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Cardinals set news conference with Catcher Molina


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have scheduled a Thursday afternoon news conference to announce a new contract for four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina. The 29-year-old Molina is a lifetime Cardinal entering the final year of his contract. He’s considered one of the best defensively at any position, winning a platinum glove last season in voting by fans, and also is coming off the best offensive season of his career.  Molina batted .305 in 2011 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs, and added 12 RBIs during the team’s World Series title run. He’s been durable, too, averaging 138 games the last three seasons.

National High School Hall of Fame Inducts Hoiberg


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg will be inducted into the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame, announced today by the NFHS.

Hoiberg is among 12 individuals in this year’s class. Since 1982, the NFSA has annually honored athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school athletics. The induction ceremony is July 11 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

An Ames, Iowa native, Hoiberg led his Ames High School team to the 1991 Iowa Class 4A boys basketball state championship, Ames’ first state title since 1976. In the 1991 state tournament, Hoiberg was named captain of the all-tournament team after shooting an incredible 75.0 percent from the field (42-of-56).

Hoiberg won Iowa’s Mr. Basketball Award as the state’s top player in 1991. He averaged 29.8 points and recorded a career-high 51 points vs. Indianola as a senior.

A multi-sport star, Hoiberg didn’t just excel on the hardwood. He was an all-state quarterback, capturing Iowa’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors in 1990 as the state’s top gridder. He was the signal-caller on two state playoff teams and is the school’s career leader in passing yards and total offense.

Hoiberg also finished second in the high jump at the 1991 state track meet, clearing 6-6, and ran the 200-meter leg on the state-champion-winning medley to help Ames High win its sixth-straight Class 4A state track title.

Hoiberg later went onto a successful career in basketball at Iowa State. A two-time All-Big Eight selection, Hoiberg earned All-America honors and was an Academic All-American as a senior in 1995. He finished his career as the third-best all-time scorer (1,993) in Iowa State history, earning Big Eight Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors in 1995.

The 52nd pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, Hoiberg enjoyed an outstanding 10-year career in the NBA. He played for three teams (Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves), leading the NBA in 3-point percentage in his final season in 2005.

Hoiberg is now in his second season as Iowa State’s head basketball coach. The Mayor has led the Cyclones to one of the biggest turnarounds in Big 12 history in his second year, directing Iowa State to a 21-9 record and 11-6 conference mark. ISU’s 11 wins in league play is the third-most in school history.

Hoiberg was inducted into the Ames High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, Iowa State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 and Iowa High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Hoiberg joins former Iowa State stars Dan Gable (1984) and Gary Thompson (2000) as members of the NFHS Hall of Fame.

DNR to hold public meeting to discuss fall hunting and trapping regulations

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March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hosting public meetings on March 6th, to discuss possible changes in the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall. The changes would affect deer and waterfowl hunters as well as hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats and otters. Proposed changes would stabilize deer numbers in some areas, potentially add a third zone for waterfowl and increase the harvest number of otters and bobcats.

Dr. Dale Garner, chief of the wildlife bureau, says regulation changes for deer would allow deer numbers to stabilize in areas of the state where numbers have been reduced to the department’s goal while still allowing hunters to harvest extra does in areas of the state where numbers need to be reduced. He says “Without these changes deer numbers in some areas of the state will continue to decline and Iowa will lose its standing as one of the best states for hunting whitetail deer. Failure to make these changes could adversely affect rural areas since deer hunters spend nearly $200 million annually.”  The proposed changes for the waterfowl season are due to a change by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which now allow states to have three zones and a split waterfowl season.

The public meetings on March 6th from 6- to 9-p.m., will be held locally, in: Carroll; Council Bluffs; Creston and Onawa. The list of possible changes is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/proposed_changes2012.pdf“  For those who cannot make the meeting, comments may be sent to wildlife@dnr.iowa.gov.

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Thursday Girls State Basketball Schedule


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 2-A Semi-Finals:

  • Noon — Western Christian (23-3) vs. OA-BCIG (26-0)
  • 1:45 p.m. — Pella Christian (22-3) vs. IKM-Manning (24-2)

Class 3-A Semi-Finals:

  • 6:00p.m.. — Bishop Heelan (24-1) vs. MOC-Floyd Valley (26-0)
  • 7:45 p.m. — Davenport Assumption (23-2) vs. Ballard (19-6)

Class 1-A Girls State Basketball Semi-Finals


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

Bedford 45, LeMars Gehlen Catholic 36

In its third state tournament appearance, Bedford has a chance to win its first championship.

The third-ranked Bulldogs got outstanding balance on offense, played solid defense and beat No. 9 Le Mars Gehlen Catholic 45-36 to reach the Class 1A title game.

Bedford held Gehlen Catholic to one field goal during a 14-minute stretch while building a nine-point lead, then held off the Jays’ comeback attempts down the stretch.

Savanna Thornton led Bedford with 11 points, while Caila Raymond scored 10 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kayla Lindenmeyer added nine points for the Bulldogs, Peyton Russell scored eight and Kendyl Gruttemeyer scored seven to go with 10 rebounds.

North Mahaska 46, West Sioux 38

North Mahaska will get a chance to write a perfect ending to its dream season.

Junior Mallory Boyle led a game-changing run in the third quarter and the top-ranked Warhawks advanced to the Class 1A state championship game with a 46-38 victory over No. 5 West Sioux.

North Mahaska recovered from a frigid start to remain unbeaten through 27 games and will play third-ranked Bedford for the title at 6 p.m. Friday. West Sioux finished 25-2 after playing in the state tournament for the first time.

Boyle led the winners with a strong stat line, putting up 12 points, six rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Kate Ray added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Warhawks and Hannah Ferguson scored eight.

Cyclone Women Beat K-State on Senior Night


March 1st, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State (18-10, 9-8 Big 12) rolled over Kansas State (18-11, 9-8 Big 12), outscoring the Wildcats 36-16 in the second half en route to a  57-33 Big 12 victory Wednesday in Hilton Coliseum on Senior Night. The victory, the school’s first ever on Feb. 29, moved Iowa State into fourth-place in the Big 12 by virtue of sweeping Kansas State this season.

Iowa State’s defense limited Kansas State to 29 percent shooting. The Wildcats’ 33-point scoring total was the fewest Iowa State has conceded in a conference game in the Big 12 era. Nikki Moody led the Cyclones with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Hallie Christofferson tallied 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Lauren Mansfield had 13 points.

The Cyclones swamped the Wildcats despite having leading scorer and rebounder Chelsea Poppens on the floor for just 17 minutes because of foul trouble. She scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Iowa State quickly built on its 21-17 halftime lead with a 14-4 run out of the gate after intermission that included 3-pointers by Christofferson and Mansfield. The Cyclones led 35-21 at the 14:34 mark of the second half and never looked back.

Neither team was in sync during the first half as the two squads combined for 19 turnovers. Iowa State got a bump in the final two minutes of the first stanza as two Christofferson free throws, a 3-pointer by Moody and a bucket by Christofferson with three seconds remaining gave Iowa State at its four-point lead at halftime.

Iowa State outscored Kansas State 22-4 off turnovers.

Iowa State can finish lower than fifth in the Big 12, and concludes the regular season Saturday at 11 a.m. CST at No. 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

Cardinals agree to terms with 24 players


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Postseason stars David Freese and Allen Craig will make slightly more than the major league minimum this season for the St. Louis Cardinals, who agreed to one-year contracts with 24 players. Freese, the NL championship series and World Series MVP, will make $508,000, just $28,000 above the minimum of $480,000. If the 28-year-old third baseman from St. Louis County is optioned to the minors he’d make $249,600.

Craig also gets a split contract. He will make $495,000 in the majors and $248,400 if he is optioned. Craig, who hit three homers in the World Series last year, gives the Cardinals another option in the outfield but will miss at least the first month of the season while recovering from knee surgery. St. Louis announced the deals Wednesday.

Gatens scores 16 in Iowa’s 62-53 win over Nebraska


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Matt Gatens wasn’t shooting like the hottest player in the Big Ten, Roy Devyn Marble still hadn’t scored and Iowa was clinging to a one-point lead against woeful Nebraska 6 minutes into the second half. And Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery wasn’t happy. Thanks to some sudden offense from Gatens and Marble, Iowa finally broke open the game and went on to defeat Nebraska 62-53 on Wednesday night. Iowa (16-14, 8-9 Big Ten) muddled to a 23-19 halftime lead and had trouble shaking off the Cornhuskers before winning for the fifth time in eight games. A home victory over Northwestern on Saturday would give the Hawkeyes a .500 conference record for the first time in five years. The Hawkeyes avenged a 79-73 loss to the Huskers in Iowa City last month and kept themselves alive for a No. 7 seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament. Nebraska (12-16, 4-13), which ends the regular season Saturday at Minnesota, has lost seven of eight. Nebraska came into the game off a 62-34 loss at fifth-ranked Michigan State. The 34 points were the fewest the Huskers had scored since 1948. The Hawkeyes, playing in Lincoln for the first time since 1976, split the season series with the Huskers. Nebraska, in its first year in the Big Ten, won first meeting 79-73 in Iowa City on Jan. 26.


Iowa State loses 78-72 to No. 7 Missouri


March 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Iowa State entered Wednesday night’s game against No. 7 Missouri on a three-game winning streak, propelled by 3-point shooting and Royce White on the inside. Throughout the first half and much of the second against Missouri, the Cyclones looked like they could make it four in a row and sneak into a tie for second place in the Big 12 with one game remaining. But White scored the last of his 20 points with 12 minutes remaining, and Iowa State (21-9, 11-6) fell 78-72 to the Tigers after only making four of its final 15 shots from the field.

Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg thought his team played more aggressively in the first half but lost its rhythm once the Tigers put bigger defenders on White, who had nine assists. Missouri seemed to be caught up in the emotions of senior night, its porous defense allowing a flurry of 3-pointers by Iowa State that had the Tigers trailing for most of the game. But when Missouri’s Steve Moore dived to corral a rebound midway through the second half, it provided a spark the Tigers would capitalize on en route to a 78-72 victory that clinched the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament. Moore’s pass found Michael Dixon who then made a half-court pass to Kim English for an easy layup with 12:12 remaining that gave Missouri a 53-52 lead, its first since 8:50 left in the first half.

Dixon scored 21 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures. It was Missouri’s 13th Big 12 win, the most in school history as it prepares to leave for the Southeastern Conference next season. Finishing in second place would be the Tigers’ best regular-season performance since coach Norm Stewart’s final season, 1998-99. Iowa State continued its hot shooting from behind the arc, draining 12 3-pointers after entering the game leading the Big 12 by averaging 8.9 per game. The Cyclones hit six in the first half and led 40-36 at halftime after trailing 7-0 to start the game. Iowa State held a 39-28 advantage on the boards, its seventh consecutive game outrebounding an opponent. The Cyclones committed 15 turnovers, which Missouri converted into 16 points.