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Cards exercise Lackey option at big league minimum


October 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum. The right-hander agreed to an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury. Lackey did not pitch in 2012 after reconstructive elbow surgery.

The major league minimum next year will be $500,000 plus a cost-of-living adjustment to be determined Nov. 20, which is likely to be $9,000 to $10,000. Lackey, who turned 36 on Oct. 23, was 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA last year with the Red Sox and Cardinals and was 1-0 in two postseason starts for the NL Central champions.

Lackey was acquired at the trade deadline in July in a deal that sent outfielder Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly to Boston. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the contract option was a key to the deal.

Iowa’s Furharvester Season Begins Saturday

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) say Iowa’s furharvester season begins at 8 a.m., Nov. 1 and hunters and trappers can expect to find a significant increase in the raccoon population over last year. Other furbearing animals have a mixed outlook population-wise.IA DNR Outdoor logo

Vince Evelsizer, furbearer and wetland biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says “Muskrat numbers are better, but not like the heyday of 30 or 40 years ago. The coyote harvest nearly doubled last year and their numbers are relatively stable to slightly lower. Our red fox numbers vary by region with better numbers in central Iowa.”

The fur market outlook is weak for raccoon pelts going in to the season, while muskrat, coyote and fox seem pretty decent. According to Evelsizer, time will tell if the market improves for raccoons later in the season. He says harvest is highest during the first 2-3 weeks of the season and drops off significantly after Thanksgiving. The number of trappers has increased each of the past four years topping 20,000 last year. And he says “I suspect the numbers of furharvesters will remain stable or slightly decrease this year, due to the fur market, especially raccoon pelt prices.”

Furharvester are reminded to work with their local DNR contact to get their CITES tag and to collect the intact skull or complete lower jaw of otters and bobcats. Evelsizer said furharvesters should go through their equipment and brush up on the rules and regulations before going out.

Final Pre-State Meet IATC Cross Country Individual Rankings (Locals)


October 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 4-A Boys:

  • 26.  Eldon Warner, Thomas Jefferson

Class 3-A Boys:

  • 8.  Cooper McDermott, Creston
  • 11.  Jay Wolfe, Creston
  • 27.  Josef Rogers, Denison

Class 1-A Boys:

  • 11.  Shane Breheny, Nodaway Valley
  • 17.  Zach Ambrose, Boyer Valley
  • 25.  Sam Bassett, Panorama
  • 30.  Tim Brink, Riverside

Class 3-A Girls:

  • 10.  Tiffany Williams, Atlantic
  • 21.  Maria Mostek, Creston
  • 23.  Ellie Mendlik, Denison

Class 1-A Girls:

  • 2.  Rebekah Topham, Griswold
  • 9.  Alexis Cook, Missouri Valley
  • 21.  Karley Larsen, Underwood
  • 26.  Megan Masske, Woodbine
  • 27.  Payton Sporrer, IKM-Manning
  • 28.  Devyn Kemble, Panorama
  • 30.  Alex Flippin, Griswold

Final Pre-State Meet IATC Cross Country Team Rankings


October 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 4-A Girls:

  1. Johnston
  2. Urbandale
  3. Iowa City West
  4. Pleasant Valley
  5. Ames
  6. Ankeny Centennial
  7. Muscatine
  8. Waukee
  9. DM Roosevelt
  10. Dowling
  11. Linn-Mar
  12. Betendorf
  13. Iowa City High
  14. SE Polk
  15. Hempstead

Class 3-A Girls:

  1. Decorah
  2. Gilbert
  3. Williamsburg
  4. Ballard
  5. Assumption
  6. Pella
  7. MOC/FV
  8. Wahlert
  9. Heelan
  10. Vinton-Shellsburg
  11. Winterset
  12. Mount Vernon-Lisbon
  13. Humboldt
  14. Grinnell
  15. Harlan

Class 2-A Girls:

  1. Unity
  2. Monticello
  3. Osage
  4. Cascade
  5. North Polk
  6. Western Christian
  7. South Hardin
  8. Mid-Prairie
  9. Woodbury Central
  10. Red Oak
  11. West Central Valley
  12. Mediapolis
  13. DM Christian
  14. North Fayette Valley
  15. Dike-New Hartford

Class 1-A Girls:

  1. Pekin
  2. Pochahontas
  3. Central Elkader
  4. West Marshall
  5. Griswold
  6. Panorama
  7. South Winnishiek
  8. North Linn
  9. Emmetsburg
  10. Underwood
  11. St. Edmond
  12. Starmont
  13. Newman
  14. Colfax-Mingo
  15. Durant

Class 4-A Boys:

  1. Linn-Mar
  2. Johnston
  3. Cedar Falls
  4. CR Prairie
  5. Pleasant Valley
  6. Dowling
  7. WDM Valley
  8. Hempstead
  9. Ames
  10. Waukee
  11. Iowa City West
  12. Fort Dodge
  13. Dubuque Senior
  14. Bettendorf
  15. Urbandale

Class 3-A Boys:

  1. Mount Vernon-Lisbon
  2. Gilbert
  3. Pella
  4. Marion
  5. Algona
  6. Charles City
  7. Center Poit-Urbana
  8. Decorah
  9. Dallas Center-Grimes
  10. Grinnell
  11. Vinton-Shellsburg
  12. Heelan
  13. Harlan
  14. Ballard
  15. MOC/FV

Class 2-A Boys:

  1. Monticello
  2. Unity Christian
  3. Garner-Hayfield/Ventura
  4. East Marshall
  5. Western Christian
  6. Osage
  7. Red Oak
  8. Waukon
  9. Sioux Center
  10. Shenandoah
  11. Albia
  12. Southeast Valley
  13. Davis County
  14. Lousia-Muscatine
  15. NE Goose Lake

Class 1-A Boys:

  1. Nodaway Valley
  2. Bellevue
  3. Denver
  4. West Fork
  5. St. Edmond
  6. Alta-Aurelia
  7. Pekin
  8. Tri-Center
  9. Marquette
  10. St. Albert
  11. Emmetsburg
  12. Central Elkader
  13. Wapello
  14. Hudson
  15. West Marshall

Iowa State Hall of Famer Clay Stapleton Passes Away


October 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

Stapleton mugAMES, Iowa – Clay Stapleton, the man who led Iowa State football to one of its most memorable seasons with the 1959 “Dirty Thirty” team, passed away this morning in Missouri City, Mo. He was 93 years old.

Stapleton dedicated his life to athletics, and from 1958-70, Iowa State University bore the fruits of his labor while he was head football coach and athletic director. When ISU athletics director Louis Menze was searching to replace departed grid coach Jim Myers, he wanted a candidate that would stay with the balanced line single-wing offense. Menze turned to Stapleton, a college roommate of former coach Jim Myers.

Stapleton had already built a strong football resume before taking over the reins of the Cyclone football program in 1958. A native of Fleming, Ky., Stapleton starred at the Tennessee before embarking on his coaching career. He started his career at Wofford (S.C.) College and then assisted at Wyoming from 1953-54 before moving on to Oregon State. In his three seasons in Corvallis (1955-57), the Beavers earned two trips to the Rose Bowl.

The Iowa State football program had not had a winning season since 1949 when Stapleton arrived in Ames. He quickly installed his single-wing attack, an offense that relied on quickness, deception and two-on-one blocking that compensated for his diminutive teams. The Cyclones finished 4-6 in his first season, as the Cyclone defense led the nation in pass defense, yielding just 390 yards and 88 points. He started to showcase the power of the single-wing in his next two seasons, collecting back-to-back seven-win seasons in 1959 and 1960.

“Everything that I was taught as a coach, I learned from playing under Coach Stapleton,” said College Football Hall of Fame coach John Cooper, who played for Stapleton at Iowa State from 1959-61. “After my senior season I went to Coach Stapleton to ask if he could help me get into coaching and he told me, ‘John, I think you would make a hell of a coach. I want you to stay here at Iowa State and coach my freshmen team next year.’ I owe everything to him in helping me get started in the coaching profession.”

Heading into the 1959 season, injuries and departures had depleted the Cyclone roster to just a mere 30 players. Despite its low numbers, the tough little gang won its season opener in grand fashion over Drake (41-0) on a muddy field inStapleton, Clay002 Des Moines. When the team was heading back into the locker room, ISU trainer Warren Ariail yelled out, “here comes the ‘Dirty Thirty.’” The moniker stuck and the team captured the hearts and imaginations of the collegiate football world. The “Dirty Thirty” finished the season at 7-3, falling at powerhouse Oklahoma in the final game of the season to miss out on a chance to compete in the Orange Bowl. Stapleton’s “Dirty Thirty” squad featured running back Tom Watkins and quarterback Dwight Nichols, who finished second and third nationally in rushing, respectively. Nichols earned All-America honors and was named Big Eight Player of the Year for the second season in a row. Nichols was the first Cyclone to be a finalist in the Heisman Trophy balloting, finishing eighth in 1959.

Stapleton had to replace Nichols prior to the 1960 season. In his place was Dave Hoppman. Hoppman quarterbacked the Cyclones to another 7-3 finish. Hoppman and Watkins finished fifth and 12th, respectively, in the final NCAA rushing statistics. The highlight of the 1960 season was a 10-6 victory over Oklahoma at Clyde Williams Field. It was the first victory over the Sooners since 1931, played in front of the first sold-out home crowd in decades. Watkins earned All-America honors in 1960 and Hoppmann was ISU’s first two-time All-American in 1961 and 1962.

Stapleton had a six-year run coaching a Cyclone back who ranked among the top-12 players nationally in rushing from 1958-63. That stretched included four consecutive years (1958-61) of producing the Big Eight Conference rushing leader. In that span, Stapleton tutored four All-American backs (Nichols, Watkins, Hoppman and Tom Vaughn). His diverse offense also produced outstanding receivers. Eppie Barney played three seasons for Stapleton, earning All-America honors in 1966 while breaking every Cyclone pass-catching mark.

Stapleton compiled a 42-53-4 mark in 10 seasons, the second-longest tenure and the second-most wins in school history. He put away the whistle and retired from coaching in 1967. He coached six All-Americans and sent 13 players into eight major bowl or all-star games.

Stapleton would serve as athletics director at Iowa State from 1967-70, where he was instrumental in the beginning phases of building a new football stadium (Jack Trice Stadium) and basketball arena (Hilton Coliseum). He also played a significant role in the resumption of the annual Iowa State-Iowa football series.

Among his successes as athletics director was the hiring of head football coach Johnny Majors. Stapleton handpicked the 33-year-old Majors to be his successor. Majors led the Cyclones to bowl games in 1971 and 1972.

Stapleton left Iowa State in 1970 and was the athletics director at Florida State and Vanderbilt before retiring.

Stapleton was inducted into the ISU Letterwinners Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

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October 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Thursday Regional Volleyball Schedule


October 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 3-A:

  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton @ Kuemper Catholic
  • Sheanandoah vs. Chariton @ Corning
  • West Central Valley @ Red Oak

Class 4-A:

  • Carroll @ Bishop Heelan Catholic
  • Carlisle @ Harlan
  • Creston @ Lewis Central

Class 5-A:

  • Sioux City North @ CB Abraham Lincoln
  • CB Thomas Jefferson @ Sioux City East


Second Round High School Football Playoff Pairings


October 30th, 2014 by Jim Field

All games on Monday, November 3


Cedar Falls @ Cedar Rapids Washington
Cedar Rapids Kennedy @ Bettendorf
Dowling Catholic vs Ames at Williams Stadium
Iowa City West @ Linn-Mar
Johnston @ Valley West Des Moines
Lewis Central @ Ankeny
North Scott @ Pleasant Valley
Southeast Polk @ Waukee


Carlisle @ Washington
Gilbert @ Dallas Center-Grimes
Newton @ Pella
Norwalk @ Creston
Sergeant Bluff-Luton @ Carroll
Solon @ West Delaware
Waverly-Shell Rock @ Cedar Rapids Xavier
Webster City @ Bishop Heelan Catholic


Albia @ Clarinda
Beckman Catholic @ Western Dubuque
East Sac County @ Spirit Lake
Hampton-Dumont @ Collins-Maxwell/Baxter
Mount Vernon @ North Fayette Valley
New Hampton @ Union
Sioux Center @ Clear Lake
South Tama County @ Williamsburg


AHSTW @ St. Edmond
Central Decatur @ Van Meter
Dike-New Hartford @ West Branch
Hinton @ IKM-Manning
North Cedar @ South Winneshiek
Panorama @ Iowa City Regina
South Central Calhoun @ Saint Ansgar
Western Christian @ West Lyon


AGWSR @ Nashua-Plainfield
B-G-M @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Denver @ Maquoketa Valley
Earlham @ Montezuma
Lisbon @ Pekin
Van Buren Community @ Mount Ayr
West Sioux @ Logan-Magnolia
Westwood @ Woodbury Central


Coon Rapids-Bayard @ Newell-Fonda
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton @ Lamoni
H-L-V @ Janesville
Harris-Lake Park @ West Bend-Mallard
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn @ Glidden-Ralston
Melcher-Dallas @ Fremont-Mills
Northwood-Kensett @ Elkader Central
Jackson Junction @ Gilbertville Don Bosco

Area 1st Round High School Football Playoff Scores from 10/29/14


October 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A
A-H-S-T-W 46, Ogden 14
Hinton 50, OA-BCIG 26
IKM-Manning 56, Madrid 26
Panorama 42, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 18
Van Meter 34, Underwood 12

Class 2A
Clarinda 35, Kuemper Catholic 20
Hampton-Dumont 53, Southwest Valley 7

Class 3A
Bishop Heelan Catholic 34, Spencer 0
Carlisle 28, Winterset 6
Carroll 40, ADM 14
Creston-OM 31, Greene County 7

Class 4A
Lewis Central 42, CB Abraham Lincoln 0

Class A
Earlham 32, Bedford 26
Logan-Magnolia 49, Griswold 20
Mount Ayr 63, Colfax-Mingo 7
Westwood, Sloan 29, Audubon 0

Eight Man
Coon Rapids-Bayard 56, Lenox 20
Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 54, Sidney 20
Fremont Mills 53, East Union 20
Glidden-Ralston 56, Ar-We-Va 20
Harris-Lake Park 29, Boyer Valley 26
Newell-Fonda 33, Guthrie Center 12
Stanton 79, Lamoni 46

Chiefs QB Smith to practice after shoulder injury


October 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith plans to practice Wednesday despite spraining his troublesome throwing shoulder in last weekend’s victory over the St. Louis Rams. Smith landed on his right shoulder shortly before halftime. He received treatment in the locker room and played the entire second half, complaining only later of a bit of soreness. The Chiefs play the New York Jets on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Smith has a history of shoulder trouble dating to his days with the San Francisco 49ers. He missed eight games and finished the 2007 season on injured reserve after separating it, requiring surgery that December. He also missed the entire 2008 season after breaking a bone in the shoulder a few days before the start of the season.

Smith also separated his non-throwing shoulder in 2010.