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Area Scoreboard (6/28)

High School Baseball

  • Senior lost to Bettendorf 14-6.
  • Hempstead split with Davenport Central losing 6-5 then winning 3-2.

 

High School Softball

  • #14 5A Hempstead claims the city championship with a sweep of Senior last night at the DGIL Complex 7-0 and 11-3.
  • Wahlert split with Waterloo East falling 12-1 and then winning 2-0
  • .Western Dubuque 12, Alburnett 1

Regional MLB Recaps

– Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory last night in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners. Scherzer was dominant in his six innings of work, striking out six with no walks.

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-Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning, helping the last-place Cincinnati Reds top the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 last night. Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez also connected for Cincinnati, which scored its most runs in 19 games since Scooter Gennett hit four homers in its 13-1 win over St. Louis on June 6.

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– Chris Herrmann hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Tuesday night.  The surging Diamondbacks scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. They have won four in a row and 13 of 15.

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– Jose Abreu hit a game-ending, two-run single off Dellin Betances, and the Chicago White Sox stopped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees last night. Kevan Smith sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk.

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-Chris Young hit a three-run homer, Christian Vazquez went deep for the first time in more than a year and the Red Sox beat the Twins 9-2 in a game delayed twice by stormy weather. Drew Pomeranz (7-4) pitched five effective innings for Boston, which won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and scored twice. The Red Sox capitalized on three errors by the Twins and took over first place in the AL East, moving a half-game ahead of the slumping Yankees.

New champ in college baseball … LA Dodgers beat Angels … Will Murray be ready for Wimbledon?

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – There’s a new champion in the college baseball world and it’s Florida. The Gators scored four runs in the eighth inning Tuesday night to defeat Southeastern Conference rival LSU 6-1. Florida took away the trophy for the first time in the school’s 103-year history. The victory in Omaha, Nebraska, came a year after the Gators went two games and out with a team seeded No. 1.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Kenta Maeda pitched four-hit ball over seven innings in a spot start, Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 4-0 at Dodger Stadium. Maeda (6-3) was moved to the bullpen earlier this month, but filled in Tuesday to give the rotation an extra day of rest. He dominated the Dodgers’ crosstown rival, striking out six with no walks on 92 pitches. His ERA dropped to 4.15.

CHICAGO (AP) – Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose’s obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher’s interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time Tuesday night. His bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and Ellsbury was awarded first base. Ellsbury set a single-season mark last year by doing it 12 times. This was the third time he nicked a catcher’s mitt this season.

LONDON (AP) – Andy Murray has withdrawn from an exhibition match in London because of a sore hip, less than a week before the start of Wimbledon. Murray’s management company said the decision was made as a precaution. The top-ranked Murray had been scheduled to play two matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at Hurlingham Club this week following his first-round loss at the Queen’s grass-court tournament last week.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian qualified for the American world championship team Tuesday night with each winning signature events at the U.S. National Championships. Ledecky easily claimed the women’s 800-meter freestyle title in a time of 8:11.50. The defending Olympic and world champion won by 8.96 seconds over Leah Smith.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Tampa Bay 4 Pittsburgh 2, 10 Innings
Final L.A. Dodgers 4 L.A. Angels 0
Final Philadelphia 8 Seattle 2


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Baltimore 3 Toronto 1
Final Boston 9 Minnesota 2
Final Texas 2 Cleveland 1
Final Detroit 5 Kansas City 3
Final Chi White Sox 4 N-Y Yankees 3
Final Oakland 6 Houston 4


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Washington 6 Chi Cubs 1
Final Miami 6 N-Y Mets 3
Final Cincinnati 8 Milwaukee 6
Final Arizona 6 St. Louis 5, 10 Innings
Final Atlanta 3 San Diego 0
Final San Francisco 4 Colorado 3, 14 Innings

Area Scoreboard (6/27)

High School Baseball

  • #9 3A Wahlert lost twice to #3 4A Iowa City West 13-3 and 6-5.
  • Senior was swept by Linn-Mar 10-3 and 5-4 (10)
  • Hempstead split with #4 4A Iowa City High losing 5-2 then winning 9-1.
  • #9 4A Western Dubuque with two wins over Solon 12-3 and 9-4.
  • #6 2A Cascade lost twice to Monticello 3-1 and 9-7.
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic wins twice over East Buchanan 12-2 and 20-3
  • Clayton Ridge defeated Ed-Co twice 12-0(6) and 8-2.
  • Bellevue dropped a pair at Northeast Goose Lake 3-2 and 6-2.

High School Softball

  • Western Dubuque split with Solon winning 17-1 and falling 16-4 (4).
  • Clayton Ridge sweeps MFL Mar-Mac 10-9 (8) and 5-2.
  • #5 2A Dyersville Beckman takes two from Central Dewitt 11-7(8) and 20-9.
  • Bellevue lost twice to Northeast Goose Lake 6-4 and 9-6.

3A and 4A Baseball Tournament Groupings Announced

In case you missed it, late Friday the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the groupings for the Class 4A substate and Class 3A district high school baseball tournaments.

In Class 4A both Hempstead and Western Dubuque are in Substate 5 which also includes: Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Davenport Central. The Senior Rams are in Substate 4 which includes: Clinton, Iowa City High, Linn-Mar, Pleasant Valley, and Waterloo East.

In Class 3A; Wahlert Catholic has been assigned to District 6which includes: West Delaware, Union Laporte City, and Independence. The winner of District 6 will face the District 5 winner in the Substate 3 final. District 5 consists of Charles City, Crestwood, Decorah, and Waverly-Shellrock.

The pairings will be announced next week. The Class 1A and 2A pairings will be announced sometime this week.

Kirtland Name New Fighting Saints Assistant

Paul Kirtland (courtesy Trinity College)

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints have hired Paul Kirtland  as an assistant coach under new head coach Oliver David. Kirtland’s addition rounds out the coaching staff, which also includes assistant coach Matt Millar.

Kirtland comes to the Fighting Saints from Division III Trinity College, where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Under his direction, the Bantams finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III level in 2016–17, and finished as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) champions in both seasons of his tenure.

Kirtland’s resume includes junior hockey experience as an assistant coach with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL), where his player personnel selections helped the team win the 2016 Robertson Cup championship. At the USHL level, Kirtland served as a scout for the Omaha Lancers.

Jenk Fundraiser

Tom Jenk Jr. (courtesy Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Coaches Association)

It’s been a difficult season for the Dyersville Beckman Catholic baseball team as they have been playing without their longtime head coach Tom Jenk Jr., who’s recovering from brain cancer.

Over the weekend, members of the community along with current and former Beckman players helped raise money for Jenk. The Someday Foundation held a golf tournament and dinner at Timberline Golf Course. Every year the organization helps an individual who’s battling cancer. Someday Foundation President Dave Boekholder told our coverage partner KCRG TV9 the response from the community was overwhelming.

 

The money raised will to toward helping the Hall of Fame Coach and his family purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

Local Baseball/Softball Scores

Baseball

Iowa City High 10-12, Senior 4-8
Iowa City West 13-9, Hempstead 1-0
Cedar Rapids Prairie 5-0, Wahlert 3-2
Bellevue 8, Calamus-Wheatland 7
Cascade 9, Maquoketa Valley, Delhi 2
Western Dubuque 8, Benton Community 2
Marquette 8, Louisa-Muscatine 5

 

Softball
Dyersville Beckman 13, Cascade 1
Benton 6, Ottumwa 2
Calamus-Wheatland 4, Bellevue 2
Davenport Assumption 12, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 0

Loras Wrestling Alum Kettman Being Honored

Tom Kettman (courtesy Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame)

 

A former Loras College wrestler who went on to be a very successful Iowa High School wrestling coach is being inducted into the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa this weekend. Tom Kettman who led Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville to 12 state team wrestling championships-five traditional, and seven dual during his 11 seasons as coach between 2001 and 2011 is among six individuals being enshrined at a ceremony in Waterloo on Saturday night. Kettman finished his high school coaching career with a dual meet record of 262 wins and only 28 losses. While a wrestler at Loras he was a two time NCAA qualifier.
Others being inducted this weekend are former Iowa wrestler Chad Zapuitil, former Iowa State wrestling brothers Trent Paulson and Travis Paulson, former Cresco High School coach George Flanagan, and the entire 1987 Iowa State wrestling team.

New Basketball Rules Approved by WIAA

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting high school basketball at their monthly meeting yesterday.

Following a lengthy discussion, the Board voted to implement the use of a 35-second shot for varsity games only to begin with the 2019-20 season.

In other basketball-related action, coaches qualifying for the State Tournament will determine the seeds for the four qualifying teams in each of the five divisions.

Another measure gaining approval was extending the coaching box to 28 feet from 14 feet for all levels.

Area Scoreboard (6/23)

High School Baseball

  • #10 4A Western Dubuque defeated Vinton-Shellsburg 5-4 (8) and then game two was suspended in the 7th with the game tied 10-10.
  • #3 2A Cascade lost 3-2 to #2 2A Wilton
  • Bellevue 7, West Liberty 2
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic took both games from Springville 9-5 and 8-3.

High School Softball

  • In a battle of ranked teams in Class 5A; 14th ranked Hempstead lost twice at 4th ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson 7-6 and 9-1.
  • Senior split with Cedar Rapids Xavier winning 3-0 and losing 4-3.
  • Cascade lost to Wilton 4-3.
  • Clayton Ridge lost twice to North Fayette Valley 13-3 and 5-4.
  • Bellevue lost to West Liberty 7-5.
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic wins twice over Springville 4-2 and 6-5.

Area Scoreboard (6/22)

High School Baseball

  • #3 2A Cascade 2, #2 1A North Linn 1

 

High School Softball

  • Senior 11, Waterloo West 3 (completion of a suspended game)
  • Cascade took two from North Fayette-Valley 4-2 and 6-0.

Hammel Named to NCAA Board of Governors Student-Engagement Subcommittee

Parker Hammel (courtesy Wartburg College)

INDIANAPOLIS– Wartburg senior football player, Parker Hammel was one of three national Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members to be elected to represent Division III on the NCAA Board of Governors Student-Athlete Engagement Committee. Hammel, a former Dubuque Senior prep will join SAAC representatives from all three NCAA Divisions, one Board of Governor member and one member of the Division I, II, or III Management Council.

Hammel’s tenure on the national SAAC committee began in January 2017 and he attended the NCAA convention that month.

Area Scoreboard (6/21)

High School Baseball

  • #10 3-A Wahlert 3, Davenport Central 2
  • Hempstead lost twice at Bettendorf 5-1 and 9-2.
  • Ed-Co 11, Bellevue 9

High School Softball

  • Wahlert lost twice to #5 Class 5A Cedar Rapids Jefferson 12-0 and 16-0.
  • Senior took two from Cedar Falls 5-4 and 6-2.
  • #10 5A Hempstead swept Waterloo West 11-3 and 14-2.
  • #7 3A Dyersville Beckman 10, Bellevue 5

3A,2A, and 1A Softball Regional Pairings Announced

The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union has released the brackets for the Class 3A, 2A, and 1A regional softball tournaments next month.

In Class 3A; Dyersville Beckman, currently ranked 7th is the top seed in Region 4 and will host Oelwein on July 5th. 11th ranked West Delaware is also in the region.

In Class 2A Region 5; Clayton Ridge will open at Alburnett on July 3rd while Cascade and Bellevue will meet on July 5th in a regional quarterfinal round game at Cascade. 4th ranked Durant in the top seed in the region.

In Class 1A Region 5; Bellevue Marquette Catholic will play at home on July 3rd against Midland. The top seed in the region is top ranked Lansing Kee.

The Class 4A and 5A pairings will be announced on Thursday. For the complete pairings: http://ighsau.org/2017/06/19/2017-regional-softball-pairings/

W-D Debuts In New Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

High School Baseball Rankings

The Western Dubuque Bobcat high school baseball team is making a debut in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association weekly rankings this week. The Bobcats with a record of 16-and-3 are ranked 10th in Class 4A.

In Class 3A; Wahlert Catholic dropped one notch and are ranked 10th.

 In Class 2A; Cascade is ranked 4th and Dyersville Beckman is 6th.

 

Area Scoreboard (6/20)

High School Baseball

  • Senior with two victories over Waterloo West 10-7 and 14-1 (5)
  • #10 3A Wahlert won twice over Waterloo East 10-1 and 5-1.
  • Hempstead split with Cedar Falls losing 8-3 and winning 8-5.
  • 10th ranked Western Dubuque defeated West Delaware twice 14-4 (6) and 7-1.
  • Clayton Ridge swept North Fayette Valley 10-2 and 16-1 (4)
  • #10 2A Iowa City Regina 1, #4 2A Cascade 0 (11 innings)
  • Bellevue 4, Mid-Prairie 1

High School Softball

  • Western Dubuque split with 11th ranked 3A West Delaware winning 6-2 and losing 5-4.
  • #7 3A Dyersville Beckman lost twice to #8 3A Mt. Vernon 2-1 and 5-4.
  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic wins twice over Midland 13-1 and 14-2.
  • Clayton Ridge split with South Winneshiek winning 10-0 and losing 11-1.
  • Mid-Prairie 7, Bellevue 5.

Latest Iowa High School Softball Rankings

The Hempstead Mustangs have climbed into the top 10 in the latest softball rankings from the Iowa High School Athletic Union. The Mustangs have climbed one spot this week and are ranked 10th in the Class 5A poll.  Three other Mississippi Valley Conference teams are in the top 15….Cedar Rapids Jefferson is 5th, Kennedy is 8th, and Prairie is ranked 15th.

The only other area team ranked in the new poll in Class 3A; Dyersville Beckman Catholic has went up one position and are ranked 7th this week.

For the complete rankings: http://ighsau.org/2017/06/15/61517-softball-rankings/

 

Iowa to put “Tigerhawk” at midfield

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa will have a logo displayed at midfield in Kinnick Stadium next season for the first time in nearly four decades.

The Hawkeyes announced Monday that the new field it is putting in will have the “Tigerhawk” logo, the same one that adorns Iowa’s helmets, between the 45-yard lines.

Iowa has never had that logo, which it created in 1979, at midfield before. The Hawkeyes used a block “I” from 1972-80, but they’ve left midfield blank ever since.

The new surface is the first move in a major renovation to the stadium set to take place over the next few years.

New Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

 

Iowa High School Baseball Rankings

The new weekly Iowa High School baseball rankings are out today. In Class 3A; the Wahlert Golden Eagles have slid to number 9  after begin ranked 4th a week ago. In Class 2A; Cascade has moved up one spot to 4th while Dyersville Beckman also moved up a notch to 6th this week. Four Mississippi Valley Conference teams are rated in the Class 4A top 10 this week: Cedar Falls 5th, Iowa City West 6th, Cedar Rapids Prairie 7th, and Iowa City High 9th.

McDermott Stays Put

Greg McDermott (courtesy USA Today)

 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott announced yesterday on Twitter he’s staying with the Bluejays amid a report he was offered the job at Ohio State. ESPN first reported McDermott met with Ohio State officials and was offered the job, which opened Monday when Thad Matta resigned. McDermott, a Cascade native said he looks forward to many more great years in Omaha. McDermott has taken the Bluejays to the NCAA tournament four times. He also spent four seasons at Iowa State and five at Northern Iowa.

Frake IATC Girls Track Coach of the Year

Tim Frake (courtesy Western Dubuque Schools)

The Iowa Association of Track Coaches has named Cascade High School girls track coach Tim Frake as the Class 2A Girls State Coach of the Year after leading the Cougars to their second straight team championship. The title was the Cougars fourth state championship with all coming the past six seasons.

Three other are coaches earned recognition from the IATC.  Wahlert’s Tim Berning along with Clayton Ridge’s Rob Anderson and Dyersville Beckman’s Todd Troutman landed at-large coach of the year honors.

All of the honorees will be presented with their awards in December, when the IATC holds its annual track and field clinic in Ames.

Arnold Signs With Saints

Dan Arnold working out in Saints camp (courtesy UW-P Athletics)

University of Wisconsin-Platteville wide receiver Dan Arnold signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple New Orleans media outlets.

Arnold caught 65 passes for 1,176 yards and a Pioneer-record 16 touchdowns in 2016. He earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference offensive player of the year honors as well as first team D3football.com all-West Region and all-American honors. He also earned all-American honors by the American Football Coaches Association.

Arnold was invited to May tryout camps by both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saints, who are in their final week of OTAs (organized training activities). The Saints hold a three-day mandatory minicamp on June 13-15.

Platteville native Ealy named athletic director at UWP

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – Shannon James Ealy is coming home. The Platteville native is the new University of Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic Director.

Ealy most recently was the interim director of athletics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, he served as a senior associate athletic director at the school from 2007-15.

Ealy is a 1991 graduate of UW-Platteville, where he majored in business administration. He also lettered four years on the Pioneer football team, playing wide receiver and quarterback under Coach George Chryst and earned honorable mention all-Wisconsin State University Conference honors in 1990.

Houston reaches home regional final with 7-5 win over Iowa

HOUSTON (AP) – Connor Wong hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning and Houston advanced to the final round of its home Houston Regional with a 7-5 victory over Iowa in a rain-delayed elimination game Sunday night.

Wong’s leadoff homer was followed by a two-out RBI double from Grayson Padgett as the Cougars (42-20) moved on to face Texas A&M on Monday in a game that was pushed back a day because of the earlier rain delay.

Top-seeded Houston has to beat the Aggies twice to advance to the super regional against Davidson, which won the Chapel Hill Regional as the fourth seed.

Houston took a 5-4 lead on Lael Lockhart’s RBI single in the eighth, but Jake Adams pulled the Hawkeyes (39-22) even leading off the bottom of the inning with his nation-leading 29th homer.

Cougars reliever Brayson Hurdsman (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings. Josh Martsching (5-1) gave up both of Houston’s ninth-inning runs.

Deutsch Named New Dubuque Senior Women’s Basketball Coach

Dubuque Senior High School announced today that Jared Deutsch will become the school’s next head varsity women’s basketball coach. He will also become a social studies teacher at the school beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.

Deutsch is currently a social studies teacher in the East Dubuque School District and has been at the helm of the East Dubuque High School women’s basketball team since 2011. An experienced coach, he has also coached junior varsity baseball, junior varsity softball, golf and junior varsity boy’s basketball.

In 2011-2012, Deutsch was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in education with a minor in history from Loras College and is working toward a master of science in education degree from Walden University.

Iowa Baseball Opens NCAA Play Tonight

The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team will play in their second NCAA Regional in three seasons tonight opening up against top-seeded and 15th ranked Houston at Schroeder Park in Houston, Texas. The Hawkeyes  won the Big 10 Tournament title to earn the automatic bid and are 38-and-20 overall. The Cougars had 40 wins and were American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champions. Game time is at 7 o’clock .

Second-seeded Baylor and third-seeded Texas A&M meet this afternoon in the first game of the regional.

The region winner advances to the College World Series. For Iowa, a trip to the C.W.S. would be the first since 1972.

Wahlert Doubles Teams To Meet At State Tournament

Both Wahlert High School doubles teams will meet each other this morning in the consolation bracket at the Iowa Girls High School State Tennis Tournament in Iowa City.The teams of Meghann Long and Anna Herrig and Carolyn Conlon and Anna Freiburger will play for the right to finish as high as 5th place; the loser will go to the 7th place match. Long and Herrig won their first match then lost in the second round, but stayed alive by winning their consolation match. Conlon and Freiburger dropped their first match but won twice in the consolation bracket to stay in the tournament. The match begins at 9:00 a.m. at the University of Iowa Tennis Center.

Wahlert singles entrant Audrey Hintz won her first match yesterday, but then lost twice and was eliminated from the tournament.  The entire Wahlert tennis team will play in the 1A Team State Tournament tomorrow. Wahlert meets Shenandoah in the semi-finals at 9:00 a.m. with the winner to face the winner of the other semi-final between Waverly-Shellrock and Waterloo Columbus.

In Class 2A at Ankeny; the Hempstead doubles tandem of Erin Connolly and Laura Ludescher dropped both their matches yesterday and were eliminated.

Wahlert Falls while Beckman Advance At Boys State Soccer

 

The Wahlert Golden Eagles have been eliminated while theDyersville Beckman Blazers play on at the boys high school state soccer tournament in Des Moines.

Yesterday the Golden Eagles lost 2-1 to unbeaten Iowa Falls-Alden-AGWSR in the 2A quarterfinals.

Beckman will play in the 1-A semi-finals today at after defeating Sioux Center 5-1. The Blazers face Iowa City Regina at noon. The winner plays for a state championship tomorrow.

Senior’s Hawkins Wins State Golf Title

Senior’s Maddie Hawkins (courtesy Des Moines Register)

Dubuque Senior’s Maddie Hawkins was definitely in the zone for her final round as a high school golfer. Hawkins captured 5A state medalist honors yesterday at the state golf meet at the Coldwater Links in Ames. Hawkins carded a second round score of 4 under par 67 to win the medalist crown by four strokes with a two round score of 141. Teammate Abby Marting finished in 9th with 149 helping propel Senior to a 3rd place finish in the team race with a total of 663. Cedar Falls won the 5A Team title shooting 631.

In Class 4A at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown, Wahlert Catholic could not make a first round lead hold up and finished 2nd to team champion Humboldt. The Golden Eagles shot a second round score of 377 for a two round total of 745. Humboldt took advantage and won by 9 strokes with a second day score 365 for a 736. Wahlert was paced by Elyse Kalb who finished medalist runner-up with a 177. Washington’s Sarah Nacos won the title with 154.

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

Schneidermann

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

Pemsl

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.

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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

http://www.heartofamericaconference.com/d/2016-7/2017_SB_Tournament_Bracket_Updated_3.pdf

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.

UW-P Arnold Invited To Chiefs and Saints Mini-Camps

Dan Arnold: Courtesy UW Platteville Athletics

University of Wisconsin Platteville wide receiver Dan Arnold has been invited to attend a pair of NFL rookie mini-camps. The 6’5 senior has been invited by the both the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints to their camps later this month for a chance to impress.

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.

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.

Drake Relays Area Results

The Dubuque area had two state champions on day two of the Drake Relays at Drake Stadium in Des Moines yesterday. The Wahlert High School girls 4-by-200 relay team of Jackie Ganshirt, Anna Sherman, Libby Wedewer, and Bailey Hasken took gold, and later in the day the same group of girls also qualified for today’s 4-by-100 relay final. The Western Dubuque boys 4-by-200 team of Greg Bennett, Max Steffen, Kenny Beard, and Brandon Beard also took first place honors yesterday and  the same quartet had the top qualifying time for today’s 4-by-100 final. The Bobcats 4-by-400 also qualified for today’s final.

 

Also finishing with medalist place finishes in the high school division: In the Girls Sprint Medley Relay Senior finished 6th and Wahlert was 8th. Tay Collins of Hempstead was 5th in the 100 meters.

 

In the College Division; the Loras men’s 4-by-800 relay team placed 8th while the Sprint Medley team finished 6th. The Loras women’s 4-by-200 relay finished 8th.

 

In the Women’s Discus, former Wahlert Catholic prep Katelyn Weimerskirch of North Dakota State finished 2nd place while former Hempstead prep Hope Koerperich of Northern Iowa finished 5th.

 

The 3rd and final day of competition will begin a little later this morning and continue through the late afternoon.

Fighting Saints Open Eastern Conference Finals

Photo Courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Chicago Steel begin best of 5 USHL Eastern Conference Finals tonight at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. Chicago won their semi-final series in five games over Youngstown while the Fighting Saints finished off Muskegon in four games to advance to the conference finals for a seventh straight season.

During the regular season the two clubs split their four meetings with each claiming a win on the others home ice in their two victories. Dubuque won the most recent meeting 3-1 on March 24th at Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Steel have home ice advantage as the top seed after winning the Eastern Conference regular season championship by two points and host game one tonight and game two tomorrow night. The series shifts to Dubuque next Friday for game 3 and if necessary game 4 on Saturday, May 6th. If a game 5 is need, it will go back to Chicago on Tuesday, May 9th.

Miller of Loras Takes 10K at Drake Relays

Audrey Miller:Courtesy Loras College Athletics

On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval, Loras sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter at the Drake Relays, knocking off 26 Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season. Miller became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken in 2006. It was also Miller’s first 10 K race ever.

In the men’s 10-thousand meter race Mason Tope of Loras finished 13th. Also in the college and university division, Kylian Lally of Loras finished 5th in the unseeded 800 meter race.

In the high school boys shot put; Billy Blaser of Western Dubuque recorded a third place finish with a toss of 62’1.75. Matt Bandy of Wahlert Catholic and Jackson Bennett of Dyersville Beckman tied for 20th in the high jump. In the girl’s long jump, Dubuque Senior’s Grace Gudenkauf 18th and Kate Brosius of Western Dubuque was 23rd. In the 3000 meters Mackenzie Gaherty of Senior finished 17th and Camryn Reeg of Bellevue came in 20th.

The Drake Relays will continue today and tomorrow at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

U-W Platteville’s LaMere National NCAA 3 Honors

Ian LaMere; photo courtesty UW Platteville Athletics

UW Platteville senior distance runner Ian LaMere has received national accolades for his performance last week. LaMere has been named the NCAA Division 3 Track Athlete of the Week.

This past weekend at the Phil Esten Challenge, LaMere clocked a time of 29.18.92 in the 10-thousand meters, which is the 8th fastest time in NCAA DIII history. It was back in April of 2016 when LaMere ran the fastest time in NCAA DIII history over 10000 meters (28:38.63), so this just gives the UW-Platteville standout yet another mark in the top-10. He is one of two men to accomplish that feat.

Clarke’s Zanoni National NAIA Player of the Week

Stephen Zanoni: Photo courtesy Clarke University Athletics

Clarke University junior third baseman Steven Zanoni had a very hot bat last week and that earned him national recognition as the NAIA Baseball Player of the Week.

As the Crusaders went 5-and-1 last week, Zanoni hit .773 (17-for-22) over the six games with five home runs, two doubles and 17 RBI. In a victory over Mid-America Nazarene he homered in his first three at-bats en route to a 4-for-4 effort at the plate.

Gremmel Competing at US Open Championships

Gannon Gremmel: Courtesy Iowa State Athletics

Former Hempstead state champion wrestler Gannon Gremmel is one of seven freshmen from the Iowa State wrestling team traveling to Las Vegas this week to compete at the 2017 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday.
The top seven freestyle finishers in each weight class earn a berth at the 2017 UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 8-9.
Gremmel will be on the competition mat for the first time since winning a National Freestyle title at heavyweight last July in Fargo, North Dakota. Gremmel and the other Cyclones competing were redshirts this past season.

Clarke Baseball Team Breaks Wins Record for Second Straight Year

The Clarke University baseball team is making a tremendous run for the second straight season. Last year, Clarke set a school record for wins with 38 and got to the national tournament for the first time. This season, the Crusaders have already broken that record for wins with 39 and counting as they sit in first place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with four games remaining. In his fifth season as Crusader head, Dan Spain says the sky is the limit for this team’s expectations. Spain says his Crusader team’s effort and focus is off the charts this season. Clarke is ranked 9th in the latest NAIA poll. Nine of the players on roster are former Dubuque area high school players. Clarke is scheduled to play four games at Mount Mercy later this week before finishing the regular season at home against Waldorf on Sunday.

Drake Relays Open Tomorrow…Western Dubuque Leads Area Qualifiers

One of Iowa’s biggest sporting events of the year begins later this week in the state capital. The Drake Relays kicks into high gear at Drake Stadium on Thursday. The area will be represented in the high school and college/university division. The Western Dubuque High School boys have the largest contingent of athletes headed to Des Moines with eleven qualifiers, including relay teams competing in five of the six relay events. Wahlert and Hempstead each have three events, while Senior has one qualifier. For the girls, both Senior and Wahlert have six qualifiers each. Wahlert has five relays and Senior has four relays. Hempstead has four events with two of those being relays. Cascade will bring five events with four of them being relay teams and Western Dubuque has three events, two of them relay teams. In the College and University Division, the Loras men have athletes in six events including four relays. Dubuque has five events with three relays. On the women’s side, Loras has six events with three relays, while Dubuque and UW-Platteville have four events each. UD has three relay teams while Platteville has two.

Lammers Named Head Coach At Niagara U.

Photo courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manager, Jason Lammers, has been named the head coach of the Niagara University Purple Eagles. His tenure with the Purple Eagles will begin at the conclusion of the 2016–17 season with the Fighting Saints.

Lammers was hired as the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints on July 16, 2015, the third to hold that title since the franchise’s revival in 2010.

Niagara University competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.The Purple Eagles have made it to the NCAA Tournament four times, including berths in 2000, 2004, 2008, and most recently in 2013.

The Fighting Saints have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and await the winner of the Chicago-Youngstown series. The deciding game 5 of that series will be played tonight at Chicago.

Squiers Retires Again, Molony New Head Coach at Beckman

Jim Squiers: Courtesy Dyersville Commercial

Iowa High School basketball Hall of Fame head coach Jim Squiers is stepping into retirement again and Dyersville Beckman has hired his replacement from within.
Squiers, who spent 42 years at Bellevue Marquette Catholic, is retiring a second time in four years after deciding not to return as Beckman head coach. After putting together a 33-and-14 mark the past two seasons, Squiers career record is now 686 wins 297 losses. He took eight teams to a state tournament while at Marquette Catholic from 1993 to 2006.
2008 Beckman grad and assistant coach Mike Molony has been elevated to the job of Blazers head coach. Molony served as an assistant the past two seasons on the bench of Squiers and prior to that was the sophomore head coach for three seasons. Molony’s basketball sideline background also includes serving as a student manager while at Iowa for coaches Todd Lickliter and then Fran McCaffery.

Saints Can’t Close Out Lumberjacks

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Muskegon Lumberjacks, backs against the wall in a must-win situation, got the win they needed. Goaltender Adam Brizgala made 33 saves behind a solid defensive effort, as the Jacks topped the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-0 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Saints continue to lead the series two games to one.

A win by the Saints in Game 4 tonight would send them to the second round for the seventh consecutive season.  A Muskegon victory and the series comes back to Dubuque on Monday night for a deciding 5th game.

Loras Selected For D3 Men’s Volleyball Championships in 2020

The NCAA has selected Loras College as the host for the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship, as announced by the national office on Tuesday.

On April 26-28, 2020, the last four teams remaining in the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship will converge upon Dubuque, Iowa and the Athletic & Wellness Center (AWC) to compete for a national title.

This announcement marks the third national championship that Loras has hosted in school history, having previously hosted the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in both 2004 and 2007.

Loras Grad Chris Jans New Head Coach At New Mexico State

Chris Jans: Photo courtesy New Mexico State Athletics

Just days after being promoted to Associate Head Coach at Wichita State, Loras College graduate Chris Jans has accepted an offer to become New Mexico State’s next head coach.

CBS Sports reports Jans agreed to a four-year contract that will average $275,000 a year plus incentives. The 48-year-old was previously the head coach at Bowling Green, where he went 21-12 in 2014-15 before being fired when a video of him acting inappropriately toward a woman in a bar was given to school officials.

Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall subsequently rehired Jans in an administrative role in 2015 and then promoted him earlier this month when Dubuque native Greg Heiar left for LSU.  Before Bowling Green, Jans was at Wichita State from 2007 to-2014 where in his final season as an assistant, he helped Wichita State set an NCAA record with a 35-0 start to the season.

Jans, a native of Fairbank, Iowa ,was a 1991 graduate of Loras and was a three year starter for the Duhawk basketball team from 1987-91.