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Crowd starting to gather at Iowa Speedway for weekend of IndyCar racing, four concerts

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July 22nd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) -The Iowa State Patrol estimates at least five-thousand vehicles are making their way to the parking lots at the Iowa Speedway today (Friday) — the first wave of traffic heading to Newton for IndyCar racing on Saturday and Sunday. The Patrol predicts daily crowds of 35-thousand at the Speedway on both Saturday and Sunday, with nearly 18-thousand vehicles on Interstate-80 at the Newton exit both days. Troopers are encouraging people to leave early to avoid heavy congestion. Newton Mayor Mike Hansen says keeping IndyCar Racing at the Iowa Speedway through 2024 wasn’t easy. “This was a 14-month negotiation between the City, the State, IndyCar Series, Penske Corp. and Hy-Vee,” he said.

Hy-Vee, the lead sponsor of the event, says a limited number of tickets are still available. The City of Newton has dedicated 33-thousand dollars this year and again in 2023 and 2024 to support IndyCar racing and other events at the Speedway.”So this is a direct contribution for tourism,” the mayor says.

The N-T-T IndyCar Series races will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. A pre-race concert Saturday with Tim McGraw begins at 1 p.m. and the race will start at 3 p.m. Saturday’s post-race concert with Florida Georgia Line is scheduled to start at 5:30. Sunday’s schedule includes a concert with Gwen Stefani just after noon with the race starting at 2:30 p.m. The closing event of the weekend is a concert with Blake Shelton.

State Baseball Tournament Thursday Results/Friday Schedule


July 22nd, 2022 by Jim Field



  • Estherville-Lincoln Central 7, Mid-Prairie 4
  • Van Meter 9, Beckman Catholic 4


  • Johnston 11, Waukee Northwest 3
  • Dowling Catholic 6, Iowa City High 4


State Championships @ Carroll

  • Class 1A: Remsen St. Mary’s vs. New London @ 12:00 PM
  • Class 2A: Estherville-Lincoln Central vs. Van Meter @ 2:30 PM

State Championships @ Iowa City

  • Class 3A: Assumption vs. Western Dubuque @ 5:00 PM
  • Class 4A: Johnston vs. Dowling Catholic @ 7:30 PM

State Softball Tournament Thursday Results/Friday Schedule


July 22nd, 2022 by Jim Field


  • Championship: Winterset 3, Dallas Center-Grimes 1(Neela Applegate 2R HR)
  • Consolation: North Scott 5, Carlisle 2

Class 4A All-Tournament

  • Thea Banning, Winterset
  • Aubrey Johansen, Dallas Center-Grimes
  • Bridget Stover, Winterset
  • Izabella Mulder, Dallas Center-Grimes
  • McKinley Toohey, North Scott
  • Reagan Roling, Carlisle
  • Maddy McDermott, North Scott
  • Olivia Huston, Dallas Center-Grimes
  • Riley Kious, Winterset
  • Macee Reiling, Dallas Center-Grimes
  • Jena Young, Winterset (Captain)


  • Championship: Waukee Northwest 2, Fort Dodge 0
  • Consolation: Muscatine 6, WDM Valley 2

2022 Class 5A All-Tournament Team

  • Lucy Porter, Fort Dodge
  • Zuri Patterson, Waukee Northwest
  • Mariah Myers, Fort Dodge
  • Ava Smith, Waukee Northwest
  • Karly Ricketts, Muscatine
  • Gianna Lara, West Des Moines Valley
  • Maura Chalupa, Muscatine
  • Tory Bennett, Fort Dodge
  • Kiana Carnes, Waukee Northwest
  • Jalen Adams, Fort Dodge
  • Maddie Oetzmann, Waukee Northwest (Captain)


Class 3A State Tournament

  • Championship: Mount Vernon vs. Assumption @ 2:30 PM

Class 2A State Tournament

  • Championship: Regina Catholic vs. Wilton @ 5:00 PM
  • Consolation: Central Springs vs. North Union @ 3:30 PM

Class 1A State Tournament

  • Championship: Southeast Warren vs. Twin Cedars @ 7:30 PM
  • Consolation: North Linn vs. Martensdale-St. Marys @ 6:00 PM

Hawkeye receiver Arland Bruce on Iowa’s NIL


July 22nd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Iowa sophomore receiver Arland Bruce says it is important not to over promise in this new era of name, image and likeness. The Iowa City NIL Club was recetly introduced and it designed to help members of the football team.

Bruce says the new club is designed to help all the players on the team and not just the stars.

Phil Steele previews Iowa


July 22nd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

One preview magazine believes the Iowa Hawkeyes can make a run at another division crown this season. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview calls the Big Ten West wide open and for the Hawkeyes it will be defense and special teams that make them a contender.

Steele says one of Iowa’s biggest obstacles is its schedule.

Steele says playing Ohio State and Michigan make the road more difficult.

Iowa’s Kris Murray on dealing with expectations


July 22nd, 2022 by Ric Hanson

Iowa forward Kris Murray is ready for the high expectations that will meet his junior season. Murray tested the NBA Draft waters after averaging nearly 10 points last season. Twin brother Keegan earned All-American honors while posting more than 23 points per game. He was taken fourth in the NBA Draft by Sacramento.

Murray says next season will be a chance for him to leave his own mark on the program.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says it will be a new challenge.

Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-District Teams


July 21st, 2022 by Jim Field

The IHSBCA announced the all district teams for the 2022 season.  Below are the lists for each class.

2022 All-District Teams Class 1A

2022 All-District Teams Class 2A

2022 All-District Teams Class 3A

2022 All-District Teams Class 4A

Western Iowa Conference All-Conference Softball


July 21st, 2022 by Jim Field

First Team
Abby Hiatt (Loma)
Erikah Rife (Loma)
Jadyn Huisman (Treynor)
Grace Pierce (Underwood)
Keelea Navara (Treynor)
Audrie Kohl (Missouri Valley)
Macanna Guritz (Loma)
Natalie Hagadon (AHSTW)
Brooklyn Lange (Missouri Valley)
Ally Meyers (AHSTW)
Amelia Evans (Loma)
Rylie Knop (AHSTW)
Ali Fletcher (Underwood)

Second Team
Hayden Thomas (Tri – Center)
Claire Cook (Underwood)
Delaney Mathews (Treynor)
Hannah Thygesen (Audubon)
Mary Stephens (Underwood)
Jordan Porsch (Audubon)
Kali Irlmeier (Audubon)
Katie Troxel (Loma)
Ruby Patomson (Underwood)
Elly Henderson (Riverside)
Marki Bertelsen (Loma)
Rachel Kinsella (Treynor)
Victoria Asmus (Audubon)

Western Iowa Conference All-Conference Baseball Team


July 21st, 2022 by Jim Field

First Team
Jaxon Schumacher (Treynor)
Justice Weers (Tri – Center)
Jack Vanfossan (Underwood)
Gavin Smith (Audubon)
Max Nielsen (IKM – Manning)
Mason Boothby (Underwood)
Cody Gilpin (Missouri Valley)
Jaxon Johnson (Tri – Center)
Nick Denning (AHSTW)
Grady Jeppesen (Riverside)
Kaden Snyder (Treynor)
Michael Turner (Tri – Center)
Jake Reimer (Underwood)

Second Team
Gavin Larsen (Audubon)
Brayden Lund (AHSTW)
Gage Clausen (Missouri Valley)
Kadin Bonham (Missouri Valley)
Wes Vana (Loma)
Garrett Luett (Underwood)
Kaeden Pleas (Riverside)
Sean McGee (Tri – Center)
Alex Corrin (Tri – Center)
Clayton Luett (Underwood)
Kaleb Kuhl (Loma)
Brady Wallace (Treynor)
Kaiden Rodenburg (Underwood)
Charlie Schrage (Treynor)

ISU’s Hutchinson named to Biletnikoff Award watch list


July 21st, 2022 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s best receiver regardless of position. Hutchinson, who was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team earlier this month, is entering his redshirt senior season as one of the Big 12’s top receiving targets.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Hutchinson had an impressive 2021 season, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors for the second-straight season while breaking the ISU single-season record and leading the Big 12 Conference with 83 receptions.

Hutchinson had 987 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season, running his career totals to 147 receptions, 1,758 yards and nine touchdown receptions. He leads all active Big 12 receivers in career receptions (T-14th nationally) and receiving yards (18th nationally).

Hutchinson was 23rd nationally in catches per game (6.4) and owns an active streak of 25-straight games with a reception. He had a monster performance against Oklahoma State with career highs in catches (12) and receiving yards (125).

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