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  • Urbandale Girls End State Tournament Drought

    URBANDALE, Iowa — The Urbandale girls are back in the state tournament, for the first time in a quarter-century. After starting the season 4-5, the J-Hawks took a U-turn and turned their season around. Urbandale will face Johnston in the first round of the state tournament, Monday morning at 10:00 a.m.

  • Iowa’s Top Wrestlers Take Home More Hardware

    BOONE, Iowa — The Dan Gable Mr. Wrestler of the Year awards were handed out on Thursday, and for the first time, a Ms. Wrestler of the Year was also crowned. State champions Cade DeVos (Southeast Polk), Julien Broderson (Davenport Assumption) and Cael Happel (Lisbon) won in Classes 3A-1A. Ali Gerbracht of AGWSR won the inaugural Ms. Wrestler of the Year award.

  • Drake Takes Sole Possession of First Place, For Now

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Five players scored in double figures, led by Brady Ellingson’s 17 points, and Drake held off Bradley 77-68 on Tuesday to claim sole possession of first place in the MVC. The Bulldogs led by six at the half. D.J. Wilkins scored 14 points, and Nick McGlynn added 13. Tremell and Anthony Murphy combined for 25 points. Tremell scored 13, while Anthony added 12. Drake out-rebounded Bradley, 39-31. Elijah Childs scored a game-high 24 points to lead […]

  • Girls State Tournament Set After Regional Finals

    IOWA — Girls teams in Classes 4A and 5A punched their tickets to the state basketball tournament on Tuesday. In Class 5A, seven of the eight teams in the field are from the CIML. Johnston, Waukee, Southeast Polk, Dowling Catholic, Valley, Ankeny Centennial and Urbandale all won regional finals on Tuesday. The girls state tournament starts Monday.

  • Tough Hoops Night In Iowa: Hawkeyes, Cyclones Both Lose

    IOWA — It was a rough night for the high-major Division-I basketball teams in Iowa. In Iowa City, the No. 21 Hawkeyes lost to No. 24 Maryland, 66-65. Bruno Fernando tipped in the game-winner with seven seconds left. Iowa got two shots at a third-straight last-second win, but neither dropped. Jordan Bohannon led the way for Iowa, which hosts Indiana on Friday. In Ames, the Cyclones suffer a head-scratching loss to Baylor, 73-69. Iowa State gave up 18 offensive rebounds, […]

  • Championship Saturday Set for Iowa Wrestlers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — State semifinals are complete in Classes 1A through 3A, and we now know the 84 wrestlers that will grapple for state championships on Saturday. In Class 3A, 11 of the 14 championship matches will feature at least one central Iowan. Nick Oldham of Valley and Cade DeVos of Southeast Polk will each try for their second state titles. The annual Grand March takes place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by finals in all three classes.

  • Drake Women Beat UNI, Move Back Into First Place

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake women pulled away from UNI on Friday, 76-61. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Becca Hittner’s 19. UNI’s Karli Rucker scored a game-high 25 points. With the win and Missouri State’s loss, Drake (11-1) moves back into first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs are back home next Friday to face Evansville.

  • Lincoln State Qualifiers Share Bond that Stretches Overseas

    DES MOINES — Inside the wrestling room at Lincoln, Leo Blawou and Mamadee Tullay set their sights on the state tournament. “Wrestling is not a sport,” said Tullay. “It’s here to teach young men and women how to become better people in life.” Dee and Leo could be the teachers. “Where we lived before we came here, it wasn’t really a safe place,” said Blawou. Both came to the United States as refugees from war-torn Liberia. Leo was three years […]

  • Drake Holds Off UNI, 83-77

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Drake got a team-high 22 points from Nick McGlynn, and the Bulldogs held off in-state rival UNI on Saturday, 83-77. Drake wore their throwback uniforms on a night that the 1969 Final Four team was honored on the court at the Knapp Center. Four players scored in double figures for the Dogs, who move to 7-5 in the MVC. UNI was led by A.J. Green’s 19. The Panthers drop to 5-7 in league play.  

  • Central Iowa Wrestlers Advance to State

    ADEL, Iowa — Wrestlers from nine central Iowa schools punched their tickets to the state wrestling tournament at a district meet on Saturday. The individual state tournament runs from Thursday through Saturday, and is preceded by the state dual team tournament on Wednesday. Both tournaments are at Wells Fargo Arena.

  • Former Drake Player Looks Back on 1969 Near-Upset of UCLA

    WEST DES MOINES — Rick Wanamaker wasn’t sure anything would change. “UCLA won the national title just about every year,” said Wanamaker. “We were just happy to be there.” But the Bulldogs gave the mighty Bruins all they could handle. “Somehow we realized we could play with them, and we started playing to win,” Wanamaker recalls. On his 21st birthday, Wanamaker was coming up big. And not just on offense. A big block of Lew Alcindor in the second half helped […]

  • Valley Cheerleading Wins State, National Championship

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — This isn’t ‘pom-pom’ cheerleading. At Valley, it’s a system. “Being on the team, you expect to win, because of the precedent,” said senior Hanna Boeckenstedt. The program’s ninth state championship came this year, and then the Tigers took their act to Dallas, and the national stage. “Prelims are on Saturday, and finals are on Sunday, so you have to be able to show up and do your routine twice,” said head coach Beth Ferguson. “That’s […]

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