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IFL Postpones 2020 Season

Official Statement Regarding the Postponement of the 2020 Season 

FROM THE IFL – In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of this weekend’s games in Frisco and Sioux Falls, along with the state of California’s limit on the size of crowds due to the pandemic, the Indoor Football League will be postponing its season until further notice following Saturday night’s games in Oakland and San Diego.

Both games are still scheduled to kickoff at 8:05 p.m. CST, but will be played with no fans in attendance. Each game will be broadcast live on YouTube.

“This is an unprecedented situation that we are taking very seriously,” said IFL Commissioner Todd Tryon. “We are monitoring this on a constant basis and are working with the local municipalities and arenas in all of our markets. Our goal is to resume play as soon as possible. The health of our players, coaches, staffs, fans, and sponsors is of utmost importance to our teams and to the league, and we will not compromise those values.”

The IFL will continue to evaluate ongoing events and the safety of our players and will rely on the guidance of public health experts and our leagues’ Board of Directors in determining when the restart the 2020 season.

FROM THE IOWA BARNSTORMERS - “With news of arenas around the country closing their doors to fans and warning the public of large gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we feel postponing the indoor football season is the best decision, “ said Iowa Barnstormers President Jeff Lamberti. “We want to ensure that our fans get the full hard-hitting indoor football experience and our players have the opportunity to play at home in front of some of the best fans in the IFL.”

The Iowa Barnstormers are aware that many Season Ticket Holders, fans, and partners will have questions regarding the 2020 season, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the situation and work out the logistics.

Garza named Big Ten Player of the Year for men's basketball

Luka GarzaIOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - A University of Iowa athlete has been recognized as the most outstanding in the conference in his sport, according to the school.

Luka Garza, starting center for the Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team, was named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and members of the media. He is the first player from the school to receive the award for men's basketball in 52 years.

"I want to thank my teammates and coaches," Garza said, in a statement posted to the team's Twitter account. "To be honest, if I wasn’t in this program, I don’t think any of this would be possible."


Brown Deer Golf Course to Open March 7

Brown DeerBrown Deer Golf Club will open its doors for the 2020 golf season on March 7.  All 18 holes as well as the driving range will be open as weather permits.  Divots Bar and Grill will also be open for snacks and beverages during the first few weeks and will resume lunch service on March 23, with full restaurant hours beginning on April 20.  Contact the Brown Deer Golf Club at 319.248.9300 for additional information.

Brown Deer Golf Club website

Iowa Barnstormers to Unveil New Uniforms

Official Jersey Reveal set for Sunday, March 8 at Mac Shack

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers roster isn’t the only thing that has undergone changes this off-season. In November the Barnstormers announced a partnership with Phenom Elite as the team’s Official Uniform provider, teasing the idea that a new uniform would be debuting when the team hit the field this spring. With the IFL season kicking off this week, the Barnstormers have officially announced plans to unveil their new uniforms.

The Iowa Barnstormers will debut their brand-new uniforms on Sunday, March 8 at Mac Shack in West Des Moines. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Fans and media are invited to get a first look at the uniforms which will be modeled by Quarterback Caleb Holbrook, wide receiver Connor Hollenbeck, offensive lineman Quante Hines, linebacker Tony Jones, and defensive lineman Tony Winslow.

The Iowa Barnstormers will be posting sneak peeks on their social media sites leading up to the official unveiling. Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @iabarnstormers.

Mac Shack is located at 1551 Valley West Drive Suite 253 in West Des Moines (right inside Valley West Mall!) Mac Shack is more than just a sports bar with a full menu, they have added entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy shuffleboard, darts, golden tee, buck hunter, car racing, hoops, pool, and more! Don’t miss a minute of your favorite sports teams, with 16 huge TV’s your game is always on at Mac Shack – Pub, Grub, Games!

Season Tickets for the Iowa Barnstormers 2020 season are available now! For as low as $80 per seat, fans can enjoy the action from the same great seat location each game. For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to

DNR to host public meetings to discuss chronic wasting disease

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled public meetings in Leon, West Union and Decorah after hunter harvested deer in Decatur, Fayette and Winneshiek counties tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It is the first time deer have tested positive in these counties.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • March 10, 7 p.m., in the Central Decatur CSD, 1201 NE Poplar, in Leon
  • March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Holy Name Catholic Church Meeting Hall, 128 North Walnut Street, in West Union
  • March 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Valders Hall of Science Room 206, 700 College Drive, Luther College, in Decorah

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases. It attacks the brain of infected deer and elk causing the animals to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, lose body functions and die. It is always fatal to the infected animal.

The Iowa DNR has tested nearly 74,000 deer tissue samples for chronic wasting disease since monitoring began in 2002. The disease first appeared in Iowa’s wild deer herd in 2013. So far, there have been 89 positive tests.

Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or, and advise of specific needs.

The meetings are open to the public.

Public meetings recapping hunting, trapping seasons, and possible rule changes start this week

Iowa DNRThe Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) town hall-style meetings on recently completed hunting and trapping seasons, and possible changes to hunting and trapping rules and regulations, start Feb. 19.

The meetings are open to the public.

Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting and trapping rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

Meeting date, time and location

  • Sioux City, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road
  • Chariton, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Pin Oak Lodge, 45996 Hwy. 14
  • Council Bluffs Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street
  • Okoboji, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Dickinson County Nature Center, 22785 Nature Center Road
  • Burlington, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Starr's Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starr's Cave Road
  • Iowa City, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Johnson County ISU extension building, 3109 Old Highway 218 South (search “Johnson County Fairgrounds”)
  • Algona, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Water’s Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th Street
  • Bloomfield, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Hwy. 63
  • Creston, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College, 1201 West Townline Street
  • Decorah, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Decorah City Hall, 400 Clairborne Drive
  • Dubuque, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Swiss Valley Nature Center, 13606 Swiss Valley Road, Peosta
  • Jefferson, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., The Jefferson Depot, 509 East Lincoln Way
  • Ventura, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Clear Lake Wildlife Unit headquarters, 15326 Balsam Ave.
  • Waverly, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Waverly Public Library, 1500 W Bremer Ave.
  • Des Moines, March 3, 7 p.m., Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • DeWitt, March 5, 7 p.m., DeWitt Community Center, 512 10th Street
  • Sac City, March 5, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970
  • 280th Street
  • Toledo, March 5, 7 p.m., Tama CCB Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park, 2283 Park Road

Any person attending the public meeting that has special requirements, such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments, should contact the Iowa DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or, and advise of specific needs.

Garza scores 24 points; No. 21 Iowa beats Minnesota 58-55

Iowa HawkeyesMINNEAPOLIS -- Winning on the road in the Big Ten has proven to be a monumental task for most every team this season. Even trailing by eight points late at Minnesota, No. 21 Iowa believed it was going to shake that trend.

Luka Garza had 24 points and the Hawkeyes closed the game by scoring the final 11 points to rally past the Gophers 58-55 on Sunday.


Indiana uses 3-point flurry to beat No. 21 Iowa, end skid

Iowa HawkeyesBLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Devonte Green scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half and Trayce Jackson-Davis added 17 on Thursday, helping the Indiana Hoosiers close out an 89-77 victory over No. 21 Iowa.

The Hoosiers (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) snapped a four-game losing streak overall and a two-game skid in the series.

Luka Garza scored 38 points, falling two short of tying the Assembly Hall single-game scoring record by an opponent. Joe Wieskamp added 16 for Iowa (17-8, 8-6), which have lost three of five following a five-game winning streak.


Barnstormers Announce 2020 Coaching Staff

Iowa BarnstormersDES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers have announced details about their 2020 coaching staff. Joining Head Coach Ameer Ismail this season will be Chris Mosley, Mike Haar, Jason Simpson, and James Terry.

Ameer Ismail was named Head Coach of the Iowa Barnstormers in September, joining the organization with a wealth of experience both playing and coaching. He has built a coaching staff that shares the same excitement and ambition to build a championship team in Des Moines.

“When finding my coaching staff, it was important that they had a love for coaching and the ability and want to learn and grow,” said Coach Ismail. “I wanted a group that was self-motivated and could also motivate and get the best out of their athletes and I believe that is what we have built.”

Chris Mosley will be joining the Barnstormers as Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach. Mosley joins the organization with an extensive college coaching background as well as experience in the NFL and CFL serving as Defensive Line Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009), Offensive Line Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010), and Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Miami Dolphins (2012, 2013), and most recently Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Montreal Alouettes (CFL).

“Mosley has both CFL and NFL experience and the ability to teach,” said Coach Ismail. “He brings schemes and knowledge of what works best in the run game. His attention to detail elevates his ability to coach next level athletes.”

Mike Haar joins the Iowa Barnstormers as Defensive Line Coach, bringing a resume of college coaching experience, having served as Assistant Coach at Carroll University, Monterey Peninsula College, and the University of Dubuque. Haar also has experience in the Indoor Football League (IFL) having previously served as Defensive Line Coach for the Green Bay Blizzard and Assistant Coach for the Cedar Rapids River Kings.

“Mike has great experience coaching in the IFL and will be a great asset to our staff,” said Coach Ismail. “His defensive line has always been technically sound and physical, two things I value very highly.”

Jason Simpson is returning to the Iowa Barnstormers coaching staff as the Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach. Simpson brings over a dozen years of combined playing and coaching experience to the team. Simpson is familiar with the team’s tradition and goals both on and off the field having spent six seasons as a player at defensive back before joining the coaching staff for the 2015, 2016, and 2019 seasons. As a player, Simpson has earned several honors and also currently holds Barnstormers records in single-season combined kick return yards and single-season kick return yards.

“I am very excited to have Jason leading our defensive backs and special teams,” said Coach Ismail. “Attitude and energy are important attributes as a special teams coach and he has both. Look for an exciting special teams unit and an opportunistic hard hitting secondary.”

James Terry joins the Iowa Barnstormers as Quarterback and Wide Receivers Coach. Terry is an IFL veteran, having played an impressive ten seasons with the Sioux Falls Storm at wide receiver where he racked up eight United Bowl Championship titles. In addition to being named to the IFL Hall of Fame in 2017, Terry also holds league records, listed at the number one spot in the IFL’s top ten receptions and appearing on the top ten lists for receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, all-purpose yards, and scoring.

“James Terry has experience playing at a high level as both quarterback and wide receiver,” said Coach Ismail. “I played against James as a player and he was one of the best I ever faced. I look forward to him being able to pass on his knowledge in a coaching role.”

In addition to the coaching staff, Shawn Cronin will also be joining the Iowa Barnstormers as Head Equipment Manager. Cronin brings plenty of experience having served as Equipment Manager for the Philadelphia Soul and Washington Valor of the now-defunct Arena Football League (AFL) earning honors as Equipment Manager of the Year in 2019. Cronin also has equipment experience with the China Arena Football League.

“Shawn is a very detail-oriented, hard-working coach and equipment manager,” said Coach Ismail. “He’s a very integral part to our team. He’s a relentless worker that will also be an offensive assistant. He learns fast and will be a great addition to our coaching staff, I am very excited to have him.”

Coach Ismail has assembled a talented and experienced group of coaches and looks forward to an exciting season with the Iowa Barnstormers.

“Everyone on this staff has unique football experience from several levels of professional and college football including playing and coaching in the NFL, CFL, AFL, and IFL,” said Coach Ismail. “Lots of great minds and brilliant ideas will be present. Our ability to communicate and having one goal to teach, coach, be present in the community, and win by doing things the right way gives us the edge.”

Season Tickets for the Iowa Barnstormers 2020 season are available now! For as low as $80 per seat, fans can enjoy the action from the same great seat location each game. For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to

Wieskamp and Garza help No. 17 Iowa rout Nebraska 96-72

Iowa HawkeyesIOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joe Wieskamp averaged 30 points per game in his final two high school seasons. Getting to that number in a game in college was something the Iowa sophomore guard hadn't done in his career.

Which is why teammate Luka Garza said he was pushing him to get there on Saturday.

Wieskamp did, scoring a career-high 30 points in the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes' 96-72 win over Nebraska.