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STAVANGER, Norway \u2014 More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.

Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 43 mph and waves over 26 feet.

Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.

\"It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real,\" she wrote.

Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.

\"We saw two people taken off by stretcher,\" another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. \"People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm.\"

The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 328 feet from striking rocks under the water and 2,953 feet from shore when it stopped.

The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

The airlifts continued at a steady pace Sunday morning, as the vessel was being prepared for towing by two tugboats to the nearby town of Molde, according to Per Fjerd at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

The helicopters stopped taking people off the ship when the ship was ready for the trip to shore, and 463 passengers had been evacuated by that time, the Joint Rescue center said. Three of the ship's four engines were working as of Sunday morning, the center said.

The Viking Sky, a vessel with a gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.

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For decades, America\u2019s consumption of crude oil has left us in a highly vulnerable position. To meet their energy needs, American consumers and businesses have been subject to the production whims and price manipulation of crude oil by OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). Driven by its de facto leader Saudi Arabia, OPEC is a 14-nation oil cartel that dominates the global oil industry landscape, producing nearly one-third of the world\u2019s crude oil.

In my Dec. 2 article, U.S. crude oil industry reigns supreme, I analyzed America\u2019s recent crude oil resurgence and the key factor in this growth\u00a0\u2014 America\u2019s vast shale oil fields. These oil reserves contain some of the largest untapped deposits of crude oil in the world. Shale oil deposits are crude oil trapped inside tiny, low-porous holes within the shale rock. Before recent technological advancements, these massive oil deposits could not be cost-effectively captured. Today, those rich shale deposits are yielding crude oil in record volumes.

The recent transformation of the U.S. crude oil industry is simply without precedent. Over the past two years, U.S. crude oil production has increased 40 percent to 12.1 million barrels per day, an all-time high. In November, the U.S. overtook both Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world\u2019s largest producer of crude oil.

According to the latest projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its just-released 2019 World Energy Outlook, America\u2019s crude oil resurgence has only just begun. The IEA is a Paris-based organization that tracks and analyzes global trends in energy consumption and production. Over the next five years, the U.S. crude oil industry is expected to account for 70 percent of the world\u2019s increase in crude oil production.

America\u2019s crude oil exports have also soared to record levels. In 2012, America exported, on average, just 67,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Today, America\u2019s oil exports are more than 3 million barrels per day and rising. By 2021, exports should reach 4.2 million barrels per day, overtaking Russia and closing in on Saudi Arabia, currently the world\u2019s largest exporter of crude oil.

The key benefit for America is energy independence. Crude oil\u2019s many distillate products\u00a0\u2014 gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and heating oil, among others\u00a0\u2014 are the lifeblood of our economic growth. In fact, crude oil accounts for 37 percent of U.S. energy consumption, followed by natural gas (29 percent) and coal (13 percent). On the global stage, the U.S. consumes 20 percent of the world\u2019s crude oil usage. China, the world\u2019s second-largest consumer of crude oil, accounts for 13 percent of the world\u2019s consumption.

Even with the recent boom in U.S. production, America\u2019s shale oil fields lie virtually untapped, ready to unleash its vast reserves of crude oil. Despite a weakening global economy, the world\u2019s appetite for crude oil is expected to grow. And America\u2019s crude oil industry is more than willing, and capable, to satisfy that growing demand.

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Looking out one's window can yield interesting rewards.

Ron Rife, of Davenport, was looking out his window one day this winter when he spotted a squirrel. The furry creature was swinging from the scarf of a short \"scarecrow\" his wife Edna had staked in the flower bed of their fenced backyard.

Rife laughed, but the next thing he knew, the squirrel was gone and so was the scarf. \"Well, he's stylin' now,\" Rife thought.

Before the week was out, the scarecrow, originally outfitted with a scarf, dress and papery hair and hands, was completely naked.

We're showing \"before\" (somewhat blurry) and \"after\" pictures here because you need to visualize how the scarecrow looked originally to get the full effect of how she looks today.

Rife figures the squirrel \"feathered his nest pretty good.\"

SPEAKING OF GREAT SIGHTS: I know we're all tired of winter and snow, but the soft flakes that fell overnight last Saturday into Sunday were a gift.

I was roaming the house about midnight Saturday, when the light from one of the upstairs windows struck me as unusually bright. I walked over to investigate and, oh my, the whole world was white!

And that was such a sudden change because just that afternoon I had been sitting on the ground (with a sheet of plastic under me) cutting down stalks in my prairie flower patch. The day was warmish and sunny and the lawn was completely brown.

Sunday morning I awoke to two to three inches of light, white fluff on top of everything. All the tree branches, shrub branches, fence tops, roofs, lawns and utility wires. I walked into our back yard in my flannel nightgown and clogs, sinking into the soft, cold snow. When I looked up, I'd get splatted with cold, wet blobs falling from the branches and hitting me right in my eyes!

... Four hours later, it was as though this had never happened.

ABOUT THOSE STALKS: I have always been a \"tidy up the yard\" kind of person, cutting down all the spent perennial stalks and stems and putting them out with the leaves in the fall.

But having read that insects and other creatures use these stalks to overwinter in, I decided to leave mine up this year, even though I was sure they would look unkempt.

They didn't, though. They actually looked nice. And I needn't have worried about not having time to get them cut in the spring before the new growth began.

FLOODING IN NEBRASKA: There's nothing like seeing one's brother being interviewed on television by a news reporter to catch one's attention.

Such was the case with me last week as one of my brothers, who lives with his wife in southwest Iowa near Omaha, was interviewed about having to evacuate their rural home because of unprecedented flooding on the Missouri River.

They are two of thousands hurt by flooding on the Missouri, the Platte, the Niobrara \u2014 all rivers in Nebraska.\u00a0

I bring this up because the flooding there hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. It is a MESS, and thousands of people are in a world of hurt.

Gov. Pete Ricketts has called the flooding the worst in state history.

Bins full of stored grain have burst open, destroying the contents (i.e., people's livelihoods) and livestock have drowned. Levees have breached, roads, railroad lines and homes are under water and late last week, the water plant in a town near where my brother lives finally went under.\u00a0People who didn't evacuate cannot get to town for food and supplies for their livestock.

\u00a0The flooding is being attributed to conditions that included a \"bomb cyclone\" weather pattern \u2014 frozen ground, warming weather conditions and heavy rains.

The toll on farmers and ranchers is expected to be exceptionally severe. Weighed down by falling incomes, rising bankruptcies and the fallout from President Trump\u2019s trade policies, the flood could be the breaking point for many.

Let's remember these people.

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With less than a year before the Iowa caucuses, we\u2019re fortunate to have seen an array of presidential candidates already.

In just this past week, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand were in Davenport. The three Democrats who are running for president are among the many who have come to Iowa.

We\u2019ve also seen plenty of others. John Delaney, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, the list goes on.

They\u2019re telling us what they\u2019d do to provide health care and that they want to curb climate change. And they\u2019re drawing hundreds of people.

We expect we\u2019ll see plenty more of them, too.

Still, there are 11 months to go before the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. And there are approximately 20 months before the eventual challenger faces off with President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election.

Before we get there, we would point out there's another election on the horizon.

It's just eight months away, in fact.

We know the race for Davenport mayor isn\u2019t on par with the presidency, but we\u2019re a little surprised that at this point there is just one official entrant in the race: Alderman Mike Matson.

We hear there may be others, and in previous contests when an incumbent has chosen not to run for re-election, campaigns don\u2019t really form up until May or June.

Still, we are eager to get started. We want to hear the ideas of the men and women who want to lead the city.

We know there are other cities in our area that will choose mayors this year, too, and there will be contested spots for council seats, as well. But the chief executive\u2019s office in our area\u2019s largest city has always been a uniquely important spot.

Choosing that person requires a robust debate because the job requires a leader who, working with colleagues on both sides of the Mississippi River, can give the Quad-Cities a powerful regional voice.

We also think there are plenty of challenges that Davenport faces, and with just eight months to go before Election Day \u2013 seven months before a primary, if it's needed \u2013 there is plenty to be debated.

Our economy has not recovered from the Great Recession as well as some other cities around the state, and there are a large number of people who have trouble making ends meet.

Davenport still hasn't grown its labor force and employment base to what it was before the Great Recession. We're not alone in that unfortunate circumstance, but we'd like to hear some ideas about how to get out of the hole.

There are plenty of other issues, too.

The city\u2019s streets are in need of significant repair, and leadership is needed to pull together the public-private partnership that will be necessary to revitalize the riverfront.

Recently, we got a chance to review the riverfront plan put together by the Downtown Davenport Partnership and the Figge Art Museum. We liked a lot of what we saw, but we will be further encouraged to see the public weigh in, making it a truly community vision.

We still have problems with car thefts in this city, and public safety in general is always an important issue.

The city also has significant housing needs, particularly for the less fortunate among us.

This is an area where we hope to hear a lot of ideas.

Meanwhile, the Iowa Legislature continues to threaten the financing of local priorities, and a strong leader is needed to push back.

These concerns, among others, should get a full airing by the men and women who want to lead the city council, as well as by those who are vying to fill those seats.

Too often, our city council and mayoral campaigns turn into grind-it-out grass roots races that center more on turnout than ideas.

We are hopeful for so much more this year. But it begins with men and women, inside and outside of City Hall, who are willing to step up, put their names on the ballot and make their case before the public.

We think there\u2019s no time like the present to get started.

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The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, moved over 18 feet Saturday on its way to a new forecasted crest of 18.2 feet some time during the day Monday.

Meteorologist Andy Ervin of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said that the Mississippi River is now in major flooding and that the probabilities are good that a bigger flood is yet to come sometime in mid-April.

\u201cWe\u2019ll have another flood that should exceed this level, but I can\u2019t tell you that number yet,\u201d Ervin said Saturday. \u201cRight now we\u2019ll just have to wait and see. That\u2019s still two to three weeks out.\u201d

In the meantime, the Mississippi River at Rock Island is expected to stay at about 18.2 feet through Thursday and then drop slightly to about 18.1 feet by Saturday, he said.

Flood stage at Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island is 15 feet.

\u201cThis is round two of the rise,\u201d Ervin said. \u201cWe rose and then we fell and this is the secondary rise and it\u2019s a pretty good one.\u201d

But as Ervin wanted to stress on Saturday, \u201cThe probabilities are that we\u2019ll see an additional rise beyond this toward mid-April. The main snowmelt flood is yet to come.\u201d

The snowpack in central and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin is large, Erving said, but it is the water content of that snowpack that is the biggest factor.

\u201cIt\u2019s the same issue we had here,\u201d he said. \u201cWe had snow and then a layer of ice and then snow and then ice and then snow. When that all melted here our rivers flooded.\u201d

It would have been nice for there to have been a slow melt to the north of the Quad-Cities, he added, \u201cbut it\u2019s mid-March and that snowpack is still sitting there and the further we go into the spring, the less likely it is that we\u2019ll see a slow melt.\u201d

It is too early to tell if the mid-April flooding will reach record levels, Ervin said. However, \u201cthe risk of major flooding is high compared to any other given year,\u201d he added. \u201cRemember, we\u2019re already at major flooding now.

\u201cWe do need to take this seriously,\u201d Ervin said, warning that people who have not prepped for flooding at their homes and businesses should do so, provided it is not already too late to do so.

Naturally, meteorologists will be keeping an eye on spring rains, whether they fall above or below the Quad-Cities. While this weekend\u2019s expected rainfall of a quarter-inch to a half-inch in some places will not affect the rivers much at all, larger rain events in the spring could, Ervin said.

Flooding in the Quad-Cities is nothing new, he added. \u201cWe live in the Midwest along major rivers. We\u2019ve had quite a few high-end flood events historically. Thankfully, we\u2019ve gotten much better in our ability to fight floods.\u201d

In Moline, the Rock River hit a crest of 15.03 feet on Thursday and is on the way down. The Rock at Moline is forecast to continue falling to its 12-foot flood stage by Saturday.

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No two calls are ever the same for the crew of MedForce Aeromedical Transport.

But when the sleek, blue-and-yellow medical helicopter transport is called to the scene of a crash, fire or near-drowning, the crew \u2013 and the public \u2013 knows it\u2019s serious.

\u201cThere's a lot of calls. All the calls are bad,\u201d said Justin Hicks, a six-year flight nurse for MedForce. \u201cSome are a little bit worse than others, but at the end of the day, we're taking the sickest everywhere. ... Sometimes they have good outcomes. But, you know, sometimes they don't either.\u201d

MedForce, a non-profit emergency medical helicopter transport service, has been a staple in the Quad-Cities for almost 19 years, transporting regionally patients in need of specialty medical or trauma care. MedForce receives about 1,400 flight requests a year and ultimately transports 1,000 patients a year, said Kevin Takacs, president and chief executive officer at MedForce.

\u201cThe uniqueness behind us is the fact that you can go to zero to 100 in age, and you can go from trauma to medical to the burns,\u201d said Takacs. \u201cSo we have to be well-versed and trained in all those areas because, at this point, there's really not a higher level of care you're going to get out in the field.\u201d

Working on and transporting children and the elderly can be especially difficult. And sometimes the crew has to transport one of their fellow first responders, like the case of Adam Cain.

The 23-year-old Clinton firefighter was seriously injured Jan. 5 in a silo explosion at the ADM Grain Facility in Clinton. Clinton Fire Department Lt. Eric Hosette, 33, a 12-year veteran, was killed.

Hicks was the flight nurse on the helicopter that transported him to University Hospitals in Iowa City. MedForce frequently works with Clinton firefighters, so Cain was a familiar face in need.

\u201cI\u2019m not going to say it\u2019s not easy,\u201d Hicks said. \u201cYou\u2019ve got to just put things in the back of your mind, table it, not push it away forever, but you have to focus on what needs to be done.

Seeing a need

Takacs began his career as a paramedic in 1982 and in the 1990s began to fly as a part-time flight medic for a helicopter transport service that came to the Quad-Cities.

The transport service left the area after a few years, though, because \u201cThey didn\u2019t think it was financially feasible to sustain an air service here,\u201d he said.

Takacs disagreed.

\u201cI felt that we had very much a niche market, and I thought that there was a huge need for that,\u201d he said. \u201cIn the past, if we were to use an aircraft from another area, the usual response would be greater than 30 minutes. And when you talked about the severity of injury, the severity of illness, greater than 30 minutes is not acceptable.\u201d

Takacs reincorporated MedForce in June 2000, and the first flight took off four months later.

\u201cThis company is based on three things: safety, patient care and customer service,\u201d he said. \u201cThose three elements are what have to be intact every time that mission is accepted.\u201d

MedForce started out with a crew of 15, with a helicopter in a hangar at the Davenport Municipal Airport.

The company has since expanded to include 60 employees and two state-of-the-art EC-135 medically- configured helicopters that travel at speeds of nearly 160 mph, plus a backup aircraft.

MedForce services about 60 hospitals in the region and responds to a 120-mile radius from the Quad-City base in Colona, Ill., and a 120-radius from the West Burlington base.

MedForce partners with PHI Inc., an emergency air services company out of Lafayette, La., to supply the aircraft and pilots.

Both helicopters are on duty 24/7 and are staffed with a pilot, medic and flight nurse. While in flight, the medical crew can perform a variety of services, including intubating a patient, putting in an IV and administering medication.

On the helicopter, there is a barrier between the front and the \u201cmedical aspect,\u201d which Takacs said comprises a cot, ventilators, cardiac monitors and \u201cevery drug that you could probably imagine.\u201d

Taking flight

On a sunny Tuesday morning in mid-March, Hicks, flight medic Mike Ehlers and pilot Tom Everson did a morning briefing at the MedForce base in Colona.

\u201cThere's no maintenance issues on the aircraft,\" Everson assured the crew as they sat around the kitchen table.

Everson has been flying for MedForce via PHI since 2009. Ehlers, a medic for about 10 years, began working part time for MedForce in November.

Hicks, previously a trauma center nurse at Trinity Rock Island, said every day with MedForce is different, in both patient count and injury type.

\u201cHonestly, it\u2019s variable. It could be none. It could be five. It just depends on the weather, the day and what's really going on,\u201d he said. \u201cIf we do one a day, that's probably pretty average. Shoot, the most I've done in a 24-hour shift is like six or seven calls. It fluctuates quite a bit.\u201d

When they aren't on a call, the crew does training, checks charts and rests up at the Colona base. The building has bedrooms, an office, a kitchen and a living room.

The helicopter is stored in a large garage that is attached to the main building. It sits on a wood pad that is it moved around by a small tractor.

While the most common injuries vary, workers said they tend to come in waves. This past year has been bad for car wrecks and their outcomes, Hicks said.

\u201cSeasonally, it\u2019s cyclical,\u201d said Tom Scheetz, director of operations. \u201cHere comes motorcycle season. Here comes injuries, bonfires and alcohol season. Right now, it\u2019s illnesses and injuries.\u201d

Other types of trauma, such as strokes and heart attacks, don\u2019t have a season, Scheetz said.

\u201cThe scariest part of our job from my perspective\u2026it\u2019s not knowing what the next call is,\u201d Scheetz said. \u201cI don\u2019t know if my next call is a 2-year-old not breathing, or a 68-year-old guy having a stroke, or an 80-year-old guy having a heart attack. I have to be just good enough at everything that I do\u2026to know that I have the training and the ability to get over whatever the call throws at me.\u201d

One unique aspect of MedForce is that it teams up a nurse and a medic.

The role of a medic is more a skill-based familiarity with working in the field, while nurses are typically more acclimated with hospital settings. Working in a small, narrow space such as the helicopter is more in line with what a medic is used to, Hicks said, since they often work in an ambulance in the field.

\u201cI think it's pretty difficult for nurses, because we weren't trained the same,\u201d he said. But that difference in training can also be a benefit. \u201cWe weren't trained the same, so we look at things in a different way.\u201d

Of MedForce\u2019s 1,000 patient transports a year, Takacs said about 70 percent are transfers between medical facilities, and the remaining 30 percent are 911 responses.

\u201cBeing as rural as we are, most people look at us as just a responding to maybe Scott County or Rock Island County, but actually our emergent response is really about 15 counties around here. So we have a pretty expansive response area from a 911 standpoint.\u201d

Getting the call

The weather is one major factor that the crew\u00a0\u2014 especially the pilot\u00a0\u2014 needs to consider when accepting a flight from MedForce\u2019s dispatch center in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The helicopters operate under three conditions: a \u201cgreen\u201d day, which is a clear day with no inhibiting factors; a \u201cyellow\u201d day, which is some cloud coverage and some potential icing; and a \u201cred\u201d day, which is a no-fly day.

\u201cWe still maintain staff on a no-fly day because we have a relationship with Genesis ambulance that if they need a critical care team to go, they'll come pick up my nurse and medic and they can go take the patient by ground if need be,\u201d said Takacs.

The weight of the patient is also a factor. Scheetz said the cot can hold a patient that weighs up to 400 pounds.

If flight conditions are met, the crew loads up and takes off. The goal is to get off the ground within seven to 10 minutes, Takacs said.

Once they are airborne, a dispatcher explains the situation to which they\u2019re responding.

A flight from Bettendorf to the University of Iowa takes 17-20 minutes; Peoria takes about 25-30 minutes. Flying to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., takes about 90 minutes.

Usually, the patients that are transported from the scene of an incident, such as a car crash, have multiple injuries, Takacs said.

\u201cThey may have internal injuries, they may have external injuries. They may have a head injury, they may have burns. It may run the gamut,\u201d he said. \u201cSo you have to prioritize what's life-critical at this point. Usually, it's the airway.\u201d

Takacs said MedForce urges responding agencies, such as fire departments, that if it sounds bad, \u201cget the process started and you can cancel us if you need to.\u201d

\u201cI would rather err on the side of patient care than not,\u201d he said. \u201cOn our inner facility flights, we advocate\u2026that there has to be a medical necessity. So it's up to the physician to say, \u2018Yes, these injuries, this illness, require a rapid transport via helicopter.\u2019\u201d

It can be confusing why MedForce would transport a patient to a particular hospital when other hospitals are closer. But patient care is the primary focus, Scheetz said, and not every hospital is the same.

\u201cPeople think, \u2018Why would you take an Iowa person to Peoria?\u2019\u201d Scheetz said. \u201cBecause it's a level one trauma center, and that's what that person needs.\u201d

Level one trauma centers are in Rockford, Peoria, and Iowa City. Iowa City is the closest burn center to the Quad-Cities.

\u201cIf we pick up a trauma anywhere, if we can manage them well enough that they're stable, we will bypass the local hospitals,\u201d Scheetz said. \u201cWe always call them first and say, \u2018Listen, this is bad. We need to go. And most of the time they're like, \u2018Ok, go.\u2019\u201d

A special flight

On the same Tuesday in mid-March, Hicks, Ehlers and Everson loaded up the helicopter and took a special trip to Clinton to meet with Cain and his father, Kevin, at Mercy Medical.

It was the first time Hicks and Cain had met since the explosion at ADM.\u00a0

On the day of the incident, the MedForce crew was doing their morning routine when they received the dispatch to Clinton. They were initially told to fly to the hospital but then were dispatched to Home Depot to meet with an ambulance that had transported Cain.

The crew was familiar with Cain\u00a0\u2014 \u201cit\u2019s a small world,\u201d Hicks said\u00a0\u2014 but in the short term, they had to focus on treating and transporting him to Iowa City.

\u201cIn two hours, three hours, when you\u2019re finally sitting down to have lunch, maybe that\u2019s when you talk about it or think about it,\u201d Hicks said. \u201cI\u2019m not going to say this has been an easy process. \u2026 At the end of the day, it\u2019s done, and we did what we could to hopefully make a terrible, terrible situation in a small community better.\u201d

Cain, who is still recovering from his injuries, said he doesn\u2019t remember the flight to University Hospitals.

\u201cIt\u2019s weird being on the other end of it,\u201d he said. \u201cNormally I\u2019m helping other people. It\u2019s nice to be with someone that\u2026saved my life.\u201d

Cain still has a metal brace on his arm and is going to physical therapy three times a week. He often visits the fire station to talk to his coworkers.

Scheetz, who also responded that day, said he was in awe of how Cain\u2019s fellow firefighters put their emotion aside while they worked on him. \u201cThey just nailed it, and then they became humans again.\u201d

Caring for the caretakers

Takacs said he can remember almost every case he\u2019s handled in 35 years as a medic.

\u201cI can drive around the Quad-Cities and regionally and say, \u2018Yeah, I had a patient here, I had a patient there.\u2019\u201d

Takacs said early in his career, a little boy he transported for cancer treatment died. The thought of that boy still chokes him up today.

\u201cI probably learned more from that child than anything. And, you know, quite honestly, if I look back on it, I was very fortunate, because he developed my career.\u201d

It\u2019s also a reason why he started MedForce.

\u201cYou know, you see all this trauma and all this devastation, and I feel very blessed that I was given the ability to be able to mitigate those circumstances, to help people,\u201d he said. \u201cTo me, there's nothing better than that.\u201d

But while the work is rewarding, he said it can take a toll on the men and women who provide care before and during transport.

\u201cIt is always, always on our minds about the stability of our staff,\u201d Takacs said. \u201cWe see such diversity in what we do. And due to a high level of care that we provide, every situation that we go out on is critical. Not every outcome is favorable, and that does a play hard on our staff.\u201d

Takacs said from a management standpoint, it\u2019s crucial that they communicate almost daily with staff members to ensure they\u2019re OK, especially after a difficult call.

\u201cIt\u2019s irresponsible of us if we don't pay attention to their needs and what they're faced with. And there are days when you come back from a call and we'll stand them down and just say, \u2018Nah, we're done.\u2019 We'll get another crew member in and we'll take care of it, but you need to check out for the day,\u201d Takacs said. \u201cAnd then we monitor those types of situations to make sure that they're healthy and mentally prepared to come back.\u201d

Photos: MedForce
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STAVANGER, Norway \u2014 More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.

Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 43 mph and waves over 26 feet.

Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.

\"It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real,\" she wrote.

Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.

\"We saw two people taken off by stretcher,\" another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. \"People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm.\"

The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters. The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 328 feet from striking rocks under the water and 2,953 feet from shore when it stopped.

The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

The airlifts continued at a steady pace Sunday morning, as the vessel was being prepared for towing by two tugboats to the nearby town of Molde, according to Per Fjerd at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.

The helicopters stopped taking people off the ship when the ship was ready for the trip to shore, and 463 passengers had been evacuated by that time, the Joint Rescue center said. Three of the ship's four engines were working as of Sunday morning, the center said.

The Viking Sky, a vessel with a gross tonnage of 47,800, was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.

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An article by Kevin O'Sullivan in the Feb. 16 edition of The Irish Times, for example, began like this: \"The evidence is stacking up side by side with confirmation of human-induced global warming: we are living in the sixth age of mass extinction. The combination of species decline and a warming world means the Earth is careering towards a catastrophic collapse of ecosystems.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":["david zaya","plant ecologist","federal government","united states"],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"revision":4,"commentID":"8fb52958-a910-5173-8ce7-7b665e13d29c","body":"

Over the past year, an increasing number of articles have been written, especially in Europe, about declining populations of common insects.

An article by Kevin O'Sullivan in the Feb. 16 edition of The Irish Times, for example, began like this: \"The evidence is stacking up side by side with confirmation of human-induced global warming: we are living in the sixth age of mass extinction. The combination of species decline and a warming world means the Earth is careering towards a catastrophic collapse of ecosystems.

\"This week a global study showed the decline of insects is accelerating at 2.5 per cent a year, suggesting they could vanish within a century. It is rare that a scientific paper is so blunt: 'Unless we change our ways of producing food insects as a whole will go down the path of extinction in a few decades.'\"

David Zaya, a plant ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey who is leading a citizen-scientist project on pollinators, has read these articles, too.

\"I definitely believe there has been a decline (in insects) in the last few decades,\" he said.

\"Older landowners across Illinois have told me anecdotes of how many more bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects they used to see,\" he said. \"Scientific data has started to show evidence of these declines, too.\"

Since 1997, the Illinois Natural History Survey has conducted a statewide assessment of 450 random sites for birds, plants and \"sweep samples\" of insects, and the results show a \"precipitous decline\" in populations since the program began.

The decline likely began around the 1970s, Zaya said. And what caused it?

\"Something has changed over the last 50 or 60 years in the way we use the land that has led to this decline,\" he said. \"It's probably a combination of things. Herbicides, insecticides and they way we mow and manage the land. We can't just point to one thing.\"

Most of the more alarming studies about insects originate in Europe because more large-scale monitoring is conducted there than in the United States,\u00a0 Zaya said.

\"Illinois has one of the better programs (in the nation) and we have relatively few compared to Europe. They've been doing it longer.\"

So how does Zaya, who deals daily with the specter of a crashing natural world, keep his spirits up?

Regarding insects specifically, he said he sees several \"good trends.\"

The general population finally is getting educated on what pollinators are, how important they are and what can be done to boost their numbers.

And the federal government's Conservation Resource Program, known as CRP, is increasingly encouraging landowners to plant habitats with more native flowers and diversity, not just grass from Eurasia.

\"Those are my two main things that buoy me,\" he said.

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A spring celebration and eco-egg hunt aimed at children 3-12 years old will be\u00a0 Saturday, April 13, at Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon.

The cost is $7 ($5 for members). Children 2 or younger are free.

Options include a hide-and-seek egg hunt around the preserve (great for younger children) or a GPS scavenger egg hunt (best for older children).

Other attractions include upcycling crafts, nature-themed activities and stations on bees and waterfowl. Each paid egg hunter will receive a bag of educational and eco-friendly goodies, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration is recommended; go to nahantmarsh.org/events or call 563-336-3370.

Participants are encouraged to wear boots or shoes that can become dirty.

If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather or flooding, it will not be rescheduled. For this reason, payment is not required with pre-registration. Cash, check, or credit will be accepted on-site when guests arrive for the event. Notice of cancellation will be made on our website: www.nahantmarsh.org, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Talk offers tips on houseplants

A free talk on plant parenting and the art of indoor gardening will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Wallace's Garden Center and Greenhouses, Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf.\u00a0

Indoor plants are trendy, hip and collectible, and may be the most simple way to bring life to any room. Wallace's staff will discuss hanging plants, floor plants and more, as well as the best varieties for different conditions, growing and re-potting techniques and pest solutions.

Discovery Shop sells cookbooks, kitchen stuff

The 27th annual cookbook event at the Discovery Shop,\u00a02397 Cumberland Square Drive, Bettendorf, will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, a featuring cookbooks and kitchenware.

Included will be new and vintage cookbooks with specialties such as healthy, ethnic, desserts, every day and church favorites, plus cooking aids, gadgets, small appliances, pans, and other fun things for your kitchen.

If you have cookbooks or cooking-related items that you would like to donate for this event, drop them off at the shop at your convenience.

The Discovery Shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items donated by the community and staffed by more than 100 volunteers. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society for cancer research, education, patient services and advocacy.

Donations are accepted any time the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 563-355-0824.

Want to know more about bugs?

A free presentation titled \"Bug University\" by Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist with Iowa State University, will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Muscatine Environmental Learning Center, 3300 Cedar St.

The program will provide insight into insect identification, beneficial insect diversity and how to deal with the bad bugs.

Morel certification is coming up

A three-hour workshop for morel mushroom certification will be March 30 and April 6 on the Iowa State University campus, Ames.

To legally sell morel mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and false morels. Any Iowan who has not completed the certification training in the last three years must re-certify this year.

Registration is $50 and may be made online at http://bit.ly/MorelWorkshop19 by March 26.

For questions, contact Lina Rodriguez Salamanca, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic, 515-294-0581 or pidc@iastate.edu

Writer discusses Belgian lace mystery

Wisconsin mystery writer Kathleen Ernst will present a program on her novel \"The Lace Maker's Secret\" at\u00a0 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the Hampton Grace Methodist Church, 400 2nd Ave.

Her presentation is part of the Hampton Historical Society meeting, but is open to the public, co-sponsored by the Center for Belgian Culture, Moline, and the Midwest Writing Center, Rock Island.

Her book blends two stories; the first is a saga of Belgian immigration to America in the 19th century. The second is the mystery surrounding a modern-day murder in the Belgian-American region of northeast Wisconsin. A piece of Belgian lace ties the two stories together and holds the secret to the murder.

Ernst will talk about the experiences of Belgian-American immigrants and how she crafts her mysteries.\u00a0

The book is the 9th in her Chloe Ellefson mysteries in which Ellefson, an historic sites curator, encounters murders that occur at or near historic sites and museums in the Midwest.

Watch for faucet leaks

\u00a0Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water is wasted each year in the United States through minor residential drips and leaks. That\u2019s equal to the total water used by more than 11 million homes.

The Environmental Protection Agency encourages homeowners to check for sources of drips and offers these tips:

\u2022 Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is used. A change in the meter reading indicates you could have a leak.

\u2022 Place a drop of food coloring in toilet tanks to check for leaks. Without flushing, wait 10 minutes to see if any color appears in the bowl. If it does, you have a leak.

\u2022 Observe faucet handles, gaskets and fittings for signs of water outside the pipe that could indicate a leak.

\u2022 Check landscape irrigation systems each spring before use to make sure no damaged occurred from frost or freezing.

When replacing leaky plumbing fixtures or irrigation systems, look for the WaterSense logo to indicate a product meets EPA criteria for water efficiency and performance and is backed by independent, third-party certification.

Learn more about problematic leaks and water conservation at www.epa.gov/watersense.

RI quilter picked for Paducah

Susan Goodley, of Rock Island, is a semifinalist in the 2019 American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek-Spring Paducah show that will be April 24-27 in Paducah, Kentucky.

Goodley's quilt \"Hampton Ridge\" will be judged along with 409 others in the 35th annual contest. Following judging, it will be displayed in the show.

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A discussion titled \"Corn, Climate and Conservation: Iowa's Clean Energy Forum\" will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Davenport Public Library-Main Branch, 321 Main St.

The event is sponsored by Mighty Earth Quad-Cities, a nonprofit that works to protect the environment, threatened landscapes, and oceans.

The thrust of the discussion is how Iowa can shift its agricultural practices to move beyond food-based biofuels in favor of real climate change, while protecting wildlife, air and waterways.

Policy mandates for food-based biofuels led to the conversion of 1.6 million acres of natural habitat into cropland between 2008 and 2016, according to Mighty Earth.

Speakers include Joel Vanderbush, conservation curator at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, and Jennifer Burnham, professor of geography at Augustana College, Rock Island.

For more information, call Corinne Noonan at 603-686-2785.

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The Quad-City Coin Club's annual spring show will be Sunday, April 7, at the Camden Center, 2701 1st St. E., Milan, with 80 tables offering U.S. coins, foreign coins, paper money, gold, silver and coin supplies.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free.

Children will be able to select coins from around the world from a treasure chest, and a youth coin auction will be held at 1:30 p.m. Each participant will receive play money to bid on lots donated by club members and dealers.

Free door prizes will be offered every hour, and there will be a gold raffle at the end.

Coin club members will be available to identify coins and paper money and to\u00a0 answer questions on coin collecting and the club. A lunch stand also will be available.

Club members say that if you are interested in coins or history, \"come to the show, where you can hold history in your hands.\"

For questions, email to quadcitycoinclub@gmail.com

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Have you heard of jumping worms?

As gardeners we think of worms as \"good guys.\" Earthworms improve soil with their aerating tunnels and highly fertile poop and red wrigglers devour kitchen leftovers to make rich compost.

But a new invasive worm originally from East Asian but now discovered in Illinois and Iowa \u2014 including Muscatine County \u2014 is definitely a \"bad guy,\" as it can alter the structure and chemistry of our forests and landscapes in negative ways.

Jumping worms also known as crazy worms, Alabama jumpers, and snake worms were found in Wisconsin in 2013, in northern Illinois in 2015 and in Dubuque and Muscatine counties in Iowa in 2018.

Actually, the Midwest has no native earthworms. The glaciers that descended over northern North America wiped out the native worms in our part of the continent, so most earthworms are of European origin.

Worms, native or not, are basically eating machines. They live and feed in different levels of soil \u2013 leaf litter dwellers, topsoil dwellers and subsoil dwellers.

Jumping worms are litter and upper topsoil dwellers, eating the decaying leaves and twigs of forests. The concern is the fact they can consume the litter layer faster than any other earthworms.

When this litter and soil are consumed, the soil becomes granular, dry and looks similar to coffee grounds. Also, the land is exposed to compaction, increased water runoff and erosion, clearing the way for invasive plants to take root on the newly cleared soil. This results in less diversity of native plants, and thus less diversity of animals.

Adult jumping worms do not survive our winters, but their eggs do. They hatch in the spring and reach maturity by early summer so look for them in late June until a freeze (October). In summer and fall look for them when mulching or composting.

Adults reach maturity in about 60 days, allowing populations to grow exponentially during the growing season. These worms are also capable of reproducing without mating.

Sheer numbers are a concern as populations of jumping worms can be 10 times higher than other worms.

And gardeners' propensity to mulch every inch of our gardens and landscapes render our yards perfect candidates for bounding populations of jumping worms.

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Strawberries are well-suited to home gardens. They are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort.

Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa and Illinois.

Here are questions about strawberries with answers from horticulturists at Iowa State University Extension. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at 515-294-3108 or at hortline@iastate.edu.

Q: What are the differences between the different types of strawberries?

A: There are basically three types of strawberries grown in home gardens, and they differ in growth, flowering and fruiting characteristics.

\u2022 June-bearers are the most widely planted type. They produce one crop per year, the majority of fruit ripening in June.

Suggested cultivars are \u2018Earliglow,\u2019 \u2018Annapolis,\u2019 \u2018Surecrop,\u2019 \u2018Honeoye,\u2019 \u2018Redchief,\u2019 \u2018Cavendish,\u2019 \u2018Allstar\u2019 and \u2018Jewel.\u2019

\u2022 Everbearing is the second type. They typically produce June and late summer/early fall crops with little flowering or fruiting in the intervening weeks.

Suggested cultivars are \u2018Fort Laramie\u2019 and \u2018Ogallala.\u2019

\u2022 Day-neutral are the third type. These flower and fruit throughout much of the growing season as long as temperatures are below 90 degrees. Flower and fruit production stops in hot weather.

Suggested cultivars are\u00a0 'Tribute,\u2019 \u2018Seascape\u2019 and \u2018Albion.\u2019

Q: What would be a good planting site for strawberries?

A: Choose an area that receives full sun \u2014 at least six hours of direct sun per day\u00a0\u2014 and has well-drained soil.

Leaf and root diseases are often problems in poorly drained, wet soils.

Do not plant in areas that are heavily infested with perennial weeds as weeds such as quackgrass are extremely difficult to control in strawberry plantings. Also, avoid sites where strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers have been grown in the last two years to prevent possible root disease problems.

Q: When is the best time to plant strawberries?

A: Early spring (late March to early May) is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa and Illinois. Purchase virus-free strawberry plants from a reputable garden center or mail-order company.

Plants from an old planting or the neighbors\u2019 garden are often disease-infested.

If planting must be delayed after purchase, place moist wood shavings or sphagnum moss around the roots and place the plants in a plastic bag. Store the plants in the refrigerator at 32 to 40 F. They can be safely stored in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.

Q: What is the proper way to plant strawberries?

A: When ready to plant, trim off the older leaves, place the roots of the plants in water for an hour, then plant immediately. Set each plant in the ground so the crown of the plant is even with the soil surface.

The type of strawberry determines plant spacing. June-bearing strawberries are planted 18 to 24 inches apart in rows spaced 4 feet apart. Runners will develop and root freely to form a matted row about 2 feet wide.

Everbearing and day-neutral strawberries are typically planted in beds consisting of two or three rows. Rows are spaced 1 foot apart. Plants are spaced 1 foot apart within the rows. A 2-foot-wide path should separate the beds. Any runners that develop on everbearing and day-neutral strawberries should be removed and the plants maintained as large, single plants.

Immediately after planting, water the strawberry plants and apply a starter fertilizer solution to aid establishment. Use a water soluble fertilizer following label directions or dissolve 2 or 3 tablespoons of a complete garden fertilizer, such as 5-10-5, in one gallon of water. Apply 1 to 2 cups to each plant.

All blossoms should be removed from June-bearing strawberries during the first growing season. Check plants once a week and remove the flowers by pinching or cutting. Flowering should stop by early July.

Remove the flowers on everbearing and day-neutral strawberries for six weeks to allow for good plant establishment. Later flowers may be allowed to develop into fruit.

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First team

Isaiah Rivera, Geneseo (captain)

Height, year:\u00a06-5, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A first team all-state, AP all-state second team, Northern Illinois Big 12 West MVP, averaged 28 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game, Geneseo record for single-game points (51), single season (797) and career (1,630). Has multiple Division I basketball offers.

Josh Hammer, Erie-Prophetstown

Height, year:\u00a06-2, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0AP Class 2A all-state honorable mention, unanimous Three Rivers East Division, averaged 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 1.7 steals\u00a0

Josh Johnson, Orion

Height, year:\u00a05-11, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0AP Class 2A all-state honorable mention, unanimous Three Rivers West Division, averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 assists for sectional semifinalist

Rashaun King, Mercer County

Height, year:\u00a06-1, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0Three-year starter was first team all-Lincoln Trail, averaged 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and has over 1,000 career points

Colton Quagliano, Wethersfield

Height, year:\u00a06-0, sophomore

Quick hit:\u00a0IBCA Class 1A first team all-state, AP first team all-state, all-Lincoln Trail, averaged 22.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds for 28-win sectional qualifier

Kavon Russell, Kewanee

Height, year:\u00a06-2, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0AP Class 3A all-state honorable mention, IBCA 3A all-state special mention, averaged 18 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 steals, eclipsed 1,000 career points

Second team

Connor Barnett, Fulton

Height, year:\u00a06-1, sophomore

Quick hit:\u00a0A unanimous Three Rivers West Division selection, Barnett averaged 10 points a game for a 13-win Steamers squad which lost in regional final.

Isaac Frank, Wethersfield

Height, year:\u00a06-0, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0The first team all-Lincoln Trail choice averaged 14 points a game, second most on a squad which finished regular season ranked among top three in 1A.\u00a0

Ganon Greenman, Ridgewood

Height, year: 6-2, sophomore

Quick hit:\u00a0Selected to the Lincoln Trail Conference's top team, Greenman led 14-win Spartans in scoring at almost 17.5 points per game.\u00a0

Nate Henry, Rockridge

Height, year: 6-4, freshman

Quick hit:\u00a0Leading scorer on a 17-win Rockridge squad. He was unanimous Three Rivers West Division after averaging 14 points and nearly six boards.\u00a0

Anthony Ruthey, Riverdale

Height, year:\u00a06-1, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0An all-stater in golf, Ruthey was first team all-Three Rivers West after averaging 15 points a game for Rams.\u00a0

Julian Samuels, Annawan

Height, year:\u00a06-0, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0Among the top scorers in the Lincoln Trail Conference, Samuels averaged 18 points per contest.\u00a0

Honorable mention

ANNAWAN: Drake VanHyfte, jr. FULTON: Kyle Schipper, sr.; Kyler Pessman, so. GALVA: Tristan Rogers, jr.; Gunner Spivey, sr.\u00a0GENESEO: Tim Lehman, jr.; Jacob McConnell, jr. KEWANEE: Carson Sauer, jr. MERCER COUNTY: Cade Sharp, jr.; Trey Essig, jr.\u00a0MORRISON: Nathan Mickley, jr. ORION: Caleb Spranger, jr.; Seth West, sr.; Cade Weiss, so. RIDGEWOOD: Mitchell Brooks, so.\u00a0RIVERDALE: Carter Wainwright, sr. ROCKRIDGE: Riley Fetterer, sr.; Jenson Whiteman, so. SHERRARD: Colton Minch, sr. WETHERSFIELD: Tyler Nichols, sr.; Brady Kelley, so.\u00a0

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First team

D.J. Carton, Bettendorf (captain)

Height, year:\u00a06-2, senior

Honors/stats: Iowa Mr. Basketball, Iowa Gatorade Player of Year, MAC player of year, Class 4A all-substate, averaged 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.3 steals per game, 54.5 percent FGs, 70 percent FTs

Quick hit:\u00a0The five-star recruit and Ohio State signee was among top 15 in Iowa Class 4A in scoring, rebounding and assists. The school's all-time scoring leader led Bulldogs to 21-win season, share of MAC title and No. 1 ranking at end of the regular season.\u00a0

Ty Anderson, North Scott

Height, year: 6-6, junior

Honors/stats:\u00a0IPSWA Class 4A second team all-state, all-substate team, first team all-MAC, averaged 13.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.1 blocks per game, 59 percent FGs, 76.6 percent FTs

Quick hit:\u00a0Northern Iowa recruit was named to 4A all-tournament team at state after scoring 50 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in three games. The left-hander was third in MAC in rebounding and fourth in field goal percentage.

Deonte Billups, Moline

Height, year:\u00a06-4, senior

Honors/stats:\u00a0Illinois Class 4A Associated Press first team all-state, second team all-state by Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, first team all-Big Six, averaged 24.4 points, 9.2 rebounds per game

Quick hit:\u00a0Billups, who steered the Maroons to a share of the Big Six crown, leaves as the school's all-time leading scorer. Still undecided on a college, Billups was part of 67 victories and two regional championships at Moline.\u00a0

Dylan Peeters, Assumption

Height, year: 6-7, senior

Honors/stats:\u00a0IPSWA Class 3A second team all-state, all-substate team, first team all-MAC, averaged 17.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.7 steals, 3 blocks, 51.4 percent FGs, 75.2 percent FTs

Quick hit:\u00a0Peeters was the only player in the MAC to be among the top five in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks. The three-year starter, still undecided on a college, had a triple-double in a win over Burlington this year.

Keshawn Pegues, Davenport Central

Height, year:\u00a06-4, senior

Honors/stats:\u00a0IPSWA Class 4A second team all-state, all-substate team, first team all-MAC, averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 52 percent FGs\u00a0

Quick hit:\u00a0Helping the Blue Devils triple their win total from a season ago, Pegues was team's top scorer and rebounder. He had 21 points and 11 boards against eventual state runner-up Dubuque Senior in an early season win.

Cortaviaus Seales, North Scott

Height, year:\u00a05-11, senior

Honors/stats:\u00a0IPSWA Class 4A third team all-state, all-substate team, first team all-MAC, averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 45.8 percent FGs, 39.3 percent 3-pointers

Quick hit:\u00a0The third of three Seales brothers to play for North Scott, he was leading scorer on a MAC title and state tournament squad. He had career-high 27 points in win over then state-ranked Davenport Central.

Second team

Carter Duwa, Pleasant Valley

Height, year:\u00a06-0, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0Three-year starter and first team all-MAC selection averaged team-high 14.3 points and buried 46 shots from beyond arc for 15-win Spartans.\u00a0

Brody Harding, Moline

Height, year:\u00a05-10, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0Signed to play baseball at University of Illinois, three-year starter averaged 11.8 points per game and was named first team all-Big Six.\u00a0

Sean Peeters, Assumption

Height, year:\u00a06-4, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0The first team all-MAC and 3A all-substate selection recorded 16.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the field.\u00a0

JaMir Price, Rock Island

Height, year:\u00a06-2, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0Bradley recruit and IBCA third team all-state pick averaged team-high 14.8 points and collected 3.4 rebounds per game for co-Big Six champs.\u00a0

Drew Wiemers, Moline

Height, year:\u00a06-3, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0Three-year starter, first team all-Big Six selection and IBCA all-state special mention recorded 14.8 points and 5 rebounds per contest.\u00a0

Jean Luc Wilson, United Township

Height, year:\u00a06-2, senior

Quick hit: Selected first team all-Big Six, Wilson compiled a team-high 13.1 points and snagged six rebounds per game. He had 24 points vs. Galesburg.

Honorable mention

ALLEMAN: Sam Mattecheck, sr.; Chase VanDerGinst, sr.

ASSUMPTION: Anthony Valainis, sr.

BETTENDORF: Trevor Feller, sr.; Blake Tyler, sr.

CLINTON: LJ Henderson, jr.; Bret Myli, sr.

DAVENPORT CENTRAL: Josh English, sr.; John Miller, so.; Kaiden Phillips, jr.

DAVENPORT NORTH: Jayden Houston, so.; TJ Vesey, sr.; Quincy Wiseman, so.

DAVENPORT WEST:\u00a0Jamil Haymond, sr.; Malik Westerfield, sr.

MOLINE: Treyton Lamphier, sr.

MUSCATINE: Noah Yahn, so.

NORTH SCOTT:\u00a0Sam Kilburg, jr.; Carson Rollinger, sr.; Reece Sommers, sr.

PLEASANT VALLEY: Hunter Snyder, sr.

ROCK ISLAND: Taurean Holtam, jr.; Jordan Rice, so.\u00a0

UNITED TOWNSHIP:\u00a0Daveon Ellis, sr.

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First team

A.J. Becker, Maquoketa (captain)

Height, year:\u00a06-3, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0IPSWA Class 3A first team all-stater averaged team-high 19.6 points per game for 20-win Maquoketa. Becker, who finished his career with more than 1,000 points, was among the state leaders with his 89 made 3s (43.8 percent). He also earned all-substate and all-Wamac East accolades.

Caleb Delzell, Camanche

Height, year: 6-7, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0IPSWA Class 2A second team all-state and all-RVC Elite team averaged 14.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and nearly five assists for Indians. He had 12 double-doubles and one triple-double for 20-win squad.\u00a0

Kaidion Larson, Prince of Peace

Height, year:\u00a06-0, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0IPSWA Class 1A second team all-stater powered Irish to first state tournament in 25 years. The first team Tri-Rivers Conference performer averaged 19.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 50 percent.

Keaton Mitchell, Wapello

Height, year:\u00a06-7, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0The Division II Truman State signee was co-player of year in SEISC North Division and second team all-state choice in Class 2A by IPSWA. Facing double and triple teams, he averaged 20.4 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

Macklin Shanahan, Maquoketa

Height, year:\u00a06-4, senior

Quick hit:\u00a0Considered the glue guy for the Cardinals, Shanahan was IPSWA third team all-stater and all-Wamac East. He was second on team in scoring (11.9 ppg.), first in rebounds (7.4), assists (122), steals (38) and blocks (26).

Cam Soenksen, Camanche

Height, year:\u00a06-2, junior

Quick hit:\u00a0Three-year starter was one of three players in 2A to average 20 points and compile more than 50 steals. Selected third team all-state by IPSWA and all-RVC Elite, Soenksen was ninth in his classification with 64 made 3s.\u00a0

Second team

Kaleb Cornilsen, Easton Valley

Height, year: 6-3, sophomore

Key stats:\u00a0Team-leading 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2 steals, 54 percent FGs, 71 percent FTs, second team Tri-Rivers East

Braeden Hoyer, Northeast

Height, year:\u00a06-5, senior

Key stats:\u00a0All-River Valley Conference Elite team, all-substate team in 2A, averaged 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 62.7 percent FGs

Tucker Kinney, Central DeWitt

Height, year:\u00a06-4, junior

Key stats:\u00a0Class 3A all-substate team, second team all-Wamac East, averaged 13.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals, team-high 31 made 3s

Hunter Rickels, Calamus-Wheatland

Height, year:\u00a05-10, senior

Key stats:\u00a015.5 points, 5 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 3.3 steals, IPSWA Class 1A third team all-state, Tri-Rivers East player of year

Andrew Stewart, Tipton

Height, year:\u00a06-1, senior

Key stats:\u00a0All-River Valley Conference Elite team, all-substate team 2A, averaged 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, fourth in RVC with 61 made 3-pointers

Jared Townsend, Wilton

Height, year:\u00a06-1, senior

Key stats:\u00a0All-RVC South Division first team, all-substate team 2A, team-high 17.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, team-high 26 3s, 73 percent FTs

Honorable mention

BELLEVUE:\u00a0Trey Daugherty, sr.; Trevor Hager, sr.\u00a0BELLEVUE MARQUETTE: Danny Koos, sr.; Ethan Pfiffner, sr.\u00a0CALAMUS-WHEATLAND: Kaden Schnede, so.; Josh Hein, sr.; Brant Boeckmann, sr.\u00a0CAMANCHE: Carson Seeser, sr.\u00a0CENTRAL\u00a0DEWITT: Alex McAleer, jr.; Logan Paulsen, jr.\u00a0DURANT:\u00a0Easton Botkins, sr.; Joe Lilienthal, jr.\u00a0EASTON VALLEY: Curtis Hartung, sr.; Nate Trenkamp, jr.; Cade Jargo, jr.\u00a0LOUISA-MUSCATINE: Alex Yerington, sr.\u00a0MAQUOKETA: Kane Kopp, sr.; Connor Becker, so.\u00a0MIDLAND: Britan Martens, jr.\u00a0NORTHEAST: Dawson Stoll, sr.\u00a0NORTH CEDAR: Ethan Sahr, jr.; Keon McCullough, jr.\u00a0PRINCE OF PEACE: Nathan Moeller, jr.; Patrick Mulholland, sr.\u00a0TIPTON: Frank Bierman, jr.; Trent Pelzer, jr.\u00a0WAPELLO: Caden Thomas, so.\u00a0WEST LIBERTY: Seth Feldman, sr.; Gavin Chown, jr.

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Stats/honors

After serving more as a role player on Bettendorf\u2019s state tournament team as a sophomore, D.J. Carton left his mark on the program the past two seasons.

Carton averaged more than 23 points per game during his junior and senior campaigns. He finished with a school-record 1,198 points along with 372 rebounds and 257 assists. He was a Class 4A first team all-state selection twice, Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year, co-Mr. Basketball and the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year.

The Ohio State signee had a career-high 49 points in a win over Davenport West.

\u201cHopefully, I\u2019ve inspired some young kids along the way,\u201d Carton said. \u201cI dream the same things other kids do. I want kids in this program to beat those records because I want this program to succeed and grow.\u201d

Season highlights

Bettendorf finished the year with a 21-2 record, won a share of the MAC title and held a No. 1 state ranking at the end of the regular season.

Carton said the win over North Scott late in the regular season was especially memorable. Besides a win over what was then the No. 1 team in the state, the Bulldogs prevailed in thrilling fashion. Carton had the assist on the game-winning basket to close friend Trevor Feller in the final 10 seconds.

The Bulldogs more than doubled their win total from Carton\u2019s junior season.

\u201cA lot of people on our team, I never had a relationship with before this,\u201d Carton said, \u201cand now I can call some of them good friends. We proved a lot of people wrong, and a lot of people slept on us. We proved we can compete with about any team in the state.\u201d

'Hard to flush'

Even with the success of the season, Carton said the ending still hurts. The Bulldogs lost to eventual state runner-up Dubuque Senior in a substate final at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, 64-55.

Carton had 27 points in his finale, but Dubuque Senior\u2019s Noah Carter had 22 of his game-high 30 points in the opening half.

\u201cThat\u2019s still hard to flush,\u201d Carton said. \u201cI truly felt we were the best team in the state, but they outplayed us that day. You tip your hat to them.\u201d

Carton said he didn\u2019t watch any of the state tournament games.

\u201cI was too emotional,\u201d he said. \u201cI really wanted us to get there my senior year, so I couldn\u2019t watch it.\u201d

Gearing up for college

Carton begins individual workouts this week, in preparation for the next phase of his career. He\u2019ll participate in the Iverson Classic in Philadelphia in late April before heading to Columbus, Ohio, in early June.

Carton said a significant amount of time will be devoted to shooting off the dribble and improving his mid-range game.

\u201cI\u2019m not going to be able to finish as easily in the paint with the size I\u2019ll go up against next year,\u201d he said.

When Carton watches the Buckeyes, he sees they are missing a point guard. He anticipates contributing immediately for Ohio State and coach Chris Holtmann\u2019s program.

\u201cI\u2019m definitely ready to go in there and make an impact right away,\u201d Carton said. \u201cI want to lead the team. I understand it gets way harder, but I was raised for this. I\u2019m ready for these challenges.

\u201cI don\u2019t want to just hang with them on the court. I want to excel over them and prove my worth.\u201d

\u2014 Compiled by Matt Coss

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In just the past few weeks, D.J. Carton has been showered with accolades.\u00a0

He was named Mississippi Athletic Conference player of the year, selected to the prestigious Allen Iverson Classic All-Star game, voted Iowa Mr. Basketball and chosen as Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year.\u00a0

The five-star recruit, bound for the Big Ten Conference and Ohio State later this year, is the captain of the Quad-City Times All-Metro team.\u00a0

The athletic point guard averaged 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6 assists per game in leading Bettendorf to 22 wins and a share of the MAC title.

\"I never saw myself in this position growing up,\" Carton said. \"I was probably one of the worst kids on my team in elementary school, so I never thought these awards were possible.

\"It is just awesome to see my growth throughout the years and the potential ahead.\"

Carton leaves as Bettendorf's all-time leading scorer with 1,198 points. He also had 372 rebounds and more than 250 assists in his three varsity seasons.\u00a0

He is one of two repeat selections on the All-Metro first team along with Moline senior Deonte Billups, who also is the school's career scoring leader and guided the Maroons to a share of the Western Big Six championship.

North Scott's Ty Anderson and Cortaviaus Seales, Davenport Assumption's Dylan Peeters and Davenport Central's Keshawn Pegues comprise the rest of the first team.\u00a0

Anderson and Seales led the Lancers to the Class 4A state semifinals. Peeters was among the top five in the MAC in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Pegues was at the heart of Central's 11-win jump from a season ago.\u00a0

Maquoketa sharpshooter A.J. Becker captains the All-Eastern Iowa team. Becker averaged almost 20 points per game for the Cardinals, who spent a portion of the season ranked No. 1 in Iowa Class 3A and nearly reached the state tournament.\u00a0

Geneseo's Isaiah Rivera headlines the All-Western Illinois team. The 6-foot-5 junior, who already has multiple Division I offers, was the top scorer in the Quad-City area this season at 28 points per game. He set the school mark for single game, single season and career points.\u00a0

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PEORIA, Ill.\u00a0\u2014 The Quad-City Storm won their first game of the season on opening night against the Peoria Rivermen.

They likely didn't realize at the time how much they should savor those victories that were too few and far between this year.

The Storm fell 4-1 to the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center, ending their season series 3-13-0 against the league's top team.

After a series of penalties that included a kneeing penalty on Peoria's Kevin Patterson and a fight between Peoria's Guillaume Naud and Quad-City's Vincent Beaudry, Joe Kalisz put the Rivermen on the board with a power-play goal at the 15-minute, 47-second mark of the first period.

Peoria upped its lead to 2-0 with a goal from Pijus Rulevicius at 17:20 in the first period, then took a 3-0 lead on a goal from Ben Oskroba at 2:41 in the second period.

Stephen Gaul put the Storm on the board with a goal at 11:18 in the period, but Beau Walker gave the Rivermen their three-goal lead back with a goal at 7:16 in the third period.

Peter Di Salvo made 26 saves for the Storm while Stephen Klein made 23 saves for the Rivermen, who outshot Quad-City 30-24.

Prior to the game, the Storm signed forward Jarrett Pfeiffer to an amateur tryout contract.

Pfeiffer finished his career at Indiana Tech as the program's all-time leading scorer and scored 18 goals and added 22 assists in 23 games this season.

Pfeiffer also helped lead Indiana Tech to a North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association national championship last week. He tallied one shot on goal in his pro debut.

The Storm wrap up their road schedule next week against the Huntsville Havoc.

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PITTSBURGH, Pa.\u00a0\u2014 Champions rise to the top in big moments.

Iowa's Spencer Lee is a champion again.

With a 5-0 victory over Virginia's Jack Mueller, Lee captured his second consecutive 125-pound national NCAA title Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

Lee is the first Iowa wrestler since Lincoln McIlravy (1994) to win crowns as a true freshman and sophomore.

\"It was great,\" Lee said. \"I went through a lot of adversity this year. But I really attribute all of my success to my coaches and my teammates who believed in me every step of the way even when maybe I didn't believe in myself.\"

It was a season of highs and lows for Lee, who lost in the Midlands finals to Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera, got pinned for the first time since he was 9 in a dual at Oklahoma State, and lost again to Rivera in the Big Ten finals.

Lee was dominant from the start. He scored a major, technical fall and pin in his first three matches before returning to the finals with a 11-4 decision over the man who pinned him, Nick Piccininni, in the semifinals.

\"I remember losing to Oklahoma State and freaking,\" Lee said. \"I had the whole team grab me and tell me they loved me, and we were a family and we're going to be in this together. And I know that moment there is when I gotta move on. I've got to be a the better version of myself.\"

In the finals, after a lot of early hand-fighting, Lee scored with 2:02 in the first period, got a penalty point awarded on a second stall warning against Mueller, and then finished off the championship with another score with 14 seconds remaining in the match.

\"Terry Brands always tells me big time wrestlers show up at big-time moments,\" Lee said. \"We preach that at the University of Iowa, and everyone on my team believes that they're a big-time wrestler because that's the mindset you have to have to be in this sport. \"

There was never any doubt in Iowa coach Tom Brands' mind.

\"There are different journeys,\" Brands said. \"He is a vet now in our program. It is the same. You look back at the path he took, and he is a warrior.\"

Asked if it meant something to win a title in his own backyard\u00a0\u2014 Lee grew up in Murrysville, Pa.\u00a0\u2014 en route to potentially being a four-time champ, Lee quickly squashed part of that question.

\"Being in Pittsburgh is awesome,\" Lee said. \"I don't really care about being a four-timer. I'm not a three-time national champion. I'm focused on what's next ... that's pretty much it, just focusing on the next thing. Can't worry about four-time national champ because you can't win four if you don't win three, and I haven't won three yet.\"

Iowa finished fourth with 76 points. It had six all-Americans \u2014 Austin DeSanto, fifth at 133; Pat Lugo, eighth at 149; Kaleb Young, fifth at 157; Alex Marinelli, seventh at 165; and Jacob Warner, seventh at 197.

All six of them return next season, but the Hawkeyes want bigger finishes.

Young may have summed up what everyone was thinking.

\"I'm happy with it, but I'm not satisfied with where I am because I still need to get better,\" Young said after beating Northwestern's Ryan Deakin, 7-5 in sudden victory for fifth at 157. \"I'm happy, but I'm ready to get more.\"

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COLUMBUS, Ohio \u2014 Tyler Cook didn\u2019t know the answer to the question. Neither did most of his teammates.

When was the last time an Iowa basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament?

\"I have no clue,\" Cook confessed. \"I have absolutely no clue.\"

Upon learning it was 1999, Cook\u2019s eyes widened in amazement, and the players sitting around him reacted with shock.

\"That\u2019s 20 years!\" Cordell Pemsl said.

\"That\u2019s the year I was born!\" added walk-on Nicolas Hobbs, who is listed in Iowa\u2019s media guide as being born in 1998.

\"Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun,\" Cook predicted. \"It\u2019s going to be an opportunity for us to do something special so we\u2019ll be really excited for it.\"

That opportunity comes Sunday in the form of an 11:10 a.m. date with No. 2 seed Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA South Regional at Nationwide Arena.

In order to make a little history and end that two-decade drought, the Hawkeyes (23-11) will need to get past a team that already has won 30 games, has been ranked among the top five in the country most of the season and which is a popular pick in office pools to win the whole thing.

But the Hawkeyes, emboldened by a 79-72 victory over No. 7 seed Cincinnati on Friday, feel good about their chances of beating the Volunteers.

\"We didn\u2019t get to the round of 32 on accident,\" junior guard Jordan Bohannon said. \"It\u2019s all the hard work we put in, and I know we have a really good shot at winning the game (Sunday) just because of that work.

\"We just want to keep changing the tide of this program,\" he added, \"and (Sunday) is another chance for us to do that.\"

Iowa has made the Sweet 16 seven times in its history, but the last time was in 1999, when Dr. Tom Davis\u2019 last Hawkeye team defeated UAB and Arkansas in Denver before having its run ended by Connecticut.

The Hawkeyes have been in this position twice previously under current head coach Fran McCaffery, in 2015 and 2016. Both times they lost their round-of-32 game to No. 2 seeds (Gonzaga and Villanova), by identical 87-68 scores.

McCaffery said it would be tremendous to finally get over that hump.

\"We all know how hard it is,\" he said. \"I don\u2019t care where you are. It\u2019s very difficult to put it all together and get into the tournament and then advance once you get here. So I think our players all recognize the situation we\u2019re in.\"

Tennessee, whose nucleus is comprised almost entirely of juniors and seniors, is no less determined to win. It was at this point in last year\u2019s tournament that the Volunteers were upset by an upstart Loyola team on its way to the Final Four.

They have been on a mission all season and were 23-1 in mid-February.

\"They\u2019re obviously a very strong team, were ranked No. 1 in the country at one point,\" said Iowa freshman Joe Wieskamp, who really was born in 1999. \"This is what you sign up for when you sign up to play Division I basketball. This is the type of team you want to play.\"

Coach Rick Barnes\u2019 Tennessee team (30-5) has a blend of size, athleticism and offensive skill, led by the forward duo of Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. Those two combine to average 35 points per game.

\"I think their physicality is a lot like the Big Ten teams,\" Cook said. \"I don\u2019t think there\u2019s anything past that point that we haven\u2019t seen before in our league, but they\u2019ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things.\"

If there is a weakness in the Vols, it is their ability to defend the 3-point field goal.

They have given up 15 3-pointers in each of their past two games, against Auburn in the SEC championship game and against Colgate in a 77-70 first-round victory on Friday.

The Hawkeyes were 11 for 22 from 3-point range in their victory over Cincinnati although McCaffery is quick to point out that they were 1 for 16 in their previous game, a loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament.

The Tennessee players said they have learned from their defensive lapses in the past few games, including that close scrape with Colgate.

\"I felt like they prepared us for a team like Iowa,\" Vols guard Jordan Bone said. \"They\u2019re very similar. Even though Iowa is bigger, much more physical, it kind of gave us a taste of playing against (Luka) Garza \u2026 playing against random motion offense, just being on edge. I felt like they got us prepared for tomorrow.\"

Cook said the Hawkeyes stopped celebrating the Cincinnati win and began preparing themselves from the moment they woke up Saturday morning.

\"I think we just want to keep playing well,\" said Nicholas Baer, the oldest player on the Iowa team and one of the few who knew the answer to the history question.

\"I don\u2019t think we think about the history too much. A lot of these guys came here wanting to play deep into March. We\u2019ve got that opportunity tomorrow.\"

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HAWKEYE GAMEDAY

IOWA VS. TENNESSEE | AT NATIONWIDE ARENA, COLUMBUS, OHIO

TIME: 11:10 A.M. | TV: CBS | RADIO: WOC (1420 AM), WMT (600 AM)

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

Another MVP:\u00a0For the second consecutive game, the Hawkeyes will be facing a conference player of the year. They handled Cincinnati\u2019s Jarron Cumberland on Friday but now go against Tennessee\u2019s 6-foot-7 Grant Williams, who has been named the SEC Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. Williams averages 18.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and had 43 points in a win over Vanderbilt this season, making 23 of 23 free throws in that contest. He had just 9 points and 7 rebounds in the Volunteers\u2019 77-70 first-round conquest of Colgate.

Veteran Vols:\u00a0Tennessee is a very experienced team that has four juniors and two seniors among its top six players. Five of those players have scored more than 800 points in their careers, led by Williams (1,589) and Admiral Schofield (1,530). The Volunteers rank 20th in the country in scoring, third in assist/turnover ratio, sixth in assists, seventh in field goal percentage and 17th in free throw percentage.

Rally time:\u00a0Iowa rallied from an early 13-point deficit to defeat Cincinnati in the opening round of the tournament Friday, shooting 65 percent from the field in the second half, making 11 of 22 3-point attempts and getting 20 points from Luka Garza and 19 from Joe Wieskamp. The Hawkeyes\u2019 shooting percentage for the game, 54.7, was the best against Cincinnati since 2013.

Underdogs:\u00a0By winning over No. 7 seed Cincinnati on Friday, Iowa defeated a higher-seeded team in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 20 years. It was a No. 5 seed when it defeated No. 4 Arkansas in 1999. It now will try to do it two games in a row for the first time since 1980, when it made its last Final Four appearance. In that year, the Hawkeyes were seeded fifth and reeled off consecutive victories over No. 4 N.C. State, No. 1 Syracuse and No. 3 Georgetown.

Round 2:\u00a0The Hawkeyes and Vols have met in the NCAA tournament once before, and that game also was played in the state of Ohio. Tennessee, then coached by Cuonzo Martin, claimed a 78-65 overtime victory in the First Four in Dayton in 2014. Adam Woodbury led Iowa with 16 points, but the Vols outscored the Hawkeyes 14-1 in overtime, getting 20 points from Jordan McRae, 18 from Jarnell Stokes and 17 from Josh Richardson.

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IOWA (23-11)

Starters

Tyler Cook;6-9;jr.;14.6

Luka Garza;6-11;so.;13.1

Joe Wieskamp;6-6;fr.;11.1

Isaiah Moss;6-5;jr.;9.0

Jordan Bohannon;6-1;jr.;11.4

Top reserves

Nicholas Baer;6-7;sr.;6.8

Ryan Kriener;6-9;jr.;5.7

Connor McCaffery;6-5;fr.;4.5

Maishe Dailey;6-7;jr.;2.6

TENNESSEE (30-5)

Starters

Grant Williams;6-7;jr.;18.7

Admiral Schofield;6-6;sr.;16.3

Kyle Alexander;6-11;sr.;7.3

Jordan Bone;6-3;jr.;13.5

Lamonte Turner;6-2;jr.;10.7

Top reserves

Jordan Bowden;6-5;jr.;10.6

John Fulkerson;6-9;so.;3.3

Yves Pons;6-6;so.;2.3

Jalen Johnson;6-6;so.;1.6

BY THE NUMBERS

8:\u00a0How many points Tennessee is favored by, according to the oddsmakers.

8.3:\u00a03-point field goals allowed per game by Tennessee.

20:\u00a0Years since Iowa\u2019s last appearance in the Sweet 16.

QUOTABLE

\"We have a really tough team to guard. But we also know what we\u2019re capable of on defense as well. So it\u2019s going to come down to getting stops at important times.\"

\u2014 Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon on the key against Tennessee

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Never has. Never will. Not all of his reasons are entirely clear, but Tennessee\u2019s senior forward hasn\u2019t been at all bashful in talking about why he\u2019s looking forward to going up against the Hawkeyes on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament\u2019s South Regional.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":["#free"],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1","description":"Tennessee's Admiral Schofield drives against Colgate during the Volunteers' first-round NCAA victory Friday.","byline":"AP","hireswidth":4800,"hiresheight":2700,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/21/4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1/5c96ba75007e6.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1920","height":"1080","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/21/4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1/5c96ba74e1fcb.image.jpg?resize=1920%2C1080"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"56","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/21/4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1/5c96ba74e1fcb.image.jpg?resize=100%2C56"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"169","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/21/4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1/5c96ba74e1fcb.image.jpg?resize=300%2C169"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"576","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/21/4218b242-94c0-5404-a107-88703e7f16e1/5c96ba74e1fcb.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C576"}}}],"youtube":[{"id":"61114f5c-de06-59e6-b815-68f606ea0cf9","starttime":"1553378520","starttime_iso8601":"2019-03-23T17:02:00-05:00","title":"Tennessee's Admiral Schofield on why he dislikes Iowa","description":"","byline":"","video_id":"syHP5A64ESY"}],"revision":5,"commentID":"c7bec182-d70a-5866-a59c-bdeb9160edda","body":"

COLUMBUS, Ohio \u2014 Admiral Schofield doesn\u2019t like Iowa. Never has. Never will.

Not all of his reasons are entirely clear, but Tennessee\u2019s senior forward hasn\u2019t been at all bashful in talking about why he\u2019s looking forward to going up against the Hawkeyes on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament\u2019s South Regional.

Part of it stems from the fact that Schofield\u2019s older brother, O\u2019Brien, played football at Wisconsin before going on to a seven-year career in the NFL.

\"They (the Hawkeyes) used to beat Wisconsin in football, and it was like a big rivalry,\" Schofield said Saturday. \"We knew if we played Iowa, it was going to be a rough day. \u2026 It\u2019s all good fun. It\u2019s nothing personal. But not in our household. We\u2019re not big Iowa Hawkeye fans.\"

Schofield, who is from the northern suburbs of Chicago, also recalls playing against the Iowa Barnstormers basketball program on the AAU circuit. He said they always had the tallest kids and ran the cleanest offense.

And then there was an incident Friday that may have been a figment of Schofield\u2019s imagination.

The Iowa and Tennessee locker rooms were side by side down a small hallway Friday, and as Iowa\u2019s players came off the court after a big win over Cincinnati, they passed the Tennessee players, who were just going out to play Colgate.

Schofield said in an interview later Friday that the Iowa players \"had a lot to say.\"

\"They just kept saying, \u2018Yeaaaaaaah,\u2019\" Schofield said. \"It was almost like they knew we were gonna win, that type thing, and they\u2019re ready to see us.\"

No other Tennessee players mentioned anything like that, and Iowa\u2019s players had no idea what Schofield was talking about.

\"I don\u2019t think any of us said anything,\" Tyler Cook said. \"I think we were just celebrating the win that we just came off the floor from. I didn\u2019t hear any of my guys say anything, and I didn\u2019t hear them say anything.\"

Nicholas Baer said the whole thing was \"news to me.\"

\"I think I heard a couple of guys say \u2018Good luck\u2019 to (Tennessee star) Grant Williams so I don\u2019t really make a whole lot out of that,\" Baer said. \"We were just celebrating our win.\"

Unfamiliar foes: Very few of the players in today\u2019s matchup know one another or have had much contact with each other

Cook did work out with Schofield in Cleveland when both were preparing for the NBA draft last spring, and Williams and Cook have gotten to know each other a little bit going back to their AAU careers.

\"Tyler is very athletic,\" Williams said. \"He\u2019s dominant in the post. He\u2019s developed his game a lot. Tremendous respect for him.\"

Slumping: Cook has been in a bit of a slump recently after being the Hawkeyes\u2019 No. 1 offensive option most of the season.

In the past five games, he has averaged only 8.0 points per game and he is 15 for 49 from the field over that stretch. He was 1 for 9 in Friday\u2019s victory over Cincinnati.

\"I just missed layups yesterday,\" Cook said on Saturday. \"I couldn\u2019t ask for better shots than I got yesterday, and I just missed them. Unfortunately, that can happen. I can\u2019t even be mad at it, but I don\u2019t expect I\u2019ll miss too many more layups.\"

Big Ten, big start: Needless to say, none of Iowa\u2019s players were surprised that the Big Ten tied a record by going 7-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The league accounted for three of the eight double-digit seeds \u2014 No. 10 Iowa, No. 10 Minnesota and No. 11 Ohio State \u2014 that got through the opening round.

\"I thought we had really good matchups with teams and quite honestly, I wasn't surprised that any team won,\" junior guard Jordan Bohannon said. \"I think, looking forward, I see more teams advancing in this tournament. I wouldn\u2019t be surprised if we get the same amount into the Sweet 16.\"

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Believe it or not, the major league baseball season opens this week.

Actually, the Mariners and A\u2019s already started, playing a couple of games in Japan last week, but starting Thursday, everyone plays. MLB openers normally coincide with the Final Four, but this year they\u2019re about 10 days earlier.

Anyway, that means it\u2019s time to ask that age-old question: Who is going to lead off for the Cubs?

With Joe Maddon managing the team, the better question might be: Who isn\u2019t going to lead off for the Cubs at some point during the season? That\u2019s a shorter list.

As we\u2019ve said many times before in this space, Maddon\u2019s endless lineup shuffling can be maddening.

He used 155 different lineups in 164 games last season (including the postseason). He used 10 different leadoff men, 10 No. 2 hitters, 11 No. 3 hitters, 10 cleanup hitters, 12 No. 5 hitters and so on. Since he sometimes batted pitchers eighth, he used 19 different players in that slot.

Some of us still feel there is something to be said for lineup stability, having guys get accustomed to a certain role, but that\u2019s never going to happen with juggling Joe.

The consensus seems to be that veteran utility man Ben Zobrist will be the guy that bats first most of time, but we might also see a lot of Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. up there.

Almora led off a team-leading 46 times last season, but most of those were in the first half of the season. After him, it was Anthony Rizzo 31 times, Daniel Murphy 30, Zobrist 28, Happ 13, Kris Bryant 7, Javier Baez 4, Tommy La Stella 3 and Schwarber and Willson Contreras once each.

If it was me, I would put Almora in the No. 1 spot and leave him there. Period. He is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball and a developing hitter who looks as though he will hit .300 if given a chance to play every day. The knock on him as a leadoff man is that he doesn\u2019t walk enough.

But all the other primary candidates have shortcomings, too.

Schwarber doesn\u2019t run well, and even though the Cubs don\u2019t attempt many stolen bases, you still want your leadoff man to have some wheels.

Happ strikes out way too much, more than 36 percent of the time last season. Only Baltimore\u2019s Chris Davis struck out more frequently than he did.

Zobrist walks and hits for average but he doesn\u2019t run quite as well as he used to. And when Addison Russell returns from his suspension, is Zobrist even going to be an everyday player?

There is another good candidate who isn\u2019t even in the discussion right now. He walks as much as Zobrist and runs as well as Almora. So maybe they should give Bryant a shot at leading off on a regular basis. It would be a little odd to have one of the best power hitters on the team batting first, but that hasn\u2019t stopped Maddon from using Rizzo and Schwarber at the top of the order. Maybe Bryant is the answer.

More likely, it will be a revolving door. Again. It\u2019s maddening.

***

Some have reacted with shock to the news that former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg apparently is a leading candidate to become the next head coach at Nebraska.

What\u2019s so shocking? Hoiberg was born in Lincoln. Both his parents are Nebraska graduates. His grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the coach of the Cornhuskers from 1954-63. His niece works in the Nebraska basketball office.

Nebraska\u2019s program is similar to Iowa State in a lot of ways. Both have great fans and great facilities but aren\u2019t necessarily easy places to recruit to. Both programs have gotten many of their best players in recent times through the transfer route.

If anything is shocking, it\u2019s that Nebraska seemingly is actively pursuing a new coach before it has discarded the old one. Tim Miles is a genuinely good guy who hasn\u2019t done a horrible job In Lincoln.

***

This isn;t really sports, but among the latest betting lines at BetOnline.ag are odds on which characters will be killed off first in Season 8 of Game of Thrones. I don\u2019t watch the program. I have no idea who Yara Greyjoy and Tormund Giantsbane are.

But isn\u2019t this a pretty strange thing to take bets on? This isn\u2019t a sports event in which the outcome has yet to be decided. It\u2019s a program that has been scripted. There are writers, directors, producers, actors and technical people out there who know the outcome and who presumably could make a bundle by placing bets on what they know is going to happen.

***

Mike Trout gets a 12-year contract extension worth $432 million from the Los Angeles Angels? Wow, just imagine how much he might have gotten if there wasn\u2019t all that collusion going on among major league baseball owners.

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IOWA vs. MISSOURI

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City

TV:\u00a0ESPN2

SERIES:\u00a0Iowa 5-1

FYI:\u00a0A three-time all-SEC selection, Sophie Cunningham became the Tigers\u2019 career scoring leader earlier this month. \u2026 Missouri limits opponents to 58.5 points per game, the best scoring defense in the SEC. \u2026 The Hawkeyes average a Big Ten-best 79.4 points per game. \u2026 The Tigers are the second-best shooting team in the SEC and lead that league with an average of 8.4 3-pointers per game. \u2026 In the tourney for the fourth straight season, Missouri has not won in the second round since 2001. \u2026 Iowa, making its second consecutive NCAA appearance, last reached the Sweet 16 in 2015. \u2026 Today\u2019s game will be the first between Iowa and Missouri since the 2004-05 season when Iowa won 75-54 at Carver-Hawkeye.

MISSOURI (24-10)

F Cierra Porter;6-4;sr.;7.7

G Sophie Cunningham;6-1;sr.;18.1

G Jordan Roundtree;5-9;jr.;4.3

G Lauren Aldridge;5-7;sr.;6.5

G Amber Smith;5-11;jr.;12.2

IOWA (27-6)

F Hannah Stewart;6-2;sr.;11.3

C Megan Gustafson;6-3;sr.;28.1

G Tania Davis;5-3;sr.;10.5

G Kathleen Doyle;5-9;jr.;12.1

G Makenzie Meyer;5-9;jr.;9.2

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Returning to basketball this season has given Missouri forward Cierra Porter a chance to walk in her mother\u2019s footsteps this week.

The Tigers\u2019 6-foot-4 senior is the daughter of former Hawkeye Lisa Becker, whose 1,335 career points at Iowa ranked second on program\u2019s all-time list at the time of her graduation in 1987 and still ranks 19th in the Hawkeye record book.

\"It\u2019s a special opportunity to come here and play. She did a lot of great things here,\" Porter said. \"While we\u2019re not the most sentimental family out there, it is kind of neat to be here in the same arena where she played in college.\"

Porter, who is also the niece of Missouri coach Robin Pingeton, almost walked away from the opportunity she has now as the Tigers prepare to face Iowa today in a 1 p.m. second-round match-up in the NCAA women\u2019s basketball tournament.

Persistent knee problems that followed a torn anterior cruciate ligament during her freshman season led Porter to decide to retire from the game last June.

She was back on the court by the end of December and back in the lineup a month later, averaging 7.7 points and five rebounds per game for the Tigers.

\"It\u2019s been good to be back out there and be part of a team again,\" Porter said.

And the knee?

\"It\u2019s March. It\u2019s not 100 percent, but it\u2019s March and we\u2019re playing basketball so it feels great,\" she said.

Porter said she hasn\u2019t talked much with her mother about her playing career, arriving at Iowa as a 6-4 forward who earned Miss Basketball honors in Iowa in 1982 after averaging 58.7 points as senior while playing the 6-on-6 game at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

\"I\u2019ve seen a few pictures and a little film, and she\u2019s told me how different the game was,\" Porter said. \"Those stats, though, that would have been fun.\"

Priority one: Iowa\u2019s plan against Missouri starts with taking better care of the basketball.

The Hawkeyes turned the ball over a season-high 24 times in Friday\u2019s opening-round win over Mercer, and cleaning that up is something Iowa knows it must deal with if it hopes to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2015.

\"I think being a triple threat is really important,\" guard Kathleen Doyle said. \"This is going to be even more of a physical game than the last one, so as guards we need to be prepared out on the perimeter staying in triple threat and making sure we have all of our options.\"

Missouri forces an average of 12.4 turnovers per game.

Survivor: Second-seeded Iowa and seventh-seeded Missouri both advanced following close calls in the opening round Friday, the Hawkeyes beating Mercer by five points and the Tigers needing overtime to get past Drake by one point.

Pingeton doesn\u2019t believe the thin margins will impact today\u2019s game.

\"We all, we understand what is at stake,\" she said. \"You gotta live to play another day, and we\u2019ve got a chance to do that so we\u2019re going to embrace it. We\u2019ll embrace today and our prep for Iowa and we\u2019ll embrace tomorrow and see how it falls out.\"

Last chance: As of midday Saturday, Iowa had sold 9,800 tickets for today\u2019s game which will be the final Carver-Hawkeye Arena appearance for what Bluder labels \"a special group\" of three seniors.

Tania Davis, Megan Gustafson and Hannah Stewart will take the court at home one final time, looking to add one last win to the 16 the Hawkeyes have collected there in as many games this season.

\"The biggest thing we can get out of this game is a win and the joy that will come along with getting the chance to be in the Sweet 16,\" Davis said. \"It\u2019s been a little emotional lately, and getting the chance to play two games here this weekend, it\u2019s been awesome.\"

Work detail: Pingeton and Bluder are downplaying their ties that began at St. Ambrose, where Pingeton played on Bluder-coached teams that reached the NAIA Final Four in 1989 and 1990.

\"At the time we were together at St. Ambrose, I never thought about the possibility of one day having to coach against one of my players,\" Bluder said. \"I do think she coaches the same way she played. She was tenacious, an undersized four who was really good in the post area.\"

Pingeton does find it different coaching against mentors.

\"Probably none of us really like it, but at the same time I think as a coach you get so lost in your prep and your scout that with time you\u2019re not ever thinking about those things,\" Pingeton said.

Bee hive: Pingeton, in her ninth season as Missouri\u2019s coach, isn\u2019t the only member of the Tigers staff with ties to the St. Ambrose women\u2019s basketball program.

Jenny (DeSmet) Putnam, a 1997 Rock Island Alleman graduate who like Pingeton was an all-American in basketball and softball for the Bees, is in her ninth season as an assistant coach at Missouri.

Putnam was the leading rebounder on the last of Pingeton\u2019s eight St. Ambrose teams during the 1998-99 season, a 30-7 team which reached the Elite Eight in the NAIA Championships.

A record day: Iowa post player Megan Gustafson established a new NCAA Division I tournament record by hitting her first 13 shots in Friday\u2019s 66-61 opening round victory over Mercer, part of a 14-of-16 effort from the field that also set a Division I tourney record.

Gustafson, who recorded her 13th game of 30 or more points this season in the victory, was named Friday as one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top player in college women\u2019s basketball.

Louisville\u2019s Asia Durr, Oregon\u2019s Sabrina Ionescu and Notre Dame\u2019s Arike Ogunbowale were also named finalists for the honor which has never been won by a Big Ten player.

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IOWA CITY \u2014 Two of the nation\u2019s elite players stand between the Iowa and Missouri women\u2019s basketball teams and a spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

As the Tigers attempt to figure out how to deal with the Hawkeyes\u2019 Megan Gustafson, Iowa coaches are working on ways to compete against Missouri\u2019s Sophie Cunningham in today\u2019s 1 p.m. second-round match-up at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The two seniors are different in many respects.

The 6-foot-3 Gustafson ranks as one of the nation\u2019s most dominant post players while the 6-1 Cunningham lines up as a guard.

Both are similar in many respects.

Gustafson and Cunningham became the career scoring leaders for their programs this season, the Iowa center earning Big Ten player of the year for the second straight season and the Missouri guard taking first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors for the third straight year.

The Hawkeyes\u2019 Gustafson leads the nation in scoring for the second straight season with an average of 28.1 points per game for the Big Ten\u2019s top scoring team, while the Tigers\u2019 Cunningham averages a team-leading 18.1 points for the SEC\u2019s stingiest defense.

Both are finalists for national individual honors, and both are at the core of what their teams will try to do to attempt to advance in the NCAA tourney.

\"She\u2019s a great player, and Gustafson is a lot of their offense. We\u2019re going to have to work to shut her down,\" Cunningham said. \"But, I know our team is prepared. We\u2019re ready to go, and I think from top to bottom we know what we have to get done.\"

The Hawkeyes will attempt to return the favor.

\"Cunningham is a tall guard, has good length and size, and they will use her a lot of different ways,\" Gustafson said. \"We will have to be ready for her defensively.\"

There is versatility in Cunningham\u2019s game that catches the attention of Iowa coach Lisa Bluder.

The Columbia, Missouri, native is the only player in the country to average 18 points, make 80 3-point baskets, make 140 free throws and grab 200 rebounds.

She shoots 41.1 percent from 3-point range and has hit 83 of the 283 the Tigers have made this season.

\"She gets after it on defense, too. They all do. We know that we\u2019re going to have to take better care of the ball than we did (Friday) in the first game,\" Iowa guard Tania Davis said, referencing the season-high 24 turnovers the Hawkeyes had in their season-opening win over Mercer.

\"Kathleen (Doyle) and I were talking and those numbers, that\u2019s not us. We\u2019ve got to get that taken care of, take care of the ball, against a team that will get out and defend us.\"

The defensive presence of Gustafson is a concern for Missouri (24-10).

Beyond her nation-leading 70.1-percent touch from the field, Gustafson is working to become the first player in NCAA women\u2019s basketball history to average 28 or more points, 13 or more rebounds and shoot better than 70 percent.

\"She\u2019s the player of the year for a reason,\" Tigers forward Cierra Porter said. \"She\u2019s such a unique player in the way she can impact the game on both ends of the floor. We have a lot of respect for what she can do.\"

Missouri coach Robin Pingeton believes the Tigers have an idea of what to expect from Gustafson and what she gives eighth-ranked Iowa (27-6).

Games this season against Mississippi State post player Teaira McCowan and a year ago against South Carolina\u2019s Aja Wilson provide a hint of what Missouri is up against.

\"Gustafson is as good as advertised,\" Pingeton said. \"I watched as much film as I could while trying to get a little bit of sleep, and she\u2019s got a great touch, great feel. Her teammates do a great job of getting the ball to her in great positions.\"

Missouri dealt with those same challenges in facing McCowan and Wilson.

\"We\u2019ve had some experience of playing against other great post players,\" Pingeton said. \"You\u2019ve got to game plan. You\u2019ve got to be a little creative because she is a hard guard for sure.\"

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder lists Cunningham in that category as well.

\"She can score in so many ways. She can shoot the 3, she\u2019ll beat you off the drive and they do a great job setting ball screens for her and getting her open,\" Bluder said, adding that Cunningham can also post up and, like Gustafson, does a great job of drawing fouls on the block. \"She is very tough assignment.\"

As seniors, both are playing to extend their collegiate careers.

Cunningham said it would \"be awesome\" to be part of the first Missouri team since 2001 to reach the Sweet 16, while Gustafson wants to collect one final good memory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where Iowa has won its last 20 games including the 16 it has played this season.

\"I\u2019m going into this like it is any other game, not really thinking about it being my last game here,\" Gustafson said. \"At the same time, I\u2019m going to play my heart out, and I know my teammates are, too. It\u2019s going to be a lot sweeter when we get a win.\"

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PITTSBURGH \u2014 Gunshots were fired overnight through the office window of the attorney for a white police officer acquitted in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager \u2014 a verdict that left Pittsburgh a city on edge Saturday.

The jury's decision late Friday in the killing of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II left his family distraught but not surprised and touched off a nighttime demonstration by about 100 people that led to no arrests or property damage.

Pittsburgh police braced for more protests in the coming days, putting officers on 12-hour shifts.

Five to eight shots were fired into the building where defense attorney Patrick Thomassey works, police in nearby Monroeville said. Police said they had been staking out the place as a precaution when they left to answer another call around midnight, and that was when bullets hit a window and the front wall. No one was hurt.

Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was charged with homicide for shooting Rose in the back as the teenager ran away from a traffic stop last June. Rosfeld walked out of the courtroom a free man Friday after jurors rejected the prosecution's argument that he acted as Rose's \"judge, jury and executioner.\"

\"I hope that man never sleeps at night,\" Rose's mother, Michelle Kenney, said of Rosfeld, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. \"I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none.\"

The verdict leaves Rose's family to pursue the federal civil rights lawsuit they filed last August against Rosfeld and East Pittsburgh, a small municipality about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown Pittsburgh.

Rose's death \u2014 one of many high-profile killings of black men and teens by white officers in recent years \u2014 spurred angry protests in the Pittsburgh area last year, including a late-night march that shut down a major highway.

After the verdict, a group of about 100 protesters headed to the trendy East Liberty neighborhood, a few miles from the downtown Pittsburgh courthouse, where they blocked intersections and briefly entered two hotels, chanting \"17\" for Rose's age and reading a poem written by Rose.

Police said the demonstrations were peaceful and only a few garbage cans and newsstands were kicked over, both of which were quickly picked back up.

Rose was riding in an unlicensed taxi that had been involved in a drive-by shooting minutes earlier when Rosfeld pulled the car over and shot the teenager in the back, arm and side of the face as he ran away.

The former officer told jurors he thought Rose or another suspect had a gun pointed at him, insisting he fired to protect himself and the community. Neither teen was holding a weapon when Rosfeld opened fire, though two guns were later found in the car.

The 12-person jury \u2014 including three black members \u2014 saw video of the fatal confrontation. The acquittal came after less than four hours of deliberations on the fourth day of the trial.

Rose \"posed no threat whatsoever to Rosfeld or others,\" said the family's lawyer, Fred Rabner. \"Make no mistake, there is nothing reasonable or appropriate about the manner Officer Rosfeld took Antwon's life.\"

Thomassey, the defense lawyer, told reporters that Rosfeld is \"a good man. He said to me many times, 'Patrick, this has nothing to do with the kid's color. I was doing what I was trained to do.'\"

Thomassey said he hopes the city remains calm and \"everybody takes a deep breath and gets on with their lives.\"

Rosfeld had worked for the East Pittsburgh Police Department for only a few weeks and was sworn in just hours before the shooting.

Prosecutor Jonathan Fodi argued that Rosfeld had acted as \"judge, jury and executioner\" and that the video evidence showed \"there was no threat\" to the officer. \"We don't shoot first and ask questions later,\" the prosecutor added.

But a defense expert testified Rosfeld was within his rights to use deadly force to stop suspects he thought had been involved in a shooting. Prosecutors did not call their own use-of-force expert.

\"The prosecution's handling of this case, particularly the decision not to call a police expert, raises many questions,\" said Reggie Shuford, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Shortly before the traffic stop, Rose had been riding in the front seat of the cab when another occupant, Zaijuan Hester, in the back, rolled down a window and shot at two men on the street, hitting one in the abdomen.

Hester, 18, pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault and firearms violations. He told a judge that he, not Rose, did the shooting.

Prosecutors had charged Rosfeld with an open count of homicide, meaning the jury had the option of convicting him of murder or manslaughter.


Associated Press writers Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania and Keith Srakocic in Pittsburgh contributed to this story.

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It is that time of year again: The ice is gone, and anglers are looking for some good open water fishing. Some think because the water temperature is still in the 30s, fish can\u2019t be caught. But put together the right pattern in the right weather conditions, and fish can be caught.

While many of the fish are still holding on or near their wintering area, a few are starting to venture out to shallower areas, or wherever the water may be warming slightly when the sun comes out. They may be searching for food or even scouting out future spawning areas. In fact, several of the crappie that I caught in shallow water on a green shad Natural Forage Baits Swim Bait were large females of 14 to 16 inches. Even a 21-inch bass was caught in the same general area.

The best locations are generally in smaller bodies of water, along north shores and northwest corners, especially if the sun is shining and the wind is blowing into them. Plus, look for riprap and sand bottoms in these same locations, as they will heat quicker, and the rocky areas will provide more food.

If there are weed beds still hanging around some deeper locations, these can also be productive.

Lures and retrieves can vary, but I have about five lures that I alternate with a couple of retrieves for catching bass and big crappie and one or two lures for crappie and bluegill.

The first five are Natural Forage Baits Swim Bait and Lil' Killer; Road Runners (mainly Casey\u2019s Head with a choice of shad type body); Rat-L-Trap; and Blitz Blade. The two panfish size lures are Natural Forage Baits T-Shad and Berkley 2\u201d Power Minnow with B-Fish-N H20 Precision jig heads, both of which are sometimes assisted with a Crappie Nibble.

Retrieves for the first set of five lures are a straight swim, lift and drop (fishing off of the bottom), rip-and-pause (uses side sweeps of the rod at about 3 feet per sweep), and finger jigging for the Lil Killer/H20 jig head rig.

With the panfish lures, I\u2019ll use them with finger jigging, darting action, or under a float, which is drifted with the wind and wave action.

All of the mentioned lures and retrieves are not species specific. They can catch anything. For example, I\u2019ve caught bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and carp on the T-Shad, while catching big crappie and bluegill on the NFB Swim Bait.

Two years ago Dr. Jim Nordquist and I started catching fish this way in February, but this year things are starting a little later. In fact, Jim was using a small finesse jig with trailer to catch some of his when we were fishing along a northern area of a lake in water of 3 to 8 feet.

This year I\u2019ve started to catch some big crappie and bass in shallower water around weed clumps, but as soon as things cool off or a front comes through, look for a new ball game. Then you may have to cast out a float with one of the smaller lures, and drift it along over brush piles or along drop off areas, which could be a riprap shore along a dam.

The main thing to remember is to be ready to change lures and patterns from day to day, and some days even hour to hour.

New product

This time of the year is not normally known as a time for new fishing tackle to be introduced. That's usually saved for July during the ICAST show, but Plano was too excited about their newest product to let this one sit. They felt that anglers should have it now, so they introduced the new line of Rustrictor Stowaway Boxes at the Bassmasters\u2019 Classic.

These are just like the normal 3600 and 3700 series of Stowaways, except they are treated with a rust preventative Armor that will keep your lures from having rusty hooks and corrosion five times longer than other boxes. These are great for crankbaits, blades and terminal tackle\u00a0\u2014 anything that has metal that can be treated.

I took one of the deep 3600s and turned it into a spinnerbait box since I only use just a few types and colors.

The one I really like is the 3700 Terminal Tackle model, which I set up for all of my Daiichi and Xpoint hooks, and worm weights. The entire box is made of the Armor material, so if you have lures stored in a tight boat storage compartment, these boxes can also treat them with the same Armor that is molded into the box. This acts much like the Gun Protect modules that you can place in a gun cabinet or ammo box.

They don\u2019t look different in design, but they do have sort of a milky-bluish appearance, and the latches are a bright red.

From what I\u2019ve been told by Plano, these new Rustrictor boxes will cost about $1 more than the normal Stowaway, and are available at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela\u2019s and Dick\u2019s Sporting Goods. Croegaert\u2019s Great Outdoors in Rock Island will also likely carry a few.

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Brandee and Vince\u00a0Lind,\u00a0Davenport; boy, Tuesday, March 19.\u00a0

GENESIS BIRTHCENTER DAVENPORT

Alexander\u00a0Haessler\u00a0and Christian\u00a0Rosenberger,\u00a0Princeton; girl, Saturday, March 16.\u00a0

Holly and Nick\u00a0Yates,\u00a0Geneseo; boy, Sunday, March 17.

Sarah and Nick\u00a0Martinez,\u00a0Blue Grass; boy, Sunday, March 17.

Augusta\u00a0Barber\u00a0and Charles\u00a0Simpson,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Monday, March 18.

Aislinn\u00a0Carradus,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Monday, March 18.

Autumn and Tyler\u00a0Janiak,\u00a0Princeton; boy, Monday, March 18.

Haley\u00a0Lewis,\u00a0Davenport; boy, Monday, March 18.

Kassi and Trent\u00a0Moorehead,\u00a0Moline; girl, Tuesday, March 19.

Aubree and David\u00a0Thompson,\u00a0Davenport; girl, Tuesday, March 19.

Sofie\u00a0Hundley\u00a0and Jonathon\u00a0Johnson,\u00a0Bettendorf; girl, Tuesday, March 19.

Rene\u00a0Teel-Mulka\u00a0and Andrew\u00a0Mulka,\u00a0Blue Grass; girl, Tuesday, March 19.

Diane and Mark\u00a0Freyermuth,\u00a0Taylor Ridge; girl, Tuesday, March 19.

UNITYPOINT HEALTH-TRINITY MOLINE

Hannah\u00a0Buckley\u00a0and Brody\u00a0Thompson,\u00a0Carbon Cliff; boy, Tuesday, March 12.\u00a0

Melissa\u00a0Woods\u00a0and Haamid\u00a0Mays,\u00a0Davenport; boy, Tuesday, March 19.\u00a0

Misty\u00a0Hernandez\u00a0and Tyrell\u00a0Teague,\u00a0East Moline; boy, Tuesday, March 19.\u00a0

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There probably won\u2019t be any fond farewells. The Storm ended their home slate against the quickly formed rival Rivermen Friday with a 3-1 loss to Peoria at the TaxSlayer Center. The Storm play their 16th and final game of the season against Peoria tonight at the Peoria Civic Center, marking the end of a season series that was filled with fights, penalties and unfortunately for the Storm, plenty of losses.","supportsComments":false,"commentCount":0,"keywords":[],"internalKeywords":[],"customProperties":{},"presentation":null,"images":[{"id":"42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b","description":"","byline":"","hireswidth":3749,"hiresheight":3441,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/29/42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b/5b85c8f27d587.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1503","height":"1379","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/29/42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b/5b85c8f267c45.image.jpg?resize=1503%2C1379"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"92","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/29/42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b/5b85c8f267c45.image.jpg?resize=100%2C92"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"275","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/29/42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b/5b85c8f267c45.image.jpg?resize=300%2C275"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"940","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/29/42956e4e-78c5-57e4-882a-dc3d6555a27b/5b85c8f267c45.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C940"}}}],"revision":3,"commentID":"6940a610-9ecf-5939-8ab1-00d16e5a4e4a","body":"

The Quad-City Storm\u2019s season-long slog with Peoria is almost over.

There probably won\u2019t be any fond farewells.

The Storm ended their home slate against the quickly formed rival Rivermen Friday with a 3-1 loss to Peoria at the TaxSlayer Center. The Storm play their 16th and final game of the season against Peoria tonight at the Peoria Civic Center, marking the end of a season series that was filled with fights, penalties and unfortunately for the Storm, plenty of losses.

The Storm enter tonight\u2019s series finale 3-12-0 this season against the league\u2019s top team. They're one of four teams in the league to beat the Rivermen three times this season, a small silver lining as they have five games left before the offseason.

\"Sixteen games in a season, you're definitely going to develop a rivalry,\" defenseman Tyler Minx said. \"We definitely just want to get it over with but win it and do better than we did this year.\"

Though penalty minutes never threatened the triple digits like in a few prior meetings, there was still plenty to signal the growing rivalry.

Ben Boukal and former Storm player Austin Hervey dropped the gloves late in the first period, both teams gathered in the Quad-City zone at the end of the first period, and Peoria's Jake Hamilton was given a 10-minute match penalty for attempt to injure after sucker punching Michael Casale in the second period.

\"It's definitely still really chippy, and then with them being in playoffs and us being out of it they tried to take some extra shots, and as a team, we've got to have pride to defend ourselves,\" said Minx, who was in the center of the first-period scrum. \"They were just throwing some stick shots. It happens in any game, and we were down two goals. They threw some shots, and we needed to stick up for ourselves.\"

Though Minx was one who didn't back down, that attitude didn't spread to the rest of the team.

\"I don't know where it's OK not to have any pride. If you're competing, you should want to win, not just go through the motions and not care,\" head coach Dave Pszenyczny said. \"We were scared, 100 percent scared. You could see it. Every time we ever got the puck, they just stopped moving their feet, worrying about someone coming to hit them.

\"It's a physical game, that's the way the game's meant to be played. Every time we've dominated that team, it's because we were physical. For some reason we don't want to be physical anymore.\"

Peoria got on the board in the first period thanks to some sloppy play by the Storm. Justin Greenberg took the puck off the stick of Minx, then shook off pressure from Kristaps Nimanis to score a shorthanded goal at 16:27.

Ben Oskroba gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead 63 seconds later, firing a shot that rang off the post, bounced off the pad of Ryan Mulder and into the net.

Peoria captain Alec Hagaman put the Rivermen up 3-0 with a backhand shot that ended Ryan Mulder\u2019s night in net for the Storm at 14:39 in the second period. Mulder made 19 saves on 22 shots before being replaced by Peter Di Salvo.

Mulder got the start after Di Salvo struggled last week in Fayetteville but Pszenyczny said Di Salvo will start tonight against Peoria.

Tommy Tsicos ended Peoria's shutout bid with a shot that changed up Peoria Rivermen goaltender Stephen Klein at 3:25 in the third period, Tsicos\u2019 12th goal of the season.

The Storm were outshot 36-17 in the game and never really threatened to close the gap any more.

\"We need to work a lot harder. We need to do all the little things right, we can't try to skate the puck and do it all ourselves,\" Tsicos said. \"When we get the puck, we've got to try and do the simple things, get pucks deep, be the first on pucks, finish our checks. If you do all the little things right all the time, good things usually happen.\"

The Storm lost forward Al Graves early in the game with a lower body injury, and Pszenyczny was uncertain as to his status moving forward.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.\u00a0\u2014 The Quad-City Steamwheelers were unable to weather the Storm.

With six rushing touchdowns raining down from last season's league leader Lorenzo Brown, Indoor Football League power Sioux Falls continued to reign with a 66-52 decision at South Dakota's Danny Sanford Premier Center.

Brown, the quarterback of a franchise that's reached the last nine United Bowls, winning six IFL titles, also tossed for four more scores to help Sioux Falls hold off an upset bid by the Wheelers.

Sioux Falls (4-0) now has won 130 games since 2009, losing only 18 times in 11 IFL seasons.

The Wheelers, now 2-2 in their first IFL campaign, and second since ending an eight-season absence, host Green Bay next Friday in the revival of an old arenafootball2 rivalry. The Wheelers were twice champions of the af2 before the league folded financially after 10 seasons.

Q-C's two losses this season have been to last year's league finalists.

In Friday's clash between a pair of tradition-rich teams, Q-C was unable to stop a Brown-led offense that piled up 30 first downs and 281 total yards against what had been the IFL's second stingiest defense.

Included were 128 rushing yards on 25 ground attempts, 83 of that from Brown on 17 carries.

Brown also hit 12 of 15 passes for 160 yards and 4 TDs vs. no interceptions.

The Wheelers also were done in by special teams, with a failed short field goal at the end of the first half, and three missed extra points.

A bad snap on a first-half field goal attempt also resulted in another empty offensive possession.

Needing the ball for a chance to tie late, the Wheelers also failed on a pair of onside kickoff attempts in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

On the first, the Wheelers recovered but were whistled for being offsides, setting up another of Brown's short scoring runs.

The second, in the final minute, bounced out of bounds, allowing Brown to score his last rushing TD with six seconds remaining.

Q-C receiver Quinton Pedroza enjoyed another big game for the Wheelers.

A week after scoring six times, the IFL's reigning Offensive Player of the Week had five more touchdowns, four of them receiving.

Q-C quarterback E.J. Hilliard finished with six scoring strikes and 248 yards on 18 of 29 passing.

Davenport Central alum Keyvan Rudd accounted for 115 receiving yards and 2 TDs on 5 grabs. Pedroza added 7 catches for 74 yards. Carlos Wiggins had Q-C's other TD reception.

Dillon Turner, whose pro career started last season with Sioux Falls, after an NAIA All-American career at nearby Dakota Wesleyan, also shined in his return.

Turner, Q-C's backup quarterback, tossed a touchdown on his only pass, in a change-of-pace first possession for the Wheelers. Turner also caught 5 passes for 54 yards, rushed once for 10 yards and chipped in a pair of special teams tackles.

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After-thoughts from Iowa\u2019s 79-72 victory over Cincinnati:

--One of the biggest factors in the game was Iowa\u2019s zone defense. Cincinnati never really figured out how to attack it. The Bearcats either took quick, ill-advised shots or were too patient and weren\u2019t aggressive enough in attacking it. The Hawkeyes were forced to go to the zone because they struggled to contain Cincinnati\u2019s quickness early in the game. Rather than frequently changing defenses, which is coach Fran McCaffery\u2019s preferred methodology, they just stayed with the zone the rest of the way.

--Normally, it\u2019s difficult to keep strong offensive rebounding teams in check in a zone defense because it\u2019s harder to identify who to box out. When Iowa first went to the zone, Cincinnati\u2019s Nysier Brooks had a couple of putbacks but after awhile it seemed as though the Hawkeyes rebounded better out of the zone than they had out of their man-to-man defense.

--To say the least, this wasn\u2019t one of Tyler Cook\u2019s better games. He picked up his second foul 5 \u00bd minutes into the game and he was already 0 for 5 from the field at that point. He got his third foul in the opening minute of the second half and his fourth with 8:49 to go. He finished 1 for 9 from the field although he did come up with a couple of the biggest rebounds of the game down the stretch. Cook is averaging 8.0 points over the last five games, making 15 of 49 shots from the field in that stretch.

--While Cook struggled, Luka Garza got back to playing the way he did in the middle of the season when he averaged more than 20 points per game over a five-game stretch. Garza, who led both teams with 20 points, did most of his damage around the basket although he did make a pair of 3-pointers and hit a 15-foot jumper in the second half.

--After a slow start, Joe Wieskamp played exceptionally well for the Hawkeyes at both ends of the court. He not only knocked down four 3s and scored 19 points, but he had the Hawkeyes\u2019 only blocked shot and only steal of the game.

--Normally when Isaiah Moss gets off to a good start, it\u2019s a very good sign. If the junior guard hits his first shot or two, he remains aggressive offensively throughout the game. Not this time. Moss was the only Iowa player to score in the first eight minutes, scoring five points, but he never scored again. He was the target of McCaffery\u2019s wrath a few times after he committed turnovers or had defensive lapses.

--The Hawkeyes did a solid job of containing American Athletic Conference player of the year Jarron Cumberland, who scored 18 points point but needed 17 shots to do it. Cumberland got a third of his points in the final minute on a pair of 3s, one of which banked in.

--Any fears about Cincinnati having a big homecourt advantage because of its proximity to Columbus were unfounded. The crowd was pretty loud in support of the Bearcats when they were going on a 14-0 scoring run to grab an 18-5 lead early in the game, but it was pretty much a non-factor for most of the game.

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CHARTER OAK, Iowa -- Gov. John Bel Edwards and other top Louisiana officials are condemning Iowa 4th District Rep. Steve King for his comments comparing victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 with western Iowans inundated by recent flooding.

The outcry came after King, during a town hall meeting in Charter Oak Thursday, recounted a conversation with with an unidentified Federal Emergency Management Agency official, who praised Iowans for their willingness to help each other.

\"But here\u2019s what FEMA tells me: \u2018We go to a place like New Orleans and everybody\u2019s looking around saying, who\u2019s gonna help me, who\u2019s gonna help me?\u2019 \u201d King told the audience. \"We go to a place like Iowa, and we go, we go see, knock on the door at, and say, I'll make up a name, John's place, and say, 'John, you got water in your basement, we can write you a check, we can help you.' And John will say, 'Well, wait a minute, let me get my boots. It's Joe that needs help. Let's go down to his place and help him.' \"

Bel Edwards, a Democrat, decried King's comments as \"disgusting and disheartening.\"

\"When communities are affected by disasters, we come together to help each other, not tear each other down,\" Edwards tweeted.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat who represents a large portion of New Orleans, where more than 60 percent of the population is African-American, called King a \"white supremacist.\"

\"My heart goes out to all Iowans. Though it unsettles me that @SteveKingIA would dare compare them to the countless victims of Katrina, many of whom lost their lives,\" Richmond tweeted.

\"When people show you who they are, believe them. Steve King is a white supremacist and I won\u2019t stand for it,\" he added.

King was stripped off his committee assignments and rebuked by the House in January following an uproar over his comments in a New York Times story in which he questioned how the terms \"white supremacist\" and \"white nationalist\" became offensive. King has repeatedly claimed he was misquoted, and has denounced white supremacy.

This week, King recalled visiting New Orleans in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and widespread flooding. In September 2005, he was one of only 11 House members who voted against a $52 billion aid package for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

King cited his dissenting vote on the need for \"fiscal responsibility,\" saying the federal government needed to develop a comprehensive plan for how aid dollar would be spent before more money was appropriated. King had voted for an initial $10.5 billion emergency aid package the week before the $52 billion measure came up.

Later, King said that his opposition to Katrina-related funding \"probably was my best vote.\"

At Thursday's town hall meeting in the Charter Oak, King addressed the widespread and prolonged flooding western Iowa and eastern Nebraska that has led to damages estimated at nearly $1.6 billion. Later in the day, King toured Hornick and Missouri Valley, two towns in the 4th District that were briefly evacuated due to flooding.

\u201cIowans are tough and resilient, and both of these commendable qualities are tested when we experience severe flooding,\u201d King in a news release.

In the news release, the Republican congressman also highlighted his efforts to assist the victims.

\u201cMy team was the first to have boots on the ground in the 4th District\u2019s affected areas, and I am working closely with local leaders to help our District recover from this disaster. As the dean of Iowa\u2019s House delegation, and its only Republican, I will not hesitate to use my influence with President Trump to help Iowans gain access to federal flood relief programs.\"

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 Lisa Bluder celebrated the 750th victory of her coaching career with a sigh of relief.

Bluder\u2019s eighth-ranked Iowa women\u2019s basketball team dodged a 66-61 scare from upset-minded Mercer in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday in front of a crowd of 10,720 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

\"We survived and we get to play again. In March, that\u2019s what matters,\" Bluder said after the Hawkeyes advanced to host Missouri, a 77-76 overtime winner over Drake in second-round play on Sunday at a time to be determined.

Iowa didn\u2019t secure its first victory in the NCAA tourney since 2015 until the final minute, clinging to a 64-61 lead as the Bears\u2019 KeKe Calloway watched a jumper from outside the paint tease the rim and fall out before Megan Gustafson wrapped her arms around her 16th rebound of the game.

A pair of offensive rebounds in the final 20 seconds gave the Hawkeyes a chance to extend their lead at the line.

Tania Davis missed a pair of free throws with 16 seconds to play, but eight seconds later Kathleen Doyle knocked down a pair to give Iowa its margin of victory and extend the Hawkeyes\u2019 home winning streak to 20 games, including a 16-0 mark this season.

\"We weren't going to let our season end here and now,\" Doyle said. \"We had to find a way.\"

Mercer forced the issue.

The Bears forced Iowa into a season-high 24 turnovers and grabbed eight of their 12 offensive rebounds in the third quarter to rally after falling behind by 11 points in the first half and trailing 35-27 at the break.

Bluder didn\u2019t expect Mercer\u00a0\u2014 a senior-laden team which hasn\u2019t lost a Southern Conference game in two seasons and played Georgia to a five-point game in the NCAA tourney a year ago \u2014 to be an easy out.

\"They had won 17 straight games, were playing with a lot of confidence,\" Bluder said. \"We knew this wasn\u2019t going to be easy.\"

After hitting one of the 11 shots she attempted in the first two quarters, Calloway complicated things for Iowa even more in the second half on her way to a 21-point game.

Mercer had taken its first lead of the game on a buzzer-beating putback by Shannon Titus to send the Bears into the fourth quarter with a 51-50 edge, an Iowa deficit that reached 56-52 when Calloway buried one of her five 3-point baskets with 6 minutes, 58 seconds to play.

A string of five straight points by Gustafson\u00a0\u2014 who established Big Ten single-season scoring and rebounding records with her 30-point, 16-rebound effort Friday\u00a0\u2014 provided the Hawkeyes with a needed spark.

\"Our emphasis then was all about getting stops, defending, boxing out, but I knew I had to step up and do what I could to get us going on offense,\" Gustafson said. \"My teammates did a great job of finding me, making it happen.\"

Another 3-pointer by Calloway let the Bears (25-8) maintain a 59-57 lead with 4:19 remaining.

Iowa answered, tying the game on a Hannah Stewart basket with 3:55 to go and taking a 60-59 lead when Makenzie Meyer finished off a 16-point game by hitting the second of two free throws with 3:26 left.

\"We never went away,\" Mercer coach Susie Gardner said. \"The outcome was disappointing, but I\u2019m proud of the way we competed and battled.\"

The Bears put an emphasis on using their length to defend Iowa\u2019s entry passes, creating turnovers and limiting the number of opportunities Gustafson had in the game.

\"We knew she\u2019d get her points,\" Gardner said. \"We wanted to limit her chances.\"

The Hawkeyes\u2019 senior post player countered with efficiency, hitting 14 of the 16 shots she attempted.

Mercer\u2019s defensive attention also allowed Iowa to find open looks for Meyer, who matched a career high with a 5-of-7 touch from 3-point range including a 4-for-6 start, which helped the Hawkeyes (27-6) to a lead that reached 30-19 midway through the second quarter.

\"The way they defended, it opened some things up on the outside early,\" Meyer said. \"But, we knew we had to balance things out.\"

Ultimately, a 40-16 advantage in points scored in the paint, fueled by Gustafson\u2019s 31st double-double of the season and a 12-point, 11-rebound effort from Stewart, created an Iowa edge.

\"It wasn\u2019t pretty, but this feels a lot better than last year,\" Gustafson said, referencing an opening-round loss to Creighton in 2018. \"It\u2019s good to get that first win, no matter how ugly it was.\"

Photos: Iowa Women defeat Mercer in First Round
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IOWA CITY \u2014 Friday provided the eighth-ranked Iowa women\u2019s basketball team with more than an opportunity to earn a victory in the NCAA tournament.

It provided the Hawkeyes with a chance to learn.

Mercer provided Iowa with a chance to grow as it created multiple Hawkeye headaches before Iowa earned its 66-61 win.

\"There\u2019s a ton of things that happened in this game that we can learn from and use to become a better team,\" Iowa guard Tania Davis said.

Davis, a senior playing in the first NCAA game of her career, found Friday\u2019s experience to be unlike anything she had been a part of in her college career.

There were pregame jitters.

There was a different feel pregame and as the Hawkeyes took the court in front of a crowd of 10,720 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

And there were turnovers, a season-high 24 of them to be exact.

\"It all was a little different, but we\u2019ll watch tape, see what happened and be better because of it,\" Davis said. \"The win, it gives us a chance to prepare and get better for the next game.\"

Mercer gave the Hawkeyes a few things to work on.

That starts with a greater sense of precision on entry passes into Megan Gustafson in the post.

Bears coach Susie Gardner said one thing she was stunned to see as she watched tape of the Hawkeyes was that nobody had challenged the delivery of the ball to Gustafson.

\"She was double-teamed, triple-teamed, people were trying all sorts of things to defend her, but we didn\u2019t see one team try to disrupt the ability to get her the ball,\" Gardner said.

Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer said the Bears\u2019 length at guard provided an opportunity to do that.

\"They were aggressive defensively, and they were able to use that and get to a few passes,\" Meyer said. \"We needed to use a few ball fakes, that type of thing, to combat that. It\u2019s something we need to do a better job with, and we will.\"

The Hawkeyes are counting on that.

\"This was our first game in almost two weeks so things were a little rough at times,\" said guard Kathleen Doyle, referencing the 12-day layoff Iowa had between games since winning the Big Ten tourney title on March 10. \"We\u2019ve got to learn from them.\"

Coach Lisa Bluder said the big thing is that Iowa will have a chance to do that, finding a way to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and advance with the win.

\"We finished, and at this time of year, that\u2019s big,\" Bluder said \"After giving up eight offensive rebounds in the third quarter we gave up two in the fourth. We did some things well down the stretch that gave us a chance to win. We\u2019ve also got some things to work on before Sunday.\"

Senior forward Hannah Stewart welcomes that opportunity.

\"If we can improve our rebounding and cut down the turnovers, think about the potential that is there, where it can lead us,\" Stewart said. \"That\u2019s the motivation now, to see how much better we can get.\"

Photos: Iowa Women defeat Mercer in First Round
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COLUMBUS, Ohio \u2014 Can we finally now stop talking about Joe Wieskamp as some sort of wet-behind-the-ears freshman who still is learning the ropes of college basketball?

In truth, the former Muscatine High School never really was that. Almost from the first minute of his first game in an Iowa uniform, he performed like a veteran.

And on Friday, when far more experienced players were struggling to cope with the spotlight of the NCAA tournament, Wieskamp helped the Hawkeyes reach probably their biggest moment of a bounce-back season.

He made six of eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, on his way to scoring 19 points and helping Iowa advance with a come-from-behind 79-72 victory over 22nd-ranked Cincinnati in the opening round of the NCAA South Regional at Nationwide Arena.

It wasn\u2019t just what Wieskamp did but when he did it.

\"It felt like every time we needed a big shot and he was open, he knocked it down for us,\" senior Nicholas Baer said.

When the Hawkeyes were floundering and trailing 18-5 eight minutes into the game, a Wieskamp 3-pointer was one of the first steps in the comeback. Later in the half, he grabbed a rebound and drove the length of the court to score, then got a steal and threw in another 3 to chip Cincinnati\u2019s lead to 34-29.

Early in the second half, the 6-foot-6 forward swatted away a shot by 6-11 Nysier Brooks. His third 3 of the game tied the score at 59-59 and his fourth may have been the biggest shot of the game. It gave the Hawkeyes their first two-possession lead, making it 70-64 lead with 1:44 to go.

He added two free throws with 36.4 seconds left to help repel a Cincinnati comeback attempt.

Wieskamp admitted he was thinking of Iowa\u2019s loss to Nebraska in the final game of the regular season when he stepped to the line in that 1-and-1 situation. The Hawkeyes seemed to have that game won only to have the Cornhuskers throw in a bunch of 3-pointers in the final minutes.

\"I said \u2018We can\u2019t let this happen again,\u2019\" Wieskamp said. \"We were able to stick together and finish it out.\"

It would have been an extraordinary performance for a battle-hardened senior. For a freshman?

\"I don\u2019t think of myself as a freshman,\" Wieskamp said. \"I\u2019ve got so many games under my belt, so many games that I played before I even came to the University of Iowa. I feel like I\u2019m a big-time player and big-time players make big-time plays.\"

None of his teammates were the least bit surprised that the kid made so many big plays.

When backup center Ryan Kriener was asked by a reporter if he thought this might Wieskamp\u2019s \"coming-out party,\" he just laughed.

\"I think this is like Joe\u2019s seventh or eighth coming-out party of the season,\" he said.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said Wieskamp struggled along with everyone else in those first eight minutes but his cerebral approach helped him through it.

\"The most impressive thing about Joe is his ability throughout the game to think the game through and become more aggressive, more effective,\" McCaffery said. \"He\u2019s a marked guy. Teams are going to come after him. They jammed him early. He couldn\u2019t get anything going, but he stayed the course.\"

Wieskamp, who has become known for his stoicism, couldn\u2019t help but smile as he relived his latest coming-out party.

\"I\u2019ve always wanted to be one of those players who has a big game in the NCAA tournament and helps their team move on to the next round,\" he said. \"I think I was able to do that today.\"

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