Jason Van Arkel

 

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

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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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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