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Boys Basketball Sub-State Finals


February 28th, 2012 by Jim Field

Monday Class 3-A Finals:

  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 70, Harlan 64
  • ADMl 61, Dallas Center-Grimes 48
  • Davenport Assumption 59, Solon 40
  • Western Dubuque 55, Vinton-Shellsburg 41
  • Grinnell 59, Iowa Falls-Alden 39
  • MOC-Floyd Valley 76, Storm Lake 52
  • Mount Pleasant 72, Centerville 40
  • Waverly-Shell Rock 44, Waukon 38

Tuesday Class 4-A Finals:

  • @ Tyson Event Center, Sioux City:  Sioux City East vs. Lewis Central
  • @ Ames:  Ankeny vs. Des Moines Roosevelt
  • @ Clinton:  Dubuque Senior vs. North Scott
  • @ WDM Dowling Catholic:  Des Moines, Hoover vs. Waukee
  • @ McLeod Center, Cedar Falls:  Cedar Falls vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson
  • @ Muscatine:  Iowa City West vs. Bettendorf
  • @ Prairie, Cedar Rapids:  Linn-Mar vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
  • @ Southeast Polk:  WDM Valley vs. Johnston

Class 1-A Girls State Tourney First Round Results


February 28th, 2012 by Jim Field

Bedford 55, Ar-We-Va 54

Bedford’s Kayla Lindenmeyer made two free throws at just the right time.

The Bulldogs missed six straight foul shots in the fourth quarter before Lindenmeyer dropped in a pair with 31.3 seconds left, giving her third-ranked team the cushion it needed to beat sixth-ranked Ar-We-Va 55-54 in first-round Class 1A play.

Bedford won for the first time in three tries at state and will take a 25-1 record into a semifinal game at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Caila Raymond led Bedford with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She made her first seven shots and finished 9-for-12 from the field. Lindenmeyer finished with 19 points and Savanna Thornton scored 11, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game.

Dani Kock led Ar-We-Va with 18 points and 15 rebounds, while sophomore Paige Danner scored 14 and had four steals. Ar-We-Va, the state runner-up last year, finished 21-4.

Lindenmeyer’s two free throws gave Bedford a 55-52 lead, meaning Ar-We-Va needed a 3-pointer to tie it. The Rockets missed from long range and Kock scored on a putback for the final points.

LeMars Gehen Catholic 52, North Butler 34

The ninth-ranked Jays broke the game open in the second quarter and beat No. 2 North Butler 52-34 in a first-round Class 1A game.

Steph Rohe scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Gehlen in its first-ever state tournament game. The Jays improved to 21-4 and will play third-ranked Bedford in a semifinal game at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Rohe also had six of Gehlen’s 13 steals. Katelin Langel added nine points and nine rebounds for the Jays, while Emily Holtgrewe and Amber Timmins each scored eight.

Lisa Feldman led North Butler with 10 points. Cassidy Bangasser led the Bearcats with seven rebounds and scored six points.

West Sioux 54, Lynnville-Sully 43

A third-quarter comeback and clutch fourth-quarter shooting carried West Sioux to a victory in its first-ever state tournament game.

Jade Lynn Vlotho scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and fifth-ranked West Sioux rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat No. 4 Lynnville-Sully 54-43 in a first-round Class 1A game.

Dana Weerheim added 16 points for the Falcons, including a key 3-pointer and four big free throws in the fourth quarter. Carissa Anderson helped out with 11 points, while Shannon Kots grabbed 13 rebounds to go with seven points.

West Sioux improved to 25-1 and will play a semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lynnville-Sully, in the tournament for the third straight year and ninth time overall, finished 23-3. Brianna James led the Hawks with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Brittany Bryan scored 11 points. It was the final high school game for both, with James finishing her career with more than 1,000 points.

North Mahaska 47, North Tama 35

Top-ranked North Mahaska has held teams in check all season and the unbeaten Warhawks did it again in their first game at the Class 1A state tournament.

North Mahaska scored the game’s final 10 points and beat No. 13 North Tama 47-35 to complete the semifinal pairings. The Warhawks will take a 26-0 record against No. 5 West Sioux at 8:30 Saturday night.

Mallory Boyle and Abbie Agan led North Mahaska with 13 points each. Boyle also grabbed seven rebounds, while Agan made four of her team’s 12 steals. She turned her final steal into a layup that gave the Warhawks a 10-point lead in the final minute.

Iowa hires Greg Davis as offensive coordinator


February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis has found a new home at Iowa after a year out of the game. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz announced Monday that Davis will be his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Davis replaces Ken O’Keefe, who left the Hawkeyes after 13 seasons to become the wide receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins. The 60-year-old Davis has spent 33 years as a college coach, including a stint as the head coach at Tulane from 1988-91. But he’s perhaps best known for the 13 years he spent working for Texas coach Mack Brown. Davis resigned shortly after the 2010 season, when the Longhorns finished 5-7.

Though his stint with the Longhorns ended poorly, the program boasted some of its best offenses in under Davis. He coached the likes of Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams and quarterbacks Vince Young and Colt McCoy, both Heisman finalists, and had five players earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. Texas won a pair of Big 12 championships and the 2005 BCS national championship with Davis on its staff, and Davis was named the Frank Broyles assistant coach of the year after the Longhorns beat USC for the national title. Davis graduated from McNeese State in 1973 and, after a short stint coaching high school ball in Texas, became the quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M. Davis also made stops at Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina before landing in Austin with Brown. The hiring of Brown concludes a rather chaotic offseason for the Iowa coaching staff, which saw by far its most upheaval in 13 years under Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes promoted defensive backs coach Phil Parker to replace retired defensive coordinator Norm Parker (no relation), moved offensive line coach Reese Morgan to the defensive line and hired Brian Ferentz, Kirk’s son, away from the New England Patriots to coach the offensive linemen.

Iowa’s Gatens Earns Big Ten Honor


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


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


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


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


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

Podcasts, Sports

February 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field