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4 Pee Wee Profiles Qwest Team of the Month: Johnston Aces Manger Dan Kinney tells Iowa Sports Connection about the Aces’ impressive four-year record (74-34) and the unique nature of this 10U baseball team.

8 Prep Connection Martensdale St. Marys Breaks National Record The Martensdale-St. Marys baseball team stayed focused on one goal throughout the season: win a second straight state championship. They’ve been perfect so far during the 2011 season and, along the way, they set a new national high school win streak record.

18 Pit Pass Michael Annett Gains Momentum in Nationwide Series Des Moines, Iowa native Michael Annett has been on a roll recently in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has finished in the top 10 five times since June but now he’s hungry for top fives and wins.

26 Minor But Major Iowa Natives Part of Pittsburgh Pirates’ Special Season Norwalk High School alum Joel Hanrahan and Dallas Center-Grimes alum Tony Watson have contributed their pitching skills to the Pirates, and have been a major part of their success this season.

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Prose From the Pub A Blessed Season Establishes National Record for Blue Devils of Martensdale-St. Marys! This issue of The Iowa Sports Connection magazine features the spectacular baseball team from Martensdale-St. Marys, which won its 84th consecutive game and, in the process, broke the national high school baseball win streak Mike Rickord ISC Publisher record. What an extremely difficult feat to accomplish! That’s 84 straight wins in a game where so many little things can go wrong. That’s 84 games where most things went the Blue Devils’ way. They were truly a blessed team and had a blessed season. In a game where pitching can lack just the tiniest amount of control and cost the team or bats can go slightly cold and prevent runs from crossing, this is amazing. And the best part is that a team from our great state of Iowa put themselves on the nation’s baseball radar, continuing to show that Iowa truly has some of the best high school sports in the country. Also, the dedication it must have taken from Martensdale-St. Marys’ coaches, players and parents is astonishing. Credit the coaches for putting together a team of strong individuals, mentally and physically, who can maintain their focus. Credit the players for being able to stay focused on the game, not the media on the state and national levels. And don’t forget the parents. Credit the parents for supporting these kids in their dreams. Something like this truly is a community effort. That’s why the entire community should be proud of what this team has done. Proof of the dedication from this community can be found on the softball diamond too, where the Lady Blue Devils are putting together one heck of a run themselves. It has been an amazing summer for the entire school, showing just how focused and dedicated everyone in that community is.

sports season gets underway, I’d like to thank you for picking up our magazine (or reading it online at Iowasportsconnection. com), tuning into our three great radio shows on our flagship station AM1700 The Champ or any of our numerous statewide affiliates. Our shows, the award-winning Friday Night Live, On the Tee and The Iowa Sports Connection Radio Show, have grown and we plan on coming back strong on the high school sports scene this fall with Friday Night Live and The Iowa Sports Connection Radio Show. The Iowa Sports Connection will continue to be your go-to source for high school sports. Now that we’ve expanded our radio show TV broadcasts to include KCRG 9.2 to go along with WHO Weather Plus 13.2 and our live streams online at, even more of the state can enjoy top notch coverage of all our great shows.. We’re also planning to launch a new, redesigned website this August to coincide with the release of our Pigskin Preview. The new website will give The Iowa Sports Connection’s online presence a huge boost and will help expand our coverage to every Iowa high school sports fan’s computer. The new website and the Pigskin Preview, where we preview every Iowa high school and college (from NCAA Division I to JUCO), are two things you definitely do not want to miss. Again, thanks for picking up our magazine. Have a championship month! God Bless You and God Bless America!

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Qwest Team of the Month: Johnston Aces Lauren Smith Staff Writer There are many benefits to being a team manager, and Johnston Aces 10U Manager Dan Kinney relishes in the fact. As a four-year manager, one key benefit for Kinney is building player’s confidence. “My managerial motto is to get each player as confident and as ready as possible to make the next play, especially after a mistake.” Based on their cumulative winning record over the past four years (74-34), and finishing in the top three in seven of the eight tournaments they have entered this year, confidence is something this tight-knit team doesn’t lack. The Aces are members of the Iowa USSSA Baseball League, and participate in the AAA sanctioned division. In the four years the Johnston Aces have been a baseball team, they have only had a total of 13 different players, with the current team being comprised of 10. This extremely low turnover rate has allowed for the team to be comprised of the same core players throughout the years, strengthening and building the personal and athletic relationships of the entire organization. Another thing that makes the Aces such a unique club team, is that it is run a completely volunteer basis. All money that is collected at the beginning of the season goes solely towards uniforms and tournament fees. They also participate in only eight tournaments a year, where the majority of club teams play on average in 11 to 15. Despite this, the Aces are still able to compete with these high-level teams. This entire year, their USSSA Power ranking was 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Practice for the Aces begins early, beginning in December once a week and moving up to two or

three days a week in March through the end of the summer season. However, it is extremely difficult to get a group of ten active athletes to all meet collectively three times a week. Although this is a problem for most Peewee teams, Kinney points out that this is where his team shines. “These kids are involved in so many different things, and the really neat thing about this particular team is that everyone takes it upon themselves to get the extra work in.” The majority of the Aces schedule private lessons in their own time, attending both personal and team skill building sessions. Kinney is very impressed on his team’s ability to take initiative and work on the sport in their own schedules, “It’s really neat […] that you’re going to some things on your own to improve.” He states, “It’s The Johnston Aces 10U Baseball Team of the USSSA all to do with time.” Baseball League have a four-year cumulative 74-34 record Not only do the members of the Johnston Aces and have placed in the top three in seven of their eight excel on the baseball field, but are also excellent tournaments this year. First row, left to right: Jayce Palmer, students and outstanding in many other sports and Tye Correy, Luke Kinney, Aidan Young, Jackson Marshall; extra curricular activities. Second row, left to right: Sam Lorenz, Jackson Vines, Peyton Kinney gives credit to the parents of his players, Williams, Adam Burns, Joe Paul (Photo courtesy of Dan and praises their ability to keep their kids so well Kinney/Johnston Aces) rounded. He also praises the other coaches of the portray a message to his boys a bigger picture than Aces in adding to such a spectacular team. General just baseball. Manager Dave Williams, First Base Coach Greg Vines “This is only a part of what a ten-year-old boy and Third Base Coach Kendall Palmer all have helped experiences, to let only what you have accomplished to form the Johnston Aces into the impressive team on the baseball field define you as a person is they are today. completely insane. But, with that being said, to not The greatest advice Kinney received as a coach, set expectations and work toward personal and and what he would pass on to other coaches, is, “If the team goals potentially thwart’s a teams and child’s masses are supportive, do not be concerned with the development.” Kinney concluded, “It’s such a fine line, one that finds the only cloud in the sky.” and we walk it every day.” What Kinney stresses the most is that he wants to


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Eight teams went on to claim the 2011 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup titles Sunday, in the Under-14 through Under-17 boys and girls age groups, at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Five of the eight champions heralded from Region IV, while Region I claimed two championships and Region II one. 2011 National Presidents Cup Champions Under-14 Girls United Futbol Club-White, CalSouth Under-15 Girls KC Fusion – Cummings, Kansas Under-16 Girls Super Nova Elite, Idaho Under-17 Girls La Roca Premier, Utah Under-14 Boys Corona Eagles, Cal-South Under-15 Boys AVSC Ambush, Cal-South Under-16 Boys Eagles FC United, Eastern-Penn Under-17 Boys TSC FC Towamencin, EasternPenn On day one of U-14 Boys play, SB Select 96/97 Club Mexico (S-TX) beat Corona Eagles (CA-S) on a pair of late goals. On finals day, Leobardo Bahena of the Corona Eagles scored in the 30th minute to give his team a 1-0 lead into halftime. Gustavo Chavez’s strike for Corona Eagles in the 47th minute sealed the 2-0 victory. United Futbol Club White (CA-S) capped off the week with its fourth win in as many days, and a championship, as it triumphed 1-0 over

Tri-State Premier (OH-S) in the U-14 Girls final. Danielle Tilton scored for United Futbol Club just one minute from the end of the first half, and her goal was all her team needed to raise the trophy on Sunday. Next Level Soccer Academy (NJ) earned its way into the championship game with a big win on Saturday and faced an undefeated AVSC Ambush (CA-S) in the U-15 Boys final. After giving up an early goal, Tejan Walcott netted the equalizer for NLSA in the 7th minute. The rest of the game belonged to AVSC Ambush as they went on to win 6-1, highlighted by Andy Tenas Albeno’s double. The final in the U-15 Girls bracket was a rematch of a day 3 draw between Premier FC Black (WA) and KC Fusion Cummings (KS). Ali Smith scored in the first five minutes and the last five minutes of the championship game to lift KC Fusion to the 2-0 victory. U-16 Boys Eagles FC United (EPA) avenged an earlier 4-0 loss to Club America Blue (CA-S) on Sunday with a 3-to-2 win on finals day. With less than 20 minutes to play and the game tied at 2-2, Eagles FC United captain Peter Kemery beat the Club America keeper to give his team the 3-2

lead. That goal proved the game and tournament winner. Super Nova Elite (ID) came into finals day having won all three U-16 preliminary matches. Albion Hurricane FC 95-G Blue (S-TX) was hoping for a different result against the familiar opponent. After no goals in regulation, Claire Goss and Amanda Jones each scored for Super Nova in the first period of extra time to claim the championship for their team with a 2-0 victory. In the U-17 Boys bracket, TSC FC Towamencin (EPA) had given up only one goal all tournament, and that was to its finals day opponent PQ Premier (CA-S). TSC gave up no goals on Sunday and goals by Brian Zolot and Jacob Barlow in the 9th and 40th minutes lifted the team to the championship. U-17 Girls champion La Roca Premier (UT) was used to playing with its back against the wall. It took late-game heroics at the regional tournament for this team to qualify for the National Presidents Cup and it needed a late result against Ajax FC Chicago (IL) on the final day of preliminary games for the chance to play for the championship. In a rematch of that game, La Roca was victorious Sunday with a 3-1 win over Ajax. Kassandra Anderson, Jaedyn Gochis and Gabby Valdez scored for La Roca in the win.


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Sensational Season for the Des Moines Urban Baseball League! Rob Best DMUBL Coach and Volunteer

Despite less than ideal spring weather, particularly on Saturday mornings, the 2011 Des Moines Urban Baseball League (DMUBL) had its best year ever! Since its inception in 2005, the DMUBL provides urban boys and girls ranging from ages 3 to 14 years old an opportunity to learn the game of baseball while growing in their faith. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes in partnership with the Iowa Cubs, The Boys and Girls Club, John R. Grubb YMCA, and Elim Christian Fellowship served over 100 kids during the 8 week season which will conclude in mid- July. Promoting teamwork, respect, and integrity volunteer coaches encouraged players through the instruction of baseball fundamentals of throwing, fielding and hitting. During the year, Iowa Cubs Bobby Scales, Chris Robinson, and Brian LeHair spoke to the kids about the importance of listening to parents, getting a good education, and trying your best in all you do. Most importantly, prayer and Bible devotions were part of every game and practice session that involved not only the kids but all the family and spectators in attendance.

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What made 2011 special was the increased diversity of the volunteer leadership. Pastor Michael Hurst, head pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship, reminded everyone that heaven will be made up of all kinds of ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. So we shouldn’t wait to get to heaven before we start getting along with others but instead start right now! Everyone involved got a “glimpse” of heaven on earth when they witnessed Black, White, and Hispanic coaches and players supporting each other around the game of baseball. The DMUBL proved beyond a doubt that worshiping the Lord is not constrained to Sundays within the walls of a church building! We are confident 2012 will be bigger and better so please contact either Fellowship of Christian Athletes or Elim Christian Fellowship on how you can have an impact for eternity while enjoying / supporting a game we all love! For more information on the DMUBL go to www.iowafca./dmubl or check out other opportunities to be involved at www.iowafca. org.

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Martensdale-St. Marys Wins No. 84; Remains Focused on the Goal Tim Weideman Editor

Martensdale-St. Marys made history July 19 when the team won its 84th straight game, setting a new national record. The win beat the old record of 83 games set by a team from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. That streak is still active but for now the Blue Devils are on top and the school is on the high school baseball national map. The record-breaking victory came against Twin Cedars of Bussey in a Class 1A substate final game in Indianola. Martensdale-St. Marys defeated the Sabers, 10-0 in six innings. The intensity with which the Blue Devils played the game and the somewhat subdued celebration aftwerard—as far as recordbreaking celebrations go, at least—reminded those watching that this team is on a mission. That mission never truly included breaking a national high school baseball win streak record. That was just a byproduct of the team’s real goal to win a second-straight state championship. The record and the perfect season, if it gets to that point (it’s hard not to say “when” after watching this team play), will be wonderful side notes.

“It’s nice but it’s not what we’re after. We’ve got three more games to play.” Justin Dehmer, Martensdale-St. Marys baseball head coach After junior Brad Nauman knocked in the gamewinning run on a single that rolled to the fence, the Blue Devils received their State Qualifier banner. The team gathered around the banner, hoisted it

Martensdale-St. Marys senior Ethan Coates throws to first. (Photo by Sam Taylor/ Impact Imagery)

Martensdale-St Marys head coach Justin Dehmer sends a runner home. The Blue Devils won their 84th straight game, 10-0. (Photo by Sam Taylor/ Impact Imagery)

JD Nielsen connects with a ball. Nielsen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. (Photos by Sam Taylor/Impact Imagery)

up and let out a few excited whoops and hollers. Then, head coach Justin Dehmer reminded his team: “It’s nice but it’s not what we’re after. We’ve got three more games to play.” Still, this was a game that the team will remember and even Dehmer admitted that there would be plenty of Continued on page 10.

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Martensdale-St. Marys Wins No. 84 Continued from page 8.

Indianola so they couldn’t be any closer (to me),” said Martens. celebrating later that night, just Martens was excited as two excited players doused to have the opportunity to him in water. “Our guys are watch the team play and well-aware of the fact of what said the style of baseball they just did,” said Dehmer, now has changed so much soaked. “I know there’s going since when he played. “I to be a celebration tonight and would’ve given my right arm we’re going to be all excited but if I could’ve played ball like we know we’ve got business to take care of Monday and on to Mel Martens watches the Blue Devils. Martens they do now,” said Martens. hopefully the end of (the week played for Martensdale’s 1941 state champion- “We didn’t have summer ship team. (Photo by Sam Taylor/Impact Imagery) baseball at that time and we of the state tournament).” played maybe seven or eight Dehmer also said that the games plus tournaments, then our season was over.” record does mean a lot for the team, even if they are Now, teams play far more games than they did in focused on a state championship. “It means that Martens’ time. Martensdale-St. Marys improved its we’ve done something that nobody ever else has record to 41-0 after the win, in search of its seconddone,” said Dehmer. “When you sit there and think consecutive perfect season. If that happens, we about that, you know, it’s pretty special.” could be talking about this team for a while. Those in attendance on that hot July night realized they were watching something special. Parents were proud that their kids had achieved something so amazing and friends were excited to share the moment with the players. Some, such as Mel Martens, didn’t even know the players but wanted to support the Blue Devils. Martens was a catcher on the 1941 Martensdale state championship baseball team. Martens admitted that he didn’t even know the current players’ names. He just wanted to see them play ball. In one of life’s funny coincidences, the location of the game was perfect for Martens, who was able to see his former school’s team break the record. “I live in

The Martensdale-St. Marys softball team trots off the field after winning its first round game at State Softball. (Photo by Tim Weideman)

Martensdale-St. Marys’ baseball team isn’t the only reason for the school to get excited. The softball team is also undefeated and, at press time, was making a run in the Class 1A State Softball Tournament. If the Lady Blue Devils and the baseball team run the table, it would be the first time a school has had undefeated champions in both softball and baseball in the same year.

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If you know something about Iowa high school sports, you have probably heard the name Shelby Houlihan pop up frequently. Her favorite subject is math and she enjoys playing soccer in her spare time. And she has also had quite the track and field and cross country high school career at Sioux City East, amassing victory after victory and breaking an array of different records. This should not come as a surprise. Houlihan is a hard worker who truly enjoys running and has had several positive influences in her life that have gotten her to where she is today. Houlihan’s mother, Connie Prince-Houlihan, is a former world class marathon runner. She has been Houlihan’s mentor and has pushed her to become a better runner. “She always told me too keep at it and keep working hard,” Houlihan said. “She always gets on me on things like how much I’m sleeping or what I’m eating.” For years, Houlihan’s mother has been her running partner and has taught her to appreciate and enjoy the sport. “You just have to be very committed to what you are doing,” Houlihan said. “I would do workouts on the weekends. You have to love it in order to have fun doing it.” And while Houlihan has been running since she was five years old, she did not actually join the team until the eighth grade. “In sixth grade I didn’t go out for track (or cross country), I kind of regret that,” Houlihan said. “I kind of knew about it but I didn’t think about doing it. Houlihan would instead try luck in gymnastics

State University. and soccer when Being so far away from home she was younger will be a challenge for Houlihan, but and even played either way, she can’t way to become basketball her a collegiate athlete. freshman year of “I am extremely really excited. I’m high school. kind of nervous,” Houlihan said. “It’s “That didn’t going to be a lot of fun and there’s work out so well. going to be a lot of good athletes.” I had to sit on the Houlihan has been busy this bench the whole summer working out and preparing time,” Houlihan herself for the challenge that she said. “I liked it but has not really thought about what it was not very school is going to be like. fun.” “I’m more focused on cross It’s safe to country now. I haven’t really thought say that Houlihan Shelby Houlihan has had a summer to found her niche at remember, breaking records and competing in about the whole school part yet, “Houlihan said. “I’m really focused on the track thanks national competitions. the whole sports aspect. I haven’t to her love for (Photo by Iowa Sports Connection) signed up for classes yet, which I the sports and have to do.” the coaching Arizona State Cross Country Head Coach influences she received. Along with her mother, Houlihan speaks fondly of Louie Quintana is very excited to have Houlihan join the program next season. all the coaches she has had in her life. Her middle “We are extremely excited to add Shelby school coach always pushed her to succeed; always Houlihan to the Sun Devil Track made her workout to the fullest. Her high school and Field family,” Quintana said. “She has coach was always very supportive and a terrific mentor. Her personal coach, Tom Greene, has been exhibited a tremendous competitive spirit during her highly decorated high school career coaching her since the sixth grade. and we can’t wait for her to get down to Tempe “He has been very important and helpful,” to get to work.” Houlihan said. “He works with me too throughout And if her high school career is any the high school season.” indicative of how hard Houlihan works, she will But Houlihan is ready to take on a new have no problem succeeding at Arizona State. challenger after high school: being a part of the She’ll have to sign up for her classes first. cross country and track and field team for Arizona

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Alyson (Aly) Netty High School: Waterloo East Class: 2012 GPA: 3.9 Sport: Volleyball, Softball Academic Achievements/Honors: Honor Roll: 2009-2011, National Honor Society: 2010-2011, Academic Letter-Winner: 2009-2011 Athletic Honors: Softball Letterwinner: 2008-2011, Trojan Player of the Week: 2008-2011, Metro Champion: 2008, No Hitters: 2008-2010, USSSA State Runner-Up: 2009, USSSA National Qualifier: 2009, WCF Courier “Prep to Watch:” 2009-2010, WCF Courier featured “Prep of the Week:” 2011, All Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention: 2009, All MVC 2nd Team: 2010, All MVC 1st Team: 2011, All Metro Team: 2009-2011, Jesup All Tournament Team: 2009, 2011, R&M All Tournament Team: 2011, Team Captain: 2011, Volleyball Letterwinner: 20092010 What is your favorite sports memory? My favorite memory is when the bed broke at a hotel while staying in Des Moines for a tournament. Favorite Actress/Actor? Why? I don’t really have a favorite actress/actor, but my favorite movies are: Transformers, Harry Potter, Inception and Talladaga Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. If you’re cruising down the road with your friends and the windows are down, what’s on the radio/stereo? Either Wiz Khalifa or Justin Bieber Who inspires you? You? My grandparents inspire me because they never got to see me play in high school and I know they would be proud of me. You’ve won an all-expense paid, one-week vacation to any destination of your choice. Where do you go and whom do you bring with you? Greece! I would most likely take my mom.

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The Iowa Sports Connection’s Final Regular Season High School Baseball and Softball Rankings Tony Atzeni Radio Accounts Manager The Iowa Sports Connection has released its final regular season rankings for high school baseball and softball. Complete rankings can be found below. Final Baseball Rankings Class 4A 1-Dowling Catholic (2) 2-Mason City (1) 3-Southeast Polk (3) 4-Cedar Rapids Kennedy (4) 5-West Des Moines Valley (5) 6-Iowa City West (10) 7-Ankeny (10) 8-Pleasant Valley (7) 9-Fort Dodge (NR) 10-Cedar Rapids Xavier (10) 10-Sioux City East (9) 10-Davenport Central (8) Class 3A 1-Glenwood (1) 2-Solon (2) 3-Dubuque Wahlert (3) 4-Norwalk (5) 5-Clear Lake (7) 6-Davenport Assumption (6) 7-Charles City (8) 8-Storm Lake (10) 9-Waverly-Shell Rock (4) 10-Chariton (10) 10-Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) (NR) 10-Marion (NR) 10-Mount Pleasant (NR) Class 2A 1-Kuemper Catholic (Carroll) (1) 2-St. Edmond (Fort Dodge) (2) 3-Davis County (Bloomfield) (3)


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4-Van Buren (Keosauqua) (4) 5-Beckman (Dyersville) (5) 6-Logan-Magnolia (6) 7-Eddyville-Blakesburg (8) 8-New Hampton (10) 9-Spirit Lake (9) 10-Alta/Aurelia (10) 10-Central Springs (Manly) (10) 10-Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) (NR) Class 1A 1-Martensdale-St. Mary’s (1) 2-Newman Catholic (Mason City) (2) 3-Don Bosco (Gilbertville) (3) 4-Coon Rapids-Bayard (4) 5-Kee (Lansing) (7) 6-Nishnabotna (NR) 7-NUH-Cedar Falls (8) 8-North Tama (Traer) (5) 9-Clay Central-Everly (9) 10-Woodbury Central (Moville) (NR) 10- St. Mary’s (Storm Lake) (6)

Final Softball Rankings Class 4A 1-Bettendorf (1) 2-Des Moines East (2) 3-Muscatine (3) 4-Ottumwa (4) 5-Cedar Rapids Jefferson (5) 6-Burlington (6) 7-Sioux City East (7) 8-Ankeny (8) 9-Iowa City West (9) 10-West Des Moines Valley (10) 10-Des Moines Lincoln (NR)

Class 3A 1-Carlisle (1) 2-Clear Creek-Amana (2) 3-Dallas Center-Grimes (3) 4-Creston (4) 5-Winterset (5) 6-Solon (6) 7-West Delaware (Manchester) (7) 8-Charles City (8) 9-Mount Vernon (9) 10-Waverly-Shell Rock (10) 10-Chariton (10) 10-Keokuk (10) Class 2A 1-Central Springs (Manly) (1) 2-Durant-Bennett (2) 3-Alta/Aurelia (3) 4-Bondurant-Farrar (4) 5-West Burlington (8) 6-Wilton (6) 7-Emmetsburg (9) 8-Missouri Valley (10) 9-Logan-Magnolia (5) 10-Iowa City Regina (7) Class 1A 1-Akron-Westfield (1) 2-Martensdale-St. Mary’s (2) 3-North Sentral Kossuth/Armstrong-Ringsted (3) 4-Earlham (4) 5-Don Bosco (Gilbertville) (5) 6-Preston (6) 7-Hinton (7) 8-Janesville (8) 9-Lynnville-Sully (9) 10-Newell-Fonda (NR) 10-North Mahaska (New Sharon) (NR)

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The idea of the Knoxville Nationals was the brainchild of promoter Marion Robinson. The Knoxville Nationals was originally scheduled as a one day event for Super Modifieds and was later expanded to two, three, and finally four days of racing for Sprint Cars. The first Knoxville Nationals was held in 1961 with Roy Robbins taking the win. Robbins’ car was equipped with an “air scoop” which was later banned in future Knoxville Nationals. In later years the “air scoops”, now called wings, would not only be allowed but be mandatory equipment. Steve Kinser has won the event twelve times, and owner Karl Kinser has graced victory lane fourteen times with three different drivers (Dick Gaines, Steve Kinser and Mark Kinser). In 2005 Steve’s son Kraig Kinser won this event, making Steve and Kraig the first father and son to win the Knoxville Nationals. The 49th Annual Knoxville Nationals was held 2009. Donny Schatz from Fargo, ND was the defending champion and captured his fourth Knoxville National win. The race has historically been 30 laps long. The length was extended to 40 laps with a pit stop of fuel in 2009 in preparation for a 50-lap event in 2010 to commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary.

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Birth Date: August 10,1977 Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota Car Owner: Tony Stewart Racing Sponsors: Armor All, STP, Chevrolet, Parker Stores, J&J Knoxville National Champion: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

No one has won more sprint car races the last six years than Donny Schatz. He solidified his standing in WoO competition in 2009 by winning his fourth consecutive championship, winning his fourth straight Knoxville Nationals crown and going well over the 200 career win total. He slipped to second in both in 2010, but will be back with a vengeance this season. After a career driving for his family, Donny joined the Tony Stewart Racing team in 2008. Donny has won several big races including four Williams Grove (PA) Open titles, three King’s Royal triumphs and the Historical Big One at Eldora (OH), Chico’s (CA) Gold Cup, and Lernerville’s Silver Cup. Donny has qualified for the Knoxville Nationals finale 12 out of 16 times, and has finished in the top ten ten times. He has qualified for the pole four times, and the front row five times.

Kraig Kinser

Birth Date: October 8, 1984 Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana Car Owner: Lonnie Parsons Sponsors: Caseys Knoxville National Champion: 2005

Kraig returned to sprint cars in 2008 driving for Tony Stewart, following two years pursuing a career in NASCAR country. He shocked the sprint car world by taking the 2005 Knoxville Nationals, completing the first father/son tandem to win on sprint car racing’s biggest stage. He spent his youth watching his father, Steve, and learned much along the way. Tutored by his grandfather Bob, and Uncle Randy, Kraig started his sprint car career in 2000. The first four years were spent running regionally, before he ran the full WoO schedule in 2004, and claimed Rookie of the Year honors. He finished fifth in the WoO standings in 2005, before moving South to race.

Birthdate: June 26, 1967 Hometown: Aliquippa, PA Car Owner: CH Motorsports Sponsors: JRC Transportation, Kistler Engines, Kistler Racing Products and Technique Roofing Systems Knoxville Nationals Champion: 2010

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Tim Shaffer won the “Crown Jewel” of sprint car racing by winning the “50th Annual Knoxville Nationals”. This was the biggest win of Tim’s career! The Steel City Outlaw / CH Motorsports No. 83 Team found victory lane an astonishing twenty-one times! Shaffer claimed his second consecutive championship with sixteen All-Star wins. To date Shaffer’s All Star win total now stands at 36. The Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Native also won the “North East Open Cockpit Award” for most feature wins. Tim was the hottest sprint car racer in the nation in 2010.

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Michael Annett Gains Momentum in NASCAR Nationwide Series Tim Weideman Editor

The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season did not start how Des Moines, Iowa native Michael Annett and his Rusty Wallace Racing team would have preferred. However, as the season has progressed, Annett and the No. 62 team have turned things around. He has notched top 10 finishes in the last four races and five of the last six with a season- and career-high finish of sixth at Daytona July 1. The only recent blemish was a 19th-place finish at Michigan June 18. Other than that, Annett has been golden. His recent success has allowed the team to focus on finishing well in the series point standings. “We’re just going to more and more tracks that I like throughout the summer and I’m planning on just using this momentum to keep making up those points we need to,” says Annett. As to what exactly caused the rough start to the year, Annett is not sure. But he knows that his team is now competing at their full potential. “I can’t point my finger at one thing,” says Annett of the races earlier this season. “We knew as a team all year that we could do it. We had the equipment, the personnel. We had everything in place to run consistently in the top 10 and we just weren’t putting it together. We weren’t putting whole weekends together, whole races together.” Annett’s luck changed beginning with a June 4 race at Chicagoland Speedway, when he was able to crack the top 10 for the first time in 2011 with a 9th-place finish. Annett says that’s when things started to click. “We did it at Chicago a little over a month ago


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and once you do it one time you’re like, ‘OK, we can do this,’” says Annett. “People talk a lot in racing about how you need to learn how to win and once you learn how to win they just keep coming. You get that first one and more and more come. For us, it was we need to start at top 10s, we got one and more and more came.” After Chicago, Annett was running strong at Michigan but a bumper cover came off and caused issues, resulting in a 19th-place finish. After that, he finished seventh at Road America, sixth at Daytona and recorded seventh-place finishes at Kentucky and New Hampshire. Now that the top 10s are coming consistently, Annett and his team have set a goal to finish in the top five on a regular basis. That will put the team in position to win races, says Annett. “We put ourselves in position to be in the top five at the end of the race and we’re going to be in position to win races,” says Annett.

Michael Annett (left) talks with Rusty Wallace Racing teammate Steve Wallace. Annett has raced well over the last few weeks and hopes to continue the hot streak. (Photo courtesy of Autostock Images)

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Clement Family Purchases Principal Ownership as Part of Planned Transition Iowa Speedway

Principal ownership of Iowa Speedway has transitioned from one Iowa family to another. Featherlite®, Inc., founder Conrad Clement, originally from Newton, Iowa; along with his sons, Tracy and Eric; and his brother, Stan Clement, also from Newton, purchased U.S. Motorsports Corporation (USM Corp.) — the holding company that owns Iowa Speedway — effective June 30. “My family has a 20-year history in the motorsports industry through our involvement with Featherlite,” explains Conrad Clement. “We’ve been intimately involved with Iowa Speedway since it was founded in 2006, and we’re looking forward to building on the momentum created over the last five years.” The entire staff will remain in tact so fans continue to have a world-class race day experience at Iowa Speedway. Stan’s sons, Luke and Tyler, have also been appointed as corporate officers. The Manatt family — owners of Manatt’s, Inc., a heavy construction company based in Brooklyn, Iowa — have been the primary investors since the track was built. They

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intended to help launch the Speedway and improve Newton’s economic vitality, and then transfer controlling interest so they could focus on their core family business. Clement says he is very grateful for the Manatts’ contributions to the track, and acknowledges that this is an ideal time for his family to take principal ownership. He believes that fan support is critical to the track’s continued success, and ensuring that ticket-holders have an enjoyable race day experience is one of his top priorities. Clement and the staff will continue to explore new amenities and facility improvements to accommodate larger races and additional events at Iowa Speedway. “The Clement family has expressed their willingness to invest in the track, its infrastructure and its future,” says NASCAR racing legend, and Iowa Speedway co-owner, Rusty Wallace. “Together, we can establish Iowa Speedway as one of the Midwest’s premier entertainment venues, and achieve our ultimate goal — hosting a NASCAR Sprint Cup race.” Iowa Speedway President Jerry Jauron

says fans can expect the track’s monumental growth to continue under its new ownership. “We’ve added new races, fan amenities, sponsors and vendors every season — and we’ll continue to do so under the guiding vision of the Clement family,” says Jauron. “We’re looking forward to the remaining races on the 2011 schedule — and then we’ll gear up for 2012. We’ve got a very bright future ahead.” Brad Manatt says it has been an honor to be involved with Iowa Speedway’s creation and legacy. “It was our privilege to help build the track five years ago, and like a proud parent, we’ve enjoyed watching it thrive and grow — and we’ll continue to do so from the stands,” says Manatt. “We wish great success to Iowa Speedway and the Clement family.”

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Matt Crafton Prevails in Coca-Cola 200 at Iowa Speedway Eduardo Zamarripa Staff Writer

In the last month, Matt Crafton and his crew have had some frustrating and disappointing races. That all changed July 15. Crafton edged out Austin Dillon in a tightly contested race to claim the victory in the Coca-Cola 200, presented by the Hy-Vee NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This was the second victory for Crafton in 258 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, but his first win in 2011. “I can’t thank these guys for not giving up,” Crafton said. “Everything that could have went wrong , went wrong in the last four weeks.” More than 24,000 fans came out to witness an exciting race at the Iowa Speedway. While it was David Mayhew that jumped out to the early lead, it was Dillon who held the lead for most of the race. Dillon led the race for a total of 127 laps and while Todd Bovine took the lead briefly towards the end, it was Dillon and Crafton duking it out. Crafton would take the lead in

lap 161 before losing it in lap 188 to Dillon. However, Crafton would quickly win it back and would go on to lead for the last 12 laps of the race. “To come back in the fifth week and do it like we did today and earn it. Pit road, out on the race track,” Crafton said. “These guys are busting their butts.” The Iowa Speedway suits Crafton well. In three races here, Crafton has recorded a couple of top-10 finishes and now, his first victory since 2008.

Matt Crafton (88) battles with Austin Dillon (3), who had dominated much of the race before Crafton was able to take the lead late in the race. The win was Crafton’s first since 2008. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)

“It was awesome. It was a long time since 2008,” Crafton said. “We just went out there and whooped them this time.” This was also the second top-10 finish

in three races for Dillon. David Mayhew, Joey Coulter and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five. With the victory, Crafton now has six top-10 finishes in the year. He also moved from eighth place in the standings to fifth place. He is now 44 points behind from the leader Sauter.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway Round 2 Preview

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After just two years of holding NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the Iowa Speedway, the track has gained enough popularity to host two races featuring NASCAR’s secondmost popular series. This year, the U.S. Cellular 250 will be held August 6 in what is shaping up to be the biggest NASCAR weekend in the track’s history. Apparently, the fans agree that this is going to be one heck of an event. On July 19 the track announced that temporary seating was going on sale because the track’s grandstands had already sold out. The race is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday August 6. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from some of NASCAR’s up-and-comers and maybe a few Sprint Cup regulars.

in the track’s first Nationwide event. Of course, any Sprint Cup driver who decides to come down for the race will be a threat to win. But there are plenty of Nationwide regulars who could make the trip to victory lane, including Ricky Stenhouse Jr., winner of this year’s first race at Iowa Speedway May 22. Stenhouse Jr. fought off teammate and Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards for the win. Another Nationwide regular to watch will be Jason Leffler. Though Leffler didn’t finish well earlier this year (33rd), he finished third in 2009 and 2010. Look for Leffler to rebound this time around and challenge for a win. Rusty Wallace may have designed the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 6) races his teammate and Iowa Speedway, but his team, Rusty Wallace Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards (No. 60) May 22 at the Racing, sure knows how to build competitive Iowa Speedway. Stenhouse won the race. (Photo by David cars at the speedway too. His drivers, son Purty/Getty Images for NASCAR) Steve Wallace and Des Moines, Iowa native Kyle Busch, the winner of last year’s U.S. Cellular Michael Annett, have always raced well at the Drivers to watch 250, is one to watch no matter the track or series. track. Steve has finished 17th, 6th and 11th in the three races at Iowa, while Annett has The biggest question right now when deciding If he chooses to race in Iowa, he’ll be one of the booked finishes of 11th, 7th and 13th. Both whom to watch in the U.S. Cellular 250 is whether favorites—to win, that is. It’s no secret that there have obvious extra incentive to win at the track. any Sprint Cup regulars will the trip to Newton are those who love Busch and maybe a few more Steve would love to win at the track his father August 6. The big boys are in Pocono, Pennsylvania than that who don’t. That’s putting it nicely. Still, designed and Annett would no doubt be excited that weekend for an August 7 race, but that nobody can deny that the man can race. to win at his home track. That extra motivation typically hasn’t stopped a handful of Cup regulars Brad Keselowski, who won the inaugural event makes the two RWR cars ones to watch on from entering the race. Last year, the same in 2009 and finished fourth last year, is another race day. situation didn’t stop Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Carl to keep an eye on if he decides to make the plane Edwards, Paul Menard and Brad Keselowski from ride from Pennsylvania. Many Iowa Speedway fans competing at Iowa. remember Keselowski’s thrilling battle with Busch

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Hawkeye Dirt Tour Series Season Winding Down; Who Will Make a Charge? Hawkeye Dirt Tour

IMCA Modified Rookie driver Dustin Smith took the win in the HDT Firecracker 30 at Algona Raceway. The July 4th race was the sixth race of the 2011 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds. Jason Briese (Cleghorn, IA) and Ryan Watnum (Humboldt, IA) led the HDT A-Main field to the start of the thirty-lap A-Main. Watnum won the race to the first corner, and he would pace the field from the point. Dustin Smith (Lake City, IA) and Kurt Krauskopf (Decorah, IA) battled for second. A caution flag tightened the field on lap eleven. Smith used the that restart to make his move on the leader. That left Watnum and Krauskopf to fight for second. The war for second place saw another combatant event the contest when Mark Elliott (Webster City, IA) caught the duo two laps later. The HDT Point Leader Ryan Dolan (Lisbon, IA) added his name to the battle-list for second shortly after that. The four IMCA Modified pilots stage a dogfight which allowed Smith to open up some breathing room on the field. The field was slowed one more time on lap twenty-one. That did not stop Smith from flexing his muscles on the lead. The battle for second picked up right were it left off. Mike Jergens (Plover, IA) jumped into the fray for second during the final nine laps. Smith was the first to the checkered flag. Watnum emerged as the

9. 30 - Josh Ruby - Lakota, IA 10. 60 - Kurt Krauskopf - Decorah, IA

victory for second followed by Elliott, Jergens, and Dolan. Dolan continues to sit on top of the HDT Point Standings, but Elliott was about to move to within nine points for the season title. Next up for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour is a visit to the the Hancock County Speedway (Britt, IA) on July 21st. The “Prelude to 1,000 Stars” event will see NASCAR star Kenny Schrader join the All Stars of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour. To learn more about the HDT, race fans can log on to or A-Main Top 10: 30 Laps 1. 85x - Dustin Smith - Lake City, IA 2. 88 - Ryan Watnum - Humboldt, IA 3. 12 - Mark Elliott - Webster City, IA 4. 37 - Mike Jergens- Plover, IA 5. X - Ryan Dolan - Lisbson, IA 6. 41 - Rob Hughes - Humboldt, IA 7. 27M - Mark Schulte - Delhi, IA 8. 10K - Ronn Lauritzen - Jesup, IA

Hawkeye Dirt Tour Contingency Awards: Heat Race Challenge: Unclaimed Harris Clash Hardcharger: Mike Jergens Aero Race Wheels: Dennis Betzer Bob Harris Ent: Jeff Ignaszewski Belleville Motorsports: Ryan Dolan BSB Manufacturing: Mike Jergens JR Motor Sports Hawkeye Dirt Tour Top 10 Points Standings (After July 1, 2011) 1. Ryan Dolan 205 2. Mark Elliott 196 3. Jeff Waterman 180 4. Ronn Lauritzen 176 5. Kurt Krauskopf 174 6. Mark Schulte 160 7. Josh Foster 141 8. Larry Herring 133 9. Rich Smith 129 10. Mitch Morris 127. Hawkeye Dirt Tour Remaining Schedule: July 21 – Hancock County Speedway Aug. 3 – Buena Vista Sept. 16-17 – Farley Sept. 23-24 – Marshalltown

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Brandon Ermels Named Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at AIB Amy Tagliareni AIB Brandon Ermels has been named the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at AIB, athletic director Terry Wilson announced Wednesday. Ermels spent the past three seasons as the head men’s soccer coach at Iowa Central Community College. “Brandon Ermels is well suited to be the first Head Coach to lead our Men’s and Women’s Soccer Program,” said AIB Athletic Director Terry Wilson. “We felt that with Brandon’s outstanding reputation in the soccer community, he would give us every opportunity to be competitive from the start.” Ermels brings many years of coaching experience at the high school, college and professional levels to his position at AIB, which will begin competing as part of the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) in men’s and women’s soccer in the in the fall of 2012. “I am extremely grateful to Terry Wilson, AIB President Nancy Williams and the rest of the AIB staff for this wonderful opportunity, said Ermels. “I am very excited to be bringing my family back to Des Moines to be a part of something special at AIB.”  During his tenure at Iowa Central, Ermels led the Tritons to a 42-16-4 record, a Region XI and Great Lakes District title and the programs second-ever appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championships in 2009. Ermels was named the 2009 Region XI Coach of the Year, leading Iowa Central to a No. 8 ranking in the final poll. Before taking over as the head coach at Iowa Central, Ermels spent three years at Waldorf College where he was the head men’s soccer coach for the 2005-2007 seasons and the head coach of both the men’s and women’s program for the 2007 season. In March of 2007, Ermels began a five-year stint at the helm of the Des Moines Menace Super-20 League team. The Super-20 team is a squad of Premier Development League (PDL) reserves that consists of collegiate players from throughout the United States. In his first two seasons, Ermels guided the Super-20 to back-to-back

Magazine named Ermels the ISC appearances at the national Most Valuable Person for his tournament. contributions to the game of soccer In the spring of 2007 at every level. Ermels became the varsity Ermels also has ties to AIB and boys’ soccer coach at its rich academic history. “We Waukee High School, are extremely pleased to have leading the Warriors Brandon Ermels join the AIB to an 11-3 record in his athletics department as head first season. Highlighting coach for our soccer programs,” the season were wins said AIB President Nancy Williams. over eventual 1A state “Brandon’s father, Martin Ermels, champion Norwalk High CPA, and his brother Cullen are both School and eventual 2A graduates of AIB, so not only does AIB Men’s and Women’s Soccer state champion Ankeny Brandon have the right amount of Coach Brandon Ermels High School, who finished experience we were looking for in a their season 20-1 overall coach, he also has an appreciation and ranked in the top-20 for the College and for the education we provide our nationally. students.” A four-year letter winner and captain at William Penn Ermels will be responsible for all aspects of the men’s University, Ermels was named the men’s soccer playerand women’s soccer programs at AIB, as well as working of-the-year and became the second player in William with admissions to increase the enrollment of the Penn history to earn First-Team All-Midwest Collegiate College’s international students. He will also serve as the Conference honors during his senior season in 2004. point person for NAIA Champions of Character program. The President of the William Penn Business Club, Ermels “Recruiting talented student-athletes with a strong ended his career as the Statesmen all-time scoring and moral compass will prove to be paramount in establishing points leader. a strong foundation,” noted Ermels. “The AIB Athletic In 2003, while still a student at William Penn, Ermels Department’s commitment to the core values of Integrity, became the first boys soccer coach at upstart Ottumwa Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, and Servant High School. After three seasons with the Bulldogs, Leadership will be achieved through our Champions of Ermels still holds Ottumwa’s career and single season Character initiatives.” wins records for boys’ soccer. Ermels’ earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from During his time at William Penn, Ermels spent the William Penn University in 2004 and an MBA from summers as the Director of Coaches at Camp Cobbossee University of Phoenix in 2008. He currently holds his in Monmouth (Maine), where he oversaw 250 players and United States Soccer Federation National “A” coaching 20 domestic and international coaches. license and serves as head coach for Iowa’s 1995 State Soccer is a family business for Ermels, whose parents Boys Olympic Development Program Team. Ermels, along opened The Soccer House, an indoor soccer arena, in with his wife Kelsey and nine-month old daughter Olivia, 1993. Ermels became the owner/operator of The Soccer currently reside in Ogden, Iowa. House in 2001. In May of 2007 Iowa Sports Connection



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UNI Announces 2011 Athletics Hall of Fame Class Colin McDonough UNI Sports Information The University of Northern Iowa has announced a class of six individuals and one team as the 2011 inductees into the UNI Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 class will be inducted Sat., Nov. 5, prior to the UNI football game vs. Youngstown State. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. following a luncheon on the McLeod Center’s floor. Contact Sheri Bishop for tickets at (319) 273-7840 or via email at The 2011 Hall of Fame class includes former head men’s golf coach Ken Green, former women’s basketball player Allison (Starr) Pohlman, former pole vault national champion Jacob Pauli, former swimming All-American Kevin Meacham, former wrestling All-American Gary Steffensmeier and Chris Edginton, the recipient of the Dr. Jitu D. Kothari Meritorious Service Award. The 1989-90 UNI men’s basketball team will be inducted as well. Ken Green was the longest-tenured golf coach in the history of UNI, serving as the men’s head coach from 1971-1995. During his time leading the program, UNI saw several of the most significant individual and team accomplishments in school history. Green led the Panthers to four appearances in the NCAA Division II Championships, and in 1976, he guided UNI to an eighthplace finish – the highest national finish in school history. Green also produced four individual All-Americans between 1976 and 1980. He was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year on three different occasions (1973, 1976 and 1977) and the AMCU Coach of the Year in 1986, winning conference titles in each of those seasons. Allison (Starr) Pohlman was one of the best all-around players in UNI women’s basketball history, competing for the Panthers from 1996-2000. After being named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team in 1997, she was a three-time MVC first team selection over the next three seasons. In 2000, she was named

the MVC Defensive Player of the Year after recording one of the finest individual seasons in UNI history. At the time of her graduation, she ranked among UNI’s top-10 career leaders in 27 of 31 categories. Her 25-point, 22-rebound, 7-assist game against Wichita State in 2000 still stands as one of the top single-game performances in UNI history. Jacob Pauli is the most decorated pole vaulter in the history of UNI’s storied track & field program. He earned a total of five All-American citations – three indoor and two outdoor – over his career, and in 2001 he captured the NCAA Indoor national title in the event. Pauli claimed six Missouri Valley Conference championships in the pole vault, earning him a spot on the MVC All-Centennial Team. Following his successful career at UNI, Pauli made an impact on the national scene, finishing fifth at the 2008 Olympic Trials and being selected as an alternate for the United States team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. As a member of the 2007 USA World Team, Pauli finished third at the outdoor USA Championships and fifth at the indoor USA Championships. He also holds two Drake Relays crowns – one as a collegiate athlete and one as a professional. Pauli still holds the indoor (18-07.75) and outdoor (18-06.50) school records in the pole vault. Competing from 1974-78, Kevin Meacham was an All-American in each of his four years swimming for the Panthers. As a freshman in 1975, he swam on the 800yard freestyle relay team that claimed sixth place at the NCAA Division II Championships. Meacham was a fourtime top-12 finisher at the national meet and a two-time top-8 finisher for the Panthers, including an eighth-place showing in the 1,650-yard freestyle as a junior in 1977. During his time at UNI, Meacham helped the Panthers to four consecutive North Central Conference (NCC) team titles and was named the NCC Most Outstanding Swimmer in 1976. Meacham was a six-time school record-holder for the Panthers.

Gary Steffensmeier wrestled for UNI from 1988-92, earning All-America honors at 150 pounds in each of his final three seasons. He claimed his highest national finish as a sophomore in 1990 when he took second place at the NCAA Championships, and he followed up with fourth-place finishes in 1991 and 1992. Steffensmeier concluded his career at UNI ranked No. 4 all-time in wins, holding a career record of 115-29-3. Dr. Christopher R. Edginton served as director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS) at UNI from 1991 to 2010. As Director of HPELS, Chris worked to advance and reengineer the relationship between the academic community and Panther athletics. His expansion of the sports medicine program has ensured that UNI student-athletes have had top-rate, dedicated athletic trainers, graduate assistants and student assistants. The public/private partnerships he nurtured resulted in Cedar Valley Sports Medicine’s development of an onsite clinic, which has given UNI’s student-athletes direct and immediate access to physicians, rehabilitation programs, x-ray and MRI technology beyond anything UNI’s peers can compare. The 1989-90 UNI men’s basketball team recorded several milestones on its way to becoming one of the most successful teams in school history. The Panthers defeated 20th-ranked Iowa in front of 22,797 fans in the UNI-Dome for their second win ever in the alltime series with the Hawkeyes. The 1989-90 squad also earned the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I tournament appearance with a dramatic run through the AMCU conference tournament that featured a three-overtime victory in the quarterfinals and a buzzerbeating semifinal win over Southwest Missouri State. In the NCAA Tournament, the 14th-seeded Panthers knocked off No. 3 seed Missouri, 74-71. The team’s overall record of 23-9 stood as the best mark in the Division I era until the 2009-10 season.

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As the Iowa Barnstormers wind down their season, one would be safe in saying the team encountered a bit of turbulence this year. Before the season even started, former University of Iowa quarterback Brad Banks was announced as a new addition to the team. The roster was finalized just days before the start of the season to see if Banks or returning quarterback Bryan LeeLauduski would start. Coach Gregory and his staff went with Banks. With the first week of the season being a bye week for the ‘Stormers, the fairly young team had some extra time to practice together and get the feel for AFL football. Most of the team’s 30 players were inexperience in the Arena Football League. The team got to try out their skills against the Pittsburg Power on March 19th. After losing 28-58, the AFL rookies had a much better understanding of the game. They came back to beat last year’s league champions, the Spokane Shock, in the home opener 43-42 on March 25th. The biggest struggle for the team was finding a kicker. The Barnstormers went through three kickers in about as many

months before settling on Nich Pertuit from Texas Tech. After the team’s second win in a row against the San Jose SaberCats on April 1st, it would be 6 games until the team saw another win. Roster changes and injuries were partly to blame for the losing streak. On May 17th, Coach Gregory, the Barnstormer’s only head coach ever, resigned. Defensive Coordinator J.T. Smith was named interim Head Coach and Assistant Coach Jack Whitver was promoted to Offensive Coordinator. With that week being another bye week, the team got extra practice under Smith and his new structure for workouts, practices, and game strategy. It paid off with a 50-48 win over the Utah Blaze. That again would be the only win for the next four games, until the Barnstormers would win two in a row at home, against the Tulsa Talons and Kansas City Command.

Even though the Barnstormers finished the season with a losing record, the team won several awards throughout the year. Banks was named the Russell Athletic AFL Offensive Player of the Week for week 4 and the AFL Coach’s Poll ranked the Barnstormers 7th in the league the week of April 7th. Jesse Schmidt was named the Nifty Playmaker of the week for his performance in the Chicago Rush game on April 16th, as well as named the National Guard MVP of the week, which is voted for by fans; he was awarded 42 percent of the vote. Lastly, Storm Chaser Emily was named to the AFL Dream Team, and will perform at ArenaBowl XXIV.

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Central Iowa Natives Part of Pittsburgh Pirates’ Special Season Eduardo Zamarripa Staff Writer

first time in his The Pirates would then For the past two career on June acquire Hanrahan midway decades, the Pittsburgh 7th. Since then, through the 2009 season, a Pirates have been he has been move that has proved to be regarded as one of the counted on to be a invaluable. most unsuccessful sports set-up man. In 18 A successful 2010 season franchises in the United appearances this earned Hanrahan the closer States. The Pirates have year, Watson has position towards the end of not had a winning season in recorded 7 holds the year and was counted on 18 years and had not had a and boasts a 2.40 again at the start of the 2011 winning record in May since ERA. Against him, campaign. 2004. batters are hitting Hanrahan has not That has all changed this only .170. disappointed. The Des Moines season. While native has been lights-out all The Pirates have been Watson has year long for the Pirates. He baseball’s most pleasant Joel Hanrahan (Norwalk High School) been important to has recorded 27 saves in 28 surprise this year. At 50-44, the Pirates’ success this year, opportunities (he had his string the Pirates sit atop the National League Central Tony Watson (Dallas CenterHanrahan has asserted himself as Grimes High School) of 26 consecutive saves broken and are gearing up to face a tightly contested one of the best closers in the game. July 17th). Hanrahan owns a 1.27 division race. Hanrahan, a Des Moines native, pitched ERA and is third in the league in saves. He was Pitching and defense has been the name of the his high school ball at Norwalk High School. selected to the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, his first game for Pittsburgh, who boasts a collection of After turning down a scholarship to attend the appearance. young arms and a solid starting pitching staff. University of Nebraska, Hanrahan entered the Those are the types of unexpected And amidst this brilliant turnaround, two Iowa 2000 MLB Draft and would end up being selected contributions that the Pirates have enjoyed all hurlers stand out for their contributions out of the by the Dodgers with the 57th overall pick. season. They have been able to count on their bullpen: Joel Hanrahan and Tony Watson. After struggling with the Dodgers’ Triple-A young prospects throughout the year. Andrew Watson grew up in Sioux City and attended affiliate, Hanrahan would then go on to pitch for McCutchen and Neil Walker have led the way with Dallas Center-Grimes High School where he was the Washington Nationals. His major league debut the bats, but it has been the pitching that has a standout pitcher. Afterwards, he attended the would come in 2007 against the Mets. gotten the Pirates to where they are today. University of Nebraska. At Nebraska, Watson had In Washington, Hanrahan continued his And Watson and Hanrahan have been a huge a career record of 22-7 (in 35 starts). development as a righty, relief pitcher. He would part of their success. The lefty would be drafted by the Pirates in the be part of the World Baseball Classic Squad for ninth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. the United States in 2009. Watson was called up by the Pirates for the

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Throughout the major and minor league baseball season we will update how former Iowa high school and Iowa born residents are faring in the major and minor leagues on our website, Visit the site every week to see how your hometown MLB or MiLB hero is progressing. Listed below are the statistics of some highlight Iowa natives in the major and minor leagues through games of Monday, July 10th. For a full list, viisit Iowa Natives in Major League Baseball Casey Blake (Indianola, Iowa) Los Angeles Dodgers--3rd Base (44 Games/.243 Batting Average/6 Doubles/1 Triple/4 HR/18 RBI/23 Runs Scored/1 Stolen Base) Joel Hanrahan (Norwalk, Iowa) Pittsburgh Pirates-Relief Pitcher (40 Appearances; 0-1, 1.34 ERA/40.1 Innings Pitched/6 Earned Runs/35 SO, 8 BB/26 Saves) Jeremy Hellickson (Des Moines) Current Team: Tampa Rays-Pitcher (16 Starts/1 CG/8-7, 3.21 ERA/103.2 Innings/37 Earned Runs/68 SO/ 39 BB)

Ryan Sweeney (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Oakland A’s--Outfielder (60 Games/.284 Batting Average/5 Doubles/1 Triples/0 HR/10 RBI/15 Runs Scored/1 Stolen Base)

BJ Hermsen, Masonville, Pitcher Current Team: Beloit (A), Minnesota Twins 2011 Stats: (16 Games/15 Starts/8-6, 3.52 ERA/92 Innings/36 Earned Runs/62 SO, 24 BB)

Tony Watson, Grimes, Pitcher Current Team: Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Stats: (17 Appearances/0-1, 2.92 ERA/12.1 Innings/4 Earned Runs/12 SO, 8 BB) (22 Appearacnes/2-3, 2.45 ERA/29.1 Innings/8 Earned Runs/29 SO, 11 BB) w/AAAIndianapolis) Iowa Natives in Minor League Baseball

Daniel Jennings, West Des Moines, University of Nebraska, Pitcher Current Team: New Orleans (AAA), Florida Marlins 2011 Stats: (6 Appearances/0-1, 12.96 ERA/8.1 Innings/12 Earned Runs.8 SO, 4 BB) (21 Appearance/4-1, 3.16 ERA/25.2 Innings/9 Earned Runs/29 SO, 11 BB/2 Saves) w/ Jacksonville

Brandon Douglas, St. Charles, University of Northern Iowa, Shortstop/Second Base Current Team: Erie (AA), Detroit Tigers 2011 Stats: (80 Games/.264/19 Doubles/1 Triples/4 HR/28 RBI/44 Runs Scored/15 Stolen Bases)

Kyle LaFrenz, Sioux City, Catcher Current Team: Clearwater (A), Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Stats: On Diabled List (23 Games/.193/3 Doubles/1 HR/5 RBI/6 Runs Scored)

Jon Gilmore, Iowa City, 3rd Base Current Team: Birmingham (AA) Chicago White Sox 2011 Stats: On Disabled List (9 Games/.208/1 Double/1 Triple/5 RBI/1 Run Scored)

Jeff Lanning, Ankeny, Catcher Current Team: Lakewood (A), Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Stats: (21 Games/.276/4 Doubles/3 HR/8 RBI/12 Runs Scored)


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Now that temperatures are soaring, and football practice is right around the corner, preventing heat injury should be on the minds of all athletes, coaches, and parents. Heat injury is a spectrum from simple heat cramps, to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Prevention and treatment of heat injuries may be intuitive; however there continue to be fatalities from this each year. Normally, the body cools itself by the evaporation of sweat from the skin. As the water evaporates, the heat energy from the body is released to the environment. There are individual and environmental factors that may predispose one to overheating.

(TCAs, diuretics, beta blockers, antihistamines and decongestants) - Dehydration prior to activity

Of course, environmental factors play the largest role in injury, and high heat, humidity greater than 60%, and direct sun exposure should alert one to the risk of heat injury. Heat cramps commonly occur in the legs, stomach and arms, and are treated with rest in the shade, hydration with water and sports drinks, and stretching. Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and sodium, which are needed to replaces the losses from prolonged exercise. Heat syncope (fainting) and Barron R.B. Bremner, D.O. heat exhaustion are also from extreme water and/or salt loss during prolonged exercise. This is more common early in training season before athletes become acclimated. Signs may be altered mental status, Factors predisposing one to heat injury core body temperature up to 104 degrees F - Overweight and large athletes (normal 98.6 degrees F), nausea, vomiting, - Age over 40 cramping. Treatment should include rest in a - Poor fitness shaded area, fans, ice towels, ice baths, and plenty - Prior recent heat exposure of rest and water/sports drinks. - Dark clothing Heat stroke is defined as a body temperature - Thick padding and helmets greater than 104 degrees F and is an emergency. - Recent alcohol use Nausea and vomiting, confusion, and seizures may - Caffeine occur. One should call 911 and institute the same - Over the counter a prescription medicine use treatment measures as for heat exhaustion. An

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