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(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. KJAN Sports, 11/25/2014

Podcasts, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.


Junker approved as Boys Varsity High School Swim Coach in Atlantic

News, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Atlantic School District’s Board of Education Monday night, approved the hiring of Head Girls Swimming Team Coach Dean Junker, as the head Boys Varsity High School Swimming Coach for the current, Winter season, which started Monday. The recommendation came from High School Activities Director/Assistant Principal Matt Alexander, and was forwarded to the Board by Superintendent Mike Amstein. The Board however, had many questions about the program, before approving the hiring of Junker.

They asked f the number of students participating in the program could be sustained throughout the season. Alexander said they are “locked-in” to the current season, so regardless of whether they lose a couple of members along the way, they will still be able to participate in district events.  Board member Phil Hascall said told Alexander he has trouble approving programs and positions more than three months after the school year began, given the fact they are looking at ways to cut the budget.

Hascall told Alexander “You come to us after the season started, with no discussion about any of this.” Alexander said the Swim Team was approved by the Board last year, but acknowledged they probably really wanted to see what the number of participants were before the agreed in total to having the program. He said there originally more than a dozen students interested in the team, but later found it a struggle to sign-up more than eight.

Alexander said there are currently 10 students participating in the program. Board member Rod Hartwig said they agreed to the program if a minimum of 10 Atlantic students were involved. He asked, since it was difficult to sign-up kids this first year, if it wouldn’t be better to look to surrounding districts for participants.  Alexander said Junker has looked to the areas to our north and east – Exira and Audubon, for instance – that are farther away from Lewis Central. They might look at approaching Red Oak, Griswold and CAM, at prior to next year’s season.

He says he’s already had initial talks with some of the district officials.

Heroes from Iowa & Nebraska are named to be recognized at Friday’s football game in Iowa City

News, Sports

November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

During Friday’s Iowa-Nebraska football game, the American Red Cross will honor two men, one from each state, who went above and beyond in the face of crisis. Red Cross spokeswoman Kara Kelly says the Iowan who’s being singled out for recognition as a “citizen hero” is 18-year-old Austin Benson of Winterset, a senior at Winterset High School. “Austin acted with great bravery when his friend was thrown from her horse,” Kelly says. “The horse rolled on top of her and the saddlehorn punctured her leg. It ended up being very critical injuries. Austin applied pressure to the wound and kept her awake while waiting for the ambulance. According the medical professionals, he reallys saved her life.”

The honoree from Nebraska is Gene Willers, the president of the Midwest Bank Branch in Pilger, a town that was forever changed on June 16th. “You may remember, there was a very large tornado that went through that town this summer,” Kelly says. “Gene put eight people in the bank safe. It only locks from the outside so he locked them inside and then went into the basement. The bank was in fact destroyed but luckily, everybody survived.”

Benson and Willers will be honored during the Hawkeye-Cornhusker game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. “We have a great presentation that will happen during halftime at Friday’s game,” Kelly says. “We have two videos that will show their stories. They’ll also have their names engraved on the Hy-Vee Heroes game trophy and then they’ll receive honorary plates from both athletic directors. It’s really a wonderful tribute to these two men.”

Benson, Willers and members of their families will be guests of the Hawkeyes and the Huskers at the game and will participate in a variety of special pregame activities. Fans of both schools were invited to nominate residents of Iowa and Nebraska who have performed extraordinary acts of heroism and service in their communities. Staff and volunteers from the Red Cross selected the winners.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa beats Pepperdine 72-61


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Senior Aaron White scored 17 points with nine rebounds and Iowa held off Pepperdine 72-61 on Monday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. Mike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff had 15 points apiece for the Hawkeyes (3-2), who never trailed but nonetheless struggled at times against the Waves (3-1).

Pepperdine got as close as 39-36 before Iowa responded with an 11-0 run. Still, the Waves kept their deficit within single digits for much of the second half. It was a 7-point game after Amadi Udenyi’s 3-pointer with 1:10 left, but Iowa made 6 of 8 free throws to seal the win. Shawn Olden had 17 points while Stacy Davis added 13 points and nine boards for Pepperdine, whose winning streak was halted at three games.

The Hawkeyes were certainly happy to be back in Iowa City after losing to Texas and Syracuse in New York last week. They didn’t look very comfortable on their home court in the first half though. Iowa let a 10-point lead dwindle to 35-30 by the end of the half, which it closed by missing seven straight shots. The Hawkeyes let Pepperdine creep as close as 39-36 before Anthony Clemmons hit a 3 and a transition layup to spark. Uthoff’s mid-range jumper made it 50-36 with 12:25 left.

Pepperdine responded with a 10-2 spurt. But Uthoff threw down a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Josh Oglesby, and Gesell hit a 3 to push Iowa back ahead 62-49.

No. 13 Iowa St beats Alabama 84-74 in CBE Classic


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Georges Niang scored 28 points, reserve Dustin Hogue had 17 and No. 13 Iowa State beat Alabama 84-74 on Monday night to reach the CBE Classic championship game. Naz Long also scored 15 points for the Cyclones (3-0), who will play Maryland for the tournament title on Tuesday night. Matt Thomas returned from a suspension to score 13 points.

The Terrapins beat Arizona State 78-73 earlier in the night. Rodney Cooper scored 27 points for the Crimson Tide (3-1), who had won the only previous meeting between the schools. Levi Randolph finished with 18 points.

Girls High School Basketball Scores from Mon., 11/24/14


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

  • Atlantic 49, CB Abraham Lincoln 34
  • Adair-Casey 60, CAM 31
  • Audubon 69, Guthrie Center 36
  • Bedford 66, Earlham 61
  • Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 78, Boyer Valley 25

Mount Ayr Tournament

  • Creston 63, Lamoni 8
  • Mount Ayr 76, Orient-Macksburg 32

Former major league pitcher Sadecki dead at 73


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Ray Sadecki, who pitched in the major leagues for 18 seasons and won 20 games for the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, has died from complications of blood cancer, his son, Steve, said. Sadecki was 73. Sadecki made his major league debut at age 19 with the Cardinals in 1960. In 1964, he went 20-11 and helped St. Louis win the National League pennant. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the World Series in seven games.

Sadecki was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 1966 for Orlando Cepeda. The left-hander had a 135-131 career record with a 3.78 ERA with St. Louis, San Francisco, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Kansas City and Milwaukee.

Sadecki died in Mesa last week, his son said Monday.

Chiefs place Berry on non-football illness list


November 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have placed Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest following Thursday night’s game in Oakland. Berry began feeling discomfort in his chest near the end of the game, and a series of tests taken in Oakland and back in Kansas City revealed the mass. Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder said that there has been no definitive diagnosis, but the leading possibility is lymphoma.

Burkholder said that Berry had never complained of the pain until last week, and a physical taken over the summer came back clear. Berry was on his way Monday to Atlanta, where he was to be examined by specialists at Emory University.

ISU TE Bibbs Invited To Reese’s Senior Bowl


November 24th, 2014 by Jim Field

Bibbs, E.J.14AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior tight end E.J. Bibbs has been invited to participate in the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl, one of college football’s oldest annual All-Star games.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is an all-star game played annually in Mobile, Alabama where NFL prospects who completed their eligibility get the chance to showcase their abilities. Iowa State has sent 24 players and one coach to the Senior Bowl, including 2014 participant Kirby Van Der Kamp.

The game will be played on January 24, 2015.

Bibbs, one of eight semifinalists for the John Mackey Award, has established himself as one of the best tight ends in the nation in 2014, recording 45 catches for 382 yards and eight TDs.
Bibbs leads all “power 5” conference tight ends in TD catches (8) and receptions (45). Bibbs’ eight TD receptions is one shy from the school record.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Bibbs’ name is all over the ISU tight end record book. He has two of the top-three single-season tight end receptions marks (3rd- 39 in 2013; 2nd- 45 in 2014) and his 84 career catches ranks third all-time among ISU tight ends.

Bibbs has caught a pass in 22-straight games, tying for the second-longest streak in ISU history. Twice this season Bibbs has been named the CFPA TE Performer of the Week, including after a 10-catch, 73-yard and 2-TD performance at Texas.

Cyclone Senior Bowl Participants
1955 – Max Burkett
1962 – Dave Hoppmann, Chuck Walton
1963 – Dave Hoover
1964 – John Van Sicklen
1966 – Eppie Barney
1968 – Tom Busch
1969 – Coach Clay Stapleton
1972 – Dean Carlson
1973 – Merv Krakau
1974 – Matt Blair
1975 – Tom Goedjen
1977 – Luther Blue
1979 – Mike Stensrud
1981 – Kenny Neil
1983 – Bruce Reimers
1986 – Dennis Gibson
2000 – Sage Rosenfels
2001 – Ennis Haywood
2002 – Seneca Wallace
2003 – Jordan Carstens
2007 – Ahtyba Rubin
2011 – Leonard Johnson, Kelechi Osemele
2013- Kirby Van Der Kamp
2014- E.J. Bibbs


2014 8-Man, District 1 All-District Football Team


November 24th, 2014 by Jim Field

1st Team
Boyer Valley: Cody Thoreson (Sr.), Calvan Wood (Sr.), Reed Block (Sr.), Keaton Miller (Sr.), Christian Klein).
Newell-Fonda: Brady Dicks (Sr.), Connor Wolterman (Jr.), Mason Scheidegger (Jr.), Cole Wise (Jr.).
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton: Drew Peppers (Sr.), Martin Olson (Jr.), Drew Buckholdt (Soph.).
Ar-We-Va: Jake Danner (Soph.), Derek Schurke (Soph.), Zach Kraus (Soph.).
River Valley: Jordan Droegmiller (Sr.), Samuel Briese (Sr.).
Kingsley-Pierson: Jacob Harvey (Jr.), Scottie Plendl (Jr.).
Woodbine: Gabe Shafer (Sr.).
West Harrison: Dustin Peasley (Sr.).

Punter: Gabe Shafer (Sr., Woodbine). Kicker: Zack Kliefoth (Sr., Exira/EHK).

2nd Team
Boyer Valley: Walter Schaben (Jr.), Jesse Espinoza (Sr.).
Newell-Fonda: Payton Crilly (Jr.), Dustin Johnson (Jr.).
Exira/EHK: Noah Pettepier (Soph.), Austin Moeller (Sr.).
Ar-We-Va: Austin Stoelk (Sr.), Brandon Ragaller (Jr.).
River Valley: James Cockburn (Sr.), Wyatt Fitch (Sr.).
Kingsley-Pierson: Austin Nuemann (Sr.), Jayden Wurth (Sr.).
Woodbine: Kevin Lee (Jr.), Mikey Barrett (Jr.).
West Harrison: Ethan Rife (Sr.), Brodie Skinner (Jr.).

Honorable Mention
Boyer Valley: Brennan Hanigan (Soph.). West Harrison: Cody Niewohner (Sr.), Gavin Armstrong (Jr.). Woodbine: Bruce Tremel (Jr.); Andrew Carpentier (Sr.).

2014 Academic All-District
(Must be Soph., Jr., Sr. – Maintain a 3.50 Grade Point Average)
Boyer Valley: Zach Ambrose (Soph.), Jared Frazier (Sr.), Jeremy Garrett (Sr.), Brennan Hanigan (Soph.), Adam Hansen (Sr.), Alec Hast (Soph.), Ryan Rudd (Soph.), Travis Shumate (Soph.), Cody Thoreson (Sr.), Calvan Wood (Sr.).
West Harrison: x.
Woodbine: Andrew Carpenter (Sr.); Mikey Barrett (Jr.); Steven Grothe (Jr.); Kevin Lee (Jr.); Bruce Tremel (Jr.).