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Audubon County Farmer Wins $2,500 for Audubon HS Wrestling Fund

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Monsanto Seed Company said Tuesday Blane Kerkhoff, of Audubon, has been selected as a winner in the “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” contest, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Kerkhoff has designated the Audubon High School Wresting Fund to receive the award in Audubon County. Audubon Community School District Superintendent Brett Gibbs, Kerkhoff and a Monsanto representative will participate in a check presentation ceremony Saturday morning, beginning at 9:30., at the Audubon High School (800 3rd St. in Audubon).

Farmers in 39 states and 1,245 counties were eligible to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit.  America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society, by helping them grow their local communities.

Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit www.growcommunities.com

Senate committee votes to override lead-shot ban

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa legislative committee has voted to overturn a Natural Resources Commission rule that would have banned hunting mourning doves with lead-shot ammunition. The Senate Natural Resources committee voted 9-3 for the measure on Tuesday. The commission last year unanimously recommended lead-shot ammunition be banned. Environmental advocates say it can harm or kill animals when ingested. A legislative committee put the ban on hold, but it would take effect if lawmakers don’t reverse the rule before adjourning in a few months. If lead-shot is banned, steel-shot ammunition would still be allowed. But hunters say steel-shot doesn’t perform as well, and is inconvenient and expensive. The resolution now goes to the full Senate.

Retired Cardinals Manager La Russa Will Lead NL All-Stars in 2012


January 24th, 2012 by Jim Field

Tony La Russa, the longtime manager of the St. Louis
Cardinals who retired following his Club’s 2011 World Series
Championship, will serve as the manager of the National League All-Star
Team for the 2012 Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City,
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.

Commissioner Selig said: “Tony earned this opportunity
with the remarkable run that the Cardinals completed last October, and I
am delighted that he shared my enthusiasm about his staying in this
role.  The All-Star Game celebrates all the best of our game, and it is
very appropriate that we will have the chance to celebrate one of the
greatest managerial careers of all-time as a part of our festivities.”

La Russa will lead the N.L. All-Stars for the third time
(previous: 2005, 2007) and it will mark his sixth Midsummer Classic
managerial assignment, matching Joe Torre’s total and surpassed only by
Hall of Famers Casey Stengel (10), Walter Alston (9) and Joe McCarthy
(7).  While leading the Oakland Athletics, La Russa was the American
League All-Star skipper from 1989-1991.  La Russa has a 3-2 record in
his five Midsummer Classics as manager.  The remainder of La Russa’s
N.L. coaching staff will be announced in the months ahead.

La Russa, 67, managed 33 years in the Major Leagues, with
the Chicago White Sox (1979-1986), the A’s (1986-1995) and the Cardinals
(1996-2011).  His clubs won three World Series Championships and made
six World Series overall.  The four-time BBWAA Manager of the Year won
three National League pennants (2004, 2006, 2011) with St. Louis,
including its National League-best 10th and 11th World Series

This will mark the second time that a retired manager will
lead an All-Star squad.  Hall of Fame manager John McGraw retired
following the 1932 season and managed the N.L. squad in the first
Midsummer Classic in 1933.  Two managers led an All-Star team after
moving on to new Clubs immediately following a World Series.  Dick
Williams was the 1974 A.L. All-Star manager after leaving the A’s for
the California Angels following the 1973 World Series.  Dusty Baker, who
managed the San Francisco Giants to the 2002 Fall Classic, was the 2003
N.L. All-Star manager after joining the Chicago Cubs.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday,
July 10th.  The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX
Sports.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

100 Years of Boys’ State Basketball Tournaments to be Celebrated


January 24th, 2012 by Jim Field

by Bud Legg, IHSAA

Since 1912 the Iowa Boys’ State Basketball Tournament has offered the state and its fans many exciting moments. In observance of the first 100 years of the tournament, the IHSAA is using the weeks leading up to the tournament and the tournament itself to celebrate the first 100 years.

A special logo commemorating the 100 Year Celebration of State Basketball Tournaments is posted on the basketball page of the IHSAA website. The IHSAA encourages media and schools to utilize use of the logo and the information available on the basketball page of the Association’s web site in their coverage of basketball.

Earlier this winter, the Association assembled a blue-ribbon panel consisting of former state tournament coaches; school administrators; veteran fans (some of whom were former players and coaches); members of the media; and game officials to recall “great moments from state tournament games.” Independently they arrived at those tournament moments that still shine brightly in their memories.

No pre-set number of moments was given to the Committee. Those that were introduced were included in the draft with some being grouped by commonalities.  With such a daunting task, the IHSAA realizes that the committee’s “great moments” were not all inclusive. Rather they are a compilation of the committee’s memories of the first 100 years, 219 championship games, and over 108,000 minutes of action. They constitute a legacy that embodies the richness of education-based interscholastic athletics. It is intended to represent a cross section of the history of the tournament and is presented in categorical and chronological order.

The “Great Moments” can be found on the basketball page of the website. In addition a plethora of
archived information, including every score from the 100 State Tournaments and numerous records and all-time bests can be found by clicking on the word “Archives” above the red QuikStats banner on the basketball web page.

The IHSAA wants fans to review the “moments” which includes the facilities that have hosted the State Tournament; innovations that were used in the tournament structure, record setting coaches, fans and officials, tournament nuggets and notable firsts, and a chronology of the “state tournament highlights the committee identified.  As they read the information and highlights, they are invited to submit other state tournament moments they recall for consideration for inclusion in the list. Entries need not be from a championship game. Additions for consideration can be emailed to Bud Legg (blegg@iahsaa.org).

Others are welcomed and invited by the Athletic Association to join in the celebration.  Media outlets, schools, and private individuals who have photos of past State Tournament games that can be used in the special tournament program, arena displays or video presentations are urged to send them to the IHSAA.  Full credit lines for photographs used will be given and all pictures will be returned. The pictures can be emailed to tlatta@iahsaa.org or mailed to the Iowa High School Athletic Association; PO Box 10; Boone, IA 50036-0010.

As the tournament nears the IHSAA will develop posters, brief video presentations to be played before the State Tournament games, and a variety of displays and activities relating to the celebration of the first 100 years. Activities will be designed to enhance the history of the tournament but not detract from the unique experience this year’s qualifiers will have.

8AM Sportscast 01-24-2012

Podcasts, Sports

January 24th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


College basketball tonight (1-24-12): ISU vs. TX


January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State goes for its third Big 12 road win of the season when it plays at Texas tonight at the Erwin Center in Austin, TX. The Cyclones beat the Longhorns 77-71 in the league opener. Texas is coming of a 69-66 loss to Kansas, its first home defeat this year. Iowa State is 4-2 in the Big 12 for the first time in eight years. Tip-time is 8 o’clock.

Monday High School Basketball Results


January 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

  • Clarinda 62, Fremont-Mills 46
  • South Page 54, North Nodaway, Mo. 38
  • Lenox 76, Diagonal 25
  • Mount Ayr 69, Clarinda Academy 52
  • illisca 60, Red Oak 58
Centennial Conference Tournament
First Round

Grand Island Central Catholic, Neb. 60, St. Albert 42

Western Valley Conference Tournament
First Round
  • Boyer Valley 70, Woodbine 52
  • IKM-Manning 74, Charter Oak-Ute 32
  • Kingsley-Pierson 59, Westwood 19
  • Lawton-Bronson 69, Ridge View 54
  • Logan-Magnolia 55, Ar-We-Va 42
  • Woodbury Central 55, River Valley 37
  • OA-BCIG 73, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 64
  • West Monona 55, Whiting 37

Clarinda 35, Fremont-Mills 20

Centennial Conference Tournament
First Round

Columbus Scotus, Neb. 38, St. Albert 23


Associated Press Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll


January 23rd, 2012 by Jim Field

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City West (10) 13-0 127 1
2. Ankeny (3) 13-0 120 2
3. Marion Linn-Mar 9-2 89 3
4. West Des Moines Valley 11-2 88 4
5. Cedar Falls 9-2 67 5
6. Sioux City East 13-2 66 7
7. Dubuque Senior 10-1 59 6
8. Waukee 11-2 55 8
9. Des Moines Roosevelt 11-3 17 10
10. Des Moines Hoover 9-3 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Davenport Central 7. Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2.

Class 3-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Waverly-Shell Rock (9) 13-0 125 1
2. MOC-Floyd Valley (4) 15-0 118 2
3. Mount Pleasant 14-1 106 3
4. Iowa Falls-Alden 12-1 80 4
5. Davenport Assumption 9-3 67 5
6. Epworth, Western Dubuque 10-2 59 7
7. Webster City 10-2 35 6
8. Atlantic 12-2 33 10
9. Carroll 11-2 29 9
10. Sioux City Heelan 8-4 24 8

Others receiving votes: Dallas Center-Grimes 11. Grinnell 10. Le Mars 7. Cresco Crestwood 6. A-D-M, Adel 3. Maquoketa 2.

Class 2-A
Record Pts Prv
1. West Marshall (10) 15-0 123 1
2. West Fork, Sheffield (3) 14-0 118 2
3. Des Moines Christian 14-1 82 5
4. Denver 13-1 68 3
5. Ogden 16-0 63 7
6. Monticello 12-0 53 9
7. Stanwood North Cedar 11-2 49 8
8. Monona MFL-Mar-Mac 12-1 43 NR
T9.Fort Dodge St. Edmond 10-3 24 6
T9.Clarinda 12-1 24 NR
T9.Mount Vernon 10-4 24 NR

Others receiving votes: Monroe PCM 16. Beckman, Dyersville 14. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 5. Forest City 3. Hull Western Christian 3. Sioux Center 2. West Branch 1.

Class 1-A
Record Pts Prv
1. Danville (10) 15-0 126 1
2. Storm Lake St. Mary’s (3) 14-0 119 2
3. Blairsburg NE Hamilton 14-0 99 3
4. Treynor 15-0 85 5
5. Harris-Lake Park 14-0 69 6
6. Boyden-Hull 13-2 63 4
7. Keota 15-0 53 7
8. Troy Mills North Linn 13-1 34 8
9. Greenfield Nodaway Valley 12-2 20 NR
10. Lone Tree 12-2 13 9

Others receiving votes: Kalona Iowa Mennonite 9. Kingsley-Pierson 6. Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 6. Algona Garrigan 4. Lynnville-Sully 4. Lawton-Bronson 2. Buffalo Center North Iowa 2. Murray 1.

8AM Sportscast 01-23-2012

Podcasts, Sports

January 23rd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Penn State wrestlers rally for win


January 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — On the day former football coach Joe Paterno died, Penn State’s third-ranked wrestlers honored his memory in a way he would have approved — by winning. The No. 3 Nittany Lions rallied from a 12-0 deficit after three weights to win the final seven bouts and hand the No. 2 Hawkeyes a 22-13 defeat. Before the match started, an image of a smiling Paterno, arms crossed, and the words Joseph Vincent Paterno 1926-2012, appeared on scoreboards at either end of the arena. A moment of silence was followed by a 30-minute standing ovation in honor of the man also known as Joe Pa. Once the match began, Iowa reeled off three straight wins, two decisions sandwiched around a pin. But Penn State’s top-ranked 149-pounder, Frank Molinaro, brought the momentum the Nittany Lions’ way with a 10-5 win that started a streak of seven consecutive wins.