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PARKING AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION FOR UPCOMING HIGH SCHOOL STATE TOURNAMENTS AT WELLS FARGO ARENA

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

February 14, 2012 – With the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament starting tomorrow, officials are reminding fans traveling to Wells Fargo Arena of the various routes and parking options available to minimize wait times and ensure all fans have a positive experience in Des Moines from the time they drive in and park their car to the time they return home. This will be the first time since Wells Fargo Arena opened in 2005 that the State Team Dual Championships will take place on Wednesday, with the Individual tournament moving from four days to three (Thursday – Saturday). Signage will be available on Interstate 235 directing fans on which exits to use for easy access to parking and Wells Fargo Arena, while additional message boards located at major downtown access points will inform people which lots are full and which have availability. 

Parking for the tournaments is available at the following locations: 

-          Iowa Events Center Parking Lot ($7 each time you enter) – Directly north of the Iowa Events Center, this lot is the closest to Wells Fargo Arena with entrances off Third and Fifth streets.

-          Street Parking (metered) – Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay attention to the location as many meters have different time limits, or parking restrictions during certain times (typically 4-6 p.m.)

-          Parking Garages ($5 as you enter each time) – City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to Wells Fargo Arena from most of them. Payment is collected each time you enter the garage. Pay attention to signage alerting you if the garage is full or has availability. 

There is a limited amount of tickets still available for the Wrestling State Finals Saturday night, February 18. Tickets for all three high school state tournaments can be purchased upon arrival at Wells Fargo Arena for the cost of $8, or in advance by visiting the Wells Fargo Arena Box Office, all Dahl’s Foods locations, online at dahlstickets.com, or by phone 866-55-DAHLS.

UNT’s McCarney confirms stroke, expects recovery

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENTON, Texas (AP) – North Texas football coach Dan McCarney says he had a stroke but expects a full recovery.  McCarney told The Des Moines Register that he felt his left side go numb after a workout Sunday morning. Doctors later confirmed he had a stroke.  McCarney continues to undergo tests, but says he’s told he won’t have any permanent damage and should be out of the hospital in a few days. He calls himself a “pretty lucky guy.”  The 58-year-old McCarney became coach at North Texas in November 2010. He was the coach at Iowa State from 1995 to 2006 and an assistant at Florida, South Florida, Wisconsin and Iowa.  The UNT athletic department declined to comment.

ISU releases 2012 football schedule

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State has released its 2012 football schedule, which had been held up as Big 12 officials worked to finalize West Virginia’s move to the league. The Cyclones will host the Mountaineers, who won the Orange Bowl last month, in their regular-season finale on Nov. 24.  Iowa State opens Big 12 play at home against Texas Tech on Sept. 29. The Cyclones also host Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma in Big 12 games.  Iowa State’s league road games will be at TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas.

HSBB: Glidden-Ralston at Audubon 02-13-2012

Podcasts, Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the 1A District 1st Round game played Monday, February 13th, 2012 at the Audubon High School.

8AM Sportscast 02-14-2012

Podcasts, Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Tuesday Girls 1-A/2-A Regional Schedule

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

*** All games at 7:00 pm ***

1-A Region 7:

  • Coon Rapids-Bayard @ Exira/EHK  ***Live tonight on KJAN & KJAN.com***
  • Martensdale-St. Marys vs. Earlham (@ WDM Dowling Catholic)
  • Murray @ Mount Ayr
  • East Union @ Bedford

1-A Region 8:

  • Fremont-Mills @ Stanton
  • Corning @ Villisca
  • Riverside @ A-H-S-T
  • Boyer Valley @ Ar-We-Va

2-A Region 1:

  • East Sac @ Kuemper Catholic
  • Unity Christian vs. Cherokee (@ Sioux Center)
  • Sheldon @ Sioux Central
  • Sibley-Ocheyedan @ Western Christian

2-A Region 7:

  • Audubon @ IKM-Manning
  • North Polk @ Des Moines Christian
  • Clarke @ Panorama
  • Central Decatur @ Nodaway Valley

2-A Region 8:

  • St. Albert @ Missouri Valley
  • Shenandoah @ Tri-Center
  • Hinton @ Lawton-Bronson
  • Woodbury Central @ OA-BCIG

Monday Boys 1-A/2-A Basketball

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1-A District 1 First Round
Nishnabotna 57, Essex 47 — OT
St. Albert 76, Heartland Christian 8

Class 1-A District 2 First Round
West Harrison 57, A-H-S-T 55

Class 1-A District 15 First Round
Earlham 54, Orient-Macksburg 46
East Union 73, Diagonal 45

Class 1-A District 16 First Round
Lenox 64, Bedford 52
Stanton 48, South Page 36

Class 1-A District 6 First Round
Audubon 59, Glidden-Ralston 52
Madrid 66, Paton-Churdan 37

Class 2-A District 1 Quarterfinals
Clarinda Academy 66, Shenandoah 38
Tri-Center 51, Missouri Valley 45

Class 2-A District 2 Quarterfinals
Kuemper Catholic 86, Maple Valley 56

No. 9 Baylor beats Iowa State 79-64

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WACO, Texas (AP) — Perry Jones III and Baylor never lost confidence, even while losing consecutive games for the second time in a month. They got back on track in a hurry. Jones rediscovered his shooting touch with 18 points and the ninth-ranked Bears rebounded from two big losses with a 79-64 victory over Iowa State on Monday night, two days after losing at Missouri by the same margin. Jones already had 10 points by halftime, one more than he had combined last week when Baylor (22-4, 9-4 Big 12) lost to No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 Missouri in consecutive games for the second time this season. The Bears are undefeated against the rest of the Big 12 and everybody else they have played, and clearly proven themselves as the league’s third-best team for now. Iowa State (18-8, 8-5) had won four of its previous five games to tie them for third place. Miller, who matched Jones with 8-of-13 shooting, added 16 points for the Bears. Anthony Jones had 12 points and Quincy Acy 11. Melvin Ejim had 17 points to lead the Cyclones. Royce White added 14 points with seven turnovers after scoring a career-high 25 points in a 69-46 win over Texas A&M.

Baylor shot 60 percent (33 of 55) in the game, with 24 assists and only eight turnovers. Even when the Cyclones shot 55 percent (16 of 29) in the second half, Baylor made 72 percent (21 of 29) in that same span — many on dunks while scoring 32 points in the paint Baylor never trailed. The Cyclones have lost six consecutive games in Waco, where they last won in 2000. The teams play again in the regular season finale March 3 at Iowa State.

Area Boys Substate Basketball Scores from Mon., Feb. 13th 2012

Sports

February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL
2A District 1 Substate 1
Quarterfinal

Clarinda Academy 66, Shenandoah 38

Neola Tri-Center 51, Missouri Valley 45

2A District 15 Substate 8
Quarterfinal

Jefferson Scranton 67, South Central Calhoun 58

Woodward Academy 85, Gowrie Prairie Valley 83

2A District 16 Substate 8
Quarterfinal

Panora Panorama 69, Osceola Clarke 66, OT

West Central Valley, Stuart 65, Leon Central Decatur 40

2A District 2 Substate 1
Quarterfinal

East Sac County 76, Ridge View 49

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 86, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 56

2A District 4 Substate 2
Quarterfinal

Orange City Unity Christian 64, Cherokee, Washington 30

1A District 1 Substate 1
Play In

Council Bluffs St. Albert 76, Heartland Christian 8

Nishnabotna 57, Essex 47, OT

1A District 15 Substate 8
Play In

Afton East Union 73, Diagonal 45

Earlham 54, Orient-Macksburg 46

1A District 16 Substate 8
Play In

Lenox 64, Bedford 52

Stanton 48, College Springs South Page 36

1A District 2 Substate 1
Play In

Mondamin West Harrison 57, Avoca AHST 55

1A District 6 Substate 3
Play In

Audubon 59, Glidden-Ralston 52

Madrid 66, Paton-Churdan 37

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
2A District 2 Substate 1
Quarterfinal

OA-BCIG vs. Alta/Aurelia, ppd.

1A District 2 Substate 1
Play In

Sloan Westwood vs. Charter Oak-Ute, ppd.

 

Iowa’s progress slowed by poor defense

Sports

February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With just six games left before the Big Ten tournament, Iowa has clearly made progress under coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes (13-12, 5-7 Big Ten) have already won more games than they did in each of the previous two seasons, both overall and in the league, and a .500 finish in the Big Ten remains within reach. Iowa might be in position to do even bigger things in McCaffery’s second season if it wasn’t for such a porous defense. The Hawkeyes rank last in the Big Ten in scoring defense by nearly five points a game, and they’re also bringing up the rear in field goal percentage defense. Shoddy defense has been a season-long trend for the Hawkeyes, one that has McCaffery searching for answers as they prepare to play Penn State (11-15, 3-10) on Thursday.

The struggles came to a head — again — in an 83-64 loss last week to Northwestern, a game in which the Wildcats led by as many as 24 points. Northwestern attacked Iowa’s soft defense right away, shooting 15 of 27 from the floor in the first half, and the Wildcats also got open enough to sink 13 3s on 25 tries. What bothered McCaffery the most was Iowa was struggling defensively even before Northwestern made adjustments on offense. “We had breakdowns early in that game, and I think that’s one of the things that would concern any coach,” McCaffery said. “The breakdowns that we had shouldn’t have been occurring as early as they did in that game, and that was what was disappointing to me.” It was frustrating, too, because the Hawkeyes were coming off a pair of encouraging defensive efforts that led to victories. Iowa rallied from a 10-point deficit and beat Minnesota 63-59 on Feb. 1 in large part because it held the Gophers scoreless over the final 3:24. The Hawkeyes then held Penn State to 26.7 percent shooting on Feb. 4, en route to a 17-point halftime lead and an easy 77-64 victory.Of course, those two wins came after a defensive performance that was even worse than the one Iowa put on in Evanston. The Hawkeyes allowed Indiana to grab 20 offensive rebounds and score 58 points in the paint in a 103-89 loss in Bloomington on Jan. 29. Iowa shot 79 percent in the second half against the Hoosiers and still lost by 14 because of spotty defense. If the Hawkeyes can’t quickly make major improvements, they’ll likely be headed for their fifth straight losing season.