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Swalley Ranks 2nd All-Time


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa swimming and diving concluded day two of the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday. Through fourteen events, the Hawkeyes lead team scoring with 517 points.

Nebraska sits in second with 510 points, followed by Iowa State (352), Colorado State (345), Rutgers (242), and New Mexico State (240).

“It’s great to have a race like this for the team score so that we can continue to understand how valuable each individual and each performance throughout the course of a longer meet,” Iowa head coach Nathan Mundt said. “You have to be gritty, especially when it comes to day three. You really have to understand what you have to do to perform on the last day.”

Iowa posted four more marks that rank on Iowa’s top 10 all-time lists. The Hawkeyes kicked off the night with fifth year Kennedy Gilbertson, freshman Olivia Swalley, sophomore Scarlet Martin, and freshman Jenna Kerr combining for the fifth all-time 200 Medley Relay with a time of 7:21.21.

Swalley followed up the relay with two more top-10 performances at Iowa. She swam the third fastest 400 IM in the preliminaries and ran it back in the finals, shaving off two seconds and ranking second all-time with a time of 4:14.72. The freshman then swam the 100 breaststroke, jumping to sixth (1:01.76) in the record books.

Kerr raced in the 200 free ranking eighth overall posting a time of 1:48.86.

Iowa divers had an outstanding final performance with both three-meter divers advancing to the “A” finals. Senior Sarah Ballard posted a career best 319.55 — good for second place. Freshman Simone Beinlich also finished strong, ranking fourth with a season best of 291.80.


“Olivia (Swalley), for a midseason meet, had some really excellent performances. She had a full day with the 400 IM and 100 breast and learned how to get better throughout the day and which is exactly what you want them to experience here at this kind of meet. It took a lot of grit. It’s great to have those strong performances throughout the day and even though they’re tired, you want them to experience this so that they can be prepared for the second half of the season.”

The Hawkeyes return to action on Saturday, Dec. 2 for the final day of the Hawkeye Invitational with preliminaries at 10 a.m. (CT) and finals at 5 p.m. (CT). The meet will be live streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).

Hawkeyes Down Quakers, 22-13


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

PHILADELPHIA – The fourth-ranked University of Iowa men’s wrestling team defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 22-13, on Friday night at the Palestra.

The Hawkeyes won six matches by decision and one by major decision.

“We are tight, and every point we score is hard,” said head coach Tom Brands. “We gotta figure out a way to make it a little easier. Like a hot knife through butter.”

Drake Ayala got the night started with a decision over Max Gallagher winning, 8-7. Ayala fended off a late push from Gallagher for his third ranked win of the season. Penn evened things up with a win at 133 pounds with Michael Colaiocco defeating Jace Rhodes via decision, 5-0.

The Hawkeyes then won the next three matches to head into intermission with a 12-3 lead. Real Woods defeated CJ Composto, 5-0, before Victor Voinovich III won against Andy Troczynski, 1-0. After a scoreless first two periods Voinovich chose down and earned the escape point to secure the victory.

Jared Franek notched a decision against Penn’s Jude Swisher at 157 pounds to send the Hawkeyes to the break leading 12-3.

The Quakers won the next two matches with Nick Incontera defeating Patrick Kennedy by major decision and Maximus Hale pinning Aiden Riggins in 1:55.

The Hawkeyes won the final two bouts of the night to close out the dual. Zach Glazier extended his unbeaten streak to eight with a decision over Martin Cosgrove. Bradley Hill finished things off with a decision over Cole Urbas winning, 8-3.

#4 Iowa 22, Penn 13

125 – #15 Drake Ayala (I) dec. #19 Max Gallagher (P), 8-7

133 – #13 Michael Colaiocco (P) dec. Jace Rhodes (I), 5-0

141 – #1 Real Woods (I) dec. #11 CJ Composto (P), 5-0

149 – #15 Victor Voinovich III (I) dec. Andy Troczynski (P), 1-0

157 – #2 Jared Franek (I) dec. #26 Jude Swisher (P), 4-2

165 – #6 Michael Caliendo (I) major dec. Lucas Revano (P), 14-5

174 – #10 Nick Incontera (P) major dec. #14 Patrick Kennedy (I), 10-2

184 – #32 Maximus Hale (P) pinned Aiden Riggins (I), 1:55

197 – #22 Zach Glazier (I) dec. #26 Martin Cosgrove (P), 9-5

285 – Bradley Hill (I) dec. Cole Urbas (P), 8-3

Attendance: 2,141

CAM Cougars keep it close but fall short in season opener


December 1st, 2023 by Asa Lucas

The CAM Cougars basketball team will start their season off with a 56-48 loss at home against Coon Rapids-Bayard. The Cougars started the game off with a 6-0 run and had the fans cheering. But watched a 6-0 lead dwindle and a duel begin. Both teams exchanged shots inside the paint for CAM to have a 13-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. The playing tempo did not change much in the second quarter where both teams pressed their fast breaks and looked to the three-point line for baskets. The score at half was 25-21 with CAM leading.

In the second half CAM’s offense went dry Cal Heydon got hot from across the floor with 24 points on the night. He helped the Crusaders scoop out a comeback victory with a final score of 56-48. Cougars Head basketball coach Ian Hunt liked the hustle from his team throughout the game.

Chase Jahde finished with 17 points while Colin Bower had 10. The athletic play from Jahde in the second half impressed coach Hunt.

The Cougars slip to 0-1 with the loss and next have an important road game at Woodbine on Tuesday night.

Coon Rapids-Bayard was helped by Caden Oswald with 9 points and Cade Behrens with 11 points. The Crusaders stay undefeated with the win and now stand at 3-0. They will travel to West Harrison on Tuesday.

CAM girls basketball shot cold against Coon Rapids-Bayard


December 1st, 2023 by Asa Lucas

The CAM Cougars girls opened up conference with a home loss against the Coon Rapids-Bayard Crusaders on Friday night 43-22. The Crusaders used a 10-0 run to start the first quarter followed immediately by an 11-4 run early in the second quarter to blow the game open and have the Cougars down 21-4 at the half. The third quarter saw the Cougars score 13 points to make it 33-17, but offensive woes in the 4th had CAM only score five to make it a 43-22 Crusaders victory.

The shooting struggles for CAM was something that Head Coach Joe Wollum took responsibility for.

The Class 1A #13 Crusaders were led by Anna Hart with 15 points and 12 points from Malia Clayburg.

CAM got 8 points from senior Eva Steffensen in the loss. Ruthie Rich finished with 7 points, all in the second half.

The Cougars now sit at a 2-1  record on the early season and will travel to Woodbine next Tuesday night. Coach Wollum expects his team to have a stronger defense for Tuesday’s game.

Coon Rapids-Bayard now looks at a 2-0 record and will next travel to West Harrison on the 5th.

No. 16 Iowa faces No. 2 Michigan for B1G Championship Saturday night


December 1st, 2023 by Asa Lucas

Iowa will try to shock the college football world on Saturday night when the 16th ranked Hawkeyes play number-two Michigan in the Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Hawkeyes are a better than three touchdown underdog and coach Kirk Ferentz says the first key is to avoid an early knockout.

Ferentz says the Hawkeyes must perform at a high level in all phases.

Ferentz on the formula it will take for the Hawkeyes to win.

Ferentz says the Hawkeyes know what they are up against and relish the role of underdog.

Six Cyclones Named Academic All-District


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

AMES, Iowa – Six members of the Iowa State women’s soccer team earned CSC Academic All-District honors for the 2023 season, the College Sports Communicators announced. It marks the second straight season that six Cyclones earned the honor.

Iowa State’s six honorees include Maddie Brant, Alex Campana, Olivia Edwards, Mira Emma, Abigail Miller and Hanna Reid. It marked the second straight season that Edwards, Emma and Miller made the Academic All-District Team.

To qualify for All-District recognition, each student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 GPA and demonstrate athletic excellence while meeting a game participation threshold.

“We are really proud of our women for earning this honor and are completely unsurprised by it,” said Head Coach Matt Fannon. “Each of them embodies exactly what it means to be a Cyclone every day on and off the field and they are all wonderful representatives of our program.”

A fifth-year senior team captain, Brant picked up her first CSC Academic All-District honor, starting all 18 matches for the Cyclones. Brant had one assist on the season, tallying one point and played 1,079 minutes of action.

Campana, a fifth-year transfer from Marquette, earned her first CSC Academic All-District recognition after a year with the Cyclones. She played in all 18 matches, starting 11 and playing 1,068 minutes. She recorded one assist for one point and notched 23 shots on the year.

For the second straight season, Edwards earned Academic All-District honors with the Cyclones. A four-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, Edwards got it done both on the pitch and classroom again this season. She ended her year with one score and one assist, playing 1,473 minutes.

Emma, like Edwards, earned her second straight Academic All-District honor. The fifth-year team captain recorded 14 points, netting five goals and a team-high four assists. Along with being a two-time member of the CSC Academic All-District Team, Emma has also been an All-Big 12 First Team member three times and has been on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll four times.

After earning her first CSC Academic All-District honor last year at Arkansas State, Miller was recognized again for her academic prowess as a Cyclone. Miller played in 17 contests for the Cyclones, making 16 starts. She tallied five points on the season, scoring a pair of goals and recording one assist. She was the third-highest point scorer on the team.

A two-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll member, Reid added an Academic All-District honor to her resume. The senior from Eagle Mountain, Utah, played in all 18 matches for the Cyclones and tallied her first career point against Houston, assisting on a Salomé Prat goal.

AHSTW Boys Basketball Looking to Bounce Back After Opening Game Loss


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

The AHSTW Vikings boys’ basketball team didn’t start the season the way they wanted to. On Tuesday night the Vikings hosted the Riverside Bulldogs a team they had won 18 consecutive games against, but this Bulldogs team is different from years past. The Vikings a young team that has only 1 senior is still learning and growing together as a team. Riverside was able to jump out to lead after the first quarter and the Vikings could never get back into it. Head Coach of the Vikings G.G. Harris gave all the credit to the Bulldogs and their players for making timely plays whenever they were needed and said it was an uphill battle trying to fight back.

Although AHSTW took a tough loss there were lots of positives to take away from this one, and probably none bigger or more encouraging for the Vikings coach staff was the play of sophomore big man Kaden Jorgensen who had 12 points and 7 rebounds in his varsity debut. Coach Harris said you could see Jorgensen improving and getting more comfortable possession by possession.

The page turns quickly for the Vikings as tonight they are on the road at a 2-0 Underwood Eagles team. Underwood has averaged over 70 points over their first two games and allow just 35 a game. Coach Harris knows is well aware of how good a team Underwood is and how well coached they are.

As the Vikings travel to Underwood in their second game of the season the odds will be stacked against the Vikings. Coach G.G. Harris says to get the first win of the year tonight that the Vikings will have to own the glass on both ends of the floor and have to take care of the basketball.

Tipoff tonight for AHSTW @ Underwood is 7:30pm.


Big Ten Announces 2023 Football Championship Game Honorary Kids Captains


December 1st, 2023 by Asa Lucas

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Four patients from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent (PMCH) have been selected as the Honorary Kid Captains for the 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover, the conference announced Friday. Mallory Amara and Drew Shouse will assist the Big Ten East champion Michigan Wolverines, while Kayson McPhearson and Ellie Zuver will aid the Big Ten West champion Iowa Hawkeyes.

Chosen by the children’s hospital’s care team to serve as honorary captains, each will receive a commemorative jersey, special recognition during the game and the opportunity to participate in the pregame coin toss at midfield of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Mallory Amara was playing with a toy when the battery fell out. Before her parents were even aware of what had happened, Mallory had put the battery in her mouth and swallowed it. She came running to her mom, who noticed she was not acting like herself. Mallory could not stay awake. Her mom asked her if she was okay, and Mallory said, “No.” Her parents rushed Mallory to the ER, where an X-ray confirmed a battery was stuck in her throat. They were told to go directly to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. Mallory was taken into surgery, the battery was removed and an NG tube was inserted. Her esophagus was burned but Mallory is doing well and eating solids again. Her family is grateful to Rachel Dunn, MD, BS, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist, and the staff at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Kayson McPhearson was diagnosed with kidney failure at a young age and placed on dialysis for six months at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was placed on the transplant donor list, and his family’s prayers were answered when Kayson had a kidney transplant in 2019. Kayson is a very active boy who likes to play with his brother and sister and ride on his four-wheeler and dirt bike. He continues to see his kidney doctor at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital for follow-up care and brings a light to everyone in the room with his contagious smile and personality.

Drew Shouse had his first open heart surgery at just five days old. He was too high-risk to send back to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until his second open heart surgery so he stayed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) until he was seven months old. After 263 days in the PICU he finally was able to go home on a ventilator and had all types of accessories for his health needs. He had speech, occupational and physical therapy in home, and a third open heart surgery in October of 2017 at 2.5 years old. Following a third open heart surgery, he became completely ventilator-free at age five, then was able to have his trach removed the following year. Drew is doing fantastic and his parents are grateful to the amazing pediatric team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and for the care they have received over the years.

Ellie Zuver was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (no left ventricle in her heart) around 24 weeks. After Ellie’s birth, she was intubated and immediately brought to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent. At her post-natal echocardiogram, it was determined that she also had an intact atrial septum, which made her first surgery, the Norwood procedure, quite emergent. She was transferred from the NICU to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), underwent the Norwood procedure on her third day of life and was intubated for more than two weeks. She spent her first seven weeks in the NICU and PICU before having her second surgery, the Glenn procedure, in October 2019. She had her third surgery, the Fontan procedure, in June 2022 and spent a total of five weeks in the hospital. Ellie had a seizure and stroke two days post-op but has had no lingering issues. She recently visited her neurologist and does not need to be seen for another year. The family is beyond grateful for the care and compassion they have received at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Michigan and Iowa will meet in the 2023 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. For more information, visit bigten.org/fcg.

Thursday Boys Wrestling


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

@ Atlantic

Earlham 42, Atlantic 37

@ Cam

Lenox 27, Cam 24

@ Audubon

Audubon 45, AHSTW 24

Logan-Magnolia 69, AHSTW 12

AHSTW 42, Woodbine 24

Audubon 66, Audubon 15

Audubon 42, Woodbine 36

Logan-Magnolia 60, Woodbine 15

@ Clarinda

Clarinda 54, Griswold 12

Maryville 42, Clarinda 40

Maryville 60, Griswold 6

@ Underwood

Glenwood 56, Underwood 17

Glenwood 59, Riverside 15

Underwood 44, Riverside 35

@ Nodaway Valley

Nodaway Valley 52, east Union 27

Nodaway Valley 48, West Central Valley 21

Nodaway Valley 46, ACGC 15

West Central Valley 45, East Union 33

ACGC 42, East Union 42

@ Missouri Valley 

Missouri Valley 66, Denison-Schleswig 12

Denison-Schleswig 42, Tri-Center 36

West Monona-Whiting 33, Denison-Schleswig 33

Missouri Valley 63, Tri-Center 15

Missouri Valley 58, West Monona-Whiting 21

West Monona-Whiting 36, Tri-Center 31

@ Mounty Ayr

Shenandoah 66, Clarke/Murray 12

Shenandoah 66, Mounty Ayr 15

Shenandoah, 84, East Mills 0

Shenandoah 54, Southwest Valley 21

Southwest Valley 18, East Mills 0

Clarke/Murray 37, Southwest Valley 36

Southwest Valley 42, Mounty Ayr 27

Clarke/Murray 48, Mount Ayr 30

@ Wayne 

Wayne 54, Bedford 18

Central Decatur 53, Bedford 18

Wayne 42, Central Decatur 36

@ Southeast Valley

Panorama 49, Coon Rapids-Bayard 33, Southeast Valley 30

Thursday Girls Wrestling


December 1st, 2023 by Blake Burris

Treynor Invitational

Missouri Valley won the team championship with 162.5 points. Clarinda had 79 for second and Treynor scored 73 in third. Glenwood finished with 67 and Audubon had 64 were fourth and fifth.

The Lady Reds had eight champions in Jordan Buffum (120), Lea Gute (130), Brooklyn Lange (135), Preslee Mass (140), Riley Marcum (145), Nicole Olsen (155), Maya Zappia (190), and Jocelyn Buffum (235), all winning their weight classes.

Dan Gable Donnybrook

Riverside Carly Henderson went 3-0 on day one and will compete in the semifinals at 120 pounds. Henderson won her first two matches by fall and picked up a major decision in the quarterfionals.