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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.