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(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/6/2017

Podcasts, Sports

March 6th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.


Cardinals’ Rosenthal scratched from start with tight muscle


March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Trevor Rosenthal’s bid to move into the rotation for the St. Louis Cardinals has hit a snag. The Cardinals said Rosenthal has been scratched from his scheduled start on Monday against Minnesota because of muscle tightness in his right lat near his pitching arm. The team made the announcement Sunday before playing the Mets. The 2014 All-Star reliever has made two appearances this spring, tossing three innings and allowing three hits and one earned run.

Rosenthal began his career as a starter but moved to the bullpen, where he was the Cardinals’ closer for two seasons. He lost his closing role to Seung-Hwan Oh, and is now trying to go back to starting. The 26-year-old Rosenthal finished last season with a 4.46 ERA in 45 relief outings.

“When something is wrong, there is always the potential for something to go wrong even further into the spring,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “I’d love to see every guy healthy all season long, but that’s kind of fantasy land.”

Jok heats up, Hawkeyes throttle Penn State 90-79


March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Senior star Peter Jok scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half and Iowa throttled Penn State 90-79 on Sunday, closing the regular season with four straight wins. Nicholas Baer added 20 with 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (18-13, 10-8 Big Ten), who finished above .500 in conference play for the third year in a row.

Jok, starting his final scheduled home game, missed most of the first half after picking up two quick fouls. But the Hawkeyes reeled off a 14-0 run without him, jumping ahead 47-33 on a Jordan Bohannon 3 just before the end of the half.

Jok then opened the second half with 11 points in just three minutes, helping negate four consecutive made baskets by Penn State after the break. Jok’s long 3 from the elbow made it 70-49 with 12:33 left — and gave him 16 points in less than eight minutes.

Jok was pulled with 45 seconds left, and he got a standing ovation as he walked to the bench. Josh Reaves had 25 points for the Nittany Lions (14-17, 6-12). They went on a 12-0 run and later closed with five straight baskets to make the final score look closer than the game actually was.

North Scott dominates overtime, beats Marion for 4A title


March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Karli Rucker scored 24 points and North Scott dominated the overtime period to win the Class 4A state championship with a 52-40 victory over Marion on Saturday night. North Scott (21-5) rallied from a six-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, then outscored Marion 13-1 in the extra four minutes to win going away. It was the first state championship for the Lancers after two runner-up finishes.

Rucker’s sister, Rylie, added nine points for North Scott, while two freshmen — Presley Case and Grace Boffeli — each scored seven. Boffeli also grabbed 10 rebounds, seven on the offensive end. Mia Laube led Marion (24-2) with 11 points, Chloe Rice scored nine and Randi Wright had six. The Indians started three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, so they should contend again next season.

West Des Moines Valley beats Cedar Falls for 5A championship


March 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Zoe Young scored 21 points and West Des Moines Valley used a big second-quarter burst to beat Cedar Falls 71-59 Saturday night and win the Class 5A state championship. Hannah Fuller added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (24-2), who wiped out a seven-point deficit with an 18-2 run that left Cedar Falls scrambling to catch up.

Cedar Falls had upset Indianola in the semifinals but could not match Valley’s depth and balance. Freshman Alex Honold had 13 points and nine rebounds for Valley and Jamie Feldt scored 11. Feldt’s twin sister Jackie helped out with four points and six rebounds.

The title was the first for Valley and came in the school’s 12th trip to the state tournament and fourth appearance in the finals. Cynthia Wolf led Cedar Falls (23-3) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Ruffridge scores 22, Pocahontas wins 3A title


March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Elle Ruffridge scored 22 points in the final game of her record-breaking career to lead Pocahontas Area past Sioux Center 61-38 Saturday for the Indians’ second straight Class 3A state championship.

Whether she was scoring herself or setting up teammates, the dynamic 5-foot-4 guard delighted her school’s large fan following one last time in a victory that was surprisingly one-sided.

Sioux Center entered the game 26-0 with a talented group of athletes, but the Warriors were no match for their quicker, sharp-shooting opponent. Pocahontas (27-1) made 12 3-pointers and held Sioux Center scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Ruffridge went 6-for-8 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Payton Hjerleid added 12 points for the Indians, Faith Meyer scored 11 and Ashlyn Weidauer had eight.

No. 22 Drake women finish perfect MVC regular season


March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lizzy Wendell scored 25 points, leading three Bulldogs to reach 20, and No. 22 Drake beat Wichita State 105-89 on Saturday, winning its 19th straight game and becoming the first team to go undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference regular-season play. The victory also gave the Bulldogs a 13-0 home record, becoming the second team in program history to go unbeaten at home since 1978-79. Additionally, Drake (25-4, 18-0) has its highest win total since 2001-02.

The Bulldogs and the Shockers both have first-round byes for the conference tournament that opens Thursday in Moline, Illinois. While Drake awaits to learn its opponent, Wichita State will play Southern Illinois on Friday.

Sammie Bachrodt added 23 points and Brenni Rose 22 with both making five of Drake’s school-record 19 3-pointers on 31 attempts. Drake, which led 51-44 at halftime, broke the game open by scoring the final 12 points of the third period, with Wendell and Becca Hittner scoring five points each in the run, to go up 83-64. Drake led by as many as 27 in the fourth quarter. Rangie Bessard led the Shockers (14-15, 9-9) with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Goth leads No. 24 K-State past Iowa State 74-67 in Big 12


March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kayla Goth scored a career-high 25, Eternati Willock had a double-double and No. 24 Kansas State made all 12 of its free throws in the last 1:11 to defeat Iowa State 74-67 in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-9) never trailed after a 14-0 run to lead 50-38 late in the third quarter. K-State faces the Texas Tech-Baylor winner in the semifinals on Sunday. The Cyclones (18-12) had an 11-2 run to tie the game at 56 with 6:50 to play. Two free throws by Breanna Lewis started an 8-0 run that carried to Goth’s free throws with 1:11 remaining as Iowa State suffered a drought of 5:49.

The Cyclones missed nine consecutive shots and the K-State free throws offset ISU making 2 of 3 shots in the last minute. Willock had 12 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench with Goth, who had five rebounds and three steals. Kindred Wesemann also had 12 points. Emily Durr hit five 3s and had 21 points for Iowa State, which had won five straight.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/4/2017

Podcasts, Sports

March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Ric Hanson.


Hunters killed 3,000 fewer deer in Iowa last year compared to 2015

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

March 4th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Hunters in Iowa killed just under 101,397 deer this past season. Iowa DNR wildlife researcher Tyler Harms says that’s about 3,000 fewer than in the 2015-16 season, but nearly identical to the harvest from two years ago. “We’ve been holding right around that 100,000 mark for the last few years, which to us is a good sign – indicative of a stable deer population in Iowa,” Harms says.

A big factor in the lower numbers this past year was unseasonably warm weather early in the season, according to Harms. He admits some hunters are a frustrated they aren’t seeing as many deer as they’d like. “What we’re hearing, overall statewide, is hunters are pretty pleased with the numbers,” Harms says. “Obviously, that’s going to change depending on specific areas in the state.”

The deer population in southeast Iowa, for example, has decreased. That’s due in large part to a disease outbreak known as E-H-D. “That are was hit pretty hard with epizootic hemorrhagic disease a couple years ago, which can have some pretty drastic impacts on local population,” Harms says.

The Iowa DNR has a goal to manage for a deer population that can provide a harvest of between 100,000 and 120,000 deer each year, based on the recommendations agreed upon by a state deer task force. Around 170,000 hunters took part in the latest deer season. Harms says deer hunting license sales have been “stable” over the last 5 to 6 years.

(Radio Iowa)