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Cardinals Acquire Rafael Furcal From Dodgers


August 1st, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS, Mo., July 31, 2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have acquired shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos who was playing at Springfield (AA).

“We feel that Furcal will give us added veteran experience when it comes to a pennant race,” said Cardinals’ Senior Vice President/General Manager John Mozeliak.  “Rafael has been an excellent top of the order hitter and he brings plenty of athleticism and defense.”

Furcal, 33, is veteran of 11-plus seasons with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.  He was named to the National League All-Star team last season when he batted .300 for the 3rd time in five seasons with the Dodgers.   The Dominican native was also named an N.L. All-Star in 2003 as a member of the Braves.

The switch-hitting Furcal owns a career batting mark of .283 with 101 home runs and 298 stolen bases.  He was batting .197 in 37 games this season, but was hitting .364 over the past week with three multi-hit games.  He’d missed 63 games this season with a strained left oblique and a fractured left thumb.

Furcal has been considered to be one of the games’ top leadoff batters since breaking in with Atlanta in 2000 as the National League’s Rookie of the Year.  He has hit 26 career leadoff homers and ranks 2nd among the Dodgers’ all-time leaders in leadoff homers with 14.  Furcal owned the majors’ best on-base pct. (.370) among leadoff hitters last season.

Furcal has been to the postseason eight times in his career (five times with the Braves and three times with the Dodgers).  He batted ,500 (6-for-12) for the Dodgers during their 2009 Division Series sweep of the Cardinals.

The deal was the second in less than a year’s time between the two National League clubs, with the Cardinals having acquired infielder Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers last November.

Furcal will wear uniform #15 and Jon Jay will switch to uniform #19.

Pujols Gets 2,000th Hit as Cardinals top Cubs 9-2


July 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Albert Pujols got his 2,000th hit and Edwin Jackson pitched seven innings in his debut with St. Louis, lifting the Cardinals to a 9-2 win Friday over the Chicago Cubs. David Freese hit a three-run homer and Ryan Theriot, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, drove in three runs on two hits.  In his 10th season, Pujols is 263rd overall on the major league hit list. He’s the fifth Cardinal to get 2,000 hits in a career. He is the 12th quickest player to 2,000 hits in history, taking 1,650 games.  Pujols joined Stan Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (2,713), Rogers Hornsby (2,110) and Enos Slaughter (2,063) as the only Cardinals to get 2,000 with the franchise.

Former ISU Star Bolte Headed to France


July 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Former Iowa State women’s basketball star Kelsey Bolte will play professionally in France next season.  Iowa State says Bolte has signed to play with a team in Nice, which competes in France’s top women’s basketball league.  Bolte averaged 16.9 points per game last season for the Cyclones, helping Iowa State finish 22-11 and earn its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Bolte will leave for France on Monday for training camp.

Chiefs Cast Unanimous Vote to Recertify


July 30th, 2011 by Jim Field

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs have voted unanimously to recertify as a players union.  Several players said Friday there was no sentiment not to recertify the NFL Players Association as a union.  “I know a lot of the deal was based on the fact that we had to recertify,” quarterback Matt Cassell said. “We know as of Aug. 4 this labor lockout would continue. We voted unanimously to end it and recertify.”  The union decertified last March at the start of the owners’ lockout.  Once the NFLPA regains its union status, it can finish negotiating the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL.  Having that done will allow players who have agreed to new deals to join their teams.

7AM Sportscast 07-30-2011

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July 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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State Baseball Finals Schedule Saturday


July 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

12:00pm  2A Championship  Gilbert vs. Davis County

2:00pm  1A Championship  Martensdale St. Marys vs. Kee (Lansing)

6:00pm  3A Championship Solon vs. Harlan

8:00pm 4A Championship West Des Moines Dowling vs. Mason City

3A and 4A State Baseball Finals Set


July 30th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Marion 3, Storm Lake 0
#1 Solon 11, Waukon 0 (five innings)
Washington 8, ADM 4
Harlan 6, Boone 4
Friday’s semifinals
#1 Solon 11, Marion 2
Harlan 8, Washington 2
Saturday’s championship
6 p.m. — #1 Solon (38-4) vs. Harlan (21-14)
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
#4 Iowa City West 6, Southeast Polk 3
#1 West Des Moines Dowling 7, Davenport Central 1
Fort Dodge 2, #6 Cedar Rapids Kennedy 1
#2 Mason City 6, #10 Des Moines Roosevelt 1
Friday’s semifinals
#1 West Des Moines Dowling 4, #4 Iowa City West 1
#2 Mason City 13, Fort Dodge 4
Saturday’s championship
8 p.m. — #1 West Des Moines Dowling (35-7) vs. #2 Mason City (35-9)

8AM Sportscast 07-29-2011

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July 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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IHSBCA All-Star Series Rosters Announced


July 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

August 4-7, 2011 @ Council Bluffs, Iowa  (Lewis Central HS/Iowa Western CC)

Small Schools West Squad:

  • Pitchers:   Jared Shoning – Carlisle, Christian Weiland – Alta-Aurelia, Lucas Hadaway – North Polk, Joe Goodman – Gilbert.
  • Catchers:   Brandon Forrester – Underwood, Seth Bozman – Saydel.
  • Infield:   Anthony Flattery – St. Edmond, Ft. Dodge, Ethan Westphal – Martensdale St. Mary’s, Dillon Coates – Martensdale St. Mary’s, Jake Wimmer – Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Jake Allen – Treynor.
  • Outfield:  Alex Jensen – Lawton-Bronson, Levi Ettleman – Logan-Magnolia, Ryan Rasmussen – EHK-Exira, David Kerian – Bishop Heelan.
  • Utility:  Mitch Peschon – Spirit Lake.
  • Coaches:   Trace Petersen (Head Coach)-Atlantic,  Tony Petersen – EHK-Exira, Steve Westphal – Southwestern.

Small Schools East Squad:

  • Pitchers:   Tommy Argo – Davenport Assumption, Blake Louscher – Mason City Newman, AJ Reuter – Monticello, Jon Heiderscheit – Kee High.
  • Catchers:   Jacob Kaska – Chariton, Clay Eustice – St. Ansgar.
  • Infield:   Hunter King – Mason City Newman, Brad Weatherman – Washington, Spencer Mallonee – Davenport Assumption, Logan Murry – West Branch, Tony Becker – Don Bosco.
  • Outfield:   Brendon Boerm – North Tama, Brandon Jasper – Central DeWitt, Max Lund – Central Springs, Trevor Molitor – Osage.
  • Utility:  Brady Kuennen – Turkey Valley.
  • Coaches:  Devin Schwiesow (Head Coach) – St. Ansgar, Ryan Stensland – Lisbon, Nathan Miller – Washington.

Large Schools West Squad:

  • Pitchers:  Taylor Kaufman – Glenwood, Zach Larrison – Lewis Central, David Stagg – West DM Valley, Andrew Hedrick – Ankeny.
  • Catchers:   Blake Merchant – Indianola, Tanner McWilliams – Sioux City East.
  • Infield:   Taylor Ostrich – Carroll, Austin Stubbs – Sioux City East, Michael McCabe – Storm Lake, Jake Yacinich – West DM Dowling, Jacob Peter – Mason City.
  • Outfield:   Ryan Voves – Mason City, Eric Toole – Lewis Central, Dalton Parrott – West DM Dowling, Will Kenny – Fort Dodge.
  • Utility:   Jacob Whaley – Marshalltown
  • Coaches:   Brian Drent (Head Coach) Sioux City North, Dan Mason – Mason City, Garrett Hawkins – WDM Dowling.

Large Schools East Squad:

  • Pitchers:  Nate Rausch – Davenport Central, Zack Brautigan – Dubuque Wahlert, Connor Alberhasky – Iowa City High, Tony Gagliardi – Cedar Rapids Prairie.
  • Catchers:   Jeff Reimer – Dubuque Wahlert, Blake Wilson – Pleasant Valley.
  • Infield:   Ryan Rumpf – Iowa City West, DJ Utley – Cedar Rapids Prairie, Aaron Huber – North Scott, Kasey Semler – Marion, Jackson Litterver – Waverly Shell-Rock.
  • Outfield:   Robert River – Maquoketa, Adam Kennedy – Dubuque Hempstead, Ben Engler – North Scott, Brandon Domeyer – West Delaware.
  • Utility:   Adam Prybill – Iowa City High.
  • Coaches:   Tom Witry (Head Coach) – Dubuque Hempstead, Dennis Knoop – Iowa City High, Ray Cavanagh – Maquoketa.

Friday State Baseball Schedule


July 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

Class 3-A Semi-Finals:

  • Noon — Marion (27-16) vs. #1 Solon (37-4)
  • 2 p.m. — Washington (30-7) vs. Harlan (20-14)

Class 4-A Semi-Finals:

  • 6 p.m. — #4 Iowa City West (32-10) vs. #1 WDM Dowling Catholic (34-7)
  • 8 p.m. — Fort Dodge (30-12) vs. #2 Mason City (34-9)