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Iowa women win at Indiana.


February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeye women outscored Indiana 48-33 in the second half to roar away to an 83-64 victory on the road in Big Ten play on Sunday. Kamille Wahlin had 22 points and six assists while Mellisa Dixon had five three pointers and finished with 19 points. It was Iowa’s first game without standout guard Jamie Printy, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says it will take a complete team effort to replace Printy. Iowa is 6-5 in the Big Ten and 14-10 overall.

Recent hazing cases provide “teachable moment”

News, Sports

February 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An instructor at the University of Northern Iowa is hoping the publicity surrounding several recent hazing incidents in Iowa schools serves as a “wake up call” to coaches, athletes and others about the problem. Jennifer Waldron, and associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, has conducted several studies on hazing or bullying in sports. Waldron says many athletes she interviewed perceived hazing as just harmless fun, when in reality, the conduct could be illegal. “There’s also huge a social acceptance and social pressure…so many athletes talk about, ‘it’s not something I wanted to do, but I wanted to be seen as a real teammate or I wanted to be accepted by my teammates, so I went through it even though I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with or it made me stressed out,’ or there are other ramifications of it,” Waldron said. Waldron said some athletes she questioned noted their coaches even played a role hazing, while others enforced a strict, no tolerance policy toward such activity.

“Most of the athletes said their coach knew that hazing was going on, but as long as no one got hurt and there were no ill consequences the coach heard about, then it would be okay,” Waldron said. Hazing or bullying cases involving high school wrestling team have surfaced in Iowa this season. In at least three cases, criminal charges have been filed.  “I’m hoping that, we in the state, use this as a teachable moment and try to be proactive before more cases break,” Waldron said. Waldron has given lectures at anti-hazing workshops and is currently collecting data on better prediction methods in initiation rituals among sports teams.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa)

Saturday Sectional Wrestling Postponements


February 5th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1-A:

  • Guthrie Center postponed until Monday, 2/6/12 at 4:00pm. Weigh ins at 2:00pm.
  • Riverside, Oakland postponed until Monday, 2/6/12 at 4:00pm. Weigh ins at 2:00pm.
  • Tri-Center, Neola postponed until Monday, 2/6/12 at 4:00pm. Weigh ins at 2:00pm.

Class 2-A:

  • Harlan postponed until Monday, 2/6/12 at 4:00pm. Weigh ins at 2:00pm.


Saturday Sectional Wrestling Results


February 5th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 2-A Sectional Wrestling @Creston/Orient-Macksburg

Team Scores:

  1. Creston  270
  2. Winterset  201
  3. Bedford/Lenox  159.5
  4. Clarinda  159.5
  5. Red Oak  102
  6. Shenandoah  82

District Qualifiers:

106 Champion Mason Miller Winterset SO 34 2
106 Runnerup Krus Adamson Creston/Orient-Macksburg SO 33 17
113 Champion Derek Miller Winterset SR 38 2
113 Runnerup Sean Skillern Shenandoah JR 47 11
120 Champion Blake Luna Clarinda SO 38 1
120 Runnerup Gage Cheers Creston/Orient-Macksburg JR 30 23
126 Champion Zach Goodrich Creston/Orient-Macksburg JR 29 10
126 Runnerup Geoff Sellers Red Oak JR 34 13
132 Champion Joeseph Heitshusen Shenandoah JR 32 19
132 Runnerup Jacob Johston Creston/Orient-Macksburg JR 11 4
138 Champion Jake Marlin Creston/Orient-Macksburg JR 42 1
138 Runnerup Zach Moss Winterset JR 33 14
145 Champion Juwan Parrish Creston/Orient-Macksburg SR 39 3
145 Runnerup Skyler Shane Clarinda JR 20 13
152 Champion David Thompson Creston/Orient-Macksburg SR 34 7
152 Runnerup Cody Morris Bedford/Lenox SR 39 4
160 Champion Trevor Frain Creston/Orient-Macksburg SO 41 7
160 Runnerup Dylon French Bedford/Lenox JR 23 15
170 Champion Cole Bonde Bedford/Lenox JR 38 10
170 Runnerup Gavin Leith Creston/Orient-Macksburg SO 17 13
182 Champion Seth Esaias Red Oak SR 44 0
182 Runnerup Scott Brockman Clarinda SR 21 20
195 Champion Keaton Hulett Creston/Orient-Macksburg JR 43 1
195 Runnerup Austin Comstock Winterset JR 12 11
220 Champion Blake Glenn Winterset JR 34 7
220 Runnerup Taylor Luna Clarinda SR 19 12
285 Champion Collin Bevins Creston/Orient-Macksburg SR 44 1
285 Runnerup Clint Marshall Bedford/Lenox SR 30 16

Class 1-A Sectional Wrestling @ Corning

Team Scores:

  1. Martensdale-St. Marys 204.5
  2. Interstate 35, Truro 191.5
  3. SE Warren  137.5
  4. Corning  151
  5. Mount Ayr  121.5
  6. Clarinda Academy  83
  7. East Union  63

District Qualifiers:

106 Champion Dylan Gibson Martensdale-St. Marys SO 20 3
106 Runnerup Jonathon Hardy Southeast Warren, Liberty Center SO 35 8
113 Champion Paul Queck Interstate 35, Truro SO 24 15
113 Runnerup Dawson Knapp Mount Ayr SO 29 18
120 Champion Taylor Hagen Martensdale-St. Marys SR 39 2
120 Runnerup Jake Hunerdosse Southeast Warren, Liberty Center FR 37 8
126 Champion Kole Stapes Martensdale-St. Marys SR 34 5
126 Runnerup Erik Freed Mount Ayr SO 15 6
132 Champion David Walker Martensdale-St. Marys SR 44 0
132 Runnerup Justin Marn Corning JR 26 18
138 Champion Jacob Hoch Southeast Warren, Liberty Center FR 34 6
138 Runnerup David DeLong Martensdale-St. Marys SR 33 16
145 Champion Robert Walker Martensdale-St. Marys SR 22 0
145 Runnerup Joshua Parker Southeast Warren, Liberty Center JR 37 6
152 Champion Shane Swank Mount Ayr JR 41 10
152 Runnerup Bryson Kinyon East Union, Afton JR 24 10
160 Champion Kallan Schmelzer Corning SO 33 10
160 Runnerup Addison Spear Southeast Warren, Liberty Center JR 29 9
170 Champion Kory Schmelzer Corning SR 36 2
170 Runnerup Tommy Bregar Interstate 35, Truro JR 31 8
182 Champion Ethan Jones Interstate 35, Truro JR 33 7
182 Runnerup Brad Nauman Martensdale-St. Marys SR 36 9
195 Champion Zach Barton Corning SO 39 11
195 Runnerup Todd Grahm Interstate 35, Truro SR 25 5
220 Champion Tyler Lester Interstate 35, Truro JR 28 13
220 Runnerup Jake Jones Corning SR 31 16
285 Champion Joe Ricker Mount Ayr FR 34 15
285 Runnerup DeSean Sims Clarinda Academy FR 13 17 


Missouri State defeats reeling Drake 57-39


February 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kyle Weems had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Missouri State to a 57-39 win over Drake on Saturday night. Anthony Downing added 12 points for the Bears (14-11, 7-6 Missouri Valley), who were without second-leading scorer Caleb Patterson, who suffered a right ankle sprain on Jan. 25 at Illinois State. Aaron Hawley scored 12 points for Drake (13-11, 6-7), which has been reeling since its triple-overtime victory against Wichita State on Jan. 28. The Bulldogs have shot just 30.6 percent (30 of 98) from the floor in their last two games, both losses. On Saturday, Drake was 12 of 44 shooting.

Missouri State outscored the Bulldogs 11-3 over the last 5:36 of the first half to take a 33-20 lead at the break. Drake got no closer than 15 points the rest of the way. The Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-27 and enjoyed a 20-8 scoring advantage in the paint.

Saturday’s High School Basketball Postponements


February 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

  • Treynor vs. Clarinda, ppd.
  • Glenwood vs. St. Albert, ppd. to Feb 9.
  • Lewis Central vs. Creston, ppd.
  • Des Moines Grandview Park Baptist vs. Iowa Christian, ppd.
  • Twin Cedars vs. Orient-Macksburg, ppd. to Feb 6.
  • Nodaway Valley vs. Albia, ccd.
Western Valley Conference Tournament
  • IKM-Manning vs. Lawton-Bronson, ppd. to Feb 6.


  • Treynor vs. Clarinda, ppd.
  • Glenwood vs.  St. Albert, ccd.
  • Lewis Central vs. Creston, ppd.
  • Orient-Macksburg vs. Twin Cedars, ppd. to Feb 6.
Western Valley Conference Tourney
  • IKM-Manning vs. OA-BCIG, ppd. to Feb 6.

Cyclones Earn Big 12 Road Win Over Sooners


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

NORMAN, Okla. — Melvin Ejim had 21 points to lead five Iowa State players scoring in double figures as the Cyclones beat Oklahoma 77-70 on Saturday.

 Iowa State (17-6, 7-3 Big 12) had 15 3-point baskets (in 30 attempts), one shy of tying a school record for makes.

 Andrew Fitzgerald scored 27 points for the Sooners (13-9, 3-7), who focused on shutting down ISU leading scorer Royce White. White finished with three points, taking his only field goal attempt with 1:38 remaining.

 Scott Christopherson added 15 points, Chris Babb 12, Chris Allen 11 and Tyrus McGee 10 for the Cyclones, who have won three in row.  The Cyclones next play at Oklahoma State on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00pm.

ISU Women Use Big Second Half to Beat Texas


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State forward Chelsea Poppens simply took over the game. Poppens led a second-half comeback that lifted the Cyclones (13-8 overall, 4-6 Big 12) to a 71-56 win over Texas (13-9 overall, 3-7 Big 12) Saturday in Hilton Coliseum. Poppens’ inspired play included a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play.

Poppens, saddled with three fouls, entered with 11:46 left in the game and the Cyclones ahead only 40-38. The junior scored on a layin when she got the ball to give Iowa State a 42-40 lead. A 31-16 run by the Cyclones to close the game included 18 points from Poppens.

Iowa State point guard Lauren Mansfield provided a career-high11 assists and just one turnover in 37 minutes of action. Hallie Christofferson was 5-of-8 from three-point range  for the Cyclones, to score 17 points. The sophomore is 14-of-25 (.560) from beyond the arc in the last five games.

Yvonne Anderson led Texas with 19 points in the game, including the Longhorns’ first 12 points of the contest. Texas’ Nneka Enemkpali was ejected from the game with 6:31 remaining on her second technical foul. Iowa State forced a season-high 23 turnovers.

Iowa State plays at Missouri Wednesday in a 7 p.m. CST game that will be televised by Mediacom.

UNI Snipes Bluejays


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Anthony James buried a 3 at the buzzer as Northern Iowa upset No. 13 Creighton 65-62 on Saturday, snapping the Bluejays’ 11-game winning streak.

James scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Seth Tuttle added 13 points for the Panthers, who handed visiting Creighton its first loss since late December.

James buried a huge 3 from the corner with 23 seconds left to put Northern Iowa (16-9, 6-7 MVC) ahead 61-56. Creighton’s Antoine Young hit a 3 with 4.6 seconds left to tie it at 62-all. But James dribbled the length of the court and pulled up for the game-winner at the buzzer, sending Panthers streaming onto their home court.

Young scored 23 points and Doug McDermott, who originally committed to Northern Iowa, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Creighton (21-3, 11-2).

James’ stunning final shot was a fitting caper to this back-and-forth contest between these heated Valley rivals.

Northern Iowa opened up a 51-45 lead with 5:21 left. The Panthers reeled off an 11-2 run capped by a Deon Mitchell layup and a 3 from Chip Rank, and McDermott picked up his fourth foul on a charge near the basket.

Young stopped the UNI surge with a three-point play, pulling the Bluejays within a possession with 3:55 left, but Jake Koch’s 3 with 1:11 left gave the Panthers a 58-54 lead.

Creighton’s Jahenns Manigat made it 61-59 on a 3 with 15 seconds left. But James, who shot 6 of 14 from the floor, hit the one that mattered at the end.

Northern Iowa’s Johnny Moran buried a 3 and Rank scooped through heavy traffic, putting the Panthers ahead 39-34 with 14:40 left. They could’ve gone ahead by seven, which would have been the biggest lead yet for either team, but Young smartly stripped Matt Morrison at the rim.

Ethan Wragge’s rushed 3 and bank shot at the end of two sloppy possessions brought Creighton back even at 40-all. McDermott then tipped a loose ball to himself over four Panthers in the paint, converting a three-point play to give the Bluejays a 43-40 lead with 11:02 left.

The Panthers got 3s from five different players in the first half, including one from Rank with 1:03 left that helped them take a 31-30 halftime lead.

Northern Iowa rolled into Valley play with a realistic shot at yet another NCAA tournament berth after wins over Old Dominion, Providence, Iowa and Iowa State in nonconference play. But the Panthers had lost four of their last six, uncharacteristically struggled to knock down shots.

That probably wouldn’t have been an issue if McDermott had stuck around.

Panthers coach Ben Jacobson graciously let McDermott leave when his father Greg left Iowa State for Creighton before Greg’s freshman year.

No one could have imagined he would blossom into one of the nation’s best players – and Northern Iowa’s student section showed their bitterness by booing McDermott when he touched the ball.

McDermott was as good as ever, shooting 7 of 11 from the floor, but the Panthers hit 11 of their 21 tries from 3 – including James’s dramatic finale

Iowa Runs Away From Penn State


February 4th, 2012 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Matt Gatens scored 18 points as Iowa beat Penn State 77-64 on Saturday.

Bryce Cartwright and Aaron White each scored 17 for the Hawkeyes (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten), who won their second straight after losing five of their previous six games.

Tim Frazier scored 23 points to lead the Nittany Lions (10-13, 2-8), who have lost four straight and seven of their last eight.

Iowa led by as many as 26 points in the second half, but Penn State trimmed the deficit to 50-36 with 13 minutes left. The Hawkeyes held their ground, and that lead never shrunk below double digits.

Iowa opened with a 16-2 lead, and Penn State managed only three baskets in the first 14 minutes.

The Hawkeyes celebrated the 25th anniversary of their 1986-87 team, which won a school-record 30 games and reached the Elite Eight, with gold throwback jerseys and a pregame ceremony.