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(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports report, 12/4/2014

Podcasts, Sports

December 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Cardinals GM not opposed to improving Lackey deal


December 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have John Lackey at a bargain price next season, but may be willing to sweeten the deal. General manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday he’d meet with the agent for the 36-year-old right-hander at the winter meetings next week. “I wouldn’t rule anything out there,” Mozeliak said.

Lackey’s contract calls for a $500,000 salary next season, the major league minimum, because he missed the 2012 season while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery. The right-hander just completed an $82.5 million, five-year contract he signed with Boston. Lackey was traded from the Red Sox to St. Louis last July. He went a combined 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA and was 1-0 in two postseason starts for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Mozeliak also said former Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter would not return to the front office after serving one season after his retirement. “I think in Carp’s case, he wasn’t ready to truly commit to the job,” Mozeliak said. “For all of you who know Chris Carpenter, it’s all-in or he prefers to be all-out.”

Iowa upsets No. 12 North Carolina, 60-55


December 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mike Gesell hit a driving layup through contact for the go-ahead three-point play with 1:16 left, helping Iowa upset No. 12 North Carolina 60-55 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Gesell finished with 16 points for the Hawkeyes (6-2), who outfought the Tar Heels (5-2) on a night when both teams struggled to shoot straight.

Gesell’s basket was the team’s first after a 4-minute drought, but it ended up providing the winning margin on a night when the Hawkeyes won despite shooting 33 percent and going 3 for 20 from 3-point range. After UNC’s Marcus Paige missed a 3-pointer for the tie, Gesell hit two free throws with 1 second left to seal a win that had Hawkeyes players running onto the court to celebrate at the horn.

Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 12 rebounds for UNC, which shot just 28 percent and never found any type of offensive rhythm.

Local High School Wrestling Rankings by The Predicament


December 3rd, 2014 by Jim Field

The Predicament’s Class 1-A State Tournament Team Rankings (CLICK HERE for full 1-A rankings)

1. Alburnett (5)
2. Woodbury Central (6)
3. SE Warren (6)
4. Clarion-Goldfield (3)
5. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (4)
6. Lisbon (4)
7. Wilton (5)
8. West Marshall (5)
9. Sumner-Fredericksburg (3)
10. Underwood (2)

The Predicament’s Class 1-A Preseason Individual Rankings (Local only)
5. Tatem Bluml (Jr.) Oakland Riverside
9. Wyatt Crocker (Fr.) Logan Magnolia

2. Alex Thomsen (Fr.) Underwood

6. Craig Rice (Sr.) Southwest Iowa

3. Christian Polley (Sr.) Tri Center-Neola

5 Brad Kerkhoff (Sr.) Audubon
8. Jacob Vogel (Sr.) Oakland Riverside

6. Jake Mulford (Jr.) Audubon
9. Brady Charbonneau (Sr.) Logan Magnolia

4. Trevor Smith (Sr.) Audubon
7. Josh Hopkins (Jr.) East Mills

1. Cody Kingery (Sr.) Underwood

6. Riley Wohlers (Jr.) Logan-Magnolia

1. Evan Hansen (Sr.) Exira/EHK
3. Austin Laabs (Sr.) Guthrie Center

9. Wilson Solorzano (Sr.) Panorama

3. Cale Crowder (Sr.) Guthrie Center

The Predicament’s Class 2-A State Tournament Team Rankings (CLICK HERE for full 2-A rankings)

1. Mediapolis (8)
2. Union (6)
3. Davenport Assumption (7)
4. Clear Lake (4)
5. Central Lyon (6)
6. Osage (3)
7. Albia (3)
8. Independence (5)
9. Dubuque Wahlert (3)
10. Crestwood (5)

The Predicament’s Class 2-A Preseason Individual Rankings (Local only)
6. Wil Beach (Sr.) Harlan

4. Jared Hensley (So.) Bedford-Lenox
10. Carter Cox (So.) Atlantic

6. Dusten Reed (Sr.) Bedford-Lenox

10. Luke Strong (Sr.) Clarinda

6. JJ Clark (Jr.) Clarinda

5. Seth Maitlen (Jr.) Creston
9. Christian Lauritsen (Sr.) Clarinda

8. Kadon Hulett (So.) Creston

The Predicament’s Class 3-A State Tournament Team Rankings (CLICK HERE for full 3-A rankings)
1. SE Polk (12)
2. Bettendorf (8)
3. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (7)
4. Cedar Rapids Prairie (6)
5. Iowa City West (5)
6. Fort Dodge (5)
7. Linn Mar (5)
8. North Scott (5)
9. Dowling Catholic (4)
10. CB Thomas Jefferson (3)

The Predicament’s Class 3-A Individual Preseason Rankings
1. McGwire Midkiff (So.) CB Thomas Jefferson
4. Paxton Whiteaker (Jr.) Lewis Central

4. Colton Clingenpeel (Jr.) CB Thomas Jefferson
10. Mac Southard (So.) Lewis Central

4. Jason Wallace (Sr.) CB Thomas Jefferson
8. Justin Kaltved (Jr.) Carroll

4. Matt Malcom (Jr.) Glenwood

8 Anthony Sherry (Fr.) Glenwood

10. Hayden Waldstein (Jr.) Lewis Central

7. Chris Thomas (Sr.) Lewis Central

Deer Hunters waiting to Purchase Licenses

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Hunters planning to be in the timber for Saturday’s opening day of the first shotgun deer season should consider buying their license soon to avoid waiting in line at the license sales counter. Officials with the Iowa DNR say fewer than half of the expected 70,000 hunters have purchased their deer license as of Wednesday morning. A weekend weather forecast with temperatures favorable for hunting could lead to additional hunters choosing to go during the first shotgun season rather than second.

“Good weather usually means more people will be hunting and staying in the field longer which can lead to higher success rates,” said Willie Suchy, wildlife research supervisor for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Successful hunters are reminded to report their deer harvest by midnight the day after the deer is recovered. For hunters with Internet access, the online harvest reporting is the easiest way to register the deer. Hunters can report their deer online at www.iowadnr.gov, by calling the toll free reporting number 1-800-771-4692, or at any license vendor.

Accurately reporting the harvest is an important part of Iowa’s deer management program and plays a vital role in managing deer populations and future hunting opportunities. Reporting the harvest is required by law. Hunters will be checked for compliance.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports, 12/3/2014

Podcasts, Sports

December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Tuesday Wrestling Results


December 3rd, 2014 by Jim Field

Creston/O-M 70, Nodaway Valley 12
Creston/O-M 57, Interstate 35 21
Winterset 70, Nodaway Valley 12
Winterset 49, Interstate 35 25

Tuesday High School Basketball Results


December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson


Rolling Valley:

  • Ar-We-Va 61, Adair-Casey 36
  • Boyer Valley 65, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 45
  • Glidden-Ralston 72, CAM 43


  • East Mills 69, South Page 30
  • Nishnabotna 73, Heartland Christian 50
  • Sidney 53, Clarinda Academy 48
  • Stanton 58, Essex 38


  • CB Abraham Lincoln 67, Treynor 64
  • Carroll 53, Kuemper Catholic 48
  • Denison-Schleswig 72, Storm Lake St. Mary’s 43
  • Glenwood 85, CB Thomas Jefferson 49
  • Madrid 64, Guthrie Center 50
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 70, Missouri Valley 43
  • Nodaway Valley 67, Clarinda 49
  • Shenandoah 63, Southwest Valley 62
  • Sioux City, East 61, Lewis Central 51
  • South Central Calhoun 60, Audubon 55
  • Southeast Valley 59, Paton-Churdan 47
  • Underwood 58, Fremont Mills 55 (OT)


Rolling Valley:

  • Adair-Casey 58, Ar-We-Va 44
  • Charter Oak-Ute 66, Woodbine 52
  • Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 75, Boyer Valley 29
  • Glidden-Ralston 38, CAM 37


  • Essex 49, Stanton 45
  • East Mills 42, South Page 27
  • Nishnabotna 71, Heartland Christian 10
  • Sidney 61, Clarinda Academy 4


  • Carroll 51, Storm Lake 41
  • Fremont Mills 64, Underwood 33
  • Glenwood 56, CB Abraham Lincoln 37
  • Harlan 51, Dowling Catholic 48
  • Lenox 51, Orient-Macksburg 34
  • Lewis Central 44, Sioux City, East 38
  • Madrid 27, Guthrie Center 26
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 53, Missouri Valley 38
  • Nodaway Valley 57, Clarinda 53
  • Panorama 35, Des Moines Christian 34
  • Shenandoah 84, Southwest Valley 51
  • South Central Calhoun 60, Audubon 20
  • St. Albert 47, Tri-Center 35
  • Southeast Valley 52, Paton-Churdan 46


  • Bedford vs. Griswold (scoreboard malfunction)
  • Logan-Magnolia vs. West Harrison

Chiefs sign Gordon, waive Supernaw in TE swap


December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed Richard Gordon and waived Phillip Supernaw in a swap of third-string tight ends heading into Sunday’s game at Arizona. Gordon played in two games for the Chiefs last season and had appeared in three games for Tennessee this season. The former Miami standout, who has also played for Oakland and Pittsburgh, has only caught four passes for 14 yards while being used primarily as a blocker.

Supernaw began his season in Baltimore and had spent the past three games with the Chiefs, catching his only pass two weeks ago against Oakland.

No. 20 Iowa State blasts Lamar 96-59


December 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Matt Thomas scored 14 points, Georges Niang added 13 and 20th-ranked Iowa State pounded Lamar 96-59 on Tuesday. Bryce Dejean Jones had 12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals for the Cyclones (4-1), who shook off a sluggish start with a game-deciding 16-0 run late in the first half.

Iowa State pushed its lead to 47-26 with 17:37 left and overwhelmed the Cardinals (2-5) in the second half. The Cyclones forced 27 turnovers and hit 20 of 30 shots during one stretch. LeMon Gregory scored 13 points for Lamar (2-5).