Tuesday December 4th Local Sports


== AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — Newman at Nashua-Plainfield — girls 6:15, boys follow



MASON CITY — Newman coach Mark Bertsch and former Osage wrestler Trent Goodale are among those to be inducted in the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Wrestling Hall of Fame in February.

== Bertsch enters his 35th season as Newman’s head coach with 380 dual meet victories, 78 state tournament qualifiers, 45 placewinners, 14 finalists and eight state champions. Newman’s highest state tournament team finish in Class 1A came in 2016 when they finished third. A former president of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, he helped create the state dual team rankings in 1994. Bertsch also serves as the high school’s physical education teacher.

== Goodale was a three-time state champion and four-time finalist. He helped Osage to the 2001 dual team title and compiled a varsity record of 159-6. He won state tournaments at 112 pounds in 1999, 119 in 2000 and 125 in 2001. He was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Iowa, became an NCAA head coach at Limestone College at the age of 23, and eventually a coach for the USA Women’s Freestyle team at multiple international events.

Others to be honored are former Columbus Community and current West Burlington Notre Dame/Danville coach Bill Plein; as well as wrestlers Mark Rial of Fort Dodge, Jimmy Rodgers of Riverside of Oakland, Merle Roths of New Hampton and Josh Watts of Davenport Assumption. The five wrestlers and two coaches will be honored prior to the championship round of the state wrestling tournament on February 16th at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.



CHARLES CITY — Clear Lake hit their first nine shots as the Lions rolled past Charles City 87-60 last night in non-conference boys basketball in Charles City, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. The Lions were 14 of 17 from the field in the opening quarter, racing out to a 34-11 lead. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says he was impressed with his team’s first-half shooting.

Clear Lake had three players score 20 points or more. Freshman Carson Toebe had 22 points, while seniors Tate Storbeck and Drew Enke had 21 and 20 points.

Clear Lake is 3-0 on the season and will host Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday. Charles City drops to 1-1, as they were led by Jack Molstead who had 29.


— other boys basketball
Eagle Grove 58, Central Springs 56



EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward made all 10 of his shots, scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead No. 10 Michigan State to a 90-68 win over No. 18 Iowa on Monday night.

The Spartans (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) trailed for more than six minutes in the first half and were behind by as much as six points before a Ward-led surge gave them a 43-33 lead at halftime.

The Hawkeyes (6-2, 0-2) had no hope for a comeback because they missed 18 of 19 shots to open the second half.

Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 14 points and had eight rebounds off the bench. Nick Goins scored 19, surpassing his combined points from the previous five games, and Joshua Langford added 14 for the Spartans.

Iowa’s Tyler Cook scored 15 points, Isaiah Moss had 13 points and Jordan Bohannon added 11.

The Hawkeyes, who came into the game averaging 82.6 points, made just 33 percent of their shots and allowed the Spartans to connect on 52 percent of their shots.



AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 15 with 10 rebounds and Iowa State rolled past North Dakota State 81-59 for its fourth straight win.

Nick Weiler-Babb scored 11 points with eight rebounds for the Cyclones (7-1), who shot 50 percent from the floor.

Iowa State wasn’t pushed hard in this one. The Cyclones cruised to a 16-point halftime lead and then opened the second half with a 10-2 run to jump ahead 53-29. Back-to-back buckets by Shayok made it a 67-37 game with just over 12 minutes to go.

Iowa State’s Cam Lard and Zoran Talley, each of whom started the season with seven-game suspensions, returned against the Bison. Lard had two points and two blocks and Talley — wearing a black mask to protect a broken nose — had four points and two assists.

The pair hooked up on an alley-oop dunk with about 11 minutes left, giving Lard his first points of 2018-19 in emphatic fashion.

Rocky Kreuser had 13 points to lead the Bison (2-7), who made the score respectable with a late 19-2 run as Iowa State coach Steve Prohm tinkered with his lineup.



CHICAGO (AP) — The skidding Chicago Bulls fired coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday and promoted associate head coach Jim Boylen in hopes of lifting the team from the bottom of the standings.

The Bulls have been hit hard by injuries this season, but at 5-19 only two teams have worse records.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” said Jim Paxson, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations. “After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future.”

The Bulls have been riddled by injuries all year. Denzel Valentine (ankle), Kris Dunn (knee) and Bobby Portis (knee) have missed significant time and forward Lauri Markkanen didn’t make his season debut until this past weekend because of an elbow injury.

The 7-foot Markkanen is perhaps the centerpiece of Chicago’s rebuilding plan, but Hoiberg won’t be around to see it through. He finishes his tenure in Chicago, where he played for four seasons and had a long history with general manager Gar Forman, with a record of 115-155 (.426) and a single playoff appearance, when the Bulls were ousted in the first round by Boston in 2017.

Hoiberg was named Chicago’s head coach in June 2015 after spending five seasons at Iowa State, where the former player was nicknamed “The Mayor.” Hoiberg went 115-56 at Iowa State, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.

He replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was fired after five seasons, and the hope was that the free-wheeling style he used with the Cyclones would work in the NBA and that he would fare better than another former Iowa State coach, Tim Floyd, who went 49-190 record in three-plus seasons with the Bulls.

The circumstances were different, but the results were disappointing. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic were among the departures as the Bulls tried to find the right formula.

Boylen is a veteran but this will be his first time as an NBA head coach; he spent four years as the head coach at the University of Utah. Over 20 years in the NBA, he also has been an assistant in Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee, Indiana and San Antonio.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns helped erase a 14-point halftime deficit to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Houston Rockets 103-91. Towns led Minnesota with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins had 16 points. The Rockets led by as many as 19 in the first half before Minnesota stormed back to take the lead for good in the third quarter.



DES MOINES — Iowa State receiver Hakeem Butler is looking forward to the game against Washington State in the December 28 Alamo Bowl. The Cyclones will head to San Antonio after finishing the regular season 8-4.

The Cyclones rallied after starting the season with a 1-3 record.

Iowa will head to the Outback Bowl for the third time in six years and play Mississippi State on New Year’s Day. The Outback selected the Hawkeyes over West Division champ Northwestern.

That’s senior safety Jake Gervase. The Hawkeyes lost to Florida in the Outback Bowl two years ago.

That’s defensive end Parker Hesse.



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