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Friday High School Boys Basketball Scores


December 9th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye Ten Conference:
Creston 61, Atlantic 57
Glenwood 49, Clarinda 44
Denison-Schleswig @ Harlan
St. Albert @ Lewis Central
Kuemper Catholic @ Red Oak

Western Iowa Conference:
Treynor 71, Logan-Magnolia 50
Tri-Center @ IKM-Manning
Riverside @ Missouri Valley
AHSTW 54, Audubon 43

Rolling Valley Conference:
Coon Rapids-Bayard 63, Paton-Churdan 20
Woodbine 83, Boyer Valley 43
CAM 65, West Harrison 54
Exira-EHK @ Ar-We-Va

Corner Conference:
Hamburg @ Mount City
Stanton @ East Mills
Griswold 52, Sidney 51
Essex @ Shenandoah

West Central Conference:
Earlham 69, Woodward Academy 28
ACGC 71, Ogden 51
Van Meter 79, Pleasantville 55
Des Moines Christian 77, Interstate-35 40
Woodward-Granger @ Madrid 75, Woodward Granger 61
Panorama @ West Central Valley

Friday High School Girls Basketball Scores


December 9th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye Ten Conference:
Atlantic 54, Creston 25
Clarinda 38, Glenwood 37
#14 Kuemper Catholic 61, Red Oak 22
Harlan 66, Denison-Schleswig 55
#7 St. Albert 48, Lewis Central 33

Western Iowa Conference:
Tri-Center 49, IKM-Manning 30
#14 Treynor 54, Logan-Magnolia 32
Riverside @ Missouri Valley

Rolling Valley Conference:
#15 Exira-EHK @ Ar-We-Va
#14 CAM 80, West Harrison 35
#13 Coon Rapids-Bayard 86, Paton-Churdan 3
#5 Woodbine 73, Boyer Valley 20

Corner Conference:
Stanton 50, East Mills 20
Hamburg @ Mount City
Griswold @ Sidney

West Central Conference:
Woodward-Granger 51, Madrid 22
Van Meter 77, Pleasantville 46
ACGC 64, Ogden 15
#3 Des Moines Christian 51, Interstate-35 29
#3 Panorama 50, West Central Valley 24



December 8th, 2023 by Blake Burris

DES MOINES, Iowa – Graduate senior Grace Berg led the Drake women’s basketball team with her scoring and passing as the Bulldogs beat North Dakota State 77-66 in the annual Character Counts Kids Game at a sold-out Knapp Center on Friday.

“It was a fantastic Character Counts Kids Game…just a phenomenal environment,” Suzie Glazer Burt Head Coach Allison Pohlman said. “It got so loud we were almost having to use sign language to call plays, but we love our partnership with the Ray Center and being able to walk the walk as a program with character and grace and humility.

Berg matched her season highs of 22 points and six assists to help the Bulldogs (6-3) achieve their 27th double-digit margin in their last 31 victories. All six wins this season have been by double figures.

Berg made 10 of 12 shots, reaching a season best in field goals, and added three rebounds and two of the team’s 13 steals – one short of the Bulldog’s high for the season.

Taylor McAulay turned in a solid line with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high three blocks. Katie Dinnebier added 12 points on 6-for-9 shooting, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Freshman Shannon Fornshell reached double figures for the first time in her brief career, scoring 11 points, including two 3-pointers, and pulling down three rebounds.  Anna Miller led the Bulldogs with six rebounds, scored nine points and made three steals.

The Bulldogs overcame their 21 turnovers by shooting 57 percent and logging assists on 19 of their 32 field goals. Drake outrebounded its taller opponent 30-29 and outscored the Bison 54-38 in the paint, getting the team’s usual share of driving layups and open shots underneath on slick passes.

A large contingent of area elementary and middle school students helped fill the Knapp Center and brought energy and plenty of noise to the game, which started on a rough note for the Bulldogs. Their first four possessions went missed layup-turnover-missed layup-charging foul as North Dakota State (4-5) jumped to a 6-0 lead.

Berg got the Bulldogs started with a driving layup and they ran off seven straight points to pull ahead. The Bison led twice after that before McAulay fed Berg for a layup, then buried a 3-pointer on a pass from Berg for a 14-10 lead. Drake led the rest of the way but had to work to keep that lead.

Consecutive layups by Berg and Ava Hawthorne stretched the lead to 24-16 early in the second quarter. The Bison ran off six straights points to pull to within a basket, but the Bulldogs answered with six straight of their own to go up 30-22. Yet another driving layup by Berg gave Drake a 34-27 halftime lead.

Courtney Becker and Fornshell hit three-pointers as Drake started the second half with a 9-2 burst to take its biggest lead to that point, 43-29. The Bison came back again with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 43-38 and drew to 45-42 with 3:14 left in the third quarter. They got no closer.

Drake closed the quarter with a 13-2 run to go up 57-44 and stayed ahead by double figures the rest of the way. Berg scored six in that surge and fed McAulay for a three-pointer. Fornshell capped it up when Dinnebier found her in the left corner, and she swished a trey.

Berg made the shot of the day when she tossed the ball back over her head, off the glass and into the basket. Consecutive layups by McAulay, the second after she blocked a three-point shot, picked up the ball and took it to the hoop, gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead, 71-53 with 5:19 left. It was 77-60 when the Bulldogs took their foot off the gas and coasted home.

Drake got help from 20 NDSU turnovers and held the Bison to 4-for-16 three-point shooting. They came in leading the Summit League in three-point percentage (.365) and three-pointers per game (8.1). Heaven Hamling led North Dakota State with 15 points.

“We’ve evolved from our first game to today,” Pohlman added. “We’d like a couple more [possessions] back, but I think offensively we’re doing a nice job and have been able to make some adjustments defensively.”

The Bulldogs will take a break for final exams before returning to action against Creighton at the Knapp Center on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

ACGC Chargers Looking For Bounce Back Win


December 8th, 2023 by Blake Burris

The ACGC Chargers came out with an incredibly hot start offensively Tuesday night at Van Meter where they scored 27 points and had a fourteen-point lead going into the second quarter.  That is when the long slow comeback for Van Meter began, where they cut into the lead a little bit in the second and third quarter as the Chargers still held a seven-point advantage going into the final eight minutes. And in the final quarter the Bulldogs were able to take advantage of some fatigue setting in on the Chargers and would claw their way back and take the win by a score of 65-63 giving the Chargers their first loss of the season. Head Coach of the Chargers Lance Kading said that fatigue was a small factor, but the head coach was quick to point the finger at himself saying he should’ve made a defensive change in the fourth quarter.

The Chargers have an opportunity to get back into the win collum this evening as they welcome in the 3-1 Ogden Bulldogs who’s playing really good basketball to start the young season. The Bulldogs will play two types of defenses to keep opponents a little hesitant offensively and their main defense will be a 1-3-1 halfcourt trapping defense trying to force turnovers and contested three-point attempts. Coach Kading said his team has focused the last several days on working the ball into the middle of the floor and not settling for so many contested threes.

This is a big West Central Conference as both teams comes in 1-1 in Conference play and both with hopes of being conference champs at the end of the season. Coach Kading said ultimately the key comes down to the defensive end of the floor.

Tip-off for the Chargers and the Bulldogs is at 7:15pm at ACGC High School.




Iowa Ranked 23rd in WCGA Preseason Poll


December 8th, 2023 by Asa Lucas

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s gymnastics team is ranked 23rd in the preseason Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association poll, it was announced Friday.  The Hawkeyes received 638 points.

The Gymhawks are one of nine Big Ten Conference teams in the rankings along with Michigan (6), Michigan State (11), Ohio State (14), Minnesota (18), Maryland (25), Illinois (26), Nebraska (27) and Penn State (28).  The Wolverines received one first-place vote.

Iowa, who climbed as high as No. 15 in the 2023 rankings before finishing the year ranked 26th, returns 16 letterwinners, including two All-Big Ten selections in JerQuavia Henderson and Adeline Kenlin. Henderson is a three-time All-American and reigning co-Big Ten Champion on the floor, while Kenlin was the NCAA beam runner-up in 2022.

The Hawkeyes also added five newcomers to the roster, including four freshmen and one transfer.

Season tickets for the 2024 gymnastics season are on sale through the UI Athletics ticket office. Season tickets for adults are $30 and youth are free (ticket required). Tickets are available over the phone at 800-IA-HAWKS and online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.

Iowa opens the 2024 season on Jan. 12, hosting Washington at 6:30 p.m. (CT) inside Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.



December 8th, 2023 by Blake Burris

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football team is one of just 13 programs nationally that has earned the 2023 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Academic Achievement Award.

The award is based on the Cyclones having a 100 percent graduation rate from the recently released NCAA graduation success rate report. The rate was for the program’s 2016 freshman football student-athlete class. It marks the first time Iowa State has received the honor.

The Memphis Touchdown Club presents the annual award, which is sponsored by BSN Sports.

No. 4 Iowa women open B1G race Sunday at Wisconsin


December 8th, 2023 by Blake Burris

The fourth ranked Iowa Hawkeye women open Big Ten play Sunday at Wisconsin. It will be the third straight road sellout for the Hawkeyes.

That’s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. The Hawkeyes have won the last 25 games in the series, but Bluder is concerned about the Badger’s balance.

Wisconsin is 5-3.

Drake men play Nevada in Las Vegas Saturday night


December 8th, 2023 by Asa Lucas

The Drake Bulldogs take a five-game winning streak on the road tomorrow night to play Nevada in the Jack Jones Classic in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are 8-1 despite only shooting 32 percent from three-point range.

That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries. The Bulldogs have made up for the lack of shooting by playing well on defense.

Former Iowa coach Steve Alford has Nevada off to a 7-0 start.

Former Iowa star T.J. Hockenson talks Minnesota Viking as Las Vegas


December 8th, 2023 by Asa Lucas

Minnesotsa Vikings tight end and former Iowa star T.J. Hockenson says they are ready for the stretch run as they get ready for Sunday’s game at Las Vegas. The Vikings are 6-6 and Hockenson says the bye week came at the right time.

The Vikings are coming off a 12-10 home loss to the Chicago Bears.
Hockenson says the return of receiver Justin Jefferson will be a boost for the Vikings.
Hockenson on his relationship with quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Hawkeyes Fall at Iowa State


December 8th, 2023 by Jim Field

(Hawkeyesports.com) – The University of Iowa men’s basketball team fell to Iowa State, 90-65, on Thursday evening in the Iowa Corn Cy-hawk Series match-up at Hilton Coliseum.

Payton Sandfort led the way for the Hawkeyes in the first half as they struggled to get the offense going. The junior from Waukee, Iowa, had 14 of Iowa’s 29 first half points. Sandfort connected on 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first 20-minutes of action. Sandfort finished the game as the leading scorer for Iowa.

Sophomore Dasonte Bowen was the second leading scorer for Iowa. Bowen scored 13 points, dished out three assists and knocked down all six of his free throws. Freshman Owen Freeman rounded out the Hawkeyes in double digits. Freeman added 11 points and has now scored in double digits in four games. Freeman led Iowa on the glass pulling in 8 rebounds and blocking three shots.

Shooting and ball security was a struggle for the Hawkeyes in the first half. Iowa shot 9-of-26 from the field in the first 20 minutes of play. Iowa’s 12 first half turnovers resulted in 15 points for the Cyclones. At the break Iowa State led Iowa, 47-29.

Iowa State maintained their lead throughout the second half. The Cyclones were led by a duo of Keshon Gilbert and Robert Jones. Gilbert scored 25 points while Jones added 18.