Tuesday April 20th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Oakland, doubleheader — 5:00 PM
ST. PETERS, MISSOURI — The North Iowa Bulls have won the Fraser Cup NA3HL national championship. The Bulls capped off the season with a 5-1 win over the Rochester Grizzlies on Monday afternoon in suburban St. Louis. Five different players scored for North Iowa in the victory. Bulls coach Todd Sanden was elated that his team had won their fourth championship in ten years.
Sanden praised his team’s effort in winning four straight games in the tournament to win the cup.
Rochester scored the first goal of the game but the Bulls scored five straight goals to win the contest. Sanden says his team didn’t let the early deficit get them down.
Carsen Stokes made 31 saves in the championship game and was named the Fraser Cup’s Most Valuable Player. Also making the all-tournament team from the Bulls were forwards Carson Jones and Carter Newpower as well as defenseman Gavin Wendorf. Fans are encouraged to come to a welcome home celebration that will be held for the Bulls this afternoon at 5 o’clock at the Mason City Arena.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have been cleared to travel and are moving forward with plans for a doubleheader in Oakland later today after having their season interrupted by coronavirus concerns. The Twins haven’t played since Friday to allow for virus testing and contact tracing as the club has had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week. Kyle Garlick, another unnamed Twins player and a team staff member tested positive in the two days before the postponements against the Angels, manager Rocco Baldelli said this weekend. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons already hadn’t made the trip to Anaheim after testing positive early in the week.
IOWA CITY — Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery may have to spend more time looking at the transfer portal than he first expected. Hawkeye guard CJ Fredrick has entered the portal after a redshirt sophomore season in which he averaged seven and a half points per game and shot 47 percent from three point range. McCaffery was already looking for a big man to replace Jack Nunge, who transferred to Xavier.
McCaffery says there are a lot of things that go into adding a transfer.
McCaffery says it is about filling a need and getting the right fit.
The Hawkeyes could head into the 2021-22 season without as many as four starters from the team that went 22-9 and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
CEDAR FALLS — UNI Athletics and head women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will see Warren’s leadership continue through the end of the 2026-27 season.
Warren and the Panthers are coming off of the deepest postseason run in school history which saw the Panthers advance to the WNIT Semifinals.
“We are thrilled to keep coach Warren on our bench for the foreseeable future,” Director of Athletics David Harris said. “Our women’s basketball team continues to compete at a very high level on the court and perform very well academically. Our student-athletes leave this program ready to lead and contribute in their communities.”
The Panthers finished the year with a 17-13 record, including an 11-7 MVC mark. It is the 13th consecutive season with a .500 record or better in Valley play, it was the 12th year in a row finishing in the top half of the MVC standings and it was the 12th year in a row that UNI earned at least 17 wins.
“I am extremely honored that our administration continues to entrust me to lead this program,” Warren said. “I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing people and I couldn’t be more excited as together we continue to strive for excellence both on and off the court.”
Warren is the winningest coach in program history with 260 career wins. She also has 161 MVC wins in her 14 seasons at the helm. She was the Valley coach of the year in 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2015-16.
IOWA CITY — Iowa senior Charlie Jones is hoping to play a bigger role at receiver next season. The transfer from Buffalo led the Big Ten in punt returns last season at 10 and half yards per return and is part of a receiver group that lost some key players off last year’s team that finished 6-2.
Jones says the receiving corps is young but talented.
Jones will remain the Hawkeyes’ punt returner and is also working on kick returns.
Spring drills run through May 1st.