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Wieskamp named Jerry West Award Semifinalist


January 26th, 2021 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday the 10 semifinalists for the 2021 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award, which includes University of Iowa sophomore Joe Wieskamp.

It marks the third time in five seasons that a Hawkeye has been named a semifinalist for the award (Wieskamp, 2020; Peter Jok, 2017).

Named after Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. Fans can vote for their favorite player starting Friday, Jan. 29, at

Wieskamp (6-foot-6, 212 pounds) ranks second on the team in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg). The native of Muscatine, Iowa, ranks seventh in the league in field goal percentage, making 50 percent of his attempts (75-of-150), 14th in 3-pointers made per game (1.8), and 15th in defensive rebounds per game (5.1). Wieskamp has scored in double figures in 11 of Iowa’s 15 games this season and 56 career times. He became the 50th player in program history to score 1,000 career points on Jan. 20, 2021. 

Wieskamp has averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists, making a combined eight 3-pointers (8-of-11, .727), over Iowa’s last three contests.

In late February, five finalists will be presented to Mr. West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Jerry West Award will be presented on April 9, along with the other four members of the Men’s Starting Five.

No. 7 Iowa (12-3, 6-2) returns to action on Friday at No. 19 Illinois (10-5, 6-3). Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. (CT) at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Illinois. The game will be televised on FS1.

Spencer Lee named Co-Big Ten Wrestler of the Week


January 26th, 2021 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the second week in a row, University of Iowa senior Spencer Lee has been named Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Lee shares the award with Wisconsin’ Eric Barnette.

Lee, ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds, pinned No. 9 Mitch McKee of Minnesota in one minute, 53 seconds, to lead No. 1 Iowa to a 35-4 win over the No. 15 Gophers on Jan. 22. Lee led 14-0 before securing the fall, registering a takedown 31 seconds into the match and piling up 12 nearfall poins. The first-period fall was his second this season and 18th of his career.

Lee improved to 24-0 all-time in Big Ten duals and extended his winning streak to 25 matches.

The weekly conference honor is the third of his career and the second for Iowa this season.

The top-ranked Hawkeyes return to action hosting No. 10 Illinois on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The dual is televised on BTN.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/26/21

Podcasts, Sports

January 26th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

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


N. Iowa beats Coe 70-60


January 26th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Nate Heise had 18 points and Trae Berhow recorded 18 points and seven rebounds as Northern Iowa got past Coe 70-60. Jacob Robertson led the Kohawks on Monday night with 14 points and six rebounds.


Freshmen lead Oklahoma St. past short-handed Iowa St. 81-60


January 26th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Freshmen Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe and Rondel Walker had career games in the absence of star classmate Cade Cunningham and Oklahoma State pulled away from short-handed Iowa State for an 81-60 win. Moncrieffe scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs and Walker had a career-high 20 points. Cunningham, the leading scorer in the Big 12 at 17.9 points a game, missed his second game due to COVID-19 protocol but was on the bench.

Oklahoma State forward Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe shoots over Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton (45) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma State won 81-60. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa State only had six scholarship players available and only seven players saw action. Rasir Bolton scored 19 points and Tyler Harris 18 for the Cyclones.


Area Basketball games were cancelled or postponed for Monday night (1/25)


January 25th, 2021 by Ric Hanson



AC/GC vs. Southwest Valley, ppd.

Bedford vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor, ppd.

Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson vs. St. Albert, Council Bluffs, ppd.

Essex vs. Clarinda Academy, ppd.

Mount Ayr vs. Central Decatur, Leon, ppd.

Ogden vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard, ccd.

Stanton vs. Griswold, ppd.

Underwood vs. Logan-Magnolia, ppd.

Winterset vs. Perry, ppd.



Bedford vs. Fremont Mills, Tabor, ppd.

Kuemper Catholic, Carroll vs. Greene County, ccd.

Logan-Magnolia vs. IKM-Manning, ppd.

Mount Ayr vs. Central Decatur, Leon, ppd.

Ogden vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard, ccd.

Stanton vs. Griswold, ppd. to Jan 25th.

A-P Boys Iowa High School Basketball Poll for the week of 1/25/21


January 25th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class 4A
Record Pts Prv
1. Cedar Falls (7) 9-0 88 1
2. Waukee (2) 7-1 79 2
3. Johnston 5-1 73 3
4. Ankeny Centennial 9-1 66 4
5. Iowa City Liberty 5-0 51 6
6. Dubuque, Hempstead 8-2 40 7
7. Valley, West Des Moines 7-2 34 5
8. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 10-3 28 8
9. Southeast Polk 8-2 13 NR
10. Pleasant Valley 9-2 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Ames 4. Des Moines, Hoover 3. Norwalk 2. North Scott, Eldridge 1. Davenport, West 1.

Class 3A
Record Pts Prv
1. Ballard (5) 11-1 79 4
2. Pella (1) 11-1 71 1
3. Monticello (2) 12-0 68 5
4. Dallas Center-Grimes (1) 11-1 63 6
5. Carroll 12-1 62 2
6. Assumption, Davenport 10-2 41 3
(tie) Solon 13-1 41 7
8. Epworth, Western Dubuque 10-2 24 8
9. Glenwood 12-2 19 10
10. Clear Lake 11-1 14 9

Others receiving votes: Clear Creek-Amana 12. Le Mars 1.

Class 2A
Record Pts Prv
1. Boyden-Hull (9) 14-0 90 1
2. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 14-1 62 3
3. Des Moines Christian 12-1 56 7
4. Western Christian, Hull 12-3 54 6
5. Dike-New Hartford 12-2 42 2
(tie) West Branch 9-0 42 4
7. OA-BCIG 13-1 39 9
8. Denver 12-2 38 8
9. Pekin 14-1 24 10
10. Roland-Story, Story City 11-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Albia 8. Spirit Lake 7. North Fayette, Valley 7. Treynor 4. West Burlington 2. AC-GC 2. Aplington-Parkersburg 2. Camanche 1. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 1.

Class 1A
Record Pts Prv
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (8) 15-0 89 1
2. Lake Mills (1) 13-0 77 2
3. Martensdale-St. Marys 13-0 70 3
4. Easton Valley 15-0 57 4
5. Gehlen Catholic, Le Mars 14-1 45 6
6. Springville 15-1 44 5
7. Montezuma 13-2 30 8
8. Grand View Christian 12-1 29 9
9. St. Mary’s, Remsen 13-1 25 7
10. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 11-2 21 10

Others receiving votes: Dunkerton 2. Edgewood-Colesburg 2. Janesville 1. Keota 1. Newell-Fonda 1. Notre Dame, Burlington 1.

Cardinals Spring Training tickets go on sale February 1st


January 25th, 2021 by Chris Parks

JUPITER, FL – After much anticipation, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is excited to announce that 2021 Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training tickets will go on sale starting Monday, February 1st.  Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will host a total of 30 games throughout the duration of the 2021 Spring Training Season: 15 for the Miami Marlins and 15 for the St. Louis Cardinals. All tickets for the 2021 season will be available for purchase online only through or

As is tradition, 2020 Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Season Ticket Holders will be given first priority in purchasing their tickets for the upcoming season. Unlike in years past, full Season Ticket packages will not be available for the 2021 season due to updated Health & Safety Protocols. Instead, all tickets will be available on an individual game basis. Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to pick their games, at a discounted rate for the 2021 Spring Training season starting February 1st at 10 a.m.

All tickets for the 2021 season will be purchased online and issued via mobile ticket delivery utilizing the MLB Ballpark App. In accordance with health and safety protocols, seating pods will be available in allotments of 2, 4, or 6 and distanced a minimum of 6 feet apart throughout the entire stadium. Additionally, all points of sale at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium will be credit or debit transactions only. A full list of updated stadium Health and Safety Protocols for the 2021 season can be found at here.

On Monday, February 8th, 2020 Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals Season Ticket Holders will have an opportunity to purchase 2021 Spring Training tickets.  Past Mini-Plan and Group Ticket buyers will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on an individual game basis beginning Monday, February 15th, pending availability. Individual Game Tickets will become available to the General Public on Thursday, February 18th, pending availability.

Groups can take advantage of the MOSS Construction Luxury Suites or Cassidy Cool Zone areas during the 2021 season. In accordance with updated Health & Safety Protocols, the Moss Construction Luxury Suites will be capped at a maximum of 20 tickets, while food service will continue to be available in the suites and will be served as pre-packaged options.

Similarly, the Cassidy Cool Zone will be available to groups of 50 people. All groups utilizing the Cool Zone will be required to stay in the covered picnic area for the duration of the game, no additional Reserved Box nor Bleachers tickets will be included in this package for the 2021 season. The two-hour all you can eat food service that is customary with the Cool Zone package will continue for the 2021 season, however, pre-packaged options will be utilized in accordance with Health and Safety Protocols.

The full Spring Training schedule at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium can be found below or at or Fans can also find information on individual and group ticket policies by visiting our website or by calling the stadium’s Main Office at (561) 775-1818.

Updates to Iowa women’s hoops schedule


January 25th, 2021 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Big Ten Conference has announced changes to the women’s basketball schedule which effects Iowa’s next three games.

The Hawkeyes matchup with Northwestern on Thursday, Jan. 28 has been scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT) and will air live on Big Ten Network.

The game at Minnesota on Jan. 31 has been announced as a 4 p.m. CT start and will stream live on BTN Plus.

The Ohio State game in Columbus, that was postponed on Dec. 19, will be made-up on Feb. 4 inside Value City Arena. Tip time has not been set but the matchup will air live on Big Ten Network.

AP Women’s Basketball Top 25 01/25/2021


January 25th, 2021 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 24, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking

Record Pts Prv
1. Louisville (22) 14-0 739 1
2. NC State (5) 11-0 710 2
3. UConn (1) 10-0 692 3
4. South Carolina (2) 12-1 679 4
5. UCLA 9-2 618 6
6. Stanford 12-2 572 5
7. Maryland 11-1 565 7
8. Texas A&M 14-1 550 8
9. Baylor 10-2 522 9
10. Arizona 11-2 494 10
11. Oregon 11-3 420 13
12. Michigan 10-1 382 11
13. South Florida 10-1 353 14
14. Ohio St. 8-1 346 17
15. Kentucky 11-4 320 12
16. Indiana 9-3 308 16
17. DePaul 9-3 238 18
18. Gonzaga 13-2 186 20
19. Arkansas 11-5 182 15
20. Tennessee 10-3 180 25
21. Mississippi St. 8-4 156 19
22. Georgia 12-2 122 22
23. Northwestern 8-3 93 21
24. West Virginia 11-2 72
25. South Dakota St. 13-2 66

Others receiving votes: Texas 52, Missouri St. 49, Iowa St. 29, Syracuse 27, Alabama 10, Rice 7, Georgia Tech 5, Milwaukee 4, South Dakota 2.