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Berkman out at least 6-8 weeks with knee injury


May 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Berkman of the St. Louis Cardinals will be sidelined at least six to eight weeks with an injured right knee. The team said Monday that Berkman will have an arthroscopic procedure later this week in Vail, Colo. General manager John Mozeliak said an MRI on the 36-year-old Berkman did not appear to show that his ligament was compromised. Berkman, who met reporters after walking across the clubhouse on crutches, was hurt Saturday making a routine stretch to receive a throw. Berkman was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Rookie Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter will see time at first base. Berkman has played just 13 games, also missing significant time with a pulled left calf muscle. He was batting .333 with a home run and four RBIs.

Cardinals beat Padres 4-3, end 4-game slump


May 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler Greene hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth, trumping Jesus Guzman’s two-run double in the top half, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 to snap a four-game losing streak Monday night. Jaime Garcia allowed two runs and struck out seven in seven-plus innings for the injury-riddled Cardinals, who held their half-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central. St. Louis has won just three of its last 11. Clayton Richard got the first out in the eighth before the Padres went to the bullpen. Yadier Molina hit a broken-bat single with one out off Andrew Cashner (2-3) and with two outs, Greene homered to right-center for his third hit. Jason Motte (3-1) allowed Guzman’s two-run double in the eighth for his second blown save in three chances, but finished off the win.

Chiefs get on field for offseason workouts


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry were among half a dozen Kansas City Chiefs who spent most of Monday’s workout standing off to the side during drills. Charles and Berry along with tight end Tony Moeaki tore their left ACLs last season, forcing them to miss most of the year. They’re expected to be 100 percent by training camp, but they were limited during the first of the Chiefs’ organized team activities. The three of them were joined by rookie defensive back DeQuan Menzie, linebacker Brandon Siler and safety Kendrick Lewis in doing rehab work during most of the practice. The only player missing was wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs have until July 16 to sign him to a long-term deal, otherwise he’ll play next season under the franchise tag.

ISU Cyclone Tailgate Tour in Atlantic May 22nd


May 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

The 6th annual Iowa State University Athletics Department Tailgate Tour will be held at the Atlantic Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, May 22 from noon to 1:00 pm.  Food will be available for purchase.  The Atlantic event will feature Athletic Director Jamie Pollard, Head Football Coach Paul Rhoads, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg, Head Women’s Basketball Coach Bill Fennelly, Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Jackson, Head Volleyball Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch and John Walters of the Cyclones.tv network.  The event will provide a chance for Iowa State fans of all ages to interact with coaches, student-athletes and staff.  Anyone with questions about the event can contact Ray Underwood at 243-5283.

Iowa, Illinois to play in 2015-16


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa and Illinois will resume their border rivalry in football starting in 2015.  The Big Ten announced Monday that the Hawkeyes and Illini will play in Iowa City on Oct. 31, 2015, their first meeting since 2008.  Iowa will play at Illinois in 2016.  The Hawkeyes also say that their season-ending games against Nebraska from 2013-16 are scheduled for Saturday kickoffs. But Iowa athletic director Gary Barta and Nebraska’s Tom Osborne will meet after this year’s game to determine whether to continue playing on Friday instead.  Iowa could be in for challenging November slates in 2015-16. The Hawkeyes play perennial contenders Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska in the final month of both seasons.

Red Oak Girls Tennis Competes at Team State Today


May 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Tigers Girls Tennis Team will compete in the first round of Team State today (May 21st).  Their first round match will be played at 3:00pm against Spirit Lake/Okoboji.

The Tigers earn their way to State by defeating Shenendoah/Nishnabotna 5-1 in the regional final.

Girls Regional Golf Meets to be Played Today


May 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

Girls golf athletes that have qualified for Regional Meets will play today (May 21st) for spots in the State Meet.  Local competitors and there playing sites are as follows:

Class 1A

Region 2 @ Dunlap Golf Club

Audubon – 411 – Regional Qualifier

AHST – 485 – Regional Qualifier

Corning – 409 – Regional Qualifier

Nishnabotna – 481 – Regional Qualifier

Individual Qualifiers:

Susie Bylund, Audubon – 84

Anna Hildebrand, Riverside – 91

Lexie Thygesen, Audubon – 103

Kara Collins, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimbalton – 106

Rachel Flug, Audubon – 112

Nicole Tiarks, AHST, 112

Faith Fliflet, Audubon, 112

Kaleigh Westlake, Corning – 90

Amber Miller, Nishnabotna – 90

Bailey Heaton, Corning – 91

Sidnee Smith, Lamoni – 92

Caitlin Giles, Mt. Ayr – 92


Region 3 @ Grundy Center Town and Country Golf Course

Pleasantville – 339 – Regional Qualifier

Ankeny Christian Academy – 374 – Regional Qualifier

Individual Qualifiers:

Victoria Grasso, Ankeny Christian Academy – 69

Ashley Jahner, Pleasantville – 80

Charlie Vanderpool, Pleasantville – 83

Holly Baiotto, Van Meter – 85

Kate Kruse, Ankeny Christian Academy – 92


Class 2A

Region 2 @ Carroll Country Club

East Sac County – 379 – Regional Qualifier

Missouri Valley – 399 – Regional Qualifier

Individual Qualifiers:

Mandi Johnson, East Sac – 88

Taylor Gardner, Missouri Valley – 88

Janelle Smithson, Missouri Valley – 89

Erin Rassmusen, OABCIG – 89

Kristen Vollstet, IKM-Manning – 93

Kelsey Green, East Sac – 93


Class 3A

Region 1 @ Harlan Golf and Country Club

Atlantic – 381 – Regional Qualifier

Carroll – 397 – Regional Qualifier

Individual Qualifiers:

Sara Pettitt, Carroll – 82

Brooke Fletcher, Atlantic – 86

Kaitlynn Walter, Atlantic – 95

Bridget Blair, Bishop Heelan – 97

Rachael Van Drdweyk, Carroll – 97

Courtney Leinen, Harlan – 97

Kate Schomers, Harlan – 97


2012 Boys State Golf Qualifiers


May 21st, 2012 by Chris Parks

District Golf contests were played this past Friday, May 18th.  Local Qualifiers for the State Tournament are listed below.



Carroll 327
Brad Christensen 12 75
Sam Wilkie 11 83
JT Miller 12 84
Levi Wittrock 10 85
Zach Riddle 9 85
Zach Hart 12 100

Harlan 332
Zach Osborn 12 84
Ross Martens 10 76
Brandon Bjoin 11 84
JC Carlisle 12 90
Michael Sorfonden 9 88
Brojhan Kelly 10 95


Creston-Carson Whittington 10 77



Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 315
Brian Schreck 12 76
Tanner Ludwig 12 77
Matt Gute 12 78
Zach Ebner 12 87
Josh Sapp 12 84
Jay Tigges 11 85


Clarinda- Kramer Samuelson 12 79




Audubon 313
Michael Bylund 12 77
Andrew Irlmeier 12 73
Andy Hoffmann 11 81
Nick Fett 12 82
Drew Keller 12 93
Cameron Mennenoh 12 86
Treynor 315
Brad Bailey 12 70
Cole Chapin 12 77
Chris Zimmerman 12 85
Nick Carolus 12 83
Jacob Weis 12 89
Ryan Buckelew 11 87


Adair-Casey- Jon Smiley 11 77
Woodbine- Davis Hackman 12 77

2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists now available

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa – May 21, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now distributing the 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, a popular publication updated to show new 4-foot, paved shoulders and trails completed since the 2009 version was published. The map is now available for free at locations throughout the state and on the Internet.

As in past versions, the map highlights bike-friendly routes by identifying bike trails and traffic levels for paved roads. Detailed maps for Iowa’s 16 largest cities are shown, depicting bike trails, highways, major streets and city boundaries. 

A person riding a bicycle on a public road has all the rights and responsibilities applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle, including knowing and obeying all traffic laws and rules of the road. To assist bicyclists understand their rights and responsibilities, a section of the map is dedicated to highlighting rules of the road for bicyclists. Bicyclists are urged to always wear helmets, use lights at night and watch out for road hazards, including gravel, sand and debris. 

The 2012 Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists is available online at the Iowa DOT’s website iowadot.gov/iowabikes, or by calling 515-725-3084 or 888-472-6035.

Atlantic Girls Track Coach Henderson to retire


May 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Activities Director/Assistant Principal Josh Rasmussen has announced Trojann Head Track Coach Bruce Henderson is retiring from his position after 39-years of leading the Atlantic Girls’ Track Team. Coach Henderson, who is originally from Mount Ayr, started the girls’ track program in Atlantic during the 1973-1974 school year.  Under his leadership, the Trojann track team won seven state championships (1983,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 & 2004), and 22 Hawkeye-10 conference championships. The Atlantic girls’ track program and Coach Henderson also share a few state records for most team Championships won by a head coach, Henderson (7), most team championships (7), and most consecutive team championships won by a school (4) (1998-2001).

Coach Henderson has also been recognized for his accomplishments at the state and national level. In 2008, Coach Henderson was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame. In 2002, Coach Henderson was named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches and a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003.

Bruce and his wife Gail, both retired educators, reside in Atlantic.