Derek Martin - Tue, 21 May 2013 23:28:13 CDT
(Council Bluffs) -- Last year's 2A State Pitcher of the Year and the defending State Champions picked up right where they left off on Tuesday night. Treynor got a classic performance from senior pitcher Madison Keysor and the Cardinals outlasted Abraham Lincoln and Hayley Hochstetler, 1-0 in 8 innings. Keysor allowed just two hits and zero runs while striking out 14 and walking just two in a complete game effort. Hochstetler was the tough luck loser in throwing eight innings and allowing one unearned run on six hits and one walk while striking out 16 Cardinals. Tracy Purdy scored the lone run when she led off the eighth inning with an infield hit and scored the winning run on an AL error. Cardinals blast Knights in five innings (Clarinda) -- The Clarinda softball team won their first game of the season on Tuesday night with a 13-3 five-inning victory over Fremont-Mills.
Sports Network - Tue, 21 May 2013 23:17:27 CDT
(Houston) -- Mike Moustakas tied it with an RBI single before George Kottaras scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in a four-run eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to end a four-game skid. The Royals trailed 3-0 and couldn’t get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one on RBI singles by Alcides Escobar and David Lough. Eric Hosmer chased Wesley Wright in the eighth when he singled to load the bases. He was replaced by Jose Cisnero who gave up the one-out RBI single by Moustakas, which snapped a 0-for-18 slump. Cisnero then walked Kottaras on four pitches to put the Royals on top. They added two more runs when Escobar grounded into a force out to score Hosmer before an error by Marwin Gonzalez allowed Moustakas to go home.
Bryan Clark - Tue, 21 May 2013 15:18:26 CDT
(KMAland) -- The track and field season is in the books. KMA Sports presents the final track and field leaderboard for the season. The top 12 in each event, both boys and girls, are listed as a .pdf file at the bottom of the page. On the girls leaderboard, the Treynor Cardinals hold the top spot in seven events, with Harlan, who had the most firsts all season, leading in just four. Griswold is first in three events. Glenwood and IKM-Manning are on top in two each while Tri-Center leads the way in one. On the boys leaderboard, Glenwood ends the season on top in seven events. St. Albert holds the top spot in three events. East Mills, Harlan, and Mount Ayr lead in two events each while Creston and Denison are first in one.
Bryan Clark - Tue, 21 May 2013 21:39:08 CDT
(KMAland) -- The Missouri Valley and SEC baseball Tournaments got started on Tuesday. The Missouri Valley Tournament runs through Saturday at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois. The SEC Tournament runs through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. Jays fall in opener (Normal) -- Creighton dropped its opener of the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament 4-3 to Indiana State on Tuesday morning. Indiana State starter, and likely top-10 MLB draft pick, Sean Manaea, left the game before throwing a pitch due to an injury, but reliever Josh Negele gave up seven hits and one earned run in 5 1/3 innings for the win. Creighton scored a run in the sixth after a sacrifice fly by Alex Staehely with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 2-1. The Sycamores added two in the eighth. Creighton would score two in the ninth, but fell one run short.
Ryan Matheny - Tue, 21 May 2013 11:00:54 CDT
(Mound City) -- KMAland crowned three track and field team champions over the past weekend. One of those champions was the Mound City Panther girls. KMA Sports talked with Head Coach Brian Messer on Tuesday's Sports Feature. Messer says that this team really starts with its seniors. Alex Phillips, Haylee Clifton and Carina Metzgar not only contributed points for the Panthers, but Messer says that they provided leadership for the rest of his team throughout the season. In addition to their experience, the Panthers got contributions from multiple young stars. Messer says that Emily Wedlock, Kendey Eaton, Mae Sanders, Grace Newcomb, Jessica Johnson and Lily Grant all helped balance the Panther roster. Wedlock scored victories in the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles and placed third in the long jump, racking up 26 crucial points.
Derek Martin - Tue, 21 May 2013 08:14:06 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- The Shenandoah Mustangs baseball team opened the season with a 2-1 victory over the Underwood Eagles on Monday night. Shenandoah's Zac McCoy tossed a complete-game no-hitter in the victory. The Mustangs will host Bedford on Tuesday night. Peterson leads Lenox over Academy (Clarinda) -- Mason Peterson finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases on Monday in the Lenox Tigers' 16-6 win over Clarinda Academy. Dustin Gordon, Spencer Brown and Dusten Reed all finished the game with two runs batted in while Brown threw 3 1/3 innings and struck out five to get the win. Lenox will host Interstate 35 on Tuesday night. Other scores from KMAland on Monday evening... Bedford 6 Clarinda 2 Fremont-Mills 13 Red Oak 3 (6 inn) Creston 16 Corning 2 (5 inn) Lewis Central 11 Treynor 3 Abraham Lincoln 5 St.
Derek Martin - Tue, 21 May 2013 08:12:46 CDT
(KMAland) -- Here we are, the beginning of baseball season and almost in to the month of June, and one of the biggest stories in high school sports is basketball. That’s all thanks to Rick Wulkow, the Iowa High School Athletic Association Executive Director. Wulkow made waves recently when he told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that the boy’s basketball state tournament is “pretty boring.” Well Rick, welcome to the dark side. That’s something some of us already knew. Don’t get me wrong, I love the state basketball tournament, but Rick is right. The tournament can be pretty boring the first several days when heavyweights beat up on lightweights. However, Mr. Wulkow’s blame is misguided. You see, in Mr. Wulkow’s world, boring is constituted by how many times the cash register rings. The reason the tournament is boring to Mr. Wulkow is because the attendance is way down for the tournament.
Sports Network - Tue, 21 May 2013 06:10:13 CDT
(Houston) -- Matt Dominguez launched a three-run home run in the fourth inning that proved to be the difference as the Houston Astros topped the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, in the opener of a three-game set from Minute Maid Park. Dominguez and Jimmy Paredes had two hits apiece to pace Houston, which won for the third time in five tries after dropping six in a row. Jason Castro added his fourth homer of the season. Jose Veras saved it with a perfect ninth for Dallas Keuchel (1-1), who yielded four runs on nine hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings. Jeremy Guthrie (5-2) absorbed his second consecutive loss after giving up all six runs on eight hits in five innings.
Sports Network - Tue, 21 May 2013 06:08:24 CDT
(San Diego) -- Jason Marquis pitched six solid innings while Jesus Guzman was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run as the San Diego Padres took a 4-2 win over the Saint Louis Cardinals to open a three-game series. Marquis (6-2) gave up just two runs -- one earned -- on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts to win his fifth straight start for the Padres, who have won three straight and five of seven. Will Venable hit a solo home run while Chris Denorfia went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Shelby Miller (5-3) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, who had won five of seven coming into the game. Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran each scored a run in the loss.
Derek Martin - Mon, 20 May 2013 17:52:51 CDT
(Norwalk) -- For the eighth consecutive year the Red Oak girl's tennis team has qualified for the Class 1A Final Four. The Tigers played Ballard in a Class 1A State Quarterfinal on Monday afternoon in Norwalk and made quick work of their opponent with a 5-0 win. Red Oak will play in the Class 1A Final Four on Saturday June 1st at the Ankeny Tennis Complex at the Prairie Ridge Sports Complex against an opponent to be determined.
Bryan Clark - Mon, 20 May 2013 17:33:12 CDT
(KMAland) -- The girls golf regional finals took place on Monday throughout the state with state berths on the line. Results from area regions can be found below. Corning golf to state (Corning) -- The Corning girls golf team joins Pleasantville in qualifying for the state tournament at the Class 1A Regional Final at the Happy Hollow Country Club in Corning on Monday. Pleasantville won the regional title with a 369 while Corning finished second, shooting a 393. Griswold finished third, but the Tigers will get one girl to the state tournament as Serena Robinette tied for 5th shooting a 95. Lynnville-Sully, EHK/Exira, and Guthrie Center were the other three teams participating and finished in that order. Pleasantville had the top two finishers. Ashley Jahner was medalist with an 83 while Hannah Gordon fired a 91.
Bryan Clark - Mon, 20 May 2013 12:12:35 CDT
(Lincoln) -- Nebraska's Jordan Hooper has earned a position on USA Basketball's 12-player roster for the Women's World University Games. A three days tryout wrapped up on Saturday to select the team that will represent the United States at the World University Games in Russia on July 8-15. Hooper and the rest of the team will meet for training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on June 25-July 1. Hooper is one of five players on the team who will represent the USA for the first time. Iowa State's Hallie Christofferson was also part of the tryout, but did not make the final roster. Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale will coach the team.
Ryan Matheny - Mon, 20 May 2013 10:38:22 CDT
(Marion, Ind.) -- Several former KMAland athletes have qualified to compete in the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals in Marion, Indiana. The national meet will be hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University and will run from May 23rd-25th. Here is a list, by school, of the KMAland athletes that qualified.
Derek Martin - Mon, 20 May 2013 08:27:31 CDT
(KMAland) -- I’m going to warn you before this blog begins. Today’s blog might be long. It could be very long. That’s what you get when you try to summarize a full weekend of state track action. A weekend where KMAland crowned three million state champions and added another six million medals. (Those numbers are just ballpark.) I honestly wish I could release a KMA State Track Magazine instead of trying to fit it all into one blog. But, here I am, wasting time. Let’s get to it….but where do I begin? Point 1: Only one way to remember Derek Jones There’s only one way to remember Derek Jones. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, let me explain how NOT to remember him. Don’t remember him as the guy who came up just short. Don’t remember him as the guy that won every single medal other than a gold. Yes, that is true.
Bryan Clark/Ryan Matheny - Sun, 19 May 2013 21:56:32 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- The Red Oak and Glenwood girls tennis teams took all the state qualifying spots at the Class 1A Regional in Shenandoah on Thursday. Red Oak's Kate Walker and Glenwood's Ons Souissi advanced in singles competition while the Red oak duo of Grace Blomstedt and Zoey Baker and the Glenwood duo of Grace Newman and Rachel Tucker advanced to state. KMA Sports talked with Walker, Souissi, Blomstedt, and Baker in a video interview you can view below. All four of those girls, as well as Newman and Tucker from Glenwood advance to the state individual tournament May 30th-31st at the Ankeny Tennis Center.
Baseball Coaches Association - Sun, 19 May 2013 20:57:39 CDT
(Des Moines) -- A day ahead of the start of the high school baseball season, the Baseball Coaches Association and Radio Iowa released their preseason baseball rankings on Sunday. The top ten in each class are ranked. Area teams are highlighted. Class 1A 1. Mason City Newman Catholic 2. Van Meter 3. Lawton-Bronson 4. Algona Bishop Garrigan 5. Twin Cedars 6. Don Bosco 7. Coon Rapids-Bayard 8. Martensdale-St. Mary's 9. Treynor 10. Preston Class 2A 1. Dyersville Beckman 2. North Polk 3. Kuemper Catholic 4. Fort Dodge St. Edmond 5. Wilton 6. West Branch 7. Waterloo Columbus 8. Roland-Story 9. St. Albert 10. Cascade Class 3A 1. Sioux City Heelan 2. Benton Community 3. Decorah 4. Harlan 5. Western Dubuque 6. Dallas Center-Grimes 7. Grinnell 8. Davenport Assumption 9. Marion 10.
Bryan Clark - Mon, 20 May 2013 09:29:25 CDT
Nebraska moves to Super Regionals (Lincoln) -- The Nebraska softball team fought through Stanford and three weather delays to win its first regional championship since 2002 with a 10-5 win over Stanford on Sunday. Stanford led 3-1 after one inning of play, before inclement weather delayed the start of a second inning for more than an hour, but the Huskers scored five runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth to blow the game open. Tatum Edwards gave up five runs (four earned) on ten hits for the win. Brooke Thomason and Courtney Breault both had two hits and three RBI for the Huskers. Nebraska will travel to Oregon in Super Regionals next weekend. Missouri advances to Super Regionals (Columbia) -- It took two tries, but Missouri got the win they needed to advance to Super Regionals.
Sports Network - Mon, 20 May 2013 09:28:18 CDT
(Oakland) -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth and the Oakland Athletics swept a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals with a 4-3 win. Leading off the eighth, Cespedes knocked a 1-0 pitch off Kelvin Herrera (2-4) deep into left center. Oakland reliever Ryan Cook allowed runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but managed to escape and notch his first save. Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson contributed with an RBI apiece for the Athletics. Oakland starter A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in six frames. Jerry Blevins pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win. Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz each drove in one run for the Royals, who have lost seven of their last nine games. Starter Luis Mendoza gave up three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in six-plus innings.
Sports Network - Sun, 19 May 2013 17:19:10 CDT
(Saint Louis) -- The Saint Louis Cardinals used a four-run fourth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Yadier Molina, Jon Jay, David Freese and Pete Kozma all knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who finished 7-3 on their 10-game homestand. John Gast (2-0), making his second big league start, allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five over 5 1/3 innings for St. Louis. Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each had an RBI for the Brewers, who went 2-8 on a 10-game road trip. Kyle Lohse (1-5) got the start for Milwaukee and gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings against his former team. The right-hander enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Cardinals, as he posted a 16-3 mark to go along with a 2.86 ERA.
Bryan Clark/Ryan Matheny - Sun, 19 May 2013 12:47:54 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Monday is the regional final in girls golf in all five classes. The first round in Classes 1A through 3A was Monday, including regional golf at Shenandoah where Atlantic and Clarinda advanced to play on Monday in Chariton. KMA Sports was on hand and talked with all five individual qualifiers, Brooke Fletcher, Bailey Walter, and Shelby Worth of Atlantic, and Clarinda's Ellie Shane and Beth Anderson in a video interview you can view below.
Derek Martin - Sun, 19 May 2013 11:58:56 CDT
(Omaha) -- The Nebraska State High School Track Meet was held over the weekend as well. The Auburn girls got four state championships from Tierra Williams to win the team title in Class B. Here's a look at the complete list of placewinners from KMAland sorted by class and school...
Bryan Clark/Derek Martin - Sun, 19 May 2013 08:59:17 CDT
(Des Moines) -- The State Track and Field meet wrapped up on Saturday. KMA Sports Director Derek Martin was there and you can find the full results from Day 3 here, Day 2 here, and Day 1 here. Derek also talked with numerous KMAland athletes and you can find all of those videos below.
Sports Network - Sun, 19 May 2013 08:57:51 CDT
(Oakland) -- Brandon Moss tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Tommy Milone got his first win in more than a month, as the Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, in the middle portion of a three-game series. Milone (4-5) dropped his previous five starts, with the A's scoring a total of six runs in those games. But on Saturday, the left-hander was able to barely get enough support when the hosts came through with two runs in the sixth. Milone, who pitched despite an upset stomach, gave up five hits, walked three and fanned four. Grant Balfour worked around a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer in the ninth and notched his eighth save of the year. Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly to center plated Eric Sogard to tie the game in the sixth for the A's, who have won both games of this series by identical scores.
Sports Network - Sun, 19 May 2013 08:53:45 CDT
(St Louis) -- Jeff Bianchi's two-run single in the10th inning led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the second of a three-game set. Ryan Braun started the10th with a single through the middle off Joe Kelly (0-2) and moved to third when Aramis Ramirez dropped a bloop single into right. After Jonathan Lucroy grounded out, Carlos Gomez was issued a free pass to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer hit into a 6-2 fielder's choice that saw Braun forced out at home, but Bianchi followed with a single up the middle for a 6-4 advantage. Jim Henderson set the Cardinals down in order in the bottom of the 10th to pick up his eighth save of the season. Jean Segura and Braun each had three hits and two RBI while Ramirez added three hits and a run scored for the Brewers, who had dropped eight of nine. John Axford (1-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings to get the win.
Bryan Clark - Sat, 18 May 2013 21:19:57 CDT
(KMAland) -- It was the final Saturday of college baseball's regular season across the country. Regional scores are below. Michigan pounds Huskers (Lincoln) -- Nebraska was routed by Michigan 19-9 on Saturday in both team's regular-season finale. The win secured Michigan a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines earned the number six seed and will play third-seeded Nebraska on Wednesday at 3:30 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Nebraska's offense put up nine runs for the second game in a row and had double-digit hits for the fifth game in a row, but Husker pitching gave up a season-high 19 runs on a season-high 23 hits. Five Wolverines notched at least three hits on the day including four-hit games from Travis Maezes and Cole Martin.
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