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Mustangs Fall in Quarterfinals...Golden Eagles Play in Semi's Today

July 30, 2021

A tough night at the state high school baseball tournament in Iowa City last night for the Hempstead Mustangs who saw their season come to a close. In the 4A quarterfinals, the 6th seed Mustangs lost 11-5 to 3rd seed and defending state champion Johnston.

Mustang fielders had a tough time tracking fly balls hit high in the night time sky at Duane Banks Field including in the 2nd inning where with 2 outs and the score tied at two, Johnston’s Gabe Swanson was credited with an inside the park three run homer which Mustang right fielder Brock Booth had a tough time tracking in the lights and it dropped in. A fourth run scored in the frame when a high pop fly was lost in the lights by shortstop Kellen Strohmeyer which was ruled one of five Mustang errors in the game.

Hempstead finished their season with a record of 30-11.

This afternoon, the Wahlert Golden Eagles meet the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints for a spot in the 3-A state championship game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30. You can hear the game on AM 1370 KDTH and kdth.com, pregame will be at 1:10.  

The winner plays for the 3A state title tomorrow afternoon at noon against the winner of the first semi-final between Marion and Central Dewitt.

 

Cubs Deal Rizzo and Tepera..Former Cub Has a New Home

July 30, 2021

The New York Yankees have acquired Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash for two minor leaguers in their second major trade this week for desperately needed left-handed bats. The swap came ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline today.

Rizzo is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs. The 31-year-old Rizzo is a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner. He can become a free agent after this season.

  • Reliable reliever Ryan Tepera is heading from the North Side to the South Side. The struggling Chicago Cubs traded the 33-year-old right-hander to the AL Central-leading White Sox for minor league lefty Bailey Horn.
  • The Red Sox got All-Star slugger Kyle Schwarber from the Nationals for a minor league pitcher. Schwarber had just finished a historic homer barrage when he strained his right hamstring on July 2. The left-handed hitter could be playing again within a couple weeks. Schwarber was off to a smashing start in his first season with Washington, hitting 25 home runs with 53 RBIs in 72 games.

NBA Draft: Wieskamp, Garza, Dosunmu 2nd Round

July 30, 2021

Former Iowa Hawkeye Joe Wieskamp was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs as pick #41 in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Muscatine native becomes the first for Hawkeye basketball player taken in the NBA Draft since Aaron White in 2015 and the highest-drafted Hawkeye since Rickey Davis went #21 in 1998.

Later in the second round, Luka Garza, the reigning Naismith Men’s Player of the Year, was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as pick #52 Garza became the first Iowa men’s player to win the Naismith trophy last season after leading the nation in points with 747.

  • Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu was taken by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round at pick number 38.

— The Detroit Pistons used the first pick in the NBA Draft to take Cade Cunningham. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound point guard averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists for Oklahoma State. He possesses a game that allows him to hit from 3-point range, score off the dribble or find teammates out of traps.

— The Houston Rockets used the second selection in the NBA Draft to take G-League product Jalen Green. The Cleveland Cavaliers went with center Evan Mobley with the third choice.

— There was a blockbuster trade during the NBA Draft as the Los Angeles Lakers acquired All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards for three players and this year’s first-round draft pick. According to two people with knowledge of the deal, the Lakers are trading Kyle Kuzma ,Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell to Washington for Westbrook, who is a Los Angeles native and helped lead UCLA to a pair of Final Four appearances.

National Scoreboard from Thursday (7/29)

July 30, 2021

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Tampa Bay 14 N.Y. Yankees 0
Final Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 0
Final Detroit 6 Baltimore 2
Final Toronto 13 Boston 1
Final Oakland 4 L.A. Angels 0
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Washington 3 Philadelphia 1
Final Atlanta 6 N.Y. Mets 3
Final Cincinnati 7 Chicago Cubs 4
Final Philadelphia 11 Washington 8
Final San Francisco 5 L.A. Dodgers 0
Final Milwaukee 12 Pittsburgh 0
Final San Diego 3 Colorado 0

Area Softball All State Honors

July 29, 2021

Some area softball players have landed all-state honors from the Iowa Girls Coaches Association:

Class 5A

  • Hempstead sophomore Lydia Ettema was named to the 1st team
  • Senior High freshman Sophie Link was named to the 3rd team

Class 4A

  • State tournament champ Western Dubuque had two players selected to the 1st team: senior Sydney Kennedy and senior Sara Horsfield ,  Coach Rex Massey was named Coach of the Year. Junior Maddie Harris was named to the 3rd team.

Class 2A

  • Cascade sophomore Devin Simon was a 3rd team choice

Class 1A

  • Bellevue Marquette Catholic senior Grace Tath named  2nd team all state

Complete All State Team: https://www.iagca.org/softball.html

Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to 'destabilize' conference

July 29, 2021

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of encouraging other conferences to pick apart the league so Texas and Oklahoma can move to the Southeastern Conference more quickly and without paying a massive buyout. The Big 12 sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN. The letter said the conference had become aware the network had taken actions “to not only harm the Big 12 Conference but to result in financial benefits for ESPN.” Bowlsby says ‘ESPN is incentivizing other conferences to destabilize the Big 12.’ Texas and Oklahoma had asked the SEC to join the conference in 2025. To do so sooner could cost the schools tens of millions dollars.

 

Regents approve naming Iowa's football field for Duke Slater

July 29, 2021

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The field at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium will be named for Duke Slater. He was the trailblazing Black football player who was an All-American tackle a century ago. The university’s Board of Regents approved the naming of the field during its meeting in Cedar Falls. Slater went to high school in Clinton, Iowa, and played for the Hawkeyes from 1918 to 1921. He helped the 1921 Hawkeyes finish 7-0. He played 10 seasons in the NFL and went on to become a judge in Chicago. He will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.

 

Hempstead Baseball Ready for State Action

July 29, 2021

Tonight in Iowa City, the Hempstead Mustangs begin the quest to reach their season goal, play for a state championship. Mustang head coach Jeff Rapp says his team has been on that mission ever since a lost to Ankeny in state semi-finals last season. In order to do that, Coach Rapp says it will be a difficult mission starting with this evening’s opponent defending state champ Johnston.

Johnston is the number 3 seed with a record of 35-and-7 while Hempstead drew the number 6 seed and comes to the tournament with a 30-and-10 record.

You can an interview with Coach Rapp during pregame from Duane Banks Field at 7:10 then first pitch at 7:30 on AM 1370 and kdth.com.

Wahlert Advances to State Semi’s

July 29, 2021

The Wahlert High School baseball team has advanced to the 3A semi-finals at the State High School Baseball Tournament. Last night at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, the Golden Eagles notched their 31st victory of season defeating Winterset 4-1.  The score was tied at one each until the bottom of the sixth when the Golden Eagles scored three runs on four hits including a pair of doubles by Aaron Savary and Jack Walsh and a triple by Derek Tauber.  Savary worked the complete seven innings striking out 13 Winterset hitters while scattering five hits.

The Golden Eagles will meet Cedar Rapids Xavier on Friday afternoon at 1:30 with the winner to face either Marion or Central Dewitt for the championship on Saturday.

Wahlert Plays Tonight at State Baseball Tournament

July 28, 2021

Tonight at the state high school baseball tournament in Iowa City, the Wahlert Golden Eagles play the final game of the 3A quarterfinals when the meet the Winterset Huskies.  The Golden Eagles (30-10) are the #3 seed while the Huskies #6 seed with a record of 22-an-11.

Due to forecasted high temperatures, the IHSAA set new times for all the games today so the game is now scheduled for 8:00pm, however with the game prior to it starting at 6:00pm, and there will be at least 40 minutes between games, it’s likely game time will be later than that.

You can listen to the game tonight on radio station AM 1370 and kdth.com, pregame from Duane Banks Field is scheduled for around 7:40pm.

Yelich has coronavirus...Strasburg done...Rodgers reports

July 28, 2021

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has tested positive for the coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms. President of baseball operations David Stearns says Yelich and Jace  Peterson have been placed on the COVID-19 injured list, adding that Peterson was sidelined due to contact tracing and hasn’t tested positive. Stearns says Yelich has been vaccinated against the virus and will miss at least 10 days from the date of his positive test, while Peterson will sit out at least seven days.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says Stephen Strasburg will have season-ending neck surgery tomorrow, ending another frustrating year for Washington’s 2019 World Series hero. The three-time All-Star right-hander felt discomfort after a 27-pitch bullpen session last week and saw a specialist on Monday. That Nats also learned that shortstop Trea Turner has tested positive for the coronavirus.

NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave was extended by 10 days through Aug. 6 by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The extension comes as the sport’s investigators continue to check into allegations of sexual misconduct against the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher. Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave on July 2 under the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy adopted by MLB and the players’ union in 2015.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was seen arriving at Lambeau Field yesterday morning, a day after NFL Network and ESPN reported the reigning MVP was closing in on a deal that would keep him with the Packers this season. Rodgers didn’t participate in organized team activities this spring and skipped the Packers’ mandatory minicamp. His future with the Packers had seemed tenuous after ESPN reported in the hours leading up to the NFL draft that he didn’t want to return to Green Bay.

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has re-signed with the only NHL team he has ever played for, inking a five-year, $47.5 million deal. The 35-year-old Ovechkin is 164 goals shy of Wayne Gretzky’s all-time NHL record and needs to average 33 goals over the length of his new contract to break the mark. The Colorado Avalanche also hung onto their captain by giving Gabriel Landeskog an eight-year, $56 million contract.

Regional MLB Recaps from Tuesday

July 28, 2021

Cubs-Reds

— First baseman Joey Votto continued his power surge with two home runs and started a dazzling double play as the Reds tripped the Cubs, 7-4. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez also went deep as Cincinnati stayed seven games off the NL Central lead.

White Sox-Royals

— Eloy  Jiménez logged his first big hit in two games this season, launching a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning that sent the White Sox to a 5-3 win versus the Royals. The Sox win snapped a six game win streak by the Royals.

Brewers-Pirates

Omar Narvaez  homered and had four RBIs as the Brewers ripped the Pirates, 9-0. Narvaez went deep to spark a three-run first before he added a two-run single that helped Milwaukee take a 8-0 lead by the second inning. Brett Anderson yielded three hits while striking out three and walking one over six innings as the Brewers improved to a major league-best 38-19 since May 22.

Cardinals-Indians

— The Cardinals doubled up the Indians, 4-2 as Paul DeJong slammed a go-ahead, two-run homer and Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of two-run ball. DeJong homered off Bryan Shaw with two out in the seventh, giving St. Louis a 3-2 advantage.

Twins-Tigers

— Miguel Cabrera hit a run-scoring single in the 11th inning to complete the Tigers’ comeback in a 6-5 victory at Minnesota. The Twins were two outs from a win until Eric Haase tied the game with a grand slam in the top of the ninth.

National Scoreboard from Tuesday (7/27)

July 28, 2021

INTERLEAGUE
Final St. Louis 4 Cleveland 2
Final Miami 7 Baltimore 3
Final Texas 5 Arizona 4
Final San Diego 7 Oakland 4
Final Colorado 12 L.A. Angels 3
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto at Boston (Postponed)
Final Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 3
Final N.Y. Yankees 4 Tampa Bay 3
Final Detroit 6 Minnesota 5
Final Houston 8 Seattle 6
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Milwaukee 9 Pittsburgh 0
Final Washington 6 Philadelphia 4
Final Atlanta 12 N.Y. Mets 5
Final Cincinnati 7 Chicago Cubs 4
Final San Francisco 2 L.A. Dodgers 1

Wahlert State Baseball Time Change

July 27, 2021

Due to Wednesday’s forecasted temperatures and heat index readings, the Iowa High School Athletic Association has made a slight adjustment in game times for games at the state baseball tournament in Iowa City and Carroll.  Tomorrow evening’s Wahlert-Winterset Class 3A quarterfinal at Duane Banks Field is now scheduled to start at 8:00pm instead of 7:30.

So far no changes to Thursday’s  4-A schedule have been made so the Hempstead-Johnston game is still scheduled for a 7:30 first pitch.

A reminder you can hear both games on station AM 1370 and kdth.com. Pregame on Wednesday evening at 7:40pm. Pregame on Thursday evening at 7:10pm.

Iowa Announces Coaches Contract Extensions

July 27, 2021

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Nine head coaches of University of Iowa intercollegiate athletic programs have received contract extensions.  Those coaches include men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery, women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder, and head wrestling coach Tom Brands. McCaffery’s contract now runs through June of 2028, Bluder’s contract now runs through June of 2026, and Brands’ contract now runs through June of 2028.

A number of assistant coaches in several sports also received contract extensions.

Big 12 departures...Rodgers saga continues...Gold for Alaska

July 27, 2021

UNDATED (AP) — Texas and Oklahoma have taken the first formal step toward moving to the Southeastern Conference, notifying the Big 12 yesterday that they would not be renewing an agreement that binds the league’s members through 2025. The schools sent out a joint statement that made no mention of the SEC and said “the universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements.” Texas and Oklahoma have been in discussions with the SEC about joining the league, though neither school nor the powerhouse conference has acknowledged that publicly.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy remains hopeful that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play for them this season, but says he doesn’t know whether Rodgers will arrive for the start of camp on Wednesday. Murphy’s comments yesterday followed an NFL Network report that Rodgers has indicated to people close to him he does plan to play for the Packers this season. ESPN later reported that Rodgers and the Packers were close to an agreement that would include voiding the 2023 season from his contract.

TOKYO (AP) — Alaska produced a gold medal swimmer, while host Japan won’t get to celebrate a tennis gold medal after Naomi Osaka got knocked out early. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, upsetting American teammate and defending champion Lilly King.  The Japanese-born Osaka struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes and lost 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Also at the Olympic Games

  •  The United States made it through to the quarterfinals of the women’s Olympic soccer competition after a 0-0 draw with Australia.
  • The expected Olympic showdown between the top two women’s volleyball teams in the world turned out to be a one-sided affair. The U.S. women swept defending gold medalist China 29-27, 25-22, 25-21 in a pool-play match that left the Americans at the top of Pool B and the Chinese seeking to win their first set of the tournament after two straight sweeps to open the Games.

 

National Scoreboard from Monday (7/26)

July 27, 2021

INTERLEAGUE
Final L.A. Angels 6 Colorado 2
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Boston 5 Toronto 4
Final Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Final Minnesota 6 Detroit 5
Final Seattle 11 Houston 8
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Atlanta 2 N.Y. Mets 0
Final N.Y. Mets 1 Atlanta 0
Final Philadelphia 6 Washington 5
Final Chicago Cubs 6 Cincinnati 5

National Scoreboard from Sunday (7/25)

July 26, 2021

INTERLEAGUE
Final Baltimore 5 Washington 4
Final N.Y. Mets 5 Toronto 4
Final Chicago White Sox 3 Milwaukee 1
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Cleveland 3 Tampa Bay 2
Final Boston 5 N.Y. Yankees 4
Final Kansas City 6 Detroit 1
Final L.A. Angels 6 Minnesota 2
Final Houston 3 Texas 1
Final Seattle 4 Oakland 3
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 1
Final Miami 9 San Diego 3
Final St. Louis 10 Cincinnati 6
Final Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 1
Final San Francisco 6 Pittsburgh 1
Final L.A. Dodgers 3 Colorado 2