Northern IA DE Schult receives Buchanan Award


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe won the Walter Payton Award on Friday night as the most outstanding player in FCS and Northern Iowa defensive end Karter Schult received the Buck Buchanan Award as top defensive player.

Briscoe, a junior who transferred from UAB after it shut down its football program, passed for 4,602 yards and 57 touchdowns for the Bearkats (12-1). He beat out Eastern Washington teammates Gage Gubrud, a quarterback, and Cooper Kupp, a receiver. Kupp was trying to become a two-time winner of the Payton award after taking it last season.

Schult led FCS with 17 sacks. The other finalists were linebacker Dylan Cole of Missouri State and defensive P.J. Hall of Sam Houston State.

Shenandoah K9 unit makes drug-related arrest Saturday morning


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on a vehicle in Shenandoah early this (Saturday) morning resulted in the arrest of a Nebraska woman on drug charges. According to the Shenandoah P-D, a vehicle was pulled over at around 12:30-a.m. in the 200 block of West Valley Avenue.

K9 “Argo” (Shenandoah P-D Facebook page photo)

Upon further investigation and the deployment of the Shenandoah PD’s new K9, “Argo,” officers arrested 20-year old Harley Collier, of Omaha, for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Collier was transported to Page County Jail, where her bond was set at $1,000.

Area girls basketball scores from 1/6/17


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson


A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 53, Tri-Center, Neola 43

ADM, Adel 61, Bondurant Farrar 30

Boone 65, Carroll 38

CAM, Anita 67, Ar-We-Va, Westside 16

Carlisle 50, Winterset 30

Central Decatur, Leon 75, East Union, Afton 26

Charter Oak-Ute 45, Coon Rapids-Bayard 38

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 56, Nebraska City Lourdes, Neb. 35

Denison-Schleswig 58, Atlantic 35

Essex 45, Fremont Mills, Tabor 38

Glidden-Ralston 55, Boyer Valley, Dunlap 36

Griswold 36, Riverside, Oakland 27

Interstate 35,Truro 63, Lenox 17

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 64, Glenwood 43

Lewis Central 79, Clarinda 17

Logan-Magnolia 56, IKM-Manning 43

Mount Ayr 68, Martensdale-St. Marys 40

Red Oak 55, Shenandoah 48

Sidney 89, Heartland Christian 19

Southwest Valley 62, Wayne, Corydon 52

St. Albert, Council Bluffs 67, Harlan 37

Treynor 66, Missouri Valley 23

Underwood 64, Audubon 50

West Central Valley, Stuart 57, Earlham 47

West Monona, Onawa 67, River Valley, Correctionville 41

Woodward-Granger 43, AC/GC 29

Area boys basketball scores from Friday, 1/6/17


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson


A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 63, Tri-Center, Neola 53

ADM, Adel 70, Bondurant Farrar 59

Ar-We-Va, Westside 49, CAM, Anita 30

Atlantic 69, Denison-Schleswig 42

Bedford 84, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 54

Boone 62, Carroll 50

Boyer Valley, Dunlap 67, Glidden-Ralston 45

Central Decatur, Leon 67, East Union, Afton 50

Coon Rapids-Bayard 49, Charter Oak-Ute 46

Earlham 64, West Central Valley, Stuart 47

East Mills 67, Clarinda Academy 40

Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 63, Paton-Churdan 49

Fremont Mills, Tabor 81, Essex 51

Harlan 54, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 45

IKM-Manning 63, Logan-Magnolia 56

Interstate 35,Truro 84, Lenox 73

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 76, Glenwood 67, OT

Lewis Central 68, Clarinda 32

Martensdale-St. Marys 60, Mount Ayr 20

Nebraska City Lourdes, Neb. 44, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 27

Panorama, Panora 74, Woodward Academy 66

Pleasantville 54, Nodaway Valley 38

Red Oak 61, Shenandoah 57

Riverside, Oakland 55, Griswold 54

Sidney 80, Heartland Christian 28

Southwest Valley 78, Wayne, Corydon 42

Treynor 54, Missouri Valley 18

Underwood 75, Audubon 66

Winterset 75, Carlisle 52

Woodward-Granger 60, AC/GC 45

Bluffs man dies in crash near the IA/NE line


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A man from Pottawattamie County died Friday afternoon during a single-vehicle rollover accident in far northwestern Pott. County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 61-year-old Rodney Lee Smith, of Council Bluffs, died when the 2013 Jeep Cherokee he was driving left the eastbound lanes of Interstate 680 near mile-marker 1, crossed the median and westbound lanes of traffic. The SUV then entered a field and traveled for some distance before striking a ditch and rolling over. The crash happened at around 4:40 p.m. Smith, who was wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by Deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, along with Crescent Fire and Rescue.

AMBER ALERT issued in Iowa


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities late Friday night issued an AMBER ALERT for two Polk County boys who were allegedly abducted by their biological mother on Dec. 28th. 12-year old Morgan, and 11-year old Landon Griffin, are believed to be in a brown or gold colored 2003 Chevy Suburban with Iowa license plate CRY 371. They, along with their mother, 32-year old Mary Andrea Purcell, are believed to be on their way to Minnesota or Oregon. If you see those subjects and/or the vehicle, call 9-1-1.

Landon and Morgan are mixed-race (Asian/Caucasian) males with brown hair and brown eyes. They stand between 5-feet three- and 5-feet four-inches tall, and weigh about 135- to 140-pounds. One of the children has medical issues that need on-going attention and is believed to be in danger. Mary Purcell is a white female with brown hair, green eyes. She stands about 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighs about 150-pounds. She may use the last name of Manivong.

Landon Griffin

Mary Purcell

Morgan Griffin

Iowa early News Headlines: Saturday, Jan. 7th 2017


January 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities have issued an AMBER ALERT for two Polk County boys who was allegedly abducted by their biological mother on Dec. 28th. 12-year old Morgan, and 11-year old Landon Griffin, are believed to be in a brown 2003 Chevy Suburban with Iowa license plate CRY 371. They, along with their mother, 32-year old Mary Purcell, are believed to be on their way to Minnesota or Oregon. If you see the vehicle, call 9-1-1.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A special election has been scheduled for a House seat that was vacated by an incoming state senator. Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Friday that directs a special election be held Jan. 31 for House District 89, which includes parts of Scott County in eastern Iowa. The House seat was held by Democrat Jim Lykam, who resigned after winning a special election on Dec. 27 for the Iowa Senate.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has found a man guilty of murder in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Dubuque. The Telegraph Herald reports the judge on Friday found 28-year-old Eddie J. Hicks guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2015 death of Kahdyesha J. Lemon. Prosecutors say Hicks stabbed his girlfriend more than 100 times in her Dubuque home. Hicks will be sentenced Jan. 23. First-degree murder in Iowa carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

REMSEN, Iowa (AP) — A truck driver was hurt when his vehicle collided with a train near the northwest Iowa city of Remsen. The Sioux City Journal reports the crash happened Friday morning at a rural crossing north of Remsen, a Plymouth County community about 30 miles northeast of Sioux City. The state patrol says the driver, whose name wasn’t released, was being treated for broken legs and other injuries. It’s not clear how the crash happened. The westbound train was hauling corn syrup.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s maximum-security prison for male offenders will have the first female warden in its 178-year history. The Board of Corrections has approved the appointment of Patti Wachtendorf as warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Wachtendorf has been warden at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, the state’s prison for female offenders, since 2009.

Atlantic Boys roll to win at Denison


January 6th, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Boys Basketball Team played a complete game from the onset on Friday night in a Hawkeye Ten road win over Denison-Schleswig 69-42.  Atlantic fed the ball to Scott Leonard on the block early and he took advantage racking up 13 first half points to help the Trojans build a 20 point halftime lead.

The Monarchs went on a small flurry to start the second half but could never cut the lead under double digits. Atlantic built the lead back over 20 by the end of the third on their way to the conference win.  The Trojans got 19 points from both Garrett Franken and Scott Leonard in the victory.  Atlantic is now 7-3 on the season and 4-1 in Hawkeye Ten Conference play.  They next travel to Glenwood on Tuesday night.

Denison falls to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the Hawkeye Ten. The Monarchs next host St. Albert on Tuesday.

DONALD “DONNIE” STORMER, 80, of Elk Horn (Formerly of Atlantic) (No Svcs. Planned)


January 6th, 2017 by Chris Parks

DONALD “DONNIE” STORMER, 80, of Elk Horn (Formerly of Atlantic) died Friday, January 6th at Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn. Cremation has taken place and no services will be held for DONNIE STORMER. Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic has the arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at

DONALD “DONNIE” STORMER is survived by:

Nieces: Tracie (Jerry) Evans of Elk Horn. Sue Gaines of Atlantic. Amy Jo Madden of Atlantic.

Iowa Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis Retires


January 6th, 2017 by Chris Parks

(Radio Iowa) The University of Iowa announced today that Greg Davis is retiring after five years as the offensive coordinator of the Hawkeye football team.

Davis also served as the quarterbacks coach for Iowa. His retirement ends a 43-year career in the college football coaching ranks.

Davis joined the Iowa coaching staff replacing Ken O’Keefe after serving as offensive coordinator at the University of Texas for 13 seasons.

He was named Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005 after Texas won the BCS national championship, and was a finalist for the award in 1999. Davis coached in 22 bowl games, including January bowl games (Outback twice, TaxSlayer and Rose) with the Hawkeyes the past four seasons.

“I cannot thank Greg Davis enough for what he has meant to Iowa football these past five seasons. Greg possesses a great football mind, and he brought a perspective and expertise to our program that made every one of our coaches and players better,” Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement released by the school. “Greg’s coaching career spanned five decades, from high school to the biggest stage in college football — and each day he exemplified passion for the game while instilling character in his players. That is ‘love for the game’ and without Greg, there’s a little less of that in football today. Greg will be the first to admit he owes so much of his coaching success to his wife, Patsy. They were a wonderful team in Iowa City and all of us with the Iowa football program wish them the very best.”

Greg Davis at media day 2016.

With Davis on staff, the Hawkeyes won 39 games over the past five seasons, including a combined 20 wins over the past two years. The Hawkeyes appeared in four January bowl games, including the 2016 Rose Bowl Game. The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten’s West Division in 2015 while posting a school-record 12 wins.

Davis also released a statement in his retirement announcement: “I have had a wonderful five years with the Hawkeye football program. I would like to thank coach Ferentz, the entire staff, our players, and Iowa fans everywhere,” said Davis.

“Patsy and I have enjoyed our time in Iowa, and not just the football part of it. The people of Iowa City and Hawkeye fans have been great. While we have our home in Dallas, there is no doubt we will be Hawkeye fans forever. This is my decision, but not a decision that was reached lightly. I remain passionate about the game of football, and enjoyed teaching football to our players every day. Patsy has been a trooper through all these years; we have learned and enjoyed every step along the way. It’s time for me to get closer to our family. I’m not sure the people of Iowa realize how special Kirk Ferentz is, and I am not talking about just the football part of the equation,” said Davis. “The men who leave this program are prepared for life, for careers, to be great husbands and fathers. Kirk is the total package for what anyone would want in a head coach.”

Prior to his stint at Texas, Davis was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Carolina (1996-97), where he helped develop the quarterback duo of Chris Keldorf and Oscar Davenport, who teamed to complete 60 percent of their passes for more than 2,700 yards each season. Davis was head coach at Tulane for four seasons (1988-91) after serving as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach there for three seasons.

Davis spent two seasons (1992-93) as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas and two years (1994-95) as Georgia’s passing game coordinator, helping the Bulldogs to the 1995 Peach Bowl. Davis began his college coaching career at Texas A&M, serving as the Aggies’ quarterbacks coach (1978-84) before moving to Tulane. Davis began his career in the high school ranks while working toward a master’s degree. He coached at Barbe High School (Lake Charles, Louisiana) from 1973-74 and Port Neches-Groves High School (Port Neches, Texas) from 1975-77, where he helped the Indians to the 1975 Texas 4A state title. Davis is a native of Groves, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree (sports administration, 1973) and master’s degree (1977) from McNeese State.

Coach Ferentz will meet with the media on Monday in a news conference to wrap up the past season, which ended with the January 2nd loss to Florida 30-3 in the Outback Bowl.