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Tulowitzki powers Rockies to 11-3 win over Cardinals


June 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer in the first and David Hale threw seven effective innings, lifting the Colorado Rockies to an 11-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Hale (2-0) was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make a spot start and retired the opening nine batters before surrendering a solo homer to Kolten Wong. The right-hander allowed three runs and struck out seven.

Nolan Arenado added a two-run homer as the Rockies roughed up John Lackey (4-4), who surrendered 10 runs — eight earned — and 12 hits in four innings. His ERA rose from 2.93 to 3.74. St. Louis had a scary moment in the second when left fielder Matt Holliday fell awkwardly trying to chase down a bloop double by Carlos Gonzalez. Holliday grabbed his right leg and lay on the ground before gingerly walking off. The team said he suffered a right quadriceps strain.


Iowa State Hires Steve Prohm As Head Men’s Basketball Coach


June 8th, 2015 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Steve Prohm (like Rome) – the 2012 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year who compiled a 104-29 record in four seasons as the head coach at Murray State – has been named the 20th head coach in Iowa State men’s basketball history, announced today by Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard.

Prohm will be formally introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning (June 9) at the Sukup Basketball Complex at 10 a.m.

Prohm’s four-year stint as the leader of the Racer program earned him the distinction as one of the nation’s best young coaches. The 40-year-old produced the top winning percentage in school history (.782) while winning two Ohio Valley Conference outright regular-season titles and three conference division championships.

His Racer teams qualified for postseason play three times, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, winning the College Insider Tournament (CIT) in 2014 and making the quarterfinals of the NIT in 2015.

The energetic Prohm, who has tutored three of the last four OVC Players of the Year, has been successful playing an exciting brand of basketball. His 2014-15 squad ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense (79.0 ppg) and 13th nationally in adjusted offense (114.8).

“We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University,” Pollard said. “Steve’s personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coach make him an outstanding choice to be our next coach. He is a proven winner who is widely respected by his current and former players. We feel Steve is the ideal coach to continue the incredible success that Coach Hoiberg and his players have achieved during the past several years. We are excited to welcome Steve, Katie and Cass to the Cyclone family.”

Prohm, who has 17 years of college coaching experience at four schools (Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane, Murray State), is coming off one of the greatest seasons in MSU history in 2014-15 where he led the team to a 29-6 overall mark, a perfect 16-0 record in conference play and a spot in the NIT.

The Racers won 25-straight games during the season, which was the second-longest winning streak in the nation at the time. Prohm won his second OVC Coach of the Year honor and point guard Cameron Payne was named OVC Player of the Year, OVC Male Athlete of the Year and earned third-team All-America honors by CBSSports.com.

In 2013-14, the Racers won the OVC West Division title with a 23-11 record and a 13-3 league mark. His team rallied in the postseason, winning five-straight games to claim the 2014 CIT title, defeating Yale, 65-57 in the championship game.

Prohm’s first season as a head coach in 2011-12 ranks as the best year in Racer hoops history. Led by All-American and NBA player Isaiah Canaan, a player Prohm helped recruit, the Racers set the OVC and school record for winning percentage and total wins with a 31-2 record.

The Racers cracked the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in school history and were the nation’s final unbeaten team, winning their first 23 games. As the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, MSU defeated Colorado State in the first round.

Prohm’s auspicious debut as a head coach earned him national coach of the year honors by the Basketball Times, the first of his two OVC Coach of the Year awards (2012, 2015) and district coach of the year kudos from both the NABC and USBWA.

Prohm just finished his ninth overall season at MSU, spending five seasons as an assistant for current Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy from 2006-11. The Racers made the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and the NIT in 2011 in his final two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to head coach for the 2011-12 season.

Prohm considers Kennedy one of his mentors in the coaching profession. He also worked on Kennedy’s staff at both Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana. In his final two years as an assistant at SLU, the Lions won back-to-back Southland Conference titles and earned an NCAA berth in 2005.

A 1997 graduate of Alabama, Prohm got his start in coaching under David Hobbs. Prohm worked as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide for five years, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and one trip to the NIT Final Four.

The Vienna, Va., native attended high school at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Prohm and his wife, the former Katie Ross, have a son, Cass.

Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million.
Prohm’s Coaching Experience

1998-99 – Centenary – Assistant Coach

1999-05 – SE Louisiana – Assistant Coach

2005-06 – Tulane – Assistant Coach

2006-11 – Murray State – Assistant Coach

2011-15 – Murray State – Head Coach

Prohm’s Head Coaching Record

2011-12 – 31-2 overall, 15-1 conference (NCAA 3rd Round/OVC regular-season & tournament champs)

2012-13 – 21-10 overall, 10-6 conference (OVC West Division champs)

2013-14 – 23-11 overall, 13-3 conference (CIT Champions/OVC West Division champs)

2014-15 – 29-6 overall, 16-0 conference (NIT quarterfinals/OVC West Division champs)

Overall: 104-29 (.782) Conference: 54-10 (.844)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 6/8/2015

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June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Saturday Baseball Results


June 8th, 2015 by Jim Field

Winterset 10, Atlantic 3
Lewis Central 14, Fort Dodge 9
Mason City Newman 4, Lewis Central 1
Thomas Jefferson 7, St. Albert 3

Waterloo Tournament
Denison-Schleswig 5, AGWSR 2
Western Dubuque 12, Denison-Schleswig 2

CYO Tournament
Kuemper Catholic 10, Bishop Heelan Catholic 9
Remsen St. Mary’s 12, Kuemper Catholic 10

Nodaway Valley Tournament
Nodaway Valley 12, Orient-Macksburg 7
Perry 6, Iowa Christian Academy 3
Iowa Christian Academy 17, Orient-Macksburg 7
1st Place – Perry 3, Nodaway Valley 1

Coon Rapids-Bayard Tournament
Coon Rapids-Bayard 5, ADM 1
Coon Rapids-Bayard 9, Pleasantville 5

Saturday Softball Results


June 8th, 2015 by Jim Field

Atlantic Tournament
Atlantic 12, Carroll 0
Atlantic 8, Panorama 4
Atlantic 9, A-H-S-T-W 5
(Brooke Newell: 6 for 11,1 walk, 5 RBIs, 3 doubles and a home run. Defense: 2/2 throwing out runners stealing.)
Clarinda 10, Carroll 4
Clarinda 12, Tri-Center 7
Tri-Center 3, Red Oak 2 (8 inn)
Red Oak 4, Audubon 0
Panorama 11, Clarinda 5
Panorama 5, Glenwood 1
Creston 10, Exira/EHk 0
Creston 13, A-H-S-T-W 1
Creston 13, Tri-Center 1
Glenwood 14, Audubon 0
Glenwood 11, Carroll 0
Lewis Central 12, A-H-S-T-W 0
Lewis Central 12, Audubon 0
Lewis Central 8, Exira-EHK 5

Fremont-Mills Tournament
Shenandoah 3, Stanton 2
Sidney 11, Fremont-Mills 8
Fremont-Mills 10, Stanton 2
Shenandoah 12, Sidney 0

Southwest Valley Tournament
Griswold 20, East Mills 4
Southwest Valley 9, CAM 2

Missouri Valley Tournament
Missouri Valley 14, West Harrison 2 (5 inn)
Logan-Magnolia 5, Woodbine 1

Sunday’s (6/7) Scores from across the nation


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Final Minnesota 2 Milwaukee 0
Final N-Y Yankees 6 L.A. Angels 2
Final Toronto 7 Houston 6
Final Baltimore 7 Cleveland 3
Final Boston 7 Oakland 4
Final Detroit 6 Chi White Sox 4
Final Kansas City 4 Texas 3
Final Tampa Bay 3 Seattle 1
Final Cincinnati 4 San Diego 0
Final Pittsburgh 3 Atlanta 0
Final Philadelphia 6 San Francisco 4
Final Chi Cubs 6 Washington 3
Final Miami 3 Colorado 2, 10 Innings
Final N-Y Mets 6 Arizona 3
Final St. Louis 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
Final OT Cleveland 95 Golden State 93
Final Connecticut 75 Atlanta 70


Calcavecchia wins Champions Tour event in Iowa


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia won the Principal Charity Classic on Sunday for his third career Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant and Brian Henninger. Calcavecchia, who missed the cut in the Senior PGA Championship two weeks ago, never trailed during the final round at the Wakonda Club. The 13-time PGA Tour winner finished at 12-under 204.

Durant shot a 69, missing a long birdie putt on the 18th hole. Henninger had a 68. Rod Spittle was fourth at 10 under after a 68. Davis Love III had a 68 to top the group at 9 under. He was making his fourth Champions Tour start since turning 50 in April 2014.


Cards rally with 3 runs in 8th to beat Dodgers 4-2


June 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jhonny Peralta homered and singled home the go-ahead run during a three-run eighth inning, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

Matt Carpenter drew a leadoff walk from reliever Adam Liberatore, and scored the tying run on a triple down the right-field line by Matt Holliday that skipped past Yasiel Puig — who was playing his second game after missing 39 because of a strained left hamstring.

Holliday’s hit came off Juan Nicasio (1-2). Peralta, who leads St. Louis with 34 RBIs, followed with his clutch hit and scored on Mark Reynolds’ one-out double to left-center. Kevin Siegrist (3-0) pitched one inning for the victory. Trevor Rosenthal, the sixth Cardinals pitcher, threw a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 attempts.


Calcavecchia grabs 1-shot Champions Tour lead in Iowa


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. Calcavecchia had a 9-under 135 total at Wakonda Club. The 54-year-old Calcavecchia has two victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning 13 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1989 British Open.

Joe Durant was second after a 68. Paul Goydos, Brian Henninger and Michael Allen were tied for third at 7 under, all shooting 70. Calcavecchia has struggled most of the year following offseason surgery on his right hand. But he birdied the last two holes Saturday to grab the lead from Durant.


Cardinals get skunked at Dodger Stadium


June 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bunch of skunks at Dodger Stadium nearly caused a real stink for the St. Louis Cardinals. Four skunks found their way into the crevices of the Cardinals’ dugout before a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Friday night. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said stadium workers came over with a cage and bag, but didn’t catch the varmints. “I told everybody at the beginning: ‘Don’t be fooling around over there, because you’ll wish you hadn’t,'” Matheny said.

“After that, it was like they were never there. It wasn’t anything different than usual, except for the knowledge of knowing that they were under there. Apparently, they might still be in there,” he said. The Cardinals have had critters of their own in the past. Several years ago, a squirrel darted across home plate during a playoff game at Busch Stadium.