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Chiefs Look to Fill Holes Along Line in Draft


April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs head into the NFL draft this week in an envious position. General manager Scott Pioli believes he’s filled most of the pressing needs on the roster – left tackle Eric Winston, running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss and cornerback Stanford Routt have all signed in free agency.  That means Pioli has a bit more flexibility when the Chiefs go on the clock Thursday night.  They have the No. 11 pick and are expected to go after help at middle linebacker or along the offensive and defensive lines. But with all those major holes already filled, Pioli also has the flexibility to pick a quarterback or some other position if the right opportunity presents itself.

Atlantic Trojann Tennis Tournament Results


April 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

Team Standings:

1st — Lewis Central 26
2nd — Clarinda        24
3rd —  Des Moines Lincoln 23
4th — Audubon         21
5th —  CB  AL           18
6th — Harlan            16
7th — Atlantic           12
8th — JV All-Stars      4

Individual Results:

#1 Singles
Championship — Abby Bergsten 9 (LC) over Casey Dean 11 (Clar) 6-0 6-1
3rd Place — Carly Heese 12 (H) over Suzanne Peterson 11 (CBAL) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6 Tiebreak)

#1 Doubles
Championship — Shelby Nielsen 12/Kenzie Krauel 12 (Aud) over Taylor Volentine 11/Maddy Rief 10 (CBAL) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3 tiebreak)
3rd Place — Jessica Sanders 12/Stephanie Sanders 11 (DML) over Alissa Andersen 11/Katie DuVal 10 (H) 6-4 6-4

#2 Singles
Championship — Maddie Misfeldt 12 (LC) over Krista Rogers 11 (Clar.) 6-1 6-1
3rd Place — Gracie Benton 9 (DML) over Kayla Polson 12 (Aud) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4 tiebreak)

#2 Doubles
Championship  — Joselyn Pulliam 11/Kayla Rogers 9 (Clar.) over Hannah DeVries 12/Hannah Dewey 12 (DML) 6-7 (10-8 Tiebreak), 6-1, 1-0 (10-6 tiebreak)
3rd Place — Amy Epperson 10/Aly Shea 12 (LC) over Rachael Jones 12/Maddie Christensen 10 (Aud) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreak)

Atlantic Results:

#1 Singles –
Casey Dean (Clar) over Leah Tjepkes 10 (A) 6-0 6-0
Afton Muhr 12 (Aud) over Tjepkes 6-0 7-6 (7-4 tiebreak)
7th Place Match — Tjepkes over Madeline Jannes 9 (DML) 6-4, 6-1

#1 Doubles –
Alissa Andersen 11/Katie DuVal 10 (H) over Tori Dolch 11/Lexi Allen 10 (A) 6-4 6-4
Dolch/Allen over Hannah Shea 9/Ally Montgomery 10 (LC) 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6 tiebreaker)
5th Place Match — Natalie Burton 12/Carly DeMarque 12 (LC) over Dolch/Allen 6-8, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8 Tiebreaker)

#2 Singles –
Gracie Benton 9 (DML) over Hope Bowker 11 (A) 6-4 6-2
Bowker over Madison Forsyth 11 (H) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8 Tiebreaker)
5th Place Match — Savannah Beaman (CBAL) over Bowker 8-6

#2 Doubles –
Amy Epperson/Aly Shea (LC) over Libby Gifford 11/Lisa Gearheart 10 (A) 6-2 6-4
Gifford/Gearheart over Emma Pullen/Payton Larsen (All-Stars) 6-0 7-5
5th Place Match — Gearheart/Gifford over Ally Jones 11/Teresa Arkfeld 9 (H) 6-2 6-1

Coach Shawn Petersen’s Comments:
Overall, we finished about where I thought we would — definitely the least experienced team of the varsity teams; I thought all 6 girls in our lineup played very well — Leah Tjepkes struggled early, then found her groove, almost won two matches for us — Leah made a big step forward; #1 doubles — Tori and Lexi played pretty well most of the day — they were up 8-4 in tiebreaker, and lost 6 straight points to lose out on a medal — good learning experience for them, and the first time they had played together.  Hope got her first varsity experience on Saturday, and played admirably, with a win and two close losses.  Libby and Lisa went 2-1 on the day — their first varsity wins, to get us our best finish on the day.  Very proud of the girls for how well they played, esp. as first year players.   Girls host Harlan Monday, Audubon on Tuesday.

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Panorama Boys Golf Meet Results


April 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

The Audubon boys varsity golf team played Saturday, April 21, in the Panorama Invitational, at Lake Panorama National Golf Course.  Eleven schools competed and Audubon finished 4th with 361 strokes (the team’s four best 18-hole scores).  It was the top team in Class IA.  2A South Hamilton finished in first place with 316, 2A Des Moines Christian was second with 327, and 3A Dallas Center-Grimes was third, followed by Audubon (361), Panorama (365), Guthrie Center (381), Adair-Casey (393), Earlham (415), and West Central Valley (428).  Golfers from IKM-Manning and Ankeny Christian Academy also played, but neither school had four golfers to compete for the team honors.  The Wheelers were lead by senior Michael Bylund who shot 81, a score that tied for the 5th place medal, but the tiebreaker gave it to a Des Moines Christian golfer, Andrew Minor.  Audubon’s other scores that counted in the team total were Nick Fett (93), Cameron Mennenoh (93), Andrew Irlmeier (94), and Andy Hoffmann (94).
The top individuals were South Hamilton’s Jordan Sogard (76), Trevor Ullestad (79), Austin Heeren (79), and Des Moines Christian’s Chris Sturdivant (77).
Audubon’s dual meet record is 5-1, second in the Western Iowa Conference,  and overall record (counting Saturday tournaments) is 17-4.  The Wheelers travel to Griswold on Monday, April 23, and to Coon Rapids on Thur., April 26.

Ellis Coleman earns bid to London Games


April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ellis Coleman, best known for his unorthodox “Flying Squirrel” flip over opponents, headlined the list of wrestlers who earned spots Sunday night on the U.S. team headed to the London Olympics. The 20-year-old Coleman upset top-seeded Joe Betterman in the 60-kilogram Greco-Roman weight class to earn a trip to London in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Jake Herbert, Jared Frayer, Tervel Dlagnev, Ben Proviso and Sam Hazewinkel also claimed spots on the U.S. team. Clarissa Chun became the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics twice, and Elena Pirozhkova made the team for the first time. Henry Cejudo, who won a freestyle gold medal in Beijing in 2008, lost to Nick Simmons in the semifinals earlier Sunday and promptly retired.

Henry Cejudo loses at Olympic trials, retires


April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is retiring after his comeback bid ended with a loss in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic trials. Cejudo was the freestyle champion in Beijing four years ago at 55 kilograms. He fell to top-seeded Nick Simmons 3-0, 5-9, 5-2 on Sunday. Cejudo removed his shoes after the loss, symbolic of a wrestler calling it quits, and flung them into the crowd in Iowa City. Cejudo, a native of Phoenix, was the only U.S. wrestler to win gold in the Beijing Games. Cejudo didn’t wrestle for three years and competed in just a few tournaments before returning for the Olympic trials. Cejudo says he returned to the sport to inspire people, adding that he’s at peace with his decision to retire.

Lohse sparkles as Cardinals drop Pirates 5-1


April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Kyle Lohse scattered six hits while pitching into the eighth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday. David Freese had a two-run single for the Cardinals and Rafael Furcal had three hits as St. Louis extended its strong start behind another superb outing from Lohse (3-0). The veteran right-hander struck out five without issuing a walk, though his ERA actually ticked up from 0.89 to 0.99. Pittsburgh’s Erik Bedard (0-4) gave up three runs on six hits, walking four and striking out seven in seven innings but was again undone by a lack of support. The Pirates have scored three runs combined in Bedard’s four starts. The Cards take on the Chicago Cubs Monday evening. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:10-p.m, on KJAN.

Area Drake Relays High School Qualifiers


April 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Thursday Events:

Boys Discus

  • Tyler Hovey, Atlantic
  • AJ Scarborough, Fremont-Mills
  • Dallas Franks, Fremont-Mills

Girls High Jump

  • Chaley Rath, Treynor

Girls Shot Put

  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning

Boys Long Jump

  • Grant May, Glenwood

Girls 3000

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 3200

  • Brandon Phipps, Creston

Friday Events:

Girls 100 hurdles

  • Chaley Rath, Treynor

Boys 110 hurdles

  • Austin Hess, Harlan

Boys Shot Put

  • Tyler Hovey, Atlantic

Girls 100

  • Emma Konkler, Audubon
  • Caitlyn Stroud, Corning

Boys 100

  • Cleo Harris, Abraham Lincoln
  • Kyle Kuhlmann, Woodbine

Girls Discus

  • Abby Sonderman, Harlan
  • Dusty Olson, Thomas Jefferson
  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning

Girls Long Jump

  • Brianna Maitlen, Creston

Boys High Jump

  • Connor Meis, Treynor
  • Robert Tank, IKM-Manning

Girls 800

  • Harlan

Boys 4 x 200

  • Abraham Lincoln

Girls 800

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 800

  • Cade Cleaveland, Riverside

Girls 4 x 100 relay

  • Glenwood
  • Exira/EHK
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Carroll
  • Harlan
  • Denison-Schleswig
  • Creston

Boys 4 x 100 relay

  • Harlan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • East Mills
  • Thomas Jefferson

Girls 4 x 400 relay

  • Harlan

Saturday Events:

Boys shuttle hurdle relay

  • Harlan

Girls 400 hurdles

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 400 hurdles

  • Derek Jones, Glenwood

Girls 1500

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold


Burnett Sparkles as Pirates Trip Cardinals 2-0


April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched three-hit ball for seven innings in his injury-delayed Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Saturday night. Burnett, who missed the first three weeks of the year while recovering from a fractured right orbital bone sustained during a bunting drill in spring training, walked two and struck out seven while giving up just three hits. Joel Hanrahan worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his second save of the season. St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (2-1) gave up a pair of RBI singles to Pedro Alvarez, walking two and striking out six as his ERA moved from 0.64 to 1.31. Westbrook was good but Burnett was better, throwing 53 of his 76 pitches for strikes and looking like the No. 1 starter the Pirates envisioned when they traded for him in February.

Gardner Says Body Told Him to Stop Comeback


April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Rulon Gardner’s coach says the 40-year-old heavyweight trained like a madman to get back to the Olympics. But Gardner says his body told him to stop cutting weight just hours before he was set to weigh in for the Olympic Team Trials. Gardner says he reached 269 pounds Friday before he realized he’d been pushing himself too hard to reach the 264.5 pound limit for his weight class. Gardner declined to weigh in, ending his quest to reach the London Olympics. Gardner won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens eight years ago before gaining nearly 200 pounds after retiring from wrestling. U.S. national Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser says Gardner trained harder than anyone else on the team over the past few months.