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Derrick Johnson, Dontari Poe miss Chiefs offseason workout


June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe walked gingerly off the Chiefs’ practice field Tuesday with back pain, and linebacker Derrick Johnson sat out with inflammation in his knee. The Chiefs were getting back to work with the second week of organized team activities when Poe walked off the field. A team spokesman did not say how long he might be out.

Johnson worked out last week. He missed nearly all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. Wide receiver Chris Conley was back on the field after missing time last week to attend the NFL’s rookie premier, while linebacker Justin Houston remained absent from the voluntary workouts after getting the franchise tag earlier this offseason.


Cardinals return favor, beat Brewers 1-0; Holliday ejected


June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed five hits while pitching into the eighth inning and Mark Reynolds had an RBI single in the second for the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 on Tuesday night. Tyler Cravy (0-1) made an impressive major debut for Milwaukee, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings.

The Brewers won the series opener 1-0 and Milwaukee pitchers had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings before Reynolds’ RBI. Lynn (4-4) struck out five and walked one in 7 2-3 innings. Kevin Siegrist got the last out in the eighth and most of a sellout crowd of 42,835 stuck around to see Trevor Rosenthal earn his 16th save in 17 chances. The Cardinals are 6-2 with one game to go on the home stand.

Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals was ejected for arguing a called third strike in the seventh inning, ensuring the end of his National League-record 45-game streak reaching base safely to start the season. Home plate umpire Joe West also tossed manager Mike Matheny, who had gone out to aid Holliday’s cause, on Tuesday night in a game the Cardinals led 1-0 against the Brewers.

Holliday’s streak was the longest in the majors since Derek Jeter’s major league-record run of 53 in a row in 1999 for the Yankees. It was Holliday’s fourth career ejection and the ninth career ejection for Matheny, and first this season.


Atlantic 2nd at Girls State Golf Tourney


June 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

Dyersville Beckman overcame  seven stroke deficit after day one to win by eight strokes over Atlantic and claim the class 3-A girls state golf championship.  Beckman shot a two-day team total of 706 and Atlantic shot 714.  Emily Snelling of Clear Lake shot a two day total of 152 and won the title by beating Brooke Klostermann of Beckman in a one hole playoff.  Brooke Newell led Atlantic, shooting seven over par 155 to place third.  Erin Olson placed ninth for Atlantic shooting a +12 total of 169.  Atlantic’s Sarah Fixmer tied for 22nd place with a 189.

In class 2-A, Treynor placed eighth as Madelyn Deitchler led the Cardinals finishing11th at 181 and Ally Anderson was 26th with a 192 total.

In class 4-A, Madison Hance of Creston tied for 12th place with a 182.

Chicago Bulls introduce Fred Hoiberg as new coach


June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls made it official Tuesday, hiring Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg to replace Tom Thibodeau. Hoiberg was long rumored as the replacement for Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons.

Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. He had open-heart surgery in April.

He takes over a team that entered the season eyeing a championship with the return of Derrick Rose from another knee surgery and the signing of Pau Gasol last summer. The Bulls came up short, struggling through injuries in a 50-win regular season and lost to LeBron James and the banged-up Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Throwing clinic offered for area softball & baseball teams


June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It’s usually during sickness and injury that people work with medical professionals, but the Rehabilitation Services Department at Cass County Memorial Hospital is ahead of the game. Laura Hickman, DPT, ATC, and Erin Johnson, PTA, now offer a throwing clinic for area softball and baseball teams. Together, they teach proper warm-up exercises, mobility drills, and stretches.

Erin Johnson& Laura Hickman (Photo submitted)

Erin Johnson& Laura Hickman (Photo submitted)

The goals of the clinic are to help athletes prevent injury and improve their throwing technique. Laura and Erin were both high school athletes who suffered season-ending injuries, so they know first-hand the dangers involved and the importance of preventive care at a young age. “We want to teach them about protecting and strengthening their bodies in the correct way,” said Erin. “If someone had said to me at 16 or 17 – you’ll have this body your entire life, so take care of it – it would have made a difference.”

The Griswold softball team was the first to host the clinic for its players, and Peggy Hansen, Head Coach, says that the team now incorporates the stretches and drills into their everyday routine. “The girls start as soon as they arrive at practice,” said Hansen. “Each girl is leaving the (exercise) bands in their softball equipment bags and will do this as their game warm up also.”

Coach Hansen noted that in addition to the exercises, it was helpful to have Laura and Erin onsite during the practice. “While Laura and Erin were watching the girls do these stretches …we could see why some of the girls have had sore elbows and shoulders before,” said Hansen. Because of their experience and background in physical therapy, both could see weaknesses in muscles that the mobility drills and exercises should build.

Overall, Coach Hansen is pleased with the outcomes of the clinic. “I am seeing better results with our throwing since they started this because they are getting their arms in the right position,” she said. Laura and Erin hope they can work with more area schools’ baseball and softball teams this season. “We want athletes to perform at their best ability, and prevent injuries that would sideline them or cause bigger problems down the road,” said Laura.

In the future, the CCMH Rehabilitation Services team plans to incorporate injury prevention clinics with other sports and athletic groups throughout the year. For more information about the throwing clinic, or to schedule a clinic, contact Laura or Erin at 712-243-7564.

(Press Release)

(Podcast) KJAN morning Sports report, 6/2/2015

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June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Monday Baseball/Softball Results


June 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

Atlantic 2, Denison-Schleswig 1
Red Oak 5, Shenandoah 4
Glenwood 11, Creston 1 (5 inn)
Harlan 7, Kuemper Catholic 6
Lewis Central 10, St. Albert 1
CAM 12, Boyer Valley 1 (5 inn)
Treynor 11-4, Griswold 0-0
Tri-Center 9-17, A-H-S-T-W 4-9
Missouri Valley 7-4, Audubon 5-3
Logan-Magnolia 14-15, Riverside 2-0
IKM-Manning 6-3, Underwood 1-1
Fremont-Mills 21, Clarinda Academy 9
Nishnabotna 15, Essex 0 (4 inn)
East Mills 11, Stanton 10
Lenox 7, Central Decatur 2
Nodaway Valley 2, Wayne 0
Orient-Macksburg 3, Mormon Trail 2

Exira/EHK 5, West Harrison 0
Griswold 6-4, Treynor 4-5
Missouri Valley 13-13, Audubon 3-3
Logan-Magnolia 10-9, Riverside 0-2
IKM-Manning 10-16, Underwood 0-1
Shenandoah 9, Red Oak 3
Creston 4, Glenwood 0
Kuemper Catholic 7, Harlan 4
Lewis Central 6, St. Albert 2
Stanton 13, East Mills 3 (6 inn)
Essex 14, Nishnabotna 5
Sidney 8, Bedford 7

Atlantic Leads By 7 Strokes After Day 1 In 3-A Girls State Golf


June 2nd, 2015 by Jim Field

Atlantic is halfway to defending their Class 3-A state girls golf championship.  Atlantic shot a team score of 356 on Monday and lead second place Beckman Catholic, who shot 363.  It is a fairly tight race, as the rest of the field includes Clarion-Goldfield-Dows at 368, New Hampton at 369, MOC-Floyd Valley and Monticello both at 375 and Nevade and Williamsburg each with 385.  Brooke Klostermann of Beckman Catholic leads the tourney with a first day score of 75.  That puts her two strokes ahead of Atlantic’s Brooke Newell who shot 77.  Also for Atlantic, Erin Olsen shot 86, Sarah Fixmer 94, McKenna Den Beste shot 99 and Mary Hayes carded a 117.  Kuemper Catholic’s Courtney Snyder is tied for 10th after posting an 85.

In Class 2-A, Treynor is in fifth place, 34 strokes back of Alta-Aurelia after a day one score of 376.  Treynor is led by Madelyn Deitchler who shot 86 and Ally Anderson who posted a 91.

In Class 4-A, Madison Hance of Creston is tied for 11th place after shooting a 90, and Sara Sweeney of Carroll carded a 92.

Brewers shut down Cardinals 1-0


June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Fiers and four relievers combined on an eight-hitter and Carlos Gomez had a first-inning RBI single in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Fiers (2-5) allowed four hits in six innings, one shy of his season high, and won for the first time in six starts since May 2 at Chicago.

Johnathan Broxton, Neal Cotts, James Jeffress and Francisco Rodriguez combined to allow four hits without walking a batter in Milwaukee’s fourth shutout of the season. Rodriguez finished for his ninth save. The win comes a day after the Brewers beat Arizona in 17 innings.

Jaime Garcia (1-2) worked seven sterling innings and Kolten Wong and Mark Reynolds had two singles apiece for the Cardinals, shut out for the fifth time but first time at home where they’re among the best in the league at 20-7.


AP Source: Bulls plan to introduce Hoiberg as coach


June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as their new coach today (Tuesday). The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized. Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

The Bulls announced in a release that they would make a major announcement today (Tuesday). Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. He had open-heart surgery in April.