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Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa Retires

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October 31st, 2011 by Jim Field

Tony La Russa is retiring after 33 seasons as a manager, and he’s going out on top.  He told reporters his decision today at a press conference, three days after his Cardinals won the World Series.  La Russa captured three World Championships in his career and won Manager of the Year four times.  He managed the White Sox, Athletics, and Cardinals in a career that began in 1979.  Prior to that, La Russa played six seasons in the Majors as a middle infielder.

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October 31st, 2011 by Chris Parks

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High School Football Playoffs Continue Tonight

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October 31st, 2011 by Jim Field

Second Round High School Football Playoff Pairings
Monday, October 31st (all games begin at 7:00 pm)

Class 3-A:
Spencer (5-6) @  Harlan (7-3)
Carroll (8-2) @ Boyden Hull/Rock Valley (10-0)

Class 2-A:
Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (7-3) @ Kuemper Catholic (9-1)

Class 1-A:
Logan-Magnolia (9-1) @ Panorama (10-0)
Des Moines Christian (9-1) @ St. Albert (10-0)

Class A:
Bedford (8-2) @ Exira-EHK (8-1)

8-Man:
CAM (8-3) @ Adair Casey (8-2)
East Mills (9-1) @ Glidden-Ralston (9-1)
Stanton (8-2) @ Fremont Mills (9-0)
Lenox (5-5) @ Murray (9-1)

Redbirds’ Fans ask Pujols to stay in St. Louis

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October 31st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A red sea of fans jam downtown St. Louis, Sunday, to honor the world champion Cardinals and send a clear message to Albert Pujols: Please stay. An official crowd estimate was not immediately available for the parade down the streets of St. Louis and the celebration at Busch Stadium, but city officials expected several hundred thousand. The crowd was so large that people were parking more than two miles from the parade route. Pujols drew a long standing ovation at the stadium. When asked if he’d like to be back for another celebration next season, he smiled sheepishly and said, “Hey, why not?” Pujols is a free agent. The Cardinals hope to keep him but it isn’t clear if they’ll be able to do so.

Iowa State Stuns Texas Tech

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October 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

LUBBOCK, Texas — Redshirt freshman Jared Barnett threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Iowa State shocked No. 19 Texas Tech 41-7 on Saturday night, a week after the Red Raiders won at Oklahoma.

Making his first start, Barnett’s mobility caused the Red Raiders defense fits. He rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries and completed 14 of 26 passes for 144 yards. His touchdowns were career firsts.

It was the largest margin of victory over a ranked team for Iowa State since the Cyclones beat No. 20 Nebraska in Ames by 22 points (36-14) in 2002.

Seth Doege completed 16 of 32 passes for a season-low 171 yards for the Red Raiders (5-3, 2-3). He threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and scored the Red Raiders lone score on an 8-yard touchdown run.

Iowa State (1-4, 4-4) rolled up 368 rushing yards against Texas Tech’s 105th-ranked rushing defense.

Drake Beats Marist on the Road

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October 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Mike Piatkowski threw for two touchdowns, and Drake’s defense held off Marist 23-13 on Saturday.

Piatkowski started the scoring on a 21-yard pass to Drew Blackmon, and then added a 22-yarder to Joey Orlando for a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 5-1 Pioneer League) went up 17-0 after a 32-yard field goal by Billy Janssen. Drake’s defense did the rest, holding the Red Foxes (3-6, 2-4) to 255 yards of total offense.

The Bulldogs continued their dominance of the running game, holding Marist to 34 yards on the ground. Coming in, Drake led the Pioneer League in allowing just 82.3 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs’ Tyler Moorehead had 4.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards, including three sacks totaling 21 yards.

Patrick Cashmore rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for Drake, which has won all three matchups against Marist.

#2 UNI Falls on the Road To #4 NDSU

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October 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

FARGO, N.D. — Brock Jensen completed a career-high 22 of 25 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown Saturday as North Dakota State took sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 27-19 victory over Northern Iowa.

D.J. McNorton scored on a 6-yard run and an 8-yard pass for the Bison (8-0, 5-0), who are one of two undefeated teams in the FCS, along with Sam Houston State (8-0). North Dakota State also scored on a 3-yard fumble recovery by Kyle Emanuel.

Northern Iowa (6-2, 5-1), which was averaging 202 yards rushing per game, was held to 53. David Johnson had 16 yards on 10 carries, but caught 10 passes for 114 yards and a TD.

Tirrell Rennie was 20 of 30 for 224 yards, but threw his first interception of the season — snapping a school-record streak of 171 passes without an interception dating back to last season.

Minnesota Shocks Iowa

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October 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

MINNEAPOLIS — Marqueis Gray’s fourth-down sprint for the pylon from the 2-yard line in the closing minutes lifted Minnesota to a 22-21 victory over Iowa on Saturday, giving the Gophers possession of the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy for the second straight year.

Gray went 11 for 17 for 193 yards and a touchdown passing and ran 11 times for 62 yards and the go-ahead score for the Gophers (2-6, 1-3), who lost their first three Big Ten games by an average margin of 38 points. Minnesota students stormed the field in celebration and surrounded the players afterward.

Marcus Coker carried the ball 32 times through several huge holes for 252 yards and two touchdowns, but the Hawkeyes (5-3, 2-2) missed a chance to move into a four-way tie for first place in the Legends Division with a rough November schedule ahead.

James Vandenberg went 16 for 24 for 177 yards and a touchdown to Marvin McNutt, who caught seven of those passes for 101 yards. Mike Meyer missed two field goals for Iowa in the first half.

Trailing 21-10, Gray sneaked for a first down on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 42 and hit a jumping Da’Jon McKnight for a 21-yard completion before Duane Bennett capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:22 left.

Then the Gophers caught Iowa playing almost 15 yards back on the kickoff, and Kim Royston — who had a game-high 16 tackles — recovered the onside attempt. Gray had a pair of sharp passes for first downs to move the ball forward and then, on fourth-and-goal at the 2, ran to his right to scrape the edge of the end zone with 2:48 remaining for Minnesota’s first lead of the entire month.

Vandenberg was out of sync when Iowa got the ball back, and after three straight incompletions he escaped a sack but was well short of the first down on his scramble, giving the Gophers consecutive victories over Iowa for the first time since 1999 and 2000.

This was an all-around effort for first-year coach Jerry Kill’s young team.

Minnesota was 118th out of 120 teams in the nation in sacks entering the game, but the Gophers took down Vandenberg three times — giving them eight for the season to match last year’s paltry total.

Bennett had 20 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown despite a lost fumble, and Devin Crawford-Tufts caught two passes for 100 yards. Even the crowd played a part, despite Iowa backers filling at least one-third of the stadium. The fans were as into the action as they’ve been here since, well, last year’s Iowa game.

They heartily cheered after a scoreless first quarter, a deserved ovation for a team that had been outscored 48-0 in the first quarter in its first seven games. The cumulative first-half score coming in for Minnesota was 103-3 in favor of the opponents.

The Hawkeyes lost three straight games to finish the regular season last year, ending with a 27-24 defeat here. Coach Kirk Ferentz was still miffed this week by his team’s effort on that cold afternoon, when asked what he remembered from the game.

But this was more of the same. The Hawkeyes lost their fifth straight road game, and Vandenberg has yet to win away from Iowa in the regular season.

Meyer, who was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation’s top kicker, missed from 24 and 43 yards on consecutive possessions, with the latter attempt bouncing off the left upright.

Gray found a wide-open Crawford-Tufts, a speedy freshman from the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, for 61 yards right after Vandenberg’s touchdown toss to McNutt, the longest play from scrimmage this season for the Gophers.

Gray has struggled mightily with his accuracy in his first year as a starting quarterback, but this was by far his best game throwing the ball. He hit tight end Colin McGarry on third-and-goal from the 3 to tie it just before the half.

Kyle Henderson leveled Vandenberg on a blind-side cornerback blitz, knocking the ball out on third down at the Minnesota 14 for the first forced turnover by the Gophers in five games. Brandon Kirksey brought the fumble to midfield. Jordan Wettstein, subbing for the injured Chris Hawthorne, finished that drive with a 28-yarder on his first college field goal try.

But Coker passed the 250-yard mark on the next possession and powered past the goal line from the 1 to push Iowa’s lead back to 21-10.

Griswold’s Topham wins State XC Title

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October 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Griswold Tigers Freshman cross country runner Rebekah Topham capped off a brilliant season with the best girls performance at the state meet.  Topham won the Class 1A state title running a time of 13:59. (4th fastest all-time and 1A record).

Team Finishes: 3rd- Griswold, 6th- Tri-Center Neola, 8th- Corning

In Boys 1A action St. Albert took home the team championship while Riverside finished 7th and Guthrie Center 9th.

Individually Cade Cleaveland of Riverside finished 2nd with a time of 16:05.  Josh Sindelar of St. Albert finished 4th.  John Gunderson of Riverside finished 7th.  George Doll of St. Albert 15th.  Spencer Rochholz of Adair-Casey 21st.

In Boys 3A Glenwood finished 11th with Mark Abrams leading the team with a 9th place finish.

 

Atlantic’s Krogman takes 6th at State XC

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October 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Ali Krogman took 6th Place today at the 3A Girls State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge.  She ran a time of 14 minutes and 59 seconds which was 50 seconds behind the state champion Madison Waymire of Dallas Center Grimes.

Harlan finished 11th in the team competition with Shenendoah-Essex finishing 13th.  Times for those teams are listed below:

11.   233  HARLAN                                 (  16:05  1:20:21   1:42)
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  1     15    156 Jessica Feldman       11   15:22
  2     17    159 Bailey Kuhl           10   15:26
  3     28    158 Marissa Klindt         9   15:40
  4     84    157 Shelbie Jacobsen      11   16:49
  5     89    155 Dru Beach             11   17:04
  6   ( 96)   161 Chantel Schmidt       10   17:26
  7   (104)   160 Rachel Pauley         11   18:41

 13.   315  SHENANDOAH-ESSEX                       (  16:18  1:21:29   0:34)
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  1     50    186 Mariah Johnson        11   16:00
  2     51    185 Megan Hart            10   16:01
  3     65    188 Alexis Saner          11   16:22
  4     73    184 Jasmine Glasgo        11   16:32
  5     76    187 Delaney Kinghorn       9   16:34
  6   ( 83)   183 Frannie Clark          9   16:47
  7   ( 86)   189 Jamie Schubert        12   16:56