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Western Dubuque Softball Plays for State Title Tonight

July 23, 2021

Tonight in Fort Dodge, the Western Dubuque High School softball team will be aiming for the school’s first state softball championship in history. The Bobcats (34-7) will meet 5th ranked (28-8) Boone at 5:00 o’clock at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.

The Bobcats so far have beaten 15th ranked North Polk 5-2 and third ranked ADM 8-1. The Toreadors have toppled 4th ranked Carlisle 5-0 and top ranked Winterset 4-2 on their way to the championship game. Boone is also attempting to win their first state title.


ALL MVC Baseball Honors Announced

July 23, 2021

Today the Mississippi Valley Conference announced the all division selections for baseball.

In the Valley Division; divisional champ and state tournament qualifier Hempstead had four first team selections: Kellen Strohmeyer, Trey Schaber, Logan Runde, and Zach Sabers. Head coach Jeff Rapp and staff received Coach of the Year honors. Senior placed three on the first team: Gavin Guns, Cole Smith, and Ray Schlosser. The Mustangs had four second team selections: John Cornelius, Dane Schope, Solen Munson, and Brock Booth. Honorable Mention choices were Michael Garrett and Mitch Heuer of Hempstead and Alex Reavel and Drew Zillig of Senior

In the Mississippi Division: state qualifier Wahlert had two first team choices: Aaron Savary and Jake Brosius. Western Dubuque’s Spencer Nauman was named the Player of the Year and a first team choice. 2nd team choices for the Golden Eagles were Jack Walsh and Jared Walter. Honorable Mention picks were Landon Stoll and Ryan Brosius of Wahlert and Jayden Siegert and Bryn Vantiger of Western Dubuque.

Big 10 Football Pre-Season Honors

July 23, 2021

The Big 10 conference announced football preseason honors yesterday in conjunction with the start of Big Ten Football Football Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn were among those named to the West Division preseason list.

Today Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst will take a turn at the podium.

In a note from yesterday; Commissioner Kevin Warren announced retired Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez has been named the Big Ten Conference’s Special Advisor for Football.

Complete list of Big 10 Pre-Season Honors: https://bigten.org/news/2021/7/21/big-ten-announces-football-preseason-honors.aspx 


Garza Big 10 Male Athlete of the Year

July 23, 2021

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Iowa’s Luka Garza has to clear more space in his trophy case.  Garza has been selected as the 2020-21 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. Garza is the fifth Hawkeye student-athlete chosen as the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.

Garza swept all seven major postseason awards to become the 2021 consensus National Player of the Year.

Big 12 Leaders Meet to Discuss TX and OK

July 23, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big 12 leaders held a call without Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss how to keep the league’s flagship schools from bolting to the Southeastern Conference — and contingency plans to survive without them. The Big 12 put out a statement that revealed few details, but made clear the eight members in danger of being left behind want the Longhorns and Sooners to stay put. And that leaving could be costly for Texas and Oklahoma. The person familiar with the call said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and school officials discussed possible options for persuading Texas and Oklahoma to remain in the Big 12 and potential ways to keep the conference going if they leave.

Forfeits possible for NFL COVID outbreaks...Rays get Cruz

July 23, 2021

UNDATED (AP) — NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among nonvaccinated players could forfeit regular-season games, with players on both teams not getting paid. Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the 32 teams Thursday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that no games would be rescheduled under such circumstances. Instead, forfeits could happen. Goodell said the league doesn’t anticipate adding a 19th week to accommodate games that can’t be rescheduled within the 18-week regular season.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp has died at age 58 of injuries suffered in a bicycle accident near his home in California last Saturday. The family said in the statement that Knapp was struck by a car while riding his bicycle in the city of San Ramon in the San Francisco Bay Area and never regained consciousness.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired slugging designated hitter Nelson Cruz in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins. Tampa Bay also receives minor leaguer Calvin Faucher from Minnesota for minor league right-handers Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. The 41-year-old Cruz has 436 career homers and 1,202 RBIs. He’s batting .294 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs this season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach. Green is a first-time head coach after serving as an NBA assistant coach the past five years with Golden State and the Suns. He was a member of two NBA title-winning staffs with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

TOKYO (AP) — American beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb is out of the Olympics after four positive COVID-19 tests. Tri Bourne will take his place as the partner of four-time Olympian Jake Gibb when the competition begins this weekend. Crabb confirmed his withdrawal Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he was vaccinated and tested negative before he left the United States but tested positive when he arrived in Japan.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (7/22)

July 23, 2021

Final Detroit 7 Texas 5
Final L.A. Angels 3 Minnesota 2
Final Tampa Bay 5 Cleveland 4
Final Boston 5 N.Y. Yankees 4
Final Oakland 4 Seattle 1

Final St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2
Final Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2
Final San Diego 3 Miami 2
Final San Francisco 5 L.A. Dodgers 3

Western Dubuque Advances to State Softball Championship Game

July 22, 2021

The Western Dubuque softball team is one win from a state championship. Last night at the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge, the 2nd ranked Bobcats defeated 3rd ranked A-D-M 8-1 in the 4-A semi-finals and will now meet 5th ranked Boone on Friday evening for the state title. Boone upset top ranked Winterset 4-2 in the other semi-final yesterday.

Hempstead and Wahlert Headed to the State Baseball Tourney

July 22, 2021

Both the Hempstead Mustang and Wahlert Golden Eagles high school baseball teams are heading to the state tournament in Iowa City next week. Both teams won Substate championship last night at Petrakis Park to advance.

In the 4A Substate 5 title game, the Mustangs defeated North Scott 2-1. This is the 15 trip to the state tournament in school history for Hempstead.

In the 3-A Substate 3 title game, the Golden Eagles defeated Independence 5-1. This will be the 8th state tournament appearance in school history for the Golden Eagles.

The 4A and 3A tournament brackets will be set later this morning after the Coach’s seeding meetings.  3A teams will play their quarterfinal round games this Wednesday while 4A teams will play their quarterfinal games next Thursday.

Texas, Oklahoma reportedly eye SEC invite...Kraken picks

July 22, 2021

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the Southeastern Conference about potentially joining the league. The report cites a source the paper did not identify, only to say it was a high-ranking official with knowledge of the situation. The paper said an announcement could come in the next couple of weeks.

SEATTLE (AP) — Carey Price remains property of the Montreal Canadiens after the Seattle Kraken passed on the netminder in the NHL expansion draft. Instead, the Kraken selected Panthers netminder Chris Driedger  and gave him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Seattle took on some big contracts, selecting Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Islanders forward Jordan Eberle.

UNDATED (AP) — USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s Olympic opener against France. Zach LaVine (lah-VEEN’) has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. Khris Middleton, Jrue (jroo) Holiday and Devin Booker are expected to arrive in Tokyo on Saturday after competing in the NBA Finals.

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. is 2-0 in Olympic women’s softball following a 1-0 victory over Canada. Monica Abbott struck out nine in a complete-game one-hitter. Amanda Chidester singled home the game’s only run. Center fielder Haylie McCleney combined with second baseman Ali Aguilar to throw out the potential tying run at the plate following Canada’s only hit of the game.

National Scoreboard from Wednesday (7/21)

July 22, 2021

Final Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 3
Final Colorado 6 Seattle 3
Final N.Y. Yankees 6 Philadelphia 5
Final Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 4
Final Detroit 4 Texas 2
Final Boston 7 Toronto 4
Final Cleveland 5 Houston 4
Final Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 2
San Diego at Atlanta (Suspended)
Final San Diego 3 Atlanta 2
Final N.Y. Mets 7 Cincinnati 0
Final Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 4
Final Miami 3 Washington 1
Final St. Louis 3 Chicago Cubs 2
Final San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 2

Western Dubuque Softball Advances to State Semi’s

July 21, 2021

The Western Dubuque Bobcat softball team will play in the 4-A semi-finals later today at the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge. The 2nd ranked Bobcats ran their record to 33-and-7 by defeating #15 North Polk 5-2.

North Polk jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Bobcats settled in during the bottom of the second scoring 5 runs on 5 hits. North Polk left runners at 1st and 3rd in their final at bat.

Western Dubuque will meet 3rd ranked (26-10) A-D-M at 5:30 this evening with the winner advancing to Friday’s 4-A championship game against #1 Winterset  or #5 Boone.

Substate Baseball: Beckman Falls in Final…Hempstead and Wahlert Play Tonight

July 21, 2021

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic baseball team came up short of the state tournament after falling to Camanche 12-11 in last night’s Class 2A Substate 5 championship game at Solon.


Hempstead and Wahlert play for tickets to the state tournament. Both games will be at Petrakis Park, first at 5 o’clock 5th ranked Hempstead will meet North Scott for the 4A Substate 5 crown then at 7 o’clock in the 3A substate 3 title game; #6 Wahlert will meet Independence.

A note for fans attending the games in person, tickets must be purchased in advance online through a link on the Iowa High School Athletic Association website.

You can hear both games on AM 1370 and kdth.com with coverage beginning around 4:50pm this evening.

Bucks win NBA title, their first in half-century

July 21, 2021

MILWAUKEE (AP) — It had been been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA championship. Fittingly, their two-time NBA most valuable player scored 50 in last night’s clincher.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Suns, 105-98 to win the series 4-2.

Khris Middleton delivered 17 points and Bobby Portis had 16 off the bench for Milwaukee, which hadn’t won the title since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson carried the 1971 squad.

The Bucks became the fifth team to win the NBA Finals after trailing 2-0 and the first to do it by winning the next four games since Miami against Dallas in 2006.

Chris Paul scored 26 points to end his first NBA Finals appearance in his 16th season.

Regional MLB Recaps

July 21, 2021


—  Ian Happ and Javier Baez triggered a six-run rally in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6. Chicago entered the ninth trailing 6-1. Baez drove in a pair of runs off closer Alex Reyes before Happ put Chicago in front with a two-run double. The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate in the ninth and snapped a two-game losing streak while snapping a three game win streak by St. Louis.


— Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Soler homered as the Kansas City Royals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 in a game that began early to give local fans a chance to watch their team in the NBA Finals. The start time was moved up four hours at American Family Field.

White Sox-Twins

— Jose Abreu doubled and tripled early, then homered to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning that vaulted the Chicago White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 9-5. Abreu hit his 18th homer, a three-run drive that sent the AL Central-leading White Sox to their fourth win in five games.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (7/20)

July 21, 2021

Final Kansas City 5 Milwaukee 2
Final N.Y. Yankees 6 Philadelphia 4
Final Seattle 6 Colorado 4
Boston at Toronto (Postponed)
Final Oakland 6 L.A. Angels 0
Final Detroit 4 Texas 1
Final Tampa Bay 9 Baltimore 3
Final Houston 9 Cleveland 3
Final Chicago White Sox 9 Minnesota 5
Final Washington 6 Miami 3
Final Atlanta 2 San Diego 1
Final Cincinnati 4 N.Y. Mets 3
Final Chicago Cubs 7 St. Louis 6
Final Arizona 11 Pittsburgh 6
Final L.A. Dodgers 8 San Francisco 6
Final Milwaukee 105 Phoenix 98 (Milwaukee wins series 4-2)

Western Dubuque State Softball

July 20, 2021

The Western Dubuque High School softball is in Fort Dodge for the schools 2nd appearance at the state softball tournament in school history this afternoon.

W-D ranked 2nd in Class 4-A will face unranked North Polk in a quarterfinal contest at 3 o’clock  at Harlan Rogers Park. The winner plays Wednesday at 5:30 against the winner of the game between # 3 ADM and # 8 Clear Creek-Amana.  The losers meet in the consolation round  also tomorrow afternoon.



Wahlert, Hempstead, Beckman One Win From State

July 20, 2021

The Wahlert Golden Eagle baseball team is one win away from a trip to the 3A State Tournament next week. Last night Wahlert defeated Maquoketa 6-1while Independence knocked off Western Dubuque 5-3.  Wahlert will meet Independence Wednesday night at 7 o’clock at Petrakis Park for the Substate 3 championship.

The game will be the second game of the night. In the first game at 5 o’clock, the 6th ranked Hempstead Mustangs will meet North Scott in the 4A Substate 5 Final and a trip to the state tournament.

You can hear both games tomorrow evening on AM 1370 and kdth.com.

TONIGHT in Class 2A, Dyersville Beckman will play for a spot in the state tournament field.  Tenth ranked Beckman (21-14) will play Camanche (22-6) at Solon at 7 o’clock this evening for the Substate 5 championship.

ISU Coach Dresser Agrees To Contract Extension Through 2026

July 20, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Dresser has agreed to a contract extension through 2026.

Iowa State, which went 9-3 (4-1 Big 12) in dual action this season, had two Big 12 champions in David Carr and Gannon Gremmel and qualified eight wrestlers for the 2021 NCAA Championships. In 2019, Dresser was named the National Coach of the Year by the NWCA.

Maxwell and Bednarik Watch Lists

July 20, 2021

College football pre-season award watch list season begins yesterday and continues through the end of the month. Yesterday the watch list for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards were unveiled.

The watch list for the Maxwell Award presented to the college player of the year includes:

  • Iowa junior running back Tyler Goodson
  • Iowa State junior running back Breece Hall
  • Iowa State senior quarterback Brock Purdy

The watch list for the Bednarik Award presented to college football’s top defensive player includes:

  • Iowa State junior defensive end Will McDonald
  • Iowa State senior linebacker Mike Rose
  • Wisconsin senior linebacker Jack Sanborn
  • Illinois senior linebacker Jake Hansen

Today the watch list for pre-season candidates for the Davey O’Brien award going to college football’s top quarterback will be announced.

Sports News from Associated Press

July 20, 2021

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says the world needs to see that Japan can stage a safe Olympics. He spoke to Olympic officials in a closed-door meeting in Tokyo. Events start Wednesday and the formal opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday. Tens of thousands of athletes, officials and workers are arriving in Japan amid a local state of emergency during the coronavirus pandemic. The postponed Olympics face opposition from many Japanese people. There will be no local or foreign fans at events


MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bucks are on the verge of making history as Milwaukee’s first NBA champion since 1971. But Giannis Antetokounmpo says the Bucks can’t think about what happens if they beat the Phoenix Suns tonight in Game 6. He says it’s hard but they can’t get ahead of themselves and have to stay in the moment. They have set up the potential party 50 years in the making by winning the last three games. The Suns are facing elimination for the first time in this postseason. But they are confident they can send the series back to Phoenix for Game 7 on Thursday.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Wes Unseld Jr. has been introduced as the new coach of the Washington Wizards. There was understandably some nostalgia, given his father’s prominent place in franchise history. But the Wizards are looking for more than a familiar name. After six seasons as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, Unseld arrives with a clear vision of what Washington needs. He says the defensive side of the ball has been an issue. Wes Unseld Sr. led Washington to the NBA title in 1978 and later coached the team. He died last year.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Raiders team president Marc Badain has resigned just before the start of training camp after helping orchestrate the team’s move to Las Vegas. Owner Mark Davis announced Monday that Badain is leaving the organization and that executive vice president and general counsel Dan Ventrelle will take over on an interim basis. Badain went from being a ball boy for the team to a 30-year career with the organization. He eventually became the chief financial officer for the team and was an assistant to former CEO Amy Trask.


UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA spent nearly $68 million on legal services during the fiscal year 2019-20, according to tax documents. NCAA revenue was down more than 50% over the previous year, from more than $1.1 billion to just over $520 million. That drop is blamed mostly on the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020 due to the pandemic. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in the association’s appeal of a federal court’s ruling in an antitrust case. Nearly $35 million of those legal expenses were spent on defense of the so-called Alston antitrust case.

National Scoreboard from Monday (7/19)

July 20, 2021

Final Minnesota 3 Chicago White Sox 2
Final Baltimore 6 Tampa Bay 1
Final Chicago White Sox 5 Minnesota 3
Final Detroit 14 Texas 0
Final Boston 13 Toronto 4
Final Houston 4 Cleveland 3
Final Oakland 4 L.A. Angels 1
San Diego at Atlanta (Postponed)
Final Washington 18 Miami 1
Final St. Louis 8 Chicago Cubs 3
Final N.Y. Mets 15 Cincinnati 11
Final Arizona 4 Pittsburgh 2
Final San Francisco 7 L.A. Dodgers 2

Post Season High School Baseball Continues Tonight

July 19, 2021

Tonight the post season high school baseball tournament trail in class 3A continues with a pair of area semi-final match-ups in Substate 3:

  • At Petrakis Park in Dubuque, the Wahlert Golden Eagles (28-10) will host the Maquoketa Cardinals(20-15)
  • At Farley Park in Farley, the Western Dubuque Bobcats (17-18) host the Independence Mustangs (26-13).

The winners tonight collide in the substate final on Wednesday night.

In Class 4A: Davenport West travels to North Scott…the winner advances to meet Hempstead on Wednesday night at Petrakis Park.

  • Reminder to fans planning to attend any of the high school baseball post season games, you need to purchase your tickets in advance as no cash is being taken at the game site.

Regional MLB Recaps from Sunday

July 19, 2021


— Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep with a 6-4 win over the Cubs. Merrill Kelly needed just 75 pitches to navigate the Cubs’ lineup through eight innings and threw 59 strikes. He was helped by two spectacular catches by Kole Calhoun and was pulled after allowing back-to-back hits to start the ninth.

White Sox-Astros

— The White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games as Carlos Rodon allowed one hit over seven innings of a 4-0 shutout of the Astros. Abraham Toro’s third-inning single was the only hit off Rodón and accounted for Houston’s only baserunner. Yoán  Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers, for the White Sox, who took the last two games of the series after dropping their first five meetings with the Astros.


— The Brewers complete a three-game sweep and stretch their lead in the NL Central to seven games by slamming the second-place Reds, 8-0. Corbin Burnes struck out 12 while allowing five hits and a walk over 8 1/3 innings. He didn’t allow a runner past first until the Reds loaded the bases in the ninth. Christian Yelich  hit a solo homer in the seventh and Willy Adames  added a two-run shot in the ninth.


— Harrison Bader’s check-swing single went off the glove of first baseman Lamonte Wade Jr., bringing home the deciding run in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ 2-1 downing of San Francisco. Paul DeJong  homered for the Cardinals and Matt Carpenter sparked the go-ahead rally with a double. Darin Ruf homered for the Giants, who dropped two of three in each series with the Redbirds this season.


— Jeimer  Candelario homered, drove in three runs and started two double plays as the Tigers dumped the Twins, 7-0 for a three-game sweep.

Morikawa wins British Open...deGrom shelved...Almirola wins

July 19, 2021

SANDWICH, England (AP) — Collin Morikawa is the first golfer to win two different majors in his first attempt after rallying to capture the British Open at Royal St. George’s. He began the final round one stroke behind leader Louis Oosthuizen before closing with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth . Morikawa made three straight birdies from the seventh hole to overtake Oosthuizen, who was seeking a wire-to-wire win.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are putting pitcher Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list with right forearm tightness. The right-hander first experienced the tightness before the All-Star Game and determined on Friday that he would be unable to make his scheduled start yesterday at Pittsburgh. DeGrom underwent an MRI on Friday that confirmed the issue is in his forearm and that there is no structural damage to his elbow.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Aric Almirola has earned the first NASCAR Cup win of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing, taking the summer race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola raced to his third career Cup victory and first since 2018, a needed boost for Ford that also played havoc with the playoff setup with only four races left before the 16-driver field is set. The race was delayed nearly two hours by rain and NASCAR called it early due to darkness, leaving it eight laps shy of its scheduled conclusion.

UNDATED (AP) — U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff won’t get a chance to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The 17-year-old American has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her out of the Summer Games. Gauff revealed her positive test in a tweet on Sunday. She is No. 25 in the WTA rankings and is coming off a fourth-round appearance at Wimbledon.

PARIS (AP) — Tadej Pogacar has won the Tour de France for a second straight year after a mostly ceremonial ride into Paris. The Slovenian rider with UAE Team Emirates successfully defended his huge lead of 5 minutes, 20 seconds over second-place Jonas Vingegaard. The 22-year-old Pogacar won his first title last September when he became the Tour’s youngest champion in 116 years.

National Scoreboard from Sunday (7/18)

July 19, 2021

Final Tampa Bay 7 Atlanta 5
Final Toronto 5 Texas 0
Final Detroit 7 Minnesota 0
Final Chicago White Sox 4 Houston 0
Final Baltimore 5 Kansas City 0
Final Toronto 10 Texas 0
Final Cleveland 4 Oakland 2
Final Seattle 7 L.A. Angels 4
Final N.Y. Yankees 9 Boston 1
Final Milwaukee 8 Cincinnati 0
Final Philadelphia 4 Miami 2
Final San Diego 10 Washington 4
Final N.Y. Mets 7 Pittsburgh 6
Final St. Louis 2 San Francisco 1
Final Philadelphia 7 Miami 4
Final Colorado 6 L.A. Dodgers 5
Final Washington 8 San Diego 7
Final Arizona 6 Chicago Cubs 4