After a 3-9 start, the Iowa baseball team has roared back into contention for a spot in the Big Ten Conference post-season tournament. Iowa is 8-11 in the league race after taking two of three from Michigan State over the weekend. Iowa coach Scott Broghamer says pitching and defense have helped turn things around and keep them in ballgames.Broghamer says every conference team still has a legitimate shot at making the six-team, post-season tournament.Broghamer says the race for spots in the conference tournament will likely go down to the final weekend.
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University of Northern Iowa athletic director Rick Hartzell says the school may eliminate some sports programs in the next couple of weeks. Hartzell says every possible option is being considered, but he won’t say which sports might be on the chopping block. The coach of the men’s tennis team, though, admits his program is one that faces an uncertain future. Dave Wolden says the team pondered the future of the program following this past weekend’s Missouri Valley tournament. He says they sat around for 20 minutes thinking about the future and what might happen.State budget cuts are the reason. U-N-I students face an 18-and-a-half percent tuition increase in the fall, and Hartzell says that translates into a quarter million dollar shortfall in the athletic department’s scholarship fund.
Northern Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller says his team can still finish the season strong and make the Missouri Valley post-season tournament. The Panthers are coming off a split of a four-game series with Southern Illinois and Heller feels his team is playing its best baseball of the season.Heller believes the Panthers will need to win six of their final eight Valley games to qualify for the tournament.U-N-I visits Iowa tomorrow night.
Jodi Steyer has been named an assistant women’s basketball coach at Iowa State. Steyer spent seven years as an assistant at Toledo, including six while Bill Fennelly was the head coach. She left coaching six years ago to start a family and currently resides in Ames. Steyer says they kept in touch with the Fennellys and that continued when her husband came to Des Moines to seek a job.Steyer says she has been able to watch the growth of the Cyclone program from a fan’s perspective the past few years. She says it’s been great to see the fan support and see how the program has changed from a fan’s view.Steyer was a standout player at Colorado State and has helped with the Iowa State women’s basketball camps the past four years.
Central College has a one game edge as the final week of the Iowa Conference softball race begins. The Dutch lead Wartburg by a game in the standings and lead Simpson by two heading into tomorrow’s doubleheader with the Storm. Central will close out the regular season at home against Wartburg later this week.Central coach George Wares says one bad doubleheader can change the complexion of the race. He says at the beginning of the season he’d gladly take the scenario they’re in now.Wares says the key will be the team that makes the big plays.
An Iowa City bar is now facing charges for a burning booze stunt. Nine college students were injured April 18th when bartenders poured alcohol on the bar and lit it on fire at the bar called “Et. Cetera”. A charge of reckless use of fire has been filed against 26-year-old Troy Kline, a bartender from Coralville. The business has also been charged with using an open flame in a business establishment. Both charges are simple misdemeanors. Iowa City Fire Chief Roger Jensen says his investigation determined none of the bar patrons were involved, as had been claimed. Two students have also filed a lawsuit against the bar.
Senator Tom Harkin says he’s “very, very happy” with the final version of the Farm Bill that’s been formally endorsed today by the panel of House and Senate members who were assembled to draft a compromise. Harkin says the bill reflects a spirit of bipartisan cooperation, and says it shows you can get the job done if you stick to it.Harkin, a democrat from Iowa, is chairman of the U-S Senate’s Ag Committee.Harkin says the hallmark of the bill is that the “Freedom to Farm” concept of phasing out federal farm subsidies is now dead, and there’s a safety net for farmers.The U-S House is expected to give final approval to the bill perhaps as early as tomorrow, then the Senate will follow. Harkin expects the President to sign the bill into law next week.
An airplane mishap at Des Moines International Airport was less than met the eye this morning. Airport spokesman Michael Audino says it happened about 7-30 in the morning. A Boeing 727 cargo plane inbound from Milwaukee landed safely but didn’t make a turn on the taxiway and wound up with a couple wheels in the mud. The main runway closed for a while as crews dragged the plane out of the mud, but airport operations continued.Nobody was injured, and the airport remained open though the runway closed for a while. If it hadn’t been a cargo plane, the 727 could have carried about 100 passengers.
Iowans are urged to speak out this week about how important Amtrak trains are in their lives. Henry Wulff, president of the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers, says America’s passenger rail service is in a “state of crisis” and may soon vanish from our region — without support.The association is holding meetings this week in six Iowa cities which are currently served by Amtrak. Wulff says during Monday’s meeting in Creston, about 50 people showed up at the town’s historic depot to discuss how the trains touch their lives, their families and their businesses.This morning’s meeting was in Osceola. More meetings are planned at Amtrak stations across the southern third of the state this week in: Ottumwa on Wednesday at 10 A-M, Mount Pleasant on Thursday at 10 A-M, Burlington on Thursday at 2 P-M and in Fort Madison on Friday at 10 A-M. Wulff says he’ll be presenting ways people can contact their elected officials to urge continued support of Amtrak’s service.Wulff says the Wednesday meeting in Ottumwa will be special as that’s the date of Amtrak’s 31st birthday. He says “the question is, will Amtrak have a 32nd birthday?” Wulff says the line could shut down all of its long-distance service in October, which would mean the loss of two daily passenger trains in southern Iowa. Last year, more than 55-thousand people got on and off Amtrak trains in Iowa.
Two workers in southwest Iowa were injured in a fall Monday. The two fell from scaffolding at the construction site of a new K-8 school building in Shenandoah on Monday afternoon. One worker was life-flighted to an Omaha hospital, the other is at a Shenandoah hospital. It’s the second accident at the site since construction on the school began last summer.