More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.
Fourth Girls Softball Rankings released Friday, June 17th
|14||Algona Bishop Garrigan||13-2||NR|
Dropped Out: Murray (15_
|1||Iowa City Regina||12-6||1|
|11||Waterloo Columbus Catholic||15-4||9|
Dropped Out: Highland (13)
|15||Boyden Hull/Rock Valley||12-5||11|
Dropped Out: Atlantic (13)
Dropped Out: Lewis Central (12)
|2||Cedar Rapids Kennedy||21-1||2|
|3||Iowa City West||15-3||4|
|6||West Des Moines Valley||21-2||3|
|9||Cedar Rapids Jefferson||18-5||6|
|14||Cedar Rapids Prairie||14-11||14|
Dropped Out:Dowling Catholic (11), Southeast Polk (12), Burlington (15)
Today: Partly cloudy. High near 90. SE @ 10-15 mph.
Tonight: P/Cldy w/isolated showers possible. Low around 66. SE @ 5-10.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy w/isolated morning showers possible. High 90. SE @ 10-20.
Sunday: P/Cldy. High near 95.
Monday: P/Cldy w/scattered shwrs & tstrms. High near 90.
Thursday’s High in Atlantic was 94. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 66. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 85 and the low was 60. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 102 in 1918. The Record Low was 40 in 1974.
The next “Healthy U” session this month at the Cass County Memorial Hospital, will be presented by Dr. Mark Johnson, MD and focus on “Summer Safety.” The educational session will be held at noon on Thursday, June 30th in Conference Room 2 at CCMH. Dr. Johnson will cover a wide variety of topics geared towards helping seniors have a safe, healthy summer. Dr. Johnson has worked at Cass County Health System for 29 years, and since 2012 has worked exclusively in the Emergency Department.
Johnson says “Summer presents a number of potential risks for older adults,” said Dr. Johnson. “We will talk about things like heat stroke, dehydration, and insect bites, but I’ll also cover general information about what to keep on hand for basic first aid.”
Healthy U is a free educational series offered by Cass County Health System that focuses on a different health topic each month. All registered attendees receive a healthy boxed meal in addition to the educational program presented by medical professionals.
For more information, or to make a reservation for Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.
AGNES M. ATWOOD, 93, of Exira, died Jan. 13th, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. A Celebration of Life service for AGNES ATWOOD will be held 10:30-a.m. Sat., June 18th, at the Exira Christian Church. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira has the arrangements.
Burial will be in the Baker’s Cemetery, in Hardy, AR.
AGNES ATWOOD is survived by:
Her daughter – Rebecca (Atwood) McCoy, and her son-in-alw, Kevin Milam.
1 grandson, 4 great-grandchildren, her sisters in law: Ruth Barton, of Exira, & Harriette Stanley, of Ottumwa, other relatives, and friends.
Early This Morning: Clear. East wind near 10 mph.
Today: Sunny. High around 90. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 60s. East wind near 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny. High around 90. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 60s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday: Sunny. High in the mid 90s. South wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 70s.
Monday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. High in the upper 80s.
The College World Series begins on Saturday in Omaha and ticket sales are on pace with past years despite the absence of perennial powers like LSU and Mississippi State. Thousands of Iowans make the annual trip to TD Ameritrade Park to watch college baseball’s premier event. Herb Hames is the volunteer ticket chairman for the event.
He says “A majority of our season ticket holders just love the fact that this is still an amateur sport, where they get to see future Major Leaguers.” Hames says there are always those who support the underdog.”U-C Santa Barbara and Coastal Carolina may not bring a lot of their own fans, but I think they will draw more and more fans from Omaha, season ticket holders that want to cheer for a first-timer.”
He says there are several teams in the field that will bring large followings. Such as Oklahoma State,which hasn’t been at the CWS since 1999. And, TCU, which Hames says draws an Omaha crowd because a lot of area residents have graduated from or had kids that graduated from, TCU. Hames says bleacher seats are always popular and group sales are big during the week when attendance is traditionally lower.
He says the weather is a big factor. “When you have games in the afternoon where the temperature is going to be in the high 90’s, a lot of people may prefer to watch it on TV, and sell their tickets to somebody else.” He says they’ll just have to see how what happens.
Oklahoma State will play UC-Santa Barbara in Saturday afternoon’s opener. Miami and Arizona collide on Saturday night.
(Radio Iowa Sports)
Big changes are coming to the seeding process for high school boys’ post season tournament basketball. The Quad City Times reports the Iowa High School Athletic Association board of control has approved a change that will allow the coaches to seed their district or sub-state. In recent years a team’s record during a portion of the season determined its seed. Matt Coss reported on the story for the Times.
He says “Now it’s gonna be in the coaches hands. They’re going to have seeding meetings the first part of February each year, for basketball, where they’ll take win/loss record into account. But I think you’ll also see strength of schedule play a bigger role into it as well. A lot of other states have gone to this format, such as Illinois and Missouri, so Iowa is just kinda jumping on-board with this now.”
Coss says way the state tournament is seeded will also change. “Now, the eight coaches that make the state tournament will rank the seven other teams (in their class). They won’t rank their own team. From there, the Association will take those rankings and determine the seeding of the eight teams. Then they’ll turn it into a “pairing show,” and things like that, so definitely some major changes from what’s taken place in the past.”
Previously, a team’s win-loss record was used to seed the state tournament and Coss says that system drew a number of complaints from coaches. “Especially in the lower classes. It seemed in 1-A and 2-A, you had a lot of teams that maybe were seeded 6th or 7th that ended-up in a State Championship game, just because maybe they were a little more ‘battle tested’ than some of the other teams. So I think now maybe we’ll get some better match-ups right out of the gate at the State Tournament, and it could make the State Tournament more competitive throughout the week.”
The changes will go into effect for next season.
(Radio Iowa Sports)