KCHA Sports Report (7/26)

The Iowa High School Athletic Association continued its baseball State Tournament yesterday at Principal Park in Des Moines with the Class 4A Quarter-Finals.  The top-seed in the tournament Johnston was upset by Cedar Rapids Washington by a final score of 7-5.  They will take on West Des Moines Valley, who beat Waukee 5-1, on Friday in the Semi-Finals.  The other Semi-Final in Class 4A will be Urbandale against Epworth-Western Dubuque.

The semifinal round begins today at the state high school baseball tournament with action in class 1A. Todd Kimm has a preview

Newman is seeking its fourth state title in six years and coach Alex Bohl says that experience is a plus.

We now shift to talk a little Hawkeye football.  Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says he is ready for the talking to be over the preseason practice to begin. Ferentz addressed Big Ten Media Day in Chicago and big things are expected from quarterback Nate Stanley, only the second junior Ferentz has taken to Media Day.

Ferentz says Stanley is also the second junior he has had be elected a captain.

The biggest hole on offense is at center where James Daniels left early for the NFL. Senior Keegan Render moved over to center during spring drills.

Iowa has found success with a number of players who moved to a different position in college. Senior defensive end Parker Hesse (hess-ee) was a quarterback and linebacker as a standout at Waukon.

Junior tight end Noah Fant has received plenty of preseason recognition and Ferentz says he continues to make progress.

The Hawkeyes open September first at home against Northern Illinois.

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