Making plans for Fort Dodge: Class 5A edition


The Johnston Dragons are headed back to state for the second-straight year. This is the first-time in school history this has happened.

The defending champion, the runner-up and the team that dealt the top-ranked squad their last defeat all are headed to Fort Dodge to play in the 2014 Iowa High School Girls State Softball Tournament.

Iowa Public Television will broadcast the final Friday night, July 25th at 7p. You can also watch the game online at Paul Yeager and Laura Leonard will have the call.

Here is a look at the regional finals and the teams that will play on next week.

Top-ranked Johnston defeats Sioux City East, 12-0. Last year’s 5A runner-up is making its 5th trip to Rogers Park.

#2 Dowling Catholic 8, Ankeny Centennial 1. Maroons will be back in Fort Dodge to defend their 5A state title.

#3 West Des Moines Valley stops Council Bluffs AL in five innings, 12-2.

#4 Southeast Polk 12, Cedar Rapids Kennedy 0. Rams off to State for first time since ’08.

#5 Muscatine 11, Ottumwa 0. Muskies will be in Fort Dodge for the 14th time and first state tournament since 2010.

#6 The Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks make their 21st state tourney trip with a regional final 1-0 over Dubuque Senior. Apparently, no one wanted to leave the field after the game, according to Jeff Linder of the CR Gazette.

#8 Pleasant Valley 6, Davenport West 0. Spartans advance to 5A state tournament next week.

#9 Waukee 6-1 win over Ankeny. For the first time in 6 years, the Warriors are off to state.

Here’s the Class 5A bracket from the IGHSAU.

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Making plans for Fort Dodge: Class 3A edition

The top two teams in Class 3A from 2013 are back at state in 2014 as Bondurant-Farrar will defend its title and Clarke will look to move past second place. But the top-ranked team of 2014 will only be a spectator this year. Mid-Prairie advances to Fort Dodge with the win Monday night.

The first tourney games will be played Monday and finish Friday at 2:30p. You can watch the finals on Iowa Public Television or online at I will have the call of the game with Laura Leonard.

Here are some first blush notes with strong support from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Class 3A State Softball Tournament Field:

At Iowa City, West — Mid-Prairie 6 #1 Benton Community 5. Golden Hawks earn the last 3A state tournament slot and are making their 9th trip to Fort Dodge with win over top-ranked Benton. How did they do it with a new coach? Nine-straight wins, that’s how.

At Waterloo West — #2 East Marshall 11,  New Hampton 4. East Marshall returns to Rogers Park for the 3rd consecutive year and 5th time overall.

At Winterset — #3 Clarke 4, #8 ADM 3 Last year’s 3A runner-up returns to Rogers Park. The school’s third trip to the State SB Tournament.

At Battle Creek – (NR) Greene County 12, #4 Sioux Center 3. Rams qualify for state softball for the first time ever.

At Cedar Rapids, Jefferson — #6 Center Point-Urbana 8, #12 Mount Vernon. 5 Second trip to Fort Dodge for the Stormin’ Pointers and 1st since 1994. As Jeff Linder of the CR Gazette will tell you, this is a young team.

At Roland — #9 Bondurant-Farrar 10,  Humboldt 0 (5). The Defending 3A champions will have the opportunity to defend its title. Blue Jays also qualified for state basketball.

At Ottumwa — #13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 6, Prairie City Monroe 4.  The Falcons return to the State Tournament for the second time in school history. Burlington ND won the Class 1A state basketball title. Relive the moment here.

At Emmetsburg — (NR) Spirit Lake 6,  #14 Osage 5.  The Indians are heading to Fort Dodge for the 5th time and 1st since 2006.

Here is the link to the pairings.

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Making plans for Fort Dodge: Class 1A Edition

The state’s lone unbeaten team and defending champs have advanced to the state tourney. Monday,  the first round of tickets were punched to Fort Dodge to play next week in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union State Softball Tournament.

Iowa Public Television will broadcast the 1A finals on Friday, July 25th at 10A. I will have your call with Laura Leonard. You can watch on the air or online at that day.

These are some beginning notes that have strong help from the IGHSAU.

2014 1A State Tourney Field

At Cherokee #1 Akron-Westfield 6,  Newell-Fonda 2. 1A defending champs Akron-Westfield will be in Fort Dodge to defend its crown. A-W is the state’s lone unbeaten.

At Oskaloosa #2 Lynnville-Sully 11, HLV 1 (6) No. 2 Lynnville-Sully earns a 4th trip to State Softball in four years.  Hawks also qualified in basketball.

At Parkersburg #4 AGWSR 9, Don Bosco 5. AGWSR finished 3rd in 2A last year. The Cougars are State SB bound for the 2nd time

At Chariton #5 Wayne 14, Mount Ayr  2 (3). Falcons return to Rogers Park for the third time in five years.

At Greenfield #6 Martensdale-St. Marys 3, #8 Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 0. 7th straight year at state for MSM with 3-0 win over Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton.

At Wilton #11 Marquette Catholic 3, #3 New London 0.  Second trip to Fort Dodge in 3 years for the Mohawks.

At Cresco (NR) Kee 12, #12 Mason City Newman Catholic 0 (5)  Hawks earn its 2nd-ever trip to Fort Dodge. First trip since 2002.

At Battle Creek (NR) Glidden-Ralston 6, #13 Remsen St. Mary’s 2. First-ever trip to State for the Wildcats.

Here is the link to the tourney pairings.

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Time for softball and track and soccer and… do you keep score?

IPTV Sports is starting to hit peak season.


Jim Kirby talks to members of the state champion Urbandale J-Hawk shuttle hurdle relay team.

We had crews at the famous Blue Oval to capture the sights, sounds and highlights of the Iowa High School Athletic Union’s state track meet. The co-ed meet is its tenth season. It was fun to be back in the middle of it all. We will be cutting together 3, eight minute segments to air during the soccer championships on June 14th.

My next role with be with state softball.

This is where you come in to play.

Part of what made our basketball coverage work so well was the stories we told of the players and coaches. I’m looking to make sure we know those stories a little earlier this season. If you know of something that is outstanding and we should pay attention to, please let me know. Drop a line to me at or in the comments below.

I will try to keep my Flipboard magazine of girls sports updated as the season goes on, but I may miss some stories as the year progresses.


Paul Yeager records a promo for IPTV Sports at the Iowa High School 2014 State Track Meet.

My next question is how do you keep score at a softball or baseball game? Are you pen and paper person? Which book do you use? Are you an iPad score keeper? Which program, iScore or GameChanger or something else?


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A Return to the Sports Arena on IPTV


Wayne Cafferty in the huddle for the Colo Royals.

We are getting ready to go back in time at Iowa Public Television.

Starting in March, IPTV Sports will return to the statewide network with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s State Basketball Tournament.

Easy for you to read, but will it be simple for me to say? I’ll be serving as your host of our coverage beginning Friday evening at 530p on both the network and We begin with a pregame show before the 1A and 2A finals. Saturday will find us on the air at 330p with the pregame and three title tilts to follow with 3A, 4A and 5A.


Colo-Nesco opens the 2014 state tourney Monday at 10a.

Our crew will include the talented folks that bring you local programming on IPTV and some new additions you may already know. BJ Schaben and Laura Leonard will call 1A, 3A and 4A games. Ric Silvestrini and Molly Nelson will team up for the 2A and 5A title games at Wells Fargo Arena. I’ll be your host throughout the two days as we show you all the pageantry of the tournament.


The Carlisle Wildcats capped an improbably U-Turn from 2013 to 2014.

We will be your home for the girls sports championships of basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. The boys tournaments will air somewhere else. You know the saying, ‘check your local listings.’

IPTV has partnered with IGHSAU for these sports plus a look at some of the other great achievements of the Iowa girl. We are really excited about what we have in store for you this March.

I’ll do my best to keep you updated throughout the week through my twitter page of @paulyeager . And check out this Flipboard magazine that you can view on your desktop or via the app found on iOS or Android. Or check this new Facebook page for updates.

If you know of a good story, let me know and we will see what we can do to incorporate that into our broadcast.

It has been a lot of fun to see some games this year. I’ve seen state qualifiers Dowling Catholic, Ballard, Colo-Nesco, Carlisle and a couple of other teams that came up just a bit short.

See you on press row this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


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Cold hats of 2014

2014 is one of those winters that you won’t soon forget, no matter how hard you try.

We have seen some great hats on reporters this year. Are you here? Send me a photo to or tweet one to me @paulyeager

I did post a few to my Instagram account as well if you’d like to see more.
Here are a few to start your day.


Venessa Peng, KCCI.


Jennifer McDermed, WHO.


Sabrina Ahmed, WOI.


Laura Nichols, KCCI.


Mark Tauscheck, KCCI.


Jodi Whitworth, WHO.


Mark Carlson, KCRG.


Becca Habegger, KWWL.


Kim St. Onge, KCCI.

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The Battle for west of Des Moines


Keith Borness and Paul Yeager will call the Waukee/Valley game on for the video and audio. Archive will post in a few days. Twitter updates @ValleyWebcast. Find us on Facebook at Valley Webcasting. My season preview is here which includes an interview with Coach Swenson. Broadcast begins at 7p. Play-by-play: Paul Yeager. Color: Keith Borness. Sideline: Seth Drury. Stats: Romelle Slaughter.

Game: #5 Waukee Warriors (0-0) at #7 Valley Tigers (0-0), Valley Stadium, West Des Moines Kickoff 7:30

Last meeting: 45-21 Valley win on 8.24.12 at Waukee.

Waukee – Head Coach Scott Carlson

Waukee wants to be known as the team with a lot of sets, uptempo, but can slow it down. Look for some pro formations. 2 back looks, hang hat on running the ball. Power run team. Will single back it to pick up the tempo. Ability to throw downfield will set the tone for the offense. That was missing last year and that helps the balance of the offense.

Carlson says this some of the best depth Waukee’s ever had. Now the roster is over 80 players. Highest program numbers in school history. Allen brothers of AJ and Trevor. #30 Trevor is the junior who played a lot as a sophomore. AJ #21 will see some time on offense, but mostly at DL. AJ actually led the team in yards per carry while Trevor had more total yards.

Team of Triplets – Priest brothers of  #13 Gavin, #19 Kevin and #52 Mitch. All are very different according to Carlson

Platoon Plus: Finally starting to get some platoons and not just 2-way players. May see a lot of players as the heat may have some impact.

Heat Week: Hot weather this week prompted the team to have Tue/Wed practice under the lights. Partially to get used to them and the other it was cooler.

Sophs the QB1: QB starter will be the sophomore #8 Ben Ferkin. Lots of upside to him. Not the starter from last season. That was Hoeg. He’ll back up, but play some defense. Still developing. Ferkin was the soph team QB last year, but this will be a big test under the lights and in front of a big crowd.

Powerball: Would like to hang hat on being able to run the ball. That being said, offense has lots of variety in the scheme. Look for a few sets, up tempo look, pro formation with 2 backs, single formation.  #38 Tyler Speight is the starter at FB. Halfback is #30 Trevor Allen, the leading returning rusher in 4A. 1265 yards last season as a SOPH.

Loaded on the Line: O Line – Good numbers back. 3 starters return to the line plus the TE #87 Michael Jacobson. That position is important in the offense. Quality players up front. They are hungry, but those new to the line will have to learn on the go. Returning players: T #74 Ross Reynolds, G #67 Will Pigg

Defining the Defense: Look for a 4-3 look, but at times, #21 AJ Allen will drop back to give a 3-4 look. AJ will walk up/back depending on situation. Front 7 are impressive in coach’s words. But that is in practice, now it is time to see under the lights how they will respond. Big and strong up front, high motor guys, Ends #92 Anthony Nelson and #21 AJ Allen are finesse guys.

Young Warriors at LB: Linebackers are younger guys. #16 Pat Gray is a junior, MLB #33 Kyle Boulanger and #42 Drew Linemann is a sophomore. So, very young and inexperienced at that position. Boulanger is a returning player.

Secure Secondary: More experience. #7 Matt Corbett is the QB of the Defense. #35 Connor Cox is a senior, hockey player so you know he’s not afraid of contact. Hoeg the back up QB, but will likely play a lot of CB with Cox. Look for battle between  #32 Conner Wachter and #15 Reid Loftsgard.

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