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McGwire, Duncan stay with Cardinals under Matheny

Sports

November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is keeping most of Tony La Russa’s coaching staff. Mark McGwire and Dave Duncan are staying on for 2012, but first base coach Dave McKay and bench coach Joe Pettini were both dropped from their positions on Wednesday. Both will remain in the organization and assist in baseball operations. McGwire will enter his third season with the club. The 66-year-old Duncan was La Russa’s pitching coach with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Cardinals. They were announced Wednesday as coaches for 2012 under Mike Matheny, who succeeded La Russa as manager following the team’s World Series title.

Bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist returns, and assistant hitting coach Mike Aldrete was elevated to bench coach. Chris Maloney, the manager at Triple-A Memphis the past five seasons, replaces McKay. The 66-year-old Duncan will enter his 17th season with the Cardinals and 33rd overall, most among major league pitching coaches. He had been the only member of La Russa’s staff under contract for next year. Duncan missed several weeks last season tending to his wife, Janine, who had surgery in August to remove a brain tumor. The Cardinals beat a self-imposed deadline of having a staff in place by the end of the week, just as they did when announcing they had hired the 41-year-old Matheny to a two-year contract with a club option for a third season on Sunday.

Chiefs turning to backups vs Patriots

Sports

November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs will lean on a journeyman quarterback, a running back who’s spent most of his career on special teams and a tight end who has a hard time catching a cold on Monday night against New England. Not exactly what general manager Scott Pioli had in mind when he put this team together. Injuries have hurt the Chiefs this season, particularly on offense. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Cassel, All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and standout tight end Tony Moeaki have gone down with what are likely to be season-ending injuries. Tyler Palko will be making his first career start at quarterback.

Chiefs’ Cassel has surgery on throwing hand

Sports

November 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has had surgery on his injured throwing hand and coach Todd Haley still hopes that he will be back this season. Cassel hurt his right hand in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to Denver. The former Pro Bowl quarterback had surgery Monday evening to repair what Haley called a “significant” injury. Haley said Wednesday he doesn’t know when Cassel will be able to return. The team has not placed him on injured reserve, which means he could return this season. Haley said much of that will depend on how Cassel recovers this week. The Chiefs play Monday night at New England, giving backup Tyler Palko a little more time to prepare. Rookie Ricky Stanzi will be the backup.

2011 Class 3-A, All-District 1 Football Selections

Sports

November 16th, 2011 by Jim Field

FIRST TEAM – OFFENSE (** unanimous)

Linemen:

  • Nick Cullen, Carroll, SR**
  • Joe Brummer, Harlan, SR**
  • Matt Andersen, Lewis Central, SR**
  • Tyler Hovey, Atlantic, SR**
  • Keaton Hulett, Creston, SR**

Running Backs:

  • Brennan Kaldenberg, Winterset, SR
  • Alex Reed, Lewis Central, JR**
  • Bryce McIlravy, Creston, JR

Recievers:

  • Brad Christensen, Carroll, SR
  • Lucas Musich, Harlan, SR

Quarterback:

  • Zach Osborn, Harlan, SR

Tight End:

  • Jarod Juhl, Harlan, SR**

At-Large:

  • Luke Neitzel, Creston, JR

Kicker:

  • Greg Conry, Harlan, SR

FIRST TEAM – DEFENSE (** unanimous)

Linemen:

  • Jose Zambrano, Carroll, JR
  • Zach Renshaw, Lewis Central, JR
  • Collin Bevins, Creston, SR**
  • Jonathon Breda, Creston, SR

Defensive Backs:

  • Noah Kaldenberg, Winterset, JR
  • Sam Markham, Atlantic, JR**
  • Ben Landers, Creston, SR**
  • Ben Bruck, Harlan, SR**

Linebackers:

  • Ryan Bowers, Winterset, SR
  • Seth Esias, Red Oak, SR
  • Trevor Frain, Creston, SO
  • Levi Henderson, Glenwood, SR

At-Large:

  • Paul Honke, Atlantic, SR

Punter:

  • Collin Bevins, Creston, SR

SECOND TEAM – OFFENSE

Linemen:

  • Blake Glenn, Winterset, JR
  • Cameron Knobbe, Carroll, SR
  • Zach Hemmingsen, Atlantic, SR
  • Briar Evans, Creston, JR

Running Backs:

  • Anthony Beyerink, Carroll, SO
  • Seth Esias, Red Oak, SR

Recievers:

  • Dalton Franken, Atlantic, JR
  • Alan Smith, Creston, SR

Quarterback:

  • Harrison Hoegh, Atlantic, JR

Tight End:

  • Chance Cleveland, Carrol, SR

Kicker:

  • Casey Kasperbauer, Carroll, SR

SECOND TEAM – DEFENSE

Linemen:

  • Keith Wiederien, Carroll, JR
  • Seth Lansman, Harlan, SR
  • Tyler Jensen, Carroll, JR

Defensive Backs:

  • Luke Vonnahme, Carroll, SR
  • Jalen Raymond, Carroll, SR
  • Heath Loffelbein, Glenwood, SR
  • Connor Clayton, Harlan, SO

Linebackers:

  • Derek Jenkins, Lewis Central, JR
  • Derek Stork, Atlantic, SR
  • Ethan Westering, Atlantic, SR
  • Brad Weis, Creston, SR

Punter:

  • Chance Cleveland, Carroll, SR

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Brandon Wightman, Winterset, SR
  • Kyle Kawecki, Glenwood SR
  • Luke Harrison, Lewis Central, JR
  • Corey Bertini, Glenwood, SO
  • Lucas Nolan, Winterset, JR
  • John Schwarte, Harlan, SR
  • Nick Sulentic, Lewis Central, JR
  • Chris Hopkins, Harlan, JR
  • Nate Pettepier, Lewis Central, JR
  • Casey Kasperbauer, Carroll, SR
  • Jeston Jobe, Winterset, JR
  • Tanner Johnson, Red Oak, JR
  • Rob Nichols, Atlantic, SR
  • Alex Davis, Creston, SR

ISU Women Rally Past Drake

Sports

November 16th, 2011 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa State used a 17-0 second-half run to come from behind to defeat the Drake Bulldogs, 71-64, Tuesday evening at the Knapp Center. The win improves Iowa State to 2-0 on the season while Drake falls to 0-2.

Chelsea Poppens stepped up for the Cyclones in the second half. After a quiet first half from the junior, Poppens was the key to Iowa State’s late comeback and victory. Poppens contributed a team-high 18 points, 16 in the second half, and eight rebounds. Nikki Moody posted a career-high 16 points while Jessica Schroll added 13 and Hallie Christofferson 11. Christofferson completed her first career double-double with a team-leading 11 rebounds.

Down 59-50 with 5:55 to go, Iowa State put together a string of baskets and defensive stops to get back into the game. The Cyclones tied the game at 59-59 on a driving layup by Moody and a converted free throw. Iowa State took the lead with 2:33 to play when Schroll rebounded her own missed layup and put it back. Poppens put the Cyclones up for good with a fast break layup on an outstanding pass from Moody.

The Cyclones were down 50-37 with 10:27 to go in the half, Iowa State assembled an 11-1 run to reduce the deficit to 51-48 with eight minutes to play. Drake responded to get the lead back up to six multiple times before a three by Kyndal Clark put the Bulldogs back up 59-50 with 5:55 to go.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as Drake and Iowa State both controlled play for portions of the first half. The first 20 minutes consisted of six lead changes and five times the scores were deadlocked. Iowa State took a late lead in the first half on a layup by Schroll to take a 23-22 lead with 3:17 to go but the Bulldogs would retake the advantage and go into the locker room with a 26-24 lead.

Iowa State shot a disappointing 5-of-20 from the field in the first half, including 0-of-5 from three. The Cyclones were better from the free throw line converting 14-of-18 attempts. The Cyclones were led by eight points from Moody followed by six from Schroll.

Christofferson posted five points and five boards in the first 20 minutes and Fallon Ellis provided four rebounds from off the bench.

The Bulldogs were led by an exceptional shooting effort from Stephanie Running. Running led the Bulldogs with 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rachael Hackbarth posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Clark also posted 15 points.

The Cyclones are back in action Sunday when they play host to Northern Arizona. The game is slated for a 5:30 p.m. CST tipoff.

Drake Men Hold Home Court in Big 4 Battle Against ISU

Sports

November 16th, 2011 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ben Simons scored 24 points and Drake handed Iowa State its first loss of the season, beating the visiting Cyclones 74-65 on Tuesday night.

Rayvonte Rice added 18 points for the Bulldogs (2-0), who snapped a two-game losing streak to Iowa State that included a 91-43 defeat in Ames a year ago.

The Cyclones trailed by as much as 10 with 2:27 left, but Chris Babb’s 3-pointer a minute later cut the deficit to 66-63.

Simons responded with a floater and a pair of free throws sandwiched around a missed 3 by Babb, pushing the Bulldogs ahead by seven with 22 seconds left.

Royce White had his second straight double-double, compiling 21 points and 14 rebounds, to lead Iowa State (1-1).

Iowa State trailed by single digits to open the second half and it took nearly eight minutes for the Cyclones to grab the lead. Chris Babb’s pull-up 3-point shot put Iowa State up 44-43 with 12:26 left, drawing loud cheers from the sizable contingent of Cyclones fans who made the 35-mile trip to Des Moines.

But a game that had lacked flow from both sides suddenly found some, primarily from the Bulldogs.

Rayvonte Rice, who spent considerable time on the bench with three fouls, came back with seven straight points to put the Bulldogs up 56-50. Simons’s fourth 3-pointer of the night made it 59-52 with 5:27 left, and Karl Madison’s 3-point play and layup put Drake’s lead at 64-56 with just 2:43 left.

Babb and Tyrus McGee each added 10 points for the Cyclones, who shot just 36.8 percent from the field.

Iowa looks to fix issues on the road

Sports

November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa is just 6-4 and 3-3 in the Big Ten despite a relatively easy schedule that has included seven home games. There’s nothing easy about the rest of it. Iowa wraps up the season with a pair of road games, starting Saturday at Purdue (5-5, 3-3) and finishing with new rival Nebraska on Nov. 25. The Hawkeyes are 0-3 on the road this season, losing at Iowa State, Penn State and Minnesota by a total of just 14 points. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says there’s no common thread in each of those road losses. He says the Hawkeyes have simply been outplayed.

Update: ISU FB Player charged with 1st Degree Robbery

Sports

November 16th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State backup wide receiver Albert Gary has been charged with first-degree robbery stemming from a June incident in Ames. University police say the 22-year-old redshirt sophomore form Ocala, Fla., turned himself into the Story County sheriff’s office Tuesday. He’s being held on $25,000 bond.  Gary is accused of committing a June 19 robbery at gunpoint on campus. Police say a man claimed he and two others were approached by about six men. One patted him down while displaying a handgun. The six men fled. Witnesses identified Gary as among those involved. Coach Paul Rhodes announced Monday that Gary was suspended for three games and will be available for Friday night’s game against No. 2 Oklahoma State.

Green Valley State Park to Close during Special Deer Hunt

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

November 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Green Valley State Park (near Creston) will be closed Nov. 19th and 20th, for its annual special deer hunt.  Green Valley will re-open to the public on Nov. 21st. The Green Valley State Park deer hunt is limited to 30 hunters using only muzzleloaders to harvest up to 60 antlerless deer.  Hunters have already registered and will receive two antlerless tags each, redeemable only during the special hunt at the designated areas and specified dates. Additional DNR staff will be on hand to patrol the park boundaries during the event. 

Alan Carr, Park Ranger at Green Valley says “This hunt helps to manage the deer population in the park.  We have had seven successful hunts and expect this hunt will go as well as previous hunts.  Hunters are required to attend a special safety meeting before the hunt where we explain the reason for the hunt, discuss the rules and identify the park boundaries.” Carr said the park hunt has shown to be a successful management tool for state parks. 

“We are attempting to maintain a balance in the deer herd for the people who want to see deer when they come to park and for our neighbors who may want a smaller deer herd.” He says “The hunt will probably remain an annual event with the number of deer targeted for removal changing based on the population estimates.”

Hunters have been allowed to harvest up to 60 antlerless deer, the average harvest for the past seven years has been just over 40 deer. For questions, contact the park office at (641) 782-5131.

8AM Sportscast 11-15-2011

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