Tuesday January 9th Local Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The University of Iowa finished 24th in the final Associated Press college football poll released after the Division I championship game last night. The Hawkeyes dropped four spots from 20th after their loss to Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. National champion Michigan led the final poll. Looking at other Big Ten and Big 12 teams — Texas finished 3rd, Ohio State 10th, Penn State 13th, Oklahoma 15th, Oklahoma State 16th, and Kansas was 23rd.



BOONE — Clear Lake is on top in Class 3A in the new boys basketball rankings released on Monday by the Iowa High School Athletic Association:

== Class 3A
1. Clear Lake
2. ADM
3. Waverly-Shell Rock
4. Solon
5. Decorah
6. Sioux City Bishop Heelan
7. Davenport Assumption
8. MOC-Floyd Valley
9. Ballard
10. Mount Vernon



== Class 1A
1. North Linn
2. Bellevue Marquette
3. Winfield-Mount Union
4. Earlham
5. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center
6. Madrid
7. Keota
8. Kee
9. Lynnville-Sully
10. South O’Brien



== Class 2A
1. West Lyon
2. Western Christian Hull
3. Monticello
4. Hudson
5. Carroll Kuemper
6. Underwood
7. Pella Christian
8. Treynor
9. South Hamilton
10. Grundy Center



== Class 4A
1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2. Valley West Des Moines
3. Dubuque Senior
4. North Scott
5. Waukee
6. Ankeny Centennial
7. Ankeny
8. Iowa City West
9. Cedar Falls
10. Linn-Mar




AMES — After opening Big 12 play with a loss at 9th-ranked Oklahoma, the Iowa State Cyclones will try to hold serve at home tonight. It won’t be easy. The Cyclones play host to 2nd-ranked and conference newcomer Houston.

That’s ISU coach T.J. Otzelberger who says the Big 12 race will be a grind.

Houston is 14-0 and opened the conference race with a 34-point win over West Virginia. Like the Cyclones, the Cougars pride themselves on defense.

Otzelberger says another strength of Houston is depth.

Otzelberger says the key in surviving a tough Big 12 Conference is handling adversity.

Tipoff at Hilton Coliseum is scheduled for 6 o’clock.




DES MOINES — Drake coach Darian DeVries and UNI coach Ben Jacobson say the Missouri Valley Conference is much improved this season. The Valley is ranked as the ninth best conference in the country right now and the Bulldogs suffered their first league loss on Sunday 87-65 to a Belmont team that has the look of a contender.

That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries. The Bulldogs are 3-1 and host an Indiana State team on Wednesday night that is at the top of the standings with a 4-0 record.

UNI is 1-3 in the Valley after Sunday’s 77-66 loss at home to Indiana State.

That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson.

The Panthers are at home on Wednesday night to host Illinois-Chicago.





NEW YORK (AP) — South Carolina remained No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll and is now one of three unbeaten teams left.

The New Year began with seven undefeated teams, but only South Carolina, No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Baylor remain.

The Gamecocks (14-0) received 34 of the 35 first-place ballots Monday after beating Florida and Mississippi State last week. UCLA (14-0) garnered the other No. 1 vote and was second in the Top 25 once again. Iowa moved up to third after previously unbeaten N.C. State lost in the last second to Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack fell to sixth.




ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Murray stopped 23 shots for his first career NHL shutout, and Dallas scored two short-handed goals to snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win at Minnesota. Murray earned his second NHL victory in his fourth career game. The undrafted 25-year-old from Alberta played five years of college hockey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, winning a national championship in 2021. Tyler Seguin and Roope Hintz each had a goal and an assist for Dallas. Radek Faksa also scored short-handed and Jason Robertson added a goal.