Thursday March 2nd Local Sports
DES MOINES — Remsen St. Mary’s led from start to finish as they beat West Fork 54-41 in the Class 1A quarterfinal round of the girls state basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. St. Mary’s outrebounded West Fork 40-25, with 18 offensive rebounds. The Warhawks end their season with a school-record 24 victories as they were led by Leah Weaver’s 11 points. Next up for St. Mary’s is top-seed Bishop Garrigan of Algona in Friday afternoon’s semifinal round. Golden Bear senior Audi Crooks set a Class 1A state tournament record for most points in a game with 42 as Bishop Garrigan beat Martensdale St. Marys 67-44
== other 1A quarterfinals Wednesday
#2 Newell-Fonda 81, #7 Woodbine 60
#3 North Linn 68, #6 Winfield-Mount Union 36
== Wednesday’s Class 2A quarterfinals
#2 Central Lyon 66, #7 Panorama 30
#6 Pocahontas Area 47, #3 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 36
== Class 5A semifinals today
10:00 a.m. – Johnston (23-1) vs. Ankeny Centennial (18-6)
11:45 a.m. – Pleasant Valley (24-0) vs. Dowling West Des Moines (20-4)
== Class 3A semifinals today
1:30 p.m. – Vinton-Shellsburg (18-7) vs. Benton Community (22-3)
3:15 p.m. – Solon (23-2) vs. Sioux Center (19-5)
== Class 4A semifinals today
5:00 p.m. – Dallas Center-Grimes (21-3) vs. Ballard (19-3)
6:45 p.m. – North Polk (22-2) vs. Bishop Heelan Sioux City (23-2)
MASON CITY — The NIACC women ended the regular season with an 83-53 win over Ellsworth in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play, as you heard last night on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Kourtney Manning had 14 points and seven rebounds while Jackie Pippett and Kameron Jones each scored 10. NIACC is 18-11 overall and finishes conference play with a 9-7 record. The fourth-seeded Trojans will open Region XI tournament play next Wednesday at home against the fifth-seeded DMACC at 5:30, a game you’ll hear on KGLO.
MASON CITY — Myles Tucker scored 38 points to cross the 1000 career point threshold while Jaydin Dunlap added 30 as the NIACC men beat Ellsworth 104-99 last night, as you heard as well on KGLO. Tucker became the 12th player in NIACC history to score 1000 points, accomplishing the feat with a pair of free throws with 4:30 left in the second half. Tucker finished the game with 1012 career points, placing him 11th on NIACC’s all-time scoring list. NIACC is the ninth seed in the Region XI tournament that starts play this weekend at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. The Trojans will face the eighth seed Northeast Community College at 7 o’clock on Friday night in the tournament’s first round, a game you’ll hear on KGLO starting with the Pritchard’s Pre-Game at about 6:45. The winner of that game will face top-seed Iowa Lakes at 5 o’clock on Saturday.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State guard Caleb Grill, who started all but three games and was the Cyclones’ third-leading scorer, has been dismissed from the team, coach T.J. Otzelberger announced Wednesday.
“We hold our players to high standards and there are expectations that our student-athletes are held accountable for,” Otzelberger said in a statement.
The fourth-year player from Maize, Kansas, averaged 9.5 points, four rebounds and 1.4 assists. He started 22 straight games before coming off the bench in a Feb. 15 game against TCU. Otzelberger said at the time Grill needed to rest his sore back.
Grill didn’t appear in road games at Kansas State and Texas and came off the bench in the last two games against Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Grill played at Iowa State as a freshman and transferred to UNLV the following season when Otzelberger was head coach there. Grill moved back to Ames last year when Otzelberger got the head coaching job with the Cyclones.
He averaged 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 116 career games at UNLV and Iowa State.
ST. LOUIS — Drake sophomore Tucker DeVries has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. DeVries averaged 19 points and more than five and a half rebounds for a Bulldog team that finished the regular season 24-7 and 15-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Drake opens the Valley Tournament in St. Louis Friday night.
A year ago DeVries was named the Valley Freshman of the Year.
DeVries became a much more consistent shooter this season as a sophomore.
DeVries becomes the fifth different Bulldog to win the Larry Bird Trophy and the first since Adam Emmenecker in 2008.
ST. LOUIS — The UNI Panthers open Arch Madness in St. Louis this afternoon by taking on Illinois State in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Tournament. The 8th-seeded Panthers are 13-17 and beat the Redbirds twice, including a 65-63 win in Cedar Falls in mid-January.
That’s UNI coach Ben Jacobson. The Illinois State combination of Darius Burford and Seneca Knight is averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Panther guard Bowen Born has struggled with a calf injury but did manage to play 30 minutes in the regular season finale against Belmont.
Illinois State is 11-20. The winner will advance to play top seed and regular season champion Bradley on Friday.
LAWRENCE, KANSAS — The 23rd-ranked Iowa State women cut a 17 point fourth quarter deficit to three but could get no closer in a 98-93 loss at Kansas last night.
That’s Cyclone coach Bill Fennelly. Kansas was 11 of 20 from three point range.
Iowa State drops to 18-9 overall and 10-7 in the conference and will close out the regular season at home against Texas Tech on Saturday.