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Harlem Globetrotters at Wells Fargo Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Paul McCartney Heading to Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Legendary musician Paul McCartney is heading to Des Moines to perform!

For the first time, since 2005, McCartney will be playing Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, July 21st.

The Iowa Events Center made the announcement Tuesday morning at Cowles Commons after using social media teases to clue fans in about McCartney’s return.

Tickets will go on sale May 1st at 10:00 a.m.

The former Beatle also announced a series of tour dates that’s taking him from Japan to the U.S.

Pella Christian Falls in Semis, Will Play in Consolation Game

The most efficient defense in the state of Iowa in Class 2A showed exactly why they earned that mark Thursday afternoon.

Cascade of Western Dubuque, the #4 seed in the tournament, took full advantage of an undersized Pella Christian front line and closed the three point line to get a 51-36 win.

#8 seed Pella Christian battled gamely during the first half, as the lead exchanged hands 8 different times. But PC’s patient offensive attack was unable to get consistent looks inside the arc and the shots from downtown were contested regularly by the long and active Cougar defense.

The Eagles’ defense did the job they needed to, limiting the chances Cascade had inside. But their inability to score with any consistency on the offensive end led to their demise.

Levi Jungling, PC’s best scorer at over 20 points per game, was held to just 5 points on 2 of 9 shooting. Mitch Fopma led the Eagles with 13.

Pella Christian will play Anamosa in the 3rd Place Consolation Game at 11:45 AM on Friday morning. Cascade will face Western Christian for the Class 2A State Championship Friday night at 8 PM.

You can hear reports from that game on 104.9 FM KBOE and 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN.

Pella Christian Uses Thrilling Comeback to Advance to Semis

It wasn’t Levi Jungling’s best day on the court on Monday. It didn’t matter.

Jungling’s teammates came up huge en route to #8 seed Pella Christian’s 59-52 victory over previously unbeaten and #1 seed Dike-New Hartford in the Class 2A State Quarterfinals.

The first half was controlled by PC, as they held the lead throughout. They would take a 29-21 lead into the locker room, leading the 25-0 Wolverines, who hadn’t faced many tests all season.

The second half began much differently, however, as DNH stormed back into the game and took the lead as PC failed to get anything going offensively with their star player struggling to find his shot.

As the fourth quarter rolled around, DNH pushed the lead to 8 with 6 minutes to go in regulation.

At this point, the Eagles started to chip away and get the game back to within reach. Senior Mitch Fopma had a couple of the biggest hoops of the game, nailing a three and getting a bucket while being fouled to help his team claw back within a single possession.

Junior Alex Pringle would complete the play of the game, however. With just over a minute to play and the Eagles down 50-48, Pringle would gather a loose ball off a miss and a guide pass from DNH 35 feet from the hoop. While in the odd-man situation in the fastbreak, Pringle then dribbled to the right corner before calmly gathering the dribble and burying the three to give the Eagles a lead they would not relinquish.

Jungling was huge down the stretch, as he would get a breakaway layup to make it a three-point game shortly thereafter, and nail all four of his free throws to ice the game.

Although he would only go 5 for 14 from the field and 1 for 5 from downtown, Jungling went 9 for 10 from the line to get to 20 points to lead the Eagles. He also led the way with 8 rebounds.

Senior Jeremy Van Beek had a very nice showing inside for Head Coach Larry Hessing, scoring 10 points in the first half to keep the Eagles on top while Jungling tried to find his stroke.

PC moves on to the Class 2A Semifinals where they will face #4 seed Cascade of Western Dubuque. Cascade defeated Osage 60-27 in the quarterfinals earlier on Monday night. They enter the game 21-3, while PC comes in at 17-9. All 9 losses for the Eagles came in Little Hawkeye Conference play, where they face Class 3A and 4A opponents. They are unbeaten this year against 2A competition.

The game will begin at 2 PM on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. You can hear live updates throughout the afternoon on 104.9 FM KBOE and 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN.

Pella Christian, Lynnville-Sully Among Teams Advancing in Boys’ Basketball

Tournament action continued in boys’ basketball on Tuesday night, and a few area teams were victorious, and a few ended their season.

In Class 1A District 10, Lynnville-Sully defeated Belle Plaine, 54-38. The Hawks will advance to the District 10 Final on Thursday against Meskwaki Settlement School, who defeated BGM, 75-57. That game will be in Marshalltown Thursday at 6:30 PM.

In Class 1A District 11, as heard on the Mahaska Zone Network, Keota defeated Sigourney, 61-53, to advance to the District 11 Final. They will face Montezuma, who beat Wayne, 61-37. That matchup will be in Wellman at 7 PM on Thursday, and can be heard on 99.5 FM/740 AM KMZN, the KMZN mobile app, and radiokmzn.com.

In Class 2A District 11, Pekin made a good run, but fell to West Burlington in the District Final, 56-52. Meeting West Burlington in the Class 2A Substate 6 Final will be Pella Christian, who defeated Albia Tuesday, 58-33. The Substate 6 Final will be contested at Fairfield High School on Saturday at 7 PM. The winner will advance to the Class 2A Boys’ Basketball State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

State Wrestling Day One Recap

It wasn’t the greatest day for Mahaska Zone Network area wrestlers on day one of the State Wrestling Tournament as several wrestlers were eliminated, however several survived to wrestle another day.  Class 1A action got the day started and for Sigourney Keota, two of their four wrestlers advance on in the consolations as Kaleb Reeves at 182 lost 17-0 to #1 ranked Daniel Bishop of Hinton but came back strong to win by fall over Hunter Hagen of West Hancock and at 195 Noah Boender lost 9-2 to #1 ranked Landers Kuboushek of South Winnisheik but came back to win by fall over Mike Ward of East Union.   However, Luke House at 113 and Lane Boender at 145 both went 0-2 and have been eliminated.   Eddyville Blakesburg Fremont was able to advance both of their wrestlers through to Friday as Adam Proctor lost 5-1 then came back to win by fall in the consolations and Alex Hanna at 132 fell 14-2 to #2 ranked Drake Halblum of Alburnett then bounced right back to win by fall over Ty Joint of West Central Valley.   Moravia had a strong day as Nicholas Martin won 1-0 over Michael Egan of MFL Marmac,  Briar Cochran won by major decision 14-2 over Bo Giese of Logan Magnolia and 220 pounder Quinton Casteel lost 5-3 in overtime but bounced back in the consolations to win by fall over Nick Perkins of East Mills so all three advance on to Friday’s quarterfinals and second round consolations.  Both of North Mahaska’s  and Tri County-Montezuma’s wrestlers have been eliminated as Tyler Strasser at 120 and Jarrett Stodghill at 126 for North Mahaska  each went 0-2 , although Stodghill gave a great fight in both losses,  and Hunter Foubert at 220 and Travis Lewis at 126 for T-C-M both went 0-2.  And for English Valleys, top ranked Zach Axmear at 152 won by fall to advance while Cooper Andreassen at 106 lost his first match but won big by technical fall in the consolations. Class 1A Quarterfinals and second round consolation matches get underway at 9am Friday.

It wasn’t a good day for Oskaloosa or Ottumwa in Class 3A as Oskaloosa lost two of their three wrestlers and Ottumwa lost five of their seven.  For Oskaloosa Josh Diehl at 113 went 0-2 losing 15-3 and 5-4,  4th ranked Callan Tomlin at 220 lost two close matches 3-2 and 2-1 in double overtime and has also been eliminated,  however Drew Sams at 132 is still alive.  7th ranked Sams lost his opener to #2 Grant Stotts of West Des Moines Valley in a tight match 3-2 then dominated in the consolation round winning 10-1 to advance to Friday’s second round consolations.    Ottumwa got opening round wins from Alec Clark at 120 and Isaiah Cox at 182,  however Johnathan Morales at 126,  Collin McConnell at 138, Justus Skinner at 145, Wyatt Schlotter at 152 and Tyler Bookin-Nosbisch all went 0-2 and have been eliminated.

And in Class 2A action,  Albia went 4-4 advancing all four to the quarterfinals as Aden Reeves at 106 received a medical forfeit,  Bryce Leshen at 145 won 9-3,  Blake Lawless at 152 won 14-3 and heavyweight Carter Isley won by fall.  Other first round area winners included Xavier Miller of PCM at 145,  Levi Duwa of Mid Prairie at 220, and Tanner Hoffstetter at heavyweight for Grinnell.  After losing their first matches,   Joe Simon of Grinnell at 106,  Duncan McCain of Mid Prairie at 113,  Lucas Roland of PCM at 138,  and Wes Cummings of PCM at 152 all fought back to gain consolation wins and advance.  Walker Henderson of Davis County,  Jarron Trausch of PCM,  Dylan Henderson of Davis County, Jordan Beal of Knoxville and Travis Poffenbarger of Knoxville all have been eliminated.  Action resumes Friday at 9am with Class 3A and 1A quarterfinal and second round consolation matches.  You can hear another full day of live coverage from each session with Jamie Brockman and Brett Sams on 99.5 FM or 740 AM KMZN or listen online at radiokmzn.com or use the KMZN mobile app.   Our coverage begins at 8:45am today from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

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