August 1, 2015

Mason City Newman and Pleasantville to play for 1A title

Top ranked Mason City Newman is headed back to class 1A title game. The Knights too advantage of several Martensdale-St. Marys miscues to crush the 5th ranked Blue Devils 11-1 in a semifinal round game.

Newman will be making a fourth straight trip to the title game, the most recent a loss to Twin Cedars in last year’s championship. Martensdale-St. Marys committed five errors and Blue Devil pitchers hit four batters and close the season with a record of 34-6.

Zeb Adreon was the winning pitcher and helped his own cause by slamming a two-run homer over the right field wall as fourth ranked Pleasantville beat North Linn 6-3 in the other class 1A semifinal round game.

North Linn pitchers issued nine walks and the Lynx only run came across on an infield groundout in the final inning.

A young North Linn squad ends the season with a record of 34-11.


Hawkeye coach says Beathard earned starting spot

tiger hawkIowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says the elevation of C.J. Beathard to starting quarterback was more about his improvement than it was about what Jake Rudock did not do.

Ferentz named Beathard the starter just days after the Hawkeyes Taxslayer Bowl loss to Tennessee. “It was a decision that we thought was important to make for the well-being of our football team. We wanted to get that clearly defined and give everybody an opportunity to move forward.

And so I’m not going to say it was an easy decision by any stretch of the imagination, but it was one that we made. And we’ve moved on since that time. Again, very, very happy with the development that C.J. has demonstrated.” Ferentz says.

Ferentz made his comments at Big Ten Football Media Day. Rudock is now battling to become the starter at Michigan and it is a move Ferentz did not try to prevent.

“I’m glad it worked out. A year ago we had Cody Sokol who was another tremendous young guy, played very well for Louisiana Tech last year. I’ll go back to my first point on that entire topic. I think everybody in sports, it’s what’s best for the players,” according to Ferentz.

After last year’s 7-6 record the expectations for this year’s team are very low. Ferentz says outside of his first two seasons the Hawkeyes have fielded very competitive teams and this one should be no different.

“It’s all about the continued development that we show and how we do our jobs as a staff. So I think the great thing, all you can ask for in life is opportunity. We’ve got that in front of us. And it really comes down to what we do. We’re getting great leadership right now from our older players. The guys who have been on the field, I think they’re all determined to really make this a season of opportunity,”‘ Ferentz says. “And the most important thing now is that we take each step along the way. And there are a lot of them in front of us between now and January. But we’re very excited about what’s in front of us.”

Iowa opens the season September 5th at home against Illinois State.

Boone takes advantage after rain delay, Waukee avoids upset at state baseball tourney

A the state baseball tournament, a new day brought a fresh start and Boone took advantage in class 3A. Trailing Sergeant Bluff-Luton 1-0 after an inning and a half when the game was halted by rain on Tuesday night, the Toreadors scored runs in the second, third and fourth innings to take the lead for good in a 9-1 victory.

Boone pushed across the tying run moments after the game resumed. Jake Mallas pitched two innings on Tuesday night before play was halted. He came back to finish the job and gave up only five hits to get the win.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton coach Rick Admire says Boone took advantage of its opportunities. The loss brought Admire’s career to an end. He is retiring after 36 years in coaching.

Class 4A

Matt Mullenbach rescued top-ranked Waukee. The senior finished the game with four RBI, including a two run game winning triple in the bottom of the seventh as the Warriors rallied for a 6-5 win over North Scott in the class 4A opener.

Waukee was playing without three of its top players who were suspended for the tournament for a violation of team rules.

Waukee avoided a second straight opening round upset at the tournament as the top seed. North Scott scored in the top of the first and led nearly the entire game. But the Lancers failed to shut the door in the final inning. The Lancers end the season with a record of 20-21.


Roland-Story, Waverly-Shell Rock win 2A quarterfinals

The Class 2A quarterfinal round at the state baseball tournament is finally complete. Jacob Jones tossed a two-hitter and struck out seven as Davis County blanked Roland-Story 6-0. The start of the game was delayed by rain and there was another half-an-hour delay midway through the second inning.

Roland-Story closed out the season with a record of 25-15 and coach Chris Hill says he was proud of a senior class that was a part of three consecutive trips to the tournament.

Alex Robson gave up only two hits in six innings of work as second ranked Waverly-Shell Rock blanked Vinton-Shellsburg 6-0 in a class 3A quarterfinal.

Waverly-Shell Rock broke through in the bottom of the second by scoring an unearned run and Robson says that gave him a shot of confidence.

Vinton-Shellsburg closes the season with a 25-17 record and Struve says the future of the program is bright.

Heavy rains cause delays at state baseball tournament

It was worth the wait for top ranked Cascade. The Cougars survived a solid effort by upset minded Mediapolis and a five-hour rain delay to post a 5-2 victory in a class 2A quarterfinal round game. It is the program’s first-ever win at the state tournament.

“To sit around for about five hours and not get something done…you got guys in there falling asleep…it was certainly worth the wait, there’s not doubt about it,” Cascade coach Roamn Hummel said.

It was Cascade’s fourth trip to the state tournament and the first time they came away with a win. Hummel said it is huge to get that win after having great success in the program, but never winning in the tournament. Hummel hopes the pressure will be off after getting that elusive first win.

Mediapolis coach Gary Sharp says the Bulldogs just tried to rest and get some focus during the rain delay. The Bulldogs close out their first-ever trip to the tournament with a 21-10 record.

Columbus Catholic starter Luke Farley struck out ten to help the Sailors down the Hinton Blackhawks 3-0 after a three-run 4th inning. Clear Lake starting pitcher Brock Adams only allowed three baserunners after the second inning on his way to a complete-game shutout as the sixth ranked Lions beat Treynor Cardinals 5-0 in quarterfinals of the Class 2A tournament.

Because of Monday’s rain delay the fourth 2A quarterfinal matching Davis County and Roland-Story has been moved to nine this morning. It will be on to the 3A quarterfinals…. #2 Waverly-Shell Rock will play Vinton Shellsburg. Boone plays Sergeant Bluff Lluton, 7th ranked Harlan battles Dubuque Wahlert and top-ranked Pella meets Dallas Center-Grimes.

Missouri Valley Conference renews TV contract with ESPN

The Missouri Valley Conference has signed a ten-year extension to its media rights deal with ESPN that will include increased exposure on the network’s on-line platform ESPN3. MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin says the new deal will lead to more than 800 Valley events being produced on an annual basis. Elgin says they’ve had 7 or 8 different contracts with ESPN through the years and this one allows many more sports to get some exposure — especially the Olympic sports.

Elgin says the new deal will have no impact on local and regional television deals for Missouri Valley basketball as he says outside the 5-state footprint, ESPN3 will still carry the games.

Drake University Associate Dean David Wright says the new deal also opens up educational opportunities because the on-line content will rely heavily on student run productions.


Mason City Newman returns to 1A baseball tourney

Mason City Newman is no stranger to Principal Park and the top ranked Knights will make their 8th straight trip to the state baseball tournament on Friday when they take on Gladbrook-Reinbeck in the class 1A opener. Newman coach Tony Adams says the biggest adjustment is the size of the outfield in the triple-A stadium.

Adams says the biggest question for the teams playing on Friday night will be who is available to pitch? It will be only two days between the substate final and the opening round of the state tournament. He says that quick turnaround makes it hard to have the number 1 guy go, but they are fortunate to have a good stable of pitchers.

Adams says he does not know much about Gladbrook-Reinbeck and says that is fairly common in the first round of the state tournament. He says they always worry about what they do and that should give them a chance.

The other first round matchup on Friday will feature a pair of rated teams as fifth ranked Martensdale-St. Marys takes on number-six Coon Rapids-Bayard.