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Class of ’17 UD Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

The University of Dubuque has announced the newest class of member for the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Being inducted will be the 1969 Spartan wrestling team, basketball player Tyler Daugherty from the Class of 2008, volleyball player Amy Buss from the Class of 1996, baseball player Joe Hapanionek from the Class of 2005, tennis player Nancy Leonard from the class of 1988, along with track and field athlete Gregg Wiersema from the class of 2006.

The newest Hall of Fame class will be honored on Saturday, October 7th with an award ceremony at the Heritage Center prior to the UD football game with Buena Vista. The newest class will also be introduced at halftime of the game.

Area Scoreboard

High School Boys Golf:

At the 16 team Warrior Golf Invitational held yesterday at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, Wahlert place 11th shooting a 339 while Hempstead finished 12th totaling 341. Hempstead’s Joey Kaesbauer finished 9th overall carding a 77. Wahlert’s top score was turned in by Jack Doyle with an 83 good for 33rd. The winning team was Indianola with a 309.

High School Girls Golf:

Southwestern edged Galena by one stroke 214-215

Spartans IIAC Football Favorites

The University of Dubuque Spartans are the coaches’ choice to win the 2017 IIAC Football title. Dubuque was chosen first on four ballots (coaches do not vote on their own team) and earned 60 points to take the No. 1 ranking in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll. 2016 IIAC champion Coe, earned a tie for the No. 2 ranking with Wartburg, garnering two first place votes each and 52 points each. The Loras Duhawks were picked to finish 8th receiving 17votes.

Both Dubuque and Loras open their seasons on Saturday, September 2nd. Dubuque will travel to Bethel University in St. Paul while Loras will be at Elmhurst College.

You can get a preview of both the Spartans and Duhawks next Saturday morning at 9:00 on the first Key City College Football Report on AM 1370 KDTH.  

Once again this season 101.1 The River will be your radio home for University of Dubuque Football on Saturday’s and also the UD Football Show with head coach Stan Zweifel on Monday evening’s at 6:00pm starting August 28th.

Regional MLB Recaps

– Phillip Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Cincinnati Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10. Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats. On Wednesday, the 25-year-old homered as a pinch hitter for his first hit.

– Dexter Fowler’s two-run triple sparked the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. With the Cardinals trailing 5-4 in the seventh inning, Fowler tripled down the right field line off reliever Joaquin Benoit to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. Fowler went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two walks.

– Nomar Mazara drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Texas Rangers held on for a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox.  The Rangers reached .500 for the first time since July 15 with their fourth straight win and seventh in eight games. The defending AL West champs, out of the division race behind Houston, pulled within 1 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Angels for the AL’s second wild card.

– Max Kepler made up for a fielding mistake in the top of the inning with the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game to salvage a doubleheader split with the Indians. Twins starter Aaron Slegers sailed through 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut, helping stop a six-game winning streak by the Indians.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final Arizona 4 Houston 0
Final N-Y Yankees 7 N-Y Mets 5


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Cleveland 9 Minnesota 3
Final Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 3
Final Minnesota 4 Cleveland 2
Final Texas 9 Chi White Sox 8


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Cincinnati 13 Chi Cubs 10
Final Atlanta 10 Colorado 4
Final St. Louis 11 Pittsburgh 7
Final Washington 2 San Diego 1
Final San Francisco 5 Philadelphia 4

Big 10 Basketball Schedules Announced

The Big 10 released their 2017-18 men’s basketball season schedules yesterday.

Iowa will play 17 home games in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which includes a pair of exhibition games before the regular season tips off on Nov. 10, against Chicago State. The Big 10 opener will be at home on Saturday, December 2nd against Penn State which follows a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia on November 28th to meet Virginia Tech as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

Wisconsin’s schedule includes an early December start to Big Ten play with a visit from Ohio State. The game against the Buckeyes on Dec. 2 follows a tough trip to Virginia to face the Cavaliers in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Nov. 27. The regular season opener will be at home November 10th against South Carolina State.

Illinois opens their season at home on November 10th against Southern as part of the Global Sports Invitational, the Illini then host Tennessee Martin Sunday, November 12th. The Illini Big 10 opener will be Friday, December 1st against Northwestern in Rosemont. The game follows the ACC-Big 10 challenge game at Wake Forest on November 28th.

Major League Baseball Scoreboard

INTERLEAGUE

Final L.A. Angels 3 Washington 2
Final N-Y Yankees 5 N-Y Mets 3
Final Boston 5 St. Louis 4
Final Houston 9 Arizona 5
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Chi White Sox 4


AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Kansas City 7 Oakland 6
Final Seattle 7 Baltimore 6
Final Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Texas 12 Detroit 6
Cleveland at Minnesota , postponed


NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Miami 8 San Francisco 1
Final Milwaukee 7 Pittsburgh 6
Final San Diego 3 Philadelphia 0
Final Chi Cubs 7 Cincinnati 6
Final Colorado 17 Atlanta 2

Dubuque Schools Rated In First High School Cross Country Poll

All 3 Dubuque High Schools cross country teams are ranked in the pre-season poll released yesterday by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches.

In the 4-A boys poll: Hempstead is ranked 6th while Senior is 11th. The Wahlert boys are ranked 9th in Class 3A.  In the 4A girls poll: Hempstead starts out the year ranked 2nd and Senior is 9th. In Class 3A, Wahlert is rated 3rd.

The Bellevue boys are ranked 8th in the first Class 1A poll. The Cascade girls are ranked 6th in Class 2A, Bellevue Marquette Catholic is 7th in Class 1A.

Loras Tops IIAC Men’s Soccer Poll

The Loras Men’s Soccer, winners of five straight regular season IIAC titles, are the coaches’ choice to win the 2017 championship. Loras was chosen first on six ballots and earned 61 points to take the No. 1 ranking in the Coaches Preseason Poll. 2016 IIAC Tournament champion Luther, earned the No. 2 ranking garnering three first place votes and 55 points.  The University of Dubuque is ranked 3rd receiving 48 votes.

Both Loras and Dubuque open the regular season on Friday September 1st.

Texans Coach O’Brien Praises ‘Iowa Flash’ McCarron

Riley McCarron

Dubuque native Riley McCarron has a new nickname while drawing the praise of Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien following the team’s joint practice yesterday with the New England Patriots. During his press conference he was asked about McCarron and referred to him as the ‘Iowa Flash’. O’Brien says “McCarron is a hard worker, smart kid, tough, and has done a good job so far.”

The Texans will host the Patriots on Saturday in pre-season game number two as McCarron the undrafted rookie out of Iowa continues to attempt to earn a roster spot with Houston. In the Texans first game McCarron caught one pass for 18 yards. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for a total of sixteen yards.

50 over .500 … Joyce’s 3-run double rallies A’s past Royals

LOS ANGELES (AP) – In another of its patented come-from-behind rallies, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 5 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 6-1. The win pushed the Dodgers to 84-34, 50 games over the break-even .500 mark. Corey Seager and Austin Barnes hit two-run singles in the offensive onslaught. The Dodgers hit the 50 over .500 mark for the first time since 1953.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Matt Joyce hit a three-run double to cap a six-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Kansas City Royals 10-8 on Tuesday night. Joyce also homered and had four RBIs. Khris Davis added his 33rd home run and Matt Olson hit his fourth in five days to help the A’s clinch at least a tie for the season series between the former division rivals.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The attorney for the first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nation’s largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations says she’s settled her case. Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that found Baylor had mishandled rape or assault cases for years and the football program acted as if it was “above the rules.”

ATLANTA (AP) – Jonquel Jones had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double, and the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 96-75 in the WNBA Tuesday night. Connecticut (18-9), winners of six straight, won in Atlanta for the first time since June 7, 2015. Jasmine Thomas made four 3-pointers and added 18 points for Connecticut (18-9), which clinched its first playoff spot since 2012 last Saturday. Courtney Williams scored 12 points.

Badgers Win First Game Down Under

AUCKLAND, New Zealand —Wisconsin sophomore Brevin Pritzl scored a team-high 28 points, going 7-for-9 from 3-point range, and helped lead Wisconsin to an 85-75 win over the New Zealand Breakers in the opener of a five-game trip Down Under played in Auckland, New Zealand.

Pritzl got help from 2017 All-American Ethan Happ, who tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Happ also added three assists and four steals while going 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

The Badgers will turn around and prepare for a rematch with the Breakers on Thursday, Aug. 17, but this time playing in Tauranga, New Zealand tipping off at 1:30 in the morning Central Time.

Loras Tops IIAC Women’s Soccer Pre-season Poll

The Loras women’s soccer team was picked to repeat as conference champions in the preseason poll, released yesterday by the conference office. Last year, the Duhawks split the regular season title with Luther before advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Under the direction of second year head coach Matt Pucci, Loras returns a majority of its core from the 2016 season. The University of Dubuque finished tied for 6th in the poll.

Sutherland Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Marty Sutherland (Courtesy hawkeyesports.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Cascade native Marty Sutherland has been elevated to the position of associate head coach for the University of Iowa baseball program by head coach Rick Heller. Sutherland is in his fifth season on Heller’s Iowa staff.

During his four seasons in Iowa City, Sutherland has helped guide the Hawkeyes to 140 wins — the most in a four-year stretch in school history — two NCAA Regional appearances, the first Big Ten Tournament title in program history, and two Big Ten runner-up finishes.

Sutherland, a former player and coach under Heller at Northern Iowa, was an assistant for the Panthers from 2003-09.

Iowa Goes Unbeaten on European Tour

VICENZA, Italy — Tyler Cook and Luka Garza posted double-doubles to lead the University of Iowa men’s basketball team to an 88-49 triumph over the Vicenza All-Stars Monday evening. The win improved the Hawkeyes’ record to a perfect 4-0 on their European Tour. Both Cook and Garza played 23 minutes each with Cook totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Garza tallied 24 points and 14 boards.

Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl was again sidelined as he recoups from surgery. Riley Till didn’t score but grabbed one rebound in three minutes of playing time.

Iowa Hoops Wrapping Up European Tour Today

The Iowa men’s basketball team will wrap up their exhibition schedule tour of Europe today.  The Hawkeyes are unbeaten in three games. Today Iowa will meet the Vincenza All-Stars in Vincenza , Italy around 12:30 Iowa time.

On Saturday Iowa shot nearly 61 percent from the field in a 106-64 dismantling of the Milan All Stars.

Former Wahlert prep Cordell Pemsl hasn’t seen any playing time yet as he is still working his way back from a sport hernia surgery in late May. Pemel’s former Golden Eagles teammate Riley Till has seen a few minutes of playing time in each of the three contests scoring five points and six rebounds.

Wadley, Vandeberg Excited for Hawkeye Football Season

Iowa running back Akrum Wadley (center) practices earlier this week (Courtesy: University of Iowa).

Fall camp for the Iowa football team is at the end of week two and the countdown is on to the start of the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2nd when the Hawkeyes will host Wyoming. Iowa senior running back, Akrum Wadley, a Doak Walker Award pre-season candidate says he can’t wait. Iowa will have some veteran leadership at wide receiver in Matt Vandeberg who returns for a fifth season after being granted a medical hardship from last season missing the final nine games. Vandeberg says he is excited about what he has seen in so far. Iowa is preparing for the season opener on Saturday, September 2nd at home against Wyoming.

Hawkeye Basketball Team Rolls Past Swiss Stars

Iowa’s Riley Till puts down a dunk for two of his five points (Courtesy: University of Iowa).

Two days after beating a German team by 34 points, the Iowa basketball team doubled their margin of victory yesterday when they pounded a group of Swiss All-Stars by a 125-56 tally. The Hawkeyes started the game on a 9-2 run and never looked back, eventually building a 39-point halftime advantage. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the Hawks got off to a much better defensive start than in the first game of their European tour. While former Wahlert All-Stater Cordell Pemsl was once again held out of action, fellow Wahlert alum Riley Till did get some extended time. Till scored five points, grabbed two rebounds, and had an assist and a steal in ten minutes of playing time. Till redshirted last season, and says it felt good to get back on the court. The Hawkeyes now head to Italy, where they will play the final two games of their overseas trip. They’ll take on the Milan All-Stars tomorrow, before finishing against a team from Vicenza on Monday.

Dubuque Girl Chosen as Hawkeye “Kid Captain”

Reisner

A Dubuque girl has been chosen to be one of the honorary “Kid Captains” for the Iowa football in its upcoming season. 11-year-old Camdyn Reisner will serve as the Kid Captain for the Hawkeyes’ game against Michigan State in late September. For the past nine seasons, the Hawkeyes have chosen current or former patients from the U of I Children’s Hospital to be Kid Captains. This year, the captains will receive a special Hawkeye football jersey, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Kinnick Stadium during Iowa’s “Kids Day at Kinnick” scrimmage this Saturday. Reisner was diagnosed with a severe heart arrhythmia after several hospital visits in the first month of her life. Her particular condition can cause extremely rapid heart rates, sometimes in excess of 300 beats per minute. When the arrhythmia first appeared, Reisner’s brain was deprived of oxygen. That has caused her some developmental delays. She also occasionally uses a walker.

McCarron Has a Catch, Two Returns in Texans Preseason Opener

McCarron

Former Wahlert and Iowa wide receiver Riley McCarron continues to make his case for a roster spot with the Houston Texans. McCarron joined the team as an undrafted free agent earlier this year and has apparently been making an impression on coaches during training camp. During the Texans’ preseason opener against Carolina last night, McCarron caught a pass from starting quarterback Deshaun Watson for an 18-yard gain. He also returned one punt and one kickoff for a total of sixteen yards. The Texans lost that game by a score of 27-17.

Fired Iowa Field Hockey Coach Joins Duke Staff

Griesbaum

Duke says former Iowa field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum has joined the Blue Devils as a volunteer assistant coach. Griesbaum spent 14 seasons coaching the Hawkeyes before being fired weeks before the 2014 season. She was let go amid claims by former players that she mistreated them. An internal university review had found no policy violations by Griesbaum. Iowa settled with Griesbaum for $1.5 million to avoid a June trial. She had a 169-107 record with the Hawkeyes.

Iowa State Basketball Tournament Moves to 5-Day Format

Courtesy: NFHS

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has announced that it is shortening the annual boy’s state basketball tournament. Beginning next spring, the tournament will shift to a five-day format, rather than the current six-day setup. Administrators say they’re hoping to create a “championship Friday” event by playing all of the finals on the last day of the tournament, rather than split over Friday and Saturday evenings. Jacob Brindle is the head coach of the Cascade boys, who have qualified for state each of the past four seasons. He’s in favor of the move. Championship games would begin at 2:00 Friday afternoon with the Class 1A game. The 2A, 3A, and 4A finals would follow. Brindle doesn’t believe that playing the games earlier in the day will take away from the “marquee” feel of a championship game. The way the tournament is ticketed is changing, too. Fans will now be charged a full day’s admission, instead of previously paying for two-game “sessions” which required the arena to be emptied in between. Brindle believes that will encourage fans to come earlier and stay later. All games will still be played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, and the consolation games will still be played.

Hawkeyes Pound German All-Stars in European Opener

The language barrier may have been the only thing that slowed down the Iowa Hawkeye basketball team yesterday as they opened competition on their European trip with a 99-65 win over a squad of German All-Stars. The Hawks led by just four at halftime, but exploded in the second half to cruise to the victory. Head Coach Fran McCaffery says his team got better on the defensive end in the second half, which led to more offensive opportunities. Freshman center Luka Garza led four players in double figures with 17 points. He added ten rebounds for a double-double. A total of fourteen Hawkeyes saw action, and McCaffery was pleased with all of their contributions. Former Wahlert star Cordell Pemsl did not play, as he’s still working his way back from a sports hernia surgery in late May. But his old Golden Eagle teammate, Riley Till, did hit a three-pointer for Iowa in mop-up duty. The Hawkeyes will be back in action tomorrow when they take on a Swiss All-Star team.

B. Ferentz: Iowa Should Have Gone After Butler Earlier

Iowa RB James Butler (20) participates in practice on Monday (Courtesy: Hawkeye Nation).

Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz thinks Iowa screwed up by not recruiting James Butler out of high school. The Hawkeyes recently rectified that mistake, adding Butler as a highly coveted graduate transfer that they hope can help getting their sluggish offense on track. Butler, who gained over 1,300 yards in each of his last two seasons at Nevada, joined Iowa last month after graduating from Nevada in just three years.

Pemsl’s Status Unclear as Hawkeyes Open Euro Trip

The Iowa Hawkeye basketball team will play the first of four games on a European swing today, but it’s not yet known how much action former Wahlert star Cordell Pemsl will see. Pemsl had surgery to repair a sports hernia in late May, and has been sidelined over the summer. He did not play in the Prime Time League, and the European trip was targeted for his return. But he told reporters last week he wasn’t sure how much – or even if – he would play. Pemsl says spending much of his summer as a spectator while his teammates practiced has been difficult. The Hawkeyes take on a team of German all-stars today. They’ll play three more games between Thursday and Monday.

Savary, Harris Lead 11 Area All-State Baseball Selections

A pair of “Super Team” selections are among nearly a dozen Dubuque-area players who have been picked for the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s All-State Teams. Wahlert’s Austin Savary and Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris were chosen for the “Super Team,” which is made up of the best players from across all four classes. This is the second All-State honor for Savary, who was a second team selection in Class 3A last year. He makes the “Super Team” as a utility player. Harris was selected as a catcher. The freshman led the Bobcats in runs batted in and was among the team leaders in hits and batting average. Behind the plate, he carried a 99% fielding percentage and cut down all but two attempted base stealers. Western Dubuque landed two more players on the Class 4A honor roll. Outfielder Max Steffen was a first team pick, while Gregory Bennett made the second team as a utility player. Class 2A was where the area shined, with seven players making the two All-State teams. Four of those players came from state champ Dyersville Beckman. Blazer pitcher Connor McDermott and utility man Jackson Bennett were both picked for the first team, while shortstop Riley LeGrand and outfielder Sam Stelken made the second team. Also on the 2A first team were Cascade outfielder Bryce Simon and Monticello catcher Jacob Manternach. Monticello’s Kyle Sperfslage made the second team as a second baseman.

Jennings Qualifies For USA Karate Team

Madilyn Jennings (courtesy: Homann Karate Facebook page)

The daughter of a Dubuque native has earned a spot with the United States Junior National Karate Team competing in the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina later this month and then the World Championships in Spain later this year.

Madilyn Jennings of Crown Point, Indiana recently qualified for the team by taking the gold medal in the 47 kilogram class in the 14 to 15 year old division at the 2017 U.S. Championships and Team Trials in South Carolina. Madilyn is the daughter of Rachel Jennings, the daughter of Tom and Pam Fessler of Dubuque.

Jennings and the rest of the USA Junior National Team will now travel to Argentina for the Pan-American Championships August 21st through 27th. Madilyn is a second degree black belt as well as a nine-time national champion.

Anyone interested in making a financial donation to help the family defer some of sizable expenses it takes for Jennings to compete can visit the Team USA website at: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Karate

Kurt Warner to the Pro Football HOF This Weekend

Kurt Warner ( Courtesy: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Iowa native and former University of Northern Iowa star Kurt Warner will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday. Warner and the other inductees are in Canton tonight for the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinal and the other festivities leading up to Saturday’s ceremony.

Warner who was born in Burlington, Iowa but grew up in Cedar Rapids had a story book journey to get to the NFL. Warner spent time in the Arena Football league with the Iowa Barnstormers then NFL Europe before signing with the St. Louis Rams and then spending 12 seasons in the league. Among Warner’s accomplishments: He was a two time league MVP with the Rams in 1999 and 2001. He was the MVP of Super Bowl 34 won by the Rams. He later led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Warner is the only quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three Super Bowls.

Warner is the only Iowa born or Iowa High School graduate to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hawkeyes Ready For European Tour

IOWA CITY, Iowa — When the University of Iowa men’s basketball team departs for its 12-day, four-game tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland on Sunday, culture and team bonding will be as important as the competition.

Yesterday, Iowa coach Fran McCaffery met with the media to talk about the trip. McCaffery says his Hawkeyes will face teams with excellent players throughout their tour.

McCaffery returns 11 of his top 12 scorers from a year ago, as well as freshman frontliners Luka Garza and Jack Nunge. The team will have 10 practices under its belts when it heads overseas.

Though McCaffery said he won’t use the tour to start settling on a rotation, the four games overseas will be beneficial once those practices start for real.

IHSBCA All State Series

The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star Series begins this evening through Sunday in Central Iowa featuring some of the top seniors making up teams from Eastern and Western Iowa.

A few KDTH area players will be represented on the Large Schools East and Small Schools East squads.

Playing for the Large School East will be T.J. Deardorff of Senior along with Gregory Bennett and Dylan Gotto of Western Dubuque. Players chosen to represent the Small School East team were Austin Savary of Wahlert Catholic and Bryce Simon of Cascade. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher will serve as an assistant coach.

Today and tomorrow’s games will be played in Waukee, Saturday’s games will be in Johnston while Sunday’s consolation and championship games will be in Ankeny.

Morhac Named Clarke U. Lacrosse Coach

Clarke University has hired Ben Morhac as head men’s and women’s lacrosse coach. Morhac comes to Clarke from Bexley High School, Bexley, Ohio, where he served as head varsity coach from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his stint at Bexley, Morhac held lacrosse head coaching positions at Big Walnut High School (2013-14) and at St. Norbert College (2008-2010).  He led St. Norbert’s club team to its best record in school history and first division title in 2010.

Ungs Joins Iowa Baseball Coaching Staff

Nic Ungs (courtesy grandslamsportscenter.com)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Dyersville native Nic Ungs has been named the University of Iowa baseball program’s director of baseball operations. Iowa head coach Rick Heller, who was Ungs head coach at Northern Iowa made the announcement yesterday.

Ungs joins the Hawkeyes after working in information technology and spending nine years as the pitching coordinator with the Georgia Bombers Baseball Club in Atlanta.  He coached 45 players that went on to play Division I baseball and nine players have been drafted in the last two Major League Baseball First-Year Player Drafts.

Ungs played professionally for 11 years after being selected in the 12th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins.  During his career at Northern Iowa, Ungs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2001 after going 11-2 with a 2.48 ERA and finishing with 114 strikeouts to 14 walks in 109 innings. The Panthers won a school-record 35 games, claimed the MVC Conference Tournament title, and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history.

Beckman Wins 6th State Baseball Title

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trailblazers defeated the Kuemper Catholic Knights 9-6 Saturday at Principal Park to win the Class 2A championship game. Beckman wins its sixth state championship and its first since back-to-back titles in 2012-2013.

The Trailblazers came out firing on all cylinders, tagging Kuemper pitching for nine runs in the bottom of the first inning. Beckman sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning, drawing six walks, recording three hits and one hit by pitch. Nine runs is all Beckman would need, with starting pitcher Jackson Bennett holding Kuemper to one run in four innings of work. He gave up just two hits, walking four and striking out nine before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction.

Kuemper clawed its way back into the game, scoring one in the fourth and five runs in the sixth to get within three runs.

Beckman second baseman Riley LeGrand did it all for the Trailblazers, reaching base three times with two singles, two RBI and a walk, while pitching the final inning to seal the 9-6 win for the Blazers en route to their championship victory.

Beckman Catholic finishes the season with a 32-11 record as it takes home the Class 2A state championship for the third time in the last six seasons. Kuemper Catholic finishes the season with a 22-13 record.

 

Beckman Plays For State Title Today

The Dyersville Beckman Trailblazers will be in search of state title number seven in school history this afternoon when then meet Carroll Kuemper Catholic in the Class 2A championship game at Principal Park in Des Moines. It’s reported that coach Tom Jenk will be in attendance as his Blazers try to win their first title since 2013. Jenk is in an ongoing health battle recovering from brain cancer. Beckman enters the game with a record of 31-and-11 while Kuemper is 22-and-12. Game time will be at 1:30 at Principal Park

Wahlert Falls To Top Seed Assumption

Davenport Assumption defeated Wahlert Catholic 6-1 in a Class 3A semifinal game Friday at Principal Park. The Knights tied the game in the third before exploding for five runs over the next two frames to advance to the championship game.
Ben Beutel led the way for the Knights on the mound. He was phenomenal, throwing a complete-game and allowing just two hits and one unearned run, while walking one and striking out 14 batters on the afternoon.
Justus Burke and Nolan Melchert led the way on offense for Assumption, each recording two hits and scoring a run. Burke drove in three runs on the day and Melchert brought in one run to give Beutel all the support he needed.
Wahlert managed just one run on the afternoon and that came in the first inning after two errors by Assumption. Austin Savary and Jack Jaeger recorded the only two hits for the Golden Eagles. Savary also took the loss on the mound. He went four innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs, while walking three and striking out four.
Wahlert ends its season at 27-16, while Assumption improves to 40-5. The Knights will take on the Harlan Cyclones in the championship game Saturday at 5 p.m.

Wahlert Meets Assumption In 3A Semi’s

The Wahlert High School baseball meet the 2nd ranked and top seeded Davenport Assumption Knights this afternoon at Principal Park in Class 3A state semi-finals. On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles advanced with an exciting 5-4 win over Marion while Assumption made it look easy in a 12-2 win over Bondurant Farrar. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher says his team is embracing the underdog roll against the Knights who many people are the best team in all four classes.  Tuescher says the Golden Eagles will give the ball to their ace Austin Savary to try to shut down Assumption’s explosive bats and that his team will have to play stellar defense in order to have a chance.

Game time will be at 1:30 on this afternoon. You can hear the action on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame with Tim Lary coming around 1:10 from Principal Park.

Beckman Playing For Another State Title

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trail Blazers defeated the Iowa City Regina Regals 8-0 yesterday evening at Principal Park in a Class 2A semifinal game to advance to the championship round. Beckman will look to win its first state championship since they took the title in 2013 and sixth in school history.

Beckman starting pitcher Connor McDermott was nearly unhittable in his start, pitching a seven-inning complete game. McDermott struck out 13 Regina hitters, striking out each of the last four batters he faced and nine of the final 11 batters that came to the plate.

The Blazers’ offense was also on a roll, scoring the most runs in the Class 2A tournament for the second game in a row. Center fielder Sam Stelken led the offense with three RBI, including a two-run triple in the bottom of the first. Stelken’s triple was one of three for Beckman, with second baseman Riley LeGrand and catcher Joel Vaske also hitting triples.

Beckman  meets Carroll Kuemper Catholic for the Class 2A championship at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.

Beckman Faces Regina In 2A Semis Tonight

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic Trail Blazers will attempt to punch their ticket to Saturday’s Class 2A state championship game later today. The Blazers (29-11) face Iowa City Regina (28-7) in the first 2A semi-final at 5 o’clock at Principal Park in Des Moines.  The winner will play Saturday afternoon at 1:30 against the winner of the other semi-final this evening between Carroll Kuemper Catholic and Centerville.

Beckman will be attempting to earn a spot in a state championship game for a 13 time in school history, the last time being in 2014….the Blazers have won five previous championships with the last one in 2013.

  • Yesterday the 4A semi-finals were played, but the weather created problems. The last game of the day between West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and Mason City was postponed until 9 this morning. The winner of the other quarterfinal games were Johnston over Linn-Mar 7-1, Waukee defeating defending champ Cedar Rapids Prairie 1-0, and ending early this morning Iowa City West defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 12-2 (6).

McCarron At Texans Training Camp

Riley McCarron (courtesy scout.com)

Dubuque native Riley McCarron began trying to realize an NFL dream yesterday as the Houston Texans opened up training camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. McCarron was signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent following an All Big 10 season at wide receiver for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Last year McCarron grabbed 42 passes for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns. The former Wahlert High prep impressed the NFL scouts at Iowa’s pro day before the draft showcasing his blazing speed in the 40 yard dash.

McCarron will get his first chance to make his case for a roster spot in a game setting when the Texans play their first pre-season game Wednesday, August 9th at home against the Carolina Panthers.

This season NFL teams have just one cut date to get down to their 53 man rosters. Previously, the first set of cuts was scheduled prior to the fourth preseason game. The change allows teams to carry all 90 players into the final preseason contest, giving them more time to evaluate those players. This season, the preseason wraps up on Sept. 1. Teams will be required to get rosters down to 53 no later than 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 3.

Wahlert With Walk Off Win At State Tournament

The fourth-seeded Wahlert Golden Eagles overcame a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to pull out a walk-off 5-4 victory over the fifth-seeded Marion Indians in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game yesterday afternoon at Principal Park.

After trailing for the majority of the game, the Golden Eagles pushed across two runs in the seventh inning to emerge victorious and grab their first summer state tournament win in program history. They were previously 0-6 in the tournament.

Joey Callahan provided the game-winning hit with a single in the seventh inning with the bases loaded.

Wahlert starter Alex Timp allowed three runs on seven hits in his three innings of work. He was relieved by Austin Savary, who went four innings while allowing one run on two hits. He earned the win.

Marion built a 3-0 lead but Wahlert responded with a big third inning. Savary picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Owen Funke. The Golden Eagles added another run on an error after the Marion shortstop bobbled a ball in the hole and allowed Jimmy McDermott to score.

Wahlert threatened to put up more runs in the inning, loading the bases with one out. But the Golden Eagles squandered the opportunity with a mental blunder. On a 2-2 count to Joey Callahan, the Wahlert runners tried to advance on the next pitch, thinking it was ball four. One runner was thrown out at home for the second out, as the other two runners advanced, but the damage was done. Callahan struck out looking on the next pitch, keeping the Marion lead at 3-2 after three frames.

Savary was once again in the midst of a Wahlert rally in the top of the fifth. Leading off the inning, Savary scorched a triple into the right-center field gap that rolled against the wall. Spencer Goerdt knocked in Savary a couple of batters later and tied the game at three with a single up the middle.

Things remained tied at three until the top of the seventh inning. Marion put runners on the corners with one out, and Baylor Fish knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to right field, giving his team a late 4-3 lead.

The Golden Eagles weren’t done yet. McDermott doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a fly out in the next at-bat. Goerdt drove him in with a single to tie the game at four and put two runners on base with just one out. The next batter, Mitch Morel, grounded a ball to the shortstop, who misplayed it, loading the bases. Callahan followed it up with a single down the left-field line to win the game for the Golden Eagles.

Wahlert will play Davenport Assumption in a Class 3A state semifinal at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Principal Park. You can hear the game on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame around 1:10pm Friday.

Wahlert Plays Marion in the 3A Quarterfinals

The Wahlert Golden Eagles meet the 5th ranked Marion Indians this afternoon at Principal Park in the Class 3A state high school baseball quarterfinals. Wahlert head coach Kory Tuescher says his team will depend on their strengths of solid pitching and defense if they hope to advance. Tuescher says the Eagles opponent Marion will be very aggressive on the base paths. Game time will be at 1:30 on Tuesday and you can hear the action  on AM 1370 KDTH, with pregame at 1:10 from Principal Park.

Dyersville Beckman Moves To The 2A Semis

The top-seeded Beckman Catholic Trailblazers defeated the Denver Cyclones 7-1 in a Class 2A first-round game Monday at Principal Park. The Blazers scored five runs through the first three innings en route to the win.

Beckman starter Jackson Bennett threw six innings, capturing the win. Bennett allowed just one unearned run, and just two hits and two walks, while striking out 10 on the day. Right fielder Mark Brown led the charge for Beckman, going 2-for-3 on the day, with one run scored and two RBI.

Zach Miller took the loss for Denver, throwing five innings and giving up five earned runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out six.

Eighth-seeded Denver ends its season at 18-15, while Beckman Catholic (30-11) advances to play Iowa City Regina in the Class 2A semifinals Thursday.

Dyersville Beckman Opens State Baseball Play Today

This afternoon at the state high school baseball tournament, the top seeded Dyersville Beckman Blazers begin what they hope will be a run to a 7th state baseball championship. Beckman (29-11) faces the 8th seeded Denver Cyclones (18-14) at 1:30 at Principal Park in Des Moines.

The Blazers enter the tournament on a nine-game winning streak and has won 11 of 12. The winner advances to the 2A Semi-Finals on Thursday evening against the winner of today’s first 2A quarterfinal round game between 4th seed Iowa City Regina and 5th seed Treynor. It’s Beckman’s 18th state baseball appearance in school history.

Tomorrow in Class 3A the Wahlert Golden Eagles will begin what they hope will be an extended stay in the state capital. The Golden Eagles will be looking for the programs first state tournament win in seven trips when they meet Marion at 1:30 and you can hear the action tomorrow on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame starting around 1:10pm.

2017-18 USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints Season Opener Date Announced

The United States Hockey League has released the full schedule for the 2017–2018 season. The rematch against the Dubuque Fighting Saints’ Eastern Conference Final opponent will not have to wait at all. The Fighting Saints are set to face off against the reigning 2017 Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel on Friday, October 6 on Opening Night. The full schedule is available at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

UD Takes Top-5 Spot in WBCA Academic Honor Roll

The WBCA Academic Top-25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women’s basketball teams across the nation with the 2016-17 season the 22nd year of the compiled honor rolls.

 

The University of Dubuque was ranked #5 in the NCAA Division III poll with a cumulative team GPA of 3.634, marking it’s third consecutive year to be ranked in the Top-5 for academics for head coach Mark Noll. Last season the Spartans held the #1 spot with a cumulative team GPA of 3.685 and in 2014-15 UD ranked #3 with a 3.605. The Spartans are the lone Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team to be ranked in the Top-25 in 2016-17, and also the only IIAC team ranked in Top-5 for the past three consecutive seasons.

All MVC Baseball

The All Mississippi Valley Conference baseball teams have been announced.

State qualifier Wahlert Catholic’s Austin Savary was named the Mississippi Division Player of the Year and a first team choice. Golden Eagle teammates Ryan Rogers and Alex Timp were selected to the second team. Spencer Goedt and Jimmy McDermott were chosen Honorable Mention.

Senior and Hempstead each had one player chosen to the Valley Division first team: T.J. Deardorff of Senior and Will Courtney of Hempstead. Landing second team accolades from Senior: Cameron Steffen, Nick Weber, and Carter Stevens and from Hempstead: Connor Duax and Lucas Duax. Honorable Mention selections included: Max Muehring and P.J. Connolly of Hempstead along with Sam Link and Erik Tupper of Senior.

Iowa State Adds Grad Transfer Zoran Talley

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball team has added Old Dominion graduate transfer Zoran Talley to its roster. Talley, the 2017 Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year, will be eligible immediately upon graduating from ODU this August.

Talley, a 6-7 forward from Merrillville, Indiana, appeared in 26 games for the Monarchs last season and finished second on the team averaging 11.3 points per game. He also chipped in 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

All Wamac Conference Baseball

 

The Wamac Conference has announced the members of the all divisional baseball teams.

Wamac Champ Western Dubuque and state qualifier Dyersville Beckman both had several players honored on the all East Division squad.   A total of five W-D players were named to the first team with Dylan Gotto, Calvin Harris, Gregory Bennett, Max Steffen and Nick Lembezeder. Beckman’s C.J. McDermott and Jackson Bennett were also first team members. Western Dubuque coach Casey Bryant was named the Coach of the Year.

Making second team honors were Beckman’s Joel Vaske, Riley LeGrand, Brock Marbach and Sam Stelken along with W-D’s Sam Goodman.

Honorable mention choices included: Beckman’s Carter Petsche and Colin Koelker, , and WD’s Kyle Lehman and Zach Bierman earned honorable mention.

Lyon Wins National Title

Max Lyon (courtesy iawrestle.com)

Western Dubuque High School graduate Max Lyon added National Champion to his wrestling resume yesterday. Lyon, a two time Iowa High School state champion who will be a freshman at Purdue in the fall won the 182-pound freestyle title at USA Wrestling’s Junior Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota.

Lyon went 7-0 in the three-day tournament, closing out the championship bout with a 10-3 victory over Jack Jessen of Illinois.

High School Baseball: Beckman To State…Wahlert Plays Tonight For State Birth

For the 18th time in school history, Dyersville Beckman is headed to the state high school baseball tournament. Last night in the Class 2A Substate game at Manchester, the 7th ranked Blazers shutdown the #6 Cascade Cougars 5-0. Beckman pitcher Jackson Bennett tossed a complete game three hitter with 9 strikeouts with only two walks.  Beckman enters the state tournament with a record of 28-and-11.

Beckman will have to wait until later this evening to find out their state tournament opponent. The Substate 5 final at Solon between Iowa City Regina and Wilton was postponed due to weather and will be played this evening so the pairings will be put together after that game.

Tonight the Wahlert Golden Eagles are hoping to join Beckman next week at Principal Park.  Wahlert will meet Waverly Shellrock at Wartburg College’s Hertel Field in Waverly for the 3A Substate 3 championship. The Golden Eagles have a record of 25-and-15 while the Go-Hawks are 26-and-8. You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame at 6:50pm.

Wahlert Baseball One Win From State/Beckman and Cascade Meet Tonight

The Wahlert Golden Eagles are one victory away from a third consecutive trip to the state baseball tournament. Last night in the Class 3A District 6 final in Manchester the Golden Eagles nipped the West Delaware Hawks 2-1.

Wahlert pitcher Alex Timp pitched a superb complete game four hitter to pick up the victory on the mound. The Golden Eagles got on the board first with a solo home run from Austin Savary in the 3rd. After West Delaware tied the game in the 4th , the Golden Eagles Spencer Goerdt had an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th to bring around the eventual game winning run. Timp then sat the Hawks down in order in the 6th and 7th to preserve the win.

The Golden Eagles will now meet Waverly Shellrock tomorrow night at Wartburg College’s Hertel Field in Waverly for the Substate 3 championship. The Go-Hawks defeated Decorah 6-5 last night to advance.

Tonight two familiar rivals meet once again to see who advances to the state tournament. The 7th ranked Dyersville Beckman Blazers (28-11) meet the 6th ranked Cascade Cougars (25-7) at 7 o’clock in Manchester for the Class 2A Substate 4 crown and a trip to Des Moines.

The Cougars defeated the Blazers 7-4 in their lone meeting this season back on June 16th in Cascade.

Wahlert Baseball In District Final Tonight

Tonight the Wahlert Golden Eagles baseball team attempts to keep the dream alive of a third straight trip to the state tournament . The Golden Eagles will meet West Delaware in the Class 3A District 6 Final in Manchester at 7 o’clock.  The two teams met the very first game on the season back on May 23rd which Wahlert won 4-1. Wahlert enters the game with a record of 24-and-15 and West Delaware has a record of 21-and-14.  The winner advances to the Substate Final on Wednesday night in Waverly to play the winner of the Decorah at Waverly-Shellrock District 5 Final.

You can hear tonight’s game on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame coming around 6:50pm.

 

Senior High Girls Track Coach Pat Murphy Retires

Longtime Dubuque Senior head girls track coach Pat Murphy has decided it’s time to pass the baton. Murphy has announced he is retiring from his coaching duties.

Murphy a graduate of Senior, came back to teach and coach in 1973. He retired from teaching a few years ago but continued to coach. He has been head girls track coach since 1979 and also held several football coaching positions for the Rams, including head coach from 1989 to 2003. He was MVC and State of Iowa coach of the year in 1997 and 1998.  Murphy was inducted into the Senior High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

The search for Murphy’s replacement is underway.

Class 3A and 4A District Baseball

In high school baseball the post season begins tonight for the Class 3A and 4A teams in the state.

In Class 3A District 6 action at Manchester: The Wahlert Golden Eagles will match up with Union Laporte City at 5 o’clock followed by West Delaware against Independence. The winners will meet in the District Final back at Manchester on Monday night.

In Class 4A; Western Dubuque is the top seed in Substate 5 and are hosting Davenport Central at Farley Park. Hempstead the 5th seed is at 2nd seed Cedar Rapids Washington.  The Senior Rams are the 3rd seed in Substate 4 and are hosting 4th seed Pleasant Valley at Petrakis Park. You can hear the Senior-P.V. game tonight along with updates on the other action going on on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame around 6:50pm.

MVC Names All Divisional Softball Teams

The Mississippi Valley Conference softball all divisional selections have been announced.

In the Valley Division: Hempstead had two first team choices in juniors Alana Cooksley and Morgan Krug. Three other Hempstead players were chosen to the second team: a pair of freshman in Malarie Huseman and Kaylie Springer along with sophomore Kayla LaPage. Senior had two second team choices: senior Sadie Mai and junior Tessa Kemp.  Landing Honorable Mention recognition were junior Jenna Springer and sophomore Katie Schaul of Hempstead along with junior Maggie Rooney and sophomore Karoline Stratton of Senior.

In the Valley Division: Wahlert Catholic freshman to be Anna Chapman was chosen to the second team. A pair of Golden Eagles landed Honorable Mention honors: Lilly Roth and Claire Ott.

John Deere Classic Begins Today

TPC Deere Run (courtesy golfadvisior.com)

The John Deere Classic tees off this morning at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Ryan Moore, the defending champion will return after being sidelined for five weeks with a strained tendon in his left shoulder.

Daniel Berger is the only player from the top 20 in the world — he’s No. 20 — at the J.D.C. The field features eight of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup. It gets its star power from a pair of locals — Zach Johnson, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Steve Stricker, a three-time winner who played college golf at Illinois. Two time Masters winner Bubba Watson is also in the field.

Day 2 WWGA National Junior Championship

Following Tuesday’s qualifying round at the Women’s Western Golf Association National Junior Championship at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, Dubuque’s Maddy Hawkins tied for 6th overall. Hawkins shaved a stroke off her Monday score and fired a 77 for a two day total 155. Caroline Crumrine of Wilmington, North Carolina shot a 79, but still had the top two day total of 150.

Single elimination match will be played today with winners moving along in the championship bracket later this week.

WWGA Junior Championship Qualifying

During the first round of qualifying at the Western Women’s Golf Association’s National Junior Championship at Dubuque Golf & Country Club, Dubuque Senior state champ Maddie Hawkins fired a 78 for the fourth best overall score in the qualifying round. Caroline Crumrine had the top score tallying a 71, while three players shot a 76, three more shot a 77 and Hawkins tied with two others at 78.

Dubuque Senior’s Abby Marting shot an 82, while Dubuque Wahlert’s Anna Jensen had a 92.

The second round of qualifying continues today. For information on the tournament:  http://www.wwga.org/WWGA.org/2017_Junior.html

Beckman Misses State Softball Bid/Hempstead Plays Tonight

The 7th ranked Dyersville Beckman Blazers lost in their attempt to qualify for next weeks Iowa High School State Softball Tournament. The Blazers were blanked 5-0 by 8th ranked Iowa City Regina last night in Dyersville. Beckman finished their season with a record of 30-and-12.

Tonight in the Class 5A Region 5 Final: the Hempstead Mustangs will be swinging for an upset at 3rd ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Jefferson is 37-and-4 and has a power packed line up with 64 team home runs which surpassed the previous state record of 58. The Mustangs were swept by the J-Hawks in the regular season meeting between the two teams on scores of 9-1 and 7-6…in the second game Jefferson had to score 3 in the bottom of the 7th to rally for the victory. The winner advances to the 5A State Tournament field next Tuesday in Fort Dodge.

You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com with pregame starting at 6:50 this evening with first pitch at 7 o’clock.

 

 

Dubuque Hosts WWGA National Junior Championship

The Dubuque Golf and Country Club is playing host to the 91st Women’s Western Golf Association National Junior Championship this week. Dave Edwards, the Head Golf Professional at the D.G.C.C. says the tournament will consist of very talented girls 18 years and under from numerous states and international locations. Edwards says area golf enthusiasts are encouraged to come out and watch sometime next week.

Two 18-hole qualifying rounds will be today and tomorrow with the top 32 advancing to compete for the championship title, while the remaining players will compete in subsequent flights. Single elimination match play will start Wednesday and consolation rounds will take place Thursday for those defeated. The week wraps up on Friday afternoon with the Championship Final Match.

To find out more go to:   http://www.wwga.org/WWGA.org/2017_Junior.html

Former Hawkeye Bobby Elliott Passes Away

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former Iowa football player and assistant coach Bobby Elliott passed away Saturday, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  He was 64.  He is the son of former UI Director of Athletics Bump Elliott.

Elliott played defensive back at Iowa from 1972 to 1975.

Elliott was a college football coach for 38 years.  He served as an assistant coach under Hayden Fry for 11 years.

During his career, Elliott has spent 32 of his 36 on-field seasons coaching defense, primarily as a defensive backs coach or defensive coordinator. He had a combined 11 years of defensive coordinator experience at San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa, and Ball State.  Before a five-year stint at Notre Dame, Elliott worked in 2010 and 2011 at Iowa State, his third coaching stop in Ames during his career, after also working in Ames in 1981-82 and 2000-01.

3A and 4A High School Baseball Pairings Announced

The map of the road to Principal Park and the Class 4A and 3A state baseball tournaments have been announced.

In Class 4A first round games next Friday night (July 14) in Substate 5: Western Dubuque is the top seed and will host Davenport Central. Hempstead drew the number 5 seed and will travel to 2nd seeded Cedar Rapids Washington. 3rd seed Bettendorf will host 4th seed Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

In Substate 4: Senior is the 3rd seed and will host Pleasant Valley at Petrakis Park. The other first round games have top seed Iowa City High hosting Waterloo East and number 2 seed Clinton hosting 5th seed Linn-Mar. The highest remaining seeds have a bye to their substate final while the other two winners play in the semi-finals on Monday, July 17th. The substate final is July 19th at the home of the highest remaining seed.

In Class 3A District 6 of Substate 3: Wahlert will meet Union Laporte City next Friday night  at 5 o’clock in the first game of a doubleheader at Manchester. The second game has West Delaware meeting Independence. The winners play at Manchester on Monday, July 17th for a trip to the Substate Final at Waverly two nights later to play the District 5 champion.

Schaber New East Dubuque Girls Coach

East Dubuque has hired Scott Schaber as its next high school head girl’s basketball coach. Schaber takes over the Warriors program following his second stint as head boy’s basketball coach at Galena High School. Schaber was the Galena boys coach from 2007 to 2009, then again for the last three seasons. He also has been an assistant women’s coach at Loras and Clarke.

Schaber takes over for Jared Deutch who was recently hired as the new head coach at Dubuque Senior.

Clarke University Names Boyd New Women’s Basketball Coach

Clarke University has a new head women’s basketball coach.

Courtney Boyd comes to Clarke from UW-Parkside, where she spent the past two years as associate head women’s basketball coach. Boyd spent the 2014-15 season as the head coach at AIB College of Business in Des Moines. Prior to AIB, Boyd spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division II level at Augusta University.  She started her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Grand View University in Des Moines.

Boyd takes over for Don Adams who stepped down in May after seven seasons and left as the schools winningest coach. This past season Clarke finished with a 20-11 mark, equaling the program’s record for wins in a season set two years ago.

Class 1A-2A Baseball Pairings

The pairings have been unveiled for the upcoming Class 1A and 2A district high school baseball tournament.

 

In Class 2A: Dyersville Beckman is the top seed in District 7 while Cascade is the top seed in District 8. Both teams will host the district semi-finals on July 11th and district final games on July 15th. District champions play in the Sub-state Final on July 18th at West Delaware.

 

District 7 opens on July 8th at Waukon with Clayton Ridge meeting MFL Mar Mac and the winner facing Monticello with Waukon facing Starmont with the winner playing Beckman.

 

In District 8 at Bellevue on July 8th; Camanche will meet North Cedar with the winner meeting Cascade in the semi’s three night later and Bellevue faces Anamosa with the winner to meet Northeast in the other semi-final.

 

In Class 1A; Bellevue Marquette Catholic is in District 9 of Substate 5. The Mohawks open up play against Calamus-Wheatland at Durant on July 11th. The winner will face the Lisbon-Easton Valley winner in the district semi’s back at Durant on July 13th. The district final is July 15th at Durant with the Substate Final against the District 10 winner at Washington.

Postseason Baseball Pairings (Class 1A and 2A)

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.