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Iowa women prepare for Drake


December 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa women had a six-game winning streak snapped last week with the 83-70 loss at Iowa State. Coach Lisa Bluder says dealing with the loss is compounded by an extended break. “Ten days to sit on a loss is awful and to go through finals week on a losing note is really hard,” Bluder says. The Hawkeyes face another in-state rival this coming weekend. Drake and Iowa tipoff at 4pm on Saturday in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes are 10-2. The Bulldogs are 4-4.

“We need to come back and play our best against Drake,” Bluder says. Before the Iowa game, Drake will host SIU-Edwardsville in a noon tip-off tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Knapp Center in Des Moines. The Bulldogs haven’t played since December 5, when they beat Idaho State 78-59. The Iowa State women, now 9-0, are off until December 28-29 when they host the Cyclone Challenge. The Northern Iowa women are 3-7 and travel to DeKalb to play Northern Illinois on Saturday.

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Chiefs clinch playoffs with 56-31 win vs Raiders


December 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jamaal Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game, Alex Smith threw five TD passes and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 on Sunday to clinch at least a wild-card spot. The Chiefs (11-3) became the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.

Charles gained 215 yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs put up the highest point total allowed in Raiders’ history. Matt McGloin threw four interceptions and lost a fumble while sharing time with Terrelle Pryor. Oakland (4-10) lost its fourth straight game.

Saturday’s Area High School Basketball Scores (12/14/13)


December 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson


Hawkeye 10:

  • Carroll 63, Kuemper Catholic 42
  • Glenwood 66, St. Albert 39
  • Harlan 74, Blair, NE 46
  • Ralston, NE 46, Lewis Central 35
  • Clarinda Academy 89, Red Oak 70
  • Shenandoah 91, South Page 33
  • Creston 70, ADM 57

Rolling Valley:

  • Adair-Casey 52, Glidden-Ralston 48
  • Ar-We-Va 65, Charter Oak-Ute 43
  • Boyer Valley 58, West Harrison 53
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 65, Woodbine 36
  • Boyer Valley 58, West Harrison 52


Hawkeye 10:

  • Glenwood 57, St. Albert 51 (OT)
  • Red Oak 78, Clarinda Academy 13

Rolling Valley:

  • Adair-Casey 54, Glidden-Ralston 25
  • Ar-We-Va, Westside 56, Charter Oak-Ute 25
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 37, Woodbine 25
  • Paton-Churdan 69, CAM 35

New Mexico State defeats Drake, 81-69 in OT


December 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — K.C. Ross-Miller scored eight points in the final minute of regulation and added four more in overtime as New Mexico State defeated Drake 81-69 Saturday night. Ross-Miller was 8 of 8 from the line on his way to 14 points. Sim Bhullar scored a game-high 22 points, including seven in overtime. New Mexico State (8-5) outscored Drake (6-3) 14-2 in overtime.

Drake trailed 57-47 with 8:47 remaining. Chris Caird hit back-to-back 3-pointers, capping a 17-8 run to pull Drake within one, 65-64 with 24 seconds to play. Two Ross-Miller free throws stretched the Aggies’ lead to 67-64, but DK Eldridge fouled Jordan Daniels on a 3-point shot with 4 seconds left. Daniels made all three free throws, tying the game for the first time to send into overtime.

Richard Carter scored a team-high 21 points, Daniels added 18 and Caird 13 to lead the Bulldogs in Des Moines.

Northern Iowa 77, Virginia Commonwealth 68


December 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Nate Buss scored 16 points to lead a hot-shooting Northern Iowa team over Virginia Commonwealth 77-68 on Saturday. Northern Iowa (5-5) shot 53.1 percent from the field and held off VCU (8-3) down the stretch. The Panthers led 27-20 at half and never trailed in the second half. VCU tied the game at 44 midway through the second half, but Northern Iowa responded with a 7-0 run, sparked by a Buss 3-pointer.

VCU trailed 63-60 with 3:10 left before Wes Washpun was fouled and hit two free throws for Northern Iowa. The Panthers made 8 of 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes to maintain the lead. Jeremy Morgan had 13 points for Northern Iowa and Deon Mitchell added 11. Treveon Graham and Jordan Burgess each scored 18 for VCU.

The Rams lost in December for the first time since 2010, snapping a streak of 17 straight December wins.

Chiefs WR McCluster ruled out for Oakland game


December 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster has been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Oakland after developing an infection in a small cut on his ankle. The Chiefs were wary that McCluster may have developed MRSA, but trainer Rick Burkholder said tests came back negative for the serious strain of staph infection. McCluster has been receiving antibiotics to treat the infection.

McCluster, who’s returned two punts for touchdowns this season, had been listed as questionable for the Raiders. A team spokesman said Saturday he will not make the trip. He sustained the cut last week in the mud and snow at Washington. The Chiefs had already ruled out left tackle Branden Albert with a hyperextended knee, tight end Anthony Fasano with a concussion and linebacker Justin Houston with a dislocated elbow.

Friday’s area high school basketball scores (from 12/13.13)


December 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson


A-H-S-T, Avoca 66, Audubon 25

Ar-We-Va, Westside 68, Paton-Churdan 29

Bedford 59, Mount Ayr 38

Boyer Valley, Dunlap 50, Coon Rapids-Bayard 47

Carroll 70, ADM, Adel 48

Creston 43, Atlantic 39

Earlham 70, Ogden 46

East Mills 74, Essex 40

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 53, Charter Oak-Ute 39

Grandview Park Baptist, Des Moines 77, Orient-Macksburg 39

Griswold 58, Missouri Valley 56

Guthrie Center 41, Panorama, Panora 39

Harlan 67, Denison-Schleswig 27

Heartland Christian 77, South Page, College Springs 46

IKM-Manning 71, Tri-Center, Neola 39

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 53, Lewis Central 39

Lawton-Bronson 73, Westwood, Sloan 35

Madrid 69, West Central Valley, Stuart 59

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 67, River Valley, Correctionville 51

Nishnabotna 50, Fremont Mills, Tabor 47

Nodaway Valley 74, Southwest Valley 49

OA-BCIG 81, West Monona, Onawa 64

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 75, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 60

Shenandoah 81, Clarinda 65

Sidney 53, Stanton 48, OT

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 69, Red Oak 58

Treynor 56, Underwood 46

West Harrison, Mondamin 70, Adair-Casey 62

Woodbine 52, CAM, Anita 44


Adair-Casey 62, West Harrison, Mondamin 39

ADM, Adel 84, Carroll 8

Bedford 49, Mount Ayr 43

Coon Rapids-Bayard 53, Boyer Valley, Dunlap 40

Creston 40, Atlantic 34

Earlham 63, Ogden 57

East Mills 43, Essex 42

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 52, Charter Oak-Ute 26

Grandview Park Baptist, Des Moines 72, Orient-Macksburg 19

Harlan 62, Denison-Schleswig 22

Lenox 67, East Union, Afton 60, OT

Lewis Central 51, Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 44

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 56, River Valley, Correctionville 28

Missouri Valley 48, Griswold 27

Nodaway Valley 48, Southwest Valley 33

OA-BCIG 51, West Monona, Onawa 39

Omaha Roncalli, Neb. 53, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 23

Red Oak 61, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 28

Riverside, Oakland 52, Logan-Magnolia 28

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 33

Shenandoah 65, Clarinda 46

Stanton 57, Sidney 17

Treynor 63, Underwood 24

Tri-Center, Neola 72, IKM-Manning 68

West Central Valley, Stuart 51, Madrid 27

Woodbine 52, CAM, Anita 47

No. 17 Iowa State beats No. 23 Iowa 85-82


December 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Georges Niang scored 24 points, including the go-ahead basket with 18.8 seconds left, and 17th-ranked Iowa State rallied to beat Number 23 Iowa 85-82 on Friday night. Dustin Hogue had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cyclones (8-0), who prevailed in the first meeting between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes as ranked teams in 26 years.

Niang gave Iowa State an 83-82 lead on a reverse layup – and Iowa’s Mike Gesell followed by missing two free throws. Hogue then buried two foul shots, and Zach McCabe’s attempt for a tying 3 fell short for Iowa (10-2).

Aaron White had 25 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for the Hawkeyes, who led by as much as 10 late in the first half.

Chiefs sign WR Hall, release DT Powe


December 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Wide receiver Chad Hall and defensive tackle Jerrell Powe are probably getting used to signing and getting released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Hall was signed by the Chiefs again on Friday after recently being let go. He was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Sept. 1 and played in eight games, catching one pass for nine yards, before he was released.

Powe, the Chiefs’ sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, was released to make room for Hall. Powe also was released before the start of this season, and then rejoined the team on Dec. 3. He’s played in only 10 games and made six tackles in roughly two seasons in the league.

8AM Sportscast 12-13-2013

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