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Kansas, K-State Favored as Big 12 Tourney Opens

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March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State and Kansas tied for the regular-season Big 12 title, but that doesn’t mean they feel very good about themselves entering the league tournament.

The Wildcats lost a road game against Oklahoma State on Saturday, while the Jayhawks were routed by Baylor a few hours later in a game that would have given them the outright title.

Consider it proof that the Big 12 tournament should be unpredictable.

West Virginia and Texas Tech open Wednesday night at Sprint Center, with the winner advancing to play Kansas. The winner of Texas-TCU gets the Wildcats on Thursday.

The other two quarterfinals Thursday are Oklahoma-Iowa State and Oklahoma State-Baylor.

The tournament champion will be crowned Saturday night.

Tony Gonzalez Says he’s Returning to Falcons

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March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Tony Gonzalez is returning to the Falcons for the 2013 season.

Gonzalez, who led the Falcons with 93 catches last season, said on his Twitter feed Tuesday “I’m coming back.” The Falcons did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Gonzalez, who said during the season he was 95-percent sure he would retire after the 2012 season, says he made the decision to play after talking with his family.

The 37-year-old Gonzalez had 93 catches for 930 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

The Falcons were 13-3 last season and advanced to the NFC championship game. Gonzalez could have become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, but he says he wants to remain with the Falcons. He tweeted the Falcons’ “unbelievable fan support was too good to pass up.”

Marble, White Named to All-Big Ten Basketball Teams

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March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM

Victor Oladipo, Indiana*
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan*
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM

Keith Appling, Michigan State
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM

Brandon Paul, Illinois
D.J. Richardson, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana
Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Terone Johnson, Purdue

HONORABLE MENTION

Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Derrick Nix, Michigan State
Andre Hollins, Minnesota
Dylan Talley, Nebraska
Jermaine Marshall, Penn State
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Ben Brust, Wisconsin

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Gary Harris, Michigan State
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Victor Oladipo, Indiana*
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State*
Shannon Scott, Ohio State
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin

*unanimous

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.  Indiana’s Will Sheehey was named the sixth man of the year.

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2012-2013 Iowa Newspaper Association Boys Basketball All-State Teams

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March 12th, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 4-A
First Team
Jeremy Morgan, 6-6, Sr., Iowa City West
Peter Jok, 6-6, Sr., WDM Valley  *Mr. Basketball*
Daniel Tillo, 6-4, So., Sioux City North
T.J. Lake, 5-11, Sr., Western Dubuque
Wyatt Lohaus, 6-2, Jr., Iowa City West
Cortez Seales, 6-5, So., North Scott
Kalehl Brown, 6-4, Sr., Cedar Falls
Kyle Haber, 6-7, Jr., Dubuque Senior

Second Team
Michael Jacobson, 6-7, So., Waukee
Ted Friedman, 6-10, Sr., Ankeny
Chris Bennett, 6-5, Sr., DM Roosevelt
Marcel Dunson, 6-1, Sr., Sioux City East
Cole Clearman, 6-0, Jr., Bettendorf
Jalen Jones, 6-6, Jr., Clinton
Allen Lazard, 6-5, Sr., Urbandale
Jay Knuth, 6-7, Jr., Johnston

Third Team
Josh Weeber, 6-5, Sr., Dubuque Senior
Isaac Boettger, 6-6, Sr., Cedar Falls
Justin Randall, 6-6, Sr., Burlington
Peter Odia, 6-4, Sr., WDM Dowling
Nick Jeffries, 6-3, Jr., Southeast Polk
Chris King, 6-1, So., DM Hoover
Kendall Jacks, 6-3, Jr., Bettendorf
Jacob Olson, 6-0, Jr., CR Jefferson

Class 3-A
First Team
Grant Sagan, 6-4, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg
Casey Schlatter, 6-8, Jr., Iowa Falls-Alden
Klint Carlson, 6-8, Sr., Waverly-Shell Rock
Shane Graves, 5-11, Sr., Bishop Heelan Catholic
Spencer Barnes, 6-1, Sr., Anamosa
Tate Handsaker, 6-3, Sr., Nevada
Faith Pope, 6-5, Sr., Mount Pleasant
Billy Daniel, 6-6, Sr., Davenport Assumption

Second Team
Trey Lansman, 6-6, Jr., Harlan
Carson Miller, 6-8, Sr., Norwalk
Dalton Franken, 6-5, Sr., Atlantic
Max Kearns, 6-3, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg
Josh Jirak, 6-0, Sr., Center Point-Urbana
Nick Drucker, 6-1, Jr., Dallas Center-Grimes
Miles Wentzien, 6-1, So., Fort Madison
Eli Dunne, 6-3, Jr., Grinnell

Third Team
Kyle Heaton, 6-6, Sr., Bishop Heelan Catholic
Matt Heitmann, 6-9, Jr., Williamsburg
Justin Van Kalsbeek, 6-6, Sr., MOC-Floyd Valley
Spencer Davidson, 6-2, Jr., Clear Lake
Brook Thompson, 5-9, Sr., Nevada
Sam Markham, 6-2, Sr., Atlantic
Nate Cave, 6-4, Jr., Harlan
Luke Neitzel, 6-2, Sr., Creston

Class 2-A
First Team
Rylan Murry, 6-8, Sr., West Branch
Dallas Ennema, 6-7, Sr., Sheldon
Payton Plagge, 6-8, Sr., West Fork
Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-5, Jr., East Sac County
Britton Barrier, 6-1, Sr., Tri-Center
TJ Sterk, 6-4, Sr., IKM-Manning
Sam Brincks, 6-6, Jr., Kuemper Catholic
Alex Welsch, 6-7, Sr., Nodaway Valley

Second Team
Marshall Shedeck, 6-4, Sr., North Cedar
Austin Ver Meer, 6-6, Sr., Pella Christian
Sean Morgan, 6-5, Sr., Dike-New Hartford
Brad Baudler, 5-10, Sr., Nodaway Valley
CJ Mason, 6-4, Sr., MFL-Mar-Mac
Jared Jones, 6-2, Sr., DM Christian
Michael Den Herder, 6-5, Sr., Western Christian
Jordan Wagenbach, 6-0, Sr., Mediapolis

Third Team
Cole Crawford, 6-5, Sr., Wilton
Tanner Kellogg, 6-0, Sr., Albia
Austin Glawe, 6-4, Sr., Sioux Central
Trevor Haaland, 6-2, Jr., Osage
Duncan Ferch, 6-3, Jr., West Marshall
Cole Neary, 6-6, Jr., Kuemper Catholic
Park Mikels, 6-0, Sr., Davis County
Carson Parker, 6-2, Jr., Dike-New Hartford

Class 1-A
First Team
Kennedy Drey, 6-6, Sr., Storm Lake St. Mary’s
Ricky Williams, 6-7, Sr., Riverside
John Burns, 6-5, Sr., Algona Garrigan
Luke Lenhart, 6-1, Sr., Storm Lake St. Mary’s
Steven Soukup, 6-5, Sr., Danville
Austin Lefler, 5-10, Sr., Lawton-Bronson
Bryan Forbes, 6-3, Sr., Lone Tree
Brandt Van Roekel, 6-3, Sr., Boyden-Hull

Second Team
Mitchell Boerm, 6-5, Sr., North Tama
Colton Bormann, 6-0, Sr., Preston
Kory Kuenstling, 6-10, Jr., Dunkerton
Austin Halls, 6-2, Sr., Murray
Eli Ihnen, 6-2, Sr., Harris-Lake Park
Mitchell Boevers, 5-11, Sr., Wapsie Valley
Vaclav Bujnoch, 6-6, Sr., Sigourney
Michael Soukup, 6-5, Sr., Danville

Third Team
Josh Westendorf, 6-3, Sr., West Monona
Braydee Poore, 6-3, Sr., Mount Ayr
Adam Courtney, 6-2, Sr., Guthrie Center
Brandon Snyder, 6-1, Jr., West Lyon
Spencer Rochholz, 6-2, Sr., Adair-Casey
Collin Henrich, 6-1, Sr., Kingsley-Pierson
Dalton Anderson, 6-3, Jr., Newell-Fonda
Josh Bagley, 6-0, Sr., AGWSR

Jeter 0 for 2 in Yankees’ 4-0 win over Cardinals

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter went 0 for 2 in his second game as a designated hitter since returning from a broken ankle, a 4-0 win for the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. The Yankees captain was hurt Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener. Jeter, who could play shortstop Wednesday, grounded out in the first and hit into a double play in the third. Hiroki Kuroda gave up three hits and struck out six in four innings. Kevin Youkilis hit a fourth-inning solo homer off St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, who allowed one run and two hits over four innings.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery in St. Louis to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back. Bench coach Mike Aldrete is managing the team in his absence.

Realignment in the Atlantic School District: Rasmussen out as AD/Asst. Prinicpal – Alexander in

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education Monday night approved by a vote of four-to-one, a proposed realignment of district administrative personnel beginning with the 2014 school year, in light of the announced resignation of Middle School Principal Cam Smith, which is effective at the end of the current school year. The change moves Atlantic High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Josh Rasmussen to Smith’s position. Matt Alexander, who is currently the Principal at the Schuler Elementary School,  will become the Atlantic High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. The search will begin to find someone to fill Alexander’s position.

Board member Rod Hartwig was the only “No” vote on the matter. Prior to the vote, he questioned if anyone could effectively deal with the workload and discipline the AD position requires, on top of the Assistant Principal’s job. High School Principal Heather McKay said Rasmussen’s Assistant Principal’s job currently requires him to spend “very little” time on academic and disciplinary activities as compared to those which are related to athletics, which are very demanding.

In other business, the school board approved, by a vote of four-to-one a recommendation by Athletic Director Josh Rasmussen, to change the girls’ varsity and junior varsity sports team name from “Trojann’s” to “Trojans.”  Board member Josh McLaren was the lone “No” vote.  And, the Board approved the adding of one more day to the end of the school year, to make up for lost time due to snow days. The last day of school for students other than graduating Seniors, will be Wednesday, May 29th, barring any further lost days due to the weather.

Baylor women beat Iowa State in Big 12 title game

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March 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 31 points and top-ranked Baylor won its third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship, rolling past No. 23 Iowa State 75-47 Monday night. In a matchup of the Big 12’s top two seeds, the Lady Bears (32-1) and their 6-foot-8 senior star easily earned another trophy in their dominating run through the conference. Now the defending national champions can turn their attention toward the biggest prize.

Griner, already a two-time All-American, had 23 points by halftime, outscoring Iowa State by 10 on our own. Odyssey Sims added 20 points for Baylor. Anna Prins had 20 points for the Cyclones (23-8), who were playing in their first Big 12 title game since 2007.

Along with the last three Big 12 tournament titles, Baylor has gone undefeated through the league the last two regular seasons for a 49-game conference winning streak.

Cards manager Mike Matheny has back surgery

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March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has had surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back. Matheny had the procedure on Monday in St. Louis. Before leaving the team on Sunday, Matheny said he expected to be back at spring training for Thursday’s game against Atlanta in Jupiter. The 42-year-old Matheny, who replaced Tony La Russa as manager after the 2011 season, said early in spring training that the injury probably traces back to his days as a big league catcher from 1994-06.

Bench coach Mike Aldrete is managing the team in Matheny’s absence.

MVC commissioner irate over CBS blackout

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March 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference says he would rather have the tournament title game televised on the Food Network if CBS can’t guarantee it will televise the entire game nationally. Doug Elgin told The Associated Press on Monday that central and northern Illinois and all of Indiana didn’t see the conclusion of Creighton’s 68-65 nail-biter over Wichita State. Wichita State’s Malcolm Armstead missed a potential tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer Sunday.

CBS switched some viewers to the start of Indiana’s victory at Michigan for the Big Ten title. The 10-team Missouri Valley has four schools in the areas that missed the finish of the championship game — Bradley, Illinois State, Indiana State and Evansville. CBS officials did not immediately return a message Monday.