Fifth match point: Federer serving at 4-6 in fourth-set tiebreakFederer lands an excellent serve that Sandgren cannot return.Sixth match point: Sandgren serving at 6-5 in fourth-set tiebreakFinally an opportunity on serve, Sandgren attacks but just cannot do enough with a backhand volley. He reaches for a forehand volley but Federer has an open court to play into to level the tie-break.Another match point saved in style!@rogerfederer | #AO2020 | #AusOpen @channel9 | @espn pic.twitter.com/mDfsSfpXBl— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2020Seventh match point: Federer serving at 6-7 in fourth-set tiebreakOnce again, Federer misses a first serve. They rally backhand-to-backhand as Sandgren shows good depth before Federer eventually changes the direction during a 19-shot point. But it is a slice that undoes Sandgren, whose return goes halfway up the net. But Sandgren squandered seven match points in the fourth set, including four in an extraordinary tie-break.We take a closer look at the match points Federer saved.Federer finds a way @rogerfederer saves seven match points to def. Tennys Sandgren 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 and reach the #AusOpen semifinals for the 15th time.#AO2020 pic.twitter.com/B3Biy3q1Ez— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2020First match point: Federer serving at 4-5, 40-AD in fourth setWith a second serve to play with, Sandgren gets into the point and a deep backhand is returned by Federer. But the American pulls the trigger too early with his next chance, sending a backhand into the net as he tries to go down the line.Second match point: Federer serving at 4-5, 40-AD in fourth setAnother second serve to aim at, Sandgren gets into the point, but it is Federer dictating before the American sends a tame forehand wide.Third match point: Federer serving at 4-5, 40-AD in fourth setSandgren manages to get into the point despite a good Federer serve down the middle before hitting the tape with a forehand from behind the baseline. match points saved.@rogerfederer holds a crucial game & it’s 5-5 vs Sandgren in the fourth.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/R3QUDeDtXW— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2020Fourth match point: Federer serving at 3-6 in fourth-set tiebreakAnother Federer second serve, Sandgren controls the first part of the point from the baseline. However, he allows the Swiss great to work his way back into it before putting a backhand into the net as he tried to change direction by going down the line. Roger Federer saved seven match points against Tennys Sandgren, who will be left to rue missed chances in their Australian Open quarter-final.Federer eventually overcame a leg injury and his American opponent 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 in three hours, 31 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Garoppolo was smooth as a quarterback can be facing the throng of Super Bowl media all week, answering every question well, often with a laugh and a disarming smile. Classically winsome, he is equal parts Brady gritty and Montana cool. He’s an All-American grounded kid like Brady, with the Italian-American charm and charisma of Montana. Garoppolo balances affable and stoic like a rare few quarterbacks can.MORE: Jimmy Garoppolo’s career timeline, from small college to a big trade“I’ve heard from Tom that you’ve got to have fun with it. You can’t let this stress you out or overwhelm you,” Garoppolo said. “It’s all part of the Super Bowl — and a good problem to have.”Garoppolo quickly learned well by example as Brady’s most talented understudy, less about how to execute in the passing game and more about how to carry himself in the right way, on and off the field, Super Bowl or otherwise.”He treats it like every other game. You could see it, how he is, his body mannerisms, everything, just how he prepares for it makes him confident on Sunday,” Garoppolo said. “I’m trying to do the same thing.”Garoppolo, who got a good-luck text from Brady ahead of Super Bowl 54, also was beloved by Bill Belichick and the rest of his Patriots teammates, which sold 49ers general manager John Lynch on making the trade for him in October 2017.Lynch didn’t know right away how good a starting quarterback Garoppolo would be for his team. But it didn’t take long for him to know the 49ers had the right face of the franchise. Like Montana, it was evident that he was much more than a pretty face.MORE: Super Bowl 54 picks, predictions from SN’s experts”I think his Midwest roots are really evident,” Lynch told Sporting News. “The fact that he has a great family and that he probably was humbled by older brothers, put in his place a few times. He’s a joy to be around.”With Garoppolo there’s still that element of a grinder still trying to prove himself. Montana was not highly thought of as a third-round draft pick from Notre Dame. Brady was motivated by going only in the sixth round coming out of Michigan. Garoppolo has needed to push himself since converting to QB late in high school and playing for FCS Eastern Illinois.”We’ve got a coach who’s extremely demanding and expects a high level, a high standard of play out of him, and Jimmy’s awesome at that,” Lynch said. “That’s where the linebacker in him helps. He started out as a linebacker, so he’s not sensitive.”After playing for Belichick, Garoppolo was ready and willing to be pushed by 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, even embracing it.”It’s fun because there’s no BS to Jimmy,” Shanahan said. “You don’t have to play any games with him. You don’t have to sit there and tell him how much you care about him or anything. He knows it. We’re good. I coach him hard when I need to. I’m cool with him when I’m not.”MORE: How much are tickets to Super Bowl 54?LIke Brady, Garoppolo’s competitive spirit comes from his own relentless drive.”Jimmy’s very hard on himself,” Shanahan said. “He likes you to get on him because I think it helps him focus. Jimmy goes as hard as he can.”For no reason whatsoever, Garoppolo has been maligned in comparison to Mahomes, despite throwing for 8.4 yards per attempt (one spot ahead of Mahomes) and rating 102.0 (one spot behind Mahomes) with similar passing volume overall. He’s channeled some of Montana’s best seasons. Garoppolo has gotten praise from Montana himself for his play.Cornerback Richard Sherman loves defending his QB from the criticism that ridiculously has put Garoppolo in the class of classic caretaker QBs who won Super Bowls, including Jim McMahon, Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson.”We see what kind of work ethic he puts in, the hours he puts in preparing, the first one in, the last one out,” Sherman said of Garoppolo. The guy looks for no credit. All he does is encourage his teammates and put more work in.”That profile of Garoppolo not thinking he’s better or more special than anyone else on his team — down to practice-squad players — also mirrors Brady. He carries that over into the Montana-like quality of liking everyone with whom he plays. MIAMI — From New England to San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo is used to being in the shadow of other quarterbacks, great and greater. Getting distant second billing to Kansas City counterpart Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl 54 is nothing when you’re trying to live up the level of what Tom Brady and Joe Montana did for two different teams.Given those legendary quarterbacks of the Patriots and 49ers have won a combined 10 Super Bowls as starters, Garoppolo, with his two rings as a backup to Brady, has a long way to go to be mentioned in their elite championship company. But in terms of the personality, mindset and looks to be Super successful, Garoppolo’s makeup is the ideal mashup of the GOAT QBs. “He’s been the same guy his entire life,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. “He’s very down to earth and wants to be one of the guys. He doesn’t want to be a star or fame guy. He’s very easy to get along with him as a close friend.”In talking to Brady and Garoppolo early in their draft processes through now, their humility stands out. In talking to Montana over the years, he makes you feel like a best buddy with whom you have shared many a chuckle. Now Garoppolo can go from going full Patriot Way with Brady to following the great 49er tradition with Montana.Garoppolo isn’t trying to be them, and can’t be, because no one is and may never be. There’s no doubt, however, beyond his talent, that he’s nailed down their Super traits.
Nick Saban, in an Instagram Live interview with Maria Taylor, said the one positive of the COVID-19 pandemic is he has an email now.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight. She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.”— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) April 8, 2020MORE: The making of Chase YoungNeither Belichick nor Saban have Instagram or Facebook accounts of their own, and they likely never will.If Saban is figuring out email now, then he’s probably decades away from considering social media. Alabama coach Nick Saban might somehow be even more of a technology caveman than Belichick, though. Saban apparently just started using email during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, finally relieving his wife from the longtime burden of correspondence duties.”They were sending them all to Miss Terry, aight,” Saban told ESPN’s Maria Taylor on Wednesday. “She fired me and said, ‘I’m not dealing with your stuff anymore,’ so I had to do it on my own.” There are few coaches with more of an old-school, dead-set focus on football than Bill Belichick.The Patriots coach is known for his distaste and sometimes confusion regarding technology and social media, which has led to a good deal of laughs over the past decade. He famously once asked a reporter if he was on “SnapFace” and has developed a habit of throwing tablets on the sideline during games.
Former XFL commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck is looking for $23.8 million in judgment from the wrongful termination lawsuit he filed on April 21 against the now defunct league. Less than a month later, the attorneys for his former boss, Vince McMahon, have made a series of court filings to explain why Luck was fired.The crux of the argument for McMahon, as XFL owner, was summarized like this: Luck “effectively abandoned his responsibilities as the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL at a time when the league faced its most significant crisis — the threat to its business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” MORE: Panthers’ P.J. Walker says XFL was “real football”Luck, who was let go April 9 — right before the novel coronavirus contributed to the league shutting down operations and subsequently filing for bankruptcy — had one major misstep through his alleged “gross neglect,” according to McMahon.That would be the XFL signing of former promising Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway. Callaway, by league standards, was given a sizeable $125,000 bonus to join the Tampa Bay Vipers on Jan. 16. Callaway didn’t play a down for the Vipers after suffering a serious leg injury 13 days later, which further raised the league’s expenses related to him.When McMahon later found out about Callaway’s troubled past, he saw Luck’s approval of the move to be in violation of the XFL’s directive regarding the hire of players with “questionable or problematic backgrounds.”Callaway’s off-field concerns dated to his college days at Florida, where he was suspended during the 2017 season after being accused of sexual assault. He showed the on-field talent to be selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but his time in Cleveland came to a quick end in 2019 when he served a league-imposed substance-abuse suspension. He further disappointed the organization with his lateness to meetings and practices before the Browns decided to release him last November.Another reason McMahon cited for firing Luck was the commissioner not devoting enough of his time to XFL business in Connecticut, which Luck’s attorney has said there is evidence to the contrary during a stay-at-home order. Yet another one was Luck’s alleged personal use of an XFL-issued cellphone.MORE: Tracking XFL players to sign NFL contracts In contrast, what happened with Callaway is McMahon’s strongest potential sticking point. Luck, a retired NFL QB and a father of another one, Andrew Luck, was hired by the XFL because of his successful track record in his post-playing career as an executive, most notably his work with NFL Europe, the MLS’ Houston Dynamo and the NCAA.The Luck-McMahon partnership was thought to be a reason the XFL could succeed in its second incarnation. The league seemed to be off to a good start, but based on the timing, the big rift at the top regarding the business was a bigger factor in the XFL’s demise than the unfortunate arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.Go figure: The NFL suspends a player for violating its substance-abuse policy and his available talent stoked a fire to burn a bridge that was vital to the XFL doing well. There was McMahon’s way and there was Callaway.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ had 21 points and 14 rebounds in his final home game to help No. 21 Wisconsin beat Iowa 65-45. Fellow senior Khalil Iverson added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Bohannon, who averages nearly 13 points a game, and Ryan Kriener led Iowa with eight apiece. DES MOINES — Bowen Born scored 32 points to help Norwalk rally for a 61-54 win over Clear Lake in the semifinal round of the Class 3A boys state basketball tournament on Thursday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Clear Lake took a 47-40 lead into the fourth quarter, but Norwalk outscored the Lions 21-7 in the final frame to advance to the championship game. Clear Lake coach Jeremey Ainley says it simply was the lack of execution in the fourth quarter that doomed the Lions.Ainley says Born showed why he’s one of the top junior basketball players in the state.Ainley says they’ll try to bounce back and win this morning’s consolation game.Drew Enke led Clear Lake with 20 pointsAndrew Formanek came off the bench to score 13 points as well as have five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.Senior co-captain Tate Storbeck was held to only six points in the game.Clear Lake drops to 24-1 on the season and will face Winterset in the 3A consolation game at 10:20 this morning, with the pre-game starting at about 9:50 on KRIB. Winterset fell to Oskaloosa 48-43 in Thursday’s other 3A semifinal. – AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Region XI championship game — NIACC men at Kirkwood — 3:00 === SATURDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Region XI semifinals — NIACC women vs. Iowa Central — pre-game 12:45, tipoff 1:00 === SUNDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Region XI championship game with NIACC women if playing — pre-game 12:45, tipoff 1:00 == 4A semfinals last nightCedar Falls 35, North Scott 27Dubuque Senior 57, Waukee 55 (OT) THIS WEEKEND:=== FRIDAY– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 3A boys state basketball consolation game — Clear Lake vs. Winterset — pre-game 9:50 AM, tipoff 10:20 INDIANAPOLIS — The Iowa Hawkeye women open the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis Friday night against Indiana. The Hawkeyes are the two seed and coach Lisa Bluder likes the way her team prepared.Bluder says the Hawkeyes have plenty to play for.Bluder says her players are not thinking about seeding for the NCAA Tournament,Indiana beat Minnesota 66-58 Thursday night. It was a loss to the Hoosiers that cost the Hawkeyes a share of the Big Ten title. You can hear the Iowa-Indiana game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 5:15. MASON CITY — The Region XI women’s final four takes place on the NIACC campus this weekend. Top-seed NIACC will host the fifth-seed Iowa Central at 1 o’clock on Saturday afternoon in the first regional semifinal. The Lady Trojans won both meetings this season, 79-62 at home on January 9th and 74-63 in Fort Dodge on February 6th. You can hear the NIACC-Iowa Central game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at about 12:45 with the pre-game Saturday afternoon. The other regional semifinal has second-seed Kirkwood facing third-seed DMACC. The regional championship game will take place on Sunday at 1 o’clock at the NIACC gym. MASON CITY — The NIACC men’s basketball team won their school-record 25th game last night and advanced to the Region XI championship game for the first time since 1995 with a 90-82 win over Iowa Lakes, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Trojans coach Mark Mohl says his team played a quality game.NIACC moves into Saturday’s regional final at Kirkwood. The two teams split in the regular season with each team winning on their home court. Mohl says he knows it will be a big challenge for his team.Kyle Lang led NIACC with 20 points off the bench while Trey Sampson also came in to score 14. You can hear the NIACC-Kirkwood game on Saturday on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 3 o’clock. – AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament — pre-game 5:15, tipoff 5:30 == Championship games today1A — 2:10 — Grand View Christian vs. Alburnett2A — 4:10 — North Linn vs. Boyden-Hull3A — 6:35 — Norwalk vs. Oskaloosa4A — 8:35 — Cedar Falls vs. Dubuque Senior – AM-1300 KGLO — Twins spring training baseball — 12:00
DES MOINES — The governor must now decide whether sports betting should be legal in Iowa.Monday night, the Iowa House gave final legislative approval to a bill that would let the 19 state-licensed casinos take wagers on professional and college sports. Representative Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican from Wilton, said many Iowans want the freedom to do this legally.“Right now, there is a rampant black market going on where tens of millions of Americans are betting on sports,” Kaufmann said. “…I believe sticking our heads in the sand and doing nothing is not an option.”Some casinos have been planning to set up “sports book” areas, but most of the betting would be done through a smart phone app. Iowa is among several states moving to legalize sports betting after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year made it possible.“Some of us feel that it’s important that we get in front of this as it’s beginning…make sure we have the guidelines and the structure set up to make sure that this is run fairly and accurately for those who take part,” Representative Dennis Cohoon, a Democrat from Burlington, said.The bill passed the Senate late last week and 67 members of the Iowa House voted for it last night. Thirty-one members of the House voted against legalized sports gambling. Representative Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville, said it’s a “foolish, misguided and ill-advised” move.“This bill will usher in the biggest expansion of gambling in Iowa history,” Salmon said.Representative Scott Ourth, a Democrat from Ackworth, said wagering on sports is particularly addictive to the young.“I don’t care whether the legislature anoints it. I don’t care who puts their magic wand on it or tries to say that it’s o.k.,” Ourth said. “Where I come from, it’s still a vice.”Representative Tedd Gassman, a Republican from Scarville, said sports gambling is simply a “bad idea.”“As I understand, horse racing is a dying gamble. Dog racing is dead and the casinos are struggling,” Gassman said. “What a great way to drag in the next group of gamblers — sports betting.”At the close of House debate, Kaufmann said keeping sports betting illegal will not make it go away and this bill sets up consumer protections for bad actors.“Hoping that people get help when they’re placing bets in dark alleys with bookies whose collection is a threat to knee-cap you isn’t good for anybody,” Kaufmann said.The bill also allows Iowans to claim prizes in “fantasy sports” leagues connected to the performance of professional athletes from a variety of teams.Voting for the bill from north-central Iowa’s delegation were House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Republican Jane Bloomingdale. Voting against were Democrats Todd Prichard and Sharon Steckman as well as Republicans Terry Baxter and Tedd Gassman.
DES MOINES — California billionaire Tom Steyer says he’s ready to do what’s politically inconvenient as president and seek constitutional changes that limit the time politicians can spend in congress to 12 years. He’d also ban corporate spending in politics.“My message is super important and I am out there trying to make sure that people hear it as much as possible and understand why I can be trusted to take action and not just talk,” Steyer said during a recent Radio Iowa interview.Steyer was in the state this weekend for a CNN town hall forum at Grinnell College. He addressed the recent resignation of an Iowa aide accused of offering contributions to legislators in exchange for a Steyer endorsement. Steyer said that was inappropriate and his campaign sought that person’s an immediate resignation. Steyer also sent a message to another billionaire who may enter the race in early 2020. Steyer said Michael Bloomberg needs to support a “wealth tax.”“Not only is the income so unjust, so undemocratic and so unfair — the distribution of incomes — the distribution of wealth across society is an absolute scandal,” Steyer said on CNN.Steyer is a former hedge fund manager who has spent at least $46 million on advertising for his presidential campaign. Before that, Steyer bankrolled the “Need to Impeach” campaign. On November 1, at the big Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser, Steyer chose to make Trump his primary target.“Everybody you hear today is more honest, more coherent and more patriotic than the criminal who resides at the White House,” he said, to cheers from the Liberty and Justice Celebration crowd. “Everybody!”Steyer, who has pledged his number one priority as president would be action on climate change, has been one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent environmental activists in the past decade.“I started a company by myself…and I built a pretty big company,” Steyer told Radio Iowa. “Then I took the ‘giving pledge’ to give away the bulk of my assets while I’m alive to good causes. I walked away from that company and I’ve spent the rest of my life building coalitions of Americans to take on unchecked power and to push for broader democracy.”Steyer announced this past January in Des Moines that he would not run for president, but changed his mind and entered the race in July.“If you think that I’m right on my basic thesis, government is broken, you have to ask who will actually change the culture and get back to government by and for the people and the question is: ‘Is it going to be someone from the outside or someone from the inside?’” Steyer told Radio Iowa.Steyer has been involved in voter turn-out efforts in Iowa since 2014 through a group he founded called NextGen America. That group’s still working to register younger voters and is active on 41 Iowa college and university campuses.
ALGONA — The Clear Lake girls basketball team is headed back to the state tournament after a 65-47 win over Okoboji in a Class 3A regional championship game played in Algona on Saturday night, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Lions coach Bart Smith says shutting down Okoboji’s key players was the difference.Smith says he’s excited to take another group of players to the state tournament.Chelsey Holck led the Lions with 15 points, while Sara Faber added 12 with Ali Maulsby also making it to double digits with 10. Clear Lake is now 22-2 on the season and will face Davenport Assumption in the Class 3A state quarterfinals next Monday night in a game that’s scheduled to start at 8:30 PM. AMES — In a frustrating season for Iowa State Saturday was a low point as the Cyclones were hammered at home by Texas Tech 87-57. Cyclone coach Steve Prohm.Defense has been a problem all season and it was no different against the Red Raiders.Iowa State with the loss falls to 4-10 in the Big 12. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa is closing in on a Missouri Valley championship. The Panthers used a 20-0 second half run to take command in a 64-52 win over Southern Illinois. It was a game of runs that saw the Panthers race out to a 24-11 lead only to have the Salukis close the first half with a 23-2 run.That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson. UNI moves to 12-4 in the Valley and they can clinch a share of the regular season title Wednesday night with a victory at home over Evansville.Austin Phyfe had 17 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Panthers. For a full listing of placewinners, head to this link TONIGHT:AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, Radio.com app — Class 3A boys substate quarterfinal — Clear Lake vs. Boone — 6:15 pre-game, 6:30 tipoffAM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, Radio.com app — Class 4A boys substate quarterfinal — Mason City at Des Moines Lincolnc — 6:45 pre-game, 7:00 tipoff MASON CITY — The top-ranked NIACC women outscored second-ranked Kirkwood 26-12 in the second quarter and 28-15 in the third quarter on their way to an 85-64 win on Saturday afternoon in Mason City, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Autum Mendez had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans to their 30th straight home win. They are now 27-1 overall and 14-0 in the conference. The NIACC men dropped a 97-84 decision to Kirkwood on Saturday afternoon. Trey Sampson had 21 points and 11 rebounds while Deundra Roberson had 20. NIACC heads to Little Priest Tribal College on Wednesday. — Boys basketball tournament play starts in Classes 3A and 4A tonight:== Class 4A Substate 77:00 — Mason City at Des Moines Lincoln (winner plays at Waukee Friday)7:00 — Marshalltown at Des Moines North (winner at WDM Valley Friday)== Class 3A Substate 2 at Clear Lake6:30 — Clear Lake vs. Boone8:00 — Humboldt vs. Iowa Falls-Alden== Class 3A Substate 2 at Algona6:30 — Ballard vs. Webster City8:00 — Hampton-Dumont-CAL vs. Algona== Class 3A Substate 3 at Marion6:30 — Charles City vs. Waverly-Shell Rock DES MOINES — For the first time since 1981, Osage has won a team title in the traditional state wrestling tournament. The Green Devils had two runners-up and five wrestlers place in scoring 85 team points, seven more than second-place Union of LaPorte City and 19 more points than third-place Centerville. Osage coach Brent Jennings says it’s a great feeling to break a 39-year drought between titles.Jennings says you can’t always map out a path to a team title and things usually have to happen just right to win a title in a wide-open race.Jennings says as coach of the program for more than two decades it was great to guide a team to a championship.120-pounder Nick Fox and 170-pounder Spencer Mooberry fell in their championship matches on Saturday night. Fox lost to Colby Lillegard of Bondurant-Farrar 8-4, while Mooberry dropped an 8-4 decision to Jax Flynn of Solon. Joe Sullivan finished third at 126 pounds, while Averee Abben at 132 and Zach Williams at 160 placed fifth. DES MOINES — Cullan Schriever became Mason City High School’s third-ever three-time state champion as he won the Class 3A 126 pound title with a 9-4 decision over Carson Taylor of Fort Dodge. The win culminated a return from injury in last year’s state tournament that prevented him from possibly becoming a four-time state champion.Schriever joins Eddie Kline in the early 1950s and Tim Krieger from the 1980s as the school’s only three-time champions, and credits his coaches for helping him with the accomplishment.Schriever talks about working back from the injury and disappointment of not being a titleist last year.Schriever and his brother Colby now get ready to wrestle at the University of Iowa next year, and he was asked what he needs to do to prepare to be part of that program.Two other area wrestlers won state titles on Saturday night — Tate Hagen of West Hancock beat Cole Clark of Lisbon 7-4 for the Class 1A 195 pound title…and Chet Buss of North Butler-Clarksville won the Class 1A 285 pound title with a 10-2 decision over Ryley Snell of Interstate 35. In the other championship match involving an area wrestler, Clayton McDonough of Central Springs lost his Class 1A 113 pound match 6-2 to Marcel Lopez of New London.
DES MOINES — The head of the agency that manages human resources issues in state government is leaving before the Iowa Senate could consider whether he’d be confirmed for the job.Jim Kurtenbach, a former Republican legislator, had been director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services for the past eight months. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines says she had concerns about the agency’s handling of sexual harassment cases.“Wanting to make sure that the person that we put in charge of DAS is highly qualified,” she says, “so that we don’t continue to write check after check for employment issues we should have a better handle on.”It’s likely Kurtenbach would have been unable to win confirmation in the Iowa Senate, as he would have needed the support of at least two Democrats. Petersen, however, says she never relayed any concerns directly to the governor’s office.In a written statement, Kurtenbach said he had improved the culture in the agency to be “outcome driven.” Kurtenbach’s resignation is effective Friday, March 6. The governor says she’s already started a nationwide search for his replacement.