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Iowa State AD Pollard Agrees to Extension


August 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard is the latest Cyclone to make a long-term commitment to the institution. He has agreed to a five-year contract extension according to ISU President Steven Leath.

“In my brief tenure at Iowa State, I have found Jamie to be an extremely competent and visionary leader,” Dr. Leath said. “The program’s record of academic and athletic achievement in concert with a sound business plan is impressive.”

Pollard had two years remaining on his current contact so the extension will run through 2019.

Iowa State has registered its all-time best athletics’ graduation rate and national all-sports ranking during Pollard’s tenure. The program has also set attendance records in every major sport, invested nearly $100 million in new and renovated facilities and eliminated its dependence upon state funding since Pollard came to Iowa State in 2005.

“We have more work to do,” Pollard said, “so I am extremely grateful to President Leath for the confidence he has shown in our administrative team. Our program is primed for success and I’m anxious to continue building alongside, what we feel, is the best coaching staff in ISU history.”

Final terms of the contract will be announced at a later date.

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August 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Tuesday Volleyball Results


August 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

(2-0) Ar-We-Va 25-25, Coon Rapids-Bayard 15-21
(2-0) Ar-We-Va 25-25, Glidden-Ralston 20-22
(2-0) Glidden-Ralston 25-25, Coon Rapids-Bayard 20-23
(2-1) Nodaway Valley 21-20-15, PCM 16-22-12
(2-0) Southeast Polk 21-21, Nodaway Valley 10-13
(2-0) Urbandale 21-21, Nodaway Valley 13-13
(2-0) Woodbury Central 25-25, West Harrison 20-17

Iowa State’s opener moved to 2:30 p.m.


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State’s season opener against Tulsa has been moved from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Cyclones say the time change was made at the behest of Fox Sports Net and the Big 12. The move is expected to give the Sept. 1 matchup at Jack Trice Stadium more exposure on Fox Sports Net, which is broadcasting the game. Iowa State will also play at 2:30 p.m. the following week at Iowa. The Cyclones will then host Western Illinois at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.

MLB Score from Tues., Aug. 21st: Cardinals 7, Astros 0


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hitter and the St. Louis Cardinals punished rookie Lucas Harrell with six runs in the first three innings, getting over an excruciating 19-inning loss two days earlier with a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Skip Schumaker and Yadier Molina had two RBIs apiece for the Cardinals, who got six hits the first seven at-bats in a four-run first and then capitalized on a pair of walks to open a two-run third. Jon Jay had three hits and an RBI. Wainwright (12-10) threw his second shutout and third complete game of the season. Two of the complete games have come during a string of six consecutive victories at home with a 1.42 ERA. He pitched a five-hitter on Aug. 4, a 6-1 victory over the Brewers.

Carlos Beltran, the National League’s RBIs leader, missed his second start in three games because of a right hand injury. St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the hand has been bothering Beltran for a while. Beltran was 0 for 8 in a 19-inning loss to the Pirates on Sunday, and Matheny said the injury has flared up, but that he didn’t think he’d be out long. Beltran is hitting .278 with 28 homers and 85 RBIs Regular first baseman Allen Craig moved to right field for Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Astros, with Matt Carpenter replacing Craig at first. Matheny said Craig is more comfortable in the outfield.

In other Cardinal’s news…

The Redbirds have agreed to a one-year contract with pitcher Jake Westbrook with a mutual option for 2014. The 34-year-old Westbrook is 12-9 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 starts this season, leaving him three shy of 100 career victories. The sinkerballer leads the National League with 22 double plays induced and is also the best in the league at getting ground balls at 73 percent. Westbrook is in his second full season with the Cardinals, who acquired him in a deal with the Indians at the 2010 trade deadline. The Cardinals announced the contract on Tuesday.

Iowa loses Hill, Lile for season


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa freshmen Barkley Hill and Ruben Lile will redshirt the 2012 season because of injuries. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz says Hill, a running back, tore the ACL in his left knee during practice on Saturday and will have surgery later this week. Hill was in the mix for playing time as a true freshman because of Iowa’s lack of depth at back. But his absence for the upcoming season means that Damon Bullock and freshman Greg Garmon will likely occupy the top of the depth chart. Ferentz says that Lile, a freshman defensive back from Detroit, suffered a similar injury to Hill’s without getting into further details. The Hawkeyes open the season on Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois in Chicago.

Big 12’s Bowlsby out to alter perception of league


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — New Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby views the league as healthy and stable, with its 10 members committed to each other. Now he’s trying to get everyone else to see it that way too. Bowlsby says one of the Big 12’s biggest immediate challenges is in changing public perceptions of the league. Many of those who saw the league brought to the brink of extinction more than once still look at it as a shaky alliance of disjointed institutions. Bowlsby acknowledged during a visit to Iowa State that even he was skeptical of how dedicated the Big 12’s members were to each other. But Bowlsby says those concerns were alleviated by the leadership of the member institutions. Bowlsby left one of the nation’s top athletic director jobs, Stanford, for the Big 12 in May.

Jantz Gets Nod at QB for Iowa State


August 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State senior quarterback Steele Jantz will open the season as the Cyclones starter.

Coach Paul Rhoads announced Tuesday that Jantz will start for Iowa State against Tulsa on Sept. 1, ending the competition between Jantz and sophomore Jared Barnett.

Jantz started seven games for Iowa State in 2011, but he was pulled in favor of Barnett after a foot injury and increasing ineffectiveness.

Barnett led the Cyclones past then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in late November, but he struggled in a 27-13 loss to Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Jantz threw 10 touchdown passes and was picked off 11 times last season. Still, Rhoads says Jantz’s skill set is ideal for Iowa State’s spread offense.

T-Fred Golf Tournament raises $22-k for local, non-profit organizations

News, Sports

August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 4th Annual T-Fred Golf Tournament held on August 11th at the Nishna Hills Golf Course in Atlantic, raised nearly $22,000 for area non-profit groups, organizations, and the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Scholarship. Melanie Petty with the Trevor Frederickson Foundation said the funds raised will enable them to continue to support the Foundations’ annual donations, which includes scholarships, Little League, Nishna Valley Family YMCA, School Libraries, Friends of Lake Anita, AHS Baseball Program and others.

Melanie says some new things for they’ll be helping with this year include the Schildberg Recreation Area, Healing Garden at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, the Atlantic High School Football Program, Atlantic Fire Department,  and assisting with the painting of Atlantic High School Trojan logo, the water tower off of Bryn Mawr Road.

Petty says prior to this year’s tournament, the Trevor Frederickson Foundation had given back over $42,000 in donations. She says by this time next year, that figure should be well over $60,000. The 5th Annual T-Fred Golf Tournament will take place August 10th, 2013. The T-Fred Memorial Golf Tournament is the only fundraiser for the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund, which was formed to give back to the projects and organizations Trevor loved. Trevor was 21 years old when he lost his life in a Council Bluffs residential fire, in 2009.




Tennis Courts at Sunnyside Park in Atlantic won’t be ready for Spring action

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August 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said Monday, that the tennis courts at Sunnyside Park likely won’t be ready in time for the high school tennis season, because of a delay in getting bids for the project, and related logistics. He says it’s unlikely because asphalt plants won’t be up and running until May 1st or the middle of that month, due to outside temperatures. Tennis tournament action typically starts in Mid-day.

The Atlantic City Council on August 1st, tabled until November 7th, a Resolution approving the plans and specifications for the Sunnyside Tennis Court reconstruction project, due to a lack of bids. Snyder and Associates Engineer Dave Sturm told the Council contractors are extremely busy right now, they practically had to beg for an active bids. Sturm said they ended up taking just one bid, but it was more than $40,000 over what was budgeted for. The Engineer’s original cost estimate was $241,000.The project will be paid for through bond proceeds, grants, and with payments from the Atlantic Community School District. Sturm said after discussing the situation with Roger Herring and the Parks and Rec Board, it was decided to reject the bid and request bids for the project again at a later date.

Herring told the Parks and Rec Board Monday, that they’re exploring the use of “in-kind services,” to prepare the court area for work next Spring. That includes removal of fences and posts. As a result, the courts will not be available at all next Spring. Herring says the use of in-kind work should help to lower some of the costs associated with the project.

In other business, the Parks and Rec Board approved the purchase of playground equipment for Pellett Park. The playground equipment called “Freedom to Play,” will run about $17,000, and includes climbing apparatus, rope ladders, and other attractions. A similar set-up cost about $1,000 less, but was not as aesthetically pleasing to the Board members, and has less attractions for young people.

And, Adam Wieser, with Atlantic Boy Scout Troop 54, presented his proposal for an Eagle Scout project at Sunnyside Park, to the Board. The project involves re-landscaping an area near the park shelter to include new perennial flowers, Hostas, repainting and lighting the flag pole, setting stepping stones in place, a sign, and other work. He said he’d like to start on the project this Fall, and completed by next Spring. Weiser said the project would be paid for through donations. The Board moved to approve the Eagle Scout project and thanked Weiser for his contribution to beautifying the park.

Another Eagle Scout project, this one by Casey Ihnen, is nearly complete at the Schildberg Recreation Area. It features several new, strategically place park benches and sponsor or memorial plaques. Herring said the project has been very well received by the public.