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17 Prep Boys’ Hoops Teams Still Undefeated


January 9th, 2012 by Jim Field

By:  Bud Legg, IHSAA

Seventeen high school boys’ basketball teams remain undefeated going into the second week of 2012. Eight teams lost for the first time last week. A total of 25 teams, including 15 in Class 1A, have just one loss.
The elite quintets at this point in the season listed by class are: Class 4A (3) – Ankeny (9-0), Iowa City West (9-0) and Dubuque Senior (8-0). Class 3A (2) – MOC-Floyd Valley (11-0) and Waverly-Shell Rock (9-0); Class 2A (6) – West Marshall (11-0), Ogden (11-0), Denver (10-0), West Fork (10-0), Monticello (10-0), and Roland-Story (9-0).  Class 1A (6) – Danville (11-0), Northeast Hamilton (11-0), Harris-Lake Park (11-0), Keota (10-0), St. Mary’s Storm Lake (9-0) and Treynor (9-0).
There are non one-loss teams in Class 4A. Once beaten teams in the remaining three classes follow: Class 3A (4) – Mount Pleasant (9-1), Vinton-Shellsburg (9-1), Iowa Falls-Alden (8-1), and Webster City (8-1). Class 2A (6) – Clarinda (9-1), Mount Vernon (9-1), MFL, MarMac (9-1), Pekin (9-1), Des Moines Christian (8-1), and IKM-Manning (8-1). Class 1A (15) – North-Linn, Troy Mills (10-1), Fremont-Mills (9-1), Gehlen Catholic LeMars (9-1), Lone Tree (9-1), Mount Ayr (9-1), Murray (9-1), Boyden-Hull (8-1), East Mills (8-1), Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (8-1), Nodaway Valley (8-1), Pleasantville (8-1), Tripoli (8-1), Kingsley-Pierson (7-1), Boyer Valley (6-1), Trinity Christian Hull (6-1).
Upcoming games for the undefeated teams and the once beaten are listed below.
Ankeny (9-0) – host 6-3 Southeast Polk Tuesday; at 0-8 Indianola Friday
Iowa City West (9-0) – at 3A Wahlert Dubuque (4-4) Tuesday; host 4-5 Iowa City, City High Friday
Dubuque Senior (8-0) – at 5-4 Prairie Cedar Rapids Tuesday; hosts 3A Wahlert Dubuque (4-4) Friday

MOC-Floyd Valley (11-0) – hosts 2A Western Christian (6-3) Tuesday; at 2A West Lyon (8-4) Friday
Waverly-Shell Rock (9-0) – at Oelwein (4-5) Tuesday; at Decorah (6-4) Friday; at Webster City (8-1) Saturday

West Marshall (11-0) – at East Marshall, LeGrand (1-9) Tuesday; at 1A Grundy Center (3-7) Friday; plays Denver (10-0) at McLeod Center in NICL Shoot-out, Saturday
Ogden (11-0) – at 1A Madrid (0-10), Tuesday; at Panorama, Panora (3-8), Friday; host to West Central Valley, Stuart (2-9) Saturday
Denver (10-0) – at Hudson (8-2) Tuesday, at Wapsie Valley (1-9) Friday, plays West Marshall (10-0) at Wartburg College in NICL Shoot-out Saturday
West Fork (10-0) – at 1A North Butler (4-5) Tuesday, hosts 1A Rockford (2-6) Friday
Monticello (10-0) – at Maquoketa Valley, Delhi (6-5) Tuesday; hosts Cascade (9-2) Friday
Roland-Story (9-0) – hosts North Polk (8-4) Tuesday; at 1A Grandview Park Baptist (6-5) Friday; host to 1A Colo-NESCO (5-7) Saturday

Danville (11-0) – host to 2A Cardinal, Eldon (4-7) Tuesday, at 2A Van Buren, Keosauqua (7-3) Friday
Northeast Hamilton (11-0) – host to GMG, Garwin (2-8) Tuesday; at Meskwaki Settlement School (3-8) Friday
Harris-Lake Park (11-0) – at Round Lake-Brewster, MN (0-9), Monday
Keota (10-0) – at Montezuma (6-5) Monday, hosts HLV, Victor (4-5) Tuesday, hosts North Mahaska, New Sharon (4-5) Friday
St. Mary’s, Storm Lake (9-0) – at 2A Alta-Aurelia (6-3) Tuesday; at Spalding Catholic, Granville (2-6) Thursday; at East Sac County (7-2) Friday
Treynor (9-0) – at 2A Underwood (8-3) Monday; host to Audubon (2-7) Friday; plays Nodaway Valley (8-1) at Mid-American Center Saturday

Mount Pleasant (9-1) – at Centerville (7-2) Tuesday; at home against Fairfield (3-7) Friday
Vinton-Shellsburg (9-1) -at Clear Creek-Amana (4-6) Tuesday; at Marion (4-6) Friday
Iowa Falls-Alden (8-1) – host to Eagle Grove (1-9) Tuesday; at Algona (5-5), Friday, host to 1A Grundy Center (3-7) Saturday
Webster City (8-1) – at Bishop Garrigan, Algona (5-5) Friday; host to 3A Waverly-Shell Rock (9-0) Saturday

Clarinda (9-1) – at 3A Harlan Community (6-3) Friday
Mount Vernon (9-1) – at 3A Anamosa (4-7) Tuesday, host to Epworth Western Dubuque (7-2) Friday
MFL, MarMac (9-1) – at Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg (6-4) Tuesday, at Valley Community, Elgin (2-8) Friday
Pekin (9-1) – host to 1A WACO, Wayland (6-6) Tuesday, host to Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona (8-3) Friday
Des Moines Christian (8-1) – at 1A Coon Rapids-Bayard (5-6) Tuesday, at 1A Earlham (3-8) Friday; host to 1A Madrid (0-10), Saturday
IKM-Manning (8-1) – at Shenandoah (1-9) Monday, at 1A West Harrison (4-8) Tuesday; at 1A Logan-Magnolia (6-4) Friday

North-Linn (10-1) – hosts 2A Cascade (9-2) Tuesday, host East Buchanan, Winthrop (1-9) Friday
Fremont-Mills (9-1) – at 2A Clarinda Academy (3-6) Tuesday, hosts Sidney (5-6) Friday
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars (9-1) – hosts Kingsley-Pierson (7-1) Monday, hosts St. Mary’s, Remsen (4-7) Tuesday, at Trinity Christian, Hull (6-1) Friday
Lone Tree (9-1) – hosts Highland, Riverside (2-7) Tuesday, at 2A Wapello (2-8) Friday
Mount Ayr (9-1) – hosts 2A Clarke, Osceola (2-7) Monday, host Lenox (4-5), Tuesday, at 2A Central Decatur, Leon (1-10) Friday
Murray (9-1) – at Twin Cedars, Bussey (6-5) Tuesday, at East Union, Afton (2-7) Thursday, at Moravia (2-8), Friday
Boyden-Hull (8-1) – host to Remsen-Union (7-4) Monday; at 2A Unity Christian (8-4) Tuesday, host to 2A Sheldon (6-3), Friday
East Mills (8-1) – at Villisca (4-5) Tuesday, plays Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (1-9) at Mid-American Center, Council Bluffs, Friday; TBA in Corner Conference Tr. Saturday
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (8-1) – hosts Glidden-Ralston (2-8) Tuesday; at Ankeny Christian Academy (8-2) Friday
Nodaway Valley (8-1) – at Bedford (2-8) Tuesday; host to 2A Interstate 35, Truro (5-4) Friday; plays Treynor (9-0) at Mid-American Center, Council Bluffs, Saturday
Pleasantville (8-1) – hosts 2A Albia (5-3) Monday, host Southeast Warren (4-5) Tuesday, host Corning (5-5) Friday
Tripoli (8-1) – host to Meskwaki Settlement School (3-8) Tuesday, at North Tama, Traer (7-4) Friday, host to 2A Nashua-Plainfield (3-6) Saturday
Kingsley-Pierson (7-1) – at Gehlen Catholic, LeMars (9-1) Monday; hosts Lawton-Bronson (7-2) Tuesday, at 2A OA-BCIG (3-8) Friday
Boyer Valley, Dunlap (6-1) – at A-H-S-T, Avoca (2-8) Monday, at Charter Oak-Ute (1-9) Tuesday, host to Woodbine (4-4) Friday, host to Lawton-Bronson (7-2) Saturday
Trinity Christian, Hull (6-1) – host to Gehlen Catholic, LeMars (9-1) Friday

Chiefs Tab Crennel as Head Coach


January 9th, 2012 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs made Romeo Crennel the permanent head coach on Monday after he led the floundering team to a pair of wins late in the season.

Crennel had been the interim coach and the leading candidate to replace Todd Haley, who was fired last month. He was scheduled to be introduced at an afternoon news conference.

“We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs,” Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said in a prepared statement. “In 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, Romeo has established an outstanding track record of success, and we believe his experience and proven ability make him the best person to help us reach our goal of consistently competing for championships.”

Crennel, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, had been serving as defensive coordinator when general manager Scott Pioli made him the interim coach. He quickly united a disjointed locker room and instantly endeared himself to fans in Kansas City, leading a team that had been ransacked by injuries over Green Bay, the Packers’ only loss this season.

Crennel’s lone defeat came in overtime against Oakland, which knocked the Chiefs (7-9) from playoff contention. But he rallied his team to a season-ending victory over the Broncos, after which players spontaneously began to chant his name in the locker room in Denver.

“Romeo’s vast experience and intelligence have helped him achieve success at the highest level,” Pioli said. “The way in which he creates accountability and respect amongst the team creates a very productive work environment and will be critical in continuing to develop our young core of players.”

Crennel was considered the front-runner to get the full-time job not only because of his work over the final three weeks of the season, but because of his calm demeanor and strong ties to Pioli, whom he worked with during his days running the New England Patriots defense.

“I have a deep appreciation for the vision that Clark Hunt has and his commitment to building a championship-caliber team,” Crennel said. “I believe in the types of players that we are trying to win with and the identity we are trying to create.”

Pioli also spoke to former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio before settling on the in-house candidate.

“It is a rare opportunity to be a part of an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs with its storied history and passionate fans,” Crennel said, “and I am eager to get to work and bring this franchise and our fans the success they deserve.”

Crennel went 24-40 during four years in Cleveland, though the record is somewhat misleading.

He took over a suffering franchise short on talent and went 6-10 and 4-12 in his first two seasons, missing the playoffs each year. But his breakthrough came in 2007, when the Browns went 10-6 and fell just short of the playoffs, earning Crennel a two-year contract extension.

After falling back to 4-12, though, the affable Crennel was summarily fired.

He figures to have a much better chance of success in Kansas City, where Pioli has locked up several young players to long-term deals and continues to overhaul an aging roster.

The Chiefs should be the favorites to win the wide-open AFC West next year. They nearly claimed a second straight division crown despite losing several star players to season-ending injuries.

Tight end Tony Moeaki, All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry were lost to knee injuries by the second week of the season. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Cassel joined them on injured reserve in Week 10 after he hurt his throwing hand in a game against Denver.

That left the team in the hands of journeyman Tyler Palko. The Chiefs claimed quarterback Kyle Orton off waivers from Denver, but he hurt his hand on the first pass he attempted against Chicago, and did not return until the final three weeks of the regular season.

By that time, Haley had been fired and Crennel had been given the reins.

“Throughout the year, we were all over a little bit. We came to a common ground over the last three weeks,” said fullback Le’Ron McClain, who is a free agent but has said he hopes to return to the team next season. “We started doing good when Romeo stepped in.”

Fisher reportedly spoke briefly with the Chiefs about the head coaching job, but he’s expected to decide between St. Louis and Miami. Philbin also was linked to the job, and Del Rio’s agent, Phil DePicciotto, had conversations with the Chiefs about the former Jaguars coach taking over.

Crennel will likely have to hire a defensive coordinator to replace himself, and also could be in the market for a new offensive coordinator.

The Chiefs struggled to move the ball under longtime assistant Bill Muir, who was in his first season as a coordinator. Muir has been contemplating retirement.

“Trying to put a staff together is a tough deal, because maybe the guys you want aren’t available, so you have to look other places. You end up trying to do the best you can, getting the best guys you get,” Crennel said. “You have to adapt and adjust as you go along.”

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No. 19 Nebraska Rallies to Beat Iowa 77-72


January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lindsey Moore had 22 points and nine assists and Jordan Hooper added 17 points as No. 19 Nebraska rallied to beat Iowa 77-72 on Sunday. The Cornhuskers (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) trailed by as many as eight points before a late 12-2 run led to their eighth straight win. Moore gave the Huskers a 61-60 lead with a 3-pointer, and Brandi Jeffery’s 3 made it 70-62 with 3:04 left. The Hawkeyes closed within 73-70 with 1:21 to go, but Jeffery forced a tie-up with Iowa’s Kamille Wahlin to give the ball back to Nebraska. Jaime Printy scored 27 points and Morgan Johnson had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (10-7, 2-2), who were just 2 of 16 from 3-point range.

Northern Iowa 83, Drake 68


January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anthony James scored 26 points and Jake Koch added 18 as Northern Iowa pulled away for an 83-68 victory over Drake on Saturday night. Northern Iowa (12-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley) trailed 35-34 at halftime. About halfway through the second half, Northern Iowa went on a 13-2 run after a tie and Drake (8-7, 1-3) could not recover. Northern Iowa got help from its bench players, who combined to score 17 points. Northern Iowa had a successful night at free-throw line, converting 27 of 34. Koch was 13 of 14. Koch also had eight rebounds to help his team build a 34-25 advantage. Drake’s Rayvonte Rice led all scorers with 27 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jordan Clarke had 11 rebounds.

Saturday High School Basketball Results


January 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

  • Atlantic 53, Norwalk 33 (Jerry Hayes Video Highlights)
  • Blair, Neb. 72, Abraham Lincoln 39
  • Carroll 64, Dallas Center-Grimes 57
  • Clarinda 71, Corning 44
  • Nodaway Valley 64, CAM 40
  • Guthrie Center 51, Woodward-Granger 31
  • Kuemper Catholic 68, East Sac County 66
  • West Monona 94, West Harrison 55
  • Sterling, Neb. 50, Sidney 28
  • Charter Oak-Ute 51, West Harrison 37
  • Clarinda 48, Corning 46
  • Abraham Lincoln 52, Blair, Neb. 47
  • Dallas Center-Grimes 51, Carroll 34
  • Nodaway Valley 53, CAM 28
  • Kuemper Catholic 69, East Sac County 50
  • Panorama 87, Earlham 29
  • Sterling, Neb. 63, Sidney 23
  • Treynor 71, Red Oak 33
  • Woodward-Granger 52, Guthrie Center 48

No. 1 Baylor 57, Iowa State 45


January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 26 points and her teammates contributed just enough to carry No. 1 Baylor past Iowa State 57-45 on Saturday night. Baylor (15-0, 2-0 Big 12) continued the best start in school history but had to work to do it against a feisty Iowa State team that played deliberately and milked the shot clock. The Cyclones (9-4, 0-2) led briefly in the first half, trailed by three at the half and were down just 26-24 when Nikki Moody hit a 3-pointer early in the second half. Baylor responded with a 10-0 run that included five points from Griner to open a 36-24 lead, and though the Cyclones kept threatening, that was enough of a cushion for the Lady Bears to hold on and protect their No. 1 ranking. Anna Prins, a 6-foot-7 junior who gave the Cyclones their best chance against the 6-8 Griner, led Iowa State with 17 points.

Jordan Madden added 11 points for Baylor, 10 in the second half, to help the Lady Bears pull away. Odyssey Sims, averaging 17.8 points, scored only two but came up with four steals and pressured Moody throughout. Moody scored only three points on 1-for-7 shooting. It was Iowa State’s first game against a No. 1 team at home and was much closer than the Cyclones’ three previous games against a team at the top of the Associated Press poll. The Cyclones lost those games by an average of 26 points.

Iowa State 74, Texas A&M 50


January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Iowa State forward Royce White fought the flu all week, but hid his sickness well against Texas A&M on Saturday. Thanks to White’s triple-double, the Cyclones whipped the Aggies 74-50. White tallied 18 rebounds, 10 points and 10 assists. He notched the first triple-double by a Big 12 player versus a conference foe in six years (Iowa State’s Curtis Stinson against Colorado on Feb. 5, 2006). The Cyclones (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), coming off a home victory over Texas, leaped to a 42-23 halftime lead and the Aggies (9-5, 0-2) never threatened in the second half of the blowout. Iowa State shot 46.7 percent from the field (28 of 60), and held the Aggies to 31.3 percent (21 of 67), their second-worst showing of the season. Melvin Ejim led a balanced Iowa State scoring effort with 15 points, while Scott Christopherson followed with 13. Ray Turner paced Texas A&M, losers of four of its last five, with 13 points. Five Cyclones scored in double figures.

The Cyclones won at Texas A&M for the first time in 11 years, and defeated the Aggies for the first time in seven years overall. Iowa State has won seven straight games under Hoiberg, in his second year as coach. Texas A&M suffered its worst home loss since 2000 (a 78-51 setback to Texas), when Melvin Watkins coached the Aggies. Iowa State also dominated Texas A&M down low, in outscoring the Aggies 32-20.

Ohio State beats Iowa 76-47


January 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 28 points and sixth-ranked Ohio State pounded Iowa 76-47 on Saturday. Deshaun Thomas added 10 points for the Buckeyes, who won for the second time on the road. Ohio State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) went on a 16-2 run sandwiched around halftime to jump ahead 38-21 early in the second half. The Buckeyes steadily built that lead to 60-33 with just under eight minutes left and cruised to their third Big Ten win by at least 29 points. Eric May had nine points to lead Iowa (10-7, 2-2).