IOWA CITY — If Iowa State cares more about the Cy-Hawk series than Iowa that is news to Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz. Saturday’s game in Ames will be the 40th since the modern series began in 1977 and it will be the 28th that Ferentz has been a part of as either an assistant or head coach.
Ferentz says it is “insulting” to say Iowa does not care as much about this game.
It may not draw much national attention but Ferentz says it has unique qualities.
Ferentz says the Cyclones are a much better team and that began to show midway through last season.
Iowa’s defense never allowed Wyoming to reach the red zone but Ferentz says Iowa State’s veteran offense will provide a difficult challenge.
Ferentz on Iowa State’s offense.
Ferentz also responded to criticism from former ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham. The former All American at Washington called Iowa’s Outback Bowl loss to Florida and told the New York Times he felt the coaches abused quarterback C.J. Beathard by leaving him in the game despite a pulled hamstring. He says it was that game that drove him to quit. Ferentz says it was his call to leave Beathard in the game with approval from the medical staff.
CJ Beathard’s father Casey issued a written statement on Tuesday also addressing Cunningham’s comments. He says the coaching and medical staff at Iowa were always very thorough and diligent in addressing any injury situations, and shared all the medical information with CJ and the Beathard family. Casey Beathard says they had absolute confidence in Ferentz, his coaching staff and the medical team to make player safety an uncompromising priority on game day, on the practice field and in the weight room.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in front of a tiny home crowd, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Lucas Duda homered and drove in both runs for the Rays, who improved to .500 on the season and got within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Joe Mauer got the Twins’ first hit – and extended his hitting streak to 14 games – with a grounder that caromed off second base with one out in the seventh. Odorizzi (8-7) was lifted for reliever Dan Jennings after striking out the next batter, Jorge Polanco.
The only other batter to reach base against Odorizzi was Eddie Rosario, who walked leading off the fifth.
The game was played before a crowd of 6,509, the smallest-ever announced attendance for a Rays home game. Nearly 400 fewer fans attended last Wednesday’s relocated game between the Astros and Rangers at Tropicana Field.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have named Joe Mauer as the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
The Clemente award is given for community involvement and philanthropy.
The Twins cited charitable work by Mauer that includes fundraising and personal donations for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. They also noted his work to support Friends of St. Paul Baseball, which has raised more than $30,000 for St. Paul youth ballparks, and to get Twins game tickets into the hands of children and families who might not otherwise be able to afford them.
A panel that includes Commissioner Rob Manfred will choose the Clemente winner after the season ends. Fans will also get a chance to vote online in early October.
Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 while working to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
— high school volleyball Tuesday
Des Moines Lincoln 3-2 Mason City High (20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11)
West Fork 3-2 Newman (23-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9)
Central Springs 3-0 Nashua-Plainfield
Forest City 3-0 North Iowa
GHV 3-0 Belmond-Klemme
Northwood-Kensett 3-0 Rockford
Charles City 3-2 New Hampton
BELMOND — The Clear Lake boys won the Belmond-Klemme Invitational cross country meet on Tuesday. The Lions had five runners in the top six to take the event, with Sam Pedelty taking the individual title with a time of 15:29. Eric Faught, Justin Wright, Ike Branstad, and Dylan Schuchard finished third through sixth while Jacob Petersen and Lewis Callaway were 10th and 11th. Carson Rygh of Lake Mills finished second. Clear Lake won the team title with 15 points, with West Fork finishing a distant second with 75. On the girls side, Sheridan LaCoste of Rockford won the individual title in a time of 19:02. McKenna Weaver from West Fork finished second. Gretchen Jones had Clear Lake’s best time, finishing fifth in 20:02. Eagle Grove won the girls team title with 54 points, Forest City was second with 70
MARSHALLTOWN — The Mason City High boys golf team dropped their dual at Marshalltown on Tuesday afternoon, falling 151-166. JJ Wickman and Pete Stadheim each had a 40 to lead the Mohawks. Cole Davis of Marshalltown fired a 36 to take the medalist honors.
OKOBOJI — The NIACC women’s golf team finished third in a three-team meet at Brooks National Golf Club on Tuesday in Okoboji. DMACC won the meet with a 355, Iowa Lakes was second with 374, while the Lady Trojans had a team score of 394. Newman grad Morgan Luecht turned in NIACC’s low round with a 94, while Sydney Fullerton had a 96. Ashley Alert and Courtney Tusler added rounds of 99 and 100 respectively for NIACC, who returns to action September 13th at the Iowa Western Invitational.
MASON CITY — The Mason City High girls swim team was edged by Des Moines Roosevelt on Tuesday at the John Adams pool, 53-48. The Mohawk girls had a slight advantage with all the swimming events, but they did not have a diver entered in the meet, allowing the Roughriders to earn seven team points and take the dual. Winners for the Mohawks included Paige Braun in the 50 free, Madison Braun in the 100 breaststroke, Thea Lunning in the 100 butterfly, as well as relay wins in the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free. Mason City travels to the Linn-Mar Invitational on Saturday.