A Coach and his Utility Knife

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Ryan Balentine walked into training camp with the Bemidji Axemen at the start of the 2014 Indoor Football League (IFL) season. Balentine had just been traded from Green Bay to Bemidji, and no matter if he knew it or not, he was about to make the Blizzard feel very sorry about letting him go. The […] READ MORE


John Pettit found a diamond in the rough in Dixie Wooten

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The Iowa Barnstormers ended the 2016 season with a 4-12 record, winning just one of their final 12 games. Iowa had just parted ways with its third coach in the past six seasons, not counting J.T. Smith’s time as an interim in 2011. “I just think we didn’t see the answers of how we were […] READ MORE


Dixie Wooten turns Barnstormers into winners

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John Sears appeared on the Sunday, July 26 episode of a local, sports-talk radio show called Sound-Off. Sears, a host on the popular Sunday night sports wrap-up show in Des Moines, IA had an interesting quote to kick off the episode. The Iowa Barnstormers had just ended a 1-11 stretch to finish their season with […] READ MORE


Brady Roland: Hometown Hero

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11.8 miles. That’s the distance between Brady Roland’s hometown of Carlisle, IA and Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena: the home of the Iowa Barnstormers. Over the past four seasons, Roland has been cementing himself as one of the best and most consistent receivers that the city has ever seen. Or, maybe it’s been longer than […] READ MORE


With Bryce Enyard down, Rocky Hayes steps up, Iowa moves on

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With 6:14 left to play in the first quarter of Friday night’s Indoor Football League (IFL) playoff game, Bryce Enyard, went down with an injury and remained on the field for several minutes. The arena was quiet, and in shock, as the league’s interception leader laid in agony. When the trainers came out to escort […] READ MORE


IFL Playoffs: Iowa Barnstormers playing for first championship appearance since ’97

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Game Info Matchup: Nebraska Danger (4-10) at Iowa Barnstormers (11-3) Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (15,110) Location: Des Moines, IA Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. CT TV: Mediacom Channel 22 TV Commentators: Larry Morgan (PxP) and Ben Bruns (Color) Radio: 1040am WHO Radio Commentators: Joe Stasi (PxP) and Larry Cotlar (Color) This Friday, the Iowa Barnstormers have a chance to do something that the team’s fans […] READ MORE


Iowa Barnstormers play for Home-Field Advantage

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Game Info Matchup: Arizona Rattlers (3-10) at Iowa Barnstormers (10-3) Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (15,110) Location: Des Moines, IA Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. CT TV: Mediacom Channel 22 TV Commentators: Larry Morgan (PxP) and Brent Bruns (Color) Radio: 1040am WHO Radio Commentators: Joe Stasi (PxP) and Larry Cotlar (Color) Iowa Barnstormers play for Home-Field Advantage When the 3-10 Cedar Rapids Titans come into Wells […] READ MORE


Josh Gable tries to bounce back after heartbreaking loss

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0-4. That was the line for Josh Gable’s field goals made during the Iowa Barnstormers 51-49 loss to the Sioux Falls Storm on Saturday. Gable’s last field goal attempt came with 57 seconds left in the game, from 39 yards out. Iowa held an eight-point lead. A field goal would effectively clinch both the win […] READ MORE



Barnstormers-Rattlers lll a game for the history books

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Game Info Matchup: Arizona Rattlers (10-2) at Iowa Barnstormers (9-2) Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (15,110) Location: Des Moines, IA Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. CT TV: Mediacom Channel 22 TV Commentators: Larry Morgan (PxP) and Jason Simpson (Color) Radio: 1040am WHO Radio Commentators: Joe Stasi (PxP) and Larry Cotlar (Color) A late-season home game that could catapult […] READ MORE