John Werner

Bridge in Williamsburg to be dedicated to Vietnam Veteran John Werner

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (KCRG) - The new bridge over Old Man’s Creek on East State Street in Williamsburg is set to be dedicated to the memory of Vietnam Veteran John Werner. The Williamsburg City Council approved the naming of the bridge in March. A ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. on August 2 at the bridge.
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John Werner: No shortage of Big 12 media days storylines

The first weekend of September is often the initial big bang of the college football season when most teams kick off their season openers. But the tremors traditionally start in July. A flurry of conference media days are upon us with the Big 12 showcase coming up Wednesday and Thursday...
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John Werner: 50 years watching the Texas Rangers

When the Texas Rangers moved to Arlington in 1972, it was a time to rejoice for me and my friends in Copperas Cove. Most of us were Houston Astros fans, but heck the Rangers were in the American League. So it wasn’t exactly a conflict of interest. A couple...

John Werner: Greed trumps regional rivalries

After much clandestine backroom bargaining, the Big Ten got what it wanted on a wild paradigm shattering Thursday afternoon. That coveted UCLA-Rutgers conference matchup. Strike up the Hallelujah Chorus, it’s time to rejoice. Texas and Oklahoma shook up college sports last year when they colluded with ESPN to leave...

John Werner: Baylor never had a more popular coaching choice than Mitch

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades looked to Philadelphia to find a head football coach, Atlanta to find a basketball coach, and Baton Rouge to find another football coach. Hailing from vastly different places across the country, Matt Rhule, Nicki Collen and Dave Aranda have all been highly successful hires. To...

John Werner: Valley Mills, Crawford state titles cap phenomenal spring

Valley Mills baseball coach Doug Shanafelt found himself in a bunch of dogpiles over the past two weeks, which can be fun but taxing for a 59-year-old man. Shanafelt instigated one in the region finals against Bosqueville when he ran from the third base coaching box and tackled Elandis Taylor after he scored the winning run at Baylor Ballpark to send the Eagles to the Class 2A state tournament.

John Werner: Luka-led Mavs just what Dallas sports fans needed

The over-hyped Dallas Cowboys let their fans down on an annual basis. The Texas Rangers have been in rebuilding mode for about five years. The Dallas Stars usually put competitive teams on the ice, including a run to the 2020 NHL finals, but this is still Texas and a lot of sports fans would have trouble naming one player on their roster.

John Werner: Scott Drew's book shares his journey through faith

About 10 years ago, I went over to Baylor coach Scott Drew’s office for an interview, and ended up in a Bible study. I got to the Ferrell Center a little early, so Scott asked me to join him and assistant coaches Jerome Tang, Paul Mills and Grant McCasland at a table to read and discuss a few Bible passages for about 15 minutes.

John Werner: Aranda's timing best for Baylor QBs

Baylor coach Dave Aranda did the right thing. By choosing sophomore Blake Shapen as the starting quarterback days after the Green and Gold spring game, it allowed senior Gerry Bohanon to enter the NCAA transfer portal before Sunday’s deadline for playing eligibility in 2022. Most coaches wouldn’t have done...

John Werner: Air of confidence surrounds Baylor football drills

There’s a distinctly different air surrounding Baylor football drills this spring. It’s light years different from Dave Aranda’s first months as head coach in 2020 when the Bears didn’t even have spring practice due to the COVID-19 outbreak that shut down Baylor’s campus. It’s much...

John Werner: Bears redefine roles in Big 12 championship bid

Scott Drew’s job description covers a lot of territory: Head coach, recruiter, motivational speaker, program builder. Add one more title to the list: Master troubleshooter. Most teams would have crumbled following the crippling injuries the Bears have dealt with this season. Highly-rated freshman guard Langston Love hasn’t played a...

John Werner: Patched-up Bears still seek big finish

Only a month ago, Baylor was rolling along with a 15-0 record and relishing its ranking as the nation’s No. 1 team for five straight weeks. Though the Bears lost four starters from last year’s national championship team, the returning players not only came back with extreme experience and confidence but gifted newcomers came on board like Arizona transfer point guard James Akinjo and fabulous freshman forwards Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan.

Top 25 Voter Pod: Big 12 changed by transfer portal, Baylor men's stumbles and a wide-open women's race, plus John Werner vs. Kentucky fans on Twitter

SUBSCRIBE to One True Podcast on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you prefer to listen to your shows. The return of the Trib podcast Top 25 Voter Pod — where we never mail it in — brings AP Top 25 poll voters and Baylor beat writers John Werner and Chad Conine together for an impromptu conversation about Big 12 hoops and all things college basketball with sports editor Brice Cherry.

John Werner: Big 12 gauntlet major test for No. 1 Baylor Bears

As I sat down to compose my story on No. 19 Texas Tech’s 65-62 win over No. 1 Baylor Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center, I had a slight case of writer’s block. It had been nearly 10 months since the Bears had lost a basketball game, and I had to remember how to write a story from that angle.
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Q&A with Baylor beat writer John Werner

The Daily Journal caught up with John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald to see what he considers the keys to the Ole Miss-Baylor matchup in the Sugar Bowl. Baylor made a pretty drastic jump in Year 2 under Dave Aranda. There are probably a lot of reasons why, but what is the biggest that sticks out to you?

John Werner: Baylor building pavilion to complement premier teams

Waco, Baylor partner on $185 million basketball, concert venue in downtown. Following Baylor’s 57-36 thrashing of Villanova last Sunday, Scott Drew couldn’t wait to compliment the raucous Ferrell Center crowd of 10,284 during his postgame press conference. The arena was packed, the fans were loud and supportive, and...

John Werner: Bama deserves 1-2 on Heisman ballot

Crimson envy has spread across the country. Turn on ESPN and you’ll see Alabama coach Nick Saban’s face on your screen almost as much as all those Geico commercials. Flip through the NCAA football record book and you’ll see Saban’s six national titles at Alabama since 2009, matching Bear Bryant’s six.

On Second Thought Ep. 239: Can the Horns close vs. Baylor? Waco Trib's Brice Cherry and John Werner on hot Bears

The Texas Longhorns are off the bye week and face a crossroads game at Baylor Saturday. Waco Tribune-Herald writers Brice Cherry and John Werner visit this week’s On Second Thought podcast to give a primer on the No. 16 Bears, who are off to a 6-1 start under second-year coach Dave Aranda and also discuss the probability of Texas and Baylor continuing their rivalry after the Horns and Oklahoma Sooners depart for the Southeastern Conference.

John Werner: Denial name of game in coaching searches, with Baylor's Aranda on deck

Attention all coaches, players and fans: Drop everything you’re doing. You’re on high alert because LSU is looking for a football coach. On Sunday, LSU dropped the bombshell that it’s parting ways after this season with Ed Orgeron, the gruff-talking guy who looks like he walked out of a Louisiana swamp to lead the Tigers to the national championship two seasons ago. The announcement came only a day after the Tigers beat then-No. 20 Florida, 49-42, to improve to 4-3 this season.