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No. 23 Iowa rallies past Xavier, 77-74 in OT; plays UTEP tonight (Friday)


November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 30 points before leaving with a leg injury, and No. 23 Iowa rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Xavier 77-74 in overtime at the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals Thursday night. The Hawkeyes (6-0) never led in regulation, but never trailed in overtime.

Zach McCabe scored 11 points, and Gabriel Olaseni had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Aaron White’s 10-point night ended with a clutch tip-in with 1:40 left in overtime. Xavier (5-1) had three 3-point tries all bounce off the rim in the final 10 seconds. Justin Martin led the Musketeers with 15points, Semaj Christon added 14, Myles Davis scored 12 and Matt Stainbrook finished with 11.


McKenzie Moore led a balanced attack with 19 points and Texas-El Paso moved into the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 78-70 win over Tennessee on Thursday night. UTEP (4-2) plays No. 23 Iowa tonight (Friday night) for a berth in the title game. Tennessee (3-2) faces Xavier in the consolation round.

8AM Sportscast 11-28-2013

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November 28th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Chiefs LB Hali plans to play vs Broncos


November 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs pass rusher Tamba Hali plans to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos despite spraining his right ankle in last weekend’s loss to San Diego. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker rolled over his right ankle in the first half of a 41-38 loss to the Chargers. He watched the second half from the training room with injured teammate Justin Houston, and said initially that he thought the injury might be serious.

Hali, who has nine sacks on the season, went through a walk-through Wednesday and said that he wants to play against the Broncos. Both teams are 9-2 and tied atop the AFC West, though Denver has already beaten Kansas City once this season. Houston is almost certain to miss the game after dislocating his elbow.

Iowa hopes to make Nebraska game true rivalry


November 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The so-called Iowa-Nebraska football rivalry has been one-sided. The teams will meet Friday in Lincoln in the Heroes Game, which became another in a line of Big Ten trophy games when the Cornhuskers joined the conference in 2011.

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz hopes his team can make the game a true rivalry, noting that it’s been decades since the Hawkeyes last beat the Huskers. Nebraska has won two straight since playing Iowa as a Big Ten member and five in a row overall since losing 10-7 in Iowa City in 1981.

Iowa (7-4, 4-3) and Nebraska (8-3, 5-2) will be playing for second place in the Legends Division and for a best possible bowl destination. The winner would be in line for an Outback Bowl bid. The loser might go to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

NASCAR buys Iowa Speedway east of Des Moines


November 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — NASCAR is buying the Iowa Speedway in a move it says solidifies the future of one of the Midwest’s premier racing facilities. NASCAR announced the purchase Wednesday of the 0.875-mile tri-oval track in Newton. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

There has been talk of the Iowa Speedway hosting a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, but the organization says there are no plans to bring the Sprint Cup Series to Iowa in the immediate future. The Iowa Speedway, located 30 miles east of Des Moines, was designed by former NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace. It opened in 2006.

Iowa-Nebraska Preview Capsule


November 27th, 2013 by Jim Field

By The Associated Press

Iowa (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at Nebraska (8-3, 5-2)

Radio:  KJAN AM 1220/FM 101.1 (9:00 am pre-game/11:05 kick-off)

TV:  11 a.m. CST (ABC)

Line: Nebraska by 3.

Series Record: Nebraska leads 28-12-3.


If not Bo Pelini’s job at Nebraska, then certainly the bowl slot for both teams. Assuming Wisconsin earns an at-large BCS bid, the Cornhuskers could lock up a spot in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. The Buffalo Wild Wings and Gator bowls are in play for the Hawkeyes.


Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah vs. Iowa rush defense: With QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. (ankle) questionable, Abdullah will carry an even heavier load in the running game. Michigan State’s nation-leading defense couldn’t stop Abdullah, and now we’ll see if Iowa’s can. Abdullah has rushed for 100-plus yards in 10 of 11 games. The Hawkeyes are 20th nationally against the run and have allowed only four rushing touchdowns.


Iowa: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has caught a pass in 29 straight games, the second-longest streak among active FBS tight ends. He has 23 receptions for 230 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, including a 5-yarder against Michigan last week.

Nebraska: QB Ron Kellogg III, a former walk-on who could make the first start of his career on his Senior Day. Kellogg threw the Hail Mary to beat Northwestern, and he took over for an injured Armstrong last week to lead the Huskers in their overtime win at Penn State.


Iowa’s four losses are to teams that have a combined record of 42-3 (Northern Illinois, 11-0; Michigan State, 10-1; Ohio State, 11-0, Wisconsin, 9-2). All four are in the BCS top 15 … The Hawkeyes are going for their fourth road win, which would be their most since 2009 … The winner receives the Hero’s Trophy, which honors citizens in both states who have excelled at community service … Abdullah’s 1,483 yards rushing is most by a Nebraska player since Ahman Green went for 1,877 in 1997 … Nebraska’s Randy Gregory has had at least one tackle for loss in 10 straight games.

Tuesday High School Girls Basketball Results


November 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • Denison-Schleswig 38, Atlantic 37
  • Glenwood 54, Thomas Jefferson 14
  • Clarinda 73, Lenox 24
  • Creston 69, Mount Ayr 58
  • Kuemper Catholic 64, Carroll 18
  • Lewis Central 52, Sioux City North 51
  • Shenandoah 66, East Mills 38


  • Adair-Casey 58, Guthrie Center 47
  • Bondurant Farrar 52, Panorama 35
  • West Central Valley 62, Nodaway Valley 61
  • Woodbine 54, Logan-Magnolia 37
  • Stanton 49, Bedford 39
  • Lamoni 64, Orient-Macksburg 31



8AM Sportscast 11-26-2013

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November 26th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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State Wrestling Tickets on Sale December 2nd


November 26th, 2013 by Jim Field

BOONE, IOWA – The State Wrestling Championship has been a sold out event for over 20 years and is the only IHSAA reserved ticket event. On November 19, 2011, the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association adopted changes for the State Wrestling Tournament finals ticket distribution. Tickets are no longer purchased from and distributed by the IHSAA. Member schools who host wrestling programs and the general public now purchase their tickets through either a walk up process or online.

Under this ticketing system, schools have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. Ticket sales to IHSAA member high schools who host wrestling programs will begin Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:00am and close Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:59pm. The order limit is a maximum of sixty (60) tickets per school. Complete information regarding the ticket ordering process for IHSAA member high schools hosting wrestling programs has been communicated with them.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:00am. The public will be able to purchase tickets at the Iowa Events Center ticket office, any Dahl’s store, online at www.dahlstickets.com or by calling 1-866-55-DAHLS. The order limit will be eight (8) tickets.

The ticket price is $8.00 per ticket, plus a convenience fee of $1.75 per ticket. There will be a $4.00 handling fee per order. A valid credit card will be needed to make an online purchase. The Iowa Events Center seating chart will be available identifying class 1A, 2A, and 3A mats. All seats will be assigned in the order the transactions are processed either at a ticketing location or online.

Anyone with questions or experiencing difficulties ordering tickets should call the Iowa Events Center ticket office at 515-564-8300. Anyone needing assistance with ADA seating should call the Iowa Events Center 515-564-8351.

HCSD Board approves design of new Merrill Field sports complex

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November 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District has approved a contract to develop and design the new Merrill Field. During their meeting Monday, the board of education agreed to a contract with FEH Associates out of Sioux City. The Harlan Community Education Foundation gifted the school district $600,000 during the board meeting. The Foundation has collected $950,000 in the bank for the $1.5 million project. However, the rest of the money has been donated but not collected. Superintendent Justin Wagner said the rest of the donations are guaranteed by a local bank. “The Education Foundation has taken out a loan, which it can do, with Farmer’s Trust and Savings and what it does is the bank guarantees the additional pledges that are still hanging out there.”

The $600,000 was given at the moment because that’s what the school can liquidate and that money will be set inside the school’s coffers and accounts in the next 7 to 10 days. Now that the money is close at hand, the board approved the contract with the designer FEH to get the drawings and specifications completed for the project. Wagner and other school officials met with the designer earlier on Monday to discuss the contract before presenting it to the board.

The contract states FEH Associates will be responsible for the overall coordination of the project, field verification as well as construction documents such as demolition around the bleacher areas, bleacher replacement and new fencing around the track. EDA Inc, Sundquist Engineering and Midwest Tennis and Track are also named as contractors for the Merrill Field renovation project. Each entity is in charge of certain aspects such as the field lighting, new drainage system and the entire track and field area. The Harlan Community School district will be responsible for the scoreboard installation, new ticket booth and coordinate site drainage issues with the City of Harlan.

Wagner told the board the designer fee is normally around 5 percent of the whole project and the contract states FEH Associates fee will not exceed $100,000. He said the actual design plans and specs will come at the December 20th school board meeting. The final say on the design will ultimately be approved by the school district but Wagner said the education foundation hopes to give a recommendation to the board.

Wagner says in the next 60 days or so the school board should see the plans and design, determine the cost and move forward with bids. The school district plans to begin the project on March 1st, 2014.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)