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Iowa’s Gatens Earns Big Ten Honor

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Matt Gatens is the Big Ten’s co-Player of the Week, the first such honor for the senior from Iowa City.

Gatens scored a career-high 33 points in last Thursday’s 67-66 win over Wisconsin. Gatens then scored 22 points in a 65-54 loss at Illinois on Sunday, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.

Gatens, who shares the player of the week honor with Purdue’s Robbie Hummel, is the first Iowa player to earn the award since Jake Kelly on March 9, 2009.

The Hawkeyes (15-14, 7-9 Big Ten) close out their road schedule at Nebraska on Wednesday.

Pujols Impacting Angels on, off Field

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols hasn’t connected for his first homer and he’s already having a powerful impact on the Los Angeles Angels.

The superstar slugger, who signed a $240 million free agent contract with the club in December, has impressed his new teammates with an unparalleled work ethic so far in spring training. Pujols has been one of the first players to report each morning and one of the last to leave. Following the Angels’ first full-squad workout of camp Monday, when Pujols hit laser-beam line drives during batting practice, outfielder Torii Hunter said he gets “a great vibe” just being around the All-Star first baseman.

Hunter said he can learn how to become a better hitter just by watching Pujols swing in the batting cage.

Understated Christopherson Shines for Iowa State

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) — It isn’t easy to overlook Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson anymore.

Christopherson, a 6-foot-3 senior from LaCrosse, Wis., scored a season-high 29 points to lead Iowa State over host Kansas State 65-61 on Saturday. The victory might have clinched the program’s first NCAA tournament berth in seven years.

Christopherson makes 47.9 percent of his 3-pointers, best in the Big 12, and he has hit 22 of his last 34 attempts. He is also second in the Big 12 in free-throw shooting at 89.7 percent.

Christopherson and the Cyclones play at No. 7 Missouri on Wednesday and finish the regular season at home against No. 9 Baylor on Saturday.

ISU’s Poppens Big 12 Player of the Week For Third Time

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State junior forward Chelsea Poppens has been recognized as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, as selected by a media voting panel for games Feb. 20-26. Poppens was recognized for the third time this season and fourth occasion in her career.

Poppens averaged 22 points and 16.5 rebounds last week in Iowa State’s overtime win over Missouri and loss at Oklahoma State. She finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds and four steals against the Tigers. The junior forward shot 15-of-24 from the free-throw line – an Iowa State record and a Big 12 league game record for free-throw attempts.

Poppens followed that performance with 19 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds at OSU. It was her 14th double-double of the season. She has seven games this season with 15-plus rebounds and also seven with 20-plus points. Poppens is the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 11.3 rebounds. Her eight double-doubles in conference play leads all Big 12 players.

Oklahoma State’s Liz Donohoe was named freshman of the week.

Royce White Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State’s Royce White was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week today for the third time this season. White also won the award on Dec. 14 and Jan. 9 and earned Iowa State’s sixth rookie of the week honor of the season.

White received the award by a panel of media who cover the Big 12 Conference.

White averaged a double-double (11 points/11 rebounds) last week as the Cyclones knocked off Texas Tech at home, 72-54, and picked up a challenging road win at Kansas State, 65-61. The sophomore flirted with getting to his second triple-double of the season in both games, as he dished out eight assists against the Red Raiders and seven against the Wildcats for a 7.5 apg average during the week.

White continues to lead Iowa State in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. The Minneapolis native is the only player in the Big 12 to hold a top-five ranking in rebounds (9.2) and assists (5.1). White is averaging 6.9 assists in his last seven games.

Iowa State’s other Big 12 Rookie of the Week winners include: Chris Allen (Feb. 13), Chris Babb (Nov. 28) and Tyrus McGee (Jan. 23). Iowa State is the only school in the history of the Big 12 to have four different players earn Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors in a season.

1A Boys Substate Final: Exira-EHK vs. Nodaway Valley 02-25-2012

Podcasts, Sports

February 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played Saturday, February 25th at SWCC in Creston.

8AM Sportscast 02-27-2012

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February 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Monday Girls State Basketball Schedule

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February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

CLASS 1-A First Round

  • 10:00 am — #6 Ar-We-Va (21-3) vs. #3 Bedford (24-1)
  • 11:45 am — #9 LeMars Gehlen (20-4) vs. #2 North Butler (21-1)
  • 1:30 pm — #5 West Sioux (24-1) vs. #4 Lynnville-Sully (23-2)
  • 5:00 pm — #13 North Tama (21-4) vs. #1 North Mahaska (25-0)

CLASS 2-A First Round

  • 6:45 pm — #6 Estherville-Lincoln Central (24-2) vs. #5 Western Christian (22-3)
  • 8:30 pm — West Marshall (20-5), #1 OA-BCIG (25-0)

Illinois ends 6-game skid with 65-54 win over Iowa

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Meyers Leonard had 22 points and 14 rebounds off the bench as Illinois defeated Iowa 65-54 on Sunday night to end a six-game losing streak. The Illini (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) hadn’t won in February and had lost nine of 10 since defeating Ohio State in early January. Brandon Paul added 17 points and D.J. Richardson scored 12 for Illinois. Leonard had 15 points by halftime. Matt Gatens powered the Hawkeyes (15-14, 7-9) with 22 points and 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range. But Gatens was held in check by Paul in the second half, scoring just five points. Illinois led 34-23 at the break and weathered a Hawkeye run that closed the gap to 38-34 early in the second half.

Cardinals giving Tyler Greene chance to win 2nd Base job

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February 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak would like to see Tyler Greene take over for Skip Schumaker as the team’s regular second baseman. First-year manager Mike Matheny isn’t ready to commit to the switch. A first-round selection out of Georgia Tech in 2005, Greene has yet to earn consistent playing time in the major leagues. A shortstop most of his career, he has been asked to try third base and the outfield over the past couple of springs.
 
Second base is the only starting position up for grabs in Cardinals camp as the team prepares to defend its 2011 World Series championship. A career .270 hitter in the minors, Greene smacked 85 home runs and stole 144 bases in a little more than 600 games. Those numbers have yet to translate into major league success.