July 7, 2015

John Deere Classic set to tee off this week

The PGA Tour returns to the Quad Cities later this week for the John Deere Classic. This week’s field will include golf’s newest superstar Jordan Spieth. The 2013 winner of the JDC is halfway to a “Grand Slam” with wins at the Masters and U.S. Open.

“It wasn’t just about 2013, we gave him a spot in 2012 when he was still just and amateur, just a college student. That I am sure had something to do with his feelings about us,” according to tournament director Clair Peterson.

He says winning the tournament in 2013 was a huge boost for Spieth’s career as it changed his professional life as he saw a lot of positives that improved his stature on the tour.

The first round of the tournament is on Thursday.

 

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 7/6/15

Class 4A
1. Waukee, LW #1
2. Johnston, LW #3
3. Cedar Rapids Prairie, LW #5
4. Dowling Catholic, LW #4
5. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #2
6. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #8
7. Southeast Polk, LW #7
8. Sioux City North, LW (X)
9. Sioux City East, LW #6
10.Lewis Central, LW #10

Class 3A
1. Pella, LW #1
2. Waverly-Shell Rock, LW #2
3. Davenport Assumption, LW #3
4. West Delaware, LW #4
5. Gilbert, LW #6
6. Knoxville, LW #5
7. Harlan, LW #10
8. Spirit Lake, LW #8
9. Williamsburg, LW #7
10.Spencer, LW (X)

Final Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #1
2. Wilton, LW #2
3. Waterloo Columbus, LW #4
4. South Winneshiek, LW #5
5. Clear Lake, LW #6
6. Dyersville Beckman, LW #3
7. New Hampton, LW #8
8. Hinton, LW #7
9. Northeast (Goose Lake), LW (X)
10.Ogden, LW #10

Final Class 1A
1. Mason City Newman, LW #1
2. Van Buren (Keosauqua), LW #2
3. Lisbon, LW #3
4. Pleasantville, LW #4
5. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, LW #5
6. Coon Rapids-Bayard, LW #6
7. Don Bosco, LW #7
8. Exira-EHK, LW #8
9. West Sioux (Hawarden), LW #9
10.LeMars Gehlen, LW #10

 

Lewis Central baseball coach hits 800 wins

Lewis Central baseball coach Lee Toole reached a milestone this week. Toole became the 10th coach in Iowa history to reach 800 wins on Tuesday night when his Titans posted an 8-2 victory over Atlantic.

His 34 year career has also included stints at New Hartford and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson where he won a state championship.

Toole says he has always enjoyed the everyday nature of the sport of baseball.
He says the game of baseball has remained the same between the white lines during his career and the biggest change has been in off season opportunities for players to improve their game.

Toole says despite his lengthy career he maintains a passion for the game, whether it is coaching the games or taking care of the field.

Lewis Central is 19-7 on the season and returns to action at home tonight against Adel ADM.

Des Moines soccer complex hosting Rugby tournament

Cownie-SoccerThe home of the boys and girls state high school soccer tournaments will be hosting a national Rugby tournament in August. The James Cownie Soccer Park will serve as host of the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship August 8th and 9th.

“This is all brand new to us. This will be our first time we actually get to bring rugby to town,” according to Parks and Recreation Director Ben Page. “In fact, we are meeting with their leadership group to find out what their expectations are, how we can be the best hosts for them.”

Page who says it will be the first time the soccer complex has hosted a Rugby event, but they fields were built to be multipurpose for other events. He says the fields are bigger than normal soccer fields to allow for the change to a rugby field.

Page says they were able to host this event due to a scheduling gap at the complex as he says they have all kinds of soccer events there and it is unusual to have an opening.

Page says they enjoy the challenge of hosting national events as he says the complex was built to be an economic engine for the community.

 

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 6/29/15

Class 4A
1. Waukee, LW #2
2. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, LW #4
3. Johnston, LW #1
4. Dowling Catholic, LW #6
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie, LW #8
6. Sioux City East, LW #5
7. Southeast Polk, LW #3
8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy, LW #10
9. Linn-Mar, LW #7
10.Lewis Central, LW (X)

Class 3A
1. Pella, LW #2
2. Waverly-Shell Rock, LW #3
3. Davenport Assumption, LW #1
4. West Delaware, LW #3
5. Knoxville, LW #5
6. Gilbert, LW #6
7. Williamsburg, LW #7
8. Spirit Lake, LW #9
9. Oskaloosa, LW (X)
10.Harlan, LW (X)

Class 2A
1. Cascade, LW #3
2. Wilton, LW #2
3. Dyersville Beckman, LW #1
4. Waterloo Columbus, LW #4
5. South Winneshiek, LW #7
6. Clear Lake, LW #5
7. Hinton, LW #8
8. New Hampton, LW (X)
9. Monticello, LW #9
10.Ogden, LW (X)

Class 1A
1. Mason City Newman, LW #1
2. Van Buren (Keosauqua), LW #2
3. Lisbon, LW #3
4. Pleasantville, LW #5
5. Martensdale-St. Mary’s, LW #6
6. Coon Rapids-Bayard, LW #4
7. Don Bosco, LW #8
8. Exira-EHK, LW #9
9. West Sioux (Hawarden), LW #10
10.LeMars Gehlen, LW (X)

Hawkeye Aaron White drafted by the Washington Wizzards

Aaron White (file photo)

Aaron White (file photo)

The next goal for former Iowa standout Aaron White is to make the roster. White was selected in the second round of the NBA by the Washington Wizards with the 49th selection.

White watched the draft in his native Ohio. “I broke down when I was picked and everybody else in the room broke down…just a culmination of hard work…just amazing,” White said.

The Iowa coaching staff made the trip to Ohio to watch the draft with White and his family. White says it meant the world to him to have the coaches there as the coaching staff is busy, and he says it shows how much they care about him.

 

NAIA adopting NCAA rule changes for women’s basketball

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is adopting recent changes made to women’s basketball by the NCAA. That includes the new time rule which will feature four 10-minute quarters.

Corey Westra is the Commissioner of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and says they play so many games with other schools that it only made sense for the NAIA to adopt the new rules.

“It’s going to be a big change, especially on the women’s side. I think it will take a little getting used to, especially with the reset on the team fouls after every quarter, but I think after a few games it will be old hat,” Westra says.

Westra says there have always been some different rules between the men’s and women’s game. The NAIA also adopted the new 30-second shot clock on the men’s side. Concordia, Doane, Hastings, Midland and Nebraska Wesleyan are members of the GPAC.