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Across the Fence

KLEM Local Schedule (week of November 16)


(high school basketball)

(G) Hinton 52, West Sioux 39

(college football)

N-A-I-A PLAYOFFS - #1-Morningside (11-1) 75, #16-St. Xavier (7-4) 69, four overtimes

(SIOUX CITY)  -- Tyler Kavan capped a five-touchdown performance with a 13-yard run in the fourth overtime Saturday to lift top-rated Morningside to a wild 75-69 victory over No. 16 St. Xavier of Illinois in the first round of the N-A-I-A playoffs at Elwood Olsen Stadium.  Ryan Kasdorf's 29-yard touchdown pass to former Hinton standout, Jason VanderKooi, tied the game at 54-all with 58-seconds to play in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime.  After neither team scored in the first overtime, St. Xavier twice took the lead in the second and third overtimes only to have the Mustangs' Ryan Kasdorf tie it up with a 5-yard run in the second overtime and a TD-pass to Kendall Lindeman in the third overtime.  Kavan brought an end to the four-hour marathon after the Cougars failed to score in the fourth overtime.


IOWA CITY — C.J. Beathard threw three touchdown passes and No. 6 Iowa clinched a share of the Big Ten West title and a spot in the league championship game with a 40-20 win over Purdue on Saturday.  LeShun Daniels Jr. ran for two TDs for the Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 5 C-F-P), who'll play at Nebraska next week in search of their first 12-0 regular season.  Iowa let Purdue get within 20-13 in the third quarter. But Beathard's 22-yard TD pass to Henry Krieger-Coble with 8:40 left sealed yet another victory for the Hawkeyes.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Jack Cantele kicked a 42-yard field goal with three seconds left to cap Kansas State's 38-35 come-from-behind victory over Iowa State on Saturday.  Kansas State (4-6, 1-6 Big 12 Conference) recovered three Iowa State (3-8, 2-6) fumbles in the final seven minutes and rallied from a 35-14 first-half deficit.  Charles Jones ran for a 5-yard touchdown to tie it at 35 with 42 seconds following two Iowa State turnovers. Marquel Bryant then sacked and forced a Joel Lanning fumble. It was recovered by Charmeachealle Moore on the Cyclone 25 to set up Cantele's game-winner two plays later.  Lanning threw for 195 yards and three touchdown passes, two to Allen Lazard in the first half. Mike Warren ran for 195 yards with a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

CEDAR FALLS -- Aaron Bailey ran for 137 yards and scored three touchdowns Saturday to lead U-N-I to a 49-28 Missouri Valley Conference win over Southern Illinois at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.  The win was the fifth in a row for No. 15 Northern Iowa (7-4, 5-3 MVC) and should have secured a spot in the F-C-S playoffs next week.  The pairings will be announced at 10 am Sunday.


(6) Iowa 40, Purdue 20
Kansas State 38, Iowa State 35
Nebraska was idle
U-N-I 49, Southern Illinois 28
Illinois State 46, U-S-D 0

Top 25

(1) Clemson 33, Wake Forest 13
(9) Michigan State 17, (2) Ohio State 14
(3) Alabama 56, Charleston Southern 6
(10) Baylor 45, (4) Oklahoma State 35
(5) Notre Dame 19, Boston College 16
(7) Oklahoma 30, (11) T-C-U 29
(8) Florida 20, F-A-U 14, OT
(12) North Carolina 30, Virginia Tech 27, OT
U-Conn 20, (13) Houston 17
(14) Michigan 28, Penn State 16
(15) Stanford 35, California 22
(16) Florida State 52, Chattanooga 13
(25) Mississippi 38, (17) L-S-U 17
U-C-L-A 17, (18) Utah 9
(19) Navy 44, Tulsa 21
(20) Northwestern 13, (21) Wisconsin 7
(23) Oregon 48, (22) Southern Cal 28
(24 Washington State 27, Colorado 3

(college basketball)

(CEDAR FALLS)  -- U-N-I rallied from a 16-point second half deficit to stun top-rated North Carolina 71-67 Saturday afternoon at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls before a crowd of 7,071.  The Panther rally spoiled the homecoming of the Tar Heels' All-American Marcus Paige, who prepped at nearby Marion Linn-Mar high school.  Paige didn't see any action in the game because of a broken hand suffered in preseason drills.  Jeremy Morgan's steal and free throw with 6.1 seconds to play sealed the most stunning upset of the young college basketball season to date and capped a 20-4 second half run by the Panthers.  Wes Washpun had 21 points for U-N-I (2-1) while Justin Jackson led Carolina with 25.

Northern Iowa 71, (1) North Carolina 67
(9) Wichita State 76, Emporia State 54
(10) Gonzaga 101, Mount St. Mary's 56
(18) Notre Dame 83, Mass.-Lowell 57
(19) U-Conn 83, Furman 58
(21) Purdue 61, Old Dominion 39

(G-P-A-C results)
(W) Morningside 77, Concordia 66
(M) Concordia 110, Morningside 99, OT

(W) Briar Cliff 84, Saint Mary 79

(M) Briar Cliff 107, Grace 76

(W) Hastings 80, Northwestern 73
(M) Hastings 107, Northwestern 99

(W) Midland Lutheran 56, Dordt 54
(M) Midland Lutheran 84, Dordt 82

(N-B-A basketball)

Sacramento 97, Orlando 91
Indiana 123, Milwaukee 86
Cleveland 109, Atlanta 97
Washington 97, Detroit 95
New York 107, Houston 102
Miami 96, Philadelphia 91
San Antonio 92, Memphis 82

(N-H-L hockey)

Boston 2, Toronto 0
Ottawa 4, Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 5, Anaheim 0
N.Y. Rangers 5, Florida 4, OT
San Jose 3, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 7, Colorado 3
Winnipeg 3, Arizona 2
Detroit 4, St. Louis 3, OT
Dallas 3, Buffalo 0
Minnesota 4, Nashville 0
Vancouver 6, Chicago 3







(N-F-L football)

N.Y. Jets at Houston, 1 p.m.
Denver at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Oakland at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
St. Louis at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Dallas at Miami, 1 p.m.
Washington at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25 p.m.
Cincinnati at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday: Buffalo at New England




MONDAY RESULTS - November 16

(N-F-L football)

Houston 10, Cincinnati 6

(college basketball)

George Washington 73, (6) Virginia 68
(7) Iowa State 106, Chicago State 64
(12) Arizona 90, Bradley 60
(14) Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76
(15) California 85, U-C Santa Barbara 67
(16) Utah 81, San Diego State 76
(17) Vanderbilt 98, Gardner-Webb 62
(25) Oregon 74, (20) Baylor 67
(23) L-S-U 91, Kennesaw State 69
(24) Michigan 88, Elon 68

(N-B-A basketball)

Dallas 92, Philadelphia 86
Chicago 96, Indiana 95
Memphis 122, Oklahoma City 114
Boston 111, Houston 95
San Antonio 93, Portland 80
Phoenix 120, L.A. Lakers 101

(N-H-L hockey)

N.Y. Islanders 5, Arizona 2
Anaheim 4, Carolina 1
Montreal 4, Vancouver 3, OT
Detroit 4, Ottawa 3, OT
Florida 1, Tampa Bay 0
St. Louis 3, Winnipeg 2





(college basketball)

( 2) Kentucky 74, ( 5) Duke 63
( 3) Maryland 75, Georgetown 71
(13) Michigan State 79, ( 4) Kansas 73
( 8) Oklahoma 84,  Memphis 78
Tulsa 77, ( 9) Wichita State 67
(11) Villanova 87, Nebraska 63
(18) Notre Dame 86, Milwaukee 78
(19) U-Conn 85, New Hampshire 66

(N-B-A basketball)

Washington 115, Milwaukee 86
Minnesota 103, Miami 91
Brooklyn 90, Atlanta 88
Detroit 104, Cleveland 99
New York 102, Charlotte 94
Denver 115, New Orleans 98
Golden State 115, Toronto 110

(N-H-L hockey)

Los Angeles 3, Philadelphia 2, SO
San Jose 5, Boston 4
Dallas 3, Buffalo 1
Columbus 3, St. Louis 1
Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 3
Toronto 5, Colorado 1
Nashville 3, Anaheim 2
Calgary 3, New Jersey 2

(major league baseball)

NEW YORK — Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon is the National League Manager of the year following a 97-65 season that put the team in the postseason for the first time since 2008. The Cubs finished just three games behind the NL Central-champion Cardinals in their first season under Maddon before knocking off St. Louis in the division series. Cards manager Mike Matheny finished second in the balloting, followed by Terry Collins of the New York Mets.

NEW YORK — Jeff Banister has been named the American League Manager of the Year after guiding the Texas Rangers to the AL West title in his rookie season. Banister led the Rangers to an 88-74 record and their first division title since 2011 before losing a best-of-5 division series against Toronto. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 112 points to beat out Houston's A.J. Hinch and Minnesota skipper Paul Molitor for the honor.





(college basketball)

(1) North Carolina 78, Wofford 58
(10) Gonzaga 91, Northern Arizona 52
(21) Purdue 96, Incarnate Word 61

(N-B-A basketball)

Indiana 112, Philadelphia 85
Orlando 104, Minnesota 101, OT
Charlotte 116, Brooklyn 111
Dallas 106, Boston 102
Houston 108, Portland 103, OT
Oklahoma City 110, New Orleans 103
Atlanta 103, Sacramento 97
San Antonio 109, Denver 98
Utah 93, Toronto 89
Chicago 103, Phoenix 97

(N-H-L hockey)

Winnipeg 4, Vancouver 1
Washington 2, Detroit 1, OT
Chicago 4, Edmonton 3, OT

(major league baseball news)

NEW YORK - The National League Cy Young Award has been won by Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who paced the senior circuit in wins, shutouts and complete games. Arrieta was 22-6 with 236 strikeouts, three shutouts and a 1.77 ERA in helping the Cubs reach the postseason for the first time since 2008. He received 17 first-place votes for 169 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, 22 more points than runner-up Zack Greinke of the Dodgers and 69 more than Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw.

NEW YORK - Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel has won the AL Cy Young Award, easily beating out David Price. Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America after leading the league in wins, going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Oakland's Sonny Gray finished third.





(high school football playoffs)


8-MAN - #4-Marcus/Meriden-Cleghorn (12-0) 57, #1-Don Bosco (12-1) 52

(CEDAR FALLS)  -- Number-4 Marcus/Meriden-Cleghorn closed out their 8-man football era with their second State title in four years, beating top-rated Don Bosco 57-52 Thursday at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.  M-M-C will be combining with Remsen-Union next school year returning the Eagles to an 11-man football status.  Ben Specht led the Eagles to victory Thursday, throwing for 293 yards and seven touchdowns.  He also ran for another score.  Jacob Spieler was on the receiving end of five TD-passes and finished with 8 catches for 187 yards.  Marcus/Meriden-Cleghorn closed the 2015 season with a perfect 12-and-0 record.


CLASS A - #7-Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-2) 52, Akron-Westfield (11-3) 20

(CEDAR FALLS)  -- Senior tailback Eric Stoakes ran for 282 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 80, 52, 53 and 21 yards to lead number-7 Gladbrook-Reinbeck to a 52-20 victory over Akron-Westfield in the Class A championship game at the UNI-Dome Thursday.  Quarterback Jake Schuman got the Rebels off to a quick start, leading them to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter.  After Stoakes scored Gladbrook-Reinbeck's first touchdown, Schuman then ran 32 and 45 yards for scores before firing a 14-yard TD-pass to Erik Knaack.  Following a scoreless second quarter, Akron-Westfield got busy trying to get back into the game in the third quarter, scoring 20 points on a pair of Cal Eskra TD-passes to Dylan Irizarry and Austin Allard before Eskra added a three yard touchdown run.  The Westerners trailed 35-20 entering the final quarter but the Rebels rattled off 17 points in a span of a little more than two minutes to ice their first football championship after two runner-up finishes, including last year's 28-24 loss to Logan-Magnolia in the finals.  Akron-Westfield finished the season at 11-and-3.


CLASS 3A - #1-Pella (14-0) 31, #7-Norwalk (12-2) 17

(N-F-L football)

Jacksonville 19, Tennessee 13

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Blake Bortles was 21 of 30 for 242 yards and a go-ahead touchdown to Julius Thomas with 3:30 remaining to help Jacksonville beat Tennessee 19-13 and post consecutive wins for the first time in 23 months. Rashad Greene's 63-yard punt return set up Bortles' five-yard TD to Thomas. Marcus Mariota was 22 of 35 for 231 yards, one TD and no picks for the Titans, who are 2-8 following their eighth loss in nine games.

(college basketball)

Iowa 86, Marquette 61

(6) Virginia 82, Bradley 57
(12) Arizona 88, Boise State 76
(14) Indiana 86, Creighton 65
(16) Utah 73, Texas Tech 63
(17) Vanderbilt 79, Stony Brook 72, OT
(22) Butler 93, Missouri State 59
(23) L-S-U 78, South Alabama 66

(N-B-A basketball)

Miami 116, Sacramento 109
Cleveland 115, Milwaukee 100
Golden State 124, L.A. Clippers 117

(N-H-L hockey)

St. Louis 3, Buffalo 2, SO
Boston 4, Minnesota 2
San Jose 1, Philadelphia 0, OT
Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 3
Dallas 3, Washington 2
Arizona 3, Montreal 2
Ottawa 3, Columbus 0
Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Anaheim 3, Florida 1

(major league baseball news)

NEW YORK - Josh Donaldson has been named the American League MVP after helping the Toronto Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. Donaldson paced the AL with 123 RBIs and batted .297 with 41 home runs and a major league-best 122 runs scored. The third baseman received 23 first-place votes, runner-up Mike Trout of the Angels received seven first-place votes and Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain finished third.

NEW YORK - Washington outfielder Bryce Harper has become the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history, taking National League honors for a season in which the Nationals missed the playoffs by seven games. Harper led the majors with a .649 slugging percentage and .460 on-base average at age 22 and hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs. Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was second in the voting, followed by Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto.




FRIDAY RESULTS - November 20

(high school football playoffs)


CLASS 1A - 11:06-#1-Iowa City Regina (12-1) vs. #8-Western Christian (11-2) - postponed to Monday, snow

CLASS 2A - 2:06-#9-Mount Vernon  (11-2) vs. #2-Spirit Lake (13-0) - postponed to Monday, snow

CLASS 4A - 7:06-#1-Dowling Catholic (12-0) vs. #3-Cedar Rapids Kennedy (13-0) - postponed to Monday, snow

(high school basketball)

(G) Le Mars at Okoboji  (Hall-of-Pride game) - CANCELLED

(college basketball)

( 2) Kentucky 78, Wright St. 63
( 3) Maryland 65, Rider 58
( 5) Duke 79, VCU 71
( 6) Virginia 87, Long Beach St. 52
( 8) Oklahoma 85, McNeese St. 56
(11) Villanova 86, ETSU 51
(13) Michigan St. 92, Ark.-Pine Bluff 46
(15) California 70 East Carolina 62
Miami 90, (16) Utah 66
(20) Baylor 77, Jackson St. 60
(22) Butler 74, Temple 69
Xavier 86, (24) Michigan 70
(25) Oregon 77 Savannah St. 59

(N-B-A basketball)

Charlotte 113, Philadelphia 88
Boston 120, Brooklyn 95
Detroit 96, Minnesota 86
New Orleans 104, San Antonio 90
Memphis 96, Houston 84
New York 93, Oklahoma City 90
Dallas 102, Utah 93
Phoenix 114, Denver 107
Portland 102, L.A. Clippers 91
Golden State 106, Chicago 94
Toronto 102, L.A. Lakers 91

(N-H-L hockey)

Toronto 2, Carolina 1, SO
Columbus 4, Nashville 0
Detroit 3, Los Angeles 2
Montreal 5, N.Y. Islanders 3
Calgary 2, Chicago 1, OT
Edmonton 5, New Jersey 1






Beef Industry Under Attack

May was recognized as "Beef Month", a time when we can fire up the backyard Bar-B-Que grill and throw on our favorite steak, roast, or hamburger, and honor our nation's cattle producers.  However, the beef industry has had its share of hard knocks recently, with the so-called "pink slime" slander against Beef Products, Incorporated and the detection of the BSE or "Mad-cow" disease that appeared in one dairy cow in California offers even more negative reaction to beef.  The next meat-related news item sure to bring some added controversy is the so-called "meat glue"; a process using pork or beef callaguon that helps  piece together scraps of meat which otherwise would be thrown away, instead it to forms a larger meat cut.  This process is widely used.  
It is a shame that the slanderous reporting by the nation's media have lead to the closure of B-P-I's three plants located in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kansas; and Waterloo, Iowa at the expense of 650 jobs.   Then a few days later some 86 corporate level jobs were eliminated at B-P-I's headquarters in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.
I was one that had hoped that the comments led by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Kansas Governor Sam Brownfield back in March would be enough to turn the negative wave of skepticism.  I still believe that with time, consumers will be back purchasing the Lean Finely Textured Beef, if for no other reason, because of the savings on the cost.  The U-S-D-A needs to share some of the blame.  Yes, it is true that Secretary Vilsack came out in support of the LFTB.  But not before his agency told the school districts across the nation that they could back out of their agreements and instead choose another product.  Secretary Vilsack and the U-S-D-A could have been out front at an earlier point of time and perhaps could have turned the tide.  Instead, they chose to put "water" on the prarie fire after it had spread and burnt the countryside, in a matter of speaking.  What surprised me the most about the negative public reaction was there was never a recall of the product,  never any illnesses associated with the product, never any food borne bacteria found on the product.  So you could ask the question, why the hysteria?  It is truly unfortunate that B-P-I suffered the terrible consequences of a rampant media slander.  But I wonder what does it say about us as a people if we are so naive, that we don't take a few minutes to check the facts,  but to base our opinion solely on the name that one person assigned the Lean Finely Textured Beef.  The meat processing industry has found a way to utilize the beef product that just a few years ago would have been thrown away.  I don't understand why the consumer can't see that B-P-I is assisting the consumer.  First, by making certain the product sold is safe, and free of any bacteria.  And second, B-P-I is trying its best to utilize the entire beef animal which means a cheaper food expense for the consumer.  During this month of May and well into the future, let's all help bring back the lost jobs by purchasing the LFTB and place another burger on the grill.



USDA Crop Report: How Accurate is It?

On November 9th, the U-S Department of Agriculture released it's monthly crop report, projecting the total amount of grain and oilseeds that will be produced by our nation's farmers.  The official numbers, indicated by government analyists, expect to see corn production at 12.3 billion bushels, which is down one percent from the October estimate, and down one percent from the 2010 prediction.  The USDA believes Iowa will have an increase of yield over last year and over last month. Their estimates show Iowa corn growers to produce 2.334 billion bushels of corn for 2011, whereas last year's estimate was pegged at 2.153 billion bushels of corn. In 2010, Iowa farmers were able to have a state-wide corn yield average of 165 bushels per acre.  In October of this year, the USDA predicted Iowa farmers to average 169 bushels per acre, and for their November estimate, the government predictors pick Iowa to average 171 bushels per acre.

 I am not an expert at determining the amount of corn that will be produced by Iowa corn growers.  However, I do believe the U.S. Department of Agriculture is off on their estimates, and may be reflected as such during the final crop estimates that are released in January.  Here are my reasons for making such a claim.  Northwest Iowa, particularly in Plymouth, Sioux, O'Brien and Clay Counties, usually have been able to harvest on average nearly 200 bushels of corn, or more, year after year.  Our good fertile soils, improved genetics, and abundant rainfall usually insures this type of yield.  However, this year when I visited with farmers, grain elevator operators, and extension agronomists throughout northwest Iowa I heard the same comments. "Soybeans performed better than expected, but corn was a bit of a disappointment."  Northwest Iowa was fortunate to have a large supply of moisture in our subsoils and topsoils and this certainly helped sustain our corn production, particularly in mid-July when our temperatures passed the triple-digit mark.  However, most farmers agree during that stretch of two weeks in mid-July when the temperatures were above 100 degrees and the corn was in the critical pollination and silking stage, some stress had occurred to our corn fields.  The corn sucked up every last bit of subsoil moisture, but unfortunately, we did not receive much rainfall in July and August to help replenish the used moisture.

I have not heard of many farmers in the northwest Iowa growing region that were able to surpass the 200 bushel mark for corn yields this year.  Maybe they did on one field, or in a particular area of a field.  But when you average the entire farm or operation, most of the farmers I spoke to say they had an average corn yield of around 170 bushels per acre. 

In order for the entire state to average a yield of 171 bushels per acre, it would mean that the other regions of the state must have had a whopper of a year with corn yields.  I did hear that southeast Iowa, a region that normally has lower yields, had a good year with higher corn yields.  However, I also know that the soil conditions and annual rainfall for southeast Iowa do not match those typically found in northwest Iowa.

 Another reason, why I believe the USDA is wrong with its prediction is the Missouri River flooding.  This past crop year, thousands of acres along the Missouri River were lost due to the flooding that lasted throughout the growing months.  I am not speaking of just Iowa, but when you add up the lost acres in other states including South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas, you have to ask yourself, how is it the USDA believes we will see an increase in yields? 

When the January crop report is issued, after the nation's harvest is completed and the analyists have had the opportunity to double check their figures with the amount of grain that is stored or has been sold, I believe we will see another reduction for the nation's corn production.  In Iowa especially, I think the USDA will realize the state did not produce as much corn as earlier thought.  My belief is the original October estimate of 169 bushels per acre may be more accurate than the November estimate.  Actually, I wouldn't be all that surprised if the final number was slightly lower than the October estimate.   Iowa will still be able to hold on to its number one ranking for being the top corn producer in the nation, but everyone will come to the conclusion that 2011 was a good year for corn production, but not a bin-busting great year.


Farm Bill Debate

The Food Security Act, otherwise more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill expires in September of 2012.  Already, commodity organizations and various farm groups are filling out their "Christmas Wish List" as to what provisions they would like to see either added or eliminated in the next farm legislation.  Keep in mind, of the $870 billion dollars allocated to the farm legislation; more than 70 percent goes to nutritional need programs, such as food stamps, school lunch programs, WIC, and other such federal programs. However, the focus of attention will be directly on the backs of America's farmers in terms of commodity subsidies and direct payments.

Read more: Farm Bill Debate


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