The high school football playoff field will be set following tonight’s close of the regular season. One of the most interesting races is in class 3-A district two. Seventh ranked Clear Lake is in with a victory at Waverly-Shell Rock. Charles City also can clinch a spot out of district 2 with a win over Webster city. Three other teams have hope heading into the final night. Clear lake coach Fred Wieck says they say they’re going to win and get in and not worry about help from others.
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With three games left, UNI has the gateway conference title in its sight and returns to the UNI-Dome to play Youngstown State. The Penguins are 2-2 in the gateway and 5-4 overall but Panther coach Mark Farley says don’t be fooled by that record.Farley says the Panthers have gotten to this point by showing strength in a number of phases of the game. And he says there’s balance within each segment of the game from defense to offense to special teams.U-N-I is coming off a 38-30 win at Western Illinois and Farley says quarterback Tom Petrie should have a lot more confidence, as he stepped up as a leader to carry some of the weight.UNI is sixth ranked nationally in one-double-a.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are at home in the Big Ten on Saturday when they host Illinois. Iowa is 6-2 overall while Illinois is 1-8 overall and winless in the Big Ten. Kirk Ferentz says the Hawks can take nothing for granted. He says every week in the conference and across the country there’s plenty of material to show that to players. Ferentz says the balance in the Big Ten has provided for some surprising scores. Plus, he says nobody is mistaking his team for a top five B-C-S team. He says they have to play well all the time or bad things can happen quickly. Receiver Mo Brown is expected to see his first action since injuring his ankle in the September 13th game at Iowa State.
Drake is at home against Dayton and for one of the few times the Pioneer League title will not be on the line. Valparaiso clinched the north division crown last week with an overtime win over Drake, another in a string of heartbreaking losses for the Bulldogs this season. Title hopes are gone but Drake coach Rob Ash says there is plenty to prove. He says the thing that bothers them is how good they could be after several close loses. He says that knowledge that they could win the conference carries them. And he says there will be plenty of motivation,as Dayton is a rival and the game has been for the conference championship in the past.
An Iowa State University student majoring in horticulture is now considered the top turfgrass student in the nation. 22-year-old Marcus Jones has just won the Mendenhall Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America which includes a six-thousand dollar scholarship. Jones says he’s stunned.Jones is an Ottumwa native who went to high school in Centerville. He plans to graduate in December and head right into graduate school at I-S-U to get his master’s degree in turfgrass management. Jones loves to golf and says he has a knack for making grass grow so the career path seemed natural.From January through May this year, Jones did an internship as part of the grounds crew at Augusta National in Georgia, site of the Master’s Tournament.
A grant of more than 320-thousand dollars will help establish the Iowa Center for Applied Gerontology at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Julia Wallace, the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, says it’s the study of aging, and Wallace points out Iowa has the highest percentage of people over 80 and their numbers will continue to increase, expanding the job market in health care and also leisure services for them. Part of the grant will fund “tele-training” to upgrade skills for family-services workers and other counselors. Wallace says since the market for careers in aging will escalate in the next few years, U-N-I wants to support students who’ll work in those careers. Some may work in fields like retail, community planning or even advertising, and while they’re not working with the sick or handicapped, dealing with elderly citizens will require some specialized knowledge.The undergrad focus is part of the grant, and another is helping businesses become “elder friendly.” The grant will also develop business outreach, to help chambers of commerce and business people aim their products and services at an aging market. Wallace says doing business with aging customers is not a matter of catering to the sick, handicapped or frail.Older adults have more trouble telling blues apart from greens, so advertisers might choose other colors, and forgo fast-scrolling text because it’s harder for them to read. While the focus of the grant will be increasing awareness of careers in aging, Wallace won’t assume most students intend to work in nursing homes.Many will find jobs in leisure services, and businesses that increasingly need human-resources departments aware of how to deal with aging employees. And Wallace hopes the gerontology center adds some awareness to a wide range of courses at U-N-I, to spread useful knowledge about the aging process to students heading into many academic career fields.
A coalition of religious organizations is holding another antiwar event this Sunday to speak out against the U.S. action in Iraq. Spokesperson Eloise Cranke says this is the fifth such event in the last year. She says this particular service focuses on the impact of war on children. Cranke says the event begins with an ecumenical gathering Sunday afternoon. She says they’ll start with some study and reflection time and they have a professor from the St. Paul Seminary in Kansas City who’ll be there and a person from Palestine that will share firsthand knowledge on the impacts of war on children. Cranke says they’ll be talking with attendees about things they can do to help the cause. She says there’s always the regular writing to congressmen, and they’re also promoting a day to go to the Legislature in January. The events begin 3 p.m. at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry today attacked rival Howard Dean on the issue of gun control. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry says former Vermont Governor Howard Dean “actively” courted and received the National Rifle Association’s endorsement while he was Governor — while Kerry says he and others were fighting the N-R-A in Washington to pass a ban on the sale of assault weapons. Kerry says the Democratic party must “stand up against” the N-R-A and he says the party doesn’t need a nominee who says we need to woo the N-R-A. Governor Dean says he favors allowing states to enact their own gun laws and has often said Al Gore lost the presidency last time around because he antagonized the N-R-A. Kerry says Dean’s trying to have it both ways. Kerry says Dean’s been running around the country bragging about the “rapport” he has with the N-R-A. Kerry says even former President Bush — the father of current President George W. Bush — resigned from the N-R-A when the group referred to federal agents who enforce gun restrictions as “jack-booted thugs.” Kerry says at that very moment, Dean was still trying to get the N-R-A’s endorsement. Kerry says he started hunting when he was 12 years old, but has never supported having assault weapons available to “average citizens.”. A spokesman for Governor Dean says Dean supports a ban on assault weapons like the A-K-47. Republicans issued a statement attacking Kerry for his “anti-gun” sentiments and highlighting the fact he routinely gets an “F” from the N-R-A.
The offices of the Iowa High School Athletic Association in Boone will be busy this evening where officials will put together the playoff pairings. Bud Legg of the Association says the first priority is to get all the scores to help them sort out the remaining 40 playoff positions.Once the scores are in the next step is to tabulate points and see who’s in and who’s not. If any of the districts or conferences wind up in ties, they use the tiebreaker procedures, with the first being head-to-head competition and the next points. The final job belongs to the Board of Control which will set the first round pairings. Legg says as in past years, the top priority is location. He says there might be some scenarios where that might not be possible, such as district champions facing district champions.
The high school football playoff field will be set following tonight’s close of the regular season. In class 1A, Conrad BCLUW was knocked out of the rankings with a loss to fifth-rated Eldora-New Providence but the Comets should move on with a win over Grundy Center. B-C-L-U-W coach Les Penick says they have a great chance if they win. He says they have not put too much emphasis on the playoff chase. He says they’ve tried their best to get focused on the game and he says they have a lot at stake.Penick says the start to this game is important. He says they’re a young team, so it’s important to get out early and dominate the first quarter to put some doubt in Grundy Center’s minds.