Thursday December 9th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Iowa State — pre-game 7:00, tipoff 8:00

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Clear Lake wrestling at Iowa Falls-Alden with Algona — 7:00



AMES — The 15th-ranked Iowa State women built a nine point lead early in the fourth quarter and beat #12 Iowa 77-70 to snap a five game losing skid in the series, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO last night.

That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly. Ashley Joens had 26 points as the Cyclones improve to 9-1.

Fennelly says the Cyclones made the key plays down the stretch to earn their first win in the series since 2015.

Caitlin Clark led Iowa with 26 points.

That’s Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. The Hawkeyes connected on just under 41 percent for the game, including nine of 27 from three point range.

Iowa falls to 5-2



AMES — The 17th-ranked Iowa State men look to stay unbeaten at home against Iowa. ISU is 8-0 and has dropped three straight to the Hawkeyes.

That’s Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger who says the Cyclones have focused on the same things that got them off to an 8-0 start.

It will be a Cyclone team that rides defense and rebounding against an Iowa team that averages more than 90 points per game. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has been impressed with how quickly the Cyclones have jelled.

McCaffery says defense is where it starts for the Cyclones.

Tipoff tonight at Hilton Coliseum is scheduled for just after 8 o’clock, with the pre-game starting at 7 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.



COUNCIL BLUFFS — Iowa Western led by almost 20 at the half and held on to beat NIACC 95-81 last night in junior college basketball. Cortaviaus Seales had 21 points while Jeffrey Skogen added 13 to lead the Trojans, who drop to 8-3 overall and are off until next Wednesday when they host Kirkwood.



COUNCIL BLUFFS — The NIACC women fell behind early and never recovered in a 61-46 loss at Iowa Western last night. Iowa Western jumped out to a 19-3 lead after the first quarter and led 34-11 at the half. Audrey Martinez-Stewart led NIACC with 15 points, as the Trojans drop to 6-2 overall and will host Marshalltown on Saturday.



MASON CITY — NIACC freshman Ziyannah Conner was selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5 on Wednesday.

Conner earned the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball weekly honor on Tuesday.

Conner scored 24 points with nine rebounds, six steals and two blocked shots in a 64-61 loss to Southeastern. She also scored 20 points, including an 8 for 8 performance from the field, with nine rebounds and five steals.

Conner ranks 21st in Division II in scoring with a 19.0 per game average. She ranks fifth nationally in field-goal percentage (67.2 percent).



MASON CITY — The 6th-ranked NIACC wrestling team picked up their first dual victory of the season last night at home, beating Minnesota West Community and Technical College 43-3. The Trojans received wins by forfeit from Brody Hawtrey (149), Clay Schemmel (157), Ryan Van Donselaar (174), Cale Luthens (184), Drew Fox (197) and Jaylin Smith (285). Neither team had a wrestler at 125 pounds. In the three contested matches, No. 10 Clarence Lee-Green won by a 19-5 major decision over Ayden Rienhardt at 133 pounds before Minnesota West’s Jacob Vogel got the better of Connor Wiemann, winning 10-4 at 141. In the featured match of the dual, top-ranked Christian Minto was able to hold off No. 7 Damon Ashworth for a 5-3 decision at 165 pounds. NIACC returns to action on Jan. 8 when the Trojans travel to the Central College Invitational.




DES MOINES — The Iowa Cubs are under new ownership. California based company Endeavor has purchased the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Michael Gartner has owned the club for the last 22 years.

That’s Sam Bernabe, who has worked for the club for 39 years. He will continue in his role as President/General Manager.

The I-Cubs are one of several minor league franchises purchased by Endeavor, including the AAA Memphis Redbirds.

Bernabe says the decision to sell had nothing to do with the revenue hit caused by the pandemic.

Endeavor becomes the fourth owner of the franchise since it was born in 1969.