Jason Van Arkel


Albia’s Isley Picks Wrestling, UNI

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Whether it’s football or wrestling, Albia’s Carter Isley has always seemed to find success. On the gridiron, Isley led Class 2A in rushing last season–and more importantly, led the Blue Demons to a state semifinal appearance in the UNI-Dome. This season, he’s about to pass the 2,000-yard mark in rushing again, and Albia is the #1 team in the state. On the mat, Isley is already a three-time state tournament qualifier. He finished eighth as a freshman and second as a sophomore, before claiming the Class 2A 220-pound championship lastRead More

Iowa’s King Named Co-B1G Defense Player of the Week


(press release courtesy of the University of Iowa) University of Iowa defensive back Desmond King has been named Big Ten Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Iowa’s 10-6 win at Wisconsin Saturday. The Big Ten honor is the second weekly honor for King (5-foot-11, 200-pounds), a junior from Detroit, Michigan (East English Village HS). King was recognized as Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Oct. 21, 2013, after recording 12 tackles in a 34-24 loss at No. 3 Ohio State. King is the third Hawkeye to earn theRead More

College Football: Kickoff Times, Networks

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Kickoff times and TV networks for Iowa & Iowa State football in the first half of October: OCTOBER 3 Hawkeyes: at Wisconsin, 11:00am, ESPN Cyclones: vs. Kansas, 11:00am, Fox Sports Net OCTOBER 10 Hawkeyes: vs. Illinois, 11:00am, ESPN2 or ESPNU or ESPNews Cyclones: at Texas Tech, 2:30pm, Fox Sports Net OCTOBER 17 Hawkeyes: at Northwestern, 11:00am, TV network to be determined Cyclones: vs. TCU, time and TV network to be determined In-game updates of Hawkeye and Cyclone games can be heard each Saturday on 101.5 Kiss FM.

Prep Football: Playoff Preview – First Look


With the halfway point of the regular season behind us, and with every team having played at least one district game, we can start taking a look at what area prep football teams need to do (if anything) to secure playoff berths. Before we begin, a few points to remember: There are still four weeks left in the season, so many things can change between now and the end of October Some area teams will not make the playoffs, so after this week, not every area team will appear hereRead More

Prep Football Wrap: #1 Albia Rolls, Other Scores

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ALBIA 56, NORTH POLK 6 There may be a team capable of slowing down Class 2A #1 Albia, but it wasn’t North Polk, as the Blue Demons rolled to their fourth blowout win. Carter Isley ran for 155 yards and four touchdowns, and Kyle Sinnott added two scores in the 50-point win. Albia didn’t even need to complete a pass in the game; quarterback Blake Bayer was 0-for-1 passing and did not have a rush attempt, but made up for a quiet offensive night by picking off a pass onRead More

Koehn’s Kick Earns B1G Honors

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As Marshall Koehn’s 57-yard field goal sailed through the uprights at Kinnick Stadium Saturday night, there couldn’t have been much doubt as to whom the Big Ten Conference would select for its Special Teams Player of the Week. Koehn officially received the honor on Monday, the first of his career.  The senior from Solon hit all five of his kicks (three field goals, two extra points), and launched the first punt of his career 64 yards to the Pittsburgh four yard line, but it’s the game-winner from just inside theRead More

Hawkeyes, Cyclones Get Good Injury News

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In the hours after this year’s CyHawk rivalry was settled, with Iowa beating Iowa State 31-17, one question lingered for both teams: what would be the physical cost of the intense September matchup? The question had lingered ever since the first half.  Iowa defensive end Drew Ott, an All-American candidate, was taken to the locker room in the first quarter.  He later returned to the sideline with his left arm in a sling.  In the second quarter, both Iowa starting running back LeShun Daniels and Iowa State defensive tackle DemondRead More

Prep Football Wrap: Ottumwa Stuns Marshalltown, Other Scores

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OTTUMWA 20, MARSHALLTOWN 18 Trailing 18-17 with ten seconds left, Ottumwa’s last hope appeared to vanish with a mishandled snap on what would have been a 49-yard field goal, until Marshalltown was called for a personal foul on the play.  The Bulldogs seized on their second chance, with Kane Brumbaugh drilling a 35-yard field goal as time expired to send OHS to a 3-0 start. Senior Isaiah Cox had 129 rushing yards and a 63-yard touchdown for Ottumwa, which plays host to Indianola this Friday. PEKIN 20, DANVILLE 17 PekinRead More

Football Fans Mourn Sash’s Passing


Iowa will play a football game at Iowa State on Saturday, but the usual emotion of CyHawk week has turned somber, in the wake of the passing of former Hawkeye All-American safety Tyler Sash.  The former Oskaloosa High, Iowa and NFL standout was found dead at his Oskaloosa home Tuesday morning.  He was 27. Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz normally holds a press conference each Tuesday during the season, but the university postponed that media session in the wake of Sash’s death.  Later in the day, the university issuedRead More

Football Friday 9/4 Preview (Part 2)

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OSKALOOSA (0-1) @ OTTUMWA (1-0) LAST WEEK: Oskaloosa lost to Winterset 20-9; Ottumwa beat Mont Pleasant 20-10. LAST SEASON: Ottumwa beat Oskaloosa 27-13. NOTES: Ottumwa only beat Mount Pleasant by ten, but out-gained them 398 yards to 169…Sam Moreland completed only 5 of 15 passes, but rushed for 99 yards…Oskaloosa only managed 124 yards of total offense vs. Winterset, and allowed 278 rushing yards…Ottumwa’s Isaiah Cox had 183 rush yards and three TDs at Oskaloosa last year. PLAYERS TO WATCH Oskaloosa: Bennett Spry (51 rush yards), Peyton Crouse (9 tackles)Read More

Football Friday 9/4 Preview (Part 1)

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FAIRFIELD (1-0) @ ALBIA (1-0) LAST WEEK: Fairfield beat Davis County 40-8; Albia beat Mount Ayr 36-6. LAST SEASON: Albia beat Fairfield 36-0. NOTES: both teams won their openers comfortably, rushing for over 200 yards in the process…the Blue Demons remain ground-oriented, but the Trojans threw for nearly 200 yards in their win…Fairfield QB Cameron Baumann had a rough day vs. Albia last season, going 11-for-35 for just 104 yards and four picks…conversely, Albia RB Carter Isley shredded the Trojan defense last year for 178 yards and two scores. PLAYERSRead More

Iowa’s Softball LLWS Team Wins Playoff After Controversy

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PORTLAND, OREGON – After 24 hours of the kind of drama the softball Little League World Series didn’t want, the Central Iowa All-Stars took matters into their own hands Tuesday morning, defeating the team from Snohomish, Washington 3-2 in a hastily-arranged one-game playoff.  Central Iowa was placed in the playoff game after Little League officials determined that Snohomish, the West Region representative, had deliberately lost its final pool-play game to keep Central Iowa from advancing to the semifinals.  Central Iowa will play in the semifinals later tonight. Central Iowa, theRead More

All-State Honors For 7 Area Baseball Players


The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association included seven area players on its 2015 All-State teams.  Five players received first-team All-State honors, while two others earned second-team honors. Twin Cedars senior Otis Roby received the most accolades of any area player, as he was named to the IHSBCA all-class Super Team as a utility player.  Roby was also named captain of the Class 1A team.  The Southeastern Community College recruit went 7-2 with an 0.89 ERA and a save on the mound, striking out 142 batters in 62 2/3 inningsRead More

IHCC Names New Athletic Director


(release courtesy of Indian Hills Athletics) OTTUMWA — Brett Monaghan has been named to lead the athletic program at Indian Hills Community College. Monaghan, who came to Indian Hills as an assistant baseball coach prior to the start of the 2012 spring season, will take over as AD for Mike Hagen, who left earlier this summer to become the head golf coach at Arkansas State. Monaghan’s appointment was applauded by IHCC President Dr. Marlene Sprouse, who said, “We had an extremely strong pool of candidates. We interviewed five people from four states and were very pleasedRead More

Hawkeyes Announce Hall of Fame Class


(release courtesy of Hawkeye Athletics) The National Iowa Varsity Club and the University of Iowa Athletics Department announced Wednesday the seven members of its 2015 Hall of Fame Class. Don Norton (football 1957-59), Neil Schmitt (gymnastics 1966-68), Lori Cole (gymnastics 1989-92), Jim Heffernan (wrestling 1983-87), Karen Jackson (softball 1991-94), Tom Roemer (swimming 1980-82, 84) and Bill Brashier (football coach 1979-96) represent the 27th Hall of Fame class. The 2015 class will be inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 — theRead More

Analysis: Iowa Football Media Day

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There’s a fundamental question lingering in the air as the Iowa football team progresses through fall camp: have the Hawkeyes really made any significant changes, or were the parts that moved around simply window-dressing? Obviously, some things are different.  C.J. Beathard is the unquestioned starting quarterback, so much so that two-year starter Jake Rudock saw the writing on the wall and decided to spend his senior season trying to win the starting job for Michigan.  On the coaching staff, LeVar Woods now coaches tight ends instead of linebackers, while SethRead More

Analysis: ISU Football Media Day

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Without exception, media day for a college football team is filled with optimism.  Everything is sunshine and rainbows, everybody says this is the year they do something special–and most importantly, everyone says the team chemistry is great and everyone’s on the same page. On Thursday, what made Iowa State’s media day unique was how willing the Cyclones were to admit how they failed team chemistry last fall. Of course, they didn’t quite use that terminology.  Linebacker Levi Peters said “towards the end of last year, we kinda split up, andRead More

Late Find: ISU Basketball Signs 3-Star Recruit


(release courtesy of Cyclone Athletics) Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm has announced the addition of Simeon Carter, a 6-8 forward from West Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Cyclones’ 2015-16 roster. “We are really excited to add Simeon to our program,” Prohm said. “He has a really bright future. He comes from a very good high school program in West Charlotte and we think he’s going to be a really good player in the Big 12 for a really long time.” Carter, a three-star recruit according Rivals.com and 247sports.com, averagedRead More

Kids Day At Kinnick


(release courtesy of University of Iowa Athletics) The University of Iowa football team will stage its annual “Kids Day at at Kinnick” Saturday, Aug. 15. Gates to Kinnick Stadium will open at 11 a.m., with the team’s practice scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Team members will sign autographs at approximately 11:30 a.m., along the front of the west and south stands. Free schedule posters, cards, magnets, keytags, and rosters will be available inside all open gates. Fans are discouraged from bringing additional items to be autographed. Prior to theRead More

Hopwood, Wood, Roby Picked For All-Star Series

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Three area high school baseball players–Ottumwa High seniors Brok Hopwood and Chase Wood, along with Twin Cedars senior Otis Roby–will represent their schools this week in the 2015 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series.  Hopwood and Wood will play for the Large Schools West team, while Roby will suit up for the Small Schools East squad.  The head coaches for Ottumwa and Twin Cedars, John Jaeger and Matt Miller, will serve as assistant coaches for their players’ respective teams. The four teams in the series (Large Schools West,Read More

Six Area Baseball Players Earn INA All-State Honors


The Iowa Newspaper Association released its 2015 all-state high school baseball teams on Tuesday, with six players from area schools earning recognition. CLASS 1A Van Buren infielder Garrett Saunders and Twin Cedars utility player Otis Roby both earned 1st-team all-state honors in their senior seasons.  Saunders hit .440 during the Warriors’ run to the state tournament, leading Van Buren with nine home runs, 39 RBI and 52 stolen bases.  Roby hit an eye-popping .566 for the Sabers with three home runs, 33 RBI and 24 stolen bases.  He also wentRead More

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