents for approval in February.

8AM Sportscast 11-25-2013

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