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Iowa’s May Struggles with Back Spasms

Sports

March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery acknowledges that junior forward Eric May hasn’t been himself lately because of back spasms. May, a former starter for the Hawkeyes, hasn’t played more than 10 minutes since early last month because of back trouble. McCaffery says May isn’t doing “great,” adding that the explosiveness that marked his game has been lacking. McCaffery says he appreciates May’s effort over the past month, adding he’s been a terrific competitor. May will likely play sparingly when Iowa faces Illinois Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. You can hear the game on KJAN beginning at 9:30-a.m., Thursday.

Chiefs Release LB Demorrio Williams

Sports

March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker Demorrio Williams on Tuesday, saving the franchise about $2 million in salary cap space before the start of free agency. The 31-year-old Williams joined the Chiefs in 2008 after four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, and eventually became the starter ahead of Derrick Johnson. But he’s been used primarily on special teams the past few seasons as Johnson emerged as a Pro Bowl middle linebacker. Williams has started 65 of 124 career games, including 22 starts over the past four years in Kansas City. He made 237 tackles (155) solo with the Chiefs. Playing time would have been tight for Williams next season.

Johnson is signed through 2015, and is coming off the best year of his career, setting a franchise record with 179 tackles. He also had two interceptions and two sacks. Jovan Belcher, a restricted free agent, is coming off a breakout season in which he finished second on the team in tackles. Kansas City also has signed Brandon Siler, who missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles in training camp, to a one-year extension. Kansas City has more pressing needs in the April draft, particularly the offensive and defensive lines. But the Chiefs may also target a linebacker in the later rounds who can supply the same kind of depth and special teams ability as Williams at a fraction of the cost.

Drake Offers Pre-Order for Post Season Tourney

Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It sounds like Drake is preparing to host postseason basketball next week. The Bulldogs sent out an e-mail Tuesday telling season-ticket holders it can pre-order tickets in “anticipation of a possible invitation” to a postseason tournament starting Wednesday. Drake says if it’s awarded a home game for a tournament to be announced later, that matchup would be held during the middle of next week. The Bulldogs finished just 17-15 and have an RPI of 134, so an invitation to the NIT seems doubtful at best. The College Basketball Invitational or CollegeInsider.com tournaments would be next in line for a team with a resume like Drake’s.

2013 US Senior Open in Omaha Looks for Volunteers

Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Online volunteer registration for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship to be held at Omaha Country Club is now open.

More than 3,000 volunteers are needed to fill positions on more than 30 committees, including marshals, transportation, leaderboards and merchandise. Early submission of the application allows volunteers to specify their committee preference.

People interested in volunteering can visit www.2013ussenioropen.com. A full description of committee responsibilities is provided on the website to assist volunteers in determining their preferences.

All volunteers are required to purchase the volunteer package for $125. It includes two championship golf shirts, one windbreaker, one ball cap or visor, one water bottle and one volunteer credential valid for all seven days of the championship.

Volunteers also receive free food and drink on the days they work.

Iowa State Finally on High Note for Big 12 Tournament

Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State heads to the Big 12 tournament filled with hope rather than dread for the first time in years.

The 25th-ranked Cyclones haven’t won a conference tournament game since 2005. But Iowa State has accomplished a lot of things recently that it hasn’t in years, including the program’s first Top 25 ranking since November 2005.

The Cyclones (22-9, 12-6 Big 12) head to Kansas City as the third seed and with much larger goals than simply snapping their six-game losing skid in the league tournament.

Iowa State opens Thursday night against Texas (19-12, 9-9), which it split with during the regular season.

Coach Fred Hoiberg says he likes the way the Cyclones are playing right now, adding that they’ve got a lot of confidence.

Public meetings tonight (Tuesday) to discuss hunting/trapping changes

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans have a chance tonight (Tuesday) to express their opinions about several proposed changes in hunting and trapping regulations for next fall. Perhaps the biggest change would apply to deer hunters. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau Chief Dale Garner says some areas of the state have too many deer, but other areas have dropped below or near department goals. “We would like to reduce the antlerless tags to stabilize the herd,” Garner said.

The proposed changes involve shortening the length of the January deer hunting season, eliminating the November antlerless season altogether and changing the early muzzleloader season to reduce the harvest in the antlerless portion of the deer herd. The proposals are meant to satisfy the concerns of hunters who believe deer reduction efforts have gone too far. The DNR estimates deer numbers in Iowa are down 30% compared to a high mark in 2006. Iowa hunters, during the recent 2011-12 deer hunting seasons, killed 121,407 deer — down 4.5% from the previous year. Changes are proposed for waterfowl hunting and trapping as well.

“We’re looking to potentially increase quotas for both otters and bobcats,” Garner said. “For migratory birds, we have an opportunity to possibly add a (third) zone to the state, which will impact us for four years, so this is a chance for people to think about what that might do.” The possible changes will be discussed during public meetings tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at 18 locations across the state. The list of possible changes is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/proposed_changes2012.pdf

In our area, the public meetings will be held in: Carroll, at the Carroll High School; in Council Bluffs, at Abraham Lincoln High School; in Creston, at the Creston High School, and in Onawa, at the Onawa-West Monona Junior/Senior High School.

(Pat Curtis/Radio Iowa & Ric Hanson/KJAN)

8AM Sportscast 03-06-2012

Podcasts, Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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2011-2012 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Selections

Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

The 2011-12 All-Big Ten Men’s Basketball Teams were announced live on the Big Ten Network Monday night. Michigan State star Draymond Green was the only unanimous first-team player and also won Player of the Year from the coaches and the media, while Green’s coach, Tom Izzo, claimed both Coach of the Year honors. As for the highly debated Freshman of the Year laurel, Trey Burke (media) and Cody Zeller (coaches) were both selected.

 

2011-12 ALL-BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS – COACHES
POSITION FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
G: Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Trey Burke, Michigan Keith Appling, Michigan State
G/F: Robbie Hummel, Purdue Tim Frazier, Penn State Brandon Paul, Illinois
G/F: John Shurna, Northwestern William Buford, Ohio State Matt Gatens, Iowa
F: DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
F/C: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Cody Zeller, Indiana Drew Crawford, Northwestern

HONORABLE MENTION: Lewis Jackson, Purdue; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Ryan Evans, Wisconsin; Christian Watford, Indiana; Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Meyers Leonard, Illinois

ALL FRESHMAN
TREY BURKE, Michigan
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Aaron White, Iowa
CODY ZELLER, Indiana

SUPERLATIVE WINNERS
Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Sixth Man of the Year: D.J. Byrd, Purdue

2011-12 ALL-BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS – MEDIA
POSITION FIRST TEAM
SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM
G: Tim Frazier, Penn State Trey Burke, Michigan Keith Appling, Michigan State
G/F: Robbie Hummel, Purdue Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Aaron Craft, Ohio State
G/F: John Shurna, Northwestern Matt Gatens, Iowa Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
F: DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State William Buford, Ohio State Drew Crawford, Northwestern
F/C: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Cody Zeller, Indiana Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

HONORABLE MENTION: Meyers Leonard, Illinois; Brandon Paul, Illinois; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Victor Oladipo, Indiana; Christian Watford, Indiana; Aaron White, Iowa; Zack Novak, Michigan; Branden Dawson, Michigan State; D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Lewis Jackson, Purdue; Jared Berggren, Wisconsin; Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State

BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES: Sam Maniscalco, Illinois; Jordan Hulls, Indiana; Matt Gatens, Iowa; Stu Douglass, Michigan; TBD, Michigan State; Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota; Brandon Richardson, Nebraska; Nick Fruendt, Northwestern; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Billy Oliver, Penn State; Robbie Hummel, Purdue; Rob Wilson, Wisconsin.

Iowa Girls Coaches Association 2012 All-State Basketball Teams

Sports

March 6th, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 1A
1ST TEAM
MALLORY BOYLE, NORTH MAHASKA
KAILEY KLADIVO, NORTH TAMA
ERICA DRECKMAN, MARCUS MERIDAN CLEGHORN
CAILA RAYMOND, BEDFORD
DANI KOCK, AR-WE-VA
MADDY PEPPERS, EXIRA-EHK
BRIANNA JAMES, LYNNVILLE SULLY
JESSICA BALEK, NEWMAN CATHOLIC
2ND TEAM
KARLIE SCHUT, IOWA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
WHITNEY VANDER MATEN, BOYDEN-HULL
RENEE MANEMAN, NEWELL FONDA
MARY HALVERSON,COON RAPIDS BAYARD
EMILY BELL BISHOP, GARRIGAN, ALGONA
DANA WEERHEIM, WEST SIOUX
STEPH ROHE, LEMARS GEHLEN
KAYLA LINDENMEYER, BEDFORD
3RD TEAM
JADE LYNN VLOTHO, WEST SIOUX
CASSIDY BANGASSER, NORTH BUTLER
TARA SMITH NORTH, MAHASKA
KATIE DENTLINGER, COON RAPIDS BAYARD
BRITTNAY BRYAN, LYNNVILLE SULLY
PAIGE DANNER, AR-WE-VA
ALEE HUGEN, TWIN CEDARS
LEXI ACKERMAN, CENTRAL LYON
Class 2A
1st Team
Jessie Pauley, OA-BCIG
Tember Schechinger, IKM-Manning
Jasmin Schelhaas, Pella Christian
Brooke Wolterstorff, Western Christian
Alyssa Johnson, Estherville Lincoln Central
Morgan VanDerSloot, OA-BCIG
Kaylee Blake, IKM-Manning
Makenzie Zeitler, Van Buren
2nd Team
Anna Mallen, West Hancock
Allie Sievert, Estherville Lincoln Central
Liz Skotowksi, Mount Vernon
Kelsey Ernst, Bellevue
Leah Miller, Lawton-Bronson
McKenzie Shipley, West Marshall
Olivia Godfrey, Panorama
Brooke Stahlberg, Monticello
3rd Team
Olivia Sulentic, Interstate 35-Turo
Miranda Murphy, North Polk
Maddi Drees, Kuemper Catholic
Carly Pagel, Sumner-Fredericksburg
Zoe Dutchik, Regina, Iowa City
Britny Halleland, Roland-Story
Taryn Wicks, South Hamilton
Haleigh Hempen, Aplington-Parkersburg
Class 3A
1st Team
Alexis Conaway, MOC Floyd Valley
KJ Veldman, Spirit Lake
Madison Weekly, Benton
Madison Baier, South Tama
Mackenzie Bigbee, Williamsburg
Taylor Shull, Mount Pleasant
Morgan Lucy, Glenwood
Regan Cooper, Pella
2nd Team
Bobbie Burrows, Bondurant-Farrar
Danielle Moore, Davenport Assumption
Madison Yohe, Heelen
Sydney Griener, Washington
Aftin Phyfe, Waverly-Shell Rock
Tessa Leytem, Dubuque Wahlert
Madison Welty, Western Dubuque
Hailey Schneden, Davenport Assumption
3rd Team
Natalie Vondrak, Heelen
Besty Thomas, Sergant Bluff-Luton
Olivia Starecvich, Centerville
Jackie Yount, Bondurant-Farrar
Katie Ahrenholtz, Ballard
Naomi Phillips, Waverly-Shell Rock
Ashley Rosenstiel, Oelwein
Mariah Criswell, Winterset
Class 4A
1st Team
Maddie Manning, Ankeny
Caitlin Ingle, SE Polk
Ally Disterhoft, Iowa City West
Jadda Buckley, Mason City
McKenzie Piper, Iowa City West
Courtney Strait, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Kelsey Nickerson, Ottumwa
Blaire Thomas, Waterloo West
2nd Team
Meg Goodson, Waukee
Tatum Klein, Iowa City West
Shaya Kellogg, Ames
Leti Lerma, Muscatine
Whitney Van Wyk, SE Polk
Mickey Hansche,Iowa City High
Sierra Chambers, Iowa City High
Myah Mellman, Mason City
3rd Team
Madison Dellamuth, Cedar Rapids Prairie
Kaz Brown, Cedar Falls
Maddie Koolbeck, Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Krista Pettepier, Ankeny
Tanya Meyer, Sioux City West
Kristie Sommer, Dubuque Senior
Danielle Franklin, Cedar Rapids Washington
Courtney Rush, Mason City

Chiefs Receiver Dwayne Bowe Gets Franchise Tag

Sports

March 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have made Dwayne Bowe their franchise player, keeping the impact wide receiver off the free-agent market this off season. Kansas City made the move less than an hour before Monday’s deadline, even though it had long been expected. Bowe is guaranteed a salary of about $9.5 million next season, though the Chiefs have indicated they would like to sign him to a long-term deal. Bowe could still field offers from other teams, but the Chiefs would have the right to match. If they decline, they would lose Bowe but receive two first-round draft picks. Bowe had 81 catches for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns last season, even though Kansas City struggled with injuries to quarterback Matt Cassel and running back Jamal Charles. Bowe had 72 catches for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010, when he made the Pro Bowl.