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Friday’s Girls State Basketball Scores (from 3/7/14)


March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A State Tournament
State Championship

Notre Dame, Burlington 57, Newell-Fonda 54

Class 2A State Tournament
State Championship

Western Christian, Hull 79, Hudson 55

Class 5A State Tournament
State Semifinal

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 49, Iowa City, City High 44

Southeast Polk 54, Waterloo, West 45

Huskers’ Pelini receives 1-year contract extension


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has received a one-year contract extension through February 2019. Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson on Friday confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release. Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers’ streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years.

Minutes after Nebraska lost its last regular-season game, to Iowa, Pelini defended his record and said, “If they want to fire me, go ahead.” Athletic director Shawn Eichorst issued a statement of support for Pelini the next day, but as recently as Tuesday had refused to answer questions about a contract extension.

No. 23 Iowa women rally past No. 17 Purdue 87-80


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 10 of her 12 points in the final 5:38 as 23rd-ranked and fifth-seeded Iowa clawed back from the brink with a 24-11 closing run to upend No. 17, fourth-seeded Purdue 87-80 in a Big 10 quarterfinal Friday. The Hawkeyes (25-7) face eighth-seeded Ohio State (17-17) in a semifinal Saturday after the Buckeyes shocked No. 11 and top-seeded Penn State, 99-82.

Purdue (21-8) battled through seven ties and six lead changes in the first half to lead 39-35 at the break and appeared to be in control after halftime with Courtney Moses banging down 24 points. Iowa’s all-Big Ten selections Disterhoft, Samantha Logic and Bethany Doolittle were held to a combined seven points in the first half due to foul trouble but caught fire in the second. Doolittle finished with 16 and Logic 12.

Disterhoft scored six in an 8-1 run for a 71-70 lead Iowa never lost.

Marlins, Alvarez beat Wainwright, Cardinals


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Henderson Alvarez retired all nine batters he faced in his first start since pitching a no-hitter on the final day last season, leading the Miami Marlins to a 7-3 victory over a split Cardinals squad. Alvarez was slowed this spring by a shin infection. He hasn’t allowed a run since Sept. 24 or a hit in 12 consecutive innings.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was equally efficient in his first start of spring training. Wainwright faced the minimum in two innings while striking out one. The right-hander needed only 25 pitches to get through the first two innings. Wainwright was slated to make his first appearance Thursday at Minnesota, but that game was rained out. He will pitch again Tuesday, working on three days’ rest, to get him back on track to start opening day.

The Marlins roughed up Lance Lynn for five runs in a third inning that featured doubles from Donovan Solano, Adeiny Hechavarria’s and Giancarlo Stanton.

8AM Sportscast 03-07-2014

Podcasts, Sports

March 7th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Bill Northey to Speak at Cover Crop Meeting

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a Cover Crop meeting on Wednesday, March 12th at the Cass County Community Center. The meeting will start at 1:00 pm and run till 3:30pm. Doors will open at 12:30 to the public. Bill Northey, Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture will speak during the meeting about Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy.SWCD

Matt Lechtenberg from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation will also present information about the Iowa Water Quality Initiatives. There will also be a panel of local producers that will give their account of how they have incorporated cover crops to their own farm operations.

The Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners are: Greg Zellmer, Fred Kay, Ray Wilson, Curt Behrends, and Chase Wheatley along with Assistant Commissioner Alan Peterson.

Thursday Girls State Basketball Scores/Friday Schedule


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A Semifinal

  • Burlington Notre Dame 65, Janesville 58

Class 2-A Semifinals

  • Hudson 45, Cascade 33
  • Western Christian 69, North Linn 52

 Class 3-A Semifinals

  • MOC-Floyd Valley 64, Mediapolis 51
  • Unity Christian 50, Crestwoodo 41

Class 4-A Semifinals

  • Western Dubuque 30, Ballard 23
  • Harlan 45, Carlisle 42

Friday Schedule

Class 5-A Semifinals

  • Noon – Waterloo West (22-2) vs. Southeast Polk (17-6)
  • 1:45 p.m. – Iowa City High (24-0) vs. Dowling Catholic (21-3)

Class 1-A Championship

  • 6:00 p.m. — Newell-Fonda (25-1) vs. Burlington Notre Dame (23-3)

Class 2-A Championship

  • 8:00 p.m. — Hudson (25-1) vs. Western Christian (26-1)

No. 22 Michigan State beats No. 24 Iowa 86-76


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night. Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries and scored 12 points for the Spartans (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten).  Travis Trice, Appling’s backup, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and had 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 points in his final home game.

Denzel Valentine had 13 points and nine assists for Michigan State, which looked a lot like the team that is 19-2 with a healthy Branden Dawson in the lineup.  Roy Devyn Marble had 24 points for Iowa (20-10, 9-8).

Chiefs release linebacker James, tight end Jones


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs released linebacker Robert James and tight end Dominique Jones on Thursday as they prepare for the start of free agency next week. James was signed near the end of last season when James Michael-Johnson went on injured reserve. Jones spent time on the practice squad before making the 53-man roster at the tail end of the season, but he did not have a catch with the Chiefs.

The Chiefs were already in the market for a linebacker to provide depth, either through the draft or free agency. Jones was expendable with the anticipated return of tight end Travis Kelce, their third round pick last year who missed the season with a knee injury.

Cardinals-Twins rained out Thursday


March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – The exhibition game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins scheduled for Thursday was rained out.   The game was called off before it started. Ricky Nolasco was set to start for the Twins. With rain in the forecast, he pitched a simulated game instead.