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Iowa wrestlers set to compete at US World Team Trials


June 3rd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Seven current and two incoming Iowa wrestlers will compete in the under-23 and under-20 US Team Trials in Cleveland. All of competitors are out to earn a spot on the US team that will compete at the World Championships.

That’s Iowa coach Tom Brands who says the trials offer outstanding competition.

Brands says several wrestlers who hope to be in the Hawkeye lineup next season will be taking part.

Iowa’s Kris Murray on his decision to withdraw from the NBA Draft


June 3rd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Iowa forward Kris Murray says he is happy with his decision to return for his junior season. Murray tested the NBA Draft process after a sophomore season in which he averaged nearly 10 points and more than four rebounds per game.

Murray says he learned a lot about the areas in which needs to improve.

Murray says the NBA workouts have helped him improve his game.

Murray says an area he has worked on is decision making.

AR-15 raffle at Saturday’s Sioux City Bandits game indefinitely postponed

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June 3rd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The raffle of an A-R-15 style rifle that had been scheduled this weekend at the Sioux City Bandits indoor football game has been indefinitely postponed. Brett Funke, the team’s marketing and sales director, says plans for the fundraiser began a year ago, after a similar gun raffle on “military night.”

“The rifle that was set to be given away is a fully custom rifle from our partners which is a veterans-owned organization and the company that helped make the rifle is also a veterans-owned organization,” he says. “Our whole intent there was supporting these two partners, but after internal conversations, we decided it would be best to postpone.” Funke says he’s not sure when the riffle raffle will be rescheduled, but now is not the time for it after A-R-15s have been used at recent mass shootings in Buffalo, Texas and Oklahoma.

A Sioux City businessman had threatened to withdraw his sponsorship of the Bandits after comments the team’s owner made to the Sioux City Journal — that complaints about the give-away were from mainly from East Coast residents who drive electric cars and have an overblown obsession with a piece of metal. Funke admits that spurred a social media firestorm. “I would say this gained traction online from people who have no connection to Siouxland or the Bandits organization,” Funke says. Funke says there were no complaints about last year’s fundraiser.

“We were able to give away the rifle last year,” Funke says. “Anybody that would enter had to be of legal age. When the winner was picked they had to go to our partner’s location, which is a licensed firearms dealer, undergo the background check.” The Bandits will still honor veterans at their game Saturday and collect donations for veterans’ causes. Veterans also will be invited to walk around the field at halftime, so the crowd can recognize and applaud the group.

Girls State Soccer Semifinal Scoreboard 06/02/2022


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Class 1A

#1 Assumption 2, #5 Nevada 1
#2 Des Moines Christian 2, #6 Underwood 0

Class 2A

#1 Dallas Center-Grimes 3, #5 Xavier 1
#3 Waverly-Shell Rock 1, #3 Norwalk 0

Class 3A

#5 Ankeny Centennial 2, #1 Valley 1 (Shootout, AC 3-1)
#2 CB Abraham Lincoln 1, #3 Ankeny 0 (OT)

Atlantic softball set to induct two more into Trojan Softball Hall of Fame


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic softball team will be welcoming two new members to the Trojans Softball Hall of Fame on Friday night. Program pioneer Mel Allen and former original team member Karen Hoffmann-Oller are being inducted in a pregame ceremony.

Mel Allen was the man who got the Atlantic girls softball town team started and then later pushed to get the sport sanctioned as a high school sport. Allen started and coached the town team in 1968, 70, and 71 seasons. As other Hawkeye Eight schools began to adopt high school teams Mel then pushed for Atlantic to do the same. His initial proposal was thwarted in 1969 but he stuck with the effort to get the sport adopted and it was on November 13, 1971. The first Atlantic High School team would begin play in the spring of 1972.

Karen Hoffmann was part of the town team under Coach Allen and was then a member of the first high school team in her senior year. She scored 28 runs, stole 16 bases, and compiled a top ten all-time batting average of .480. She would later go on to play softball, basketball, and volleyball at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She helped lead Benedictine to the Kansas State Softball Championship in the first year of their program her junior year. Karen moved on to a long career as a physical education and health teacher; as well as a successful coaching career for basketball, volleyball, and track and field in both Hays and Harper, KS.

The Trojan Softball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during Atlantic’s home triangular with Kuemper Catholic and Estherville-Lincoln Central on Friday. The Ceremony will be held before the final game of the day Atlantic vs. Estherville-Lincoln Central at around 7:00 p.m. Co-Captain of the original 1972 team Deb (Wheatley) Field is set to throw out the first pitch for the evening game.

We’ll have coverage of the ceremony and game on KJAN and KJANTV.

Mazur earns Collegiate Baseball All-America Honors


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur has been named a Collegiate Baseball Second-Team All-American, it was announced Thursday by the collegiate baseball newspaper.

It is the second straight year a Hawkeye starting pitcher has earned All-America distinction (Trenton Wallace).  Mazur is ninth player to earn All-America honors under head coach Rick Heller and the 23rd Hawkeye all-time.

Mazur is one of two players from the Big Ten to earn All-America honors along with Maryland’s Chris Alleyne.

The Woodbury, Minnesota, native had a breakout season in his first year as a Hawkeye, going 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 starts.  Mazur allowed just 60 hits and 37 runs (32 earned) over 93 2/3 innings, while fanning 98, limiting hitters to a .178 average and walking just 30.

The Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-league selection led the league in batting average against, ranked second in innings and strikeouts, third in wins and fourth in ERA.  In league games, the right-hander paced the Big Ten in wins (5), ERA (2.59), innings (55.2), while ranking fourth in strikeouts.

During Big Ten play, Mazur had seven consecutive quality starts from April 2 through May 13, logging eight or more innings in four straight starts.  Mazur, who pitched a complete game shutout in the win at Nebraska, had nine quality starts during the 2022 season.

Mazur ranks 10th nationally, allowing just 5.77 hits per nine innings and is 18th in WHIP (0.96).

For the season, Mazur’s 93 2/3 innings were the 14th most in a single season in program history, while his 98 strikeouts were third-most all-time.

The Hawkeyes finished the 2022 season with a 36-19 overall record with the 36 wins ranking eighth in program history.  Iowa finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten regular season standings and became the first team to win two games on the same day at the Big Ten Tournament.

Atlantic baseball working to fit the pieces together


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Trojan LogoThe Atlantic baseball team is off to a 1-4 start to the 2022 season and are working to fit the pieces together. Like many other seasons, the Trojans had some production to replace from graduating seniors. Grant Sturm, Brendan Atkinson, Zane Vance, Colin Mullenix, Bodie Johnson, Garrett Reynolds, and Gunner Kirchhoff made up a big senior class last season. Despite the turnover Coach Joe Brummer feels like the younger guys throughout the lineup last season are very versatile players.

Coach Brummer said finding consistent pitching is a big priority early in the season. He said you see some big scoring sometimes early in the year and that often comes from miscues on the mound.

A number of underclassmen will need to make an impact throughout the season as well and Coach Brummer said some have shown some good things.

The Trojans are set to host St. Albert tonight and Kuemper Catholic on Friday to close out the week.

Girls State Soccer Semifinal Schedule 06/02/2022


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Class 1A

#1 Assumption (15-4) vs. #5 Nevada (13-6) 10:00 a.m.
#2 Des Moines Christian (19-1) vs. #6 Underwood 10:15 a.m.

Class 2A

#1 Dallas Center-Grimes (20-0) vs. #5 Xavier (13-3) 12:30 p.m.
#3 Waverly-Shell Rock (17-1) vs. #3 Norwalk (17-3) 12:45 p.m.

Class 3A

#1 Valley (19-0) vs. #5 Ankeny Centennial (17-3) 3:00 p.m.
#2 CB Abraham Lincoln (16-3) vs. Ankeny (18-1) 3:15 p.m.

AJ Green keeps his name in the NBA Draft


June 2nd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Former UNI star guard AJ Green has decided to keep his name in the 2022 NBA Draft. After the past season concluded Green put his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal and also started the NBA Draft evaluation process.

Green spent four seasons at UNI and was twice named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. It was widely speculated that if Green didn’t stay in the draft he would head to Iowa State where his father Kyle is an assistant coach, joining TJ Otzelberger’s staff from UNI last season.

Green has been on multiple workouts for a number of NBA teams including high interest from the Indiana Pacers.

Iowa gets green light for more expensive wrestling facility


June 2nd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

The Board of Regents facilities committee has given approval for the work on the University of Iowa wrestling facility to move forward with a 19 percent increase in cost due to inflation. Iowa Athletic director Gary Barta, talked to the committee, Wednesday.

The revised budget is up around five million dollars to 31-million-550-thousand dollars.

He says other donors are already helping with the increase.

Barta says they always expect some cost increases.

The final approval comes before the full board today (Thursday). This project is a 38-thosaund-500 square foot, two-level practice and operations facility for U-I Wrestling. It would be directly connected by an underground tunnel to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where men’s and women’s wrestling matches would continue to take place.