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No. 24 Iowa State women beat No. 16 Oklahoma 82-61


January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hallie Christofferson scored 24 points and Nikki Moody had 20 points and 13 assists Tuesday night to help No. 24 Iowa State beat No. 16 Oklahoma 82-61. The Cyclones (13-2, 4-1) snapped Oklahoma’s six-game winning streak and pulled even with the Sooners for second place in the Big 12, a half-game behind No. 1 Baylor. Nicole Blaskowsky added 17 points for Iowa State, making five 3-pointers.

Sharane Campbell led the Sooners (14-3, 4-1) with 19 points. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 16 points and Morgan Hook scored 11 for Oklahoma. Iowa State owned a 47-29 rebounding advantage, led by Brynn Williamson with 10.

McDermott’s 31 leads No. 12 Creighton in 79-68 win


January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and No. 12 Creighton pulled away for a 79-68 win over Northern Iowa on Tuesday night. The Bluejays (17-1, 6-0 Missouri Valley Conference) won their 11th straight game and are off to their best start in program history. Anthony James scored a season-high 25 points and Jake Koch added 19 to lead Northern Iowa (9-9, 2-4).

McDermott had his second straight 30-point game and fifth of the season. He came into the game off a season-best 39-point night against Missouri State last Friday.

Chiefs’ Reid adds Toub to coaching staff


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — New Chiefs coach Andy Reid hired former Bears assistant Dave Toub to direct special teams on Tuesday, and announced that he’s retaining linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas from the previous staff. Reid announced the majority of his coaching staff late last week, including Doug Pederson as offensive coordinator and Bob Sutton as the defensive coordinator.

Toub has spent the past nine seasons with the Bears. Prior to that, he worked with special teams and the defensive line for Reid in Philadelphia. Reid still has not announced an offensive line coach, though former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has interviewed for the job. Reid also confirmed Tuesday that he had hired Eugene Chung to be the assistant offensive line coach.

Chung also worked with Reid in Philadelphia.

Atlantic to look into additional athletic opportunities

News, Sports

January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Josh Rasmussen, Monday, reported on a survey of the district’s 7th through 11th grade students, with regard to the possible addition of sports programs, such as bowling, swimming, archery and dance. Rasmussen was responsible for conducting the survey. He says 343 students participated in, and returned the survey. Seventh graders led all students, with 99 completing and returning the survey.

Rasmussen said the survey asked students if they would participate in one of the four mentioned activities if they were offered, and whether or not those same students would drop another activity, such as volleyball or soccer, to participate in one of the other, proposed activities.

He said 59-percent of the students said they would drop their current activity in favor of swimming (which is for the girls, is typically held in Fall, and boys in the Winter), 45-percent of them said bowling (Which is a Winter sport) would be a preferable substitute to their current sport. Archery, according to Rasmussen, would be more of a club-type gathering, because unlike bowling and swimming, it’s not a sanctioned sport by the State of Iowa. However, there are free competitions such as the Iowa Deer Classic in Des Moines where awards are handed-out to qualifiers.

As for Dance, Rasmussen says 60-percent of the survey respondents said if offered, that would take the place of their current activity. He said many girls who are currently involved in basketball or cheerleading, would likely become involved in the sport, which would be offered in the Fall.

Rasmussen says participating in sports teaches discipline, time management skills, and how to function in a team environment. Superintendent Mike Amstein instructed Rasmussen to try and come up with a cost analysis for each sport, by contacting other schools which offer those particular activities, and report back to the board at a future meeting, for them to consider the options.

8AM Sportscast 01-15-2013

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January 15th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Western IA High School Basketball Scores from 1/14/13


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Colo-Nesco 48, Ankeny Christian Academy 46
Lewis Central 61, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 28
Madrid 48, Coon Rapids-Bayard 46
Mount Ayr 67, East Union, Afton 34
Woodbine 59, Westwood, Sloan 43

Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 80, Sioux City, North 37
Coon Rapids-Bayard 37, Madrid 25
Creston 59, Clarke, Osceola 46
Harlan 43, Glenwood 30
Lewis Central 54, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 10
Westwood, Sloan 57, Woodbine 27

Corner Conference Tournament
First Round
Fremont Mills, Tabor 51, East Mills 26
Nishnabotna 60, Essex 31
Stanton 64, Sidney 19
Villisca 58, Heartland Christian 33

Chiefs introduce Dorsey as new general manager


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs introduced longtime Packers executive John Dorsey as their new general manager Monday, turning over a team that was 2-14 to one of them men responsible for building Green Bay into a consistent winner. Dorsey takes over for Scott Pioli, who was fired after four tumultuous seasons. The Chiefs announced the Dorsey had been hired on Saturday night, while the Packers were playing the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs.

Dorsey played for the Packers and later was a scout and director of scouting while new Chiefs coach Andy Reid was an assistant in Green Bay. Dorsey left to spend a year in Seattle, but returned to the Packers and rose to director of football operations.

Abuse charge dropped against Iowa State’s Palo


January 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed a sexual abuse charge against Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo, paving the way for him to rejoin the Cyclones. Palo was suspended from the team in September after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home in May. The Story County Attorney’s Office announced Monday that new forensic evidence found on the woman’s blouse clashed with her and her mother’s sworn testimony.

Iowa State said later Monday that Palo had been cleared to resume basketball-related activities. Palo says he’s relieved and that he felt he’d never gotten a chance to defend himself. He says he was raised to do the right thing and “would never make a mistake to this level.” Another man who’d been charged, Spencer Cruise, of Ames, also was cleared.

Niang comes into his own for Iowa State


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State freshman forward Georges Niang isn’t very athletic. But teammate Will Clyburn knew from the moment he saw the 6-foot-7 Niang play that he was watching a youngster who would help the Cyclones. All summer, Clyburn watch Niang shoot over smaller players and simply go around the bigger ones, and he has become one of the Big 12’s better freshmen.

Niang is third on Iowa State in scoring at 11.5 points per game. He was also named the Big 12’s Rookie of the Week on Monday after averaging 15.5 points per game in a loss to Kansas and a win over Texas last week. Niang and the Cyclones (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) host West Virginia (8-7, 1-2) on Wednesday night.

Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll


January 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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 4A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Iowa City, West (16) 11-0 160 1
2. Bettendorf 10-0 146 3
3. Epworth, Western Dubuque 11-0 122 4
4. Dubuque, Senior 9-1 120 5
5. Sioux City, East 11-0 101 7
6. Ankeny 8-2 78 8
7. Des Moines, Hoover 9-1 56 NR
8. Urbandale 9-2 34 6
9. Sioux City, North 11-1 31 9
10. Des Moines, Roosevelt 8-2 28 10

Others receiving votes: North Scott, Eldridge 27. Iowa City, City High 10. Valley, West Des Moines 10. Cedar Falls 8. Pleasant Valley 4.

Class 3A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Vinton-Shellsburg (15) 12-0 168 1
2. Dallas Center-Grimes (1) 11-0 143 3
3. Assumption, Davenport (1) 8-3 114 T5
4. Atlantic 11-1 110 8
5. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 9-3 91 T5
6. MOC-Floyd Valley 11-2 77 4
7. Crestwood, Cresco 10-0 65 10
8. Centerville 9-1 38 NR
9. Creston 9-2 30 2
10. Mount Pleasant 8-3 24 9

Others receiving votes: Solon 20. Grinnell 14. Harlan 14. Iowa Falls-Alden 12. Nevada 5. Humboldt 4. Keokuk 3. Carroll 3.

Class 2A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Nodaway Valley (9) 12-0 158 1
2. West Fork, Sheffield (5) 12-0 151 2
3. Western Christian, Hull (3) 11-1 132 3
4. Cascade,Western Dubuque 11-0 116 5
5. Sheldon 12-1 88 7
6. IKM-Manning 13-1 70 4
7. West Branch 12-1 66 T8
8. MFL-Mar-Mac 9-1 47 10
9. PCM, Monroe 12-1 40 NR
10. Des Moines Christian 12-2 27 6

Others receiving votes: New Hampton 22. Notre Dame, Burlington 6. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 5. West Marshall, State Center 4. Manson Northwest Webster 2. Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 1.

Class 1A
  Record Pts Prv
1. Danville (14) 12-0 167 1
2. St. Mary’s, Storm Lake (2) 11-0 154 2
3. Lone Tree 13-0 111 3
4. Murray 14-0 104 5
5. Lawton-Bronson (1) 13-0 89 T8
6. Boyden-Hull 9-2 78 6
7. Preston 11-0 65 T8
8. Harris-Lake Park 10-1 50 7
9. Riverside, Oakland 11-1 41 4
10. Ankeny Christian Academy 12-0 36 10

Others receiving votes: Dunkerton 19. North Tama, Traer 15. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 2. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 2. Woodbury Central, Moville 2.