College Sports Madness has named six University of Iowa football players to its Big Ten All-Conference team.
Junior Jordan Cotton (kick returner) was named to the first team all Big Ten. Cotton hails from Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He recorded 12 receptions for 172 yards and a touchdown in 2012. Cotton returned 19 kicks for 536 yards (28.2), including a 92-yard touchdown return against Penn State. Jordon is the first Mt. Pleasant panther to ever receive Big Ten first team all conference status. Senior Micah Hyde (defensive back) also was named first team.
Junior Anthony Hitchens (linebacker) was selected to the second team and Hyde (punt returner), junior James Morris (linebacker), senior James Ferentz (offensive line) and junior Mike Meyer (kicker) were named to the third team.
Mediapolis Community School District is searching for a new head varsity volleyball coach. Long time leader of the Bullette program, Dennis Jandrey is stepping down after being the head man for 26 years. Mediapolis just finished an outstanding 2012 season with a 43-1 record making it all the way to the class 3A semi final match where they fell to Union LaPorte City. Jandrey ends his volleyball coaching career with a record of 744 wins, 189 loses and 48 ties.
The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team hosted St. Ambrose University on Wednesday night. The Tigers lost to the Bees for the second time this season, falling 68-45.
The Tigers offense struggled as no Tiger was able to score in double digits against the Bees’ defense. Stephanie Russak (Jr.-Denver, Colo.) and Kara Carter (Jr.-Potomac, Ill.) each had nine points.
The loss drops the Tigers to 1-9 on the year, while the Bees are now 7-2.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, December 8 as they host Grand View University. Tip-off is set for 1:00pm in Ruble Arena.
ON THE SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR TONIGHT:
BOYS BASKETBALL: Mid Prairie @ Mediapolis.
WRESTLING: Mt. Pleasant @ Keokuk, Burlington @ Davenport West, West Burlington-Notre Dame-Danville and L&M @ Waco, Cardinal and Pekin @ Columbus Community, Mediapolis and Wapello @ New London/WMU, Van Buren @ Lone Tree.
COLLEGE SPORTS: Iowa State women play college basketball at Iowa, Carl Sandburg plays at SCC in men’s basketball. Lehigh wrestles at Iowa.
Activities Director at MPHS Bob Jensen has announced a change for the February 4th Mt. Pleasant vs Ottumwa boys basketball triple header. On Monday, February 4th, Mt. Pleasant’s 9th, JV, and Varsity boys’ basketball teams plays at Ottumwa. The 9th grade and JV games will be played at the same time in separate gyms at Evans Middle School at 5:30 p.m., and the varsity game will follow at the same site at 7:00 p.m.
A former Danville man will be on national TV tonight presenting an award at the ESPN Home Depot College football awards ceremony. Feron Kelly a graduate of Danville High School and the son of Dan and Doris Kelly of Danville will present the Disney Spirit Award. Feron has presented this award the past few years for the Disney Company, the show begins at 6:30 p.m. central time.
The following story appeared in the Des Moines Register, thought you New London Tiger fans would enjoy this story about Jeret Chiri for Tiger and now Hawkeye wrestler.
A constant battle continues inside the Iowa wrestling room in which the Hawkeyes are locked into a tug-of-war for the same prize. They all want to be the subject of Jeret Chiri’s next masterpiece.
It started last season when Chiri, a studio arts major from New London, began drawing portraits of a few of Iowa’s top stars. They circulated on Facebook — you can find his work on the social media site by searching for “Art of Jeret Coe” — and soon all of the Hawkeyes were lobbying to get their hands on his work.
“You hear someone asking him every day,” junior Tony Ramos said. “It’s pretty cool we have someone on our team who can do that for you when you’d usually have to go out and pay big money for something like that.”
The line is too long now for Chiri to get all of the requests from teammates.
“I’m like, ‘I don’t have time for all this,’ ” he said. “They take a long time.’”
Chiri estimated he spent nearly 12 hours one day working on a Dan Gable drawing that turned out to be one of his favorite wrestling pieces. He said “it’s still a little messy” and needs some work, but it’s so dead-on Gable from his run to Olympic gold 40 years ago that you don’t need the label to know an identity.
“It’s not cartoonish. That’s real wrestling right there,” said Iowa coach Tom Brands, who has the Gable drawing in his office. “He’s talented.”
Chiri won 180 matches in high school while wrestling for his father, Mark, and claimed a state title as a senior. His career with the Hawkeyes has been interrupted by a staph infection, an extensive hip surgery and a back injury. The ailments have limited him to 10 matches, yet he’s become one of the most popular members on the team for another reason — his artistic skills.
“I had a pretty good knack for drawing since I was little,” he said. “Every time we’d get into groups and we had to do a poster or something, I was the one who drew it. I knew I wanted to do art in college, but I also knew they called them ‘starving artists’ for a reason. I hope things work out.”
Chiri’s work is spreading throughout Iowa City and around the globe. A drawing of Ramos hangs in the Iowa 133-pounder’s living room above his couch. A bike company in Australia uses Chiri’s work on T-shirts. Frank Perrelli, an all-American last year for Cornell, uses Chiri’s designs on his clothing line for a company he owns.
Chiri said he’s kicking around the idea of starting his own clothing company someday. He also wants to coach wrestling. His two worlds rarely seem to stray too far apart.
“If I’m drawing it’s kind of meditative for me,” he said. “I’m always thinking about wrestling, so when I’m drawing about wrestling it kind of eases my mind, whereas when I’m in the (practice) room, it’s strenuous, it’s physical, it’s taxing.”