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Wahlert Wins MVC Spring/Summer Sportsmanship

Wahlert High School has been presented the Cliff Brees Sportsmanship Trophy by the Mississippi Valley Conference for the Spring/Summer sports season covering soccer,baseball, and softball seasons.  Wahlert was the recipient of the Mississippi Division award while Cedar Falls claimed the Valley Division trophy.

This is the 4th season in a row Wahlert has received the Spring/Summer sportsmanship award. The previous 3 season the Golden Eagles received it as member of the Valley Division.  The trophies were presented at the opening Athletic Director’s Meeting of the League this morning at the Meadows Golf Facility in Asbury.

Senior Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Dubuque Senior High has announced the members of their 26th Athletic Hall of Fame Class, to be inducted in October. The six new members include Mary Beck, Class of 1980; current Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol, from the class of 1968; Doug Colin, Class of 1981; Coach Mike Fleming; Zach Hodge, Class of 2006; and Henry “Hank” Vollenweider, from the class of 1938. Induction will take place at a banquet Saturday, October 14th, in the new high school cafeteria. Ticket information is available by contacting the Senior High Activities Office.

Japan Drops USA Team, 11-5

TAIPEI, Taiwan — At the World University Games,  USA Team represented by the Iowa baseball team got a solid first career start from freshman Jack Dreyer and an early three-run home run, but Japan roughed up the USA bullpen in an 11-5 victory to close out Pool B play in Taiwan

USA finishes Pool B play with a 2-1 record, moving it on to the medal round as the No. 2 seed.

The Americans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, courtesy of a three-run home run from senior Matt Hoeg.  Japan got an unearned run back in the fourth before taking control in the fifth on a grand slam home run.

USA will face the top seed from Pool A on Friday morning at 5:30 Iowa time.

Area Scoreboard (8/23)

High School Volleyball

#7 Hempstead 3, Waterloo East 0

Cascade 3, MFL Mar Mac 0

Southwestern 3, East Dubuque 0

Galena 3, Southwestern 1

High School Cross Country

The Hempstead boys and girls teams captured titles yesterday at the Mount Vernon Invitational. Addison Kalb paced the Mustangs winning medalist honors in 16:58. On the girls side Heather Hostager was tops for Hempstead in 20:27.

The Wahlert boys and girls won their own invitational yesterday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.  The Eagles Jacob Hocking was second in 17:45. For the girls Wahlert’s best time was Grace Herber in second-place 20:26. Bellevue’s Camryn Reeg won in 20:21.

High School Girls Swimming

Wahlert defeats Hempstead, 142-44

Senior lost to Cedar Rapids Kennedy 121-65.

College Volleyball

St. Xavier defeated Clarke 25-20, 25-13, 25-13

College Men’s Soccer

Trinity Christian 2, Clarke 1

College Women’s Soccer

Trinity Christian 4, Clarke 0

Regional MLB Recaps

The Cubs trailed 3-0 and 6-3 before winning their fourth in a row, 13-9 at Cincinnati. Ben Zobrist drove in three runs and put Chicago ahead with a pinch-hit, two-run double in the seventh. The Reds lost despite Eugenio Suarez, who homered twice and drove in five runs.

– The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central stays at 2  1/2 games after Milwaukee scored twice in the seventh to beat the Giants, 4-3. Ryan Braun tied it with a sacrifice fly and Travis Shaw followed with a two-out double to push the Brewers to the first win in their last six meetings with San Francisco. Brandon Crawford’s two-run home run in the fifth to put the Giants ahead by a run.

– Home runs by Jedd Gyorko , Stephen Piscotty and Yadier  Molina weren’t enough for the Cardinals in a 12-4 loss to the Padres. Yangervis Solarte  had three hits and a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run double and a two-run homer. Austin Hedges launched a three-run blast to cap a six-run seventh that put San Diego ahead, 10-4.

– Kyle Gibson was sharp in Minnesota’s 4-1 verdict over the White Sox, striking out eight and yielding just one run on seven hits over seven innings. The Twins did their scoring on homers by Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario after Gibson gave up a first-inning run on a wild pitch. The Twins have won five of six to bolster their playoff chances.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Atlanta 4 Seattle 0
Final Washington 4 Houston 3
Final Kansas City 3 Colorado 2


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Oakland 6 Baltimore 4
Final N-Y Yankees 13 Detroit 4
Final Boston 9 Cleveland 1
Final Tampa Bay 6 Toronto 5
Final Minnesota 4 Chi White Sox 1
Final L.A. Angels 10 Texas 1


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Miami 12 Philadelphia 8
Final L.A. Dodgers 8 Pittsburgh 5
Final Chi Cubs 13 Cincinnati 9
Final Arizona 7 N-Y Mets 4
Final Miami 7 Philadelphia 4
Final San Diego 12 St. Louis 4
Final Milwaukee 4 San Francisco 3

First Iowa High School Volleyball Rankings

The first Iowa High School volleyball rankings have been released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Defending 4A state champ Wahlert Catholic is ranked 2nd to start the year, Western Dubuque is ranked 15th. Hempstead is number 7 in the 5A poll. In Class 3A, Dyersville Beckman is ranked 10th. Bellevue Marquette Catholic is rated 14th in the 1A poll.

The season gets underway tonight for many area teams including Hempstead hosting Waterloo East. The Wahlert at Senior match scheduled to be played tonight was moved to Thursday evening due to construction around Nora Gym.

Tobin Traded to Seahawks

Matt Tobin (courtesy nfl.com)

Worthington native and former Iowa Hawkeye Matt Tobin has a new NFL team. The Seattle Seahawks continued to add help at tackle following George Fant’s season-ending knee injury, acquiring Tobin and Philadelphia’s 2018 seventh-round selection in a trade with the Eagles. The Eagles will receive Seattle’s 2018 fifth-round selection. Tobin has played both guard and tackle for the Eagles, and started 13 games in 2015. The Beckman Catholic grad began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa and has appeared in 42 games over the past four seasons, starting 21.

Matchup between pennant contenders … Rangers beat LA … Beckham Jr. Injured

HOUSTON (AP) – A key late-season matchup between pennant contenders is on tap tonight in Houston, where the first-place Astros of the American League’s Central Division play host to the National League’s East Division-leading Washington Nationals. Tanner Roark takes the mound for Washington against Houston’s Charlie Morton in the first of a three-game series.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – In a West Coast game Monday night, Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer and Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings as the Texas Rangers cooled off the Los Angeles Angels with a 5-3 victory. The loss dropped the Angels, who had won nine of 11, a half-game back of Minnesota in the race for the second AL wild card.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win. It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Panthers coach Ron Rivera is chomping at the bit to get his full contingent of offensive players on the football field. That might just happen this week. Quarterback Cam Newton and wide receiver Curtis Samuel, the team’s rookie second-round draft pick, are on pace to play Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars after missing the first two preseason games rehabbing from injuries. Two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalli also practiced Monday after sitting out two games with a shoulder injury and could play.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t point fingers or make accusations. After possibly dodging a major injury, New York’s flashy wide receiver calmly moved on. Beckham sprained his left ankle on a questionable hit in the first half of the Giants’ 10-6 exhibition loss to the Cleveland Browns Monday night. After receiving an 18-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning, Beckham was undercut by Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who drove his shoulder and helmet into the star receiver’s left leg.

Regional MLB Recaps

– Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win. It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Cubs.

-Yolmer Sanchez homered and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu hit his 25th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader. Carlos Rodon (2-4) pitched effectively into seventh inning for the fifth straight outing to earn his first win since July 3. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.  Minnesota pound the Soxs in game two 10-2.

Major League Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Seattle 6 Atlanta 5


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Chi White Sox 7 Minnesota 6 (game 1)
Final Baltimore 7 Oakland 3
Final Cleveland 5 Boston 4
Final Minnesota 10 Chi White Sox 2 (game 2)
Final Texas 5 L.A. Angels 3


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Pittsburgh 5, 12 Innings
Final Arizona 3 N-Y Mets 2, 10 Innings
Final San Francisco 2 Milwaukee 0

Hawkeyes USA Team Win Opener

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team representing USA Team broke a one-all tie with a two-run eighth inning before holding off Mexico for a 3-2 victory in its World University Games opener Sunday night in Taipai, Thailand.

Team USA was held without a hit through the first seven innings before breaking through in the eighth.  Sophomore Ben Norman led off the inning, reaching on a hit by pitch before junior Robert Neustrom ripped a single to right field to put runners on the corners with nobody out. After Neustrom stole second, senior Tyler Cropley’s sacrifice fly gave USA a 2-1 lead and freshman Brett McCleary followed with an RBI single to left field, making the score 3-1.

Junior Zach Daniels (1-0) pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit and fanning two to pick up the victory.

The team will have the day off today and do some sightseeing then return to the diamond Tuesday to face Russia in a game to played tomorrow morning at 5:30 Iowa Time.

Anquan Boldin hangs them up…U.S. Claims Solheim Cup…..Power Wins at Pocono

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Receiver Anquan Boldin has abruptly given up on football less than two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills. General manager Brandon Beane made it official Sunday night by saying the team respects Boldin’s decision to retire. Boldin’s decision came as a complete surprise, especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season. Boldin oversees the south Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for under-privileged children.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lexi Thompson got things going with a big rally and Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer won key matches to help the U.S. beat Europe 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 in the Solheim Cup. Gerina Piller sealed it with a birdie putt that put her 3 up over Florentyna Parker with three to play in a 4-and-2 victory. The Americans are 10-5 in the biennial tournament, also winning in Germany in 2015.

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) – Will Power held off Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden to win the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday for the second straight year. Power made all the right moves over the final few laps to cut off Newgarden. It was Power’s third win of the season – and second at Pocono in two years.

UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called “abusive player behavior.” Some umps wore white wristbands during Saturday’s games. They are upset that Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Commissioner Rob Manfred has offered to meet with umpire union’s governing board.

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Henrik Stenson won the Wyndham Championship, closing with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory in the final event of the PGA Tour regular season. The 2013 FedEx Cup champion finished at 22-under 258 at Sedgefield Country Club, breaking the course’s 72-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008 and matched last year by Si Woo Kim.

Regional MLB Recaps

– Alex Avila capped Chicago’s three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Cubs swept the Toronto Blue Jays with a wild 6-5 victory. With two outs and the bases loaded, Avila lined a base hit into right field against Roberto Osuna. Ben Zobrist scored easily and Javier Baez slid in safely just ahead of the throw from Jose Bautista.

 

– Josh Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic on Sunday night. The teams played at renovated Bowman Field, a minor league ballpark located 5 miles from where the Little League World Series is taking place. Sitting in the front rows were admiring Little Leaguers who got to mingle with the big league stars as part of a Major League initiative to celebrate youth baseball.

– Jesus Aguilar homered twice, Chase Anderson won in his return from the disabled list and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 for their sixth victory in seven games. A night earlier, Aguilar launched a pinch-hit homer against All-Star closer Greg Holland to put Milwaukee ahead with two outs in the ninth inning.

 

– Miguel Gonzalez escaped early trouble and pitched six scoreless innings, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 3-2. Texas dropped 2  1/2 games behind the Twins and the Angels for the AL’s second wild-card spot. The Rangers finished a 10-game homestand 7-3, but split the four-game series against Chicago.

– Eddie Rosario hit a grand slam in a nine-run first inning and the Minnesota Twins routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-5 to complete a three-game sweep. Bartolo Colon allowed four runs over six innings for his third win in five decisions since being signed by the Twins. The 44-year-old righty became the 18th pitcher in major league history to defeat all 30 teams.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Detroit 6 L.A. Dodgers 1
Final Minnesota 12 Arizona 5
Final Chi Cubs 6 Toronto 5, 10 Innings


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Tampa Bay 3 Seattle 0
Final Boston 5 N-Y Yankees 1
Final L.A. Angels 5 Baltimore 4
Final Oakland 3 Houston 2
Final Kansas City 7 Cleveland 4
Final Chi White Sox 3 Texas 2


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Miami 6 N-Y Mets 4
Final Atlanta 8 Cincinnati 1
Final Milwaukee 8 Colorado 4
Final Philadelphia 5 San Francisco 2
Final Washington 4 San Diego 1
Final Pittsburgh 6 St. Louis 3

Yanks edge Bosox…Texas slugfest…US leads Solheim Cup

NEW YORK (AP) – Tyler Austin hit a three-run home run, Todd Frazier added a solo homer and CC Sabathia retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday night. The Red Sox hold a four game edge in the AL East.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Lots of runs in Texas where Rougned Odor homered twice, Mike Napoli also went deep, and both had five RBIs as the Texas Rangers overcame an early five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 17-7. Odor’s first homer, a three-run shot in the third, made it 7-5 and ended the night for White Sox starter Derek Holland. The former Ranger was starting as an opponent in Texas for the first time.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two years ago, the United States staged the biggest singles comeback in Solheim Cup history. Only the biggest letdown the event has ever seen will keep the Americans from retaining the cup on Sunday. The United States took a 10 1/2- 5 1/2 lead over Europe on Saturday, matching its biggest advantage entering the final day. The Americans took three of the four afternoon fourball matches after splitting the morning foursomes.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Indiana University has apologized to defensive back Bryant Fitzgerald for a mistake that will cost the freshman his first year of eligibility. In a statement issued Saturday, athletic director Fred Glass acknowledged the school’s compliance office failed to properly advise Fitzgerald of his eligibility requirements.

MASON, Ohio (AP) – Simona Halep has moved within a victory of the No. 1 women’s tennis ranking. The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 in the Western & Southern Open semifinals in Ohio. She can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.

WI. Week One Football Scores/Today’s Games

NON CONFERENCE
Fennimore 18, Lancaster 13
Platteville 34, Cuba City 7
Onalaska 41, River Valley 19
Iowa-Grant 38, Richland Center 14
Lake Country Lutheran 33, Mineral Point 21
Wauzeka/Seneca 38, Boscobel 0
Southwestern 20, Rio 6
Westby 15, Darlington 14

 

SIX RIVERS
Pecatonica/Argyle 40, Highland 6
Potosi/Cassville 50, Benton/Scales Mound (IL) 0

 

TODAYS GAMES AT UW PLATTEVILLE
Belmont vs North Crawford @ noon
Owen-Withee takes on Black Hawk at 2:30
River Ridge battles Shullsburg.

Class of ’17 UD Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

The University of Dubuque has announced the newest class of member for the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Being inducted will be the 1969 Spartan wrestling team, basketball player Tyler Daugherty from the Class of 2008, volleyball player Amy Buss from the Class of 1996, baseball player Joe Hapanionek from the Class of 2005, tennis player Nancy Leonard from the class of 1988, along with track and field athlete Gregg Wiersema from the class of 2006.

The newest Hall of Fame class will be honored on Saturday, October 7th with an award ceremony at the Heritage Center prior to the UD football game with Buena Vista. The newest class will also be introduced at halftime of the game.

Area Scoreboard

High School Boys Golf:

At the 16 team Warrior Golf Invitational held yesterday at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, Wahlert place 11th shooting a 339 while Hempstead finished 12th totaling 341. Hempstead’s Joey Kaesbauer finished 9th overall carding a 77. Wahlert’s top score was turned in by Jack Doyle with an 83 good for 33rd. The winning team was Indianola with a 309.

High School Girls Golf:

Southwestern edged Galena by one stroke 214-215

Spartans IIAC Football Favorites

The University of Dubuque Spartans are the coaches’ choice to win the 2017 IIAC Football title. Dubuque was chosen first on four ballots (coaches do not vote on their own team) and earned 60 points to take the No. 1 ranking in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll. 2016 IIAC champion Coe, earned a tie for the No. 2 ranking with Wartburg, garnering two first place votes each and 52 points each. The Loras Duhawks were picked to finish 8th receiving 17votes.

Both Dubuque and Loras open their seasons on Saturday, September 2nd. Dubuque will travel to Bethel University in St. Paul while Loras will be at Elmhurst College.

You can get a preview of both the Spartans and Duhawks next Saturday morning at 9:00 on the first Key City College Football Report on AM 1370 KDTH.  

Once again this season 101.1 The River will be your radio home for University of Dubuque Football on Saturday’s and also the UD Football Show with head coach Stan Zweifel on Monday evening’s at 6:00pm starting August 28th.

Regional MLB Recaps

– Phillip Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Cincinnati Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats. On Wednesday, the 25-year-old homered as a pinch hitter for his first hit.

– Dexter Fowler’s two-run triple sparked the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. With the Cardinals trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Fowler tripled down the right field line off reliever Joaquin Benoit to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. Fowler went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two walks.

– Nomar Mazara drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Texas Rangers held on for a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.  The Rangers reached .500 for the first time since July 15 with their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. The defending AL West champs, out of the division race behind Houston, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Angels for the AL’s second wild card.

– Max Kepler made up for a fielding mistake in the top of the inning with the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game to salvage a doubleheader split with the Indians. Twins starter Aaron Slegers sailed through 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut, helping stop a six-game winning streak by the Indians.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Arizona 4 Houston 0
Final N-Y Yankees 7 N-Y Mets 5


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Cleveland 9 Minnesota 3
Final Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 3
Final Minnesota 4 Cleveland 2
Final Texas 9 Chi White Sox 8


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Cincinnati 13 Chi Cubs 10
Final Atlanta 10 Colorado 4
Final St. Louis 11 Pittsburgh 7
Final Washington 2 San Diego 1
Final San Francisco 5 Philadelphia 4

Big 10 Basketball Schedules Announced

The Big 10 released their 2017-18 men’s basketball season schedules yesterday.

Iowa will play 17 home games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which includes a pair of exhibition games before the regular season tips off on Nov. 10, against Chicago State. The Big 10 opener will be at home on Saturday, December 2nd against Penn State which follows a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia on November 28th to meet Virginia Tech as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

Wisconsin’s schedule includes an early December start to Big Ten play with a visit from Ohio State. The game against the Buckeyes on Dec. 2 follows a tough trip to Virginia to face the Cavaliers in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Nov. 27. The regular season opener will be at home November 10th against South Carolina State.

Illinois opens their season at home on November 10th against Southern as part of the Global Sports Invitational, the Illini then host Tennessee Martin Sunday, November 12th. The Illini Big 10 opener will be Friday, December 1st against Northwestern in Rosemont. The game follows the ACC-Big 10 challenge game at Wake Forest on November 28th.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final L.A. Angels 3 Washington 2
Final N-Y Yankees 5 N-Y Mets 3
Final Boston 5 St. Louis 4
Final Houston 9 Arizona 5
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Chi White Sox 4


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Kansas City 7 Oakland 6
Final Seattle 7 Baltimore 6
Final Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Texas 12 Detroit 6
Cleveland at Minnesota , postponed


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Miami 8 San Francisco 1
Final Milwaukee 7 Pittsburgh 6
Final San Diego 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Chi Cubs 7 Cincinnati 6
Final Colorado 17 Atlanta 2

Dubuque Schools Rated In First High School Cross Country Poll

All 3 Dubuque High Schools cross country teams are ranked in the pre-season poll released yesterday by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches.

In the 4-A boys poll: Hempstead is ranked 6th while Senior is 11th. The Wahlert boys are ranked 9th in Class 3A.  In the 4A girls poll: Hempstead starts out the year ranked 2nd and Senior is 9th. In Class 3A, Wahlert is rated 3rd.

The Bellevue boys are ranked 8th in the first Class 1A poll. The Cascade girls are ranked 6th in Class 2A, Bellevue Marquette Catholic is 7th in Class 1A.

Loras Tops IIAC Men’s Soccer Poll

The Loras Men’s Soccer, winners of five straight regular season IIAC titles, are the coaches’ choice to win the 2017 championship. Loras was chosen first on six ballots and earned 61 points to take the No. 1 ranking in the Coaches Preseason Poll. 2016 IIAC Tournament champion Luther, earned the No. 2 ranking garnering three first place votes and 55 points.  The University of Dubuque is ranked 3rd receiving 48 votes.

Both Loras and Dubuque open the regular season on Friday September 1st.

Texans Coach O’Brien Praises ‘Iowa Flash’ McCarron

Riley McCarron

Dubuque native Riley McCarron has a new nickname while drawing the praise of Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien following the team’s joint practice yesterday with the New England Patriots. During his press conference he was asked about McCarron and referred to him as the ‘Iowa Flash’. O’Brien says “McCarron is a hard worker, smart kid, tough, and has done a good job so far.”

The Texans will host the Patriots on Saturday in pre-season game number two as McCarron the undrafted rookie out of Iowa continues to attempt to earn a roster spot with Houston. In the Texans first game McCarron caught one pass for 18 yards. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for a total of sixteen yards.

50 over .500 … Joyce’s 3-run double rallies A’s past Royals

LOS ANGELES (AP) – In another of its patented come-from-behind rallies, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 5 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 6-1. The win pushed the Dodgers to 84-34, 50 games over the break-even .500 mark. Corey Seager and Austin Barnes hit two-run singles in the offensive onslaught. The Dodgers hit the 50 over .500 mark for the first time since 1953.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Matt Joyce hit a three-run double to cap a six-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Kansas City Royals 10-8 on Tuesday night. Joyce also homered and had four RBIs. Khris Davis added his 33rd home run and Matt Olson hit his fourth in five days to help the A’s clinch at least a tie for the season series between the former division rivals.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The attorney for the first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nation’s largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations says she’s settled her case. Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that found Baylor had mishandled rape or assault cases for years and the football program acted as if it was “above the rules.”

ATLANTA (AP) – Jonquel Jones had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double, and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 96-75 in the WNBA Tuesday night. Connecticut (18-9), winners of six straight, won in Atlanta for the first time since June 7, 2015. Jasmine Thomas made four 3-pointers and added 18 points for Connecticut (18-9), which clinched its first playoff spot since 2012 last Saturday. Courtney Williams scored 12 points.

Badgers Win First Game Down Under

AUCKLAND, New Zealand —Wisconsin sophomore Brevin Pritzl scored a team-high 28 points, going 7-for-9 from 3-point range, and helped lead Wisconsin to an 85-75 win over the New Zealand Breakers in the opener of a five-game trip Down Under played in Auckland, New Zealand.

Pritzl got help from 2017 All-American Ethan Happ, who tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Happ also added three assists and four steals while going 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

The Badgers will turn around and prepare for a rematch with the Breakers on Thursday, Aug. 17, but this time playing in Tauranga, New Zealand tipping off at 1:30 in the morning Central Time.

Loras Tops IIAC Women’s Soccer Pre-season Poll

The Loras women’s soccer team was picked to repeat as conference champions in the preseason poll, released yesterday by the conference office. Last year, the Duhawks split the regular season title with Luther before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Under the direction of second year head coach Matt Pucci, Loras returns a majority of its core from the 2016 season. The University of Dubuque finished tied for 6th in the poll.

Sutherland Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Marty Sutherland (Courtesy hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Cascade native Marty Sutherland has been elevated to the position of associate head coach for the University of Iowa baseball program by head coach Rick Heller. Sutherland is in his fifth season on Heller’s Iowa staff.

During his four seasons in Iowa City, Sutherland has helped guide the Hawkeyes to 140 wins — the most in a four-year stretch in school history — two NCAA Regional appearances, the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history, and two Big Ten runner-up finishes.

Sutherland, a former player and coach under Heller at Northern Iowa, was an assistant for the Panthers from 2003-09.

Iowa Goes Unbeaten on European Tour

VICENZA, Italy — Tyler Cook and Luka Garza posted double-doubles to lead the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to an 88-49 triumph over the Vicenza All-Stars Monday evening. The win improved the Hawkeyes’ record to a perfect 4-0 on their European Tour. Both Cook and Garza played 23 minutes each with Cook totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Garza tallied 24 points and 14 boards.

Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl was again sidelined as he recoups from surgery. Riley Till didn’t score but grabbed one rebound in three minutes of playing time.

Iowa Hoops Wrapping Up European Tour Today

The Iowa men’s basketball team will wrap up their exhibition schedule tour of Europe today.  The Hawkeyes are unbeaten in three games. Today Iowa will meet the Vincenza All-Stars in Vincenza , Italy around 12:30 Iowa time.

On Saturday Iowa shot nearly 61 percent from the field in a 106-64 dismantling of the Milan All Stars.

Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl hasn’t seen any playing time yet as he is still working his way back from a sport hernia surgery in late May. Pemel’s former Golden Eagles teammate Riley Till has seen a few minutes of playing time in each of the three contests scoring five points and six rebounds.

Wadley, Vandeberg Excited for Hawkeye Football Season

Iowa running back Akrum Wadley (center) practices earlier this week (Courtesy: University of Iowa).

Fall camp for the Iowa football team is at the end of week two and the countdown is on to the start of the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2nd when the Hawkeyes will host Wyoming. Iowa senior running back, Akrum Wadley, a Doak Walker Award pre-season candidate says he can’t wait. Iowa will have some veteran leadership at wide receiver in Matt Vandeberg who returns for a fifth season after being granted a medical hardship from last season missing the final nine games. Vandeberg says he is excited about what he has seen in so far. Iowa is preparing for the season opener on Saturday, September 2nd at home against Wyoming.

Hawkeye Basketball Team Rolls Past Swiss Stars

Iowa’s Riley Till puts down a dunk for two of his five points (Courtesy: University of Iowa).

Two days after beating a German team by 34 points, the Iowa basketball team doubled their margin of victory yesterday when they pounded a group of Swiss All-Stars by a 125-56 tally. The Hawkeyes started the game on a 9-2 run and never looked back, eventually building a 39-point halftime advantage. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawks got off to a much better defensive start than in the first game of their European tour. While former Wahlert All-Stater Cordell Pemsl was once again held out of action, fellow Wahlert alum Riley Till did get some extended time. Till scored five points, grabbed two rebounds, and had an assist and a steal in ten minutes of playing time. Till redshirted last season, and says it felt good to get back on the court. The Hawkeyes now head to Italy, where they will play the final two games of their overseas trip. They’ll take on the Milan All-Stars tomorrow, before finishing against a team from Vicenza on Monday.

Dubuque Girl Chosen as Hawkeye “Kid Captain”

Reisner

A Dubuque girl has been chosen to be one of the honorary “Kid Captains” for the Iowa football in its upcoming season. 11-year-old Camdyn Reisner will serve as the Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes’ game against Michigan State in late September. For the past nine seasons, the Hawkeyes have chosen current or former patients from the U of I Children’s Hospital to be Kid Captains. This year, the captains will receive a special Hawkeye football jersey, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick Stadium during Iowa’s “Kids Day at Kinnick” scrimmage this Saturday. Reisner was diagnosed with a severe heart arrhythmia after several hospital visits in the first month of her life. Her particular condition can cause extremely rapid heart rates, sometimes in excess of 300 beats per minute. When the arrhythmia first appeared, Reisner’s brain was deprived of oxygen. That has caused her some developmental delays. She also occasionally uses a walker.

McCarron Has a Catch, Two Returns in Texans Preseason Opener

McCarron

Former Wahlert and Iowa wide receiver Riley McCarron continues to make his case for a roster spot with the Houston Texans. McCarron joined the team as an undrafted free agent earlier this year and has apparently been making an impression on coaches during training camp. During the Texans’ preseason opener against Carolina last night, McCarron caught a pass from starting quarterback Deshaun Watson for an 18-yard gain. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for a total of sixteen yards. The Texans lost that game by a score of 27-17.

Fired Iowa Field Hockey Coach Joins Duke Staff

Griesbaum

Duke says former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum has joined the Blue Devils as a volunteer assistant coach. Griesbaum spent 14 seasons coaching the Hawkeyes before being fired weeks before the 2014 season. She was let go amid claims by former players that she mistreated them. An internal university review had found no policy violations by Griesbaum. Iowa settled with Griesbaum for $1.5 million to avoid a June trial. She had a 169-107 record with the Hawkeyes.

Iowa State Basketball Tournament Moves to 5-Day Format

Courtesy: NFHS

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced that it is shortening the annual boy’s state basketball tournament. Beginning next spring, the tournament will shift to a five-day format, rather than the current six-day setup. Administrators say they’re hoping to create a “championship Friday” event by playing all of the finals on the last day of the tournament, rather than split over Friday and Saturday evenings. Jacob Brindle is the head coach of the Cascade boys, who have qualified for state each of the past four seasons. He’s in favor of the move. Championship games would begin at 2:00 Friday afternoon with the Class 1A game. The 2A, 3A, and 4A finals would follow. Brindle doesn’t believe that playing the games earlier in the day will take away from the “marquee” feel of a championship game. The way the tournament is ticketed is changing, too. Fans will now be charged a full day’s admission, instead of previously paying for two-game “sessions” which required the arena to be emptied in between. Brindle believes that will encourage fans to come earlier and stay later. All games will still be played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, and the consolation games will still be played.

Hawkeyes Pound German All-Stars in European Opener

The language barrier may have been the only thing that slowed down the Iowa Hawkeye basketball team yesterday as they opened competition on their European trip with a 99-65 win over a squad of German All-Stars. The Hawks led by just four at halftime, but exploded in the second half to cruise to the victory. Head Coach Fran McCaffery says his team got better on the defensive end in the second half, which led to more offensive opportunities. Freshman center Luka Garza led four players in double figures with 17 points. He added ten rebounds for a double-double. A total of fourteen Hawkeyes saw action, and McCaffery was pleased with all of their contributions. Former Wahlert star Cordell Pemsl did not play, as he’s still working his way back from a sports hernia surgery in late May. But his old Golden Eagle teammate, Riley Till, did hit a three-pointer for Iowa in mop-up duty. The Hawkeyes will be back in action tomorrow when they take on a Swiss All-Star team.

B. Ferentz: Iowa Should Have Gone After Butler Earlier

Iowa RB James Butler (20) participates in practice on Monday (Courtesy: Hawkeye Nation).

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz thinks Iowa screwed up by not recruiting James Butler out of high school. The Hawkeyes recently rectified that mistake, adding Butler as a highly coveted graduate transfer that they hope can help getting their sluggish offense on track. Butler, who gained over 1,300 yards in each of his last two seasons at Nevada, joined Iowa last month after graduating from Nevada in just three years.

Pemsl’s Status Unclear as Hawkeyes Open Euro Trip

The Iowa Hawkeye basketball team will play the first of four games on a European swing today, but it’s not yet known how much action former Wahlert star Cordell Pemsl will see. Pemsl had surgery to repair a sports hernia in late May, and has been sidelined over the summer. He did not play in the Prime Time League, and the European trip was targeted for his return. But he told reporters last week he wasn’t sure how much – or even if – he would play. Pemsl says spending much of his summer as a spectator while his teammates practiced has been difficult. The Hawkeyes take on a team of German all-stars today. They’ll play three more games between Thursday and Monday.

Savary, Harris Lead 11 Area All-State Baseball Selections

A pair of “Super Team” selections are among nearly a dozen Dubuque-area players who have been picked for the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State Teams. Wahlert’s Austin Savary and Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris were chosen for the “Super Team,” which is made up of the best players from across all four classes. This is the second All-State honor for Savary, who was a second team selection in Class 3A last year. He makes the “Super Team” as a utility player. Harris was selected as a catcher. The freshman led the Bobcats in runs batted in and was among the team leaders in hits and batting average. Behind the plate, he carried a 99% fielding percentage and cut down all but two attempted base stealers. Western Dubuque landed two more players on the Class 4A honor roll. Outfielder Max Steffen was a first team pick, while Gregory Bennett made the second team as a utility player. Class 2A was where the area shined, with seven players making the two All-State teams. Four of those players came from state champ Dyersville Beckman. Blazer pitcher Connor McDermott and utility man Jackson Bennett were both picked for the first team, while shortstop Riley LeGrand and outfielder Sam Stelken made the second team. Also on the 2A first team were Cascade outfielder Bryce Simon and Monticello catcher Jacob Manternach. Monticello’s Kyle Sperfslage made the second team as a second baseman.

Jennings Qualifies For USA Karate Team

Madilyn Jennings (courtesy: Homann Karate Facebook page)

The daughter of a Dubuque native has earned a spot with the United States Junior National Karate Team competing in the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina later this month and then the World Championships in Spain later this year.

Madilyn Jennings of Crown Point, Indiana recently qualified for the team by taking the gold medal in the 47 kilogram class in the 14 to 15 year old division at the 2017 U.S. Championships and Team Trials in South Carolina. Madilyn is the daughter of Rachel Jennings, the daughter of Tom and Pam Fessler of Dubuque.

Jennings and the rest of the USA Junior National Team will now travel to Argentina for the Pan-American Championships August 21st through 27th. Madilyn is a second degree black belt as well as a nine-time national champion.

Anyone interested in making a financial donation to help the family defer some of sizable expenses it takes for Jennings to compete can visit the Team USA website at: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Karate

Kurt Warner to the Pro Football HOF This Weekend

Kurt Warner ( Courtesy: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Iowa native and former University of Northern Iowa star Kurt Warner will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday. Warner and the other inductees are in Canton tonight for the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinal and the other festivities leading up to Saturday’s ceremony.

Warner who was born in Burlington, Iowa but grew up in Cedar Rapids had a story book journey to get to the NFL. Warner spent time in the Arena Football league with the Iowa Barnstormers then NFL Europe before signing with the St. Louis Rams and then spending 12 seasons in the league. Among Warner’s accomplishments: He was a two time league MVP with the Rams in 1999 and 2001. He was the MVP of Super Bowl 34 won by the Rams. He later led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Warner is the only quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three Super Bowls.

Warner is the only Iowa born or Iowa High School graduate to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hawkeyes Ready For European Tour

IOWA CITY, Iowa — When the University of Iowa men’s basketball team departs for its 12-day, four-game tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland on Sunday, culture and team bonding will be as important as the competition.

Yesterday, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery met with the media to talk about the trip. McCaffery says his Hawkeyes will face teams with excellent players throughout their tour.

McCaffery returns 11 of his top 12 scorers from a year ago, as well as freshman frontliners Luka Garza and Jack Nunge. The team will have 10 practices under its belts when it heads overseas.

Though McCaffery said he won’t use the tour to start settling on a rotation, the four games overseas will be beneficial once those practices start for real.

IHSBCA All State Series

The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star Series begins this evening through Sunday in Central Iowa featuring some of the top seniors making up teams from Eastern and Western Iowa.

A few KDTH area players will be represented on the Large Schools East and Small Schools East squads.

Playing for the Large School East will be T.J. Deardorff of Senior along with Gregory Bennett and Dylan Gotto of Western Dubuque. Players chosen to represent the Small School East team were Austin Savary of Wahlert Catholic and Bryce Simon of Cascade. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher will serve as an assistant coach.

Today and tomorrow’s games will be played in Waukee, Saturday’s games will be in Johnston while Sunday’s consolation and championship games will be in Ankeny.

Morhac Named Clarke U. Lacrosse Coach

Clarke University has hired Ben Morhac as head men’s and women’s lacrosse coach. Morhac comes to Clarke from Bexley High School, Bexley, Ohio, where he served as head varsity coach from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his stint at Bexley, Morhac held lacrosse head coaching positions at Big Walnut High School (2013-14) and at St. Norbert College (2008-2010).  He led St. Norbert’s club team to its best record in school history and first division title in 2010.

Ungs Joins Iowa Baseball Coaching Staff

Nic Ungs (courtesy grandslamsportscenter.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Dyersville native Nic Ungs has been named the University of Iowa baseball program’s director of baseball operations. Iowa head coach Rick Heller, who was Ungs head coach at Northern Iowa made the announcement yesterday.

Ungs joins the Hawkeyes after working in information technology and spending nine years as the pitching coordinator with the Georgia Bombers Baseball Club in Atlanta.  He coached 45 players that went on to play Division I baseball and nine players have been drafted in the last two Major League Baseball First-Year Player Drafts.

Ungs played professionally for 11 years after being selected in the 12th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins.  During his career at Northern Iowa, Ungs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2001 after going 11-2 with a 2.48 ERA and finishing with 114 strikeouts to 14 walks in 109 innings. The Panthers won a school-record 35 games, claimed the MVC Conference Tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history.

Beckman Wins 6th State Baseball Title

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trailblazers defeated the Kuemper Catholic Knights 9-6 Saturday at Principal Park to win the Class 2A championship game. Beckman wins its sixth state championship and its first since back-to-back titles in 2012-2013.

The Trailblazers came out firing on all cylinders, tagging Kuemper pitching for nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Beckman sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, drawing six walks, recording three hits and one hit by pitch. Nine runs is all Beckman would need, with starting pitcher Jackson Bennett holding Kuemper to one run in four innings of work. He gave up just two hits, walking four and striking out nine before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction.

Kuemper clawed its way back into the game, scoring one in the fourth and five runs in the sixth to get within three runs.

Beckman second baseman Riley LeGrand did it all for the Trailblazers, reaching base three times with two singles, two RBI and a walk, while pitching the final inning to seal the 9-6 win for the Blazers en route to their championship victory.

Beckman Catholic finishes the season with a 32-11 record as it takes home the Class 2A state championship for the third time in the last six seasons. Kuemper Catholic finishes the season with a 22-13 record.

 

Beckman Plays For State Title Today

The Dyersville Beckman Trailblazers will be in search of state title number seven in school history this afternoon when then meet Carroll Kuemper Catholic in the Class 2A championship game at Principal Park in Des Moines. It’s reported that coach Tom Jenk will be in attendance as his Blazers try to win their first title since 2013. Jenk is in an ongoing health battle recovering from brain cancer. Beckman enters the game with a record of 31-and-11 while Kuemper is 22-and-12. Game time will be at 1:30 at Principal Park

Wahlert Falls To Top Seed Assumption

Davenport Assumption defeated Wahlert Catholic 6-1 in a Class 3A semifinal game Friday at Principal Park. The Knights tied the game in the third before exploding for five runs over the next two frames to advance to the championship game.
Ben Beutel led the way for the Knights on the mound. He was phenomenal, throwing a complete-game and allowing just two hits and one unearned run, while walking one and striking out 14 batters on the afternoon.
Justus Burke and Nolan Melchert led the way on offense for Assumption, each recording two hits and scoring a run. Burke drove in three runs on the day and Melchert brought in one run to give Beutel all the support he needed.
Wahlert managed just one run on the afternoon and that came in the first inning after two errors by Assumption. Austin Savary and Jack Jaeger recorded the only two hits for the Golden Eagles. Savary also took the loss on the mound. He went four innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs, while walking three and striking out four.
Wahlert ends its season at 27-16, while Assumption improves to 40-5. The Knights will take on the Harlan Cyclones in the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m.

Wahlert Meets Assumption In 3A Semi’s

The Wahlert High School baseball meet the 2nd ranked and top seeded Davenport Assumption Knights this afternoon at Principal Park in Class 3A state semi-finals. On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles advanced with an exciting 5-4 win over Marion while Assumption made it look easy in a 12-2 win over Bondurant Farrar. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher says his team is embracing the underdog roll against the Knights who many people are the best team in all four classes.  Tuescher says the Golden Eagles will give the ball to their ace Austin Savary to try to shut down Assumption’s explosive bats and that his team will have to play stellar defense in order to have a chance.

Game time will be at 1:30 on this afternoon. You can hear the action on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame with Tim Lary coming around 1:10 from Principal Park.

Beckman Playing For Another State Title

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trail Blazers defeated the Iowa City Regina Regals 8-0 yesterday evening at Principal Park in a Class 2A semifinal game to advance to the championship round. Beckman will look to win its first state championship since they took the title in 2013 and sixth in school history.

Beckman starting pitcher Connor McDermott was nearly unhittable in his start, pitching a seven-inning complete game. McDermott struck out 13 Regina hitters, striking out each of the last four batters he faced and nine of the final 11 batters that came to the plate.

The Blazers’ offense was also on a roll, scoring the most runs in the Class 2A tournament for the second game in a row. Center fielder Sam Stelken led the offense with three RBI, including a two-run triple in the bottom of the first. Stelken’s triple was one of three for Beckman, with second baseman Riley LeGrand and catcher Joel Vaske also hitting triples.

Beckman  meets Carroll Kuemper Catholic for the Class 2A championship at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

Beckman Faces Regina In 2A Semis Tonight

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trail Blazers will attempt to punch their ticket to Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game later today. The Blazers (29-11) face Iowa City Regina (28-7) in the first 2A semi-final at 5 o’clock at Principal Park in Des Moines.  The winner will play Saturday afternoon at 1:30 against the winner of the other semi-final this evening between Carroll Kuemper Catholic and Centerville.

Beckman will be attempting to earn a spot in a state championship game for a 13 time in school history, the last time being in 2014….the Blazers have won five previous championships with the last one in 2013.

  • Yesterday the 4A semi-finals were played, but the weather created problems. The last game of the day between West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and Mason City was postponed until 9 this morning. The winner of the other quarterfinal games were Johnston over Linn-Mar 7-1, Waukee defeating defending champ Cedar Rapids Prairie 1-0, and ending early this morning Iowa City West defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 12-2 (6).

McCarron At Texans Training Camp

Riley McCarron (courtesy scout.com)

Dubuque native Riley McCarron began trying to realize an NFL dream yesterday as the Houston Texans opened up training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. McCarron was signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent following an All Big 10 season at wide receiver for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Last year McCarron grabbed 42 passes for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns. The former Wahlert High prep impressed the NFL scouts at Iowa’s pro day before the draft showcasing his blazing speed in the 40 yard dash.

McCarron will get his first chance to make his case for a roster spot in a game setting when the Texans play their first pre-season game Wednesday, August 9th at home against the Carolina Panthers.

This season NFL teams have just one cut date to get down to their 53 man rosters. Previously, the first set of cuts was scheduled prior to the fourth preseason game. The change allows teams to carry all 90 players into the final preseason contest, giving them more time to evaluate those players. This season, the preseason wraps up on Sept. 1. Teams will be required to get rosters down to 53 no later than 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 3.

Wahlert With Walk Off Win At State Tournament

The fourth-seeded Wahlert Golden Eagles overcame a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to pull out a walk-off 5-4 victory over the fifth-seeded Marion Indians in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game yesterday afternoon at Principal Park.

After trailing for the majority of the game, the Golden Eagles pushed across two runs in the seventh inning to emerge victorious and grab their first summer state tournament win in program history. They were previously 0-6 in the tournament.

Joey Callahan provided the game-winning hit with a single in the seventh inning with the bases loaded.

Wahlert starter Alex Timp allowed three runs on seven hits in his three innings of work. He was relieved by Austin Savary, who went four innings while allowing one run on two hits. He earned the win.

Marion built a 3-0 lead but Wahlert responded with a big third inning. Savary picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Owen Funke. The Golden Eagles added another run on an error after the Marion shortstop bobbled a ball in the hole and allowed Jimmy McDermott to score.

Wahlert threatened to put up more runs in the inning, loading the bases with one out. But the Golden Eagles squandered the opportunity with a mental blunder. On a 2-2 count to Joey Callahan, the Wahlert runners tried to advance on the next pitch, thinking it was ball four. One runner was thrown out at home for the second out, as the other two runners advanced, but the damage was done. Callahan struck out looking on the next pitch, keeping the Marion lead at 3-2 after three frames.

Savary was once again in the midst of a Wahlert rally in the top of the fifth. Leading off the inning, Savary scorched a triple into the right-center field gap that rolled against the wall. Spencer Goerdt knocked in Savary a couple of batters later and tied the game at three with a single up the middle.

Things remained tied at three until the top of the seventh inning. Marion put runners on the corners with one out, and Baylor Fish knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving his team a late 4-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles weren’t done yet. McDermott doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a fly out in the next at-bat. Goerdt drove him in with a single to tie the game at four and put two runners on base with just one out. The next batter, Mitch Morel, grounded a ball to the shortstop, who misplayed it, loading the bases. Callahan followed it up with a single down the left-field line to win the game for the Golden Eagles.

Wahlert will play Davenport Assumption in a Class 3A state semifinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Principal Park. You can hear the game on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame around 1:10pm Friday.

Wahlert Plays Marion in the 3A Quarterfinals

The Wahlert Golden Eagles meet the 5th ranked Marion Indians this afternoon at Principal Park in the Class 3A state high school baseball quarterfinals. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher says his team will depend on their strengths of solid pitching and defense if they hope to advance. Tuescher says the Eagles opponent Marion will be very aggressive on the base paths. Game time will be at 1:30 on Tuesday and you can hear the action  on AM 1370 KDTH, with pregame at 1:10 from Principal Park.

Dyersville Beckman Moves To The 2A Semis

The top-seeded Beckman Catholic Trailblazers defeated the Denver Cyclones 7-1 in a Class 2A first-round game Monday at Principal Park. The Blazers scored five runs through the first three innings en route to the win.

Beckman starter Jackson Bennett threw six innings, capturing the win. Bennett allowed just one unearned run, and just two hits and two walks, while striking out 10 on the day. Right fielder Mark Brown led the charge for Beckman, going 2-for-3 on the day, with one run scored and two RBI.

Zach Miller took the loss for Denver, throwing five innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out six.

Eighth-seeded Denver ends its season at 18-15, while Beckman Catholic (30-11) advances to play Iowa City Regina in the Class 2A semifinals Thursday.

Dyersville Beckman Opens State Baseball Play Today

This afternoon at the state high school baseball tournament, the top seeded Dyersville Beckman Blazers begin what they hope will be a run to a 7th state baseball championship. Beckman (29-11) faces the 8th seeded Denver Cyclones (18-14) at 1:30 at Principal Park in Des Moines.

The Blazers enter the tournament on a nine-game winning streak and has won 11 of 12. The winner advances to the 2A Semi-Finals on Thursday evening against the winner of today’s first 2A quarterfinal round game between 4th seed Iowa City Regina and 5th seed Treynor. It’s Beckman’s 18th state baseball appearance in school history.

Tomorrow in Class 3A the Wahlert Golden Eagles will begin what they hope will be an extended stay in the state capital. The Golden Eagles will be looking for the programs first state tournament win in seven trips when they meet Marion at 1:30 and you can hear the action tomorrow on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame starting around 1:10pm.

2017-18 USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints Season Opener Date Announced

The United States Hockey League has released the full schedule for the 2017–2018 season. The rematch against the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ Eastern Conference Final opponent will not have to wait at all. The Fighting Saints are set to face off against the reigning 2017 Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel on Friday, October 6 on Opening Night. The full schedule is available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

UD Takes Top-5 Spot in WBCA Academic Honor Roll

The WBCA Academic Top-25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation with the 2016-17 season the 22nd year of the compiled honor rolls.

 

The University of Dubuque was ranked #5 in the NCAA Division III poll with a cumulative team GPA of 3.634, marking it’s third consecutive year to be ranked in the Top-5 for academics for head coach Mark Noll. Last season the Spartans held the #1 spot with a cumulative team GPA of 3.685 and in 2014-15 UD ranked #3 with a 3.605. The Spartans are the lone Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team to be ranked in the Top-25 in 2016-17, and also the only IIAC team ranked in Top-5 for the past three consecutive seasons.

All MVC Baseball

The All Mississippi Valley Conference baseball teams have been announced.

State qualifier Wahlert Catholic’s Austin Savary was named the Mississippi Division Player of the Year and a first team choice. Golden Eagle teammates Ryan Rogers and Alex Timp were selected to the second team. Spencer Goedt and Jimmy McDermott were chosen Honorable Mention.

Senior and Hempstead each had one player chosen to the Valley Division first team: T.J. Deardorff of Senior and Will Courtney of Hempstead. Landing second team accolades from Senior: Cameron Steffen, Nick Weber, and Carter Stevens and from Hempstead: Connor Duax and Lucas Duax. Honorable Mention selections included: Max Muehring and P.J. Connolly of Hempstead along with Sam Link and Erik Tupper of Senior.

Iowa State Adds Grad Transfer Zoran Talley

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team has added Old Dominion graduate transfer Zoran Talley to its roster. Talley, the 2017 Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year, will be eligible immediately upon graduating from ODU this August.

Talley, a 6-7 forward from Merrillville, Indiana, appeared in 26 games for the Monarchs last season and finished second on the team averaging 11.3 points per game. He also chipped in 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

All Wamac Conference Baseball

 

The Wamac Conference has announced the members of the all divisional baseball teams.

Wamac Champ Western Dubuque and state qualifier Dyersville Beckman both had several players honored on the all East Division squad.   A total of five W-D players were named to the first team with Dylan Gotto, Calvin Harris, Gregory Bennett, Max Steffen and Nick Lembezeder. Beckman’s C.J. McDermott and Jackson Bennett were also first team members. Western Dubuque coach Casey Bryant was named the Coach of the Year.

Making second team honors were Beckman’s Joel Vaske, Riley LeGrand, Brock Marbach and Sam Stelken along with W-D’s Sam Goodman.

Honorable mention choices included: Beckman’s Carter Petsche and Colin Koelker, , and WD’s Kyle Lehman and Zach Bierman earned honorable mention.

Lyon Wins National Title

Max Lyon (courtesy iawrestle.com)

Western Dubuque High School graduate Max Lyon added National Champion to his wrestling resume yesterday. Lyon, a two time Iowa High School state champion who will be a freshman at Purdue in the fall won the 182-pound freestyle title at USA Wrestling’s Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Lyon went 7-0 in the three-day tournament, closing out the championship bout with a 10-3 victory over Jack Jessen of Illinois.

High School Baseball: Beckman To State…Wahlert Plays Tonight For State Birth

For the 18th time in school history, Dyersville Beckman is headed to the state high school baseball tournament. Last night in the Class 2A Substate game at Manchester, the 7th ranked Blazers shutdown the #6 Cascade Cougars 5-0. Beckman pitcher Jackson Bennett tossed a complete game three hitter with 9 strikeouts with only two walks.  Beckman enters the state tournament with a record of 28-and-11.

Beckman will have to wait until later this evening to find out their state tournament opponent. The Substate 5 final at Solon between Iowa City Regina and Wilton was postponed due to weather and will be played this evening so the pairings will be put together after that game.

Tonight the Wahlert Golden Eagles are hoping to join Beckman next week at Principal Park.  Wahlert will meet Waverly Shellrock at Wartburg College’s Hertel Field in Waverly for the 3A Substate 3 championship. The Golden Eagles have a record of 25-and-15 while the Go-Hawks are 26-and-8. You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame at 6:50pm.

Wahlert Baseball One Win From State/Beckman and Cascade Meet Tonight

The Wahlert Golden Eagles are one victory away from a third consecutive trip to the state baseball tournament. Last night in the Class 3A District 6 final in Manchester the Golden Eagles nipped the West Delaware Hawks 2-1.

Wahlert pitcher Alex Timp pitched a superb complete game four hitter to pick up the victory on the mound. The Golden Eagles got on the board first with a solo home run from Austin Savary in the 3rd. After West Delaware tied the game in the 4th , the Golden Eagles Spencer Goerdt had an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th to bring around the eventual game winning run. Timp then sat the Hawks down in order in the 6th and 7th to preserve the win.

The Golden Eagles will now meet Waverly Shellrock tomorrow night at Wartburg College’s Hertel Field in Waverly for the Substate 3 championship. The Go-Hawks defeated Decorah 6-5 last night to advance.

Tonight two familiar rivals meet once again to see who advances to the state tournament. The 7th ranked Dyersville Beckman Blazers (28-11) meet the 6th ranked Cascade Cougars (25-7) at 7 o’clock in Manchester for the Class 2A Substate 4 crown and a trip to Des Moines.

The Cougars defeated the Blazers 7-4 in their lone meeting this season back on June 16th in Cascade.

Wahlert Baseball In District Final Tonight

Tonight the Wahlert Golden Eagles baseball team attempts to keep the dream alive of a third straight trip to the state tournament . The Golden Eagles will meet West Delaware in the Class 3A District 6 Final in Manchester at 7 o’clock.  The two teams met the very first game on the season back on May 23rd which Wahlert won 4-1. Wahlert enters the game with a record of 24-and-15 and West Delaware has a record of 21-and-14.  The winner advances to the Substate Final on Wednesday night in Waverly to play the winner of the Decorah at Waverly-Shellrock District 5 Final.

You can hear tonight’s game on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame coming around 6:50pm.

 

Senior High Girls Track Coach Pat Murphy Retires

Longtime Dubuque Senior head girls track coach Pat Murphy has decided it’s time to pass the baton. Murphy has announced he is retiring from his coaching duties.

Murphy a graduate of Senior, came back to teach and coach in 1973. He retired from teaching a few years ago but continued to coach. He has been head girls track coach since 1979 and also held several football coaching positions for the Rams, including head coach from 1989 to 2003. He was MVC and State of Iowa coach of the year in 1997 and 1998.  Murphy was inducted into the Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

The search for Murphy’s replacement is underway.

Class 3A and 4A District Baseball

In high school baseball the post season begins tonight for the Class 3A and 4A teams in the state.

In Class 3A District 6 action at Manchester: The Wahlert Golden Eagles will match up with Union Laporte City at 5 o’clock followed by West Delaware against Independence. The winners will meet in the District Final back at Manchester on Monday night.

In Class 4A; Western Dubuque is the top seed in Substate 5 and are hosting Davenport Central at Farley Park. Hempstead the 5th seed is at 2nd seed Cedar Rapids Washington.  The Senior Rams are the 3rd seed in Substate 4 and are hosting 4th seed Pleasant Valley at Petrakis Park. You can hear the Senior-P.V. game tonight along with updates on the other action going on on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame around 6:50pm.

MVC Names All Divisional Softball Teams

The Mississippi Valley Conference softball all divisional selections have been announced.

In the Valley Division: Hempstead had two first team choices in juniors Alana Cooksley and Morgan Krug. Three other Hempstead players were chosen to the second team: a pair of freshman in Malarie Huseman and Kaylie Springer along with sophomore Kayla LaPage. Senior had two second team choices: senior Sadie Mai and junior Tessa Kemp.  Landing Honorable Mention recognition were junior Jenna Springer and sophomore Katie Schaul of Hempstead along with junior Maggie Rooney and sophomore Karoline Stratton of Senior.

In the Valley Division: Wahlert Catholic freshman to be Anna Chapman was chosen to the second team. A pair of Golden Eagles landed Honorable Mention honors: Lilly Roth and Claire Ott.

John Deere Classic Begins Today

TPC Deere Run (courtesy golfadvisior.com)

The John Deere Classic tees off this morning at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Ryan Moore, the defending champion will return after being sidelined for five weeks with a strained tendon in his left shoulder.

Daniel Berger is the only player from the top 20 in the world — he’s No. 20 — at the J.D.C. The field features eight of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup. It gets its star power from a pair of locals — Zach Johnson, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Steve Stricker, a three-time winner who played college golf at Illinois. Two time Masters winner Bubba Watson is also in the field.

Day 2 WWGA National Junior Championship

Following Tuesday’s qualifying round at the Women’s Western Golf Association National Junior Championship at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, Dubuque’s Maddy Hawkins tied for 6th overall. Hawkins shaved a stroke off her Monday score and fired a 77 for a two day total 155. Caroline Crumrine of Wilmington, North Carolina shot a 79, but still had the top two day total of 150.

Single elimination match will be played today with winners moving along in the championship bracket later this week.

WWGA Junior Championship Qualifying

During the first round of qualifying at the Western Women’s Golf Association’s National Junior Championship at Dubuque Golf & Country Club, Dubuque Senior state champ Maddie Hawkins fired a 78 for the fourth best overall score in the qualifying round. Caroline Crumrine had the top score tallying a 71, while three players shot a 76, three more shot a 77 and Hawkins tied with two others at 78.

Dubuque Senior’s Abby Marting shot an 82, while Dubuque Wahlert’s Anna Jensen had a 92.

The second round of qualifying continues today. For information on the tournament:  http://www.wwga.org/WWGA.org/2017_Junior.html

Beckman Misses State Softball Bid/Hempstead Plays Tonight

The 7th ranked Dyersville Beckman Blazers lost in their attempt to qualify for next weeks Iowa High School State Softball Tournament. The Blazers were blanked 5-0 by 8th ranked Iowa City Regina last night in Dyersville. Beckman finished their season with a record of 30-and-12.

Tonight in the Class 5A Region 5 Final: the Hempstead Mustangs will be swinging for an upset at 3rd ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Jefferson is 37-and-4 and has a power packed line up with 64 team home runs which surpassed the previous state record of 58. The Mustangs were swept by the J-Hawks in the regular season meeting between the two teams on scores of 9-1 and 7-6…in the second game Jefferson had to score 3 in the bottom of the 7th to rally for the victory. The winner advances to the 5A State Tournament field next Tuesday in Fort Dodge.

You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame starting at 6:50 this evening with first pitch at 7 o’clock.

 

 

Dubuque Hosts WWGA National Junior Championship

The Dubuque Golf and Country Club is playing host to the 91st Women’s Western Golf Association National Junior Championship this week. Dave Edwards, the Head Golf Professional at the D.G.C.C. says the tournament will consist of very talented girls 18 years and under from numerous states and international locations. Edwards says area golf enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and watch sometime next week.

Two 18-hole qualifying rounds will be today and tomorrow with the top 32 advancing to compete for the championship title, while the remaining players will compete in subsequent flights. Single elimination match play will start Wednesday and consolation rounds will take place Thursday for those defeated. The week wraps up on Friday afternoon with the Championship Final Match.

To find out more go to:   http://www.wwga.org/WWGA.org/2017_Junior.html

Former Hawkeye Bobby Elliott Passes Away

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former Iowa football player and assistant coach Bobby Elliott passed away Saturday, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 64.  He is the son of former UI Director of Athletics Bump Elliott.

Elliott played defensive back at Iowa from 1972 to 1975.

Elliott was a college football coach for 38 years.  He served as an assistant coach under Hayden Fry for 11 years.

During his career, Elliott has spent 32 of his 36 on-field seasons coaching defense, primarily as a defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator. He had a combined 11 years of defensive coordinator experience at San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa, and Ball State.  Before a five-year stint at Notre Dame, Elliott worked in 2010 and 2011 at Iowa State, his third coaching stop in Ames during his career, after also working in Ames in 1981-82 and 2000-01.

3A and 4A High School Baseball Pairings Announced

The map of the road to Principal Park and the Class 4A and 3A state baseball tournaments have been announced.

In Class 4A first round games next Friday night (July 14) in Substate 5: Western Dubuque is the top seed and will host Davenport Central. Hempstead drew the number 5 seed and will travel to 2nd seeded Cedar Rapids Washington. 3rd seed Bettendorf will host 4th seed Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

In Substate 4: Senior is the 3rd seed and will host Pleasant Valley at Petrakis Park. The other first round games have top seed Iowa City High hosting Waterloo East and number 2 seed Clinton hosting 5th seed Linn-Mar. The highest remaining seeds have a bye to their substate final while the other two winners play in the semi-finals on Monday, July 17th. The substate final is July 19th at the home of the highest remaining seed.

In Class 3A District 6 of Substate 3: Wahlert will meet Union Laporte City next Friday night  at 5 o’clock in the first game of a doubleheader at Manchester. The second game has West Delaware meeting Independence. The winners play at Manchester on Monday, July 17th for a trip to the Substate Final at Waverly two nights later to play the District 5 champion.

Schaber New East Dubuque Girls Coach

East Dubuque has hired Scott Schaber as its next high school head girl’s basketball coach. Schaber takes over the Warriors program following his second stint as head boy’s basketball coach at Galena High School. Schaber was the Galena boys coach from 2007 to 2009, then again for the last three seasons. He also has been an assistant women’s coach at Loras and Clarke.

Schaber takes over for Jared Deutch who was recently hired as the new head coach at Dubuque Senior.

Clarke University Names Boyd New Women’s Basketball Coach

Clarke University has a new head women’s basketball coach.

Courtney Boyd comes to Clarke from UW-Parkside, where she spent the past two years as associate head women’s basketball coach. Boyd spent the 2014-15 season as the head coach at AIB College of Business in Des Moines. Prior to AIB, Boyd spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division II level at Augusta University.  She started her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Boyd takes over for Don Adams who stepped down in May after seven seasons and left as the schools winningest coach. This past season Clarke finished with a 20-11 mark, equaling the program’s record for wins in a season set two years ago.

Class 1A-2A Baseball Pairings

The pairings have been unveiled for the upcoming Class 1A and 2A district high school baseball tournament.

 

In Class 2A: Dyersville Beckman is the top seed in District 7 while Cascade is the top seed in District 8. Both teams will host the district semi-finals on July 11th and district final games on July 15th. District champions play in the Sub-state Final on July 18th at West Delaware.

 

District 7 opens on July 8th at Waukon with Clayton Ridge meeting MFL Mar Mac and the winner facing Monticello with Waukon facing Starmont with the winner playing Beckman.

 

In District 8 at Bellevue on July 8th; Camanche will meet North Cedar with the winner meeting Cascade in the semi’s three night later and Bellevue faces Anamosa with the winner to meet Northeast in the other semi-final.

 

In Class 1A; Bellevue Marquette Catholic is in District 9 of Substate 5. The Mohawks open up play against Calamus-Wheatland at Durant on July 11th. The winner will face the Lisbon-Easton Valley winner in the district semi’s back at Durant on July 13th. The district final is July 15th at Durant with the Substate Final against the District 10 winner at Washington.

Postseason Baseball Pairings (Class 1A and 2A)

3A and 4A Baseball Tournament Groupings Announced

In case you missed it, late Friday the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the groupings for the Class 4A substate and Class 3A district high school baseball tournaments.

In Class 4A both Hempstead and Western Dubuque are in Substate 5 which also includes: Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Davenport Central. The Senior Rams are in Substate 4 which includes: Clinton, Iowa City High, Linn-Mar, Pleasant Valley, and Waterloo East.

In Class 3A; Wahlert Catholic has been assigned to District 6which includes: West Delaware, Union Laporte City, and Independence. The winner of District 6 will face the District 5 winner in the Substate 3 final. District 5 consists of Charles City, Crestwood, Decorah, and Waverly-Shellrock.

The pairings will be announced next week. The Class 1A and 2A pairings will be announced sometime this week.

Kirtland Name New Fighting Saints Assistant

Paul Kirtland (courtesy Trinity College)

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have hired Paul Kirtland  as an assistant coach under new head coach Oliver David. Kirtland’s addition rounds out the coaching staff, which also includes assistant coach Matt Millar.

Kirtland comes to the Fighting Saints from Division III Trinity College, where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Under his direction, the Bantams finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III level in 2016–17, and finished as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champions in both seasons of his tenure.

Kirtland’s resume includes junior hockey experience as an assistant coach with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL), where his player personnel selections helped the team win the 2016 Robertson Cup championship. At the USHL level, Kirtland served as a scout for the Omaha Lancers.

Jenk Fundraiser

Tom Jenk Jr. (courtesy Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Coaches Association)

It’s been a difficult season for the Dyersville Beckman Catholic baseball team as they have been playing without their longtime head coach Tom Jenk Jr., who’s recovering from brain cancer.

Over the weekend, members of the community along with current and former Beckman players helped raise money for Jenk. The Someday Foundation held a golf tournament and dinner at Timberline Golf Course. Every year the organization helps an individual who’s battling cancer. Someday Foundation President Dave Boekholder told our coverage partner KCRG TV9 the response from the community was overwhelming.

 

The money raised will to toward helping the Hall of Fame Coach and his family purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

Loras Wrestling Alum Kettman Being Honored

Tom Kettman (courtesy Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame)

 

A former Loras College wrestler who went on to be a very successful Iowa High School wrestling coach is being inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa this weekend. Tom Kettman who led Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville to 12 state team wrestling championships-five traditional, and seven dual during his 11 seasons as coach between 2001 and 2011 is among six individuals being enshrined at a ceremony in Waterloo on Saturday night. Kettman finished his high school coaching career with a dual meet record of 262 wins and only 28 losses. While a wrestler at Loras he was a two time NCAA qualifier.
Others being inducted this weekend are former Iowa wrestler Chad Zapuitil, former Iowa State wrestling brothers Trent Paulson and Travis Paulson, former Cresco High School coach George Flanagan, and the entire 1987 Iowa State wrestling team.

New Basketball Rules Approved by WIAA

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting high school basketball at their monthly meeting yesterday.

Following a lengthy discussion, the Board voted to implement the use of a 35-second shot for varsity games only to begin with the 2019-20 season.

In other basketball-related action, coaches qualifying for the State Tournament will determine the seeds for the four qualifying teams in each of the five divisions.

Another measure gaining approval was extending the coaching box to 28 feet from 14 feet for all levels.

Hammel Named to NCAA Board of Governors Student-Engagement Subcommittee

Parker Hammel (courtesy Wartburg College)

INDIANAPOLIS– Wartburg senior football player, Parker Hammel was one of three national Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members to be elected to represent Division III on the NCAA Board of Governors Student-Athlete Engagement Committee. Hammel, a former Dubuque Senior prep will join SAAC representatives from all three NCAA Divisions, one Board of Governor member and one member of the Division I, II, or III Management Council.

Hammel’s tenure on the national SAAC committee began in January 2017 and he attended the NCAA convention that month.

3A,2A, and 1A Softball Regional Pairings Announced

The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union has released the brackets for the Class 3A, 2A, and 1A regional softball tournaments next month.

In Class 3A; Dyersville Beckman, currently ranked 7th is the top seed in Region 4 and will host Oelwein on July 5th. 11th ranked West Delaware is also in the region.

In Class 2A Region 5; Clayton Ridge will open at Alburnett on July 3rd while Cascade and Bellevue will meet on July 5th in a regional quarterfinal round game at Cascade. 4th ranked Durant in the top seed in the region.

In Class 1A Region 5; Bellevue Marquette Catholic will play at home on July 3rd against Midland. The top seed in the region is top ranked Lansing Kee.

The Class 4A and 5A pairings will be announced on Thursday. For the complete pairings: http://ighsau.org/2017/06/19/2017-regional-softball-pairings/

W-D Debuts In New Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

High School Baseball Rankings

The Western Dubuque Bobcat high school baseball team is making a debut in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association weekly rankings this week. The Bobcats with a record of 16-and-3 are ranked 10th in Class 4A.

In Class 3A; Wahlert Catholic dropped one notch and are ranked 10th.

 In Class 2A; Cascade is ranked 4th and Dyersville Beckman is 6th.

 

Latest Iowa High School Softball Rankings

The Hempstead Mustangs have climbed into the top 10 in the latest softball rankings from the Iowa High School Athletic Union. The Mustangs have climbed one spot this week and are ranked 10th in the Class 5A poll.  Three other Mississippi Valley Conference teams are in the top 15….Cedar Rapids Jefferson is 5th, Kennedy is 8th, and Prairie is ranked 15th.

The only other area team ranked in the new poll in Class 3A; Dyersville Beckman Catholic has went up one position and are ranked 7th this week.

For the complete rankings: http://ighsau.org/2017/06/15/61517-softball-rankings/

 

Iowa to put “Tigerhawk” at midfield

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa will have a logo displayed at midfield in Kinnick Stadium next season for the first time in nearly four decades.

The Hawkeyes announced Monday that the new field it is putting in will have the “Tigerhawk” logo, the same one that adorns Iowa’s helmets, between the 45-yard lines.

Iowa has never had that logo, which it created in 1979, at midfield before. The Hawkeyes used a block “I” from 1972-80, but they’ve left midfield blank ever since.

The new surface is the first move in a major renovation to the stadium set to take place over the next few years.

New Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

 

Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

The new weekly Iowa High School baseball rankings are out today. In Class 3A; the Wahlert Golden Eagles have slid to number 9  after begin ranked 4th a week ago. In Class 2A; Cascade has moved up one spot to 4th while Dyersville Beckman also moved up a notch to 6th this week. Four Mississippi Valley Conference teams are rated in the Class 4A top 10 this week: Cedar Falls 5th, Iowa City West 6th, Cedar Rapids Prairie 7th, and Iowa City High 9th.

McDermott Stays Put

Greg McDermott (courtesy USA Today)

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott announced yesterday on Twitter he’s staying with the Bluejays amid a report he was offered the job at Ohio State. ESPN first reported McDermott met with Ohio State officials and was offered the job, which opened Monday when Thad Matta resigned. McDermott, a Cascade native said he looks forward to many more great years in Omaha. McDermott has taken the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament four times. He also spent four seasons at Iowa State and five at Northern Iowa.

Frake IATC Girls Track Coach of the Year

Tim Frake (courtesy Western Dubuque Schools)

The Iowa Association of Track Coaches has named Cascade High School girls track coach Tim Frake as the Class 2A Girls State Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to their second straight team championship. The title was the Cougars fourth state championship with all coming the past six seasons.

Three other are coaches earned recognition from the IATC.  Wahlert’s Tim Berning along with Clayton Ridge’s Rob Anderson and Dyersville Beckman’s Todd Troutman landed at-large coach of the year honors.

All of the honorees will be presented with their awards in December, when the IATC holds its annual track and field clinic in Ames.

Arnold Signs With Saints

Dan Arnold working out in Saints camp (courtesy UW-P Athletics)

University of Wisconsin-Platteville wide receiver Dan Arnold signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple New Orleans media outlets.

Arnold caught 65 passes for 1,176 yards and a Pioneer-record 16 touchdowns in 2016. He earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the year honors as well as first team D3football.com all-West Region and all-American honors. He also earned all-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association.

Arnold was invited to May tryout camps by both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saints, who are in their final week of OTAs (organized training activities). The Saints hold a three-day mandatory minicamp on June 13-15.

Platteville native Ealy named athletic director at UWP

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – Shannon James Ealy is coming home. The Platteville native is the new University of Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic Director.

Ealy most recently was the interim director of athletics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, he served as a senior associate athletic director at the school from 2007-15.

Ealy is a 1991 graduate of UW-Platteville, where he majored in business administration. He also lettered four years on the Pioneer football team, playing wide receiver and quarterback under Coach George Chryst and earned honorable mention all-Wisconsin State University Conference honors in 1990.

Houston reaches home regional final with 7-5 win over Iowa

HOUSTON (AP) – Connor Wong hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning and Houston advanced to the final round of its home Houston Regional with a 7-5 victory over Iowa in a rain-delayed elimination game Sunday night.

Wong’s leadoff homer was followed by a two-out RBI double from Grayson Padgett as the Cougars (42-20) moved on to face Texas A&M on Monday in a game that was pushed back a day because of the earlier rain delay.

Top-seeded Houston has to beat the Aggies twice to advance to the super regional against Davidson, which won the Chapel Hill Regional as the fourth seed.

Houston took a 5-4 lead on Lael Lockhart’s RBI single in the eighth, but Jake Adams pulled the Hawkeyes (39-22) even leading off the bottom of the inning with his nation-leading 29th homer.

Cougars reliever Brayson Hurdsman (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings. Josh Martsching (5-1) gave up both of Houston’s ninth-inning runs.

Deutsch Named New Dubuque Senior Women’s Basketball Coach

Dubuque Senior High School announced today that Jared Deutsch will become the school’s next head varsity women’s basketball coach. He will also become a social studies teacher at the school beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

Deutsch is currently a social studies teacher in the East Dubuque School District and has been at the helm of the East Dubuque High School women’s basketball team since 2011. An experienced coach, he has also coached junior varsity baseball, junior varsity softball, golf and junior varsity boy’s basketball.

In 2011-2012, Deutsch was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in education with a minor in history from Loras College and is working toward a master of science in education degree from Walden University.

Iowa Baseball Opens NCAA Play Tonight

The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team will play in their second NCAA Regional in three seasons tonight opening up against top-seeded and 15th ranked Houston at Schroeder Park in Houston, Texas. The Hawkeyes  won the Big 10 Tournament title to earn the automatic bid and are 38-and-20 overall. The Cougars had 40 wins and were American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions. Game time is at 7 o’clock .

Second-seeded Baylor and third-seeded Texas A&M meet this afternoon in the first game of the regional.

The region winner advances to the College World Series. For Iowa, a trip to the C.W.S. would be the first since 1972.