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Iowa State Extends Hex Over Iowa With 86-76 Win


December 10th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Royce White scored 17 points, Scott Christopherson added a season-high 16 and Iowa State beat Iowa 86-76 on Friday night, giving the Cyclones their first three-game winning streak over the Hawkeyes since the mid-1980s. Bubu Palo chipped in with a career-high 14 points for Iowa State (7-3), which last won three in a row over the rival Hawkeyes from 1983-85. White had 14 points in the first half, when the Cyclones led by as many as 24. Iowa got as close as 13 midway through the second half, but Iowa State pulled away behind Christopherson to give Fred Hoiberg his fifth win in six tries over Iowa as a player and coach. Devyn Marble scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Hawkeyes (5-5), who’ve lost five of their last seven to drop to .500.

Iowa looked hopelessly behind at the break but went on a 13-2 run early in the second half and pulled within 58-46 with 11:58 left. Christopherson – who’d been moved back to shooting guard this week after a brief stint at the point – answered with a 3-pointer, and Melvin Ejim followed with a 3 to put Iowa State back ahead 64-46. The Hawkeyes still appeared to be on the cusp of another run that could make things interesting, but it never happened. Christopherson delivered the final blows, slicing through Iowa’s frontcourt for three layups to make it 77-57 with 4:44 left.

Iowa State knew Friday night’s game presented the perfect opportunity to prove something after a 6-3 start that included losses to in-state rivals Northern Iowa and Drake. White set the tone early, and his teammates soon followed his lead. White opened the game with two straight emphatic dunks off the dribble, which got the sold-out crowd into it from the beginning. White followed with a 15-footer off the glass and a dish to Ejim for a dunk, and the Cyclones never looked back. White found Ejim for another dunk, this one in transition, and Iowa State’s lead grew to 32-17. Christopherson pushed it to 35-19 with a 3, and Chris Babb’s tip-in of White’s missed free throw put the Cyclones ahead 40-23 with 4:28 left in the first half.

Christopherson’s 3 from the wing 2 minutes later gave the Cyclones their first 20-point lead, 46-25, and just about sealed the win. Iowa State shot 59.4 percent in the first half, and White led the way with 7-of-7 shooting. Melsahn Basabe had an encouraging outing for the Hawkeyes with a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Iowa has suffered its share of tough defeats this season, including a 16-point home loss to lowly Campbell and a blowout in Iowa City at the hands of Clemson. But arguably none of those stung as much as Tuesday night’s loss at Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes were within two points midway through the second half when coach Fran McCaffery, forward Zach McCabe and the bench all got technicals in just 20 seconds. That sparked a 20-2 run by the Panthers – and McCaffery’s eventual ejection – as Iowa fell apart and lost 80-60. This was Iowa’s chance to respond on the home floor of one of its biggest rivals. But the Cyclones never gave the Hawkeyes a chance to get going. Iowa used a late run in garbage time to make the final score seem close, but the game never was.

Iowa State Volleyball on to Elite Eight


December 10th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Minneapolis, Minn. — Carly Jenson slammed 19 kills and Victoria Hurtt added 15 to give Iowa State a four-set win over Minnesota in an NCAA regional semifinal.

The Cyclones (25-5) survived a fourth set that featured 15 ties and won 18-25, 25-23, 25-15, 31-29 at Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion.

Iowa State will face Florida State in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. regional final at Minneapolis. The winner of that match will qualify for the NCAA championships next week in San Antonio.

It’s the second time in Iowa State’s history that the Cyclones have reached the regional finals.

UNI Falls to the Grizzlies in FCS Playoffs


December 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP)– Jordan Johnson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another Friday night as Montana routed Northern Iowa 48-10 to advance to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Fourth-seeded Montana (11-2) will next face the Montana State-Sam Houston State winner.

Fifth-seeded Northern Iowa (10-3) got on the board first when Tirrell Rennie connected with Jarred Herring on a 27-yard touchdown pass.

But it was all Grizzlies after that.

Jordan finished with 196 yards passing and 86 yards rushing.

Touchdown runs by Jordan Canada, Peter Nguyen and Johnson plus a 5-yard pass from Johnson to Kavario Middleton sent Montana to the locker room with a 28-10 lead.

It was more of the same in the second half. Johnson connected with Sam Gratton on scoring tosses of 8 and 25 yards, and Donny Lisowski returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to round out the scoring.

Ohio State hires ISU Offensive Coordinator to Same Post


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has hired Iowa State assistant Tom Herman as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer. Athletic director Gene Smith confirmed the hiring on Friday.The 35-year-old Herman has served as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. Herman favors a spread attack, also the preferred offense of Meyer. Herman would be the first confirmed member of Meyer’s new staff.Herman also coached at Rice before coming to Iowa State. Smith said Herman would remain with Iowa State and coach the Cyclones in in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers on Dec. 30.

8AM Sportscast 12-09-2011

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December 9th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Thursday Wrestling Results


December 9th, 2011 by Jim Field

Double Dual @ Creston:

  • Atlantic 57, Clarinda 18
  • Creston 40 Atlantic 24

Double Dual @ Shenandoah:

  • Glenwood 48, Abraham Lincoln 34
  • Shenandoah 43, Abraham Lincoln 28
  • Glenwood 63, Shenandoah 12

Double Dual @ Harlan:

  • Harlan 47, Kuemper Catholic 21
  • Red Oak 48, Kuemper Catholic 35

Double Dual @ Sidney:

  • Corning 60, Southwest Iowa 24
  • Corning 48, East Mills 30
  • Corning 64, EHK-Exira 9

Quad @ Coon Rapids-Bayard:

  • Guthrie Center 48, Riverside 27
  • Guthrie Center 42, Bedford-Lenox 30
  • CR-Bayard 41, Guthrie Center 33

Double Dual @ Panorama:

  • Panorama 54, West Central Valley 15
  • Panorama 54, Griswold 18

Osemele, Johnson earn Senior Bowl invites


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and cornerback Leonard Johnson have been selected to play in next month’s Senior Bowl.Osemele, a senior from Houston, Texas, is a consensus first-team All-Big 12 pick by the league’s writers and coaches.Johnson, a second-team All-Big 12 pick this season, has 243 career tackles and six interceptions.Osemele and Johnson join Seneca Wallace, Jordan Carstens and Athyba Rubin as Cyclones invited to the Senior Bowl, a game used by NFL scouts to help determine players’ draft potential.The Senior Bowl will be held on Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala.The Cyclones (6-6) close their season against Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30.

Thursday High School Basketball Results


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Boys Basketball:

  • St. Albert 70,  Abraham Lincoln 43
  • Stanton 54, Shenandoah 34

Girls Basketball:

  • Shenandoah 61, Stanton 55 (OT)


  • Griswold vs. Essex
  • Treynor vs. Wahoo, NE

Drake’s 2nd-half rally tops Eastern Michigan, 66-53


December 9th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ben Simons scored 16 points as Drake rallied in the second half to overtake Eastern Michigan 66-53 on Thursday night.Jordan Clarke added 13 and Jeremy Jeffers 11 for the Bulldogs (6-3), who outscored Eastern Michigan 42-26 after halftime to win their second in a row and ninth straight at home dating to last season.Darrell Lampley’s 20 points led the Eagles (4-5), who dropped their fourth consecutive game. Derek Thompson contributed 18.The Bulldogs trailed 27-24 at intermission but scored the first eight points of the second half, three each by Simons and Clarke and two by Rayvonte Rice. That created a lead they never relinquished.Thompson’s 3-pointer trimmed Eastern Michigan’s deficit to 47-43 with 4:28 to play, but the Eagles were forced to foul, and Drake extended its lead from the line by sinking 13 of 17 free throws in the final 4:09.

2011-2012 Third Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings


December 8th, 2011 by Jim Field

Class 1A

    School   Record   LW
1   North Mahaska   4-0   1
2   Bedford   4-0   2
3   Ar-We-Va   3-0   3
4   North Tama   4-0   4
5   North Butler   3-1   5
6   LeMars Gehlen Catholic   4-0   7
7   Newell-Fonda   2-1   8
8   West Sioux   4-0   9
9   Lynnville-Sully   6-0   10
10   Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton   4-0   NR
11   Villisca   4-0   NR
12   Burlington Notre Dame   3-1   15
13   Central Lyon   4-1   13
14   Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn   3-1   12
15   Adair-Casey   4-1   11

Dropped Out: Tripoli (6), Iowa Christian Academy (14)

Class 2A

    School   Record   LW
1   OA-BCIG   6-0   1
2   Estherville-Lincoln Central   4-0   2
3   IKM-Manning   5-0   4
4   West Hancock   3-0   5
5   Kuemper Catholic   3-1   3
6   Monticello   4-0   6
7   Fort Dodge St. Edmond   4-0   7
8   Mediapolis   4-0   8
9   Lawton-Bronson   2-2   9
10   Gilbert   5-0   10
11   Western Christian   3-0   11
12   Van Buren   4-0   12
13   Pella Christian   2-1   13
14   Panorama   4-1   14
15   Manson-NW Webster   3-2   15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

    School   Record   LW
1   South Tama   5-0   2
2   Davenport Assumption   3-0   5
3   Benton   5-0   6
4   Williamsburg   5-1   1
5   MOC-Floyd Valley   4-0   7
6   Dubuque Wahlert   3-1   3
7   Glenwood   4-0   8
8   Sioux City Bishop Heelan   4-0   10
9   Sergeant Bluff-Luton   3-1   4
10   Bondurant-Farrar   4-0   12
11   Union   3-1   11
12   Washington   2-1   9
13   Marion   4-0   NR
14   Spirit Lake   4-1   14
15   Spencer   3-1   NR

Dropped Out: Waukon (13), Waverly-Shell Rock (15)

Class 4A

    School   Record   LW
1   Iowa City West   5-0   1
2   Southeast Polk   5-0   2
3   Mason City   4-0   4
4   Ames   4-0   6
5   Ankeny   4-1   3
6   Waukee   3-1   5
7   Cedar Rapids Washington   2-0   7
8   Cedar Rapids Xavier   5-1   12
9   West Des Moines Valley   5-0   13
10   Dowling Catholic   3-1   8
11   Iowa City High   5-1   11
12   Linn-Mar   5-1   14
13   Muscatine   4-1   15
14   Cedar Rapids Kennedy   3-1   10
15   Lewis Central   4-1   9

Dropped Out: None