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St. Louis welcomes home the Cardinals


April 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Baseball-mad St. Louis is welcoming the Cardinals for the first home game of the year. After starting the season with six road games, the Cardinals host the Cincinnati Reds this (Monday) afternoon. The usual Opening Day pageantry — the motorcade of Hall of Famers, the Budweiser Clydesdales — will take on a more poignant feel as the Cardinals also honor the memory of Stan Musial.

Musial died in January at age 92. His four children will be on hand to unveil an outfield wall marker in a pre-game ceremony at Busch Stadium. Opening day ceremonies begin at 1:40-p.m., on KJAN.

Musial tributes aplenty for Cardinals


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stan Musial tributes factor heavily into the St. Louis Cardinals’ opening home stand. That means several opportunities to draw on that inspiration. There’ll be even more pomp than usual before the Cardinals begin a three-game series Monday against the NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds. Along with the annual motorcade delivering the team and several of its Hall of Famers clad in red jackets at home plate, Stan the Man’s four children will unveil an outfield wall marker.

The National Anthem, performed by six members of the Gateway Harmonica Club, is a nod to Musial’s favorite instrument. Musial, who entertained teammates on train trips in the 1940s and ’50s with renditions of “Wabash Cannonball” and other chestnuts, was an honorary member of that club. A full tribute and harmonica fan giveaway honoring Musial, far and away the best player in franchise history and already honored with two statues outside Busch Stadium, is set for Friday. Several Cardinals past and present attended the funeral in late January for Musial, who died at age 92 after several years of ill health, and the team is wearing a memorial jersey sleeve patch.

Lefty Jaime Garcia, who thrives at home with a career 20-11 record and 2.48 ERA, gets the call in the series opener against Mat Latos and the Reds, who finished a comfortable nine games ahead of St. Louis last season. The Cardinals are 3-3 after building momentum at the expense of the World Series champion Giants, the team they let off the hook in the NL championship series, pummeling ace Matt Cain in the series finale while taking two of three.

The Reds are coming off a strong 4-2 opening homestand against two teams that are expected to contend, putting up six runs on Stephen Strasburg on Sunday and taking two of three from the Nationals and Angels. Todd Frazier is second on the NL with a .480 average, leads the league with 12 hits including three homers, and is tied for first with nine RBIs. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo also is off to a fast start with three homers.

The Cardinals have dominated at home against the Reds, who have won just three series and split two out of 27 chances dating to 2003. Lance Lynn (0-0) faces Bronson Arroyo (1-0) in the second game of the series on Tuesday, with Jake Westbrook (0-1) opposing Homer Bailey (1-0) in the finale. The Reds set a franchise record with 52 strikeouts the first five games, and Johnny Cueto and three relievers combined for 10 strikeouts on Sunday.

Cardinals score 9 runs in 4th vs Cain, beat Giants


April 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain became the first Giants pitcher to allow nine runs in an inning since 1902 when Matt Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him Sunday in a 14-3 romp over San Francisco. After Cain and the Giants received their 2012 World Series rings before the game, they got trounced. The Cardinals chased Cain (0-1) while scoring nine times in the fourth inning. The last two runs came home on Carlos Beltran’s single off reliever Jose Mijares.

According to research by the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the team, Cain was the first Giants pitcher to give up so many runs in a single inning since John Cronin on Sept. 27, 1902, in the second game of New York’s doubleheader against Brooklyn.

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Zito throws another gem vs Cards in SF home opener


April 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Barry Zito saved San Francisco’s season by beating the Cardinals last fall in the NL championship series, then delivered again with a 1-0 victory over St. Louis on Friday as the Giants celebrated their latest World Series title throughout the home opener. Zito outdueled Jake Westbrook in his season debut. The lefty also had a key sacrifice bunt that led to San Francisco’s lone run in the fourth, when Angel Pagan drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Giants won their 15th straight with Zito on the mound, including the postseason. He hasn’t lost since Aug. 2 against the New York Mets. Facing constant criticism yet again for his girth, World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval made several nice stops at third and also ran down a foul popup to back Zito.

Thursday Track Results


April 5th, 2013 by Jim Field

Red Oak Tiger Girls Relays

Class A:

  1. Griswold 171
  2. Bedford 83
  3. Corning 79
  4. Stanton, St. Albert 63

Griswold wins:  4×400, 4×800, sprint medley, distance medley. Rebekah Topham won 400, 400 hurdles and 3000.  Larissa Backhaus 200, Jordyn Sindt 1500.

Class AA:

  1. Glenwood 177
  2. Creston 176
  3. Shenandoah 113
  4. Clarinda 80.5
  5. Red Oak 26.5

Missouri Valley Big Red Boys Relays

  1. Missouri Valley 148
  2. Logan-Magnolia’s 112
  3. Boyer Valley 102
  4. Maple Valley 92
  5. West Harrison 54


Thursday High School Golf, Tennis Results


April 5th, 2013 by Jim Field


  • Creston 142, Atlantic 147 (Medalist: Colton Hoepker, Creston 34, Sam Markham, Atlantic 35, Evan Schuler, Atlantic 35)
  • Lewis Central 177, Clarinda 192
  • Harlan 179, Denison-Schleswig 183
  • East Mills 179, Rock Port, MO 211, SW Iowa 212


  • Atlantic 181, Creston  (Medalist: Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic 40, Runner-Up: Bailey Walter, Atlantic 44)
  • Clarinda 197, Lewis Central 227 (Medalist: Beth Anderson, Clarinda 45)
  • East Mills 279, SW Iowa 302 (Medalist: Logan Doty, SWI 56)


  • Atlantic 6, Creston 3
  • Denison-Schleswig 7, Harlan 2
  • Lewis Central 7, Clarinda 2
  • Glenwood 9, Corning 0


  • Creston 6, Atlantic 3
  • Clarinda 7, Lewis Central 2

High School Soccer Scores 04-04-2013


April 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks


  • Atlantic 4, Tri-Center 2
  • Glenwood 4, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 1
  • Lewis Central 4, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 1
  • North Polk, Alleman 2, ADM, Adel 1
  • Norwalk 2, Dallas Center-Grimes 1 (2OT)
  • Perry 4, Carlisle 0


  • A-D-M, Adel/Van Meter 10, Carroll 0
  • Carlisle 2, Perry 1
  • Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 3, Glenwood 2
  • Dallas Center-Grimes 2, Gilbert 0
  • Lewis Central 11, Riverside, Oakland 0
  • Nodaway Valley/AC/WCV 5, Creston 0
  • Tri-Center, Neola 9, Atlantic 0
  • Winterset 4, Boone 0

Chiefs open preseason at New Orleans


April 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open preseason play against the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. The NFL announced preseason matchups Thursday, although dates and times are not yet set. After playing New Orleans, the Chiefs will face the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field and the Green Bay Packers back home in Kansas City.

Baylor Wins its First NIT Title, Over Iowa


April 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa on Thursday night. Cory Jefferson scored 23 points and Isaiah Austin had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (23-14), who reached the tournament final five years ago, but never had won it before. Mike Gesell led Iowa (25-13) with 13 points and Aaron White had 12. Hawkeyes star Devyn Marble was held to six points.

Baylor reached the title game with a disjointed, but ultimately winning effort against BYU in Tuesday night’s semifinal. The Bears looked much more complete on Thursday night.