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Weak First Half Dooms Chiefs in 37-10 Loss to Jets


December 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Todd Haley could have spent the rest of Sunday pointing out everything his Kansas City Chiefs did wrong – just in the first half. Coming off two strong defensive performances, the Chiefs couldn’t get out of their own way in a 37-10 loss. They couldn’t get in the Jets’ way, either, falling behind 28-3 by halftime. “The first half, when we can’t get a first down and are terrible keeping the other team from getting a first down, that will not be a good half,” Haley said. “They did a great job in the red zone,” he added about the Jets. “They were more prepared and just played better, period.” Through two quarters, New York (8-5) led Kansas City 253-4 in yards, 16-1 in first downs, and 20:34-9:26 in time of possession. Not a formula for success for the Chiefs (5-8).

The second half wasn’t much better, marked mostly by penalties. In the most brutal stretch, the Chiefs were penalized five times for 81 yards during the Jets’ final touchdown drive. One of those was an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Haley. Kansas City finished with 11 penalties. Tyler Palko was sacked five times, a week after the quarterback earned his first victory as a starter at Chicago. He was 3 for 8 for 11 yards in the first half. He finished 16 of 32 for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Dwayne Bowe dropped a would-be touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter for Kansas City. Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Jets improved their lot in the AFC playoff race. The Jets were helped by that inept Chiefs offense, and KC couldn’t stop New York’s rushing game, either.

Notes: Chiefs K Ryan Succop badly botched an onside kick attempt that traveled 3 yards early in the fourth quarter. … Chiefs S Jon McGraw left in the second quarter with an injured left ankle and didn’t return. … New York’s five sacks were a season high. … Chiefs RB Thomas Jones had just 12 yards on five carries, but passed Eddie George and Tiki Barber for 22nd on the NFL’s career list.

Iowa’s Norm Parker to Retire After 13 Seasons


December 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker says he’s retiring after 13 seasons with the Hawkeyes. The 70-year-old Parker says in a statement released by the school that he’s stepping down following Iowa’s matchup with Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 30. The Hawkeyes have not yet said who will replace Parker.

Iowa ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense in 2008, 2009 and 2010 under Parker, who was recently named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. But Parker battled health issues last season and had his foot amputated in the fall of 2010 because of diabetes. Parker began his college coaching career in 1968 and also made stops at Wake Forest, Minnesota, Illinois, East Carolina, Michigan State and Vanderbilt.

8AM Sportscast 12-10-2011

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December 10th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Friday High School Basketball Scores 12-09-2011


December 10th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Kuemper 68 Atlantic24     
Adair-Casey 59, CAM, Anita 37
AR-WE-VA, Westside 71, Logan-Magnolia 28
Bedford 40, Mount Ayr 26
Carroll 78, Saydel 28
Clarke, Osceola 62, Eddyville-Blakesburg 51
Denison-Schleswig 53, Harlan 51
Essex 85, Clarinda Academy 30
Exira-EHK 66, Paton-Churdan 16
Interstate 35, Truro 56, Wayne 51
Iowa Christian Academy 58, Orient-Macksburg 38
Missouri Valley 59, A-H-S-T, Avoca 39
Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 41, Murray 30
Nodaway Valley 66, Corning 59 (OT)
OA-BCIG 65, Lawton-Bronson 48
Treynor 51, Griswold 24
Underwood 45, Riverside, Oakland 35
Walnut 49, East Greene 39 (OT)
Winterset 53, Dallas Center-Grimes 47
Atlantic 59,  Kuemper 57     (Buzzer Beater by Dalton Franken on pass from Gunnar Blum)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A-H-S-T, Avoca 66, Missouri Valley 52
ADM, Adel 74, Bondurant-Farrar 58
Adair-Casey 49, CAM, Anita 40
Carroll 67, Saydel 27
Clarinda 58, Red Oak 39
Creston 61, Glenwood 54
Des Moines, Christian 91, West Central Valley, Stuart 53
East Mills 53, Sidney 38
Eddyville-Blakesburg 68, Clarke, Osceola 41
Fremont-Mills, Tabor 65, Nishnabotna 42
Harlan 54, Denison-Schleswig 52
Logan-Magnolia 49, Ar-We-Va, Westside 27
Nodaway Valley 59, Corning 32  (TJ Bouer, NV 17pts, 15reb)
Ogden 52, Coon Rapids-Bayard 39
Orient-Macksburg 52, Iowa Christian Academy 21
Riverside, Oakland 60, Underwood 55
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 70, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 41
Treynor 61, Griswold 30  (Cole Chapin, Treynor 22pts.)
Tri-Center, Neola 65, Audubon 37
Villisca 67, South Page, College Springs 37
Wayne, Corydon 61, Interstate 35, Truro 43
Woodward Academy 58, Guthrie Center 52

Iowa State Extends Hex Over Iowa With 86-76 Win


December 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Royce White scored 17 points, Scott Christopherson added a season-high 16 and Iowa State beat Iowa 86-76 on Friday night, giving the Cyclones their first three-game winning streak over the Hawkeyes since the mid-1980s. Bubu Palo chipped in with a career-high 14 points for Iowa State (7-3), which last won three in a row over the rival Hawkeyes from 1983-85. White had 14 points in the first half, when the Cyclones led by as many as 24. Iowa got as close as 13 midway through the second half, but Iowa State pulled away behind Christopherson to give Fred Hoiberg his fifth win in six tries over Iowa as a player and coach. Devyn Marble scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Hawkeyes (5-5), who’ve lost five of their last seven to drop to .500.

Iowa looked hopelessly behind at the break but went on a 13-2 run early in the second half and pulled within 58-46 with 11:58 left. Christopherson – who’d been moved back to shooting guard this week after a brief stint at the point – answered with a 3-pointer, and Melvin Ejim followed with a 3 to put Iowa State back ahead 64-46. The Hawkeyes still appeared to be on the cusp of another run that could make things interesting, but it never happened. Christopherson delivered the final blows, slicing through Iowa’s frontcourt for three layups to make it 77-57 with 4:44 left.

Iowa State knew Friday night’s game presented the perfect opportunity to prove something after a 6-3 start that included losses to in-state rivals Northern Iowa and Drake. White set the tone early, and his teammates soon followed his lead. White opened the game with two straight emphatic dunks off the dribble, which got the sold-out crowd into it from the beginning. White followed with a 15-footer off the glass and a dish to Ejim for a dunk, and the Cyclones never looked back. White found Ejim for another dunk, this one in transition, and Iowa State’s lead grew to 32-17. Christopherson pushed it to 35-19 with a 3, and Chris Babb’s tip-in of White’s missed free throw put the Cyclones ahead 40-23 with 4:28 left in the first half.

Christopherson’s 3 from the wing 2 minutes later gave the Cyclones their first 20-point lead, 46-25, and just about sealed the win. Iowa State shot 59.4 percent in the first half, and White led the way with 7-of-7 shooting. Melsahn Basabe had an encouraging outing for the Hawkeyes with a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Iowa has suffered its share of tough defeats this season, including a 16-point home loss to lowly Campbell and a blowout in Iowa City at the hands of Clemson. But arguably none of those stung as much as Tuesday night’s loss at Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes were within two points midway through the second half when coach Fran McCaffery, forward Zach McCabe and the bench all got technicals in just 20 seconds. That sparked a 20-2 run by the Panthers – and McCaffery’s eventual ejection – as Iowa fell apart and lost 80-60. This was Iowa’s chance to respond on the home floor of one of its biggest rivals. But the Cyclones never gave the Hawkeyes a chance to get going. Iowa used a late run in garbage time to make the final score seem close, but the game never was.

Iowa State Volleyball on to Elite Eight


December 10th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Minneapolis, Minn. — Carly Jenson slammed 19 kills and Victoria Hurtt added 15 to give Iowa State a four-set win over Minnesota in an NCAA regional semifinal.

The Cyclones (25-5) survived a fourth set that featured 15 ties and won 18-25, 25-23, 25-15, 31-29 at Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion.

Iowa State will face Florida State in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. regional final at Minneapolis. The winner of that match will qualify for the NCAA championships next week in San Antonio.

It’s the second time in Iowa State’s history that the Cyclones have reached the regional finals.

UNI Falls to the Grizzlies in FCS Playoffs


December 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP)– Jordan Johnson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Friday night as Montana routed Northern Iowa 48-10 to advance to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Fourth-seeded Montana (11-2) will next face the Montana State-Sam Houston State winner.

Fifth-seeded Northern Iowa (10-3) got on the board first when Tirrell Rennie connected with Jarred Herring on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

But it was all Grizzlies after that.

Jordan finished with 196 yards passing and 86 yards rushing.

Touchdown runs by Jordan Canada, Peter Nguyen and Johnson plus a 5-yard pass from Johnson to Kavario Middleton sent Montana to the locker room with a 28-10 lead.

It was more of the same in the second half. Johnson connected with Sam Gratton on scoring tosses of 8 and 25 yards, and Donny Lisowski returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to round out the scoring.

Ohio State hires ISU Offensive Coordinator to Same Post


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has hired Iowa State assistant Tom Herman as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer. Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the hiring on Friday.The 35-year-old Herman has served as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. Herman favors a spread attack, also the preferred offense of Meyer. Herman would be the first confirmed member of Meyer’s new staff.Herman also coached at Rice before coming to Iowa State. Smith said Herman would remain with Iowa State and coach the Cyclones in in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers on Dec. 30.

8AM Sportscast 12-09-2011

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December 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Thursday Wrestling Results


December 9th, 2011 by Jim Field

Double Dual @ Creston:

  • Atlantic 57, Clarinda 18
  • Creston 40 Atlantic 24

Double Dual @ Shenandoah:

  • Glenwood 48, Abraham Lincoln 34
  • Shenandoah 43, Abraham Lincoln 28
  • Glenwood 63, Shenandoah 12

Double Dual @ Harlan:

  • Harlan 47, Kuemper Catholic 21
  • Red Oak 48, Kuemper Catholic 35

Double Dual @ Sidney:

  • Corning 60, Southwest Iowa 24
  • Corning 48, East Mills 30
  • Corning 64, EHK-Exira 9

Quad @ Coon Rapids-Bayard:

  • Guthrie Center 48, Riverside 27
  • Guthrie Center 42, Bedford-Lenox 30
  • CR-Bayard 41, Guthrie Center 33

Double Dual @ Panorama:

  • Panorama 54, West Central Valley 15
  • Panorama 54, Griswold 18