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State Softball Championship schedule: Fri., July 26th 2013


July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A

Championship Runner-up/3rd place

9:30-a.m. Don Bosco (33-9) vs. Newell-Fonda (36-7)


10-a.m. Akron-Westfield (36-2) vs. New London (32-9)

Class 2A

Championship Runner-up/3rd place

11:30-a.m. AGWSR (29-8) vs. Ridge View (31-12)


12:15-p.m. Treynor (31-5) vs. Durant (34-8)

Class 3A

Championship Runner-up/3rd place

1:30-p.m. Sgt. Bluff-Luton (34-4) vs. New Hampton (28-10)


2:30-p.m. Bondurant-Farrar (29-12) vs. Clarke (28-9)

Class 4A

Championship Runner-up/3rd place

3:30-p.m. Indianola (33-10) vs. Washington (30-12)


4:45-p.m. Dallas Center-Grimes (37-5) vs. Carlisle (34-7)

Class 5A:

3rd place at 5:30-p.m. will be Ankeny (33-11) vs. winner of today’s (9;30-a.m.) Johnston vs. Ottumwa game

Championship at 7-p.m. will be Dowling Catholic (33-11) vs. either Johnston or Ottumwa.

Chiefs report to camp with high expectations


July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Eric Berry didn’t even allow a question about last season to be asked before cutting off the inquiring mind. There’s no way he was going to relive that nightmare. Instead, the Pro Bowl safety spoke optimistically about what the Kansas City Chiefs can accomplish this season under a new head coach. Berry thinks the pieces are in place for a quick turnaround from a 2-14 record a year ago to a team with playoff aspirations.

Berry was among the veteran players who checked into training camp Thursday on the campus of Missouri Western State University. They joined rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans who were able to get a head start over the past few days. The Chiefs’ first full-squad workout is today (Friday).

Cardinals upend Phillies 3-1


July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed one run over seven innings and the St. Louis Cardinals scored three times in the third in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay and Matt Adams drove in runs for the Cardinals, who have won seven of nine. Philadelphia has lost five in a row, tying a season high. The Phillies also dropped five straight from June 7-12.

St. Louis has the most wins in the majors at 62 and is a season-high 25 games over .500. Lynn (12-5) had dropped four of his previous five decisions and was 3-4 with a 6.32 ERA in his past eight starts.

Cardinals recall Rzepczynski, option Martinez


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals recalled Marc Rzepczynski from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, giving them three left-handed relievers. Rookie right-hander Carlos Martinez was optioned to Memphis.

The 27-year-old Rzepczynski was demoted to the minors April 29 and was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA at Memphis while limiting left-handed hitters to a .185 batting average. Rzepczynski appeared in 70 games with St. Louis last season.

The 21-year-old Martinez was the organization’s minor league pitcher of the month in June and is among their top prospects for a future rotation spot. He has a 5.56 ERA in 10 games covering 11 1-3 innings with St. Louis.

Thursday State Softball Results


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A Semifinals 

  • Akron-Westfield 1, Don Bosco 0
  • Newell-Fonda 1, New London 0

Class 2-A Semifinals

  • Treynor 1,  AGWSR 0
  • Durant 6, Ridge View 0

Class 3-A Semifinals

  • Bondurant-Farrar 3, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 2 (8)
  • Clarke 17,  New Hampton 8

Class 4-A Semifinals

  • Dallas Center-Grimes 10, Indianola 3
  • Carlisle 11, Washington 9

Class 5-A Semifinals

  • Dowling Catholic 5, Ankeny 0
  • Johnston (31-11) vs. Ottumwa (37-6) – suspended until 9:30-a.m. Friday (on Diamond 2)

8AM Sportscast 07-25-2013

Podcasts, Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Iowa hires N. Illinois official for athletic post


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has hired a Northern Illinois University administrator to oversee academic services for athletes. Athletic director Gary Barta named Lisa Tovar an associate athletics director Wednesday. Tovar worked in a similar job at Northern Illinois for two years after previously working as an athletic academic counselor at Ohio State.

Her hiring comes under a reorganization in which the athletics department has created separate units to oversee compliance and academic services. Previously, department official Fred Mims oversaw both functions but Mims was reassigned last year amid questions about the school’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against a counselor.

Barta says he’s impressed by Tovar’s passion for helping student-athletes and working with coaches. Last week, Barta named Arizona State administrator Lyla Clerry to oversee compliance with NCAA regulations.

Westbrook helps Cardinals beat Phillies 11-3


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Westbrook pitched seven solid innings and contributed offensively with his second career steal, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Matt Adams had two hits and three RBIs and Shane Robinson’s three-run triple in the fifth was his third hit of the game for the Cardinals, who are 4-1 since the All-Star break and lead the majors with a 61-37 record.

Allen Craig had two hits and a walk to give him 16 hits during a nine-game hitting streak. He’s second in the league in hitting at .337 behind teammate Yadier Molina, who had three hits and an RBI and is batting .339. Westbrook (7-4) had his first career three-hit game and helped knock out John Lannan (2-4) when he drew a two-out walk in the fourth, stole second and scored on Carpenter’s single for a 4-0 lead.

Pheasant harvest numbers up in 2012

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the number of pheasants shot by hunters increased 45-percent in 2012 after a record low year in 2011. D-N-R spokesman, Willie Suchy, says they expected an increase based on the roadside survey last August. “We were very pleased last year to see a good nesting season and when we have good nesting seasons and good winters, the small game numbers like pheasants and quail respond. And we had an increase in harvest and an increase the number of hunters taking advantage of that,” Suchy says.

It’s estimated hunters shot 158-thousand pheasants in 2012. That compares to 109-thousand pheasants harvested in 2011 — which was the lowest number since the state began keeping track in 1962. Suchy says the pheasant population has seemed to be stuck in a bad cycle that hasn’t allowed the birds to recover. “We’ve had bad winters and bad springs in the past, but the thing that has really happened over the last five or six years is that we’ve had a string of them together. Usually after two or three bad ones you get a couple three good ones, and we just haven’t had that. Last year was the first year that we did,” Suchy says. “Unfortunately this year, we had a little bit snowier winter and then a wet spring, so we are not so optimistic going forward.”

Pheasants weren’t the only game hunters had success with as Bobwhite quail, mourning dove, cottontail and squirrel harvest estimates increased as well. “All small game kind so have the same sort of guiding things — habitat, weather — affect them,” Suchy says. He says better weather increases all their population numbers. Better animal numbers also led to a five-percent increase in the number of small game hunters last year. The impact of this year’s snowy winter and wet spring will become more clear next week when the D-N-R conducts its annual roadside pheasant survey.

(Radio Iowa)

Wednesday’s (7/24) Substate baseball results


July 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 3-A Substate Final
Harlan 7, Glenwood 1
Bishop Heelan Catholic 7, LeMars 0 (Forfeit)

Class 4-A Substate Final
Sioux City East 7, Sioux City North 6