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No. 6 Michigan State downs Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Miles Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and No. 6 Michigan State got a an 87-74 win over Illinois on Monday night.

Kipper Nichols led Illinois (10-11, 0-8) with a career-high 27 points. Trent Frazier and Leron Black added 13 and 12, respectively.

Illinois remains at home against Indiana on Wednesday and Rutgers on Jan. 30.

College Wrestling

Hawkeyes Wrestlers Fall at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 4th ranked Iowa wrestling team fell to No. 2 Ohio State, 22-12, on Sunday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

The fourth-ranked Hawkeyes won four of the first six matches and built a 12-7 lead, but Ohio State finished the dual with four straight wins to hand Iowa its first loss of the season and snap the Hawkeyes’ 24-match winning streak in Big Ten road duals.

Iowa State Wrestlers Over WVU

Iowa State won its last four matches, including a decisive pin by Marcus Harrington at 285 in the final match, to claim a come-from-behind 25-16 dual victory over West Virginia.

Badger Wrestlers Beat MSU

The Wisconsin Badger wrestlers were down 7-6 heading into the fifth match, the Badgers earned a victory in each of the final six matches to capture a 28-7 victory at Michigan State.

UNI Wrestlers Fall at SDSU

The UNI Panther wrestling team fell to South Dakota State, 22-16.

Illinois over Purdue

No. 14 Fighting Illini wrestling team defeated No. 24 Purdue, 21-12. Former Western Dubuque prep Max Lyon wrestling for Purdue lost to #6 ranked Emery Parker 8-4 at 184 pounds.

College Women’s Basketball Scores

  • Wisconsin 58, Northwestern 46
  • Minnesota 77, #20 Iowa 72 (Hawkeyes 3rd straight loss)

S. Illinois gets balanced scoring to beat N. Iowa 64-53


CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – Sean Lloyd Jr., scored 15 points with six rebounds and three steals and Kavion Pippen had a double-double and Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 64-53 on Sunday.  Wyatt Lohaus led the Panthers with 15 points. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman contributed 3 points. The Panthers return to action tomorrow night as they host Illinois State at the McCloud Center.

Area Scoreboard (1/21)

Men’s College Basketball

#3 Purdue 87, Iowa 64

Iowa State 70, #8 Texas Tech 52

Loras 85, Luther 38

Nebraska Wesleyan 85, Dubuque 84

Boys Basketball

Wahlert 68, Iowa City Liberty 54

Linn-Mar 74, Western Dubuque 44

Cascade 64, Osage 41

Bellevue 70, Easton Valley 35

North Butler 52, Clayton Ridge 34

Women’s College Basketball

#17 West Virginia 69, Iowa State 59

#19 Michigan 86, Illinois 42

Loras 71, Luther 63

Nebraska Wesleyan 65, Dubuque 61

Girls Basketball

Cascade 60, Iowa City Liberty 33

Bellevue 72, Easton Valley 56

College Wrestling

IIAC Duals:

Loras 36, Nebraska Wesleyan 6

Loras 37, Luther 6

Loras 17, Coe 16

Loras 40, Simpson 8

Dubuque 38, Buena Vista 6

Wartburg 50, Dubuque 0

Dubuque 29, Central 15

Area Scoreboard (1/20)

High School Boys Basketball


  • Dubuque, Senior 63, Linn-Mar 50
  • Waterloo, East 60, Wahlert 53
  • Western Dubuque 63, Solon 61, OT
  • Cascade 52, Durant-Bennett 39
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 76, Cedar Valley Christian School 22
  • Starmont 80, Clayton Ridge 60


  • Platteville 60, Richland Center 43
  • Lancaster 66, River Valley 58
  • Mineral Point 86, Cuba City 73
  • Fennimore 67, Southwestern 46
  • Darlington 92, Iowa Grant 51
  • Boscobel 60, Riverdale 45
  • Benton 56, Belmont 33
  • River Ridge 52, Highland 39

High School Girls Basketball


  • Dubuque, Hempstead 55, Cedar Rapids Xavier 46
  • Dubuque, Senior 49, Linn-Mar, Marion 46, OT
  • Wahlert 61, Waterloo, East 46
  • Western Dubuque 63, Solon 38
  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 60, Maquoketa 56, OT
  • Cascade 58, Durant-Bennett 19
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 62, Cedar Valley Christian School 41
  • Starmont 47, Clayton Ridge 38


  • Platteville 67, Richland Center 47
  • Galena 40, Belmont 32

Area Scoreboard (1/19)

High School Wrestling

  • Senior 45, Wahlert 31 (Senior’s Matt Connolly picked up his 100th mat win)
  • Hempstead 74, Waterloo West 3
  • Western Dubuque split their double dual winning 40-33 over Central Dewitt then falling to Solon 40-21.
  • Lancaster 42, River Valley 31

High School Boys Basketball


  • Galena 52, River Ridge (IL) 31


  • Fennimore 90, Riverdale 40

High School Girls Basketball


  • East Dubuque 37, #4 Eastland 35 (East Dubuque now 17-2)


  • Darlington 69, Mineral Point 51
  • Potosi 64, Belmont 56
  • Boscobel 46, Southwestern 44
  • Cuba City 48, Riverdale 25
  • Shullsburg 61, Cassville 40
  • Benton 64, Highland 35
  • Black Hawk 62, Monticello 26

College  Men’s Volleyball

  • Loras 3, Judson 0

Rummelhart Hired As Loras Soccer Assistant

A former All-American, 2013 NCAA Tournament Team Selection and only player in Loras program history to earn a starting lineup role in three Final Four matches has been hired as an assistant coach. Johnny Rummelhart has been hired as the new assistant coach for men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Rummelhart takes over for Kevin Cavers, who departed in December following two seasons as the primary assistant for both the men’s and women’s programs.

After Loras, Rummelhart pursued a professional playing career, training at the Saddlebrook Resort Sports Performance Program and later with the Bridges program based out of Chicago. Rummelhart earned trials with OKC Energy and Orlando City of the United Soccer League before his playing career came to an end due to injury in 2016.

Fighting Saints Fall to Capitols

MIDDLETON, Wis. — The Dubuque Fighting Saints battled back from two different deficits, but it was the Madison Capitols who broke away in the third period. The Caps held on to win their seventh in the last eight games, 5-3. After the game, the Saints find themselves in a three-way tie for third in the Eastern Conference, but with an opportunity to close the gap, or widen the gap, with their competitors this weekend.

The three in three stretch continues tonight in Green Bay to take on the East’s leading Gamblers at 7:05 p.m. at the Resch Center, tomorrow night the Saints skate at Cowbell Cup rival Cedar Rapids.

Hawkeyes Fall At Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) – Corey Sanders had 18 points and eight assists and two steals and Geo Baker had 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, to lead Rutgers past Iowa 80-64 on Wednesday night. While Iowa (10-10, 1-6 Big Ten) was able to overcome a 20-point deficit in its last game at Illinois, they were unable to do it a second time in a row. Jordan Bohannon scored 23 points, including five 3s, and Tyler Cook had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl contributed 4 points and 6 rebounds.

Up next for Iowa, the Hawkeyes will host No. 3 Purdue for a Saturday matinee at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

No. 24 TCU snaps 3-game skid defeating Iowa State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Vladimir Brodziansky had 26 points and No. 24 TCU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-73 win over Iowa State on Wednesday night, when the Horned Frogs played for the first time without injured starting point guard Jaylen Fisher.

Donovan Jackson had 19 points for Iowa State (10-6, 1-5). Cameron Lard and Lindell Wigginton each had 16.

Up next for Iowa State will be another ranked opponent for the Cyclones, who host No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.

Area Scoreboard (1/18)

College Men’s Basketball

  • Dubuque 66, Coe 58 (UD led by Michael Williams with 19 points 10 rebounds, Coe led by former Wahlert prep Nolan Timp with 16)
  • #1 William Penn 106, Clarke 96 (Clarke led by former Cascade prep Haris Takes with 32 points)
  • UW Platteville upset #6 UW Oshkosh 72-57(UWP led by former Hempstead prep Robert Duax 15 points, the Pioneers now 14-2 and 4-1)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Coe 76, Dubuque 72 (UD led by former Cascade prep Abby Meyer 20 points, 10 rebounds and Crystal Rios with 20)
  • William Penn 78, Clarke 46
  • U-W Oshkosh 77, U-W Platteville 50

No. 3 Boilermakers keep rolling by blowing out Badgers 78-50

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 21 points and Vincent Edwards added 20, leading No. 3 Purdue to a 78-50 blowout over Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

The Boilermakers (18-2, 7-0 Big Ten) have won 14 straight overall, 19 in a row at home and have matched the best 20-game record in school history. The only other time Purdue did that was 1987-88 when it also won its first seven conference games.

Ethan Happ had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Badgers (9-10, 2-4). Wisconsin has lost three straight – all on the road.

Wisconsin: Faces Illinois on Friday in the Badgers’ first home game since Jan. 2. Purdue heads to Iowa on Saturday.

Northern Iowa Defeats Drake

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Bennett Koch scored 19 points and Northern Iowa pulled away early in the second half to beat Drake 68-54 on Tuesday night.

Northern Iowa (10-9, 2-5 Missouri Valley Conference) has won two straight since snapping a seven-game skid, and has beaten Drake (11-9, 5-2) in 16 of the last 18 games.

Back-to-back 3s from former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman and Tywhon Pickford made it a 17-point Panther advantage with 2:28 to go. Haldeman chipped in 12 points.10.

Former Senior High Coach Gene Doyle Dies

A former Dubuque Senior High School coach has died. 77-year old Gene Doyle died Sunday at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo following a short battle with cancer.

Doyle was a football and wrestling coach at Senior for 8 years from 1966 to 1974 before taking a job at Cedar Falls High School where he was an assistant wrestling, football and track coach for 14 seasons before taking over as the head wrestling coach of the Cedar Falls program in 1986 for 16 seasons where he coached 43 medal winners including 10 state champions.

Doyle was inducted into the Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 2012 one year after his induction into the Iowa Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Former Fighting Saints Up For Baker Award

Two former Dubuque Fighting Saints are among the 74 nominees for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The list was announced today. The award recognizes the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player in the nation.

The former Saints making the list are Gordie Green who plays at Miami University and Dylan Gambrell of the Denver University.

The top-10 players from the fan vote will be announced at a later date. The award will be presented during the Frozen Four of the NCAA Hockey Tournament.

Area Scoreboard (1/17)

High School Boys Basketball

  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 57, Hempstead 56
  • Western Dubuque 56, Mount Vernon 52
  • Cascade 68, Bellevue 40
  • Maquoketa 51, Anamosa 38
  • West Delaware 71, Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 47
  • Cedar Falls 55, Iowa City West 54


  • Cuba City 86, Iowa-Grant 49
  • Darlington 66, Southwestern 42
  • Mineral Point 86, Riverdale 27
  • Mount Horeb 72, Platteville 50
  • Potosi 66, River Ridge 56
  • Shullsburg 49, Highland 38
  • Cassville 85, Belmont 65


  • Forreston 50, Galena 43

High School Girls Basketball


  • Dubuque, Senior 55, Davenport, West 16
  • Wahlert, 60, Iowa City Liberty 36
  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 45, West Delaware, Manchester 39
  • #9 Bellevue 46, #6 Cascade 43


  • Iowa Grant 51, Highland 46


  • East Dubuque 62, Lena-Winslow 36
  • Galena 41, Pearl City 33

High School Wrestling

  • Cascade 45, Bellevue 36

High School Boys Swimming

  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 108, Senior 61

College Women’s Basketball

  • Nebraska 74, #20 Iowa 65
  • Michigan State 67, Illinois 55

College Wrestling

  • The fifth-ranked Loras wrestling team extended its best start in program history on Tuesday night, defeating ninth-ranked Central on the road, 25-12. The Duhawks are 11-and-0 on the season.

Vets Auditorium Floor Auction

The basketball court which hosted a number Iowa High School State Basketball Tournament games could be yours for the right price. The floor from Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines is up for sale to the highest bidder. You not only get the floor but the basketball goals come with it. The floor is over 20 years old, but hasn’t seen much use in the past 12 years.

The auction is taking place on the website gov-deals-dot-com and ends around 6:30 tonight.  You can make your bid at this website.


Gustafson Ties B1G Record with Co-Player of the Week Honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. This is Gustafson’s sixth Player of the Week award of the season — tying a Big Ten single-season record. Gustafson has been recognized by the conference in all 10 weeks of the season.

She had a career-day against the Boilermakers on Saturday netting a career-high 37 points. Her 17 field goals tied a program record held by Dubuque native Amy Herrig. Gustafson also registered 14 rebounds, two assists, and a block in 37 minutes of action.

Pickford MVC Newcomer

For the second time this season University of Northern Iowa freshman guard Tywhon Pickford has been tabbed as the Missouri Valley Conference’s Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.

The 6’4″ guard from Minneapolis, Minnesota (Maple Grove HS) averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and shot 54.5 percent from the field in a pair of Missouri Valley Conference games. For the week, Pickford made 12-of-22 shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Pickford went 11-of-13 from the free throw line in the two league games.

Wigginton Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State freshman guard Lindell Wigginton has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after averaging 28.5 points as ISU split a pair of games last week. It is his second honor this season.

Wigginton opened the week with 27 points as ISU lost at Kansas. His 27 points matched the most by a Cyclone freshman against the Jayhawks. He followed that with an even better showing against Baylor, tallying a career-high 30 points. He is just the fourth Cyclone freshman to record a 30-point game in school history.

Area Scoreboard (1/16)

High School Boys Basketball


South Beloit MLK Holiday Tournament

  • East Dubuque 65, Ashton-Franklin Center 29
  • East Dubuque 46, Byron 37


  • Central, Elkader 51, Clayton Ridge 28

High School Girls Basketball


  • Dodgeville 64, Cuba City 43
  • Platteville 75, Benton 46


  • Central Elkader 38, Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 37

College Men’s Basketball

  • Dubuque 82, Luther 67, the Spartans pick up their first conference win led by Jamaree Atwater with 26 points.
  • The Loras men’s basketball team defeated Central on Wednesday, 109-92. Junior Josh Ruggles paced the Duhawks with 37 points and eight rebounds. The Duhawks lead the Iowa Conference by percentage points with a 6-and-2 record

College Women’s Basketball

  • Luther 77, Dubuque 72, U-D led by former Cascade prep Abby Meyer with 20 points, 7 assists.
  • Loras 70, Central 59, former Bellevue Marquette prep Marissa Schroeder led the Duhawks with a 21 point, and 13 rebounds.

Area Scoreboard 1/14/17

Men’s Basketball

Loras 82, Buena Vista 80

Baker 81, Clarke 75

Wis.-Platteville 63, Wis.-La Crosse 62

Women’s Basketball

Loras 76, Buena Vista 73

Clarke 80, No. 11 Baker 69

Girls Basketball

Cascade 41, North Cedar    39


Youngstown Phantoms 3, Dubuque Fighting Saints 1


Wendy’s American Trust Classic

It was an outstanding day of boy’s high school basketball yesterday at the 30th anniversary edition of the Wendy’s American Trust Classic at Loras College presented by AM 1370 KDTH.

In the first game Black Hawk defeated 4th ranked Iowa Class 1-A Don Bosco 64-57. Connor Meyer of Black Hawk scored the 1,000 point of his career in the game

In the second game Mineral Point blew out Janesville 72-32. Chance Wendhausen of Mineral Point registered the 1,000 point of his high school career in the win.

The third game of the day saw Buffalo Grove defeat Hempstead 56-52.

In game four, the Wahlert Golden Eagles pulled off the upset of top ranked Class 3-A and undefeated Oskaloosa 74-70 in overtime.

The final game of the day saw top ranked Illinois Class 3-A Marian Catholic defeated 9th ranked Iowa Class 4-A Senior 60-53.

Sports Stories 1/13/18

A few big-name major leaguers avoided salary arbitration yesterday by accepting one-year contracts. Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson will get $23 million this season, National League batting champ Charlie Blackmon has accepted a $14 million package from Colorado and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has come away with a $10.5 million pact that is the largest for a first-time arbitration-eligible player. Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will earn $16 million this season, Orioles closer Zach Britton will receive $12 million and Astros starter Dallas Keuchel will be paid $13.2 million.


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s AFC divisional playoff game against Jacksonville due to an illness. Head coach Mike Tomlin says he kept Brown away from yesterday’s practice to prevent his illness from spreading to other players. Brown has also been dealing with a calf injury that caused him to miss Pittsburgh’s last two regular-season games.



In a celebration of excellence, the Fighting Saints excelled in the third period. The team never trailed, and pulled away in the third period by outshooting the Youngstown Phantoms 14-1 in the final frame, and by topping them 3-1 on Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Area Scoreboard 1/13/18

Boys Basketball Scores

Cedar Falls 67, Dubuque, Senior 57

Wahlert 68, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 61

Western Dubuque 58, Maquoketa 48

Dyersville Beckman 68, Central DeWitt 45

Cascade 63, North Cedar, Stanwood 30

West Delaware 57, Anamosa 43

Camanche 81, Bellevue 66


Southwest Wisconsin

Prairie du Chien 69, Lancaster 61

Richland Center 66, Dodgeville 60

Platteville 59, River valley 41



Darlington 60, Boscobel 22


Girls Basketball Scores

Cedar Falls 56, Senior 15

Western Dubuque 66, Maquoketa 35

Anamosa 46, West Delaware 34

Camanche 54, Bellevue 51

Cascade 41, North Cedar 39

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 73, Wahlert 54


Southwest Wisconsin

Platteville 59, River Valley 31

Prairie du Chien 52, Lancaster 49



Boscobel 52, Riverdale 41

Mineral Point 58, Cuba City 41

Darlington 77, Iowa Grant 27


Six Rivers

Benton 54, River Ridge 39

Highland 54, Cassville 42

Shullsburg 55, Potosi 51

Iowa rallies from 20 down, beat Illinois in OT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Jordan Bohannon scored 29 points as Iowa rallied from a 20-point deficit for a 104-97 overtime win over Illinois on Thursday night.

It was Iowa’s second-largest comeback win in school history. The biggest comeback was 22 points, also against Illinois in 1987. Thursday’s game marked the Hawkeyes’ first Big Ten victory, and dropped the Illini to 0-5 in conference play.

Iowa (10-9, 1-5) outscored Illinois (10-8, 0-5) 14-7 in overtime after Illinois guard Trent Frazier sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Tyler Cook scored 21 points and Luka Garza added 19 for Iowa. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl 4 points and 3 rebounds. Frazier led Illinois with 27 points, while Leron Black and Aaron Jordan added 18 points each.

Iowa travels to Rutgers on Wednesday. Illinois plays at Nebraska on Monday.

Joseph of UD to Receive Harris Award Tonight

The University of Dubuque’s Michael Joseph will receive the Cliff Harris Award tonight at Little Rock Touchdown Club Awards Banquet.  Joseph is the first ever NCAA Division 3  football player to receive the award presented to the top small college defensive player of the year.

Joseph is preparing to play in the annual Recess Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, January 27th. He is also one of the nearly 300 college players invited to the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis in March.

Michael’s segment comes at around the 1:28:00 mark of the video:


Fighting Saints News

In some Dubuque Fighting Saints news: two players have made their college hockey choices. Forward Taylor Schneider has decided to continue his hockey journey at the college ranks by committing to Bowling Green State University. Schneider has notched a goal and five assists in his 26 games of action with the Fighting Saints.

Goaltender Cole has committed to Niagara University. The first-year Saint will go on to the college ranks and join a program that is led by former Fighting Saints head coach and general manager Jason Lammers. Overall, Weaver carries a 6-3-1 record, a 2.15 goals against average, and a .901 save percentage through 10 games.

The Saints have made a roster addition: Dubuque acquired the rights to defenseman Matt Stoia from the Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old blueliner was an international replacement as an affiliate player for the Saints during the World Junior A Challenge for two games against Team USA in 2015. He rejoins the Saints from the Legionnaires, where he posted 32 points in 35 games.

Dubuque is back in action Friday and Saturday night’s at home for two games against the Youngstown Phantoms.

Wendy’s-American Trust Classic Boys Classic 

Five of the ten teams coming to this Saturday’s Wendy’s American Trust Boys Classic at Loras College are ranked with two of them a top ranked team in their state.  Marian Catholic is the new number one team in the just  released  Illinois Class 3-A poll from Associated Press. Marian (13-2) will meet (8-2) Senior in the 6:30 game, the Rams are ranked 9th in the latest Class 4-A Iowa rankings.

The top ranked Iowa Class 3-A team Oskaloosa (11-0) will meet Wahlert (3-6) in the 4:45 game.  7th ranked 4-A Hempstead (8-1) meets (10-7) Buffalo Grove in the game prior at 3 o’clock.  The first game of the day at 11:30 has 4th ranked Iowa Class 1-A Don Bosco (8-1) against (6-3) Black Hawk. Although neither team is ranked in the 2nd game of the day at 1:15, it promises to be an entertaining match-up as (9-3) Janesville, Iowa meets (6-4) Mineral Point.

This is the 30th anniversary edition of the Wendy’s American Trust Classic, the first was held in February of 1988 at the Five Flags Civic Center.

Area Scoreboard (1/11)

College Men’s Basketball

  • Loras 97, Nebraska Wesleyan 87 (OT) (Ryan Dicanio 13 pts, 15 reb for Loras)
  • Buena Vista 96, Dubuque 87 (T.J. Lake 35 points for the Spartans)
  • Mercy 102, Clarke 100 (Kylar Hayes 26 pts to lead Clarke)
  • U-W River Falls 91, U-W Platteville 84 (Robert Duax with 29 to pace UWP)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Dubuque 82, Buena Vista 73 (Krystal Rios 16 to lead UD)
  • Nebraska Wesleyan 81, Loras 78 (Lauren Stanich with 15 to lead Loras)
  • Clarke 75, Mt. Mercy 69 (Morgan Pitz 20 pts to lead Clarke)
  • U-W River Falls 79, U-W Platteville 45


  • Kansas State 67, Iowa State 60
  • Nebraska 80, Illinois 72

Northern Iowa Falls on Buzzer Beater

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana – The Northern Iowa men’s basketball team is still winless in conference play after Indiana State scored on a tip in at the buzzer last night to post a 69-67 win last night in Terra Haute.

UNI had rallied from a five-point deficit in the final 20 seconds to knot the score at 69-69 on a three-pointer from Wyatt Lohaus and a layup by Tywhon Pickford after a steal. Indiana State’s Jordan Barnes launched a three-pointer that was missed, but the errant shot was tipped in by Brandon Murphy as the buzzer sounded giving the Sycamores a two-point win.

Pickford led the Panthers by tying a career-high with 18 points and he added seven rebounds.

UNI now 0-5 in the MVC and 8-and-9 on the season will be back in action on Saturday against Valparaiso at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

Palmer Jr. helps Nebraska hold off Wisconsin 63-59

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – James Palmer Jr. had 18 points and Nebraska opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half then held off three Wisconsin surges to take a 63-59 win Tuesday night.

Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 early in the half, then saw the lead shrink to five as Wisconsin (9-9, 2-3) made five of six field goals.

Ethan Happ had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin. Brad Davison had 15 points and Pritzl scored 10.

Wisconsin has a week off before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind. to face No. 13 Purdue in its third straight Big Ten road game.

Newman’s career night helps No. 12 Kansas beat Iowa St 83-78

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Malik Newman scored a career-high 27 points to help No. 12 Kansas stave off an upset bid by Iowa State, pulling away in the closing minutes for an 83-78 victory Tuesday night.

Lindell Wigginton had 27 points and Donovan Jackson scored 20 for the Cyclones (9-6, 0-4), whose four straight losses – including back-to-back overtime defeats – have come on the heels of nine straight wins.

Cameron Lard added 15 points and 10 rebounds, though he also had seven of the Cyclones’ 17 turnovers.

Iowa State returns home to face Baylor on Saturday.

East defeats West in USHL/NHL Prospects Game

The East defeated the West 4-3 in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game last night in Kearney, Nebraska. The game was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair that featured five lead changes.

Alex Steeves of the Dubuque Fighting Saints was credited for an assist on a game tying goal in the first period. Dubuque’s Aidan Fulp and Jacob Semik were also on the East roster while Saints head coach Oliver David was an assistant on the East coaching staff.

Team East now holds a 4-2-0-0 record all-time at the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Area Scoreboard (1/10)

High School Boys Basketball

  • #7 Hempstead 60, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 52
  • #9, Senior 67, Prairie, Cedar Rapids 63 (2 OT)
  • Wahlert 64, Waterloo West 58
  • West Delaware 63, Western Dubuque 53
  • #5 2A Cascade 58, #8 2A Northeast, Goose Lake 55
  • Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 67, Anamosa 66
  • Central City 54, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 50
  • Postville 58, Clayton Ridge 42
  • Solon 61, Maquoketa 54


  • East Dubuque 41, Galena 16

High School Girls Basketball

  • Dubuque, Hempstead 52, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 51
  • Prairie, Cedar Rapids 70, Dubuque, Senior 33
  • Waterloo, West 51, Wahlert, Dubuque 42
  • Western Dubuque 39, West Delaware, Manchester 34
  • #7 2A Cascade 53, Northeast Goose Lake 22
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 53, Central City 15
  • Anamosa 31, Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 26
  • Maquoketa 52, Solon 49


  • Cuba City 58, Darlington 53
  • Iowa Grant 63, Southwestern 60
  • Argyle 56, Benton 46
  • #1 D-5 Black Hawk 88, Pecatonica 6
  • #9 D-5 Potosi 76, Cassville 28
  • River Ridge 52, Belmont 20
  • Shullsburg 58, Highland 19


  • Stockton 53, Galena 42

College Wrestling

  • Dubuque 24, Augustana 19

Lake of U-D IIAC Athlete of the Week

University of Dubuque senior guard T.J. Lake has been named the Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week.  Lake, a former Western Dubuque prep, scored a U-D school record 50 points last Wednesday in the Spartans loss at Loras. Lake made 8-three pointers and was 18-of-18 at the free throw line which both were Dubuque school records as well.

Lake’s 24.2 points per game ranks 12th in NCAA Division III and his 53 3-point FG made ranks 4th.

Area Scoreboard (1/9)

High School Boys Basketball

  • Platteville 71, Cuba City 68
  • River Valley 72, Ithaca 44
  • Lancaster 80, Belmont 37
  • Seneca 54, Cassville 40
  • New Glarus 83, Mineral Point 77
  • Fennimore 65, Pecatonica 44
  • Argyle 51, Iowa-Grant 40
  • River Ridge 51, Boscobel 48

High School Girls Basketball

  • East Dubuque 69, Polo 32
  • Potosi 80, Wauzeka-Steuben 55

High School Wrestling

  • Maquoketa Valley 54, Bellevue 24
  • Bellevue 36, Starmont 24

AP Iowa Boys Bball Rankings

Area teams in the latest Associated Press Iowa boy’s high school basketball rankings have shown some movement from a week ago. In Class 4A; Hempstead is ranked 7th this week while Senior has fallen to 8th.  In Class 2A, Cascade is ranked 5th.

Two other teams coming to this Saturday’s Wendy’s-American Trust Boys Classic at Loras College this Saturday are also ranked this week.  Don Bosco is ranked number four in Class 1-A. Don Bosco will meet Black Hawk in the first game of the day at 11:30. Oskaloosa is top ranked in Class 3-A, Oskaloosa will meet Wahlert at 4:45 on Saturday.

7th ranked Hempstead will face Buffalo Grove at 3 o’clock while at 6:30, 8th ranked Senior matches up with Marian Catholic who was ranked 2nd in the Illinois Class 3-A rankings last week, the new poll will be out this week.

Gustafson Named to Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For an unprecedented 9th straight week, University of Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named to the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Week . The weekly award is the 15th of her career.

Gustafson averaged 24.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 3.0 assists, and shot 68 percent from the field and 93.8 percent from the free throw line in a pair of Big Ten contests last week.

Iowa and UNI Men Both Still Winless in Conference Play

Maryland uses second-half surge to beat Iowa 91-73

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Freshman Bruno Fernando scored a career-high 21 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. added 15 and Maryland beat Iowa 91-73 Sunday night to keep the Hawkeyes winless in the Big Ten.

Rebounding from a 30-point loss to No. 1 Michigan State just three days earlier, the Terrapins (14-4, 3-2) used a second-half surge to secure their eighth win in nine games.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was ejected 45 seconds before halftime after receiving two straight technical fouls for animatedly arguing a traveling call on sophomore guard Jordan Bohannon.

The Hawkeyes (9-9, 0-5) hung in there without McCaffery, but faded in the latter stage of their third game in six days. Isaiah Moss led Iowa with a career-high 25 points and Bohannon had 17. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 2 points, 2 rebounds.

Iowa: Continues three-game road trip at Illinois on Thursday night.


Loyola-Chicago rallies late, tops Northern Iowa 56-50

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Clayton Custer scored 11 points and Ben Richardson hit a big 3-pointer to spark a late run as Loyola-Chicago rallied for a 56-50 victory over Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon.

Wyatt Lohaus’ basket pulled Northern Iowa (8-8, 0-4) within 52-50 with 1:54 left to play, but the Panthers were held scoreless from there.

Bennett Koch totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for UNI, while Tywhon Pickford added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Lohaus scored 11 with six boards. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman has 3 points and 1 rebound.

Regional College Women’s Basketball

Gustafson, Doyle lift No. 18 Iowa women past Illini 84-71

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Megan Gustafson scored 34 points with 12 rebounds for her 43rd career double-double, Kathleen Doyle had her second double-double and No. 18 Iowa turned back Illinois 84-71 on Sunday.

Alexis Sevillian matched her career-high with 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers, for the Hawkeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) and Doyle had 15 points and 10 assists.

No. 12 West Virginia women in 57-49 victory over ISU
MORGANTOWN, Va. (AP) – Naomi Davenport scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 12 West Virginia beat Iowa State 57-49 on Sunday.

Bridget Carleton scored 14 points for Iowa State (7-8, 1-3), which swept the Mountaineers last season before West Virginia went on to win the Big 12 Tournament.

No. 13 Maryland women dominate Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kristen Confroy, Kaila Charles and Eleanna Christinaki combined for 22 points in the first half when No. 13 Maryland took a 19-point lead on its way to a 77-44 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday for the Terrapins’ 13th straight victory.

Courtney Fredrickson scored 12 points and Marsha Howard had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Badgers (7-10, 0-4). Wisconsin shot only 31 percent and made just 3 of 18 from the arc in losing its fifth straight.

Area Scoreboard (1/6)

High School Boys Basketball

  • Dubuque, Hempstead 59, Dubuque, Senior 50
  • Iowa City West 79, Wahlert 41
  • Western Dubuque 63, Marion 56
  • Cascade 58, Tipton 32
  • Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 59, Kee, Lansing 35
  • Edgewood-Colesburg 70, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 55
  • Cuba City 67, Boscobel 43
  • Mineral Point 85, Southwestern 56
  • Fennimore 61, Darlington 42
  • Platteville 66, Dodgeville 61
  • Potosi 77, Benton 62
  • Black Hawk 53, Albany 37
  • Iowa-Grant 60, Riverdale 33
  • River Ridge 56, Belmont 54
  • River Valley 54, Prairie du Chien 47

High School Girls Basketball

  • Dubuque, Hempstead 71, Dubuque, Senior 44
  • Iowa City West 76, Wahlert, Dubuque 28
  • Marion 55, Western Dubuque 21
  • Cascade, 53, Tipton 46
  • Center Point-Urbana 59, Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 19
  • Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 40, Edgewood-Colesburg 26
  • Kee, Lansing 57, Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg 20
  • Maquoketa 71, Vinton-Shellsburg 57
  • Dodgeville 79, Platteville 63
  • Potosi 64, Benton 63
  • Prairie du Chien 49, River Valley 41
  • East Dubuque 42, Stockton 40
  • Galena 45, River Ridge-Scales Mound 36

College Wrestling

  • Loras 46, Buena Vista 6

Area Scoreboard (1/5)

High School Boys Basketball

  • River Ridge 41, #2 Class 1A East Dubuque 40
  • Shullsburg, Wis. 49, Galena 47, OT

High School Girls Basketball

  • Belmont 54, Shullsburg 32
  • Darlington 79, Boscobel 53
  • Black Hawk 62, Albany 23
  • Cuba City 56, Iowa-Grant 35
  • River Ridge 51, Highland 32
  • Benton 55, Cassville 12

High School Wrestling

  • Hempstead 63, Waterloo East 18
  • Senior split a double dual winning 57-24 against Washington and falling 57-21 to Cedar Rapids Prairie.
  • Wahlert split a double dual beating Xavier 50-29 and falling to Linn-Mar 52-18.
  • Western Dubuque split a double dual winning 58-15 over Mt. Vernon but falling to West Delaware 46-15.
  • Bellevue won three times yesterday defeating Northeast 42-30, North Cedar 45-18, and Durant 48-12.
  • Cascade went 1-2 in their duals: defeating Midland 40-29 and losing to Tipton 33-25 and Camanche 39-29.
  • Lancaster 58, Richland Center 15

High School Boys Swimming

  • Cedar Falls 88, Hempstead 81
  • R Washington 94, Senior 74

Iowa and UNI Still Both Winless in Conference Play

Ohio State beats Iowa 92-81

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Keita Bates-Diop scored 27 points with 13 rebounds, Jae’Sean Tate had 18 points and Ohio State cruised past Iowa 92-81 on Thursday night, its seventh win in its last eight games.

Ohio State jumped all over the Hawkeyes (9-8, 0-4) at the outset, grabbing a 17-point lead late in the first half. Iowa went on a 12-0 run to climb within five early in the second half, but the Buckeyes’ lead was back up to 15 after a 10-0 run.

Tyler Cook scored 21 points with nine boards and Jordan Bohannon had 15 points with 10 assists to lead Iowa, which has dropped two straight. Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl had 1 point and 5 rebounds.

The Hawkeyes play at Maryland on Sunday in first of three straight road games.

Johnson’s second 20-20 game helps Missouri St. beat N. Iowa

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Alize Johnson had 24 points and 20 rebounds and J.T. Miller scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to help Missouri State beat Northern Iowa 62-55 on Thursday night. Johnson has two of the nation’s five games this season with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. It was his fourth consecutive double-double and his 10th of the season.

Tywhon Pickford had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Carlson added 16 and nine, for Northern Iowa who lost their fifth straight game. Former Western Dubuque prep Spencer Haldeman had 1 point and 1 rebound.

Iowa and Wisconsin Women Both Fall

No. 13 Maryland women past No. 18 Iowa
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Kaila Charles had 12 of her 24 points in the first quarter, Blair Watson had nine of her 13 in the fourth quarter and No. 13 Maryland took control early to defeat No. 18 Iowa80-64 in a Big Ten showdown on Thursday night.

Megan Gustafson had her 15th double-double of the season for Iowa with 15 points and 15 rebounds and Kathleen Doyle had the first of her career with 13 points and a career-high 11 assists. However, the Hawkeyes had 23 turnovers that cost them 29 points.


No. 22 Michigan women drop Wisconsin 80-57

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Katelynn Flaherty scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, Hallie Thome added 20 points and No. 22 Michigan pulled away for an 80-57 win over Wisconsin .

Wisconsin (7-9, 0-3) was led by Courtney Frederickson with 16 points but the Badgers were done in by 22 turnovers that were turned into 20 points. Michigan also dominated inside, scoring 46 points in the paint to just 14 for Wisconsin.

Josh Jackson Turning Pro

Iowa junior consensus All-American cornerback Josh Jackson has made his decision on whether or not to return to the Hawkeyes or head to the NFL. Yesterday Jackson  announced he will forgo his senior season and declare himself available for the NFL Draft.

Most draft experts forecast Jackson to be a middle first round pick. Jackson had 7 interceptions and 18 pass break-ups for Iowa this past season.

Saints trade Neudecker to Musketeers

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have acquired two draft selections—a 2018 Phase II 7th round selection, and a conditional 2019 Phase II 8th round selection—from the Sioux City Musketeers in exchange for forward Bauer Neudecker.

Neudecker notched six assists with the Fighting Saints in 24 games. He was drafted by the organization in the 12th round in Phase II of the 2017 USHL Draft.

The Fighting Saints resume their schedule this weekend with a pair of home games against Muskegon. Both Friday and Saturday night’s games start at 7:05 at Mystique Community Ice Center.

Area Scoreboard (1/4)

High School Girls Basketball

  • East Dubuque 40, Forreston 35

College Men’s Basketball

  • Loras defeated Dubuque 98-91. The Spartans fall despite a record setting effort from senior guard T.J. Lake. The former Western Dubuque prep scored a school record 50 points and tied the school record with 8 three pointers made. Junior Josh Ruggles was one of five players to finish in double digits for the Duhawks, scoring 30 points, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line.
  • Clarke 96, Culver Stockton 79 ( Harris Takes of Clarke with 31)
  • UW Platteville 73, UW Stout 54 (Carter Voelker with 14 to lead UWP)

College Women’s Basketball

  • Loras 73, Dubuque 59 (Addie Oberman 17 for Loras, Ce Ce Pope 11 for UD)
  • Clarke 58, Culver Stockton 50 (Kea Whittington 30 points for Clarke)
  • UW Platteville 83, UW Stout 75 (Allison Prestegaard of UWP with 27 points)


  • #6 Baylor 89, Iowa State 49

High School Boys Basketball

  • Off to a 14-and-0 start the East Dubuque Warriors have jumped threes spots and are ranked 2nd in the latest Illinois Class 1-A boys basketball rankings.

Area Scoreboard (1/3)

High School Boys Basketball

  • Senior 82, Milwaukee Bay View 60
  • Monticello 66, Bellevue 64, OT
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 55, Midland, Wyoming 40


  • New Glarus 72, Platteville 62
  • Potosi 69, Pecatonica 55
  • Sauk Prairie71, River Valley 54

High School Girls Basketball

  • Hempstead 55, Iowa City Liberty 32
  • Monticello 66, #8 2A Bellevue 48
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic 54, Midland, Wyoming 40


  • Benton 70, Wauzeka-Steuben 49
  • Fennimore 51, Cassville 22
  • River Ridge 69, De Soto 16


  • Galena 54, River Valley 34

Gustafson Earns 8th Straight Conference Honor

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the 8th straight week Iowa junior Megan Gustafson has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. The weekly award is the 14th of her career.

Gustafson averaged 24.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, and shot 61.9 percent from the field and 1.000 from the free throw line (22-for-22) to lead Iowa to a pair of wins against Wisconsin and No. 21/19 Michigan last week

Garza Big 10 Freshman of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa forward Luka Garza was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Garza (6-foot-11, 235 pounds) led Iowa to its season-best fifth straight win in a convincing 98-75 triumph over Northern Illinois on Dec. 29, in Iowa City.

Garza posted personal bests in scoring (25), 3-pointers made (3), and blocked shots (5), while also grabbing a game-best seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of action.

Michigan beats Iowa 75-68

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 15 points and Michigan beat host Iowa 75-68 on Tuesday night, extending its winning streak to six games.

The Wolverines (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who won in Iowa City for the first time since 2011.

Iowa (9-7, 0-3) briefly closed to within seven early in the second half. But it kept leaving Michigan open for easy 3s, including one from Abdur-Rahkman that made it 69-54 with 6:49 left.

The Wolverines finished 11 of 25 on 3s.

Tyler Cook had 28 for the Hawkeyes. They went 15 of 37 from the floor on shots not taken by Cook, but went on a late 9-0 run that made the score seem closer than the game actually was.

Iowa will face Ohio State in Iowa City on Thursday.

Happ’s 28 points lead way, Wisconsin beats Indiana 71-61

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Ethan Happ had 28 points in one of his best all-around efforts of the season, and undermanned Wisconsin overcame another injury to beat Indiana 71-61 on Tuesday night.

Happ hit 11 of 17 shots, adding nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks for the Badgers (9-7, 2-1 Big Ten). They won their fifth straight game despite being without starting guard Brevin Pritzl, who was scratched 90 minutes before tipoff with a head injury.

Brad Davison added 14 points for Wisconsin, which extended its winning streak over the Hoosiers (8-7, 1-2) in Madison to 16 games.

Wisconsin begins a three-game stretch on road with a trip to Rutgers on Friday.

Texas upends Iowa State 74-70 in OT

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Dylan Osetkowski scored a career-high 25 points with seven 3-pointers – including the go-ahead bucket with 33.5 seconds left in overtime – and Texas beat Iowa State 74-70 on last night to improve to 3-0 on the road.

Donovan Jackson scored 24 points to lead Iowa State (9-4, 0-2), which is off to its first 0-2 start in league play since 2010-11. Lard added a career-best 21 points with 16 rebounds.

Iowa State plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Fighting Saints Announce New Head Coach Oliver David

New Saints Head Coach Oliver David (courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints)

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have their next head coach and he is very familiar with Dubuque hockey. This morning the Saints announced Oliver David has been hired  taking over for Jason Lammers. The 38-year old David makes his return to the Fighting Saints organization after a one-year stint as an assistant coach for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. David served as an assistant coach for the Saints for two seasons with Matt Shaw at the helm, and then was promoted to associate head coach and assistant general manager under Lammers for the 2015-16 season.
Prior to joining the Dubuque staff, David was the head coach, alternate governor and director of hockey operations for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League for four seasons. He will be formally re-introduced at a press conference this Monday at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Wahlert Leads 4A Field At Girls State Golf Meet, Senior In 3rd in 5A Race

The Wahlert High School girl’s golf team has the first round team lead after day one of the Class 4A Iowa Girls High School State Golf Meet at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. Senior High is in 3rd place at the 5A meet at Coldwater Links in Ames.

Wahlert carded a score of 368 which leads by 3 strokes over Humboldt. The Golden Eagles were led by Anna Jensen with an 89, good for 6th overall and 11 strokes behind the first round leader.  Taylor Thede of Maquoketa is in tied for 4th with an 88.

Senior shot a team score of 340 which is 22 strokes behind leader Cedar Falls who shot 318. The Rams were led by Maddie Hawkins with 71 and she is tied for 3rd place in the medalist race trailing by 3 strokes.

In Class 2A at Jester Park in Granger; Courtney Olson of Clayton Ridge shot an 85 and sits in 5th place and 8 strokes out of first place.

The second and final rounds tee off later this morning.

Wahlert, and Senior At Girls State Golf Meet

The Senior and Wahlert Catholic high school girls golf teams are in action today and tomorrow in State Meet competition.

In Class 5A; Last Monday, Senior ran away with a Regional Championship to advance as a team led by senior Maddie Hawkins with her third consecutive regional title. Teammate Abby Marting finished in a tie for third and is also competing as an individual at the state meet. The 5A State Meet is being played at Coldwater Links in Ames

In Class 4A, Wahlert also enters the state meet after a Regional Championship last Monday. The Golden Eagles also have four players competing as individuals: Elyse Kalb, Grace Lange, Anna Jensen, and Elly Kalb.  The 4A State Meet is being playing at Elmwood Country Club, Marshalltown.

In Class 2A, Courtney Olson of Clayton Ridge is competing as an individual at the state meet at Jester Park Golf Course in Granger.

Iowa Heads to Houston Regional as No. 4 Seed

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team heads to the Lone Star State to the Houston Regional as a No. 4 seed for the NCAA Baseball Tournament.

The Hawkeyes will face top-seeded Houston on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park. No. 2 seed Baylor and No. 3 Texas A&M will play at 2 p.m.

Iowa is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons and the fifth in school history. The Hawkeyes earned the Big Ten Conference’s automatic bid after defeating Northwestern, 13-4, Sunday to win the Big Ten Tournament title — the first in school history.  Iowa is 38-20 overall – the wins are tied for the fifth-most victories in school history.

The Cougars are the regional’s top seed after winning 40 games and claiming the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.  Houston defeated East Carolina, 6-0, on Sunday to complete the AAC double.

High School Baseball Postseason Begins Tonight in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin High School Regional Baseball Tournament starts up tonight across the state. Area match-ups this evening include:

Division 2: River Valley hosting McFarland

Division 3: Cuba City at Mineral Point, Boscobel at Brookwood, and Iowa Grant hosting Necedah.

Division 4: Potosi will host Cassville and Riverdale hosts Wauzeka-Steuben

Winners tonight advance to the next round on Tuesday evening.

UD Pitcher Schneidermann Named All-Region


The University of Dubuque’s top pitcher has earn an All-Region selection. Sophomore Nathan Schneidermann was named to the All-Central Region First Team by D3Baseball.com today. He made the team as a relief pitcher, which is a role he filled for the Spartans as well. Schneidermann started just one of the fifteen games he appeared in, but still managed to compile a 6-1 win/loss record with five saves. His 0.47 earned run average not only led the team, but was tops in the Iowa Conference. He averaged better than a strikeout per inning, punching out 42 batters in just 38 frames of work. He also allowed opposing batters just a .145 batting average, which was also the best mark in the conference. Schneidermann had previously been named to the All-Iowa Conference first team.

Hawkeye Baseball Team Surging Into Big Ten Tournament

The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team will open play at the Big Ten Tournament tonight. The Hawkeyes are the 5th seed in the double-elimination tourney and open up against Maryland, a team that they did not face during the conference season this year. But Iowa head coach Rick Heller tells our coverage partner KCRG-TV that his team has had recent success against the Terrapins. Iowa will likely have to face Maryland starter Brian Shaffer, who was named the conference’s Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes enter the conference tournament on a bit of a roll, having won six of their last eight. The team is averaging eight runs per game over that stretch and have won a couple of those games in dramatic fashion. Heller believes that Iowa will have to win the tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA regional field. Tonight’s game begins at 7:30. The tournament is being played in Bloomington, Indiana.

Senior, Wahlert Girls Golf Teams Headed to State

The girls golf teams from a pair of Dubuque high schools have extended their seasons to next week’s state tournament. Senior’s squad ran away from the rest of the field to claim the team title at the Class 5A regional meet held at Gardner Memorial in Cedar Rapids yesterday afternoon. The Rams combined for a team score of 348, twenty-five strokes better than runner-up Pleasant Valley. Senior’s Maddie Hawkins fired a 72 to lead the individual race and pick up her third consecutive regional title. Teammate Abby Marting finished in a tie for third and will also compete as an individual at the state meet.

Also in Class 5A, Hempstead finished in 7th place at their regional meet at Irv Warren Memorial in Waterloo.

In Class 4A, Wahlert will be joining Senior at the state meet, as the Golden Eagles claimed the team title at the regional meet held at Gates Park in Waterloo. Wahlert’s total score was 367, which ended up being fourteen shots better than runner-up Washington. The Golden Eagles dominated in the individual race, and will send four players to the state meet: Elyse Kalb, Grace Lange, Anna Jensen, and Elly Kalb. Western Dubuque finished in 9th place in the same meet.

Western Dubuque, Bellevue Marquette Advance in Boys Soccer Postseason

The Western Dubuque boys soccer team picked up their first postseason victory since 2009 last night as the Bobcats defeated Hempstead 6-0. Evan Ellis notched a hat trick for the Bobcats, with three goals, while Luke Bertling scored two others. WD now advances to the substate semifinal tomorrow night, where they’ll meet Iowa City High.

Also in Class 3A, Muscatine clipped Senior 3-2, ending the Rams’ season.

In Class 1A, Bellevue Marquette jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead on their way to a shutout victory over Center Point-Urbana, 4-0. Ty Parker and Will Draus each scored a goal and assisted another for the Mohawks. Marquette moves on to face Dyersville Beckman tomorrow night.

High School Softball Postseason Begins in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin High School Girls Softball Regional Tournament gets underway this evening. Area match-ups this evening include:

In Division 3: Platteville hosts Richland Center, Lancaster hosts Prairie Du Chien.

In Division 4: Darlington is at River Ridge/Cassville, Benton/Shullsburg is at New Glarus

In Division 5: Potosi will host Pecatonica

Winners advance to Regional Semi-Final play tomorrow evening.

Wahlert, Beckman, Cascade Nab Spots in Preseason Baseball Rankings

A trio of Dubuque County high school baseball teams are ranked as they begin their seasons. The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association released their initial set of ratings for the 2017 season this morning. Wahlert starts the season as the #3 team in Class 3A. The Golden Eagles are seeking to qualify for the State Tournament for the third consecutive season after posting a 29-15 mark last year. In Class 2A, old rivals Cascade and Dyersville Beckman are both among the Top Ten. The Blazers open 2017 at #3, while Cascade is 7th. The two squads have faced off in the postseason in each of the last three seasons. The Blazers open their season at North Scott tomorrow night, while Cascade hosts Camanche for a conference doubleheader tonight.

2017 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Preseason Rankings

Class 4A (2016 Record)

  1. West Des Moines Dowling (30-11)
  2. Iowa City West (35-7)
  3. Johnston (29-11)
  4. Des Moines Roosevelt (33-11)
  5. Urbandale (29-11)
  6. Cedar Falls (22-19)
  7. Mason City (25-17)
  8. Cedar Rapids Jefferson (28-12)
  9. Lewis Central (32-6)
  10. Cedar Rapids Prairie (38-6)

Class 3A (2016 Record)

  1. Harlan (30-5)
  2. Davenport Assumption (31-8)
  3. Dubuque Wahlert (29-15)
  4. Sioux City Heelan (27-16)
  5. Pella (31-9)
  6. Fairfield (27-8)
  7. Oskaloosa (24-11)
  8. Vinton-Shellsburg (25-17)
  9. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (31-8)
  10. Carlisle (33-7)

Class 2A (2016 Record)

  1. Clear Lake (31-7)
  2. Wilton (29-4)
  3. Dyersville Beckman (24-18)
  4. New Hampton (29-5)
  5. Carroll Kuemper (26-12)
  6. Treynor (28-7)
  7. Cascade (28-10)
  8. Estherville Lincoln Central (24-6)
  9. Dike- New Hartford (30-4)
  10. Iowa City Regina (22-17)

Class 1A (2016 Record)

  1. St. Mary’s, Remsen (33-5)
  2. West Sioux (27-3)
  3. Mason City Newman (33-5)
  4. North Linn (34-10)
  5. Highland, Riverside (24-7)
  6. Don Bosco (35-5)
  7. Akron-Westfield (25-5)
  8. Martensdale-St. Mary’s (28-13)
  9. Lisbon (24-13)
  10. Moravia (25-5)

Cyclone Tailgate Tour Rolls to Dubuque Tuesday

The Iowa State Cyclones will be bringing their 11th annual Tailgate Tour to Dubuque tomorrow afternoon. The tour will be making stop at noon at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Dodge Street. Several of the Cyclones head coaches will be on hand, including football coach Matt Campbell, men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm, along with Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard.  The Cyclone Tailgate Tour event is free and open to the public.

Senior, Hempstead, Wahlert, WD Golfers Head to Regional Meets

Post season play in Iowa High School girls golf opens today with regional play in Class 5A and 4A. In Class 5A, Dubuque Senior will be at the regional meet at Gardner Memorial in Cedar Rapids. Hempstead’s regional meet is at Irv Warren Memorial in Waterloo. In Class 4A, Wahlert and Western Dubuque are competing at the regional at Gate Park in Waterloo.

Area Boys Soccer Teams Begin Tournament Trail

The tournament trail leading to the Iowa State Boys Soccer Tournament begins tonight. In Class 3A Substate 5, Hempstead will host Western Dubuque (6:00) with the winner advancing to meet Iowa City High in the semifinals Wednesday. Senior is at Muscatine (6:30) with that winner moving on to meet Pleasant Valley Wednesday.

In Class 2A Substate 3, Wahlert has a first round bye this evening and will host the winner of the Independence-Decorah match-up on Wednesday.

In Class 1A Substate 3, Dyersville Beckman has a first round bye this evening and will host the winner between Bellevue Marquette and Center Point-Urbana Wednesday evening.

Iowa High School Baseball, Softball Seasons Open Today

It’s opening day for Iowa high school baseball and softball teams. All three Dubuque high school baseball teams will open their seasons at home today. The Senior Rams play a doubleheader against Pleasant Valley (3:30), Hempstead opens its season with a game against Clinton (5:30), and Wahlert opens up against Bettendorf tonight (7:00).

In softball, Senior will be at Dyersville Beckman (7:00), Hempstead opens with a home doubleheader against Western Dubuque (4:00). Wahlert won’t be in action until tomorrow, when they entertain Iowa City High for a conference doubleheader.

Saturday Area State Track and Field Highlights

The Cascade Girls Track Team won the state title in Class 2A with 65 points. The Wahlert girls finished 3rd in the 3A team race with 49. Clayton Ridge was 7th in Class 1A girls with 24. Senior with 20 points was 11th in the 4A girls race won easily by Waukee.

Western Dubuque finished 3rd in the 4A boys race with 54 won by Valley West Des Moines with 73. Wahlert finished 10th in the 3A boys standings with Marion winning with 69. Dyersville Beckman placed 4th in Class 2A with 34  points.

State Champions:  In Class 4A: The Western Dubuque 4×100 team(Greg Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard, Brandon Beard) became the school’s first boys relay champ in history winning in 42:00,  In the Girls 4×100, Wahlert won the 3A 4×100 meter in a 3A record time of 48.46.(Jackie Ganshirt, Anna Sherman, Libby Wedewer, Bailey Hasken). The same quartet set the a state record on Friday winning the 4×200 relay. Cascade won the 2A 4×100 (Molly McElmeel, Anne Ryan, Annie Meyer, Celine Rickels) in 49.65. It was the third state relay title for the Cougars.


Other Top Performers:

Class 4A Boys: Western Dubuque Sprint Medley relay finished state runner-up (Greg Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard, Brandon Beard) ran 1:32.64. Tay Collins was 4th and Greg Bennett of Western Dubuque was 6th in the 100 meters. Western Dubuque added to their medal count by placing 4th in the Shuttle Hurdle. The W-D 4×400 team placed 4th.


Class 3A Boys: Wahlert with a medal in the Sprint Medley finishing 6th (Ryan Rogers, Joe Friend, Alden Kuntz, Coby Adams) in 1:36.70. Luke Hilby of Wahlert finished 4th in the 800 meters. Wahlert (Danny Recker,Damon Jaeger, Freddie Hosch, Alex Kauffmann) was 6th in the Shuttle Hurdle.


Class 2A Boys: 2. Will McAllister (Cascade) finished 2nd in the 110 hurdles. Alden Kuntz of Wahlert finished 2nd in the 200 meters and 4th in the 100. Cascade (Cain Hoffman, Mitchell Gibbs, Logan Otting, Will McAllister) finished 3rd in the Shuttle Hurdle. Beckman took 2nd in the 4×100 (Riley Fangman, Mark Brown, Joel Vaske, and Evan Wulfekuhle). Beckman’s 4×400 relay finished in 3rd.


Class 1A Boys:  Jace Moore of Clayton Ridge finished 2nd in the 110 hurdles.


Class 4A Girls: Senior was 4th in the Sprint Medley (Emma Sass, Emma Lambe, Hannah Cook, Stevie Lamb) finished in 1:48.46. Elayna Bahl of Western Dubuque finished 8th in the 100 hurdles.  Stevie Lamb finished 6th in the 200. Senior took 3rd in the 4×100 (Emma Sass, Marissa Boleyn, Hanna Cook, Stevie Lamb). Western Dubuque 4×400 relay finished in 6th.


Class 3A Girls: Wahlert finished 4th in the Sprint Medley (Bailey Vance, Bailey Hasken, Anna Sherman, Molly McDonald) finished in 1:49.08. Maquoketa placed 6th in the Shuttle Hurdle (Hailey Schwenker, Shelby Pettyjohn, Brie Bennis, Janey Saunders). Wahlert’s Jackie Ganshirt was 6th, and Anna Sherman finished 8th in the 200. Wahlert 4×400 relay finished 3rd.


Class 2A Girls:  Cascade placed 4th in the Sprint Medley (Annie Meyer, Anne Ryan, Celine Rickels, Rachel Trumm) ran 1:52.62, the Shuttle Hurdle Relay placed 2nd (Brittany Koppes, Noelle Green, Rachel Recker, Lisa Tucker), Beckman finished right behind in 3rd (Brooke Lucas, Addie McDermott, Anika Brehm, Heather Boeckenstedt). Rebecca McDermott of Cascade placed 7th in the 800. Lisa Tucker had a runner up effort in the 100 hurdles. Cascade finished 2nd in the Shuttle Hurdle(Brittany Koppes, Noelle Green, Rachel Recker, Lisa Tucker) and Dyersville Beckman(Brooke Lucas, Addie McDermott, Anika Brehm, Heather Boeckenstedt) was 3rd. Madeline Rhomberg of Cascade was 8th in the 1500 meters. The Cascade 4×400 finished 5th.


Class 1A Girls: Alyssa Kramer of Bellevue Marquette Catholic placed 8th in the 800 meters. Hayley Heitman of Clayton Ridge finished 3rd in the 100.

Friday State Track and Field Results

Friday State Track and Field
There were five gold medal finishes yesterday by area athletes at the State Track Meet in Des Moines yesterday.
Billy Blaser of Western Dubuque won the shot put with a throw of 61-09.25.
The Wahlert Catholic 4-by-200 relay set a new 3A State Meet Record (Jackie Ganshirt, Anna Sherman, Libby Wedewer, Bailey Hasken) in winning their first title running in 1:41.77. Cascade claimed a pair of crowns in Class 2A: the Cougar girls 4-by-200 (Celine Rickels, Anne Ryan, Annie Meyer, and Rachel Trumm) in 1:44.65, also the Distance Medley (Meyer, Ryan, Trumm and Rebecca McDermott) won in 4:10.86. The fifth area title was won by Beckman Catholic’s Mark Brown in the 400 hurdles in 54.32.
The final day of the state meet will start later this morning at Drake Stadium.
Other outstanding efforts on Friday
Class 4A Boys: The Western Dubuque 4×200 relay team captured a second place medal while the W-D 4x 100 relay qualified for the finals with the 3rd quickest time. Nick Kubitz of Senior finished 5th in the long jump. Alex Kauffman of W-D raced to a 4th place effort in the 400 hurdles.
Class 4A Girls: The Senior High 4×200 relay team scored a 3rd place finish, Western Dubuque finished in 8th place. The Senior 4×100 team qualified for Saturday’s finals with the second fastest qualifying time. Megan Gronau of Hempstead had a 5th place finish in the shot put. Elayna Bahl of Western Dubuque qualified for the finals of the 100 hurdles with the 8th fastest time.
Class 1A Boys: Jace Moore of Clayton Ridge will medal in a pair of events. Moore took 6th place in the high jump and qualified for the finals of the 110 hurdles with the 4th best time.
Class 3A Boys: Danny McDermott of Wahlert medaled with a 6th place in the long jump.
Class 3A Girls: The Wahlert Distance Medley had a 3rd place finish. The Golden Eagles 4×100 team that won the 4×200 turned in the top qualifying time for the 4×100 on Saturday and the 4×400 team had the 2nd fastest qualifier.
Class 2A Boys: The Beckman 4×200 relay placed 2nd. Jackson Bennett of Beckman finished 7th in the high jump. The Blazers 4×100 team qualified for the finals with the 2nd fastest time and the 4×400 qualified with the 5th best time.
Class 2A Girls: The Cascade 4×100 had the top qualifying mark for Saturday while the 4×400 qualified with the 7th fastest mark. Lisa Tucker had the fastest qualifying time for the 100 hurdles.

Hoffman, Noel Earn All-Region for Southeastern CC

Hoffman, Noel

A pair of junior college baseball players originally from the Tri-States have received All-Region baseball honors for their play this spring. Former Cascade prep Trace Hoffman earned a spot on the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference first team and was also named the league’s Relief Pitcher of the Year. Hoffman was Southeastern Community College’s closer this season and ranked second in the nation in saves with 13. His teammate on the Blackhawks, former Dubuque Senior standout Sam Noel, was a second team pick. Southeastern wrapped up its season last week with a 38-17 record.

Pemsl Has Sports Hernia Surgery, Out 8 Weeks


You can add sports hernia to the list of injuries that former Wahlert basketball star and current Iowa Hawkeye Cordell Pemsl has had to deal with in his career. Pemsl underwent surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next eight weeks while he’s recovering. That means he won’t take part in the annual Prime Time League summer league that’s popular for Iowa and UNI players. But he is expected to be back to action in time for the Hawkeye squad’s trip to Germany in August. Pemsl started 14 games as a true freshman for Iowa last season, averaging about nine points and five rebounds per game.

Clarke Baseball Team Knocked Out of NAIA National Championships

A record-setting season for the Clarke University baseball program came to a close yesterday afternoon with their second loss in the NAIA National Baseball Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. The top seeded Crusaders bowed out with a 9-8 loss to Tabor College of Kansas. Clarke was cruising along with a 3-0 lead after five innings until Tabor erupted for all eight of their runs in the sixth inning. Clarke mounted a comeback with 4 runs in the 8th, but was shut down in the 9th inning. Clarke finishes the season with a mark of 46-14. Those 46 wins are a new single-season school record.

WD, Cascade, Wahlert Among Trophy Favorites at Iowa High School Track Championships

The top boys and girls high school track and field athletes in the state of Iowa converge on Drake Stadium in Des Moines today for the three day Iowa High School Track and Field Championships. Area teams with the most qualifiers are the Western Dubuque boys, Cascade girls, and both Wahlert Golden Eagle squads.

The WD boys have 11 events qualified, including five relays, in Class 4A. They have the best qualifying times in two of those relays: the 4×100 and Sprint Medley. The Bobcats also have the second-fastest mark in the 4×200. Individually, Billy Blaser has the best qualifying effort in the shotput. Hempstead has seven events qualified, while Senior has represented in six events. Tay Collins of Hempstead owns the 3rd fastest qualifier in the 100 meters.

In Class 3A, Wahlert has qualifiers in 15 events including six of their relay teams The Golden Eagle 4×800 team has the 3rd fastest qualifying time. Alden Kuntz has the 2nd fastest qualifying time in the 200 and 5th fastest in the 100, while teammate Joe Friend has the 2nd best qualifying time in the 400 hurdles. Luke Hilby qualified the 4th fastest in the 800 meters.

In Class 2A, Cascade has nine events with five relay teams. Bellevue and Dyersville Beckman each have five events. Beckman has the 2nd fastest time in the 4×100 and 4×200.

On the girls side in Class 3A, Wahlert Catholic is hoping to rack up points in the relay events as they carry the top qualifying times in all but two of the relays with class best marks in the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800, and Distance Medley. In all, Wahlert has qualifiers in 14 events.

In Class 2A, Cascade boasts four of the top relay qualifying times in the shuttle hurdle, 4×100, 4×200, and distance medley. Individually, Lisa Tucker has the top qualifying mark in the 100 hurdles. Overall, the Cougars have qualifiers in 15 events. Bellevue’s Camryn Reeg has the 4th fastest qualifying time in the 3200 meters.

In Class 4A, Hempstead has 13 qualified events, Senior has ten events, and Western Dubuque is taking seven qualifiers. Senior has the fastest time in the 4×200 and 2nd fastest in the 4×100.

Clarke Falls At NAIA Opening Round

Clarke Falls At NAIA World Series Opening Round

The 6th ranked Clarke University baseball team will have their backs to the wall later this morning in their quest to advance to the NAIA World Series. Yesterday afternoon at the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round in Hutchinson, Kansas the Crusaders lost to Missouri Baptist 13-to-9.  Clarke scored first plating a run in the top of the first inning, but Missouri Baptist jumped on Clarke scoring 3 in the first and 4 more in the second, a lead the Crusaders could never recover from. The Crusaders didn’t help their chances by committing 8 fielding errors.

Clarke (46-13) will meet Tabor (KS) (43-16) at 11 o’clock this morning with the winner advancing to face Missouri Baptist at 2:30 and would have to win to meet them again tomorrow for the bracket championship and a trip to the World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

Clarke Wins Opener In Hutchinson

At the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round last night in Hutchinson, Kansas, the top seeded Clarke Crusaders hammered their way to victory in the opening game. 6th ranked Clarke defeated 5th seed Concordia (Neb.) 19-8. Crusader outfielder Kevin Hunley went 4-for-7 with a grand slam, 3 runs scored and 7 RBIs to propel the Clarke offense. Former Wahlert prep Anthony Ruden got the win on the mound going six innings allowing six runs on seven hits but also recording 10 strikeouts.

Clarke (46-12) will play Missouri Baptist at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon in the double elimination round.  The Hutchinson Bracket champion will advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.

Clarke Begins Quest For NAIA National Title

This evening at 6:00 pm, the Clarke University baseball team will play their first game of the double elimination NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. The 6th ranked Crusaders are the top seed in the Hutchinson Bracket in Hutchinson, Kansas and await the winner of the first game of the day between 4th seed Jamestown (North Dakota) and 5th seed Concordia (Nebraska).

The winner of the Hutchinson Bracket along with the 8 other winners at the other opening round sites will advance to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho that opens on May 26th.

McCarron At Texans Mini-Camp/ UW P Arnold in New Orleans

Dubuque native Riley McCarron

Iowa Hawkeye senior and former Wahlert High School standout Riley McCarron will get his initial chance to make an impression on the Houston Texans coaches when the Texans open their three day Rookie Mini-Camp in Houston today. McCarron went undrafted in last month’s NFL Draft, but the Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent.

The speedy wide receiver turned the NFL scouts heads during Iowa’s Pro Day when he clocked a sub 4.40 in the 40 yard dash and had a 40.5 inch vertical jump. McCarron is one of 22 undrafted free agents signed by Houston who will be on the field along with the Texans draft picks and 17 more tryout prospects. Last season at Iowa, McCarron grabbed 42 passes for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns earning all Big 10 conference honors.

UW Platteville Receiver Dan Arnold

Also trying to make an impression this weekend will be U-W Platteville senior wide receiver Dan Arnold who was invited to tryout at the New Orleans Saints Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend. Arnold, a first team Division 3 All-American was the Offensive Player of the Year in the WIAC with 1,108 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. At the University of Wisconsin’s pro day, he ran a 4.63 and posted a 39-1/2 inch vertical.

State Track Meet Qualifying Meets Tonight


Dalzell Field will be one of the sights to host a Class 4A State Track and Field Qualifying Meet tonight. Athletes from Senior, Hempstead, and Western Dubuque will be joined by others from Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Washington, Waterloo East and West attempting to qualify for the State Meet next week at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Wahlert Catholic and Maquoketa athletes will be part of the 3A State Qualifier at Marion.

Dyersville Beckman Catholic, Cascade, and Bellevue will be at the 2A qualifier at North Fayette.

In Class 1A; Bellevue Marquette will be at Central City while Clayton Ridge joins the field of teams at Edgewood-Colesburg.



Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament Opens Today

The University of Dubuque Spartan baseball team will open up play this evening in the double elimination Iowa Conference Tournament at Veterans Stadium in Cedar Rapids. The Spartans are the number two seed in the tournament and will play at 4 o’clock against the winner of the 1 o’clock game between #3 seed Buena Vista and #6 seed Central. Also today 4th seed Luther meets 5th seed Coe at 1 o’clock at Daniels Park in Cedar Rapids. The winner will play at Vets Stadium at 7 o’clock against top seed and regular season champion Wartburg.

The tournament will continue into Saturday afternoon with the conference championship game at 1 o’clock. If another game is needed to determine the champion it will be played immediately after that at 4 o’clock.

Loras College to Induct 6 New Athletic Hall of Famers

Loras College has announced six new members who will be inducted into the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame.

The inductees include Jim Drew ’84 (football), Jason Driscoll ’98 (men’s basketball), Katie (Meyer) Boyer ’02 (women’s volleyball, track and field), Sara Nauman ’02 (track and field), Jane Specht (contributor) and Dave Swanson ’02 (baseball).

The new member’s official induction ceremonies will take place on Friday, Oct. 6 during homecoming weekend.

Lown Named New WD Athletic Director

Tyler Lown: Photo courtesy Montezuma High School

Last night the Western Dubuque School Board officially approved the hiring of Tyler Lown as the new Athletic Director at Western Dubuque High School. Lown comes to WD from Montezuma High School, where he currently is the Athletic Director, a physical education teacher, and a coach. Lown takes over for John Hlubek, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Clarke Falls in Heart Championship Game

The good news is the Clarke University baseball team advanced to the NAIA World Series. The bad news is they will enter the tournament as the Heart of American Conference tournament runner up. The Crusaders defeated Central Methodist 9-8 in 10 innings in the semi-finals assuring a spot in the NAIA World Series next week but couldn’t carry the momentum into the conference championship game later in the day falling to Mid-American Nazarene 6-4.

The 6th ranked Crusaders who were the regular season conference champions now have a record of 45-and-12 will await their destination and opponent for the opening round of the World Series which starts May 15th at eight locations around the country.

Dubuque Co. Legion Team Falls Short

The Dubuque County American Legion baseball team came up a win short in their bid to defend their state championship. Yesterday afternoon in Cascade, Dubuque County lost to Johnston 9-3 in the state championship game.

With the victory, Johnston advanced to the Central Plains Regional Tournament later this summer.

Crusaders Fall Into Consolation Bracket

The 6th ranked Clarke Crusaders fell into the consolation bracket yesterday at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament in Ozark, Missouri. The Crusaders fell to Mid-American Nazarene 7-1.

Clarke will now play at 1 o’clock this afternoon against Central Methodist, the winner will play again at 4 o’clock against Mid-American Nazarene and would advance to the NAIA World Series. If the Clarke-Central Methodist winner can win against Mid-American there would be a second championship game tomorrow afternoon.


The Heart Conference has named the baseball all conference selections: Clarke head coach Dan Spain was named the league’s coach of the year, while Michael Lopez was named the conference’s pitcher of the year.

Lopez was joined on the conference’s first-team all-conference squad by teammates Jacob Blunt (C), Evan Faccenda (1B), Kevin Hunley (OF) and Stephan Zanoni (OF).

Crusaders Ryan Siems (OF), Anthony Ruden (P) and Tanner Lupton (P) were named honorable mention all-conference.

Clarke Softball Opens Post Season Play

The Clarke Crusaders opens up play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Softball Tournament later on today. The Crusaders are the number 2 seed and will meet 7th seed Baker at 12:30. Baker advanced with a win yesterday over 10th seed Benedictine 7-0 as the tournament opened up in St. Joseph, Missouri.

The winner will play this evening against either 3rd seed Evangel or 6th seed Mid-American Nazarene. The losers of those two game play at 3:30 for a chance to remain in the tournament.

Below is the tournament bracket


Clarke Ranked 6th in Final NAIA Baseball Poll


The Clarke University baseball team is ranked 6th in the country according to the final NAIA poll of the season. The Crusaders with a 42-and-10 record overall finished as the regular season champs of the Heart of America Athletic Conference at 26-and-6 and enter the Heart Conference Tournament as the top overall seed.

Speaking of the Heart tournament, it has been delayed one day over weather concerns in Ozark, Missouri, the site of the tournament. Instead of starting today, the first games will be played Thursday. The Crusaders will open the double-elimination portion of the tournament against the No. 8 seed at 10 a.m. on Friday. The tournament’s No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will be determined tomorrow following two play-in games. Culver-Stockton and Evangel will square off at 10 a.m., while Avila will face Graceland at 1 p.m.

The tournament championship game is set for 4 p.m. on Monday.  If necessary, a second championship game will be played at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.  The tournament champion and runner-up will receive an automatic bid to the 2017 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

Dubuque Co. Legion Baseball Hosts State Tournament

The Dubuque County American Legion baseball team is hosting the Iowa state championships this weekend at Dyersville and Cascade.
Dubuque, the defending state champion, has a first round bye in the seven team tournament and will meet either Carroll County or Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the second round at 1:30 on Saturday at Commercial Club Park in Dyersville. Carroll will meet Jefferson at 11 o’clock.
The other half bracket plays in Cascade on Saturday with Johnston facing Cedar Rapids Washington at 11 o’clock and Ottumwa meeting Ames at 1:30. The two winners then face off in the semi-final at 4 o’clock. The winner will meet the winner coming out of Dyersville on Sunday at 1 o’clock in Cascade for the state championship and the right to go the Central Plains Regional later this summer.
The 17 player Dubuque County roster has members from all the high schools in the county.

Fighting Saints- USHL DRAFT

The Dubuque Fighting Saints made 10 selections last night during Phase One of the USHL Draft. The first round choice for Dubuque, number 13 overall, was forward Jacob Hale out of Minneapolis. Hale notched 20 goals in 24 games for Minneapolis High School. He is a colligate commit to the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Dubuque’s pick in the second round and the 29th overall was defensemen Braden Doyle hailing from Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

The Phase Two draft is today. The teams will be selecting players born between the years 1997 and 2001. You can follow the draft live at USHL-dot-com.