Iowa State women’s golf jumps up six spots in Stanford Collegiate

The second day of the Stanford Collegiate tournament ended Tuesday and Iowa State jumped up six spots from yesterday with a total score of 591, tied for eighth place with Oklahoma State and Florida State.

Senior Celia Barquin Arozamena led the Cyclones in scoring in the second day of the Stanford Collegiate with a total score of 143 and is tied for eighth place. Barquin scored a total of six birdies and three bogeys.

Junior Chayanit Wangmahaporn followed Barquin in scoring for the day and scored a 76 for the day and is tied for 29th place. Wangmahaporn scored one birdie, four bogeys and one double-bogey.

Senior Nattapan Siritrai scored a 78 on the day and is tied for 62nd place. Siritrai scored two birdies, twelve bogeys and two double bogeys.

Sophomore Amelia Grohn scored a 74 on day two of the tournament and is tied for 66th place. Grohn scored five birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys.

Freshman Alanna Campbell scored a 72 and is tied for 43rd place. Campbell scored two birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey.

The Cyclones will close out the tournament tomorrow in the final day of the tournament.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: Where do the points come from on this rebuilt Iowa State basketball team?

  • Steve Prohm on his expectations for Iowa State point guard Lindell Wigginton
    Steve Prohm on his expectations for Iowa State point guard Lindell Wigginton
  • Wigginton: I'm not Monte Morris. I'll be my own player.
    Wigginton: I’m not Monte Morris. I’ll be my own player.
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    Cameron Lard ready to help
  • Donovan Jackson on the work he's put in in the offseason
    Donovan Jackson on the work he’s put in in the offseason

AMES, Ia. – How does Iowa State get to that magic 80 points a game that’s been so entertainingly entertaining the past few years? You’ve come to the right place.

Steve Prohm’s third Cyclones men’s basketball team needs 17 points a game from Donovan Jackson, 15 from Lindell Wigginton, eight from Nick Weiler-Babb, Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley, seven from Solomon Young, five from Hans Brase, Jeff Beverly and Terrence Lewis and three from Jakolby Long.

That’s 81 from the 10 scholarship players on the roster. That’s maybe a stretch, too, but it’s got to happen if Iowa State is to maintain its high-scoring personality.

Matching that won’t be as easy as recent seasons, when star players like Georges Niang, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas, Deonte Burton, Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay scored bunches of points.

Those teams were built on solid perimeter shooting. They lived behind the arc. Last season’s team, for example, made 344 three-point baskets — second-best for a season in Cyclones history.

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Those guys are long gone. Four starters from last season’s team must be replaced. Players that accounted for a combined 288 3-point baskets have gone onto other things.

“It’s a different team,” Prohm said. “The strengths of these guys are different than the strengths of the guys last season. We need to be at a great pace. We need to be looking to get penetration — to sink the defense and then make the next pass to get better shots, or drive so we can get to the free throw line more, because we do have good size on the perimeter.

“Zoran has great size and can get into the paint, shoot mid-range and finish. Nick can put pressure on the defense. Lindell can shoot it as well as get into the paint. Donovan is an elite shooter.”

Speaking of …

Jackson made 44 3-point baskets last season — 36 more than any other returnee.

“We’ve got some nice shooters on the team,” Prohm said. “Terrence Lewis can really shoot. That’s one guy that can shoot at a high, high level.”

He’s is a freshman. Wigginton is a freshman. Six players on the roster, for that matter, haven’t yet played Iowa State basketball.

“Transition season” is putting it mildly.

The Cyclones averaged 80.8 points and 81.1 points the past two seasons. They’ve averaged 80.6 points over the past five seasons.

That’s not a make-or-break average — except for the fact that defense hasn’t always been one of this program’s strongest points.

While the offensive average has been one of college basketball’s finest, opponents have averaged 73.3 points over the past five seasons.

Recently, the Cyclones have overcome that with strong 3-point shooting, but whether this young team has that same firepower is a question – and they’ve got about three weeks to figure it out before opening the season Nov. 10 at Missouri.

“That’s the style we want to play. It’s the style I’ve played since the time I’ve been a head coach — to push tempo and push the pace,” Prohm said at media day Tuesday. “I can’t break down numbers right now from the standpoint of how many Donovan’s going to get and how many Nick’s going to get, but 80 has to be our goal.”

It’s the style of ball fans are used to. From the days of Johnny Orr to now, the Cyclones have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the country. They may not play the greatest defense, but scoring?

It has been this program’s brand, its trademark, a major reason it’s been to the past six NCAA Tournaments.

“These guys all have great confidence to shoot,” Prohm said. “If they’re open, we’ve got to make shots. Whether you can make 344 (3-pointers), second most in school history — I don’t know if we can do that.

“We’ve got to manufacture points a different way this year, and I think we understand that.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter at @RandyPete.


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Long, winding road leads Zoran Talley Jr. to Ames

Ever since Fred Hoiberg took over as the head coach at Iowa State in 2010, graduate transfers have been instrumental to Iowa State’s success. That hasn’t changed since Steve Prohm took over two seasons ago, either.

Darrell Bowie, DeAndre Kane, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Jake Anderson headline the group of recent graduate transfers to don the Cardinal and Gold, all players who have had prominent roles for important Cyclone teams.

The latest case of an Iowa State graduate transfer — and perhaps the most intriguing — is redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr.


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Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr., a newcomer to the Cyclones from Old Dominion, during Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17.

Getting to Iowa State

Talley, who played two seasons at Old Dominion after redshirting his first year, graduated from the university in just three years and is immediately eligible for the Cyclones this season. But who is Zoran Talley Jr., how did he get here and what kind of role will he play for Iowa State?

Talley was suspended twice in his three years as a Monarch, once for three games and then for five games. He was eventually dismissed from the program after the season ended, but his coach still vouched for him when Talley began the transfer process.

“I was talking to [Old Dominion coach] Jeff Jones,” Prohm said. “And he said ‘hey, I’ve got a guy that’s leaving our program. You need to recruit him.’”

Prohm said the coaching staff jumped on Talley right away and recruited him all summer long while he took classes.

Once more schools became aware that he was available, Talley’s name popped up in various places as possible landing spots. The teams didn’t know if he would be eligible to play right away or if he would lose a year of eligibility while sitting out his first season.

“Man, it was kinda hectic and crazy,” Talley said of his path to Ames. “Once it really got out there [that he was transferring] it started getting crazy. More schools calling, calling daily. The whole summer was basically recruiting and I was still doing classes.”

The classes he’s talking about? Talley took a grand total of 27 credits during the summer. Since he had already redshirted, Talley would have lost a year of eligibility if he decided to transfer without graduating, thanks to NCAA rules.


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Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr., a newcomer to the Cyclones from Old Dominion, points to his tattoos during Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17.

Talley knew if he could get through those final 27 credits during the summer, he would be eligible to transfer and play right away at another Division I program, such as Iowa State.

Summer classes are divided into two sections. During the first half of the summer, Talley took six classes for 18 credits. For the second half of the summer, Talley took nine credits, giving him enough to graduate and play immediately at Iowa State.

“I was literally on my laptop in my bed the whole summer,” Talley said. “I learned how if I really want to get something done, how bad I really wanted it. I got through it.”

Although Talley didn’t commit to Iowa State until July 20, he was still able to connect with some teammates. Talley already knew Marial Shayok, a transfer from Virginia who will sit out this season per NCAA rules and be eligible in 2018-19, before he committed to Iowa State.

“We had mutual friends,” Shayok said. “An old teammate, B.J. [Stith], who transferred after my first year. He went to [Old Dominion] so whenever B.J. would come visit, he’d bring Zoran.”

That connection helped Talley and Shayok hit it off when Talley took his visit to Iowa State this summer. Shayok said the two have been able to bond off the court as well as push each other on it.


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Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr., a newcomer to the Cyclones from Old Dominion, during Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17.

Getting used to a new system

Last year, Old Dominion was one of the slowest teams in Division I by some metrics. According to KenPom, Old Dominion ranked 348th out of 351 teams in adjusted tempo.

“The tempo is much faster,” Talley said. “We practice with like 20 seconds on the shot clock. At Old Dominion we practiced with like 26… at Old Dominion it was kinda slower; get the ball to the point guard, get in the halfcourt offense, get set and slow the game down.”

With six seniors gone from a year ago and the departure of Simeon Carter via transfer, the vast majority of Iowa State’s 2017-18 roster is new, including Talley. That’s a tough spot to come into, but it also opens the window of opportunity for new guys to play right away.


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Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr., a newcomer to the Cyclones from Old Dominion, during Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17.

In Talley’s case, he presents a skillset that nobody else on the roster possesses. At 6-foot-7, his height is a weapon, and that’s aided by his 7-foot long wingspan. His length and skillset on the offensive end may be reminiscent of Will Clyburn, who led Iowa State with 14.9 points per game in 2012-13.

“When you look at Zoran, he’s got great size,” Prohm said. “[He] can get into the paint and midrange and finish.”

Talley’s game is best-suited in the paint and around the rim. Over his two years at Old Dominion, Talley made just four three-pointers and attempted fewer than one every other game.

That didn’t hold him much back in the grand scheme of things; Talley still averaged 8.1 points per game as a freshman and upped it to 11.3 per game as a sophomore, even though he was relegated to a bench role in year two.

“Actually [coming off the bench] was good for us,” Talley said. “My role had changed and then I was actually doing better and producing more with my stats coming off the bench.”


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Redshirt junior forward Zoran Talley Jr., a newcomer to the Cyclones from Old Dominion, during Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 17.

Talley’s point is certainly correct if you ask the rest of Conference USA. He was named Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year after his sophomore campaign.

One issue for Iowa State this year is that, aside from Solomon Young, there are no proven frontcourt players. In that sense, Talley fits right in like the final puzzle piece.

“At Old Dominion, I played three and four,” Talley said. “Small-ball is a big thing in basketball right now so I’m at the three, then once small-ball comes into play, that’s when I go down to the four.”

Talley said his main goal is to win a Big 12 Championship. After all, he said, Iowa State has a winning tradition and he wanted to be a part of that.

“I want a ring,” Talley said. “And I’ve been saying that ever since high school and I haven’t gotten one. I want a ring.”

Through redshirting, being benched, being suspended, being dropped from the program and taking 27 credits in one summer, it’s clear that Talley’s path to Ames hasn’t been normal. And that’s fine with him.

“I’m just blessed with this opportunity,” Talley said. “I’m just gonna take it all in and just enjoy every last minute of it.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Less threes, more physicality: The new mindset of Iowa State men’s basketball

Last season for the Iowa State men’s basketball team, the philosophy was easy.

Pass the ball several times until one of the dominant shooters was open. Then, pass them the ball and shoot a 3-pointer. It was that simple of a strategy.

The Cyclones lived off this philosophy and it showed 344 times as that’s how many 3-pointers were scored last season. The team was two 3-pointers shy of tying the record for most 3-point goals scored in a season. The 2012-13 season made 346.

That philosophy will change entirely this season with the new faces and leadership behind this 2017-18 team.

“I think it’s a different team,” said coach Steve Prohm. “The strengths of these guys are different than the strengths of the guys last season.”

Versatility will be the common word this season as there’s more of a physical presence then several past seasons.



Solomon Young at Media Day

Iowa State is going to depend on a stronger inside than just Solomon Young last season. Prohm and his staff recruited Hans Brase from Princeton and Zoran Talley Jr. from Old Dominion University.

Brase was a key player to Princeton’s success until he missed the past two seasons because of two ACL tears to the same right knee. Talley Jr. worked harder than ever to get his education done and graduate, so he could play this season and not be a transfer that sat out.

Along with those two, Iowa State has been molding redshirt freshman Cameron Lard as he came to Iowa State last January, but never played last season. He used last season to learn from not only the coaches, but Young too, so he can be a dominant presence this upcoming season.

“Cameron [Lard] has been making huge steps to becoming the player he wants to be this season,” said Nick Weiler-Babb. “Now, he needs to continue to practice until he’s put into a game-type atmosphere. He’s ready though.”



Iowa State junior Nick Weiler-Babb dunks during the scrimmage portion of Hilton Madness on Oct. 13. 

Besides the inside, Iowa State will still rely on an explosive outside with Donovan Jackson and Babb leading the charge, but also a handful of new faces.

One of the new players is Lindell Wigginton, who is expected to be a key contributor this season even though he’s a freshman. Along with him, Terrence Lewis and Jakolby Long will be seeing the court on occasions.

Many fans and media have been comparing Wigginton to Monte Morris, the former guard for Iowa State who is currently playing in the Denver Nuggets’ organization. Prohm resolved that conversation very quickly by contrasting the two players.

“I think they’re different,” Prohm said. “Their games are a little different. Lindell [Wigginton] is a physical, physical guard.”


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Donovan Jackson celebrates after hitting a shot against Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Iowa State fell to the Boilermakers 80-76, ending its season.

Physicality will be a key ingredient in Iowa State’s offense as Prohm knows all five of these outside players can drive into the paint and create shot opportunities.

They can also go to the free-throw line more often than last year’s team due to the physical appearance they bring to the court.

Prohm isn’t saying the 3-point shot is gone and it’s a new mentality, but there’s certainly a different focus on this year’s team. The 3-point shot will be needed to continue averaging 80 points per game, a goal that Prohm always wants to reach at the end of the season.

That 3-point shot help will be contributed by Jackson and Babb with some shots from Lewis and Wigginton.

“We got a few nice good shooters on the team,” Jackson said. “I think Terrence Lewis is going to be a key knockdown shooter once he understands what’s going on right now.

“And then, I’m [going to] shoot the lights out.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: Wigginton one-and-done? Probably not. But two-and-done? Well …


Lindell Wigginton is out to make a name for himself at Iowa State, not live up to Monte Morris’ legacy.
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AMES, Ia. — Enjoy him while you can, Iowa State basketball fans. Lindell Wigginton might not be around long.

One-and-done after Year 1 at the position Monte Morris played so well? That was among many topics of conversation during Iowa State’s annual media day Tuesday afternoon.

Can this team that lost four senior starters get to its forever, or so it seems, 80-point scoring average?

Other new additions such as Cameron Lard, Zoran Talley, Terrence Lewis and Solomon Young had better be as advertised, too.

Rebounding? The Cyclones don’t usually hit the boards well, yet they’ve offset it with success in other areas.

But one-and-done?

“It’s going to be in the back of my mind,” Wigginton said. “Right now, I’m focused on this program and getting wins.

“Whatever happens after that, happens.”

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Wigginton and veteran Donovan Jackson are interchangeable at the point and second guard positions, just like Jackson was last season with Morris.

It took a while, but they’ve finally learned each other’s games. They know where the other likes to shoot.

“I think he’s going to be real good,” said Jackson, whom coach Steve Prohm called “as good of a shooter as there is in college basketball.”

“Lindell’s got the body for the Big 12 (Conference). He’s ready mentally.”


The sturdy 6-foot-2, 190-pound rookie from Nova Scotia who starred most recently at elite Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., had better be good, if he’s going to lead the Cyclones to their seventh NCAA Tournament in a row.

He obviously won’t handle the ball as well as Morris did. They expect him to be more physical, however. Morris became a solid defender — and that’s a sizable transition for all freshmen.

“I not coming in here to be the next Monte,” Wigginton said. “I’m coming in to be me.”

But one-and-done? I doubt it.

He’ll be good, but he’s no D’Angelo Russell. He’s no Kyrie Irving. He’s no John Wall or Derrick Rose.

They’re among one-and-done point guards who jumped to the NBA. Wigginton isn’t at that level.  At least I don’t think he’s at that level.

“Lindell is a physical, physical guard,” Prohm said. “He needs to continue to learn and grow in the understanding how to play the pick-and-roll, make the best reads, not picking up your dribble — the little things.”

And let’s be perfectly clear: Lindell Wigginton didn’t bring up this topic. A couple reporters asked him about it. It wasn’t his idea; it was our decision to broach what’s been out there since Rivals put five recruiting stars beside his name last April.

When that happened: Wow.  That’s when this national one-and-done chatter started. That’s why it continued among a couple of us Tuesday.

“It’s been a big conversation ever since the 5-star ranking,” Wigginton said. “Obviously, a lot of five-stars (recruits) get projected in the mock drafts.

“A couple months ago, I was a top 50 or a top 100. Now it’s ‘Oh, you can be one-and-done. It’s obviously changing in my mind.”

But …

“I’m not focused on that,” he quickly added. “I’m focused on this season and winning.”

Wigginton played on Canada’s Under-19 team that won the FIBA World Cup during the summer. He averaged 20.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds while making 41 percent of his 3-point shots last season at Oak Hill. USA Today named him Virginia’s prep player of the year.

He’s Iowa State’s best recruit since Craig Brackins in 2007, but two-and-done sounds more like it.

Get high-level experience this season for this team that isn’t nearly the NCAA lock that it’s been. Play well. Get better every game. Make a freshman All-America team or two.

Star for a 2018-19 team that should be back in the elite class that it’s been the past few years. Lead that team to a Sweet 16. Make an All-America team.

Then consider the NBA. Maybe.

“I’m not really focused on that now,” Wigginton said. “If the opportunity comes up, I have to do what’s best for me and my family — but I’m just committed to Iowa State basketball.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

  • Steve Prohm on his expectations for Iowa State point guard Lindell Wigginton
    Steve Prohm on his expectations for Iowa State point guard Lindell Wigginton
  • Wigginton: I'm not Monte Morris. I'll be my own player.
    Wigginton: I’m not Monte Morris. I’ll be my own player.
  • Cameron Lard ready to help
    Cameron Lard ready to help
  • Donovan Jackson on the work he's put in in the offseason
    Donovan Jackson on the work he’s put in in the offseason


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New year, new team: Cyclones look to replace legendary senior class

In recent Iowa State basketball history, Big 12 Championships and NCAA Tournament runs have become the norm.

This year could be different.

Over the last two years, seven Iowa State players have gone on to play in the NBA Summer League. Three have signed NBA contracts, marked most recently by point guard Monte Morris signing a contract with the Denver Nuggets.

That’s a lot of production to replace over a two year stretch, but that’s the task at hand for coach Steve Prohm and the 2017-18 Cyclones.



Donovan Jackson steps back in the second half at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas, on February 15, 2017. Iowa State beat Kansas State 87-79.

“The first two years [at Iowa State] have been great,” Prohm said at Tuesday’s media day. “Obviously we had a really fun two years. [We] saw a lot of great players come through here from this last senior class with Monte [Morris], Naz [Mitrou-Long], Deonte [Burton] and Matt [Thomas].”

There are really only three returning players who contributed on the floor for last year’s squad. Those players — Donovan Jackson, Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young — will be asked to step into bigger roles.

Jackson, a senior, hit big shots all season as a junior, including the dagger to lead the Cyclones to a 92-89 victory at Allen Fieldhouse. While his role will change without Morris running the show, Prohm said he doesn’t want Jackson to try to emulate Morris.


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Donovan Jackson and Monte Morris celebrate during Iowa State’s 86-83 win over Oklahoma State on Tuesday. 

“We need Donovan to be the best Donovan Jackson,” Prohm said. “Not to be Monte [Morris], not to be another point guard that’s been here … Just be Donovan.”

One of the biggest additions for Iowa State will be Lindell Wigginton.

Wigginton, a four-star point guard recruit out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, figures to start right away as a freshman.

Wigginton and Jackson have both played point guard and shooting guard in their careers, which makes for an interesting pairing.

“[Wigginton]’s real athletic so if he gets the ball off a rebound then he can just push it,” Jackson said. “He’s real good. Me, Lindell [Wigginton], [Weiler-Babb], I think we’re just all gonna interchange at the point guard position just because we all can run it at a high level.”



Redshirt sophomore Nick Weiler-Babb dunks during a game against West Virginia, Jan. 31 in Hilton Coliseum. After trailing early, the Cyclones would go on to lose 85-72, and move on to 13-8 on the season, and 5-4 in conference play. 

Speaking of Weiler-Babb, the redshirt junior’s role is going to be as different as possible this year compared to a season ago.

Weiler-Babb played in all 35 games last year, but he ranked just seventh on the team in minutes per game. He averaged four points and 3.1 rebounds per contest, so stepping into the spotlight as a clear leader may be an adjustment.

“He just has a really good understanding of how to play and what we’re trying to do,” Prohm said. “I’m still trying to push his buttons to be a little more aggressive offensively. He likes to distribute and facilitate.”

Weiler-Babb reached double figures in scoring just four times last year, and just once during conference play. Instead, he made his name as a defender and a team player.

“He’s got a really good pace and feel and flow to his game,” Prohm said. “You’ve got to do it every day, and we’ve got to be a more talkative and vocal team … He’s been really good, I’ve been really pleased with him.”

Iowa State’s season is set to begin Nov. 10 when the Cyclones travel to Columbia, Missouri, to play former Big 12 rival Missouri.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Poise and consistency help Iowa State’s Kyle Kempt through first two starts


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AMES, Ia. — In his brief career as Iowa State’s starting quarterback, Kyle Kempt helped the Cyclones win at then-No. 3 Oklahoma, guided his team to two wins in the Big 12 Conference and turned himself into one of the biggest success stories in program history.

But in all the great things that Kempt has accomplished early on as a starter, Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell said there are two things that have stood out about Kempt.

“The biggest thing I like what I’ve seen about Kyle is poise and consistency,” Campbell said. “Those two things have been outstanding in two very chaotic environments for a quarterback to have to play in.”

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Kempt has just two starts under his belt, but he’s already accomplished a lot. The walk-on has helped Iowa State to a 2-1 start in Big 12 play for the first time since 2002. His two wins against Big 12 teams ties for the second-most by an Iowa State quarterback since 2011 when Jared Barnett went 3-6.

Kempt, a fifth-year senior, took over for Jacob Park, who took a leave from the team to work through some personal health issues. Kempt has quickly gone from unknown to solidifying himself a spot in Iowa State football history.

Kempt’s first start came against Oklahoma, when he completed 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Against Kansas, he completed 13-20 passes for one touchdown.

Two starts, two wins. It’s a crazy turnaround for Kempt, who began his career at Oregon State, transferred to Hutchinson Community College and waited for his shot as a walk-on for the Cyclones. Before taking over the starting spot, Kempt has thrown just two passes in his college career.

“I’m content,” Kempt said. “I’m not satisfied at all. I’m happy to be playing again.”

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Kempt has managed Iowa State’s offense with a heavy dose of short passes and run plays that have allowed the Cyclones to chew up the clock and keep their defense on the sidelines. One of the reasons the approach has worked so well is that Kempt has done a good job of taking care of the football.

He has yet to turn the ball over this season despite playing in front of a hostile Oklahoma home crowd and on a rainy and wet day in Ames at Jack Trice Stadium against Kansas.

“He did a very good job of handling both environments,” Campbell said.

But there are things that Kempt needs to get better at. One of the things Kempt has pinpointed: Getting the offense going faster. The Cyclones have struggled in the first few series of Kempt’s two starts.

“I’ve definitely got to start faster,” he said.

Campbell has faith that Kempt will continue to make strides.

“The only thing you hope to continue to see is his growth within the system,” Campbell said. “You’ve seen him be able to make hard throws — to step in there and stand in there under pressure. He’s made some big throws in some big moments in both football games. Just continue to grow and stay within himself. Kyle has such a poise about him.”

That poise has helped Kempt stay focused week to week. Park remains a member of the team but is inactive. Campbell won’t put a timetable on when Park will be back. If he does come back this season, Kempt may have to prove that the starting spot should stay his. Kempt said he’s not thinking about that.

“I’m just going out right now and executing our game plan,” Kempt said. “The team’s got confidence in me and I’ve got confidence in myself.”

Kempt said it hasn’t been hard not thinking too far ahead.

“You would think it would be hard to do, but at the same time, this is something that my journey has really prepared me for,” Kempt said. “So I feel like I’m prepared for this.” 


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High school senior is feeling the #CrewStrong support from the state of Iowa

Austin Crew, a senior at Spencer High School, went to Storm Lake High School on Oct. 13 to cheer on the Spencer Tigers football team.

Crew, along with three of his friends, were in the bleachers when Spencer took and held onto their 17-14 lead until the final horn went off. After the win, Crew and his friends ran onto the field to celebrate the big win.

While running onto the field, Crew told his mother, Andrea Crew, later, he felt some pain in his chest when he was breathing. He didn’t worry about it at the time, so they decided to head out and was walking to Austin’s car.

As he reached the driver’s side, Austin collapsed.

He went into cardiac arrest.



Austin Crew is in the choir at Spencer High School and enjoys singing. 

His friends ran over to see his status and they saw him turning blue and gasping for breath. One of his friends was a lifeguard and knew something was wrong, so he had the paramedics from the football game come over to help Austin.

While they were working on Austin, one of his friends called Andrea, who was 45 minutes away. She picked up the phone and remembered the friend saying, “You need to come over here, Austin collapsed.”

In her mind, she thought he tripped or scraped his body from falling, but the friend then told her, “No, they’re doing chest compressions.”

“That’s something you never want to hear as a mother and being 45 minutes away,” Andrea said.



Austin Crew is a fan of theater. He’s currently in the school musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at Spencer High School. 

While Austin’s mother was coming, Austin was receiving CPR and would later be revived by a defibrillator before placed into an ambulance and taken to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

“The nurse [at the field] saved his life,” Andrea said. “You can definitely see the hand of God in this whole process.”

Once he was at the medical center, he was met by his parents and after a couple quick tests, the staff at Buena Vista recommended that he be flown to Sioux Falls for better treatment options for his situation.

They were flown by helicopter that Friday evening to Sioux Falls, but two days later, on Monday morning, they were flown by helicopter again to Iowa City.

Currently, that’s where Austin is located and will probably be until he’s able to go back home. As for his progress of health, it’s been a rollercoaster ride.



The Crew family is an Iowa State family. Ryan Crew, bottom right, is currently a junior at Iowa State in political science. Austin Crew, top left, is hoping to come to Iowa State after his senior year at Spencer High School this year. 

Saturday at Sioux Falls was a really bad day to the point where the nurses were preparing Austin’s family that he might go into respiratory failure. That Saturday evening, Spencer High School had a prayer vigil and Austin’s status became better and better.

“Every prayer helped and continues to help,” Andrea said.

Ever since that Saturday, Austin has had his ups and downs, but more positives than negatives.

Austin is one of the biggest Iowa State Cyclones fans in the entire state and possibly the country.



Austin Crew is a huge Iowa State Cyclones fan. It doesn’t matter the sport, he’ll cheer for them. 

He goes to every home football game and most of the basketball games. He’s always wearing Cyclone gear to his high school. He bleeds Cardinal and Gold.

Due to his passion for Iowa State, the first question he asked when he reached Iowa City was, “Did the Cyclones win on Saturday?”

His family made sure to tell him yes because Austin has a tradition. After an Iowa State win on Saturday, he always wears Cyclone gear to school on Monday.

On Monday, his family made sure his Iowa State jersey was hung in his room and all his friends back at Spencer High School made sure to have the school wear Iowa State gear in honor of Austin.

That’s when Andrea realized how special this situation was because his story reached most of the state with a simple #CrewStrong that his brother, Ryan Crew, made. That hashtag reached people at Iowa State, specifically some of the athletes that Austin idolizes as a teenager.

Monday morning, Twitter blew up with #CrewStrong messages from people like Solomon Young, Donovan Jackson, Allen Lazard and so many other Cyclone athletes.

Andrea couldn’t believe the amount of support that was coming to Austin, but Austin wanted to make sure to thank everyone on Monday, so he created a video for Twitter.

Andrea said she’s shown some of the tweets from the Iowa State athletes and he’s cried because he can’t believe the support. Along with tweets, he’s received personal messages from players like Monte Morris.

“It’s been unbelievable the amount of support we’ve received from people we know and people we don’t know,” Andrea said. “I just want to thank everyone for their prayers because it’s definitely helping.”

The family is hoping within the next week or so, Austin will be able to get back home and finish out his senior year.

Once he’s out of the hospital, there’s one thing he really wants. 

An ice cold Mountain Dew. 

Austin is a social butterfly, according to his mother, so he participates in many activities like tennis, choir and theater. He was also named homecoming king a couple weeks ago for Spencer High School.



Austin Crew was named homecoming king a couple weeks ago for Spencer High School. Austin and his family didn’t expect that to happen, but were so happy when his name was called. 

After high school, Austin wants to join his brother at Iowa State. Ryan is currently a junior in political science at Iowa State. 

His goal is to make it to the homecoming game on Oct. 28 against TCU, but Andrea and the family isn’t sure about that timetable. 

But no matter what, they’ll always be wearing the Cardinal and Gold. 

“We just want to say thank you to everyone because you’ve helped us get through this process,” Andrea said. “It’s been a true blessing.”

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Iowa State women’s golf finishes 14th place in day of Stanford Intercollegiate

The first day of the Stanford Intercollegiate in Monterey, California concluded today, and the Iowa State women’s team is in 14th place with a total score of 301.

The current team in first place is, Stanford with a total score of 280, in second place UCLA with a total score of 288, and in third place is Washington with a score of 291.

Junior Chayanit Wangmahaporn leads the cyclones in scoring and is tied for 12th place with a score of 72. Wangmahaporn scored five birdies, eleven bogeys and only one double bogey.

Senior Celia Barquin is tied for 34th place and has a total score of 75. Barquin scored two birdies, and seven bogeys in the first round.

Senior Nattapan Siritrai is tied for 42nd place with a score of 76. Siritrai scored five birdies, eleven bogeys, and only one triple bogey in the first round.

Amelia Grohn is in 72nd place with a score of 82. Grohn scored one birdie, thirteen bogeys and one triple bogey to end her first day at the tournament.

Freshman Alanna Campbell is tied for 62nd place with a score of 78. Campbell finished the tournament by scoring eight birdies, six bogeys, and one double bogey.

The Cyclones are looking to drop their scores for the next two days of the tournament and climb up the leaderboard by cleaning up their mistakes in todays tournament.

The Cyclones will participate in day two of the Stanford Intercollegiate competition in Monterey, California tomorrow.

Source: Iowa State Daily

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Peterson: There’s not much Iowa State utility man Trever Ryen can’t do on a football field


The wide receiver was recognized Monday as the Big 12 Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
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AMES, Ia. – For a young man who’s really not a big risk-taker …

Trever Ryen’s game is all about gambling.

For a guy who says he’s not a daredevil …

Ryen puts his body in danger each time he hovers under one of those high, spiraling punts.

Bungee jump?

“I’m afraid of heights,” he once told me.

But put body in jeopardy with 10 head-hunting opponents sprinting his way a few times each Saturday?

This most versatile Iowa State senior wouldn’t have it any other way.

He’s returned two punts for touchdowns during his career — the most recent was a 68-yard catch and sprint during last Saturday’s 45-0 win against Kansas at Jack Trice Stadium.

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That’s just part of the reason this flash from Ida Grove was named Big 12’s most recent special teams player of the week.

He also recovered a fumble, continues to be one of the best players on Iowa State’s pun-coverage team — and maybe he’ll even do something else special during Saturday’s 11 a.m. game at Texas Tech.

He’s already caught 21 passes during the Cyclones’ 4-2 season. 

“If you broke down all of our spring practices … one thing we average out is who had the most explosive plays,” coach Matt Campbell said.

The answer?

Trever Ryen.

“You look at the same thing in fall camp,” Campbell continued.


Trever Ryen.

“And then you start the season, and you say “Man who is kind of the unsung hero?” the coach went on.


“A lot of other people get a lot of accolades … but Trever, for whatever reason, goes unnoticed a little bit.”

That was Campbell, too, and he’d have said it even if Ryen hadn’t had such a great day Saturday.

“He’s the same guy every day, from play to play,” Campbell said. “That’s what you love about him. He’s been a great example for all of us. I think we can continue to find ways to get the ball into his hands.”

Ryen’s previous punt return touchdown was two seasons ago against Northern Iowa. It started by breaking the team’s Don’t-Ever-Return-a-Bouncing-Punt mandate.

“I knew the rules, but they obviously weren’t going through my head when I fielded it,” Ryen said of the beginning of his 81-yard sprint.

What are Campbell’s rules?

“Trever done it for so long, that you give him a lot of freedom in the open field on whether to return it or not to return it,” Campbell said.

That’s the coach perspective of one of the Big 12’s best do-it-all-perfomers. What about the player?

“I’m more relaxed,” Ryen said.

He watches film of NFL receivers and special teams players. He brainstorms with Taylor Mouser, the program’s assistant director of scouting

“Talking with him has helped me stay calm,” Ryen said. “He’s made me feel comfortable in every situation I’ve been in.”

Ryen turns short passes into long plays. He’s caught every pass thrown his way.

“The drops stay in the back of your mind,” Ryen, unsolicited, recalled Saturday about last season’s big drop in a five-point loss against Kansas State.

“I dropped a wide-open touchdown,” Ryen said. “I have the video of it on my phone. I go back to look at it every once in a while — to remind myself.”

Say what?

“I didn’t know that. That’s neat,” said Karen Ryen, Trever’s very proud mother.

She sat in the Jack Trice Stadium rain Saturday, along with thousands of other Iowa State loyalists. These days, she doesn’t chew her fingernails as much when opponents punt.

“I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be,” she said. “He’s got a little more — what’s the word I’m looking for?

“He’s got a little more fat to him. He’s at a good weight. He can take a hit.”

She knew quickly Saturday how Kansas’ first punt would turn out after watching De’Monte Ruth’s jarring blindside block allowed the speedy Ryan to turn the corner.

“As soon as I saw that block,” she said, “I knew Trever was gone.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

Source: Des Moines Register

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