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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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Feb 17, 2021

The 2021 Iowa state wrestling tournament is set for Thursday through Saturday this week, and on the 89th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, host Troy Banning talks with the area wrestling coaches, South Hamilton's Dan Brodie and Webster City's Chad Hisler, to preview the tournament for the area wrestlers. Run time is approximately 55 minutes.

Nov 20, 2020

In the 88th episode of The 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, 2012 Webster City High School graduate Jonny Davis stops by to talk about his prep athletic career for the Lynx. Davis was a 4-sport start and went on to play college football at Wayne State. Approximate run time of 65 minutes.

Oct 16, 2020

In the 87th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, host Troy Banning sits down with Webster City head football coach Bob Howard. A number of topics are discussed, including the 2020 regular season, the upcoming 2020 postseason, as well as past teams that Howard has coached at Webster City. Run time is approximately 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Oct 14, 2020

On the 86th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, host Troy Banning is joined by South Hamilton head football coach Corey Klemp, who directed the Hawks a 7-0 regular season and No. 4 ranking in Class 1A. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

Jun 13, 2020

In the 85th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede celebrate the return of high school sports in Iowa with the start of the baseball and softball seasons. They talk about the guidelines put in place for the season, as well as preview area teams.

Apr 17, 2020

In the 84th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede attempt to fill the sports void due to COVID-19. Prep sports - will they or won't they - are discussed, as are their favorite memories of events they've covered. They also look ahead to next season's Iowa basketball team. Run time approximately 63 minutes.

Mar 27, 2020

In the 83rd episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede attempt to navigate a sports world without sports due to COVID-19. Instead, they talk about self-isolation, TV, movies, among other things.

Mar 27, 2020

In the 83rd episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede don't talk about sports. Instead, it's TV, movies and just life as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken over society.

Mar 16, 2020

In the 82nd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede discuss the latest in the sports landscape that has been decimated by COVID-19. Will there be prep sports in the spring? Are summer sports in jeopardy? Listen to hear their opinions, as well as a wrap-up on last month's Iowa state wrestling tournament.

Feb 17, 2020

The 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast is back! After a lengthy layoff, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede return with the 81st installment with a preview of the 2020 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. Throw in a little Iowa Hawkeye basketball chatter at the end for more than an hour of listening enjoyment.

Oct 7, 2019

In the 80th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede dissect the Iowa football team's 10-3 loss at Michigan, particularly the glaring problems on offense. They also touch on the Iowa prep football scene through 6 weeks, Snoop Dogg and Kansas, as well as the recent layoffs at Sports Illustrated. Run time is approximately 57 minutes.

Sep 13, 2019

In the 79th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game set for this weekend. Segment 1: Why Iowa State will win. Segment 2: Why Iowa will win. Segment 3: Who each of the hosts believe will win and why. Total run time is approximately 53 minutes.

Aug 29, 2019

In the 78th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede return following a 5-month hiatus to get you ready for the 2019 football season. The preview the area prep teams and dive into the statewide conversation on whether there need to be changes made to the classification system. In the third segment, the Iowa State and Iowa programs are put under the microscope. What are the predications for their seasons? Listen to find out. Approximate run time of 1 hour, 27 minutes.

Mar 19, 2019

It's all NCAA Tournament talk on the 77th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast. Hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede break down the paths of Iowa and Iowa State and go through their men's brackets. Who they have in the Final Four, in the national championship game and cutting down the nets, as well as some upset picks. In the third segment, they turn to the women's tournament and go in depth on Iowa, Iowa State and Drake. Run time is approximately 82 minutes.

Mar 12, 2019

In the 76th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts  Troy Banning and Ross Thede put the finishing touches on the 2018-19 prep basketball season by looking back at the girls and boys state tournaments, the all-state teams and the choices for Mr. Basketball. Segment 2 focuses on the Iowa and Iowa State women's basketball teams, and the finish if off by talking about the problems facing the Hawkeye and Cyclone men's teams. Approximate run time of 75 minutes.

Feb 25, 2019

In the 75th episode of the award-winning 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede look back at the Iowa state wrestling tournament, and look ahead to the girls and boys state basketball tournaments. In the final segment, the latest Gary Dolphin controversy at the University of Iowa is discussed.

Feb 11, 2019

In the 74th installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede get you ready for the 2019 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament. The new seeding process - good, bad, somewhere in between? They also break down all of the brackets for area wrestlers, and discuss the state duals and the team races in the traditional state tournament. Run time is approximately 1 hour, 32 minutes.

Jan 7, 2019

In the 73rd episode and the first of 2019, the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast returns with plenty of topics. Troy Banning and Ross Thede talk about the Iowa and Iowa State bowl games, the Iowa and Iowa State basketball teams, Steve Alford, the national championship football game, the NFL playoffs, New Jersey high school wrestler Andrew Johnson and congratulate South Hamilton's Conner Hill on reaching 1,000 career points on the basketball court. Run time is approximately 1 hour, 33 minutes.

Dec 17, 2018

In the 72nd installment of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede talk area winter sports, the Hy-Vee Big 4 Classic, and end with their best of 2018 - stories, movies, etc. Run time is approximately 1 hour, 22 minutes.

Dec 3, 2018

In the 71st episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede hit on an number of college topics - Iowa and Iowa State's bowl invitations, Noah Fant's decision to skip Iowa's bowl game and head to the NFL, the suspension of Iowa radio broadcaster Gary Dolphin and the Cy-Hawk wrestling dual. They also touch on the first week of the prep basketball season.

Oct 22, 2018

In the 70th episode of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede discuss the upcoming Iowa high school state football playoffs, as well as dissect the current structure in place for choosing the playoff teams. In the second segment, they preview the state cross country meet in Fort Dodge. Finally, the World Series is put under microscope. And is the defensive shift good or bad for baseball? Run time is approximately 75 minutes.

Oct 1, 2018

In episode No. 69 of the 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast, hosts Troy Banning and Ross Thede cover the 2018 Ryder Cup aftermath and just what happened to the U.S. Team in its loss to Europe. Segment two focuses on prep football in the Daily Freeman-Journal and Times Republican coverage areas. Segment three is deep dive into the MLB playoffs, and quick hits on the NFL and the NBA. Run time is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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.

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