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Iowa safety Xavier Nwanpka on summer drills

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July 11th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Iowa junior Xavier Nwanpka is using summer drills to try and elevate his game. The former Southeast Polk star started 12 games at strong safety and is part of a standout defense that will return eight starters from a 10 win team.

Nwankpa had 42 tackles and an interception last season and as he enters his third season is looking to become more of a leader.

He is part of an experienced safety corps that saw Quinn Schulte and Sebastian Castro return for their final season.

The Hawkeyes open the season at home on August 31st against Illinois State.

Jan Jensen on a new era for Iowa women’s basketball

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July 11th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Summer workouts are underway for a new-look Iowa women’s basketball team. Caitlin Clark is one of several key players gone from a team that made it to back-to-back national title games and long-time assistant Jan Jensen took over after the retirement of Lisa Bluder. Jensen says even without the coaching change this would be a new era.

Jensen says the Hawkeyes are focused on the future.

Jensen says an incoming recruiting class of six players that stuck with the program despite the coaching change has made an immediate impact.

Jensen says it is a vocal group of newcomers.

High School Baseball Scores from Wednesday

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

Hawkeye Ten 

Lewis Central 10, LeMars 2
Harlan Community 3, Council Bluffs Lincoln 0

Raccoon River Conference

Boone 11, Nevada 8

Other Scores

Valley 6, Dowling Catholic 2

High School Softball Regional Scores from Wednesday

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

Class 1A

Region 3 

Collins-Maxwell 12, Glidden-Ralston 0
Ankeny Christian 9, Coon Rapids-Bayard 8
Earlham 15, CAM 1
Riverside 2, Woodbine 1

Region 4 

Martensdale-St Marys 10, Lenox 0
Orient-Macksburg 11, Stanton 1
Griswold 6, St. Albert 0
Essex 13, Fremont-Mills 11

Class 2A

Region 2

Audubon 9, East Sac County 0
Emmetsburg 13, Sioux Central 10
MVAOCOU 12, Pocahontas Area 4

Region 3

Van Meter 11, ACGC 0
Logan-Magnolia 9, AHSTW 1
Treynor 10, Underwood 0
Missouri Valley 4, Shenandoah 0

Region 4

Regina Catholic 12, Woodward-Granger 0
Ogden 6, Madrid 3
Kuemper Catholic 4, Manson-NW Webster 2

Region 5

Cardinal 3, Grand View Christian 0
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 12, Van Buren County 1
Interstate-35  8, Southwest Valley 0
Pleasantville 10, Nodaway Valley 0

Riley Miller leads Audubon softball to shutout win over East Sac County

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

The Audubon Wheeler softball team had another impressive win on the year beating the East Sac County Raiders 9-0 in the Class 2A Region 2 quarterfinal round on Wednesday night. A massive part of the Wheelers success was the steadfast pitching from freshman Riley Miller. The ball game started off hitless in the first inning, but a tough tone was set by Miller early on striking out the first 3 Raiders batters she faced. In the bottom of the second inning Audubon managed to score 2 quick runs from two RBI singles one by Addie Hocker and the other by Anna Larsen. Then with two outs in the bottom of the second, Mattie Nielsen hit a 2-run homer to have Audubon up 4-0. The Wheelers added on to their lead in the bottom of the third with a bunt and dropped catch at home to make the game 5-0.

East Sac County continued to struggle at the plate only managing to get their first hit in the top of the fifth from Kamryn Ross. Up until the fifth inning Miller had collected 9 strikeouts. Ross’s hit could not create a rally and the next Raider hit a line fly towards left for out number three. In the bottom of the sixth inning Audubon produced 4 more runs starting with 3 straight base hits, including a Jordan Porsch 2 RBI single to build a 7-0 score.  The Wheelers wouldn’t stop there as Larsen had another big swing aimed at right field to bring in 2 more runs. Making the score 9-0 for Audubon. The top of the 7th showed some life for East Sac County as they garnered 2 base hits to put 2 runners on, but Miller would put away the final two batters with a strikeout and pop fly.

When looking back on the Wheelers strong win against the Raiders, Head Coach Amanda Schwery acknowledged the effort from her team on the night.

Miller had another impactful evening with 7 innings pitched, no runs, 13 strikeouts, and giving up only 4 hits. Nielsen swung well in the box going 2-4 with 2 RBI’s. Larsen also stuck out with her 2 hits and 3 RBI’s. Coach Schwery believes that her team’s confidence, needs to be a focus in their next round of post season play.

Audubon’s next game will be at home for the third round of regional play against the Ridge View Raptors. Coach Schwery will be preaching to her team to never underestimate an opponent.

East Sac County finishes the year with a record of 10-15.

Utah and K-State favored in Big 12 football race

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July 10th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Big-12 newcomer Utah is the preseason favorite. The Utes finished 8-5 in their final season as a member of the Pac-12 and were without standout quarterback Cam Rising due to a knee injury. He returns for the new season.

That’s Utah coach Kyle Whittingham who feels confident heading into the season.

Whittingham made hs comments at Big-12 Media Days in Las Vegas. Kansas State is picked for second but no Wildcat player made the preseason all-conference team.

That’s K-State coach Chris Klieman (kly-mun) who says preseason polls are meaningless.

Morning Availability for Iowa Golf Tournament in Memory of Chris Street

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The annual University of Iowa Basketball Golf Tournament in memory of Chris Street will be held on Monday, Aug. 26, at Finkbine Golf Course with a rain date of Aug. 27.

For those interested in participating, which is a four-person best ball, team spots are available for the 8 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. The $800 entry fee includes golf, cart, tournament participant bag, continental breakfast, lunch and a post-tournament awards ceremony at Kinnick Stadium.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each of the five flights. There are also hole prizes on all 18 holes, contests on Hole 4, 8 and 17 as well as a raffle and a silent auction.

To reserve a spot for your team, either email (shelly-deutsch@hawkeyebasketball.com) or call Iowa Basketball at 319-335-9744 and ask for Shelly. The deadline is Aug. 12, unless sold out beforehand.

West Named Academic All-American

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior Austin West was named to the CSC Academic All-American First Team on Tuesday.

West is the first men’s Academic All-American at Iowa since 2012. He joins women’s athlete Mariel Bruxvoort, who was named Academic All-American Third Team on Tuesday.

College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) began the Academic All-America program in 1952. The recognition is the longest running and premier award for athletic and academic success across championship college sports at all levels.

West was a six-time All-American during his career at Iowa, earning first-team honors in the indoor heptathlon this season with a sixth-place finish at nationals (5,900 points). This outdoor season, West was an NCAA decathlon qualifier, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

The Iowa City native bounced back with a sixth-place showing in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, where he posted a personal best in the shot put (15.09 meters) and season-bests across four other events.

West previously was a first-team All American in 2022 and 2023 in the decathlon and earned second-team honors in the heptathlon from 2021-2023.

Big 12 Conference Launches First-Ever Big 12 Alumni Council

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July 10th, 2024 by Asa Lucas

LAS VEGAS – Today, the Big 12 Conference announced the formation of the first-ever Big 12 Alumni Council.

Membership of the Big 12 Alumni Council includes:

Arizona Richard Jefferson
Arizona Jennie Finch
Arizona State Lawrence Guy
Arizona State Briann January
Baylor Whitney Canion
Baylor Robert Griffin III
BYU Steve Young
BYU Ashley Hatch
UCF Tacko Fall
UCF Shaquem Griffin
Cincinnati Jordan Thompson
Cincinnati Kevin Youkilis
Colorado Joel Klatt
Colorado Shelley Sheetz
Houston Andre Ware
Houston Natara Holloway Branch
Iowa State Ashley Joens
Iowa State Georges Niang
Kansas Wayne Simien
Kansas Lynette Woodard
Kansas State Kindred Wesemann Orpin
Kansas State Tyler Lockett
Oklahoma State Tiffany Bias Patmon
Oklahoma State Brandon Weeden
TCU Marshall Newhouse
TCU Zahna Medley Kindred
Texas Tech Cody Campbell
Texas Tech Carolyn Thompson
Utah Stevenson Sylvester
Utah Charmelle Green
West Virginia Georgeann Wells
West Virginia Mike Gansey

“I’m thrilled to serve on the first-ever Big 12 Alumni Council,” said former BYU QB and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Steve Young. “This is an incredibly exciting time for the Big 12, and I look forward to being a resource for Commissioner Yormark and his team as the Conference continues to thrive.”

“The Big 12 Conference is home to thousands of student-athlete alumni who have had great success on and off the field following their time on campus,” said Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark. “As we enter into a new chapter as a 16-team league, the insights and perspectives of the Big 12 Alumni Council will be an incredible resource.”

The Big 12 Alumni Council is comprised of 32 former student-athletes from men’s and women’s programs across each Big 12 institution. The Council was created to leverage the experience and expertise of some of the Big 12’s most notable student-athlete alumni as the Conference enters a new era. These alumni will provide guidance and insights surrounding a variety of topics, including brand building, athlete relations, storytelling, digital content and much more.

In turn, each Council member will receive a variety of resources and amenities, including networking access to the Big 12’s Business Advisory Board for professional networking, league support of council member’s community initiatives, media opportunities on behalf of the league and VIP access to all Big 12 Championships and Conference events.

The Council will be overseen by Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark and VP of Communications & Strategy Clark Williams. The Council will kick off in August 2024, as the Big 12 officially becomes a 16-team league.

Iowa’s Addison Ostrenga on depth at tight end

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July 10th, 2024 by Ric Hanson

Tight end has always been a strength of the Iowa offense and next season will be no different. Junior Addison Ostrenga had 31 receptions last season for 192 yards and joins senior Luke Lachey, who suffered a season ending ankle injury in week three after compiling 10 catches for 131 yards. Lachey turned down a chance to enter the NFL Draft to return for his final season. Ostrenga says the tight end room is deep.

Ostrenga says summer drills have been a good time to work on the new offense under coordinator Tim Lester.

Ostrenga had thumb surgery in the spring but says he is ready for fall camp.

The Hawkeyes open the season at home on August 31st against Illinois State.