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Drake Relays to hold high jump in supermarket


February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials with the Drake Relays have announced plans to hold an exhibition high jump inside of a supermarket. Meet officials say they’ve already lined up eight high jumpers for a competition to be held on April 21 at a Hy-Vee store in nearby Waukee, Iowa.

The women’s event will feature recent Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett, 2013 meet champion Ruth Beitia of Spain and American record-holder Chaunte Howard-Lowe. Canadian Derek Drouin and American Erik Kynard will headline the men’s field.

Hy-Vee is the presenting sponsor of the meet, which will run from April 24-26.

Chiefs hire assistant special teams coach


February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs hired former NFL running back Brock Olivo as their assistant special teams coach Thursday after he served the past two years on the staff at Coastal Carolina. Olivo replaces Kevin O’Dea, who was hired as special teams coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Olivo was a star at Missouri before spending four seasons with the Detroit Lions. After his playing career, he spent time coaching football in Italy and with the United Football League. At Coastal Carolina, he was the running backs coach and also helped with special teams.

Markel Smith signs letter of intent with Iowa


February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa says that St. Louis-area running back Markel Smith has finally signed his letter of intent.  Smith was ranked as a four-star back by recruiting publication Scout.com and is considered one of the best prospects in Iowa’s latest class. But Smith got snowed in during a retreat and wasn’t able to officially join the Hawkeyes until Thursday.  Smith was a first-team all-state selection in each of the last two seasons for St. John Vianney High.

Smith’s 7,144 career rushing yards ranks second-best in Missouri history. He also set the single-game mark with 541 yards.  Smith is the 19th recruit and second running back to join the Hawkeyes for the upcoming season.

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Illinois State defeats Northern Iowa 76-65


February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) – Bobby Hunter scored 17 points and grabbed three rebounds as Illinois State defeated Northern Iowa 76-65 on Wednesday night. Daishon Knight had 15 points and four rebounds for the Redbirds (13-10, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference). Zach Lofton came off the bench to score 14 with five rebounds and three assists and Jamaal Samuel added 10 points.

Illinois State had a 34-31 advantage at halftime but Northern Iowa mounted a 17-2 run – capped by a Knight 3-pointer – early in the second period to go up 50-41 with 12:09 remaining. The Panthers came back to within four with 5:35 left but the Redbirds responded with an 18-11 run to finish the game.

Matt Bohannon had 19 points and four rebounds for the Panthers (11-12, 5-6). Seth Tuttle added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Late three-pointer sinks ISU women


February 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Donielle Breaux’s three pointer from the top of the key with six seconds remaining was the game winner as TCU stunned the Iowa State women 61-60 in Ames. The Cyclones fall to 5-6 in the Big 12. Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly says the Cyclones struggled against TCU’s zone defense. Iowa State struggled shooting the ball, again, and finshed at 39 percent from the field. Brynn Williamson led Iowa State with 18 points.

Iowa State hires 2 new assistant coaches


February 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has added Tommy Mangino and Brandon Blaney to his staff as assistant coaches. Mangino is the son of former Kansas coach Mark Mangino, who became Iowa State’s offensive coordinator last month. He will coach the wide receivers after spending the 2013 season as a graduate assistant at Arkansas.

Blaney, who will coach the offensive line, has been on the Jacksonville Jaguars staff the last three years, most recently as defensive assistant coach. Rhoads also announced that Mark Mangino will coach the tight ends along with running the offense and Todd Sturdy will move from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach.

Cyclones Sign 25 Football Recruits to 2014 Class


February 5th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Filling a need. It’s been a cliché term when head coaches talk about their recruiting classes on National Signing Day, but that’s exactly what Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads did today.

Rhoads and Iowa State had 25 players sign National Letters of Intent, as the Cyclones addressed their needs by replenishing positions with future stars on the gridiron.

ISU’s 2014 class, ranked in the top 50 nationally by Scout.com, features seven junior college players – all of whom Rhoads believes can contribute right away – and 18 prep players. It was a perfect balance, and Rhoads is happy with the recruiting efforts of his staff.

“I am very pleased with how the whole process worked out,” Rhoads said. “Our coaching staff did a phenomenal job. In the sport of football, you have to address every position. We did that with this class and we have guys who can make an impact right away.”

The future of ISU football will arrive on campus from 11 states/provinces. Texas is most represented with eight. The Cyclones signed only one Iowan in their class, but he is a big one – perhaps one of the biggest recruits in school history.

Allen Lazard, who was a three-time first-team all-state elite team member at Urbandale (Iowa) High School, shunned offers from some of the nation’s best programs to follow in the footsteps of his father, Kevin, as a Cyclone.

Name the national honor, and chances are Lazard earned it. The four-star receiver was a first-team all-USA All-American, a top-50 national recruit by Rivals.com and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Jake Campos as Cyclones to play in the prestigious bowl game in back-to-back seasons.

Rhoads is thrilled to have Lazard in a Cyclone uniform next season.

“Allen was the first commitment and first member of this class,” Rhoads said. “It marks the second year in a row the top-rated player in the state of Iowa has chosen Iowa State. This is a young man who has gotten phenomenal national attention and was recruited by the traditional historical programs in college football and kept on turning them away to stay true to his word to be an Iowa State Cyclone.”

ISU’s class features six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, four linebackers, three defensive linemen, three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback, a tight end and a kicker. Nine different players in the class were ranked in the top 100 nationally by Rivals.com or Scout.com in their respective positions, including a pair of running backs: Mike Warren (No. 35 by Rivals.com) and Martinez Syria (No. 85 by Scout.com).

Three of these Cyclones enrolled in the spring semester at Iowa State and will participate in spring drills: linebacker Jordan Harris, a 5-11, 233-pound junior from Clarksdale, Miss., safety Devron Moore, a 5-11, 185-pound junior from Carthage, Mo., and defensive end Gabe Luna, a 6-1, 245-pound junior from Garden City, Kan.

(ISU Sports Information)

Scheel, Wiegers highlight Iowa signing class


February 5th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A highly-touted quarterback and an instate star expected to play receiver highlight Iowa’s latest football recruiting class. Detroit-area quarterback Tyler Wiegers is considered among the nation’s top pro-style passers. He’ll join a crowded position group that also includes underclassmen C.J. Beathard and Nic Shimonek.

La Porte City’s Jay Scheel, who will transition from quarterback to wideout, headlines the list of Iowa-based recruits announced Wednesday. Running back C.J. Hilliard of Cincinnati will help the Hawkeyes replenish their depth in the backfield. Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end Matt Nelson is perhaps the most notable signee on that side of the ball for Iowa, which finished ninth in scoring defense in 2013.

The Hawkeyes finished 8-5 last season and lost to LSU in the Outback Bowl.

Chiefs Sign CFL Star WR Weston Dressler


February 5th, 2014 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have signed Canadian Football League star Weston Dressler to a futures contract, hoping he can bolster a relatively weak wide receiver corps.

The 28-year-old Dressler has spent the past six years in the CFL, where he caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He caught 70 passes for more than 1,000 yards and nine TDs in helping the Roughriders win the Grey Cup.

The Chiefs have not announced the signing, which appeared on the NFL’s transaction report.

Dressler was a standout at North Dakota but never generated much interest from the NFL. He is listed at 5-foot-7, 179 pounds.

The Chiefs could be looking at Dressler to replace wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who is due to become a free agent.