Wednesday September 12th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run fifth inning, and the Minnesota Twins beat New York for the first time in 10 meetings with a 10-5 victory after another flop in the Yankees’ starting rotation by Sonny Gray. Didi Gregorious answered Mauer’s big bop with his own grand slam in the sixth. That was the only bright spot for the Yankees, who dropped nine games behind Boston in the AL East race and had their lead over Oakland for the first wild card spot cut to two games.



IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says wants to continue to play Northern Iowa on a regular basis. The Hawkeyes and Panthers meet under the lights on Saturday and the recent history of this series has featured close games.

Ferentz says like the series with Iowa State it is good for the fans in the state.

Iowa is 2-0 but a lot of work needs to be done, especially with the passing game. The Hawks are averaging just over 150 yards through the air and quarterback Nate Stanley is only completing 53 percent of his passes but Ferentz says there are a lot of factors.

Ferentz expects the passing game to improve with practice and more experience.

Ferentz says Stanley is pressing right now and just needs some confidence.

Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley will not say who the Panthers’ starting quarterback will be in this week’s game at Iowa. Colton Howell rallied the Panthers in a 26-23 loss at Montana after starter Eli Dunne connected on only five of his 20 passes.

Farley says no matter who starts at quarterback the UNI offense will face a challenge.

Farley says playing Iowa always means answering the physical challenge.

Farley says the Iowa defense has made its first two opponents one dimensional.

Kickoff in Iowa City is scheduled for 6:30 on Saturday night, with the pre-game at 4:30 on AM-1300 KGLO. Also tonight at 6:30, you can hear “Hawk Talk” from the Hawkeye Radio Network.



AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell says the Cyclones have confidence in Zeb Noland if he is the starting quarterback against fifth ranked Oklahoma. Kyle Kempt injured a knee in Saturday’s loss to Iowa and his status for the Sooners is uncertain.

Iowa State stunned the Sooners a year ago in Norman but Campbell says he was most impressed with the way the Cyclones responded to the win.

Heisman winner Baker Mayfield has moved on to the NFL but the Sooner offense is off to an impressive start under Kyler Murray.

Campbell says Murray is a dual threat at quarterback.

Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock



— high school volleyball last night
Valley West Des Moines 25-25-25, Mason City High 8-11-15
Central Springs 25-25-25, Rockford 21-21-13
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 25-25-25, Eagle Grove 3-2-14
Forest City 25-25-25, West Hancock 12-1-11
Lake Mills 25-25-25, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 7-21-10
North Iowa 25-25-25, Belmond-Klemme 14-15-18
Osage 25-25-25, Nashua-Plainfield 3-12-8
Saint Ansgar 25-25-25, West Fork 18-22-22



DES MOINES — Cross Country rankings from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches

Boys 4A
Rank Team
1 Dowling Catholic WDM
2 Waukee
3 Pleasant Valley
4 Dubuque Hempstead
5 Ankeny
6 Prairie CR
7 Iowa City West
8 Ankeny Centennial
9 Valley WDM
10 Cedar Falls
11 CR Kennedy
12 Johnston
13 Ames
14 Dubuque Senior
15 Southeast Polk


Girls 4A
Rank Team
1 Johnston
2 Waukee
3 Dubuque Senior
4 Southeast Polk
5 Dowling Catholic WDM
6 Valley WDM
7 Pleasant Valley
8 DM Roosevelt
9 Ankeny Centennial
10 Iowa City West
11 Prairie CR
12 Iowa City Liberty
13 Urbandale
14 Iowa City City High
15 Dubuque Hempstead


Boys 3A
Rank Team
1 Gilbert
2 Carlisle
3 Marion
4 Clear Creek Amana
5 Dallas Center Grimes
6 Grinnell
7 Decorah
8 Mount Vernon Lisbon
9 Pella
10 Lemars
11 Waverly-Shell Rock
12 Benton
13 Center Point Urbana
14 Nevada
15 MOC-Floyd Valley


Girls 3A
Ranking School Name
1 Wahlert
2 LeMars
3 Ballard
4 Harlan
5 Dallas Center Grimes
6 Solon
7 Pella
8 Spencer
9 Glenwood
10 Carisle
11 Atlantic
12 Grinnell
13 North Polk
14 Decorah
15 Norwalk



Boys 2A
Rank Team
1 George-Little Rock/Central Lyon
2 Tipton
3 Sioux Center
4 Unity Christian
5 South Hardin
6 Okoboji
7 Monticello
8 Sheldon
9 Bellevue
10 Crestwood
11 Des Moines Christian
12 Garver-Hayfield-Ventura
13 Dike-New Hartford
14 Camanche
15 Waukon



Girls 2A
1 Mid-Praire Wellman
2 Crestwood
3 Panorama
4 Woodbury Central/Kingsley-Pierson
5 Jesup
6 Williamsburg
7 Springville-CC
8 Okoboji
9 Cascade
10 Unity Christian
11 Waukon
12 Danville-New London
13 Monticello
14 Dike – New Hartford
15 Emmetsburg



Boys 1A
Rank Team
1 Madrid
2 Nodaway Valley
3 South Hamilton
4 Newman Mason City
5 Pekin
6 Calamus Wheatland
7 South Winneshiek
8 Central Springs
9 Earlham
10 Maquoketa Valley
11 St. Edmond
12 Denver
13 Starmont
15 Tri Center



Girls 1A
Rank Team
1 Logan Magnolia
2 Kee High
3 Regina Iowa City
4 Hudson
5 Denver
6 Pekin
7 Newman Mason City
8 South Winneshiek
9 North Linn
10 Ridgeview
11 Earlham
12 Starmont
14 St. Edmond
15 Marquette



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