Friday July 30th Local Sports
THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO:
== Friday — Minnesota Twins at St. Louis — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:15
== Saturday — Minnesota Twins at St. Louis — pre-game 5:30, first pitch 6:15
== Sunday — Minnesota Twins at St. Louis — Inside Twins 12:00, pre-game 12:30, first pitch 1:15
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp and Luka Garza were both selected in the second round of the NBA Draft. Wieskamp was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 41st pick. He became the first Hawkeye to be drafted since 2015 and the highest draft pick since Ricky Davis went 21st overall back in 1998.
Wieskamp felt going into the draft the Spurs would be a good fit.
Wieskamp helped his draft stock with a strong performance at the NBA Combine.
Garza was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the 52nd pick after a senior season in which he was named the National Player of the Year.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves were non-participants in the NBA draft for their first time in their 33-year history. Both of their picks went to Golden State in completion of the 2020 trade that landed D’Angelo Russell and sent Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. The Timberwolves weren’t completely inactive, though. They agreed to trade point guard Ricky Rubio to Cleveland for power forward Taurean Prince.
DES MOINES — Drake coach Darian DeVries got to see up close what it was like to coach your son while serving as an assistant at Creighton. Doug McDermott was a three time All-American and the national player of the year in 2014 while playing for his father, Greg. Tucker DeVries joins the Bulldog program after leading Waukee High School to the class 4A state championship.
DeVries calls it a unique situation.
He says a key is treating Tucker like the other players.
Drake last year was 26-5 overall and captured the program’s first NCAA berth in 13 years.
— State baseball wraps up this weekend after the Class 1A and 2A championship games at Merchants Park in Carroll yesterday, with 3A and 4A semifinals today and the championship games tomorrow at Duane Banks Field on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City:
== Class 1A Championship — St. Albert Council Bluffs 7, Kee 5
== Class 2A Championship — Van Meter 10, Centerville 2
== Class 4A quarterfinals Thursday
Pleasant Valley 5, Ottumwa 1
Cedar Rapids Prairie 8, Dowling West Des Moines 4
Ankeny 2, Waukee 1
Johnston 11, Dubuque Hempstead 5
== Class 3A semifinals Friday, with championship at 12:00 Saturday
11:00 AM — Marion vs. Central DeWitt
1:30 PM — Cedar Rapids Xavier vs. Dubuque Wahlert
== Class 4A semifinals Friday, with championship at 2:30 Saturday
5:00 PM — Pleasant Valley vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie
7:30 PM — Ankeny vs. Johnston
TOKYO — A Drake runner has been ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics. Yinka Ajayi won’t get the chance to fulfill her Olympic dream. According to the BBC Ajayi is one of 10 track and field standouts from Nigeria who have been ruled ineligible due to improper drug testing leading up to the games. None of the 10 athletes failed a drug test and many were based in the United States and compete collegiately in the U-S. The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has accepted responsibility for the botched testing. Ajayi was hoping to be on the track Friday morning to take part in the mixed 4×400 meter relay. Ajayi took part in a Zoom conference last week shortly after arriving in Tokyo.
Ajayi said she was proud to represent Drake at the Olympics.
Ajayi has won three Missouri Valley Conference titles in her first two years with the Bulldogs.