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Class 4-A Boys Sub-State


February 28th, 2013 by Jim Field

  • Bettendorf 59, North Scott 51 (2 OT)
  • Cedar Falls 57, Western Dubuque 40
  • Des Moines Roosevelt 47, WDM Valley 45
  • Dowling Catholic 70, Ankeny 58
  • Dubuque Senior 55, Pleasant Valley 53 (OT)
  • Urbandale 48, Des Moines Hoover 43

Thursday’s game:

  • Iowa City West vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson @ Cedar Rapids Prairie

Southern Illinois holds off Northern Iowa 63-57


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Desmar Jackson scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, helping Southern Illinois to a 63-57 Senior Night victory over Northern Iowa on Wednesday. Jeff Early, who along with Kendal Brown-Surles and T.J. Lindsay was playing his final home game for the Salukis (13-16, 5-12 Missouri Valley), added 14 points and eight rebounds. The three seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony. Marc Sonnen scored 18 points for the Panthers (17-13, 10-7), and Jake Koch had 12. Northern Iowa outrebounded Southern Illinois 38-30 but committed 16 turnovers, which the Salukis turned into 17 points.

SIU never trailed but saw UNI pull within 48-43 on Marvin Singleton’s 3-pointer with 4:43 left. The Salukis then made nine free throws in the final 2:50 to secure the victory. Northern Iowa likely will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, while Southern Illinois is locked in at No. 10.

Iowa defeats Purdue 58-48


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White had 18 points and nine rebounds and Iowa beat Purdue 58-48 on Wednesday night for its fourth win in five games. Devyn Marble also had 18 for the Hawkeyes (18-10, 7-8 Big Ten), who put an ugly loss at Nebraska behind them ahead of this weekend’s trip to top-ranked Indiana. Iowa never trailed in avenging an overtime defeat at Purdue late last month. The Boilermakers (13-15, 6-9) got as close as 49-43, but poor shooting doomed them to their sixth loss in eight games. Iowa played without freshman starter Mike Gesell, who was out with a right foot injury. Donnie Hale had 13 points to lead Purdue, which dropped a game behind Iowa in the race for seeding for the upcoming Big Ten tournament.

Wednesday/Thursday Girls State Basketball


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 1-A Semi-Final

  • Newell-Fonda 69, Marquette Catholic 52

Class 4-A First Round

  • Bishop Heelan Catholic 63, Dubuque Wahlert  47
  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 50, Lewis Central 45

Class 5-A First Round

  • Ankeny 66, Cedar Rapids Washington 58
  • Dowling Catholic 47, Des Moines East 41 (OT)
  • Mason City 72, Iowa City West 53
  • Southeast Polk 48, Muscatine 45

Thursday Schedule:

Class 1-A Semi-Final:

  • 10: 00 am — Burlington Notre Dame (22-3) vs. Central Lyon (24-2)

Class 2-A Semi-Finals:

  • 11:45 am — Western Christian (24-1) vs. Aplington-Parkersburg (21-3)
  • 1:30 pm — Lawton-Bronson (25-1) vs. Maquoketa Valley (20-5)

Class 3-A Semi-Finals:

  • 3:15 pm — Davenport Assumption (23-2) vs. Cascade (23-2)
  • 5:00 pm — MOC-Floyd Valley (24-1) vs. Estherville-Lincoln Central (22-3)

Class 4-A Semi-Finals:

  • 6:45 pm – Harlan (22-2) vs. Waverly-Shell Rock (22-2)
  • 8:30 pm – Cedar Rapids Xavier (15-9) vs. Bishop Heelan Catholic (21-3)

Governor honors Iowa Speedway designer, Rusty Wallace


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad honored the man who designed and co-owns the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Wednesday, in a ceremony at the state capitol. Branstad signed a proclamation honoring Rusty Wallace during transportation day events.  “As a governor of Iowa, I am very proud to honor Rusty Wallace with this proclamation today. His many contributions to NASCAR racing have earned him a well-deserved induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. And his forward-thinking design of the Iowa Speedway helped to create a destination in central Iowa that benefits every Iowan,” Branstad said. Wallace responded “yes I do” when the governor asked him if he had anything to say.

“Thank you very much governor, I really appreciate this,” Wallace said. “I love the state of Iowa, I consider it like a second home of mine. I spent a lot of time up here, I’ve been able to have a lot of great friends and meet a lot of cool people — including you today.” Wallace talked with reporters after the public ceremony. “When I heard what the governor wanted to do I was really excited about it. I meant what I said, it’s like a second home to me,” Wallace said. “And to see the track be so successful and to have so many people show up all the time is a really good feeling. And to see the governor kind of honor me for that — and to honor the speedway for that — makes you feel good. And coming fresh out of being in the Hall of Fame with NASCAR, fresh out of a real successful speed week down in Daytona, and to come up here and get this proclamation — it’s just kind of like icing on the cake.”

Wallace was born in Missouri and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. He says he doesn’t have a home in Iowa yet, but wouldn’t rule out that possibility some day.  “I could see a second home in Newton, a second home in the state of Iowa. Whether it’s in Des Moines or Newton, absolutely I could,” he said. The Iowa Speedway opened in 2007 and Wallace said it is very popular with drivers and he believes the track will get the chance to host a NASCAR cup race sometime in the next three to five year.

“I think that’s very realistic, I think that’s very realistic, I’d be disappointed if that didn’t happen. So, I will tell you there’s not a day goes by that we don’t actively work on that,” according the Wallace. “It’s a real tough deal because everybody knows NASCAR made a major announcement many years ago — it said we are only going to go 36 races — so if there’s going to be an additional race somebody’s go to get one from some other racetrack. So we are constantly working with other racetracks… and trying to get one of the events over here at Iowa Speedway.” Wallace went into broadcasting after retiring from racing, and works in television when not at the Newton track.

(Radio Iowa)

ISU investigating threatening tweets sent by students following basketball loss


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A couple of students at Iowa State University could be in trouble for sending some inflammatory messages via Twitter following the I-S-U men’s basketball team’s loss to sixth-ranked Kansas Monday night. The names of the two students are not being released, but ISU Dean of Students Pamela Anthony says the matter is being addressed. “We are initiating an investigation,” Anthony told Radio Iowa. “I am not at liberty to discuss any actions that have or would be taken against the students.”

Following the Cyclone’s loss in overtime, a tweet said the students were going to take a gun to the K-U bus. Additional tweets used the N-word and threatened Kansas guard Elijah Johnson, who scored a career high 39 points. “The language is not only derogatory and certainly goes against the values of Iowa State, but it’s threatening,” Anthony said. “We live in a society today where all threats have to be taken seriously.” Many Cyclone fans were upset with the officiating of the game and the Big 12 Conference issued a statement Tuesday admitting “officiating errors” were made at the end of regulation. Other fans booed when Johnson dunked the basketball for K-U’s final points in the lopsided overtime session. But, Anthony said the Twitter messages of the two ISU students went too far.

“I mean, it’s an athletic competition, so on some level you have to say, ‘wow, this is just athletics,'” Anthony said. “I understand school spirit and of course we all want to win, but I think to take it as far as to make a threat to another individual is quite serious and we take it as such.” It’s unclear what, if any, action has been or will be taken against the two students who sent the Twitter messages.

(Radio Iowa)

Drake downs Indiana State 67-56, wins 3rd in row


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Richard Carter scored 15 points and Seth VanDeest had 14 as Drake won its third straight game, defeating Indiana State 67-56 on Wednesday night. Jordan Clarke added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (14-15, 7-10 Missouri Valley), and Ben Simons had 10 points and seven rebounds in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Indiana State (17-12, 9-8) got 13 points from Jake Odum, 12 from RJ Mahurin and 10 from Dawon Cummings. The Sycamores, who have a pair of wins this season over Top-25 programs (Wichita State and Creighton) and had been 7-1 at home in conference play, have lost four of their last five games.

Drake took control of the game with 11 straight points to close the first half, giving it a 27-21 lead at the break. Carter extended the margin to eight points with a layup to start the second half and the Bulldogs stretched the lead to as many as 15 points down the stretch.

No. 23 Iowa State women roll past Kansas 83-68


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Chelsea Poppens had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Nikki Moody added 12 points and 10 assists, and No. 23 Iowa State rolled to an 83-68 victory over Kansas on Wednesday night. Hallie Christofferson scored 20 points and Anna Prins had 19 for the Cyclones (20-6, 11-5 Big 12), who used a 13-0 second-half run to break open a close game. Iowa State outrebounded Kansas 43-29. Angel Goodrich had 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Jayhawks (16-11, 7-9), and Monica Engelman scored 20 points.

The Jayhawks pulled within 60-57 on Asia Boyd’s layup with 11:04 to play, but Christofferson hit a 3-pointer to spark Iowa State’s 13-0 run and put the game out of reach. Poppens capped the run with two free throws, and Kansas never got closer than seven points down after that. Kansas still holds a 45-29 edge in the all-time series between the schools.

Beltran hits 2-run double as Cards beat Mets 12-4


February 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning, Yadier Molina and John Jay added RBI doubles in the fourth and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the New York Mets 12-4 Wednesday. The starters in the top five slots in the Cardinals’ batting order combined to hit 5-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBIs, and St. Louis finished with 14 hits.

Mets scheduled starter Zack Wheeler was scratched because of a mild oblique strain sustained while swinging a bat in the cage during pregame workouts. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in two-plus innings. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs and four hits in two innings, including John Buck’s two-run homer in the second. Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ top selection in last June’s amateur draft, followed and allowed one hit in three innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

CR Xavier beats Lewis Central at Girls Tourney


February 27th, 2013 by Jim Field

A tough schedule once again is paying off for Cedar Rapids Xavier at tournament time.

The fifth-ranked Saints, in the state tournament for the 10th time, kept their composure during a furious late rally by Lewis Central and held on to beat the seventh-ranked Titans 50-45 in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Sarah Dickes sank four straight free throws in the final 19.7 seconds to secure the victory and finished with 13 points to lead Xavier. Ashley Stulken added 12, while Hayley Deutmeyer and Morgan Breitbach each scored eight.

Lewis Central’s Aubrey Norville scored 14 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead her team’s comeback from an 11-point deficit with just under seven minutes left.

With the 6-foot-2 Stulken forced to play cautiously because of four fouls, Lewis Central got the ball inside to Norville and she responded with five baskets on nifty turnaround moves or jump hooks.

Norville’s final bucket cut the lead to 44-41 with 1:25 left, and teammate Paige Beacom made it a three-point game again, 46-43, when she hit a short jumper in the lane with 52 seconds remaining.

Lewis Central’s Natalie Madsen then stole the ball, but the Titans gave it back on a five-second call and Dickes made her game-clinching free throws.

Norville finished 10 of 13 from the field, grabbed five rebounds and made four steals. Beacom, Madsen and Alexis Spielman each scored five points for the Titans, who finish 20-4.

Xavier advances to a semifinal game at 8:30 Thursday night with a 15-9 record. The Saints play in the Mississippi Valley Conference and eight of their losses were to Class 5A teams. The other was to Davenport Assumption, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.