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Former ISU Assistant, Iowa Games Director Hallihan passes away

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November 20th, 2020 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Jim Hallihan, former Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach, who was a member of Johnny Orr’s staff for 12 years, died today. He was 75.

Hallihan, a native of Decatur, Ill., was Orr’s top assistant from 1982-94 and was elevated to associate head coach in 1993. During his tenure in Ames, the Cyclone men’s hoops program became a national player, earning six NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986.

Sellout crowds were the norm and “Hilton Magic” was born during Hallihan’s years in Ames, as the Cyclones were the toast of the town. Five times the Cyclones eclipsed the 20-win mark in a season and nationally-ranked opponents were defeated 24 times.

Hallihan helped mentor six Cyclones who went onto NBA careers.

When Orr was ill or absent, Hallihan took over coaching duties and compiled a 6-1 mark.

Prior to arriving at Iowa State, Hallihan was the head coach at East Tennessee State from 1979-82, registering a 57-53 record. He was also an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1971-75.

Hallihan held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Miami (Ohio) where he was a two-year starter on the basketball team. He was named captain in his senior season.

After Orr’s retirement in 1994, Hallihan remained in Ames and served as Iowa Sports Foundation Executive Director for the Iowa Games. During his tenure, the foundation grew from two events and 16,000 athletes to over 20 events and 190,000 participants.

Class 3A District 9 All-District Football Teams

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November 20th, 2020 by Chris Parks

2020 3A District 9 All District Football Teams

Offense 1st Team 
POSITION NAME SCHOOL GRADE
QB Teagon Kasperbauer Harlan 10
RB Logan Katzer Lewis Central 12
RB Mason Griffith Harlan 12
Rec./TE Thomas Fidone Lewis Central 12
Rec./TE Connor Frame Harlan 11
Rec./TE Ryan Blum Glenwood 12
Linemen Dylan Koch Lewis Central 12
Linemen Jacob Schechinger Harlan 12
Linemen Jesse Schwery Harlan 12
Linemen Logyn Eckheart Glenwood 10
Linemen Joe Graeve Denison 12
Offensive At-Large Jonathan Humpal Lewis Central 10
Offensive At-Large Joey Moser Harlan 11
Offensive At-Large Jackson Kinsella Creston OM 12
Kicker Boston Hensley Lewis Central 10

2nd Team Offense
POSITION NAME SCHOOL GRADE
QB Jonah Pomrenke Lewis Central 12
RB Ryan Johnston Carroll 12
RB CJ Carter Glenwood 10
Rec./TE Cade Schable Carroll 12
Rec./TE Colby Christensen Carroll 12
Rec./TE Austin Patton Glenwood 11
Linemen Tyson Bordenaro Carroll 12
Linemen Hunter Waldstein Lewis Central 11
Linemen Trey Hansen Glenwood 12
Linemen Tristan Harger Glenwood 12
Linemen Austin Wessel Denison 12
Offensive At- Large Kelin Jones Carroll 12
Offensive At- Large Jaxson Hildebrand Denison 10
Offensive At- Large Jack Troutman Carroll 12
Kicker Brock Sell Glenwood 11

Offense Honorable Mention
Caden Kock, Carroll, 11
Brance Baker, Creston OM, 12
Carter Weiss, Denison, 12
Tristan Harger, Glenwood, 12
Jordan Schechinger, Harlan, 12
Evan Wellman, LC, 12

Defense 1st Team 
POSITION NAME SCHOOL GRADE
Linemen Hunter Deyo Lewis Central 11
Linemen NIck Miller Lewis Central 11
Linemen Derek Paup Creston OM 11
Linemen Jameson Bieker Harlan 11
LB Will McLaughlin Harlan 11
LB Sully Woods Glenwood 12
LB Nate Gallup Denison 12
LB Garon Wurster Creston OM 12
DB Colby Burg Creston OM 12
DB Aidan Hall Harlan 10
DB Silas Bales Glenwood 12
DB Michael Erlmeier Harlan 12
Defensive At-Large Brenden Bartley Harlan 12
Defensive At-Large Brock Sell Glenwood 11
Defensive At-Large Wyatt Hatcher Lewis Central 11
Punter Ty Nissen Carroll 12

Defense 2nd Team
POSITION NAME SCHOOL GRADE
Linemen Javier Gonzales Denison 12
Linemen Andy Weis Creston OM 12
Linemen AusNn PaOon Glenwood 11
Linemen Brady Boell Denison 11
LB Briley Hayes Creston OM 11
LB Joseph Fah Harlan 11
LB Nolan Little Glenwood 12
12 LB Drew Gill Glenwood 12
12 DB Tory Feldman Carroll 12
DB Evan Turin Denison 12
DB Matthew Weltz Denison 11
DB Braylon Kammrad Lewis Central 10
Defensive At Large Chase Wallace Lewis Central 10
Defensive At Large Abraham Dirkx Carroll 12
Defensive At Large Slade Sibenaller Carroll 12
Punter Lane Feirfeil Lewis Central 11

Defense Honorable Mention
Jaxson Kuhlmann, Carroll, 12
Conner Travis, Creston OM, 12
Colin Reis, Denison, 11
Zander Hayes, Glenwood, 12
Chandler Leinin, Harlan, 12
Caden Souther, LC, 12

Iowa visits Penn State

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November 20th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Iowa looks for its third straight win with a visit to Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 but they have owned the Hawkeyes in recent years with six straight wins in the series. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.

The Hawkeyes could see two different quarterbacks. Will Levis relieved starter Sean Clifford in the second half of Penn State’s loss at Nebraska.

Ferentz says the Iowa defensive line has made big strides in the last two weeks and will face a challenge against Penn State.

No. 17 Iowa State hosts Kansas State

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November 20th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Iowa State looks to stay at the top of the Big 12 standings when the 17th ranked Cyclones host Kansas State. A concern for the ISU defense is K-State freshman running back Deuce Vaughn.

That’s Cyclone coach Matt Campbell who says Vaughn has the ability to make big plays.

Campbell says freshman quarterback Will Howard has grown up in a hurry after taking over for the injured Skylar Thompson.

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November 20th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

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2020 State Football Championships Thursday, Nov. 19 Scorecard

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November 20th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Eight-Player

St. Mary’s, Remsen 48, Fremont Mills 0 BOX SCORE
St. Mary’s, Remsen scored on 7 of their first 8 possessions of the game on their way to their first title since 2004. Blaine Harpenau led the Hawks with 8 of 9 passing for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns along with 85 yards rushing and two more scores. The Hawks rolled up 336 yards of offense and held the Knights to 119 total yards. The Hawks defense bottled up the Knights star tailback Seth Malcom, holding him to just 58 yards on 18 carries. Fremont-Mills ends the season with an 8-2 record. Remsen, St. Mary’s takes the title at 12-0.

Class A

Regina, Iowa City 52, Grundy Center 28 | BOX SCORE
Theo Kolie rushed for 134 yards and 5 touchdowns to push Iowa City Regina to an 8th State Title. Ashton Cook went 17-24 passing for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Regals. The game was decided in the 2nd quarter when Regina outscored Grundy Center 24-0; the two teams matched points in every other quarter. Both teams end their season at 11-1.

Class 3A

North Scott, Eldridge 30, Harlan Community 6 | BOX SCORE

North Scott picked off 7 Harlan passes and turned the momentum of the game by returning one of those picks for a touchdown. That pick 6 broke a 6-all tie in the third quarter and North Scott pulled away for their first ever State Championship. Carter Markham led the Lancers offense with 12-15 passing for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also rushing for 96 yards and another score. Connor Corson had 4 of the Lancers interceptions on defense. North Scott completes their first trip to the dome with a title and a 9-1 record. Harlan fell short grabbing their 13th State Title and finishes another terrific season at 11-1.

Midwest Sports headlines: 11/20/20

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November 20th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) — No. 17 Iowa State leads the Big 12 going into its home game against Kansas State on Saturday. It’s the first time the Cyclones have been in first place this late in a season since they were tied at the top of the old North Division in 2004. Iowa State has been poised to make late-season runs in recent seasons under coach Matt Campbell but have been unable to finish the job. Kansas State began the week with 12 active COVID-19 cases. Wildcats coach Chris Klieman says he’s been on edge waiting for players’ test results this week.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State backup quarterback Will Levis could make the second start of his career when the winless Nittany Lions host Iowa. Penn State head coach James Franklin said Levis provided “a spark” after replacing Sean Clifford in last week’s loss to Nebraska. Levis ran for 61 yards and added 219 yards through the air for the Nittany Lions, who are 0-4 after starting the season ranked in the Top 10. Iowa has won two straight following an 0-2 start, including a 35-7 romp over Minnesota last week.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The biggest downside to success in the NFL may come each April, when the team that wins the Super Bowl also wins the rather dispiriting opportunity to pick last in each round of the draft. Yet despite having to wait deep into the night to finally make their selections, the Kansas City Chiefs have managed to get a massive return on their draft investments, not only this past year but going back to the 2019 draft.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 football championship game could have a very familiar look, or could have some new teams. No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 22 Texas could have another December rematch if they both win the rest of their regular-season games. The Sooners or Longhorns have won the last 10 Big 12 championship games. But there are five teams with one or two conferences losses with a month to go before the title game. No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Iowa State are the top two teams in the current standings. Neither of them have played in the league’s title game.

UNDATED (AP) — The No. 4 Baylor Lady Bears are the preseason favorite again in the Big 12 Conference. They won their 10th regular season title in a row last season, but didn’t get a chance to defend their 2019 national championship when the season was ended abruptly by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is lingering at the start of a new season. Iowa State is No. 15. The Cyclones go into coach Bill Fennelly’s 26th season returning Big 12 scoring leader Ashley Joens. Baylor has preseason player of the year NaLyssa Smith and top newcomer DiJonai Carrington, the former All-Pac 12 guard at Stanford.

Drake announces no fans at home basketall games

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November 19th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Drake announced there will be no fans allowed in the Knapp Center for Bulldog home games at least at the start of the season. Only family members will be on hand. Drake’s home opener is December third against Nebraska-Omaha.

That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who has averaged 22 wins his first two seasons as head coach. During that time the school has worked hard to build its fan base.

Junior guard D.J. Wilkins says fans or no fans they are just anxious to get the season started.

The Bulldogs open the season at Kansas State on November 25th.

Atlantic girls hoops brings wealth of experience to 2020-21 season

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November 19th, 2020 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic girls basketball team is getting revved up for the 2020-21 season and bring a wealth of returning experience to the table.  5 of the top 7 scorers return for a team that went 9-14 last season and Head Coach Dan Vargason says their mentality in practice shows a commitment to improvement.

Top scorer Haley Rasmussen returns for her senior season and will look to build off a 17 point per game average. Rasmussen shot 41% from the field and 33% from 3-point range despite garnering a lot of attention from opposing defenses. Coach Vargason says Rasmussen continues to work hard and he expects others to step up when she gets the defensive attention.

The Trojans will be replacing two senior starters in McKenzie Waters and Corri Pelzer but Coach Vargason thinks they have a good mix of players to step up and fill important roles.

Atlantic was scheduled to open the season next Tuesday night at home against Denison-Schleswig but that game has now been postponed. We’ll have coverage of the Trojans when their season opens.

2020-21 Preseason Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings

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November 19th, 2020 by Chris Parks

2020-21 Preseason Iowa Girls High School Basketball Rankings
Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Class 1A
No.
School
19-20 Record
1
Newell-Fonda
27-0
2
Algona Bishop Garrigan
25-2
3
St. Ansgar
22-3
4
Kingsley-Pierson
20-5
5
MMCRU
21-1
6
Springville
20-5
7
Exira-EHK
21-2
8
Montezuma
23-2
9
Lynnville-Sully
15-7
10
Turkey Valley
19-5
11
Collins-Maxwell
19-5
12
Council Bluffs St. Albert
13-12
13
Logan-Magnolia
21-4
14
Burlington Notre Dame
20-5
15
Stanton
21-3
Class 2A
No.
School
19-20 Record
1
West Branch
21-4
2
Maquoketa Valley
17-5
3
Denver
17-9
4
South Central Calhoun
15-7
5
North Linn
25-2
6
AHSTW
20-4
7
West Monona
17-6
8
Nodaway Valley
20-3
9
West Hancock
25-2
10
IKM-Manning
17-6
11
Grundy Center
16-8
12
Emmetsburg
17-6
13
Cascade
26-1
14
Dike-New Hartford
23-2
15
Mount Ayr
19-4
Class 3A
No.
School
19-20 Record
1
Des Moines Christian
22-3
2
West Liberty
19-5
3
Cherokee
17-6
4
Center Point-Urbana
22-3
5
Clear Lake
22-3
6
Panorama
20-4
7
Unity Christian
15-7
8
Davenport Assumption
16-8
9
Roland-Story
19-4
10
Creston
14-10
11
West Lyon
16-7
12
Osage
24-3
13
Bishop Heelan
22-4
14
Hampton-Dumont-CAL
18-4
15
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows
17-6
Class 4A
No.
School
19-20 Record
1
Glenwood
25-1
2
Gilbert
19-4
3
Ballard
22-2
4
Waverly-Shell Rock
20-3
5
Central DeWitt
18-4
6
North Scott
26-0
7
Xavier
15-8
8
Bondurant-Farrar
14-9
9
Denison-Schleswig
12-10
10
Grinnell
16-7
11
Harlan
13-10
12
Dallas Center-Grimes
17-7
13
Winterset
12-9
14
Clear Creek-Amana
19-5
15
Keokuk
18-4
Class 5A
No.
School
19-20 Record
1
Waterloo West
20-5
2
Southeast Polk
19-5
3
Johnston
24-2
4
Waukee
23-3
5
Iowa City West
14-10
6
Cedar Falls
19-5
7
Ankeny Centennial
13-10
8
Iowa City High
23-2
9
Davenport North
18-5
10
Des Moines Roosevelt
13-10
11
Ames
11-12
12
Muscatine
11-11
13
Indianola
16-7
14
Dowling Catholic
19-4
15
West Des Moines Valley
14-8