SPORTS IN BRIEF: Van Buren basketball, cancellations, Iowa Hawkeyes
Warriors lose first game of season
The Van Buren boys’ basketball team lost its first game of the season Friday 58-46 to Holy Trinity Catholic in Fort Madison.
The Warriors (5-1) were only down by three entering the fourth quarter, but the Crusaders pulled away late.
Senior Tanner Smith led Van Buren in points with 12. Garrett Saunders scored 11 points and led the team with six assists and four steals. Thomas Fitzsimmons scored nine points and led the squad with eight rebounds. Brandon Plecker chipped in with nine points.
JV girls lose first game of year
The Fairfield JV girls’ basketball team lost 43-41 Friday in Keokuk.
This game marked Fairfield’s first loss of the season. Mackenzie McClure led the Trojans in scoring with 10 points. Kenady Waugh scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds. Mackenzie Flattery and Brooke McLain each scored six points. Haley Beard scored two points and also secured five rebounds.
Iowa’s McCaffery apologizes for outburst
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has apologized for an outburst that got him ejected from Sunday’s loss to No. 4 Wisconsin
McCaffery was called for back-to-back technical fouls and tossed from the game for arguing with officials with 12 minutes left. The Badgers rallied for a 75-71 win.
McCaffery says in a statement that he’s sorry for his emotional reaction. McCaffery says he has great passion and respect for the game and regrets that his actions put the program and the University of Iowa in a negative light.
Athletic director Gary Barta says he has already met with McCaffery and that McCaffery “knows he crossed a line of acceptable behavior.”
Barta also says that McCaffery has his full support moving forward.
The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department announced today there will be no adult volleyball tonight or youth basketball skills at Pence Elementary School due to the extremely cold weather.
Another park and rec event scheduled today, Ide’s gymnastics and trampoline, is canceled and will be made up at the end of the season, Feb. 17.