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Boys High School Baseball Tournament Results


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A (Mon., July 23rd) @ Principal Park in Des Moines

  • Martensdale-St. Marys 8, Treynor 2
  • Bishop Garrigan Catholic 3, North Tama 1
  • Newman Catholic 11, Earlham 2
  • Lisbon 5, Lawton Bronson 4

Tuesday’s Class 3-A Schedule:

  • Noon – Dallas Center-Grimes (33-2) vs. Washington (22-14)
  • 2:00 – Western Dubuque (34-9) vs. Harlan (27-7)
  • 6:00 – Benton Community (35-7) vs. Decorah (26-10)
  • 8:00 – Bishop Heelan Catholic (34-10) vs. ADM (26-14)

Ump Calls his Final Out after 40 State Tournament Appearances


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A central Iowa man who has appeared in more state high school baseball tournaments than anyone else stepped off the diamond for the final time Monday. Gary Paulsen of Ogden umpired his last game during a record 40th appearance at the State Baseball Tournament.

Gary Paulsen (Radio Iowa photo)

He’s been calling balls and strikes for more than five decades. Paulsen called his first game as a junior in high school, joining his father and uncle on the diamond. “I was fortunate to work in the 50s and 60s with my dad and my uncle, in the 80s and 90s with my son and then, in the summer, I broke down and trained my grandson. So, that’s four generations of stupidity or whatever you want to call it,” Paulsen said with a laugh. “It’s been fun and I’ve actually been (umpiring) since probably 1957.” In addition to his family, Paulsen credits his long, successful career to good health and a lot of luck.  “My mother’s dad lived to be 94 and he was an active runner, so I think I have some of those genes in me,” Paulsen said. “I’ve been fortunate, other than one year I developed a blood clot during football season, otherwise I’ve been very fortunate to stay healthy.” Paulsen is also an accomplished basketball, track and football official.

He was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

Billingsley strong, Dodgers beat Cardinals 5-3


July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chad Billingsley returned from the 15-day disabled list with a strong outing that ended a five-start losing streak and Luis Cruz hit a three-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Cruz, recalled July 2 to replaced injured shortstop Dee Gordon, has two career homers and 12 RBIs. Eight of his 14 hits are for extra bases. His three-run shot in the second barely cleared the left-field wall — the ball conked left fielder Matt Holliday on the rebound — to give the Dodgers the early jump in their eighth straight win over St. Louis dating to April 17, 2011. Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 24 chances. The Dodgers also won eight in a row against St. Louis from 1975-76, their best streak in the series since moving to Los Angeles.

Lions sign first-round pick Reiff


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed first-round draft pick Riley Reiff. The team did not announce terms of the deal. Reiff, an offensive tackle at Iowa, said Monday he was happy to have the contract done. The Lions took Reiff with the 23rd pick in the draft. He will join an explosive offense led by quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but the Lions weren’t consistently effective running the ball last season. Reiff was the only offensive lineman they drafted.

8AM Sportscast 07-23-2012

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July 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Penn State Fined $60M, Wins Vacated from ’98-11


July 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions Monday at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” — shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.

Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus.

Monday Boys State Baseball Schedule


July 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Quarterfinals

  • 12:00 — Martensdale-St. Marys (37-5) vs. Treynor (30-4)
  • 2:00 — Bishop Garrigan (36-8) vs. North Tama (21-12)
  • 6:00 — Lawton-Bronson (31-3) vs. Lisbon (34-7)
  • 8:00 — Newman Catholic (33-4) vs. Earlham (21-10)

Final Design Revealed for Largest Open Skatepark in U.S. – to be Built in Iowa


July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The final design plans for a massive skateboarding park in Iowa’s capital city were revealed this weekend. One of the backers of the project, Dan Rogers, says “the best skatepark builders in the world” have designed the park in Des Moines.  “I know it’s supposed to be the biggest, greatest thing ever and you hear that a lot and it’s usually a letdown, but this time it won’t be,” Rogers said. “This is going to be the best park for sure in the Midwest, if not in America, when this thing’s done.”

Des Moines Skate Park conceptual design

Rogers knows a thing or two about skateparks. The Tipton native is a professional skateboarder who now lives in California and co-owns Subsect Skateshop in Des Moines. He recruited fellow pro skaters Lance Mountain and Colby Carter of California Skateparks to design the project. Rogers believes the park, to be located near Wells Fargo Arena, will draw international skateboarding competitions to Iowa.

“There’s actually potential to have a world renowned event here in Des Moines for skateboarding,” Rogers said. He also predicts the park will draw more young people to stay in Iowa or move to Des Moines. The skatepark will be built on the west bank of Des Moines River and – at 65,000 square feet – will become one of the largest open skateparks in the U.S.  “The way the land is contoured – it’s a site specific design. You couldn’t really build this anywhere else, the way this park is going to be laid out. That makes it very unique and that will attract skateboarders from all over the world,” Rogers said. Fundraising is underway for the Des Moines Regional Skatepark, which will cost roughly $3.5 million to build. Rogers is hoping a groundbreaking can be held sometime next year.

Lynn wins 12th, Cardinals top Cubs 7-0 for sweep


July 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn won his 12th game with six spotless innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran homered on consecutive pitches to put the finishing touches on the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-0 victory Sunday that completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. Jon Jay and Tony Cruz hit consecutive two-run doubles off Travis Wood (4-5) in the first for St. Louis, which outscored the Cubs 23-1 and outhit them 38-16 for their sweep over Chicago since June 3-5, 2011 in St. Louis. It’s just their second series sweep overall at home, where they’re 26-20.

Lynn (12-4) has allowed just one run in 19 innings his last three starts. Fernando Salas and Marc Rzepczynski finished a combined five-hitter as the Cardinals earned consecutive shutouts for the first time since Oct. 1-2, 2010 against the Rockies.

7AM Sportscast 07-21-2012

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July 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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