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3 Up, 3 Down with Troy Banning

The Daily Freeman-Journal's 3 Up, 3 Down podcast ... An entertaining and informative podcast on a variety of sports topics. The podcasts feature three different conversations, focusing on local, state and national stories. We will have interviews with athletes and coaches, as well as special guests from time to time when the stories warrant.
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May 15, 2017

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, Times-Republican Assistant Sports Editor Stephen Koenigsfeld pitch hits for Ross Thede to discuss the upcoming state track and field meet, which will be held this week at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Host Troy Banning and Koenigsfeld go over the meet in detail, talking about area qualifiers and who they expect to star at the meet. In the third segment, they talk boys golf, as area teams get set for district meets.

Apr 17, 2017

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede talk plenty of Iowa and Iowa State athletics. In segment one, Iowa State's wrestling program is the subject, as the hiring of the new staff is dissected. Segment No. 2 is all about Iowa football and its perceived weak schedule. What can the Hawkeyes do to bolster their national profile? Is keeping Iowa State on the schedule a good move? And in segment three, Michael McBride's upcoming UFC fight is discussed, as are the Times Republican basketball players of the year.

Mar 15, 2017

In the 47th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede put the finishing touches on the prep boys' basketball season and talk about new Mr. Basketball, Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Joe Smoldt, as well as the rest of the INA all-state teams. Next up is a look at the men's NCAA Tournament bracket - how does Iowa State's road look? What teams do they think will reach the Final Four? And, finally, a conversation on Iowa's season and appearance in the NIT, as well as a quick conversation about the women's NCAA Tournament bracket.

Feb 27, 2017

In this episode of the 3 Up 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dissect the Class 2A Substate 6 boys' basketball game between South Hamilton and East Marshall. South Hamilton prevailed in a nail-biter, 53-51, to move on to the state tournament for the second time in four years. In the second segment, we go back a week to the state wrestling tournament for a recap. And in segment No. 3, the Marshalltown boys' bowling team takes second at state and a look ahead to the girls' state basketball tournament is on the menu.

Feb 13, 2017

In the 45th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, it's once again time to preview the 2017 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. Hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede take it class by class, starting with 3A, followed by 2A and then 1A. Each of the area state qualifiers are discussed, as are the team races in each of the classes.

Jan 30, 2017

On this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede continue to discuss the new media policies that have been put into place by the IHSAA for the upcoming state wrestling tournament. What has changed or what new information has come out since the guidelines were first brought to the public two weeks ago? Listen here to find out. And in the second and final segment, the future of Iowa State wrestling is discussed, as are the basketball seasons for ISU and Iowa.

Jan 16, 2017

In the 43rd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede have got the winter prep sports blanketed. The first segment gets you caught up on the wrestling scene and basketball is discussed in the second segment. For the third segment, Banning and Thede talk about new media restrictions for boys' prep state tournaments that concern them and just may concern you, too, if you were made aware of them.

Dec 20, 2016

In this final 3 Up 3 Down podcast of 2016, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede discuss the year that was. They count down the top five stories in each both their coverage areas at the Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal and the Marshalltown Times Republican. Hopefully you'll enjoy this walk down memory lane.

Nov 15, 2016

In this special installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the Iowa high school state football championship games with interviews with two of the coaches that will be involved. In the first segment, Gladbrook-Reinbeck head coach John Olson stops by to talk about his team's chances of winning a second straight Class A title. Three-time state championship football coach Bob Howard joins the podcast of the second segment to talk about his Webster City team, which is in the 3A state title game for the first time ever.

Nov 7, 2016

In episode No. 40 of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the state football semifinals that are scheduled for later this week in the UNI-Dome. Webster City's 3A semifinal against Glenwood and Gladbrook-Reinbeck's Class A semifinal against St. Ansgar are extensively covered. The other four football classes, as well as the state volleyball tournament take center stage in the second segment. The Chicago Cubs World Series title, and the Iowa State and Iowa football teams round out the episode in the third segment.

Oct 24, 2016

In this special episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the 2016 prep football state playoffs. All 6 classes are covered, from 4A down to 8-man. Who are the favorites to reach the Dome? Where are the potential upsets? Who isn't in that should be? They give their opinions on all of those questions and more.

Oct 17, 2016
In the 38th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dig into the prep football scene as it stands prior to the final week of the regular season. Which teams are in the playoffs? What do teams not already in need to do to qualify? They have the answers. The MLB playoffs and the behavior of fans, as well as a look at the Iowa football team's match-up with Wisconsin are also talked about in detail.
Sep 29, 2016

On this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede hit plenty of topics that may draw your interest. The Ryder Cup, Iowa football, prep volleyball and football, the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez, the life of Arnold Palmer and the career of Vin Scully are all included.

Sep 12, 2016

In the 36th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dig into the Cy-Hawk rivalry that turned into a blowout over the weekend. Where do Iowa and ISU go from here? They also break down area prep sports football, cross country and golf, and end with quick hits on MLB as it hits the stretch run of the regular season and Week 1 of the NFL season.

Aug 30, 2016

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross These dig into the prep football season in the state of Iowa. The surprises of Week 1, including Webster City's dominant effort against Humboldt, as well as a look at the initial AP poll of the season are covered. Colin Kaepernick and Chris Doyle also enter the discussion and, finally, is Herky too angry?

Aug 10, 2016

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning of the Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal and Ross These of tje Marshalltown Times Republican delve into the recent football media days at Iowa, Iowa State and UNI. Thoughts and predictions sure to go wrong are offered up.

Jul 11, 2016

In the 33rd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede take you around the prep softball and baseball diamonds as the postseason heats up. The second segment features thoughts on MLB at the All-Star break and the recent free agent signings in the NBA. The 2016 Rio Olympics are the center piece of the final segment.

May 31, 2016

In his, the 32nd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning of the Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal and Ross Thede of the Marshalltown Times Republican reflect on the Webster City boys' golf team's run to a second straight Class 3A state championship, and also look ahead to the state soccer tournament. Also up for debate is who will win the NBA title, as the finals are set to begin later this week.

May 16, 2016

The Iowa state track and field meet is front and center on Episode No. 31 of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, as hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede preview the 3-day event held at Drake Stadium. The NBA playoffs and an MLB brawl to remember are the the docket in the second segment. The life and story of former Iowa Hawkeye football player Tyler Sash and the piece by ESPN's Outside The Lines close out the episode.

May 2, 2016


In this installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede delve into the spring sports season, as they discuss track and field, soccer, golf and tennis. Segment No. 2 focuses on Major League Baseball, the NHL and NBA playoffs, as well as the NFL draft. In the final segment, they touch on the recent lawsuit filed against ISU women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly, the school and the state of Iowa.

Apr 4, 2016

In this installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede delve into the arena of sports movies. What movies do they think are the best? What movies are the worst? They cover both angles and there are sure to be some surprises. But first, the hosts look back at the NCAA basketball tournament prior to Monday night's championship game.

Mar 14, 2016
In the 28th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede are joined by Ames Tribune sports writer Travis Hines to break down the NCAA tournament men's basketball bracket. In the first segment, they discuss the potential successes and pitfalls for Iowa State, Iowa and UNI, and in the second segment they look at the entire bracket and give their picks for the Final Four, national championship game and who they predict will cut down the nets. In the third and final segment, the hosts wrap up the prep basketball season, as well as offer up their thoughts on the idea of adding a shot clock to the game.

 

Feb 29, 2016

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede take a look back at the Iowa high school state wrestling tournament, and then dive into boys basketball, which is finishing up its substate round before the state tournament begins on March 7. In the final segment, the late-season tailspin the Iowa men's basketball team finds itself in is dissected.

Feb 15, 2016

It's time once again to preview the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for all the action in Des Moines. Up first is analysis on area wrestlers who will attempt to make their way to the top of the podium. Next they give an overview of the team races in each of the three classes, and in the third segment they preview the state duals tournament.

Jan 18, 2016

In the 25th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, host Troy Banning previews the upcoming 49th annual North Central Conference wrestling tournament, picks his pre-tournament favorites and breaks down the most intriguing weight classes. Co-host Ross Thede joins to talk about just what makes this Iowa basketball team so good, and they finish by discussing the ups and downs so far of the Iowa State basketball team. And if you've wondered what all the fuss is about with Making A Murderer, they discuss that, too.

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