Jason Van Arkel

 

Baseball District Pairings: Classes 1A, 2A

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


IHCC’s Harris Signs With UTSA

A player who appeared in two national tournaments and was on teams that won over 60 games the past two seasons at Indian Hills Community College is headed to Conference USA to continue his career. J.R. Harris has signed a letter of intent with the University of Texas at San Antonio. Harris, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, was a key reserve for the Warriors as a freshman, and then started a team-high 31 games this past season. He boosted his averages from 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds to 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds as a sophomore.Read More


Hawkeye Named to Olerud Watch List

University of Iowa junior first baseman/right-handed pitcher Tyler Peyton has been named to the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award Watch List, it was released by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.  The award is presented to the nation’s top player both on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, the Grimes, Iowa, native is 5-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 11 starts as the Hawkeyes’ Friday starter. He is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in strikeouts (55), seventh in strikeouts lookingRead More


Drake Relays: Area Prep Results (UPDATED)

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FRIDAY In the boys 100-meter dash finals, Albia’s Hunter Weldon crossed the line in 2nd place. In the boys 4×200-meter relay, the Albia team of Blake Bayer, Hunter Weldon, Luke Sarver and Tony Leshen finished in 8th place. In the girls 110-meter hurdles prelims, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s Karlie Taylor finished in 13th place. In the girls high jump, Albia’s Mary Shepard came in 5th.  Ottumwa’s Hope Bitner finished in a tie for 13th, and Pekin’s Kaysha Dodson wound up in a tie for 23rd. In the girls shot put, Davis County’s KateRead More


IHCC Earns Disc Golf Championship

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(release courtesy of IHCC Athletics) OTTUMWA — Eight players and two teams represented Indian Hills Community College in this month’s National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship in North Augusta, South Carolina, and one of the individuals, Hobie Hein of Albia, brought home a championship trophy. Hein, the captain of one of the IHCC teams in the competition, won the first flight singles, beating over 90 other players from the same schools that competed in the championship division. Hein shot two-under par over two rounds of singles play to give Indian Hills its first national champion in discRead More