Wednesday September 21st Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Kansas City — pre-game 6:30, first pitch 7:10


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — MJ Melendez hit a two-run homer, Salvador Perez drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out double in the seventh inning, and the Royals held off the fading Twins 5-4 to open their final homestand of the season. Dylan Coleman earned the win with a scoreless seventh for Kansas City. Scott Barlow cleaned up Jose Cuas’ mess by striking out Mark Contreras to strand runners on second and third in the eighth, then handled the ninth for his 22nd save. Michael Fulmer gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to take the loss for Minnesota. The Twins have lost five of six to begin an eight-game trip that has nearly wiped them out of playoff contention. After Cleveland’s win last night over the Chicago White Sox, the Guardians have opened up a five game lead on Chicago and eight games now on the Twins.


IOWA CITY — Iowa gets ready for its Big Ten opener and first road trip when the Hawkeyes visit Rutgers under the lights on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights are 3-0 and expect a big crowd.

That’s Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz who says they are preparing for a hostile environment.

Rutgers has started three different quarterbacks and Ferentz says the Hawkeyes are preparing for all of them.

This game will feature two struggling offenses that may be dealing with bad field position. Australian born punters Tory Taylor from Iowa and Adam Korsack from Rutgers are two of the nation’s best.

Keagan Johnson may not play this week but Iowa’s receivers are getting healthier. Brody Brecht saw his first extensive action and Ferentz believes the key is more practice time.

Kickoff is slated for 6 o’clock Saturday, with the pre-game at 4 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.



AMES — If recent history is any indication, Saturday’s Big 12 opener between Iowa State and 17th-ranked Baylor will be a nail biter. The teams have split their last six meetings and four of the games have been decided by three points or less.

That’s Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. The Bears edged the Cyclones 31-29 last season in Waco. ISU is 3-0 and the Cyclone defense faces its toughest challenge so far.

This game has the makings of a defensive slugfest but Campbell says it is important to be ready to adjust.

Campbell says Baylor is a well rounded team.

Campbell was asked about the loss of traditions and rivalries in college football. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State announced the Bedlam Series will be discontinued when the Sooners leave for the SEC.

Kickoff on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium is set for 11:00 AM


— high school volleyball results from Tuesday
Waterloo East 3-0 Mason City (25-17, 25-12, 25-23)

Central Springs 3-0 Northwood-Kensett (25-8, 25-11, 25-19)
St. Ansgar 3-0 Rockford (25-12, 25-22, 25-18)
Osage 3-0 West Fork (25-14, 25-17, 25-4)
Bishop Garrigan 3-0 North Iowa (25-21, 25-14, 26-24)
Lake Mills 3-0 North Union (25-17, 25-17, 25-15)

Forest City 3-1 Belmond-Klemme (22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-7)



MASON CITY — Mason City won both team titles from their own cross country invitational on Tuesday. The Riverhawks had the top four runners in the girls race on their way to scoring 18 points, easily outdistancing Forest City which was the runner-up with 61. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura was third with 80, Newman and Central Springs finished tied for fourth with 95. Audra Mulholland won the girls race in a time of 20:28. The Mason City boys had the top three runners and had four runners in the top nine to win with 34 points. Forest City was second with 62, Waverly-Shell Rock was third with 67 while Newman was fourth in the nine-team boys competition with 112. Brandt Haakenstad won the boys race in a time of 17:25. You can see the full results by clicking here