Jason Van Arkel


Davis County, Van Buren Headed to State


Two area prep baseball teams came into Tuesday evening with a chance to win their way into the 2015 state high school baseball tournament.  By the end of the night, both Davis County and Van Buren were planning their trips to Principal Park in Des Moines. Davis County returned to the Class 2A state tournament for the first time since 2012 by defeating Des Moines Christian 5-1, in a substate final played at Indianola.  The Mustangs broke the game open early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the secondRead More

Ottumwa to Host Babe Ruth World Series in 2016


The Ottumwa Youth Baseball League and the national Babe Ruth League organization announced Friday morning that Ottumwa will host the 2016 Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series.  The event will take place in mid-August of 2016. “We are honored to be going to Ottumwa,” said BRL Commissioner Robert Faherty.  “I was not only impressed with their community, but was also amazed by their commitment to youth.  The 2016 Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series will be a fun and memorable time for all.” The announcement also served as the kickoff for the capitalRead More

Ottumwa’s Hopwood Signs with Northeastern Junior College

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Ottumwa High all-conference catcher Brok Hopwood on Friday became the latest Bulldog baseball player to sign a college letter of intent, agreeing to join the program at Northeastern Junior College in Colorado.  Fellow OHS seniors Aaron Roane and Chase Wood have also signed letters of intent to play college baseball. Hopwood, who’s been Ottumwa’s starting catcher the past two seasons, is hitting .287 with four doubles, a triple, 15 RBI, 16 walks and seven stolen bases through 34 games this season.  Last season as a junior, he earned first teamRead More

Sports Postponements for July 6


Heavy rains have moved into southeast Iowa on Monday, forcing the postponement or cancellation of several late-season prep baseball and softball games.  All the changes we have received are posted below. BASEBALL Ottumwa at Des Moines Hoover (doubleheader) – postponed to July 10 Davis County at Cardinal – cancelled Pella at Oskaloosa (doubleheader) – postponed to July 11 Sigourney at Iowa Valley – postponed to July 9 Twin Cedars at Pleasantville – cancelled SOFTBALL (regular season) Des Moines Hoover at Ottumwa (doubleheader) – cancelled Pella Christian at Oskaloosa – cancelledRead More

Baseball District Pairings: Classes 1A, 2A


The Iowa High School Athletic Association on Wednesday released the Class 1A and Class 2A district baseball pairings.  Postseason play begins on July 11th. CLASS 1A (all games July 14th) District 9 – Pekin plays Tri-County at 5:00 (at Keota). Sigourney plays at Lone Tree at 7:00. District 10 – Cardinal plays Danville at 5:00 (at Van Buren). Van Buren hosts Harmony at 7:00. District 12 – Moravia plays Wayne at 5:00 (at Pleasantville). Twin Cedars hosts Moulton-Udell at 7:00. CLASS 2A (all games in District 11, played at Albia)Read More

Postponements for June 25th


The threat of rain may be minimal for today, but the heavy rains that fell throughout last night have rendered many fields in southeast Iowa unplayable for today’s scheduled games.  Events that have been postponed for Thursday are listed below. BASEBALL Pekin at Iowa Mennonite: postponed to Friday, June 26 (game will be on 101.5 Kiss FM) Danville at Cardinal: postponed, no make-up date announced Oskaloosa at Grinnell (doubleheader): postponed to Thursday, July 9 SOFTBALL Cardinal at Danville: postponed, no make-up date announced

Postponements For June 24th


Once again, rain and severe weather are threatening the scheduled sporting events in the area.  The following games have been either postponed or cancelled. BASEBALL Ottumwa at Des Moines Roosevelt (doubleheader): postponed, no make-up date announced Cardinal at Moravia: postponed, no make-up date announced Davis County at Mount Pleasant: cancelled, a make-up date is unlikely Pekin at Iowa Mennonite: postponed, no make-up date announced Oskaloosa at Grinnell (doubleheader) postponed, will be made up Thursday, June 25 Sigourney at Belle Plaine: postponed, no make-up date announced freshman & sophomore Ottumwa baseball: postponedRead More

Softball Regional Pairings Announced


Late Monday evening, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced the pairings for the 2015 regional tournaments.  The opening-round matchups for each of the teams in our area is listed below. CLASS 5A Region 7: Des Moines North at Ottumwa, July 9th (1240 KBIZ, 7:00) (winner plays at #8 Urbandale July 11) CLASS 4A Region 5: Washington at Fairfield, July 9th (winner plays at #1 Oskaloosa July 11th) CLASS 3A Albia at Bondurant-Farrar, July 8th Centerville at Chariton, July 8th Davis County at PCM, July 8th CLASS 2A DanvilleRead More

Monday’s Sports Postponements


Monday brought another round of showers and thunderstorms to southeast Iowa, putting a host of prep baseball and softball games in jeopardy.  Keep checking back here for the latest updates on game postponements and cancellations. BASEBALL Ottumwa at Indianola (doubleheader): postponed to Tuesday, June 16th at 5:00pm (games on 1240 KBIZ) Van Buren vs. Holy Trinity: postponed to Friday, June 19th at 5:30 (doubleheader at Holy Trinity, games on 92.7 KTWA) Pekin vs. Mediapolis: postponed, make-up date TBA Albia at Clarke (doubleheader): postponed, make-up date TBA Centerville at Chariton (doubleheader):Read More

Friday’s Sports Postponements


Although little or no rain fell on southeast Iowa Friday, the heavy rains from the night before meant some area sporting events had to be postponed or cancelled.  This list will be updated if and when more postponements or cancellations are announced. BASEBALL Southern Classic (Van Buren, Centerville, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont): all games for Friday were postponed. Friday’s schedule will be played on Saturday. Cardinal at Harmony: postponed, make-up date to be announced. Moravia at Moulton-Udell: postponed, make-up date to be announced. SOFTBALL Ottumwa at the Davenport West Invite: all Friday gamesRead More

Thursday’s Sports Postponements


With the threat of rain on Thursday, many area sporting events are in danger of being postponed or called off entirely.  This list will be updated each time a new postponement or cancellation is announced. BASEBALL Davis County at Clarke (varsity doubleheader): postponed, no make-up date set Pekin at Wapello (varsity doubleheader): postponed, no make-up date set Centerville vs. Knoxville (varsity doubleheader): postponed, no make-up date set Moravia at Melcher-Dallas (varsity): postponed to June 15th at Moravia Ottumwa freshman & sophomore games vs. Dowling: postponed SOFTBALL Ottumwa vs. Des MoinesRead More

ISU Hires Prohm to Replace Hoiberg


In the end, the Iowa State search to replace Fred Hoiberg didn’t last very long. On Monday, the university announced the hiring of Murray State head coach Steve Prohm as the Cyclones’ new head man.  The announcement came just six days after Hoiberg was introduced as the new head coach of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. “We feel Steve and his family are a perfect fit for Iowa State University,” said athletic director Jamie Pollard in a statement. “Steve’s personal values, style of play and proven success as a head coachRead More

Football: Hawkeyes Earn Preseason All-B1G Honors


(release courtesy of the University of Iowa) Six members of the University of Iowa football team have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big Ten team. The all-conference team is released as part of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine, which hits newsstands June 24th. Senior center Austin Blythe and senior defensive end Drew Ott were named to the second team; senior wide receiver Tevaun Smith and junior cornerback Desmond King were chosen to the third unit; and senior tight end Jake Duzey and senior safety Jordan Lomax earned fourthRead More

IHCC Softball Gains 2nd All-American


(press release written by Kevin Pink) Kacey Duffield, an Indian Hills Community College freshman from Fairbanks, Alaska, has been named a softball All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Duffield was selected as a utility player on the NFCA All-American second team for two-year schools after a standout season in which she paced the Warriors or tied for the team high in nine different statistical categories and also fashioned an unbeaten pitching record. Duffield hit a team-best .420 in 45 games and topped IHCC in RBIs (55), slugging percentage (.786), walks (28) and on-base percentage (.534)Read More

IHCC Hoops Signs 4 Sophs


(press release written by Kevin Pink) In putting together the roster for his first team, new Indian Hills basketball coach Hank Plona realizes that a solid, deep backcourt will be crucial to the Warriors’ success in 2015-16. And the running and pressing style of play he expects to implement should be made-to-order for a talented quartet of guards that has signed with Indian Hills. The four recruits include three transfers from NCAA Division I programs and one who played at a Texas two-year school as a freshman. The former DIRead More

Ottumwa Baseball Drops Tough Twinbill


Monday night, the Ottumwa High baseball team proved it could compete with the elite teams in the state, but couldn’t find a way to take down #2 Johnston in a CIML doubleheader. The Bulldogs lost two very different games on the Dragons’ home field, a 14-9 slugfest in the opener and a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in the nightcap.  Ottumwa’s record dropped to 1-4, with all five of its games having been played against top-ten teams. In the first game, OHS scored a pair of runs in the first, and afterRead More

Hoiberg Leaves Iowa State For Chicago


The worst-kept sports secret in the state of Iowa is about to become official. The Chicago Bulls will hold a 2:00 press conference today to introduce their new head coach, former Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.  Hoiberg, the long-rumored replacement for the fired Tom Thibodeau, flew to Chicago Monday evening to finalize a reported five-year, 25-million-dollar contract. Hoiberg had never held a coaching position of any kind before Iowa State hired him in 2010.  In five seasons with the Cyclones, he posted a 115-56 record, reaching the 100-win markRead More

PHOTOS: OHS Softball, Baseball Prep for Season

Practice began on Monday for the 2015 Ottumwa High softball team, while the OHS baseball team embarked on its second week of practice.  Both squads open the season May 27th, and both squads practiced in cool, windy conditions Monday afternoon. Softball head coach Frank Huston instructs his team.    LEFT: The OHS softball players swing the bats in the warmup area. RIGHT: Huston Field is just about ready for the 2015 season.    The OHS baseball team warms up the arms at the start of practice.    Baseball head coachRead More

State Qualifying Track & Field Sites

All high school state qualifying track and field meets will be held on Thursday, May 14th, beginning at 4:00.  The sites for each school covered by the Ottumwa Radio Sports Network are listed below. Class 4A Ottumwa – Linn-Mar, Marion Class 3A Centerville, Oskaloosa – Pella Fairfield – Mount Pleasant Class 2A Albia, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont – E-B-F, Eddyville Class 1A Cardinal, Maharishi, Pekin, Van Buren – WACO, Wayland Moravia, Sigourney, Twin Cedars – B-G-M, Brooklyn

UPDATED: OHS Names Mayson Head Football Coach

A month-long search for the new Ottumwa High head football coach ended on Wednesday, when OHS introduced former Iowa Western running backs coach Rich Mayson as the new head Bulldog.  Mayson replaces Zach Pfantz, who resigned in April to take the same job at Bondurant-Farrar. “I definitely would like to thank Mr. Hanson, Mr. Egbert and Mr. Kopatich,” Mayson said.  “In my dealings with them, I’ve come to get the feeling that the support is there–from the administration, from the community.  There’s a lot of people that are excited aboutRead More

Monday Postponements


The Ottumwa High girls and boys soccer teams were scheduled to face Des Moines Hoover on Monday, May 4th, but those matches have been postponed.  The boys will now host Hoover on May 19th, while the girls will play at Hoover on May 21st. The Davis County JV and varsity boys tennis teams were scheduled to host Burlington Notre Dame on Monday, but those matches have been cancelled. Also, the Albia middle school track meet scheduled for Monday has been cancelled.

NFL Draft Recap


The 2015 NFL Draft came and went last weekend, with three Iowa Hawkeyes and one UNI Panther standout selected over three days.  Several other Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones found themselves in demand after the draft as well, signing with NFL teams as undrafted free agents. Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff was expected to be a top-ten pick, but it was still a mild surprise to many when the Washington Redskins chose him as the fifth overall pick in the draft.  Scherff’s O-line teammate Andrew Donnal went to the St.Read More

Cardinal Girls Win Gerard Relays


The Cardinals girls track and field team dominated their annual home meet on Friday, winning the 2015 Bob Gerard Relays championship.  The Comets’ 167 points easily outdistanced second-place Davis County’s 119-point total.  Moravia and Van Buren tied for third, Twin Cedars and Tri-County tied for fifth, with Harmony and Melcher-Dallas rounding out the field. Cardinal claimed two individual titles in the girls events, with Jessie McElderry winning the 400-meter dash and Alexis Adam taking the 100-meter hurdles.  Lexi Fullenkamp took second place in that event to give the Comets aRead More

Cyclone Hoops Adds Highly-Rated Guard


The Iowa State men’s basketball program has announced that top-100 guard Nick Noskowiak (nuh-sko-WE-ack) has signed a financial aid agreement to join the team for the 2015-16 season. Noskowiak, a 6-2, 180-pounder, originally signed with Marquette in the fall but was released from his letter of intent and will be eligible immediately. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native is widely considered a top-100 prep player, earning a top ranking of 75th by ESPN.com. He was also ranked 79th by 247sports.com and CBSSports.com and 90th by FoxSports.com. “Nick possesses great size andRead More

IHCC Softball: Nine All-Region Selections

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OTTUMWA — Regular-season league champion Indian Hills put nine players on the All-Region softball teams, including five who were named to the first team. Representing the Warriors on the all-conference first team are pitcher Mandi Moore, first baseman Chelsea Eads, second baseball Mallory Madsen, outfielder Chelsea Griffiths and Lindsay Moore, who was chosen as the designated player on the first team. Mandi Moore, Lindsay Moore and Griffiths are sophomores and Eads and Madsen are freshmen. Selected to the All-Region second team from IHCC are catcher Emily Brown, pitcher Nataliah Hopkins, third baseman Kacey Duffield and outfielderRead More