Tuesday December 10th Local Sports


first_imgMASON CITY — For the first time in 40 years and for only the second time in school history, the NIACC men’s basketball team is the top-ranked team in the nation. The Trojans moved into the #1 spot in the junior college Division II rankings on Monday after being ranked second last week, with NIACC picking up a 98-68 win over Southwestern to open up conference play. Last week’s top-ranked team, Johnson County Community College of Kansas, dropped a game to North Central Missouri College 91-79. The last time NIACC was ranked #1 was in the January 11th, 1978 poll, when there was only one division for all of junior college basketball. Following the Trojans in the poll’s top five are Schoolcraft of Michigan, Sullivan County of New York, South Suburban of Illinois and North Central Missouri. Conference foes DMACC and Kirkwood are ranked seventh and 12th in this week’s rankings. NIACC’s top ranking will be tested this weekend as the Trojans head to Overland Park Kansas to face now-10th-ranked Johnson County on Friday and 19th-ranked Highland on Saturday.== In the women’s rankings, Kirkwood and NIACC are #1 and #2 in this week’s poll. Kirkwood remained #1 from last week’s rankings, getting all of this week’s first-place votes. NIACC moves up one spot to the second rung in the rankings with a perfect 12-0 record. Rounding up the top five are Kansas City Kansas, Lincoln Land of Illinois and Johnson County. CEDAR FALLS — The Northern Iowa men take an 8-1 record on the road to play Colorado tonight. The Buffs are ranked 24th and coming off their first loss of the season at Kansas.That’s UNI coach Ben Jacobson who says Tad Boyle has built a solid program.After tonight’s game the road trip continues Thursday at Grand Canyon University. IOWA CITY — After giving up 103 points in a loss at Michigan Iowa picked it up defensively in a 72-52 win over Minnesota, as you heard last night on AM-1300 KGLO. Joe Wieskamp scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half.After scoring 44 points in the loss at Michigan junior center Luka Garza added 21 points and 10 rebounds.Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says it was Wieskamp’s defense in the second half that halted a Gopher rally.Iowa is 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference and will travel to Iowa State on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 o’clock with the pre-game at 6 o’clock on KGLO. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Newman vs. Nashua-Plainfield — girls 6:15, boys follow AMES — Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy looks forward to the chance to play Notre Dame. The Cyclones and Fighting Irish collide in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on December 28th.Purdy says the Cyclones knew who they were playing by the time they got to the team meeting.Safety Greg Eisworth on playing Notre Dame.The Cyclones will return to practice later this week. IOWA CITY — Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa says the Holiday Bowl offers a marquee opponent for the Hawkeyes. After a 9-3 regular season the Hawkeyes will play USC in their first visit to the Holiday Bowl since 1991.Iowa junior receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette.Defensive back Michael Ojemudia says the USC passing attack offers a challenge.The Holiday Bowl is Friday December 27th with a 7 o’clock Iowa time kickoff. MASON CITY — The Clear Lake girls outscored Mason City 8-1 in the final 54 seconds of the game to pick up a 71-64 win last night in Mason City, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Sara Faber had 26 points while Darby Dodd had six three-pointers to add 22 points off the bench for the Lions, who are now 4-0 on the season. Clear Lake was 23-27 from the free-throw line, including 13-16 in the fourth quarter. Anna Deets led Mason City with 29 points while Jaeda Whitner added nine. The Mohawks went 20-25 from the free throw line, but suffer their first loss of the season, dropping to 4-1.== After being down by 16 midway through the third quarter, the Clear Lake boys went on a 29-10 run in the final 12 minutes of the game to beat Mason City 67-64, as you also heard on KRIB. Junior Andrew Formanek had 27 points to lead Clear Lake, while Jack Barragy added 13 and Carson Toebe had 11 for the Lions. Jeff Skogen had 22 points while Corey Miner added 18 for the Mohawks, who drop to 2-1 on the season.Both Clear Lake teams travel to Iowa Falls-Alden on Friday in North Central Conference play, a doubleheader you’ll hear on KRIB starting at 6:15 with the girls game with the boys game to follow. The Mohawks will travel to West Des Moines on Friday to take on Valley, a doubleheader you’ll hear starting shortly before 6:15 on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.comlast_img read more

Klopp plots pre-Christmas turnover with Liverpool


first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (L) fights for the ball with Stoke City’s Kurt Zouma during their English Premier League match, at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICKSTOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Nov 30 – Manager Jurgen Klopp believes he has the options to nurse Liverpool’s squad through their hectic pre-Christmas period after seeing his side win 3-0 at Stoke City.Klopp brought goalscorer Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino back into his starting line-up at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday, with Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho among those who dropped out. He feels he has the depth to get through the six games before Christmas despite being forced to play an unfit Dejan Lovren in defence after Ragnar Klavan pulled out through illness.“I’m happy about the options we have,” said the German after a victory that lifted Liverpool to fifth place in the Premier League table.“Ragnar Klavan was ill and Dejan Lovren not fit. If ‘Raggy’ was fit, Dejan Lovren would not have been in the squad, but he started.“We have options to change it. Adam Lallana is not fit for another three or four days, but I’m happy about our options.”Klopp saw Mane open the scoring before Salah stepped off the bench to score twice and take his tally for the season to 17 goals in all competitions.He also handed a full Premier League debut to teenage striker Dominic Solanke, who was recently capped by England for the first time.– Hughes castigates officials –Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates at the end of their English Premier League match against Stoke City, at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on November 29, 2017 © AFP / Geoff CADDICK“Thank God Salah keeps scoring,” said Klopp of the Egypt forward, who is the Premier League’s leading scorer with 12 goals.“It’s good. It was difficult for all the players coming on in these (cold) temperatures. Sitting on the bench is not too nice, but it worked really well with two fantastic goals.“It was good for Mane. Now he needs rhythm. We all know with him in one or two situations if he is in a ‘click’ moment he can score as well in these situations, but it’s all good.“Dominic should have scored. He is a fantastic boy, it was well deserved and I am really happy we could do that for him in this situation.“He can improve in pretty much everything, but he is already a very good player so that is the good news. He has to work like all the others, but everybody who is with England thought, ‘That is good.’”Stoke manager Mark Hughes was understandably furious that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was not sent off for tripping Mame Biram Diouf on the edge of the box just before half-time.With his team having won just twice in 13 games in all competitions, Hughes is under increasing scrutiny.“It’s frustrating,” said the Welshman, whose side fell to 16th place.“The one thing you want from referees and officials is to get the big, key decisions right — the match-defining decisions — and he didn’t.“Credit to Liverpool, they’re a very strong side. Look at the talent they had on the pitch and they had the luxury of being able to bring a lot of talent off the bench as well.“We’re disappointed that we lost 3-0, but you need the officials to help you sometimes against the big clubs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more