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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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Sep 10, 2018

In the 68th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede delve into the Cy-Hawk football game. They give you their version of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for both Iowa and Iowa State following the Hawkeyes' 13-3 win on Saturday. In the third segment, Ross's TV snobbery is put under the microscope. Run time is approximately 70 minutes.

Aug 27, 2018

In the 67th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede are back after a 2 1/2-month hiatus to talk football. The preps, including Webster City and South Hamilton, are up first. In the second segment, the Iowa and Iowa State schedules are dissected as they come up with their final records for both teams. In segment No. 3, the controversy at Ohio State is put on trial. All of that and more in a nearly 90-minute podcast.

Jun 4, 2018

In the 66th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede return after a nearly two-month break to catch you up on sports. Area summer sports, the NBA Finals, college basketball, golf and more are covered.

Apr 16, 2018

In the 65th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede are joined by special guest Jeremy Thede, or just JT. He helps carry the conversation through Drake’s new basketball coaching hire, villains in sports and an early look at the MLB season.

Mar 19, 2018

In the 64th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dissect the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and the carnage that occurred. They switch to college wrestling and Iowa’s Spencer Lee in the second segment. The women’s NCAA basketball tourney and a new baseball rule occupy the third and final segment.

Mar 5, 2018

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede touch on all things basketball. They revisit the girls’ state basketball tournament that was held last week, preview the boys’ state tourney set for this week, and look at what is going on with Iowa and Iowa State.

Feb 19, 2018

On the 62nd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede recap the state wrestling tournament before diving in to girls and boys basketball.

Feb 12, 2018

It’s that time again - hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede celebrate the three-year anniversary of the podcast by going back to where it began with a preview of this week’s state wrestling tournament. They cover the state duals and look at many of the brackets in the traditional state tourney.

Jan 22, 2018

In the 60th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede spend the first segment talking wrestling, including the North Central Conference tournament from this past weekend. In the second segment they dig into social media, particularly Twitter and their love-hate relationship with the platform.

Jan 9, 2018

In the 59th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede spend two segments on the prep wrestling and girls and boys basketball teams in the Daily Freeman-Journal and Times Republican coverage areas. They also touch on Iowa basketball, LaVar Ball, college football and the NFL playoffs.

Dec 11, 2017

In the 58th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede break down the wrestling match that everyone is talking about between Brody Teske of Fort Dodge and Alex Thomsen of Underwood. In Segment 2, they preview the Hy-Vee Classic that comes up this weekend and weigh in on Iowa, Iowa State and UNI. And in the final segment, it’s all about the bowls, the good and the bad ... but mostly the bad.

Nov 27, 2017

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede tackle the problems with the recent INA All-State football teams and offer up some suggestions on ways to improve the program. In segment No. 2, the wild weekend in college football is discussed, including Iowa’s win at Nebraska and Iowa State’s controversial loss at Kansas State.

Nov 8, 2017

In this installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede look ahead to the state volleyball tournament and look back at the football and cross country seasons of area teams. Segment No. 2 focuses on the new voting policy for the INA all-state football teams, and they wrap it up by discussing Iowa’s surprising rout of Ohio State this past weekend.

Oct 25, 2017

In the 55th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the state football playoffs with analysis on all of the area teams and their first round games. In the second segment, they look back at the 4A state golf tournament and ahead to this weekend’s state cross country meet. They end with chatter about ISU head football coach Matt Campbell and the World Series post Game 1.

Oct 4, 2017

In this installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede hit on all the favorite fall topics - prep football, prep golf, Iowa football and the MLB playoffs. In the final segment, we see how well Ross knows his sports movie trivia, and you can play along as well.

Sep 18, 2017

With the fall prep football season at the halfway point, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede discuss what's transpired so far and what to expect going forward. In the segment second, they look back at the Cy-Hawk Showdown, and end discussing prep golf, volleyball and cross country.

Sep 6, 2017

In this episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dig into the Cy-Hawk rivalry, which resumes this weekend in Ames. But first, they cover prep football - the surprises of the first two weeks of the regular season and what to expect going forward.

Aug 21, 2017

In the 51st episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede preview the upcoming 2017 Iowa prep football season. Area teams are covered, as are the six classes.

Jul 17, 2017

In the 50th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede preview the state softball tournament, which gets underway today from Fort Dodge. They also delve into prep baseball as it finishes its run-up to state this week, and then Major League Baseball.

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.

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