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Lewis Central, Carroll advance from 3A Boys Golf Sectional at Denison, Atlantic’s Hayes moves on


May 11th, 2022 by Jim Field

Class 3A Boys Golf Sectional at Denison
Majestic Hills Golf Course

Team Scores

  1. Lewis Central 338 District Qualifier
  2. Carroll 342 District Qualifier
  3. Atlantic 344
  4. Greene County 350
  5. Glenwood 352
  6. Harlan 354
  7. Denison-Schleswig 354
  8. Perry 431

Individual Top Ten

  1. Drew Munson, Carroll, 77
  2. Jordan Greenwood, Lewis Central, 78
  3. Joe Carey, Greene County, 79 District Qualifier
  4. Tristan Hayes, Atlantic, 81 District Qualifier
  5. Payton Greenwood, Lewis Central, 82
  6. Easton Emery, Denison-Schleswig, 84
  7. Garrett McLaren, Atlantic, 85
  8. Kole Towne, Denison-Shleswig, 85
  9. Tye Nebel, Glenwood, 86
  10. Drew Bladt, Harlan, 86

Atlantic Scores

Garrett McLaren 85
Lane Nelson 88
Cruz Weaver 92
Tristan Hayes 81 (Qualifies to move on to Districts at Spencer, 4th overall)
Roth Den Beste 95
Tate Niklasen 94
Atlantic Head Coach Ed Den Beste: “Needed two more strokes today.  Came up a little short.  Great to see Tristan shoot so well today.  He started on a tough hole with bogey but then came back with a birdie and kept it going.  Garrett started well but had a few holes that got him.  Went 42, 43.  Pretty similar sides.  Lane worked but couldn’t keep it low.  He went 44, 44.  Cruz had a better day than conference but we needed it in the 80s.  Tate and Roth had a few holes that got them.  Look to see them better next year.   Tristan will head to Spencer on Monday as an individual.  Hope to see him shoot well.”
Full results HERE.

Treynor wins home 2A Sectional Boys Golf Meet


May 11th, 2022 by Jim Field

Class 2A Sectional Boys Golf @ Treynor
Treynor Recreation Area

Team Scores

  1. Treynor 330 District Qualifier
  2. Clarinda 355 District Qualifier
  3. West Monona 362 District Qualifier
  4. Missouri Valley 381
  5.  Underwood 384
  6. Nodaway Valley 391
  7. Red Oak 425
  8. Shenandoah NTS

Individual Top Ten

  1. Cooper Neal, Clarinda, 74
  2. Ethan Konz, Treynor, 75
  3. Owen Collison, West Monona, 75
  4. Jackson Tennis, Missouri Valley, 82 District Qualifier
  5. Ryan Konz, Treynor, 83
  6. Matthew Weber, Nodaway Valley, 85 District Qualifier
  7. Gabe Travis, Treynor, 86
  8. Ryan McIntyre, Treynor, 86
  9. Aaron Ehmke, Treynor, 87
  10. Jade Spangler, Shenandoah, 87

Full results HERE

Kirk Speraw retiring from Iowa men’s basketball staff


May 11th, 2022 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa men’s basketball assistant coach Kirk Speraw announced his retirement, effective June 30, after 43 years of coaching college basketball. The announcement was made Wednesday by head coach Fran McCaffery.

Speraw began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olson on Iowa’s 1980 Final Four team and concludes as a 12-year assistant coach on McCaffery’s staff that won the 2022 Big Ten Tournament championship.

“Kirk has been the ultimate professional and an important part of our basketball program since I arrived in Iowa City,” said McCaffery. “Kirk was well-respected by the players and was one of the key components of rebuilding the program. His knowledge of the game and relationships that he developed with the players, families and fans will be greatly missed. It has been an honor to work alongside Kirk all these years.”

“I was fortunate that Coach Olson gave me my start in coaching here at the University of Iowa and I am grateful that Coach McCaffery and Gary Barta brought me back to my alma mater to finish my coaching career with a Big Ten championship,” Speraw said. “I want to thank my wife, Tracy, and our four kids (Drew, Brooke, Dustin, Bailey) for their support and patience throughout my coaching career. And I want to thank all the student-athletes that I have had the honor to coach throughout my career. Go Hawks!”

The Sioux City, Iowa, native helped guide the Hawkeyes to 20 or more wins eight of the last 10 years. Speraw and the Hawkeyes placed fifth or better in the Big Ten standings six of the last eight seasons, including a third-place finish in 2021.

In 2022, the Hawkeyes won four games in four days to capture the Big Ten Tournament title, their third in program history. Iowa finished fourth in the conference standings and won 26 games; the second highest single season win total in program history.

Speraw and the coaching staff recruited and coached a first-team All-Big Ten honoree seven of the last nine years, including two of the most dominating players in college basketball each of the last three years. Luka Garza was twice named national player of the year and a consensus first-team All-America selection in 2020 and 2021, while Keegan Murray was a finalist for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy, earned consensus first-team All-America laurels and was named the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year in 2022.

Over the last three seasons, Iowa combined to win 68 games — fourth most over a three-year stretch in program history and most since 1987-89 — finished each season ranked in the AP Poll — something that has not been accomplished in more than three decades — and won 17 contests over AP Top 25 opponents. Additionally, Iowa has had the Big Ten scoring champion each of the past three seasons, which is something that has not been accomplished by any team in the league in more than 50 years.

Prior to his successful coaching career, Speraw was on Olson’s Hawkeye roster for four seasons (1976-79), including lettering on the 1979 Big Ten regular season championship team.

After advancing to the 1980 Final Four as a graduate assistant, Speraw moved to Denver University, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for former Iowa assistant coach Floyd Theard for two years (1981-82).

Speraw rejoined the Hawkeyes after serving 17 years as head coach at the University of Central Florida (1994-2010). During his tenure, 18 players received all-league honors, including four first-team honorees and 54 student-athletes earned academic all-conference recognition. His tenure included four NCAA Tournament berths (1994, ’96, ’04 and ‘05). In 2007, he was recognized as Conference USA Coach of the Year after guiding the Knights to 22 victories and a second-place league finish. His most successful season at UCF was in 2004, when the Knights won 25 games, received votes in the Top 25 and won the Atlantic Sun Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to his head coaching job at UCF, Speraw served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida for three seasons (1991-93) under head coach Lon Kruger. While on the Florida staff, the Gators participated in two NIT’s, including advancing to the semifinals in 1992.

Prior to his three years in Gainesville, Speraw was the head coach at Pensacola Junior College (PJC) from 1988-90. At PJC, he led the Pirates to an 82-21 record and three consecutive Panhandle Conference titles. Speraw was tabbed the NABC/Kodak National Junior College Coach of the Year, as well as the state’s Coach of the Year after his 1990 team won 31 games and finished fifth nationally.

Speraw also had a coaching stop at Florida Southern, serving as an assistant from 1983-87. The Moccasins made four appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament, including a third-place finish in 1986.

Northern Iowa softball on NCAA bubble


May 11th, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Northern Iowa softball coach Ryan Jacobs is concerned the Panther’s NCAA bubble may burst if they don’t win the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Springfield, Missouri. UNI is 31-13 after winning the Valley regular season title. The season included a school record 16 game winning streak.

UNI earned its first ever at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament a year ago and won a game in a regional at Missouri. Jacobs says there is more competition for the at-large spots this season.

Jacobs says the Panthers could have helped their own cause during non-conference play.

Jacobs says it may be tougher to get in with an at-large bid than it was a year ago.

The Panthers have a bye into Friday’s semifinal round and must wait to find out who their opponent will be.

Cardinals fall to Orioles in series opener


May 11th, 2022 by Chris Parks

The St. Louis Cardinals fell in their series opener to the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Tuesday night. The Orioles scored two runs in the third and a run each in the following three innings to secure the win.

Leadoff man Cedric Mullins had a monster game for Baltimore with 4 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Anthony Santander added three hits and an RBI. Kyle Bradish went seven innings on the mound with 11 strikeouts and allowed just 4 hits.

St. Louis was led by Harrison Bader with a hit, a run scored, and an RBI on a historic play. He notched the first ever inside-the-park home run at this rendition of Busch Stadium in the 6th.

The Cardinals fell to 16-13 with the loss. The two teams meet again on Wednesday night for a 6:45 p.m. first pitch. We’ll have pregame on KJAN starting at 5:50 p.m.

Atlantic girls soccer cruises to win over Creston on Senior Night


May 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic girls soccer team picked up a 10-0 win over Creston on Senior Night at the Atlantic High School on Tuesday. The Trojans controlled the match throughout, keeping the ball in the offensive zone for most of the night.

Jada Jensen continued her prolific play with five goals and an assist on the night. She had three goals in the opening half. Senior Jeanna Kramer scored the opening goal. Other Trojans that notched a goal were Quinn Grubbs, Aubrey Guyer, Mattie Dvorak, and Kiera Nichols. Nichols goal came with 22:36 left in the 2nd half to end the game on the mercy rule. Senior Chensia Narios had two assists on the night.

Atlantic Head Coach Dan Vargason said it was nice to get a win for their two seniors.

Coach Vargason thought it was great to get a lot of players involved and get back in the win column after a couple of close games in Sioux City over the weekend.

The Trojans have two more regular season games before they open up regional play on the 20th by hosting Carroll.

Watch the full game replay from KJANTV here.

Regional girls tennis tournaments are up on Wednesday


May 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

The postseason gets started for girls tennis teams across the state on Wednesday. Regional singles and doubles tournaments will be played to determine state qualifiers. Action is set to get underway at 9:00 a.m. at all sites.

Atlantic will be a host site and will welcome in 1A schools Audubon, Ballard, Boone, Harlan, Kuemper Catholic, Lewis Central, North Polk, and St. Albert. Most other area teams in 1A will be in Shenanodah: Chariton, Clarinda, Clarke, Creston O-M, Glenwood, Red Oak, Shenandoah, and Southwest Valley.

Regional singles and doubles champions and runners-up in each class will advance to the state meet.

Boys sectional golf fires up Wednesday


May 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

Sectional golf play is on the schedule Wednesday across the state. The top two teams and top two individuals outside of those qualifying teams will advance on to district play. If a host school finishes in the top two teams, then a third team also advances as well. District tournaments are set to be played on Monday, May 16th. Here’s a look at area sectional assignments for Wednesday.

Class 1A

@ St. Edmond, Fort Dodge: Audubon, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston, IKM-Manning, Madrid, St. Edmond

@ Boyer Valley: AHSTW, Boyer Valley, CAM, Griswold, St. Albert, Tri-Center

Class 2A

@ West Monona: Clarinda, Missouri Valley, Nodaway Valley, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Treynor, Underwood, West Monona

@ South Hamilton: ACGC, Colo-NESCO/Collins-Maxwell, SE Valley, Kuemper Catholic, Ogden, Panorama, Roland-Story, South Hamilton

Class 3A

@ Denison-Schleswig: Atlantic, Carroll, Denison-Schleswig, Glenwood, Greene County, Harlan, Lewis Central, Perry

High School Soccer Scoreboard 05/10/2022


May 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks


Atlantic 10, Creston 0
CB Abraham Lincoln 16, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1
Denison-Schleswig 2, Missouri Valley 0
Harlan 9, AHSTW 0
Lewis Central 2, Glenwood 1
Sioux City West 2, CB Thomas Jefferson 0
St. Albert 6, Logan-Magnolia 2
Tri-Center 4, Panorama 2


Creston 3, Kuemper Catholic 0
Denison-Schleswig 10, Missouri Valley 0
Harlan 4, AHSTW 2
Panorama 5, Tri-Center 0
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1, CB Abraham Lincoln 0
St. Albert 5, Logan-Magnolia 1
West Central Valley/Nodaway Valley 11, Central Iowa United 1

Templeton makes it official with BVU


May 10th, 2022 by Chris Parks

Dayton Templeton made it official on Tuesday morning. Templeton signed to continue his basketball career at Buena Vista University surrounded by family and coaches.

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Templeton is coming off a senior season in which he scored 288 points on 35% shooting. He also led the team with 105 rebounds and added 56 assists and 29 steals. He finished his career as a Trojan with 646 points. Dayton noted a few reasons why BVU felt like the right place.

He talked about the style of play they have and why he thinks he’ll fit in.

Templeton said he’ll try to get in some summer league play and just stay in shape to prepare for the opportunity next season. He also competed in baseball, football, track, and tennis for Atlantic.