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Fighting Saints Open Eastern Conference Finals

Photo Courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints

The Dubuque Fighting Saints and the Chicago Steel begin best of 5 USHL Eastern Conference Finals tonight at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. Chicago won their semi-final series in five games over Youngstown while the Fighting Saints finished off Muskegon in four games to advance to the conference finals for a seventh straight season.

During the regular season the two clubs split their four meetings with each claiming a win on the others home ice in their two victories. Dubuque won the most recent meeting 3-1 on March 24th at Mystique Community Ice Center.

The Steel have home ice advantage as the top seed after winning the Eastern Conference regular season championship by two points and host game one tonight and game two tomorrow night. The series shifts to Dubuque next Friday for game 3 and if necessary game 4 on Saturday, May 6th. If a game 5 is need, it will go back to Chicago on Tuesday, May 9th.

Miller of Loras Takes 10K at Drake Relays

Audrey Miller:Courtesy Loras College Athletics

On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval, Loras sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter at the Drake Relays, knocking off 26 Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season. Miller became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken in 2006. It was also Miller’s first 10 K race ever.

In the men’s 10-thousand meter race Mason Tope of Loras finished 13th. Also in the college and university division, Kylian Lally of Loras finished 5th in the unseeded 800 meter race.

In the high school boys shot put; Billy Blaser of Western Dubuque recorded a third place finish with a toss of 62’1.75. Matt Bandy of Wahlert Catholic and Jackson Bennett of Dyersville Beckman tied for 20th in the high jump. In the girl’s long jump, Dubuque Senior’s Grace Gudenkauf 18th and Kate Brosius of Western Dubuque was 23rd. In the 3000 meters Mackenzie Gaherty of Senior finished 17th and Camryn Reeg of Bellevue came in 20th.

The Drake Relays will continue today and tomorrow at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Area Scoreboard (4/28)

College Baseball

  • Clarke clinched the Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season championship by sweeping Mount Mercy yesterday 5-1 and 10-0. The Crusaders are now 41-and-9 on the season and 25-and-5 in conference play. Clarke and Mount Mercy have moved Saturday’s baseball doubleheader to today at 4:00 p.m in Cedar Rapids.

High School Softball

  • Cuba City 11, Riverdale 9
  • Juda-Albany 13, River Ridge-Cassville 0

High School Boys Soccer

  • #5 Wahlert 2, #3 Xavier 1 ((2OT/4-3 penalty shootout))
  • Clinton 9, Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 2

High School Girls Soccer

  • Linn-Mar, Marion 2, Dubuque, Hempstead 0
  • Xavier, Cedar Rapids 10, Wahlert, Dubuque 0
  • Cedar Rapids Washington 4, Senior 0

Browns take Garrett at No. 1…Spurs oust Grizzlies…Raptors advance…Pens, Sens open with wins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Cleveland Browns used the first pick in the NFL draft to select Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. The Chicago Bears moved up to the No. 2 slot and grabbed junior quarterback Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina. The San Francisco 49ers made their selection after swapping picks with Chicago, choosing sophomore defensive end Solomon Thomas of nearby Stanford with the third choice.

MEMPHIS (AP) – Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Tony Parker added 27 as the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies, 103-96 in Game 6 at Memphis to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. The game was tied at 92 until David Lee hit a layup with 2:25 remaining to ignite a game-ending, 11-4 run. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the Spurs advance against the Houston Rockets.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and the Toronto Raptors blew a 25-point lead before downing the Bucks, 92-89 in Milwaukee to advance to the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Cory Joseph helped Toronto close out the series in six games by scoring five points in a 9-0 run during the final two minutes, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining. The Bucks trailed by 25 midway through the third quarter, but Jason Terry’s 3-pointer with 3:06 remaining put Milwaukee ahead 80-78.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nick Bonino snapped a 2-2 tie with 7:24 left before the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 3-2 road win against the top-seeded Capitals in Game 1 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. Pittsburgh wasted a 2-0 lead before Bonino beat Braden Holtby. Sidney Crosby scored twice in the first 64 seconds of the second period, but the Caps rallied on goals by Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) and Evgeni Kuznetsov .

OTTAWA (AP) – Ottawa was a winner in the opener of its second-round Stanley Cup series as Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 remaining to lift the Senators past the New York Rangers, 2-1. Karlsson’s shot glanced off Rangers center Derek Stepan and into the net for his first goal of the postseason. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots and blanked the Rangers after Ryan McDonagh’s power-play goal opened the scoring 7:10 into the second period.

National Scoreboard (4/28)

INTERLEAGUE

Final St. Louis 8 Toronto 4, 11 Innings
Final St. Louis 6 Toronto 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Seattle 2 Detroit 1
Final Cleveland 4 Houston 3
Final N-Y Yankees 3 Boston 0
Final L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Philadelphia 3 Miami 2
Final Atlanta 7 N-Y Mets 5
Final Washington 16 Colorado 5
Final L.A. Dodgers 5 San Francisco 1, 10 Innings
Final Arizona 6 San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Toronto 92 Milwaukee 89 (Toronto wins series 4-2)
Final San Antonio 103 Memphis 96 (San Antonio wins series 4-2)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Ottawa 2 N-Y Rangers 1  (Ottawa leads 1-0)
Final Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2 (Pittsburgh leads 1-0)

U-W Platteville’s LaMere National NCAA 3 Honors

Ian LaMere; photo courtesty UW Platteville Athletics

UW Platteville senior distance runner Ian LaMere has received national accolades for his performance last week. LaMere has been named the NCAA Division 3 Track Athlete of the Week.

This past weekend at the Phil Esten Challenge, LaMere clocked a time of 29.18.92 in the 10-thousand meters, which is the 8th fastest time in NCAA DIII history. It was back in April of 2016 when LaMere ran the fastest time in NCAA DIII history over 10000 meters (28:38.63), so this just gives the UW-Platteville standout yet another mark in the top-10. He is one of two men to accomplish that feat.

Clarke’s Zanoni National NAIA Player of the Week

Stephen Zanoni: Photo courtesy Clarke University Athletics

Clarke University junior third baseman Steven Zanoni had a very hot bat last week and that earned him national recognition as the NAIA Baseball Player of the Week.

As the Crusaders went 5-and-1 last week, Zanoni hit .773 (17-for-22) over the six games with five home runs, two doubles and 17 RBI. In a victory over Mid-America Nazarene he homered in his first three at-bats en route to a 4-for-4 effort at the plate.

Gremmel Competing at US Open Championships

Gannon Gremmel: Courtesy Iowa State Athletics

Former Hempstead state champion wrestler Gannon Gremmel is one of seven freshmen from the Iowa State wrestling team traveling to Las Vegas this week to compete at the 2017 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships on Friday and Saturday.
The top seven freestyle finishers in each weight class earn a berth at the 2017 UWW Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 8-9.
Gremmel will be on the competition mat for the first time since winning a National Freestyle title at heavyweight last July in Fargo, North Dakota. Gremmel and the other Cyclones competing were redshirts this past season.

Area Scoreboard (4/27)

College Baseball

  • Loras split a doubleheader at Buena Vista. The Duhawks lost the first game 3-1 and won the second game 6-2.
  • Due to the forecast, changes have been made to the weekend baseball series between Clarke and Mount Mercy. Friday’s Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader has been moved to today at 2:00 p.m. at Ken Charipar Field in Cedar Rapids. Saturday’s league doubleheader has been moved up to a noon start, also at Ken Charipar Field.

College Softball

  • Clarke now 41-10 on the season after a sweep of Waldorf 9-8 and 3-1.

College Womens Lacrosse

  • North Central 20, Dubuque 9

Celtics, Wizards lead respective series … Leslie Alexander fined … Oilers, Predators win openers

BOSTON (AP) – Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and John Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading Washington over Atlanta for a 3-2 lead in their first-round series.

NEW YORK (AP) – Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets’ 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead in a wild third period before beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in their second-round playoff series opener. P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending Nashville to the road win in Game 1 of its second-round playoff series against St. Louis.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gift Ngoepe , the first player from Africa to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison hit a leadoff homer to lead Pittsburgh past the Chicago Cubs 6-5. Ngoepe was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and entered in the fourth inning as part of a double switch. He finished 1 for 2 with a walk.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says he plans to skip attending the NFL draft in person today. He’s denouncing allegations that he raped a woman as “completely false.” No charges have been filed as police investigate claims made by a 23-year-old woman that Conley assaulted her in a Cleveland hotel on April 9.

National Scoreboard (4/27)

INTERLEAGUE

PPD Toronto at St. Louis

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Chi White Sox 5 Kansas City 2
Final Cleveland 7 Houston 6
Final Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4, 11 Innings
Final Seattle 8 Detroit 0
Final N-Y Yankees 3 Boston 1
Final Texas 14 Minnesota 3
Final L.A. Angels 8 Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 4
Final Pittsburgh 6 Chi Cubs 5
Final Philadelphia 7 Miami 4
Final Atlanta 8 N-Y Mets 2
Final Washington 11 Colorado 4
Final San Diego 8 Arizona 5
Final San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Washington 103 Atlanta 99 (Washington leads series 3-2)
Final Boston 108 Chicago 97 (Boston leads series 3-2)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Final Nashville 4 St. Louis 3 (Nashville leads 1-0)
Final Edmonton 5 Anaheim 3 (Edmonton leads 1-0)

Clarke Baseball Team Breaks Wins Record for Second Straight Year

The Clarke University baseball team is making a tremendous run for the second straight season. Last year, Clarke set a school record for wins with 38 and got to the national tournament for the first time. This season, the Crusaders have already broken that record for wins with 39 and counting as they sit in first place in the Heart of America Athletic Conference with four games remaining. In his fifth season as Crusader head, Dan Spain says the sky is the limit for this team’s expectations. Spain says his Crusader team’s effort and focus is off the charts this season. Clarke is ranked 9th in the latest NAIA poll. Nine of the players on roster are former Dubuque area high school players. Clarke is scheduled to play four games at Mount Mercy later this week before finishing the regular season at home against Waldorf on Sunday.

Drake Relays Open Tomorrow…Western Dubuque Leads Area Qualifiers

One of Iowa’s biggest sporting events of the year begins later this week in the state capital. The Drake Relays kicks into high gear at Drake Stadium on Thursday. The area will be represented in the high school and college/university division. The Western Dubuque High School boys have the largest contingent of athletes headed to Des Moines with eleven qualifiers, including relay teams competing in five of the six relay events. Wahlert and Hempstead each have three events, while Senior has one qualifier. For the girls, both Senior and Wahlert have six qualifiers each. Wahlert has five relays and Senior has four relays. Hempstead has four events with two of those being relays. Cascade will bring five events with four of them being relay teams and Western Dubuque has three events, two of them relay teams. In the College and University Division, the Loras men have athletes in six events including four relays. Dubuque has five events with three relays. On the women’s side, Loras has six events with three relays, while Dubuque and UW-Platteville have four events each. UD has three relay teams while Platteville has two.

Area Scoreboard (4/26)

High School Baseball

  • East Dubuque 4, Eastland 2
  • Lena 16, Galena 4
  • Platteville 1, Richland Center 0
  • Mineral Point 10, Cuba City 0
  • Darlington 4, Iowa Grant 2
  • Highland 2, Shullsburg-Benton 1

High School Softball

  • Eastland 4, East Dubuque 0
  • Galena lost twice to Lena-Winslow 12-2 and 10-0.
  • River Valley 11, Platteville 6
  • Belmont 3, Iowa Grant 1
  • Highland 8, Benton-Shullsburg 3
  • River Ridge-Cassville 9, Potosi 8

High School Boys Soccer

  • Cedar Falls 6, Hempstead 0
  • Waterloo, West 5, Senior 1
  • Wahlert 8, Waterloo East 0
  • Solon 2, Western Dubuque 0
  • Dyersville Beckman 3, Mt. Vernon 0

High School Girls Soccer

  • Wahlert 10, Waterloo, East 0
  • Senior 3, Waterloo West 2
  • Mount Vernon 2, Beckman, Dyersville 1 (PKs 2-1)

High School Girls Golf

  • Senior won the Western Dubuque Bobcat Classic at Timberline yesterday totaling a 360, three strokes better than Wahlert at 363, Hempstead was 3rd, Western Dubuque finished 4th and Beckman 5th of the seven team field. Senior’s Maddie Hawkins carded medalist honors with a 76.

High School Boys Tennis

  • Hempstead 7, Senior 2

 

High School Girls Tennis

  • Hempstead 8, Senior 1

College Baseball

  • Dubuque split with Luther winning the first game 3-2 then losing 5-4 (10 innings).

College Softball

  • Loras splits with 10th ranked Coe winning the first 7-6 and falling 5-0
  • Clarke got their 38th and 39th win of the season in a doubleheader sweep of Hannibal-Lagrange 9-1 and 8-1.
  • Dubuque split with Buena Vista losing 5-2 then winning 6-2.

College Mens Tennis

  • Luther 9, Loras 0
  • Luther 9, Dubuque 0

Regional MLB Recaps (4/26)

Hendricks outduels Cole, Cubs top Pirates 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Kyle Hendricks rediscovered his 2016 form, limiting the Pittsburgh Pirates to four hits over six innings to outduel Gerrit Cole and lead the Chicago Cubs to a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

Hendricks (2-1) struck out two and walked three in easily his best start this year. The struggling Pirates managed just four singles off Hendricks and didn’t reach third base until he was out of the game. Wade Davis worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save as the Cubs won for the sixth time in seven games.

Addison Russell doubled in the second off Cole (1-3) and scored when second baseman Alen Hanson airmailed first base on a Jason Heyward grounder, the Pirates’ major league-high 20th error this season. They’ve also allowed 15 unearned runs, the most in the big leagues.

The miscue spoiled a terrific outing by Cole. He struck out eight without issuing a walk and retired 14 of his final 15 batters. It wasn’t enough for Pittsburgh, which has lost six of eight.

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White Sox win 10-5 over Royals

CHICAGO (AP) – Todd Frazier drove in three runs, Leury Garcia had three hits and the Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 10-5 Tuesday night in their second straight one-sided win over the Royals.

A night after beating the Royals 12-1 and outhitting them 15-2, the White Sox outhit Kansas City 14-8. Chicago scored 10 or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 26-27, 2012.

Kansas City is 0-6 on a seven-game trip, its longest skid since losing eight consecutive games last June. Last in the AL Central at 7-13, the Royals are off to their worst 20-game start since opening 6-14 in 2012, when they finished 72-90.

Frazier’s sacrifice fly tied the score in the third inning, and Chicago took a 4-2 lead in the fourth against Danny Duffy (2-1) when Omar Narvaez and Garcia hit consecutive doubles, and Tim Anderson followed with an RBI single.

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Coghlan’s leap, Stroman’s hit lift Blue Jays over Cards 6-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Chris Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring leap over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

With the score 2-2, Coghlan walked in the seventh and sped around the bases on Kevin Pillar’s triple in the right-field corner, which hit high off the fence over Stephen Piscotty and bounced back toward the infield.

Piscotty’s throw to the plate was slightly up the third-base line, and Molina leaned down to pick up the ball after its third hop. As Molina reached for the ball, the 31-year-old Coghan hurled himself over the catcher, somersaulted and landed on the plate with his helmet and left hand.

Dexter Fowler’s two-out infield single off Roberto Osuna in the ninth tied the score 6-6.
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Eric Thames hits 11th homer in Brewers’ 9-1 rout of Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Eric Thames hit his major league-leading 11th home run – his eighth against Cincinnati this season – and the Milwaukee Brewers cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night.

In his first season with the Brewers, Thames capped a five-run sixth with a two-run drive off reliever Robert Stephenson.

Hernan Perez had a pair of RBI triples, then homered off Stephenson leading off the sixth, and Jonathan Villar had a pair of two-run singles.

Zach Davies (2-2) allowed six hits in five scoreless innings, lowering his ERA from 8.24 to 6.57. He stranded a pair of runners in three innings.

Oliver Drake pitched a hitless sixth and Tommy Milone allowed two hits over three innings, including Adam Duvall’s eighth-inning homer, for his second big league save, his first since August 2015.

Scott Feldman (1-2) gave up four runs, five hits and five walks in five innings.

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Santana, seven-run fifth inning lead Twins over Rangers 8-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Ervin Santana delivered his fourth straight outstanding start, Miguel Sano sparked a seven-run fifth inning with a leadoff homer and the Minnesota Twins pounded the Texas Rangers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Santana (4-0) allowed a run, four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings. He went into the game leading major league starters in ERA (0.64) and opponents’ batting average (.099).

Santana’s standout performance came at a venue that had previously frustrated him. In 17 previous starts at Globe Life Park, he was 6-7 with a 6.93 ERA.

Kennys Vargas also homered for Minnesota, his first since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester last Sunday.

Both homers came off Andrew Cashner (0-2), who labored through his four-plus innings. He matched a career high with six walks, allowed five hits, had a wild pitch and threw 92 pitches.

Rockets dump Thunder…Saints get Peterson…Junior to retire from driving…Berry staying at UNC

UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Rockets have closed out a five-game series win against Oklahoma City, while the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz have taken 3-2 leads in the first round of the NBA playoffs. James Harden scored 34 points and the Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook’s 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to beat Oklahoma City, 105-99. Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in the Spurs’ 116-103 win over Memphis, and the Jazz got 27 points from Gordon Hayward in a 96-92 decision over the Clippers in Los Angeles.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Running back Adrian Peterson has accepted a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints after playing his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson has played just 21 games over the last three seasons, although he had 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing in 2015. Peterson will have a chance to face his old team in Week 1 of the upcoming season, Sept. 11 at Minnesota.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he is retiring as a NASCAR driver at the end of the season, saying he wants to go out on his own terms. Earnhardt missed much of the 2016 season due to concussion-like symptoms, and he acknowledged Tuesday that the time off played a role in his decision. Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is committed to participating in two Xfinity Series races next year and wants to remain active in NASCAR for many years to come.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II has done an about-face and withdrawn from the NBA draft. The most outstanding player in this year’s Final Four says he had reversed course after conferring with his family, adding that he can prepare for the NBA by playing “against the best college competition in the country.” Berry averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists in 38 games as a junior for the Tar Heels the past season.

CLEVELAND (AP) – An attorney for former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says the player denies an accusation made in a police report that he sexually assaulted a woman. No charges have been filed. A Cleveland police report released Tuesday says the 23-year-old woman told officers that Conley sexually assaulted her in a hotel bathroom this month. The 21-year-old Conley was expected to be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft that begins Thursday.

National Scoreboard (5/26)

INTERLEAGUE

Final Toronto 6 St. Louis 5, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Houston 4 Cleveland 2
Final Tampa Bay 2 Baltimore 0
Final Detroit 19 Seattle 9
Final Minnesota 8 Texas 1
Final Chi White Sox 10 Kansas City 5
Final L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 1, 11 Innings
PPD N-Y Yankees at Boston

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Chi Cubs 1 Pittsburgh 0
Final Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 1
Final Washington 15 Colorado 12
Final Arizona 9 San Diego 3
Final L.A. Dodgers 2 San Francisco 1
PPD Miami at Philadelphia
PPD Atlanta at N-Y Mets

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Final Houston 105 Oklahoma City 99 (Houston wins series 4-1)
Final San Antonio 116 Memphis 103 (San Antonio leads 3-2)
Final Utah 96 L.A. Clippers 92 (Utah leads series 3-2)

Lammers Named Head Coach At Niagara U.

Photo courtesy Dubuque Fighting Saints

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manager, Jason Lammers, has been named the head coach of the Niagara University Purple Eagles. His tenure with the Purple Eagles will begin at the conclusion of the 2016–17 season with the Fighting Saints.

Lammers was hired as the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints on July 16, 2015, the third to hold that title since the franchise’s revival in 2010.

Niagara University competes in the Atlantic Hockey Conference.The Purple Eagles have made it to the NCAA Tournament four times, including berths in 2000, 2004, 2008, and most recently in 2013.

The Fighting Saints have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and await the winner of the Chicago-Youngstown series. The deciding game 5 of that series will be played tonight at Chicago.

Squiers Retires Again, Molony New Head Coach at Beckman

Jim Squiers: Courtesy Dyersville Commercial

Iowa High School basketball Hall of Fame head coach Jim Squiers is stepping into retirement again and Dyersville Beckman has hired his replacement from within.
Squiers, who spent 42 years at Bellevue Marquette Catholic, is retiring a second time in four years after deciding not to return as Beckman head coach. After putting together a 33-and-14 mark the past two seasons, Squiers career record is now 686 wins 297 losses. He took eight teams to a state tournament while at Marquette Catholic from 1993 to 2006.
2008 Beckman grad and assistant coach Mike Molony has been elevated to the job of Blazers head coach. Molony served as an assistant the past two seasons on the bench of Squiers and prior to that was the sophomore head coach for three seasons. Molony’s basketball sideline background also includes serving as a student manager while at Iowa for coaches Todd Lickliter and then Fran McCaffery.

Saints Can’t Close Out Lumberjacks

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Muskegon Lumberjacks, backs against the wall in a must-win situation, got the win they needed. Goaltender Adam Brizgala made 33 saves behind a solid defensive effort, as the Jacks topped the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-0 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Saints continue to lead the series two games to one.

A win by the Saints in Game 4 tonight would send them to the second round for the seventh consecutive season.  A Muskegon victory and the series comes back to Dubuque on Monday night for a deciding 5th game.

Loras Selected For D3 Men’s Volleyball Championships in 2020

The NCAA has selected Loras College as the host for the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship, as announced by the national office on Tuesday.

On April 26-28, 2020, the last four teams remaining in the 2020 NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship will converge upon Dubuque, Iowa and the Athletic & Wellness Center (AWC) to compete for a national title.

This announcement marks the third national championship that Loras has hosted in school history, having previously hosted the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in both 2004 and 2007.

Loras Grad Chris Jans New Head Coach At New Mexico State

Chris Jans: Photo courtesy New Mexico State Athletics

Just days after being promoted to Associate Head Coach at Wichita State, Loras College graduate Chris Jans has accepted an offer to become New Mexico State’s next head coach.

CBS Sports reports Jans agreed to a four-year contract that will average $275,000 a year plus incentives. The 48-year-old was previously the head coach at Bowling Green, where he went 21-12 in 2014-15 before being fired when a video of him acting inappropriately toward a woman in a bar was given to school officials.

Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall subsequently rehired Jans in an administrative role in 2015 and then promoted him earlier this month when Dubuque native Greg Heiar left for LSU.  Before Bowling Green, Jans was at Wichita State from 2007 to-2014 where in his final season as an assistant, he helped Wichita State set an NCAA record with a 35-0 start to the season.

Jans, a native of Fairbank, Iowa ,was a 1991 graduate of Loras and was a three year starter for the Duhawk basketball team from 1987-91.