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Kelly pitches 2 hitless innings for Cards


March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Kelly opened his bid for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting rotation with two hitless innings, and Adron Chambers hit a three-run homer in Friday’s 8-8 tie against the Houston Astros. Among three candidates to replace the injured Chris Carpenter in the Cards’ rotation, Kelly walked one hitter in each inning. Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma had two hits and drove in two runs each for the Cardinals, who have won five straight.

Chris Carter homered for the Astros, a fifth-inning drive off closer Jason Motte. Brandon Barnes and Brandon Lair also homered for Houston. Houston starter Bud Norris struck out one and walked one in three innings, allowing Descalso’s two-run single in the second. With Houston trailing by two runs in the ninth, Brandon Laird homered off Victor Marte leading off and Rene Garcia singled with one out. After a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Jackson, pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored on Marte’s wild pitch.

Girls State Basketball Championship Scores: from March 1st 2013


March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Class 1A State Tournament
State Championship

Central Lyon, Rock Rapids 63, Newell-Fonda 61

Class 2A State Tournament
State Championship

Western Christian, Hull 75, Lawton-Bronson 58

Class 3A State Tournament
State Championship

Assumption, Davenport 62, Estherville Lincoln Central 40

Class 5A State Tournament
State Semifinal

Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 50, Mason City 43

Southeast Polk 40, Ankeny 38

8AM Sportscast 03-01-2013

Podcasts, Sports

March 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Harlan Cyclones Advance to 4-A Girls State Championship Game


March 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A group of youngsters came through at the end Thursday for Harlan, and helped put the Cyclones in the Class 4A championship game.  Liz Riessen, the only senior on the floor for Harlan at the time, hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer on a pass from sophomore Taylor Wagner and the eighth-ranked Cyclones went on to upset No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock 41-36.  Wagner drove into the lane, found Riessen in the right corner and the 5-foot-10 senior buried the shot to give Harlan a 37-34 lead with 1:26 left. Wagner then made four of seven free throws in the final 45.9 seconds, enough for the Cyclones to hold on. Harlan is in the state tournament for the 10th time but has never won the championship. The Cyclones, now 23-2, will get their chance at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Wagner led Harlan with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. Josie Esser and Jordyn Moser each scored seven points and Moser, a 5-foot-5 freshman point guard, hustled for six rebounds. During the closing minutes, with a trip to the state championship game on the line, Harlan coach Zach Klaassen trusted his team’s fortunes to Moser, Wagner, Riessen and sophomores Elle Kloewer and Jess Schaben. Schaben, a 6-foot-1 post player, gave the Cyclones a nice lift with seven rebounds and four blocks.

Aftin Phyfe led Waverly-Shell Rock with 11 points. Morgan Neuendorf added nine points for the Go-Hawks and Noami Phillips scored eight to go with 11 rebounds. Waverly-Shell Rock reached the state tournament for the first time in the five-player era and finished 21-3. Harlan led by as many as 10 points in the first half and was up 24-17 at the break. Waverly-Shell Rock then began chipping away but got the lead only once, at 31-30 on Neuendorf’s pull-up jumper in the lane at the start of the fourth quarter. Harlan regained the lead on freshman Taylor Frederick’s turnaround jumper.

Girls State Tourney Thursday/Friday


March 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Thursday Games:

Class 1-A Semi-Final

  • Central Lyon- Rock Rapids 76, Burlington Notre Dame  53

Class 2-A Semi-Finals

  • Lawton-Bronson 59, Maquoketa Valley 44
  • Western Christian 64, Aplington-Parkersburg 40

Class 3-A Semi-Finals

  • Davenport Assumption  63, Western Dubuque 26
  • Estherville Lincoln Central 49, MOC-Floyd Valley 46

Class 4-A Semi-Finals

  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 68, Bishop Heelan Catholic 57
  • Harlan 41, Waverly-Shell Rock 36

Friday Schedule:

Class 5-A Semi-Finals

  • 10:00 am – Ankeny (20-4) vs. Southeast Polk (18-5)
  • 11:45 am – Dowling Catholic (20-4) vs. Mason City (21-3)

Class 1-A State Championship

  • 4:00 pm – Newell-Fonda (24-2) vs. Central Lyon (25-2)

Class 2-A State Championship

  • 6:00 pmWestern Christian (25-1) vs Lawton-Bronson (26-1)

Class 3-A State Championship

  • 8:00 pm Davenport Assumption (24-2) vs. Estherville-Lincoln Central (23-3)

Hawkeye Women Stun Hoosiers 75-70 Thursday


March 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s basketball team knew its challenge with two regular season games remaining.The Hawkeyes entered Senior Night on Thursday sitting with 17 wins and knowing that 19 looks a heck of a lot better to the NCAA Selection Committee than 17 or 18. They came away with a come-from-behind 75-70 victory against Indiana on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

On a night when the UI program honored seniors Morgan Johnson, Trisha Nesbitt, and Jaime Printy, a sophomore sharpshooter came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points and help dig the Hawkeyes out of an 18-point hole. Melissa Dixon made 5-of-13 3-point field goals — four coming in the first half — as she all but cemented the Big Ten Conference Sixth Player of the Year Award. Iowa outscored the Hoosiers 22-0 in bench points, and all 22 came from Dixon.

The Hawkeyes wrap up the regular season Sunday at Northwestern (13-15, 5-10) with a 2 p.m. (CT) tip. The Wildcats stunned Iowa 67-65 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Feb. 3. Northwestern lost 55-50 at Michigan on Feb. 28.

(Hawkeye Sports.com)

Beltran, Westbrook hurt as Cards beat Miami 8-2


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran and Jake Westbrook limped to the St. Louis Cardinals’ clubhouse moments apart Thursday. Beltran bruised the little toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Westbrook bruised his left leg below the knee on a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman in the second inning.

Beltran’s X-rays were negative, but he said the injury was painful, and he was unsure whether it would affect his plans to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Westbrook didn’t undergo X-rays. Westbrook faced six batters and allowed four hits, including an RBI triple by Giancarlo Stanton. Cardinals non-roster invitee Oscar Taveras hit a grand slam off Marlins starter Justin Turner.

Cards’ Westbrook, Beltran sidelined by bruises


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Westbrook has left the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Miami Marlins with a bruised left knee and outfielder Carlos Beltran has departed with a bruised right toe. Westbrook was hit on the leg by a grounder hit by Casey Kotchman leading off the second inning Thursday. The right-hander consulted with a trainer and flexed his left leg before walking to the dugout.

Beltran was hit by a pitch in the first and left the game after the inning. X-rays were negative. Westbrook was making his first start of spring training. He went 13-11 last year but didn’t pitch after Sept. 8 because of a strained right oblique. He gave up one run in the first inning on an RBI triple by Giancarlo Stanton.

Iowa State students apologize to Kansas coach Self


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self says the Iowa State student government sent him a letter apologizing for a pair of incidents that occurred during the Jayhawks’ overtime victory over the Cyclones on Monday night. The sixth-ranked Jayhawks rallied in the closing minutes to force overtime before rolling to a 108-96 victory that left the crowd at Hilton Coliseum stunned.

The first incident occurred after Self gave a brief postgame TV interview. When it was over, an Iowa State fan had to be held back by security when he charged after Self. The second incident occurred on Twitter, where at least two fans made racist and threatening comments directed toward the Jayhawks’ Elijah Johnson, who scored 39 points in the game. Self said he accepted the apology.

Lolo’s season: Pizza, chocolate and peace of mind


February 28th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Lolo Jones says she’s committed to a second season with the U.S. bobsled team, one that will give her a chance to compete in the Sochi Olympics.  Jones tells The Associated Press that she got “completely engulfed” with the sport this season, her first in sliding. The two-time Olympic hurdler is back in training for her track and field season now in Baton Rouge, La.

She left her first season as part of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation with three medals. One was a silver medal as the brakeman for driver Jazmine Fenlator in the World Cup season-opener at Lake Placid, N.Y.  The others came in team events, a gold at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland and a bronze at a World Cup stop in Igls, Austria.