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IGHSAU 9th Girls Basketball Rankings


February 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 5-A

  1. Waukee 17-1 1
  2. Dowling Catholic 16-2 2
  3. West Des Moines Valley 16-2 4
  4. Ankeny Centennial 11-5 6
  5. Southeast Polk 13-5 3
  6. Iowa City West 16-2 5
  7. Iowa City High 13-4 7
  8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13-5 8
  9. Pleasant Valley 13-4 9
  10. Johnston 11-6 10

Dropped Out: None

Class 4-A

  1. Harlan 17-0 1
  2. Western Dubuque 18-0 2
  3. Carlisle 17-1 3
  4. Ballard 17-1 4
  5. Waverly-Shell Rock 19-0 5
  6. Sioux City Bishop Heelan 14-2 6
  7. Cedar Rapids Xavier 13-5 9
  8. Indianola 14-4 10
  9. Davenport North 14-3 8
  10. Pella 15-2 11
  11. North Scott 14-4 12
  12. Perry 14-5 7
  13. Marion 16-4 13
  14. Dallas Center-Grimes 13-5 15
  15. Mount Pleasant 14-4 14

Dropped Out: None

Class 3-A

  1. Mediapolis 19-0 1
  2. Pocahontas Area 17-1 2
  3. Sioux Center 17-2 3
  4. Osage 20-0 4
  5. Hampton-Dumont 16-1 5
  6. Crestwood 15-2 6
  7. Center Point-Urbana 15-4 9
  8. Nevada 14-3 11
  9. Red Oak 15-4 12
  10. Shenandoah 14-4 7
  11. Saydel 16-3 15
  12. Spirit Lake 12-6 8
  13. Kuemper Catholic 11-6 10
  14. Union 15-4 NR
  15. Clear Lake 11-6 14

Dropped Out: Cherokee (13)

Class 2-A

  1. Unity Christian 18-0 1
  2. Western Christian 16-3 2
  3. North-Linn 19-1 3
  4. IKM-Manning 17-1 5
  5. Dike-New Hartford 17-2 6
  6. South Central Calhoun 16-2 4
  7. Panorama 17-2 7
  8. Manson-NW Webster 15-2 8
  9. Des Moines Christian 15-4 9
  10. Iowa City Regina 17-2 10
  11. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 17-2 12
  12. Pekin 16-2 14
  13. Cascade 16-3 10
  14. Hinton 15-3 13
  15. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 16-4 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 1-A

  1. Burlington Notre Dame 19-0 1
  2. Colo-Nesco 19-0 2
  3. Kingsley-Pierson 19-0 3
  4. Fremont-Mills 18-0 4
  5. Exira/EHK 19-0 5
  6. Lynnville-Sully 19-0 6
  7. Newell-Fonda 15-3 7
  8. Turkey Valley 19-1 10
  9. Bedford 15-3 9
  10. George Little Rock 15-4 11
  11. Springville 16-2 12
  12. Janesville 18-1 13
  13. Grand View Christian 17-2 8
  14. West Sioux 15-4 NR
  15. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13-6 14

Thursday Wrestling Results


February 6th, 2015 by Jim Field

  • Lewis Central 64, Harlan 6
  • Lewis Central 72, Denison-Schleswig 6
  • Abraham Lincoln 40, Harlan 36
  • Abraham Lincoln 38, Denison-Schleswig 33
  • Thomas Jefferson 62, Boone 9
  • Thomas Jefferson 59, Carroll 21
  • Norwalk 41, Thomas Jefferson 27

Legalizing prizes for fantasy sports league champs

News, Sports

February 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who participate in fantasy sports leagues could legally accept any amount of prize money for winning if a bill under consideration in the legislature becomes state law. Iowa is one of a handful of states where it is illegal for someone to collect more than 50 dollars if the real professional athletes they’ve assembled as a fantasy squad have the best combined statistics. John Cacciatore is a lobbyist for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He says it’s a game of skill, just like bowling leagues or cribbage tournaments in Iowa where significant prize money can be awarded to the winners.

“You pick players from real time statistics and real time activities to put your teams together,” Cacciatore says. “…It requires research and skill to put those teams together.” But the state-licensed casinos are pressing hard against that concept, urging lawmakers to set daily wagering limits and forbid anyone under the age of 21 from winning one of the daily fantasy league prizes. Mark Beltrame  is a lobbyist for Scientific Games, a company that develops products for the gambling industry.

“There are certainly aspects of participating in this, particularly on a daily basis…without any limitations — that certainly sounds like, perhaps, another activity,” Beltrame says. Brian Carter, a retired Methodist minister, says when money’s involved, it’s gambling and the state should forbid it. “I had a lot of people as I was in ministry having sexual addictions and I’m not comparing fantasy (sports) game players with them, but I’m saying they found that their problem was the internet. That compounded their problem,” Carter says. “And I think when we’re starting to talk about fantasy game playing and opening it up, we’re going to have problems.”

The lobbyist for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association shoots back at those who contend it’s gambling. “There’s a difference between gambling and wagering on the outcome of a game, you know, who will win between the Bears and the Packers versus providing an entry fee to compete with other folks who pick their teams and compete against each other to win that contest,” Cacciatore says. Under current Iowa law, fantasy sports league participants with a “bona fide social relationship” can win prizes of no more than 50-dollars a day.

The N-F-L’s “Perfect Challenge” fantasy game has a one-MILLION dollar prize and, if an Iowan were to win, it would be illegal for them to collect that prize. A bill that would let Iowans accept any level of cash prizes for being the champion of a fantasy sports league easily cleared the Senate State Government Committee this week on a 13 to one vote. A subcommittee in the Iowa House has also signed off on the bill.

(Radio Iowa)

Area high school basketball scores from Thu., Feb. 5th 2015


February 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Western Iowa:

  • A-H-S-T-W 77, Riverside 34
  • Audubon 39, Griswold 37
  • IKM-Manning 74, Tri-Center 62
  • Treynor 71, Logan-Magnolia 41
  • Underwood 48, Missouri Valley 37


  • Mount Ayr 58, Clarinda 57
  • Nodaway Valley 63, Southeast Warren 18
  • Sidney 54, Stanton 50
  • West Harrison 53, Charter Oak-Ute 44


Western Iowa:

  • A-H-S-T-W 46, Riverside 35
  • Audubon 53, Griswold 38
  • IKM-Manning 65, Tri-Center 42
  • Logan-Magnolia 60, Treynor 53
  • Underwood 50, Missouri Valley 45


  • Charter Oak-Ute 64, West Harrison 29
  • Clarinda 53, Mount Ayr 35
  • Nodaway Valley 58, Southeast Warren 55
  • Stanton 50, Sidney 39

Iowa routs injury-plagued Michigan 72-54


February 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jarrod Uthoff had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Iowa scored the final 12 points of the first half en route to a 72-54 victory over Michigan Thursday night. The Wolverines, playing without injured guards Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton, did not score for the final 6:58 of the half, and the Hawkeyes (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten) led 31-21 at halftime. Mike Gesell finished with 14 points for Iowa, and Aaron White added 13.

Aubrey Dawkins led Michigan with 16 points, but the Wolverines (13-10, 6-5) continue to be plagued by extended scoring droughts. They were held without a point in overtime in a loss at Michigan State on Sunday, and they never really threatened Iowa after the Hawkeyes built a comfortable lead.

It ended up being Michigan’s most lopsided home loss since Dec. 28, 2010, when Purdue beat the Wolverines 80-57 in Ann Arbor.

Iowa women’s field hockey players file gender bias complaint


February 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Four members of the Iowa women’s field hockey team have filed a federal gender bias complaint over the firing of their coach. As first reported by ESPN on Thursday, players Natalie Cafone, Chandler Ackers, Jessy Silfer and Dani Hemeon filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education last week. They allege the firing of coach Tracey Griesbaum is part of a pattern in which strong female coaches have faced discrimination and been fired.

Athletic director Gary Barta fired Griesbaum in August, after an investigation into allegations of verbal abuse by former players. The university has defended the firing, saying Barta took action to protect players. But Griesbaum’s supporters say she’s done nothing wrong and is the victim of a double standard.

University officials have repeatedly rejected gender bias claims.

No. 16 Iowa women hold off Ohio State 73-65


February 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 21 points and No. 16 Iowa withstood a second-half surge to hold off Ohio State 73-65 Thursday. Bethany Doolittle scored 19 points with 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for Iowa (17-4, 8-2 Big Ten). Iowa used a 21-2 run early in the first half — with 10 points from Whitney Jennings — to roll up a 41-29 lead at the break.

The Buckeyes chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, drawing to within one point on two occasions. But Iowa responded both times, and a 7-0 spurt late made the lead unassailable in the waning moments. Melissa Dixon added 13 points with three 3-pointers for Iowa while Jennings finished with 12.

Alexa Hart had 14 points for Ohio State (15-8, 7-4) to lead four in double figures.

Stan Musial’s Memorabilia Store Closes


February 5th, 2015 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hall of Famer Stan Musial’s Stan the Man Inc. is closing shop in St. Louis this week.

The building where the former St. Louis Cardinals player signed memorabilia until a month before he died is closing its doors due to a decreasing inventory. Dick Zitzmann, vice president of the company, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1xqcxtV) that Musial still meant a lot to St. Louis, and that the current cache of signed items would last four to six months.

According to Zitzmann, there were 6,000 to 7,000 balls in the inventory when Musial died in January 2013 at the age of 92. Today there are none left.

The paper reports that Musial would show up at Stan the Man every single morning and autograph pictures, balls and jerseys from 10:30 to 11:30.

(Podcast) KJAN Sports report, 2/5/2015

Podcasts, Sports

February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Iowa women host Ohio State


February 5th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeye women return to Big Ten action at home, tonight (Thursday), against Ohio State. Hawkeye coach Lisa Bluder says school officials have put together several promotions in hopes of drawing a large crowd. She says it’s Kathryn Reynolds Bobblehead night…two princesses from the “Frozen” movie will be there taking pictures with young girls…there’s a “Girl’s night out” makeover and much more.

The Hawks are 8-2 in the Big Ten and 17-4 overall after a five point loss at Maryland.

The Buckeyes have won four straight and are 7-3 in the league race. Standout guard Kelsey Mitchell averages 26 points per game.