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Atlantic football fighting to be Strong As Steele


October 29th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Supporters of Steele McLaren line up and illuminate Steele’s #32 at a prayer vigil on Tuesday night at the Trojan Bowl.

It’s been an emotional week for the Atlantic community, school district, and football team. Atlantic senior Steele McLaren suffered a severe brain injury after falling out of the back of a pickup truck in an accident on Sunday afternoon. Steele is fighting for recovery at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and he has an overwhelming number of people supporting him. The outpouring of support from Atlantic, Southwest Iowa, and the country started quickly after news spread. Multiple fundraisers have been organized from apparel sales, meal events, online giving, and local bank donations. A prayer vigil was held on Tuesday night at the Trojan Bowl to support Steele, who is a starting defensive tackle for the Trojan football team. Atlantic Head Coach Mike McDermott said that was an important moment for the team.

Many other athletic programs have reached out to support Steele and the team, including this week’s playoff opponent West Marshall. Their Head Coach Cody Hackett said they want to do all they can to support Atlantic as they deal with the tragic event.

Coach McDermott said it certainly has been a different type of football week, but he thinks the guys want that cathartic moment of being able to step on the field for a couple hours.

You can hear more from Coach McDermott on Trojan Preview on Friday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. on KJAN. We’ll also have the game on KJAN and KJANTV.

Atlantic heads to State Center for battle with West Marshall


October 29th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Trojan LogoThe Atlantic Trojans (7-1) football team hits the road on Friday night to State Center to face off against the West Marshall Trojans (7-1) in a Class 2A Third Round Playoff match-up. Atlantic is coming off a 2nd Round win over Des Moines Christian 21-0 and West Marshall defeated Centerville 60-0 in their 2nd Round contest. West Marshall has a run heavy offense led by 1,587 yards from tailback Preston Pope. West Marshall has some size up front to clear the path for Pope, and Atlantic Head Coach Mike McDermott said his team will need to play tough to stop that run game.

West Marshall also has quite a bit of playoff experience back from a team that was knocked out in the round of 16 the past two seasons. West Marshall Head Coach Cody Hackett said his team wants more this year.

Atlantic has hung their hat on a stout defense and some balance on offense. Atlantic has posted 5 straight shutouts to end the season and Coach McDermott said they expect that defense to rise to the occasion.

West Marshall runs a base 3-5 defense with linebackers moving around the field to match up. Coach Hackett said Atlantic poses some challenges with their balance. He also has been impressed by Atlantic’s defense.

We’ll have coverage of the battle of the Trojans on KJAN. You can hear more from Coach McDermott on Trojan Preview at 4:45 p.m. Our final edition of the pick ’em show Who’s Gonna Win? will start at 5:55 p.m., followed by pregame at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Chris Parks and Mike Smith will have the call on AM 1220, FM 101.1, online at You can also watch the live video stream of the game on KJANTV!

No. 23 Cyclones heads to winless Kansas on Saturday


October 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(A-P) – No. 23 Iowa State heads to Kansas on Saturday trying to get back on track after a tough loss to Oklahoma State. The Cyclones still believe they have a chance to win the Big 12, but falling to the winless Jayhawks would make that nearly impossible. Kansas is trying to bounce back from a blowout loss to rival Kansas State.

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) throws a pass during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

It will be the second game back for Jayhawks coach Les Miles after he missed the trip to West Virginia because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.


‘The ones we play for’: Iowa keeps ‘wave’ for young patients


October 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Home football games for the University of Iowa won’t have the same buzz this season because the usual 69,000 fans won’t be there. One beloved tradition will go on uninterrupted.

FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 file photo, Iowa fans wave to children in the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at the end of the first quarter of an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Miami of Ohio in Iowa City, Iowa. During a season when the atmosphere will be subdued at Iowa home football games because the usual 69,000 fans won’t be there, one tradition will go on uninterrupted. At the end of the first quarter, players and coaches from both teams will turn to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and wave, just as they’ve done every home game since 2017.( (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

At the end of the first quarter at the home opener Saturday against Northwestern, players and coaches from both teams will turn to the nearby Stead Family Children’s Hospital and wave at the young patients. The tradition has been in place for every Iowa home game since 2017. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, patients will stay in their rooms to wave back.


Two Iowa football players enter transfer portal


October 29th, 2020 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa football players Shadrick Byrd and Yahweh Jeudy (YAW-way JUDY) have entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, with the intention to transfer at the end of the fall semester. The announcement was made Thursday by head football coach Kirk Ferentz.

Bryd is a running back from Alabaster, Alabama, while Jeudy is a linebacker from Pompano Beach, Florida. Both players are redshirt freshmen. Jeudy has not seen game action, while Byrd played on special teams in Iowa’s opening contest.

Iowa plays its first home game of the 2020 season Saturday, hosting Northwestern (2:35 p.m., ESPN).

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 10/29/20

Podcasts, Sports

October 29th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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


2020 WIC All-Conference Volleyball and Fall Academic All-Conference awards


October 28th, 2020 by Chris Parks

2020 WIC All-Conference Volleyball

First Team

Macy Van Fossen (Underwood, sr.); Presley Pogge (Tri-Center, sr.); Peyton Cook (Underwood, sr.WIC); Emma Flathers (Treynor, jr.); Maddie Lewis (Treynor, jr.); Ava Hilts (Missouri Valley, soph.); Ashley Christians (Logan-Magnolia, sr.); Miranda Ring (Tri-Center, jr.).

Second Team

Zoe Rus (Underwood, sr.); Stella Umphries (Treynor, sr.); Ella Myler (Missouri Valley, soph.); Maya Contreraz (Missouri Valley, soph.); Lesley Morales-Foote (Underwood, jr.); Kenna Ford (Riverside, sr.); Macanna Guritz (Logan-Magnolia, soph.); Courtney Ohl (Logan-Magnolia, sr.).


2020 WIC Academic All-Conference – Fall Sports

(Must be senior, maintain 3.25 grade point average)


AHSTW: Kailey Jones, Claire Harris. Audubon: Johanna Saurs, Madison Vorms, Elizabeth Zaiger. IKM-Manning: Lauren Danner, Sierra Ferry. Logan-Magnolia: Ashley Christians, Emilie Thompson, Ashlyn Doiel, Emme Lake, Courtney Ohl. Missouri Valley: Olivia Guinan, Carlie Winchester. Riverside: Kenna Ford, Kya Hackett, Ella Hensley. Treynor: Anna Halverson, Stella Umphries. Tri-Center: Presley Pogge. Underwood: Macy Van Fossen, Zoe Russ, Taylor Nelson, Ali Robertson, Hailey Seider.

Cross Country

AHSTW: Claire Denning, Jade Draman, Chloe Falkena, Holly Hoepner, Kailey Jones, Julia Kock, Martha Pace. Audubon: Katelyn Nielsen. IKM-Manning: Quintin Dreyer, Conner Keller, Tanner Spoelstra. Logan-Magnolia: Marissa Brenden, Marissa McCoy, Noah Bock. Missouri Valley: Bre Boruff, Ella Rangel. Riverside: Ben Schroder, Conner Stevens. Treynor: Mia Nichols, Claire Yochum. Tri-Center: Peyton Pogge, Faith McPhillips, Brett McGee, Luke Hundtoffe. Underwood: Rachel Pinchot.

2020 Class 1A and 2A State Volleyball Brackets


October 28th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Volleyball Regional Final Scoreboard – Class 1A and 2A – 10/28/2020


October 28th, 2020 by Chris Parks

Trips to the State Volleyball Tournament were decided in Class 1A and 2A with Regional Finals being contested around the state. Here are the area results.


Region 2 @ Denison: (3-1) St. Albert 25-25-21-25, Newell-Fonda 8-20-25-20
Region 4 @ Norwalk: (3-0) Gladbrook-Reinbeck 25-25-25, Stanton 23-20-14
Region 5 @ Ottumwa: (3-0) New London 25-25-26, Southeast Warren 18-22-24


Region 3 @ West Central Valley, Stuart: (3-2) Van Meter 25-23-17-25-15, Underwood 22-25-25-23-10
Region 4 @ Fort Dodge: (3-2) South Hardin 25-25-20-14-15, East Sac County 22-19-25-25-10

IATC Final Cross Country Team Rankings 10/28/2020


October 28th, 2020 by Chris Parks

The Iowa Association of Track Coaches released the final cross country team rankings of the season prior to the State Meets being contested this Friday and Saturday.

Boys 4A

Rank Team
1 Cedar Falls
2 Dubuque Hempstead
3 Dowling Catholic, WDM
4 Sioux City, North
5 Waukee
6 Prairie, Cedar Rapids
7 Johnston
8 Iowa City, Liberty
9 Pleasant Valley
10 Norwalk
11 Iowa City, West
12 Ankeny Centennial
13 Urbandale
14 Iowa City, City High
15 Valley, WDM

Girls 4A

Rank Team
1 Valley, West Des Moines
2 Johnston
3 Linn-Mar
4 Dubuque Senior
5 Waukee
6 Dubuque Hempstead
7 Ankeny Centennial
8 Ankeny
9 Southeast Polk
10 Indianola
11 Prairie, Cedar Rapids
12 Pleasant Valley
13 Urbandale
14 Bettendorf
15 Dowling Catholic

Boys 3A

Rank Team
1 Dallas Center Grimes
2 Pella
3 Solon
4 Marion
5 Center Point Urbana
6 North Polk
7 Decorah
8 Carlisle
9 Mount Vernon Lisbon
10 ADM Adel
11 LeMars
12 West Delaware
13 Dubuque Wahlert
14 MOC Floyd Valley
15 Glenwood

Girls 3A

Rank Team
1 Ballard
2 Wahlert, Dubuque
3 Dallas Center-Grimes
4 Assumption, Davenport
5 Bishop Heelan
6 Glenwood
7 Solon
8 Harlan
9 Decorah
10 Waverly-Shell Rock
11 Pella
12 Center Point-Urbana
13 Winterset
14 Spencer
15 Carlisle

Boys 2A

Rank Team
1 Danville-New London
2 Tipton
3 Des Moines Christian
4 Davis County
5 Western Christian
6 Mid-Prairie
7 Denver
8 Williamsburg
10 GC-GR
11 Waukon
12 Albia
13 Central Decatur
14 North Fayette Valley
15 Unity Christian

Girls 2A

Rank Team
1 Mid-Prairie Wellman
2 Williamsburg
3 Tipton
4 Denver
5 Davis County
6 Starmont
7 Cherokee
8 Panorama
9 Dike New Hartford
10 Jesup
11 Unity Christian
12 Roland Story
13 Sibley-Ocheyedan
14 DSM Christian
15 Danville-New London

Boys 1A

Rank Team
1 Madrid
2 Earlham
3 South Winneshiek
4 Maquoketa Valley
5 Bellevue
6 Pekin
7 Newman Catholic
8 Nodaway Valley
9 St Edmond (Fort Dodge)
11 Ogden
12 Central Springs
13 East Marshall
14 Hudson
15 Siouxland Christian
16 Columbus Community

Girls 1A

Rank Team
1 Hudson
2 Pekin
3 Regina
4 South Winneshiek
5 Newman
6 St Edmond
7 Van Meter
9 Manson Northwest Webster
10 Nashua Plainfield
12 Kee Lansing
13 Prince of Peace
14 Logan-Magnolia
15 Earlham
16 Montezuma