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Reese Morgan announces retirement from Iowa football


March 6th, 2019 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Reese Morgan, a member of the University of Iowa football coaching staff for 19 years, has announced his retirement. The announcement came Wednesday from head coach Kirk Ferentz. Morgan will step away prior to spring practice.

“On behalf of our coaches, players and fans, I want to wish Reese and Jo the best in this well-deserved retirement,” said Ferentz. “Always the professional, Reese’s entire life has been dedicated to education and coaching. I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside him and appreciative of what he has meant to our players, our program, and the University of Iowa.”

Morgan, 68, has coached Iowa’s defensive line for the past seven seasons. He previously coached Iowa’s offensive line (2003-11) after serving as recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach (2000-02).

Iowa has posted a 151-91 record over the past 19 seasons with Morgan on staff, appearing in 16 bowl games, including 11 January contests, and the 2015 Big Ten Conference championship game. Iowa earned a share of the Big Ten title in 2002 and 2004. The Hawkeyes have finished in the Big Ten’s first division in 16 of the past 18 years.

“A genuine and authentic person, Reese handled every challenge we threw his way in magnificent fashion. Every player and coach who had the opportunity to work with Reese Morgan is much better for it,” said Ferentz. “It’s like losing a great player – Reese’s shoes will be hard to fill.”

Throughout his career, Morgan has coached three Outland Trophy winners (Chad Hennings at Benton Community High School, Robert Gallery, Brandon Scherff), and John Mackey Award recipient Dallas Clark. Four of his players have been named Big Ten Player of the Year at their position and three have earned consensus All-America honors.

“Coach Ferentz took a chance on me and I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful Hawkeye program – it’s been an amazing experience,” said Morgan. “I’ve always felt that we learn as much from our players as they learn from us. They teach us lessons that go beyond football. And when a player arrives lacking a little maturity and confidence but leaves as a young man prepared to tackle life, that’s the real reward for me.”

Kelvin Bell, a member of the Hawkeye coaching staff for the past seven seasons, will serve as interim defensive line coach during spring practice. Bell has assisted Morgan with the defensive line for the past three seasons while also serving as recruiting coordinator.

“My wife, Jo, and our family have been so supportive over all these years allowing me to enjoy the sport that I love,” Morgan said. “I can never thank them enough. Now it is time for me to give back to them.”

ISU Spring Tailgate Tour stops announced, Audubon and Council Bluffs featured on day 1


March 6th, 2019 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Mark your calendars for the 2019 Cyclone Tailgate Tour, a traveling motorcoach featuring coaches, student-athletes, spirit squad members, and Cy powered by MidAmerican Energy.

This year marks the 13th Anniversary of this popular event for Cyclone fans of all ages, drawing huge crowds across the state. It’s a fantastic way to interact with Iowa State student-athletes and head coaches including, Matt Campbell (Football), Steve Prohm (Men’s Basketball), Bill Fennelly (Women’s Basketball), Christy Johnson-Lynch (Volleyball),and Kevin Dresser (Wrestling), as well as Director of Athletics, Jamie Pollard and the Voice of the Cyclones, John Walters.

The events are free and open to all friends and fans of the Cyclones.

2019 Tailgate Tour Stops

May 13
Audubon, The Feed Mill Restaurant | 12 p.m.
Council Bluffs, Mid-America Center | 5:30 p.m.

May 14
Sioux City, Sioux City Convention Center | 12 p.m.
Okoboji, Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center | 5:30 p.m.

May 15
Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Dealership | 12 p.m.
Clear Lake, Surf Ballroom | 5:30 p.m.

May 20
Knoxville, Sprint Car Museum & Hall of Fame | 12 p.m.
Bettendorf, Isle Center Ballroom | 5:30 p.m.

May 21
Dubuque, Best Western Dubuque | 12 p.m.
Cedar Rapids, Marriott Hotel | 5:30 p.m.

May 22
Marshalltown, Emerson Innovation Center | 12 p.m.
Waterloo, National Cattle Congress | 5:30 p.m.

Hawkins earns MIAA Defensive Player of the Year honor, Bearcats sweep top awards


March 6th, 2019 by Chris Parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The MIAA announced its All-MIAA Teams and Postseason Awards for the 2018-19 Men’s Basketball season.

Northwest Missouri swept the Postseason Awards after it completed the first ever 19-0 conference record and first undefeated conference season since 1966-67. The Bearcats are also the first team since Missouri Southern in 2011 to have the Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Joey Witthus was selected as the MIAA Player of the Year. Witthus led the conference in made three-point field goals with 90 and three-point field goals per game at 3.2. He also ranked top-ten in scoring, free-throw percentage and minutes played.

Ryan Hawkins was the association’s Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the Bearcats to allow an MIAA best 61.8 points per game and sit atop of the conference for steals and turnover margin. Individually, Hawkins led the league with 67 steals, 2.3 steals per game and 211 defensive rebounds.

Trevor Hudgins was the Conference’s Freshman of the Year. He was second for assists per game with 5.4 and ranked top-five in the MIAA for field goal percentage and Assist/Turnover Ratio. Hudgins was also top-ten in scoring and free-throw percentage for the season.

McCollum led Northwest to its sixth consecutive MIAA Regular Season title. NW ranked first in scoring defense, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, steals, turnover margin and Assist/Turnover Ratio. They ranked second in scoring and field goal percentage defense. For McCollum, its his fourth straight MIAA Coach of the Year award and fifth in his career.

2018-19 MIAA Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards
Player of the Year – Joey Witthus – Northwest Missouri, Senior
Defensive Player of the Year – Ryan Hawkins, – Northwest Missouri, Sophomore
Freshman of the Year – Trevor Hudgins – Northwest Missouri
Coach of the Year – Ben McCollum – Northwest Missouri

2019 Men’s Basketball All-MIAA Teams
Brady Werth – Fort Hays State, Senior
Cam Martin – Missouri Southern, Sophomore
Trevor Hudgins – Northwest Missouri – Freshman
Joey Witthus – Northwest Missouri – Senior
Javion Blake – Washburn – Senior

Adarius Avery – Central Oklahoma, Senior
Terrance Smith – Lincoln, Senior
Brad Newman – Lindenwood, Senior
Lavon Hightower – Missouri Western, Senior
Ryan Hawkins – Northwest Missouri, Sophomore

Elyjah Clark – Missouri Southern, Junior
Calen Smith – Northeastern State, Junior
Donovan Franklin – Pittsburg State, Senior
Grant Lozoya – Pittsburg State, Senior
Karim Mouliom – Southwest Baptist, Senior

All-Defensive Team
Diego Bernard – Northwest Missouri, Freshman
Ryan Hawkins – Northwest Missouri, Sophomore
Jonell Burton – Lincoln, Junior
Karim Mouliom – Southwest Baptist, Senior
David Salach – Washburn, Senior

Honorable Mentions
Central Missouri: Daniel Farris – Sophomore, Jafar Kinsey – Senior, Jacob Lowrance – Senior
Emporia State: Kooper Glick – Senior, Julius Jackson – Senior
Fort Hays State: Marcus Cooper – Senior, Kyler Kinnamon – Senior
Lincoln: Jonell Burton – Junior, Amariontez Ivory – Senior, Grant Olsson – Senior
Lindenwood: Chandler Diekvoss – Senior, TJ Crockett – Sophomore
Missouri Southern: Kinzer Lambert – Junior, Braelon Walker – Junior
Missouri Western: Tyrell Carroll – Freshman, Bryan Hudson – Senior
Nebraska Kearney: AJ Jackson – Junior, Kanon Koster – Freshman
Northeastern State: Josh Ihek – Junior
Northwest Missouri: Diego Bernard – Freshman, Ryan Welty – Junior
Washburn: Tyler Geiman – Sophomore, David Salach – Senior
Includes Honorable Mentions For All-Defensive Teams

Boys State Basketball Schedule/Scoreboard – Wednesday – 03/06/2019


March 6th, 2019 by Chris Parks


# 1 Waukee 48, #8 Dowling Catholic 35

#5 Dubuque, Senior 39, #4 Iowa City, West 36


2:00—#1 Grand View Christian vs. #4 Montezuma

3:45—#7 Alburnett vs. #6 St. Mary’s, Remsen


6:30—#2 South Hamilton, Jewell vs. #3 Boyden-Hull

8:15—#1 North Linn, Troy Mills vs. #4 Van Meter

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/6/2019

Podcasts, Sports

March 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.


Boys State Basketball Scores from Tue., 3/5/19


March 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Class 2A State Quarterfinal

North Linn, Troy Mills 68, Des Moines Christian 45

Class 3A State Quarterfinals

Clear Lake 61, West Delaware, Manchester 46

Norwalk 81, Ballard 39

Oskaloosa 51, Marion 49

Winterset 59, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 54

Class 4A State Quarterfinals

Cedar Falls 63, Sioux City, East 41

North Scott, Eldridge 56, Ames 38

Midwest Sports Headlines: 3/6/2019


March 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kristian Doolittle had 24 points and 11 rebounds to help Oklahoma defeat No. 13 Kansas 81-68 and end the Jayhawks’ run of consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles at 14 years. Brady Manek scored 21 points and Rashard Odomes added 12 for Oklahoma, which boosted its chances of earning an NCAA Tournament bid.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, keeping the six-time All-Star off the field for the entire 2019 season. The decision was made after Perez received a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team physician. Perez hurt the elbow during a workout last week.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and Matt McQuaid had a career-best 22, leading No. 9 Michigan State to a 91-76 win over Nebraska. The seniors along with freshman Aaron Henry, who scored a season-high 15 points, made up for Cassius Winston matching his season low with eight points.

UNDATED (AP) — The SEC women’s tournament looks like it will once again come down to No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 12 South Carolina. The teams have played in the conference finals the past three seasons enter this year’s tournament as the top seeds. They played in a drama-filled showdown on Sunday that the Bulldogs won 68-64 and earned Mississippi State the outright SEC regular-season crown instead of sharing the top spot with South Carolina.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Adidas executive and two others have received prison sentences in the college basketball recruiting scandal that’s tainted two dozen schools. Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and amateur league director Merl Code were convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each.

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. and Royals counterpart Adalberto Mondesi have never met, even though their life stories suggest a cup of coffee is long overdue. The sons of big league ballplayers, Tatis and Mondesi are among the most exciting shortstop prospects in baseball. And each is being counted upon to help rebuilding teams to the postseason.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska coach Scott Frost says running back Maurice Washington will be a limited participant in spring football practice as his legal problems in California play out. Frost says Washington may not be at all of the spring practices. He says Washington has other things to worry about right now. Washington faces felony and misdemeanor charges related to his possession and distribution of a video of a former girlfriend being sexually assaulted by two other people in 2016.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Markis McDuffie had 16 points as Wichita State defeated East Carolina 72-55 on Tuesday night. Asbjorn Midtgaard had 11 points and three blocks for Wichita State (16-13, 9-8 American Athletic Conference).

IGCA All-State Teams announced, CAM’s Gettler named 1st Team


March 5th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has released their All-State Basketball Teams for the 2018-19 season. CAM’s Madison Gettler was a First Team selection in Class 1A along with Emilee Danner of Ar-We-Va. In Class 2A Treynor’s Konnor Sudmann and Kayla Chapman were both First Team choices. Shenandoah’s Logan Hughes was selected to the First Team in Class 3A. Take a look at the full honorees below.

Class 1A

1st Team           

Emilee Danner          Ar-We-Va
Carah Drees             Westwood, Sloan
Carson Fisk               Lynnville-Sully
Madison Gettler      CAM
Olivia Larsen             Newell-Fonda
Rachel Leerar            West Hancock
Kori Wedeking          Clarksville
Shateah Wetering     Montezuma

2nd Team

Briana Baker-Bruce     Janesville
Jayde Barto                 Kingsley-Pierson
Amanda Chizek          West Hancock
Riley Gatton               Montezuma
Acey Jellison              Seymour
Ella Larsen                  Newell-Fonda
Teona Richman         Marquette Catholic
Kassidi Steel              North Mahaska

3rd Team           

Hannah Erickson        Central Elkader
Aubrie Fisher              AGWSR
Riley Jewett               Seymour
Bre Klein                    Murray
Andee Martin            Westwood
Faith Vincent             Colo-Nesco
Lauren Wilson            Springville
Suzanna Yoder          Iowa Mennonite

Coach of the Year – Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda

Class 2A

1st Team

Emma Atwood            Central Decatur
Kayla Chapman          Treynor
Ellie Foster                  Dike-New Hartford
Nicole McDermott     Cascade
Taryn Scheuermann   Van Buren
Konnor Sudmann        Treynor  
Hailey Wallis              Grundy Center
Sam Wall                    Maquoketa Valley

2nd Team

Grace Flanagan             North Linn
Maya Johnson               Mediapolis
Maddie Jones                South Central Calhoun
Chloe Lofstrom              North Union
Alli Masters                   Central Decatur
Kylie Morrison               Logan-Magnolia
Kassidy Pingel               Cherokee
Janie Schoonhoven         Unity Christian

3rd Team

Bailey Beckman         Panorama
Sophia Jungling         Aplington-Parkersburg
Emily Lange              Wilton
Maddie Paulsen         Woodbury Central
Alyson Stokes             Highland
Payton Slaughter         Cherokee
Kennedy Wallace        Regina Catholic
Bailey Winter             MFL-Mar-Mac

Coach of the Year – Matt Lindeman, Grundy Center

Class 3A

1st Team

Sara Faber                Clear Lake
Callyn Fox               Center Point-Urbana
Sharon Goodman      Crestwood, Cresco
Logan Hughes          Shenandoah
Adrianna Katcher     Center Point-Urbana
Jaedon Murphy        North Polk, Alleman
Maggie Phipps         North Polk, Alleman
Kallyn Stumbo         Okoboji

2nd Team

Madisen Ahlstrom     Waukon
Kelsey Fields             Creston
Ryley Goebel             Center Point-Urbana
Abbey Holmes           Algona
Kaili Lawson              Des Moines Christian
Mya Merschman         Central Lee, Donnellson
Katie Meyer                Iowa Falls-Alden
Jessica Musgrave        South Tama County, Tama

3rd Team

Reagan Barkema          Roland-Story
Aliyah Buscher            Algona
Magan Christopherson  Okoboji
Josie Condon                Estherville Lincoln Central
Regan Freland              PCM, Monroe
Rylie Olson                  Osage
Amanda Smith             Tipton
Sophie Walker              Red Oak

Coach of the Year – Philip Klett, Center Point-Urbana

Class 4A

1st Team

Grace Boffeli              North Scott
Caitlynn Daniels         Xavier
Madison Dreckman    Le Mars
Macy Harris               Grinnell
Emily Holterhaus        Pella
Kayba Laube             Marion
Megan Meyer            Mason City
Ella Skinner              Bishop Heelan

2nd Team

Presley Case             North Scott
Anna Deets               Mason City
Abbie Draper            Waverly-Shell Rock
Kenzie Foley            Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Naomi Jackson         Grinnell
Katie Keitges            Knoxville
Karsyn Stratton        Clear Creek-Amana
Megan Witte             Lewis Central

3rd Team

Jordan Cunningham    Dallas Center-Grimes
Emily Jasper               Xavier
Alex Mohr                  Denison-Schleswig
Kerris Roberts            Waterloo East
Elle Scarborough        Glenwood
Katelyn Stanley           Bishop Heelan
Ella Van Weelden        Marion
Riley Wright                Marion

Coach of the Year – TJ Case, North Scott

Class 5A

1st Team

Caitlin Clark            Dowling Catholic
Emerson Green        Cedar Falls
Aubrey Joens           Iowa City High
Grace Larkins          Southeast Polk
Maya McDermott    Johnston
Maggie McGraw     Southeast Polk
Caroline Waite         Ames
Zoe Young               Valley

2nd Team

Sidney McCrea        Prairie
Regan Nesheim        Johnston
Rose Nkumu            Iowa City High
DeeDee Pryor           Urbandale
Paityn Rau                Waukee
Rachel Schon            Ankeny Centennial
Hannah Stuelke        Cedar Rapids Washington
Lauren Zacharias      Iowa City West

3rd Team

Anaya Barney            Cedar Falls
Anna Brown               Waukee
Katie Dinnebier          Waukee
Shea Fuller                  Valley
Audrey Koch              Iowa City West
Sara McCullough        Ankeny
Justice Ross                Des Moines East
Carli Spelhaug            Pleasant Valley

Coach of the Year – Joe Sigrist, Valley

Boys State Basketball Schedule/Scoreboard – Tuesday – 03/05/2019


March 5th, 2019 by Chris Parks

#1 North Linn, Troy Mills 68, #8 Des Moines Christian 45

#1 Norwalk 81, #8 Ballard 39
#4 Clear Lake 61, #5 West Delaware 46
2:45—#2 Sergeant Bluff-Luton vs. #7 Winterset
4:30—#3 Oskaloosa vs. #6 Marion

6:30—#3 Cedar Falls vs. #6 Sioux City, East
8:15—#2 North Scott, Eldridge vs. #7 Ames

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 3/5/2019

Podcasts, Sports

March 5th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.