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Zach Bohannon will not join his brother at UNI

Zach Bohannon is looking forward to being a regular college student and a regular college basketball player after two years of a strict military regime at the Air Force Academy.

He's leaving the academy and will transfer to another Division I school, but said Wednesday night he will not be joining his brother Matt at the University of Northern Iowa.

Bohannon was interested in playing his final two years for Northern Iowa, but his parents have learned that UNI does not have any scholarships available for him.

"I can tell you that is not a possibility. I will not be playing with my brother," he said. "They don't really have a spot for me."

Matt Bohannon will be joining UNI as a freshman next season after helping Linn-Mar win the Class 4A state title this year. Zach Bohannon helped Linn-Mar win a state title in 2007.

"I have talked to a few schools and I have a couple of options," Bohannon said. "I haven't narrowed it down at all, except that I'm going to go Division I. I've had a lot of D-II interest, but I just felt I want to stay at this level."


Joens carries family legacy in discus

Sam Joens carries more than a discus when he competes for the Cedar Rapids Prairie track team. He carries a family legacy.

A member of the Joens family began throwing the discus at Prairie more than 30 years ago. They've been good, too.

Sam's father, Scott Joens, holds the school record in the discus. Jake Joens, one of Sam's uncles, won a state title.

Craig Joens, another uncle, also threw at Prairie. So did two of Sam's aunts, Sara and Angie, and so did his sister, Amy. A bunch of cousins have thrown, too. Sara held the women's record in the discus at one time, until a cousin (Holly) broke it.

Sam Joens is the latest, and he's sustaining the family's proud tradition in the event. He finished sixth at the Class 4A state meet last year as a junior and currently ranks second in the state with a heave of 170 feet, 6 inches.

His father set the school record at 185 feet, 4 inches in 1982 and it's stood for 29 years. Sam wants to break that mark, but needs another 15 feet.


Football for a great cause

I had a chance last Friday to attend one of the most inspirational luncheons of the year.

It was the annual lunch hosted by the El Kahir Shrine for the players and cheerleaders who will be participating in the annual Shrine Bowl football game this July in Ames. It's a good time for both families and the media to get together and talk about the football season that was, but it's much more than that.
As most sports fans in Iowa know, the Shrine Bowl helps to raise funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children, which are dedicated to helping kids with debilitating illnesses and diseases. Each year most of the top football players around the state suit up to play one final high school football game before they head off to college, or whatever direction they are headed. Over the last several years cheerleaders have been added to the mix to lend a hand to make this a truly special night.
But the big winners are the kids in the hospitals who are helped by the money raised for this game. When you walk into the luncheon, you immediately see pictures of the smiling faces of these kids who look up to these players and cheerleaders. The motto of the game says it all: "Strong legs run so that weak legs may walk." There is a great sense of responsibility for everyone associated with the game.


Bucknam: Dunn still welcome at Arkansas

Linn-Mar star Kyle Dunn is still welcome to join the University of Arkansas track team despite his recent arrest for drunk driving, Arkansas Coach Chris Bucknam said Tuesday.

Bucknam expressed disappointment with the incident, but said Dunn's arrest will not affect his scholarship with the Razorbacks.

"I will say this: He called us right away and told us what had happened," Bucknam told the Metro Sports Report. "We appreciated the fact that I heard about it from him before anyone called me about it.

"He's an Arkansas signee," said Bucknam, who previously was head coach at the University of Northern Iowa. "Obviously we understand the gravity of the situation and we're glad nobody got hurt.

"I don't want to underestimate the seriousness of what he did and hope it doesn't happen again."

Dunn was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Saturday and charged with operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control of a vehicle. Linn-Mar High School has suspended him from three track meets, including the Drake Relays next week.


Zach Bohannon leaving Air Force

Zach Bohannon has decided to leave the Air Force Academy and play college basketball closer to home, which raises an interesting possibility for the Bohannon family.

Is Zach Bohannon interested in playing at the University of Northern Iowa with his younger brother Matt, who will be joining the Panthers as a freshman next season?

Zach Bohannon is a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 4.3 points for Air Force this past season as a sophomore. He'll have two years of eligibility at his next school, beginning with the 2012-13 campaign after he takes a redshirt year.

Matt Bohannon is a 6-foot-3 all-state guard who helped Linn-Mar win the Class 4A state title this year. Zach Bohannon helped Linn-Mar win a state title in 2007 as a sophomore.

Zach Bohannon told the Colorado Springs Gazette that he's leaving the Air Force Academy because he has decided not to pursue a military career. Bohannon would have been a junior at Air Force this fall, and a cadet's military commitment begins with his junior year at the academy, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.


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