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East Mississippi Hosts Iowa Western


November 13th, 2014 by Jim Field

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — East Mississippi Community College will host Iowa Western Community College in the Mississippi Bowl at Biloxi High School.

The game will kick off at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.

East Mississippi (11-0) enters the game as the No. 1 team in the nation and Iowa Western (11-0) is not far behind at No. 2 in National Junior College Athletic Association poll.

East Mississippi is the defending Mississippi Bowl champion after beating Georgia Military last year.

Official: Tavares drunk when he crashed and died


November 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – An official in the Dominican Republic says St. Louis Cardinals rookie outfielder Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash last month in his Caribbean homeland.

A spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office told The Associated Press toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the country’s legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26.

Taveras hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games this year.

Bluffs woman conquers 100 mile Ozark Trail run


November 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An administrative assistant from Council Bluffs conquered the Ozark Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run held Nov. 1st & 2nd. The Daily NonPareil reports. Annie Jobe, a divorced, single mom of three kids, was one of only six women to finish the race, her longest run ever. The route follows the Ozark Trail through the Mark Twain National Forest in south-central Missouri. The path includes several water crossings and an elevation gain of 12,000 to 15,000 feet.

Jobe’s boyfriend served as her pacer for the event. Temperatures were in the 20s when runners took off at 6 a.m. Nov. 1, Jobe said. Overnight, they dropped into the teens. There were 13 aid stations where runners could get water, food and supplements, Jobe said. Race monitors at one station took Jobe into a trailer with a heater so she could get thawed out and change her clothes and shoes.

Jobe grew up in Council Bluffs and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was on the dance team. She studied health and nutritional science at Iowa Western Community College. She started running about five years ago after the birth of her third child, as a means of losing some weight. The adrenaline rush she found in running motivated Jobe to aspire to bigger challenges, such as a half-marathon and then her first full-marathon, in May, 2010.

In June, 2014, Jobe ran a 100k in Wisconsin and a 50-miler in September in Kansas. Running is now part of her everyday life.

Wednesday’s State Volleyball Matches – Results


November 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Class 3-A First Round
(3-0) Red Oak 26-26-25, Sioux Center 24-24-18
(3-0) Nevada 25-25-25, West Liberty 21-21-20

Class 2-A First Round
(3-2) Unity Christian 25-24-27-19-15, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 19-26-25-25-11
(3-0) Western Christian 25-25-25, South Central Calhoun 11-16-10
(3-0) Dike-New Hartford 25-25-25, West Branch 21-19-18
(3-2) Sumner-Fredericksburg 25-25-19-23-15, Grundy Center 18-14-25-25-8

Class 1-A First Round
(3-0) Holy Trinity Catholic 25-25-25, Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 15-13-17
(3-1) Central Lyon 25-25-28-25, Marquette Catholic 13-12-30-23
(3-0) Tripoli 25-25-25, New London 13-11-21
(3-0) Janesville 25-25-25 Grand View Christian 17-18-13

Iowa State Women Sign Top-15 Recruiting Class


November 12th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State women’s basketball program and head coach Bill Fennelly announced Wednesday that three prep standouts have signed their letters of intent. The three players have signed to play for the Cyclones starting in 2015-16.

The 2015 class was ranked 15th nationally by ProspectsNation.com making it the highest-rated class in program history. Iowa State’s three-member class included the No. 1 player in Canada and two top-45 standouts.

“I am very excited about the three players we are adding to the Iowa State family,” Fennelly said. “My staff worked very hard to evaluate these kids and I could not be more pleased with our class. They and their families are great additions to Iowa State.”

Bridget Carleton, a 6-1 guard who hails from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, is a starter on Canada’s U18 Junior National team. Carleton was also a captain in Canada’s U16 and U17 squads. She earned first and second-team nods in 2013 and 2014 and earned first-team honors at the Canadian National Championship. At John McGregor Secondary school, Carleton has helped the Panthers to a current 27-2 record during her senior year, averaging 26.5 points, 10.0 rebounds 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals while shooting 51 percent from the field. Carleton is rated as the top 2015 prospect in Canada by Crown Scout Recruiting Service and is the Cyclones first player from Canada.

“Bridget is our first player from Canada and we could not be more excited,” Fennelly said. “She has all the tools needed to be a very good player in the Big 12. Bridget already has played at a high level as she has represented Canada in numerous international competitions.”

Meredith Burkhall, a 6-3 forward from Urbandale, Iowa, is a three-year starter at Roosevelt High School. Burkhall was named first-team all-conference her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons with the Rough Riders. In her junior year, she averaged 18.6 points and 9.6 rebounds. At Roosevelt, Burkhall is just eight points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark. Burkhall is also rated the top prospect out of the state of Iowa and is rated 45th nationally on ProspectsNation.com.

“Mere is the best player in our state,” Fennelly said. “She is long and athletic in the post where we need some added depth. Mere has good skills and hands and has a great upside. She has an infectious personality that I know our fans will love.”

T’Aire Starks (TeeTee), a 5-11 guard out of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is a two-time all-conference selection who averaged 9.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists her junior season in just 19 games played due to injury. Starks led Hopkins High School to back-to-back state championships her freshman and sophomore seasons with records of 30-2 and 31-1. Starks is rated the No. 39 prospect on ProspectsNation.com and is the top prospect in Minnesota according to 5 State Hoops.

“TeeTee is a winner! She comes out of a great high school program (Hopkins HS) and AAU program (North Tartan) so she has played a high level for a long time,” Fennelly said. “She is a great defender and can play any guard position. Her versatility and toughness will help our team.”

Kiel Moore, a national recruiting analyst for ProspectsNation.com com called Iowa State’s 2015 class one of the top in the country.

“With a three-player class of Bridget Carleton, Meredith Burkhall, and TeeTee Starks, Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly and his staff have again landed one of the top-25 recruiting classes in the country,” said Keil Moore, a national recruiting analyst for ProspectsNation.com. “All three players have the ability to bring something different to the program while also being able to contribute early in their careers in their area of strength. There is talent, potential, and that little something special about this trio of prospects and it could be a fun four years in Ames with them on campus.”

Cyclones Sign Darien Williams


November 12th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced the signing of junior college player Darien Williams to a national letter of intent for the 2015-16 season.

Williams (6-8, F, So., San Francisco, Calif.), widely considered to be one of the top freshman junior college players a year ago, will enroll at Iowa State with three seasons of eligibility left. He played the 2013-14 season at Iowa Western Community College and is currently attending City College of San Francisco. Williams is sitting out the 2014-15 after having shoulder surgery last summer.

Iowa State Men’s Basketball 2015-16 Recruits
Darien Williams, F, 6-8, So., San Francisco, Calif. (City College of San Francisco/St. John Bosco)

Darien Williams
F, 6-8, San Francisco, Calif., So.
(City College of San Fransisco/St. John Bosco)
Played one season at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa before transferring to City College of San Francisco…averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Reivers…shot 51 percent from the field in his only season at IWCC…also connected on 41.1 percent of his three-point attempts…earned All-Region XI honors as well as ICCAC Academic All-Region XI honors…scored in double figures in 21 games, including a season-high 37 points against State Fair Community College…played his high school ball at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California.


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November 12th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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ISU Football: Jack Trice Stadium Changes for Final Two Home Games


November 11th, 2014 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Progress on the Jack Trice Stadium south end zone (SEZ) project will cause changes for fans attending the final two games (Texas Tech, Nov. 22; West Virginia, Nov. 29) of the 2014 Iowa State football home slate.

The most significant changes involve the discontinuance of seating on the south hillsides and entrances at the south end for the remaining two home games of the season. Fans who have purchased season hillside tickets will be directed to the north hillsides or sections S and R in the NE corner of Jack Trice Stadium.

The south end zone bleachers will still be in use for the final two games, however access to the seats will be altered because of construction. Fans will no longer be able to enter the south end zone bleachers from the south side of the stadium or south hillsides. Fans with seats in the south bleachers will be directed to use the stairs from the concourse on either the east or west side of the stadium.

Also, there will be no ADA ramp on the south side of the stadium. Patrons who are mobility impaired are encouraged to enter on the north side of the stadium where they will be driven to the concourse level by stadium staff members.

The Iowa State Athletics Department would like to thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout the construction process of the SEZ project of Jack Trice Stadium.

(ISU Athletic Department Press Release)

Tuesday State Volleyball First Round Matches


November 11th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 5-A First Round

  • (3-1) Bettendorf 25-15-25-25, Iowa City West 21-25-16-18
  • (3-1) Ankeny Centennial 24-25-25-25, Iowa City High 26-13-10-11
  • (3-1) Johnston 25-25-17-26, Ankeny 20-17-25-24
  • (3-2) CB Abraham Lincoln 20-25-30-13-16, Dowling Catholic 25-19-28-25-14

Class 4-A First Round

  • (3-0) Harlan 25-25-25, Lewis Central 22-12-16
  • (3-0) West Delaware 25-25-25, Indianola 15-20-19
  • (3-2) Clear Creek Amana 25-27-8-22-15, Bishop Heelan 13-25-25-25-13
  • (3-1) Marion 27-28-25-25, Charles City 25-30-21-20

Class 3-A First Round

  • (3-0) Mount Vernon 25-25-25, Union 16-16-21
  • (3-0) Solon 25-25-25, Iowa Falls-Alden 17-15-16

Thursday’s Semifinals Schedule (11/13/14)

Class 5-A
10:00 a.m. –  Bettendorf (37-0) vs. Johnston (38-6)
10:00 a.m. –  Ankeny Centennial (42-3) vs. CB Abraham Lincoln (40-13)
Class 4-A
Noon –  Harlan (39-2) vs. Clear Creek-Amana (27-9)
Noon. –  West Delaware (44-2) vs. Marion (34-7)
Class 3-A
2:00 pm – Mount Vernon (32-7) vs.
2:00 p.m. –  Solon (31-8) vs.

Chiefs promote West, sign Supernaw after injuries


November 11th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have promoted running back Charcandrick West from the practice squad and signed tight end Phillip Supernaw after losing Cyrus Gray and Demetrius Harris to season-ending injuries. West signed with the Chiefs as a rookie free agent this season, and had spent nine weeks on their practice squad. Supernaw has played four games in two seasons with the Ravens and Texans, and has spent time on both practice squads.

Gray, a special teams standout, tore an ACL in Sunday’s victory in Buffalo. Harris broke a bone in his foot during pregame warmups before facing the Bills. Both were put on injured reserve. The Chiefs signed tight end Adam Schiltz to fill their open spot on the practice squad. Winners of four straight, Kansas City plays Seattle on Sunday.