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Dan Kellams

The summer game: Memories of a Marion boyhood

(Third in a series)

For sports-loving high school boys in Marion during the 1950s, the year had four seasons. They were football, basketball, track and baseball.

You could go out for cross country instead of football if you wanted to, but not very many boys did.

There were no other high school sports. All five were coached by one man, Les Hipple. He was a very demanding coach who enforced strict training rules, worked his players into top condition and insisted that they learn, very specifically, the fundamentals of each sport.

His methods worked, and his teams won more football games, more basketball games, more track championships and more state cross country championships than any other Marion coach.

But in one season of the year, Hipple changed his approach radically. And his record showed it. In his decade or more as baseball coach, Marion lost far more games than it won. The beauty of it was that no one cared.

Baseball at Marion was not an official high school sport, although the school district helped fund the program. It operated under the aegis of the American Legion, and the uniform jerseys bore the name of Stuber Motors, the Ford dealer in town.

Dakota Freese

Freese plays waiting game with White Sox

Dakota Freese keeps waiting for the Chicago White Sox to call and make an offer.

The White Sox selected the 6-foot-4 pitcher in the 34th round of the draft on June 8, but still have not made an offer.

"No, they have not," Freese said Thursday night.

Have they said when they'll get back to you?

"No, they have not," he said.

The clock is ticking. The deadline for signing draft picks is Aug. 15, which is one week from Monday.

Freese, 19, graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington this spring. He spent part of the summer with the Washington baseball team, pitching in five games, but spent the bulk of the summer with the Chi-Town Cream, a travel team in the Chicago suburbs.

He's signed a letter-of-intent with LSU-Eunice, a junior college in Louisiana. If he doesn't sign with the White Sox in the next 10 days, he'll go to college.

Amy Osenbaugh Brinkmeyer and her husband, Corey, with sons Mitchell and Graham at the 2008 Iowa-Ohio State game at Kinnick Stadium.

Osenbaugh’s multi-sports triumphs offer timeless tale of determination

Her athletic accomplishments would have been difficult to predict. Amy Osenbaugh was never the best player on her team, she says, and she was “a big girl” who was sometimes teased by kids in the stands.

Yet she set the single-game scoring record at Linn-Mar High School that stood for 21 years until it was broken this past December by Kiah Stokes, arguably the greatest girls basketball player in the school's history.

Part of the first generation of girls who grew up after Title IX created new athletic opportunities for women, Osenbaugh didn’t get a college scholarship offer. She lacked quickness and wasn’t a great jumper.

Yet somehow, she outplayed scholarship athletes in highly ranked programs to become a collegiate standout in another sport -- volleyball -- smashing her way to a career kills record at Mount Mercy College (now University) in 1993. It still stands today.

Osenbaugh, whose married name is Amy Brinkmeyer, was inducted into the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. She's still a bit unbelieving about her long-standing records.


13 Metro players make Class 4A all-state softball teams

Thirteen players from Cedar Rapids Metro high schools have been named to the Class 4A all-state softball teams, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced Friday.

In addition, two players from Marion High School made the Class 3A team.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson paved the way in Class 4A with a pair of first-team picks in pitcher Hannah Petersen (18-4, 0.88) and outfielder Rachel Sedlacek (.447, 11 home runs). Petersen and Sedlacek made the squad as juniors and have another season with the J-Hawks.

Xavier placed three-fourths of its starting infield on the all-state teams. Shortstop Tyler Sampson (.455, 15 homers, 59 RBIs) and second baseman Kristen Winter (.310, 6 homers, 32 RBIs) made second team all-state and third baseman Abby Bedard (.418) made the third unit. All three players were seniors this year.

The Linn-Mar Lions had four players receive honorable mention with freshman Ellie Rizor (.365, 8 homers), freshman Maggie Rizor (.357, four homers, 35 RBIs), sophomore Kelsey Duggan (.357) and senior Lindsey Harms (.311).

 Seniors Shelby Crist (.392) and Katie Wieland (.365) of Cedar Rapids Prairie garnered honorable mention.

Jefferson junior Kenna Fry (.374, 6 homers, 39 RBIs) and Cedar Rapids Washington senior Jordan Carr (.364) also received honorable mention.

Bob Brooks

Tip of the hat to Zach Johnson and friends

This week, a little bit about a lot of things.

First, I can't imagine a first-time athletic event going any better or being more successful than the Zach Johnson Foundation Classic at Elmcrest Country Club this past Monday. My congratulations to all the people involved in the pro-am, especially the volunteers who were so courteous and helpful to the patrons.

It is always amazing to see great golfers perform. And they did, but they also were great entertainers and public relations experts during their time on the expertly managed golf course.

A $1 million boost for the foundation made it a sweet day for the folks in eastern Iowa, who now can say that Zach Johnson, Davis Love, Ricky Fowler, Jonathan Byrd and their celebrity friends played here.


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