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Henry Cejudo loses at Olympic trials, retires


April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo is retiring after his comeback bid ended with a loss in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic trials. Cejudo was the freestyle champion in Beijing four years ago at 55 kilograms. He fell to top-seeded Nick Simmons 3-0, 5-9, 5-2 on Sunday. Cejudo removed his shoes after the loss, symbolic of a wrestler calling it quits, and flung them into the crowd in Iowa City. Cejudo, a native of Phoenix, was the only U.S. wrestler to win gold in the Beijing Games. Cejudo didn’t wrestle for three years and competed in just a few tournaments before returning for the Olympic trials. Cejudo says he returned to the sport to inspire people, adding that he’s at peace with his decision to retire.

Lohse sparkles as Cardinals drop Pirates 5-1


April 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Kyle Lohse scattered six hits while pitching into the eighth inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Sunday. David Freese had a two-run single for the Cardinals and Rafael Furcal had three hits as St. Louis extended its strong start behind another superb outing from Lohse (3-0). The veteran right-hander struck out five without issuing a walk, though his ERA actually ticked up from 0.89 to 0.99. Pittsburgh’s Erik Bedard (0-4) gave up three runs on six hits, walking four and striking out seven in seven innings but was again undone by a lack of support. The Pirates have scored three runs combined in Bedard’s four starts. The Cards take on the Chicago Cubs Monday evening. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:10-p.m, on KJAN.

Area Drake Relays High School Qualifiers


April 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Thursday Events:

Boys Discus

  • Tyler Hovey, Atlantic
  • AJ Scarborough, Fremont-Mills
  • Dallas Franks, Fremont-Mills

Girls High Jump

  • Chaley Rath, Treynor

Girls Shot Put

  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning

Boys Long Jump

  • Grant May, Glenwood

Girls 3000

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 3200

  • Brandon Phipps, Creston

Friday Events:

Girls 100 hurdles

  • Chaley Rath, Treynor

Boys 110 hurdles

  • Austin Hess, Harlan

Boys Shot Put

  • Tyler Hovey, Atlantic

Girls 100

  • Emma Konkler, Audubon
  • Caitlyn Stroud, Corning

Boys 100

  • Cleo Harris, Abraham Lincoln
  • Kyle Kuhlmann, Woodbine

Girls Discus

  • Abby Sonderman, Harlan
  • Dusty Olson, Thomas Jefferson
  • Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning

Girls Long Jump

  • Brianna Maitlen, Creston

Boys High Jump

  • Connor Meis, Treynor
  • Robert Tank, IKM-Manning

Girls 800

  • Harlan

Boys 4 x 200

  • Abraham Lincoln

Girls 800

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 800

  • Cade Cleaveland, Riverside

Girls 4 x 100 relay

  • Glenwood
  • Exira/EHK
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Carroll
  • Harlan
  • Denison-Schleswig
  • Creston

Boys 4 x 100 relay

  • Harlan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • East Mills
  • Thomas Jefferson

Girls 4 x 400 relay

  • Harlan

Saturday Events:

Boys shuttle hurdle relay

  • Harlan

Girls 400 hurdles

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold

Boys 400 hurdles

  • Derek Jones, Glenwood

Girls 1500

  • Rebekah Topham, Griswold


Burnett Sparkles as Pirates Trip Cardinals 2-0


April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched three-hit ball for seven innings in his injury-delayed Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Saturday night. Burnett, who missed the first three weeks of the year while recovering from a fractured right orbital bone sustained during a bunting drill in spring training, walked two and struck out seven while giving up just three hits. Joel Hanrahan worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his second save of the season. St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (2-1) gave up a pair of RBI singles to Pedro Alvarez, walking two and striking out six as his ERA moved from 0.64 to 1.31. Westbrook was good but Burnett was better, throwing 53 of his 76 pitches for strikes and looking like the No. 1 starter the Pirates envisioned when they traded for him in February.

Gardner Says Body Told Him to Stop Comeback


April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Rulon Gardner’s coach says the 40-year-old heavyweight trained like a madman to get back to the Olympics. But Gardner says his body told him to stop cutting weight just hours before he was set to weigh in for the Olympic Team Trials. Gardner says he reached 269 pounds Friday before he realized he’d been pushing himself too hard to reach the 264.5 pound limit for his weight class. Gardner declined to weigh in, ending his quest to reach the London Olympics. Gardner won the gold medal in Sydney in 2000 and bronze in Athens eight years ago before gaining nearly 200 pounds after retiring from wrestling. U.S. national Greco-Roman coach Steve Fraser says Gardner trained harder than anyone else on the team over the past few months.

Western Iowa Boat Ramp Reopens After 2011 Flooding

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri River boat ramp in Pottawattamie County has reopened almost a year after it was closed by flooding. Park Ranger Brian Orth said that it’s been a bad year or two for boating at Narrows River Park, so it’s exciting that the ramp reopened Wednesday. Pottawattamie County Conservation was forced to close the ramp after the river swelled last May. The water eventually filled the whole park. The ramp was also closed for several weeks in 2010 because of high water. Mark Shoemaker, executive director of Pottawattamie County Conservation, called the reopening of the boat ramp a good step toward recovery. He says there is still a lot of work to do in the park, such as fixing park shelters and playground equipment.

Denison Golf Meet Results


April 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

Denison Boys Golf tournament on Saturday, April 21, 2012

Team Scores:

  1. Kuemper Catholic  313
  2. Atlantic  315
  3. Carroll  321
  4. Storm Lake  327
  5. Harlan  329
  6. Denison  351
  7. Boyer Valley  365
  8. Shenandoah  379

Atlantic Scores:

  • Evan Schuler  75 (2nd Place)
  • Ben Nelson  78 (9th Place)
  • Sam Markham  79
  • Travis Olsen  83
  • Nick Barry  86
  • Cole Lowary  89

Coach Ed Den Beste says:  Started off cold and a little wet this morning.  By the time we had 8 holes to go, it was much better.  Evan had a great round with a 4 over 75.  Nice to see him finish well.  He was in a group that had scores of 74, 75, 75.  Ben also had a good day.  Sam played fine but couldn’t get some birdie puts to fall.  Travis finished a little higher than we wanted.  He struggled on one hole but played well the rest.  Nick came back and had a good front nine.  Cole has his struggles but will hopefully score better the next time we play.

Audubon Tops Missouri Valley in Boys/Girls Golf


April 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

Audubon boys varsity golf team beat Missouri Valley by a score of 163-215 on Friday, April 20, at 4:00 p.m. at Audubon Golf and Country Club.  Audubon seniors Michael Bylund and Andrew Irlmeier both shot 38.  The 3rd tiebreaker hole gave the top medal to Michael and runner-up medal to Andrew.  Audubon’s other four varsity players were within two strokes of each other:  Nick Fett (43), Drew Keller (44), Cameron Mennenoh (44), and Andy Hoffmann (45).  Missouri Valley’s Dan Waterhouse shot 47.

Audubon’s JV team shot 192, led by Lucas Smith-Petersen’s 45.  The next three were Brock Deist (48), Chase Petersen (49), and Chris LaFoy (50).

The varsity record is now 5-1.  Audubon plays in the Lake Panorama tournament on Sat., April 21, and travels to Griswold for a dual meet on Mon., April 23.

In girls golf, Audubon beat Missouri Valley 199-204.  Taylor Gardner of Missouri Valley was medalist shooting the low round of 43.  Audubon’s Susie Bylund was runner-up shooting a 45.  Also for the Wheelers, Lexie Thygesen shot 50, Faith Fliflet posted 51 and Rachel Flug 53.

Audubon vs. Harlan Boys/Girls Tennis Results


April 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

Girls TennisAudubon 8, Harlan 1

Nielsen vs. Heese – 5-8
Krauel vs. Andersen – 8-2
Muhr vs. Forsyth – 8-2
Polson vs. DuVal – 8-5
Christensen vs. Greer – 8-6
Jones vs. Jones – 8-2
Nielsen-Krauel vs. Heese-Forsyth 8-5
Muhr-Christensen vs. Andersen-DuVal 8-3

Polson-Jones vs. Jones-Arkfeld 8-1
Boys Tennis:  Harlan 9, Audubon 0
Nate Ohms (H) beat Francois Sudan (A) 10-2
Nick Petsche (H) beat Heat Irlmeier (A) 10-1
Riley Finn (H) beat Bradley Nissen (A) 10-1
Trey Lansman (H) beat Sean Card (A) 10-1
Alex Schaben (H) beat Sam Dreyer (A) 10-2
Keenan Finn (H) beat Shawn Hemmingsen (A) 10-0
Petsche/R. Finn (H) beat Sudan/Dreyer (A) 10-3
Ohms/Lansman (H) beat Irlmeier/Nissen (A) 10-2
Schaben/K. Finn (H) beat Dreyer/Hemmingsen (A) 10-1

7:20-a.m. Sportscast (Podcast), April 21st 2012

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April 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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