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Cardinals clinch playoff spot for 4th year in row


September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season. The Cardinals were assured of at least an NL wild-card spot when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh on Sunday. St. Louis led the NL Central by three games over the Pirates going into its game Sunday night at home against Cincinnati.

Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals went to the World Series last year and lost in six games to Boston. The previous two seasons, St. Louis made the playoffs as a wild-card team.

The Cardinals are the fifth team this season to clinch a playoff slot. Baltimore, Washington, the Los Angeles Angels and the Dodgers already won spots.

Saturday Volleyball Results


September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Tournament
Orange Pool
  1. Red Oak (3-0) def. Atlantic 2-0, def. Treynor 2-0, def. Tri-Center 2-1
  2. Treynor (2-1) def. Atlantic 2-0, def. Tri-Center 2-0
  3. Tri-Center (1-2) def. Atlantic 2-0
  4. Atlantic (0-3)

Black Pool

  1. Abraham Lincoln (3-0) def. Creston 2-0, def. Denison-Schleswig 2-0, def. Clarinda 2-0
  2. Creston (2-1) def. Denison-Schleswig 2-0, def. Clarinda 2-0
  3. Denison-Schleswig (1-2) def. Clarinda 2-0
  4. Clarinda (0-3)


  • Abraham Lincoln def. Treynor 2-0
  • Red Oak def. Creston 2-1


  • Abraham Lincoln def. Red Oak 2-0
West Harrison Tournament
  1. Missouri Valley (5-0) def. Nishnabotna 2-1, def. West Harrison 2-0, def. Logan-Magnolia 2-0, def. Heartland Christian 2-0, def. Charter Oak-Ute 2-0
  2. Logan-Magnolia (4-1) def. Charter Oak-Ute 2-1, def. Heartland Christian 2-0, def. Nishnabotna 2-0, def. West Harrison 2-0
  3. Nishnabotna (3-2) def. Charter Oak-Ute 2-0, def. West Harrison 2-1, def. Heartland Christian 2-0
  4. Charter Oak-Ute (2-3) def. Heartland Christian 2-1, def. West Harrison 2-0
  5. West Harrison (1-4) def. Heartland Christian 2-1
  6. Heartland Christian (0-5)
Guthrie Center Tournament
Black Pool
  1. Coon Rapids-Bayard (3-0) def. Glidden-Ralston 2-0, def. Guthrie Center 2-1, def. Colfax-Mingo 2-0
  2. Guthrie Center (2-1) def. Colfax-Mingo 2-0, def. Glidden-Ralston 2-0
  3. Glidden-Ralston (1-2) def. Colfax-Mingo 2-1
  4. Colfax-Mingo (0-3)

Gold Pool

  1. Underwood (3-0) def. Exira/EHK 2-0, def. Audubon 2-0, def. West Central Valley 2-0
  2. Audubon (2-1) def. West Central Valley 2-0, def. Exira/EHK 2-0
  3. West Central Valley (1-2) def. Exira/EHK 2-1
  4. Exira/EHK (0-3)


  • Coon Rapids-Bayard def. Audubon 2-0
  • Underwood def. Guthrie Center 2-1


  • Underwood def. Coon Rapids-Bayard 2-0

Cards hit 3 HRs, top Reds, move closer to playoffs


September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony Cruz hit a three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals connected three times, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 on Saturday night and moving closer to their fourth straight playoff berth. The Cardinals cut their magic number to one for clinching a postseason berth. The magic number is six for their second NL Central title in a row.

Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games. Cincinnati has lost six in row and been outscored 30-8 in that stretch. Jason Motte (1-0) needed just three pitches and one out to earn the win. Mike Leake (11-13) took the loss.

Northern Iowa beats Northern Colorado 46-7


September 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Sawyer Kollmorgen threw for two touchdowns, David Johnson rushed for 173 yards and another as Northern Iowa beat Northern Colorado 49-7 on Saturday to earn its first win of the season.

The Panthers (1-2), with losses to Iowa and Hawaii, shook off the two-game losing streak quickly against Northern Colorado (1-2). The Bears tackled preseason All-American Johnson for a loss on the first play from scrimmage, but in a matter of seconds, Kollmorgen had Northern Iowa on the board after a 22-yard run and a 39-yard TD pass to Kevin Vereen, Junior.

Johnson, bottled up for 80 yards on 31 carries this season, had a breakout game with 109 yards by halftime. Darrian Miller caught one touchdown pass and ran for another. Michael Schmadeke kicked three field goals.

Rice 2 TDs leads Drake over Marist 21-6


September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Andy Rice threw one touchdown pass and ran for another to lead Drake to a 21-6 victory over Marist in the Pioneer League opener for both teams on Saturday. Rice connected with Neko Graf on an 8-yard touchdown strike with 35 seconds to play in the first half to give Drake a 7-3 halftime lead. The Bulldogs were up 14-6 early in the fourth quarter when Rice completed a key 11-yard pass to Eric Saubert on third down. The drive led to Rice’s 1-yard touchdown run and capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive.

Rice was 26 of 34 for 248 yards and had three interceptions. Conley Wilkins ran for a 3-yard touchdown for Drake (2-2, 1-0 Pioneer League). Mike Maccarone kicked field goals of 21 and 24 to lead Marist (0-4, 0-1). Zach Alder had his fourth interception in as many games for the Red Foxes.

Iowa rallies, knocks off unbeaten Pitt 24-20


September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mark Weisman ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard plunge with 6:56 remaining as Iowa rallied for a 24-20 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Hawkeyes (3-1) trailed by 10 at the half but surged when C.J. Beathard replaced starting quarterback Jake Rudock in the third quarter.

Beathard hit Damond Powell for a 62-yard gain to jumpstart the comeback and Weisman followed with a 10-yard sprint into the end zone for his first score. His second score gave the Hawkeyes their first lead.

James Conner rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown but was held in check during the second half as the Panthers (3-1) failed to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 2000. Chad Voytik passed for a career-high 250 yards but Pitt’s last-gasp drive ended with an interception.

(Podcast) 7:18-a.m. Sports, 9/20/2014

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Chiefs’ Charles questionable to play vs Dolphins


September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jamaal Charles practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day, raising hopes that the Chiefs’ Pro Bowl running back will be available for Sunday’s game in Miami. Charles sustained a high ankle sprain in last week’s loss to Denver.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Charles, who did not practice Wednesday, looked a little bit sore but did “OK” in the workout. Reid said that Charles’ ankle loosened up as practice went along and “we’ll just see how he does.”

If Charles is unable to go, Knile Davis would get the majority of carries for Kansas City.

Cardinals beat Reds 2-1, stay 2 1-2 up in Central


September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey powered back into the St. Louis postseason rotation picture with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit consecutive homers in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

The NL Central leaders had only five hits but maintained a 2 1-2-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates with eight games remaining. Their magic number is seven for clinching a second straight division title and two over third-place Milwaukee for securing a fourth straight postseason berth. St. Louis is 6-1 on its final nine-game homestand.

Lackey (14-9) was passed over in the just-completed three-game series against Milwaukee after complaining of a dead arm. The 35-year-old right-hander arrived at the trade deadline with a big-game reputation but was 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA in his first eight starts.

High School Football Scoreboard -Week 4- 09/19/2014


September 19th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Class 3-A District 8
ADM 17, Atlantic 7
Creston 23, Greene County 7
Dallas Center-Grimes 34, Harlan 0
Winterset 12, Glenwood 8

Class 2-A District 8
Clarinda 24, East Sac County 3
South Central Calhoun 20, Kuemper Catholic 7
Southeast Valley 49, Shenendoah 26
West Central Valley 26, Red Oak 6

Class 1-A District 1
A-H-S-T-W 37, OA-BCIG 36
IKM-Manning 60, West Monona 0
Missouri Valley 23, Treynor 7
Underwood 41, Southwest Valley 0

Class 1-A District 8
Interstate 35 , Central Decatur
Van Meter 42, Des Moines Christian 18
Panorama 42, Woodward-Granger 12
Underwood 41, Southwest Valley 0

Class A District 1
Logan-Magnolia 42, Audubon 12
Griswold 34, Maple Valley 8
St. Albert 54, Riverside 34
Westwood 33, Tri-Center 9

Class A District 8
Bedford 27, Earlham 0
SE Warren 42, Clarinda Academy 16
Mount Ayr 62, Martensdale-St. Mary’s 12
Pleasantville 13, Nodaway Valley 0

8-Man District 1
Exira/EHK 73, Ar-We-Va 44
Boyer Valley 34 , West Harrison 12
Newell-Fonda 56, Kingsley-Pierson 0
River Valley 76, Woodbine 32

8-Man District 7
Coon Rapids-Bayard 64, Adair-Casey 20
NE Hamilton 38, Ankeny Christian Academy 14
Glidden-Ralston 64, East Union 6
Guthrie Center 33, Murray 32

8-Man District 8
CAM 82, Essex 26
Stanton 66, East Mills 54
Fremont-Mills 59, Nishnabotna 14
Sidney 27, Lenox 14