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Texas rallies past Iowa State, 31-30


October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Case McCoy scored on a 1-yard plunge with 51 seconds left and Texas rallied to beat Iowa State 31-30 on Thursday night. McCoy threw for 244 yards for the Longhorns, (3-2, 2-0), who will head into next week’s game against Oklahoma with at least a share of first place in the Big 12.

McCoy led Texas on the winning 75-yard drive in just under 3 minutes. It was aided by two pass-interference penalties and two near fumbles at the 1 by Johnathan Gray. Sam Richardson had 262 yards passing and Aaron Wimberly had 117 yards rushing and a touchdown for Iowa State (1-3, 0-1). The Cyclones dropped their 11th straight Big 12 opener — but none as heartbreaking as this one.

Atlantic @ ADM Football Live Tonight on KJAN!


October 4th, 2013 by Jim Field

We’ll bring you Atlantic @ ADM live tonight in high school football on KJAN.  Both teams are coming off tough losses last week and are hoping to get back in the win column.  Atlantic comes in to the game 1-4 overall and 0-2 in district play while ADM is 3-2 and 2-1.

Our high school football coverage begins at 4:45 pm with “Trojan Preview,” our weekly visit with Atlantic Coach Nick Ross.  We continue our high school football coverage tonight at 6:00 with “Who’s Gonna Win?”  Join Matt Mullenix, Doug Leonard, Chris Parks and Jim Field as we look at some area match-ups.  Our “Football Friday Night” pre-game show begins at 6:30 tonight, with kick-off set for 7:30 pm from Adel.

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call and you can listen live on AM 1220 or FM 101.1.  We are streaming live audio on www.kjan.com.  You can listen on your smart phone with the FREE KJAN app for iphone and android.  And, you can watch the Atlantic @ ADM game on the TV page at www.kjan.com as we’ll be streaming live video on KJAN TV!

2013 High School Football Schedule – Week 6, October 4


October 4th, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 3-A, District 1

  • Atlantic @ ADM
  • Glenwood @ Sergeant Bluff-Luton
  • Creston @ Harlan
  • Lewis Central @ Perry

Class 2-A, District 8

  • OA-BCIG @ Clarinda Academy
  • Shenandoah @ Kuemper Catholic
  • Clarinda @ Red Oak
  • Roland-Story @ Greene County

Class 1-A, District 8

  • St. Albert @ Treynor
  • Nodaway Valley @ Tri-Center
  • Panorama @ Des Moines Christian
  • West Central Valley @ Missouri Valley

Class A, District 7

  • Martensdale-St. Marys @ Bedford
  • Madrid @ Woodward Academy
  • Audubon @ Guthrie Center
  • Woodward-Granger @ Earlham

Class A, District 8

  • Underwood @ East Mills
  • Logan-Magnolia @ Westwood
  • Riverside @ A-H-S-T
  • West Monona @ Griswold

Eight Man, District 6

  • Lamoni @ East Union
  • Adair-Casey @ Grandview Park Baptist
  • Meskwaki @ Ankeny Christian
  • Murray @ Moravia
  • Mormon Trail @ Colo-Nesco

Eight Man, District 7

  • Glidden-Ralston @ Charter Oak-Ute
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard @ Exira/EHK
  • Ar-We-Va @ Woodbine
  • West Harrison @ Nishnabotna

Eight Man, District 8

  • Sidney @ Fremont-Mills
  • Stanton @ Essex/South Page
  • CAM @ Lenox

Sunnyside Tennis Court ribbon cutting ceremony set for Sunday

News, Sports

October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors will formally open the newly resurfaced tennis courts at Sunnyside Park Sunday afternoon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The public event takes place at 1-p.m., weather permitting, and is expected to last about 45-minutes.

The program will include dignitaries from the United States Tennis Association, and a brief explanation of the 10 and under Tennis Program that will be in place during next summer’s park and rec tennis program.

Beltran HR keys Cards’ rout of Pirates in Game 1


October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run third inning and the St. Louis Cardinals got seven stingy innings from Adam Wainwright, delivering a reality jolt to the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 rout Thursday in their NL division series opener.

The first eight Cardinals reached safely in the third to chase A.J. Burnett, saddling the right-hander with the second-shortest outing of his career and putting Game 1 out of reach early. A sellout crowd roared early and then settled in for an easy victory.

Lance Lynn (15-10) faces Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7) in Game 2 Friday. The Pirates ended a 21-year postseason drought and entered their first division series with apparent momentum after beating the Reds in the wild-card game Tuesday. But they never threatened to rally against the Cardinals’ ace.

Kelly named Game 3 starter for Cardinals


October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joe Kelly is going to start Game 3 of the NL division series for the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Mike Matheny made the announcement Thursday prior to the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kelly appeared to be the likeliest choice given rookies Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha were set to be available out of the bullpen in Game 1.

Kelly was 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA and was perhaps the strongest link in the rotation for about a month-and-a-half.

McCluster finding niche with new Chiefs regime


October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dexter McCluster figures he watched his shake-and-baking punt return about 500 times last weekend, a dynamic touchdown run that helped his Kansas City Chiefs beat the New York Giants. Don’t think for a second that he was exaggerating, either.

It was the kind of dynamic return that the Chiefs have been hoping to get out of McCluster, their former second-round draft pick who has struggled to find his niche in the NFL. McCluster believes that he’s starting to get on track under new coach Andy Reid, though, and besides: The Chiefs are off to a 4-0 start. As McCluster points out, that’s what really matters.

ISU’s Ejim Earns Spot On Preseason All-Big 12 Team


October 3rd, 2013 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim has been named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-Big 12 Team in a vote of the league’s coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Ejim, a Toronto, Ontario native, returns for his senior season after leading the Big 12 in rebounding (9.3) and double-doubles (15) last season. He also averaged 11.3 points and shot 50.4 percent from the field en route to earning All-Big 12 Third-Team honors. Ejim recorded a double-double against all nine Big 12 teams last season and is the league’s active career leader with 22 in his first three seasons.

Ejim and the Cyclones open with an exhibition game against Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. The regular season opener for Iowa State is Nov. 10 against UNC-Wilmington at noon.

Preseason Player of the Year: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Preseason Newcomer of the Year: Tarik Black, Kansas

Preseason Freshman of the Year: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

2013-14 Preseason All-Big 12 Team:

  • Isaiah Austin, Baylor
  • Cory Jefferson, Baylor
  • Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
  • Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
  • Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
  • Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State**

Honorable Mention: Perry Ellis and Joel Embiid, Kansas; Shane Southwell, Kansas State; Michael Cobbins and Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State; Eron Harris, West Virginia.

(A tie in the voting resulted in six players being named to the team.)

**Unanimous selection

Shelby County racing legends featured in book about Daytona 500

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October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Three local racing legends from Shelby County are now the feature characters in a brand new NASCAR book. Former Council Bluffs resident and author John Havick has written The Ghost of NASCAR to tell the story of the first Daytona 500 in 1959. Havick says there are three men, who were an intricate part of the book. It’s about 3 racers in Harlan, Johnny Beauchamp, Dale Swanson and Tiny Lund. Beauchamp and Lund both won the Daytona 500 and Swanson was a great mechanic and built engines for drivers in several states.”

Havick built an infatuation with the sport when his grandfather sold his car to an aspiring racecar driver in the 50’s named Johnny Beauchamp and as a boy, Havick decided to see how the car performed. The book depicts the controversial ending to the 1959 Daytona 500 in which two drivers, Beauchamp and Lee Petty claimed victory. Havick said Beauchamp was in the lead for most of the race.

“He stayed up near the front for most of the race. Then suddenly around lap 149, Lee Petty appears out of no where and racing right by Beauchamp and the last 50 laps this is how it went along. They flashed near the finish line close together. No one said except the flag man and the owner of NASCAR Bill Frentz said Beauchamp won the race and then there was all this trouble afterwards.”

The lack of technology back in those days did not help the controversy as it took three days before NASCAR announced Petty the winner of the race. To this date, the debate rages on between fans and drivers about who actually won the 1959 Daytona 500. Havick said one of the details about the race is how drivers kept their lap count. “Some of the people in the pits believed when Petty pitted, his lap counter had failed and counted it as a lap and that brought him up.”

The author said he had stacks of old newspaper articles and programs from his childhood that helped him start his research for the book. The Ghosts of NASCAR is on sale in bookstores or directly from the University of Iowa Press online at www.uiowapress.org. Author John Havick will be making an appearance to discuss the book in Harlan this (Thursday) evening at the Harlan Library from 6:30pm until closing.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

8AM Sportscast 10-03-2013

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October 3rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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