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A-H-S-T-W Viking Cross Country Invitational Results


September 17th, 2014 by Jim Field

Girls Team Scores:

  1. Underwood  29
  2. St. Albert  71
  3. Treynor  78
  4. A-H-S-T-W  123
  5. Audubon  129
  6. Woodbine  134
  7. Riverside  154

Girls Top 5:

  1. Karley Larson, Underwood
  2. Jacey Martin, St. Albert
  3. Krisann Stephany, St. Albert
  4. Megan Maaske, Woodbine
  5. Erin Shapcott, Underwood

Boys Team Scores:

  1. St. Albert  43
  2. Riverside  85
  3. Underwood  95
  4. Logan-Magnolia  102
  5. Audubon  104
  6. A-H-S-T-W  114
  7. Treynor  155
  8. Woodbine  175

Boys Top 5:

  1. Tim Brink, Riverside
  2. Max Ross St. Albert
  3. Mitchell Nelsen, Audubon
  4. Garrett MArtin, St. Albert
  5. Darik Collins, Underwood

Click the link below for complete results:

2014 Viking XC Meet results (1)

UNI prepares for homecoming game


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Back from a long trip to Hawaii the UNI Panthers prepare for Saturday’s homecoming contest against Northern Colorado. The Panthers are 0-2 following a 27-24 loss to Hawaii. UNI coach Mark Farley who says the Panthers need to learn how to make plays at key times. There have been many positives in the first two games but the ground attack is not one of them. Senior running back David Johnson has only 80 yards of rushing to date.

Farley says the ground game needs to improve as the Panthers look down the road at the start of Missouri Valley Conference play. Northern Colorado opened with a 13-12 loss at UNLV and followed that up with a 28-20 win over Houston Baptist.

(Learfield Sports)

Iowa prepares for Pitt


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three weeks into the season the Iowa Hawkeyes rank 92nd in the country in rushing and are tied for 89th in total offense. While those numbers may seem alarming for an offense that returned a number of starters from last year, they apparently aren’t to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who told the weekly Big Ten teleconference that he is not surprised by his teams lackluster start. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 as they get set to visit Pitt and Ferentz says the offense is trying to find the right rhythm and right mix.

Ferentz defended third year offensive coordinator Greg Davis who has been heavily criticized for his love of the horizontal passing game. Ferentz says there is no obvious solutions to fixing the offensive woes. Since beating Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl after the 2009 season the slide to mediocrity has been steep. In the last four plus seasons the Hawkeyes are 29-25 overall and just 15-17 in the Big Ten and while the negativity has grown even louder in the wake of another loss to Iowa State Ferentz says it is something they need to put behind them.

The challenge this week is preparing for their first road test at 3-0 Pitt. Pitt’s James Conner ranks second in the nation with 544 yards of rushing. In his third year at the helm Paul Chryst has developed the Pitt offense into one of the best running attacks in the nation. The Panthers have averaged 344 yards on the ground in their 3-0 start, which ranks fourth in the country. Despite the gaudy numbers Chryst says there is plenty of room for improvement.

Chryst says the run game will get a challenge from an Iowa defense that has always prided itself on stopping the run under Kirk Ferentz.

(Learfield Sports)

Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings


September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Gomez walked, stole second and third and scored the go-ahead run on a bloop hit by rookie Hector Gomez in the 12th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers ended the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Brandon Kintzler got the last out in the 11th and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 42nd save in 47 chances. The third-place Brewers have won five of six and are four games back of St. Louis, which has a 2 1/2-game lead on Pittsburgh with 11 to go.

Gerardo Parra homered and rookie Matt Clark’s sacrifice fly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. The Cardinals were blanked on four hits over the last 11 innings after jumping on Wily Peralta for two quick runs in the first.


NEW YORK (AP) — St. Louis right-hander Yeison Medina has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a positive test for the banned stimulant heptaminol under baseball’s minor league drug program. Medina turns 22 on Oct. 2. He was 4-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 19 relief appearances this year for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

The suspension will begin at the start of next season. There have been 57 suspensions this year under the minor league program and five under the big league program.

Chicago Cubs extend contract with Triple-A Iowa


September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Triple-A Iowa agreed Tuesday to a two-year player development contract extension that will guarantee the partnership between the two teams will continue through the 2018 season. In announcing the deal, the teams noted it would ensure the affiliation between the teams would stretch to at least 38 years.

The affiliation began in 1981, and the next year Iowa changed its nickname to the Cubs. It’s the eighth-longest current affiliate relationship between a major league team and the 160 minor league clubs.

The Iowa Cubs play in Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.

Iowa searching for answers on offense


September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — This was supposed to be the year that Iowa flourished under offensive coordinator Greg Davis. Three games in, the Hawkeyes look inept. Iowa (2-1) scored just 17 points against Ball State and Iowa State and is just 102nd out of 128 FBS teams in scoring at 21.7 points per game.

What’s troubling about those numbers is the Hawkeyes basically brought back their entire offense, and Davis is now in his third year calling plays for Iowa. Coach Kirk Ferentz reiterated his support for Davis on Tuesday as the Hawkeyes prepare for their toughest test yet, a date with unbeaten Pittsburgh (3-0) on Saturday.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 9/16/14

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September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Red Oak Cross Country Results


September 16th, 2014 by Jim Field

Harlan won both the boys and girls titles at the Red Oak Cross Country meet on Monday.

On the girls side, Harlan had 47 points to narrowly defeat Griswold with 49.  Atlantic placed third with 75 points.  Alyx Flippin of Griswold was the champion with Tiffany Williams of Atlantic placing second.

The Harlan boys scored 19 points to dominate the meet.  Red oak with 59 was second and Atlantic was third with 68 points.  Michael Sciranko of Harlan was the champion.  Atlantic’s Phoenix Shadden placed 9th and Ryan Hawkins was 11th.

See the full meet results by clicking the links below:

ROHS XC Girls Varsity 2014

ROHS XC Boys Varsity 2014

ROHS XC Girls JV 2014

ROHS XC Boys JV 2014

RO XC Invite Middle School 2014

Area Volleyball Scores from Mon., 9/15/14


September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

  • (3-1) Clarinda 23-25-25-27, Atlantic 25-23-5-25
  • (3-0) Earlham 25-27-26, Nodaway Valley 12-25-24
  • (3-0) East Mills 25-25-25, Clarinda Academy 3-7-7
  • (2-0) Mount Ayr 26-25, Pleasantville 24-21
  • (2-1) Mount Ayr 27-24-16, Interstate 35 25-26-14
  • (2-0) Nishnabotna 25-25, Rock Port 16-18
  • (3-0) Tri-Center 25-25-25, Logan-Magnolia 10-20-9
  • (3-2) Glidden-Ralston 22-23-25-25-15, Paton-Churdan 25-25-15-20-8

TCU, West Virginia and Iowa St show Big 12’s depth


September 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) — TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State weren’t expected to do much in the Big 12 this season. Last weekend’s performances might change that perception. The Horned Frogs, Mountaineers and Cyclones each beat a fellow power conference team on Saturday — and West Virginia and Iowa State did it on the road.

The teams picked 7th, 8th and 9th in the preseason poll respectively had three of the Big 12’s four wins over power five teams, showing that the league might be deeper than originally thought.