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J-Hawks looking for a little respect

The Jefferson J-Hawks are talking about winning some football games this season.

They're talking about making the playoffs.

More than anything, they're talking about pride in themselves and pride in the program.

"One of my goals - and for a lot of the guys - is not necessarily measured in the wins and losses," senior quarterback Alex Baxter said. "We want to win some respect back from the other schools. That's one of the biggest things."

The J-Hawks lost all nine of their games last season by an average margin of 44-8. They've lost 13 straight games, matching the second-longest losing streak in Class 4A, and they've dropped 19 of their last 20 games overall.

"We'll see how we compare to some other teams, but I know at this point and time we're better than we were last year," Coach Jim Womochil said Tuesday on the second day of practice.


Linn-Mar pair shooting for state tourney

Tyler McCann and Trevor Berry enjoyed playing in the state golf tournament in 2009 as sophomores.

They'd love to finish their careers at Linn-Mar High School with another trip this season as seniors.

The Lions finished sixth at the Class 4A state meet in 2009.

"We're trying to get back to that level. We had a great team then," McCann said Thursday. "We didn't do as well as we wanted at state, but our goal this year is definitely to make it back."

McCann and Berry appear ready to do their part after firing sub-par rounds at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at Twin Pines Golf Course Thursday.

McCann shot a 5-under-par 67 to place third in the individual standings behind Kennedy's Brigham Stewart (64) and Cody Bell (66). Berry shot a 1-under 71 and tied for ninth.


Linn-Mar ready for its seniors' moment

Bob Forsyth has 34 good reasons to think Linn-Mar High School will have another strong football team this year.

That's how many seniors he has on the roster.

"This class of seniors is a special class for all of us as coaches," Forsyth said after practice Tuesday morning. "They were the ninth graders when we came in.

"I remember coming down here and seeing those kids and wondering what life would be like here in a couple of years, because I was new and they were, too."

Life has been good for this senior class, especially compared to a few years ago.

Linn-Mar finished 0-9 in 2007 under Bob Read in his final year as head coach, back when these 2011 seniors were eighth graders. Forsyth took over in 2008 and led the Lions to a 3-6 campaign, then went 9-2 in 2009 and 8-3 in 2010 with a pair of playoff teams.

The freshmen Forsyth met in 2008 are seniors now, hoping to put an exclamation point on their prep careers.


Rogers getting award for heroics

Even the best high school athletes are apt to feel like small fish when they first hit the water at the collegiate level.

Then there’s Courtney Rogers. The former Marion High School soccer standout quickly made a dramatic impact both on and off the field during her freshman year at Coe College this past year.

As if there’s any doubt, Rogers will receive a Meritorious Service Award from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 17. She was one of four Coe students who sprang to the aid of a tennis player who collapsed after a workout on a warm day last August.

It was the first day of classes, Rogers says of that unforgettable afternoon. She and a few teammates were doing a kick-around before practice at Coe’s Clark Field, where they noticed a big kid jogging around the track. His name was Sam Gordon, and he was a freshman from Colorado who had decided to run a few laps after his tennis workout.

Overwhelmed by the Iowa heat and humidity, Gordon sat down on the bleachers to rest and promptly passed out, falling awkwardly under the structure.


The stories of 2011 - No. 1

As we come to the end of the 2010-11 high school sports year here in the Metro area, it seems like a good time to look back at the top sports stories, at least to this broadcaster.

This list is not right or wrong, and it certainly is open to interpretation. But looking back, I really believe these were the most interesting and intriguing stories of the past year.

No. 1 -Talent, talent and more talent!

Back when I was roaming the halls of the Channel 9 Newsroom, I would frequently stop by the Sports Office and visit my friend, and one of my mentors, John Campbell.

Frequently the discussion would turn to the top athletes that we have both covered in the Metro over the years on both the radio and television side. It seemed that the conversation would nearly always end up talking about the Class of 1984. There have been some terrific years for Metro athletes, but 1984 may have topped the list with such names as Lorenzen, Hrubes, Batterson, Driscoll, the Anderson's from Linn-Mar and many, many more.

That is until this past Metro sports year.

While there have been some great classes go through town, this past year's may be the best ever. Just sit back and think of some of the great performances we have seen over the previous 10 months ... and these are just a few of the names:


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