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Atlantic’s Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction plans meet with approval

News, Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Plans to reconstruct the tennis courts at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic continue to move forward, thanks to approval from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said at Monday evening’s meeting of the Parks & Rec Board, that the USTA approved the plans last week. He says because the plans have been approved, the USTA will send the City an application for funding. Once that’s complete, Herring says he hopes to announce the letting of bids for the project within the next month. Herring said also, the City has “A shot at having some new courts, or at least starting on them, by this Fall.”

The tennis courts at Sunnyside Park are in poor condition, and need to be resurfaced, especially before district tennis action can be held. During their meeting on April 10th, the Atlantic Board of Education agreed to split the cost of resurfacing the tennis courts with the City, which in return will help with the future costs of refurbishing the Washington tennis courts. The USTA application should help the City to obtain a grant to pay for the Sunnyside court improvements, thereby reducing the costs.

On another note, Herring says improvements have been made to the tennis court restrooms. Instead of replacing the restrooms at a cost of about $200,000, Herring took some money from the Capital Improvements fund and the Sunnyside Park Improvement Fund, and “refurbished” the old restrooms. He says the toilets and sinks work fine, but the lighting was “absolutely horrendous.” Herring improved the lighting for as little as $60, by installing “vandal-proof” lights, which also increased the brightness. He says they also painted the restroom interior, which is something that had never been done. He said the concrete block “dungeon” look is gone, and it’s “100% better,” on the inside.” The restrooms will soon be open to the public.

Atlantic Summer Rec Programs are a hit

News, Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Park and Rec Department Summer programs appear to be a big success. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said at Monday night’s Parks & Rec Board meeting, there are 25 kids involved in the Playground program, 130 signed-up for the tennis program, 60 in swimming, and 270 in Little League. He said all the kids are getting their lunch, the busing program is working well, and the playground crew had done a great job with keeping kids busy with various activities. The response he says from kids and their parents so far, has been very positive.

The Parks and Rec Board were so impressed with the way Herring has performed in his position since taking over last year, they voted unanimously to grant him a pay increase. Board Chair Stuart Dusenberry said he’s heard nothing but positive comments about Herring and his accomplishments.  Board member Jolene Smith says she thinks Herring “Does the work of 10 men,” and there’s things getting done “that have never gotten done before.”

Herring says despite hitting some potholes to progress along the way toward completion of various projects, such as dealing with the proposed Park Maintenance Building and the related hoops one must jump through to make that happen, he’s enjoyed the job immensely. Chris Jimerson, City Council representative on the Parks and Rec Board, says Herring’s “People Skills” are what sets him apart from some of the past persons who have held the position of Parks and Rec Director, especially when it comes to the City’s Little League Program, and dealing with those involved in helping to make it a success.

Kent St. eliminates top-seeded Gators 5-4 at CWS

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kent State scored four unearned runs and another on a wild pitch, then held off Florida’s comeback bid in the ninth to eliminate the top-seeded Gators from the College World Series with a 5-4 victory Monday. The Gators loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against shaky relievers Michael Clark and Josh Pierce. Pierce fought back from a 3-0 count to strike out Casey Turgeon when Turgeon couldn’t check his swing and got called out on an appeal to the third-base umpire. Justin Shafer flew out to right to end the game. The Gators, who reached the CWS finals last year, committed five errors in two games after coming to Omaha seventh in the nation in fielding. Florida’s Hudson Randall (9-3) left after the first inning because of heat-related symptoms. Ryan Bores (10-3) got the win for Kent State, making its first CWS appearance.

IndyCar to reduce downforce at Iowa Speedway

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar will reduce downforce in the cars for the race at Iowa Speedway on Saturday night. The decision was announced Monday and will reduce downforce by about 9 percent. IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips says reducing the downforce makes the cars difficult to drive, and most of the drivers have been asking for that challenge. The drivers unanimously voted for less downforce two weeks ago at Texas to eliminate the pack racing that develops on high-banked ovals. Aside from the reduction of downforce and removal of the rear wicker, IndyCar will use the same short oval aerodynamic package it used last weekend at Milwaukee. IndyCar also said it will set the fields for Friday night’s qualifying heat races by lap times recorded in the second practice session.

IHSBCA Rankings for June 18, 2012

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Jim Field

4-A
1.    Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2.    Ankeny
3.    Dowling Catholic
4.    Fort Dodge
5.    Waukee
6.    WDM Valley
7.    Iowa City West
8.    SE Polk
9.    Muscatine
10.  Linn-Mar

3-A
1.    Dallas Center-Grimes
2.    Sioux City Heelan
3.    Grinnell
4.    Clear Lake
5.    Benton Community
6.    Harlan
7.    Sergeant Bluff-Luton
8.    Davenport Assumption
9.    Williamsburg
10.  Oelwein

2-A
1.    Davis County
2.    Saint Edmond
3.    Dyersville Beckman
4.    North Polk
5.    PCM
6.    Iowa City Regina
7.    Waterloo Columbus
8.    Van Buren
9.    Wilton
10.  Des Moines Christian

1-A
1.    St. Albert
2.    Mason City Newman
3.    Lawton-Bronson
4.    Martensdale-St. Mary’s
5.    Preston
6.    Lisbon
7.    Algona Garrigan
8.    Van Meter
9.    Pleasantville
10.  South O’Brien

8AM Sportscast 06-18-2012

Podcasts, Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Saturday High School Softball Results

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic 7, St. Edmond 3

Sioux City, North 9, Atlantic 5
Carroll 10, Humboldt 3
Carroll 3, Lisbon 0
Abraham Lincoln 4, Glenwood 2
Creston 6, Knoxville 0
Earlham 11, Underwood 0
Earlham 14, West Harrison 1
Griswold 10, Fremont-Mills 0
Harlan 9, Fort Dodge 2
Harlan 9, North Sentral Kossuth 5
Iowa City, West 5, Creston 1
Lenox 13, Nodaway Valley 1
Missouri Valley 13, East Mills 0
Missouri Valley 14, Stanton 0
OA-BCIG 3, IKM-Manning 2
OA-BCIG 8, Thomas Jefferson 2
Panorama 7, Saydel 3
Pekin 18, Panorama 6
Shenandoah 13, East Mills 3
Shenandoah 8, Stanton 0
Treynor 2, Glenwood 0
Underwood 15, Guthrie Center 0
Underwood 16, Audubon 4
Villisca 4, Exira-EHK 0
Walnut 2, Essex 1
Walnut 5, Woodbine 4
West Central Valley 12, C-W-L 0
West Hancock 16, West Central Valley 4
West Harrison 11, Guthrie Center 1
Woodward-Granger 11, Panorama 1

Saturday High School Baseball Results

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CAM 8, Guthrie Center 1
Cherokee, Washington 3, Ar-We-Va 2
Guthrie Center 12, Glidden-Ralston 9
Ridge View 1, Ar-We-Va 0
Roland-Story 10, East Mills 4
South Central Calhoun 8, CAM 7
West Central Valley 6, Emmetsburg 1
West Central Valley 8, West Hancock 7

CWS: Seminoles eliminate Stony Brook…Arizona blanks Bruins

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida State eliminated Stony Brook 12-2 in an elimination game at the College World Series. Justin Gonzalez and Devon Travis homered to help the Seminoles build an early 9-0 lead against the CWS first-timers from Long Island. In the nightcap, Arizona blanked UCLA 4-0. Konner Wade pitched a five-hit shutout. Arizona pitchers have allowed just one earned run in the last 21 innings.

Royals over Cards in 15-innings Sunday

Sports

June 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 15th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Betancourt had put the Royals ahead in the 14th with an RBI double but closer Jonathan Broxton (1-1) failed to hold the lead. Down to their last strike in the ninth, Billy Butler homered for the Royals to tie it. Jarrod Dyson began 15th inning with a bunt single off St. Louis reliever Eduardo Sanchez (0-1). Dyson was sacrificed to second and, after an out, Betancourt hit an 0-1 pitch into the Royals’ bullpen.