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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board increases some program fees, others unchanged

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Fees for some of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Programs will increase this year, while others remain unchanged. The Parks and Rec Board Monday voted to raise the price of sponsorships for men’s Slow Pitch Softball teams to $300 from $150. Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring says the fee is more in line with what other communities of similar size are charging, and it helps covers the cost of a 2-by 3-foot weather-resistant sponsor banner (which will be hung on the outfield fence), new fencing, and new surfacing on the in-fields. The cost of the banner is a one-time fee. The fee also pays for the service of an umpire for all three games each night. The season runs June 1st to August 12th, three nights per week, with three games per night.

The fee for joining the Swim Team has been bumped up from $20- to $25 for each participant. The team will be in action from June 1st to July 15th.Herring says the swimming pool at Sunnyside Park will be open May 23rd through September 3rd. Admission fees are unchanged from last year, at $4 for those 3-years of age and older. Children under the age of two will be admitted for free. Season passes are also unchanged from last year, and will run $105 for a family, and $70 for a single adult season pass. A family pass covers immediate family members residing at the same street address, and includes: children of divorced parents who have joint custody; step- and foster-children. Herring says each person will receive a laminated picture ID which must be presented on the day they plan to swim. Daycare providers will be offered a punch card for $4 per day. A 15 punch card will cost $50, which is a discount of $10. In the event of inclement weather, the passes will be honored at the Nishna Valley YMCA for use at their indoor pool.

In other business, Roger Herring said Monday, that the skate park will be open for use in about six-weeks. He says skate board enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a refurbished half-pipe. The ends of the half-pipe will be closed-off and vented to prevent debris and moisture from damaging the equipment. Herring says if enough money is left over, a couple of other, smaller pieces of skate board equipment, such as a ramp, a wedge and a “kicker” might be purchased, to add to the attraction.

Monday College Basketball Tournaments


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Second Round
Tennessee 63, DePaul 48
Maryland 72, Louisville 68
Stanford 72, West Virginia 55
Kentucky 65, Green Bay 62
South Carolina 72, Purdue 61
Gonzaga 65, Miami 54
Texas A&M 61, Arkansas 59
UConn 72, Kansas St. 26

CBI Quarterfinals
Oregon St. 101, TCU 81
Pittsburgh 82, Princeton 61
Butler 63, Penn 53
Washington St. 61, Wyoming 41

NIT Second Round
Minnesota 78, Miami 60
Illinois St. 92, Stanford 88
Middle Tennessee 71, Tennessee 64

WNIT Second Round
Colorado 64, South Dakota 55

Royals Pitcher Soria to Have Sore Elbow Checked


March 20th, 2012 by Jim Field

Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will have his sore right elbow checked by Dr. Lewis Yokum in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Soria left Sunday’s game after retiring only one of five batters he faced and said after the outing that his elbow felt “really bad.”

Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said Monday the team believes Soria has some damage in his area of his ulnar collateral ligament.

Soria had Tommy John surgery on his elbow in 2003. He has been one of the best relievers in the American League since his rookie season of 2007, but his performance fell off last year. His ERA jumped to 4.03 and he had 28 saves, but lost the closer’s job at times.

Beltran Hits 1st HR for Cards in 4-3 Win Monday


March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the St. Louis Cardinals, a leadoff drive off Julio Teheran in the sixth inning during Monday’s 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves.    Beltran, who signed a free agent after splitting last year between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants, also had a single. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer in the fourth against Randall Delgado. Carpenter had been batting .190 with no RBIs coming into his eighth spring training game. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn pitched four perfect innings, then allowed one run, two hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He is being prepared to join the rotation if Chris Carpenter isn’t ready to start the season.  Brian McCann hit his first exhibition homer, a seventh-inning drive off Mitchell Boggs. Yadier Molina had two doubles and drove in a run for the Cardinals.

ISU Assistant Easley Leaves Program


March 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State associate head women’s basketball coach Jack Easley is leaving the program after nine seasons. The Cyclones announced Monday that Easley will leave the team at the end of June. Easley spent the past nine seasons working with coach Bill Fennelly, and the pair helped Iowa State to 198 wins during that time. Easley previously spent one season as an assistant at Providence and 19 years with Oklahoma State before joining Iowa State. Iowa State finished 18-13 this season and was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by Green Bay on Saturday.

Ex-Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa Has Book Deal


March 19th, 2012 by Jim Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career.

William Morrow announced Monday that “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season,” is tentatively scheduled to come out this fall. The book will be co-written by Rick Hummel, a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

La Russa retired last fall after managing the Cardinals to a dramatic World Series title.

The 67-year-old La Russa spent more than 30 years as a manager. His career included three World Series championships — two with St. Louis, one with the Oakland Athletics — and six league championships.

William Morrow is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Trojanns Place 3 at Central College Indoor Meet


March 19th, 2012 by Jim Field

Atlantic had three place winners at the Central College Indoor Track Meet on Saturday in Pella.  Melanie Nielsen was second in the 200 meters, Ali Krogman was runner-up in the 3000 meters, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team placed second.  That team included Nielsen, Taylor Barry, McKenzie Holmes and Allie Siggins.  The Trojann track team will participate next Saturday in the University of South Dakota Indoor meet.

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March 19th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Oregon Outruns Iowa 108-97 in NIT


March 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — E.J. Singler scored 25 points, Olu Ashaolu had 22 points and Oregon defeated Iowa 108-97 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday. Carlos Emory also had 19 points, and Devoe Joseph and Garrett Sim scored 15 each for the Ducks (24-9), who rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to advance to the quarterfinals and a game against Pac-12 rival Washington in Seattle on Tuesday. Oregon’s 108 points was its most in a game since beating UC Riverside 108-67 Dec. 28, 2002. Devyn Marble led the Hawkeyes (18-17) with 31 points and made all seven of his 3-point attempts. He shot 10 of 15 overall. Aaron White also scored 22 for Iowa, Melsahn Basabe had 17 points and Bryce Cartwright had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Joseph with 11:44 to play in the game that made it 71-68.

Chiefs Sign Free Agent OT Eric Winston


March 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to contracts with veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston and quarterback Brady Quinn on Saturday. Winston was released by the Houston Texas on Monday in a surprising move that saved the team about $4.5 million against the salary cap. He had started every game he played in over the past five seasons at right tackle.  Winston will also play on the right side for the Chiefs. He takes over for Barry Richardson, who became a free agent after struggling much of last season.  Quinn hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since 2009 with Cleveland. He was a backup with Denver last season. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli called upgrading the offensive line a priority this offseason.