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Hawkeyes draw Georgia Tech match-up for ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s basketball team will host Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as part of the 2022 ACC/Big Ten Men’s Basketball Challenge.

The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last nine Challenge games, including their last four: Virginia (75-74) in 2021; North Carolina (93-80) in 2020; Syracuse (68-54) in 2019; and Pitt (69-68) in 2018. Iowa has also won its last four Challenge home games inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena: Notre Dame (2013); Florida State (2015); Pitt (018); and North Carolina (2020).

This will be the third overall meeting between the two programs. The Hawkeyes cruised to an 85-67 victory over the Yellow Jackets at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the second year of the Challenge in 2000. Georgia Tech edged Iowa (79-78) in the second round of the postseason NIT in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes return five of their top seven scorers from last year’s Big Ten Tournament championship team. Iowa won 26 games, second most in a single season in program history, and tied for fourth in the conference standings last season. The Hawkeyes have competed in the last three NCAA Tournaments and have been ranked in the final Associated Press Poll each of the last three years: No. 16 in 2020, No. 8 in 2021 and No. 25 in 2022. Patrick McCaffery (10.5 ppg; 3.6 rpg), Kris Murray (9.7 ppg; 4.3 rpg) and Filip Rebraca (5.8 ppg; 5.6 rpg) are Iowa’s three returning starters.

Georgia Tech is coached by Josh Pastner, who just completed his sixth season in Atlanta. He guided the Yellow Jackets to 12 victories and a 14th-place finish a year ago in the ACC. In 2021, Pastner and Georgia Tech won the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets return two starters from last season’s team: guard Kyle Sturdivant (7.6 ppg; 2.5 rpg) and center Rodney Howard (6.5 ppg; 5.1 rpg).

Game times and television information will be announced at a later date. ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the three-day event matching top college basketball programs playing for conference supremacy and the Commissioner’s Cup. The Big Ten won last season’s Challenge, 8-6. 

Iowa’s complete 2022-23 men’s basketball schedule will be announced later this summer.

The 2022 Challenge schedule is listed below:

Monday, Nov. 28
Minnesota at Virginia Tech
Pitt at Northwestern 

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Syracuse at Illinois
Penn State at Clemson
Virginia at Michigan
Georgia Tech at Iowa
Wake Forest at Wisconsin 

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Rutgers at Miami
Boston College at Nebraska
Ohio State at Duke
Purdue at Florida State
North Carolina at Indiana
Michigan State at Notre Dame

Harlan takes advantage of Atlantic miscues in 14-4 baseball win

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

The Harlan Cyclones completed a suspended game win 8-6 over Atlantic on Thursday night and then took advantage of some Trojan mistakes in the regularly scheduled game to follow to win 14-4 in 6 innings.

Atlantic scored 4 runs in the 7th inning of the first game and seemed to carry a bit of that momentum into the second game, scoring two runs in the first on a double by Wyatt Redinbaugh. Harlan answered back though with two runs of their own on a Alex Monson double in the bottom of the first. The game stayed 2-2 until Harlan jumped ahead with 2 runs in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th. Atlantic got back within one in the top of the 5th with an RBI ground-out from Garrett McLaren and an RBI single from Redinbaugh. After that the tide turned in favor of Harlan.

The Cyclones piled on 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth taking advantage of a host of Trojan mistakes. Atlantic had an errant throw and wild pitch cost them two runs. There was also a dropped strikeout that let a Cyclone runner get aboard and a hit batter in the frame. Stephen Leinen delivered the big hit of the inning for the Cyclones with a two-run homer to left field that put the Cyclones up by three. The Cyclones piled on four more runs in the 6th to end the game by the ten-run rule.

Jayden Proehl took the loss on the hill for the Trojans working through the first five innings. Carter Pellett came on in the 6th. Brayden Ernst picked up the win, going the distance for Harlan. Ernst kept the ball around the plate and was pretty solid on the mound, limiting Atlantic to 6 hits.

Harlan improved to 17-6 with the two wins. Atlantic drops to 6-14. The Trojans finish out the week with a home game tonight against Lewis Central. That game has been moved up to a 5:30 p.m. first pitch.

Watch the game replay HERE.

Ole miss advances to CWS Championship with win over Arkansas

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

The Ole Miss Rebels picked up a 2-0 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in an elimination game on Thursday at the College World Series in Omaha. The Rebels earned a trip to the Championship Series against Oklahoma this weekend.

Dylan DeLucia threw a complete game shutout for the Rebels. He had 7 strikeouts and allowed just four hits. Ole Miss got RBI hits from Kevin Graham and Calvin Harris.

Arkansas ends their season with a record of 46-21. Ole Miss improved to 40-23.

The best of three Championship series between Ole Miss and Oklahoma will begin with a 6:00 p.m. game on Saturday on ESPN. They will play again Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and then if necessary a final game Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Ahron Ulis eyes bigger role at Iowa

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

Iowa’s Ahron Ulis is expected to step up his game at the point guard spot next season. With Jordan Bohannon out of eligibility and Joe Toussaint off to West Virginia the junior from Chicago is expected to have an expanded role.

Improved shooting is a goal. Ulis played in 35 games last season but shot just 34 percent from the field and made only four of 12 from three point range.

Ulis says Iowa coach Fran McCaffery talked to him about his expanded role.

IGHSAU Softball Rankings 06/23/2022

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

2022 Iowa High School Softball Rankings
Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Thursday, June 23

CLASS 1A
No.
School
Record
LW
1
North Linn
23-5
1
2
Newell-Fonda
24-4
2
3
Lisbon
24-3
3
4
Collins-Maxwell
15-2
4
5
Southeast Warren
18-2
5
6
Remsen St. Mary’s
18-1
6
7
Twin Cedars
20-1
7
8
Martensdale-St, Marys
16-3
8
9
Clarksville
14-0
9
10
Wayne
16-6
10
11
Sigourney
16-5
11
12
Fort Dodge St. Edmond
18-3
12
13
Exira-EHK
19-2
15
14
Akron-Westfield
16-5
14
15
Central City
24-5
13
 
Dropped Out: None

CLASS 2A
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Central Springs
20-1
1
2
North Union
22-2
2
3
Interstate 35
17-5
4
4
Wilton
20-5
5
5
Logan-Magnolia
22-0
8
6
Iowa City Regina
13-9
6
7
Van Meter
19-9
3
8
Louisa-Muscatine
18-6
7
9
West Monona
20-6
9
10
West Fork
14-2
11
11
East Marshall
18-5
12
12
Hinton
17-8
NR
13
Ridge View
14-7
10
14
Cardinal
14-10
NR
15
Osage
17-5
13
Dropped Out: Grundy Center (14), Waterloo Columbus (15)
CLASS 3A
No.
School
Record
LW
1
Mount Vernon
26-2
1
2
Davenport Assumption
18-6
2
3
Williamsburg
21-8
3
4
West Liberty
13-3
4
5
Estherville-Lincoln Central
22-5
6
6
Northeast
17-6
5
7
Saydel
21-2
7
8
West Burlington/Notre Dame
17-4
8
9
Davis County
13-4
10
10
Albia
17-5
13
11
Chariton
16-4
15
12
Sioux Center
15-6
11
13
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
19-7
9
14
Roland-Story
14-7
12
15
West Lyon
17-4
14
 
Dropped Out: None
CLASS 4A
No.
School
Record
LW
1
ADM
24-2
1
2
Winterset
24-4
2
3
Clear Creek-Amana
24-3
3
4
Norwalk
22-4
5
5
Carlisle
16-7
4
6
Dallas Center-Grimes
21-6
6
7
Indianola
16-9
7
8
North Scott
19-5
8
9
Creston
19-4
9
10
Western Dubuque
18-11
11
11
Bondurant-Farrar
17-7
12
12
Knoxville
12-6
13
13
Fairfield
16-7
10
14
Benton
18-9
NR
15
Bishop Heelan
18-9
15
Dropped Out: Marion (14)
CLASS 5A

No.
School
Record
LW
1
Waukee Northwest
23-3
1
2
Johnston
23-2
2
3
Fort Dodge
21-5
4
4
Muscatine
23-2
3
5
West Des Moines Valley
17-8
7
6
Ankeny Centennial
14-11
5
7
Southeast Polk
16-10
8
8
Pleasant Valley
15-8
9
9
Ankeny
19-8
14
10
Linn-Mar
24-3
6
11
Bettendorf
18-9
11
12
Iowa City Liberty
22-7
10
13
Ames
15-12
12
14
Waukee
19-10
15
15
Dubuque Hempstead
19-3
13
Dropped Out: None

Iowa’s Keegan Murray drafted by the Sacramento Kings

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

Iowa’s Keegan Murray is a Sacramento King. Murray was taken by the Kings with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft after an All-American sophomore season. He is Iowa’s highest draft pick ever. He joins a Kings franchise that has missed the NBA playoffs for a record 16 straight seasons.

Murray likes the nucleus the Kings have put together.

Murray says the Kings are a good fit for him.

High School Softball/Baseball Scoreboard 06/23/2022

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June 24th, 2022 by Chris Parks

SOFTBALL

Hawkeye Ten Conference
Harlan 2, Atlantic 1 (Completion of previously suspended game)
Atlantic 16, Harlan 10
Creston 11, Clarinda 1
Glenwood 11, Red Oak 5
Lewis Central 3, Denison-Schleswig 0
Riverside 11, Shenandoah 10

Western Iowa Conference
Audubon 15, IKM-Manning 3
Audubon 13, IKM-Manning 1 (A: Alexis Obermeier threw a no-hitter)
Missouri Valley 9, Tri-Center 0
Treynor 14, Underwood 4

Rolling Valley Conference
CAM 12, West Harrison 0
East Sac County 15, Ar-We-Va 3

Corner Conference Tournament

First Round
Stanton 11, Sidney 7
Essex 9, East Mills 7

Semifinals
Griswold 4, Essex 0 (G: Brenna Rossell no-hitter, 13 K’s)
Stanton 9, Fremont-Mills 6

Pride of Iowa Conference
Central Decatur 8, East Union 3
Central Decatur 8, East Union 6
Lenox 8, Nodaway Valley 3
Martensdale-St. Marys 11, Mount Ayr 4
SW Valley 18, Bedford 11 (SWV: Camryn Johnston 5-5 with a grand slam)
Wayne 5, SE Warren 2

Other Scores
Carlisle 10, Carroll 2
LeMars 12, CB Thomas Jefferson 2
LeMars 13, CB Thomas Jefferson 3
SC East 8, CB Abraham Lincoln 1
SC East 13, CB Abraham Lincoln 3
Van Meter 12, ACGC 0
Van Meter 19, ACGC 0

BASEBALL

Hawkeye Ten Conference
Harlan 8, Atlantic 6 (Completion of previously suspended game)
Harlan 14, Atlantic 4
Clarinda 5, Creston 2
Glenwood 4, Red Oak 2
Lewis Central 15, Denison-Schleswig 3

Western Iowa Conference
IKM-Manning 5, Audubon 0
Tri-Center 7, Missouri Valley 5
Underwood 10, Treynor 2

Rolling Valley Conference
CAM 7, West Harrison 1

Corner Conference Tournament

First Round
Sidney 19, Essex 4
East Mills 14, Griswold 4

Semifinals
Stanton 8, Sidney 7
Fremont-Mills 8, East Mills 0

Pride of Iowa Conference
Bedford 8, SW Valley 2
Central Decatur 11, East Union 0
Mount Ayr 5, Martensdale-St. Marys 4
Nodaway Valley/O-M 4, Lenox 0 (NV: Caelen DeVault 16 K’s)

Other Scores
Carlisle 18, Carroll 5
DM Christian 17, West Central Valley 0
DM Christian 11, West Central Valley 1
Earlham 11, Panorama 1
LeMars 10, CB Thomas Jefferson 6
LeMars 16, CB Thomas Jefferson 3
Van Meter 16, ACGC 7

Five area school districts set to share girls wrestling program at CAM this Fall

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June 23rd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Five area school districts are set to share a girls wrestling program at CAM schools this upcoming season. Atlantic made the announcement at their school board meeting on Wednesday night that they will enter into the agreement. The other schools involved are Griswold, Nodaway Valley, and Southwest Valley. CAM will be the host school for the shared 7-12 girls wrestling program. Atlantic Superintendent Steve Barber said officials from each school district saw benefits from sharing the program.

Mr. Barber also explained how the cost of the program would be shared.

For Atlantic Mr. Barber said they would probably have to have a transportation chaperone to get the girls to Massena for practice. They have discussed some different scheduling options for different host competition sites and are working through that. The agreement will continue on an annual basis unless a school involved notifies CAM they want to discontinue participation on or before March 1st of the previous school year.

 

IHSAA releases Class 1A and 2A baseball postseason brackets

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June 23rd, 2022 by Chris Parks

Postseason baseball brackets have been released by the IHSAA for Class 1A and 2A schools. Competition in those classes begin on Saturday, July 2nd. Here’s a look at the area match-ups listed in the bracket order.

CLASS 1A

District 13

Baxter @ Ankeny Christian (Northview Park Field 1) 7:00 p.m.
Collins-Maxwell @ Madrid (Northview Park Field 1) 5:00 p.m.
Murray @ Ogden 7:00 p.m.
Earlham @ Martensdale-St. Marys (@ Ogden) 5:00 p.m.

District 14

Bedford @ CAM 7:00 p.m.
Mormon Trail @ Lenox (@ CAM) 5:00 p.m.
Southwest Valley @ Mount Ayr 7:00 p.m.
East Union @ Lamoni (@ Mount Ayr) 5:00 p.m.

District 15

Griswold @ Tri-Center 7:00 p.m.
Logan-Magnolia @ Exira-EHK (@ Tri-Center) 5:00 p.m.
AHSTW @ Coon Rapids-Bayard 7:00 p.m.
Stanton @ Audubon (@ CR-B) 5:00 p.m.

District 16

River Valley @ Kingsley-Pierson 7:00 p.m.
Ar-We-Va @ IKM-Mannning (@ Kingsley-Pierson) 5:00 p.m.
Glidden-Ralston @ Woodbury Central 7:00 p.m.
Boyer Valley @ Newell-Fonda (@ Woodbury Central) 5:00 p.m.

CLASS 2A

District 14

Des Moines Christian BYE
PCM @ Pleasantville (@ Nodaway Valley) 5:00 p.m.
I-35 BYE
Central Decatur @ Nodaway Valley 7:00 p.m.

District 15

Clarinda BYE
Missouri Valley @ Red Oak (@ Treynor) 5:00 p.m.
Underwood BYE
Shenandoah @ Treynor 7:00 p.m.

DISTRICT 16

Cherokee Washington BYE
MVAOCOU @ OABCIG 5:00 p.m.
Kuemper Catholic BYE
West Monona @ Ridge View 7:00 p.m.

Iowa Hall of Pride to transition to online format

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June 23rd, 2022 by Chris Parks

(IHSAA) BOONE, IA — The Iowa Hall of Pride will soon live on through a digital format with the launch of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s online program, Achieve.

The Hall of Pride museum, run by the IHSAA, will conclude its public schedule and operating hours on June 30 and close its physical location during the 2022-23 school year. Before that, it will transition to an online platform featuring many of the experiences that have made the Hall of Pride a special venue since its opening at Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines in 2005.

“While the Hall of Pride has been a unique space to honor excellence in Iowa’s history and education-based activities, we have seen declining attendance at the location in recent years,” said IHSAA executive director Tom Keating.

“We believe the best way to serve our member schools and the most students is through Achieve. The new digital format will make the Hall of Pride’s lessons available to anyone, anywhere at no cost.”

Through Achieve, online visitors will be able to view a variety of videos previously only seen at the Iowa Hall of Pride and learn about the rich history of Iowa high school activities. Achieve will also provide a hub for student programs and IHSAA history, including archives, Halls of Fame, and educational offerings for member schools.

Achieve launches online on June 22 and its programming, videos, and archives will continue to grow through the digital platform after the Hall of Pride closes. Achieve’s URL through the IHSAA website is: https://www.iahsaa.org/achieve.

“From its inception under Bernie Saggau and Jack Lashier, the Hall of Pride opened with a goal of ‘Educating the future, preserving the past, celebrating the accomplishments of all Iowans.’” Keating said.

“We are excited to launch the next chapter through Achieve, which will honor the vision and mission of the Hall of Pride and continue to celebrate the incredible student-athletes and individuals who have positively affected Iowa for generations.”

The Hall of Pride’s museum averaged around 800 visitors per month from January 2015 through January 2020. Since reopening in July 2020 at Iowa Events Center following a COVID-19 related closure, the 26,000-square foot space has averaged around 250 monthly visitors. The IHSAA’s current website averages one million pageviews per month and will highlight Achieve with an opportunity to present focused content and video through IHSAA channels.

The Iowa Hall of Pride will honor existing field trip and event reservations. Its public hours and scheduling will conclude June 30.