Tuesday January 9th Local Sports

= AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City High at Johnston — girls 6:15, boys follow


CLEAR LAKE — Zach Lester became only the fifth player in Clear Lake boys basketball history to reach 1000 points in his career during the Lions’ 84-69 win over New Hampton last night at home, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Lester needed 21 points heading into the night to get to the mark, and he accomplished the feat with a drive to the basket with 55 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter. Lester ended up with 35 points on the night, with 26 of those coming in the second half.


Clear Lake coach Jeremy Ainley praised Lester for hitting the 1000 point mark.


Ainley says he was happy to see Lester bounce back from a rough performance against Forest City where he was held to only nine points.


Drew Enke added 16 points while Sam Pedelty chipped in 11. Clear Lake is now 7-4 on the season and will host St. Edmond on Friday.


CLEAR LAKE — Sara Faber tied the school record for most points in a game as #3/3A Clear Lake cruised to an 81-37 win over New Hampton last night in non-conference girls basketball, as you also heard on KRIB. Faber scored 21 of her 33 points in the second half. Lions coach Bart Smith says Faber continues to improve all aspects of her game.


Faber’s 33 ties Emily Snelling and Megan Hendricks for the school single-game record. She had seven of Clear Lake’s school-record 16 three-pointers, and 81 points is the second-highest scoring game in school history. Clear Lake is 11-1 overall and will host St. Edmond on Friday.


— other boys basketball
Osage 64, Hampton-Dumont 47
Leroy-Ostrander (MN) 64, Riceville 40


— other girls basketball
#5/3A Osage 57, Hampton-Dumont 31
Riceville 54, Leroy-Ostrander (MN) 38


The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record and total points:

Class 4A
Record Pts
1. Iowa City, West (10) 8-0 100
2. Des Moines, North 8-1 84
3. Johnston 8-1 78
4. Waukee 8-1 67
5. Sioux City, East 6-1 58
6. Des Moines, Hoover 8-1 39
7. Dubuque, Hempstead 7-1 38
8. North Scott, Eldridge 8-1 32
9. Dubuque, Senior 7-2 22
10. Pleasant Valley 8-1 19
Others receiving votes: Cedar Falls 7. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 6.¤
Class 3A
Record Pts
1. Oskaloosa (7) 10-0 96
2. Glenwood (3) 9-0 88
3. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 7-1 76
4. Mount Pleasant 8-2 63
5. Norwalk 8-1 61
6. Xavier, Cedar Rapids 5-3 51
7. Harlan 7-1 27
8. Charles City 8-1 26
9. Le Mars 6-3 25
10. Spirit Lake 7-3 13
Others receiving votes: Winterset 10. Pella 6. Wahlert, Dubuque 4. Carroll 3. Webster City 1.¤
Class 2A
Record Pts
1. Western Christian, Hull (5) 8-0 93
2. Sioux Center (4) 9-0 92
3. Van Meter (1) 10-0 77
4. Aplington-Parkersburg 10-0 62
5. Cascade,Western Dubuque 11-0 52
6. Sheldon 9-1 51
7. South Hamilton, Jewell 11-0 49
8. Northeast, Goose Lake 10-0 20
9. Treynor 7-0 16
10. Unity Christian, Orange City 8-3 14
Others receiving votes: East Marshall, Le Grand 7. Wapello 6. Des Moines Christian 4. Forest City 3. PCM, Monroe 3. Rock Valley 1.¤
Class 1A
Record Pts
1. North Linn, Troy Mills (6) 12-0 95
2. Grand View Christian (4) 9-0 91
3. St. Mary’s, Remsen 10-0 82
4. Don Bosco, Gilbertville 8-0 63
5. Bishop Garrigan, Algona 10-1 60
6. Lynnville-Sully 9-1 36
7. Edgewood-Colesburg 11-1 26
8. George-Little Rock 7-4 21
9. Ankeny Christian Academy 8-1 19
(tie) Dunkerton 9-0 19
Others receiving votes: St. Albert, Council Bluffs 11. South O’Brien, Paullina 10. Iowa Mennonite, Kalona 6. Bedford 5. Montezuma 2. New London 2. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 1. St. Edmond, Fort Dodge 1.¤



DES MOINES — Drake has been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal college basketball season that has seen the men’s teams for Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa combine to open 0-12 in conference play. The Bulldogs are 4-0 in the Missouri Valley for the first time since winning the title 10 years ago. First year coach Niko Medved does not feel the need to keep his team grounded heading into Wednesday night’s game at Valparaiso.

“This group of seniors and juniors they know what the other side feels like and they know what it feels like to go through the losing”, said Medved. “We don’t have to sell to these guys how hard it is to be successful in this league.”

UNI is 0-4 in the Valley after Sunday’s 56-50 loss to Loyola. It was the Panther’s sixth straight loss but coach Ben Jacobson felt his team made progress.

“We have got to get some things going a little bit better offensively”, said Jacobson. “We did some things better and executed a little bit better.”

Iowa is 0-5 in the Big Ten after Sunday night’s 91-73 loss at Maryland and Iowa State takes an 0-3 Big 12 record on the road to 12th ranked Kansas Tuesday night.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves, like so many lesser opponents over the years, have been largely unsuccessful in trying to best LeBron James.

This time, they built a lead on Cleveland as big as 41 points before the end of the third quarter. It was just another example of the difference Jimmy Butler has made on this promising team.

Andrew Wiggins had 25 points in three quarters, Butler pitched in 21 points and tight defense on James, and the Timberwolves cruised to a 127-99 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Taj Gibson (16 points, 13 rebounds) were tenacious around the basket for the Timberwolves, who outrebounded the Cavs 56-37, their largest advantage of the season. The Wolves had a 60-42 edge in points in the paint, and every starter but Towns took the whole fourth quarter off.



EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — For fans of the Minnesota Vikings, there’s a score to be settled with the New Orleans Saints. Eight years ago, the last Minnesota team considered a strong Super Bowl contender was on the verge of victory in New Orleans in the NFC championship game. That was until the 12-men-in-the-huddle penalty and the ill-fated throw by Vikings quarterback Brett Favre that was intercepted to put the Saints in position to win in overtime.



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Left-hander Zach Duke is guaranteed $2.15 million as part of his one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins and can earn an additional $1.5 million based on pitching appearances.

Duke can earn $200,000 each for 40 and 50 games as a pitcher under the deal announced Dec. 26. He could earn $300,000 apiece for 55 and 60, and $500,000 for 65.

The 34-year-old was 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 relief appearances last year for St. Louis, returning to the major leagues on July 21 after Tommy John surgery in October 2016. He struck out 12 and walked six in 18 1/3 innings, and three of the 13 hits he allowed were home runs.

He is 61-85 with a 4.30 ERA in 169 starts and 299 relief appearances over 13 major league seasons with Pittsburgh (2005-10), Arizona (2011), Washington (2012-13), Cincinnati (2013), Milwaukee (2014), the Chicago White Sox (2015-16) and the Cardinals (2016-17).



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