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Wahlert Boys Basketball Forced to Pause

November 25, 2020

Due to COVID-19 virus issues, the Wahlert High School boys basketball team is being forced to pause their preseason preparation and call off their first two games according to head coach Tom English.  The Golden Eagles were scheduled to open their schedule on Monday night at Decorah, but that game and the game next Friday night at Davenport Assumption have been called off.

The Hempstead and Senior winter sport athletic teams also have had their  schedules altered next week with the Dubuque Community School going to complete virtual learning after the Thanksgiving break.

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (11/24)

November 25, 2020

High School Girls Basketball

Iowa

  • Platteville 54, Hempstead 40
  • Midland 45, Bellevue Marquette Catholic 44
  • Cascade 57, Northeast 27
  • Dyersville Beckman 67, Independence 33
  • Vinton-Shellsburg 62, Maquoketa 57

High School Boys Basketball

  • (Hall of Pride scrimmage) Hempstead 59, Pleasant Valley 42

Mens College Basketball

  • Clarke 78, Culver Stockton 77 (OT)(Clarke 2-1 overall 1-0 in Heart )

Womens College Basketball

  • 13 Clarke 85, Graceland 39 (Clarke now 3-1, 1-1 Heart).

College Basketball Openers Today

November 25, 2020

Many Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip off their seasons today.

Mens

  • #5 Iowa hosts North Carolina Central (3:00)
  • Northern Iowa faces Western Kentucky in Sioux Falls SD (3:30)
  • #7 Wisconsin hosts Eastern Illinois (9:00)
  • #8 Illinois hosts North Carolina A&T (1:00)

Womens

  • Iowa hosts Northern Iowa (6:30)
  • Iowa State hosts Nebraska-Omaha (12:00)
  • Wisconsin-Miami Ohio (PPD)
  • Illinois hosts Indiana State (7:00)

COVID-19 causes Gophers to cancel game with No. 18 Wisconsin

November 25, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is calling off its scheduled game Saturday at rival Wisconsin due to COVID-19 cases within the program. The Gophers said they had nine players and six staff members test positive over the last five days, with more presumed positive results pending. The move likely knocks the 18th-ranked Badgers out of consideration for the Big Ten championship game after already missing 2 games due to virus issues.

This weekend’s scheduled Utah-Arizona State and Tulsa-Houston matchups also have been scrapped. Utah was rescheduled to face Washington on Saturday. A total of 10 scheduled games this week involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams have been postponed or canceled.

Pelicans pact...Virus delays...NFL Hall of Fame nominees

November 25, 2020

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram is the NBA’s reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelicans.

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida was sixth, followed by unbeaten Cincinnati at seventh, the best ranking for a non-Power Five team in the seven-year history of the selection committee’s rankings.   Iowa State is 15th and Wisconsin 18th.

UNDATED. (AP) — No. 12 Tennessee has extended its pause of team activities through Dec. 4 after receiving the results of COVID-19 testing. The Vols will not play No. 1 Gonzaga in Indianapolis next week. In other virus-related developments in college basketball: No. 2 Baylor has pushed back the start of its men’s basketball season even further with the cancellation of Sunday’s game at Seton Hall.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have added another veteran arm to their rotation by signing two-time All-Star Charlie Morton to a $15 million, one-year deal. The 37-year-old right-hander is returning to the Braves after helping Tampa Bay reach the World Series this season. The signing comes after left-hander Drew Smyly signed an $11 million, one-year deal with the Braves on Nov. 16.

UNDATED (AP) — Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson are first-year eligible players to make the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. Joining them are four players who previously have been eligible, but never made the semifinals: Eric Allen, Willie Anderson, Cornelius Bennett and Rodney Harrison.

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

November 24, 2020

White Sox to host Yankees in Field of Dreams game on Aug. 12

Field of Dream Game take two: Yesterday Major League Baseball announced the Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees in the rescheduled Field of Dreams game at Dyersville on Aug. 12.

MLB says the plan is tentative, contingent on the status of public health next summer. The teams had been scheduled to play at the ballpark next to the “Field of Dreams” movie site last Aug. 13. When the schedule was revamped because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Yankees were replaced as the opponent by the St. Louis Cardinals, but the game was called off on Aug. 4.

The rescheduled game will be MLB’s first in Iowa.

Fighting Saints Fall at Des Moines

November 24, 2020

A shorthanded Dubuque Fighting Saints couldn’t muster enough offense to keep up with the Des Moines Buccaneers, as they dropped their third game of the season 9-3 last night.

Dubuque now (0-3) faces off at home against Team USA’s National Development team on Saturday night for their next game. The puck will drop at 7:05 pm.

Goff leads Rams to win...NFL COVID-19 problems

November 24, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jared Goff completed 39 of his 51 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns in the Los Angeles Rams’ 27-24 victory at Tampa. Robert Woods, Van Jefferson and Cam Akers grabbed short scoring passes from Goff as Los Angeles improved to 7-3. Cooper Kupp had 11 receptions for 145 yards and Woods finished with 10 catches for 130 yards.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens reopened their training facility Monday afternoon after closing earlier in the day due to another coronavirus outbreak within the team. Several members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Thursday’s showdown with Pittsburgh. Coach John Harbaugh said running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins were among those testing positive and won’t be available versus the Steelers.

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has expanded its mandate for mask usage on the sideline and is threatening discipline for those who violate the league’s updated COVID-19 protocols. The league told teams in a memo on Monday that players who are not substituting or preparing to enter the field of play and are not wearing their helmets will be required to wear a mask or a double-layered gaiter on the sideline, starting this week. Play-callers now must wear a mask even if they have a face shield.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed star wide receiver Adam Thielen on the COVID-19 reserve list. Thielen leads the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions, the most in team history through the first 10 games. The move was made the day after he caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Dallas.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns defensive star Myles Garrett will miss his second consecutive game as he recovers from COVID-19. Coach Kevin Stefanski did not provide any details on Garrett’s condition other than saying he will not be back in time to face the Jaguars. Garrett has 9 1/2 sacks and has been among the NFL’s best defensive players all season.

Fighting Saints Back on Ice Tonight

November 23, 2020

After missing their last three games which were postponed due to COVID 19 issues, the Dubuque Fighting Saints hit the ice tonight. The Saints will be at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines to faceoff with the Buccaneers at 6:35pm. Des Moines has faced similar virus quarantine issues and will be playing their first game after missing the last four games.

Following their game tonight, the Fighting Saints are schedule for a Thanksgiving night clash with the rival Blackhawks in Waterloo before a home game Saturday against the USA National Development Team.

Bad injury...Mahomes heroics...Auburn sanctions

November 23, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow is being upbeat despite a knee injury that has ended his season. It happened yesterday during the 20-9 loss to Washington. Burrow, the No.1 overall draft pick, had to be taken off the field. He later posted on Twitter that he appreciates the support he has received and “See ya next year.”

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took two go-ahead fourth-quarter scores, but the Kansas City Chiefs have avenged their only loss in the last 12 months by getting by the Las Vegas Raiders 35-31. Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play. Derek Carr passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh remains perfect for the season. Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted two passes each and the Steelers steamrolled their way to 10-0 for the season. Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looked lost most of the day against the Steelers, who allowed just 206 yards and finished with two sacks.

UNDATED (AP)— NBA veteran JaVale McGee will take his rebounding skills to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade with Los Angeles. The Cavs will also get a future draft pick from the Lakers, who are picking up forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell. McGee will fill the hole left when Tristan Thompson agreed to a two-year, free agent deal with the Boston Celtics.

UNDATED (AP) — Auburn’s basketball team won’t participate in postseason play this season as a self-imposed penalty stemming from a bribery scheme involving former assistant coach Chuck Person. The university announced the self-imposed postseason ban on Sunday for rules violations involving Person’s steering young athletes toward advisers and managers in exchange for money.

AP Top 25 Football Poll

November 23, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is now a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll.

For the second straight week, the top eight teams in the poll held their spots. The Crimson Tide received all 62 first-place votes after beating Kentucky 63-3, making Alabama the first unanimous No. 1 this season and the first team to do it in the regular season since 2018.

Notre Dame was No. 2, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M. Florida was No. 6 and No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 8 BYU also held their spots.

Northwestern moved up eight spots after beating Wisconsin 17-7 to improve to 5-0. The Badgers slipped eight spots to 18th. Iowa State has moved up to number 15.

Click for the complete Top 25 Poll: https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-poll

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Scores and Recap

November 23, 2020

Final Carolina 20 Detroit 0
Final Cleveland 22 Philadelphia 17
Final Houston 27 New England 20
Final New Orleans 24 Atlanta 9
Final Pittsburgh 27 Jacksonville 3
Final OT Tennessee 30 Baltimore 24
Final Washington 20 Cincinnati 9
Final Denver 20 Miami 13
Final L.A. Chargers 34 N-Y Jets 28
Final Dallas 31 Minnesota 28
Final OT Indianapolis 34 Green Bay 31
Final Kansas City 35 Las Vegas 31


Burrow’s rookie season is done

UNDATED (AP) — It appears that Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow’s rookie season is done six games early.

Burrow was carted off the field early in the third quarter with a left knee injury. After the game, he posted on Twitter: “Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year.”

Teammates and opponents ran over to offer their support to Burrow after the injury. The No. 1 overall pick’s day ended 22 of 34 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown. Washington beat Cincinnati 20-9.

Burrow has thrown for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Elsewhere around the NFL:

— Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play, and the Kansas City Chiefs avenged their only loss in the last 12 months with a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Mahomes passed for 348 yards and led two go-ahead scoring drives in the frantic fourth quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. Derek Carr passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Raiders.

— Pittsburgh’s most dominant defensive performance of the season kept the Steelers perfect. Terrell Edmunds and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted two passes each and the Steelers steamrolled their way to 10-0 with a 27-3 win in Jacksonville. Rookie quarterback Jake Luton looked lost most of the day against the Steelers, who allowed just 206 yards and finished with two sacks.

The Indianapolis defense kept Aaron Rodgers off the field most of the second half, then forced a game-changing fumble less than a minute into overtime for a 34-31 victory over Green Bay. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes to stake the Packers to a 28-14 halftime lead. But Indy’s defense forced two three-and-outs in the third quarter and a turnover on downs in the fourth to fuel the comeback.

— Baltimore has dropped into third place, four games behind unbeaten Pittsburgh in the AFC North because of Sunday’s 30-24 loss against the Titans. Derrick Henry ran for a 29-yard touchdown with 5:21 left in overtime to cap another memorable performance against the Ravens.

— Taysom Hill rushed for two touchdowns and passed for 233 yards in his first NFL start at quarterback, and the New Orleans Saints extended their winning streak to seven games with a 24-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Drew Brees is sidelined with rib injuries.

— P.J. Walker threw for 258 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start. The much maligned Panthers’ defense earned its first shutout since 2015 and Carolina defeated the Detroit Lions 20-0 to snap a five-game losing streak. Walker, a former XFL player, was made the starter less than two hours before kickoff when Teddy Bridgewater was officially ruled out with a knee injury.

— Turnovers and sloppy mistakes cost the Philadelphia Eagles again. Carson Wentz threw a Pick-6, got sacked for a safety and the offense committed two turnovers inside Cleveland’s 10 in a 22-17 loss Sunday. Wentz was sacked five times, got hurried and hit numerous times and threw two more interceptions, increasing his NFL-leading total to 14.

— Keenan Allen set a Chargers franchise record with 16 receptions, Justin Herbert threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns and Los Angeles held on for a 34-28 victory over the winless New York Jets to snap a three-game losing streak. The prolific-catch day helped Allen tie Antonio Brown as the fastest to reach 600 receptions.

— Deshaun Watson threw for 344 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, and J.J. Watt defended a career-high four passes to lead the Houston Texans to a 27-20 win over the New England Patriots . Watson’s two touchdown passes and scoring run all came in the first half as the Texans built a 21-10 halftime lead.

—Andy Dalton returned from a two-game absence to throw three touchdown passes for Dallas. He hit Dalton Schultz for a 2-yard score with 1:37 left to lift the Cowboys to a 31-28 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. That stopped a four-game losing streak for Dallas and a three-game winning streak for Minnesota.

Former ISU Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Hallihan Passes Away

November 20, 2020

A man who made many trips to Dubuque in support of the Iowa Winter Games has passed away. Jim Hallihan, former Iowa State assistant men’s basketball coach and former Iowa Sports Foundation Executive Director for the Iowa Games died today. He was 75.

During his tenure in Ames, the Cyclone men’s hoops program became a national player, earning six NCAA Tournament berths, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986.

In 1994 Hallihan started as Iowa Sports Foundation Executive Director for the Iowa Games.  During his tenure, the foundation grew from two events and 16,000 athletes to over 20 events and 190,000 participants.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (11/19)

November 20, 2020

Wisconsin High School Football Playoffs Level 2 (Final round)

  • Lacrosse Aquinas 42, Lancaster 8
  • Highland 19, Potosi-Cassville 13

Men’s College Basketball

  • Viterbo 70, Clarke 67 (Clarke meets Cardinal Stritch tonight in La Crosse)

Senior and WD MVC Sportsmanship Winners

November 20, 2020

Senior High and Western Dubuque have been selected as the divisional Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship winners for the Mississippi Valley Conference.  Senior was voted as the Valley winner and Western Dubuque the Mississippi recipient.

Winners are selected in a vote of varsity athletic officials in the sports of football and volleyball.

Luka Garza Headlines Naismith Trophy Watch List

November 20, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today the 2021 Naismith Trophy Watch List, which includes University of Iowa All-American Luka Garza, who was a finalist last season.

Over the last couple weeks, Garza has been named the only unanimous Associated Press Preseason All-American, Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and named to the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List, an award that he won last April.

  • Fighting Illini junior point guard Ayo Dosunmu and sophomore center Kofi Cockburn are also on the list.
  • Northern Iowa  junior guard A.J. Green is also on the list.

Cardinals' missed chance...COVID cancels Big Ten game

November 20, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — The Cardinals missed a chance to take control of the NFC West, falling 28-21 to the Seahawks on Thursday night. Arizona had an opportunity to sweep the season series from Seattle for the first time since 2009 and hand the Seahawks a third straight loss.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Turkish forward Ersan Ilyasova. The 33-year-old Ilyasova played 63 games and made eight starts for the Bucks last season. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 15.7 minutes. This marked Ilyasova’s third stint with the Bucks. He began his career with Milwaukee in 2006-07 and also played for the Bucks from 2009-15 and from 2018-20.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers acquired guard Luke Kennard from Detroit, and sent guards Landry Shamet to Brooklyn and Rodney McGruder to Detroit as they attempt to improve the supporting cast around Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. In addition to Kennard, the Clippers received center Justin Patton from the Pistons in the draft-night deal, as well as the draft rights to junior-college player Jay Scrubb and four second-round picks. The Clippers’ Lawrence Frank says the draft assets allow the team to continue drafting young talent or explore trades for years to come.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman’s suspension for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay’s Mike Brosseau was reduced from three games to two after he appealed the decision. Major League Baseball announced the result of the appeal. It was heard by special assistant to the commissioner John McHale Jr. Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball near Brosseau’s head on his first pitch to the pinch hitter with two outs in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Sept. 1.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten game Saturday between Maryland and Michigan State has been canceled. A COVID-19 outbreak on the Terrapins resulted in a positive test for coach Michael Locksley. It’s the second straight cancellation for the Terrapins, who were scheduled to face Ohio State last week before several players on the team contracted the coronavirus. Maryland has not played since beating Penn State on Nov. 7. Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and is isolating at home. Also, No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette canceled its game against Central Arkansas on Saturday because of positive COVID-19 tests.

Area Scoreboard from Wednesday (11/18)

November 19, 2020

College Womens Basketball

  • Mid-American Nazarene 62, #13 Clarke 59

College Womens Soccer

  • Culver Stockton 2, Clarke 0

Wisconsin HS Football Playoffs

November 19, 2020

The football season will come to an end tonight for a couple area Wisconsin teams still in the playoffs. A Division 6 match-up: Potosi-Cassville will host Highland, and in a Division 5 contest, Lancaster plays host to Lacrosse Aquinas.

Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft

November 19, 2020

Wolves select Edwards with No. 1 pick in delayed NBA draft

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Georgia freshman guard Anthony Edwards the No. 1 pick in the delayed NBA draft. Edwards became the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the top pick.

He averaged 19.1 points for the Bulldogs, tops among all freshman.

The Golden State Warriors, stung by the news that Klay Thompson sustained another leg injury earlier Wednesday, took Memphis center James Wiseman with the second pick. They stumbled to the bottom of the league while Thompson missed the entire season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

LaMelo Ball then went to the Charlotte Hornets, the next stop on a lengthy basketball journey that sent the guard from high school in California to stops as a professional in Lithuania and Australia.

The Chicago Bulls took Patrick Williams of Florida State, the ACC sixth man of the year as a freshman, at No. 4. Cleveland followed with Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, another freshman, to round out the top five.

Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft. He is the third-highest draft pick in school history.

Fighting Saints PPD for the Weekend Again

November 18, 2020

For the second straight weekend, the Dubuque Fighting Saints will have the games postponed due to issues related to COVID-19.

The Fighting Saints were schedule to host Muskegon on Friday and Saturday night, but the decision to postpone became official today.

Once new dates are determined, all tickets for the games this weekend will be updated in the mobile ticketing account for each customer and the new ticket will provide admission to the game on the date it is rescheduled.

Dubuque is next scheduled to play at Des Moines on Monday and Waterloo on Thursday. The next home game is November 28th.

A-R-C Schedule Updates

November 18, 2020

Today the American Rivers Conference is announcing winter schedules and schedules for the fall sports that were moved to the spring.

Men’s and women’s basketball games along with wrestling competition were approved to begin January 23rd.  Each men’s and women’s basketball team will play a 9 game round robin schedule and every team in the conference will be in the post season conference tournament. Wrestling will have series of four tri-angulars, creating a round-robin.

Volleyball would be the first fall-to-spring sport to take the court with first matches scheduled February 20. A full round-robin is planned and there will not be a conference tournament. Women’s and men’s soccer have round-robins planned, beginning March 27. Again, there will be no conference tournament.

A-R-C football has each school scheduled for three games. Due to how the schedule is structured, the University of Dubuque is scheduled for a fourth game.

In all sports, schools are permitted to schedule non-conference contests as long as the opponent complies with COVID protocols that are equal to those required by the conference.

Iowa All State High School Volleyball Team

November 18, 2020

The Iowa Girls Coaches Association has released the 2020 season high school all state teams.

In Class 5A: Hempstead senior Corrine Meier was named a first team selection.

In Class 4A: three members from state tournament qualifier Western Dubuque were recognized: senior Meg Besler was named to the first team, junior Madison Maahs was named to the second team, and junior Meredith Bahl was an honorable mention.

In Class 2A: Dyersville Beckman Catholic junior Kiersten Schmitt was a first team choise and junior teammate Olivia Hogan was honorable mention.

More information: https://www.iagca.org/volleyball.html

Illinois Winter Sports on Pause

November 18, 2020

The winter high school sports season in Illinois is officially taking a temporary pause after Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new COVID-19 mitigation measures yesterday. The new rules now in effect include the pausing of all indoor sporting activities.

The Illinois High School Association will hold their monthly board meeting tomorrow where they will discuss the current situation.

The IHSA has already been dealing with the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, as football was delayed to the early spring and baseball and softball and track and field pushed back to later in the spring.

Iowa State to Reduce Fan Attendance Further

November 18, 2020

With the COVID 19 infection rates climbing in the state, Iowa State has announced they will further reduce fan attendance for this Saturday’s home football game against Kansas State and also for the upcoming basketball seasons.

ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said the only fans inside Jack Trice Stadium this Saturday will be families and guests of student-athletes and staff. The marching band and spirit squad will also attend the game.

Pollard says they will also limit attendance at men’s and women’s basketball games through the end of November to families and guests of student-athletes and staff.

NBA partial schedule...Raptors, Canada talk...Nadal ousted

November 18, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics. The league’s 75th season, delayed and shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic, will begin Dec. 22. and look like none other. The NBA announced Tuesday how it will make up the 72-game schedule, which won’t be entirely known until well after it’s started.

TORONTO (AP)— The Toronto Raptors and the NBA have offered a proposal to the Canadian government to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. The NBA needs an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border also remains closed to nonessential travel.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State’s men’s basketball team will temporarily move to Phoenix due to coronavirus restrictions in its home state. Under New Mexico health guidelines, athletic departments currently do not allow full practices, games or workouts exceeding five people. Anyone who travels from outside New Mexico also must quarantine for 14 days.

CHICAGO (AP) — Calling it a time to make a change, Theo Epstein is stepping down after nine seasons as the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations. General manager Jed Hoyer is being promoted to take his place. Epstein transformed the long-suffering Cubs and helped bring home a championship in 2016. His contract was set to expire in 2021.

LONDON (AP) — Dominic Thiem mastered the tiebreakers again to get the better of Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals, under way in London. Thiem beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets and secured his spot in the semifinals. Thiem clinched the victory on his fifth match point.

Iowa’s Van Valkenburg and Illinois’s McCourt Big 10 POW’s

November 17, 2020

Iowa Hawkeye senior defensive end Zach VanValkenburg is the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week while Illinois senior kicker James McCourt is the conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

VanValkenburg recorded a career-high three sacks included in his five tackle day in the Hawkeye 35-7 win at Minnesota on Saturday.

McCourt converted a 47-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lead Illinois to a 23-20 victory at Rutgers. The make was one of three successful field goals for him in the 2nd half.

WVCA All State Volleyball Teams

November 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association has announced their all state teams for schools that competed in the fall season.
Area players receiving recognition include:

Division 2: Maddie Cooley and Alayna Digman Platteville were named Honorable Mention.
Division 3: Kendell Esser of River Ridge, Honorable Mention.
Division 4: Layla Alt and Kayla Klotz of Shullsburg, Honorable Mention.

Mineral Point Forfeits Final

November 17, 2020

The Mineral Point High School football team is forfeiting what would have been their final football game of the season due to at least one case of COVID-19 in the team. After their win in the playoff opener Friday, the Pointers were scheduled to host Cambridge on Thursday night. The game is one of four of the eight games scheduled  in  the Division 5 bracket to be forfeited.

Cousins' MNF jinx ends...CP to Suns...Madness bubble plan

November 17, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — This is one of the best Tuesdays that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has had in years. Cousins threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns last night to beat the Chicago Bears 19-13. Cousins won for the first time in 10 career Monday night starts. It wasn’t a good night for Bears quarterback Nick Foles. He got taken from the field on a cart in the game’s final minute after landing on his right, throwing shoulder.

UNDATED (AP) — A big NBA trade has veteran All Star Chris Paul headed West to Phoenix in a trade by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paul will join backcourt All Star Devin Booker. The Thunder got Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a 2022 first-round pick. The Suns also got Abdel Nader from the Thunder.

UNDATED (AP) — The NCAA says it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s college basketball tournament in one location to mitigate the risks of the coronavirus. It is in talks with Indianapolis to be the host city. The Final Four is already set to be held in Indianapolis next year. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee says hosting all 68 teams in one place is safer.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say pitcher Mike Clevinger will undergo Tommy John surgery today and will miss the 2021 season. The Padres made the announcement after reaching agreement with the right-hander on an $11.5 million, two-year contract. The Padres got Clevinger in a trade with Cleveland on Aug. 31. He missed the wild-card series against St. Louis and then was pulled because of elbow problems early in the NL Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

ATLANTA (AP) — Left-hander Drew Smyly became the first of the 181 free agents to switch teams when he agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Braves. Atlanta is looking to bolster a rotation that’s been depleted by injuries and disappointing performances. The 31-year-old Smyly pitched seven games last season for the San Francisco Giants, making five starts. He went 0-1 with a 3.42 ERA.

NCAA Tournament Bubble??

November 16, 2020

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today the relocation of 13 predetermined preliminary round sites for the 2021 Division One Men’s Basketball Championship.

The NCAA says they are in preliminary talks with the State of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the entire 68-team NCAA tournament around the metropolitan area during the coordinated dates in March & April. Indianapolis was already slated to host the Men’s Final Four from April 3-5, 2021.

WVCA All State Volleyball Teams

November 16, 2020

The Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association has announced their all state teams for schools that competed in the fall season.

Area players receiving recognition include

Division 2: Maddie Cooley and Alayna Digman Platteville were named Honorable Mention.

Division 3: Kendell Esser of River Ridge, Honorable Mention.

Division 4: Layla Alt and Kayla Klotz of Shullsburg, Honorable Mention.

Iowa’s Van Valkenburg and Illinois’s McCourt Honored by Big 10

November 16, 2020

Iowa Hawkeye senior defensive end Zach VanValkenburg is the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week while Illinois senior kicker James McCourt is the conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

VanValkenburg recorded a career-high three sacks included in his five tackle day in the Hawkeye 35-7 win at Minnesota on Saturday.

McCourt converted a 47-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lead Illinois to a 23-20 victory at Rutgers. The make was one of three successful field goals for him in the 2nd half.

Johnson gets first Masters jacket...Muschamp dismissed

November 16, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Dustin Johnson shook off a slow start and blew away the field to win his first Masters. He tapped in for par on the 18th for a 4-under 68 to finish at 20-under 268, breaking by two shots the Masters record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth (speeth) in 2015. His five-shot victory was the largest at the Masters since Woods won by 12 in 1997.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has fired football coach Will Muschamp, the second time he’s been let go from an SEC program in midseason. Athletic director Ray Tanner said first-year offensive coordinator and former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo will take over as interim coach. The 49-year-old Muschamp had four years remaining on his contract. His buyout from the school is $13.2 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama still tops The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Notre Dame, Ohio State, Clemson and Texas A&M. Sixth-ranked Florida remains just ahead of Cincinnati and BYU. Indiana moved up a notch to ninth with Saturday’s shutout win at Michigan State, and Wisconsin climbed three spots to 10th following its 49-11 rout of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

NEW YORK (AP) — Teams may begin making trades Monday, according to a memo sent to teams and obtained early Sunday by The Associated Press. The first deal known to be tentatively agreed upon would send guard Dennis Schröder from Oklahoma City to the champion Los Angeles Lakers for Danny Green and the No. 28 pick in Wednesday’s draft. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open and all the regular interstate leadup tournaments for the season’s first tennis major will be staged in Melbourne in January. The decision is designed to minimize risks for players traveling and quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Australia will transfer the tournaments from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart to Melbourne.

Sunday's NFL Scores/Recaps

November 16, 2020

Final Cleveland 10 Houston 7
Final Detroit 30 Washington 27
Final Green Bay 24 Jacksonville 20
Final N-Y Giants 27 Philadelphia 17
Final Tampa Bay 46 Carolina 23
Final Arizona 32 Buffalo 30
Final Las Vegas 37 Denver 12
Final Miami 29 L.A. Chargers 21
Final L.A. Rams 23 Seattle 16
Final New Orleans 27 San Francisco 13
Final Pittsburgh 36 Cincinnati 10
Final New England 23 Baltimore 17


Cardinals, Rams win, catch Seahawks

UNDATED (AP) — There’s now a three-way tie for the NFC West lead following victories by the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams.

Kyler Murray completed a stunning 43-yard desperation pass to DeAndre Hopkins with two seconds remaining to lift the Cardinals to a 32-30 victory over the Bills. Murray flung the ball toward the end zone, where Hopkins was waiting with three Buffalo defenders draped all over him.

Murray threw for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Hopkins had seven catches for 127 yards for the 6-3 Cardinals.

Josh Allen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with 34 seconds left that looked like it would win it for the 7-3 Bills.

Near Los Angeles, Jared Goff passed for 302 yards and Darious Williams picked off two throws as the Rams downed the Seahawks, 23-16.

Malcolm Brown rushed for two touchdowns and Darrell Henderson had another score for Los Angeles, which held Seattle to three points after halftime.

Russell Wilson passed for 248 yards and rushed for 60 more for the Seahawks, who have lost three of four after a 5-0 start.

In other Week 10 action:

— The Steelers remain the only unbeaten team at 9-0 after Ben Roethlisberger threw for a season-high 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-10 rout of the Bengals. Roethlisberger was sharp despite being forced to stay away from the team facility all week due to COVID-19 protocols. T.J. Watt collected two of Pittsburgh’s four sacks as the Steelers won their 11th straight meeting with their division rival.

— Cam Newton threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score in the Patriots’ 23-17 decision over the Ravens. Damien Harris ran for a career-high 121 yards to help the Patriots win consecutive games for the first time this season. Lamar Jackson was 24 of 34 for 249 yards and two touchdowns for Baltimore, which had won 10 straight road games before falling three games behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North.

— Alvin Kamara  scored three times and New Orleans’ defense largely stifled San Francisco to help the Saints secure a 27-13 victory over the 49ers. Drew Brees was pulled at halftime with a rib injury after passing for just 76 yards and one touchdown. The Niners had little success against the Saints’ second-ranked run defense, gaining just 49 yards on the ground. New Orleans improved to 7-2.

— Tom Brady threw for 341 yards and was involved in four touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 46-23 dismantling of the Panthers. Brady threw touchdown passes to Cameron Brate, Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski, then ran for another score in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Ronald Jones had a franchise-record 98-yard touchdown run to help Tampa Bay bounce back from Monday’s 38-3 loss to the Saints.

— Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third in the Packers’ 24-20 victory against the Jaguars. Rodgers put the 7-2 Packers ahead for good by throwing a 6-yard TD pass to Davante Adams with 9:11 left. The Green Bay QB also had a 78-yard scoring strike to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who caught four passes for a career-high 149 yards.

— Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each went over 100 yards rushing as the Browns knocked off the Texans, 10-7. Chubb finished with 126 yards and a TD on 19 carries in his return from the injured, while Hunt added 104 yards on the ground for the 6-3 Browns. The game’s start was delayed 36 minutes after a severe thunderstorm before swirling winds hampered the passing game.

— Jeff Heath had two of the Raiders’ five takeaways in their third straight win, 37-12 over the Broncos. Heath intercepted Drew Lock twice in the first half, Carl Nassib and Nick Kwiatkoski got picks in the fourth quarter and Nevin Lawson forced and recovered a fumble by DaeSean Hamilton. Josh Jacobs ran for 112 yards and two TDs for the 6-3 Raiders.

— Salvon Ahmed ran for 85 yards on 21 carries and scored a 1-yard touchdown on the Dolphins’ first play in a 29-21 decision over the Chargers. The undrafted Ahmed was making his first career start as he helped the 6-3 Dolphins get their fifth consecutive victory. Tua Tagovailoa passed for 169 yards with two scores and improved to 3-0 since taking over for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

— The Giants beat the Eagles, 27-17 as Daniel Jones threw for 244 yards and ran for a touchdown. Wayne Gallman Jr. had two TD runs after Jones scored on a 34-yard burst to put the Giants ahead to stay. The Giants improved to 3-7 under first-year coach Joe Judge with their second straight win, snapping an eight-game losing streak against Philly.

— The Lions blew a 24-3 lead before beating Washington, 30-27 on Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired. Matthew Stafford threw two of his three touchdown passes in the first half and directed the winning drive with just 16 seconds left. Washington lost despite Alex Smith, who set career highs with 38 completions, 55 attempts and 390 passing yards in his first start in two years.

UW Platteville Suspending All Athletic Activities

November 13, 2020

 

The University of Wisconsin Platteville has announced the school is suspending all athletic related activities until further notice. In a twitter message Athletic Director Kristina Navarro said she was announcing the decision because COVID-19 trends continue to shift in a negative direction in Wisconsin and that the school doesn’t have the number of tests and personal protective equipment needed to comply with safety protocols set in place to hold athletic activities.

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Wisconsin HS Football Playoffs

November 13, 2020

A high school football playoff like none starts tonight in Wisconsin with COVID 19 shortening it to just a potential two game bracket for participating teams.

The Area Schedule of games tonight:

In Division 5: Darlington hosts Aquinas, Lancaster hosts Melrose-Mindoro with the winners to play next Friday. Mineral Point hosts Palmyra-Eagle with the winner to face the winner of the Waterloo and Cambridge game next Friday night.

In Division 6: Potosi-Cassville hosts Desoto and River Ridge hosts Highland with the two winners meeting next Friday.

Colts clobber Titans...Freeman, Abreu get MVP nods

November 13, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Philip Rivers threw for 308 yards and a touchdown as the Indianapolis Colts whipped the Tennessee Titans, 34-14 in Nashville. Nyheim Hines scored touchdowns on the ground and through the air to help the Colts move into a first-place tie with the Titans in the AFC South. Tennessee was held to 294 total yards, 90 below its season average in losing for the third time in four games since a 5-0 start.

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of first basemen have come away with MVP honors. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman is the NL MVP after hitting .341 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs while playing all 60 games. The American League MVP is Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu , who led the majors with 60 RBIs and 148 total bases.

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox are sticking with new manager Tony La Russa for now, saying they understand the “seriousness” of his latest drunken driving case. The Hall of Fame manager was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges in February, when he blew out a tire in a collision with a curb, according to an affidavit filed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He has pleaded not guilty.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Atlanta Braves’ assistant general manager Perry Minasian has been named the Angels’ general manager, replacing Billy Eppler. Minasian spent the past three years in the Braves’ front office, including the past two seasons as their vice president of baseball operations. The 40-year-old Minasian has been in baseball since he was an 8-year-old batboy for the Rangers, where his father, Zack, was the team’s clubhouse manager.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Paul Casey will be the clubhouse leader when the first round of the Masters resumes this morning. Casey opened with a 7-under 65 that puts him two ahead of Webb Simpson and Xander Schauffele . Tiger Woods is at minus-4 as he seeks a record-tying sixth Masters title.

Area Scoreboard (11/11)

November 12, 2020

Women’s College Volleyball

  • Clarke 3, Culver Stockton 1

Women’s College Soccer

  • Clarke 2, Benedictine 1

Update for Wisconsin basketball and hockey home games

November 12, 2020

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced yesterday men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey home games will be played this season without fans in the stands for an indefinite period of time. UW had announced earlier in the fall that there would be no season tickets for basketball or hockey this season and season ticket holders have already been refunded or are in the process of being refunded.

Saints-Youngstown PPD

November 12, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints and Youngstown Phantoms have postponed their Friday matchup due to COVID 19 concerns.
The Phantoms will now visit the Saints on February 4th to make up the postponed contest.
Any fans who purchased single game tickets for Friday’s game will be given a promo code to redeem for a future game of their choice. Season ticket holders will have the reschedule date entered into their account and will receive tickets for the makeup game.
The Saints next game will now be November 20th and 21st as they host the Muskegon Lumberjacks for two at the Mystique Community Ice Center.

Bieber, Bauer honored...Stroman, Gausman OK pacts

November 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber is the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award. Armed with a looping curveball and a wipeout slider, Bieber went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings during the pandemic-shortened season. He led the majors in ERA and strikeouts while tying Cubs ace Yu Darvish for the most wins.

NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Bauer is the National League Cy Young Award winner after going 5-4 with an NL-best 1.73 ERA in 11 starts for the Cincinnati Reds. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out 100 in 73 innings and led the majors with two shutouts, and a pair of seven-inning performances on doubleheader days. Bauer is the first Cy Young winner for Cincinnati, the majors’ oldest franchise.

UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman and San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman have accepted $18.9 million qualifying offers for the upcoming season. Stroman didn’t play at all last season, suffering an injury during restart camp before opting out due to COVID-19 concerns. Gausman had a bounce-back campaign this year, going 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 79 strikeouts over 59 2/3 innings.

UNDATED (AP) — Saturday’s scheduled Big Ten matchup between third-ranked Ohio State and host Maryland has been canceled because of an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Terrapins program. Maryland has halted team-related activities after eight players tested positive for COVID-19 over the last seven days. Five other Saturday games involving top-25 teams have been postponed due to the coronavirus.

UNDATED (AP) — Missouri’s home game against 12th-ranked Georgia has been postponed due to COVID-19 and is now rescheduled for Dec. 12. A virus outbreak has left the Tigers without enough players to compete on Saturday. The pandemic had already forced the postponement of top-ranked Alabama’s game at LSU, fifth-ranked Texas A&M’s contest at Tennessee and No. 24 Auburn’s clash with Mississippi State.

National Signing Day- Duax and Moeller

November 11, 2020

Hempstead High School senior Michael Duax and Wahlert Catholic senior Ian Moeller made their Division One college commitments official yesterday by signing national letters of intent.

Duax was one of a three player class signed by the University of Northern Iowa basketball team on national signing day. Last season as a junior, Duax was a Class 4-A first team all-state selection averaging 20.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game

Moeller signed up to play baseball for LSU after making his commitment his freshman year of high school How long Moeller will play college baseball is yet to be seen, many scouting services have him the top ranked catcher in the Class of 2021 and a projected first round pick in the Major League Baseball draft in July.

Garza’s return puts No. 5 Iowa in position for big step up

November 11, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The wait took a little longer, but Iowa got Luka Garza back.

The consensus All-American took his time deciding to return for his senior season after the NBA draft process was extended into the summer. When Garza took his name out of draft consideration in early August, the Hawkeyes were immediately considered a national championship contender.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said his team embraces the expectations, which include a No. 5 ranking in t he Associated Press preseason poll after the Hawkeyes went 20-11 overall and tied for fifth in the conference at 11-9.

“You have to enjoy it. I think they do,” McCaffery said. “But they also understand it and respect it.”

That’s because six other Big Ten teams are ranked heading into the season, and the Hawkeyes also are scheduled to play No. 1 Gonzaga in December.

“We know what’s before us, but I think that’s the fun of it essentially,” McCaffery said.

Garza, the Big Ten preseason player of the year, is coming off the best year in program history. He finished with a school-record 740 points and was named the AP’s Big Ten player of the year and national player of the year by several outlets.

The 6-foot-11 senior ended the season scoring 20 or more points in 16 consecutive Big Ten games, the longest streak in the conference since 1987.

“Coach McCaffery saw something in me that a lot of others didn’t, and he took a chance on me,” Garza said when he announced he was returning. “I feel like he’s done so much for me and my career, it wouldn’t be right to not finish off what I started here.”

Though Iowa has considerable depth and multiple ways to score, McCaffery knows opponents will make controlling Garza the primary focus.

“I think he’s already proven that he can handle that game in and game out,” McCaffery said. “The guy is just relentless, and that’s why he’s great.”

Area Scoreboard (11/10)

November 11, 2020

Women’s Basketball

  • #13 Clarke 78, #16 St. Francis 72

Ex-Iowa players’ attorney pulls $20M demand, says he’ll sue

November 11, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes withdrew his clients’ demand for a $20 million settlement.

Damario Solomon-Simmons says he will still move forward with a lawsuit.

The players’ initial demands also called for the firings of head football coach Kirk Ferentz, offensive line coach Brian Ferentz and athletic director Gary Barta.
The university in June hired an outside law firm to review the culture of the football program after dozens of former players, most of them Black, spoke out on social media to allege racial disparities and mistreatment.

NBA returns next month ... Cash, Mattingly top managers

November 11, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — It’s official: The NBA is coming back Dec. 22. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have struck a deal on rules for this coming season, setting the stage for what will be a frenzied few weeks before games resume. Teams will play a 72-game schedule. The league says a new system will be used to ensure that the split of basketball-related income continues, one of the many details that had to be collectively bargained with the union.

UNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash has earned the American League Manager of the Year award. Cash guided the Rays to an AL-best 40-20 record and has long been regarded as one of baseball’s bright young minds. However, he was roundly criticized for pulling ace left-hander Blake Snell in the sixth inning of the decisive Game 6 in the World Series against the champion Dodgers.

UNDATED (AP) — Don Mattingly guided the Miami Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster. That earned him the National League Manager of the Year award. The Marlins’ 31-29 record was Mattingly’s first winning season in his fifth year with the club.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but the current opponent is the coronavirus. The unbeaten Steelers have placed four players, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, on the COVID-19 list. The move came a day after tight end Vance McDonald went on the list after testing positive. Linebacker Vince Williams, running back Jaylen Samuels and offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins are the other three. They must pass COVID-19 tests throughout the week to have an opportunity to play Sunday.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens fortified their defensive backfield by signing free agent cornerback Tramon Williams, who hasn’t played since last season. The 37-year-old Williams played in all 16 games with Green Bay a year ago. He has 13 seasons of NFL experience and made the Pro Bowl in 2010. His addition to Baltimore’s 53-man roster Tuesday coincided with cornerback Khalil Dorsey being placed on injured reserve with a dislocated shoulder.

Badgers Expect to Play Saturday

November 10, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — No. 13 Wisconsin expects to play Saturday at Michigan after canceling its last two games due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team. Wisconsin officials said Monday they have five active COVID-19 cases involving three staff members and two players. Five of the last six days have resulted in no positive cases. Only one staffer and one player have tested positive over the last week. Wisconsin hasn’t played since a season-opening 45-7 victory over Illinois on Oct. 23. The Badgers canceled games at Nebraska and at home with Purdue over the last two weeks.

Class 3-A All District Football Awards Announced

November 10, 2020

Several Wahlert High School football players and head coach Jamie Marshall were recognized with honors on the Class 3A District 4 teams.

The Golden Eagles had six 1st team choices: Gabe Anstoetter, Nick Bandy, Hughie Doyle, and Kaiden Knockel, Jake Brosius, and Danny Steele. Bandy was named the Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach Marshall was named the District Coach of the Year

Five additional players landed second team accolades: Ryan Brosius, Landon Stoll, Carson, Cummer, Adam Wagner, and Tyler Dodds.

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Several Western Dubuque players received 3-A District 3 all-district football awards.

Landing first team were Owen Hatcher, Thomas DeSollar, Garrett Baumhover, Dakota Lau, Sawyer Nauman, and Logan Brosius.

2nd team honors went to Tyler Weidenbacher, Emerson Lux-Morales, Brody Stegar, and Evan Surface.

Hawks, Badgers, Illini Pre-Season Top 10

November 10, 2020

AP Pre-Season Top 25

UNDATED (AP) — The Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois men’s basketball teams have been selected in the top 10 in the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 college basketball poll. Gonzaga is at No. 1 for the first time. Baylor was a close second in the voting, followed by Villanova and Virginia. Iowa is fifth. The rest of the top 10 has Kansas, Wisconsin 7th, Illinois 8th, Duke and Kentucky.

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The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ preseason 2020-21 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2019-20 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year’s final ranking
Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (28) 0-0 1541 2
2. Baylor (24) 0-0 1540 5
3. Villanova (11) 0-0 1501 10
4. Virginia (1) 0-0 1364 16
5. Iowa 0-0 1273 25
6. Kansas 0-0 1221 1
7. Wisconsin 0-0 1150 17
8. Illinois 0-0 1105 21
9. Duke 0-0 1073 11
10. Kentucky 0-0 1038 8
11. Creighton 0-0 922 7
12. Tennessee 0-0 919 –
13. Michigan St. 0-0 820 9
14. Texas Tech 0-0 790 –
15. West Virginia 0-0 651 24
16. North Carolina 0-0 465 –
17. Houston 0-0 438 22
18. Arizona St 0-0 402 –
19. Texas 0-0 380 –
20. Oregon 0-0 375 13
21. Florida St. 0-0 351 4
22. UCLA 0-0 336 –
23. Ohio St. 0-0 270 19
24. Rutgers 0-0 190 –
25. Michigan 0-0 160 –
Others receiving votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego St. 6, UConn 6, BYU 4, Loyola of Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, N Iowa 1.

Jets remain winless...MLB Awards ROY.....More COVID-19 positive tests

November 10, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It took a last second field goal, but the New York Jets remain the NFL’s only winless team. They fell to the New England Patriots 30-27 Monday night, when Nick Folk kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired. Quarterback Cam Newton had two touchdown runs as the Patriots overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. New England improves to 3-5, while the Jets drop to 0-9 for the first time in franchise history.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns welcomed back several starters from injury yesterday as they conducted their first practice after the bye, but quarterback Baker Mayfield was missing. Mayfield was placed on the COVID-19 list on Sunday after coming in close contact with a staff member who tested positive for the virus. Mayfield could be back as soon as Wednesday if he continues to test negative. Running back Nick Chubb practiced for the first time since spraining his right knee last month. Chubb, who missed four games, looked quick while wearing a brace in drills. The Browns also got back starting right guard Wyatt Teller.

UNDATED (AP) — Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis is the unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, and Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams has won the NL honor. The 25-year-old Lewis was one of baseball’s breakout stars during the pandemic-shortened season, batting .262 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs in 58 games. He led big league rookies with 37 runs, 90 total bases and a .364 on-base percentage. Williams was practically unhittable, allowing one earned run in 22 appearances. He became the first player to win the award without recording a save or making a start, reflecting the increased importance of the bullpen in today’s game.

UNDATED (AP) — Five people in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says a family member from the organization also has tested positive. Their identities have not been released and the team has not commented publicly. It’s not clear if the number of positive tests includes third baseman Justin Turner. He was removed from the team’s World Series clinching win after the positive test results came in. But Turner returned to the field after the game to celebrate with his teammates, their families and other members of the organization.

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 college basketball poll has Gonzaga at No. 1 for the first time. Baylor was a close second in the voting, followed by Villanova and Virginia. Iowa is fifth behind national player of the year contender Luka Garza. The rest of the top 10 has Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Duke and Kentucky.

Garza, Wieskamp recognized on preseason all-conference team

November 9, 2020

University of Iowa men’s basketball All-American Luka Garza has been named the 2020-21 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year.

Additionally, Garza and Joe Wieskamp were named to the 10-player Preseason All-Big Ten Team, with Garza being a unanimous selection. Iowa and Illinois were the only teams to have multiple players recognized on the list.

The Illini named pre-season first team were: Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu. Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers was also among those selected.

 

2020-21 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Luka Garza, Iowa

 

2020-21 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

AYO DOSUNMU, Illinois

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

LUKA GARZA, Iowa

Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

Marcus Carr, Minnesota

Trevion Williams, Purdue

Geo Baker, Rutgers

Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin

Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS

Weekend Sports Highlights

November 9, 2020

  • The Dubuque Fighting Saints started the season 0-2 with losses at home to Muskegon 7-4 on Friday night and Youngstown 5-3 on Saturday. The Saints skate again this Friday night at home as they once again welcome Youngstown to Mystique Community Ice Center.

 

  • The Platteville High School Volleyball team lost to Lakeside Lutheran 3-0 in the Division 2 state semi-finals on Saturday afternoon at Kaukana.

 

  • The pairings for the Wisconsin High School Football playoffs have been announced. The playoffs will only go two levels due to changes made at the start of the season because of the pandemic. Area match-ups Friday night included in Division 5: Lancaster hosting Melrose-Mindoro, Darlington hosting Aquinas, and Mineral Point hosting Palymyra-Eagle. In Division 6: Potosi-Cassville will host Desoto. Several schools like Platteville chose to opt out of the playoffs.

 

  • At the American Rivers Cross Country Meet on Saturday in Pella. In the women’s race: Loras was 2nd, Dubuque finished 9th.  Kassie Rosenbum of Loras finished 2nd.  In the men’s race, Loras finished 2nd and Dubuque was 7th. Former Western Dubuque prep Joe Freiberger of Wartburg won back to back conference title. Wartburg also swept the men’s and women’s titles again.

 

  • At the Heart of America Cross Country championships on Saturday: the Clarke women finished 7th while the Clarke men placed 11th.

Clarke Football Opts Out

November 9, 2020

The Clarke University football announced Friday it was opting out of the rest of their football season. The Pride finished with a record of 2-and-3. Clarke Athletic Director Curt Long says they currently have students coming out of quarantine, and with the rising number of COVID cases in Dubuque, they wanted to provide as much safety as possible.

Ortiz holds off Johnson, Matsuyama for 1st PGA Tour victory

November 9, 2020

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Ortiz won the Houston Open for his first PGA Tour victory and he earned every bit of it.
Ortiz had to hold off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama over the final hour at Memorial Park. Ortiz made birdie on the par-5 16th to take the lead, and he finished in style with a 20-foot birdie putt and a two-shot win. Ortiz becomes the first Mexican in 42 years to win on the PGA Tour. The victory sends him to the Masters. Johnson was playing for the first time since the U.S. Open after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Elliott wins after inspection fail before NASCAR’s championship race

November 9, 2020

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NASCAR’s most popular driver is now a Cup champion. Chase Elliott took the torch from teammate Jimmie Johnson by winning his first Cup title, driving from the back of the field to victory lane at Phoenix Raceway.

The win for Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet was the first since Johnson won his seventh and final crown in 2016. Elliott’s car failed pre-race inspection and the penalty cost him the pole when he was sent to the rear. But he raced his way through traffic in the first stage and then took control of the championship.

It was seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson’s final race as a full-time NASCAR driver.

Alabama back on top; Notre Dame moves up to No. 2

November 9, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this year. That extends the Crimson Tide’s record of consecutive seasons with at least one week on top of the rankings to 13.

Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 2 after upsetting Clemson in a dramatic double-overtime game. Clemson gave up the top spot for the first time this season and fell to No. 4, behind Ohio State.

Texas A&M moved up two spots to No. 5.

Florida jumped two spots to No. 6 after beating Georgia to snap a three-game losing streak against its SEC East rival. Cincinnati is ranked 7th, No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 Indiana round out the top 10.

Wisconsin is 13th, Iowa State is 17th.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

November 9, 2020

Final Atlanta 34 Denver 27
Final Baltimore 24 Indianapolis 10
Final Buffalo 44 Seattle 34
Final Houston 27 Jacksonville 25
Final Kansas City 33 Carolina 31
Final Minnesota 34 Detroit 20
Final N-Y Giants 23 Washington 20
Final Tennessee 24 Chicago 17
Final Las Vegas 31 L.A. Chargers 26
Final Miami 34 Arizona 31
Final Pittsburgh 24 Dallas 19
Final New Orleans 38 Tampa Bay 3


Ravens set NFL record for 20-point games with win in Indy

UNDATED (AP) – Lamar Jackson cranked up the tempo in the second half and the Baltimore Ravens took advantage by scoring two touchdowns in a 24-10 over the Indianapolis Colts. The victory broke the NFL record for consecutive games with 20 or more points.

The Ravens have done it in 31 straight to break a tie with Denver.

Baltimore also has won a league-high 10 consecutive road games including the franchise’s first in Indianapolis.

Gus Edwards gave Baltimore the lead with a third-quarter touchdown run and Jackson gave Baltimore the record with a 9-yard scoring run early in the fourth.

The Ravens also ended a streak of 20 consecutive losses when trailing at halftime.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

—Drew Brees threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns, regaining the NFL career TD pass lead and lifting the New Orleans Saints into first place in the NFC South with a 38-3 rout of Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The three-time defending division champion won their fifth straight game, intercepting Brady three times and completing a season sweep of the Bucs.

—Ben Roethlisberger threw all three of his touchdown passes after shrugging off a knee injury, rallying Pittsburgh to a 24-19 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and keeping the Steelers as the NFL’s only unbeaten team. Pittsburgh is 8-0 for the first time in the storied franchise’s history despite an upset bid from the Cowboys. Garrett Gilbert was the fourth different starting quarterback in five games for Dallas. His first career start ended up being a lift for an offense on a team that still lost its fourth straight game without Dak Prescott.

—Miami rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa  threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his second NFL start and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter for a 34-31 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The 22-year-old Tagovailoa was on the winning end of an action-packed duel with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray, who finished with 283 yards passing and three touchdowns. Miami has now won four straight games.

—The Las Vegas Raiders were the beneficiaries of another brutal finish for the Los Angeles Chargers. Justin Herbert’s pass to Donald Parham Jr. for a 4-yard touchdown on the final play of the game was overturned after a replay review, and Las Vegas held on to beat LA 31-26. Derek Carr threw two touchdown passes for Las Vegas. Herbert was 26 of 42 for 326 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers, who have lost six games, all by seven points or less. Herbert’s apparent touchdown pass to Parham was overturned when it was determined the tight end did not maintain possession throughout the catch.

— Carolina coach Matt Rhule promised that Christian McCaffrey would get a full load against Kansas City if he was healthy. Rhule sure wasn’t kidding. Starting with an opening 75-yard drive on which McCaffrey carried four times and caught a pair of passes, including the touchdown, the Panthers leaned heavily on their All-Pro running back. He wound up with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, 10 catches for 82 yards that other score, and showed no lingering effects from an ankle injury that had sidelined him the past six weeks in a 33-31 loss to the Super Bowl champions on Sunday.

— Josh Allen regained his early-season groove by throwing three touchdown passes and scoring one rushing, and the Buffalo Bills beat the Seattle Seahawks 44-34. Buffalo’s defense played a major role in rattling Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who was sacked five times, threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. Buffalo improved to 7-2, matching its best record through nine games since 1993, when the Bills made their last Super Bowl appearance. Allen finished 31 of 38 and equaled a career best set earlier this season with 415 yards passing. The Seahawks fell to 6-2. Seattle was undone by turnovers and a defense that surrendered 420 yards.

— Matt Ryan took advantage of Denver’s thin secondary to throw three touchdown passes and the Atlanta Falcons turned back Denver’s bid for a second consecutive comeback to beat the Broncos 34-27. Ryan completed 25 of 35 passes for 284 yards with one interception. The Falcons are 3-6 overall and 3-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris. Atlanta led Denver 20-3 at halftime. Drew Lock, trying to lead another fourth-quarter comeback following last week’s dramatic win over the Los Angeles Chargers, threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score in the final period. The Broncos fell to 3-5.

— Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill each went over 100 yards receiving, and the Kansas City Chiefs held on to beat Carolina 33-31 on Sunday when Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a 67-yard field-goal attempt wide right on the final play. Christian McCaffrey finished with 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown while catching 10 passes for 82 yards and another score in his return from an ankle injury. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 310 yards and two TDs with Curtis Samuel catching nine balls for 105 yards and the other score.

— Dalvin Cook kept his brilliant season rolling by rushing for a career-high 206 yards and two scores on 22 carries, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions. Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns, two to tight end Irv Smith Jr., in his second straight turnover-free performance. The Vikings picked up their first home win this season. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford left in the fourth quarter for concussion evaluation after taking a knee to the head during a sack. He was picked off on consecutive possessions in the third quarter. The team said he was cleared of the head injury.

— Daniel Jones completed his longest pass of the season, didn’t turn the ball over for the first time and the New York Giants held on to beat Washington 23-20 for their second victory this season. Jones was 23 of 34 for 212 yards, including a 50-yard connection with Austin Mack and a touchdown pass to Evan Engram to build a 17-point halftime lead. The Giants attempted to run to run things out in the second half and survived a couple of touchdown drives led by Alex Smith, who replaced injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen. Smith threw two interceptions in the final minutes.

— Deshaun Watson had touchdown passes of 57 and 77 yards with the second one appearing to come after the play clock expired and the Houston Texans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-25 for their sixth straight win in the series. Jacksonville barely avoided making NFL history. The Jaguars would have become the first to allow at least 30 points in seven consecutive games in a season. Instead they will share the record with Denver and Minnesota. Jacksonville had a chance to tie it late. But rookie Jake Luton’s 2-point conversion pass to DJ Chark landed at his feet.

— Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes, and the banged-up Tennessee Titans never trailed in snapping a two-game skid by beating the Chicago Bears 24-17. The Titans avoided their longest skid since Tannehill took over as starting quarterback and stayed atop the AFC South going into Thursday night’s division showdown against Indianapolis. They got a big help from an undermanned and struggling defense missing three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney with an injured knee days after the Titans released linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. and starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Nick Foles threw a pair of late TD passes for Chicago.

Fighting Saints Open Season

November 6, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints open up their season this evening at home as they welcome Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Mystique Community Ice Center, tomorrow night the Saints will host Youngstown. The puck will drop at 7:05 both nights.

The other two USHL season openers tonight: Tri City at Des Moines and Omaha at Waterloo were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Area Wisconsin HS Football Tonight

November 6, 2020

(Final night of the Regular season)

  • Platteville at Darlington
  • Lancaster at Mineral Point
  • Potosi-Cassville travels to Onalaska to face Luther
  • Iowa Grant at Boscobel
  • River Ridge at Ithica

Iowa State Announces Basketball Fan Attendance Policy

November 6, 2020

There will be fans at Iowa State basketball games this season, but not nearly as many as usual because of COVID 19 concerns. Yesterday Iowa State Athletic Director announced fan attendance will be limited to one thousand 373 fans which is less than10 percent capacity of 14-thousand 384 seat Hilton Coliseum. Pollard says just like during football season the number of fans allowed could be subject to change depending on infection rates.

 

Packers overwhelm 49ers...Deciding on NBA start

November 6, 2020

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers overwhelmed the undermanned San Francisco 49ers 34-17. Rodgers connected on deep shots to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and a short toss to Marcedes Lewis in the first half to get the Packers out to a 21-3 lead. It was quite a reversal from the team meetings last season when San Francisco outscored Green Bay by a combined 50-0 in the first halves on the way to lopsided wins in the regular season and NFC title game. The Niners were missing almost all their key pieces from that game.

UNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s player representatives have voted to support the notion of starting this coming season on Dec. 22, the date that the league has been targeting in its talks about how and when to get teams back on the floor for a planned 72-game season. The player vote is just one part of the process. Among the primary matters to be determined: how much more escrow will be taken from players because of the shorter-than-usual season, and how the league and the players will navigate testing and other health and safety issues amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

UNDATED (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders and coach Jon Gruden have been fined a total $650,000 and docked a sixth-round draft pick for repeated violations of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. A person familiar with the punishment says the team has been fined $500,000, Gruden has been docked $150,000 and the draft pick has been stripped because of how the team handled Trent Brown’s positive coronavirus test last month. Yahoo first reported the punishments.

UNDATED (AP) — — The Kansas City Chiefs closed their facility after practice Thursday when an unidentified staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The team continued its preparations for Sunday’s game against Carolina remotely.

HOUSTON (AP) — Brandt Snedeker shot a 5-under 65 in the afternoon to take a two-stroke lead at the Houston Open in the last event before the Masters. He’s one of 37 players in the field this week set to play at Augusta National. The tournament — at public Memorial Park for the first time since 1963 — is limiting ticket sales to 2,000 a day. It’s the first domestic PGA Tour event to have fans since The Players Championship on March 12. Jason Day was tied for second with Scottie Scheffler, Harold Varner III, Carlos Ortiz, Michael Thompson and Cameron Davis.

Western Dubuque Falls in State Semi-Finals

November 5, 2020

A trip to the state volleyball championship match for a second straight season came up short yesterday afternoon for the Western Dubuque Bobcats. In the Class 4-A semifinals, the 5th ranked Bobcats lost to top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier in three straight sets  on scores of 25-22, 25-23, and 25-16. Western Dubuque finished the season with a record of 24-and-7 while Xavier will this afternoon for the state championship against West Delaware who defeated Gilbert 3-0 in the other 4-A semi-final.

49ers out key players...Trill Williams to enter draft

November 5, 2020

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Several of the key players who helped fuel dominating San Francisco wins over Green Bay last season won’t be available for the NFC title game rematch. Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Raheem Mostert, Nick Bosa and Richard Sherman are among the players out injured for the defending NFC champions. Both teams are also dealing with coronavirus issues with the Packers missing three players and the Niners one. Green Bay also could be without injured leading rusher Aaron Jones.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap cleared COVID-19 protocols and had his first practice Wednesday with the Seattle Seahawks following his trade from Cincinnati. Dunlap hopes he can be the missing piece that will turn the Seahawks from having the best record in the NFC to possibly being Super Bowl favorites. Dunlap should help a pass rush that ranks in the bottom third of the league with 12 sacks. Dunlap spent 11 seasons with the Bengals but said his time was up and the chance to join a contender is a great opportunity at this point of his career.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse junior defensive back Trill Williams is following former star safety Andre Cisco out the door. Williams says he’s opting opt out of the remainder of the 2020 season and will enter the 2021 NFL draft. Williams tweeted, “I can’t begin to express how humbled I am by the love you’ve shown me throughout my time here.” He said, “From day one you’ve made me feel welcome.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has paused all football activities and its Saturday game at Virginia has been postponed at least a week due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra told reporters the program has 10 players who have tested positive for COVID-19 and five players in quarantine because of contact tracing. Nine Louisville players, mostly on defense, were held out of last week’s 42-35 loss to Virginia Tech. Coach Scott Satterfield said afterward that some of the absences were COVID-19-related.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed sympathy and are offering help following the shooting of Ericka Weems, the sister of the scouting director and lifelong LeBron James friend Brandon Weems. Akron police found Weems dead from a gunshot wound to the head on Monday. No suspects have been identified. James posted a plea on Twitter asking for help to find the shooter. Weems first started working for the Cavs in 2015. He was named scouting director in 2017. He and James grew up together in Akron and were teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Western Dubuque State Volleyball

November 4, 2020

Western Dubuque State Volleyball

The Western Dubuque High School volleyball team will meet Cedar Rapids Xavier later today at the state tournament in Cedar Rapids. The 4-A semi-final match begins at 12:30 at the Alliant Energy Powerhouse. The winner plays for the state title on Thursday afternoon against the winner of the other semi-final between West Delaware and Gilbert.

You can hear match updates this afternoon on AM 1370 and kdth.com at 1:07pm, 1:35pm, 2:07pm, and 2:35pm.

Luensmann to State Volleyball Hall of Fame

November 4, 2020

Hempstead alumni Emily Luensmann will be inducted into the Iowa High School Volleyball Hall of Fame at the state tournament this week. Luensmann was a three time all-state selection between 2000 and 2004. In 2004 she was named the state’s player of the year after helping leading the Mustangs to the 4-A state title. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place prior to the 4-A championship match tomorrow afternoon.

Platteville Volleyball to State after Edgewood Withdraws

November 4, 2020

Despite a loss to in the sectional finals, the Platteville High School volleyball team is headed for state tournament competition. The Hillman received the word yesterday from the W-I-A-A after Madison Edgewood, the team who defeated Platteville voluntarily withdrew from the tournament field. No reason was given by Edgewood, but it’s likely something to do with COVID-19.

The Division 2 tournament will be played at Kaukauna High School on Saturday. Platteville will play #3 seed Lakeside Lutheran in one semi-final at 4 o’clock.  The winner will meet top-seeded Luxemburg-Casco or No. 4 St. Croix Falls at 7:30 p.m. for the title.  This is Platteville’s first state volleyball appearance since 2014 and the program’s fifth overall.

Wieskamp Named to Jerry West Award Watch List

November 4, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa men’s basketball junior Joe Wieskamp is one of 20 players nationally, and two from the Big Ten Conference, to be named to the 2021 Jerry West Award Watch List.
Wieskamp was a third-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore last season scoring 14 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Iowa’s Peter Jok was a finalist for the Jerry West Award in 2017.

Broncos outbreak...Antonio Brown with Bucs...NBA schedule?

November 4, 2020

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos front office says contact tracing indicates that general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis contracted COVID-19 outside of team facilities. The Broncos said in a statement that both Elway and Ellis have minor symptoms but are “doing well’ and will continue to work from home and in self-isolation and participate in virtual meetings while their health is monitored.

UNDATED (AP) — Look to see more NFL players wearing masks when they come off the field. Coaches are already using the coverings. Masks are now mandatory before and after games and at halftime. The latest guidelines, issued yesterday, follow the discovery that two players who played Sunday tested positive.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Antonio Brown has been activated from the reserve/suspended list and is set to practice today with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time. The Bucs signed the former Pittsburgh, Oakland and New England receiver last week and expect him to make his debut with his new team when Tampa Bay hosts the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. Brown was suspended for the first eight games of the season for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

UNDATED (AP) — Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove and right fielder Mookie Betts snared his fifth in a row, his first with the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers after four with Boston. Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon also won his eighth Gold Glove, and fourth straight, in his final major league season. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo earned the honor for the third straight year in the pandemic-shortened season and fourth time overall. He was joined for the first time by Cubs shortstop Javier Báez.

UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA’s players are planning to vote on whether they would prefer to start the coming season in December or wait until January, with that decision expected before the league’s board of governors meets to potentially formalize some plans on Friday. The vote by members of the National Basketball Players Association will show how many prefer a 72-game season that starts on Dec. 22, or a season of perhaps 58 or 60 games that would start on Jan. 18.

Clarke Football PPD Again

November 3, 2020

For the second straight week, Clarke University is being forced to miss their football game. The Pride was scheduled to travel to William Penn this Saturday, but the game has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.  Last Saturday, Clarke’s game at Culver Stockton was also postponed. The Pride last played on Saturday, October 24th when they defeated Graceland to go to (2-3) on the season.

 

Wisconsin Football vs Purdue Cancelled

November 3, 2020

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin has announced the Badgers football game against Purdue, originally scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled.

The Badgers currently have 27 active cases of COVID-19 within the program, including 15 athletes and 12 staff members. Saturday’s game will not be rescheduled.

The game is the second straight to be cancelled for the Badgers after missing last week’s game at Nebraska.

Mustangs Fall...Bobcats Advance at State Volleyball

November 3, 2020

At the state high school volleyball  tournament in Cedar Rapids yesterday, the Hempstead Mustangs had their season come to an end while the Western Dubuque Bobcats will continue playing in the tournament semi-finals.

In the Class 5A quarterfinals, the 8th ranked Mustangs fell 3-1 to top seed and top ranked Dowling Catholic (23-25, 25-15, 25-17, and25-17). Hempstead finished the year with a record of 20-and-6.

Yesterday evening in the 4A quarterfinals, in a rematch of last season’s state championship, this time Western Dubuque came away with the win downing Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3-2 (25-14, 19-25, 20-25, 25-12, and 15-11). The Bobcats will face top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier on Wednesday at 12:30.

Athletes off...Brady leads the way...Collision injury

November 3, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — NCAA college athletes have the day off so that they may vote or engage in other Election Day efforts. Prioritizing voting over sports has drawn praise, though it is an inconvenience for football teams. Some coaches say their players voted long ago. The day off probably has more value symbolically as a way to emphasize the importance of being civic-minded than practically helping athletes cast ballots.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady once again sits atop the NFL’s career touchdown passes list after throwing two last night in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 25-23 squeaker over the New York Giants. The Saints’ Drew Brees had passed Brady on Sunday, but now the six-time Super Bowl champ is back on top with 561. The Giants Daniel Jones drove New York 70 yards in 13 plays and connected with Golden Tate for a 19-yard touchdown with 28 seconds remaining. The 2-point conversion failed.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Damontre Moore has been suspended six games by the NFL for violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Moore will be eligible to return to the Seahawks’ roster following their Week 14 game against the New York Jets. He has appeared in all seven games this season and has eight total tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. He’s also played significantly on special teams.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and All-Pro tight end George Kittle for an extended period of time after they got hurt against Seattle. A person familiar with the injuries says on condition of anonymity that Garoppolo’s ankle injury and Kittle’s foot injury will sideline them indefinitely. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced their status. ESPN first reported the severity of the injuries, saying Garoppolo will miss at least six weeks with a high ankle sprain and Kittle will be out eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot.

WACO (AP) — Baylor senior guard DiDi Richards has no structural damage to her spine and is recovering from a collision in practice with a teammate that initially left her without any feeling in her lower legs. Richards’ status for the season remains uncertain. She says she’s getting better every day. Richards and senior guard Moon Ursin collided during a scrimmage Oct. 24. Ursin remains in concussion protocol. Athletic trainer Alex Olson says Richards has had several head-to-toe evaluations without any abnormalities.

Hempstead and Western Dubuque State Volleyball Today

November 2, 2020

The Hempstead and Western Dubuque volleyball teams will be in action today at the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids.

In the Class 5A quarterfinals: 8th ranked Hempstead will meet top ranked Dowling Catholic at 10 o’clock this morning.

In the Class 4A quarterfinals: 5th ranked Western Dubuque meets 6th ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton at 5:30 this evening in a rematch of last season’s state championship match.

No opt out for Stanton...Elliott in, Harvick out

November 2, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton is keeping the remaining $218 million and seven guaranteed years in his New York Yankees contract rather than opt out after a pair of injury-decimated seasons. Stanton hit .250 with four homers and 11 RBIs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, limited to 23 games by a strained left hamstring that sidelined him from Aug. 9 to Sept. 15. He rebounded to become the Yankees’ best offensive player in the playoffs, hitting .308 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 26 at-bats over seven games.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kevin Harvick’s nearly perfect season came to a spinning and sudden halt when he was bounced from the playoffs in a stunning upset at Martinsville Speedway. Chase Elliott won the high-stakes race to earn his first berth in the championship four. Elliott, Keselowski and Denny Hamlin will race Joey Logano in next week’s finale at Phoenix.

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Brian Gay has earned his fifth PGA Tour title by capturing the Bermuda Championship. Gay sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Wyndham Clark. The 48-year-old Gay rallied from a three-shot deficit on the back nine and birdied 18 for a 7-under 64.

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson remains No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, but not by much. Clemson is just two points ahead of No. 2 Alabama after receiving 33 first-place votes, 19 fewer than last week. The rest of the top five remained the same, with Ohio State at No. 3, followed by Notre Dame and Georgia.

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Bill Tubbs has died at 85. Tubbs turned a struggling program into prominence after taking over the Sooners in 1980. Tubbs had a 333-132 record in 14 seasons at Oklahoma and was four time Big Eight Coach of the Year.

NFL Scoreboard from Sunday (11/1)

November 2, 2020

Final Buffalo 24 New England 21
Final Cincinnati 31 Tennessee 20
Final Indianapolis 41 Detroit 21
Final Kansas City 35 N-Y Jets 9
Final Las Vegas 16 Cleveland 6
Final Miami 28 L.A. Rams 17
Final Minnesota 28 Green Bay 22
Final Pittsburgh 28 Baltimore 24
Final Denver 31 L.A. Chargers 30
Final OT New Orleans 26 Chicago 23
Final Seattle 37 San Francisco 27
Final Philadelphia 23 Dallas 9

State Cross Country Results

October 31, 2020

At the Iowa High School State Cross Country Meet yesterday in Fort Dodge:

In the 4A girl’s race: Hempstead freshman Keelee Leitzen won 4-A medalist title running a time of 18:08, winning by 10 seconds.  Leitzen is the third Dubuque High School girls state champ in history, the last was Sara Fassbinder of Wahlert in 2003. She is the first girl’s state champ from Hempstead or Senior. Lillian Schmitt of Senior finished 8th, Julia Gehl of Hempstead was 10th.  In the team race, Senior finished in 6th with Hempstead right behind in 7th. Johnston won the team title.

In the 4-A boys race:, Hempstead senior Ryan Winger just missed pulling off the medalist state title daily double for the Mustangs as his finished state runner-up pacing the team to a 5th place finish. Sioux City North had the state medalist and also won the team title.

Class 3A: The Wahlert Girls finished 3rd in the team race, just one point behind Dallas Center-Grimes for 2nd, Ballard won the team title. The Golden Eagles were paced by Gabby Moran in 6th and Alix Oliver in 9th. In the boys race: Wahlert finished 11th led by Nathan Munshower who placed 8th overall.

Today in Class 1A: The Bellevue boys are one of the teams vying for a team title.

Friday Night Football Scoreboard

October 31, 2020

Iowa High School Playoff 3rd Round

  • Iowa City West 38, Hempstead 24 (Mustangs end the season at 7-2)

 

  • Cedar Rapids Xavier 17, Wahlert Catholic 14 (Golden Eagles end the season 6-3)

 

  • Sigourney-Keota 35, Dyersville Beckman Catholic 14

ACC-Big 10 Challenge Schedule Announced

October 30, 2020

The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team has learned who their opponent will be for the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Hawkeyes will play host to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 8th. This will be the fifth overall meeting between the two programs with Iowa winning 3 of the four games.

Other games announced include: Illinois at Duke that evening while Wisconsin will host Louisville on Wednesday, December 9th.

Area Scoreboard from Thursday (10/29)

October 30, 2020

Wisconsin Sectional Volleyball

Division 2

  • Platteville 3, Lacrosse Aquinas 1

(Platteville meets Edgewood Saturday night for Sectional Championship)

Division 3

  • Cochrane Fountain City 3, Mineral Point 1

Division 4

  • Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran 3, Potosi 0

High School Football Friday Night

October 30, 2020

Tonight in Iowa it’s round three of the high school football playoffs and a trio of area teams will be in action attempting to advance to the quarterfinals in their respective class next week.

In Class 4A: the 6th ranked Hempstead Mustangs travel to #7 Iowa City West. You can hear the game tonight on AM 1370 and kdth.com with pregame at 6:40pm.

In Class 3A: the Wahlert Golden Eagles will make a trip to top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier

In Class 1A: the Dyersville Beckman Catholic Blazers will play at #3Sigourney-Keota.

Regular season action in Wisconsin this evening includes:

  • Potosi-Cassville hosting Darlington
  • Lancaster at Mineral Point
  • Platteville at Dodgeville

Dubuque Area Well Represented at State Cross Country Meet Today and Tomorrow

October 30, 2020

The Iowa High School State Cross Country championships take place today and tomorrow in Fort Dodge. Due to COVID 19 concerns, the meet is occurring over two days with 4A and 3A schools running today and Class 2A and 1A schools running on Saturday. The Dubuque area is well represented.

In Class 4A: the Hempstead boys are one of the favorites for the state team championship after an easy Regional win and senior Ryan Winger’s medalist performance last Thursday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.  The Hempstead and Senior girls will also be in the mix for the team title and Mustang freshman Keelee Leitzen one of the favorites for an individual title after a regional title last Thursday.

Western Dubuque’s Eli Nauman, Cade Messer, along with sisters Lauren and Alyssa Klein are competing individually.

In Class 3A: The Wahlert girls are one of the teams with a chance of holding up the big trophy after a regional title and led by Gabby Moran who was regional champ. The Wahlert boys are also in the state field after qualifying last week.

In Class 1A: Bellevue is one of the teams going for the boys team title after a regional team title, led by senior Brady Griebel. Cascade has two runners in Adam Knepper and Cole Miller. The Bellevue girls have two participants Delaney Dunne and Gabby Williamson while Bellevue Marquette also has two girls in the race Holly Beauchamp and Kaylie Koos.

In Class 2A: Maria Kruse of Dyersville Beckman is one of the qualifiers.

Fighting Saints Pre-Season Schedule Change

October 30, 2020

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have made a change in their weekend preseason schedule. The Dubuque Fighting Saints will now play the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight and tomorrow night at Mystique Community Ice Center. The opponent was changed after the original opponent Green Bay had a player test positive for COVID-19.

Fans who originally purchased tickets for tonight’s game will still be able to use that ticket for the game against Muskegon. In addition to that, single game tickets for Saturday will be on sale exclusively at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.

Clemson's Lawrence tests positive...Falcons beat Panthers

October 30, 2020

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tomorrow’s game against Boston College. Since players are required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, Lawrence may have to sit out the Tigers’ Nov. 7 matchup against fourth-ranked Notre Dame. Lawrence led the Tigers to a national championship as a freshman and a return to the College Football playoff title game last season.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Ryan threw for 281 yards and the Atlanta Falcons improved to 2-1 under interim coach Raheem Morris by knocking off the Carolina Panthers, 25-17. Ryan and Todd Gurley ran for touchdowns and Younghoe Koo made four field goals to help the 2-6 Falcons drop the Panthers to 3-5. Carolina had a chance to force overtime until Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted Teddy Bridgewater near the Falcons’ 10-yard line with 1:04 remaining.

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa has been re-hired by the Chicago White Sox. The 76-year-old La Russa began his major league managing career with the White Sox in 1979 and guided them to an AL West title four years later. After being fired by the White Sox in 1986, La Russa won the 1989 World Series with the Athletics and guide the Cardinals to a pair of Fall Classic wins.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have officially removed the interim tag from Rick Bowness , the coach who led them to the Stanley Cup Final. The 65-year-old Bowness is the Stars’ 24th head coach, their ninth since moving to Dallas in 1993. He was in his second season as a Stars assistant when Jim Montgomery was fired.

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) — Peter Malnati birdied nine holes in an 8-under 63 that gives him a one-shot lead in the Bermuda Championship. It was the third time in as many events that he’s posted a 63 or lower. Doug Ghim birdied his final two holes to grab a share of second place with Ryan Armour.

IHSA Says Basketball Will Start on Schedule

October 29, 2020

The Illinois High School Association has decided to move forward in allowing high school basketball to start, despite guidelines announced to the contrary by Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health the day before. Yesterday the IHSA ruled basketball practices can start on Nov. 16 and the first games can be played on Nov. 30. In their announcement the IHSA did say it will be up to individual school districts have the final say on whether the deem it safe to participate. The Board did vote to move the sport of wrestling from the winter season to the summer season, which will run from April 19 to June 26.

Clarke Football Game PPD

October 29, 2020

The Clarke University Pride football team won’t be making the trip to Canton, Missouri for Saturday’s game at Culver Stockton.  The game has been postponed out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety due to COVID-19.

Turner virus probe...MLB cuts...Busch NASCAR win

October 29, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Turner violated coronavirus protocols when he celebrated winning the World Series on the field with his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates. Major League Baseball also says Turner refused instructions from security to leave the field, behavior that risked the safety of others. The commissioner’s office says it is starting a full investigation. Turner had been pulled after the seventh inning, then returned to celebrate. He posed without a mask for a team photo on Globe Life field.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — What figures to be a down and perhaps brutal market for baseball free agents in the offseason following the pandemic began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong. The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis. Wong hit. 265 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games during the pandemic-shortened season.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have declined 2021 club options on right fielder Adam Eaton and right-handed starter Aníbal Sánchez. The team also declined its part of mutual options for next season on infielder Howie Kendrick and first baseman Eric Thames. Those moves allow all four players to become eligible for free agency. Eaton, Sánchez and Kendrick were members of Washington’s 2019 championship team.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Carlos Dunlap has been traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to the Seattle Seahawks. Cincinnati announced the trade on Wednesday. Dunlap had made it clear that he was unhappy with his situation in Cincinnati and Seattle was in desperate need to solve its pass rush issues. The 31-year-old Dunlap has spent his entire career with the Bengals and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and 2016.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch won for the first time this season to extend a 16-season streak when he won the rain-delayed NASCAR playoff race at Texas. The race finished Wednesday, three days after it started. Busch finished ahead of penalized teammate Martin Truex Jr., who missed a chance to secure a spot in the championship. Busch finished 0.468 seconds ahead of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate.

Wisconsin cancels Nebraska game; Chryst tests positive

October 28, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has canceled its scheduled game at Nebraska on Saturday and paused all team activities for at least seven days after a dozen people within the program including coach Paul Chryst had tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said athletic director Barry Alvarez and chancellor Rebecca Blank made the decision in consultation with Big Ten officials. The game with Nebraska won’t be rescheduled.

 

Mississippi Valley All Conference Volleyball

October 28, 2020

A number of players from state volleyball qualifier Hempstead and Western Dubuque were recognized with All Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional honors today.

In the Valley Division landing first team accolades for Hempstead: Corinne Meier and Morgan Hawkins, head coach Jacque Arensdorf and staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.  Senior High’s Emma Link was also a first team Valley selection.

In the Mississippi Division: Western Dubuque landed three 1st team selections: Meg Besler, Madison Maahs, and Meredith Bahl.

You can see the entire list of Mississippi Valley Conference All Divisional selections at the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Wf2OiW_knDr9GbOlZH1efFaTxtwuWrF/view

Area Scoreboard from Tuesday (10/27)

October 28, 2020

High School Volleyball

Class 5A Region 6 Final

  • # 8 Hempstead 3, Linn-Mar 1 ( 25-17,23-25, 25-15, 25-17)

Hempstead (20-5) drew the #8 seed and will play top seed West Des Moines Dowling (21-2) on Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Class 4A Region 7 Final

  • #5 Western Dubuque 3, Wahlert 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-18)

Western Dubuque (24-10) is the #4 seed and will meet #5 seed Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

The Alliant Energy PowerHouse in Cedar Rapids (formerly U.S. Cellular Center)

College Mens Soccer

  • Grand View 5, Clarke 0

College Womens Soccer

  • Clarke 2, Grand View 1

Illinois Winter Sports on Hold

October 28, 2020

Yesterday Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health decided to put the winter sports seasons on hold for now. The new restrictions which affect youth and adult basketball, wrestling and hockey including high school athletics were announced in response to the reported surge in COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  Participants in those sports may continue with non-contact training and drills, but there can be no competitive games or matches.

Dodgers end Series title drought...Turner tested positive

October 28, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champs for the first time since 1988 following a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6. Mookie Betts scored the tiebreaking run on a fielder’s choice in the sixth, two innings before belting a solo homer. The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed just two hits after starter Tony Gonsolin  was pulled with two out in the second inning.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dodgers star Justin Turner was removed following the seventh inning in Game 6 after registering Major League Baseball’s first positive test for the coronavirus in 59 days. And he wasn’t on the field as the Dodgers began enjoying the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season. Turner returned to the diamond about an hour after the game, hugging longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sitting front-and-center for a team photo next to manager Dave Roberts with his mask pulled down under his bushy beard.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Corey Seager is the first Dodger to be named MVP of the World Series since Orel Hershiser in 1988. Seager drove in the tiebreaking run in Game 6 and finished the series with a .400 average, two homers, six RBIs and six walks. He took MVP honors over Clayton Kershaw, who was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA against the Rays.

UNDATED (AP) — Christian McCaffrey has been taken off the Carolina Panthers’ injured reserve list and could play tomorrow night against the Falcons. McCaffrey arrived at the Panthers’ practice yesterday with a red jersey and a baseball cap signifying an injured player, but he quickly put on a black practice jersey and a helmet. McCaffrey hasn’t played since Week 2 when he suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence says he still has options about next season despite previously saying he expected this to be his final college season. The 6-foot-6 junior widely considered to be the likely No. 1 pick in next spring’s NFL draft. The question has come up whether Lawrence should consider staying depending on which team has the top pick in the upcoming draft.

Area Scoreboard from Monday (10/26)

October 27, 2020

High School Volleyball

Class 2A Region 7 Semi-finals

  • #10 Hudson 3, #8 Dyersville Beckman 1
  • #7 Sumner-Fredricksburg 3, Clayton Ridge 0

Tonight state tournament berths will be decided in Class 5A and 4A. In the Class 5A Region 6 final, Hempstead will host Linn-Mar. In the Class 4-A Region 7 Final, #5 Western Dubuque hosts Wahlert Catholic.

Hall Big 12 Co-Offensive P.O.W

October 27, 2020

Iowa State sophomore running back Breece Hall was named the Big 12 co-offensive player of the week. Hall rushed for a career-high 185 yards and a touchdown at No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Wisconsin Mertz Big Ten Honors

October 27, 2020

Wisconsin QB Mertz Gains Big Ten Honors

Wisconsin freshman quarterback Graham Mertz has been named the Big 10 co-Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week for his performance against Illinois last Friday night.  Mertz completed 20-for-21 for 248 yards and five touchdowns while breaking the school record for single-game completion percentage.

Mertz shared the award with Purdue receiver David Bell who caught 13 passes for 121 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in a come-from-behind win against Iowa.

Badgers QB Situation Unknown

October 27, 2020

Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst isn’t discussing quarterback Graham Mertz and back-up Chase Wolf’s status following reports both have tested positive for COVID-19. Chryst said he was confident the ninth-ranked Badgers’ game Saturday at Nebraska would go on as scheduled.

 

Rams whip Bears...Browns lose Beckham for season

October 27, 2020

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff tossed scoring passes to Josh Reynolds and Gerald Everett while throwing for 219 yards in the Los Angeles Rams’ 24-10 win over the Chicago Bears. The Rams’ defense kept the Bears out of the end zone and allowed just 279 net yards. Nick Foles passed for 261 yards for the Bears, who managed just 49 yards on the ground.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL early in Sunday’s 37-34 win at Cincinnati. Beckham’s second season in Cleveland ended when his left leg buckled while running to try to make a tackle after Baker Mayfield’s first pass was intercepted. The three-time Pro Bowl selection had 23 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns this season and scored on a 50-yard touchdown run.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said “it’s a possibility” star running back Christian McCaffrey could return to action Thursday night against Atlanta after missing five games with a high ankle sprain. McCaffrey was back on the practice field yesterday wearing a red jersey signifying an injured player and he remains on the team’s injured reserve list for now. He did not practice, working instead with the training staff.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst isn’t discussing quarterback Graham Mertz’s status following reports that the redshirt freshman has tested positive for COVID-19. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal both reported that Mertz tested positive and would be undergoing a second test to determine if the first result was a false positive. Chryst said he was confident the ninth-ranked Badgers’ game Saturday at Nebraska would go on as scheduled.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will try to wrap up their first World Series title in 32 years when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in Game 6. The Dodgers have a three-games-to-two lead in the series following Sunday’s 4-2 victory. Tony Gonsolin (GAHN’-sah-lihn) will start for the Dodgers against Blake Snell.

MVC Football All District Football

October 26, 2020

A number of Hempstead and Senior football players have received all-conference accolades from the Mississippi Valley.

Hempstead’s Aidan Dunne was named the player of the year in the Valley Division. Joining Dunne on the first team were teammates Cayden Lovett, Zach Sabers, Anterio Thompson, and Jalen Smith.  In his first season as head coach, Jeff Hoerner and staff were recognized as Coaching Staff of the Year.

Senior’s Jacob Konrardy was recognized as the Place Kicker of the Year. First team honors went to Jim Bonifas, Cain McWilliams, Carson Tart and Seth Bullock.

Entire All District Selections: 

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=358fc2d9fb&attid=0.2&permmsgid=msg-f:1681623152895755102&th=17565359126c835e&view=att&disp=inline&realattid=f_kgqk37m91

 

MVC Cross Country All Conference

October 26, 2020

Dubuque athletes dominated the Mississippi Valley Conference all-divisional cross country selections:

Ryan Winger of Hempstead was named the Valley Division Athlete of the year and Mustang coach Mark Ressler Coach of the Year. Joining Winger on the first team were Derek Leicht, Brady Blean, Josh Davis, and Mason Suarez.  Senior’s Connor Kilgore was also first team.

In the Mississippi Division:  Wahlert’s Nathan Munshower was a second team choice.

Keelee Leitzen of Hempstead was the Girls Valley Division Athlete of the year while Senior coach Louie Fischer was Coach of the Year.

Joining Leitzen on the first team were teammates Brooke O’Brien and Julia Gehl.  First team selections for Senior were Lillian Schmidt, Izzy Gorton, and Lucia Nelson.

In the Mississippi Division: Wahlert’s Gabby Moran along with Western Dubuque sisters Lauren and Alyssa Klein were first team.

Entire All Conference Lists:

Boys

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=358fc2d9fb&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1681623152895755102&th=17565359126c835e&view=att&disp=inline&realattid=f_kgqk35b80

Girls

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=358fc2d9fb&attid=0.3&permmsgid=msg-f:1681623152895755102&th=17565359126c835e&view=att&disp=inline&realattid=f_kgqk3kw52

3 Dubuque Co. Prep Football Teams Prepping for Playoff Round 3

October 26, 2020

Three Dubuque County High School football teams are preparing for round three match-ups in the Iowa High School football playoffs this Friday night after victories last Friday.

In Class 4-A: 6th ranked Hempstead will travel to 7th ranked Iowa City West.

 In Class 3-A: Wahlert Catholic will travel to top ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier.

In Class 1-A: Dyersville Beckman will travel to 3rd ranked Sigourney-Keota.