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Individual NCAA Tournament pools are legal with some limits

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With three Iowa teams in the N-C-A-A basketball tournament, it’s a good bet there are a lot more people interested in tournament pools this year. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals oversees the tourney pools and spokesman David Werning confirms they have been a hot topic since the selection show Sunday. “March is a very strenuous time for our staff because they are constantly answering phone calls from people who want to participate in office pools, who want to show their support for the teams — this year in particular — and also win a little cash on the side. So, it’s a heavy month for us,” Werning says. If you are wondering about your office pool or the tournament pool with your friends and neighbors — Werning says it’s okay.

“In general, Iowa law permits individuals to bet on the tournaments. This means office pools can be organized, other activities associated with the tournament, are all fine,” according to Werning. But, there is a limit on how much cash can be in the pool. “No one can win or lose more then 50 dollars in any 24-hour period. The individuals participating have to be individuals as such, no one can act as an agent for another person, so there is no bookmaking,” Wering says. “The game has to be conducted in a fair and honest manner. And finally — as far as the individual pool activity — anyone can participate, there’s no age limit.” Those rules change however if you want to get into a pool at your local watering hole.

“The establishment has to have a two-year social gambling license. The pool itself can only be conducted per game, so you can’t actually fill out brackets, it can only have a pool for each individual game, it has to be done in a grid format,” Werning explains. “The restrictions on the cost: no participant can wager more than five dollars and no individual can win more than 500 dollars on a single pool.” Unlike individual pools, you must be 21 or older to participate in a pool at a bar or other type of establishment. When it comes to individual pools, the enforcement of them is a little like fireworks — they aren’t going to come after you unless there is a complaint.

“This isn’t something that we really take a lot of interest in as far as doing investigations, recognizing that offices pools are pretty much a way of life during the month of March. If someone does call in and complain, that would be referred to the Division of Criminal Investigation for them to take a look at it. They are our investigatory arm in these cases,” Werning says. With the Panthers, Cyclones and Hawkeyes all in the tournment, Iowans are going to have to decide if they are really in it for the money, or if they are going to fill out those brackets based on their hearts and team loyalty.

(Radio Iowa)

ISU women get 9th straight tourney bid

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State women will make their ninth-straight N-C-A-A tournament appearance. The 10th-seeded Cyclones will face 7th seeded Dayton in the first round Friday at 11 am in Lexington, Kentucky. Cyclone Coach Bill Fennelly has led the Cyclones to each of their tournament appearances. “You know to get nine in a row in this environment, to be one of ten schools now that can say that….that says a lot about a lot of people, so we’re very proud of it,” Fennelly says.

He says it also says a lot about the university. Playing in Lexington means they will not be that far away from the mens’ team which plays in Louisville on Thursday. “The very first text message I got was from Fred (Hoiberg), who said ‘let’s go take over Kentucky,’ so it’ll be fun. Obviously there might be a few people who get to get over there from Louisville, so that’s exciting,” Fennelly says. He says he doesn’t remember the first selection show, but says each is different.

“You’re always excited, you are always humbled by it, you feel honored that you were selected, now you’ve got to go play,” Fennelly says. “There’s one thing to be in the N-C-Double-A Tournament, there’s another thing to play in the N-C-Double-A Tournament. So now you want to be a part of the greatest sporting event in our country in three weeks, so now let’s go play and see what happens.”

This will be the first meeting between the two schools. Fennelly says he doesn’t know much about Dayton, though he saw them once this year. He says they saw them when they played Iowa earlier in the year and says he doesn’t remember much about them because he was scouting Iowa at the time. He says it was a high-scoring game with the Hawkeyes and they will score a lot.

The winning team will advance to play the winner of the other game, second seeded Kentucky versus 15th seed Tennessee State on Sunday. The Cyclones are one of four teams nationally to make the N-C-A-A Tournament in both men’s and women’s basketball in each of the last four seasons.

(Radio Iowa)

Panthers sign free agent S Kurt Coleman to 2-year deal

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Panthers have announced they’ve signed former Kansas City Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal Monday were not released. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Coleman has started 32 games during his five-year NFL career, including three last season with the Chiefs registering 37 tackles and three interceptions. He was a regular starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and 2012. He has 258 career tackles and 10 interceptions for his career.

The 26-year-old Coleman is expected to challenge veteran safety Roman Harper for a starting job. Coleman’s best statistical season came in 2011 with the Eagles when he had 78 tackles and a career-high five interceptions. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman previously said upgrading the secondary was one of team’s priorities this offseason.

With 7 NCAA teams, Big 12 can validate status as best league

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) – The Big 12 again has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament. Regular-season champion Kansas is a No. 2 seed, and the No. 3 seeds in three of the four regions are from the Big 12 – tournament champion Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor. The league also has the nation’s top cumulative RPI and five top-20 teams in this season’s final AP poll. “We’re arguably the best conference in the country,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said Monday. “Still, we need to validate that with some tournament wins and some teams advancing.”

This is the second year in a row with seven NCAA teams, making the Big 12 the only league that can boast 14 bids in that span. But only Baylor and Iowa State made it past the opening weekend of the tournament last March, then both lost in the Sweet 16.

Lackey outduels Price in first spring training start

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March 17th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – John Lackey pitched three perfect innings in his spring training debut, outpitching David Price in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny let the 36-year-old Lackey set his own pace during camp and it has paid off. The right-hander struck out four and needed only 37 pitches.

In his third outing of the spring, David Price was nearly as efficient as Lackey, throwing four scoreless innings of one hit ball while striking out five and walking one. Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Tigers lineup after missing a couple games with a quadriceps injury, and showed little sign of rust. He sent a pitch from Lackey to the right field warning track in the second inning and doubled off Carlos Villanueva in the fifth. Pete Kozma had an RBI single.

Girls 6 on 6 Basketball Exhibition Planned for Tivolifest in Elk Horn

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March 16th, 2015 by Jim Field

Six on Six girls basketball has been gone for almost two decades. Nostalgia still exists, however, for thousands who actually played this unique game. Thousands more loyal fans flocked to watch their local team play—especially when they earned a trip to the State Tournament where “The Sweet Sixteen” battled to crown but a single state champ. Even though many of the communities had less than 1000 inhabitants, “the big barn” was usually packed, as friends, relatives and neighbors jumped into their cars and headed to the city. Virtually no businesses remained open and employees were usually given the day off without question. Send-off celebrations were usually held for departing teams and car caravans and assemblies highlighted their return—win or lose!

One such community was Elk Horn-Kimballton, who sent a number of team to “the dance”. They called themselves the “Lady Danes,” a name that advertised perhaps the only thing more sacred than basketball— their Danish heritage. After all, how many other communities would come up with the idea of dismantling an authentic Danish windmill in Denmark, shipping it over the Atlantic Ocean and then reconstructing it, piece by piece in their own tiny community, becoming one of the largest tourist attractions in Iowa. This same proud community has also established its own Danish celebration (Tivoli Fest), held every year on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day, which this year will be May 23 & 24.

A prelude to this year’s Tivoli will be held on the Friday evening (May 22). This event will celebrate not only EH-K’s rich basketball heritage, but also that of a number of neighboring communities. The celebration will come in the form of ‘exhibition’ mini-games that feature former 6 on 6 players and coaches from the following 12 local schools (or former schools):

Elk Horn-Kimballton, Atlantic, Walnut, Exira, Shelby-Tennant, Manning, Manilla, Harlan, Irwin-Kirkman, AvoHa, Audubon and Tri-Center.

This article will serve as the first call to former players and coaches to sign-up to participate in these games—either as a player, coach— OR—just to be introduced as a former 6 on 6 player. Additional calls for players and coaches will be made and eventually pairings and times of games will be announced.

Anyone reading this article that is— or knows someone who is– a former 6 on 6 player or coach from any of these schools is asked to contact Coach Rod Hoegh via email (rsh215@hotmail.com). Players and coaches from other schools are also welcome to contact Hoegh and he will do his best to place you on a team.   Additional volunteers will be needed as officials, PA announcers, scoreboard operators and official score keepers who are also asked to contact Hoegh. There will be a small admission ($2 adults/$1 students) to cover basic expenses with any profit going to the Tivoli Fest fund and/or the EH-K activity fund.

(Pocast) KJAN Sports report, 3/16/2015

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March 16th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Rolling Valley Conference Basketball Honors

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March 16th, 2015 by Jim Field

2014-15 Rolling Valley Girls Basketball All-Conference
1st Team
Madie Sorensen (Fr., Adair-Casey); Felecity Jackson (Soph., C-A-M); McKenna Zanders (Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard); Rachel Smith (Sr., Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton); Mara Burmeister (Soph., Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton); Sophia Peppers (Fr., Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton); Julia Fleecs (Soph., Glidden-Ralston); Carleigh Paup (Jr., Paton-Churdan).

2nd Team
Zoey Dinkla (Jr., Adair-Casey); Jenna Hausman (Jr., Ar-We-Va); Kelsey Winnett (Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard); Maggie Rasmussen (Soph., Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton); Holly Handlos (Soph., Glidden-Ralston); Kasey Lane (Jr., Paton-Churdan); Sydney Koch (Jr., Paton-Churdan); Megan Maaske (Sr., Woodbine).

2014-15 Rolling Valley Boys Basketball All-Conference
1st Team
Emmitt Wheatley (Sr., Adair-Casey); Austin Stoelk (Sr., Ar-We-Va); Derick Schurke (Soph., Ar-We-Va); Brandon Hagge (Sr., Ar-We-Va); Trevor Hachmeister (Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard); Jake Paulsen (Sr., Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton); Jake Carey (Sr., Paton-Churdan); Noah Juergensen (Jr., Paton-Churdan).
2nd Team
Charlie Terry (Sr., Adair-Casey); Jake Danner (Soph., Ar-We-Va); Calvan Wood (Sr., Boyer Valley); Joe Weber (Fr., Boyer Valley); Jesse Hupp (Soph., Charter Oak-Ute); Sam Honold (Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard); Sam Halverson (Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard); Wes Reever (Sr., Glidden-Ralston).
Honorable Mention
Boyer Valley: Kyle Behrendt (Sr.), Cody Thoreson (Sr.). Charter Oak-Ute: Ryan Vogt (Sr.), Spencer Gress (Soph.), Hunter Clausen (Soph.). West Harrison: Trey LaGois (Sr.), Cody Niewohner (Sr.). Woodbine: Mike Barrett (Jr.), Kevin Lee (Jr.).

Western Iowa Conference Basketball Honors

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March 16th, 2015 by Jim Field

2014-15 WIC Girls Basketball All-Conference
1st Team
Morgan Muhlbauer (Sr., IKM-Manning); Steffi Cunard (Sr., Logan-Magnolia); Kayli Christensen (Sr., Treynor); Kali Rasmussen (Sr., IKM-Manning); Baily Janssen (Sr., Missouri Valley); Hannah Larsen (Jr., Tri-Center); Danikah Grobe (Sr., AHST/Walnut).

2nd Team
Emily Haubrich (Jr., Audubon); Madison Paulsen (Soph., Treynor); Makenzie Cunard (Fr., Logan-Magnolia); Morgan Gust (Sr., Audubon); Kia Rasmussen (Fr., IKM-Manning); Kirsten Lehan (Sr., Tri-Center); Laura Hempel (Sr., Treynor).

Honorable Mention
Sierra Ford (Sr., Missouri Valley); Jeana Freund (Jr., Griswold); Lauren Shapcott (Fr., Underwood); Kylan Straight (Fr., Logan-Magnolia); Sheyenne Smith (Sr., Riverside); Abby Straight (Jr., Logan-Magnolia); Jaycie Schueman (Soph., AHST/W); Courtney Rudolph (Sr., Audubon); Kayla Kirchoff (Sr., Griswold); Katelyn Schechinger (Sr., IKM-Manning); Joeona Healey (Sr., Logan-Magnolia); Haley Stueve (Sr., Missouri Valley); Taylor Frain (Sr., Riverside); Madelyn Deitchler (Fr., Treynor); Hailee Hansen (Sr., Tri-Center); Cailynn Wichman (Soph., Underwood).

2014-15 WIC Boys Basketball All-Conference
1st Team
Sam Wegner (Sr., IKM-Manning); Kyle Wagner (Jr., IKM-Manning); Nolan Chapman (Jr., Treynor); Jacob Flathers (Sr., Treynor); Trey Robinson (Sr., Treynor); Sam Sorensen (Sr., Tri-Center); Caleb Wichman (Sr., Underwood).

2nd Team
Lee Whyte (Sr., AHST/Walnut); Justin Miller (Jr., Missouri Valley); Cody Eischeid (Sr., IKM-Manning); Jared Vollstedt (Jr., IKM-Manning); Walker Mundorf (Sr., Griswold); Seth Svejda (Jr., Missouri Valley); Tyler Krueger (Jr., Riverside); Mason Boucher (Sr., Griswold).

Honorable Mention
Andrew Blomme (Jr., Audubon); Steve Jacobsen (Sr., AHST/Walnut); RJ Harris (Fr., AHST/Walnut); Jim Lake (Jr., Logan-Magnolia); Tyler Riebhoff (Fr., Audubon); Kolby Morrison (Fr., Logan-Magnolia); Henry Nagengast (Sr., AHST/W); Mitchell Nelsen (Jr., Audubon); Caleb Schaaf (Sr., Griswold); Colton Hacker (Sr., IKM-Manning); Jarek Richardson (Jr., Logan-Magnolia); Reid Kirlin (Sr., Missouri Valley); Tanner Storrow (Soph., Riverside); Trey Castle (Soph., Treynor); Devin Heinen (Sr., Tri-Center); Isaiah Humphrey (Soph., Underwood).

Iowa, Iowa State, UNI in NCAA Field

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March 15th, 2015 by Jim Field

Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa are all in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  The pairings for the 68 team field were announced Sunday afternoon.

The Hawkeyes are the 7th seed in the South Region and will play a second round game on Friday at 6:20 pm CDT vs. 10th seed Davidson on TNT.  Iowa is 21-11 and Davidson is 24-7.  The game will be played at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.

The Cyclones, winners of the Big 12 Tournament title, are the 3rd seed in the South Region and will play on Thursday at 11:40 am CDT against 14th seed Alabama-Birmingham at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on TruTV.  Iowa State is 25-8 and UAB is 19-15.

The Panthers, Missouri Valley Conference champions, are the 5th seed in the East Region and will face 12th seed Wyoming in the second round at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on Friday at 12:40pm CDT on TBS.  UNI is 30-3 while the Cowboys are 25-9.

The Iowa-Davidson game will be heard on KJAN Friday.